3.2 Satellite data
The, a partner in MK:Smart, is working with Milton Keynes Council using satellite data to help optimise town planning and infrastructure development.
As a fast-growing city with big expansion plans over the next few years, Milton Keynes must pursue every opportunity to keep down costs and manage the challenges of an expanding community. Satellite imagery is being used here to monitor and forecast pollution, to build predictive models of pollution dispersal, to monitor flooding and plan for extreme weather. With many parks, new planting schemes and already 22 million existing trees to care for, there are also hopes that space services can be deployed in the detection of tree diseases – a practical application of how big data can benefit smart city decision making.