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Paving the way with data-driven city planning: smart city solutions from Estonia

Making cities more sustainable, livable and inclusive is an urgent task as two thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2030. We are living in the age of information and communication technology - every day we are generating and taking advantage of the big data available using navigation apps, shopping online or using transport and logistics services. What is more, countries and cities can make more informed decisions based on data. One great example is Estonia where cities strive to be smart not only in solutions but in the way of thinking. Estonia’s data-driven urban environments will be showcased at the Dubai Expo 2020 on 9-13 January.


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Mobile Tartu 2020: 6 Key Takeaways from the Conference

Researchers and industry leaders gathered at the first ever virtual Mobile Tartu conference on 30 June. The field is blooming with research involving new sources of location data and no lockdown can keep people from sharing their latest findings, featuring how to best use location data from mobile phones and other sources. Mobile Tartu is a biennial academic conference on human mobility and mobility data, held this year for the 7th time. The conference brings together academics, international organisations and industry professionals from around the world.
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Pressing challenges in Nigeria call for unique big data solutions

With a vast number of mobile connections, Nigeria is ready to tap into big data analytics to support decision-making. Signifying their dedication, the Nigerian National Technical Working Group was inaugurated on 8 May, 2019 to explore the applicability of big data solutions to overcome the country's societal challenges. 

Bernard Ewah is the President of Keoun Technologies Limited and the Programme Consultant for the National Technical Working Group in Nigeria. We had an interesting discussion with him about the current state of big data in Nigeria. Could mobile positioning data offer the unique opportunity Nigeria needs? 

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Meet The Team: Marek

Next up in our #MeetTheTeam series, you will meet an expert who is passionate about sustainable and smart transport. Marek Rannala develops and manages projects at Positium, and leads consulting in mobility and transportation. Holistic approaches and improving transportation systems characterise his day-to-day work.
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3 Key Takeaways from Mobile Tartu 2018

The biennial Mobile Tartu conference took place from June 27–June 29 in Tartu, Estonia. The international conference brought together participants from all over the world. The three-day event kicked off with an activity-packed PhD seminar at Mooste Manor where the participants got to know one another and enjoy the first sessions of the conference. The second day took us back to Tartu, to the open space of Omicum, where the sessions continued on the wide range of smart ways to use mobile data to learn more about people and their mobility. The third and final day wrapped the event up with mobile positioning data (MPD) use cases from Positium LBS and explored using this type of data for tourism statistics.

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