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Smart Cities: 10 Companies Using Big Data To Build Cities Of The Future

  • 4 September 2017
  • Jodi Hillman

As cities are becoming smarter, data is becoming readily available. By using this big data, companies can make cities more economical, save money, and make life overall better for citizens. Check out these 10 companies that are using big data to build cities of the future.


LotaData is based out of San Francisco and collects data to understand why people are at a certain place during a certain time. The company started in 2015 and aims to answer the question “why are they here?” They use cloud computing, data science, and machine learning to receive this information and all personal identifiable information is left out. They collect data in major cities all around the world. LotaData works with regional government, enterprise businesses, programmatic networks, and mobile app developers.


Qlue’s headquarters is in Jakarta and was founded in 2014. The company developed an app that helps people connect with people in their neighborhoods and government officials. The dashboard can also monitor problems such as bribery, flooding, and damaged roads through citizen’s reporting. The app can monitor energy usage and adjust the required energy and monitor traffic as well. If there are problems in these areas, the app can recommend solutions. They are currently located in nine cities and growing.

HAAS Alert

HAAS Alert is based out of Chicago and founded in 2015. The company provides a vehicle to vehicle notification system that works in real-time. It is a mobile platform that warns motorists when an emergency vehicle is approaching. The platform also provides safety information and broadcasts your fleets’ location while they are in the field. HAAS Alert partners with companies like Ford, Honda, Verizon, TechStars, and MapQuest.

Greenbird Integration Technology

Greenbird Integration Technology was founded in 2010 and has received $5.1 million in investing. They have locations in Norway and Palo Alto. The company is a hybrid cloud platform for big data integrations. They offer digital business development to increase business potential through the assessment of digital technology, analyzing market opportunities and conceives digital business models. Their IT services assess organizations to keep businesses competitive for globalization. was founded in 2012 and has headquarters in Vilnius. It has received over $388 in funding and aims to help 3.7 billion residents all over the world. The company compiles data for people moving to new cities. PlaceILive gives detailed information on houses and neighborhoods. They currently operate in London, Berlin, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. The company provides detailed information about neighborhoods in each city such as daily life, transportation, safety, shopping, services, etc. The categories can be narrowed down further in each category that is chosen.


Tenqyu is based out of Singapore and was founded in 2013. The company offers solutions and optimization of urban management that can be used in financial technology, smart retail, smart mobility, and smart sports. The company uses Bluetooth beacons, augmented reality, and location-based mobile services. Their goal is to provide cities that are more inclusive, thriving, and healthy.

Open Data Nation

Open Data Nation is based in the District of Columbia and was founded in 2015. The cloud-based technology uses industry expertise and public records to predict the greatest risks in people’s lives. The company can help prevent crashes, stop foodborne illnesses, and avoid workplace injuries. Their technology even goes further and finds kids who have been exposed to lead, anticipate fires, and remediate vacant property.

Smart Joules

Smart Joules makes being energy efficient clean, quick, and cheap to over 300 million Indians currently in energy poverty. The company looks to business owners to save money, improve comfort, and simplify their operations to free up resources so they can be used by the less fortunate. The technology is embedded in the infrastructure and uses a pay-as-you-save model.

WaterSmart Software

WaterSmart Software is based out of San Francisco, founded in 2009, and has received $13.3 million in funding. The company uses online and mobile software to educate customers on how to save water and money. The software works with customers and their service providers to monitor payments, leaks, service request, and other concern customers have.


Enevo is a Finnish company that was founded in 2010. They have received $26.75 million in funding to collect big data for waste management companies. The company uses wireless sensors to learn where waste management options can be optimized. The technology gives detailed information on waste generation and how much waste you are saving by recycling.

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