Beijing's Changping District government held a launch ceremony on Sept. 24 for a big data project to study and address urban planning issues in Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan, two large residential communities in Beijing.
Big data resources such as Location Based Service (LBS) and IC card used in public transportation will be utilized to evaluate and resolve problems in urban commute and the distances between residential neighborhoods and commercial zones, according to the Changping district government.
Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan, with a population of over 800,000, were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s without sufficient efforts in urban planning. According to representatives from IT companies at the launch ceremony, transportation infrastructure, work environment and living services in these two communities have lagged behind in development compared to newer communities such as Wangjing.
Government officials of Changping District said the goal of the project is to integrate various resources through big data and reveal and find solutions to problems in city planning. Evaluation of the two residential communities will be conducted by collecting data such as the usage of bicycle lanes, the queues for metro lines, pedestrian traffic and the communities' demographic. The project will first take place in Huilongguan, and then be extended to Tiantongyuan and the entire Changping District.
According to data already collected by various IT companies represented at the launch ceremony, residents of Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan tend to go to hospitals, shopping malls, and sports facilities away from their communities, while the residents of Wangjing conduct similar activities closer to their community. These data reflect the unmet needs of the residents in Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan. With big data as guidance, the Changping District government will be able to provide better public services for people living in the older communities.