After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, IFAT Munich came back more promising and inspiring than ever, cementing its status as the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies, with innovative solutions for climate protection being the focal point.

The atmosphere was full of excitement, with attendees eager to know all about fresh-from-the box environmental technologies and engage into insightful discussions in person, after the last two challenging years that we all had to keep our distance.

Representatives from authorities, from both municipal and private utilities and waste management organisations, from the manufacturing sector, consultants, service providers, universities and research centres visited IANIC’s booth in hall C1 and were introduced to SmartVille, IANIC’s Unified Web Orchestration Platform of Horizontal IoT levels that allows and optimises the management of smart meters and sensors from different areas of a digital and autonomous city (water and sewage, mobility, energy, waste management, environment, public lighting). Through the mutual exchange of brilliant ideas, the foundations were laid for fruitful collaborations.

The feedback we received was consistent: the importance of effective data visualisation and visual analytics is indisputable. In the era of Big Data, proper representation is a significant means in order to digest the abundance of data generated and ingested on a daily basis. With visual elements such as lists, charts, graphs, maps and dashboards, we can easily view and understand patterns, trends, outliers and discrepancies. In this way, data are more easily shareable, digestible and accessible by more people across an organisation, while leading to more solid, data-driven decisions.

In the case of SmartVille, we go beyond graphic data representation, as it integrates data from various resources and analyses them directly into a visual context through interactive dashboards. In addition, mechanical processes, algorithms and machine learning reveal patterns of future performance and promote proper action planning and taking. 

To put it in a nutshell: through the masterful combination of data visualisation and visual analytics, SmartVille transforms billions of data into business insights that help ameliorate the operation and boost the performance of both organisations and cities as a whole, with the ultimate goal of saving valuable resources and improving urban daily life.