Location Intelligence Dashboard Helps NYC Use Data to Drive Decisions

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio debuted a new location intelligence dashboard designed to assist data-driven decision-making across city agencies.

“Using location intelligence platforms enables the Mayor’s Office of Operations to generate actionable dashboards to manage NYC more efficiently; building on our robust performance management and data collection practices to offer a better service to our citizens,” said James Perazzo, NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations.

According to CARTO, which built the dashboard, the data is explored through a series of individual indicators, statistical measures on current conditions and data trends, to allow for prioritization and organization of resources. Indicators provide a high-level overview across multiple sectors, while highlighting specific areas of interest. City indicators available on the platform include up-to-date crime statistics, health figures, infrastructure project updates, public works, environmental indicators, and housing and homelessness statistics, among others. The dashboard streamlines the city’s ability to monitor changes to indicators across both spatial and temporal dimensions.

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(Image: Carto) The dashboard uses a traffic light color scheme to communicate data trends at a glance.

The dashboard  is designed to support City Hall employees analyze thematic, temporal, and spatial dimensions in city data. The new dashboard uses New York City’s existing open data collection and includes data sets from numerous city agencies, including the Police Department, Department of Transportation, and the city’s central data platform. The dashboard represents one of New York City’s largest urban infrastructure projects.

“The functionality and design of the dashboard powered by CARTO allows for degrees of insight and communication that allow us to streamline city operations like never before,” said Perazzo.

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(Image: Carto) The dashboard allows city employees to drill down to a borough level for key city indicators.

City employees can also set up instantaneous notifications for various indicator thresholds. Other features, according to CARTO, include temporal graphs to denote trends for city- and borough-level measurements in individual performance indicators. The data is collected in near-real time by the dashboard’s back-end and geospatial data base. The data then syncs through the secure CARTO platform.

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