Where are written in the morning more SMS, where is the evening hardly mobile surfing? Such data are always more readily available-and they could provide important insights.
A new tool by researchers of the SENSEable laboratory most and at the telecom equipment supplier Ericsson comparisons between the cellular activities in various districts and cities at different times over a period of
time. There is a first Outlook on it, which extensive analysis with the help of aggregated mobile wireless data are possible, reported online in ‘Mobile data provide insight into companies’ technology review.
For your tool called ManyCities.org Dániel acquired Condor and colleagues between April 2013 and January 2014 mobile phone data base stations in Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong. The data includes the number of outgoing calls, which the outgoing text messages, the amount of data downloaded and the number of data views, each at 15-minute intervals. “The aggregated data contain any sensitive customer information, but offer enough details on typical usage patterns in areas from the size of a small neighbourhood,” the researchers write.
Their work provides interesting insights about how mobile phone data will become a valuable resource for a variety of investigations. Sooner or later there might be also real time analysis about it. It isn’t hard to imagine how they then could be used for the planning of events such as conferences or sporting events or by emergency infrastructure in cities.