Data from mobile phone operators: A tool for smarter cities?

J. Steenbruggen, E. Tranos, P. Nijkamp

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Abstract The use of mobile phone data provides new spatio-temporal tools for improving urban planning, and for reducing inefficiencies in present-day urban systems. Data from mobile phones, originally intended as a communication tool, are increasingly used as innovative tools in geography and social sciences research. Empirical studies on complex city systems from human-centred and urban dynamics perspectives provide new insights to develop promising applications for supporting smart city initiatives. This paper provides a comprehensive review and a typology of spatial studies on mobile phone data, and highlights the applicability of such digital data to develop innovative applications for enhanced urban management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-346
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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PT: J; NR: 156; TC: 5; J9: TELECOMMUN POLICY; SI: SI; PG: 12; GA: CH2MZ; UT: WOS:000353860600015


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