In a proof of concept, MIT Senseable lab city’s software visualized the pre-recorded intensity of mobile phone usage during important events in Rome such as the celebration of the winning of the World Cup by the Italian national team or the Madonna concert.
“In recent years, the large deployment of mobile and wireless technologies has provided new means to understand the dynamics of a city. They bring new perspectives for urban planners, traffic engineers, tourism authorities in addition to the traditional urban data collection methods such as counting the traffic at crossroads or surveys by person or phone.
In our every day activities we leave behind footprints from our interaction with the urban environment and its digital infrastructures (e.g. taking and sharing digital photos, communicating through wireless networks, withdrawing money).”