The Municipality of Porto has a digital platform at its disposal which, by analysing different variables, serves to support short-term decision-making and the design and adjustment of policies, as well as reacting to crisis situations and understanding the evolution of urban dynamics during normal periods of activity. The Urban Dynamic Indicator (UDI) is now among the finalists in the Portugal Digital Awards, promoted by IDC Portugal and Axians.
Based on a factor analysis of seasonally adjusted daily data, such as traffic intensity, public transport use, internet use on public buses, NO2 emissions and noise levels, the tool is an asset for daily urban management.
The UDI also stands out for its value in crisis situations, as it makes it possible to scale responses and resources even before physically deploying teams. In the short term, this platform, focused on the local reality and the phenomena that interfere with the city's quality of life and sustainability, could be replicated in other regions.
Developed by Porto Digital, in partnership with NOVA Information Management School, the Urban Dynamic Indicator was presented at the IDC Future of Digital Innovation, in Lisbon, and at the Smart City Expo World Congress, in Barcelona.
The Portugal Digital Awards recognise the excellence of organisations, teams and business leaders who are committed to the digital transformation of their businesses, processes, products, or services and, consequently, of society. Among the evaluation criteria defined by the jury are, for example, the business impact of digital transformation and the level of technological innovation applied by the candidates.