#13 Me and the City – Personalised Urban Dashboard

me and city

Figuer 1. Personal dashboard and city dashboards

After reading about quantified self and smart cities, I came into the idea of creating a personalised urban dashboard. This will allow users to receive personalised information and knowledge about a city.

We have been quantifying, collating, communicating and displaying the data streams of a smart citizen (quantified self initiative) for over one decade or two. And we have been quantifying, collating, communicating and displaying the data streams of cites for an even longer period of time.

Connecting Quantified Self and Smart Cities will contribute to the knowledge of how a citizen can benefit from the Smart Cities initiatives. As the citizens contribute the fund and data to Smart Cities, It will be very important to demonstrate any benefits that the citizens can enjoy from the millions of devices across the city and Terabits of data produced in the Smart Cities.

Research question:

Can quantifying, collating, communicating and displaying data streams of a smart citizen bring benefits to a smart city and its citizens?


Quantified Self enables citizens to tailor the data produced in the Smart Cities to facilitate their life.


Scale down the Smart Cities into various phenomena and connect to a range of personal data for innovations that can facilitate t A personalised urban dashboard will be created to validate users reaction to the new creation from combining city data and personal data.

Case study:

An example of an achievable personalised urban dashboard or urban data extended personal dashboard.

Quantified Self Smart sensors Smart Cities API/data sources
Heart rate     NHS GP?
  Ambient sensors – pollution Air pollution analysis KCL LAQN


Sleep Sleep trackers neighbourhood noise analysis Need to find
Workout Fitness trackers    
Movement pattern



-public transit


Fitness trackers Transport / gym Cycle route…

Walking route …


Social media Emotion sensor


City Events – Timeout

Relevant news from City social media account




Mind activities Computer activities tracker Park/Green space/Gym Green space map?
Expense? – very sensitive data….. Spending tracker House price – rent and purchase Zoopla / detailed UK price dataset…
Favourite music Amazon echo Music festival info Timeout …
Genetics 23andMe NHS, GP services

#12 # When Quantified Self Meet Smart Cities

Quantified self and Smart Cities initiatives have been developed for more than two decades, what if we connect the personal data collected from a ‘quantified selfer’ to the data collected by the millions of sensors and devices deployed in the ‘Smart City’?

Below is a matrix I made through a brainstorm. The columns are the data we have from the city perspective, and the rows lists the personal data that can be collected with the current tracking hardware and software. We can easily observe some interesting crossing of the two that will bring new useful knowledge to the user. Just to point a few:  house price along your current commute route, urban events push based on your interest detected by speech recognition, noise an CO2 monitoring and alerting while hard working on your computer, etc.. Notably, some of the features on the crossing are implemented or being developed by private and public stakeholders. Google, for example, has done serious work with the Google Now app, exploiting the public transit data, news and health for its users.

The matrix reveals the huge potential of combining the personal scale and city scale data. Even if we can’t scale up on the quantified selfer participants to impact the decisions for the city, the quantified selfer will benefit from the personal tailored Smart Cities data to their body, location, health, moody and so on.

  Public transit Air Quality Noise Urban events Public/Green space House price Urban news Weather Crime City Social media POIs Smart home sensors data Health care
Location Real time traffic info nearby AQ report

Air quality map

 local noise level monitoring

Noise map

 Events recommendation from Timeout etc.  Public/Green space opening and closing time Rent/house price compared to user’s  borough news

Community news

 local weather  Local police

Crime warning

Instagram – Nice photo’s of the city

Local tweets


Places worth going to, based on detection of busy/free status Indoor ambient Local health care information
Heart rate Noise monitor and warning Nearby health care

Nutrient/food/restaurant suggetsion

Disability Step-free access POIs with step-free access
Sleep  Late night noise level in the area CO2 concentration level

Fluidity of air

Workout  Air quality level push during workout  Marathon, skateboard, cycling event push based on users’ interest Running route suggestion  Weather forecast for outdoor workouts Gym recommendation CO2 push for workout
Movement Time to go reminder  suggestion for movement modes based on AQ  Noise level along the route Great events along the route at the right time  a greener route for cyclist and walkers  commuter rental cost-effective comparer  Road information Route suggestion  Road information
Social media  matching urban news and personal interest – sports, music, etc in town  filter relevant tweets from city account for the user
Mind activities  Public transit before and after work based on MA detections Ambient detection – air, noise for a cozy work environment
Hobbies  events matching with hobbies detected from typing New push to the user based on hobbies/keywords from speech Hobbies/keyword detection with Voice Assistant
Expenses Cheaper fare recommendation  Free urban events push  rent/other expense ratio  discount information Cheaper fare information Shops recommendation – location based
Favourite music  Musical festival push Musical venue to go
Genetics  Alert – avoid going to certain places for people with bad resistance to air pollutant Personal health care based on Genetics result
Food Diet

Nutrition Restaurant recommendation

Disease Bad air quality warning Disease profiles created by user to the public health care
Weight, height Time to go to nearest sport facilities Open space for workout with nice photos Gym recommendations Personal health  profile
Mood Events suggestion based on users mood POI recommendation according to user’s mood Mood detection from facial expression sensors Connecting depressed people to proper health care

#9 Quantified Self Data Sources


Social Media Tracking

  • Gyroscope


Fitness Tracking

  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Aria Smart Scale

Activity Tracking

  • RescueTime – Digital device based
  • Moves – Location based

Voice Tracking

  • Amazon Alexa Echo

Food logging

  • Gyroscope – restaurant recognition
  • Fitbit food logging

Mood logging

  • Daylio – mobile app for mood logging
  • Alexa Echo – speech recognition

Eye tracking

Tobii Pro Glasses is similar to Google Glass Explorer Edition, but has a focus on eye tracking.

Surrounding sensing

Ambient Sensing

  • UHOO – ambient sensing device and dashboard

WiFi Sensing

  • WifiAngel – Visualisation and soundification of the WiFi around a user


North Sensing

  • North Sense – a wearable device that vibrate when you face the north.


#7 Google Glass Reviving

Quietly, Google Glass is coming back this July under Google’s (now Alphabet’s) X division (the company’s experiment product division) . The previous Google Glass was an expensive experiment of Google. Graduated from Google’s X Lab (the predecessor of Google’s X division) in 2015, the Google Glass project was suspended due to social rejection. The discomfort of the people around the glass is so tense that the Google Glass wearer at that time were given the name “Glasshole”. In front of the criticism and rejection in the public, Google had to temporarily stop the Glass project.

After 2 years, Glass is back. Interestingly, Google named the new product “Glass” without “Google”, showing less connection to the very controversial predecessor. Apart from the change in the name, the new version targets at professional uses rather than personal use. Currently, the website only shows Glass Enterprise Edition, which is advertised as end to end business solution for companies like logistics, manufacturing and healthcare.