Big-Data Analysis of Process Performance: A Case Study of Smart Cities

  • Alejandro Vera-BaqueroEmail author
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
Part of the Studies in Big Data book series (SBD, volume 44)


This chapter presents a data-centric software architecture that provides timely data access to key performance indicators (KPIs) about process performance. This architecture comes in the form of an analytical framework that lies on big-data and cloud-computing technologies aimed to cope with the demands of the crowd-sourced data analysis in terms of latency and data volume. This framework is proposed to be applied to the Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) arenas to monitor, analyse and improve the business processes and smart services of the city. Once the framework is presented from the technical standpoint, a case study is rolled out to leverage this process-centric framework and apply its fundamentals to the smart cities realm with the aim of analysing live smart data and improve the efficiency of smart cities. More specifically, this case study is focussed on the improvement of the service delivery process of the Open311 smart services deployed in the city of Chicago. The outcomes of the test show the ability of the systems to generate metrics in nearly real-time for high volumes of data.


Smart cities Internet of Things Big data Cloud computing Business process analytics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Vera-Baquero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Carlos III de MadridGetafeSpain
  2. 2.Østfold University CollegeHaldenSpain

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