Urban Quality

We strongly believe that citizens’ quality of life can be improved through technology. With the right tools you can make the right decisions for the health and wellness of both people and the planet. That’s why it’s crucial to pay attention to Urban Quality.

Urban Quality: what is it and what are the evaluation factors

When we talk about Urban Quality, we refer to the quality of the urban environment we live in. It takes into account many factors, such as:

  • air quality;
  • land quality;
  • water quality;
  • landscape quality;
  • Services and transportation quality.

Satellite images, if analyzed using a variety of innovative methods and techniques, can be used to calculate Urban Quality.

Specifically, these allow two activities. Let’s check them together

Urban Territory identification and classification

Through the use of automatic satellite image classification algorithms, it’s possible to identify and classify the different characteristics of the urban territory to provide data on their quality indicators. Including:

  • the urban land coverage indicator;
  • the population density indicator;
  • the urban green indicator.

The importance of satellite imagery for Urban Quality

Satellite images, if analyzed using a variety of innovative methods and techniques, can be used to calculate Urban Quality.

Specifically, these allow two activities. Let’s check them together

Urban Territory identification and classification

Through the use of automatic satellite image classification algorithms, it’s possible to identify and classify the different characteristics of the urban territory to provide data on their quality indicators. Including:

  • the urban land coverage indicator;
  • the population density indicator;
  • the urban green indicator.

Generating thematic maps

The second activity involves using simulation models to generate themed maps such as:

  • humidity maps
  • temperature maps
  • air pollution maps;
  • lighting maps.

These factors allow us to assess the impact the characteristics of the urban territory on the quality of the environment.

Calculate Urban Quality with Latitudo 40

Our platform has all the best technologies to calculate urban quality through the analysis of satellite imagery. We use various algorithms and techniques, including:

  • satellite data processing;
  • machine learning;
  • machine learning on images from space.

We also collect data on various urban quality indicators, such as the presence of infrastructures, public services and various factors that determine the quality of life.

More than 1000 Cities have committed to the Race to Zero, but only 10% are on target.

Why is it so important to know urban quality data?

Knowing the data and the urban quality indicator is key to making a range of informed decisions, which vary depending on the context and specific goals to be achieved.

Latitudo 40 makes it possible to make decisions that affect:

  • Urban planning and development. By having urban quality data and indicators available it is possible to inform about the planning and development of new or existing urban areas. Thanks to satellite images, it is actually easier to identify areas that need improvement. This will prioritize investments in key areas.
  • Real estate investments. Urban quality indicators can be used to assess the potential of real estate investment in different areas. This allows investors to make more informed decisions on where to invest their money.
  • Infrastructure investments. By knowing data and urban quality indicators is easier to understand and choose which area to prioritize for investment in critical infrastructures, such as: transportation, water and sewage systems and other public services.
  • Environmental policy. Urban quality data and indicators are very useful to monitor and assess the impact of environmental policies on urban areas and to develop new policies aimed at improving environmental quality.
  • Public health By using urban quality data & indicators to identify areas that have the greatest health risks and to prioritize interventions aimed at improving public health outcomes.

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