Urban Intelligence for Pandemic Response: Viewpoint

Lai Yuan, Wesley Yeung, Leo Anthony Celi
2020 JMIR Public Health and Surveillance  
Previous epidemic management research proves the importance of city-level information, but also highlights limited expertise in urban data applications during a pandemic outbreak. In this paper, we provide an overview of city-level information, in combination with analytical and operational capacity, that define urban intelligence for supporting response to disease outbreaks. We present five components (movement, facilities, people, information, engagement) that have been previously
more » ... but remain siloed to successfully orchestrate an integrated pandemic response. Reflecting on the COVID-19 outbreak that was first identified in Wuhan, China, we discuss the opportunities, technical challenges, and foreseeable controversies for deploying urban intelligence during a pandemic. Finally, we emphasize the urgency of building urban intelligence through cross-disciplinary research and collaborative practice at the global scale.
doi:10.2196/18873 pmid:32248145 pmcid:PMC7159057 fatcat:ja3o3clxbrf3xg3lgniya4lrgq