Hashplay provides an analytic structure that allows users to visualize what is happening within their cities and how it is evolving. This allows identifying not only existing challenges and bottlenecks but also the challenges that arise as a city changes. The undergirding platform is structured as a data lake into which cities can add data directly as well as by connecting existing data handling systems such as SAP and Oracle. By accommodating systems users may already have, the platform prevents investments from becoming irrelevant. This aspect also provides the potential for additional data conduits which would allow users to tap the full potential of every bit of data generated in their city. “Our visualization suite gives administrations and businesses the opportunity to reap tremendous value by interacting with data points and understanding the context in completely unique ways.”
The firm despite being only three years old is playing important roles in many industries and cities. Mohr talks about a Berlin-based exhibition company.
Our visualization suite gives administrations and businesses the opportunity to reap tremendous value by interacting with data points and understanding the context in completely unique ways
Hashplay is helping the company to digitally transform its operations, such as traffic management, and respond according to real-time needs. He stresses that the project is more than just creating an app and that his firm is enabling the customer to create a framework to which extra services and digital providers can be added to the platform. The success of this young firm is attributable to its non-rigid structure. Other than a base in San Francisco, the company doesn’t maintain additional offices, and its workforce is globally distributed at locations across the US, Germany, London, Italy, and countries in Asia. This allows Hashplay to have lean operations and remain agile; this also means that the company can be reactive and receptive toward developments in this highly dynamic market which could stem from any part of the world.
Mohr admits that the solution Hashplay is building is a small component of a bigger framework which will require the participation of many partners for fruition. The future cities will run on data coming in from different sources such as self-driving cars and numerous robotic components, which possibly will be provided or maintained by different entities. The data that these things generate will need to be brought over to a single fabric that allows cities to collect actionable insights and visualize potential impacts effectively. “Our solution is a stepping stone to enable the world move in that direction. We need a lot of partners to react to the changes and build cities of the next century.”