MedicalA medical study based on streaming data from medical devices attached to patients such that terabytes of data are generated each day.
InfrastructureAn energy company manages a fleet of millions of solar modules remotely. The modules report efficiency data hourly that is analyzed to schedule maintenance and predict power output.market data going back decades. artificial intelligence uses billions of public images from social media to learn to identify objects, people and emotions.automatically secures thousands of doors, elevators and transportation equipment in response to an earthquake warning. For example, an earthquake warning that gives 12 seconds advance notice allows doors to open automatically to prevent them from becoming jammed and preventing escape from fire if the door frame twists out of shape.
RetailA retail company monitors behavior in stores to gain insights into marketing such as the effectiveness of in-store displays. For example, the retailer might discover that 98% of customers who look at a particular coffee product don't buy it. air quality readings at different sites with the incidence of various diseases affecting populations who live near each reading.logistics company looks at shrinkage including packages that were lost in transit. The company examines records for billions of packages and other records such as the employees and partners who handled each shipment at different points. They discover that five employees who often work the same shift are associated with shrinkage of 5600% greater than average. They set up an investigation to see if this is just a coincidence. diagnostic data to look for weaknesses in their current design.price sensitives.project validates its risk management and planning by looking at the results of similar projects in a massive global project database. For example, project estimates can be validated with reference class forecasting.
InternetA search engine ingests millions of new web pages each day to assess their quality, reputation, usefulness and context.
Social MediaA social media platform that processes billions of posts a week.
GovernmentA government uses artificial intelligence and massive collections of submitted tax data and publicly available details about people and corporations to find patterns that often lead to a lucrative audit. For example, mid-sized companies that expense business trips to tax havens may be a pattern that pops out of the data. knowledge tool that includes the content of millions of books including textbooks with a search function.
FoodA fruit company performs automated tests on a billion apples a year. They match this to market data to route the best apples to the markets where they will command their best price. The algorithm allows all apples to be used as apples with damaged skin are sold to juice makers.
WeatherA national weather service processes millions of hourly observations from thousands of remote weather stations to produce hourly forecasts of weather for hundreds of cities.
GamesA massively multiplayer online game allows up to a million people a day to explore a virtual world, interact and create things.robot vacuum cleaner doesn't just learn from its own experiences but learns from the experiences of all robot vacuum cleaners deployed.
|Overview: Big Data Examples|
Information that is too large to store and process on a single machine.