Milan uses the European Commission's Big Data tool to predict citizen flow as lockdown lifts

The Municipality of Milan wants to conduct predictive analysis of citizens' movements, or 'citizen flow', as it prepares ‘Phase 2’ of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This phase addresses the gradual loosening of lockdown measures, in place since February 2020 in Lombardy, the most heavily affected area of Italy.

Gathering and analysing diverse datasets such as external commercial activities data, Trade Classification data, external telecom companies' 2019 and 2020 data and internal registry office and educational system data will help model the flow of workers returning to their workplaces as the lockdown is gradually lifted.

By doing this, the Municipality of Milan aims to optimise its management of the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

How CEF Big Data Test Infrastructure helps

The Big Data Test Infrastructure (BDTI) Building Block helps public administrations and projects led by the public sector improve the citizen experience, increase government efficiency and boost business through big data.

BDTI, funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), will help the Municipality of Milan launch a six-month pilot, providing a ready-to-use, easily scalable virtual environment to conduct predictive analysis on the flow of workers who need to return to their workplace, through Community Flow modelling.

By modelling the community’s return to work on the basis of multiple variables and scenarios, the Municipality of Milan will be able to mitigate potential risks and make data-driven decisions on a variety of policies as it enters Phase 2.

Building Blocks against COVID-19

BDTI is supporting hospitals and municipalities in fighting COVID-19, with already a number of pilot requests received on this topic.


We recommend two Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Building Blocks to teams fighting COVID-19:

  • CEF Context Broker is an API that can integrate data from multiple systems, creating a holistic view of information.

By providing the layer that describes each type of data, the Context Broker makes it possible to create an interface that makes it easy for anyone to view and interpret big data. You can monitor your metrics in real time through live updates. This means sharing the context information you choose with third parties, enabling process improvements and innovation across the whole data value chain.

See how Context Broker helped Italian authorities fight the effects of COVID-19.

  • CEF Big data test infrastructure (BDTI) helps is a big data platform that offers virtual environments, allowing public organisations to experiment with big data and share data sources (N.B. only open to projects including public administrations).

You can see all CEF Building Blocks at ec.europa.eu/cefdigital  


The European Data Portal has a dedicated section for COVID-19 related datasets, linked data stories and data related initiatives.

Last updated on  Aug 21, 2020 10:33

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