1 March 2017 -- Singapore -- A recently released report by Persistence Market Research determined that the worldwide smart cities market will grow from its current $622 billion passing the $1 trillion market in 2019 to eventually reach $3.48 trillion by 2026.

The report “Smart Cities Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2026” predicts that global urbanisation will fuel smart cities market growth by nearly 19% over the next 10 years and concludes that smart city market growth will be driven by governments investing in technology to better manage ever increasing urbanisation.

“Backed by favourable government initiatives, brisk urbanisation will continue to popularise the concept of smart cities worldwide,” said the report.

Other key drivers include the need for cities to improve energy infrastructure and to more efficiently deal with vehicle-related challenges.

“Smart energy segment accounted for the largest revenue share and was valued in excess of $100 billion in 2015,” the report said. “Deployment of a large number of smart grid technologies across various countries such as China, Germany, India, and Spain is a major factor responsible for the dominance of the smart energy segment during the first half of the forecast period”

Researchers determined that smart energy investments would be surpassed by the smart security segment towards the end of the coming decade.

“The smart security segment is expected to overtake this segment by 2026 end, accounting for 4% of the global revenue share,” the report concluded. “Adoption of smart security technologies such as network security systems, cyber security systems, IP surveillance cameras, and wireless alarms for public safety is expected to drive the growth of the smart security segment over the forecast period.”

A third major area of smart city growth will continue to be the smart building segment.

“Owing to growing inclination toward eco-friendly construction technology, the smart building is estimated to register over 15% market value share in 2026, crossing $520 billion,” said the report. “In terms of Y-o-Y growth, smart security and smart building segments will dominate over others, with the respective Y-o-Y growth rates of over 23% and over 20% in 2017 over 2016.”

10 November 2016 -- Singapore -- The recently released research paper entitled 'The Smart City Playbook', commissioned by Nokia and developed by Machina Research, provides some interesting insight into successful strategies adopted by municipalities around the world to make their cities smarter, safer and more sustainable.

The study uncovered significant diversity in the smart city strategies of different cities but identified three distinct 'routes' that cities are taking to make themselves smarter. The 'anchor' route involves a city deploying a single application to address a pressing problem such as traffic congestion, and then adding other applications over time.

The 'platform' route involves building the underlying infrastructure needed to support a wide variety of smart applications and services. 'Beta Cities', by contrast, try out multiple applications as pilots to see how they perform before making long-term deployment decisions.

  • While the study found significant differences between cities, even amongst those cities following the same route, it also concluded that there are several particular practices used by successful smart cities that would appear to be of universal benefit, including:
    Successful cities have established open and transparent rules for the use of data (on which all smart cities are dependent) by government departments and third parties, whether shared freely or monetised to cover data management costs.
  • Many cities that are advanced in their smart city journeys have committed to making both information and communications technology (ICT) and IoT infrastructure accessible to users both inside and outside of government, and have avoided the creation of 'silos' between government departments.
  • Governments (and their third-party partners) that have worked to actively engage residents in smart city initiatives have been particularly effective, most notably those where the benefits are highly visible such as smart lighting and smart parking.
  • Smart city infrastructure needs to be scalable so it can grow and evolve to meet future needs, and secure to provide certainty that both government and private data are protected.

A strong theme throughout is those cities that select partners that can provide the innovation capacity, ability to invest, and real-world experience, along with platforms that are open to avoid vendor lock-in, will be advantaged.The study also offers myriad, real-world examples of how various cities are managing challenges including those identified above.

It is expected that 66 percent of the world's population will live in urban centres by 2050, making it critical for governments and other stakeholders to put strategies in place to more effectively meet the needs of their growing populations. Intelligent ICT and IoT platforms have essential roles to play in the evolution of smart cities.

The study concluded that many cities are already leveraging these technologies to optimise services and infrastructure, make better-informed decisions, boost economic development, encourage social interactions and make their communities safer and eco-friendly while improving the delivery of a range of public services.

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