2014 Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward

Publication Overview

This annual report is a valuable resource of information on the global development of smart cities and societies and incorporates key insights, statistics, examples and trends. It provides BuddeComm’s insights into the overarching importance of developing intelligent communities to pave the way for the future. It examines the sectors of Smart Buildings, Smart Transport, Artificial Intelligence, Wearable Devices and Sensors, M2M and Big Data and Broadband Infrastructure - supported by case studies and examples where applicable. Please note: for Smart Grid information, see separate annual publication Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Grids and M2M are Key Developments.

Subjects covered include:

  • Smart City and Smart Communities;
  • Connected Homes and Smart Buildings;
  • Intelligent Transport Systems and Drones;
  • Internet of Things; M2M and Big Data;
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Wearable technology and Sensors;
  • Broadband Infrastructure.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Henry Lancaster.
Current publication date:- September 2014 (3rd Edition)

Executive Summary

Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence – The Global Transformation has Begun

Transforming our cities into the Smart Cities of the future will encompass incorporating technologies and key digital developments all linked by machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and real-time data analytics which sit under the umbrella term of the Internet of Things. Smart cities however must be underpinned by the appropriate ICT infrastructure based on fibre optic and high-speed wireless technologies, which is well underway in many developed cities around the world.

This infrastructure allows for the development of smart communities; supporting connected homes; intelligent transport systems; e-health; e-government and e-education; smart grids and smart energy solutions – just to name a few of the exciting solutions smart cities will incorporate. Many of the technological advancements emerging around the world today can, and will be, applied to smart cities. Artificial Intelligence; Electric Vehicles; Autonomous Vehicles; Mobile applications; Drones; Wearable and Smart devices and so on are just some of the key developments to watch.

Artificial Intelligence developments are accelerating and as more companies enter this sector and start investments to develop it - we will see further astonishing innovations emerging over the next few years. AI applications are already being used in healthcare and gaming, just to name two sectors adopting this cutting edge technology.

Smart Transport, also known as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) increase the safety and efficiency of transport networks – from public bus, tram and train transport, to rail and road freight transport, and private and commercial road transport. ITS systems include the software and hardware for electronic vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and information systems. In 2014 there are already hundreds of thousands Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road around the world and by 2015 there may be more than 2.5 million Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) in operation. It is thought that the business sector may become a key driver to the uptake of PEVs once the market is further developed and becomes a viable solution for enterprise fleets.

Unmanned aircraft (drones) are also certainly going to play to larger part in global developments and have many potential applications for the smart communities of the future. While most countries currently restrict the use of drone devices – it is thought that this will change quickly once the applications for such technology fully emerge and can be properly regulated. Agriculture applications in particular offer huge opportunities for drone usage along with telecommunications; defence; traffic management; surveillance; mapping; emergency services; weather monitoring; resources exploration and environmental analysis.

The development of smart cities and indeed smart countries requires vision and recognition of the fact that many of today’s social, economic and sustainability problems can only be solved with the assistance of ICT. In many situations the uniqueness, affordability, capacity, robustness, security and quality necessary for this calls for fibre optic and high-speed wireless infrastructures. This need will increase dramatically over the next 5 to 10 years as industries and whole sectors (healthcare, energy, transport, water) carry out the process of transforming themselves in order to much better address the challenges ahead.

BuddeComm’s new report, Global Smart Infrastructure – Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward, provides important insights into why smart communities and smart cities are required for a future as populations increase and place further pressure on the world’s resources and infrastructure. This unique report also includes information on smart transport; smart buildings and connected homes; wearable devices and sensors; M2M, Big Data and artificial intelligence developments – supported by case studies and examples where applicable. Please note: for Smart Grid information, see separate annual publication.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table of Contents

  • 1. Smart Cities – The Global Transformation has begun
    • 1.1 Smart City Trends and Insights
      • 1.1.1 Introduction
      • 1.1.2 Building smart cities to ease the stress
      • 1.1.3 Key components of smart cities
      • 1.1.4 Selected examples of smart cites and communities
  • 2. Connected Homes and Smart Buildings
    • 2.1 Smart Building and Home Automation Trends and Insights
      • 2.1.1 Smart buildings/Connected homes
  • 3. Intelligent Transport Systems and Drones
    • 3.1 Smart Transport Trends and Insights
      • 3.1.1 Smart transport – introduction
      • 3.1.2 Electric Vehicles (EV)
      • 3.1.3 Insights from Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)
      • 3.1.4 Vehicle to Grid (V2G)
      • 3.1.5 Dedicated Short-Range Communications
      • 3.1.6 Freight in the digital age
      • 3.1.7 Further smart transport project examples
      • 3.1.8 Drones and Unmanned Aircraft
  • 4. Internet of Things, M2M and Big Data
    • 4.1 Smart cities linked to IoT, M2M and Big Data Solutions
      • 4.1.1 2014: touted as the year of M2M, but ...
      • 4.1.2 Internet of ‘Things’
      • 4.1.3 Who will dominate the IoT market?
      • 4.1.4 Telcos and the science of Big Data
      • 4.1.5 From SCaDa to IoT
  • 5. Artificial Intelligence
    • 5.1 Smart Societies based on Artificial Intelligence
      • 5.1.1 The proposition
      • 5.1.2 Philosophy and science
      • 5.1.3 Social and economic developments
      • 5.1.4 Are we reaching another breaking point?
      • 5.1.5 Solutions by using information technology to increase our intelligence
      • 5.1.6 Examples of developments
      • 5.1.7 Conclusion
  • 6. Wearable Technology and Sensors
    • 6.1 Sensors and Wearables for a Smarter World
      • 6.1.1 Wearable technology
      • 6.1.2 Wearable wireless devices
      • 6.1.3 Global wearable device statistics
      • 6.1.4 Legal implications of wearables gains attention
      • 6.1.5 Sensors
  • 7. Broadband Crucial for Smart Infrastructure Developments
    • 7.1 The Many Benefits of High-speed Broadband
      • 7.1.1 The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
      • Table 1 - Status of total EV/PHEV owned (2013)
      • Table 2 - Examples of financial incentives in the GSGF sphere
      • Table 3 – Global M2M connections – 2010; 2013; 2014
      • Table 4 – Global spending on Big Data – 2013; 2018
      • Table 5 - Selection of predictions in BT’s timeline
      • Table 6 – Global - market share of wearable devices - 2013
      • Table 7 – Global - wearable device shipments – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Global - wearable device spending – 2013; 2018
      • Exhibit 1 – Smart City Operating System (OS)
      • Exhibit 2 – The Intelligent Communities Forum
      • Exhibit 3 – Insights into Smart Community Conference Tokyo 2014
      • Exhibit 4 – Smart shopping
      • Exhibit 5 – Singapore - a snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
      • Exhibit 6 – Smart energy project in Amsterdam
      • Exhibit 7 – Smart Homes
      • Exhibit 8 – Examples of HAN technology options
      • Exhibit 9 – Google's acquisition of Nest and smart homes
      • Exhibit 10 - Learning from e-cars
      • Exhibit 11 – Intelligent transport systems today
      • Exhibit 12 – USA – The I-80 Integrated Corridor Mobility Project
      • Exhibit 13 – In-car information
      • Exhibit 14 – The first major M2M alliances
      • Exhibit 15 – The OneM2M initiative
      • Exhibit 16 – Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      • Exhibit 17 – Watson in healthcare
      • Exhibit 18 – Wearable smart rings
      • Exhibit 19 – Monitoring swimmers
      • Exhibit 20 – Healthcare monitoring for the elderly

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Number of pages 86

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Last updated 1 Sep 2014
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Peter Evans
Paul Budde
Lucia Bibolini
Henry Lancaster

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