Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart City Transformation


While a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities is still often missing; in 2017 there are some good examples both nationally and internationally of councils that are moving in the right direction. A number of cities around the world are now implementing Smart City initiatives. North America and Europe are the leading regions with numerous cities deploying various innovations. We are migrating from Smart Cities being a concept for the future and now seeing cities make tangible plans and infrastructure decisions to support such a transformation. This also means we can begin to see more clearly the obstacles and challenges involved. The most difficult issue to resolve in building smart cities is the funding. And this is not unique, all sectors and industries that are facing transformation are dealing with the same problem. The transformation process will not be possible unless investments are made in the ICT platform. This unique report explores the issues, challenges and developments for smart cities as well as providing insightful information and statistics on this emerging trend.

Key developments:

  • The global smart city sector is valued at over $600 billion in 2017.
  • In 2016 the key industry bodies working towards Smart City Standards met together to discuss a more collaborative approach.
  • The most difficult issue to resolve in building smart cities is the funding.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Defining smart cities
    • 2.1 Key components of Smart Cities
    • 2.2 Smart Factory – Industry 4.0
  • 3. Smart city challenges becoming clearer
    • 3.1 Holistic approach still needed
    • 3.2 The funding dilemma
  • 4. PPPPs – cities collaborating with citizens and private enterprise
  • 5. The drivers behind smart cities
    • 5.1 Customer-driven smart cities
    • 5.2 Economy-driven smart cities
    • 5.3 Society-driven smart cities
      • 5.3.1 The sharing and networking economy
    • 5.4 Urbanisation
    • 5.5 Greenfield opportunities
    • 5.6 Brownfield challenges
  • 6. Published smart city statistics
  • 7. Smart city apps
  • 8. The use of telecommunications in smart cities
    • 8.1 Sensors may be key to truly smart cities
    • 8.2 Connected lifestyle
  • 9. Smart buildings
    • 9.1 Developments still hampered by silo thinking
    • 9.2 The need for a smart building platform
    • 9.3 How to make buildings smarter
      • 9.3.1 Existing data management
      • 9.3.2 Plan for the future
      • 9.3.3 Big data management
  • 10. Smart transport
    • 10.1 Intelligent transport systems
    • 10.2 Smart vehicles
    • 10.3 Autonomous car market
      • 10.3.1 Market statistics
  • 11. Smart Cities and the open data dilemma
  • 12. Connected homes still have a way to go
    • 12.1 Waiting 30 years for smart homes and still counting
    • 12.2 Home Area Networks (HANs)
  • 13. Alphabet, Microsoft, Samsung and Apple target smart Home market
    • 13.1 Why solar may not be the biggest threat to energy utilities
  • 14. Standards
  • 15. Smart Cities, Smart Councils
    • 15.1 Mayors taking the lead in building smart cities
    • 15.2 Governments fail to build national consensus
    • 15.3 People are ready for smart environments
    • 15.4 Cities are leading where national policies fail
    • 15.5 The need for leadership from the top and ‘smart councils’
  • 16. Rhineland economic model is closest to smart city developments
  • 17. Leading smart cites and communities
    • 17.1 Brief case study: China
  • 18. A great city is much more than a smart city
  • 19. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Examples of analysts’ estimates on world Smart City investments
  • Table 2 - Consumers rank the most useful mobile app categories by country
  • Table 3 - Consumers rank the most useful mobile app categories by age
  • Table 4 – Leading smart cities by region - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Statistical overview
  • Exhibit 2 - Design principles of industry 4.0
  • Exhibit 3 – The Intelligent Communities Forum
  • Exhibit 4 – Are Blockchains the Solution to financing Smart Cities
  • Exhibit 5 – Examples of HAN technology options
  • Exhibit 6 – Key smart home players

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Number of pages 33

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Last updated 1 Nov 2017
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Analysts: Paul Budde

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