Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart City Transformation

Synopsis

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. 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 on some of the leading cities from around the world.

Key developments:

  • The global smart city sector is valued at over $600 billion in 2017.
  • In May 2016 the ITU and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) launched a new initiative called: United for Smart Sustainable Cities, with the abbreviation U4SSC.
  • In 2016 the global smart city market was estimated to be worth around $1 trillion.
  • The most difficult issue to resolve in building smart cities is the funding.
  • However specific budgets for Smart City projects exist in some regions of the world.
  • In mid 2015 the ITU members decided to establish a study group which would focus specifically on smart cities in terms of the standardization requirements for the broader Internet of Things (IoT).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Defining smart cities
  • 3. Smart city challenges becoming clearer
    • 3.1 Holistic approach still needed
    • 3.2 The funding dilemma
    • 3.3 Are blockchains the solution to financing smart cities?
    • 3.4 PPPPs – cities collaborating with citizens and private enterprise
  • 4. Published smart city statistics
    • 4.1 Smart city apps
  • 5. The use of telecommunications in smart cities
    • 5.1 Sensors may be key to truly smart cities
    • 5.2 Connected lifestyle
  • 6. Smart buildings
    • 6.1 Developments still hampered by silo thinking
    • 6.2 The need for a smart building platform
    • 6.3 How to make buildings smarter
      • 6.3.1 Existing data management
      • 6.3.2 Plan for the future
      • 6.3.3 Big data management
  • 7. Smart Cities and the open data dilemma
  • 8. Connected homes gaining market share
    • 8.1 Home Area Networks (HANs)
  • 9. Alphabet, Microsoft, Samsung and Apple target smart Home market
    • 9.1 Waiting 30 years for smart homes and still counting
    • 9.2 Why solar may not be the biggest threat to energy utilities
  • 10. Smart Factory – Industry 4.0
  • 11. Standards
    • 11.1 ITU and smart cities
    • 11.2 Open & Agile Smart Cities Task Force (OASC)
    • 11.3 International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • 12. Working groups
    • 12.1 United for Smart Sustainable Cities
  • 13. Smart Cities, Smart Councils
    • 13.1 Mayors taking the lead in building smart cities
    • 13.2 Governments fail to build national consensus
    • 13.3 People are ready for smart environments
    • 13.4 Cities are leading where national policies fail
    • 13.5 The need for leadership from the top and ‘smart councils’
  • 14. Rhineland economic model is closest to smart city developments
  • 15. Selected examples of smart cites and communities
    • 15.1 Australia
      • 15.1.1 Remote controlled sewer systems
      • 15.1.2 Smart infrastructure
      • 15.1.3 Smart water infrastructure
      • 15.1.4 Smart Work Hubs – NSW
    • 15.2 China
      • 15.2.1 Forming a silicon delta in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau
    • 15.3 Singapore
      • 15.3.1 Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015)
      • 15.3.2 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
    • 15.4 South Korea
      • 15.4.1 New Songdo City
      • 15.4.2 Seoul
      • 15.4.3 Ubiquitous Korea (u-Korea)
      • 15.4.4 Busan
    • 15.5 Europe
      • 15.5.1 Amsterdam
      • 15.5.2 Portugal
      • 15.5.3 Stockholm
      • 15.5.4 Barcelona – one of the smartest cities in the world
    • 15.6 Middle East
      • 15.6.1 United Arab Emirates
  • 16. A great city is much more than a smart city
  • 17. 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
  • Exhibit 1 – Statistical overview
  • Exhibit 2 – The Intelligent Communities Forum
  • Exhibit 3 – Examples of HAN technology options
  • Exhibit 4 – Key smart home players
  • Exhibit 5 – Alphabet (Google)’s acquisition of Nest and smart homes
  • Exhibit 6 - Design principles of industry 4.0
  • Exhibit 7 – A snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
  • Exhibit 8 – Smart energy project in Amsterdam
  • Exhibit 9 – Barcelona Smart City benefits

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Last updated 21 Apr 2017
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Analysts: Paul Budde

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