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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities 2019 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities 2019 Predictions

This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 Smart City and Communities predictions for 2019. The IDC Smart Cities and Communities team outlines key recommendations for government leaders who want to understand trends impacting IT investments and determine the best course for strategic planning."The digital transformation of urban areas around the world is under way. With investment in Smart City solutions growing to $158 billion by 2022, cities and communities must now begin to strategically think about how to tie technology innovation to outcomes and how to coordinate departmental initiatives for citywide impact," says Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights. "IDC's Smart Cities and Communities predictions represent our collective thinking on the major trends that will impact urban areas for the next five years."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: In 2019, the Security Weaknesses of Legacy Systems Will Hinder the Adoption of New Technologies in One-Third of Cities with the Connection Between New and Old Systems Posing a Major Security Risk
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2019, 25% of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Cities Will Have Open Data Sharing Platforms That Enable Service Improvements, Private Sector Innovation, and Transparency
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: By 2020, More than 30% of Highly Innovative Smart City Projects Will Be Tested in Small Cities of Fewer than 200,000 Inhabitants
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: To Prevent AI-Related Privacy and Ethical Crises, 40% of Governments Will Develop and Deploy Policies to Prevent Algorithmic Bias and Unethical Data Use by 2021
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: By 2021, 20% of Major Cities Will Have Begun Implementations to Support Automated Vehicles, Leading to Increased Live AV Pilots, Faster Transit Innovations, and Improved Road Safety
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: By 2021, 75% of Major Metropolitan Areas Will Have a Consolidated, Proactive Early Warning Emergency System That Integrates Information to Coordinate All Phases of Disaster Response
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: Investment in Smart City Use Cases Will Reach $158 Billion by 2022, with the Fastest Overall Growth in the Americas and the Most Spending on Fixed Visual Surveillance and Public Transit
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: By 2023, 50% of Cities Will Deploy Platforms That Formalize Crowdsourced Participation in City Budgeting and Neighborhood Decision Making
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: By 2024, 25% of State and Local Governments Will Use Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technologies for Benefits Distribution, Identity Management, and Permitting and Contracts Management
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: With Water Scarcity a Developing Risk Multiplier, by 2024, 45% of Cities and Communities Will Adopt IoT-Enabled Water Management for Usage and Quality Monitoring and Leak Detection
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Next Chapter of DX — Technology-Driven Transformation Altering Business and Society
Platforms, Platforms, Platforms — Industry Competes for Innovation at Scale
Sense, Compute, Actuate — Turning Data into Value
Emerging Autonomy — Learning to Live With AI
Cyber Insecurity — Theft, Cyberattack, and Negligence Create a Crisis of Digital Trust
Rising Customer Expectations — More Convenience, Customization, and Control
Legacy Inertia — Retrofit the Old into the DX World
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