This IDC study analyzes 173 smart city initiatives in 141 jurisdictions across Western Europe. These initiatives, some of which IDC started to track in January 2012, include investments in a range of technologies such as Big Data and analytics, GPS, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies were deployed either in one domain (transportation) or in many cases when cities made multiple investments across domains (transportation, energy, and environmental monitoring).
"Local and regional government executives who want to realize the benefits of smart cities should experiment with convergence across domains and technologies. While investing in a citywide platform is not usually realistic for most cities, investments should be made with an eye toward convergence. Smart cities need to actively work against duplication of technology and assets and toward using resources to share data which can be accessed by many via a platform model," said Massimiliano Claps and Ruthbea Clarke, research directors, IDC Government Insights.
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