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Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart City Transformation 2016

Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart City Transformation 2016

While a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities is still often missing; in 2016 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:

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 is 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).


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 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. Selected examples of smart cites and communities
14.1 Australia
14.1.1 Remote controlled sewer systems
14.1.2 Smart infrastructure
14.1.3 Smart water infrastructure
14.1.4 Smart Work Hubs NSW
14.2 China
14.2.1 Forming a silicon delta in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau
14.3 Singapore
14.3.1 Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015)
14.3.2 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
14.4 South Korea
14.4.1 New Songdo City
14.4.2 Seoul
14.4.3 Ubiquitous Korea (u-Korea)
14.4.4 Busan
14.5 Europe
14.5.1 Amsterdam
14.5.2 Portugal
14.5.3 Stockholm
14.5.4 Barcelona one of the smartest cities in the world
14.6 Middle East
14.6.1 United Arab Emirates
15. A great city is much more than a smart city
16. Related reports
Table 1 Estimates on world Smart City investments markets - 2012
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 Smart city market size, estimates and projections
Exhibit 4 Examples of HAN technology options
Exhibit 5 Key smart home players
Exhibit 6 Alphabet (Google)'s acquisition of Nest and smart homes
Exhibit 7 - Design principles of industry 4.0
Exhibit 8 A snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
Exhibit 9 Smart energy project in Amsterdam
Exhibit 10 Barcelona Smart City benefits

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