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Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart City Transformation

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.


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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