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Smart city tech markets continue to evolve “at pace”

This is the conclusion of latest research from analyst Berg Insight which covers the five smart city verticals of smart streetlighting, parking, waste, urban air quality monitoring and surveillance.

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Smart waste is one of the fastest growing smart city verticals
Smart waste is one of the fastest growing smart city verticals

Smart city technology markets are continuing to evolve at pace with smart waste among the fastest growing, according to the latest study from IoT market research provider Berg Insight.

 

The study also identifies China as the leading adopter of smart city technology.

 

Key areas of research

 

The latest edition of Berg Insight’s smart city technology report features in-depth studies of five key technology areas: smart streetlighting, smart parking, smart waste collection, urban air quality monitoring and smart city surveillance.

 

In 2020, the global installed base of individually controlled smart streetlights amounted to 13 million units (excluding China). The corresponding figures for the smart parking and smart waste sensor technology markets were 957,000 and 657,000 units respectively.

 

Smart parking sensors refers to in-ground or surface-mounted parking occupancy detection sensors while smart waste sensor technology consists of fill-level sensor devices that may either be pre-integrated into bins and containers, for example as a smart bin offering, or retrofitted on existing collection points.

“While publicly funded deployments of smart city technologies were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were more importantly not cancelled thanks to their growing status as key infrastructure projects”

Berg Insight reports that the smart streetlighting market has now gained significant traction and its installed base will grow at “a robust” compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.4 per cent to reach 37.4 million units in 2025. The number of installed smart parking sensors is expected to see a slightly slower growth of 21.6 per cent CAGR while the smart waste sensor technology market will be the fastest growing of the three with a CAGR of 29.8 per cent.

 

Air quality monitoring

 

Berg Insight said a more nascent smart city technology area is the field of non-regulatory urban air quality monitoring, which comprises increasingly small and low-cost air quality monitoring devices that can serve as valuable complements to traditional regulatory monitoring stations. In 2020, the number of such non-regulatory air quality monitoring devices installed in outdoor urban environments amounted to 73,000 units globally and will surpass 300,000 units in 2025.

 

The largest of the five covered smart city application areas was the smart city surveillance market, which reached a global market value of €9.9bn in 2020. The market, which includes both fixed and mobile video and audio surveillance solutions, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.7 per cent throughout the forecast period.

 

“Looking just at the sheer volume of various types of smart city device shipments, China has in the past few years outrun most other countries in the world and now plays in a league of its own,” said Levi Ostling, smart city analyst, Berg Insight.

“Looking just at the sheer volume of various types of smart city device shipments, China has in the past few years outrun most other countries in the world”

Outside China, Europe has emerged as the leading smart city technology adopter and North America constitutes the second largest market. An exception is however the North American market for smart city surveillance, which was about 27 per cent larger than the European one in 2020.

 

“While publicly funded deployments of smart city technologies in many cases were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were more importantly not cancelled thanks to their growing status as key infrastructure projects,” continued Ostling.

 

He concluded that the pandemic has in many ways highlighted the benefits of remotely managed infrastructure and the need for smart technologies, which should help the smart city market to recuperate strongly after a short period of slightly reduced growth.

 

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