The report details three different smart city approaches and highlights key developments in technology and business models
The smart city strategies and progress of 22 cities around the world can be read in the newly published report, The Smart City Playbook, commissioned by Nokia.
Developed by Machina Research, provider of market intelligence on the Internet of Things (IoT), the report aims to document best practices for smart cities and provides guidance to city leaders on successful strategies used by other municipalities to make their cities smarter, safer and more sustainable.
Cities profiled in the study include Auckland, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Bristol, Cape Town, Cleveland, Delhi, Dubai, Jeddah, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, Pune, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Vienna and Wuxi.
"No one said becoming a smart city would be easy. There are lots of choices to be made. The technology and the business models are evolving rapidly, so there are many degrees of uncertainty,” said Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Machina Research and author of the report.
He added: “Standards are emerging but are by no means finalised. So there is no ’royal road’ to smartness. But there is a right way to travel - with your eyes open, with realistic expectations, and with a willingness to learn from others. That includes other cities that might face the same problems as you, even if in a different context.”
The report reveals significant diversity in the strategies of different cities, but identified three distinct ’routes’ that cities are taking. The ’anchor’ route involves a city deploying a single application to address a pressing problem such as traffic congestion, and then adding other applications over time.
The ’platform’ route involves building the underlying infrastructure needed to support a wide variety of smart applications and services. ’Beta Cities’, by contrast, try out multiple applications as pilots to see how they perform before making long-term deployment decisions.
Nokia said its goal when commissioning the report was “to cut through the clutter” and identify strategies that are clearly working for cities. "As a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things, Nokia clearly has a great interest in helping bring clarity to the market, and to identify important focus areas,” said Osvaldo Di Campli, head of global enterprise & public sector, Nokia.
While the study found significant differences between cities, even amongst those cities following the same route, it also concluded that there are several particular practices used by successful smart cities that would appear to be of universal benefit, including:
For city-by-city findings and the complete set of smart city best practices and recommendations, read the full Machina Research Smart City Playbook at nokia.ly/smartcityplaybook
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