The Top 10 Smart City Predictions

The developments in smart city initiatives are going so fast, that we would like to share this list with you. These predictions are designed by IDC to provide the strategic context to enable government leaders to transform their organizations through the application of technology to real business challenges.

1: By 2019, Countries with 50% of Their Midsize to Large Cities in the Repeatable Stage or Higher of Smart City Maturity Will Be More Successful in Country Digitization Efforts

2: By 2017, 75% of Cities Worldwide Will Fail to Take Full Advantage of Smart City Data and Digital Assets Due to a Lack of Process, Project Management, and Change Management Skills

3: In 2018, Cities Will Spend 2x More with Partners That Are Committed to Open APIs, Sharing Data, and Long-Term Relationships as Demonstrated via a Sales Force That Can Talk Business Outcomes

4: By 2019, 50% of Open Data Initiatives Will Evolve to Provide Both Free and Monetized Data Services as Cities Test Data Revenue Models and Seek to Justify Open Data Investments

5: City IT Systems Are Attractive Cybertargets, and in 2017, at Least One Midsize to Large City Will Suffer a Cyberattack That Will Impact Its Ability to Effectively Function for One Day

6: By 2018, 20% of Public Safety Agencies Will Test Cognitive Computing to Predict and Prevent Domestic, Mental Health, and Addiction Incidents, Drastically Reducing Service Requests

7: By 2019, 30% of Urban Consumers Will Use Bots or Intelligent Assistants for Multimodal Route Planning to Manage Cost, Carbon Impact, and Other Travel Preferences

8: In 2017, 20% of Cities Will Nudge Transit Behavior by Limiting Parking, Promoting EV and Car Sharing, and Investing in Mobile Payments, Navigation, and Violations Tracking Apps

9: With 180 Million Global LED Street Light Conversions by 2019 and Spending of $80 Billion, Light Infrastructure Will Become the Key Smart City Platform for Connected IoT Devices

10: By 2019, to Scale and Survive, One-Third of Civic Engagement App Companies Will Merge with or Be Acquired by Larger Companies.

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