Smart Cities

There is a lot of hype around the potential for smart cities and, undoubtedly, the adoption of such initiatives is gaining pace. But much of the discussion within the industry is essentially supply-side, rather than demand-side, focussed. Vendors will often have a slightly utopian vision of what a smart city might look like, whilst currently ‘dumb city’ residents and stakeholders often remain unconvinced. With this Research Stream we seek to begin to redress that balance, by focussing on the city manager perspective.

The aim for city managers should be to stitch the plethora of existing potential smart-cities initiatives into some kind of cohesive implementation plan. In undertaking this task, the city manager must consider four broad categories of influencing factors, including available benchmarks, intrinsic city variables, the local city context and the wider context within which the putative smart city exists.

The aim of the Smart Cities Research Stream is to provide city managers with the key information that they need to turn their city into a smart city. It provides analysis of the smart cities space overall, recommendations over thresholds and context for deployment of different smart city applications, best practice for implementation and case studies of deployments.

Smart Cities IoT Project Prioritisation [Source: Machina Research 2014]

Key themes

The topics covered by this Research Stream include the following:

  • Horizontal smart cities analysis – Looking at cross-city smart city implementations, technologies, or companies, e.g. smart city strategies for Cisco or IBM strategy.
  • Smart cities case studies – Case studies of a few cities and their smart city implementations.
  • Application implementation guides – These will examine the cost, timetables, and in-depth case studies of deployments.
  • Smart cities project framework – Qualitative and quantitative guide to the smartest cities. Includes a ranking of the smartest cities and analysis of the different thresholds, criteria and interdependencies that drive the business case for the adoption of smart cities solutions.

Deliverables

The deliverables for this Research Stream include the following:

  • Application implementation guides focusing, as noted above, on the specifics of how to deploy a particular application.
  • Research Notes including horizontal smart cities analysis and smart cities case studies.
  • Implementation guidebook – Pulling together all of the smart city research to give an overall set of guidance on how a city might implement a smart city.
  • Smart cities benchmarking index – Database of global smart cities.
  • Access to the existing library of previous publications.
  • Direct access to Machina Research’s team of industry analysts.

Lead Analyst

The lead analyst for this Research Stream is Matt Hatton.

Latest reports in this Research Stream

06 March 2017
Report type: Research Note
This Research Note provides a case study of smart city activities in the French city of Paris. It draws on work carried out to produce Machina Research’s “Smart City Playbook”, which was sponsored by Nokia and published in November 2016. It evaluates Paris’s programs and trials and provides a numerical ...
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24 February 2017
Report type: Research Note
As interest grows in smart cities, so too does the need for standards to provide a baseline set of metrics for disparate systems that are part of every city. This Research Note speaks of one such standard that is already in place, ISO 37120, “Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for ...
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19 January 2017
Report type: Research Note
This Research Note provides a case study of smart city activities in the Colombian city of Bogota. It draws on work carried out to produce Machina Research’s “Smart City Playbook”, which was sponsored by Nokia and published in November 2016. It evaluates Bogota’s programs and trials and provides a numerical ...
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