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Smart cities set to prioritize strategic planning

New smart city predictions from IDC suggest that cities look set to focus on strategic planning initiatives such as standards and benchmarks in order to get the best return on investment. Here are IDC’s top 10 predictions for smart cities worldwide:

  1. By 2017, at least 20 of the world’s largest countries will create national smart city policies to prioritize funding and document technical and business guidelines
  2.  In the next three years, one-third of medium-sized and large cities will define their smart city road map leveraging third-party maturity models and best practice studies
  3. Through 2018, 90 percent of Asia-Pacific smart city ICT investment will support socioeconomic initiatives to reduce economic divides, grow domestic industries, and attract skilled workers
  4. To enhance service delivery, by 2018, 75 percent of state and local organizations will use externally generated citizen data in transportation management and real-time crime centers
  5. By 2016, 60 percent of mobile apps that people use to experience a city will rely on open data combined with crowdsourced information but supplied by commercial organizations
  6. In 2016, 90 percent of cities worldwide will lack a comprehensive set of policies on the public and private use of drones, sensors, and devices, resulting in increased privacy and security risks
  7. As crime becomes more mobile and invisible, and the global threat environment more complex, local public safety organizations will spend $20.7 billion in 2016 on IoT-enabled solutions
  8. By 2018, 60 percent of robotics use and machine-to-infrastructure communications in major cities will be related to connected cars and driverless or semiautonomous vehicles
  9. In 2017, public works projects will be the third-largest area of smart city investment as the business case in connected lighting and smart water become indisputable
  10. In 2018, 50 percent of all smart home alerts, reminders, and predictive automation will rely on inputs or responses from local government
Smart city collaboration

Smart cities are projected to be a $400-billion market by 2020, and according to research by McKinsey, 600 cities around the world are expected to generate 60 percent of the world’s GDP by 2025. With that as a backdrop, TM Forum recently launched a new Smart City Forum and leadership team aimed at helping partners collaborate to create the digital ecosystems needed to underpin smart cities.

The mission of the Smart City Forum is to accelerate smart city sustainability, workability and liveability by connecting the best minds in the world and combining pragmatic execution with top academic research. By adopting a hands-on approach, the team will bridge city visions and creative, innovative solutions within TM Forum’s Collaboration Platform and Catalyst proof-of-concept projects. This will help the partners work together to solve challenges such as privacy, big data analytics, open data and operational efficiency.

The Smart City Forum focuses on a number of important challenges for cities and creates an evolving asset base to make adoption and interoperability between cities a reality, ranging from the creation of best practices through to creation of application program interfaces (APIs).

“Identifying pragmatic solutions for shared smart city challenges is the focus of our new smart city initiative,” said Carl Piva, Vice President of Strategic Programs, TM Forum, and Smart City Forum Leader. “We make this happen by aligning the industry behind a set of common denominators that are required to create working solutions for urban innovation.”

Global smart city leaders

The new Smart City Forum is being co-chaired by Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles, and Jane Chen, Senior Vice President, ZTE and Chairman, ZTEsoft, and will be expanded to encompass more than 100 leading smart cities and governments worldwide, the top 10 global smart city research groups, 10 Smart City Innovation Centers and hundreds of suppliers, service providers and international bodies from the wider smart city ecosystem. When fully established, the Smart City Forum leadership team will include seven smart city leaders, a rotating chair from the Smart City Think Tank Group, a rotating chair held by the Smart City Innovation Centers, three service providers, three equipment suppliers, two leading systems integrators and two impactful global consultancies.

In addition to Marx and Chen, the Smart City Leadership team includes:

  • Paulo Carvalho, General Director, City of Lisbon
  • Jamie Cudden, Smart City Leader, City of Dublin
  • Mark McDonald, Chief Information Officer, City of Vancouver
  • Samir Saini, Commissioner and Chief information Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Paul Wilson, Managing Director, Bristol Is Open
  • Kristina Verner, Director, Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto

Joining these city leaders are a cross-section of the smart city ecosystem that creates and operates many of the solutions needed in the next era of urban innovation including:

  • Mike Zeto, General Manager Smarter Cities, AT&T
  • Rosalia Simon Navarro, Smart City Leader, Telefónica
  • Gerard Corcoran, Smart City Leader, Western Europe Huawei
  • Manuel Machado Alonso, Smart City Leader, Deloitte
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