Frost & Sullivan predicts boom for smart city market

According to the latest research from Frost & Sullivan, the smart city solutions market will likely experience a boom as investments in upgrading telecommunication networks in cities to 5G standards will drive growth in digitising city infrastructure and services.

Smart city solutions empower city governments to acquire distributed city data and unify it while offering a platform to provide innovative solutions for effective city management. Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Smart City Solutions Growth Opportunities, finds that the sector is evolving from aiming to create traffic management solutions to converging with industry participants creating solutions for data simulation, the sharing economy, social media, and mass transit.

“In every smart city project, one of the most important layers is connectivity, which is the city-wide network infrastructure that facilitates the data flow between devices and the central monitoring platform,” said Avishar Dutta, Mobility Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Additionally, to reduce the cost of setting up such a network, low-power wide-area network technology is seeing adoption to make smart city projects feasible for small urban areas.”

Dutta added: “The main market growth drivers are regulations that mandate the biggest cities to reduce their carbon emissions in a timely manner. Further, these regulations demand public spending in smart city investments, and governments are sanctioning smart city projects at an increasing pace, driving competitive intensity.”

The demand for smart city solutions with increasing applications across areas presents lucrative growth opportunities for market participants, such as:

  • Autonomous mobility: Smart city solution providers should offer solutions that include vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices.
  • Future city planning: Municipal authorities should consider the capabilities of smart city solutions to increase a city’s quality of living and harvest data to visualize how to plan out the city for the future.
  • Smart infrastructure: The mapping of cities to prepare them for autonomous vehicle services is also a market opportunity for smart city solution providers and can be included in smart city solutions.

Smart City Solution Growth Opportunities is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility research and analyses produced through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organisations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.

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