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Getting Clever About Smart Cities: New Opportunities Require New Business Models

November 2, 2010

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Population growth and urbanization are stretching many cities' infrastructure and resources to breaking point. Policymakers and public leaders are increasingly looking to ICT solutions to effectively provide public services like education, healthcare, safety, transportation, and utilities. At the same time, municipal bankruptcies and public-sector financial crises create a gap between the ends required and the means to get there. Public-sector IT leaders are less optimistic about the outlook for their sector than those in other industries. Yet, they do report plans to increase spending for certain hardware and software categories, particularly industry-specific applications and networking equipment that underpin smart city initiatives. Demand from local governments, along with similar conglomerations like universities and company towns, will drive incremental opportunities for ICT suppliers in the coming years. To capitalize on these opportunities, vendor strategists must partner with urban leaders, providing guidance not only on the technology solutions and services but also on the business models and delivery options that will ensure the long-term viability of smart city projects.

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  • Global Markets Face Pressures From Population And Urbanization Growth
  • The Public Sector Sees More Challenges Than Others Yet Still Expects Budget Increases
  • Cities Are More Bullish Than Others In Some Areas — More Report Spending Increases

Table of Contents

  • Urban Demographics Require New Approaches To Public Services
  • The Smart City — A Framework For Addressing Global Issues Locally
  • The Smart City Opportunity For Tech Vendors' Services And Products
  • Smart City Solutions Must Start With The "City," Not The "Smart"
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  • There's No Crash Course To Becoming A Smarter City
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