By 2050, over 80% of the population in developed countries is expected to have moved to cities. This number is expected to be over 60% for the developing world. The creation of smart cities enables a smooth transition to urbanization through the most optimal utilization of resource to maximize value for the participants in the ecosystem. This value may be extrinsic as in financial, or intrinsic such as an improvement in the quality of life, health, convenience, a reduced environmental footprint or savings in time.
What are some technologies that will be most impactful to the evolution of smart cities?
Although there are many more technologies that impact smart cities than covered in this report, this report has aimed to outline the ten technologies that are believed to be most impactful from a variety of tech spaces. Among these are
ADAS, which will improve driver connectivity and safety, and enable smart parking solutions
Distributed energy generation, which leads to much greater efficiencies in energy management
Smart glass, which helps to reduce the environmental footprint of a smart city
Wearables, which leads to real-time tracking of health and fitness, and improved patient outcomes
Personalized Medicine, to move from a “one-size-fits-all” healthcare model to a more targeted approach
High-strength, lightweight materials, which leads to a reduced environmental footprint
Robotics, which are expected to increasingly automate dangerous and routine tasks
AI, which is expected to create predictive and prescriptive insights from data
Small Data, which enables more efficient resource utilization
Vertical farming, which will help combat space constraints and weather-related failures
Table of Contents
1.0 Executive summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Key Findings1.2 Key Findings (continued)1.2 Key Findings (continued)2.0 Personalized Medicine2.1 Personalization of Healthcare is Made Possible By Studying Patients’ Genomic Make-up, Lifestyle and Clinical Care Records 2.2 Companion Diagnostics Form the Basis of Personalized Medicine, One of the Pillars of Smart Cities2.3 Patient Stratification Improves Clinical Outcomes and Helps Clinicians Identify Patient Sub-populations Who Are Under-served2.4 Personalized Healthcare Extends Beyond Conventional Therapies Into Cosmetics, Nutrition, Mental Health and General Well-being3.0 Wearable Devices3.1 Wearable Devices Will Impact All Key Areas of a Smart City – Healthcare, Mobility, Defense and Communications3.2 Private Investment from VC Firms and VC Arms of Corporates Drive New Products in the Market3.3 Innovations Abound in Wearable Technology, Opening Up Several Avenues for a Smart City Future3.4 Miniaturization Will Lead to Complete Integration Into the Wearer’s Body, Leading to Implantable Sensor Devices4.0 Smart Glass 4.1 Integration of Smart Glass Can Improve Comfort and Sustainability Quotient of Smart Buildings4.2 Investment From Large Corporates Drives the Research and Development Efforts on Smart Glass Technologies 4.3 Most of the Innovations are Focused on Smart Buildings4.4 Development of Advanced Smart Glass Technologies to Facilitate large Scale Adoption5.0 High-Strength, Lightweight Materials5.1 Wide Application Potential can Enhance Use of High-Strength Lightweight Materials in Future Smart Cities5.2 Most of the High-Strength, Lightweight Materials find Applications in Building and Construction Within Smart Cities5.3 Legislation, Industry Initiatives and Funding are Focused on Improving Sustainability of Materials5.4 North America and Europe are Innovation Leaders With Construction, the Main Application of Focus5.5 Focus is on Improving Scalability and Sustainability Potential Without Compromising on Performance Attributes6.0 Distributed Energy Generation6.1 Sustainable Energy Consumption Has the Strongest Impact on the Distributed Generations Adoption6.2 Adoption of Distributed Generation Will Have Positive Impact on Energy and Environment Sectors in Smart City6.3 Residential Buildings in Smart City Powered by Solar PV6.4 Government Support Development of Distributed Energy Sources6.5 Future Trends Toward More Advanced Solar and Storage Technologies7.0 Vertical Farming7.1 Vertical Farming Enables Local Food Production in Smart Cities With Low Demand for Energy and Water7.2 Food and Building and Construction Sectors will be the Most Impactful Areas of Vertical Farming in Smart Cities7.3 Asian Regions Such as Singapore and China Find Increased Adoption of Vertical Farming Followed by the US7.4 Funds from the Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms Aid Vertical Farming Companies for Global Expansion 7.5 Technological Innovations Bringing In Automation and Resource Efficiency Will Drive the Adoption of Vertical Farms in Smart Cities7.6 Key Questions for Strategy Planning8.0 Artificial Intelligence8.1 Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Smart Cities8.2 Artificial Agents Will Assess the Density of Traffic Using GPS 8.3 Vendors Participating in Developing Smart Cities8.4 APAC is Targeting 5 Million Electric Vehicles by 20208.5 Amsterdam has the Highest Number of Initiatives of Over 170 Projects9.0 Small Data9.1 Impact of Small Data on Smart Cities9.2 Crime Prediction is One of The Top Most Use Cases of Small Data Analytics9.3 Vendors Participating in the Developing Smart Cities9.4 Dubai is Keen on Making First Smart City in the MENA Region9.5 5G Mobile Communication is Expected to Deliver Better Capacity and Latency 10.0 ADAS10.1 ADAS Enables Autonomous Driving and Intelligent Mobility10.2 Efficient Use of Fuel Leads to Significant Savings in Cost 10.3 Technology Adoption Roadmap – Forecast till 2027 10.4 Intelligent Mobility – Smart Parking, Group Rapid Transit, Intelligent Traffic Management, and Shared Mobility10.5 Key Innovators and Innovation Profiles11.0 Robots11.1 Emerging Needs and Significance of Robots11.2 Key Driving Trends – 3D Vision, Social Intelligence11.3 Key Trending Applications – Cloud, Social, and Autonomous Robots11.4 Key Innovation Themes – Waste Management, Logistics, Elderly Care, and Hospitality 11.5 Key Innovations – Fire Fighting, Guidance and Cleaning, and Self-repair Robots11.6 Key Innovations – Digital Mapping, Solid Waste Sorting, and Guide Robots11.7 Adoption of Robots in Smart Cities – Forecast till 2022Legal Disclaimer