Identifying Exploitable Innovations in the Smart City

September 27, 2017 | State of the Market Report

Cities are poised to become powerhouses of the 21st century, even as they grapple with megatrend forces and push to provide for their citizens. As technology is transforming industries, there is no consensus on what makes a “smart city,” and the promise of open data delivering quality of life in the smart city has fallen short. We instead look at 20 high-potential use cases related to the operation and infrastructure of a city, cutting across the domains of transportation, resource quality, energy, safety and security, and livability. We evaluated these use cases to identify medium-term and near-term opportunities upon which companies can act to deliver smart city elements. There are concrete opportunities, but success depends on assembling available technologies and bringing creative business models.


  • Chemicals
  • CPG
  • Government & Non-Profit
  • Industrials
  • Utilities

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Cities across the globe are in pursuit of quality-of-life improvements, but few outstanding concrete examples exist of smart cities that push forward .
  • Analysis
    Smart cities address quality of life, but their slow progress means the nearer-term opportunities are related to operations and infrastructure.
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Alex Herceg, P. Eng.


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