Smarter Cities 2025
Building a Sustainable Business and Financing Plan
"The cities of the future - and the cities of the present that will be relevant in the future - will be smart. Full of sensors, data, and analysis that help the traffic flow, civic leaders lead, and citizens fully realize all the benefits of working and living in their city."
-Ben Pring, Managing Director, Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work
In today’s digital age, becoming a smart city is vital for attracting business, residents, tourists, and talent, and for ultimately fostering growth and prosperity. But the path to a smart city future is often unclear to urban leaders, who require a deeper grasp of the approaches that will drive the best results.
To provide cities with a more effective roadmap, ESI ThoughtLab teamed up with a coalition of organizations with urban and technology expertise to conduct ground-breaking research into the impact of smart city solutions on urban performance.
The 10 Pillars of Smart City Success
Our research identified 10 smart city pillars that work together to drive benefits to local stakeholders. While urban leaders will vary their approaches based on the issues their cities face, the most successful cities create roadmaps that build on foundational and tech-enabled pillars. As part of our research, we asked government leaders, citizens and businesses to give us their views on these 10 pillars for smart city success. This section shows their ranking of priorities on a scale of 0-4*.
*0 = not a priority, 4 = very high priority
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How Smart City Investment Can Unlock Economic Growth
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Making Technology Work for People: A Playbook for Smart Cities
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Smart City Market Impacts on Global GDP and Population Growth
According to a new study conducted by ESI ThoughtLab, the adoption of smart city technologies can raise GDP per capita by 21% and population growth by 13% over the next five years...
Smarter Infrastructure: Safer Cities Count on Efficient and Advanced Solutions
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners
Smarter Cities 2025 was sponsored by a coalition of leading consulting firms and providers of smart city services, platforms, and products. Each organization is an expert in its own field. A group of distinguished research partners also provided invaluable insights and guidance throughout the research process. Their multidisciplinary perspectives ensured an insightful and balanced view of the issues that urban centers face as they strive to become smart cities.
ESI ThoughtLab would like to thank our sponsors, research partners, and project management team for helping us create this watershed study.
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