With more than 80% of world GDP generated by cities, urban centers are becoming the dominant playing ground for companies. To provide decision-support to business and city leaders, our team of urban experts and economists are uniquely able to analyze city, regional and community issues and trends. Unlike other research firms, ESI ThoughtLab can survey, interview, and convene city leaders, managers, and experts around the world. We also can create global information systems (GIS) and geospatial models to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. This enables us to detect, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships that can provide evidence-based insights to local government decisions.
Analyzing how technology transforms and interconnects cities
We conducted a rigorous benchmarking survey of city officials and managers in over 100 smart cities to gather data on their smart city investments, programs, and performance results across their full ecosystem, including mobility and transformation, energy and water, environment and sustainability, public safety and health, telecoms and IT, and buildings and infrastructure.