Smart City Use Cases & Technology Report 2020

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134-page adoption report with detailed insights on Smart City Use Cases, Technologies, and Adoption including:

  • 31 use cases (rate of adoption, # of connected devices)
  • 13 technologies (rate of adoption) & 16 connectivity technologies (Usage, selection criteria)
  • 12 vendor selection criteria (ranked)
  • 54 vendors (share-of-mentions, customer satisfaction rating, type of offering)
  • Insights on decision-making and funding
  • Key learnings on Smart City implementation (Motivation, key barriers to adoption, challenges, success factors, benefits)
  • 7 characteristics of successful Smart City initiatives
  • And more

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Smart City Use Cases & Technology Adoption Report 2020

This document represents the Smart City Use Cases & Technology Adoption Report 2020 and is part of IoT Analytics’ ongoing coverage of Smart City and Connectivity (see Smart City Research Workstream).

IoT Analytics published a blog post on “The top 10 Smart City Use Cases – What cities are prioritizing now” which is derived from the report which can be viewed here.

Find out:

  • What use cases are smart cities adopting and to which degree?
  • Which use cases have the highest number of connected devices?
  • Which are some of the common technology vendors and how well perceived are they?
  • What connectivity technologies are used by smart cities and for what reason?
  • Which regions are ahead when adopting these technologies?
  • Who is deciding on and implementing the smart city initiative?
  • Where is the funding coming from and what is it spent on?
  • What are the motivational factors to start the initiative? What are roadblocks?
  • How do cities measure the outcome?
  • What distinguishes successful smart city initiatives from less successful ones?

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At a glance:

The Smart City Use Cases & Technology Adoption Report 2020 analyses the adoption of smart city use cases and (connectivity) technologies.

The report summarizes the results from a survey of 50 city decision makers from some of the world’s leading Smart City initiatives (e.g., London, Barcelona, Dubai, Beijing, Berlin, and many others). See the overview of participant cities:

The results are presented in 4 chapters:

  1. Use Cases & Technologies
  2. Selecting the vendor
  3. Decision-makers, funding, spending
  4. Implementation

Sample analyses:

The report analyses the level of adoption of 31 use cases across 5 main verticals from the planning phase to fully deployed solutions.

Moreover, the report investigates 16 network technologies and their respective reasons for deployment. Finally, the usage of 13 technologies – from blockchain to drones – in the smart city context is shown.

The report shows insights the into selection of smart city vendors.

The survey results also show the sources of funding for smart city initiatives. Detailed shares of public funding, private funding, and private-public partnerships by region and city size as well as the spending on the respective technology layer help the reader understand the budgetary situation of smart cities. Moreover, the end-2-end decision-making process is analyzed from the definition of a smart city strategy to managing the solution once it is fully operative.

The reader learns about the most important success factors that the smart city managers shared. Each success factor is supported by detailed quotes.

Table of contents:

Selected companies mentioned in the report:

Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Huawei, Verizon, AT&T, SK Telecom, and 47 more.


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Publication date

August 2020


134 page PDF/PPT

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Table of Contents

1. Overview & main findings
2. Report methodology & definitions
3. Introduction
4. Smart city use cases and technologies
5. Selecting the vendors
6. Decision-makers, funding, spending
7. Implementation
8. Patterns of successful smart city initiatives
9. Appendix