James Bourne: Smart cities deep dive: Citizen expectations and exploring the Internet of Everything

30/07/2020 - 08:36

Smart city initiatives are becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. A series of research studies issued this week have detailed citizen demands, as well as efforts being made by cities to progress.

A study by Capgemini, which surveyed 10,000 citizens across 10 countries, as well as 300 city officials, found smart city initiatives benefit cities and attract potential citizens – but progress is slow.

The report, titled ‘Street Smart: Putting the Citizen at the Centre of Smart City Initiatives’, noted fewer than one in 10 (9%) city officials polled were in advanced stages of implementations. Fewer than a quarter (22%) had even started putting together a handful of initiatives.