4Q 2023

Analyst Insight: A Synergistic Approach to Smart City Projects

Smart City Tracker Insights

As cities have returned to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, smart city innovations have been highlighted for their potential to add growth and resilience. Cross-segment technology enables digital inclusivity that provides well-being for city residents, decarbonization for transportation and utilities, and access to transparent data that can inform the public and local governments. Connections among smart city projects, along with careful planning and process auditing, help ensure that digitalization’s benefits are delivered equitably.

This analyst insight looks at synergistic capabilities in existing and developing smart city projects across three notably holistic smart cities per region. Each city is used as a case study for technology implementations that address multiple areas such as transportation, buildings, energy, government, and water. What makes these 12 cities exemplary is their holistic approach to project implementation that builds long-term resilience.

This report, based on Guidehouse Insights’ Smart Cities Tracker 3Q23, focuses on regional case studies that have demonstrated synergy through their various smart city projects in three cities in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of World. The report also includes market drivers and barriers, an assessment of tracked smart city projects, a trend landscape, an analysis of each developing trend, and recommendations for stakeholders in the smart city industry.

Pages 15
Tables | Charts | Figures 4
  • How can cities around the world synergize existing and developing smart city projects?
  • Which cities are leading multi-sector smart city developments?
  • How can smart city projects collaborate for better scalability?
  • How can smart city projects increase potential for upfront investments?
  • How can digital services provide the foundation for collaboration and resiliency?
  • Governments
  • Smart city technology providers
  • Startups
  • Investors
  • Municipalities
  • Digital service providers



Executive Summary

Market Drivers and Barriers

Market Inflection Trends

Tracked Smart City Project Insights

Smart City Case Studies: North America

Smart City Case Studies: Europe

Smart City Case Studies: Asia Pacific

Smart City Case Studies: Rest of World

Key Recommendations

Acronyms & Abbreviations, Additional Resources, Contact

  • Top 12 Smartest City Project Distribution by Primary Focus, World Markets: 4Q23
  • Cumulative Multi-Sector Projects by Start Year, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Market Drivers and Barriers
  • Smart Cities: Industry Growth Potential, World Markets: 4Q23
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