- What has been the impact of the coronavirus on city strategies?
- How does this impact intersect with other challenges, including climate change?
- How do smart city programs need to evolve to meet these new challenges?
- How are cities reprioritizing their services and technology investments?
- What are the key phases in city recovery programs?
- Which technologies can help in managing the current crisis and building future resilience?
- What lessons can be learned from cities that have started to lay out their recovery strategy?
- What are the opportunities and challenges for different sectors of the smart city market?
- How can supplier strategies evolve to meet the changing needs of cities?
Ecosystem Strategy for Smart Cities: Achieving Growth through Uncertainty
City priorities have changed dramatically in 2020 and many of the changes will have long-term consequences. Accepted ideas on how cities are organized, managed, and monitored have been overturned. In addition, there is the huge issue of depleted budgets and reduced tax bases. Citizen health and economic survival have become existential priorities for city leaders. Despite these urgent and unpredictable challenges, city leaders realize the need to rebuild better to ensure resilience to future pandemic events, accelerate the shift to zero carbon cities, and address the gross social inequalities in many cities. These aspirational priorities must be considered even as cities continue to deal with the current existential threats. Huge uncertainty remains over the future path of the pandemic, the state of city economies, the political dimension of recovery, and the impact of climate change.
The intersection of COVID-19, climate change, social justice, and technological disruption defines a new uncertain landscape for city leaders to navigate. Patterns are emerging in terms of how cities will need to manage the continued threat from COVID-19 and address other existential challenges. The role of technology is being considered along these new fault lines, in terms of its ability to address new challenges and on how it must be managed to meet aspirational goals around emissions reductions and social justice.
This report examines how smart city initiatives will evolve to meet challenges in an age of uncertainty. The report looks at early stage interventions by cities around the world and examines their medium- and long-term consequences. It explores the effects on city technology and innovation programs. Recommendations are provided for city strategists, technology providers, service partners, and other stakeholders.
- State and regional government
- City service providers
- Smart city solutions providers
- IoT and city platform vendors
- IT, networking, and telecommunications vendors
- Transportation and mobility providers
- Energy management hardware and software vendors
- Government agencies
- Investor community
Introduction and Scope
Building Back Better
Vectors of Uncertainty
Phases of Recovery
Rethinking the City
Market Accelerators and Inhibitors
Uncertainty and Opportunities by Smart City Sector
Supplier Ecosystem Perspective
Additional Resources, Acronyms, and Contact
- Vectors of Uncertainty
- Phases of Recovery
- Rethinking the City
- Market Accelerators and Inhibitors
- Uncertainty and Opportunities by Smart City Sector
- Supplier Ecosystem Perspective