2Q 2022

Smart Cities Regional Perspectives: Balancing Global Visions and Local Priorities

The drive to develop smarter and more sustainable cities is a global movement. Smart city initiatives around the world have much in common regarding the fundamental issues they face and the range of technology solutions available. However, differences between regions, and countries, in terms of the economic and political context, urbanization trends, and the levels of existing and planned infrastructure and technology investment continue to play an important part in shaping those programs.

As smart city development shifts to another phase post-pandemic, these differences are particularly notable in relation to recovery strategies and investment. The different ways that countries and cities are responding to climate change also have a strong influence on smart city programs.

In the US, the Federal infrastructure program has the potential to drive a new wave of city innovation. The more diffuse European recovery programs have similar potential but will also be shaped by national priorities. In Asia, as in other regions, the need to mitigate the dramatic impact of climate change is likely to exert a strong influence on future city investment, alongside the ongoing challenges of mass urbanization. For all smart city suppliers, understanding local conditions and priorities is an essential requirement for market success.

This report looks at key regional trends, local priorities, and lessons that can be learned across regions and countries. Recommendations are provided for technology providers, service partners, and other stakeholders.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 4
  • What are the emerging regional trends in smart cities?
  • What are the key policy and design innovations?
  • What are the drivers for change in the smart city market?
  • How are city digital strategies maturing?
  • What are the focus areas for smart and sustainable solutions?
  • What are the main supplier opportunities and challenges?
  • Municipalities
  • State and regional governments
  • 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
  • Utilities
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community


Executive Summary

Global Movement, Local Flavors

North America


Asia Pacific

Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Conclusion and Key Recommendations

Additional Resources


  • North America Example Projects 
  • Europe Example Projects 
  • Asia Pacific Example Projects
  • Latin America, Middle East & Africa Example Projects