This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the 2017 APeJ Smart City agenda. Key focus areas of Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) smart cities growth for 2017 and beyond include:
- Sound City Economics; Risks Management— Reducing fiscal deficits and socioeconomic debts and managing financial performance
- Citywide CyberSecurity and Compliance; Increased Visibility and Accountability— Enabling better accountability and transparency as well as strengthened security and privacy protection to citizen stakeholders
- Future Citizens; SocioEconomics Infrastructure Transformation— Revamping economic growth and reducing the social divide that increases risks of crime, risks of housing problems, and risks of higher incidence of chronic diseases
- The City Century; Next-Generation Infrastructures for Smart Cities—Coping with demographic changes with critical infrastructure investments, such as the explosion of population in certain parts of Asia (e.g., cities), and worsening dependency ratios — all of which will put pressure on already stressed telecommunications, health, education, social care, transport, and public safety systems
- Securing the Future; Securing Investments and Sustained Manpower Development—Provisioning for economic competitiveness where there is a notable increase in transnational competition for securing foreign direct investments and attracting the right mix of manpower talents to build and transform the local industries
"Most cities don’t look for a single silver bullet. Rather, these cities actively rally close collaborations and shared goals across all functions and jurisdictions of governments; technology and domain suppliers; planners, developers and private investors; nonprofits; academia, businesses, citizens and more — all towards common shared goals," asserts Peng Ma, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights.
Gerald Wang, Head, Asia Pacific Government and Education, sees a growing national evolutionary agenda as well as citizen-centric eServices transformations as key target goals of numerous APeJ Governments in 2017. He adds, "The 2016 U.S. presidential election results and the end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement between the APeJ and the US will pose short-to-mid-term challenges for APeJ city governments as their national governments need to figure out new trade, export and innovation-exchange opportunities as well as navigate tighter central/federal regulations on government IT procurement, national cybersecurity interests as well as a possible smaller pool of strategic sourcing options for smart city programs."
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