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Jan 2017 - IDC Presentation - Doc # AP42262617

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2017 Predictions – APeJ Implications

Authors: Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Christopher Holmes, Shreyashi Pal, Gerald Wang, Peng Ma
On-line Presentation

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 CitiesCoping 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 DevelopmentProvisioning 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."