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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2018 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: In 2018, a Communications Services Provider Will Step Forward to Be a Digital Hero, Developing a Collaborative Strategy to Grow Smart Communities, Resulting in 50% Improvement in Broadband Coverage in the Municipalities with Which It Partners

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Prediction 2: In 2018, 30% of Major Global Cities Will Develop an Outcomes-Based Smart City IoT Platform Strategy to Connect Devices, Collect, and Manage Data from Various City Domains and Tech Suppliers, Will Rapidly Deploy New Solutions, and Will Create a Unified View of the City

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Prediction 3: By 2019, 25% of Midsize to Large Cities Will Feel the Effects of Digital Transformation on Revenue in Parking and Transit Collections, Options for Ad-Based Revenue, and Potential Premium Data Services Offerings

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Prediction 4: By 2019, One-Third of Major Cities Will Regulate Ride-Hailing Companies as Public Transit Providers to Combat Congestion, Improve Rider Safety, and Reduce Liabilities in Procuring First- and Last-Mile Transit Options

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Prediction 5: By 2019, 20% of Local, State, and Regional Governments Globally Will Develop Blockchain Initiatives to Reduce Operational and Processing Costs, Improve Data Integrity and Sharing, and Embed Security and Privacy Protocols into Registries and Contracts

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Prediction 6: By 2019, up to 50% of Smart City Projects Globally Will Be Funded Via PPPs, Nonprofits, or MOUs as Cities and Tech Vendors Seek New Ways to Work Together Beyond Traditional Procurement Models

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Prediction 7: By 2020, at Least Three Large-Scale Urban Initiatives Will Allow Individuals to Personally Interact with Objects — Such as Street Lights, Street Kiosks, and Tourist Structures — to Access New Experiences, Information, and Services

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Prediction 8: In Response to Developments in Connected Vehicles and Pressures for Improved Safety, by 2020, 20% of Midsize to Large Cities Will Begin to Implement V2X Capabilities to Optimize Traffic Flow and Significantly Reduce Collisions

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Prediction 9: By 2020, 15% of Large Global City and State Emergency Management Organizations Will Use a Combination of Augmented and Virtual Reality Solutions to Improve Situational Awareness with Remote Incident Management and Virtual Subject Matter Expertise

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Prediction 10: Because of Smart Cities' Increasing Exposure to Cyberattack, by 2020, 70% of National Governments Will Create and Enforce Common Cybersecurity Standards (Such as Data Management Rules and Connectivity Security) for All Levels of Government

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

Accelerating DX — Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society

Sense, Compute, Actuate — The New Data-Centric Paradigm

Cyberthreats — Theft, Ransom, and Cyberattack on the Rise

Innovation Impasse — Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation

Platform Disruption — Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power of Scale

The Future Workforce — Global Demand for Digital Talent

Global Volatility — Political, Social, and Economic Disturbance

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