We see several encouraging trends in the new Smart City Tracker 3Q13 report from Navigant Research that confirms momentum around smart city programs continues to grow. Among them:
- A growing movement to define standards and frameworks that enable greater interoperability within and between cities
- Suppliers are devising innovative solutions and business models, particularly in terms of partnerships with city governments and other stakeholders
- Smart city programs are gaining more support at the national government level as countries commit to investment in smarter urban infrastructure
“Growing interest in developing standards to support smart city initiatives reflects the scale and diversity of the projects under development,” says Eric Woods, research director at Navigant Research. “For example, most of those standards either already exist or are being developed by the energy or communications industries. The challenge is to map city requirements with those standards and to identify gaps between existing standards initiatives.”
In terms of national governments investing in smarter urban infrastructure, Navigant points to China, which expanded its list of jurisdictions that will be eligible for its 2013 Smart City Pilot Program. And in Japan, the government has extended its existing smart community demonstration projects into support for reconstruction efforts in areas worst affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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