Smart cities—once a theory is now a reality due to the technological revolution, digitally transforms the financial, environmental and social aspects in order to simplify urban living while attracting the brightest leaders of tech and government sectors. Thanks to the explosion in big data analytics and surfacing technologies, modern smart cities are empowered to manage and maximize the urban area efficiency with apt data provision and analysis. One such surfacing technology is blockchain. Having taken the digital world by storm at its debut, blockchain promises a well-poised framework, secure and trustworthy data exchange across banking, education, healthcare, and power industries, including the public sector. With this phenomenal framework in play, smart cities are presented with an abundance of opportunities for information security, efficiency, and transparency during transactional processes. As the global wireless industry grows at an unprecedented pace, smart city connectivity can be further enhanced with a next-gen wireless broadband connectivity—5G network.
A 5G network proffers superior speed, and low-latency services that enable multiple sensors connected via the Internet of Things (IoT) to seamlessly provide a virtual cornerstone for technology vendors, municipal authorities and urban planners to make cities smarter. With a scrupulous fleet of autonomous vehicles transforming urban mobility, the infrastructure of smart cities is deployed in combination with grid technologies and charging hugs to fully exploit the flexibility of electric vehicles and shared mobility. Another important factor while adopting innovative technologies for smart city development is the requirement of huge investments to modernize and refurbish the aging infrastructure assets. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) formed by the economic union between public and private agencies is a useful tool for local governments and authorities to bridge the infrastructure-resource gap and ensure a collaborative smart city growth solution. However, finding the apt smart city solution provider is a rather tedious task for local governments and authorities. Mitigating this malady, an esteemed panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, and Govt CIO Outlook’s editorial board narrowed the top solution providers that exhibit competence in delivering innovation in smart city development.
We present to you Govt CIO Outlook’s “Top 10 Smart City Solution Providers – 2018.”