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By 2050, the challenges facing humanity will be lost or won in cities. By then, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, against 50% now. Increased urbanization is already causing infrastructure headaches for cities which will only get worse. This is driving the creation of smart cities, a market that will be worth $833bn by 2030, by our estimates, up from $441bn in 2018.
Smart cities’ future infrastructure will rely on the analysis of data relayed by the sensors in buildings, infrastructure, transportation, and power grids, enabling city authorities to make critical decisions in real-time. The foundation will be smart city applications and platforms, whose governance, agility, and flexibility will be what makes a smart city smart.


This report provides an overview of the global smart cities market.

It offers a thematic framework to assess all stakeholders in the smart cities theme.

It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months.

It includes a comprehensive industry analysis, outlining the main growth areas and the competitive landscape.

It provides a forecast of global smart cities spending to 2030, broken down by key areas such as smart city platforms, smart buildings, smart grid, smart infrastructure, and smart transportation.

It scores the leading technology and industrial companies on their competitive position in the smart cities theme, using our proprietary thematic scoring methodology.

Key Highlights

The world’s greatest cities are bidding to become ‘smart’ cities. At the heart of this urban modernization are sensors, the data from which will be the oil that makes those cities run effectively.  Two closely connected factors are critical for smart cities to succeed: citizens’ trust over the stewardship of their data, and the looming cybersecurity threat. The irony is the smarter cities become, the more they may be at risk of cyber attacks.

The debate over Google offshoot Sidewalk Labs’ plans for Toronto’s waterfront area demonstrates that mistrust of Big Tech means citizens will no longer allow the use of their data to be taken for granted and nor will regulators. In Barcelona, officials insist smart cities are not defined by technologies but by people. Technology is just a means to an end.

Reasons to Buy

This report provides in-depth analysis of the global smart cities market, highlighting leading players across different segments of the value chain.

It provides analysis of the growth potential of the theme and identifies recent technological developments and upcoming areas of interest.

It identifies highlights specific cities that have taken a leadership role in the drive to become smart and discusses key elements of their strategies.

Key Players

Cimcon Lighting
Johnson Controls
Kapsch TrafficCom
Schneider Electric
WaterSmart Software

Table of Contents


Technology briefing


Industry analysis

Value chain


Smarter cities

Sector scorecards


Further reading

Appendix 1: Globaldata’s framework for smart cities

Appendix 2: Our thematic research methodology


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