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Smart Cities in the Americas: Regional Status & Key Case Studies

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Smart Cities in the Americas: Regional Status & Key Case Studies
Published: March 28, 2019 Content info: 24 Pages

The Americas is one of the most urbanized regions in the world. Cities across North and Latin America are home to nearly 81% of the region's population, a number likely to increase. Smart city initiatives can help to manage the complexities arising from urban life, helping city planners and administrations to improve the public service efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the quality of life.

Most smart city projects revolve around four priority areas: sustainable urban mobility, sustainable district and built environment, integrated infrastructure and processes, and enhanced public services. While most smart city projects comprise all of these elements, typically some are prioritized over others. All projects have as a common primary requirement the widespread existence of good quality ICT infrastructure and access to information, which sits at the core of any project.

Most smart city projects in the Americas are currently focusing on areas such as real time public transit information, parking management, car sharing, bike sharing, or road illumination. Over time, these developments are also opening the door to smart city initiatives in other areas, such as air quality or infrastructure monitoring. Existing smart city resources and infrastructure can be shared by adjacent projects generating economies of scale. Portland's Traffic Sensor Project (PTSP), for instance, includes the creation of a data lake, which will be later used to store data from other smart city initiatives beyond traffic management.

The report "Smart Cities in the Americas: Regional Status & Key Case Studies", provides an executive-level overview of the smart cities market in the Americas. It delivers deep qualitative insights into the smart city market, smart city value chain, and ecosystem dynamics in the region. It also analyzes key trends and smart city projects being implemented in the Americas.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the following -

  • Smart cities taxonomy & market context: an overview of the smart city context in the Americas and analysis of the smart city value-chain and role of telcos
  • The situation of smart cities in the Americas: an overview on the main smart city opportunities and challenges and how these are driving and impacting smart city investments. This section also analyzes telcos' role within smart city projects in the Americas
  • Smart city case studies: this section details the business model and strategies of two smart city projects in the Americas. It also details telcos' involvement in these projects
  • Key findings and recommendations: the insider concludes with a number of key findings and a set of recommendations for smart city stakeholders, including telecom service providers

Companies mentioned: AT&T, Bell Canada, Cisco, Citelum, Ericsson, General Electric, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Telefonica, tigo, Worldsensing


  • Increasing urbanization rates across the region are helping to drive investments in smart city solutions both in the Americas region and globally.
  • Smart city initiatives can help to manage the complexities arising from urban life, helping city planners and administrations to improve the public service efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the quality of life.
  • Common standards and regulatory environments in the region have further spurred the deployment of smart city projects.
  • Mobility and traffic management are one of the areas that concentrate most of the smart city projects rolled out in the Americas.
  • In general, telecom operators in the Americas act in the smart city value chain as connectivity service providers and a number of them have been going up the smart city value chain by providing more integrated solutions.

Reasons to buy

  • This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and business models of smart city projects in the Americas region. It helps executives fully understand smart city market dynamics, determine key smart city positioning strategies, formulate effective product development plans and optimize return on investments.
  • Two case studies illustrate the findings of the report, providing insights around two smart city projects in the region, including scope, services, budgets, and timelines. The case studies also give an overview of the type of smart city solutions, use cases and value propositions telcos have rolled out. This will help telecom executives craft adapted smart city strategies to unlock new revenue streams.
  • The report discusses concrete opportunities in the smart cities market, providing a number of actionable recommendations for smart city market participants, including telecom service providers.
Table of Contents
Product Code: GDTC0172IR

Table of Contents

  • List of Exhibits
  • Executive Summary

Section 1: Taxonomy & Market Context

  • Defining a Smart City
  • Elements of a Smart City
  • Smart City Value Chain

Section 2: Smart City Situation in the Americas

  • Overview of Smart City Status in the Americas
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Examples of Smart City Projects in the Americas

Section 3: Smart City Case Studies

  • Portland's Traffic Sensor Project (PTSP)
  • Bogota Smart City Project

Section 4: Key Findings & Recommendations

  • Key Findings & Recommendations


  • Acronyms and Definitions
  • Companies Mentioned
  • Contact Information

List of Figures

  • Exhibit 1: Smart city definition
  • Exhibit 2: The four elements of smart city projects
  • Exhibit 3: Smart city technological value-chain
  • Exhibit 4: Classification of smart city projects in the Americas
  • Exhibit 5: Key opportunities and challenges in the Americas
  • Exhibit 6: Smart city projects and investments in the Americas
  • Exhibit 7: Portland snapshot, US, 2018
  • Exhibit 8: Portland smart city ecosystem
  • Exhibit 9: Bogota snapshot, Colombia, 2018
  • Exhibit 10: Bogota smart city ecosystem
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