The Smart Cities Council defines smart cities as communities that use information and communication technology to enhance liveability, workability, and sustainability. Here are some of the findings:
- 59.5% of the respondents identified that they are actively deploying smart payments and finance technologies
- However it is public safety that 48.9% of the respondents want smart city technologies to be focused on, followed by customer service/public engagement and telecommunications.
- Cost savings is indicated as either very important or important motivator by 81.9% of the respondents. Resiliency for critical operations and safety/security benefits are the other top two motivators with high percentages
- 75.4% of respondents indicated budget limitations as a very significant or significant barrier for their community to implement smart city technologies.