Smart Cities Mean Safer, More Accessible Communities, Says New CTA Report

The Consumer Technology Association recently released a new report highlighting the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on cities and communities across the world. Remote guarding is one of the best security innovations born out of IoT, and it is helping create safe zones for businesses in previously unseen ways. “With the Internet of Things (IoT) as a foundation, technologies such as automated street lighting, smart energy meters, parking assistance apps and sensors have ability to make cities safer and more accessible,” says the new report.

The comprehensive report collects both primary and secondary research to gain a deeper understanding of smart cities in Europe. CTA’s findings can be applied to cities across the globe exploring  topics such as the current landscape and progress, growth drivers, implementation, development barriers and the future of smart cities.

“Challenges do exist for smart cities – the biggest of which are buy-in from stakeholders, political will and funding,” said Steve Koenig, senior director of market research, CTA. “There is a real need for public-private partnerships to help make smart cities a reality. On the policy front, regulatory initiatives must foster the ability of technologies to work together in a way that benefits the development of smart cities.”

Remote Guarding is helping build these public-private partnerships by connecting security consulting firms (like Elite Interactive Solutions) with local law enforcement agencies that respond to criminal activity.

“Smart cities make daily life in our communities more efficient, reduce environmental impact, improve city services, create jobs and benefit the economy. They make us safer and offer greater accessibility. And with two-thirds of the world’s population living in cities by 2050, now is the time to harness technology’s potential to improve urban life,” said Koenig.

CTA’s research found there are more than 200 smart city projects of varying degree underway across Europe. Some 83 percent of these projects are focused on smart environment and energy conservation efforts, while more than half (52 percent) are working on smart mobility solutions.

CES 2018 will make the launch of a dedicated Smart Cities Marketplace (exhibit area) and full schedule of related conference programming. The Marketplace will include smart city enabling technology such as artificial intelligence systems, sensors, data analytics, transportation, network infrastructures, and other devices and services. The multi-day conference programming will highlight 5G technologies and public/private partnerships, and include experts in utilities, health and other public services.

To download The Rise and Growth of Smart Cities in Europe, please visit CTA.tech/research.