The global smart cities market was valued at USD 411 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.4% during the forecast period. The increasing number of investments by cities and federal governments and the growing need for sustainable infrastructure because of the rapid urbanization and intensifying population are the major driving factors for the smart cities market growth.
Moreover, rising demand for public safety & security are fulfilling with the help of technologically advanced devices such as video surveillance cameras, immediate recognition of faces, and license plates may lead to the smart cities market growth. Furthermore, the emergence of the IoT and 5G technologies is also an impelling factor contributing towards the smart cities market development over the forecasting years.
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The widespread COVID-19 witnesses a struggle to make progress from the outcome of the pandemic in various industries across the global economy, which curtailed several short-term intelligent cities plans. However, long-term situations still remain favorable for the intelligent cities development projects due to the growth of the IoT sector which will contribute to the intelligent cities market development.
Thereby, COVID-19 acts as a catalyzing factor for the various sectors by offering digitalized services such as e-trading, e-health applications, e-banking, etc., across the globe. The penetration of the solutions and services is raised by the lots of intelligent cities providers to manage projects in sectors like transportation, citizen services, construction, and utilities. Hence, these factors witness a positive impact of the COVID-19 in the market.
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) into intelligent cities developments is one of the significant driving factors for the market. The deployment of AI in various applications such as video surveillance, incorporation with independent ride-share vehicles, parking & traffic management, etc., is growing across multiple sectors which will contribute to the market development.
For example, in any emergency medical situation, AI-based cameras facilitate getting the doctor's aid on time. Similarly, AI is also integrated into CCTV cameras for facial identification that further supports citizens' safety.
Moreover, the technology of facial recognition also allows in accessing private details of a resident at the time of emergency. Also, AI integration with the sensors implemented at traffic signals and parking lots assists in collecting helpful information for designing the intelligent cities proposal efficiently which in turn propels the market development.
Consequently, the growing applications of AI are creating a lucrative growth of the market across the globe. Furthermore, the increasing number of smart cities initiatives also accelerates the market demand for intelligent cities. For instance, in Singapore, the National Research Foundation is working on developing Virtual Singapore, in which a dynamic 3D cities model and mutual data platform are set up.
Technologies are incorporated into housing with the help of a framework that reflects on living, environment, planning, and buildings. For example, engineers examine wind flow, shaded regions, and solar dispersion for improved design and site for new buildings. By 2022, the government intends to deploy intelligent, energy-efficient lighting for every community road and install solar panels on the rooftop of nearly 6,000 buildings.
The market is primarily segmented on the basis of application, smart governance, smart utilities, smart transportation, and region.
By Smart Governance
By Smart Utilities
By Smart Transportation
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The transportation segment accounted for the highest revenue share in 2020. The increasing number of traffic jamming issues globally due to the growing requirements for modernizing public transportation infrastructure and rapid urbanization fuels the segment growth which will fuel the growth of the intelligent cities market growth.
In addition, the penetration of IoT technologies across the transportation sector supports the professional management of traffic in cities. The rising intelligent cities market demand for electric vehicles, driverless cars, on-demand mobility, and ride-sharing is the additional key factors in the smart cities projects that contribute to the segment growth.
The governance segment is projected to show the fastest growth rate in the forthcoming years. It facilitates government associations to enhance transparency, responsibility, security, involvement of citizens and increases collaboration and making a healthy partnership of government-public.
Smart governance can focus on allowing and managing effective decision-making and planning with the help of communication and information technology. Like, governments are adopting video surveillance systems for identifying and preventing criminal activities and developing smart supremacy.
The city surveillance segment is accounted highest revenue share in 2020. City surveillance plays a significant role in intelligent city's mission by monitoring transportation systems, civil bodies, public assets, citizens, and other community places. The increasing awareness regarding public security & safety encourages the adoption of IP cameras and video management systems, which in turn drives the segment growth.
Moreover, availability of cost-effective IP camera and technological developments in analytics and software are other significant factors contribute to the segment demand for managing community security across the globe.
The Command and Control Center segment is projected to show the highest CAGR in the foreseen years as the providers progressively increase their network and connections with distributors, partners, and resellers for coming into the impending market.
Besides, the intelligent cities market demand of the segment is expanding because CC centers monitors and access every smart cities system and application, which comprises Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) & intelligent parking, city surveillance, energy & waste management solutions, and smart lighting. Therefore, the segment plays a crucial role in the intelligent cities projects for gathering and evaluating a large amount of information flowing from various systems and applications which in turn will drive the market growth.
Geographically, North America is leading the market with the largest revenue share in 2020 due to the frequent digital transformation across numerous sectors such as banking, telecom, and banking.
Additionally, factors such as the existence of the major market players, availability of the well-developed ICT infrastructure, local and federal government’s partnership with the ICT start-ups and dealers boost the intelligent cities market demand across North America.
Furthermore, the occurrence of numerous international councils is also leading the market growth. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Smart Cities Council encourages the concept of smart cities in North America by arranging networking events.
The market in Asia Pacific is projected to show a significant CAGR in the forecasting years due to the rising focus on digital infrastructure development and growing urbanization. Also, the emerging direction of the regulatory bodies in the APAC region for decreasing air pollution and traffic congestion and the advancement of the parking management system is attributed to the intelligent cities market development in the near future.
Moreover, numerous organizations are majorly opting for cloud-based solutions due to their cost-effectiveness leads to the growth of applications like smart utilities, smart building, innovative governance, and intelligent transportation. Hence, increasing disposable income in the Asia Pacific fuels the market greet in the upcoming years.
Major players operating in the global market include ABB Limited, AGT Group GmbH, AVEVA Group plc, , Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson, General Electric, Honeywell International Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., International Business Machines Corporation, Itron Inc., KAPSCH Group, Microsoft, Siemens AG,, Oracle Corporation., SAP SE, Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, Telensa, Verizon, and Vodafone Group plc.
Market size value in 2020
USD 411 billion
Revenue forecast in 2028
USD 1.03 trillion
14.4% from 2021 - 2028
2016 - 2019
2021 - 2028
Revenue in USD billion/trillion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028
By Application, By Smart Governance, By Smart utilities, By Smart Transportation By Region
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa
ABB Limited, AGT Group GmbH, AVEVA Group plc, , Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson, General Electric, Honeywell International Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., International Business Machines Corporation, Itron Inc., KAPSCH Group, Microsoft, Siemens AG,, Oracle Corporation., SAP SE, Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, Telensa, Verizon, and Vodafone Group plc.