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Vendors have been the main proponents of the smart cities concept – operators need to define the application spaces where they can play a greater role as providers of innovative smart cities solutions.

There is no single definition of a ‘smart city’, but connectivity underpins many aspects of the concept. Smart city IoT and M2M solutions can introduce a variety of efficiencies to city management, improve competitiveness and enhance quality of life. Telecoms service providers have been largely absent from, or in the background of, smart city initiatives, but we have identified some cases where operators could be involved in providing solutions and connectivity for such projects.

This Viewpoint:
analyses IoT and M2M opportunities in smart cities for telecoms service providers
focuses on the implementation of communication-based technologies including:
municipal Wi-Fi
video surveillance
intelligent street lighting
smart parking
smart waste management
addresses the following questions:
What is a smart city?
Which mobile network operators (MNOs) have been involved in smart city projects?
What smart city applications could MNOs provide?
Which vendors are positioned to become smart city market leaders?

COMPANY COVERAGE

The following companies are mentioned in this report.
Alcatel-Lucent
Cisco Systems
Deutsche Telekom
Ericsson
Hitachi
Huawei
IBM
Jasper Wireless
Kopin
KT
LG CNS
Microsoft
Ooredoo
Orange
PCCW Global
Qualcomm
Siemens
Streetline
Telefónica
Telensa
Telmex (América Móvil)
Thales Group
Toshiba

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The IoT and M2M opportunities in smart cities for telecoms service providers

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About this report


Executive summary: Major vendors are driving key smart city initiatives, niche players are driving creative solutions, and MNOs are largely absent


Implications for mobile operators


‘Smart city' is an opaque term and its definition differs between stakeholders, but connectivity underpins many aspects of the concept


A green political agenda has often driven political support for smart initiatives in cities


A small number of high-profile greenfield initiatives involve constructing new cities with intelligent solutions for efficiency and sustainability


Brownfield cities will account for most smart city opportunities, but such initiatives typically require a degree of political support


Municipalities are adopting smart city solutions to increase efficiencies, enhance quality of life and meet sustainability objectives


Telecoms and ICT equipment vendors have been the main proponents of the smart cities concept


Smart city projects with significant operator involvement


Smart waste management has been piloted, but large-scale deployment will require the use of low-power, wide-area networking technologies


Intelligent street lighting deployments have typically used non-cellular technologies, such as PLC (fixed) and UNB (wireless)


Intelligent street lighting company profile: Telensa (UK)


Some MNOs have formed partnerships with providers of smart parking solutions, although non-cellular technology has also been deployed


Smart parking company profile: Streetline (USA)


Free municipal Wi-Fi can be a starting point towards a smart city goal, but its prospects are fraught with commercial challenges


Municipal Wi-Fi networks have met with mixed success, and most are publicly funded


Municipal Wi-Fi network case study: Norfolk Open Link, Norwich (UK)


Wireless video surveillance requires high-bandwidth and low-latency 3G and 4G connectivity, which MNOs can easily provide


About the author and Analysys Mason


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List of figures


Figure 1: Smart city projects covered in this report


Figure 2: Smart city applications covered in this report


Figure 3: Smart city applications covered in this report and key findings


Figure 4: Examples of definitions applied to the smart cities concept


Figure 5: Proportion of the population living in urban areas, worldwide, 1950-2050


Figure 6: Electricity demand in cities, selected regions, 2015 and 2030


Figure 7: Advantages and disadvantages of brownfield smart city opportunities


Figure 8: Comparison of traditional and smart cities in five functional areas


Figure 9: Vendors of smart city solutions


Figure 10: Vivo (Telefónica Brasil) smart city project, Águas de São Pedro, Brazil


Figure 11: Orange smart city project in Strasbourg, France


Figure 12: Telmex (America Móvil) smart city project, Mexico


Figure 13: Ooredoo smart city project, Qatar


Figure 14: Telefónica smart city project, Santander, Spain


Figure 15: Telefónica smart city project, Valencia, Spain


Figure 16: Smart waste management LWPA connections by region, worldwide, 2015-2020


Figure 17: Intelligent street lighting LPWA connections by region, worldwide 2015-2020


Figure 18: Telensa company profile


Figure 19: Smart parking LPWA connections by region, worldwide, 2015-2020


Figure 20: Streetline company profile


Figure 21: Examples of free municipal Wi-Fi networks


Figure 22: Norfolk Open Link Wi-Fi project, Norwich (UK), case study


Figure 23: Wireless IP video surveillance unit sales to the public sector by region, worldwide, 2015-2020


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Company coverage


The following companies are mentioned in this report:


Alcatel-Lucent


Cisco Systems


Deutsche Telekom


Ericsson


Hitachi


Huawei


IBM


Jasper Wireless


KT


Kopin


LG CNS


Microsoft


Ooredoo


Orange


PCCW Global


Qualcomm


Siemens


Streetline


Telefónica


Telmex (America Móvil)


Telensa


Thales Group


Toshiba

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