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US Smart Cities--Awareness and Assessment 

US Smart Cities--Awareness and Assessment 

  • April 2016
  • 62 pages
  • ID: 3817793
  • Format: PDF
  • Frost & Sullivan


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US Smart Cities?Awareness and Assessment : Measuring Public Awareness of Smart City Concepts and Efforts

Cities in the United States and around the world have begun to look to smarter solutions to help better manage existing resources and assets, effectively deal with growing populations, help mitigate expenses related to aging infrastructure, and provide a better quality of life and standard of living for city residents, businesses, employees, and visitors. However, how well are these efforts being recognized by the public? This study provides context and understanding of a smart city, without biasing the respondents toward any particular metric or definition, and gives both cities and solution providers insights into how the US population views the smart city concept.

Key Takeaways

Frost & Sullivan tested these hypothesis and found the following general outcomes. The specific questions and answers to the survey are detailed later in this analysis.

• Hypothesis: “Smart city” is not a well-recognized term across the United States. Summary of responses: This statement seemed to be accurate, with barely one-third of the general population saying they were familiar with the term. The higher the level of education and/or income the respondent reported, the higher the likelihood that he or she would state that they had heard of the term “smart city.” No individual with less education than a high school diploma said that he or she had ever heard of the term “smart city.” Analysis: If a city is considering smart solutions to help improve the quality of life of lower income groups, then it may need to improve the communication of its efforts to these groups.

• Hypothesis: Once “smart city” is defined, people will consider factors related to information and telecommunications key to a city being “smart.” Summary of responses: Information/communication factors such as citywide Wi-Fi and 4G roll-outs were prominent, but just as prominent, statically speaking, were having “smart” buildings. Analysis: The general population’s view of a smart city, once defined, was more complex and sophisticated than what had been hypothesized. This bodes well for cities who want to provide a multifaceted approach to improving a city overall. It also increases the opportunities and types of suppliers that can provide a “smart city” solution or component of a solution. Frost & Sullivan’s definition of a “smart city” is that while a city needs to have a data-based infrastructure system, to be truly “smart” it must also integrate numerous other city functions such as energy, buildings, mobility, government services, citizen involvement, healthcare, and/or infrastructure.

• Hypothesis: People will be able to rank major cities across the United States as more (or less) “smart,” once they have this understanding of the smart city concept. Summary of responses: The top-15 cities in terms of population were ranked by the respondents with the “smartest” city being San Francisco, however only % of responders “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that it was a smart city. Analysis: As no one city was considered “smart” by half or more of the responses, better marketing of smart city efforts by cities may help increase awareness.

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