Smart Cities market picks up pace

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The report "Smart Cities Market by Solution and Services for Focus Areas - Global Forecast to 2020", suggests that the market size in this sector is likely to grow from USD 312.03 Billion in 2015 to USD 757.74 Billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 19.4% from 2015 to 2020.

The driving factors identified in the report that are fuelling the growth of this market are technological advancements in the field of IoT, cloud, sensors, & mobility; growing demographics & hyper-urbanisation; government initiatives; growing energy consumption and requirement for optimisation of energy usage during peak hours; increasing share of renewable energy and limitations in capacity expansion; and decrease in operational cost for smart building infrastructures in capacity expansion.

Building technologies leads the way

Researchers from Marketsandmarkets forecast that the building segment of the smart cities market is expected to grow with the highest CAGR over the period from 2016-2020. Building technology has significantly changed over time, and various disciplines such as building automation for facility and emergency response management, building energy optimisation, parking management, and in-building communication systems, are now being widely adopted. Green building initiates have taken up a centre stage across many countries, especially across the Europe, North America, and APAC region. Focus on reduction in energy consumption and concerns over proliferation of environmental wastes are major driving factors for green building initiatives. Transportation is another major growing focus area during the forecast period. Smart transportation solutions have been successfully deployed in some of the major metropolitan cities around the world, diminishing traffic congestion issues.

Great scope for regional development

Among the regions, Europe is expected to be the highest contributor followed by APAC. The market is in the emerging stage in the regions of Europe, APAC, Latin America, and the Middle-East and Africa (MEA). Therefore, these regions present immense scope for the development of smart cities. Moreover, there is a huge return on investment in the smart cities market but low levels of operational efficiency in emerging countries and absence or lack of robust telecom and networking infrastructures in these regions is the major restraining factor for the faster development of smart cities.

Major contribution from some big players

The major vendors identified as being active key innovators in the smart cities market include IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Oracle, Huawei, Ericsson, Toshiba, and Hitachi. SAP, ABB, General Electric, Silver Spring Networks, AGT, Itron, Alstom, Kapsch, Alcatel Lucent, Honeywell International, and Maven Systems.


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