Major world cities will begin to embrace Internet connected technology in order to become more economical and efficient in 2014, according to Juniper Research.
The analyst said a number of urban testbeds for smart technology were already up and running in high profile centres such as Singapore, Barcelona and Nice. These cities have introduced connected sensors to improve parking, lighting and environmental monitoring.
Juniper anticipates that other cities will follow suit over the next 12 months and this will create new business opportunities for the local population.
The report said: “The idea of connecting every physical object to the Internet and communicating with each other is not new, but there has been an ever increasing activity within the industry over the past 12 months towards enabling a well-connected infrastructure via the evolution of efficient and intelligent systems.
“As technology continues to enable more economic and efficient living for the urban population next year, the need for municipal authorities to cut carbon footprints and reduce overall expenditure will provide additional pressures.”
Juniper’s smart city forecast is listed in the analyst’s top ten tech predictions for 2014 found below:
- 2014: When Cities Get Smarter
- mAgri to Build on mPayment Success in Developing Markets
- The Watershed Year for Wearables
- iPads & Tablets Flourish in Educational Settings
- Mobile Fitness Devices Diversify into mHealth Arenas
- Global 4G LTE Subscribers to double in 2014, as 4G LTE-Advanced roll out increases
- Context Awareness in Mobile Computing Gathers Pace
- Disruption in the Home Gaming Market
- The Cloud Becomes Personal
- 3D Printer Shipments to Surge