With cities becoming smarter, siloed applications like surveillance cameras, smart lighting, traffic sensors are now a common sight almost everywhere. However, 2019 is the year that witnessed a focus-shifting from such short-term smart-city solutions to long-term planning that first emphasizes building a basic infrastructure that would support the transformation in the future. There is a growing emphasis on strengthening the overall data connectivity in cities—at homes and businesses. As a result, network convergence is also a growing phenomenon that cities are witnessing in the process of turning smarter. Several reports claim that in the near future, all networks will deliver high-speed digital data from a processing source via a “broadband” network to a wireless distribution point. However, the concept of smart cities is breaking the barriers of the city landscape to penetrate into rural areas, especially with the wide acceptance of WiFi technologies and IoT.
Despite technology being at the core of the transformations, a human-centric approach is also weaving its place in the domain, and its effects are far more empowering. Experts predict that smart city leaders would seek to decentralize technologies, data centers, and decision-making. In the forthcoming days, citizens will be able to interact better with the government authorities via smart city apps. In addition, the rise of 5G is also expected to affect the smart city solutions and services.
Understanding the plethora of changes in this realm, APAC CIO Outlook has compiled a list of top 10 smart city solution providers and consulting/services companies to help cities match up with the prevailing trends.
We present to you APAC CIO Outlook’s “Top 10 Smart City Consulting/Service Companies - 2019.”