The adage “Pollution is the price we have to pay for modernization” seems to define perfectly the challenges that persist in cities today due to Globalization. This in-turn has brought to light the necessity to have “smart cities”, development keeping in mind the environment. But it is easier said than done, while aiming to become one of the smart cities, there is an enormous amount of complexity involved which requires its own mix of solutions. Cities need to substantially increase the efficiency in which they operate and use their resources. One way to overcome this challenge is by horizontally interconnecting individual systems such as electricity, water, sanitation and waste management, transportation, security, environmental monitoring and weather intelligence.
Moreover, the growth of cloud computing has substantially reduced the cost of storing information. New developments in machine learning and advanced analytical tools along with Internet of Things (IoT) and inexpensive sensors are helping track a vast array of information needed for the development of Smart City. There is a high-visibility campaign around Smart Cities Mission initiated globally which is said to transform urban life. To highlight an example, the Array of sensors has been installed on Chicago streets, which let people download the raw data on air quality, transport, pedestrian movement and standing water. Utilizing these opportunities, several organizations have developed Smart City solutions.
Keeping in mind the same, APAC CIO Outlook brings to you “Top 25 Smart City Solution Providers - 2017” to help reflect on some of the most promising Smart City solution providers in the APAC market. Our panel of editors, industry researchers, and executives has diligently curated this list of providers and believe that from this issue, businesses would be able to gather valuable insights in determining their best document management partner.