2018 was a phenomenal year for the progression of smart cities globally. We saw the power that blockchain can have
However, with every technological progression, we learn more about the nature of smart cities, technology and mobility. 2018 has also revealed to us that there remain challenges with development, providing us with a fantastic opportunity to focus our efforts on improvement in the coming year. So, in what are the top predictions for 2019 to solve these challenges?
Firstly, smart city and mobility projects are going to spread further throughout a city. This is due to the fact that cities themselves have begun to realise that RFPs and RFIs – the processes in which cities analyse the market, allowing projects to respond and propose services to meet their needs – need to diversify to produce the most beneficial results.
The need for diversification has been demonstrated by the benefits of well executed projects throughout 2018. Projects that are multi-departmental in nature tend to address a wider range of issues which may be solved by the use of a single technology. Consequently, it is likely that cities looking to increase their smartness will emphasise this in upcoming opportunities.
This wave of benefits leads us on to the second prediction: given the benefits of diversity, innovation will continue deeper into city departments. Historically, innovation and funding of such projects have been sparked by specialist calls, research funding, and incubation programmes. However, as outcomes are becoming more measurable, authorities are now beginning to take notice too.
Instead, the effectiveness of smart technology and mobility within cities is witnessing a shift in perspective. It is becoming more obvious that, in the long run, this kind of innovation not only saves money, but also has tangible benefits to citizens quality of life, the environment, and overall city sustainability. So, expect to see more governmental departments supporting the motion in the near future.
Finally, the power of the citizen is going to become ever more important. The need for a