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A strong theme of Ovum's conversations with delegates at the 2015 Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) was that an increasing number of cities are growing skeptical of grandiose visions of the "smart city."


  • Instead of trying to build the smart city, cities increasingly want to develop strategies to coordinate services that are supported by technology, but not driven by it.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes how cities attitudes to the smart city concept are shifting away from quixotic visions and toward more serious discussions about urban policy.
  • Identifies the risks associated with different approaches to financing urban sensor technologies.

Key questions answered

  • What are cities really trying to achieve with smart city projects?
  • Who is going to pay for big infrastructure projects, and how will they get returns on their investments?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Municipalities want to start setting the smart city agenda
  • Paying for urban sensors requires a delicate balancing act
  • We need to stop treating the smart city as a blueprint


  • Further reading
  • Author

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