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In March 2017, Ovum attended the Smart IoT London conference and exhibition. This research note summarizes Ovum’s view on the key themes from the event.


  • Provides insight onto the key themes from the conference.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides analysis of key messages conveyed by public sector and vendor presentations.
  • Identifies key strategic advice for smart city project managers

Key questions answered

  • What were the key themes at the Smart LondonIoT conference?
  • Who provided case study analysis to support key messages?
  • What are Ovum's views on smart city strategies?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Collaboration is key for success
  • A window of opportunity remains for niche specialists
  • Bottom-up or top-down does not matter – just do it early, do it often, and (if required) fail fast
  • New business models are needed to drive smart cities development
  • Business plans must quantify indirect benefits as part of the return on investment


  • Further reading
  • Author

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