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[May 15, 2014]

Frost & Sullivan: Opportunities for ICT Providers in Intelligent Cities Evolution; Smart transportation and energy sectors are attracting the most ICT investments

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LONDON -- Smart city projects launched across the globe are driving the creation of new sources and types of data as well as enabling technologies and ways of consuming data. These factors are boosting the prospects of ICT providers that offer big data analytics software, open data platforms, cloud computing, and broadband connectivity services.


Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The Role of ICT in Building Smart Cities - Infrastructure, focuses on the ICT investment outlook in the smart energy, transportation, and water segments. Smart energy and transportation are currently top research priorities, and thus will prove to be the main growth areas for ICT providers.

Smart transportation is receiving the most attention in cities across the globe and hence opening up the maximum opportunities for ICT providers, noted Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Research Analyst Ewa Tajer. ICT providers should particularly tap the large European cities, where numerous tenders for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are being issued and novel functionalities are expected to be introduced to reduce traffic congestion, noise and pollution.

The smart energy segment presently in an early development stage as energy companies look to build a business case for smart grids is also heightening the demand for ICT. In fact, the smart energy market value is likely to exceed the smart transportation market value by 15 to 20 percent in 2020.

Unlike the smart transportation and energy segments, there are limited opportunities for ICT providers in the smart water segment due to a lack of proper standards, poor regulatory support, and inadequate project financing extended by authorities in most countries. Hopefully, this will change over time as new funding schemes prompt water companies to invest in smart water technologies that significantly will reduce operational costs.

Another set-back for ICT providers is the fragmented implementation of smart city projects as a result of poor cross-sector coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders. Other restraints are unwillingness of some stakeholders to test new technologies, the limited involvement of local authorities and the lack of a holistic vision when deploying smart technologies.

ICT providers, acting as trusted advisors, should work with city stakeholders to help create a robust smart city vision and implementation plan that will ensure a key role for them in regions looking to build a more sustainable future, concluded Tajer.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an email to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

The Role of ICT in Building Smart Cities - Infrastructure is part of the Vertical Markets in ICT (http://www.ict.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivans related studies include: Adoption of Smart City to Drive Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Innovation, Polish Intelligent Cities - Main Directions of Development, An Overview of European Smart City Developments, and Cloud in European Vertical Markets. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

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For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact Us: Start the discussion Join Us: Join our community Subscribe: Newsletter on the next big thing" Register: Gain access to visionary innovation The Role of ICT in Building Smart Cities - Infrastructure MA24-67 Contact: Edyta Grabowska Corporate Communications Europe P: +48 22 481 62 03 E: edyta.grabowska@frost.com http://www.frost.com .

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