Cities worldwide are growing fast. Over half of the global population lives in urban areas, and this share increases every year. Urban population growth means that services need to reach more and more individuals. Technology is of great help in this race against urbanisation, providing innovative and more efficient ways to respond to the increasing demand for more sophisticated and complex services. To exploit technological opportunities, city planners, administrators, citizens, entrepreneurs and all other stakeholders must reconsider the way they have approached urban service provision up until now.
This report outlines the results of the analysis performed on evidence from smart cities and solutions cases, assessing the main features impacting the roll-out opportunities of integrated smart city solutions.
The assignment was commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) to contribute to the knowledge base of the European Innovation Partnership by analysing Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) solutions and initiatives that are linked to the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). It ultimately aims to use the analysis of SCC solutions to promote a better understanding of success factors for their deployment and roll-out.