The Black & Veatch 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report dives deeply into the current landscape of smart city efforts unfolding around the globe. With high-profile, ambitious projects in such cities as Kansas City, Seattle and San Diego, we see the evolution toward smarter infrastructure is possible and that obstacles — no matter how daunting — can be conquered.
This year’s report shows that the large majority of respondents still see smart city projects as “transformational,” with the ability to improve and redefine quality of life. Our data also show that individual efforts — from “Safe City” initiatives to the greater integration of distributed energy resources and the growing proliferation of electric vehicles — continue to advance. But are these individual efforts one-off projects, or are they part of larger, more integrated plans?