Urbanization is accelerating across the globe, with an increasing number of people living and working in cities. In an effort to match this trend, governments in the Middle East have adopted various policies ranging from greenfield developments touted as future cities (such as NEOM in Saudi Arabia), to accelerating urban digital transformation (Doha), and incorporating a 'happiness' oriented mindset (Dubai). Infrastructure investments lie at the heart of all such efforts, but they are capital-intensive and time-consuming. Therefore, future plans need to accommodate for much longer-term growth, addressing the huge volume of users as well as their evolving requirements.
As we continue to embed digital technologies in our work and in our homes at an unprecedented rate, the world economy stands at a new tipping point. According to market research firm IDC, by 2023 the global economy will reach digital supremacy — the point at which products and services provided by digitally transformed enterprises will account for more than half of total global GDP.
The concept of the Smart City has been discussed for more than a decade now, and both the promises and expectations have been high. Around the world thousands of cities – and their citizens – have been transforming the way that they work, with varying degrees of success. But what makes some cities successful and other cities not? Why are smart city projects so difficult to realize?. Let’s understand the main challenges that city governments are facing while deploying smart city projects.
We are in the midst of answering one of the most common questions I get asked — what makes a Smart City a success.
Drawing lessons from Huawei’s experience with Smart City projects to identify factors that are common, maybe even critical, to successful Smart City projects.
Cities are complex ecosystems that are evolving fast and — like citizens — becoming increasingly digital. By 2025, the total number of global internet users is expected to reach 6.2 billion; the total number of connected devices is expected to surpass 100 billion by the same year.
With digital transformations well underway globally and across all industries - driven by ICT - the transportation industry in particular will witness explosive development over the next few years, having reached a turning point that will eventually define the overall success of its transformation.