Developers are increasingly moving from behind their master plans to embrace the world of IT. Even the traditionally Luddite construction industry now blithely speaks of a new age of construction 2.0, and it is the £35bn smart cities market that is whetting its appetite.
The smart city market is at a tipping point. Having been led by IT industry stalwarts such as IBM and Cisco for the last five years, it needs a fresh injection of ideas to take it to the next level.
Ovum believes that the developer community (byggebransjen red.anm) will add the required impetus. One of the key discussion points at Ovum’s recentSmart Cities in Europe 2012event, which was held in conjunction with Imperial College London, was the impact that developers are having on the smart city market.