Cape Town and Johannesburg were reviewed as part of Oracle and economic and urban research consultancy ESI ThoughtLab’s recent research into the drivers of successful smart city innovation.
The Building a Hyperconnected City survey projected that there will be more than 30 billion connected devices generating data by 2020. The study notes that for cities to become truly ‘smart’, they must have a cloud infrastructure in place to extract, integrate, and analyse this data to glean the insights needed to enhance everything from citizen services to building projects.
“The public sector, particularly at local level, is dealing with seismic technological, demographic and environmental shifts. Data is the rocket fuel for this transformation, and progressive cities are turning to cloud, data platforms, mobile applications and IoT as a way to scale and prepare for the future,” said Susan O’Connor, global director for Smart Cities, Oracle. “In contrast, not taking advantage of emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain or virtual and augmented reality comes at a cost. Cities of the future need strategic, long-term investments in cloud data architecture, along with the right expertise to guide them through.”
According to the study, AI, Blockchain, biometrics are being used more often in urban areas which is improving the lives of citizens overall but cities are not prepared for cyberattacks.