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Smart city spending expected to increase almost 20% in 2020

Global spending on smart city initiatives is expected to total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide.

While Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York will be the big spenders -- more than $1 billion in 2020 – the top 100 cities represent less than 30% of global municipal investment. The rest of coming from midsize and small cities rolling out relatively small projects costing $1 million or less per year.

In 2019, the top use cases related to resilient energy and infrastructure – primarily smart grids -- representing over one third of the investments. Data-driven public safety and intelligent transportation represented around 18% and 14% of overall spending respectively, IDC said. Other applications included mobile video capture and recording, smart campus and stadiums, vehicle to everything connectivity, digital twins and smart outdoor lighting, public buildings and trash collection.

"Regional and municipal governments are working hard to keep pace with technology advances and take advantage of new opportunities in the context of risk management, public expectations and funding needs to scale initiatives," IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities and Communities Vice President Ruthbea Yesner said.

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