Smart decisions make smart cities.

Everyone wants their city to be livable, thriving, clean, and fun. That’s why it’s more important than ever for cities to invest in infrastructure that makes smart living possible and profitable.

In a constantly evolving threatscape, the best defense starts with integrated security.

The challenge:

Cities have to manage economic constraints, rapid urbanization, and environmental sustainability. They also have to address evolving constituent expectations for public safety, health and wellness, and accessibility

The solution:

Public infrastructure is any city’s most powerful tool in creating a place people want to live, but it has to go beyond the basics. Cities today must also provide economic growth and effective, efficient public services.

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Digital cities can generate $2.3 trillion globally through 2024.

That’s a lot of digital value at stake. Take a look at the 9 areas driving cost savings, efficiencies, and revenue generation—and see how they all add up.

$1.1 trillion: 
Next-generation workers

A digitally connected workforce is a force for good. Fueled by mobility, collaboration, and connected workspaces, next-gen workers can use real-time data to be more responsive to citizen needs.

Next-gen workers get stuff done >

With the resources to collaborate remotely, next-generation workers can improve productivity by 2–3 hours every day.1

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$401 billion:
City utilities
and smart metering

Smart meters, together with data analytics and demand-response monitoring, tell cities how electric, water, and gas resources are being used—which leads to big savings.

Houston, we have smart meters >

With smart meters and other technology, Houston, Texas, avoided 100 million minutes of customer electricity outages from 2011 to 2016.2


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$240 billion:
Safety and security

Digital solutions dramatically reduce costs, better protect citizens, and increase the efficiency of public-safety workers. These solutions can include smart lighting, video surveillance, and emergency texting.

Oslo has seen the light >

With its network of connected streetlights, Oslo, Norway, is saving $1.1 million annually—about 20 percent of the cost of its older system.3


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$188 billion: Transportation
and urban mobility

Connected transportation combines intelligent sensors, advanced analytics, and remote monitoring to cut down on traffic, improve public transit, and make parking smarter.

Stockholm is driving major savings >

By implementing congestion charging, Stockholm, Sweden, decreased traffic by 20 percent in designated areas, cut CO2 emissions, and increased public transportation usage by 2–3 percent.4


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$147 billion:
Citizen experience

Interactive digital kiosks can offer directions, restaurant tips, transit schedules, and device charging, in addition to delivering data about traffic, air quality, street noise, and public safety.

Tap in to Barcelona >

In Barcelona, Spain, kiosks offer two-way interactions, where citizens can access information and services as well as share feedback and complaints with the government.5


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$66 billion:
City infrastructure management

Smart systems that manage heating, cooling, and lighting can cut energy costs 50 percent, while remote connectivity improvements reduce maintenance costs as well.

Miami knows what’s up >

With smart lighting in public school buildings, Miami-Dade saved 50 percent in electricity costs. Sensors keep track of students and align lighting with classroom activity levels.6


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$59 billion:
Public Wi-Fi and
next-gen broadband

Fiber cable and easily accessed Wi-Fi lead to better citizen engagement, transparency, and economic opportunity, enabling countless other benefits, innovations, and services.


Barcelona stays connected >

Barcelona uses more than 300 miles of fiber-optic cable as the backbone of its smart services. It is critical to smart lighting, public Wi-Fi, and nearly 20,000 smart utility meters.7


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$51 billion:
Open data

More IoT connections mean more data. Opening up that data leads to new solutions for traffic, employment, public health, crime, energy use, waste management, and more.

Opening doors in Los Angeles >

Los Angeles claims its open data portal helped launch 34,000 new businesses.8


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$29 billion:

Security can no longer be an afterthought or an add-on. The cities of tomorrow need world-class security talent and cybersecurity that’s built into the foundation of their digital networks.

San Diego is staying secure >

San Diego networks were facing up to 500,000 cyber attacks a day. With better visibility and automated attack-response capabilities, the city estimates savings of $1.3 billion.9


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