Los Angeles, New York, Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States based on a new ABI Research report on Smart Cities in North America. Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart meters, renewable energy, electric mobility, smart parking, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, smart waste, and first responder communications.
“New York is the leading city with the highest deployment of LED streetlights in the U.S., followed closely by Los Angeles,” says Raquel Artes, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. Chicago will have the highest upgrade of current legacy streetlights as the local government is targeting to replace 270,000 legacy streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights by 2021. SilverSpring Networks, Telensa, Philips, and GE are the key stakeholders in this space.
Additionally, Florida, New York, Miami, and Michigan are the leading cities that would likely have the highest deployment of V2X technologies due to government initiatives to boost road safety and accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile, New York leads in the replacement of existing legacy pay phones with state-of-the-art kiosks called Links. Chicago and Kansas City have recently trial-launched smart Wi-fi kiosks. And, smart sanitation bins are gaining traction in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Tampa City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Texas.
While larger cities are focusing on large-scale deployment of smart city projects and experimental technologies, their smaller counterparts tend to prioritize projects based on more immediate tangible benefits such as cost savings, reduction of carbon footprint, and the overall improvement of quality of life.
Top smart city projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution are:
These findings are from ABI Research’s Smart Cities in North America report. This report is part of the company’s Smart Cities & Smart Spaces research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights.
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