In today’s modern cities, many of the public services we take for granted are underpinned by an interconnected ecosystem of networks, sensors and devices all working behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Creating these ‘smart communities’ is a group effort. Requiring private–public partnerships with investments and contributions from local businesses, government bodies and network infrastructure providers.
This report examines the interest in and understanding of smart communities by enterprises and venues in industries ranging from manufacturing and health care to education and entertainment. It also looks at their willingness and preparedness to contribute to creating those communities. Its findings are based on a survey of enterprise and venue IT experts and senior decision makers across the United Kingdom and the United States.