Smart Cities: Asia Pacific

Markets, Technology, and Regional Development of Information Technology
for Urban Growth: City and Supplier Profiles, Market Analysis, and Forecasts

Asia Pacific is home to most of the world’s largest and fastest-growing urban areas, and smart city technology is becoming a crucial element of their future development. Nations throughout the region are sponsoring enormous new urban areas to house growing populations and creating policies that encourage smart city technology to guide their development. Working with an evolving mix of international and regional smart city technology firms, Asia Pacific governments are piloting a variety of technologies to solve urban problems, reduce urban energy and resource use, and prepare for future growth. Leading cities and providers are taking the initial steps in integrating networks of intelligent technologies to create true smart cities.

As the technology continues to advance and mature, Asia Pacific cities in both developed and developing markets are looking to a variety of non-traditional methods to solve the key problem of financing IT and infrastructure improvements. At the same time, the group of solutions providers is growing and diversifying as Chinese and Indian firms adopt smart city strategies and expand out of their home markets, joining Japanese, South Korean, and international technology firms already active across the region. Navigant Research forecasts that annual smart city technology investment in Asia Pacific will almost quadruple by 2023, reaching $11.3 billion.

This Navigant Research report provides an overview of the Asia Pacific market for smart city solutions at a crucial point in development. The study examines the demand drivers, policies, implementation challenges, and technology issues related to smart cities in Asia Pacific. Market size projections, segmented by region (Australia/New Zealand, Greater China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Korea) and sector (smart energy, smart transportation, smart water, smart buildings, and smart government), extend through 2023. The report also provides a comprehensive assessment of smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific and profiles the key industry players in the region.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the main development issues surrounding the smart city market across Asia Pacific?
  • What smart city policies and projects are being promoted by nations in the Asia Pacific region?
  • Who are the major international and regional smart city market participants in Asia Pacific?
  • How is the structure of the Asia Pacific smart city market evolving?
  • How will the regional distribution of the smart city market in Asia Pacific change over the next decade?
  • What key technological, political, and financial challenges need to be resolved for the smart city market to thrive in Asia Pacific?
Who needs this report?
  • Sensor, meter, and infrastructure vendors
  • Networking technology providers
  • Power and water utilities and telecoms
  • IT consulting, analytics, and outsourcing firms
  • Enterprise software providers
  • Municipal governments and other government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Smart Cities: Meeting the Challenges of Urbanization

1.2  Smart Cities in Asia Pacific

1.3  Drivers and Barriers for Smart Cities

1.4  Market Opportunity

2. Market Issues

2.1  Asia Pacific: Smart City Solutions for Emerging Challenges

2.1.1   Cities and Urban Regions on the Rise

2.1.2   Definition of a Smart City

2.1.3   The Smart Cities Concept

2.2  Market Drivers in Asia Pacific

2.2.1   Urbanization

2.2.2   Environmental Sustainability

2.2.3   Safety, Security, and Resiliency

2.2.4   Economic Development

2.2.5   Citizen Expectations and City Competition

2.3  Widely Differing Situations and Challenges across the Region

2.3.1   Mature Economies (Australia, New Zealand, and Japan)

2.3.2   Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea)

2.3.3   Developing Asia Pacific (Southeast Asia and India)

2.3.4   Greater China

2.4  Challenges to Implementation

2.4.1   Financial Models

2.4.2   Developing an Inclusive Vision and Encouraging Participation

2.4.3   Technical and Management Capacity

2.4.4   Common Standards

2.4.5   Scaling Up

2.4.6   Privacy Concerns and Social Reservations

2.4.7   Political Culture and Public Participation

2.4.8   Identifying the Customer

2.5  Opportunities for Stakeholders and Key Players

2.5.1   National Leadership

2.5.2   Municipal Leadership

2.5.3   Utilities

2.5.4   ICT Suppliers

2.5.5   Telecommunications Providers

2.5.6   Infrastructure Providers

2.5.7   Property Developers and Construction Companies

2.5.8   Public and Private Sectors

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Smart City Model

3.2  Smart City Sectors

3.2.1   Smart Energy

3.2.2   Smart Transportation

3.2.3   Smart Water

3.2.4   Smart Buildings

3.2.5   Smart Government

3.3  Communications Infrastructure of the Connected City

3.4  Smart City Operating System

3.4.1   Standards and Protocols

3.5  Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches

3.5.1   Public Data Initiatives

3.6  Smart City Applications and Technologies

3.7  Data Analytics

3.8  Emergence of the Cloud

3.9  Getting Out of the Silo: The Need to Connect Different Sectors

4. Smart City Initiatives by Asia Pacific Region

4.1  Australia/New Zealand

4.1.1   Australia

4.1.1.1  Case Study: Newington Smart Village

4.1.2   New Zealand

4.2  Greater China

4.2.1   China

4.2.1.1  Case Study: Ningbo

4.2.2   Hong Kong

4.2.3   Taiwan

4.3  India

4.4  Japan

4.4.1   Case Study: Yokohama Smart City Project

4.5  Southeast Asia

4.5.1   Malaysia

4.5.2   Singapore

4.6  South Korea

4.6.1   Case Study: Songdo International Business District

4.7  Other Asia Pacific Areas

5. Key Industry Players

5.1  Selection and Content of Profiles

5.2  Description and Evaluation of Firms

5.3  Industry Players

5.3.1   Accenture

5.3.2   Cisco Systems

5.3.3   Digital China

5.3.4   Hitachi

5.3.5   Honeywell International

5.3.6   Huawei

5.3.7   IBM

5.3.8   Itron

5.3.9   KT Corporation

5.3.10  LG CNS

5.3.11  NEC Corp.

5.3.12  Schneider Electric

5.3.13  Silver Spring Networks

5.3.14  Smart China

5.3.15  State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)

5.3.16  Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

5.3.17  Toshiba

5.3.18  Other Players

6. Market Forecasts

6.1  Forecast Methodology

6.2  Smart City Growth Prospects

6.3  Total Asia Pacific Smart City Technology Investment

6.4  Smart City Technology Investment by Sector

6.4.1   Smart Energy

6.4.2   Smart Transportation

6.4.3   Smart Water

6.4.4   Smart Buildings

6.4.5   Smart Government

6.5  Smart City Technology Investment by Region

6.5.1   Australia/New Zealand

6.5.2   Greater China

6.5.3   India

6.5.4   Japan

6.5.5   Southeast Asia

6.5.6   South Korea

6.6  Conclusions and Recommendations

7. Company Directory
8. Acronym and Abbreviation List
9. Table of Contents
10. Table of Charts and Figures
11. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Cumulative Smart City Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Australia/New Zealand: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Greater China: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, India: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Japan: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Southeast Asia: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, South Korea: 2014-2023
  • Navigant Research Smart City Model

List of Tables

  • Mega Regions by World Rank, Asia Pacific: 2025
  • Profile of Selected Asia Pacific Regions: 2012
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Cumulative Smart City Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Australia/New Zealand: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Greater China: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, India: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Japan: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Southeast Asia: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, South Korea: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Cumulative Smart City Technology Investment by Sector, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Energy Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Transportation Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Water Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Buildings Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Government Technology Investment by Region, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Smart City Applications and Technologies
  • Asia Pacific Smart City Solutions Providers

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