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Eric Woods, Research Director

Eric Woods

Eric Woods is a research director leading Navigant Research’s coverage of smart cities. In this role, he brings together his research experience across energy, mobility, buildings, and government. He has more than 23 years of experience as an analyst and consultant on new technology trends, including in-depth research in the areas of IT infrastructure, data analytics, knowledge management, public sector IT, and cleantech innovation. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is quoted regularly in major publications.

Woods has worked on consultancy assignments for a wide range of clients, including public and private sector technology users and global suppliers, as well as many small and growing technology companies. Before joining Navigant Research, Woods was government practice director at Ovum. Prior to joining Ovum, Woods worked as an analyst, developer, and project manager in public sector IT. Woods holds an MSc in information systems from the University of Brighton and a Ph.D. in English literature, an MA in critical theory, and a BA in English from the University of Sussex.

Recent Reports

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  • Smart City Tracker 1Q18

    Global Smart City Projects by World Region, Market Segment,

    The global smart city market has evolved over the past year and is moving into a period of increasing maturity. The number of smart city strategies and projects being developed has grown substantially, and cities continue to achieve higher levels of integration among technology-driven city services and solutions. Multi-sector deploy...

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  • Smart City Communication Networks Market Overview

    Wired, Wireless, Public, and Private Networks for Smart City Applications:

    As the global smart city market moves into a period of increasing maturity, a growing focus on the underlying communication networks will enable this next stage of development. The communication networks that connect the sensors, controllers, cameras, and other hardware infrastructure capturing valuable data from the city environmen...

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  • Smart Cities and Energy Storage

    Urban energy use is being considered as an element of the smart city concept known as smart energy. Smart energy technologies are increasingly expected to help address the sustainability needs of smart cities to reduce carbon-intensive peak energy use and develop resilient energy systems. Navigant Research anticipates that the emerg...

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  • Navigating the Urban Energy Transformation

    Building Smart and Sustainable Future Cities

    The importance of cities to the development of a sustainable, global economy is widely recognized. City leaders around the world have been making commitments to deliver the necessary reduction in urban emissions to meet global climate goals. Achieving these targets will require a combination of new energy solutions, new technologies...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • From Connected Street Lights to Smart Cities

    April 5, 2018

    Chicago’s program to replace 270,000 city lights over the next 4 years with LEDs and intelligent controls is a good example of the growing scale and ambition of street lighting projects. This initiative could eventually save Chicago $10 million a year in energy costs. The latest edition of Navigant Research’s Smart City Tracker...

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  • New Opportunities in the Urban Energy Cloud

    January 2, 2018

    The importance of cities to meeting global climate targets is undisputed. Since the COP21 Paris Agreement, more and more cities are joining early leaders like Copenhagen and Stockholm in pledging to become carbon neutral cities. Boston and London, for example, have both recently announced the goal of becoming zero carbon cities by 2...

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  • Evolving Smart City Strategies: Five Trends and a New Challenge

    December 5, 2017

    During research for the UK Smart Cities Index 2017, we had the opportunity to discuss the current state of smart city development with smart city leaders and other key stakeholders. They are now seeing years of work on developing city innovation programs coming to fruition as smart city programs become central to city strategies and...

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  • UK Cities Are Embedding Smart City Principles in City Policy

    November 7, 2017

    My previous blog summarized five of the Innovation Awards spotlighted in the UK Smart Cities Index 2017, commissioned by Huawei, which assess the 20 leading smart cities in the UK. Those awards focused on five key smart city service areas: transportation, health, energy, education, and public safety. Equally important are the cross-...

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Recent Press Releases

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  • Navigant Research Names Cisco and Siemens the Leading Smart City Suppliers

    November 6, 2017

    The global market for smart city solutions and services is expected to grow from $40.1 billion in 2017 to $94.2 billion by 2026 A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 smart city suppliers, with Cisco and Siemens in the lead. The drivers behind the smart city market include some of t...

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  • Bristol Overtakes London as the United Kingdom’s Leading Smart City

    October 27, 2017

    UK cities are demonstrating an impressive commitment to service and technology innovation by embedding smart city ideas into daily operations A new white paper from Navigant Research, commissioned by Huawei, examines the strategy and execution of 20 leading smart cities in the United Kingdom, highlighting each city’s strategy, ke...

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  • Dubai is the Gulf Region’s Leading Smart City

    December 13, 2016

    Cities in this region have the opportunity to be leaders in the development of more advanced solutions for city management A new white paper from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading smart cities in the Gulf region of the Middle East, highlighting each city’s approaches, key projects, and overall rea...

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  • The Global Smart Street Solutions Market is Expected to Total $23.8 Billion Between 2015 and 2024

    September 13, 2016

    New technologies and applications enabled by the Internet of Things are contributing to smarter streets A recent report from Navigant Research highlights the impact of smart street management technologies on city operations, including street lighting, urban mobility, waste collection, and public safety, with global market forecasts,...

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