#InPrint: The Black & Veatch 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report

An annual report, the 2018 publication gives an insight into current trends in smart city efforts all over the world.

Beyond buildings and infrastructure, this report explores all facets of what a smart city should entail such as transportation, telecommunications and electricity; and includes a series of articles that paint a comprehensive picture of today’s changing landscape such as increasing electrification and a growing acceptance of new technology like autonomous vehicles.

With presented infographics, it can be deduced that the report is based on findings from a survey that reveals respondents are aware of modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems that have become key components of today’s smart city initiatives.

Nevertheless, majority of respondents still see the concept of ‘smart cities’ as evolving with the ability to improve and redefine quality of life.

The report also highlights the challenges that remain such as budget constraints/ funding, data gathering and analyses and energy.

However, whilst the background of study, challenges, purpose, proffered solutions, collated data and recommendations were presented; the structure of the report can be improved upon to clarify its message. In addition, the use of graphics in every chapter should be considered as it aids flow and assimilation.

In achieving a more sustainable future, the report also earmarks the importance of utilities and fostering partnerships among all stakeholders to achieve vision 2030.

Publisher: Black & Veatch

Year of Publication: 2018

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