1. In 2014 and 2015, 15 percent of cities will elect their governments based on their promises regarding the process of helping their city become a smart city.
2. The Shadow IT will be a very important source of innovation but it could signify a threat to the evolution of the concept of smart cities.
3. In smart cities, wireless connections, especially via mobile, will be the base of citizen communication.
4. Business opportunities and the credibility of a company will not only be based on the quality of services they offer but also their capacity to perform efficiently and adjust to the models of smart cities.
5. Databases and APIs will be used to make sound policy decisions.
6. Cities will conform, at least in part, to the change in human behavior.
7. Smart city internet expenses will be at least $265 billion.
8. Smart cities will redirect between 15 and 20 percent of traditional IT expenses to the cloud.
9. Financial activities, public safety and transportation will be responsible for 45 percent of the use of big data.
10. The competition will heat up, but this does not just depend on the quality of the products and services offered but also competition in energy efficiency and adjusting to the smart city model.
As you can see, the future of smart cities will mean a revolutionary change in our way of living and coexisting with other people as well as with public institutions. To a large extent, successful adaptation to this type of city will depend on the progressiveness with which the new energy efficiency systems are introduced, accessibility, and quality of life.