Smart cities expected to invest $80B in technologies in 2018

This year, IDC projects the focus of smart initiatives will be intelligent transportation, data-driven public safety, and resilient energy and infrastructure. The two largest use cases, when measured by worldwide spending, are intelligent traffic and transit and fixed visual surveillance, followed by smart outdoor lighting and environmental monitoring.

The priorities shift depending on the region, however. Intelligent traffic and transit are expected to be the top priorities for investments in the US, Japan, and Western Europe. In China, fixed visual surveillance will be the leading use case, and it is the second largest in the US. In Japan, environmental monitoring will be more important than fixed visual surveillance, according to the IDC report.