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Here you will find Osborne Clarke’s latest smart cities in Europe research reports.

Smart cities in Europe – what’s holding back innovation?

In collaboration with VB Research, we commissioned a European research report to provide insight into the development of smart cities in Europe, specifically focusing on how the challenges cities face in becoming “smart” can be overcome.   The findings were based on the opinions of 300 senior executives from across Europe from technology companies, investment funds, banks, consultancies and government officials and were supplemented with in-depth interviews. Download the report here.

Smart cities in Europe: Financing the commercialisation of smart city technology

The first of a series of white papers on smart cities in collaboration with VB Research. Cities need innovative solutions to help meet the long-term challenges arising from urbanisation. But, for cities to justify investment in smart technology, it needs to have been proven at scale and delivered tangible benefits. Some of the most innovative technology is being developed by early-stage companies that simply don’t have the funding to finance a large scale demonstration of their technology. This is where the real funding gap emerges. This report looks at the participants in and the structure and funding models of existing smart city demonstration projects. It analyses why these were successful, discusses why more demonstration projects are not being launched and provides insights on what might be done to encourage more. Download the report here.

Smart cities in Europe: The future of urban mobility

The second of a series of white papers on smart cities in collaboration VB Research. From the emergence of Uber taxis and ultra-fast railways to paperless tickets and smartphone travel apps, travelling around cities has changed dramatically in the past ten years. But with the population density of urban areas increasing across Europe – almost three-quarters of Europeans currently live in cities – more innovation is needed to ensure that people and goods can travel in a quick and effective yet safe manner.

This report explores what urban mobility might look like in future smart cities. It examines which new technologies and business models are not only capable of fundamentally changing transport in cities, but also have a realistic chance of being implemented at scale. We also analyse the challenges associated with introducing innovative solutions to the transport sector; how these obstacles can be overcome; and what the impact will be on incumbent market participants, be they existing transport operators or large automotive manufacturers. Download the report here.

Smart cities in Europe: The future of the built environment

The third of a series of white papers on smart cities in collaboration VB Research. How can the built environment become smarter? What are the challenges and obstacles that might prevent this from happening? These are the two core questions this new report sets out to address. To obtain answers we spoke to some of the leading individuals in the smart built environment movement, from innovative technology start-ups and specialist consultancies to global multinational corporates, large real estate investors and government agencies.

The report explores how smart built environments leverage data, new technology and innovative and collaborative thinking to deliver services that benefit citizens. Our interviews highlighted a huge number of obstacles to the built environment becoming smarter. Yet, despite the challenges, our case studies demonstrate that built environments are becoming smarter and an essential shift in mind-set to a smart way of thinking is under way. Download the report here.

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