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Could Covid-19 be a ‘trigger moment’, accelerating the digitalisation of our cities as we look to contain, monitor and suppress the pandemic?
According to research conducted by Grand View Research two years ago, the global market size of smart cities was expected to reach $2.6tn by 2025.
Today, the disruption caused by Covid-19 is expected, albeit temporarily, to have slowed or curtailed many smart city development plans, but in the longer term growth is expected to return and accelerate. In many respects, the pandemic has seen the use of technology grow as cities have sought to contain, monitor and suppress the pandemic with a myriad of new applications and solutions.