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ABSTRACT. Empirical research provides mixed results regarding whether smart cities really deliver urban sustainability. Using and replicating data from Black & Veatch, ESI ThoughtLab, Grand View Research, PwC, and Statista, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding the most effective financing model for smart city initiatives (%), the global smart city market (US$ bn, 2018–2025), Internet of Things connected devices installed base worldwide (2015–2025, in billions), installed base of connected things within smart cities (2015–2020, in billions), and installed base of connected things within the public service sector of smart cities (2015–2020, in millions). Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling.

Keywords: smart city; urban sustainability; citizen-driven Internet of Things; governance

How to cite: Wener, Kim (2019). “Can Smart Cities Really Deliver Urban Sustainability? Governance Networks, Sensor-based Big Data Applications, and the Citizen-driven Internet of Things,” Geopolitics, History, and International Relations 11(1): 104–109. doi:10.22381/GHIR11120196

Received 22 December 2018 • Received in revised form 14 May 2019
Accepted 20 May 2019 • Available online 1 June 2019

Kim Wener
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The Cognitive Labor Institute,
New York City, USA

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