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Tech and the city: Can smart city technologies improve quality of life?

Watch an on-demand overview of our new smart city research.

The concept of smart cities emerged with great promise over a decade ago. Today they’re on the brink of achieving bigger impact in a multitude of ways that really matter for residents: saving lives, reducing crime, shortening commutes, improving health, and enhancing the environment.

The McKinsey Global Institute’s (MGI) new research, Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future, assesses 60 smart city applications and quantifies their potential for impact on various aspects of the quality of life. The report also examines 50 smart cities around the globe, providing a snapshot of their progress in deployment and how city governments and companies alike can make the most of this transformation.

Report author and MGI director Jonathan Woetzel highlights the key findings from this research, answers pressing questions about smart cities, and more.