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IDC MarketScape names AWS as a leader in IoT applications platforms for smart cities

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been named a leader in worldwide applications platforms for smart cities according to the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Applications Platforms for Smart Cities 2019–2020 Vendor Assessment (doc # US43580918, January 2020). The report assessed the market landscape on Internet of Things (IoT) applications platforms for enabling smart cities.

What makes AWS a leader for IoT for smart cities and digital government?

According to the IDC MarketScape report: “Given the breadth of solutions and products offered and the interoperability with third-party developers and apps, AWS is a powerful platform for cities capable of handling this rapid pace of innovation and needed custom development work, and AWS offers relative ease for communities to scale for additional functionalities after initial deployment.”

The report cites AWS strengths: “AWS offers a broad set of capabilities, solutions, and products for cities and is readily configurable to work other developers and firms building solutions on top of its platforms.”

“As cities digitally transform and deploy smart city capabilities to support positive environmental, financial, and social outcomes and improved efficiencies, a centralized platform for ingesting, analyzing, predicting, and controlling data and IoT devices enhances a city’s ability to perform and excel. Accordingly, the emerging IoT platform plays a critical role in the future of cities,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights.

For AWS, smart cities means digital government

AWS helps governments operate at the speed of constituent expectations by transforming enterprise systems that power core business functions. From issuing licenses, accepting tax returns, and managing employees and finances to providing non-emergency services and issuing unemployment benefits, governments can improve overall efficiency and customer service through solutions built on AWS.

For example, AWS machine learning services built using intuitive interfaces can provide a better constituent service experience, while reducing overall cost of operating technology for government. Through initiatives like cloud-based call centers, agencies can become more responsive and improve constituent interaction. Check out stories from cities including Kansas City, Chicago, and Louisville.

To recognize cities using the cloud to transform government and make it easier for governments to deliver citizen services, AWS created the AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge. Read about the challenge and learn more about the 2019 AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge winners.

Read more in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Applications Platforms for Smart Cities 2019–2020 Vendor Assessment. Learn more about digital government for state and local governments with AWS, city transformation on AWS, and check out some past blog posts on IoT.