Dublin, June 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Smart Cities Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global smart cities market exhibited strong growth during 2015-2020. A smart city refers to a framework that utilizes information and communication technology (ICT) to deploy, develop and promote sustainable development in urban areas. It also helps in sharing information with the public, improving operational efficiency and increasing the quality of citizen welfare. A smart city relies on both hardware components, such as chips, sensors and actuators, and software solutions like user interfaces (UIs), communication networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices to promote mixed-land use for unplanned areas, which offers a wide range of facilities at one location and aids in the optimum utilization of the available space. The data collected from these solutions is analyzed to monitor power plants, water supply, detect crime, manage waste and offer various other municipality services. Looking forward, the global smart cities market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 20% during the forecast period (2021-2026).In smart cities, the data acquired and delivered by the IoT devices is stored in the cloud or on servers. The connection of these devices and the utilization of data analytics (DA) helps converge the physical and digital city elements, thereby increasing both public and private sector efficiency, facilitating economic benefits and enhancing the efficiency of the existing infrastructure. Presently, the primary infrastructure elements in smart cities include sanitation, affordable housing, sustainable environment, adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, health and education, efficient urban mobility and public transport, and robust IT connectivity and digitalization.