Top 20 Smart City Companies - 2017

From the earliest instances of inhabitation millennia ago to the industrial revolution of the 19th century to today’s digital generation, technology has been a decisive force behind the dynamism of urban settlements. Responding to this age of rapid innovations, engineers worldwide are turning to new technologies—such as cyber-physical systems, data analytics, and artificial intelligence—to develop participative, accountable, and effective city governance programs and support rapid urban transformation.

Cities have begun, and would continue, to integrate technological breakthroughs in revamping traditional infrastructure: from the remodeling of road networks to infrastructure planning and more. Intelligent transportation management solutions, embodying smarter traffic control and incident management systems are helping communities realize the benefits of optimizing transportation networks. Simultaneously, local governments are harnessing the potential of big data to wield greater opportunities for small-scale businesses.

Meanwhile, smart city strategists and urban planners are also intent on leveraging IoT technologies and utilizing data collected from various kinds of connected devices to holistically optimize city operations. In fact, by harnessing the power of IoT, connected streetlights can create a city-wide WAN, which would not only solve streetlamp connectivity issues, but also lay its foundation for future smart city projects.

Smart cities around the world are currently focused on enhancing the experience of their community members through new inventive techniques with a robust feedback mechanism. It is only a matter of time until fully connected smart cities flourish with strengthened opportunities to imbue equity among all urban populace.

In this edition of CIOReview, we are featuring the best-in-breed technology solutions that have uplifted the way urban residents live, work, and communicate in a milieu. Over the last few months, a distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and CIOReview’s editorial board reviewed the top companies that provide inventive tools and services to make cities ‘smarter’ and have selected the ones that are at the forefront of delivering modernization.

We present to you 20 Most Promising Smart City Solution Providers 2017.

Top Companies

Offers seamless, public WiFi Services across the entire city, at no cost for end users

Aggregates disparate IoT systems and data in smart city setups providing a single platform for management of data assets for cities

A catalog of next-generation economic development web tools for municipalities and chambers of commerce

Develops and harnesses smart technology to create connected environments and smart solutions for buildings and spaces, as part of smart cities

Offers Integrated IoT Video Solutions and Cloud Surveillance

Provides travel time forecasting and traffic information to improve the efficiency of the transportation system

Provides an IoT platform to empower the ‘City as Platforms’ vision for smart cities

Providing innovative smart city solutions that transform how cities utilize their data in solving their greatest problems


Incorporating IoT and M2M ecosystems into cities to make them smarter and offer remarkable efficiencies, cost savings, and advanced resource management

Ayla Networks

Turning everyday home controls, HVAC, appliances, lighting, and other devices into intelligent systems with the help of their platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering


Offers Smart+Connected Digital Platform, a pay-as-you-go cloud-hosted service that delivers a set of tools and guidelines for creating a smart city framework


Providing wireless technology solutions through high-performing contactless smart tickets, modular RFID, and NFC tags and specialty labels

Electric Imp

Offer business solutions for connected homes and smart buildings with the help of an innovative and powerful IoT platform


Redefining smart buildings with game-changing sensor technology, scalable network, real-time data collection, and high-value applications


Offers a patented technology that securely connects legacy onsite systems to cloud-based applications, allowing smart city industries to realize the promise of Industry 4.0

Sierra Wireless [NASDAQ:SWIR]

Offers transformative Iot solutions to provide intelligent public safety, smart energy, and water management solutions

Silver Spring Networks[NYSE:SSNI]

Improves city services and public safety with solutions for street lights, parking, traffic and environmental monitoring


Designs connected infrastructure like the Soofa Sign and solar-power enabled Soofa bench that charges phones and monitors its environment

Urban Integrated

Bringing the data streams together in an integrated smart city dashboard, UrbanPulse to provide traffic management, environmental sensing, and sustainable facility management

Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Developies advanced 5G networks to create more internet-connected devices, smarter cities, efficient energy grids, and safer transportation