Smart city projects have gained momentum over the last decade, as more municipalities across North America have launched a wide variety of digital transformation initiatives.

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.

Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart meters, renewable energy, electric mobility, smart parking, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, smart waste, and first responder communications.

American smart city project assessment

"New York is the leading city with the highest deployment of LED streetlights in the U.S., followed closely by Los Angeles," said Raquel Artes, analyst at ABI Research.

Chicago will have the highest upgrade of current legacy streetlights as the local government is targeting to replace 270,000 legacy streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights by 2021.

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