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Internet of Things transforming our cities into platforms

Sogeti’s global trend lab VINT presents “SMACT and the City – New Technologies in Urban Environments”, the fourth and last report in a series on the theme of Internet of Things, revealing how this new trend of everyone and everything becoming connected to the internet will impact the cities that we live in. 

Paris, France/Vianen, Netherlands, 11/12/2014 – When will the internet change our cities like it has already changed our lives? In the final Internet of Things (Things) report from VINT, “SMACT and the City”, Sogeti’s global trend lab takes the city as the centre of Things. The report focus is primarily on technology in relation to human interaction: the City as a Platform, advancing pervasive applications, and sensitive technology. This research links IBM’s Decade of Smart to Sogeti’s Decade of SMACT*; Smart from the viewpoint of ambition and goals, SMACT from the viewpoint of technological possibilities, implementation, and adoption.

After the reviews that focused on humans and industry, we now take the city as the center of Things. The rapid development of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Things forms the vanguard of urban change. SMACT will transform the city into a platform to blend bricks and clicks seamlessly together based on pervasive applications and sensible sensing technologies. Most developments have not taken place yet. Exciting times lie ahead”, commented VINT Director, Menno van Doorn.

The “SMACT and the City” report gives insights on:

  • How the Internet of Things is connecting to cities to empower both city planners and citizens
  • How the five basic technologies that form SMACT are slipping urban development into top gear
  • A status update on smart cities today and how movements like sensing cities and cities-as-a-platform provide both new dynamics and opportunities for melting the digital and the physical infrastructure of our world together
  • An analysis of how this is already becoming a reality for retailers and insights on what companies and organizations of all trades could learn from the ongoing convergence of bricks and clicks.

The desire to improve our living environment has always been present, but the digital possibilities of the modern age have given this ambition an enormous impulse”, continued Menno van Doorn.


*SMACT: An abbreviation for the current IT trends focusing on Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Things.


The Internet of Things Series
SMACT and the City – New Technologies in Urban Environments” is the last in a four-part series of Internet of Things reports from VINT. The first was published in the fall of 2013, under the title “Things – Internet of Business Opportunities”. The second, “Empathic Things, about the internet in, on and around the human body”, was released at the start of this year. The third named “Fourth Industrial Revolution; Things build a bridge between OT and IT”, was launched in June.
The authors of this last report are VINT’s Menno van Doorn, Thomas van Manen and Jaap Bloem.
The VINT report can be downloaded in Sogeti’s online bookstore:


About VINT
The Sogeti trend lab VINT (Vision - Inspiration - Navigation - Trends), launched in 1994, is a part of SogetiLabs, a network with Sogeti’s top technology leaders around the world, always have an eye on the horizon looking for evolutions driven by new technology. In recent years VINT did research into Open Source Innovation and Crowd Sourcing (2006), Social Media (2008), Crisis and Paradigm Shift (2010), The App Effect (2012),  The Connected Workforce (2013), Big Data (2013) and Internet of Things (2013-2014). For more information please visit

  • Menno van Doorn
    Menno van Doorn
    Director of VINT
    +31 6 51 27 09 85
  • Therese Sinter
    Therese Sinter
    Marketing & Communications Director, Nordics
    +46 70 361 46 21

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