Competitive Landscape - Main players: Data Aggregators for Smart Cities.
Data aggregation has easily become one of the most innovative and important technological advances in recent history, with a myriad of benefits. Seven of the key payers in data aggregation for smart cities are: SAS, Axis Communication, Chordant / InterDigital, B-Scada, Hitachi, AgreeYa, and VMWare, with bonus company 8 CitiWorx. They are working in New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Austin, Pittsburgh, and many smaller cities.
SAS branded the slogan, "The Power to Know". They partner with several companies, including their "platinum partners", Accenture, Capgemini, Terradata, and Deloitte. They offer sliver, gold, and platinum program levels. Silver being their entry level tier, gold being the tier meant for companies which have shown a level of expertise within their field, and platinum being the highest tier, including technology that is implemented worldwide.
Axis Communications offers "secure insights, new trends within smart cities, and big data aggregation in smart cities". Axis Communications does not offer a compiled list of their preferred partners, but does offer an easy to use program to assist organizations in finding a partner to work with them through their company.
Chordant/InterDigital branded the slogan, "A Bridge to a Smart Future". They offer a platform claiming to "enable cities to consolidate, expose and monetize their data". While no compiled list of the company's preferred partners is available, they do offer a "simple interface for partners to access and onboard their services".
B-Scada's intended mission is to become the "global leader in the access and visualization of information". They offer Smart City software which "reduces unscheduled downtime, maximizes employee productiveness and effectiveness, increases production quality, and minimizes the risk of accidents." B-Scada prefers to work with SmartWorx and Libelium as their partners.
Hitachi branded the slogan, "Inspire the Next" and claims to provide "big data, analytics, and video intelligence to fuel innovation, as well as a means to solve local challenges, and improvement of Smart Cities." Hitachi's preferred partners include SAP, DXC, Cognizant, and VMWare.
AgreeYa claims to help businesses meet their goals through a "global, yet local approach, by using a flexible delivery model and strong technology expertise". They intend to help their customers "gain the competitive advantage in their field". Their preferred partners include Microsoft, HP, Dell, and Amazon.
VMWare claims to "create greater efficiencies at regional/municipal levels, promote transparency and compliance for citizens and enable more effective overall collaboration." Although they do not have an available list of preferred partners, they offer an extensive program to assist organizations in finding partners to work with through their company. This program is broken down into the following sections: "Resellers", "Services", "Technology", "Partner Resources", "Global Research and Education", and "Find Partners".
Although we were unable to find any pre-compiled lists of key players in data aggregation within smart cities, the seven companies listed above were consistently mentioned on several platforms within an advanced search. After completing more extensive research, it was clear to see that the seven companies, SAS, Axis Communication, Chordant / InterDigital, B-Scada, Hitachi, AgreeYa, and VMWare, were key players in the implementation of data aggregation within smart cities in the United States. As well as forming the competitive landscape of data aggregation, several of the companies listed each other as preferred partners, showing that, although each individual company wants to be the top company within data aggregation, all companies are aiming for the same goal: to improve smart cities.