In a world where technology enables us to learn and share solutions at the highest
ever rate, we would expect to see solutions that work spread rapidly across society,
especially if they are of low technical complexity, save costs and transform lives
for the better.
Yet, until today, solutions for cities have rarely spread rapidly. A combination
of a lack of knowledge about available solutions and market barriers mean that on
a good day a proven solution takes 10-30 years to spread from early adopters to
improve lives in larger numbers of communities. This is not just fatal for business,
but the majority of citizens also suffer as a result.
Re-invention is a major indication of how inefficient the marketplace can be. Most
solutions in cities are in fact locally re-invented at a very high cost in time and
money. Typically, a ready solution that can be locally deployed in just 12 months
will take 4-8 years to deploy if it is re-invented. And the financial cost will be 10-20x higher.
Citymart.com accelerates markets:
1. Calls for Solutions identify all available approaches early on.
2. Any decision-maker can access our Showcase for immediate results.
3. LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future delivers real-life pilots in dozens of cities.
4. Certified and independent validations are available in real-time.
On average, Citymart.com delivers processes 3x faster than the traditional marketplace.
For example, Bitcarrier took just 3 months to be selected as the most promising solution
in a Call for Solutions by Barcelona, and within a further 3 months had deployed
a pilot to prove the viability of their solution to all stakeholders. After just
9 months from first contact, Bitcarrier had completed the first commercial contract
and gained a significant project reference.
For both the city and the provider, this transaction would previously have taken
24-36 months with very uncertain results.