Use cases for commercialising city data

Cities Data Asset


How can local authorities better exploit their data assets?

Engie commissioned Urban Foresight to work on its Cities Data Asset pilot, a new approach to realising the value of data from a City Region.

Engie is a global energy company that also provides facilities management, maintenance and ICT outsourcing services.

Urban Foresight developed  130 different Use Cases where data and technology could be used to enhance the delivery of local services and infrastructure. This included community engagement, energy, transport, security, health and wellbeing.

Our analysis employed a weighted multi-criteria assessment to identify ten priority activities. This was based on a bespoke scorecard to reflect the priorities and ambitions of Engie and its clients. Factors defined included: the fit with existing value propositions; non-financial benefits; scale of the opportunity; revenue potential; timescales; competition; and complexity. 

Detailed business cases were developed for each of the priority use cases which defined the value added to Engie and its customers.

The process involved engagement across different business units in Engie’s global business and interviews with technical partners around the world.

It greatly benefited from Urban Foresight’s broad technical expertise, creative insights and ability to translate complex opportunities into actionable business strategies.

What We Delivered

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities

Practical insights and evidence to support decision-making, policy development and the case for investments

Assessment of concepts, products and services according to defined social, economic and environmental criteria

We write award winning reports that are concise, logical and engaging

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project

We provide practical guidance and define the resources, roles and outcomes required to implement innovation projects

Sector Expertise

We are globally recognised experts in the opportunities for cities to embrace technology and new ways of working to create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes

Advising on ways to share, manage and exploit data assets

Advising on the commercial and disruptive potential of new technologies

Developing secure, clean and affordable energy systems that are optimised for renewables and integrate new products and services

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities