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.

Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

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

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

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

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.