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Content analysis of literature on big data in smart cities

Pulkit Tiwari (Bharti School of Telecommunication, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India)
P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India)
Sushil Punia (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 8 November 2019

Issue publication date: 21 May 2021




The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic literature review on the technological aspects of smart cities and to give insights about current trends, sources of research, contributing authors and countries. It is required to understand technical concepts like information technology, big data analytics, Internet of Things and blockchain needed to implement smart city models successfully.


The data were collected from the Scopus database, and analysis techniques like bibliometric analysis, network analysis and content analysis were used to obtain research trends, publications growth, top contributing authors and nations in the domain of smart cities. Also, these analytical techniques identified various fields within the literature on smart cities and supported to design a conceptual framework for Industry 4.0 adoption in a smart city.


The bibliometric analysis shows that research publications have increased significantly over the last couple of years. It has found that developing countries like China is leading the research on smart cities. The network analytics and article classification identified six domains within the literature on smart cities. A conceptual framework for the smart city has proposed for the successful implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies.


This paper explores the role of Industry 4.0 technologies in smart cities. The bibliometric data on publications from the year 2013 to 2018 were used and investigated by using advanced analytical techniques. The paper reviewS key technical concepts for the successful execution of a smart city model. It also gives an idea about various technical considerations required for the implementation of the smart city model through a conceptual framework.



Tiwari, P., Ilavarasan, P.V. and Punia, S. (2021), "Content analysis of literature on big data in smart cities", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 1837-1857.



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