The shift to remote work and telemedicine has big implications for infrastructure. Purely “physical” infrastructure (roads, bridges, electricity) is shifting to more “physical-digital” infrastructure, with broadband, self-driving cars, and “smart infrastructure” taking center stage. New focus on the environment and broad social benefits are also reshaping infrastructure thinking.
Many respondents expect more work from home, more broadband, and more transportation options. However, only 4% believe that there will be fewer people living in cities.
As government shifts to more digital infrastructure, cyber risk becomes a concern. About 76% of global infrastructure leaders expect greater focus on data security over the next three years.
Many respondents expect artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and cybersecurity to reshape infrastructure—a clear signal that infrastructure is going digital.
About 60% of respondents globally said that they plan to invest in urban places for walking, cycling, socializing, and eating.
Interestingly, respondents see talent shortage as a bigger obstacle to executing infrastructure projects than budget constraints or regulatory barriers.
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