Smart cities are those that are rich with various types of electronic sensor devices. These devices are used to collect digital data for use in managing multiple assets and resources in a more cost-efficient and economical way using the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology.

The types of things that come under this umbrella include crime detection, property environment management, traffic control, and waste management. As well as improving the quality of life, both working and social, the development of smart cities is an essential step on the road to managing the planet’s finite resources and improving the environment.

Empowering cities to become smart

In a bid to empower cities on every continent with adopting smart principles and technologies, the Smart City Expo World Congress organises a three-day annual event. This year’s congress takes place from the 19th to the 21st of November in Barcelona.

It is a gathering of stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors including technological industries, entrepreneurs and policymakers. They will have the opportunity to engage with each other to produce progressive actions with a view to enabling an inclusive and sustainable urban future.

Tools and technology

The IoT, cloud technology, the introduction of the 5G network, advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, are some of the powerful tools that are driving the development of smart city ecosystems. These have been best utilised by Singapore, which according to inaugural IMD Smart City Index, is currently ranked the smartest city in the world.

Singapore is top of the smart city world

Singapore comes top as it has performed well across a broad range of criteria, including public health and safety, and the lifelong opportunity for citizens to learn, underwritten by local enterprises. It also scored well with online access to job listings, and from a social viewpoint, having plenty of green spaces.

Singapore’s success comes partly from the city’s proactive adoption of exciting new technologies that enhance the lives of its citizens. The island city-state has done extremely well, being only one of two Asian cities in the top 102. The other city, rated in 7th place was Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.

The rest of the cities included in the top ten were Zurich (2nd), Oslo (3rd), Geneva (4th), Copenhagen (5th), Auckland (6th), Helsinki (8th), Bilbao (9th) and Dusseldorf (10th).

Photo: Singapore by Keith.Fulton licensed under Creative Commons 4.0