The smart cities performance index developed by Juniper Research, in collaboration with Intel, establishes four key areas to define how «smart» a city is: mobility, medical care, public safety and productivity.
The city of Singapore managed to head the list of the smart cities ranking 2017 that Juniper Research carries out annually. This moved to London and New York, which usually lead on the podium.
Sponsored by Intel, this «intelligent cities performance index» highlights the 20 most important cities in terms of integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and connected services in four key areas: mobility, medical care, public safety and productivity.
In this way, of the cities measured, Singapore not only won as the most important smart city, but also stood out in all the key areas. Even the report stressed that the fact that this Asian country is a city-state, gives great advantages in the ability to execute its vision of smart city. It should be remembered that Singapore is the smallest country in the Southeast Asian area.
Health and mobility
But more than a ranking, the study measured a series of elements with respect to the benefits that smart cities bring to their own inhabitants, which -according to the results- have the potential to save people around 125 hours a year. «We can not ignore the importance of the real human benefits that smart cities have. Connected communities, services and municipal services have a powerful impact on the quality of life of citizens, «said Windsor Holden, head of forecasting and consulting at Juniper Research, in the context of the study.
Even more, with regard to health care, the study found that smart cities with connected digital health services (such as apps that monitor blood pressure) can save people about 10 hours a year. «Singapore and Seoul were notable in terms of their focus on addressing the vision of health services for older citizens through a range of technologies, including digital service platforms and remote monitoring devices,» says Juniper’s report. .
With respect to mobility, San Francisco and London occupied the second and third place, for their respective efforts to use technological solutions to curb problems related to this issue, such as traffic congestion.
The report also showed that the use of the IoT-enabled infrastructure in Singapore, as well as intelligent traffic solutions used by the country’s Land Transport Authority, can save drivers up to 60 hours per year.
While the top 10 cities in the ranking do not cause much surprise, due to their commitment of several years to invest to make them smarter, it draws attention to how Chinese cities appear and rise on the list. Wuxi, Yinchuan and Hangzhou are in the group. The incorporation of high-tech urban and the focus towards cleaner energy of this Asian nation, would explain its positioning in the ranking.
It also highlights the appearance of two Latin American megaurbes, as well as Nice, a city in southeastern France, which has almost 350,000 inhabitants.
«Partnerships between urban planners, government officials, private companies, OEMs (equipment manufacturers), software developers and startups are creating smart city ecosystems that will empower citizens while reducing our carbon footprint,» said Sameer Sharma, manager global general Intel Smart Cities IoT solutions.