As the urban population grows, so do the challenges that cities face. Optimizing resources and services is basic, but it can only be achieved by effectively implementing digital solutions. Here are the top 10 smart cities worldwide that have succeeded in doing so.
The need for smart cities is inevitable: the world’s population is booming; and there are lots of megacities, each containing more than 10 million inhabitants. Such a staggering rate of urbanization brings its own problems, especially in developing nations, where the majority of the megacities will be found. However, hopes for a better life are often dashed as overpopulation puts an enormous strain on the infrastructure of the cities and their ability to provide necessities such as clean water and a place to live. If the infrastructure within those cities does not grow (or upgrade) at the same rate, the result can be catastrophic.
Advances in technology have done much to change the way we live and communicate, but no revolutionized life as much as the advent of the Internet of Things. This cutting-edge, more sophisticated technology has brought with it a whole new set of advantages in the process of smartening cities. The next few years may bring even more profound changes in this regard and will see astonishing development as well.
Here we want to introduce 10 smart cities where the smartening process has progressed well so far.
1. New York City, United States
New York is among the top smart cities in the world. It launched a smart pilot program years ago. And today, the progress we are witnessing in various fields in terms of technology in this city; shows that it has been successful. One of the most important measures that New York has considered and succeeded in is the optimal use of resources such as water and energy, which has put it ahead of other cities. Its other services include efficient waste management and collection, developing smart hubs with NFC technology and WiFi capabilities, innovative transformation, strategically placing smart screens throughout the region, online charging stations, etc.
2. Boston, United States
Boston is one of the other American cities participating in the smart city mission that is among the best cities regarding governance and public management. Boston's main focus is on making its streets smarter. With the help of technologies like cameras and sensors, the city of Boston is using technology to redesign its streets, by monitoring the people’s navigation and interactions. Boston aims to provide better and faster access to information based on data for its citizens.
3. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has turned into one of the leading smart cities in Europe. This city is an open data source, namely, everyone has the access to information and databases. This action has increased the speed of the process of smartening this city. Undoubtedly, applications have been one of the most important approaches applied in this city. It covers all the aspects of human life such as Infrastructure & Technology; Energy, Water & Waste; Mobility; Circular City; Governance & Education; and Citizens & Living.
4. Stockholm, Sweden
Although Stockholm is known as the European Green Capital, it also has many cleantech companies aiming at making the city greener. It has a worldwide reputation for its good living environment. It’s interesting to know that Stockholm’s most public transportation vehicles receive their fuel from two wastewater treatment plants producing biodiesel. Stockholm is famous for its internet speed and transportation network.
5. London, United Kingdom
It's been years that London has been among the top smart cities in the world. Compared to other cities, London has more startups and programmers. It has had good performance in its smart transport system of buses, trains, and shared vehicles, smart parking services, international outreach, human capital, innovative economies, WiFi hotspots, etc.
6. Paris, France
It’s no surprise that Paris is known as the City of Lights, with its numerous street lights and bridges illuminating each night. This city is also among the cities that have been at the forefront of the smartening process. Data collection, with the help of The Internet of Things, is done in two ways, active and passive, to improve the urban experience for citizens. Using public transportation such as bike-sharing and electric cars and other innovative measures have put Paris among the top smart cities.
7. Singapore, Singapore
Singapore is considered one of the smartest cities in the world. It launched the smartening process in 2014, with the government focusing on technologies to improve the urban experience of the citizens. In Singapore, like in Paris, data is collected to facilitate smartening in transportation, healthcare, mobility, etc.
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
When it comes to sustainability and providing the best quality of life, Copenhagen is among the best cities in the world. Copenhagen has performed well in monitoring air quality, energy consumption, traffic, predicting free parking spots, waste management, delivery services, and free access to public data sources. Plenty of opportunities to work with the best companies in cleantech and smart city solutions are available in Copenhagen.
9. Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Dubai has always had one of the best governments around the world, with the purpose of satisfying the needs of its inhabitants for both today and the future. Its vision is to become a world-class smart city and become a global example of an integrated and connected smart city. It was amongst the first communities to recognize the importance of government innovation. Dubai smart city has its standards of excellence: smart entrepreneurs, smart energy, smart buildings, smart police, smart justice, smart roads, and smart airports.
10. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city of great economic and technological importance in the world. Its government’s vision is to enhance city management and quality of life, with the help of innovation and technology. Perhaps it can be said that Hong Kong is the most digitally connected territory in the world, with its 5G penetration rate. Technology has an important role in various fields such as healthcare services, online transactions, traffic control, manufacturing, shipping management, waste disposal, distance maintenance support, construction site surveillance, telemedicine, and even farming.
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