IDC notes a “surge” in cutting-edge future city projects being deployed across first-tier cities in developed economies across the 12 functional e-service categories.
A “virtual” Wellington project designed to promote civic engagement, an intelligent disease predictor in China and a smart water project in Busan are among the winners of IDC’s 5th Annual Smart City Asia-Pacific Awards (SCAPA).
Seventeen projects were named with Taiwan, China and New Zealand the biggest winners with four, three and three awards won respectively.
The Asia-Pacific winners are decided based on IDC analysts’ benchmarking, public voting, and judging from an international advisory council. SCAPA recognises “deserving” private or public organisations that have deemed to have excelled across the 12 smart city functional e-service categories using IDC’s Smart City Development Index framework.
"We’ve seen a surge in cutting-edge future city projects being deployed across first-tier cities in developed economies,” said Gerald Wang, associate director, head of IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights Asia-Pacific. “This signals a strong turnaround and commitment by advanced Asia Pacific governments to create the best ’live, learn, work and play’ digital ecosystems."
“This signals a strong turnaround and commitment by advanced Asia-Pacific governments to create the best ’live, learn, work and play’ digital ecosystems"
He added "Smart city spending globally is expected to reach US$189.5 billion by 2023 [as of June 2019], with the upwards spending growth in transportation, public safety, utilities, and education-related projects reflected strongly in almost half of the entries received in these categories.”
The full 2019 IDC Smart City Asia-Pacific Award winners line-up is:
Administration: buried pipe management system, SmartCity Division, Daegu Urban Corporation, Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea;
Civic engagement: Virtual Wellington, Wellington City Council, New Zealand;
Digital equity and accessibility: civic participation initiative for Taoyuan citizen card application expansion, Taoyuan City Government, Taiwan;
Economic development, tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces: Singapore tourism analytics network, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Singapore;
Education: tie between Will Digital Teacher, Vector Limited, New Zealand, and Cross Learning Barriers, Omni Smart Education, Taipei City Government, Taiwan;
Public health and social services: intelligent disease prediction project, Provincial/Municipal Healthcare Administration Departments, China;
Public safety – disaster response/emergency management: integrated emergency data platform, New Taipei City Government, Taiwan;
Public safety – smart policing: tie between Wujiang broadband trunking government network, Suzhou Wujiang Public Security Bureau, China, and national digital identity facial biometric system, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, Singapore;
Smart buildings: Forest City Smart BIA, Country Garden Pacificview, Johor, Malaysia;
Smart water: Busan Eco Delta Smart City, Smart City Promotion Division, Busan City Government, Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea;
Sustainable infrastructure: Madden Street, NZ Smartest Street, Auckland Council/Auckland Transport, New Zealand;
Transportation – connected and autonomous vehicles, public transit, ride-hailing/ride-sharing: tie between Shenzhen appointment-based travelling project, Traffic Police Department of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau, China, and Smart Moves Newcastle, City of Newcastle, Mobility Projects, New South Wales, Australia;
Transportation – transport infrastructure: Transportation 2.0 – AI-driven transportation management, Department of IT, Taipei City Government, Taiwan;
Urban planning and land use: Hunter innovation project - smart city infrastructure, City of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
This year’s regional winners will go up against the other regional winners in IDC’s smart city competitions around the world for the opportunity to be named the global IDC smart city champion for one of 12 categories.
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