The ranking is based on Siemens’ Atlas of Digitalisation app, which aims to inspire “new thinking on the global journey to City 4.0".
London is ranked as the most “digitally ready” global city according to a new web-based application which aims to inspire “new thinking on the global journey to City 4.0”.
Siemens’ Atlas of Digitalisation app was used to identify the digital readiness and potential for six cities: Buenos Aires; Dubai; Johannesburg; London; Los Angeles; and Taipei.
The app sets out to assess how the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has already impacted urban life around the world, and the potential it could have in the future. And is based around the interconnected themes of Expo 2020 Dubai – mobility, sustainability and opportunity.
The themes are identified by Expo 2020 Dubai as having the power to build partnerships, inspire progress and develop future cities.
Data from 21 indicators has been analysed from the six cities and mapped across the three themes to create a visualisation of each city’s digitalisation landscape.
From this analysis a digital readiness score was defined, considering areas such as smart electricity and transport systems, internet connections and digital governance services.
The score reveals the current level of maturity of each city’s digital infrastructure, and its preparedness for a connected future.
The analysis takes into account areas like innovation, greenhouse gas emissions and time spent in traffic to give the cities a digital potential score, indicating where there is opportunity to grow digital capabilities to transform society and economy.
"We hope the Atlas will inspire new ways of thinking to shape all the smart cities of tomorrow and realise the global potential of City 4.0”
Together, the readiness and potential scores illustrate the different capacities each city already has, and where it can develop to effect change and growth.
The Atlas recognises London’s advanced implementation of digital technologies in areas such as the introduction of the congestion charge and the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) which will dramatically cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Currently, road traffic in London is responsible for more than half of the city’s NOx emissions.
“It is tremendous that London is leading the charge in digitalisation among these global cities. In spite of all the economic uncertainty we have been facing in the UK over the last two years this study shows we are still well placed to achieve leadership globally in [4IR] if we continue to invest, innovate and grow responsibly and sustainably,” said Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK.
He continued: “The Atlas of Digitalisation gives us an insight to the current status of digitalisation in global cities, and the data tells us London has already made excellent progress. We hope the Atlas will inspire new ways of thinking to shape all the smart cities of tomorrow and realise the global potential of City 4.0.”
The Atlas also identifies potential for digitalisation to positively impact areas in London such as improving mobile internet speeds and opening up new opportunities for internet-enabled services based on the Internet of Things (IoT) such as vehicle-to-everything communications to improve efficiency.
Visitors to the Atlas of Digitalisation can interact with each city and explore its data, taking an in-depth look into how each is addressing its own challenges and opportunities, and how it will impact work and life in future cities.
Visit the Atlas of Digitalisation: atlas.dc.siemens.com/
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