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Singapore, Seoul and London top smart city governance ranking

Cities were recognised for not only being advanced in terms of technologies adopted throughout the city, but in their government’s efforts to bring the city population along with their digitalisation journey.

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Singapore's citizen-centric strategies were among the factors that ranked it top
Singapore's citizen-centric strategies were among the factors that ranked it top

Singapore, Seoul, and London have been named as leading smart city governments by Eden Strategy Institute.

 

The study focuses specifically on the role of city governments as a key driver for smart city development. Beyond the efficacy and outcomes of technological solutions, the study hopes to shed light on the importance of strategy, leadership, people-centricity, policies, ecosystem, incentives, and talent in determining the success and effectiveness of technologies deployed in smart cities.

 

More than 230 cities were evaluated and examined for the second edition of the Top 50 Smart City Government rankings. Barcelona, Helsinki, New York City, Montreal, Shanghai, Vienna and Amsterdam rounded out the top 10.

 

Digitalisation journey

 

These leading cities were recognised for not only being advanced in terms of technologies adopted throughout the city, but in their government’s efforts to bring the city population along with their digitalisation journey.

 

Eden Strategy Institute’s Top 50 Smart City Government rankings places an explicit focus on the government as a key driver of smart city development. It used 10 key indicators to systematically and holistically assess city governments globally, with the goal of identifying and celebrating those which have been successful in steering their cities towards success.

 

Beyond being assessment indicators, however, the 10 factors also reflect the tools which city leaders have leveraged to achieve positive outcomes in their respective cities: increasing citizen participation; improving service delivery efficiency and quality; and enhancing digital inclusion.

An increasing number of cities have prioritised environmental sustainability in their agenda, recognising the importance and urgency of addressing the effects of climate change

Eden Strategy Institute invited city governments to a call for proposals to submit supporting details, reports, and outcomes. Interviews were later conducted with smart city officials to validate facts and learn more in-depth about their challenges and pathways.

 

“Top smart city governments in the 2020-2021 rankings were able to collaborate and partner with public and private sector stakeholders; us[ing] digital solutions and data to deliver services and make decisions; all while considering implications on inclusion and citizen trust,” said Calvin Chu Yee Ming, managing partner at Eden Strategy Institute.

 

The 2020-2021 edition also highlighted a regional showcase of emerging smart cities which were not featured in the Top 50 rankings. The aim was to celebrate other smart cities across regions which launched unique and creative smart city initiatives, even though they were not part of the top 50.

 

Smart city trends

 

The rankings this year also revealed several smart city trends and insights. An increasing number of cities have prioritised environmental sustainability in their agenda, recognising the importance and urgency of addressing the effects of climate change.

 

Singapore was highighted for a number of projects, including

 

Eighteen new cities were welcomed into the top 50 list, including cities such as Tallinn, Oslo, and Moscow. Several Chinese cities including Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Chongqing also made it into the rankings due to notable efforts to drive innovation and support talent development.

 

Eden Strategy Institute is a strategy consulting firm specialising in business system innovation.

 

The full report can be downloaded at SmartCityGovt.

 

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