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Singapore takes 2018 Expo World Congress smart city award

The awards recognise the most outstanding initiatives and projects in urban innovation and transformation.


Singapore has been chosen as the Smart City of 2018 at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.


Singapore: A “meaningful” smart city

Singapore was praised for its wide array of government-developed solutions, from dynamic public bus routing algorithms to real-time parent-teacher portals and predictive analytics for water pipe leaks.


The judges said these examples “proved that Singapore systematically pursues the application of innovative digital technologies to improve people’s lives.”


The judges said Singapore systematically pursues the application of innovative digital technologies to improve people’s lives.”


The Smart City Awards jury included representatives from Barcelona City Council, the UITP International Association of Public Transport, UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Smart City Expo World Congress.


Their statement said: "Singapore has undoubtedly become a global beacon of the urban transformation and how to implement smart urban solutions in a meaningful manner that not only enhances the city’s functioning but also improves the services provided to its citizens, and through them their quality of life."


Janil Puthucheary, the Singaporean Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Communications and Information, and Minister-in-charge of the Government Technology Agency, commented: “I would like to thank the Smart City Expo World Congress for presenting us with this award. Singapore’s Smart Nation efforts are about the transformation of our country, through technology. We will continue to create a better lived experience for our citizens, and these efforts must benefit our future generations as well. We look forward to working with other cities to make all our cities smart together."


For a detailed look at some of Singapore’s smart city initiatives and results, download our city profile.

Winning cities


Other awards were:

  • Innovative Idea: the {delft}LINK initiative to address the housing shortage in Cape Town (South Africa). Cape Town suffers from a severe shortage of housing for low-income earners. {delft}LINK is South Africa’s first community-funded affordable housing scheme, a non-profit company that links prospective local developers, investors and tenants via a smartphone application.
  • Digital Transformation: the ICT deployment model of the Government of Gaoqing – Zibo (China). Gaoqing is introducing innovative ICT to address challenges arising from urban-rural development.
  • Inclusive and Sharing Cities: the e-health living lab developed by the city of The Hague (Netherlands). The project is developing and improving digital health solutions based on feedback from a ’living lab’ of over 150 ageing citizens. The goal is to obtain scalable and actionable information for national policy, business models and tenders.
  • Governance & Finance: the transformation of Msheireb Downtown Doha (Qatar) into a more welcoming, citizen-focused environment, through an integrated suite of data platforms, IoT systems and digital applications.
  • Mobility: the multi-modal traffic management system in the North Avenue Smart Corridor in Atlanta (USA). This corridor is becoming the most connected one in the state of Georgia, serving as a living lab for active, multi-modal traffic management through technology deployment and data analytics. Smart technology solutions are improving roadway and public safety, mobility and the environment.
  • Urban Environment: the construction of smart buildings in the Jinshan District of Shanghai (China). Shanghai’s Jinshan District Government was recognised for balancing a rapidly developing industry with promoting a healthy living and working environment through smart buildings.


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