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Smartest cities in APeJ named

China, Taiwan and Singapore boast the greatest number of winning projects

Wuhan East Lake in China shared the honours in the administration category
Wuhan East Lake in China shared the honours in the administration category

Market intelligence and advisory firm IDC Asia Pacific has announced the 19 winners of the 2018 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).


SCAPA recognises the most outstanding smart city projects in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) and the winning entries were selected across 12 functional categories with China, Taiwan and Singapore coming top claiming five-, four- and three awards respectively.


Other winning countries chosen from the 148 most outstanding smart city projects include Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.


According to IDC, rapid urbanisation and the exponential population growth of APEJ cities are severely constraining urban ecosystems. Coupled with increased socioeconomic pressures (aging populations, inadequate housing options), and aging infrastructures, many APEJ city governments and city administrators are driven to seek investments in smart city solutions to guarantee their city’s future survivability.


“Such city management solutions are expected to deliver better urban planning and operational efficiencies, enable higher-quality stakeholder engagements and closer collaborations, as well as influence widespread knowledge capital transformation with government employees, local businesses, and residents so cities can develop more sustainably,” said Gerald Wang, head, public sector, IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights, Asia Pacific.


IDC said it went through a rigorous six-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the leading smart city projects for 2017-18. These included identifying and cataloguing the key smart city projects in Asia/Pacific by IDC analysts across APeJ (50 per cent), online voting to determine public opinion (25 per cent), and the assessment of an international advisory council (25 per cent).


In the administration category Wuhan East Lake, China, was named along with Ipswich, ‘Australia’s most livable and prosperous smart city’; Taipei, Taiwan, won the sustainable infrastructure category for its smarter infrastructure platform; Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea, came top of the civic engagement category for its ‘intelligent civil affairs’ system; and for urban planning and land use Singapore won for its smart connected lampposts for efficient urban planning.


“Even as municipalities globally are not the flattest, most agile organisations, city leaders should take the lead in rolling out viable and sustainable initiatives to transform traditional bureaucracies, they should not fall into the trap of waiting to be the last mile beneficiary of industrywide innovations,” added Wang.


“Inevitably, strategic and operational silos will not bring about an enviable future ecology of ‘live, learn, work, and play’. IDC believes that cities with agile operations, constant capability building, long-term investments in innovation for relevance and competitive advantage, as well as an open and collaborative ecosystem will pave the way forward in socioeconomic growth and excellence.”


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