Forty-six projects have been shortlisted by IDC in 14 smart city categories
Public voting has opened for the best smart city projects in the 2017 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).
Run by IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific, the awards are in their third year and aim to identify the top smart city initiatives in the region (excluding Japan). Out of over 150 smart city project submissions coming from local governments and vendors in Asia Pacific, only 46 projects were shortlisted by IDC as a finalist in at least one of 14 functional smart city strategic domains.
All finalists will compete with other outstanding projects through public voting, IDC internal evaluation and judging from an International Advisory Council. As in 2016, 50 per cent of the criteria for judging will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment from the IDC Research Team and the Advisory Council. IDC will declare one winner under each smart city strategic domain.
The award categories are: transportation; public works; smart buildings; smart grid; smart water; administration; economic development; land use and environmental management; permitting, licensing, inspection and zoning; public safety; education; tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces; connected health; and social services.
“As we move into our third year of benchmarking various ground-breaking smart city projects in Asia Pacific, key discussions around empowering both ICT and line-of-business leadership, information governance and digital economies as well as workable strategic sourcing considerations are noted,” says Gerald Wang, head of IDC Government and Education Insights Asia/Pacific.
“Ultimately, government organisations, city leaders, and urban planners need to build a robust Smart City ecosystem to attract both foreign direct investments and manpower talents.”
Wang added: “While the emphasis in the near-term focuses on choosing projects that use the least amount of investment dollars yet generating the largest impact, the long-term sustainability considerations are also critical. To stay ahead of the competition in an ever-changing digital ecosystem, smart city leaders would need to have a competent strategic foresight and organisational ability to meticulously plan their execution strategy.”
New Zealand has emerged as one of the leading nations in the awards, with projects named as finalists in six out of 14 categories. They include an analytics project by Auckland Transport and Waitaki District Council’s smart water project.
IDC Government Insights is urging citizens to find out if their city or organisation has been nominated for any of the award categories and decide if it deserves the top spot. Individuals have a chance to win a Gear VR as one of 10 lucky voters selected through an electronic raffle draw.
IDC Government Insights assists government policy, programme, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services.
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