The IMD World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, in partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design have presented the first edition of the IMD Smart City Index 2019, which ranks 102 cities worldwide. Being a globally-recognised ‘smart’ city is critical for attracting investment and talent, creating a potential ‘virtuous cycle’ in favour of an advanced group of cities.
The only global index of its kind, the IMD Smart City Index 2019, uniquely focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities ‘smart’, balancing “economic and technological aspects” with “humane dimensions”. The IMD Smart City Index 2019 assesses the perceptions of residents on issues related to structures and technology applications available to them in their city. This first edition ranks 102 cities worldwide by capturing the perceptions of 120 residents in each city. There are two pillars for which perceptions from residents are solicited:
- The Structures pillar referring to the existing infrastructure of the cities
- The Technology pillar describing the technological provisions and services available to the inhabitants
Each pillar is evaluated over five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities, and governance.
The Top 10 smartest cities in 2019 are: Singapore (1st), Zurich (2nd), Oslo (3rd), Geneva (4th), Copenhagen (5th), Auckland (6th), Taipei City (7th), Helsinki (8th), Bilbao (9th) and Dusseldorf (10th).
Bilbao stands out over other world capitals and is well above the other three Spanish cities participating in the analysis: Madrid (21st), Barcelona (48th) and Zaragoza (49th).
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