Bhubaneswar makes it to World's Top 20 Smart Cities, only Indian City

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 13, 2018

Supertrees, giant man-made structures housing vertical gardens at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.

By ranking the top 20 smart cities worldwide across four key areas - mobility, health care, public safety and productivity - the Juniper researchers hope to provide fresh insights that urban planners and others might use to deliver positive outcomes for increased time savings and productivity, increases in health and overall quality of life, and a safer environment in the future, according to an explanation of the research findings.

To be sure, numerous "internet of things" (IoT) technologies identified in the study - including those having to do with mobility, health and public safety solutions - are already being deployed around the world, the Juniper researchers note.

As a result, the city-state also ranked first in the consolidated ranking, ahead of London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seoul.

They are most advanced in integrating Internet of Things (IoT) in mobility, healthcare, and public safety.

IoT has the potential to change the way citizens live and interact in their daily lives, and according to Juniper, could allow cities to "give back" 125 hours to every resident every year.

"Analysts tend to focus on the technical underpinnings of building a data-centric world", says Windsor Holden, head of forecasting and consultancy at Juniper Research.

"We can't overlook the importance of the real human benefits that smart cities have".

As a result, Singapore's was said to have undergone rapid transformation since independence, becoming the world's top smart city.

Globally, smart cities have a lot to improve on.

The study was conducted from July to September a year ago.

Singapore was cited as an example, for its smart, connected traffic solutions, which are applied together with strong policy curtailing auto ownership to reduce the number of vehicles on roads.

With regard to mobility, the study revealed that the use of IoT-enabled infrastructure in Singapore, such as applied smart and connected traffic solutions used by the Land Transport Authority, may save drivers up to 60 hours a year.

They cite such examples of "smart" technology as wearable apps to monitor blood pressure, pain tolerance and temperature that are able to help people manage chronic conditions without having to be hospitalised; and "telemedicine", which refers to the ability of flu sufferers - who are nearly certain to be contagious if they really have flu - to avoid having to go to their doctor's offices by making use of a high-speed video link that enables them to be "examined" from a distance.

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