Singapore, 16 October 2019 – The IMD World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, in partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), has released the first edition of the IMD Smart City Index 2019, which ranks 102 cities worldwide. 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). Singapore is the host city of the upcoming SEG | EAGE Workshop: Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities, 10–12 December 2019.
The goal of this workshop is to influence the smart city practice in highly developed cities in Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, and around the world, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts with civil engineering and digital technologies. Hardware sensor development, software data analytics, and social impacts of technologies will be covered. A special panel discussion, Bridging the gap between geophysics and civil engineering, will take place 12 December.
Being a globally-recognized ‘smart’ city is now critical for attracting investment and talent, creating a potential ‘virtuous cycle’ in favour of an advanced group of cities such as Singapore, Zurich and Oslo. 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.”
“Smart cities are growing and blossoming in all parts of the world. Economic realities cannot be ignored: cities in poorer countries face disadvantages, which will require specific actions to correct along the path towards smartness,” stated Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.
For more information on the SEG | EAGE Workshop: Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities, visit seg.org/events/smartcitysingapore