Singapore tops charts again - this time for best performing global smart city

Singapore tops charts again – this time for best performing global smart city

Singapore tops charts again – this time for best performing global smart city

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

According to a study by market researcher Juniper Research, the Global Smart City Performance Index - sponsored by global technology player Intel - ranks the top 20 global smart cities in terms of the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and connected services across four key areas: mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity.

As such, the study rank top 20 global smart cities against four key areas: mobility, healthcare, public safety, and productivity. "Connected communities, municipal services and processes have a powerful impact on a citizen's quality of life", said Windsor Holden head of forecasting and consultancy at Juniper Research, in a report published by Channel NewsAsia, (CNA) on Tuesday.

San Francisco and London were ranked second and third in this area for their respective efforts to use technology solutions to curb mobility-related issues such as traffic congestion.

As for health, the Juniper researchers found that smart cities with connected digital health services can play a significant role in creating efficiencies - saving citizens nearly 10 hours a year - as well as potential lifesaving benefits, for both patients and caregivers.

Productivity gains from encouraging digital innovation to address urban planning challenges, and the ability for citizens to access digital services and city information, were deemed to be critical in improving citizens' productivity in the study.

Globally, smart cities have a lot to improve on.

Juniper found from the study that smart cities have the potential to save individuals about 125 hours every year.

An integrated IoT-enabled infrastructure of intelligent traffic systems, safer roads, directed parking, frictionless toll and parking payments can give up to 60 hours back a year to drivers otherwise stuck in their cars, it added.

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.

The ranking, which was determined by Juniper Research on behalf of Intel, the Silicon Valley-based tech company, is said to help show how technologies such as connected sensors, meters and lights which collect and analyse data are able to improve public infrastructure and services, and in turn, to change the way citizens live, work and get around the cities in which they reside.

Improvements in public safety can deliver almost 35 hours per year, according to the study.

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