Country, city, trading hub, for years Singapore has been known as a place of fast paced development and growth. Now the country is looking to claim the title of being the global leader in smart city technology.
Singapore government’s chief information officer, Chan Cheow Hoe reportedly stated, “There was a determination to transform what we do with technology.”
Cheow Hoe and his team have introduced a number of smart services aimed at improving the lives of Singaporean citizens.
The Smart City Ranking competitive assessment ranked 10 megacities across developed regions. These are (in no particular order) :
- New York
- Los Angeles
ABI Research studied each city based on varying criteria like its innovative programs, strategies and implementation achievements measured through verifiable metrics for congestion, air quality, GDP, crime rates, and cost of living.
ABI Research has stated that according to their analysis, Singapore is now the world’s smartest city.
How does one measure innovation? Cities are assessed as to how much they accept out-of-the-box thinking and their plans on the use of disruptive technologies to address and solve the issues of cities of the future. Problems these cities need to look into include transportation, energy, education, and healthcare.
By these criteria, Singapore and Dubai (which came in 2nd place) are the leaders in smart cities, going above and beyond when it comes to innovation and the use of next generation technologies.
Singapore is already the most advanced in integrating Internet of Things (IoT) into travel, healthcare, and public safety. In innovation criteria they score the highest on Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Freight-as-a-Service (FaaS), making them the World leaders in transportation and as a freight hub with driverless taxis, autonomous shuttles and smart, connected traffic systems.
On top of that, Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative is looking into solving a wide array of urban issues linked to high-density living, something that has been recognised and applauded internationally.
In healthcare, the use of digital service platforms and remote monitoring devices has helped make the country’s health care services more efficient and effective, especially for senior citizens. Not to mention, Singapore’s smart video surveillance project has helped the country improve its public safety immensely.
So, for now, Singapore is the number one smart city. However, it has some strong contenders who are working hard towards claiming that title for their own. How long will Singapore be number one? We shall see.