What it's about:
A new global study has ranked the top 100 cities at the forefront of smart evolution, focusing on digitalisation, urban growth, mobility, sustainability and governance.
In the 2017 "Smart Cities Index", Copenhagen in Denmark comes first, followed by Singapore and Stockholm, while Mexico City ranks lowest behind Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Analysing 19 factors, ranging from the proliferation of car sharing services to clean energy technologies and the availability of Wifi hotspots, the index provides an insight into smart infrastructure around the world.
Other findings include that Romania has faster internet than most of North America and that just after Luxembourg, South Korea has the highest smartphone usage in the world.
Why it's noteworthy:
"Smart cities" is a difficult concept to categorise and rank, but the study provides an opportunity to understand which cities are making strides towards a smoother, digitalised life for their citizens.
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