Which are the smartest cities in the world and why?

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Richard van Hooijdonk, trend watcher, futurist and international keynote speaker has defined six smart cities from around the world that are front runners in smart city initiatives. Cities that explore and initiate smart city projects we can all learn from, and perhaps even copy in other cities. Very necessary, because by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. The rapid urbanisation and ageing populations will cause more and more strain on energy, infrastructure, transportation and healthcare resources. To address these challenges, cities need to implement new technologies.

With his international research team, Richard van Hooijdonk investigates tech trends like robotics, drone technology, autonomous transport systems, Internet of Things, virtual reality, biotech, nanotech, neurotech, blockchain, 3D and 4D printing and of course augmented and virtual reality and their impact on various industries.

Smart cities are no longer the future, they are here

Smart cities are no longer the future. They are here and they are growing rapidly, keeping pace with the expansion of the Internet of Things and impacting municipal services all over the world. To improve city living, smart cities collaborate with developers, big data specialists, innovators and strategic thinkers. Large companies such as IBM and Cisco work together with civic planning authorities and universities, focusing on improving public transport, law enforcement, energy use and waste management by using data-driven systems. Think smart traffic light systems, useful apps, smart street lights and smart parking.

Here are some inspiring smart cities from all corners of the globe that are getting it right – in no particular order:

  • Seattle
  • Helsinki
  • Milton Keynes
  • Barcelona
  • Singapore
  • Songdo

But what are the reasons these six cities are on this list of the smartest cities in the world? Richard van Hooijdonk explains why in this article.

Of course there are many other cities across the world who are very ambitious in the smart city initiatives. Cities across the globe face the same challenges. Therefore it is important that we can all learn from each others learnings and build upon that. Cities, unlike nations, have less barriers to work together in facing the challenges they face. And we need to. With the help of the technological revolution and digital transformation.

Have a look at Richards full article here.

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