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Global smart city index score 2019

Based on a wide variety of categories, the top major global smart cities were ranked using an index score, where a top index score of 10 was possible. Scores were based on various different categories including transport and mobility, sustainability, governance, innovation economy, digitalization, living standard, and expert perception. In more detail, the index also includes provision of smart parking and mobility, recycling rates, and blockchain ecosystem among other factors that can improve the standard of living. In 2019, Zurich, Switzerland was ranked first, achieving an overall index score of 7.75. Spending on smart city technology is projected to increase in the future.

Smart city applications

Smart cities use data and digital technology to improve the quality of life, while changing the nature and economics of infrastructure. However, the definition of smart cities can vary widely and is based on the dynamic needs of a cities’ citizens. Mobility seems to be the most important smart city application for many cities, especially in European cities. For example, e-hailing services are available in most leading smart cities. The deployment of smart technologies that will incorporate mobility, utilities, health, security, and housing and community engagement will be important priorities in the future of smart cities.

Index score of leading smart cities worldwide in 2019

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The company analyzed 500 cities around the world and ranked them across 24 categories. Ranking is based on the source's own methodology.

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