Smart technology is affecting individual lives as well as several industries. Many cities are also in more advanced stages of innovation than others. This leads to an intriguing question: what are the top smart cities across the globe?
Below is a list of the top 5 smart cities according to articles, blogs, and their previously published lists. Each of them has benefited immensely from the utilisation and implementation of smart technology.
5. Stockholm, Sweden
In 2010 the European Commission named Stockholm Europe’s Green Capital. This recognition arrived after the city received the Intelligent Community of the Year Award in 2009. Stockholm was also the first city to offer 4G/LTE mobile services.
The city ranks especially high in citizen participation, internet speed, and government digitization. Most public transportation vehicles get their fuel from the biodiesel produced by two wastewater treatment plants. Stockholm also offers tax breaks to companies that install motion sensors that turn off lights in unoccupied buildings and has approximately 3000 green tech companies dedicated to making the city as energy-efficient as possible.
4. Paris, France
Paris ranks as one of the top smart cities in innovation, government digitization, international outreach, and greenery. Like Stockholm, it is a major player in utilising green energy, with a large percentage of its public transportation running in clean fuel. Parisians utilise public transportation frequently, including a popular bike-sharing program. Its success inspired the creation of a similar electric car program that could appear in Paris very soon.