Industry trend Winners of the ‘World Smart City’ awards

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

The Smart City Expo World Congress recently awarded seven smart city projects for their outstanding efforts to create cities of the future. The winners were selected from over a total of 473 entries from around the world.

Claimed to the world’s first smart and sustainable downtown Regeneration Project, Msheireb Downtown Doha makes use of numerous smart city technologies such as integrated data platforms, IOT systems and digital applications.
Claimed to the world’s first smart and sustainable downtown Regeneration Project, Msheireb Downtown Doha makes use of numerous smart city technologies such as integrated data platforms, IOT systems and digital applications.
(Source: Msheireb Properties)

Smart cities are green and make use of digital technologies to optimise resources and reduce costs. Recently, the Smart City Expo World Congress awarded seven prominent projects across the globe with the ‘World Smart City’ Awards for their significant progress in building a smart city. An in-depth insight into each of these projects can be found below:

The Winners

City Award

Smart Nation and Digital Government Group

Location: Singapore

Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ initiative was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 24, 2014. The ongoing revolution has successfully incorporated digitalisation in the country’s economy, government and society.

The Singapore Government has introduced a range of solutions including dynamic public bus routing algorithms, real-time parent-teacher portals, predictive analytics for water pipe leaks, and many other innovative digital technologies in diverse sectors to improve the lives of its citizens. The country has also collected data from public agencies and made it accessible to the general public via online portals with an aim to get them involved and suggest potential citizen-centric solutions.

Innovative idea award

Project "{delft} LINK"

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

{delft} LINK is South Africa’s first community funded affordable housing initiative which is spearheaded by two students – Jonathan Wilson and Anees Arnold. Under this programme, prospective local developers, investors and tenants are connected together on a single platform with the assistance of a smart phone application. Cape Town does not offer many housing options for people with low income.

Hence, the scheme, situated in Delft South, a housing settlement close to Cape Town International Airport, looks to solve this by empowering local residents to become micro-developers of their own good quality, affordable housing. The initiative aims to generate economic growth in local communities and enable residents to live, work and play closer to where they reside.

Digital transformation award

Government of Gaoqing

Location: Zibo, China

Gaoqing is constructing a county-level Smart City in China and for this purpose the city has also launched specialised private LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks. The wireless broadband communication for mobile devices and data terminals will address the challenges arising from urban-rural development. With this project, China aims to pave the way for digital transformation and sustainable development.

The project has established an information network which integrates voice, video, data, andIoT services, supporting government administration, citizen service delivery, public safety and industrial development programmes into the city model.

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