World’s top 10 smart cities
3. Paris (France)
Paris is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. The city holds the maiden position for international outreach as well as mobility and transportation. In terms of urban planning, it secures the third position. Economy places the city at the seventh position followed by human capital at the eighth position.
Smart feature: In 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed and countries were asked to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 % by 2050. In this direction, Paris has made a plan to stop the usage of all combustion engines by 2030, thus expanding the usage of electric vehicles. For this, building electric mobility infrastructure becomes vital. The country has already installed more than 5 dozen fast charging stations. Flash charging solutions for buses have also been introduced which makes it possible for a bus to charge in only 20 seconds!
4. Tokyo (Japan)
Tokyo secures the second position for the economy and fifth for human capital. In segments such as environment, international outreach, technology and mobility and transportation, the city is placed in the top 30.
Smart feature: The upcoming Olympic game will be held in Tokyo in 2020 and the city is already gearing up for the big show. One of the unique smart facilities offered by the city is its autonomous taxis. The driver-less cars will be capable of driving the athletes and tourists to stadiums. Tests are being conducted in full swing and are expected to be ready right in time for the Olympic game.
5. Reykjavik (Iceland)
Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland. For the environment, it holds the first position. The city has received the highest position in Environmental Performance Index (EPI) and also reflects low levels of pollution. In terms of mobility and transportation and technology, it is placed at the seventh position. However, for international outreach, it occupies the 121th position.
Smart feature: The small country of Iceland runs completely on renewable geo-thermal energy. Instead of using geo-thermal heat for generators which can then provide electricity for heating homes, Iceland pipes geo-thermal heat via water directly into 87 % of the homes. Using geo-thermal heat instead of oil has saved the country 8 billion dollars and has also lowered Iceland’s carbon emissions by more than 1/3rd from 1970 to 2000.
The other countries in the list include Singapore (6), Seoul (7), Toronto (8), Hong Kong (9) and Amsterdam (10). All these countries are keen to explore new dimensions in order to reach the next level of innovation and sustainability. After all, smart cities are the way ahead!