Singapore has agreed to participate in a two-year pilot of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Global Smart Sustainable Cities Index.
Under the agreement, Singapore will test and pilot more than 70 indicators that will provide a holistic assessment of how smart and sustainable the city is. After which, Singapore will draw on its experiences with the indicators to contribute to ITU's planned development of the Global Smart Sustainable Cities Index, which provides a benchmark, and ranks participating cities' performance in terms of their level of "smartness".
Singapore and Dubai are the first to join the pilot exercise, and ITU expects other cities to follow suit.
The collaboration between Singapore and ITU is part of ITU's efforts to encourage the adoption of master plans for sustainable urban development by city administrations. The key performance indicators focus on the elements of a smart city that rely on information and communication technology (ICT), offering a measure of progress relevant to ICT aspects of urban-development master plans.
"Singapore is an ideal testbed for ITU's key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities as the city-state is making good progress in its Smart Nation initiative," said Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "Beyond the basic physical infrastructure, a smart sustainable city should also enhance citizens' happiness and quality of life. ITU is pleased to support the aspirations of Singapore's Smart Nation vision, and we value the support that Singapore has offered to ITU's planned development of the Global Smart Sustainable Cities Index."
"Singapore is delighted to participate in this pilot exercise [as this is] an excellent opportunity for us to share our experience and learn from the other participating cities," said Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
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