Singapore outshone its neighbouring countries in IDC's Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) Smart City Evolution Index competition.
According to the research firm, the competition aims to highlight the most outstanding smart city initiatives in the region.
Out of the 14 smart city functional e-services, Singapore won in four categories: transportation, education, smart water, and land use and environmental management. The respective winning initiatives are the intelligent transport systems initiative; FutureSchools@Singapore programme; the smart water sensors for water management initiative; and the National Environmental Agency's smart mapping for dengue prevention and control.
Mainland China came in second in the competition, topping the economic development, social services and connected health categories. The winning projects were the Smart SME Registration, Domestic Regionalisation and Internationalisation eServices in Beijing City; online social welfare platform called Chengdu City's Life 88 Service; and HangZhou City's Integrated Smart Citizen Card.
Besides Singapore and mainland China, there were also winning projects from Taipei, Hong Kong, Thailand, and New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch City).
IDC Government Insights went through a rigorous three-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the top smart city initiative winners. These included identifying and cataloging the key smart city projects in the Asia Pacific region by IDC analysts, online voting to determine public opinion, and the assessment of an International Advisory Council.
The 500 entries submitted for this competition last August went through a comprehensive public survey to shortlist the cities competing in the 14 categories. This was followed by a voting session by an international panel of senior IDC analysts from the US and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.
Winners of the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) Smart City Evolution Index competition will be recognised at the 2015 Asia Pacific Leading Smart City and Vendor Awards Gala Dinner. The event will be held at the 2015 Asia Pacific Smart City Development Forum on 17 November 2015 in Shenzhen, China.
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