Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld surveyed 150 city planning experts from around the world to compile their new report on smart cities that named London as the second smartest city in the world after Singapore.
The UK capital was praised as a “honeypot of technologies and partnerships” that incorporated green spaces into its future planning while Singapore was credited as a testing ground for a wide range of connected technologies.
Barcelona was named the third top smart city due to the fact that a study on how IoT technologies can be applied to improve cities, shed light on how connected devices had managed to save Barcelona €42.5m on water costs.
The report identified “visionary leadership” as a key component in the success of smart cities and highlighted limited budgets and a lack of infrastructure as barriers to innovation when trying to implement the technologies that make up a smart city.
The segment leader of Philips Lighting, Jacques Letzelter offered further insight into the barriers that stand in the way of smart cities, saying:
"City authorities face complex and challenging choices concerning infrastructure, balancing the need to maintain existing services while investing in improvements, managing population growth and enhancing sustainability – all within tight budget constraints. New technologies can already transform the way cities deliver, operate and maintain public amenities, from lighting and transportation to connectivity and health services.”
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