IDC Asia Pacific announced the winners of the 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, which recognizes the most outstanding smart city projects in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in 14 functional eServices. On its second year, the most outstanding projects came from all over Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), with Singapore and New Zealand coming up as the biggest winners with three awards each.
IDC Government Insights went through a six-phased benchmarking process to determine the Top Smart City projects for 2016. The process included identifying and cataloging the key Smart City projects in Asia/Pacific by IDC Analysts across APeJ (25%), online voting to determine public opinion (50%), and the assessment of an International Advisory Council (25%).
- Transportation – Connected Transport Systems, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Public Works – Forward Works Spatial Co-ordination Project, Christchurch City, New Zealand
- Smart buildings – Smart Yuhua Residential Estate, Singapore
- Smart grid – Energy Market Services Load Forecast Service, various cities, New Zealand
- Smart water – Initiative to Develop Singapore as a Global HydroHub, Singapore
- Administration – U-Eco City, Cheongna, Incheon, South Korea
- Economic development – Next Generation National Trade Platform, Singapore
- Land use and environmental management – Environment Canterbury Matrix of Good Management Farm Portal, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
- Permitting, licensing – Inspection and Zoning, Smart Farming, State of Tasmania, Australia
- Public safety – Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), various cities, Philippines
- Education – Wisdom Education Initiative, Haidan District, Beijing, China
- Tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces – Digital Transformation Initiative to Enhance eTourism and eCulture, Shanghai City, China
- Connected Health – NSW Integrated Care Initiative, State of New South Wales, Australia
- Social services – Saensuk Smart City – Smart Living, Saensuk City, Thailand
The smart city momentum is growing extensively in the Asia Pacific region as many nations see it as an organic, bottom-up and middle-out innovation growth that will spearhead the next cycle of eGovernment evolutions. While at least 90 per cent of all AP local governments or smart cities’ growth leverage funds are provided by central or federal functions, many of them are notably given the autonomy to create their own unique identity in city governance, strategic operations and provisioning of effective e-services.
said Gerald Wang, head of Asia Pacific Government and Education.