13 March 2018
Bhubaneswar: Adding another feather to its cap after already been ranked the numero uno smart city in India, Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar has found place in the world’s Top 20 Smart City List globally and the only Indian city to bag the distinction.
According to the Global Smart City Performance Index 2017 released on Monday (March 12, 2018), Bhubaneswar Smart City has been placed 13 so far ‘Safety’ is concerned and has been placed 20 so far ‘Mobility’, ‘Health’ and ‘Productivity’ are concerned.
Specifically, it has been aimed to measure how technology saved time for people and improved their quality of life.
Singapore has topped the index in all four areas, ahead of other major cities like San Francisco, Seoul, London and New York in the study sponsored by tech firm Intel.
It was conducted from July to September last year.
The report noted that in the area of mobility, Singapore has applied "smart, connected traffic solutions" together with a very strong policy curtailing car ownership in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on its roads.
It also highlighted Singapore's focus on addressing healthcare service provision for elderly citizens through a range of technologies, including digital service platforms as well as remote monitoring devices. In the area of safety, the report noted that Singapore has started trials using smart video surveillance to detect criminal activity.
In addition, Singapore is a leader in allowing citizens to access digital services and city information with its "large open data stores" and "strategies to encourage private innovation" through specialised test-bed environments, the report stated.