IDC Announces 2016 Top Smart City Projects in Asia/Pacific – Singapore and New Zealand as Big Winners
SINGAPORE, Aug 17th, 2016 – IDC Asia Pacific announced today the winners of the 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). SCAPA 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 recognized by IDC’s SCAPA in these categories came from all over Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), with Singapore and New Zealand coming up as the biggest winners with three awards each.
“The Smart City momentum is growing extensively in the Asia Pacific (AP) 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% of all AP local governments or smart cities’ growth leverage funds that 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 eServices,” says Gerald Wang, Head, Asia Pacific Government and Education.
“As such, there is notably a growing prevalence of citizen-directed initiatives and driving local industries, which ultimately contributes back to stimulating domestic social and economic sustainability. This year’s submissions and winners highlight the impacts of climate change and slowing global trade. This led to the stronger push for environmental sustainability and operational efficiency so as to bring about better living standards and future continuity of the various AP cities,” adds Wang.
IDC Government Insig hts went through a rigorous six-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the Top Smart City projects for 2016. These 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%).
To get more insights about the best practices of the 14 Smart City Winners, the IDC Government Insights Smart City Development Index for 2015 – 2016 will be published later this year. For queries about this research, contact Gerald Wang firstname.lastname@example.org. For media inquiries, contact Tessa Rago email@example.com or Alvin Afuang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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