IDC pilots Smart City Evolution Index for APeJ

Anuradha Shukla

IDC Government Insights recently piloted its Smart City Evolution Index for Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ). This index aims to help establish the fundamental causes of the birth, evolution, and survival of key cities in the region.

Smart City initiatives are geared towards driving socioeconomic growth and long-term sustainability of cities. The research firm notes that cities across Asia have the potential to leverage on available disruptive technologies and learn from other Smart City initiatives across the region.

"The Smart City drive is not just an industry buzz — it's a serious effort that the public sector is closely looking at to transform and modernise key cities in Asia/Pacific. In fact, as much as 92 percent of public sectors in the region believe in utilising ICT as a means to meet their operational and strategic objectives," said Gerald Wang, research manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia/Pacific.

Simplifying complex functions
Smart City management functions have become more complex and it has become imperative for governments to create unique Smart City ecosystems. These ecosystems will help attract a steady flow of investments and retain top-notch talents required to remain globally competitive.

IDC's Smart City Evolution Index will be based on inputs from IDC Analysts across APeJ, public opinion through online voting and the assessment of an International Advisory Council.

The public voting is invited for shortlisted cities across 14 Smart City functional eServices including transportation and public works.

Public voting commenced on August 1 and will end on August 10, 2015. Public participation is solicited via this link.