Manila improves its ranking in the 2021 Global Smart Cities Index – Manila Bulletin


Manila improved its ranking in the 2021 Global Smart Cities Index by two notches to 102.

Manila ranking in the 2021 IMD-SUTD Smart City index

The 2021 IMD-SUTD Smart Cities Index (SCI) published on Thursday, October 28, 2021, ranked 118 cities around the world based on their citizens’ perceptions of how technology can improve their lives, as well as the economic and social data from the UN. Index of human development. This is the annual joint work of the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and is the third to be published.

In this year’s SCI, Singapore maintained its lead followed by European cities which topped the top 4, with Swiss cities in the spotlight.

In the case of Manila, it improved its ranking to 102 from 104 in 2020. It also went from D to C in the Smart City rating. The city got a C rating for both factors – structures and technologies. Manila is also classified in group 4.

Among the list of 15 indicators, survey respondents highlighted road congestion, corruption, air pollution, safety, affordable housing, health services, public transport and basic amenities like the most pressing priority issues for the city of Manila.

In addition, a high percentage of 85.7% of those surveyed are comfortable with using facial recognition technologies to reduce crime in the city.

Interestingly, 71% of respondents are ready to concede personal data in order to improve traffic jams.

In addition, the survey showed that the majority or 70.7% of Filipinos believe that the availability of information online has increased their confidence in the authorities.

In particular, the survey showed that more Filipinos are now using digital payments, with 60.9% of payment transactions made by respondents being non-cash.

Globally, Singapore maintained its lead, followed by Zurich and Oslo, with in-depth analysis of the data showing how urban populations are attaching increasing importance to the health and environmental dimensions of their cities since the start of the pandemic of COVID-19.

The study also noted that the data indicates that environmental concerns are comparatively higher in wealthier cities. Globally, the number one concern is access to affordable housing. However, data also shows that access to better air quality and health services has become a higher priority in cities around the world since the pandemic outbreak.

Some 15,000 city dwellers were surveyed around the world in July 2021. They were asked 39 questions about how they think their respective cities are doing in five key areas: health and safety; mobility; Activities; opportunities (work and school); and governance. They were asked how technology is helping address specific urban challenges with statements that included: “Recycling services are satisfactory”, “Public safety is not an issue” and “Air pollution is no problem. is not a problem ”.

They were also asked to select five priority areas for their city from a list of 15, and asked four additional questions to assess their attitudes. For example, “Do you think that the availability of information online has increased your confidence in the authorities? “

The report also explained how, in all regions of the world, the rapid spread of COVID-19 among urban populations has led city leaders to face new responsibilities. This had been particularly visible in countries where central governments had been slow or reluctant to take action. Cities have often proven to be more nimble than central governments, with innovative approaches adopted at the municipal level to organize the distribution of protective equipment, use of available medical facilities and vaccination campaigns, according to the study.

Globally, data has also shown how, in smart cities, the availability of a strong technological culture and good digital infrastructure has facilitated such initiatives, notably through the traceability of movements and contacts of people. citizens.

Globally, each region has its own leaders in ICS, offering examples of how smart cities can help improve value to citizens and become competitive hubs for investment and talent: New York (12th) leads in North America, Abu Dhabi (28th) leads the Middle East and Moscow (54th) leads Eastern Europe.



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