Barcelona is the world’s smartest city, making the best use of connected devices and systems of any major metropolis. The Catalan capital is ahead of New York in second spot, with the Big Apple followed by London, Nice and Singapore, according new Smart City rankings compiled by Juniper Research.
The capabilities assessed by Juniper include smart grid usage, smart traffic management, technological aptitude and social cohesion. And while both New York and London score well on technological capability and a willingness to engage with citizens through data, both cities are apt to fall down on environmental initiatives.
The research firm says the implementation of a sensor-networked and monitored city communications infrastructure, efficiently phased traffic lights and real-time guidance to drivers, can aid significantly in reducing congestion. In addition, digitally monitored parking spaces can help dynamically alter prices according to available spaces and reduce time spent cruising for parking.
“Smart city traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 million metric tonnes of CO2 between 2014 and 2019, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles,” Juniper says.