Cities of the Future Index: Easypark
Posted: October 13, 2021 @ 2:26 am EDT|Update: 9 minutes ago
The global study uses data to reveal the world’s smartest cities, focusing on how they embrace new technologies to create a more sustainable and livable present and future for their citizens.
- London, United Kingdom, ranks as the smartest and most scalable city with a population of over 3 million people, followed by New-York, United States, and San Francisco, UNITED STATES.
- Copenhagen, Denmark, ranks as the smartest and most scalable city with a population of between 600,000 and 3 million people, followed by Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway.
- Lund, Sweden, ranks as the smartest and most scalable city with a population of between 50,000 and 600,000 people, followed by Stavanger, Norway, and Espoo, Finland.
STOCKHOLM, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – EasyPark Group, the global parking technology company, releases study of the world’s smartest, most sustainable cities that reveals which cities are best adopting new technology solutions to improve their sustainability and quality of life. As innovators in mobility, EasyPark Group recognizes the impact of new technologies on societies and how they can help create sustainable and forward-thinking urban areas that improve the lives of their inhabitants. So the company set out to determine which global smart cities are leading the way in embracing technological advancements and proving themselves to be the cities of the future.
– Many governments are stepping up their responses to climate change and innovative solutions often start in large cities before spreading to the rest of the country. Many of the top-rated cities in the index score well for high use of electric cars and low rates of CO2 emissions. As the world faces challenges from climate change, some of the world’s most technologically advanced cities have already adopted innovative services and solutions to optimize traffic and facilitate mobility, to make the city more livable, says Johan Birgersson, CEO of EasyPark Group.
How the study was conducted
The study began by assessing several thousand cities around the world and looked at smart cities leading the way in implementing the use of new technologies. Understanding that cities face different challenges depending on their population, the study was divided into three size categories: 1) metropolitan areas with more than 3 million inhabitants, 2) between 600,000 and 3 million inhabitants, and 3) between 50,000 and 600,000 inhabitants. The result of the study reveals the 50 best-ranked smart and scalable cities in the world in each category.
The study established the factors that determine how technologically advanced and sustainable a city is and rated the locations accordingly. To do this, the study pulled data from sources such as the World Bank, The Economist, the International Monetary Fund and the Lancet. Four key areas were considered:
First, the digital life of each city is studied by assessing the extent to which the technology has been adopted by the population, government and within the healthcare sector. It also reviews the success and reputation of technological education institutions in each urban area.
Next, the study focuses on innovation in mobility. To do this, the researchers examined the degree of innovation of parking solutions within each city, the overall traffic management system, including public transport, and the cleanliness of transport in the city.
Next, the study considers the commercial technological infrastructure of each city. To do this, the level of business innovation, the prevalence of electronic payments and the quality of internet connectivity in each location are measured.
Finally, the environmental sustainability of each city is assessed by analyzing the consumption of green energy, the number of green buildings, the waste management system and the overall climate change response and planning.
Results (for the full index: www.easyparkgroup.com/studies/cities-of-the-future/en/)
The list below shows the main large cities in the world with more than 3 million inhabitants. All factors combined, these cities are the best at embracing new technologies to create a more sustainable and livable present and future for their citizens.
- London, United Kingdom 100.00
- new York, United States 95.84
- San Francisco, United States 94.43
- Singapore, Singapore 94.21
- Berlin, Germany 92.58
- Rotterdam, Netherlands 91.44
- Seattle, United States 90.40
- Seoul, South Korea 87.50
- Washington DC, United States 86.77
- Manchester, United Kingdom 85.34
The lists below show the medium-sized and smaller cities around the world. All factors combined, these cities are the best at embracing new technologies to create a more sustainable and livable present and future for their citizens.
Population between 600,000 and 3 million
- Copenhagen, Denmark 100.00
- Stockholm, Sweden 99.84
- Oslo, Norway 98.48
- Amsterdam, Netherlands 96.57
- Zurich, Switzerland 94.04
- Gothenburg, Sweden 88.93
- Helsinki, Finland 87.92
- Boston, United States 84.65
- Utrecht, Netherlands 83.13
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom 79.82
Population between 50,000 and 600,000
- Lund, Sweden 100.00
- Stavanger, Norway 88.75
- Espoo, Finland 88.07
- Malmö, Sweden 87.49
- Aalborg, Denmark 87.09
- Arhus, Denmark 86.88
- Trondheim, Norway 85.25
- Bergen, Norway 84.77
- Porvoo, Finland 81.35
- Cambridge, United Kingdom 81.17
The list below shows the best big cities (population over 3 million) in the field of green energy. A higher score indicates a higher use of energy from renewable sources.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 100.00
- Seattle, United States 91.96
- Montreal, Canada 85.62
- Toronto, Canada 85.62
- Santiago, Chile 77.06
- San Diego, United States 74.92
- San Francisco, United States 74.92
- Los Angeles, United States 74.92
- Berlin, Germany 72.95
- Cologne (Cologne Bonn region), Germany 72.95
The list below shows the major cities (population over 3 million) where citizens are the best at adopting new technologies. A higher score indicates a faster rate of adoption of new technology in each location.
- San Francisco, United States 100.00
- new York, United States 93.62
- Seoul, South Korea 91.33
- Washington DC, United States 90.92
- Berlin, Germany 89.82
- Seattle, United States 89.55
- Atlanta, United States 89.29
- Miami, United States 89.05
- Singapore, Singapore 88.98
- Toronto, Canada 88.69
The list below shows the best major cities (population over 3 million) within parking innovation. A higher score indicates a more developed parking ecosystem in each location.
- London, United Kingdom 100.00
- Manchester, United Kingdom 94.63
- Berlin, Germany 92.42
- Paris, France 91.31
- Tokyo, Japan 87.34
- Rotterdam, the Netherlands 86.00
- San Francisco, United States 85.59
- Barcelona, Spain 84.95
- Madrid, Spain 84.30
- Cologne (Cologne Bonn region), Germany 83.77
– It is interesting to see development models forming within the continents. While the metropolitan areas of Europe perform well in the various size categories, the study shows that Scandinavian cities all rank particularly well. It is evident that these countries are at the forefront of the adoption of new technologies. If we consider urban areas with between 600,000 and 3 million inhabitants, 50% of the top 10 cities are in Scandinavia. This is also the case for towns of 50,000 to 600,000 inhabitants, of which 90% of the top 10 are from these countries. It is clear that the Scandinavian nations are doing all they can to provide sustainable and livable environments for their citizens., concludes Johan Birgersson, CEO of EasyPark Group.
Learn more about the Cities of the Future Index and see the full ranking here: www.easyparkgroup.com/studies/cities-of-the-future/en/
Louise Ekman, Group Communication and Public Relations Manager, EasyPark Group
[email protected] / +46 70 5222 117
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