The intelligent city is not a fad, it’s a necessity

The intelligent city is not a fad it s a necessity

In June 2018, the ranking of the most „smart” cities in the world was published. In other words, the most advanced cities in terms of human capital, social cohesion, the economy, the environment, governance, urban planning, international outreach, technology, mobility, and transport.

Romania is missing from this ranking

Conducted by the prestigious IESE Business School, the ranking includes 165 cities in 80 countries but does not include Romania. Is it dueto methodological research limitations or simply because of the lack of data and examples of smart cities in Romania? We do not know. What remains as a sad remark is that neighboring countries like Bulgaria, Hungary, Ukraine or Serbia are represented by their capitals in this ranking, but Romania is missing.

The ranking aims to be a tool for mayors, city managers, companies, and stakeholders to help them improve the quality of life of city residents. Studying the most advanced cities according to each of the 10 factors analyzed is a source of inspiration for identifying best practices for innovation, sustainability, equity, and connectivity.

The intelligent city is built with a vision

It is not enough for a city to perform in one respect for taking a leading position in this ranking. Performance needs to be consistently positive in all 10 chapters analyzed. Otherwise, the cities in question will cause imbalances. It is very difficult to reconcile economic power with social cohesion and mobility or transport with the environment. Therefore, measuring success is a complex process that requires vision from those involved.

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