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This Perspective provides an objective and independent analysis of the smart cities concept, smart city demonstration projects around the world, and the first application of the IDC Smart Cities Index in Spain.
IDC Energy Insights, in collaboration with IDC, developed the IDC Smart Cities Index to analyze cities in two strategic areas: smartness dimensions and enabling forces. IDC considered "enabling forces," the underlying characteristics of the city, which could facilitate or hinder its evolution into a smart city, namely people, economy, and information and communication technologies. IDC considered smart dimensions, projects, and policies put in place by the various city stakeholders concerning smart government, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart energy and environment, and smart services — actions in the right direction for a future evolution of a smart city. The IDC Smart Cities Index produced two end results — a ranking and a matrix of the cities.
"Smart cities are emerging as holistic playgrounds for low-carbon economies, creating synergies and fulfilling the interests of stakeholders of both the private and public sectors. As the city microcosm provides more immediate opportunities for innovation, IDC Energy Insights devised the IDC Smart Cities Index to help cities take an active role in and to invest in their future," said Roberta Bigliani, head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for IDC Energy Insights.
"During the recent Smart Cities Conference in Madrid, IDC was able to showcase its IDC Smart Cities Index. Some of the most advanced cities in Spain are exemplary in their smart city testing and project developments, leveraging real-time data and information to better manage cities. Best-of-breed cities are approaching smart cities holistically, tackling long-term sustainability via short-term initiatives impacting the economy, society, and quality of life, but foremost by shaping the mindset of their citizens to become future citizens of the world," said Rafael Achaerandio, research and consulting director, IDC Iberia.
Siemens AG, Apple Inc., Renault S.A., Toyota Motor Corporation, Iberdrola, S.A., Seat, S.A., Alcatel-Lucent, National University of Singapore public private partnership project, LM Ericsson Telephone Company, Liander N.V., UD Trucks Corporation, Google Inc., Endesa S.A.