Smart City Observatory

In 2017, our two institutions, IMD and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), decided to join forces to produce a smart city index offering a balanced focus on economic and technological aspects of smart cities on the one hand, and “humane dimensions” of smart cities (quality of life, environment, inclusiveness) on the other.

The initial effort to produce what should become an internationally recognized global smart city index consists of two distinct phases and deliverables.


First, a set of case studies of smart cities at different stages of development, providing a diverse international basis of experience, with the purpose of enhancing the realism and pertinence of the model underpinning the index to be proposed.

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Second, a first iteration of the index methodology thus defined, leading to a global ranking of smart cities along that index in 2019. Now we are proud to present the second editon.

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