Smart City Index

In 2017, IMD and SUTD decided to join forces to produce a Smart City Index.

The approach developed by the IMD Smart City Observatory and IMD World Competitiveness Center on the onehand and SUTD’s Lee Kwan Yew Center for Innovative Cities on the other was characterized by two objectives, and one methodological imperative.

Objective number 1 was to develop an index that should be a tool for action usable by all cities, at all levels of development, in all parts of the world.

Objective number 2 was to offer a holistic index that would not only assess how technologies were being harnessed to make cities more efficient and better managed, but also how ‘smartness’ was contributing to offer better lives and opportunities to urban dwellers.

A preview of the Smart City Index

The sample selected for this preview includes the sixteen cities for which case studies were produced in ‘Sixteen Shades of Smart’, with the exception of two, for which reliable data could not be collected (Ramallah and Tallinn). The resulting list is then the following: Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Bilbao, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chongqing, Dubai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Medellin, Montreal, Seoul, Singapore and Zurich.