Yonsei University-Cambridge announced 'SMART CITIES INDEX REPORT 2022' ···Seoul, Busan praised for Smartization

Seoul was selected leading Smart City for its intelligence and service innovations. Incheon and Busan also received outstanding evaluations for their smart city governance and infrastructure services.

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Yonsei University's Digital Transformation Technology Management Center and IfM Engineering, a technology holding company at Cambridge University of England, presented their 2022 Smart City Index Report on the 20th. Among the 31 Smart Cities, Seoul, Busan, and Incheon all received high grades for their integration of infrastructure resources to implement smart cities. The average grade of the world's smart cities was 2.54, however, the average of the three domestic cities, including Seoul, scored an average grade of 3.83.

Seoul was selected as the top leading city in developing intelligence. It received high grades forits application and implementation of artificial intelligence-based data to the public policy field. In addition, it reached a 19% utilization rate of big data and AIfor technologies in the 4th industrial revolution in the transportation, environment, and energy sectors. It was followed by Barcelona (Spain), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Helsinki (Finland).

Incheon City also demonstrated an upperhand in smart city governance. Urban governance indicators analyzed whether cities promoted smart cities and had related systems and strategies. Following New York (USA) and Dublin (Ireland), Incheon was reported to have strong integration and specificity in urban planning related fields. Meanwhile, Busan City ranked first in terms of infrastructure service diversity. London (UK), Los Angeles (USA), and Sydney (Australia) also received high grades for providing differentiated app services, digital treatments, and environmental energy services.

Meanwhile, Yonsei University's Digital Transformation Technology Management Center and Cambridge University in the UK collaborated in selecting smart cities from cities around the world starting from 2019 to November last year. About 30 researchers and experts from each field participated in the survey. The researchers conducted evaluations in eight different areas, including service innovation, urban openness, urban intelligence, sustainability, infrastructure integration, urban innovation, cooperative partnership, and smart city governance.

By Staff Reporter Joongkwon Lim lim9181@etnews.com