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World’s Smart Cities Of 2023 With Excellent Infrastructure, Strong Commitment To Sustainability

As the world increasingly becomes more connected, smart cities are emerging as leaders in urban development. Using advanced technology and innovative solutions, these cities are transforming the way we live, work and interact with our environment.

What Exactly Is A Smart City?

A smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality.

So, let’s get on with smart cities in the world.

  1. Zurich (Switzerland) At The Top Of The Smart City Index

Zurich emerged as the world’s smartest city in 2023. This city’s success is largely due to its excellent infrastructure, strong commitment to sustainability, and advanced transportation system.

Zurich has implemented a number of innovative solutions, including smart traffic management, bike-sharing programs, and energy-efficient buildings.

International Business Machines Corporation found that Zurich scored particularly well on indicators such as digital security, public transport, and environmental sustainability.

They also noted that Zurich had a high level of citizen engagement with its digital services and initiatives.

The report highlighted several of Zurich’s successful initiatives that have contributed to its success as a smart city.

These included an online platform for citizens to access government services, a mobile app for public transportation, and an open data portal that provides access to real-time information about air quality and noise levels.

Overall, it is clear that Zurich is leading the way when it comes to using technology to make cities smarter and more livable. With its commitment to innovation and sustainability, it is no surprise that Zurich continues to be at the top of this list year after year.

2 – Oslo (Norway) The Sustainable Smart City

Coming in second place, Oslo, Norway, is known for its focus on environmental sustainability. The city has reduced its carbon emissions by over 60% since 1990 and plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Oslo has made tremendous efforts to become a sustainable city, which led it to rise from eighth place in the Sustainable Cities Index in 2023 to second place in the Smart City Index.

One great example of their efforts was introducing emission-free public transportation and also investing heavily in renewable energy sources.

Additionally, Oslo has implemented several digitalization projects which have improved efficiency and quality of life for its citizens.

3 – Canberra (Australia) The Smart City Focused On Innovation

Ranked third on the Smart City Index due to its commitment to innovation and citizen engagement.

Canberra’s success can be attributed to its efforts in digital transformation, sustainability, and quality of life. The city has been implementing various smart city solutions to improve the lives of its residents and visitors.

One of the standout initiatives in Canberra is the development of the “Digital Twin” platform.

This is a city-wide Internet of Things (IoT) system that allows real-time monitoring and management of various city functions.

This platform enables city authorities to collect data on traffic flow, energy usage, water management, and other aspects of city life, and use this information to make data-driven decisions to improve city services.

Canberra has also focused on sustainability, with initiatives such as investing in renewable energy sources like solar power and developing smart waste management systems to reduce landfill waste.

Additionally, the city has launched the “Zero Emissions Vehicles Strategy”, aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles and reducing carbon emissions.

When it comes to quality of life, Canberra has implemented several smart city solutions to improve the well-being of its residents.

For example, the city has introduced a smart ticketing system for public transport, which makes commuting easier and more convenient. Canberra has also invested in smart lighting systems, which improve visibility and safety in public spaces while saving energy.

4 – Copenhagen (Denmark)

Copenhagen has embraced smart technologies and innovative solutions to create a more efficient, sustainable, and livable urban environment for its residents.

Copenhagen has implemented numerous initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

For example, the city has set a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. It has also implemented a comprehensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains, and bike-sharing programs.

The city also encourages the use of electric cars and has installed charging stations throughout the city.

In addition to its focus on sustainability, Copenhagen has also prioritized citizen engagement. In 2020, the city launched its “Smart City Strategy,” which includes input from citizens and local stakeholders.

The strategy focuses on using data and technology to improve the quality of life for residents, with an emphasis on creating more inclusive and accessible urban spaces.

Copenhagen’s smart city initiatives have not gone unnoticed. In the 2023 Smart City Index, the city ranked eighth in the world, ahead of other major global cities such as New York and Tokyo.

The city’s success can be attributed to its holistic approach to smart city development, which includes a focus on sustainability, citizen engagement, and innovation.

5 – Lausanne (Switzerland)

Lausanne demonstrates exceptional performance in various domains, presenting an outstanding infrastructure (AAA rating).

It particularly stands out in the fields of education, healthcare, and environmental conservation through ample green spaces, vibrant cultural activities, and efficient health and recycling facilities.

Moreover, the city’s populace expresses contentment with the abundance of online employment opportunities.

Nevertheless, despite its modest population of 140,000 inhabitants, Lausanne encounters challenges related to traffic congestion, air pollution, and an insufficient supply of affordable housing, which concerns 70% of respondents in a recent survey. Security is also regarded as a prevailing issue.

Overall, these cities are leading the way in building smarter, more connected urban environments that benefit both citizens and businesses alike.

By leveraging technology and innovation, they are creating more sustainable and livable cities that are better equipped to handle the challenges of the 21st century.

As other cities around the world look to follow their example, it is clear that the future belongs to smart cities.

You’re still watching Space.com on LN247 and we talking smart cities. We’ll take a quick break for ECONOTES, the return with smart cities in Africa.


Smart City Strategy As Characterized By Six Key Elements

Citizen-Centricity is perhaps the most important characteristic of Smart City 6.0. This means that cities are designed with the needs and preferences of citizens in mind, rather than simply focusing on infrastructure and technology.

Data-Driven Decision-Making is another key characteristic of Smart City 6.0. This means that cities use data and analytics to inform policy decisions and improve city services.

Sustainability is also a key characteristic of Smart City 6.0. This means that cities prioritize environmentally-friendly practices and policies, such as renewable energy, green spaces, and sustainable transportation options.

Innovation And Entrepreneurship are important components of Smart City 6.0 as well. This means that cities encourage and support startups and innovative ideas that can help solve urban challenges and improve quality of life.

Collaboration is another key element of Smart City 6.0. This means that cities work with citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders to co-create solutions and make decisions together.


Let’s take it to Africa. New cities are beginning to appear across the African continent. Promotional material is singular, promising glossy, aspirational spaces to live, work and play.

These New Cities reflect past trends in Europe, taking the blueprint of Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities in England.

The social impact of these cities is currently unknown. However, there are fears that the cities are profit-driven enterprises and that will appeal to a privileged minority.

Eko Atlantic, Nigeria

We begin with Eko Atlantic, lagos south-west nigeria is a mixed residential and commercial planned community built on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

Konza Techno City, Kenya

Konza Techno City aims to become a global technology hub and is situated 60 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city.

Konza Technopolis is a business process outsourcing (BPO) project that is being marketed by the Kenyan government through Kenya ICT Board. It is dubbed “where Africa’s silicon savannah begins”.

According to the Konza information website, the project wants to attract business process outsourcing, software development, data centres, disaster recovery centres, call centres and light assembly manufacturing industries; and build a university campus focused on research and technology as well as hotels, residential areas, schools and hospitals.

It is also intended to include a science park, a convention centre, shopping malls, hotels, international schools, and a health facility.

The project is intended to be built 64 km south of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa, on 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of land spanning three counties namely Machakos County, Makueni County, and Kajiado County on a 10-kilometre radius buffer zone.

It is estimated to cost 1.2 trillion Kenyan shillings (approx US$14.5bn).[1] It is marketed as a key driver of Kenya’s national development plan, known as Kenya Vision 2030.

Kigali City, Rwanda

Kigali City markets its self as a city of urban excellence. The mixed-use development in Rwanda will be completed in 2040.

The rapid growth in mobile and broadband penetration in Rwanda presents new opportunities for innovation that leverages the tremendous capacity of the youth to innovate and transform cities into smart cities.

This Smart City Masterplan provides a framework to guide Rwandan cities and towns in their efforts to harness ICTs to provide a higher quality of life to their citizens, businesses and visitors.

It also provides a framework to help Rwandan towns and cities manage the transition of the 21st century and help ensure the future prosperity of all Rwandans.

It is intended as a guide to help Mayors and urban managers go through the process to develop their own smart city strategies and masterplans.

Tatu City, Kenya

Tatu City is a planned community featuring that will include residential, retail, commercial, social and recreational developments.

Tatu City is designated as a project of special importance by the Government of Kenya through The Physical Land Use Planning (Classification of Strategic and Inter-county Projects) Regulations of 2019 via the Kenya Gazette.

According to the Kenyan law, projects located within a Special Economic Zone context benefit from government-issued tax incentives among other benefits.

Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, new city with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport & entertainment complex and manufacturing area for more than 250,000 residents and tens of thousands of day visitors.

Schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of homes suit all incomes.

Tatu City is Kenya’s first operational Special Economic Zone, providing reduced corporate taxes, zero-rated VAT and import duty exemptions, among other benefits.

Mooikloof Mega City, South Africa

“Mooikloof Mega City. This is the new green city that will be built in seven years in South Africa.

At a total cost of 4.9 billion dollars (84 billion South African rands), the project launched by the Gauteng provincial government aims to digitally transform Mooikloof.

According to the South African government, these investments will gradually create 41 000 jobs for young people in Mooikloof and surrounding townships such as Woodhill Golf Estate, Mooikloof Equestrian Estate, Mooikloof Heights, Mooikloof Ridge, The Hills Golf Estate, Grootfontein Country Estate and Mooikloof Glen.

Once completed, the “help me buy a house” project integrated with the Mooikloof Mega City is cited as being “the world’s largest sectional property development”, with land also earmarked for schools, shops and offices.

It will address the housing needs of people who earn too much to qualify for fully subsidised housing but do not enough to afford mortgage finance for a house in the area of their choice.

Government’s role is to create an enabling environment for economic activity and upgrade roads, sewers and water lines amongst others.

In concluding this,

Smart City Strategy is a concept that emphasizes citizen-centricity, data-driven decision-making, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship, collaboration, and resilience.

As more cities embrace the Smart City concept, we can expect to see more innovative solutions to urban challenges and a brighter future for urban communities.

But why is Smart City 6.0 important for the average person? The answer is simple: because it can improve quality of life and make cities more livable and sustainable.

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