In an effort to help establish the fundamental causes of the birth, evolution, and survival of key cities in the region, IDC Government Insights recently piloted its Smart City Evolution Index for Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ).

Cities are essentially the focal points of Smart City initiatives, geared towards driving socioeconomic growth and long-term sustainability. Now cities across Asia have the potential to leverage on available disruptive technologies and get inspirations from various Smart City initiatives across the region, according to IDC.

“The Smart City drive is not just an industry buzz – it’s a serious effort that the public sector is closely looking at to transform and modernize key cities in Asia/Pacific. In fact, as much as 92 percent of public sectors in the region believe in utilizing ICT as a means to meet their operational and strategic objectives,” said Gerald Wang, research manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia/Pacific.

Smart City management functions have notably become more complex, spanning across multiple facets including socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and technological. The ability to create unique Smart City ecosystems are now paramount in attracting a steady flow of investments and retaining top-notch talents necessary to remain globally competitive.

IDC’s Smart City Evolution Index will take into consideration inputs from IDC Analysts across APeJ, public opinion through online voting and the assessment of an International Advisory Council. The public voting will focus on shortlisted cities across 14 Smart City functional eServices such as Transportation; Public Works; Smart Buildings; Smart Grid; Smart Water; Administration; Economic Development; Land Use and Environmental Management; Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning; Public Safety; Education; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Connected Health; and Social Services.