Asia will be smart city leader of the future

Yes, Asia, not USA. That is the conclusion of a white paper called “Evolution of Smart Cities and Connected Communities.” Asia, has more government support for smart city initiatives, their cities are more tech-ready, and most of all, Asia needs smart cities more than anywhere else because of its growing urban populations.

The study was conducted by Government Technology and co-sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association and the United Parcel Service (UPS).

Of course, smart cities are emerging all over the world, as by 2050, 70 percent of the world population will live in cities. Smart technology is not just something we want, it is something we need. We need it all over the world but in Asia we need it even more. That is why Asian government investments in smart city technology push Asia in the leadership position, the white paper says.

Citing a BMI Research report from 2016, the report noted urbanization in China and India rose to 65 percent and 37 percent respectively last year, up from 56 percent and 33 percent respectively in 2015. Singapore, meanwhile, aims to be the world’s first smart nation — leveraging one of the world’s highest mobile and broadband penetration rates.

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Egbert van Keulen's picture
Egbert van Keulen

Hi Herman,
Thank you for your comment. Could it also be that European cities are facing even more barriers for smart city initiatives due to the legacy of old infrastructure in combination with less space for new projects?
And thank you for the link. I will have a look at it.

Herman van den Bosch's picture
Herman van den Bosch

Hi Egbert. Just a few additional remarks. The importance of being smart in Asian cities is certainly related with the big difference between Asian and American cities. For instance, the number of inhabitants per square mile is much larger. Already now the traffic congestion is a hazard, in spite of the much lower number of cars per 100 habitants. Urbanisation is one of the policy headlines, especially in Chinese cities, which means more active policy engagement and more powerful implementation for instancy the creation of new underground trains. I feel that European cities are somewhere between American and Asian cities. However, the need for smart solutions in European cities is enforced by their orientation at the historic town centers, which is causing extremely much radial movement of people.