Digital Cities Index 2022: European Cities outperformed with open data projects and tightly defined sustainability schemes

  • Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Beijing, London & Seoul are the top 5 digital cities in the index
  • European cities ran highly successful traffic management systems, while Beijing applied digital technologies to tackle air pollution and optimise utilities and sharing economy
  • Involving citizens in design of smart city schemes underpins meaningful inclusion – a key aspect of successful smart city projects
  • Smart city schemes delivered major public health benefits in areas like telemedicine, covid management and remote monitoring of patients

TOKYO, JAPAN – is an inaugural ranking of 30 global cities across four thematic pillars: connectivity, services, culture and sustainability. Combining quantitative and qualitative analysis, and including a survey of 3,000 residents spread across all cities in the DCI, the results show how cities are performing in terms of both quantitative metrics like internet speed and qualitative factors such as the presence of strategies, policies and plans for technologies like 5G and AI.

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