Singapore tops ‘tech readiness’ ranking

Singapore is the city most ready in the world to adopt new technologies, according to a PwC Russia survey of 1,500 people from 10 global cities. Cities need to innovate if they are to meet the goals of the Paris climate accords.

PwC Russia’s City Readiness Index analyses the readiness of the world’s largest cities to respond to disruptive innovations and adopt technology-driven solutions across a variety of social sectors, including healthcare, education, security, tourism and culture, transport, the economy, utilities, urban development and citizen engagement.

Singapore tops the ranking, with an overall social and technological readiness of 62 per cent. It was followed by London (59 per cent), Shanghai (55 per cent), New York (53 per cent) and Moscow (53 per cent).

City readiness was assessed according to technology readiness (presence of basic infrastructure); the strategies and regulations that support the adoption and use of new infrastructure; the availability of finished prototypes; and the social readiness of citizens to use new technologies.

“Cities occupy only 2 per cent of the landmass but house more than 55 per cent of global population, and contribute to 60 per cent of global energy consumption, 70 per cent of waste and 70 per cent emission of green house gases,”  Subhash Patil of PwC India said in a statement.

“Clearly, cities need to innovate solutions which will drive human civilisation to a sustainable future – one which meets and exceeds climate change goals established at Paris in 2016.”

With the exception of Shanghai (76 per cent) and Hong Kong (53 per cent), the survey showed that less than half the population in the cities surveyed are ready to embrace new technologies in their daily life. London (42 per cent) and Toronto (41 per cent) turned out to be the most conservative.

Barcelona (78 per cent) came out highest in culture and tourism digitalisation projects. London (72 per cent) was the top performer in autonomous transportation, as well as the city whose infrastructure is most ready for the future (77 per cent). Moscow (64 per cent) was the leader in providing virtual services for citizenship engagement.

Overall index leader Singapore ranked first for the digital economy (75 per cent) due to its well-balanced development of critical infrastructure. It is also one of the few cities that has not only supported the adoption of adaptive software in schools, but has also invested in the development of adaptive learning technologies.

“Every city can use our report as a checklist what they should do to be closer to the future,” Nikolay Lantsev, senior manager at PwC Russia, told Cities Today. “Our survey serves as a kind of roadmap for municipal authorities on how to advance the technological development of their city.”

The online survey was carried out among the citizens of ten cities (Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto).

Image credit: Michaela Loheit, flickr/Creative Commons

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