Today, 54% of the world’s population live in urban cities, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. (Source: UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017). Rapid urbanisation presents certain challenges, for example, at large scale, the provision of housing, food supply, healthcare and other essential services. Smart cities are the ones which make use of technology to make a positive impact to the lives of their people, businesses and environment, evolving into sustainable, inclusive, connected and technology-enabled societies.
While Singapore is one of the top smart cities in the world (Source: Global Smart City Performance Index 2017, Juniper Research), Singapore is by no means the only Smart-City in addressing challenges that citizens around the world face today.
Other Smart-Cities in the world namely, Barcelona (Spain), Seoul, Shenzhen (China), San Francisco (USA), London (UK), New York (USA), Pune (India), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Helsinki (Finland) are also addressing these challenges in their own ways.
Closer to Singapore, in the Southeast Asian corridor, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network is progressively being expanded to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities in the digital economy across the region.
The trends towards smart cities give rise new technology-related jobs and opportunities.