The Visionary Innovation Group’s Smart City Scorecard highlights city initiatives that demonstrate key trends and innovations within the Smart City movement. The goal is to provide an overview of the pursuits cities are undertaking to ensure the sustainability, cohesiveness, and comprehensiveness of their Smart City strategies. City governments and policy stakeholders will benefit from this study’s holistic examination of the foundational areas for Smart City development. Vendors and solution providers benefit from understanding the range of initiatives cities are undertaking, as well as from gaining a well-rounded view of Smart City facets.

To arrive at the cities profiled, the Smart City Scorecard examines 50 global cities through 2 Smart City filters: quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative filter considers indicators that gauge the effectiveness of Smart City initiatives by comparing current and past indicator measurements. These indicators are grouped into 4 categories: the circulation of goods and people, the quality of the lived environment, technology penetration level, and expansion of a knowledge economy. After quantitative filtering, the top 30 cities are assessed against VIG’s Smart City Maturity Model, which ranks cities on a 1 (ad hoc) to 5 (synergized) scale for governance, investment, data, Internet of Things (IoT) and platform, and business model maturity. The top 15 cities are then profiled within each of these maturity model areas, so that cities and vendors have a collection of initiatives that illustrate the perspective of leading Smart Cities. In addition, the study highlights innovative initiatives in each of the 8 Smart City verticals identified by Visionary Innovation: smart governance and education, smart energy, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart technology, smart infrastructure, smart healthcare, and smart citizens.

Research Highlights

Key topics include:
  • Smart City governance
  • Smart City investment models
  • Smart City data maturity
  • Smart City IoT and platform maturity
  • Smart City business models
Key Features
  • Smart City rankings by quantitative indicators and qualitative assessments
  • Smart City profiles of maturity areas for top-ranking Smart Cities and Smart City ecosystems for top-ranking Smart Cities
  • Highlights of innovations in Smart City verticals (i.e., smart governance, mobility, technology, energy, buildings, infrastructure, technology, and citizens)
Key Issues Addressed
  • What are the foundational areas on which Smart Cities are built?
  • What differentiates ad hoc city efforts from synergized city efforts, and why does maturing from ad hoc to synergized matter?
  • What are the cities that exhibit the greatest maturity in terms of Smart City development?
  • What are the initiatives that cities are undertaking to advance their Smart City objectives?
  • What are the innovations that are taking place within Smart City verticals