Smart City Index 2020: Budapest among the most underdeveloped cities in the region

Although numerous research have been conducted on the topic of the ’smart city’, the Smart City Index is the only report offering a ranking based on specific data, Vg argued.

The Institute for Management Development and the Singapore University for Technology and Design have examined 109 cities worldwide to provide a comprehensive image capturing the various dimensions of “smartness” viewed by the citizens. SCI offers a global vision of the development of smart cities in all parts of the world, focusing on two major aspects: the existing infrastructure of the cities referred to as the “Structures” and the technological provisions and services available to the inhabitants under the category of “Technology”.

The report also considers each country’s level of human development based on the “Human Development Index” (HDI) published annually by the United Nations. The SCI’s uniqueness can be attributed to two key elements: it clarifies a concept that lacks a uniform and practical definition, and it relies mainly on the perceptions of those who live and work in the cities.

In the report’s context, a ‘smart city’ is defined as “an urban setting that applies technology to enhance the benefits and diminish the shortcomings of urbanisation for its citizens”. The second edition of the IMD-SUTD Smart City Index Report was published on September 17, discussing how technology is playing a role in the COVID−19 era. Although it will take years to identify the more profound consequences of the current crisis, the economic and social crises are expected to intensify. The report argues that since digitalisation plays a pivotal role in the emergency responses to the pandemic, there is a correlation between smarter cities and those handling the pandemic better.

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