Bhubaneswar: Good news for the city residents, as the Temple City of Bhubaneswar has added another feather to its cap by finding itself ranked within the Top 20 "Best Performing Smart Cities", globally, by Juniper Research, an England-based research and consulting organisation.
"Global Smart City Performance Index 2017" is modelled across four major opinion-making areas - mobility, health, safety and productivity - to examine the benefits of Smart City initiatives.
Bhubaneswar: After topping the list of Indian Smart Cities in 2016, Odisha's capital city Bhubaneswar has now found place in the world's Top 20 Smart City List-2017.
Said Windsor Holden, Juniper Research's head of forecasting and consultancy: "We can't overlook the importance of the real human benefits that smart cities have".
As a result, the city-state also ranked first in the consolidated ranking, ahead of London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seoul. The study noted that gridlock causes drivers to lose up to 70 hours per year, as such an integrated IoT-enabled infrastructure can save drivers 60 hours per year. "Connected communities, municipal services and processes have a powerful impact on a citizen's quality of life".
In healthcare, the study found that smart cities with connected digital health services, such as wearable apps that monitor blood pressure, can save individuals close to 10 hours a year.
Singapore again stood out in this area, for its focus on addressing healthcare service provision for elderly citizens through a range of technologies, including digital service platforms as well as remote monitoring devices, the study found.
Improvements in public safety through the use of IoT technologies may result in time saved for individuals residing in cities, according to the study.
The top performing cities in the ranking stood out "because of their cohesive efforts to connect city municipalities, businesses and their citizens to address a growing need to improve livability", the study said. Juniper found that implementing such technology, for instance Singapore's trial and use of smart video surveillance, can result in substantial time benefits of almost 35 hours per year for citizens.
Smart cities are cities which employ Internet of Things (IoT) technologies such as connected sensors, meters and lights to collect and analyse data to improve public infrastructure and services.
"Partnerships between city planners, government officials, private companies, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), software developers and startups are creating smart city ecosystems that will empower citizens while reducing our carbon footprint".