Amsterdam named one of world’s smartest cities
Amsterdam is one of the world’s smartest cities, according to a new ranking. The survey was carried out by the Swedish smart parking provider Easypark. To determine the cities that manage their assets and resources most efficiently, it analyses 500 cities worldwide and ranks them along 24 factors in the categories transport and mobility, sustainability, governance, innovation economy, digitalisation and living standards.
Factors in which Amsterdam rated particularly highly include smart parking, blockchain ecosystem, citizen participation and digitalisation of government. It also achieved high rankings for the provision of charging spots for electric vehicles, for car-sharing services and for urban planning, which includes the percentage of public green spaces within the city area. In the additional category of ‘expert perception’, for which Easypark surveyed 220,000 technology and urban planning journalists, Amsterdam scores a perfect 10.
A city at the forefront of smart mobility
Amsterdam has been at the forefront of smart mobility for years. In addition to the boom in car-sharing and smart-parking services, and increasing numbers of electric vehicles, there are plenty of initiatives making the city’s roads a greener place. The City of Amsterdam’s Smart Mobility action programme looks into how new digital technologies can manage traffic more effectively, taking into account public transport, pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars. And Amsterdam’s thriving business and startup ecosystems are perfect breeding grounds for new schemes and ground-breaking innovations.