Osaka just edged out Melbourne for 10th place on this inaugural Asia/Pacific smart cities ranking with Top 5 finishes in Smart Living (5th) and Smart Mobility (2nd). Osaka was the only city in the Siemens study to score well above average in the transport category. Reasons Siemens cited for this high ranking included its having a superior, fast, and dedicated transit network; and the implementation of smart transit regulation such as integrated pricing, emissions reduction strategies, and dedicated car-free days.
Umeda Business District in Kita-ku, Osaka
(Photo by Laitr Keiows)
With major multinational technology companies like Panasonic, Sharp, and Sanyo, it is no surprise to see the city begin to explore partnerships for testing smart solutions. Like other cities in this ranking, Osaka is embarking on a test project for smart technologies. From 2012-2014 Osaka will create a test bed in the Sakishima District for a range of solutions from smart grid and building sensor technology to nursing-care robots.
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