Auckland scored in the Top Five in three components, including a 1st place ranking in Smart Living and 2nd in Smart People. Auckland was rated 3rd globally in Mercer’s annual quality of life index while it ranked 20th globally on the Citigroup Hotspot Human Capital dimension. Auckland also ranked 14th globally in the Rutger’s e-governance study, resulting in a 4th place finish in this Asia/Pacific smart cities ranking.
View of the Auckland Skyline
(Photo by Sheli Rodney)
Just like Tokyo's pilot project in Fujisawa, Auckland has its own smart cities test bed in what is referred to as Waterfront Auckland. This waterfront redevelopment project, expected to be home to 20,000 people, is embracing a range of sustainable and smart solutions, including: super energy efficient buildings and a conference center, smart water solutions, smart lighting in public spaces using sensors, and digital multimedia information kiosks for Waterfront Auckland visitors.
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