Pandemic gives rise to Cities 4.0, where smart meets sustainable

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Twenty global cities have been named as ‘Cities 4.0′ in new research from ESI ThoughtLab – these are cities that are advanced in both progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in deploying digital technology and data effectively.

The cities are Aarhus, Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Orlando, Paris, Philadelphia, Singapore, Tallinn and Vienna.

The Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World benchmarking study from ESI ThoughtLab is based on a survey of 167 city leaders from 82 countries around the world, combined with data on city services and quality of life from the World Bank, Numbeo, IESE, and other sources.

The report finds that Cities 4.0 typically deploy 14 smart city projects versus an average of seven for other cities, and they have superior infrastructure, better public transportation, roads, parks, healthcare, and digital connectivity.

In addition, Cities 4.0 have made the greatest headway on the SDGs, with 86 percent making progress across all 17 goals. They are seeing higher ROI on technology investments made in all urban domains, including digital infrastructure, mobility and transportation, public safety, health, education, sustainability, and energy and water.

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