Our city shows off its smarts


MEL­BOURNE has a global rep­u­ta­tion as a live­able city, but now it’s also one of the lead­ing smart cities.

The Vic­to­rian cap­i­tal has been ranked eighth in the Top 50 Smart City Gov­ern­ments sur­vey for its “peo­ple-cen­tred” poli­cies in solv­ing so­cial chal­lenges.

Mel­bourne was out­per­formed by seven cities led by Lon­don, Sin­ga­pore, Seoul and New York.

Con­ducted by Eden Strat­egy In­sti­tute and OXD de­sign stu­dio, the sur­vey ranked cities across mea­sures such as im­ple­men­ta­tion of “smart” poli­cies, clar­ity of vi­sion, lead­er­ship, ta­lent-readi­ness, sup­port pro­grams and de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tion ecosys­tems.

Mel­bourne was praised for re­design­ing pub­lic ser­vices with peo­ple in mind, es­pe­cially to help the dis­abled.

“The city con­ducted in­depth re­search to un­der­stand how blind, deaf, or deaf — blind peo­ple nav­i­gate their way through the city,” the re­port said.

Act­ing Lord Mayor Arron Wood said that with 10 in­nercity univer­sity cam­puses, Mel­bourne had a to­tal knowl­edge sec­tor out­put of $99 bil­lion.

“We want to be a city that en­cour­ages bold think­ing and in­no­va­tive ideas, at­tract­ing the best and bright­est minds,” he said.

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