The Pullman Magazine - - Connectivity -

There are nu­mer­ous sys­tems in place to rank the most ad­vanced Smart Cities, although none of the rank­ings are truly "of­fi­cial" due to a lack of stan­dards. Sci­en­tists from Vi­enna Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity (Aus­tria) have nonethe­less at­tempted to put to­gether a scor­ing sys­tem, work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Univer­sity of Ljubl­jana (Slove­nia) and Delft Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity (Nether­lands). Named "Ru­dolf Giffinger" (af­ter the project leader), the rank­ings are based on six cri­te­ria:

1. Smart gov­er­nance: trans­par­ent gov­er­nance that in­volves lo­cal cit­i­zens in de­ci­sion-mak­ing, public and so­cial ser­vices.

2. Smart econ­omy: flex­i­ble labour mar­ket fos­ter­ing an in­no­va­tive spirit and the abil­ity to trans­form. 3. Smart mo­bil­ity: avail­abil­ity of ICT in­fra­struc­tures, ac­cess to safe and eco­log­i­cal trans­port sys­tems.

4. Smart en­vi­ron­ment: sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

5. Smart peo­ple: peo­ple who demon­strate flex­i­bil­ity and cre­ativ­ity pro­mot­ing an affin­ity to life-long learn­ing, cos­mopoli­tanism, open-mindedness and in­volve­ment in public life.

6. Smart liv­ing: health con­di­tions, hous­ing, cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial co­he­sion.

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