Melbourne is Australia’s smartest city in study of 500 global cities

It’s official: Melbourne is Australia’s smartest city.

Melbourne has been ranked tenth in an assessment of the ‘smartness’ of 500 cities conducted by Swedish smart parking technology company EasyPark.

The company, which has an office in Melbourne, assessed the cities against 19 parameters.

It also asked over 20,000 technology and urban planning journalists how their cities were moving with the pace of digitalisation.

Copenhagen, Singapore and Stockholm were the top three smart cities.  Sydney came in at twelve, Perth at 41 and Adelaide at 61.

Melbourne and Sydney both scored highly on 4G services (10 for Melbourne, 9.83 for Sydney), citizen participation (9.82 for Melbourne, 9.55 Sydney), urban planning (9.24 for Melbourne, 9.03 for Sydney) and smartphone penetration (9.30 each).

However, they fared poorly on clean energy (2.90 each) and environmental protection (2.90 for Melbourne, 2.50 for Sydney).

The full list of criteria included: smart parking, car sharing services, traffic, public transport, clean energy, smart building, waste disposal, environment protection, citizen participation, digitalisation of government, urban planning, education, business ecosystem, 4G LTE, internet speed, wifi hotspots, smartphone penetration, living standard, and how the city is becoming smarter (based on an expert assessment).

Melbourne launched its smart city initiative in mid 2016 with a public forum in which representatives from cities such as San Francisco, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam shared their experiences in deploying smart city solutions.

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