Smart cities only make sense when technology meets citizens’ needs. A bike-sharing scheme will only seem useful if the city’s infrastructure facilitates cycling—and believe me, only the brave would dare cross Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris at noon on a bike.
At the same time, people recognize when technology solves a problem, because their lives get better.
In an extensive study of 16 cities—published in our new book Sixteen Shades of Smart—we found that Medellin has become a very successful smart city because technology targets citizens’ main problem—safety.Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD Business School.
The Top 10 smartest cities in 2019 are:
- Taipei City