A new survey based on factors such as the levels of congestion and crime and on the quality of transport, healthcare, energy and productivity put London in first place. I’d have though Edinburgh and Glasgow would have scored higher than London on a few of those, especially on congestion, crime levels and healthcare. Presumably the massive investment in economic activity and thus productivity in London was mainly responsible for their rating.
Here’s the top-ten table:
- Brighton & Hove
- Milton Keynes
The full report summarised in the Scottish Financial News indicates that the two Scottish cities did well across most of the criteria and gives these examples:
‘Edinburgh’s 16-year smart city journey, for example, has allowed the city to learn from mistakes (such as disparate maintenance of systems and control of systems by separate council units) and apply its ‘One Council’ principle in order to better deliver citizen services.’
‘The traffic system [Glasgow] is integrated with emergency services, helping save lives. Meanwhile a £24 million grant was used to plan smart CCTV rollout, using artificial intelligence to detect suspicious objects and terrorist activity.’
This report follows earlier studies rating Edinburgh and Dundee highly: