With the Moscow Urban Forum just around the corner, the PricewaterhouseCoopers multi-national professional services network has released its new global survey, The Future is Coming: Cities Readiness Rating, which rates major global cities and urban agglomerations on their capacity to adopt new technologies.
PwC Russia analysed the readiness of the world's largest cities to adopt technology-driven solutions across a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, education, security, tourism and culture, transportation, economy, utilities, urban development and also citizen engagement. The cities were assessed in terms of their basic infrastructure, legal regulations and other criteria too.
The PwC survey ranked the top five cities in the following order: Singapore (62 percent), London (59 percent), Shanghai (55 percent), New York (53 percent) and Moscow (53 percent). The Russian capital boasted high marks for citizen sevices, infrastructure readiness, open adaptive learning technologies and digital economy.
“It is nice to know that modern Moscow is a confident leader among the smartest cities of the world,” pointed out Artyom Yermolayev, Moscow government minister and head of the Information Technology Department. “We follow the global trends in the Smart City area, understand its key tendencies, keep moving ahead and continue developing. Today advanced IT-solutions have been introduced into various spheres of the city life for the convenience of Muscovites, which brought Moscow forward on many smart city parameters. At the same time, the research that the PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows is very valuable for us, as it will help us identify our priorities and adjust Moscow’s further development strategy as a smart city of the future.”
The PwC online survey showed that less than half the population in ten cities (excluding Shanghai and Hong Kong) are ready to embrace the technologies of the future in their daily life. London (42 percent) and Toronto (41 percent) were the most conservative.
According to the survey, 47 percent of Moscow residents turned out to be prepared to welcome high-tech solutions in their life: mostly, in virtual services (65 percent), proactive security (58 percent) and digital economy (55 percent), and least of all – in digital healthcare (39 percent), unmanned transportation (37 percent), new learning formats (38 percent), culture and tourism (34 percent). The survey also included Barcelona, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.
The utilities services will become more efficient by 2030 due to revised urban development standards, the introduction of new energy-saving technologies and a transition to smart grids. The most successful cities to apply such technologies in the utilities sector are Barcelona (61 percent), Singapore (64 percent), Toronto (57 percent) and London (54 percent). Moscow government is also financing smart buildings, smart water systems, as well as smart electricity metres.
Leaders in culture and tourism digitalisation projects are Barcelona and Shanghai (78 percent), and Singapore (72 percent). The cities were assessed according to their use of multi-functional terminals and smart bus stops on the streets, advanced mobile apps for tourists and other aspects too.
London (72 percent) is the top performer in autonomous transportation, as it has designed and launched an unmanned transportation strategy and built a regulatory framework for testing.
Singapore (75 percent) ranks first for the digital economy, due to its well-balanced development of critical infrastructure – key online taxi services and short-term property renting. Moreover, Singapore is one the few cities that has supported the adoption of adaptive software in schools and invested in the development of adaptive learning technologies.
Toronto (66 percent), New York (59 percent), Sydney (66 percent) and Barcelona (54 percent) were leaders in smart healthcare services, encouraging medical organisations to develop tele-medical services. Shanghai, New York, London and Singapore are leading in crime forecasting technologies.
Moscow (63 percent) is the leader in providing virtual services for citizen engagement, including those designed to crowdsource ideas and address problems for urban projects. Sydney (58 percent) follows as it has offered online voting opportunities on general urban matters and in political elections in the last six years.
London (63 percent) and Singapore (61 percent) are the most successful examples of virtual cities and outpace the others in terms of using new construction technologies. They have run numerous experiments on modular construction and 3D printing of houses. Moscow (76 percent) and Barcelona (74 percent) have been selected for their data analytics projects.