Story image

New Zealand big winner in 2016 Top Smart City Projects

22 Aug 16

New Zealand is proving itself on the world stage, winning three awards at the 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, which recognises the most outstanding smart city projects in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region.

New Zealand came out on top in three categories: Land Use and Environmental Management, Smart Grid and Public Works.

The awards are in its second year, with winners coming from all over the Asia Pacific.

“The Smart City momentum is growing extensively in the Asia Pacific region as many nations see it as an organic, bottom-up and middle-out innovation growth that will spearhead the next cycle of eGovernment evolutions,” says Gerald Wang, head of Government and Education, Asia Pacific.

“While at least 90% of all AP local governments or smart cities’ growth leverage funds that are provided by central or federal functions, many of them are notably given the autonomy to create their own unique identity in city governance, strategic operations and provisioning of effective eServices,” he says.

“As such, there is notably a growing prevalence of citizen-directed initiatives and driving local industries, which ultimately contributes back to stimulating domestic social and economic sustainability,” explains Wang.

“This year’s submissions and winners highlight the impacts of climate change and slowing global trade. This led to the stronger push for environmental sustainability and operational efficiency so as to bring about better living standards and future continuity of the various AP cities,” he says.

According to Wang, IDC Government Insights went through a rigorous six-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the Top Smart City projects for 2016. These included identifying and cataloging the key Smart City projects in Asia/Pacific by IDC analysts across APeJ (25%), online voting to determine public opinion (50%), and the assessment of an International Advisory Council (25%).

The IDC Government Insights Smart City Development Index for 2015 - 2016 will be published later this year.

Chorus fibre roll out picks up pace
Chorus has announced that 50% of fibre installations are now being completed within a day.
Keep security in check when doing your mobile banking
Most mobile banking attacks happen through social engineering, which is when people are manipulated to hand over their usernames and passwords to cybercriminals.
AI, big data could be key to improving Māori health
"Being able to get experts of this level together to start exploring how we use data to ultimately better the lives of New Zealanders is one that we were determined to be involved with," says ACC chief.
Human assets the key to a successful digital transformation
Y Soft's Martin de Martini says it's vital that organisations continue to train and motivate their employees.
New blockchain solution aims to keep our food ethical
OpenSC enables anyone to scan product QR codes which automatically takes them to information about where a specific product’s journey.
Cofense launches MSSP program to provide phishing defence for SMBs
SMBs are highly susceptible to phishing attacks, and often lack the resources necessary to stop advanced threats
Kiwis make waves in IoT World Cup
A New Zealand company, KotahiNet, has been named as a finalist in the IoT World Cup for its River Pollution Monitoring solution.
Can it be trusted? Huawei’s founder speaks out
Ren Zhengfei spoke candidly in a recent media roundtable about security, 5G, his daughter’s detainment, the USA, and the West’s perception of Huawei.