This atypical 2020, the smartest cities in the world remain practically stable in their positions compared to last year, saving the appearance of Amsterdam that sneaks into the top ten positions relegating Berlin to eleventh place. This IESE index, prepared under the direction of professors Pascual Berrone and Joan Enric Ricart, once again puts New York, London and Paris on the podium. If we look further to examine the top 50 positions in the ranking, there are several significant upward movements in the last two years, including Milan (45), which climbs 13 places, thanks to its strength in the environment and its international projection; Helsinki (22), up nine, due to its better performance in the areas of economy, social cohesion and human capital; and Barcelona (26), which gains eight positions, thanks to its improvements in social cohesion and the economy. We can also see notable declines, such as Oslo (23), which falls 11 places, largely due to lower scores in its economy and mobility and transport; Tallin (50), which has dropped 10, due to its economy and international projection; and Munich (37), which fell nine places as a result of poor management in the environment, international projection and technology. Europe, leader in the classification The Old Continent has twelve cities among the top 24 positions in the ranking, being the geographical area with the best performance followed by North America, with 6; Asia, with 4 and Oceania, with 3. While Tokyo (4) is the highest ranked Asian city and Melbourne (12) leads the group in Oceania, the Middle Eastern city with the highest ranking is Dubai (60), while that Buenos Aires (76), leads in Latin America. African cities lag behind, with Tunisia ranking first, very low on the list at number 134. The report stands out for showing cities of all sizes: although mega-cities predominate in the top ten positions, medium-sized cities also appear like Melbourne or Copenhagen and even other small ones like Reykjavik or Wellington. In terms of methodology, the IESE Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) analyzes the level of development of 165 cities in 80 countries in nine dimensions considered key to progress: human capital, social cohesion, economy, environment, governance, urban planning, international projection, technology and mobility. and transportation. The fifth edition presents some important updates compared to previous years: the number of indicators used has increased significantly and the analysis has been enriched with new data, such as the number of terrorist attacks, the number of Apple Store stores and the levels of compliance with ISO 37120 (known as the smart city standard), and even forward-looking variables such as projections of GDP per capita and rising temperatures. We examine the top ten smart cities around the world, according to the IESE Cities in Motion index. 10. Amsterdam Amsterdam was rated the 10th best smart city in the world and the 4th best in Western Europe, according to the IESCE Cities in Motion index. It is the third best city for technology, the sixth best city for international reach, and the thirteenth best city for urban planning. Some of the highlights are that the city worked with local businesses and corporations to test sustainable solutions on Utrechtsestraat, one of the city’s main shopping avenues, while “Climate Street” initiatives included energy efficient lighting, waste reduction and recyclable tram stops, which helped reduce energy use on the Utrechtsestraat by 10%. 9. Hong Kong This gigantic Asian city stands out in IESE’s ninth position for its high rate of innovation. In Hong Kong, almost 100% of its population has a mobile phone and has a large number of wireless access points worldwide. It also has a high number of social media users. As part of its smart city plans, Hong Kong has also implemented a new electronic identification (e-ID) system – 8. Toronto The Canadian city of Toronto, which ranked eighth in the ranking, has been praised in 2020 by the IESE due to its strong and effective urban planning and governance. As part of their smart city efforts, Sidewalk Labs (which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc.) and Canadian government agency Waterside Toronto are working together to create a smart waterfront development known as Quayside. . This development, according to both companies, “will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centered neighborhoods that achieve precedent levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility and economic opportunity.” 7. Seoul The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is in 2020 the seventh best smart city in the world. In March, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will install 50,000 smart Internet of Things (IoT) sensors throughout the capital by 2020 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other issues related to citizens’ lives, according to reports from Yonhap News Agency. Its plans also include the introduction of a shared parking service that uses IoT sensors to allow citizens to verify the availability of public parking. 6. Singapore Singapore was ranked as the sixth best smart city in the world by IESE due to its advances in technology, governance, international outreach, and the environment. Its transportation system called One Monitoring stands out, a comprehensive portal through which citizens can access the traffic information collected from surveillance cameras installed on roads and taxi vehicles using GPS. They also have a smart parking guidance system that reports in real time and since 2015, the city also has smart containers as part of an innovative waste management program. 5. Reykjavik The Icelandic capital Reykjavik stands out in fifth position in the ranking of smart cities. The city was especially praised for its environmental initiatives, being the first in the world in this regard. The success of its public transport app for urban buses in the Reykjavík metropolitan area called Straetó, which has already been downloaded some 85,000 times, shines through. An attempt has also been made to increase citizen participation through Better Reykjavik, an online consultation forum where citizens can present their ideas about the city’s services and operations. 4. Tokyo Tokyo is not only the highest-ranking smart city in the Asia-Pacific region, it is also the fourth best smart city in the world, according to the IESE index. As one of the most popular metropolitan areas in the world with a high rate of labor productivity, the city particularly stood out in the ranking for its economy and human capital. 3. Paris Paris is the third most important smart city in the world, standing out especially in international reach, mobility and transport. For example, the city is currently in the middle of the development of the Grand Paris Express, which will automate several kilometers of the metro and add 68 new stations. By 2050, the city will also replace the entire fleet of 4,500 buses of RATP (the main public transport operator in the Paris region) with electric or natural gas vehicles (NGV). 2. London London, considered the highest-ranking European city, was also highlighted as the second best smart city in the world by IESE. The city is the capital and most populous city of the United Kingdom and is a nerve center in areas such as arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, media, research, tourism and transport. It has the first position in human capital, and was also recognized for its mobility and transportation, international reach, economy, governance, technology and urban planning. 1. New York For the second year in a row, New York City topped the rankings as one of the most developed smart cities in the world. Among the most praised aspects, stands out how the city’s Department of Environmental Protection is implementing a large-scale automatic meter reading (AMR) system to obtain a better snapshot of water consumption, while providing customers with a tool useful for checking your water intake every day. The city that never sleeps has also turned to Bigbelly solar “smart” bins that monitor trash levels and ensure trash pick-up is scheduled regularly. This article was published on TICbeat by Andrea Núñez-Torrón Stock.