Zurich and Geneva both in the top 10 of the Smart City Index 2020.
Zurich has been named one of the world’s “smartest” cities again this year. Switzerland’s largest city is ranked 3rd according to the Smart City Index for 2020, behind Singapore and Helsinki. Geneva also made the top 10, in seventh spot. The Swiss cities managed to outperform several major European and global financial hubs.
Zurich fared particularly well in the healthcare and safety category. Its basic sanitation, recycling services, public safety and medical services all receiving a high score. Respondents also awarded high marks to Zurich’s public transport system, and the city was also rated positively for the quality of its education and learning opportunities.
In Geneva, the respondents praised the cultural activities and green spaces on offer in the city. As was the case with Zurich, Geneva also received good marks in recycling services and medical services. What's more, the city also scored well for its education and learning opportunities.
Switzerland is not resting on its laurels however, and more improvements are in the pipeline; the SIX Group will be leveraging Luxembourg Fintech LUXHUB’s Open Banking technology to streamline Switzerland’s financial sector that will enable banks to develop better experiences and new services for their clients.. and Credit Suisse are also introducing app-only banking services to compete with Fintech rivals.
The Smart City Index ranks 109 cities based on economic and technological data, as well as their citizens’ perceptions of how “smart” their cities are. A smart city: can be defined as an urban setting that applies technology to enhance the benefits and diminish the shortcomings of urbanization for its citizens. Hundreds of citizens from the cities selected were surveyed and asked questions on the technological provisions of their city across five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance. The SCI report is the result of a close cooperation between IMD (Institut of Management Development) and SUTD (Singapore University for Technology and Design).
Edited by Ramata Diallo