A Smart Cities index has been developed by IDC Energy Insights in collaboration with other divisions of International Data Corporation (IDC), to independently analyse the evolution of the smart cities concept and smart city demonstration projects around the world.
It is based upon so called “smartness building blocks” that include “smart dimensions” which are the domains for which smart initiatives can be developed and “enabling forces” which are the factors that can create more attractive conditions for successful implementations.
The index then comprises a straight ranking from a (weighted) combination of the scores of the enabling forces and smartness dimension blocks, and a matrix plotting the cities based on their separate enabling forces and smartness dimension scores.
IDC Energy Insights has ranked and compared Spanish cities on five smart dimensions, smart government, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart energy and environment and smart services. There are also 3 enabling forces, people, economy and information and communication technologies.
The top ranked smart cities were, Malaga, Barcelona, Santander, Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian. Below these are 10 “contenders”, 21 “players” and 8 “followers”.
Roberta Bigliani head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for IDC Energy Insights commented, “Smart Cities are emerging as holistic playgrounds for low energy economies, creating synergies and fulfilling the interests of stakeholders of both the public and the private sectors. As the city microcosm provides more immediate opportunities for innovation, the IDC Smart Cities Index was devised to help cities take an active role in and to invest in their future.”