ICT investment 'brings cities improved environmental controls'

Cities with high levels of ICT maturity better manage issues such as environmental management, infrastructure, public security, healthcare, and education.

According to the Networked Society City Index – an initiative established through a joint study by communications firm Ericsson and consultancy Arthur D. Little, the three best-performing cities named in the index – Singapore, Stockholm and Seoul – have met many social, economic and environmental targets by making extensive investments in ICT.

The Index found that Singapore is driving innovation in e-health, and is a pioneer in road traffic-congestion management, Stockholm has used ICT as a major enabler for research collaboration and knowledge transfer, and Seoul is using ICT to realise green high-tech initiatives.

The top-10-ranking cities in the Networked Society City Index are: Singapore, Stockholm, Seoul, London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Beijing. The Index also suggests actions for low-ranking cities, which it encourages to provide digital access and ICT training for the underprivileged parts of their populations.

"This analysis should be seen as a starting point to explore the link between ICT investments and sustainable development,” says Arthur D. Little Nordic director Eirk Almqvist. “It is our hope and intention that this report can serve as inspiration for cities that do not settle for the status quo."

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