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The 10 Smartest Asia/Pacific Cities

3021911-slide-shutterstock133296731Boyd Cohen continue his four-part regional series with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific is a region with unique challenges and opportunities in the smart cities arena. All smart cities on this list are on the journey towards being smarter, but none of them have arrived.

The methodology applied for all regions is the same. Using the Smart Cities Wheel, a framework that Cohen created to help quantify smart cities, he identifies publicly available datasets for each of the six components and then supplement the analysis with primary data sourced directly from the cities themselves using 28 indicators.


Based on analysis of data from the various data sources, the top 10 Asia Pacific smart cities for 2013 are the following:

  1. Seoul
  2. Singapore
  3. Tokyo
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Auckland
  6. Sydney
  7. Melbourne
  8. Osaka
  9. Kobe
  10. Perth

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The 10 Smartest Asia/Pacific Cities