ROME – EasyPark Group, a leading company in the sector of digital technologies for parking and parking, has carried out a study on the smartest cities in the world, highlighting the metropolises that make the best use of technology to improve the sustainability and livability of the inhabitants. In the comparison of cities with over 3 million inhabitants, London in the United Kingdom ranked first as the most avant-garde metropolis ready to face the challenges of the future, followed by New York and San Francisco. Among the Italian cities we find Milan in 37th place and Rome in 40th position in the ranking.
In the second bracket, that of cities from 600,000 to 3 million people, the Danish Copenhagen is the most avant-garde and ready to face the challenges of the future, preceding Stockholm (Sweden), and Oslo (Norway), while among the Italians Bologna occupies the 50th step of the ranking. Finally, for the range from 50,000 to 600,000, inhabitants Lund, Sweden, takes first place, followed by Stavanger (Norway), and Espoo (Finland). Among the Italian cities, Pisa is in 39th place and Trento in 48th place.
The study analyzed hundreds of cities around the world, looking more accurately on those considered “smart” in the use of technology for their development. Considering that the number of inhabitants largely influences the type of challenges cities face, the study was divided into three categories, based on the size of the cities: with more than 3 million inhabitants, from 600,000 to 3 million, and from 50,000 to 600,000 inhabitants. For each category, the 50 most sustainable and avant-garde cities were thus identified. The researchers’ attention was focused on identifying factors capable of highlighting the level of sustainability and technological progress of each city, and in this sense data were collected from sources such as the World Bank, The Economist, the Fund international monetary policy and The Lancet. The analysts, to assess the level of innovation of each area, then took into consideration 4 main sectors: “Digital life”, “Innovation in the field of mobility”, “Technological infrastructure of the private sector” and “Environmental sustainability”.
“The study shows that Italy is still behind in the adoption of technological solutions compared to many other European countries – explains Giuliano Caldo, general manager of EasyPark Italy – For mobile parking, if it is true that many steps forward have been made , and using the app to park is now considered the new normal, it is equally clear that there is still untapped potential. Thanks to digitization, cities have an immense amount of data available that can be exploited to improve mobility and make cities more liveable. The challenge that awaits us is to accelerate this process, supporting cities to make the most of the opportunities of digital and smart technology “. (mr)