How to Use the Hyperconnected City Rankings
To help civic leaders drive the maximum economic and social gains for their citizens, ESI ThoughtLab, together with a coalition of leading organizations, conducted a comprehensive study into the practices, plans, and performance results of 100 hyperconnected cities: those use the latest technologies to transform and interconnect key areas of their ecosystem.
Drawing on this research, we created Hyperconnected Cities Rankings that shows how these cities compare across important urban dimensions. The hyperconnected cities rankings go beyond a smart city lens by looking at four key pillars of transformation. The rankings not only measure the progress cities are making in using technology and data analytics, but also their effectiveness in keeping systems secure and citizens connected. The analysis categorizes these 100 cities into three stages of hyperconnected maturity: implementers, advancers, and leaders.
To allow for deeper benchmarking, our economists also created rankings for mobility and transportation, energy and water, environment and sustainability, public safety and health, and governance and funding. We based these rankings on the number of projects that a city had in partial or widescale deployment and the average ROI that they have seen from those projects. We normalized each variable (the number of projects and the average ROI) and then calculated the geometric mean to arrive at the final score for each city.
In addition to the rankings, the ranking tables also present useful comparative data for each city, drawn from two main sources: a proprietary survey of 100 global smart city leaders and respected secondary data sources, including: Numbeo, World Bank, Eurostat, OECD, Teleport, United Nations, WHO, and others.
“—” signifies that data is not available for the city shown. “N/A” means that such data is not applicable for that that city.