IDC Asia/Pacific announced today that the Clark Green City (CGC) and Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) have been named finalists in IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2016. Philippines earned nominations in two out of the fourteen award categories.
Nominated in the Land Use and Environmental Management Category, CGC’s initiative combined specific primary functions comprising of Educational area; Government; Central Business; Agro-forestry Research and Development; and Wellness and Recreation; and Eco-tourism to address climate change. Project initiatives included the establishment of open green spaces, plotting more pedestrian area and improving mass transport system.
On the other hand, the Project NOAH has been named a finalist in the Public Safety category. Intended as a disaster prevention and mitigation program, this initiative established an early warning system that provide communities with weather forecasting and automatic warning signals against any risk of impending floods at least six hours prior.
The SCAPA is IDC Asia/Pacific’s way of recognizing the deserving countries and organizations that were assessed to have the best smart city projects in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in its annual Smart City Development Index research.
"The smart city index was created to help city leaders understand the strategic impact and maturity of their smart city initiatives," states Gerald Wang, Head, IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific. "Last year, we tracked hundreds of smart city initiatives and an eventual 14 projects were named the best in the region in their operational functional domains.”
The Smart City Development Index is an evolving benchmarking framework that helps smart city planners analyze the current state of their Smart City initiatives. In doing so, these executives can chart future development plans. Annually, IDC Government Insights methodically carries out a six phase benchmarking assessment to determine the top projects across 14 Smart City functional eServices such as Transportation; Public Works; Smart Buildings; Smart Grid; Smart Water; Administration; Economic Development; Land Use and Environmental Management; Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning; Public Safety; Education; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Connected Health; and Social Services. IDC’s Smart City Development Index will take into consideration inputs from IDC Analysts across APeJ, public opinion through online voting and the assessment of an International Advisory Council.
On its 2nd year of implementation, IDC is once again opening its research to public opinion. This year, 50% of the criteria for judging for the winners will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment (25% from the IDC Research Team and 25% from the Advisory Council).
“Last year, we had an exciting first year indexing myriad innovative Smart City projects. This led to several interactions with public sector organizations, city leaders and urban planners. We believe this has deepened our understanding of Asia Pacific Smart City programs- their challenges and the major Smart City solutions to digitally transform the domestic Smart City ecosystem so as to stimulate socioeconomic growth and long-term city sustainability," adds Wang.
Voting period will commence on 23 May and ends on 23 June 2016. To participate in the voting, you can click on the banner link below.
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