BEGIC - The Intelligent Community Forum has named the world's Smart21 Communities of 2019 including 21 cities and countries which have specific strategies to develop smart cities.
The Smart21 Communities of 2019
include cities and counties from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada,
France, India, Kenya, Russia, Taiwan and Vietnam. Binh Duong is the first
locality of Viet Nam has officially joined ICF.
List of the Smart21
Communities of 2019
The Smart21 are selected by ICF based on
quantitative and qualitative data which is evaluated by a group of Analysts led
by former Cisco executive and Westchester County (New York) CIO, Dr. Norman
Jacknis. The analysis is based on the ICF Method,
which provides the conceptual framework for understanding the factors that
determine a community's competitiveness in economic, social and cultural terms.
The Smart21 Communities of 2019 are:
To become a smart
city and join the Smart21 of ICF, a city or country is required to have six
Broadband is the
next essential utility, as vital to economic growth as clean water and good
roads. Broadband helps connects your computer, laptop or mobile device to
billions of devices and users around the world, creating a digital overlay to
our physical world that is revolutionizing how we work, play, live, educate and
entertain ourselves, govern our citizens and relate to the world. This factor
indicates the great progress of IT application.
desirable jobs in industrialized economies – and increasingly in developing
economies as well – require a higher component of knowledge than they did in
the past. A continuous improvement in an evolving range of skills is the only
route to personal prosperity. The rapid development of science and technology
requires high skilled workforce who are able to adopt in their work. In the
future, any employee whose "value-added" does not exceed his or her
salary cost can expect to be replaced, sooner or later, by software or
Communities pursue innovation through a relationship between business,
government and such institutions as universities and hospitals. The Innovation
Triangle or "Triple Helix" helps keep the economic benefits of
innovation local, and creates an innovation ecosystem that engages the entire
community in positive change. Investments in innovative technology by
government contribute to that culture and improve service to citizens while
reducing operating costs.
the community deserves access to broadband technologies and the skills to use
living standards, while maintaining the ability of future generations to do the
same, is at the core of sustainability. Throughout human history, economic
growth has always involved the consumption of more resources and the production
of more waste. We need to find ways to continue growth – with all of its
positive impacts on the community – while reducing the environmental impact of
It is all
too common for a community's leaders or groups of citizens to set themselves
against changes that would ultimately benefit the community. The willingness to
embrace change and the determination to help shape it, however, are core
competencies of the Intelligent Community.
In addition to
the above-mentioned criteria, each year, ICF selects a theme to guide its
Awards program and annual Summit. The theme of the 2018 program is “Humanizing
Data.” It provides your community with an opportunity to report on its
achievements in Big Data and Open Data.