Smart cities are the ones which use the latest of technologies in order to improve the quality of lives of the citizens, and at the same time, try to minimize the consumption of natural resources, in addition to reducing costs. Many cities around the world are being developed to live up to the concept of smart city.
Here are the top 10 best smart cities in the world:
Vienna makes it on the list of best smart cities in the world in 2015 as it is among the greenest cities on the globe, besides being the city with best standard of life in the entire Europe. Public buildings and homes here are provided heating facilities with the help of the largest biomass plant in Europe.
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Seattle is the city which comes next on this list as it encourages greener living by giving tax rebates to those who make use of green technology. The city also offers low electricity rates and minimal carbon emissions, with the aim to improve quality of life of the citizens.
Chicago has benefitted from the strategy of technological strategy it has been using in recent times. The city enjoys fast broadband and free wi-fi services, in addition to making use of innovative technology for providing excellent services to the local population
Next in the list of smart cities of the world in 2015 is Stockholm, which has received the award for Intelligent Community of the Year in 2009 and European Green Capital in 2010. It was among the first cities to have a city wide fiber optic network and has come a long way, again pioneering in the field of 4G mobile network. It is home to Kista Science City, which occupies some of the biggest technological companies in the world.
London is next among the smart cities, because of its smart transport system, boasting of facilities such as underground wi-fi, smart parking service, oyster card system and congestion charges. The city has used innovative technology to facilitate use of smart phones and also improve health and environmental services therein.
5. Rio de Janeiro
Featuring next on the list is the Brazilian beach destination of Rio de Janeiro. The city has seen a lot of infrastructural development recently, thanks to the upcoming Olympics 2016 it is going to host. The center of operations set up by IBM in the city has linked all major departments of the city. The discovery of offshore oil fields has also attracted a great deal of international investment here.