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Degree of readiness of the world’s megacities for the implementation of IoT technologies.

The Theory of Industry 4.0 is the idea of ??a new, advanced stage in social development in which the human needs are satisfied in a fully automated mode, thanks to the implementation of smart technologies. We are rather observing now the most important transformations of the 21st century: the possibility of a smart digital ecosystem’s creation. But the most exciting question - whether the world is ready to implement these technologies of the future now?

A fresh study of the readiness index of the world’s megacities for the implementation of modern ideas gives a positive response.

In June 2017 the PwC network in Russia conducted an electronic survey among residents of 10 big cities (Moscow, London, Barcelona, ??New York, Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and Hong Kong). The main point of the research was that a respondent chose a familiar - traditional or innovative way of solving everyday tasks.

The accent was made on the most important spheres of the citizens’ social life: healthcare, education, security, tourism and culture, transport, economy, housing and public utilities, urban development, citizens interaction. The survey was based on a random selection and showed the readiness of the declared cities to apply the technologies of the future in various aspects of a daily life.

It is worth noting that the readiness of megacities for the implementation of new development strategies was estimated by several important characteristics:

  • Regulatory and technological readiness  (the presence of strategies, regulatory acts and examples of the use of cutting-edge solutions);
  • Residents’ social readiness (prepossession of residents to use innovations);
  • Infrastructure readiness (the presence of sources, data networks and tools to work with data).

As a result of the survey, a dozen leaders of the general readiness rating were formed:

An important component of the survey was infrastructural readiness. Smart buildings and resource-saving systems will allow more rational consumption of urban resources. It’s worth noting that Singapore (64%) and Barcelona (61%) are the most successful today in use of new technologies in the sphere of housing and public utilities.

In addition digital technologies will become the main component of the strategy for the development of culture and tourism. Undisputed leaders are Barcelona (78%), Shanghai (78%) and Singapore (72%), as these cities have already had a large number of examples of projects’ realization in new technologies sector. Digital technologies in urban space help a tourist to get integrated better and faster with the city.

Singapore is leading (75%) in the digital economy sector. It’s worth noting that the main goal of new economy is the usage of spare or underused assets in economy. The undisputed plus of Singapore is that it is one of the few cities that supports the development of adaptive education technologies. The usage of neurotechnologies and virtual reality technologies in the educational process prepares citizens for the professions of the future which is ultimately reflected in the digital economy climate.

If we talk about the system of virtual cities creation so there are London (63%) and Singapore (61%) which are leading undoubtedly because they exceed all the declared megacities by the implementation of new construction technologies. This is the case, in particular, of the usage of modular construction, 3D printing of buildings and online construction monitoring.

An important component of the research was the social determination of citizens on the way to applying new ideas. Less than a half of the population are ready to actively implement the technologies of the future in their daily lives. Shanghai, which showed 76% of social readiness and Hong Kong with a result of 53% were the exception. The results of other cities were approximately the same: slightly less than a half of the population was ready for innovation. Toronto and London turned out to be the most restrained supporters of new technologies in everyday’s life.

               The rating of cities’ positions

City, smart systems of housing and public utilities, digitalization of culture and tourism, driverless transport, digital economy, smart healthcare, opened adaptive education, proactive security, virtual services, virtual city, infrastructural readiness, social readiness.

Moscow, London, Barcelona, Sydney, Singapore, Toronto, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong.

Industry 4.0 is a new stage in the development of the world which makes possible the creation of integrated society. Megacities do not stand still, they make successful steps towards the city of the future. Cities occupy only 2% of the Earth's area today. But at the same time close to 55% of the world's population live in them. Megacity is not a threat. This is the future with the purpose to create the most profitable, innovative and developing living conditions.

The most ambitious international event in Russia dedicated to the issues of IoT-ecosystems will be IoT World Summit Russia. One of the key topics of the event will be the discussion of the prospects for implementing SMART Technologies in the infrastructure of Russian cities. There will be committed a separate event stream - SMART Cities. One of the key speakers of the stream will be the Vice-Mayor of the capital of the Republic of Korea Mr. In Dong Cho who will share the experience of implementing BigData technologies into the urban infrastructure of Seoul.

You can get to know the details of other speakers’ reports of IoT World Summit Russia and also receive updates of the SMART City stream program by subscribing to the analytical digest and information about special offers of the summit.

The conference will be held on September 19-20, 2017 (Kazan, Innopolis). The summit will unite the international and domestic leaders of the IoT-market and representatives of key sectors of economy. That will help to create new partnership relations which will be the basis for the formation of effective environmental models of the future oriented towards humans. The whole experience of world leaders is in the frameworks of one summit.

Registration for participation at the summit is already opened, you can get detailed information here or call +7 (495) 780-71- 98.

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