Mention ‘smart’ cities and our thoughts perhaps naturally turn to Europe and North America. Yet some of today’s leaders in connectivity, innovation and technology deployment actually lie to the east of us. Across Asia Pacific, many urban centres are tackling identical issues to their western counterparts, but at a far faster pace.
Strong population growth in the region is driving improved transportation links, more sustainable urban planning and better management of energy and resources. Meanwhile, an ageing population is reinforcing the need for efficient healthcare services and accessibility for the elderly.