• Tim Cosgrove

Stockholm is 2019’s winner at Smart City Expo World Congress

Other award-winning initiatives include the ’world’s first’ 5G city digital twin, work to better integrate slums and the largest urban cable car system.

The city of Stockholm, Sweden, was named as the Smart City of 2019 at the Smart City Expo World Congress event in Barcelona.

The global awards are presented annually to the most impressive city innovation and transformation initiatives.

The judges said Stockholm’s strategy to create a smart and connected city via innovation, openness and connectivity to improve living conditions and the business environment stood out.

The judges said Stockholm’s smart city strategy stood out.

The jury, including representatives from Barcelona City Council, the UITP International Association of Public Transport, UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Smart City Expo World Congress, noted Stockholm’s smart and integrated solutions in a number of climate-action-related areas, such as low energy districts, integrated infrastructure and sustainable urban mobility.

Digital twins, data and cable cars

A 5G-powered digital twin city by the city of Yingtan in China won the Digital Transformation award. The city is building what is thought to be the world’s first 5G all-domain digital twin city. It uses 5G and IoT networks, high-precision city information models and an AI-powered IoT ‘brain’ to develop new applications.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, took the Inclusive and Sharing Cities award for its Barrio 31 work to understand the policies required to better integrate informal settlements or ‘slums’ with the rest of the city to reduce the social divide. The initiative is ongoing in and around the city’s Villa 31 settlement.

The Governance and Finance award went to the Los Angeles Data Science Federation, launched by the City of Los Angeles - Information Technology Agency. The Data Science Federation is a collaborative research partnership between the City of Los Angeles and 18 Los Angeles area colleges and universities. Over 40 projects have been launched to use data science to tackle some of the city’s toughest challenges and support data-driven decision making for city government. University students and professors also benefit from working on real-world data challenges with access to real-world datasets and data sources.

The State Cable Transportation Company Mi Teleférico in La Paz, Bolivia, won the Mobility award for its network of cable cars between La Paz and El Alto – understood to be the first city public transport network made up primarily of cable cars. The largest urban cable car system in the world, the network has 10 operational lines, spans 31.6 km and has 37 stations.

The Urban Environment award was presented to Hexagon for its solutions which connect satellite and operational data to trigger predictive maintenance for utilities. The project aims to reduce the cost of sewer system maintenance by preventing the breakdown of sewer pipes caused by subsidence or ground instability. The initiative has been shown to improve the effectiveness of inspections by 40 per cent.

The Innovative Idea award went to the Modular e-mobility lorry platform, developed by FCC Environment, which can be used for all urban services.


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