GWI has unveiled the GWI Smart City Index, a critical benchmark designed to help cities and regions become more competitive in a changing and dynamic economy. The solution is based on extensive global stakeholder engagement, designed to support all organisations understand the key ‘digital’ infrastructure required to keep cities and regions competitive.
GWI Executive Chairman Neil Glentworth said the platform provides an evidence-based means to benchmark cities globally in the digital age.
“Civic leaders, at all levels of government can now understand what digital factors create and sustain a smart environment. With the instant ability to compare and contrast their region against domestic and international cities, this has rapidly become the data-driven platform of choice to help civic leaders improve their investment decisions.”
“The Index provides a geographical and visual way to understand the key result areas that constitute a ‘smart’ community” Mr Glentworth said.
Using open data, the platform provides a smart city readiness rating based on; connectivity, skills (existing and acquired), data-driven decision-making ability, transparency of services and personalised services offered to residents.
GWI CEO Neil Makepeace said the new platform provides Australian councils with a clear, actionable pathway to improving smart city maturity.
“The GWI Smart City Index provides an objective view of where a council is on the journey to smart city maturity, and helps to identify what steps can be taken to become a AAA rated smart city” he said.
Mayors from throughout Australia trialled the Index at the official launch during the LGAQ Conference in Gladstone held this week.
For more information about the Index, visit gwi.com.au/index.