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Kiwi Smarts leads the Pack

New Zealand has a growing collection of ‘Smart Cities’ going by IDC Asia Pacific’s finalist list in its 2017 Smart City Awards.

Having led the pack with three winners in 2016, kiwi companies are second only to China with six finalist nominations in this year’s awards.

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Of course on a GDP basis, New Zealand would easily top the table.

New Zealand’s six finalists also cover the country. They include Auckland, the central North Island, Waikato, Wellington, Waitaki and a national operator. There are fourteen categories in the awards and New Zealand features in: transport (Auckland’s nomination perhaps not surprisingly), electricity,┬áhealth, public works, tourism and water.

The diversity of New Zealand’s finalists together with the very different geographic environments is part of what sets it apart in these awards. This and the fact that New Zealand has less than half the GDP of just the next biggest country. China has also significantly improved its results from last year with a total of nine finalists.

Global intelligence and research company IDC organises the awards which they say are aimed to identity and highlight trend setting technology developments helping cities/local governments deal with their challenges.

Interestingly, public voting is part of the process and it is open now until 30 June.


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