New York-based think tank The Intelligent Community Forum has announced its list of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world, and Australia didn't rate a mention.
The fourteenth annual Top 7 list, which rates cities based upon their competitiveness in the so-called "broadband economy" includes cities from four nations, with three communities in Canada, two in Taiwan, one in Germany, and one in New Zealand.
In alphabetical order, they are:
Nonetheless, for lovers of lists, we have included a summary of each member of the Top 7 below.
Hsinchu County, New Taipei City, Surrey and Winnipeg returned to the list after also featuring in previous years.
Muelheim an der Ruhr and Whanganui joined the list of finalists for the first time and are the first-ever representatives from their nations on the list.
Montreal, Canada has been on the ICF’s list of Smart21 previously, but reaches the list of seven for the first time.
“Canada and Taiwan are again well-represented among the Top7 Intelligent Communities,” said co-founder Louis Zacharilla.
“These are nations where regional and national policy has long aimed at helping their citizens adapt to the demands of the broadband economy, which has given them a lead in moving from broadband technology to truly transformed communities.”
Following are brief profiles for this year’s 2016 Top7 Intelligent Communities.
Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Whanganui, New Zealand
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada