New York City ranks as number 6 on the list after Singapore, London, Shanghai, Barcelona, and Moscow.
According to a study put out by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, New York is among the cities most prepared for the future. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the study analyzed the readiness of large cities to implement new technologies. Analysts then evaluated the current status of each city based on its social initiatives, and infrastructure readiness.
Some of the metrics used to dig deeper into this rather vague analysis were the presence of smart housing and utilities, technologically advanced security measures and the willingness of citizens to participate in digital banking and other digital economies. The “social readiness for future” of the citizens was also evaluated.
New York ranked among the top of the pack for readiness related to implementing proactive security measures. Various pilot projects that use technology to predict crimes are currently in the works; the City also invests heavily in acquiring advanced equipment.
In contrast, Barcelona ranks highest on the digitization of cultural and tourism facilities scale. The study assessed parameters like the availability of multifunctional kiosks and smart bus stops, (which are popping in NYC up more and more), the availability of mobile applications for tourists and the quantity and quality of new technologies at airports and museums.
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