The Intelligent Community Forum recently named 2013's top seven "Intelligent Communities."
The list includes three cities from North America—two of which are in Canada—two from Taiwan, and two from Europe.
“The top seven communities of 2013 have made innovation based on information and communications technology the cornerstone of their economies and fostered economic growth through high-quality employment, while increasing the quality of life of their citizens,” said Lou Zacharilla, ICF cofounder, last week.
The ICF 2013 Top7 are Columbus, USA; Oulu, Finland; Stratford, Canada; Taichung City, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Taoyuan County, Taiwan; and Toronto, Canada. According to the ICF, these cities demonstrate how to embrace technology in order to gain "several advantages," such as new jobs.
Here's what the ICF says about Stratford:
The city-owned utility has built out a 70 km open access fiber network with a wifi overlay and signed sales agreements with commercial carriers to deliver triple-play and mobile services. The city has used the network to slash its own telecom costs and power a smart meter program. Adopting the triple-helix approach to innovation, it has turned Stratford into a test bed for technology pilots for such companies as Toshiba, Research in Motion and Cisco as well as for institutions including Clemson University and the University of Waterloo. For an economy in transition, the business trends in Stratford offer validation that the city is on the right track.
And here's what the ICF says about Toronto:
Waterfront Toronto, North America’s largest urban renewal project, is transforming a vast brownfield zone at the edge of Lake Ontario into a new city center with 40,000 residential units, one million square meters of commercial space and 300 hectares of parks. A new center for knowledge industries in North America’s third-largest knowledge economy, it will be served by a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premise network and integrate green technologies and practices into every aspect of its design and operations. From Internet access and training in public libraries to a kids@computers program that funds technology for low-income families, Toronto is working to extend the benefits of its success to every part of society. In the process, it is preparing citizens and businesses to compete and win in a global market.
The Intelligent Community Forum also noted that Kingston and Winnipeg came close to making this list.