The US lags behind Europe and Asia in the Smart City Index, but the Ohio capital hopes to give it a shot

But according to the global Smart City Index, Columbus hasn’t done enough to make its top list.


Singapore tops the index, followed by Zurich and Oslo.

According to experts, Asia’s population growth has forced its cities to make better use of technology, leading to an acceleration of smart cities in the region. Taipei ranks fourth in the index while Seoul is number 13.

“Asia has exploded in population growth much faster than the European or American markets. They had to figure out how to fit all of these people into a small space,” said Mr. Adie Tomer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank.

“If you spend time in Tokyo or Singapore, you see they just make better use of advanced technology, because it’s not just digital technology, it’s any type of technology that can bring more people together.”


However, Columbus hopes to give the US a chance with its smart transport push.

With innovative technology on roadsides and in cars, the city has become a living laboratory for smart transportation initiatives and has made life easier for residents.

One such resident in the Marysville suburb, northwest of Columbus, has fitted his car with a sensor that will interact with roadside sensors in his hometown.

“It’s amazing that a city the size of Marysville would even get involved. I think it’s really cool and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” said John Wall of Marysville.

Further along what is known as the Smart Mobility Corridor in suburban Dublin, users will be able to collect data from road sensors and cameras in areas of heavier traffic, such as traffic lights and a multi-lane roundabout.

Those in charge of the project said the possibilities are endless and strive to become the smartest community in the country.

“Dublin aspires to be the most connected community in the United States. We mean that on many different levels,” said Ms Jeannie Willis, Director of Transport and Mobility for the City of Dublin.

“That’s what we mean in terms of transportation. We mean that in the sense of smart mobility. We also mean this in relation to innovative technologies that connect people. And where it goes is really limited to the human imagination.”

The state university said its automotive research center is focused on helping the country and the world transition to clean and efficient powertrain systems.

“The technology is sort of accepted now, and we’re in the process of mass adoption,” said Mr. David Cooke, senior associate director at Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research.

“There’s a tremendous amount of work when we go from concepts that we knew could work to really mass commercializing them, recognizing the problems in the field and helping to transform the technologies continue to innovate,” he added.