Four Singaporean projects have been named the top smart city initiatives in transport, environment, water management and education by market research firm IDC.

The company picked Singapore for the most number of awards in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan): four out of 14 categories. China won in three categories, and New Zealand and Taiwan in two each. Projects from governments in Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand were also top picks.

Singapore was awarded for the following projects:

  • Intelligent Transport System, which monitors and manages traffic on the city’s roads
  • FutureSchools@Singapore, that uses technology to teach students in primary and secondary schools
  • Smart Mapping for Dengue Prevention and Control, which pulls together data from various parts of Singapore to calculate the risk of mosquitoes breeding
  • Smart Water Sensors for Water Management

China was recognised for these projects:

  • Smart SME Registration, Domestic Regionalisation and Internationalisation e-services in Beijing City
  • Life 88 Service, an online social welfare platform, in Chengdu city
  • Integrated Smart Citizen Card in HangZhou city

The other winners are:

  • GIS and 3D Smart Zoning in Auckland city, New Zealand
  • Christchurch Sensing City in New Zealand
  • Smart Critical Infrastructures Poles System in Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Tech Security Programme in New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Public Safety and Enhanced Administrative Initiative for Smart Tourism in Gold Coast City, Australia
  • Smart Buildings in Hong Kong Science Park
  • Smart Grid Pilot in Thailand

“IDC Government Insights went through a rigorous three-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the Top Smart City initiative winners for 2015. These included identifying and cataloging the key Smart City projects in Asia/Pacific by IDC Analysts across APeJ [Asia Pacific excluding Japan], online voting to determine public opinion, and the assessment of an International Advisory Council,” the company said.