Recently there has been a lot of buzz about the safe cities index 2015. The index composed of 50 cities where 50 cities across the globe were shortlisted and were ranked on the safe cities index. The index had 4 main categories based on which the cities were ranked. Each category further had between 3 and 8 subcategories for a detailed and indepth analysis of the same.
The 4 key categories based on which the categorization was done were: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety.
The cities that were listed in the index were:
2) New York
3) San Fransisco
6) Los Angeles
7) Washington DC
26) Hong Kong
37) Ho Chi Minh City
39) Abu Dhabi
41) Kuwait City
46) Buenos Aires
48) Rio de Janeiro
49) Sao Paulo
50) Mexico City
EIU conducted this analysis and it included an indepth research and interviews from industry experts. The following people played a vital role in deciding the index:
• Alan Brill, senior managing director and founder of the global high-tech investigations practice Krol
• Jonathan Brown, programme manager of city system integration, Future City Glasgow
• Vivien Carli, co-author of Practical Approaches to Urban Crime Prevention, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
• Tim Chapman, director of the infrastructure design group at Arup
• Carlos Dora, co-ordinator in the department for public health, environmental and social determinants of health, World Health Organisation
• Boyd Cohen, director of innovation and associate professor of entrepreneurship, sustainability and smart cities, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
• Bruno Fernandez, head of security, Metro de Madrid
• Frederick Krimgold, director of the disaster risk reduction programme, Virginia Tech
• Tom Lawry, director of worldwide health, Microsoft
• Dan Lewis, head of the urban risk reduction programme, UN Habitat
• Peggy Liu, chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
• Yoichi Masuzoe, governor of Tokyo
• Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020
• Patrick Otellini, chief resilience officer, the city and county of San Francisco
• Brian Quinn, adviser, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) at the UK Design Council
• Josep Rius, chief of staff to the deputy mayor of Barcelona
• Andrew Smyth, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, Columbia University
• Sandra Švaljek, deputy mayor of Zagreb
• Sameh Naguib Wahba, manager for urban development and disaster risk-management, World Bank.
Urban safety is a critical issue and is become even more important with the increase in population. Securing public security includes addressing new and evolving risks as well. The safety index 2015 aims at taking care of this complexity and ranking the cities in the most accurate manner possible based on the following domains: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety
Here is a quick summary of the event.
a) US cities perform post strongly in the digital marketing category which the European cities lay back.
b) Tokyo tops the Smart cities Index followed by Singapore which secured the second position.
c) Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka are the top three cities which it comes to economic and wealth development.
d) Los Angeles secures 6th place in digital security and 23rd place in personal security.
The performance shown by Tokyo and Singapore is really commendable.