Pandemic and the city: How smart cities can help curb the spread of Covid-19

Smart cities are equipping authorities with the data needed to plan policies to keep their citizens safe and cities running smoothly in the new normal. — Vectorpouch/Freepik

As the world comes to grips with the Covid-19 pandemic, its widespread impact has driven cities to leverage technology to curb its spread.

The recent 2020 Smart City Index, by the Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), found that respondents placed a heavy correlation between a city’s performance with how it was coping with the health crisis using technology.

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