Dentsu Aegis Network and MIT shed light on APAC’s Smart City Imperative

31 Oct,2017

By A Correspondent


Dentsu Aegis Network has launched a new white paper examining the progress of Asia Pacific’s smart cities, including local deep-dives into eight key markets in the region. In its third year, this series on Asia Pacific’s digital disruption aims to deliver thought leadership to arm Dentsu Aegis Network and its agency brands’ clients and partners with the insight they need to succeed in the digital economy.


This year, in collaboration with MIT Technology Review, the report argues that increasingly, smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific are being developed and driven to improve quality of life for the region’s citizens and consumers, to manage cities’ growth sustainably, and to maintain their global competitiveness.


The paper – titled “Connectivity and QoL : How digital consumer habits and ubiquitous technology are driving smart city development in Asia Pacific” – consolidates extensive in-market research and nearly two-dozen in-depth interviews with key industry players from India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.


Said Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific: “Asia Pacific has enjoyed robust economic expansion in recent years, with cities at the heart of this growth. With development comes challenges, but cities in the region are transforming these challenges into opportunities with the help of technology and innovation. Smart cities in Asia Pacific are quickly becoming pilot markets for the digital economy.


Added Ashish Bhasin, Chairman and CEO South Asia – Dentsu Aegis Network: “India is currently moving towards massive urbanisation. Consequently, its need for building smart cities is far more immediate when compared to many other countries. Home to one of the most populated and diverse demography in the world, India witnesses the migration of 20-30 people every minute from rural regions to urban cities. Yes, India is a complex country and therefore, its infrastructural challenges are huge but so are the opportunities. We have a large consumer base, we are well-connected and mobile-enabled. And these elements will act as huge enablers to create our smart cities and introduce economic transformation.”



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