Gdynia, in northern Poland, has become the first smart city in Eastern Europe.
“Awarding Gdynia the certificate confirms the fact that the quality of life of residents is managed in the city and intelligent technologies support this process,” Gdynia City Hall said.
Meanwhile, Gdynia Mayor Wojciech Szczurek said that the city had “global aspirations”.
“The ... certificate is a tool which allows … data to be collected and compared with cities such as London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Dubai,” Szczurek said.
He added that cities should look to other urban centres around the world for models of good practice.
Only 43 cities are currently certified.
The certificate, issued by World Council on City Data and valid for 12 months, is granted based on a city's economy, education, energy, environment, finances, fire and emergency response, governance, health, recreation, safety, shelter, solid waste, telecommunications and innovation, transportation, urban planning, wastewater and water and sanitation services.
Gdynia was certified as an aspiring city, while bronze, silver, gold and platinum level certificates are also granted.
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