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The Czech Republic lags behind in Europe in the implementation of so-called smart cities, which use digital, information and communication technologies in order to make more efficient use of their infrastructure and reduce energy consumption. With one developed smart city, it ranked last in a comparison of ten European countries. This is according to a study by Opinion Matters for Vodafone.
Spain, with 16 advanced digital cities, and Italy, with 15 cities, are at the top of the ranking. Great Britain also registers 14 cities. Romania and Greece also ranked ahead of the Czech Republic with three and two digitized cities, respectively.
At the same time, the Czech Republic has the largest share of cities that are only at the beginning of digitization. While it reaches 45 percent in the Czech Republic, it is only 11 percent in Great Britain and 12 percent in Italy. In Spain, 16 percent of cities are at the beginning of digitization.
The European Commission has set a goal of creating 100 smart cities with zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. “Especially in the current situation, when Europe is facing an energy crisis, accelerating digitization is an absolute priority. Given that three quarters of EU citizens live in cities and cities account for 78 percent of the world’s energy consumption, there is a need to invest in digital solutions capable of reducing overall consumption energy and reduce dependence on carbon sources,” said Vodafone spokesperson Ondřej Luštinec.
According to an analysis by Opinion Matters, roughly 45 percent of cities in the monitored European countries have already started implementing various digital solutions, but there are many barriers to the further development of the cities of the future, such as a lack of strategy or a lack of financial resources.