Smart Indexes Help Drive Innovation

smartcityIn the race for deployment of smart grids, smart cities, and an all-things-smart infrastructure, it is not clear who is doing what and how you go about benchmarking or choosing who is doing best. But fear no more. More and more help is on the way.

There are several indexes that help organizations track their progress in the adoption, deployment of use of smart technologies, and their resulting transformations.

The new Smart State Index, or SSI, published by AngelouEconomics (AE) and CMG, covers in great detail how states rank among energy, telecom, healthcare, transportation, education, and government digitalization and smart initiatives nationwide. SSI collected data on each of the 50 states from a variety of public and private sources. In total, it provides 41 separate metrics for a total of more than 2,000 points of data. You can learn more and inquire about details at  AngelouEconomics Smart States webpage.

The GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index (GMI) tracks the transformation of the electric grid in the United States. Published by the GridWise Alliance in collaboration with Clean Edge, the GMI ranks and assesses all 50 states and Washington, DC, based upon the degree to which they have moved toward a modernized electric Grid of the Future. You can learn more about it at Gridwise Alliance website.

The European Smart Cities ranking, against the backdrop of economic and technological changes caused by the globalization and integration process, covers cities in Europe dealing with the challenges of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously. For more detail, go to European Smart Cities website.

The Ericsson Networked Society City Index measures the performance of 41 cities around the world from two perspectives: sustainable urban development and ICT maturity. For more details, go to Ericcson's website.

Clearly, the biggest concern for these indexes is the challenge of gathering the right data per chosen metric from each target to build a national and global picture of progress as we move from an analog world to a digital one.

I would be curious to hear you thoughts and questions on these efforts to track and rank the digitalization progress in our society. What can we do better?