Singapore came in second on a new ranking of global smart cities. The city-state's government has been aggressively pursuing smart city technology. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Asian smart cities are on the rise, according to a report released earlier this week. The 2017 Smart Cities Index from EasyPark Group, a smart parking company that advocates for smart city development, listed Singapore at No. 2 and Tokyo at No 6. Taipei, Seoul and Daejeon, South Korea, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi and Mumbai also made the list.
Singapore landed the second spot thanks to its thriving business ecosystem, urban planning successes, quality of internet and its efforts toward clean energy. The city-state ranked number one for quality public transport, followed by Taipei. It's not the first time Singapore's business-friendly reputation has put it on the global map. Earlier this year, Singapore topped Berlin-based Nestpick's list of best cities for startups, thanks to its supportive business environment, salary rates, quality of life and cost of living.