by Richard McPartland
Huwaei's Smart Cities Index has been updated for 2017 with Bristol leapfrogging London as "leaders" at the top of the table.
The study, conducted by Navigant Consulting, updating the inaugural research from 2016, found that Bristol had taken "significant strides" in developing a city strategy with innovation at its heart through initiatives like 'Bristol is Open' and a dedicated smart city operations centre and 'connectivity testbeds.
Elsewhere, Manchester (placed third in the table as a "contender") was found to have made biggest progress, with Birmingham, Leeds, and Milton Keynes ranking close behind.
The report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.
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