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IDC Asia Pacific has announced the finalists for the 2017 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards with six New Zealand projects named finalists out of the 14 project categories.The Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA), previously known as Smart Evolution Index, was inaugurated in Shenzhen in 2015 particularly aimed to provide a solid venue to identify the latest trends and address the prevailing challenges faced by the cities, local governments and their ICT suppliers in the Asia/Pacific region.

The SCAPA awards categories are Transportation; Public Works; Smart Buildings; Smart Grid; Smart Water; Administration; Economic Development; Land Use and Environmental Management; Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning; Public Safety; Education; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Connected Health; and Social Services.

The six New Zealand projects were named finalists in the following categories: Transportation, Public Works, Smart Grid, Smart Water, Connected Health, and Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces.

The finalists were shortlisted from over 150 submissions.

According to CIO New Zealand, project finalists compete through public voting, IDC internal evaluation and judging from an International Advisory Council.

Jefferson King, associate market analyst at IDC New Zealand, reportedly said: "These successful cases show that smart city solutions are no longer just in the concept phase in New Zealand. Real innovation is taking place, with clear benefits for the economy.”

King added: "Information is now a key driver of innovation and the finalists showcase New Zealand's growing strength in this area. If you look at the breadth of industries that these projects are influencing, it illustrates how data and analytics are being used to drive the ... economy.

"There are clear external benefits to these applications; ranging from more efficient use of public resources to attracting foreign direct investment and skilled employees to [the country]."

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