The Hong Kong government has launched a dedicated portal to collect public views on developing the territory into a smart city.
The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) commissioned a consultancy study for formulating a smart city blueprint for Hong Kong with the end goal of using innovation and technology to address urban challenges.
This strategy is expected to enhance city management and improve the quality of living, sustainability, efficiency and safety of the city.
The blueprint also aims to enhance the city’s attractiveness to global businesses and talents and inspire continuous city innovation and sustainable economic development.
In his policy address in 2016, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying re-affirmed the government's commitment to building Hong Kong as a smart city, saying that the Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) will formulate a digital framework and standards for the development of a “smart city.”
“The ITB will, in collaboration with research institutions and public and private organisations, study the development of a “smart city”, which includes providing free Wi-Fi services at bus stops and shopping arcades, opening up more public data to facilitate development of user-friendly mobile applications (apps) for the public, and developing intelligent homes,” he said.
In January 2016, there were over 17,000 Wi-Fi.HK hotspots offering free Wi-Fi services in the territory. The Chief Executive said the government will progressively expand the coverage of free Wi-Fi services by doubling the number of hotspots to 34 000 within three years to provide such services at all public rental housing (PRH) estates and public hospitals, markets, parks, sitting-out areas, promenades, tourist spots, public transport interchanges and land boundary control points.
“Hong Kong will then have one of the highest Wi-Fi densities in the world,” he vowed.
The Hong Kong government has already adopted many technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, cloud computing, mobile technology in drainage, water, transportation, customs clearance services.
The creation of a smart city is a further step forward and embraces the use of innovative ideas and methods to connect and integrate urban systems and services to reduce costs, provide new services and improve efficiency.
The OGCIO is then inviting stakeholders and the public to submit, through the smartcity.gov.hk portal, suggestions and information on the use of innovation and technology to make Hong Kong a smarter place to live in on or before February 15, 2017.
The consultancy company will likewise put forward recommendations to be set out in the smart city blueprint for Hong Kong with reference to the views collected. The study is scheduled to complete by mid-2017.
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