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Hong Kong’s 2019 smart city initiatives

According to a recent press release, The Hong Kong government is making the development of innovation and technology and the promotion of smart city construction this year its main priority, according to Hong Kong’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology.

The development of innovation and technology and the promotion of smart city construction are among the priorities of the current government.

The objective is to use the company to improve urban management, enhance the quality of life of the people and the competitiveness of Hong Kong, and promote sustainable development.

After the release of the “Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint” in December 2017 the Government, it was noted, will be conducting more than 70 smart city initiatives at full speed, covering “Smart Travel”, “Smart Life”, “Smart Environment” and “Smart Citizen”.

The six areas of “smart government” and “smart economy” include many major infrastructures such as digital personal identity (eID), smart lampposts, open government data, promotion of government public cloud services and establishment of new big data analytics platforms.

OpenGov Asia reported on the smart lampposts as part of the report on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge getting 5G tech; the government will install 5G infrastructure in form of 400 smart lampposts in four urban areas for trial 5G service.

Since the government announced the new open data policy last week, the external response has been very positive. This year, the Data Link will open more than 650 new data sets.

The Secretary for I&T noted that data is an important cornerstone for the development of the digital economy and smart cities. Therefore, in terms of open data, the government will weigh the weight and hope that the industry will develop more innovative applications and benefit the people.

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will set up the Smart Government Innovation Laboratory in April this year to invite IT to submit IT-related technical solutions and product proposals on specific topics for different public services.

Verification technology creates more business opportunities for local start-ups and SMEs.  It is hoped that industry players will actively submit proposals to enable government departments to more effectively formulate innovative measures to improve public services.

In addition, the Chief Executive proposed a grant of US$500 million in the 2018 Policy Address to hold the Urban Science and Technology Challenge every year for the next five years. This was reported on by OpenGov Asia in October 2018, Part One of the coverage (comprising five parts) can be found here.

Encourage the community to solve problems related to the life of the people through the creation of science and technology, and at the same time enhance the society’s emphasis on the creation of science.

In addition to the bonuses, the selected schemes can also be arranged for trial use in suitable public organizations to practice and optimize the programme.

At the same time, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (IT Park) have been working closely with the Government to promote the development of the company, including supporting the development of technology in smart cities.

The Ageing Technology Industry Alliance, established recently by the HKPC, is the first platform in Hong Kong to enhance the quality of life for the elderly.

The Science and Technology Parks Corporation will also announce today’s cooperation with China Mobile and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute in 5G and smart cities, including intelligent driving tests in the Hong Kong Science Park.

Promoting the development of smart cities depends on the cooperation of the government, industry and public organizations as well as stakeholders.

The HK government encourages industry players to make full use of the support provided by the HKPC, the Science and Technology Parks Corporation and other public research institutes to promote the development of smart cities and achieve “local R&D, local applications and local benefits”.

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