The Hong Kong Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has last week launched a dedicated portal (www.smartcity.gov.hk) to collect public views on developing Hong Kong into a smart city.
From now till February 15, 2017, stakeholders and the public are invited to submit, through the dedicated portal, suggestions and information on the use of innovation and technology to build Hong Kong into a smart city.
A third-party consultancy will then propose recommendations to be set out in the smart city blueprint for Hong Kong, with reference to the views collected.
Smart city measures mapped till 2030
In the 2016 Policy Address, the Chief Executive re-affirmed the Government's commitment to build Hong Kong into a smart city. The OGCIO then commissioned a consultancy study for formulating a smart city blueprint for Hong Kong with the following objectives:
(a) making use of innovation and technology to address urban challenges to enhance city management and improve the quality of living, sustainability, efficiency and safety of the city;
(b) enhancing city attractiveness to global businesses and talents; and
(c) inspiring continuous city innovation and sustainable economic development.
Scheduled to complete by mid-2017, the consultancy study will form the basis for the consultancy to formulate the smart city blueprint, which will map out short, medium and long term measures up to 2030 to develop Hong Kong into a smart city.
6 key themes
According to the smart city dedicated portal, the smart city blueprint will cover the following six key themes:
1. Smart economy -- to develop new and high technologies, such as implementing production and services automation as well as accelerating work process; and encourage innovation, such as by developing new products, services, markets and intellectual property.
2. Smart mobility -- to use video surveillance and remote detection technologies to monitor traffic facilities and conduct related data analysis for managing traffic flow, pedestrian flow and cargo flow in real time and handling emergencies.
3. Smart environment -- to use web-based and remote monitoring technologies to fully understand and analyze the distribution of public spaces, grassland and green belts.
4. Smart citizen -- to encourage citizens to participate in public affairs through online platforms and other appropriate channels.
5. Smart living -- to use "internet of things" technology and online social platforms as an enabler for people to connect with each other and properly manage their homes.
6. Smart government -- to integrate networks and to provide public information and services.
Components of blueprint
The smart city blueprint will comprise the following components:
1. Policy objectives and strategy: to formulate a blueprint that can suit local circumstances, improve quality of living and achieve the overall objectives in developing Hong Kong as a smart city; to propose strategies and measures to address major urban challenges; to draw up a set of indicators/parameters to assess progress and improvements over time.
2. Development plans: to map out long-term smart city development plans up to 2030.
3. Governance arrangements: to map out the structure and methods of a high-level government co-ordination committee.
4. Digital infrastructure: to include appropriate digital platforms and infrastructure, technical standards, communication and network infrastructure needed to support smart city development, while addressing information security and privacy protection, scalability and interoperability of infrastructure technology components.
5. Legal framework: to identify legislative proposals/amendments, to support smart city development.
6. Public-private collaboration: to promote innovation and technology development in collaboration with the government, academia, the public and private sectors.
To submit an idea to the OGCIO SmartCityHK portal please click https://www.smartcity.gov.hk/submitanidea.