SCC calls for govt to establish a smart city expert panel

The Smart City Consortium (SCC) has urged the HKSAR government to establish a panel of experts and industry stakeholders to help put into practice the government's Smart City Blueprint.

In its response to the recently published Smart City Blueprint Consultancy Study report, the consortium recommended that the government consider measures to encourage the involvement of industry stakeholders and academia in the policy making process.

This could be achieved through a panel consisting of external stakeholders including industry leaders, subject matter experts, legislative council members and academia. The SCC has suggested that the panel be chaired by the Chief Executive.

The panel would advise the proposed Smart City Steering Committee, which will have representation from across different bureaus and departments and would directly supervise the planned Smart City Programme Office.

Meanwhile the SCC welcomed recommendations raised in the consultancy report including the implementation of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure and related open data policies, as well as appointing a new Chief Data Officer.

To foster in a digital economy, the consortium has called on the government to ensure interoperability in digital payments across stored value facilities licenses, establish a trade single window by modernizing the city's trade related systems and adopt international best practice IT governance and security standards.

To help achieve the latter recommendation, the consortium has recommended the establishment of an internet of things security certification center.

In terms of smart government, the SCC has recommended that an enterprise electronic certification network license mechanism be established that would help extend the notion of the digital persona beyond citizens to businesses, NGOs and government agencies.

This digital persona could be used as a means of authentication to counter fraud, identity theft, phishing emails and counterfeiting activities.

The consortium also welcomed the consultancy report's recommendation of establishing a standard common spatial data interfaces framework.

Hong Kong lawmakers have expressed frustration at the slow pace of the development of the Smart City Blueprint, which is currently not expected to be issued before the third quarter of next year.