23 October 2018
A finalized blueprint for developing Hong Kong into a smart city will be unveiled in the third quarter of next year. Photo: GovHK
A finalized blueprint for developing Hong Kong into a smart city will be unveiled in the third quarter of next year. Photo: GovHK

PwC identifies three ideal sites for smart city pilot projects

PricewaterhouseCoopers has identified three areas Tung Chung, Kwu Tung North and Yuen Long South as ideal sites for implementing pilot projects to pursue a government plan to develop Hong Kong into a smart city.

In its report on smart city development plans released in late June, PwC also called for the establishment of a high-level steering committee to take charge of smart city development projects in collaboration with the private sector.

The PwC report focuses on six areas – mobility, living, environment, people, government and economy – and proposed medium-term and long-term strategic frameworks.

Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung said he aims to unveil a finalized blueprint in the third quarter of next year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Yang will present details of the consultancy study to lawmakers on Monday.

Following the 2016 Policy Address, in which former chief executive Leung Chun-ying affirmed the government’s commitment to building Hong Kong as a smart city, the Innovation and Technology Bureau commissioned PwC Advisory Services Ltd. in September last year to conduct a consultancy study.

In its report, PwC identifies key issues and challenges in transportation and proposes several initiatives to achieve smart mobility.

The suggestions include developing intelligent transport systems to provide real-time information on traffic conditions, installing a multi-purpose touch screen which shows news, weather conditions, estimated time of bus arrival and bus occupancy at major bus stops, and integrating monitoring systems for available parking spaces with a mobile app to provide real-time information on parking space vacancy.

As for smart government, PwC calls for investment in 5G mobile networks, which will be the key enabler for next-generation services such as pervasive video-centric applications, latency-sensitive autonomous driving, collaborative robots and massive sensor networks.

The report also proposes the use of digital persona as advanced digital certificate and stressed the need to offer more digital payment options to promote a cashless society.

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