Plan for smart city due mid-year

Local | Chuck Pang 11 Jan 2017

The smart city blueprint and development plan for Hong Kong up to 2030, with strong people focus, will be completed by the middle of the year, says Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung.

Technology alone is not enough to build a smart city, Yang told the opening of a three-day Croucher Advanced Study Institute meeting at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The blueprint will set out strategies and initiatives to address major urban challenges faced by Hong Kong "so we can connect and live better."

"It will also set out a digital framework, including the digital infrastructure and technical standards suitable for Hong Kong, taking into account international and mainland standards," Yang told the meeting organized by CUHK's Institute of Future Cities and Croucher Foundation.

The government commissioned a study for formulating a smart city blueprint and launched a portal last month to collect views until February 15.

Michael Batty, professor of planning at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society, told The Standard that Hong Kong has an incredibly vibrant development process and a lot of speculation and innovation in terms of building.

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