Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0 Announced

The Hong Kong government announced the "Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0" on December 10, 2020, proposing more than 130 smart city measures. The "Blueprint 2.0" has added a new chapter "Using Innovative Technology to Cope with the Epidemic", which covers a number of measures to help the public cope with the new normal of fighting the epidemic.

The Secretary for Innovation and Technology Sit Weng said that innovation and technology can not only promote the economy, but more importantly, improve people's livelihood. The implementation of a smart city is to benefit the people and make full use of innovative scientific research results to push Hong Kong forward. Citing the 2020 Policy Address, he pointed out that the purpose of promoting the development of smart cities is to make citizens more aware of the benefits of smart cities and innovative technologies in their daily lives.

The government announced the "Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint" in December 2017, proposing 76 measures under the six smart areas of smart mobility, smart living, smart environment, smart citizens, smart government, and smart economy, and using innovative technologies to meet the challenges of urban management and improve the lives of citizens, over 40 of which have been completed or completed in stages.

Xue Yongheng said that in the past three years, various policy bureaus, departments and relevant organizations have been committed to promoting relevant measures, including the launch of the fast payment system "FPS" in 2018, the addition of free public Wi-Fi hotspots in all districts of Hong Kong, and the establishment of Airports apply different smart solutions.

The measures proposed in the "Blueprint 2.0" include measures that are still being implemented or ongoing, such as open data, remote payment of parking meters, etc., and also cover more than 60 new measures.

In terms of smart travel, the government will develop a traffic data analysis system to optimize traffic management; set up a smart transportation fund to promote innovative research and applications related to vehicles. Smart living initiatives include using the "Smart Convenience" platform to streamline the licensing services of the Transport Department, and research on the use of telemedicine, video and telemedicine in Hong Kong.

The government will also launch a "smart toilet" pilot project and study the application of technology in public toilets, and use technologies such as Internet of Things technology to improve pest control work to create a smart environment; launch the "Secondary School IT Innovation Laboratory" project and continue to promote innovation and technology internships program to foster smart citizens.

As for smart government, the authorities will develop an electronic submission and processing system to process building plans, order all license applications to be submitted electronically under the "Smart Regulatory" scheme, and reform the relevant application process under the "Streamlining Government Services" scheme. and approved government services.

The Government will also launch an online platform to provide convenient and cost-effective online dispute resolution and transaction facilitation services. The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority will develop the "Easy Provident Fund" platform to help promote a smart economy.

Xue Yongheng pointed out that the anti-epidemic and epidemic prevention work in the past 11 months has inspired the government to promote the development of innovation and technology, including changing the usual service model with innovative thinking, and using technology more widely to cope with the new normal.

He said that the government will work hard to combine the reduction of contact between people under the new normal of fighting the epidemic with the government's regular work, including the implementation of the "Stay Safe and Anti-epidemic" home quarantine system, and the launch of the "Safe Travel" infection risk notification and mobile applications , promote the use of contactless payment in public markets, and set up the "COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution Scheme" to provide businesses and the public with fast and cost-effective online dispute resolution services.

In addition, "Blueprint 2.0" puts forward the idea of ​​a smart village pilot project, exploring the use of technology to solve the problems faced by residents in rural or remote areas, such as follow-up visits for the elderly and traffic management.