Smart City Projects Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s approach to becoming a smart city has been to focus intensively on ICT. ICT can bring to the life of the city, the government thinks.
This is most clearly visible in their approach to information and data management, improvements to Wi-Fi networks, and development of e-government solutions.
Digital 21 Strategy
Electronic Information Management was central to Hong Kong’s 2008 Digital 21 Strategy. The aim is to ensure that information is better managed and more readily available. The approach focuses on three key areas:
- content management
- records management
- knowledge management.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer is responsible for the city’s main web portal. Their goal is to satisfy 80% of citizen requests via e-government services.
As of December 2012, there were 49 government mobile applications and 38 mobile sites.
By placing Wi-Fi facilities at designated government premises, the GovWiFi program aims to transform Hong Kong into a wireless city, providing free wireless Internet to all citizens.
In terms of open data, the government holds a significant amount of data that could be of significant value to the public
- meteorological data
- historical documents
However this information has not historically been in a format that facilitated value-added re-use by third parties.
In order to combat this, Hong Kong’s government has launched a data portal entitled Data One.
This 18-month pilot scheme has made geo-referenced public facilities data and real-time traffic data available for free.
A competition held to find the best applications of this data was won by an app that located the nearest doctor and tracked patient appointments.
Following the success of this trial, and support from citizens and industry, the government plans to continue with the portal, and gradually add more datasets.
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