The Government released today (December 15) the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong with a vision to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city. The Blueprint maps out development plans in the next five years, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of city management and improve people's quality of living as well as Hong Kong's attractiveness and sustainability by making use of innovation and technology (I&T).
The Blueprint lists out various strategies and initiatives in six major areas, namely "Smart Mobility", "Smart Living", "Smart Environment", "Smart People", "Smart Government" and "Smart Economy". Some highlights of the initiatives are as follows:
Smart city calls for close collaboration among the Government, industry, academia and citizens. The Government will consider appropriate implementation models, including public-private partnership, for smart city projects. New technology solutions will also be tested in a smart region living lab.
The Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology chaired by the Chief Executive has started operation to steer development of I&T and smart city projects. A Smart City Office will also be set up in the Innovation and Technology Bureau to take charge of the overall co-ordination and monitoring of the progress and effectiveness of smart city projects.
Smart city is people-centric. It should be built upon the needs of the people. To enable the public to stay well informed of smart city development, relevant bureaux and departments will provide progress updates on their work plans as well as relevant facts and figures from time to time. The Government will also review from time to time the effectiveness of work and introduce new measures to bring in more I&T applications to Hong Kong.
The Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong has been uploaded to the dedicated smart city portal (www.smartcity.gov.hk). Members of the public may scan the QR code for quick download of the Blueprint.