Hong Kong, ranked among Top10 in Asia by in IMD SmartCity Index 2019, has a household broadband penetration rate of 90%, mobile subscriber penetration rate of 240% and over 20,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots. Hence developing Hong Kong into a smart city was a logical next step as it has first class telecommunications network with broadband speeds and penetration rates among the highest in the world. Hong Kong Smart City vision 2030 is to embrace ICT. innovation and technology to build a Smart Hong Kong with a strong economy and high quality of living. Hong Kong is conducting more than 70 smart city initiatives covering Smart Travel, Smart Life, Smart Environment, Smart Government, Smart Economy and Smart Citizen.
The initiatives include digital personal identity (eID), smart lampposts, open government data, promotion of government public cloud services and establishment of new big data analytics platforms. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge project is using 400 smart lampposts (light, 5G and Wi-Fi combined) as part of a trial phase to roll-out 5G on the bridge. Traffic detectors provide real-time traffic information, new on-street parking meters support multiple payment systems, trials of autonomous vehicles are ongoing and remote sensing devices monitor air pollution and cleanliness of public places.
HongKong Invest Hong Kong Smart City Consortium HKSTP – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation SmartCity blueprint 2030 is to embrace ICT innovation and technology to build SmartHongKong with a strong economy and high qualityoflife. Already very digitalized free Wifi initiatives include smartlamppost (light 5G WiFi) eID COVID19 AI recognition with a vibrant startup ecosystem WHub
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