FAQs

FAQs

  1. What is Smart City?
    “Smart city” is commonly used by governments and planners to describe the vision and plan for the development of advanced cities nowadays. Smart city is an evolving concept which encompasses information and communications technology, big data, open data as well as green and sustainable development. Smart city technologies will transform the way cities are managed. Citizens can enjoy greater efficiency and new services. Major cities around the world are pursuing smart city development which is consistent with local characteristics and priorities. One common objective is to enhance city management and the livelihood of residents through sustainable and environmentally responsible developments.
  2. What are the objectives of developing Hong Kong into a smart city?
    The overall objectives are to:
    • (a) make use of innovation and technology to address urban challenges to enhance city management and improve quality of living, and to improve sustainability, efficiency and safety of our city;
    • (b) enhance city attractiveness to global business and talents; and
    • (c) inspire continuous city innovation and sustainable economic development.
  3. The Development Bureau is now conducting a feasibility study on the development of Kowloon East into a smart city. OGCIO also conducts a consultancy study on Smart City Development Blueprint for Hong Kong. What is the difference between the two studies?
    The main task of the Development Bureau’s “Energizing Kowloon East Office” (EKEO) is to conduct a feasibility study on the development of Kowloon East as a smart city pilot project as proposed in the 2015 Policy Address. EKEO also conducted preliminary project consultancy studies on a number of specific areas of the pilot project. The consultancy study of OGCIO under the Innovation and Technology Bureau is a strategic study aiming to formulate a territory-wide and long-term blueprint for developing Hong Kong into a smart city.
  4. What are the major components of the Blueprint?
    The Blueprint shall provide the vision and overall strategy, including a holistic framework for the long-term development of Hong Kong as a smart city. It shall comprise the following components:
    • (a) Policy Objectives and Strategy: To formulate a blueprint that can suit local circumstances, improve quality of living and achieve the overall objectives in developing Hong Kong as a smart city; to propose strategies and measures to address major urban challenges; to draw up a set of indicators/parameters to assess progress and improvements over time.
    • (b) Development Plans: To map out long-term smart city development plans up to 2030 in accordance with the overall strategy and related measures.
    • (c) Governance Arrangements: To map out the structure and modus operandi of a high-level Government co-ordination committee to oversee the development of smart city in Hong Kong.
    • (d) Digital Infrastructure: To include appropriate digital platforms and infrastructure, technical standards, communication and network infrastructure needed to support smart city development; mechanisms to ensure information security and privacy protection, scalability and interoperability of infrastructure technology components.
    • (e) Legal Framework: To identify legislative proposals/amendments, if needed, for underpinning smart city development.
    • (f) Public-Private Collaboration: To promote innovation and technology development in collaboration with the Government, academia, the public and private sectors in pursuing different smart city initiatives.
  5. What benefits and effects will the Smart City bring to the public?
    In the face of different city management challenges, the Government has adopted many technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, cloud computing, mobile technology, etc. for adoption in drainage, water, transportation, customs clearance services, etc. Members of the public are now enjoying the benefits of these digital facilities.

    Smart city embraces the use of innovative ideas and methods to connect and integrate urban systems and services to reduce costs, provide new services and improve efficiency.

    The development of a smart city will make Hong Kong more liveable, making life more convenient, healthier and safer. With the wide application of innovation and technology, smart city can bring more diversified economic development, improve the competitiveness of related industries, and provide more and better employment opportunities for the public.