Around the world, cities are moving to a new stage of smart city thinking. Initially, excited by the new wave of digital tools made possible by linking the internet to sensors via broadband and mobile communications, the main focus has been on deploying technology that could make a city smart.
Now, this is switching to an emphasis on how that technology can be harnessed to realise greater goals – that of a sustainable city, with enduring economic advantages, and above all an enhanced quality of life for all its citizens.
This new approach comes at a time when the rate of urbanisation around the world is accelerating – in China, the share of its population living in cities is targeted to increase from its current level of 58 percent to around two-thirds – or more than 900 million people – by 2030.
Hong Kong, one of China’s most developed cities, can both benefit from and contribute to this phenomenal project. But first, it must figure out its own ways to harness the opportunities to reshape city living created by the rise of smart technology.
This report, published in association with CLP Holdings, JOS, Siemens and the Smart City Consortium, analyses how Hong Kong is rising to this challenge. At its core is a survey, conducted by KPMG in association with YouGov, of more than 500 business executives and 1,000 citizens in Hong Kong. The survey explored two areas. First it asked the respondents about their overall perceptions of Hong Kong’s smart city strengths and weaknesses. Then it looked in more detail at six key sectors for Hong Kong’s smart city development: transportation and mobility, finance, education, environment, healthcare, and energy and resources.