While ASEAN countries are benefiting from rapid economic development, they are also facing problems in housing, environment, and law and order issues caused by increasing urban population. They hope to solve these problems with smart city solutions. On the other hand, developed countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada are also experiencing their own problems, such as inadequate social efficiency, insufficient energy, and ageing population. They are all seeking smart city solutions.
Smart technology can help address concerns over Lantau plan
Earlier this month, local green groups criticised the authorities’ closed-door briefing on a reclamation plan to create artificial islands off Lantau. They said the government had failed to proactively share information and properly consult the public, and lacked credibility.
Manpower training is key to digital transformation
At the end of January, the Government launched the Hygiene Blackspots website, which not only lists more than 700 blackspots in Hong Kong and the progress of the authorities’ cleansing efforts, but also allows the public to compare the past and current conditions of blackspots in different districts on an interactive map. The Deputy Chief Secretary Cheuk Wing-hing pointed out that the webpage adopts the map data service shared by the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) Portal, which has just been launched by the Development Bureau. This hygiene black spot platform is the result of departmental collaboration and shows how the government is making good use of technology.
Smart City as a Service is Hong Kong’s way forward
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a regional macroeconomic surveillance organization, estimates that the ASEAN’s economy could grow by 4.6% this year, down from 5.3% in 2022, but still outstanding compared to other regions’ performance.