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The Hong Kong Government is investing US$90 million to launch the first phase of its Smart City development plan. The initial funding will be used for the following projects:

  • A electronic identity “eID” card for all Hong Kong residents;
  • Launch of 400 pilot “Multi-functional Smart Lampposts” at selected urban locations;
  • Reform e-Government development technology and build a centralized big data analytics platform.
  • Installation of smart on-street parking meters for payment of parking fees via remote payment using mobile applications and providing real-time information on available parking spaces.

The above mentioned projects are only the start of a much larger, long-term commitment by the Hong Kong Government to make Hong Kong smarter. The Hong Kong Government has outlined its smart city priorities for the next five years in its Smart City Blueprint, which was released on December 15, 2017, with the objective of improving the effectiveness of city management and quality of life for Hong Kong residents, as well as Hong Kong’s adoption of technology and innovation in order to maintain its global competitiveness. 
The Blueprint lists Hong Kong Government’s strategies and initiatives in six focus areas including: “Smart Mobility,” “Smart Living,” “Smart Environment,” “Smart People,” “Smart Government” and “Smart Economy.” Details of each can be found in the Smart City Blueprint report.
The Hong Kong Government has also set up a Smart City Steering committee on Innovation Technology chaired by Chief Executive Carrie Lam. A Smart City Office will also be set up within the Innovation and Technology Bureau responsible for the overall coordination and monitoring of smart city projects.

The Hong Kong Government will consider various implementation models, including public-private partnerships, for smart city projects.

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