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Podcast Ep 13: Hong Kong’s Smart City

Being the world’s freest economy, the most connected place globally, as well as, having the world-class ICT infrastructure, Hong Kong is a perfect city for developing into a smart city.

The Hong Kong Government unveiled its Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong in December 2017. The objectives are to enhance the quality of living and underpin the city’s competitiveness through innovation and technology.

There are a rich list of measures in six areas: Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and the Smart Economy.  

Some highlights of the Smart City Blueprint include:

Smart Mobility

  • Multiple payment systems to be provided on new parking meters from 2019 to 2020 with real-time information of parking vacancy provided.
  • Existing e-transport applications to be integrated into an all-in-one mobile app by 2018 to facilitate trip planning.
  • Trials of autonomous vehicles in the West Kowloon Cultural District to be conducted.

Smart Living

  • A free electronic identity (eID) system to be rolled out by 2020 that enable authentication for online government and commercial transactions by using a single digital identity.
  • A faster payment system with the use of mobile phone number or email address to be developed to support e-payments.
  • A government-owned big data analytics platform to be built by the Housing Authority to facilitate healthcare related researches in 2019.

Smart Environment

  • Remote sensing devices to be used to monitor air pollution, cleanliness of streets and public places, usage of rubbish bins.
  • Smart lampposts to be installed in major urban locations to collect real-time data, such as weather, traffic and pedestrian flow.
  • Coal-fired electricity to be replaced by natural gas and non-fossil fuel sources.

Smart Economy

  • An easy banking plan to be offered to enhance remote online finance and online wealth management.
  • Virtual banking to be promoted as another model of service delivery.
  • Data Technology Hub and Advanced Manufacturing Centre to be built by 2020 and 2022 respectively.

Smart People

  • Financial and non-financial support to be provided to start-ups and entrepreneurs.
  • Incubation programmes at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and Cyberport to be expanded
  • A fast-track IT talent admission scheme to be launched this year to attract IT professionals with focused on biotechnology, data science, to work in Hong Kong

Smart Government

  • Future 5G networks to be the main drive for smart city development.
  • More public and private sector data in digital forms to be opened up to facilitate research and innovation via the government’s portal

Smart City is all about taking a people centric approach to driving new technologies that will transform Hong Kong into a more advanced and liveable city.  

In this episode of Austrade HK’s podcast, we talk to Dr Winnie Tang JP regarding Hong Kong’s Smart City. Dr. Tang is the co-founder of the Smart City Consortium and an ICT and eHealth advocate. She is a locally-bred IT entrepreneur in Hong Kong. Her insights on how Hong Kong can use I&T to address urban challenges and increase the effectiveness of city management is required listening.

Click here  to enjoy the episode.

More information about the Smart City Consortium, please visit  

About the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong, please visit