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Wuhan to pilot Smart City program

Source: hubei.gov.cn 08/14/2013 09:08:47

As China accelerates the pace of its urbanization, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information unveiled its Smart City program on August 13 with the first nine selected pilot cities.

Wuhan, the capital city of central China’s Hubei Province is listed among the nine cities, in addition to the other eight ones as Taiyuan in Shanxi, Guangzhou in Guangdong, Xuzhou and Wuxi in Jiangsu, Linyi and Zibo in Shandong, Zhengzhou in Henan, and Chongqing.

Every pilot city will invest more than 36 million Yuan ($5.8 million) in the program each year. And they are expected to finish Smart City construction within about three years

In 2006, China launched a national initiative to build citywide digital systems and as of June this year nearly 320 prefecture-level and 150 county-level cities had been involved in the digitalization process, the administration said in a statement.

Among them, more than 170 prefecture-level and 40 county-level cities have completed digital geo-systems and put them into operation, according to the statement.

The Smart City program aims to create an innovation network, optimizing the use of technology in the design and operation of infrastructure and buildings in a way that meets the city's current and future demands. It uses the Internet and cloud computing technologies to make infrastructure and services -- which include city administration, education, health care, public safety, transportation and utilities -- more intelligent and efficient. (hubei.gov.cn)