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Government officials have insufficient new tech knowledge to build a smart city

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Matthew Chan March 19, 2019


Hong Kong government officials, living in “ivory tower”, are relatively conservative to apply new technologies for constructing a world class smart city, a town planner says.

“Singapore is now leading Hong Kong in smart city development because they have a strong and innovative government,” said Stanley Ng Wing-fai, CEO of MapKing International Limited and convenor of the think tank Land Watch in a Shue Yan University talk.

Ng said he could directly approach Singapore senior officials for discussing their smart city cooperation, however Hong Kong officials would only show up at spring dinners and protests in contrast.

He reckoned Hong Kong government has less flexibility and accountability, so communications between innovative industry and government are lacked.

Mapking is a company produces business applications using Geographic Information System technologies starting from 2013; it provides fleet management system for one-third of the total green minibuses and introduces a fatigue detection system for a Hung Hum minibus route.

Despite the government announced the Report of the Independent Review Committee on Hong Kong’s Franchised Bus Service after the Tai Po KMB accident last year, he said the government did not contact Mapking or suggest installations of fatigue detection system.

Besides fatigue driving, Ng said many minibus and taxi drivers are elderlies who cannot concentrate for a long time, while fatigue detection system could improve drivers’ performance.

Asking about the smart city development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Ng said the cities should promote free flow of information together.

He said the pollution situations of industrial districts in the area were rigorous as shown from foreign NGO’s statistics, which indicated the importance of data interflow between the cities to promote integration of the area.

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