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Hong Kong Should Open to New Technologies for Being a Smart City, Said by a CEO

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Hong Kong Should Open to New Technologies for Being a Smart City, Said by a CEO

By Tong Pak Hang, Henry on 19th March 2019

Hong Kong government is too conservative to adapt new forms of technologies, which makes difference with other neighbourhoods in terms of developing smart city, said by a CEO.

“At this stage, Hong Kong is working hard to become a smart city, while Singapore is ahead of us due to their effort in improving themselves,” said Stanley Ng, the CEO of MapKing.com.

MapKing.com was a Hong Kong-based logistic company, which mainly served the Asia Region. Ng was the founder and the CEO of the company. The newest invention project was a high-tech booking and managing system for minibuses and taxis.

With the development of technology, one could make use of their smartphones to do many things, such as money transactions and looking up for bus departures. Hong Kong was one of the Asian cities that did well on disclosing information to the public, which citizens could easy find them out, said Ng.

In order to catch up this fast-changing era, the Hong Kong government had announced the blue print for being a smart city. Billion of dollars were spent to solve problems and improve quality of life. Some measures could make the city more efficient, Ng said.

“Using smart streetlight as an example, the newly built system can monitor the situation of all streetlights. Once a streetlight is found broken down, the system can locate the place and technicians can replace it immediately,” said Ng.

Ng added that, Hong Kong was focusing in inventing new systems, such as the online monetary transactions system, the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) and STEM, showing that the city was in the right track.

The CEO also shared the projects that the Singapore government did. In terms of transportation, Autonomous Buses were on test in specific areas, and “On Demand Bus” service was ready to launch, which the bus was operated to serve people who made reservation in different districts.

On the other hand, Singapore government also took over the assets of all bus companies, while introducing European companies in managing bus services. Bus academies was established in training bus drivers, said Ng.

“The key for the success of Singapore is the effort putting in invention. Hong Kong is difficult to do that because of bureaucracy and unfamiliar to new technologies,” Ng said.

China has announced the proposal for the Greater Bay Area. Hong Kong was included and proposed to become the centre of technology. Ng said there would be competition among China’s cities and Hong Kong during the development. He added that, the hiding of information from China could make Hong Kong citizens worry on the development of the Greater Bay Area.

--165039 2019年3月19日 (二) 18:46 (CST)

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