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Hong Kong government is too conservative holding back from becoming a smart city, says a CEO

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By Wong Yan Ting on 19th March 2019

Hong Kong government is too conservative to use new technology compared to other cities, putting at risk the government’s plan to transform Hong Kong into a ‘smart city’, a CEO said.

“Although Hong Kong is working hard to become a smart city, it is still lagging behind Singapore,” said Stanley, Ng Wing-fai, the chief executive officer of Mapking.

Singapore has done better by having stronger coordination between the private and public sector in terms of data sharing, Ng said at an assembly at Shue Yan University.

“The Singapore government always invited experts from different countries to discuss and share opinions on smart city issues, in order to speed up the development,” Ng said.

However, Ng said it was extremely difficult to meet the government official in Hong Kong.

“If there isn’t any demonstration, we have no chances to discuss the smart city issues with the government,” Ng said.

Other reasons for local failings in innovation and technology include the lack of a holistic approach, Ng also added.

Officials released the city’s Smart City Blueprint in 2017, which mapped out development plans for the next five years to make better use of technology.

Yet, Ng said the government only launched the Smart Street Lamp Monitoring System and closed-circuit television (CCTV) and no more new program has implemented since then.

In comparison, Singapore has put great effort in advancing sustainable development and improving people’s quality of life, Ng said.

For example, in order to enhance the city’s public transport service, the Singapore government was testing autonomous buses in a specific area while preparing “On Demand Bus” to help people make a reservation in different districts.

“Singapore government even took over the assets of all bus companies and introduced European companies to manage bus services,” Ng said.

“Hong Kong is hard to do because of the bureaucracy and limited understanding of new technology,” Ng said.

MapKing is a Hong Kong-based company, which focused on intelligent living, transportation and logistics applications, particularly in Asia. The latest invention project was a high-tech booking and managing system for minibuses and taxis.

--165136 2019年3月21日 (四) 23:53 (CST)

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