What is Smart City?There is not yet a universal definition of smart city. Some definitions put particular emphasis on leveraging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance the efficiency of a city’s systems, operations and services. We think that the definition of smart city should be wider. Apart from ICT, a smart city should also leverage human and social capital to facilitate the sustainable growth of society and increase quality of living. A smart city is a city leveraging people-centric and technology focused solutions to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase efficiency of city operation and management
- Improve quality of life
- Strengthen economic competitiveness
Existing Kowloon East
Smart City Development in Kowloon EastKE consists of the former airport site – the Kai Tak Development area, the Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay Business Areas. Since the closing of the airport, the relocation of manufacturing industries to the Mainland and the rapid increase in demand for high grade office buildings, KE has been rapidly transforming. The Government advocates the transformation of KE into another core business district (CBD2) to support Hong Kong’s economic development by adopting a visionary, coordinated and integrated approach. Smart city development can play an important role in this process by offering innovative and sustainable urban development solutions.