"Information will change the relationship between governments, people, countries and enterprises," Yang says. "And the great thing is, the more you use it, the more efficiency you have. It breaks the isolation between departments, authorities and different entities."
It is that very philosophy and can-do mindset that has helped SIP muscle its way up the value chain, attracting by 2012
Today the industrial park has developed thriving hubs for high-tech and high-value industries such as nanotechnology and bio-pharmaceuticals, is home to projects with investment from 86 Fortune 500 enterprises, and boasts GDP north of
Just as a move up the value chain was all part of the plan when this city-within-a-city was set up in 1994, so was the creation of a smart city. SIP has already synthesized nearly 100 data centers -- ranging from geographics to corporate and census infomation -- run by 20-some local government-entities, and is one of ten smart city pilot projects in
And at SIP, stakeholders, as well as members of the public, all have a say in how the systems can improve their lives – exactly the kind of multi-level buy in that is essential to the success of smart city projects, according to
"No single company or organization can build a smart city alone," Aoun says. "All communities must involve each of their most important stakeholders, including government officials, citizens, and the private sector, in the process, or face tremendously difficult obstacles in making its vision a reality."
Today SIP is at the forefront when it comes to the collection, management and practical application of 'big data'. Currently, SIP's Geoinformation Services (GIS) is taking data and building a map of the city that contains 660 layers of information ranging from power lines to green areas to population demographics. The aim is for each layer to be managed by the relevant agency and for it to be gathered by the system to form a complete package which can be selectively open to third-party application developers.
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