SIP is in a better position than many other cities to implement its
smart city dream thanks to its master-plan, says
Indeed, central planning does distinguish SIP from smart city models in
"Other cities may also have multiple companies providing systems and services, creating a silo effect when it comes to data," Tao says. "In SIP, GIS is the sole geoinformation provider. We have a seamless integration of data."
Examples of how such data has already been put to use include managing peak-time traffic flows by intelligently adjusting the timing of traffic lights. Four main roads and about 70 crossings are piloting the system and the results have been impressive. The changes have resulted in a 15-20% reduction in travel times during peak hours.
Bus stops also will have screens giving travelers real-time information such as how long they must wait for the next bus. Then there are the green bikes that can be seen at docking stations across the city, free to use for citizens that have a special SIM card. A computer system keeps track of bike flows between docking stations so those running low on bikes can be replenished. Xu Jinfang, deputy head of SIP's urban planning bureau, notes that by the end of 2013 there will be 400 docking stations with 10,000 bikes available for free use.
"The unique design that differentiates SIP's green bike program from that of other cities is that the docking stations are placed in such a way that they correlate with the must-go destinations of commuters, such as residential blocks, transit points in the public transport network, and other places where they can bridge the last-mile of frequently undertaken journeys," Xu says.
Other plans include connecting the city's clinics and hospitals to a cloud system that will allow them to access and update centralized medical records via laptops, I-pads and telephones.
"We have a dream that, with your ID number, you will be able to access all your information on healthcare, education, social security and tax," Yang says.
Eventually the goal is that everyone will have their digital assets on the net and that they will be protected. "This is a big step," says Yang, "a revolutionary step."
Of course, security is a major concern and stringent security measures have been put in place, according to Li Feiyuan, head of
"We need to know that any move to a cloud provider is reversible," says
To be sure it's not as easy as simply plugging different systems in to each other. As well as the practicalities of ironing out discrepancies in information that have built up between long-separated systems, Yang says the most important thing is to have a clear vision of exactly what you hope to achieve with the data. In SIP's case, this involved laying down a master-plan that set out how to organize the data, and what its final application would be. It's a fluid plan that is constantly under discussion and review and divided into five-year segments.
The dream for five to ten years down the line is for all this to be integrated in to one system "that will see efficiency squared," Yang says. "We need a long-term strategy from the very beginning, along with continuous execution. While every road may lead to
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