Hangzhou switched on to smart city think­ing

City ranks top in in­dex mea­sur­ing progress of In­ter­net Plus strat­egy, real-time ser­vices

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HE WEI hewei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang prov­ince, has be­come the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary of mo­bile in­ter­net-en­abled so­cial ser­vices, with smart cities de­vel­op­ing rapidly since the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the In­ter­net Plus ini­tia­tive.

Hangzhou, Shang­hai and Nan­jing are among the early birds in uti­liz­ing mo­bile in­ter­net and big data to build a sys­tem where re­al­time re­sponses are made to res­i­dents’ needs, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 China In­ter­net Plus and So­cial Ser­vices In­dex.

Sur­vey re­sults, re­leased on Tues­day by the In­ter­net So­ci­ety of China and Ant Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Group, a lead­ing e-pay­ment provider, found most Chi­nese cities adopt a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship model where so­cial en­ter­pris- es are en­gaged in build­ing smart cities.

A num­ber of gauges were ap­plied in eval­u­at­ing the level of “smart­ness” of the 352 sur­veyed cities, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion, health­care, gov­ern­ment af­fairs and ed­u­ca­tion.

“Smart cities are de­signed to be user-cen­tric. We en­cour­age the pri­vate sec­tor to be an ac­tive part of it,” said Wu Hao, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion’s Depart­ment of High-Tech In­dus­try.

Hangzhou is top of the pile when it comes to in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy fa­cil­i­tat­ing ev­ery­thing from find­ing park­ing lots and pay­ing cor­po­rate taxes to mak­ing hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments, ac­cord­ing to the in­dex.

Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Hubei prov­ince, made a pi­o­neer­ing move in al­low­ing res­i­dents to run er­rands and pay for an ar­ray of lo­cal ser­vices us­ing their smart­phones. No­tably, the lo­cal pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau has part­nered with China’s largest e-wal­let ser­vices provider Ali­pay to de­velop an elec­tronic ID card, which mil­lion user can ac­cess through the app’s Wuhan ser­vices por­tal.

Chengdu built its own re­al­time bus in­for­ma­tion sys­tem by es­tab­lish­ing an in­te­grated net­work that en­com­passes in­for­ma­tion for all buses in the city, al­low­ing its users to check how many stops re­main be­fore their bus ar­rives at a spe­cific des­ti­na­tion.

Yinchuan, cap­i­tal of the Ningxia Hui au­tonomous re­gion, has adopted the na­tion’s first smart city reg­u­la­tion to bol­ster de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­net-en­abled so­cial ser­vices and shorten ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures.

Ali­pay has in­tro­duced a re­designed user in­ter­face with new func­tions geared to of­fer easy mo­bile ac­cess to pur­chase and pay for prod­ucts and ser­vices. Users with good so­cial credit records may even skip long lines at hos­pi­tals by mak­ing ap­point­ments via the app and re­ceiv­ing di­ag­no­sis be­fore pay­ing the bill.

Ali­pay is now help­ing more than 150 mil­lion users na­tion­wide to ac­cess 58 types of so­cial ser vices, ac­cord­ing to Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Fi­nan­cial.

Another in­ter­net ty­coon, Ten­cent, is also ven­tur­ing into smart cities us­ing its in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture.

It has asked lo­cal gov­ern­ments to move some pub­lic ser­vices, in­clud­ing so­cial se­cu­rity and car li­cense plate ap­pli­ca­tions, to its mo­bile plat­form.

num­ber of users na­tion­wide with ac­cess to so­cial ser­vices pro­vided by Ali­pay 1. Hangzhou 2. Shang­hai 3. Nan­jing 4. Wuhan 5. Guangzhou

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