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CIO Workshop 2012: Shanghai ICT—Four Big Systems

F.Y. Teng | July 24, 2012
Whither goes the big smart city through 2013? Liu Jian, the Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, charts the way.

Shanghai will see the construction of a city-wide multi-layered wireless broadband network offering wide coverage and multiple hot spots, Liu said. "The government will purchase certain services and then provide [them] to citizens in main public areas," he said. It will also see to the optimisation of "the three modes of [the] 3G network, speeding up the construction of the TD-LTE [China's homegrown Time-Division Long-Term Evolution] scale technology trial network, and [pushing] efforts for [its] commercial trial operation [in 2013]."

Shanghai's leaders also have aspirations to turning their city into Asia-Pacific's telecommunications hub. "By the end of 2013, [Shanghai's] Internet portal capacity with international and domestic portal bandwidth will reach 1Tbps and 5Tbps respectively," said Liu. "[As it stands today, Shanghai is] taking the lead in [China] in terms of MAN portal capacity and total capacity of seabed optical cable accounting for [more than] 50 percent of the country's total."

Speeding Up the City
Liu followed up with a discussion of Shanghai's plans to accelerate the pace of development and deployment of information sensing and intelligent applications across the metropolis on a single system. The first key component he cited was "Smart Urban Management" intended to "improve the level of urban management and transportation services" and included the development and eventual use of a city grid-based management platform and a smart transportation platform. The second comprised multiple applications put together for e-education, e-health and e-community efforts, and for the informatization of efforts on the cultural promotion and preservation fronts, as well as for agricultural work.

The third component of this highly integrated system was e-government, which will see the further implementation of more government information and transactional services, said Liu, who then went on to say that they will be "gradually combining the service hotlines of various governments to form a one-number hotline service system for non-emergency issues."

E-commerce efforts form the fourth component-and this involves the "integration of commercial, logistics, fund and information flows to support the Four Center construction and the development of emerging industries of strategic importance and high-end service sectors." ("The Four Center" refers to initiatives identified in Shanghai's 12th Five Year Plan, 2011-2015, meant to turn the city into an international financial centre, an international trade centre, an international shipping centre, and a "headquarter economy" centre, where multinational corporations set up their China, regional or global headquarters.) Liu further cited the success of Shanghai's E-commerce Two Promotion Program, which started running in 2010-offering a slew of government subsidies-and since then has managed to get more than 7,000 small and medium enterprises in the city to use e-commerce.

Then there is the fifth component and the matter of "convergence". "From the angles of IT and industrialisation demand," Liu said. "[We will be] promoting the deep integration of informatization and industrialisation, virtual manufacturing, agile manufacturing and high-end manufacturing to accelerate the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries."

 

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