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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.

Next Generation IT Industries
Having had already earlier during his presentation shared the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization's strategies for turning the city into a hotbed of development of information security technologies and also a very safe and secure city by world-class information security standards, Liu chose to conclude his presentation with an explication of his organisation's plans to catalyse and accelerate the growth of a "new generation of IT industries."

The "new generation of IT" is meant to drive a whole gamut of industries, Liu said, including the automobile, civil aviation, satellite navigation and energy industries. It also extends across cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and high-speed connectivity networks.

To drive development and deployment of this "new generation of IT", Shanghai will be focusing on three main areas: industrial parks and bases; key technologies; and, municipal government policies.

"[We intend] to form an industrial pattern with the lead of national level industrial bases," Liu said, "to construct Yangshan Yunhai Data Center, Chongming Intelligent Island Data Industrial Park, [and] to develop a batch of digital parks of high standard, high capacity and excellent service [provision capabilities]."

At the same time, Liu said, Shanghai will see greater promotion of "research and development of key smart technologies with common features, [greater focus on driving the development and deployment of technologies in] information sensing, network integration, high bandwidth networks, intelligent analysis and decision-making solutions" as well as in mass data processing and information security.

On the policy front, Shanghai will see to running policies that "further encourage the growth of software and integrated circuit manufacturing industries," said Liu, proceeding to elaborate how this was to be done. "[We will replace] business tax with VAT [value added tax], encourage and support IT-based manufacturing services, [and get them] be independent of the manufacturing, and promote the development of new technologies, new applications and new business models [in their respective industries]."

Liu drew his presentation to a close with an open invitation. "We always attach much important to international communication and cooperation," he said. "[We] welcome excellent companies to invest in Shanghai [and] become part of the local industrial chain, to join our efforts toward promoting the growth of emerging industries of strategic importance and of the new generation of IT, and to enjoy the opportunities brought on by the construction of [a] Smart Shanghai and the rapid growth of the IT industry [in the city]!"


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