Hong Kong’s global reputation as one of the world’s leading smart cities is well earned. Many overseas visitors arriving for the first time might envy the territory’s world class international airport and the relative ease of travel across its integrated and inexpensive public transport networks. Yet for all its impressive physical infrastructure, Hong Kong is in danger of slipping behind in the use of ‘Big Data’. The challenge for Hong Kong is to continue to develop and integrate its policies and infrastructure to enable data-sharing across government departments so that authorities can compare and contrast datasets, assess correlations, and spend government budgets more efficiently.
This article looks at how leading smart cities are using big data and the lessons that Hong Kong can learn from in order to remain at the forefront as a forward-thinking city.