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Research: Smart Cities Tech Will Improve Urban Life

Kelsey Davis, Sr. Manager, Digital Media Marketing, Consumer Technology Association

In China alone, one billion people will live in urban areas by the year 2030, as urbanization in China has outpaced the global average over the past few decades and nearly threefold since 1980. The rise in urbanization is not just impacting China, but all around the world, more than two thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050. More than half of the world’s mega cities are located in Asia, demonstrating a need like never before for smart cities technology and solutions.

The tech elements that make up a smart city are:

  1. Network infrastructure (5G, IoT etc) 
  2. Platforms to facilitate data-sharing
  3. Specific applications (hardware like meters and sensors)
  4. Systems to manage the collection of data (like blockchain) 

Smart cities technology will address many urban issues facing China and Asia as a whole, including environmental issues, health and wellbeing of citizens, education, traffic and mobility, and tourism. In China, the government is the biggest advocate for developing and implementing smart cities technology and ensuring the connection between people is one of the main goals, specifically in neighborhoods. Cities like Beijing, Guangzhou and Hainan already have implemented apps that provide information on markets, rate residential buildings, find volunteer opportunities and more. 

The Chinese government is also using social media like WeChat and Weibo to interact with citizens, getting real feedback on public services. 

Want more on smart cities in China and Asia? Learn more about CTA’s new report, just released at CES Asia 2018.