news – January 2021
Shanghai: 2020 Smart City of the Year
Shanghai’s long-term smart city plan of connected solutions could guide the development of other global smart cities.
SHANGHAI WAS CROWNED THE SMART CITY OF THE YEAR at the virtual Smart City Live 2020 event. Shanghai’s long-term smart city plan of connected solutions could guide the development of other global smart cities. Shanghai’s run from 2016 to 2020, which was focused on the development of various initiatives, including digital infrastructure and a City Brain, has become a standard of resilient, eco-friendly living.
Here are the highlights:
Dual Gigabit City
Part of the four-year smart city plan to develop the infrastructure needed to become the first dual gigabit city — a city with both wired and wireless gigabit broadband connectivity.
Shanghai has achieved 99 percent household coverage, covering approximately 9.6 million households. The city also supports 55 outdoor and indoor base stations. 5G will become popularized over the next few years. With dual gigabit capability, residents and businesses are keeping better informed and more secure.
Alibaba’s City Brain solution, which uses machine intelligence to solve problems of transportation, security and urban planning, was deployed in Shanghai. Biometric facial recognition cameras, drones and satellite images help to capture millions of images of the city’s districts. Deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) systems can identify issues such as illegal parking, traffic infractions and illegal garbage dumps, as well as adjust traffic light timing or alerting emergency services.
The city’s e-government portal has registered more than 14.5 million users within a population of more than 24 million. A one-stop portal, the e-government system helps simplify such processes as applying for a business license into something reminiscent of online shopping.
Through the portal, citizens can complete regulatory needs, pay utility bills, provide emergency-response information and more. Real-time maps and updated emergency information allow city officials and citizens to react and prepare for times of crisis.