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President's Message


Mr. Gary YEUNG, MH
President,
Smart City Consortium

Running an organization is not easy especially when it is hard to start a business and hard to keep it going. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude for the contribution made by the three Honorary Presidents who have laid a solid foundation for Smart City Consortium (SCC) and have nurtured Hong Kong as a smart city. I am also grateful for all the support from the council members and members who elected me as the new President in May so that I can have the chance to lead and contribute to SCC.

 

Putting Forward Suggestions for Smart City

SCC has provided multiple professional advice to policy formulation, which includes submitting a proposal for the development of smart city to the Government and holding meetings with different Government departments regularly to discuss the latest progress of the development. The concept of smart city that few people in Hong Kong were aware in the past has grown into a hot topic that everyone is talking about. This is the achievement of SCC. Now, smart city has finally come to the implementation stage, I am really excited about a new face of Hong Kong in the near future.

 

Encouraging Citizens to Join and Promote Smart City 3.0

In the last few years, SCC has been actively building an effective communication network with the academic and business sector, industry specialists, non-profit groups and organizations. On the academic front, we have built the Smart City Academy in collaboration with local universities to develop courses on technology related topics, to help train more talent.

In addition, SCC strives to increase public awareness of smart city. We are going to hold the first ever Smartizen Park, a community activity which showcases a happier, healthier and smarter lifestyle through a host of interesting and interactive activities. As such, citizens can have a first-hand experience of what benefits a smart city would bring. This helps to encourage all people in the society to work together and jointly create the future. Collaboration among people, private sector, academia and government is indeed the essence of Smart City 3.0.

 

Smart City Development Improves the Quality of Life

Auto-toll for car parks, remote tablebooking chit from restaurants, mobile ordering and mobile payment, etc., smart city has smartened up many aspects of daily lives and activities. Promoting the development of innovation and technology was initially led by the technology sector, now it is mainly led by the government to enhance the quality of life. Mobile payment in mainland China such as Alipay and WeChat Pay has been changing people’s lifestyle and the public has definitely benefited from it. The rapid growth of mobile payment there is exactly a good example in which the government has played a crucial role in facilitating the development.

 

Electronic Identity is Foundation for Smart City

In addition to the innovative payment system, SCC has been striving to implement electronic identity (eID), which is one of the foundations in developing smart city. Through the internet, eID confirms identity of a person by checking against data stored in the physical world for online identity verifications. The Hong Kong Government will provide eID service to the public in 2020. Citizens can conduct transactions at Government organizations through online or mobile applications. This includes applying for subsidized public rental housing, renewing driving license, paying tax, etc. It can also be used on different financial technology platforms. In future, it is expected that eID will cross the border and will be applicable to other countries and regions. In fact, many European countries have already started to examine how to apply their own eID beyond their sovereignty, making wider use of this application.

 

While cities are progressing rapidly, one day we will experience resource exhaustion. When developing smart city, we should also conserve and preserve the environment and at the same time exploring new energy sources, in order to sustain a safe and livable planet.

 

From now on, I will continue on the path laid by our three Honorary Presidents, to promote a comprehensive implementation of smart city in Hong Kong together and keep marching towards “Smarter City, Smarter Hong Kong”!

 

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在「創業難,守業也不容易」的年代,建立一個組織絕不是易事。首先非常感激三位榮譽會長的努力,為智慧城市聯盟(「聯盟」)打好根基,令香港「智慧城市」走得更前!亦很感激各位理事與會員們的支持,推選我為新一任會長,讓我有機會帶領聯盟,作出更多貢獻。

 

為「智慧城市」出謀獻策

過去,聯盟已在政策層面提供多項專業意見,當中包括向政府遞交就「智慧城市」發展的建議,並定期與不同政府部門會面,商討「智慧城市」發展方向的最新進展。香港由以往甚少人知道「智慧城市」概念,發展至今無人不提「智慧城市」發展,聯盟的工作實已卓見成效。現在,「智慧城市」來到實行的階段,相信不久將來,香港將有一番新景象。

 

鼓勵全民齊參與 推動「智慧城市」3.0

同時,聯盟一直積極與多個學界、商界、行業專家,以及不同非牟利團體和組織建立有效的溝通橋樑。在學術方面,我們建立「智慧城市學院」,並與大學合作舉辦以科技為題的課程,為培訓科研人才而努力。此外,聯盟正策劃「Smartizen Park 智慧城市遊樂園」,透過公眾體驗和多元化的數碼展示區,讓公眾真實感受更愉快、更健康、更聰明的智慧生活模式。

 

「智慧城市」發展以人為重

「智慧城市」乃將所有生活或工作的流程重新演繹。現今的生活模式已對此一一驗證,如停車場自動繳費、餐廳遙距取籌、手機下單、手機付款等等。推動創科發展自過去的科技主導,發展至今天的政府主導,以推行有價值的科技應用,便利市民生活。「智慧城市」發展實以人為重,如何令市民大眾參與其中,便是最大的關鍵。正如大陸的行動支付,之所以能發展迅速,政府實是功不可沒。支付寶、微信支付等行動支付均在改變全民生活模式,令大眾從中受益。

 

電子身份是發展智慧城市的基礎

除了嶄新的支付系統,聯盟致力推行的數碼個人身份(eID)是「智慧城市」發展的另一基礎。在新一代互聯網下,eID讓網絡身份與現實生活接軌,得到網上身份認證。香港政府將於2020年,為香港市民提供eID服務,日後市民可於各政府機構進行網上或手機流動程式交易,如申請公屋、換領駕駛執照及繳交稅項等,同時亦可應用於不同的金融科技商業平台。eID將來更有望跨越邊界,適用於其他國家和地區。不少歐洲國家已開始思考如何跨國應用各自的eID,進一步擴大此一科技應用。

 

城市急速進步,總有一天需面對天然資源耗盡的問題。在發展「智慧城市」時,我們應以發展環保及新能源為前題,加強環境可持續發展,優化市民的生活質素,讓地球朝向既安全又宜居的方向發展。

 

往後,我將秉承三位榮譽會長的精神,與大家攜手推動香港全面實行「智慧城市」,繼續邁向「Smarter City, Smarter Hong Kong 」!