Arup hired to help create new smart city in Hong Kong

UK-based consultant Arup has been appointed for the feasibility study on developing Hong Kong’s first smart city district.

The flagship project is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, and follows the government’s strategy to develop Hong Kong into a leading digital city.

It will seek ways to transform Kowloon East, an old district including the decommissioned Kai Tak Airport (pictured) and the surrounding industrial areas, into a new, sustainable business district to support economic growth and strengthen the city’s global competitiveness.

Arup will be the lead consultant on the 18-month study, tasked with formulating a smart city framework, proof of concept trials, implementation strategy, and business model.

The consultant will also advise on a centralised digital infrastructure and cyber security to support internet of things (IoT) and big data application.

Making the announcement today, Arup said its teamwill be supported by IT experts including IBM and Ericsson.

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Photograph: Hong Kong wants to transform Kowloon East, with the decommissioned Kai Tak Airport, shown here in 2010, into a sustainable business district (Lichunngai/Wikimedia Commons)

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