The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and China’s largest integrated IT service provider Digital China Holdings Limited (Digital China) signed a framework agreement to build the Smart City (Hong Kong) Research Institute with an aim to foster the development of smart city in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
According to the agreement, HKUST and Digital China will work together on the strategic planning of the smart city and the development of key information technologies of big data for the smart city. The two parties will collectively build an experience center of the smart city and apply for various government sponsored research programs and important academic projects. HKUST will mobilize its research talents and facilities for the cooperation and leverage its advantages in science and technology research, while Digital China will leverage its advantages in IT planning and consulting, as well as development of solutions.
HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan said, “It is our great pleasure to have established a strategic partnership with the renowned innovation leader Digital China. HKUST has been delivering remarkable achievements in innovation research. Driven by the synergy created from the collaboration, we believe such new momentum will definitely help foster the development of smart city and make Hong Kong an innovation and technology hub.”
Mr Guo Wei, Chairman of the Board of Digital China, commented, “Digital China is transforming to a full service and Internet Company and smart city is one of the strategic priorities. As a leading enterprise in the smart city construction in China, we are building various channels to optimize the strategic framework to construct the smart city. The cooperation with HKUST is closely in line with our growth strategy. It will further optimize and improve the services and products in the construction of the smart city, laying a solid foundation for the long term development of the company.”
Digital China said that HKUST is a world leading university with proven excellence in the research of science and technology, especially in the information technologies of big data, smart city consulting, planning and development of solutions. The cooperation would build a new bridge between the mainland and Hong Kong in the development of smart city.
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Digital China leverages global IT resources to establish a complete IT services value chain and offer customers end-to-end integrated IT services, which covers IT planning and consultation, IT infrastructure system integration, design and implementation of solutions, design and development of application software, outsourcing of IT system operations and maintenance, IT distribution, logistics and maintenance, etc.
Digital China takes the initiative to implement smart city strategy in accordance with China’s 12TH Five-Year Plan. It takes advantage of IT technologies such as cloud computing, mobile internet and the internet of things to drive consolidation and innovation in the IT industry, cultivate the information consumption market and help accelerate the urbanization process in China. With comprehensive service capabilities and business coverage, it offers integrated smart city services to customers, which ranges from smart city framework design and planning, smart city IT infrastructure implementation to smart city operational services. The Group has implemented a national expansion strategy for introduction of smart city operations throughout the country. Boasting a visionary theoretical framework, it has the largest number of success cases for implementing smart city projects.
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HKUST Signed Framework Agreement with Digital China to Build Smart City Research Institute