Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan recently delivered an impressive address which can inspire us to think about the way forward for Hong Kong as a smart city. Balakrishnan, who is also the minister in charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, spoke at a geospatial and location intelligence conference in March about how geospatial innovation has become “a critical dimension of Singapore’s Smart Nation journey”. The resulting “great synergy” made it more effective in rolling out smart city initiatives. These viewpoints are not new. However, it was refreshing that he did not talk about policies or funding but rather quoted real-life examples to illustrate how geospatial data could benefit the community. Take attending cardiac arrest patients as an example. There is the myResponder app, which connects the ride-hailing company Grab and CPR-trained volunteers. When drivers are alerted by the app, they can head to the scene.
+INFO: South China Morning Post