General Manager and Executive Director of IBM Greater China Group D.C. Chien has stated that for cities to continue growing, a transformation into smart cities is necessary.
According to the executive, it has been estimated that by 2015, 70% of the world population will live in cities, and in the following 15 years, another 300 million people will move towards urban centers.
China already has a large number of pilot cities where different technological advancements are being tested.
“The speeding up of the development of smart cities may give a boost to Information Technologies (ICT’s) and economy. Currently, we are selecting the pilot cities for the implementation of the results of our investigations. Fuzhou, the first pilot city of this kind of service, is a good example from which other cities will be able to learn,” explained Zhao Yuhai, Director of the High Technologies Division of the Ministry of Science and Technology.