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The Chinese University of Hong Kong's (CUHK) Institute for Future Cities (IOFC) has developed the first platform in Hong Kong for integrating and analysing urban big data, as part of efforts to transform Hong Kong into a smarter city.

The platform uses urban development theories and clever use of innovative technology and development software to allow for the collection, analysis and exchange of multimedia urban big data.

CUHK said the platform has the potential to help Hong Kong to become a smart city in the areas of personalized health monitoring, urban planning, air quality, social care and other fields.

The city will potentially be able to combine its advanced technology infrastructure – ranked first globally by the World Competitive Yearbook for the past five years – with the software developed by the IOFC to fulfil its ambition of becoming a smart city and help the HKSAR government develop its smart city blueprint.

“Hong Kong must take an innovative and cross-disciplinary approach to tackle the challenges of urbanization in the 21st century,” IOFC director Professor Leung Yee said.

“Through the systematic analysis and enrichment of the links among men, objects and information, resources in Hong Kong can be utilized more efficiently. Hence, the people of Hong Kong can live a more convenient life, with their living standards improved and social developments fostered.”

He said effective use of the platform can help shape Hong Kong into a smart city of the future that is environmentally friendly, economically prosperous, socially just and sustainable.