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Healthcare, transport and education to be fused with new tech to turn Shanghai into intelligent city

Aim is to drive city toward a digital economy for intelligent living 

Shanghai aims to integrate medical, education and transport with new technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to boost the city's digital economy.

Data, mobile Internet applications for public services and an upgraded network infrastructure will spur a more intelligent living daily to local citizens, said the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.

In the first three quarters, Shanghai’s software and information service industry revenue grew 18.5 percent year on year to 210.6 billion yuan (US$31.9 billion). The city's electronics output rose 12.2 percent in the first 10 months, almost double the city’s gross domestic product, according to the commission, the city’s top industry regulator.

“Smartphone and Internet have become a city’s organ and blood spurring a new lifestyle in Shanghai,” said Lu Lei, general secretary of Shanghai Information Services Association.

Starting Tuesday, a week-long “Smart City, Warm Life” event held by SISA and the commission will offer local users upgraded Internet services and free data traffic packages by carriers as well as online coupons by Alipay.

So far, 30 million medical records from 65 hospitals and organizations in Shanghai have been unified in a database. Real-time bus routes and schedules have been displayed on 1,600 LCD screens at local bus stations.

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