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Shanghai speeds up smart city development

Zhu Shenshen
Week of experience events next month will paint a picture of how the city's future will look in aspects including health care and transport.
Zhu Shenshen

Becoming a smart city will reshape the future of Shanghai in health care, transport, open data and cybersecurity, the local industry regulator said on Thursday.

Several dozen experience events will be held next month during Shanghai Smart City Week from December 2, the city's economy and information technology commission said.

Shanghai has set up a city-level smart city promotion team to achieve the target with new technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G. They will improve the city’s urban management level and improve people’s daily lives, according to the commission, helping Shanghai to become an “AI highland” nationwide and globally. 

In the health care sector, the documents of more than 30 million citizens are on a database, helping to make online appointments at 38 local hospitals. In transport, people can track real-time bus routes through over 3,300 bus stations.

Carriers are building 5G networks in the city, among the first nationwide to adopt the new technology. The city has made cybersecurity and open data blueprints. 

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