Big Data center launched to drive smart Shanghai

Shanghai launched a Big Data center yesterday to improve management of the city and the business environment.

Shanghai launched a Big Data center yesterday to improve management of the city and the business environment.

The Shanghai Municipal Big Data Center will bring together all kinds of service data, including those of the government departments and other organizations, for connection, sharing and application, Zhou Bo, Shanghai’s executive vice mayor, said at a press conference.

The center is expected to promote integration of technology, business and data, and help build a data-sharing system of the city. It will formulate technical standards and management methods for the collection, management, sharing, opening, application and security of data resources.

Setting up the center is “an important move aiming to achieve cross-level, cross-department, cross-system and cross-service data sharing and exchange for government, industry and social data,” Zhou said.

The city has entered a stage of comprehensive promotion of the one-stop service platform and is now accelerating the development of smart government.

“Our overall goal is to complete the establishment of the general portal of the one-stop service for Shanghai’s government affairs in 2018,” Zhou said.

By 2020, the city is expected to form a basic framework for a coordinated and efficient smart government with accurate services and scientific management, he added.

According to the city’s plan to build the one-stop service platform and smart government, the one-stop service will allow people to apply for personal affairs at any community service center throughout the city.

Citizens can call the 12345 hotline for further guidance.

The one-stop platform merges the systems of different government authorities and allows online application for and approval of licenses, company seal making, and tax affairs.

Authorities will regulate and integrate their official accounts on WeChat and mobile applications for public services to promote integration and the processing flow of government accounts and services.

“With the integrated service procedures, over 90 percent of the examination and approval for companies can be done at one time,” Zhou said.

Big Data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence will all be used in the development of smart government to build Shanghai into a global city of excellence, Zhou said.

Premier Li Keqiang said during his visit to Shanghai this week that the one-stop service platform “is a big step forward to show the government’s determination in transforming its role.”

Shanghai should live up to the great expectations, Li added, through beefing up efforts to improve its business environment and to reduce operational costs for companies with more investor-friendly policies.

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