The coming decades hold great promise for Hong Kong’s continued development as a smart and sustainable city. 5G connectivity across the territory combined with strengthened capabilities in artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, cloud and edge computing will enable a new generation of digital-enabled urban applications. These hold the potential to bring a myriad of benefits for cities, such as reducing traffic congestion, creating more energy-efficient buildings, designing more liveable public spaces, and improving delivery of healthcare and other services.

Hong Kong’s Connected Future is the fourth annual study on Hong Kong’s ongoing smart and sustainable city development produced by KPMG China in partnership with Autotoll, CGI, CLP, Cyberport, DLA Piper, JLL, Lenovo, MTR, Siemens, Signify, Sino Group, Smart City Consortium and theDesk. The report captures citizen and business perspectives across the region through a survey of 4,096 residents across seven Asian markets: Hong Kong SAR, mainland China cities within the Greater Bay Area (GBA), Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Shanghai; and interviews with over 20 corporate, academic, start-up, public sector, and NGO executives.

The study analyses Hong Kong’s current smart and sustainable city planning and policy initiatives, providing citizen and business perspectives on the conditions and characteristics needed to create an optimal ecosystem. It also identifies opportunities for Hong Kong to develop best practice use cases for the Greater Bay Area, ASEAN and elsewhere in the region.

Topics covered include:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Hong Kong’s smart city transformation
  • Developing a comprehensive and coordinated smart city strategy
  • Opportunities to reduce Hong Kong’s carbon footprint in the property and transport sectors
  • Optimising smart city innovation through data sharing and collaborative tools
  • Strengthening data security governance
  • Best practice focus areas for the rest of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and ASEAN