Building smart cities: an information system approach

ModuleCode: ECOM7123

Hong Kong, like a number of cities in China and overseas, is considering the transformational development into a smart city.  The concept of a smart city is based on the application of ICT in various aspects of the city to connect and integrate the systems and services of the city for better synergy and efficient use of resources.  The vast amount of real-time data generated by smart sensors can be integrated with the modern information and communication technologies, useful information and insights can then be derived by analytic techniques to optimize and automate city management.  Productivity can be boosted and sustainability can be ensured based on the effective collection, delivery and manipulation of the information in smart cities by innovative applications.  The ultimate goal of smart city development is to improve people’s quality of life and support the development of innovation and business enterprises.

This course presents an overview and the core concepts and techniques of building smart cities by utilizing the technologies like Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Big Data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) , Artificial Intelligence (AI) etc., that are indispensable to the development and effective management of the key components of smart cities.  Key components of smart cities in the Smart City Wheel will be discussed in details and current and potential technologies facilitating smart city development will be introduced.  Students will not only learn the concepts but also real applications being developed or used in smart cities.  A series of guest lectures will be arranged for our students to understand more about the actual implementations of smart city projects in various industries in Hong Kong.