Smart City

Asia Pacific cities are facing a host of problems including rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place unprecedented demands on city dwellers and officials.
The Vietnamese town of Da Nang has rolled out the first phase of its smarter city program. Selected by IBM to receive support under its smarter cities program, one of 33 cities chosen around the world for the project, water and transportation infrastructure has been the focus of early research.
China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation says progress on the roll-out of digital systems fundamental for smart cities was well under way. It also named nine cities that will be first to be given the 'Smart City' designation.
A new report from Pike Research says that over the next 40 years the global urban landscape will be dominated by smart cities and mega-cities.
The Vietnamese city of Da Nang was selected at last week’s 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC as the site of Low-Carbon Model Town Project, according to Pham Thanh Tung, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's International Co-operation Department.
Japan and China have agreed to launch 47 projects including the creation of a "smart city" as part of cooperation in promoting environment-friendly and power-saving projects in the context of China's increased energy needs, according to Japanese media.
At least CNY1 trillion (USD 159 billion) is expected to be spent on developing smart city projects in China by 2015. Smart city specialist Jiang Defeng, said spending on advanced information technologies, especially the "Internet of Things," to provide fast and effective information services in areas such as traffic management, health care and environmental protection, among others, would be critical to developing these cities, reported Xinhua.
Several communities wiped out in last year’s tsunami-devastated Fukishima Prefecture in Japan may be rebuilt as energy-efficient “future cities” under what some observers are calling highly ambitious plans.
The Sino-Singaporean Eco-City in north China's port city of Tianjin will get another 16 billion yuan (USD2.54 billion) this year to speed up construction of the massive green city, one of the largest in the world, according to Xinhua.
A former Panasonic manufacturing site 50 kilometres west of Tokyo is being used to develop Japan's first sustainable town, according to a Fairfax report.