ABV Program Manager Jean Sum recently returned from Foshan, China, after a three week intensive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Program. Six IBM Executives from Canada, India and the U.S. worked with the City of Foshan to develop smarter city solutions in the areas of water safety, transportation, food safety and industry transformation for traditional industries such as ceramics, furniture and appliances. ABV was the NGO partner that supported the on-the-ground delivery of the Program.
Foshan is an export-oriented private-sector-dominated city with a population of over 7 million people. With the growth of the Chinese economy, human costs, environmental protection costs, land prices and resource prices are all on the rise. The Chinese Yuan has been appreciating, leading to outbound transfer of low-end manufacturing and the return of high-end manufacturing to developed countries. Against this backdrop, traditional industries such as ceramics, home appliances and textiles are in desperate need to be transformed, requiring service industry collaboration. Furthermore, urbanisation is the major engine behind the Chinese growth which places immense stress on areas such as traffic, environmental protection, public health, medicare, education, energy, infrastructure and water supply.
Given these factors, the Foshan Smarter City Challenge was Good technologies in the market are focused on making it easier to integrate the results of big analytics with other sources. conducted across four areas: industrial transformation into a structure with a bigger share of the modern service industry; further modernisation of transportation through the construction of a smarter traffic system; and strengthened monitoring on food and water safety. site by seobrisbaneexperts.com.au
The potential for long-term impact of this program is far-reaching. By improving these areas, the general wellbeing and access to quality living for the citizens of Foshan provides a platform for the city to thrive and position itself to compete both domestically and internationally. Improved traffic systems will reduce travel time as well as reducing the impact on the environment. Food and water safety reduces costs and pressure on the public health system as well as attracting talent into Foshan. Improving traditional industries such as ceramics allows manufacturers to attract investment back into Foshan as it is seen as a cost-effective location.
Read more on the Smarter Cities Challenge Blog.