After ten years of accumulation in the ICT sector, Grid Electric has made great strides in the areas of intelligence, green energy conservation and new energy, etc., via informatization, digitalization and automation technologies backed by Xi'an Jiaotong University and Xi'an Jiaotong University Shanghai Academy. In the field of smart cities, Grid fully and profoundly understands the basic theories and core concepts of each stage in the process from Information City, Digital City, to Smart Cities and New Smart City.
Factors that Drive New Smart City Development
The Characteristics of New Smart City
The characteristics of a future new smart city are: intelligent online governance as the main management method; people-oriented service system as the guide, a unified management system, an open-source big data platform to support innovation and development, “multi-domain cooperation” to ensure network security, and promoting urban development with “two-wheel drive” of technological innovation and management innovation.
People is core to the city. Only if we gather people and industry in cities and attract people to the industries, can we truly achieve the integration of cities and industries. The core concept of people-oriented smart cities is reflected in the aspects of production, livelihood, and ecology as well as in the relationship among citizen, government and enterprise, that is, people's livelihood services, urban governance and technology implementation.
In the past few years, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Central Network Information Office have all paid great attention to the construction of smart cities and have issued a series of policy-oriented and guiding documents on smart cities, encouraging the development of smart city planning and construction. By the end of 2016, nearly 800 pilot cities in smart cities have been approved by the relevant ministries and commissions. It is expected that the total investment of smart cities in China will be a colossal amount during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.
The new type of urbanization in China is in full swing. There are more than 30 provincial-level administrative units, more than 300 prefecture-level administrative units, and nearly 3,000 county-level administrative units throughout the country. Each administrative unit needs to plan, build, and upgrade large-scale smart cities. It is evident that the construction of smart cities in China has huge room for development.
Smart City Project Components Based on its understanding of the core concepts of smart cities and practices in relevant fields, Grid Electric provides top-level planning, sub-project planning, project investment and financing, project construction, technology integration, module integration, industrial planning, and project operations for all levels of cities in comprehensive smart city integrated solutions and services. Through the establishment of an open architecture, a secure shared network, a common functional platform, a comprehensive data system, a unified command center and a set of a complete standard system, cities will realize a new type of smart city sustainable development model. It is envisioned that new smart cities will have more convenient public services, more open information sharing system, safer environment, more intelligent management decisions, more livable urban ecology, and more robust economic development.
Smart City Investment Models
Under the guidance of “Belt and Road Initiative”. Grid Electric has spread the smart city solutions to the Southwest Asian countries, such as Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines. Through international collaborations, Grid Electric applies advanced smart city conceptions and technologies to domestic city planning, construction, operation and maintenance. It not only raises the smart level of domestic cities but also makes domestic smart cities more globalized by absorbing cutting-edge technologies and ideas.