Kowloon East (KE) is Hong Kong’s pilot area to explore the feasibility of developing a smart city. EKEO has been proactively engaging stakeholders including government departments, public utility companies, public transport operators, IT sector, academic and research institutions to exchange ideas for seeking collaboration opportunities to push ahead with this policy initiative. The following projects are now underway:
A consultancy study was commissioned in February 2016. The study aims to investigate the feasibility of developing KE into a Smart City district in terms of constraints, opportunities and challenges in order to formulate a framework and an advocacy statement for smart city development in KE, as well as propose smart city initiatives and their implementation strategies. More details of the consultancy study can be found at the Study Website and the smart city proposals are briefly described in the Smart City @ Kowloon East video.
Furthermore, taking account of different situations in KE, several proof of concept (PoC) trials are at different stages of implementation. The objectives of the PoC trials are to demonstrate the benefits of smart city development and to provide better understanding of the feasibility of wider application. Details of the following PoC trials can be found at the Study Website.
Requirements for achieving BEAM Plus accreditation of Gold or above rating and a higher greening ratio as well as provision of smart water meter system and electric vehicle charging facilities have been stipulated for new land sale sites in KE. Supply of real-time parking vacancy information is also required at appropriate land sale sites. Developers may make reference to the "Requirements for Provision of Parking Information""published by the Government. New government buildings in KE will generally comply with the same requirements.
We have launched a mobile app “My Kowloon East” (MyKE) which aims at promoting the smart city initiatives and the concept of “Walkable Kowloon East”. We have a “Smart Parking” scheme to collect and disseminate real-time parking vacancy data enabling drivers to locate available parking spaces easily which helps in reducing unnecessary car journeys and traffic congestion. More information can be found in "Smart Parking Mobile App" Scheme. More than 30 car parks including major ones are sharing their real-time parking vacancy data. About 70% of the hourly parking spaces in KE have already been covered. With the consent of the data owners, the relevant collected data are uploaded to the Government’s “Data.Gov.HK” website in application programing interface (API) format as well as shared with the Transport Department for dissemination through the HKeMobility app. For parties who are interested in sharing their data related to KE, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An “Easy Walking” function was launched in MyKE in June 2017. Users can find indoor, outdoor and barrier-free walking routes according to their personal needs. We have also collaborated with a major shopping centre in KE to install Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices to deliver indoor positioning function to MyKE users. Apart from thematic walking routes, the mobile app also uses artificial intelligence to recommend points of interest according to users’ preferences and interests. Currently, the mobile app contains the following functions: