Macau | BOAO Forum: Experts unveil Smart City possibilities in summit session

Macau (MNA) – A session held today at the BOAO Forum for Asia Development Summit (Macau) under the title “Smart City and the Development of Asia” showed the possibilities of the ongoing Smart City project in Macau.

The panelists included experts, businessmen and central gov’t officials.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of the Board and President of Gree Electric Appliances, a company located in the Chinese city of Zhuhai, made a passionate speech showing the benefits of focusing on research and development instead of relying on third parties. Gree started as an air conditioner manufacturer to become a reference in green technologies and be a leading player in a new generation of appliances included under the Smart City label. “We have to reach the consensus that future belongs to young people,” she said during her presentation.

Alexander Parilusyan, vice-president of 3DEXPERIENCity, showed a 3D model of Singapore developed to run virtual tests on new urban features linked to the transformation of the city into a Smart City.

Mr. Parilusyan said to MNA that Dassault Systemes, the French software developer firm behind 3DEXPERIENCity, is not in contact with Macau authorities to develop a similar project to the city.

Zhou Jiangong, CEO of media group China Business Network, supported the idea that big data will operate a change in the shape of the cities. He said that current design of cities might be altered but big data will be in the center of all of them.

Li Ying, Counselor of the Department of Information Technology Application and Software Services of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China talked about the situation of the big data push in Mainland.

She remarked the examples of Chinese cities of Nanjing and Ningbo in terms of manufacturing optimization but also said that slow participation from the cities and a weak supervision are problems in need to be tackled.

Liu Binxing, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud HK & Macau, said that Macau citizens will start to see the first results of the Smart City project by the end of 2018, and gave some examples of the way Aliababa’s technology works.