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Digital technologies make Hangzhou smarter

By Jiang Nan | People's Daily | Updated: 2020-06-22


A comprehensive urban management platform is put into use in Xiacheng district, Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province on April 29. The platform aims to build a smart commanding center by integrating sanitation, municipal affairs, order building, traffic management, parking service, greening and garbage sorting, and combining smart hardware such as autopilot vehicles with internet and AI technology. Besides, the platform is also connected with traffic police department, housing and urban development department, and neighborhood communities. [Photo by Long Wei/People's Daily Online]

Such satisfaction came from the City Brain's excellent ability in data analysis, as data from 5 municipal-level departments has been shared with the system to guide the site selection of economical apartments and match the housing demand of different employees.

The city is also combining big data with grid management to make social governance more efficient and targeted.

In Hubin community of the city's Shangcheng district, the information of 10,736 apartments has been incorporated in a unified address database, and 689 senior citizens living alone are given special attention based on big data analysis. Once sudden and dramatic changes are spotted in electricity consumption and other data, the City Brain will inform relevant grid-controllers to go for inspection.

So far, the City Brain has been exploited by 96 government departments and 317 information system programs in Hangzhou, processing an average of 120 million pieces of data every day.

In the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic this year, the city responded quickly with digital approaches. The color-based QR code indicating health conditions, the digital platform facilitating work resumption, and the government-business platform it launched have all powered epidemic control and production resumption in digital means.

The number of patients received by major hospitals' fever clinics is also transmitted to the City Brain in real time, which served as important references for the city's epidemic prevention and control. 

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