The 12th China Smart City Construction Technology Conference held in Beijing

In the morning of June 20, the 12th China Smart City Construction Technology Conference and Equipment Expo was held at Beijing International Convention Center. The conference was co-hosted by Chinese Academy of Surveying & Mapping, China Academy of Building Research and China Electronics Standardization Institute and was undertaken by Beijing Zhongce Huaxin Technology Development Co., Ltd. Themed on “Smart City 2.0: Smart Development, Smart Future”, the conference summed up the achievements China had made on building smart cities during the 12th Five-year Plan period and discussed on the development trend, development patterns and strategic goals of new-type smart cities during the 13th Five-year Plan period.

Song Chaozhi, Director General of Chinese Society for Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Dai Hong, Director of Industrial Standards Department II, Standardization Administration of the P.R.C., Wang Jianqing, Head of the Comprehensive Section of the Department of Energy-Saving and Science and Technology, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the P.R.C., and Sun Wenlong, Vice President of China Electronics Standardization Institute attended and addressed the opening ceremony..

Dai Hong said in her speech, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council paid high attention to building smart cities. General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed in the report at the 19th CPC National Congress, “As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved. What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.” The new expression about the change of the principal contradiction facing Chinese society pointed out the fundamental focus for addressing the development issues of China at the contemporary era and provided scientific and correct insight into advancing the development of the Party and the nation. People’s desire for a better life can not do without convenience in accessing basic necessities of life, highly-efficient utilization of resources, and interconnection and sharing of facilities. She said: “In view of this, the 19th CPC National Congress has made out a strategic plan on building a cyberpower, digital China and smart society. The Guidance on Actively Promoting Internet Plus Action Plan by the State Council has put forward requirements for accelerating the building of new-type smart cities. The information-based development in the State Council’s ‘13th Five-year Plan’ has also outlined specific steps for building new-type smart cities. With the rapid progress and deep integration of information-based construction of Chinese economy and society, smart city has become a major part on the work agenda of China’s information-based development and has become an important symbol representing information-based development level.”

She stressed, the State Administration of the P.R.C. laid great importance on the standardized development of smart cities. It had organized relevant departments to have drawn up the Coordinated Development Mechanism for Standardization of Smart Cities and published the Guidelines on Construction and Application of the Smart City Standard System and Evaluation Index System. So far, the plans for formulating and revising a total of 41 basic and general national standards in the field of smart city have been approved. On June 7, 2018, the State Administration of the P.R.C. approved and issued 5 national standards for smart cities including the Guideline on Implementing the Top-Level Design of Smart City. Meanwhile, experts were also called for to take leading positions in international standardization organizations. Next, the State Administration of the P.R.C. will intensify its efforts in coordinating and continuously perfecting the system of smart city standards, setting up classification and grading evaluation, network security and other fundamental standards, carrying out researches on time-space big data, interconnectivity and other key technical standards, and advancing the formulation of standards in management and service areas.

At the opening ceremony, the Whitepaper on New Smart City Development 2018 was also released. Consisting of the preface and other five parts, the whitepaper mainly analyzes the connotations and development trend of new smart cities, introduces the purposes and significance for classified and graded building of smart cities, and initiatively puts forward the maturity model-based evaluation system for new smart cities.