Established Smart City Programmes
Bright Innovation Co. is actively pursuing global expansion plans in the following markets with established Smart City progam:
- China (RMB500bn/US$73bn in the 13th FY Plan 2016-20): As part of the its urbanization strategy, China is looking to develop ‘new cities’ which encompasses Smart Cities, Green Cities, and ‘Sponge Cities’ (with a stronger ecological footprint). The National development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has stressed the importance of private capital to build its Smart Cities.
- India (109 cities, INR98,000 crore/US$15bn in investment): Under its Smart Cities Awas Yojna Mission, India aims to make 109 cities smart and rejuvenate 500 others by the end of this decade. Cities will see general connectivity boosted, as well as e-government and citizen participation enhanced though IT systems, and an improvement of the overall urban mobility strategy and smarter public transports.
- UAE (Dubai, US$8bn+): Under the Dubai Plan 2021, the Smart City strategy includes 100+ initiatives and a plan to transform 1,000 government services into smart services, mostly based on data. The plan covers healthcare, industrial, education, safety, telecoms, tourism and utilities. Dubai along with neighbouring Abu Dhabi is also deploying over 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to offer free internet. It is also investing heavily on smart mobility systems (i.e. traffic sensors, mobile traffic apps, driverless vehicles).
- Singapore (S$2bn): The Singaporean government launched one of the largest Smart Cities roll outs in the world in 2014 with Smart Nation, and has plans to cover the entire city-state with sensors and smart cameras to collect data across all verticals, including healthcare, water, and waste. The government plans to the data onto an online platform (Virtual Singapore).
- USA (US$165mn): In 2016, as part of the Obama White House’s Smart Cities Initiative, the US Department of Transportation announced a US$165mn investment in Smart-City solutions. This includes US$65mn in funding and US$100mn in matching funds geared to smart mobility technologies, easing congestion, and improving safety.
- Spain - Barcelona (US$90m+): It is deploying sensors to measure noise control, air quality, waste management, and for street parking (ApparkB gives motorists real-time information on street parking). Street lights are a focus with LEDs and 3,000+ lights with the intelligence to activate when motion is detected, and gather environmental data. It has installed close to 1,000 Wi-Fi spots and is looking to bring free internet access across the whole city. It is also rolling out more e-government services, contactless services, more city apps, smart bus stops etc.
- Australia (US$50mn): Under the ‘Commonwealth’s Smart Cities Plan’, the Australian government will invite state and territory governments to partner in City Deals which provide common objectives across levels of government, support for key industry and employment centres, infrastructure investment linked to broader reform and changes to planning and governance arrangements.