The Smart City Infocus 2016 Conference is being held in Yinchuan, China this week. I was invited to attend so I could experience this new smart city, write about it and talk about it as a wireless analyst and columnist. This event is being sponsored by the Chinese Government. They are very serious about being a leader in the smart city movement that will continue to transform all our lives in coming years.
The Government of China is flying over more than just key wireless analysts. They are also flying over 500 Mayors, City CIO’s and CTO’s and C-Level executives from top Fortune 500 companies from more than 60 different countries. They will discuss what it takes to make a city not only smart, but sustainable. It’s about technology, fiscal, regulatory and administrative areas.
You may ask: Why is the typically conservative Chinese Government taking such a big step towards open collaboration? We are in the early days of a smart city revolution. There are hundreds of rapidly growing technologically advanced cities in China. Yinchuan was chosen as the smartest city in China. The Chinese Government wants citizens of Yinchuan to be one of the first in China to receive end-to-end smart city services. They want the world to see this as a shining example of what we can all expect going forward.
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