China: State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM), China, estimate that the construction of most digital cities will be completed in 2015, and a ‘digital China’ will be formed by then, according to SBSM’s director Xu Deming.
SBSM has promoted the construction of digital cities in the country in the past two years. So far, pilot projects of digital city construction have been launched in 112 cities, which account for about one-third of all cities in China, according to the Science and Technology Daily.
Xu said that the construction of digital cities has achieved initial success. From 2006 to 2008, the bureau carried out the pilot project of building the geospatial data framework in 40 cities, and large-scale geospatial databases that can be updated on demand were established in some of those cities.
In addition, based on the databases and systems for managing traffic, cities have built similar setups for municipal services, underground pipe networks, public security, fire fighting and other functions.
Source: People’s Daily Online