Raising the IQ of a metropolis

Raising the IQ of a metropolis

How China’s City Cloud Technology is turning Hangzhou into a smart city.

Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou is renowned for its natural beauty and economic prosperity. Its large metropolitan area supports nearly nine million citizens. As one of the most historic and scenic cities in China, it is a popular destination for tourists. And its diverse range of industries—from manufacturing and medicine to agriculture and textiles—are thriving.

Today, the City of Hangzhou is working to connect all of them.

“Hangzhou is becoming a smart, connected city,” says Mr. Chen Bin, operations director for City Cloud Technology (CCI), one of Hangzhou’s primary technology providers.

  • CCI has developed cloud and data platforms that Hangzhou will utilize to operate more efficiently and better serve its citizens, businesses, and tourists.
  • The platforms are built on the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) and take advantage of Cisco cloud, collaboration, analytics, mobility, and security solutions.

“These are foundational platforms for a smart city, delivered as a private cloud,” Mr. Chen explains. “Hangzhou will use the platforms for city management, a public information service, and other e-government applications.”

But that’s just the beginning. In the coming years, CCI will help civic, commercial, and industrial sectors connect to Hangzhou’s cloud. In doing so, the city will be able to offer “smart” healthcare, education, and food safety services, among others.

Connecting with industry
Countless cities around the world are tapping cloud technologies to streamline their operations, reduce their costs, and better serve their constituents. But few have the ambitious scale and industry ties of Hangzhou’s smart city initiative. 

  • Using the CCI cloud and data platforms, Hangzhou plans to connect all of the community medical centers and women’s health hospitals in its Shangcheng District to standardize medical data management, improve collaboration, and enable better health analytics. The cloud service will include a mobile app for residents, allowing them to find and consult with local doctors, view their health records, and pay medical bills.
  • Hangzhou also plans to connect its schools through a “Smart Education” project. Starting in the Shangcheng District, a database will be created that contains comprehensive information on students, teachers, and schools. The unified database will be used to enhance educational offerings in Zhejiang Province and improve student and staff performance management.
  • The CCI cloud will also be used to improve food safety in Hangzhou. Cameras will soon be placed in commercial kitchens, with real-time video feeds being delivered to public health authorities via the cloud. The “Transparent Kitchen” initiative will reduce the need for and cost of on-site inspections, boost food safety monitoring, and improve incident investigations.

“With a powerful cloud platform, Hangzhou can connect with all major industries, take advantage of data resources, and develop new citizen services,” says Mr. Chen. “And with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure [Cisco ACI], we can easily deploy and manage these services and replicate them in other cities and provinces in China.”


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