IDC Releases Top Ten Forecasts for China’s Smart Cities in 2022

In 2021, the central government of China increased its financial support for local governments and promoted the upgrading of municipal public facilities. They also supported efforts to build digital and intelligent management platforms to improve urban operation management. Based on this, IDC released their top ten forecasts for China’s smart cities in 2022 on Thursday.

Central Government’s Investment in Local Governments

As national and regional governments provided stimulus measures during the epidemic, many cities and communities had the opportunity to reshape their public services. IDC predicts that by 2022, more than 90% of local governments in China will receive more investment from the central government.

Public Servants, Remote Work

Before the pandemic, few government-related jobs were available for remote workers. Now, the public departments continue to invest in technologies that support collaboration and remote management.

Restoration of Trust and Reputation

During the epidemic outbreak, the Chinese government invested substantially in the screening and management of cyber attacks, public opinion and social information in general. In the future, China will continue to strengthen its management ability to identify and judge social information and maintain its credibility.

Connection Generates Value

With the increasing use of data integration tools, IDC predicts that, by 2025, 20% of all background data will be connected and utilized across departments. The Chinese government has always emphasized the sharing, exchange and opening of data, and has made great progress in the field.

A Balance between Fairness and Priority of Digitalization

Social welfare, public health, digital villages, and other projects continue to increase. By 2025, IDC predicts that 40% of cities and communities will adopt low-code/code-free platforms to help IT and non-IT employees quickly launch digital projects and newer social welfare services.

Effect-oriented Traffic Design

By 2023, cities with a population of over 1 million will increase their investment in dynamic data collection and management by 80% while further increasing results-oriented transportation design projects to achieve better technical requirements, user needs and management needs.

Internet of Things Security of Core Infrastructure

The Internet of Things will improve the efficiency in managing cities, but it also increases the susceptibility of cyber attacks. By 2025, IDC predicts that IoT devices will increase security threats to the key infrastructure of cities, making IoT security the primary investment focus in urban management.

Government Services Based on Electronic Accounts

By 2023, 60% of cities in China will have digital accounts, enabling citizens to pre-fill forms, access personalized services, update personal data, and authorize data sharing.

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Digital Twin Tech Empowers Green Development

By 2024, 70% of China’s cities will adopt digital twin technology to achieve urban sustainable development, improve operation efficiency within cities, improve environmental quality and achieve carbon emission targets.

Data & Culture

Governments around the world are trying to obtain more data from society. However, old systems and data formats, as well as the need to upgrade employees’ skills, can often lead to the improper use of information and systems, security, privacy, and other risks. IDC predicts that by 2027, 75% of cities in China will establish strict rules to standardize data governance in order to cope with the pace of data deployment by advances in artificial intelligence technology.