Ericsson joins forces with Arup to transform a pilot district in Hong Kong into its first smart and sustainable neighborhood. The feasibility study focuses on transforming Kowloon East into a Central Business District support economic growth.Hong Kong’s ICT maturity enables ICT based transformations with social, economic and environmental benefits.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has teamed with Arup, a multinational professional services firm, to carry out a smart city feasibility study, following the Hong Kong government’s vision of developing Hong Kong into a world-leading smart and sustainable city. The study focuses on transforming Kowloon East, a 488 hectare district, into an additional Central Business District of Hong Kong to support its economic growth and strengthen its global competitiveness.

The scope of the study spans a wide range of subjects that include formulating a smart city framework, implementation strategy and a business model that later can be expanded to cover the rest of Hong Kong. It will also advise on centralized digital infrastructure and cyber security to support the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data applications.

Wilfred Lau, Director at Arup, says: “For smart city projects, few companies in the world have the experience, expertise, and scale to match Ericsson. We are happy to have Ericsson on board to work on this flagship project. Arup is an independent firm of planners, designers, engineers, consultants and technical specialists working across the built environment. We feel honored to be appointed by the Hong Kong government as the lead consultant of the 18-month feasibility study.”

Paul Bergström, Head of Ericsson Hong Kong & Macau, says: “At Ericsson, we believe partnership is the key success factor for any city project. We are driving or engaging in many major projects together with industry partners, city authorities, international organizations and academia to deliver best-in-class solutions for smart and sustainable cities around the world. We share the same vision and values as Arup, and together we are excited to contribute to Hong Kong’s transformation journey.”

Ericsson can help cities at all levels of development, designing and implementing ICT solutions that promote the city’s sustainability, efficiency, innovation, safety, economic growth, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Ericsson’s approach is consultative, working across key city functions such as transport, safety and utilities, and providing support from planning to investment to operations.

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