Smart city projects honoured at WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
17 November 2021

Two Arup’s digital projects took home the Smart Cities Awards at the 2021 World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Global ICT Excellence Awards, out of 100 entries from all over the world.

WITSA is the leading recognised voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90% of the world’s ICT market. The awards recognise the most impactful and innovative entries that bring the benefits of digital technology to citizens, governments, education, science, healthcare, the environment, industries and societies.

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Neuron was named the winner in the Smart Cities (private sector/NGO) category.

Neuron was named the winner in the Smart Cities (private sector/NGO) category. Serving as a ‘digital brain’ for smart buildings, Neuron integrates 5G, big data, the internet of things and artificial intelligence, to identify trends, forecast energy use, optimise building systems, detect faults and schedule predictive maintenance. The platform is in use in a number of projects in Hong Kong and mainland China to realise smart building operation and management.

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The CSDI-BEAP Study won the merit award in the Smart Cities (private sector/NGO) category.

Arup also scooped a merit award in the same category with the Development of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure – Built Environment Application Platform – Feasibility Study (CSDI-BEAP Study), a collaboration project with the Hong Kong government’s Planning Department. Tapping spatial data from CSDI, the study presents ten spatially and digitally enabled built environment applications and services that allow users to search for, interact with, download built environment applications and discover relevant resources via a web portal. It provides a vital tool to enable city stakeholders to use a digital twin approach to make decisions on city planning, management and operation, supporting development of Hong Kong as a smart city.

This year’s awards are occurring at a unique time in history. Despite going through a global pandemic, we are delighted that we are able to recognise some of the very best ICT solutions from governments, institutions, individuals, and industry. ” Dr Jim Poisant WITSA’s Secretary General