January 2017


Case Study :

Smart City Cloud-Datacenter -- Part 1 of 2

The Customer


Our case subject is a prefectural-level city located in the East China Region; governing several city districts, counties, development and functional zones, and county-level cities; with size just over 3,000 square miles and a population of approximately 7.3 million. To protect its privacy, our customer has requested that we write this story under a pseudo name. We honor that request and will simply refer to it as CSSC, short for Case Study Smart City.

CSSC is well placed by the Changjiang River and costal economic zones with easy access to its vast hinterlands via railway, highway, waterway; also to costal and international ports via seaway; which has enabled it to become a regional and national economic and trade center through centuries of evolution.

Background: Smart City Initiatives in China


Prefectural-level city : It is an administrative division of the People's Republic of China (PRC), ranking below a province and above a county in China's administrative structure. Prefectural-level cities form the second level of the administrative structure (alongside prefectures, leagues and autonomous prefectures).

A prefectural-level city is often not a "city" in the usual sense of the term (i.e., a large continuous urban settlement), but instead an administrative unit comprising, typically, a main central urban area (a city in the usual sense, usually with the same name as the prefectural- level city), and its much larger surrounding rural area containing many smaller cities, towns and villages. Prefectural-level cities nearly always contain multiple counties, county level cities, and other such sub-divisions. More often than not, they have become significant fixtures of the nation’s social and economic landscapes.

Smart City. A smart city is an instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent city that uses smart computing technologies to make the critical infrastructure components and services of a city – which include administration, education, healthcare, public safety, real estate, utilities, and transportation – more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient.

Smart City Initiatives in China. China has attached great importance to building smart cities. Between January 2013 and April 2015, MOHURD (Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development) selected a total of more than 300 pilot project sites in three batches; including prefectural-level cities, districts, counties and townships across the country; of which CSSC is among the second batch.

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