November 6, 2006 By News Report
Congestion is a major problem everywhere in China. Government agencies and the commercial sector are urgently searching for efficient ways to access reliable traffic information. This implementation in Shanghai is the first step toward an anticipated nationwide roll-out with China Mobile. TrafficCast International's deployment provides the first cost-effective method of generating highly accurate, real-time traffic information within major cities and across inter-city freeways and state roads in China.
Professor Qixin Shi, China's leading ITS researcher and former Director of Transportation Institute at Tsinghua University at Beijing states, "TrafficCast International's cell probe deployment in Shanghai is state-of- the-art. When [the] technology is deployed more widely it will enable China to leapfrog the U.S., Europe, and Japan, which rely heavily on traditional sensor technology, and it will support logistics management for the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games and 2010 World Expo in Shanghai."
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.