China builds digital cities

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More than 260 prefecture-level Chinese cities are installing digital geographic systems, as part of efforts to enhance the governments' ability to make decision and improve citizens' quality of life.

The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG) said in a Wednesday statement that over 100 of those cities have put their systems into full operation, including Taiyuan and Jincheng in Shanxi Province, Huizhou and Foshan in Guangdong Province, Yantai and Weihai in Shandong Province.

About 10 lower-level counties have also finished the construction of digital geographic systems, according to the statement.

According to a five-year plan, China will build a digital geographic framework nationwide by 2015.

The statement said the NASMG will select some cities equipped with well-developed digital geographic systems  to build "smart cities" on a pilot program which aims to develop urban centers administered with intelligent technology such as cloud computing.

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