China’s smart cities to boost surveillance

China Smart City SurveillanceSmart cities will collect and centralise data on everything from transport and waste management, to pollution and crime. The government says it will improve urban planning and boost the economy, but critics say it’s about tightening control.

Under China’s smart cities plan data relating to everything from city administration, to waste management and transport and pollution tracking, will be centralised and accessible by the government through an ‘intelligent operations centre’ – a room with massive screens detailing useful and searchable information.