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Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology recently issued the "Action Plan for Smart City Development of Beijing during the 14th Five-Year Plan Period."

According to the action plan, Beijing will have established a coordinated and standardized urban perception system, greatly improved its overall data governance capabilities, and increased the level of intelligent application systems across various sectors throughout the city by 2025, making it a benchmark city for new global smart cities.

The plan lays out six major tasks, including enhancing the foundation of smart development, making the city life more convenient, improving efficiency in government affairs, promoting the development of the digital economy, ensuring security and stability, and strengthening policy application in various fields.

The plan also proposes that Beijing establishes a "set of ledgers" for the city's perception terminals, promote the construction of a perception base network such as smart poles and towers, accelerate the coverage of the perception network, and build a unified perception management and service platform for the entire city.

Regarding the digital economy, Beijing will step up efforts to build data centers in key areas and advance the deep integration of government and social data to fully utilize the data's value. 

In addition, Beijing will explore new models of industrial operations for smart cities, set up operation units for data centers, establish management and performance evaluation mechanisms, and vigorously promote the construction of new infrastructure in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing.

The city will explore investment and financing models using government investment as the guide, enterprise investment as the main body, and financial institutions as the active support, and intensify efforts to support and train personnel in key technologies such as AI, big data, integrated circuits, software, and information services.

Finally, the city will also hold exhibitions and forums on smart cities with international influence.