Taiyuan, the capital of North China's Shanxi province, will be one of the first 15 pilot cities to construct an integrated urban management services platform, according to a meeting held by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development on March 19. 

Officials said the move aims to improve the levels of scientific, sophisticated, intelligent and internet plus government services in the urban management sector. 

They said the 15 pilot cities will target achieving interconnection, data synchronization and business coordination between city, provincial and national-level urban integrated management service platforms -- based on existing urban management situations. 

Taiyuan has been collecting and solving urban management problems, serving its community and ensuring the city's operations over the past 11 years by digital means, dependent on local advantages in grid-based management and information technology. 

Plans are for the city to further improve its local urban integrated management services platform. 

It will offer better services to citizens, by integrating and sharing data from government departments. It will also expand functions for overall coordination, commands and dispatches, supervision and assessments, comprehensive evaluations, and public services.

Officials said it will complete networking with the national urban integrated management service platform by the end of this year.