Bandung partners Telkom for smart city projects

IndonesiaBandung city in Indonesia has tied up with Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) to build infrastructure for its smart city projects. An online portal, video analytics to monitor crime hotspots, sentiment analysis and public Wi-Fi are in the pipeline. Bandung will work with the firm to implement video analytics on the city’s surveillance system to monitor traffic conditions and crime-prone locations. It will also pick up data from Facebook and Twitter to analyse the latest topics going around on social media in Bandung.

Cloud adoption by Asia Pacific cities set to double over next three years

APACA report on cloud adoption practices in the Asia Pacific, released two weeks ago, predicts that cities will quickly be taking up cloud-based services and solutions to handle their day-to-day as well as long-term requirements. The 35-page research paper is the first comprehensive evaluation of the impact of cloud computing on governments in the region.

Indonesia to develop smart city standards by end of year

IndonesiaIndonesia will set standards for smart cities in the country by the end of the year, said Minister for ICT, Rudiantara. He urges local governments to be more competitive in the race to improve municipal services with technology. The city with the best implementation will be selected as a benchmark to determine the standards before the end of the year, he said. Yogyakarta, Banyuwangi and Bandung have already implemented the smart city projects, Rudiantara said.

Big dip in Budget 2015-16 for Indian smart cities

IndiaBudget for India’s 100 smart cities project have seen a big dip in the 2015-16 Budget announced on 1 March. This comes as countries around the world race to share their expertise on city planning and sign deals with Indian states to build new cities. This year the Budget allocates INR 21.6 billion (US$349 million) to develop cities which will rely on technology to run their transport, utilities, housing, healthcare, safety and other municipal services.

Jakarta’s Smart City app ready to partner with local tech startups

IndonesiaJakarta is a megacity with a bad rep for underserving its inhabitants. Regular floods, fires, record-breaking traffic gridlocks, and pollution make life in Indonesia’s capital a daily stress test. But the tide is slowly turning as Jakarta’s government, now under the leadership of governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, is discovering how to make communication technology work in its favor.

Malaysian urban authority joins with Toyama, Japan to reduce carbon emissions

JapanThe Iskandar region in Malaysia is teaming up with Toyama City (pictured) in Japan to explore how they can boost their liveability and environmental sustainability. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Mayor of Toyama City this week signed a memorandum of understanding. The agreement includes plans to generate hydroelectricity and use technology to improve public transportation in Iskandar.

Singapore’s first advice to Indian smart city – address your environmental concerns

SingaporeThe Singaporean delegation advising India on smart cities has told local officials to take better care of their city’s environment. The delegation is in Andhra Pradesh state assisting with designs for a new capital city being built for the state. “A Singapore expert in solid waste management pointed out that Andhra Pradesh needs streamlining of garbage collection, segregation of waste.—address-your-environmental-concerns

Cisco to help Andhra Pradesh governemernt on smart city

IndiaHYDERABAD: Cisco Systems would help Andhra Pradesh in developing Visakhapatnam as a smart city and it is also keen on working with the state government in the areas of education and healthcare. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a video call with top executives of the American networking giant today, an official release said here.

US joins Indian smart cities race, signs three deals

IndiaThe United States has joined the race to help India build 100 smart cities, signing memorandums of understanding with three Indian states to assist with new projects. The deals were signed this week as part of President Obama’s visit to India. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan signed the deal with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency on 25 January to develop Vishakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer.

Smart City Expo kicks off in Taipei

TaiwanThe Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei kicked off on January 20 featuring a variety of solutions such as connectivity, cloud computing, and construction and management to create smart cities. Makers in Taiwan expressed interest in 4G service developments in relation to the Intenet of Things (IoT) and developing smart city solutions in conjunction.

Jakarta expanding light rail network, cancels new monorail

Jakarta has announced plans to expand its rail network to satellite cities. The news comes as the city cancels a contract to build a new monorail network within the city. Indonesia’s capital city wants to expand its Light Rail Transport (LRT) network to ease traffic congestion, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said. Many people who work in Jakarta commute everyday to satellite cities where housing is more affordable.

Australia looking to follow Singapore in building Indian cities

As India prepares to build 100 new smart cities, Australia and Singapore are looking to win lucrative contracts assisting with the move. Two Singaporean firms have today been announced as master planners for the new capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) in Australia this week announced plans to strengthen its relationship with India by positioning itself as “a global leader in infrastructure development.”

Indonesia to spend US$2.4 million on smart city project in 2015

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, will invest IDR 30 billion (US$2.4 million) on its smart city project this year, the team told FutureGov. 60 per cent of the money will be spent on building an operations centre that will help monitor and respond to complaints from citizens, said Alberto Ali, Head of Technical Unit, Smart City Jakarta. The remaining will be used for operations and human resources to run the centre, he said.

How to paint tomorrow’s picture with today’s tools: the Internet of Things

All around us are the things that, if better used, can vastly improve our lives – the devices and assets in our city, the data they produce, our cloud services, and business intelligence tools, to name a few. Does your organisation have a strategy yet to capitalise on all of these things, and re-imagine the future of your city?

Singapore students win smart city challenge by infocomm agency and Red Hat

Students from Singapore Polytechnic have won a regional challenge by the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Red Hat this week with a smart energy consumption application. The Red Hat Challenge@Labs encouraged students to create smart home solutions using open source technology to address real challenges faced by people.

IoT, Smart City vision inspires Taiwan’s Arbor and Malaysia’s mTouche tie-up

MSC Malaysia status public-listed mTouche Technology and Taiwan-listed Arbor Technology [Arbor] have signed a digital infrastructure alliance to help drive the development in Malaysia of Internet of Things [IoT] and Smart City solutions. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding [MoU], the signing of which was witnessed by YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman of national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the two technology companies will combine their knowledge and experience to support the development of technologies and innovation that will offer end-to-end solutions in Smart City infrastructure in Malaysia.

Why Singapore is moving to 3D maps for urban planning

Singapore has limited land, but its skyline is constantly changing. The city’s urban planning agency has found that 2D maps and physical models are not able to keep up with such a complex environment, its Chief Information Officer, Peter Quek said. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now using 3D mapping to get a more realistic view of the city and simulate future scenarios, so agencies can plan their services better.

Finally! Singapore gets Indian Smart Cities deal

Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Indian state to provide knowledge on smart city management, it was announced this week. International Enterprise Singapore and the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh signed a deal to train Andhra Pradesh officials in urban planning and governance, supported by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.

China’s Inspur Seeks to Partner with India on Smart City Project

Chinese information technology company Inspur Group said it hopes to collaborate with the Indian government in its effort to transform the country into a smart nation. “We want to partner with India in building its smart cities, as envisioned by the new government. We are a leading firm in hardware and India is good in software and I think our association will be wonderful,” said Zhang Dong, Inspur’s vice president.

Panasonic opens smart town targeting zero-emission houses

As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.