Jakarta 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.
The 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.
The 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.
HYDERABAD: 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.
The 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.
The 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 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.
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’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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 400 attendees gathered at the summit to discuss and explore security and information and communication technology approaches to support smart and safe cities. “A smart and safe city system helps to improve incident prevention, enables efficient processing, supports investigations, and enhances national security.” said Zhang Hongxi, Huawei’s vice president of Northern Latin America region.
TCL Group plans to team with its two subsidiaries TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited to invest CNY90 million to create a joint venture in Hong Kong through which the group will build a foreign-invested company in China for the operation of smart home projects. TCL Group and TCL Multimedia will hold a 30% stake in the joint venture respectively; while TCL Communication will hold a 40% stake.
National ICT Australia (NICTA) has launched a data analytics lab this week in collaboration with RMIT University. Professor Mark Sanderson, Deputy Head Researcher of the Computer Science and Information Technology of RMIT University told FutureGov that the lab will improve how information is transmitted and analysed in transport and healthcare systems. “It might be that you have sensors that are telling you on how your roads are being used, or the number of passengers that you have on a train, or just the way that people are accessing your website
Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.