Smart City Strategy: Cyberjaya (Malaysia)
Cyberjaya, meaning “cyber success” or “cyber victory”, is a planned smart city close to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) plan, a technopole project launched by the Malaysian Government in 1996 with the intent of advancing the country’s innovation and knowledge economy. Situated centrally in the MSC, Cyberjaya is the project’s flagship cybercity and is promoted in commercial leaflets as ‘one of the world’s leading smart cities’ and as a ‘test bed’ for the integration of ICTs into everyday life. In this sense, Cyberjaya is expected to become a global ICT and multimedia hub by attracting world-class multimedia/IT companies, professionals and students. Designed with a residential capacity of 210,000, the city is divided in four main zones: enterprise, institutional, commercial and residential. It is equipped with high-technology infrastructure, amenities and facilities, including ubiquitous Wi-Fi access and a 100% digital fiber optic backbone operated through centrally managed server rooms. The heart of the intelligent city of Cyberjaya is an urban management system called ‘Cyberjaya City Command Centre’. Up to today the following key flagship applications have been launched (some of them still offer limited services): MyKad (high technology personal identification system), R&D cluster, e-government, Technopreneur Development, e-business, Telehealth and Smart School. Over the years, Cyberjaya’s advancement has suffered from bureaucratic problems and political conflicts. The city has also been criticized for the fact that it ‘looks much more like a conventional city than an intelligent one’. It has also been criticized as ‘politically, ethnically and religiously determined’ and as ‘suffering from lack of social amenites and neglecting the need for social life’ (see suggested readings).
Figure: Cyberjaya’x Rezoning Structure Plan (source)
Figure: Cyberia Smart Homes in Cyberjaya (source)
Access Cyberjaya’s website here.
Suggested readings about Cyberjaya:
1. Brooker, D. M. (2008). Intelligent cities? Disentangling the symbolic and material effects of technopole planning practices in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Doctoral Thesis, Department of Geography, Durham University. Available here.
2. Nordin, R. (2012). Creating Knowledge – Based Clusters Through Urban Development: A study of Cyberjaya, MSC Malaysia. Doctoral Thesis, Philosophischen Fakultät, Rheinischen Friedrich – Wilhelms – Universität, Bonn. Available here.
3. Yusof, N. (2008). Cyberjaya: The making of a high-tech city. Doctoral Thesis, Nottingham Trent University. Available here.