A Look at the Progress of 10 Southeast Asian Smart Cities
Southeast Asia is home to many promising Smart City initiatives, and, since last March, 26 cities in the region have formed a collaborative platform to work together towards smart and sustainable urban development, improving the lives of their citizens through technology.
The platform, formed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), proposed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Most of the cities in the ASCN still have a long way to go before they can be considered “proper” Smart Cities, but they -along with other cities in the region- are showing great potential. CIO ASIA has compiled a list of ten of the region’s Smart Cities in order to take a look at their progress, using data from GovInsider, The ASEAN Post, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the ASCN project profiles.
The list includes:
- Hanoi, Vietnam. Set to adopt 5G, to establish a Smart Operation Center with several functional hubs, to integrate schools and universities in an online system, and to ease traffic congestion via a digital traffic map.
- Singapore, Singapore. Already a notable Smart City, ranked 6th in the world, and implementing numerous smart solutions, aided by tech-friendly legislation and a massive investment on smart city infrastructure.
- Jakarta, Indonesia. Jakarta has already launched Qlue, a civil participation app allowing citizens to report problems to the local government and businesses, and is developing an integrated transit cashless payment system.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Already implementing Smart City initiatives with distinction. It’s evolution is directed by a program aiming to transform the city with the use of technology and development of digital skills.
- Mandalay, Myanmar. Mandalay is following a 25 year urban development plan. A first step is the Mandalay Urban Services Improvement Project, which aims to improve the city’s water supply system, wastewater treatment and solid waste management.
- Phuket, Thailand. Due to its nature as a tourism hotspot, Phuket was included in the Thai Smart City pilot project. So far it has used big data analytics to keep track of an improve tourism delivery services.
- Makassar, Indonesia. Makassar is following a sociotechnical solution to its development, partnering with Singaporean companies to draft a plan including digital service platforms, smart cards, intelligent transport systems, preemptive flood detection systems, and smart street lighting.
- Danang, Vietnam. Danang is developing its smart ICT infrastructures and key databases. It is also focusing in enhancing environmental protection and urban management, to become a liveable and sustainably city.
- Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s capital is planning Smart City solutions to improve its traffic infrastructure, achieve a quality environment and ease its transport issues, caused by an overreliance on private cars.
- New Clark City, Philippines. Unlike other cities on this list, New Clark City is a planned community, designed from scratch as a high-tech green city with autonomous vehicles, drones and robots. Work started in 2016.
The original article can be found on CIO ASIA.