Smart Cities in ASEAN: Powering Good amidst Tough Times


Last March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a world pandemic, naming Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, as the disease that’s responsible for the outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic pressured nearly all of nations to go on emergency lockdowns, thereby bringing world economies at an virtually standstill and severely disrupting many provide chains, companies, and even lives. Because of the extreme financial influence of COVID-19, it hastened many governments’ transfer to digital transformation, in addition to spurred the incessant seek for new technological instruments and concrete options that may tackle the present disaster and hopefully drive the following stage of financial progress.

A typical response amongst many governments internationally to the COVID-19 pandemic has been to fast-track the development of their smart cities with the technological and concrete improvements related to the good metropolis seen as highly effective instruments for disaster administration and, maybe extra importantly, a supply of progress and revenue in the post-COVID-19 world economic system.

In a report launched by the McKinsey Global Institute, good cities are anticipated to create 1.2 million – 1.5 million new jobs, stop 260,000 – 270,000 kilotons of greenhouse fuel emissions, and provides rise to US$9 billion – US$16 billion financial savings on value of dwelling throughout ASEAN.

By addressing these pressing financial and environmental challenges, digital companies and applied sciences may help future-proof good cities in opposition to future crises and challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic has in truth laid naked the significance of good cities, with the digital applied sciences which have facilitated telecommuting and world monetary transactions proving to be essential in the continued functioning of many city economies.

ASEAN Smart Cities Network

In Southeast Asia, good cities will play an more and more vital function in producing financial progress and fixing complicated city challenges.

Faced with speedy urbanisation, Southeast Asia is expected to see around 100 million folks migrate from rural areas to cities. This is sophisticated by speedy inhabitants ageing in nations corresponding to Singapore and Thailand and the emergence of a center class in different nations corresponding to Vietnam and Myanmar.

Despite the range of their populations and their totally different phases of financial improvement, ASEAN member-states are more and more united by their perception that good cities might maintain the important thing to the city and socio-economic challenges that they face.

From the Digital Philippines initiative to Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, governments throughout Southeast Asia are driving digitalization and good metropolis transformations. These transformations could have a big influence on financial improvement and disaster mitigation throughout the area.

During the 36th ASEAN summit that was held just lately, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong argued that ASEAN can “use the ASEAN Smart Cities Network to exchange ideas and experiences on using technology to fight COVID-19. For example, technology to enhance contact tracing”.

Established on 28 April 2018, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) goals to encourage higher cooperation among the many 10 ASEAN member-states to foster good and sustainable city improvement. Central to the work of the ASCN is a deal with enhancing the lives of ASEAN residents by means of know-how.

Driving Technological Innovation

With its intensive expertise in constructing public infrastructure corresponding to electrical energy, water, sewage and industrial methods, Hitachi has lengthy been concerned in growing the city infrastructure of cities throughout Asia.

In the spirit of co-creation, Hitachi has actively engaged trade actors with the intention of growing a deeper understanding of the information and enterprise wants of rising good cities in the area.

“Driving Digitalisation Ecosystems in ASEAN” was a themed online forum recently co-hosted by Mr Van Tang, Director and Head of Business Development & International Partnerships – APAC at Hitachi. This discussion board concerned discussions with trade leaders on knowledge collaboration in the true property and retail industries. Industry engagement boards like these assist with uncovering insights that result in higher planning and enhancement of city options.

Such collaborative efforts are essential for growing the city and technological infrastructure of a wise metropolis. This infrastructure contains {hardware} parts corresponding to sensors, cameras and good grids in addition to software program components corresponding to knowledge analytics, synthetic intelligence and a wise metropolis ‘dashboard’.

While the embedding of sensors and good grids in the city infrastructure will enable governments to constantly gather knowledge to design and run extra environment friendly cities, cutting-edge software program will enable for the speedy evaluation of knowledge, permitting each governments and companies to realize a greater understanding of citizen and shopper preferences.

With 110 years of expertise in operational know-how and 60 years of expertise in the knowledge know-how trade, Hitachi has developed an in depth community of world companions that’s centered on co-developing technological options to handle rising financial and societal wants.

In the Philippines, Hitachi is exploring the way it can present good city options to its rising good cities. This is achieved by means of Integrated Infrastructure as a Service (IIaaS), which includes offering consultancy companies to actual property builders and co-developing good metropolis options with these builders.

This represents a ground-up strategy that focuses on the mixing of assorted applied sciences into a wise metropolis venture. Through IIaaS, Hitachi has been concerned in the implementation of good metropolis options in numerous good metropolis pilot tasks. Some of those options embody a water provide and sewage monitoring and management system, AI-driven buyer and sentiment evaluation for entrepreneurs, the optimization of provide chain and supply operations by means of AI and IoT options, in addition to built-in life-care options corresponding to elderly-monitoring methods and cloud-based remedy administration companies, amongst many others.

Hitachi Social Innovation is POWERING GOOD

A profitable good metropolis ought to ideally make sure the happiness of its residents and improve their high quality of life, in addition to present alternatives for private and group progress that may improve residents’ social, financial and environmental values. Thankfully, we now possess the technological prospects for constructing good, sustainable, and habitable cities of tomorrow.

By specializing in powering good, Hitachi’s function in good metropolis improvement has very a lot been centered on enhancing and enhancing the lives of individuals by means of social innovation. Hitachi seeks to review the true issues confronted and resolve them through know-how, offering efficient total options to make lives higher and to make the world a greater and happier place to reside in.

From enhancing public security by means of good surveillance and video analytics to optimising power use with good power administration methods and growing higher connectivity by means of environment friendly and dependable transport networks, there may be nice potential in combining Hitachi’s city options and applied sciences with the constructed surroundings.

A wise metropolis is greater than its digital and concrete infrastructure. Smart metropolis applied sciences and social improvements can contribute in direction of the happiness and well-being of residents. For occasion, governments can gather public suggestions and knowledge by means of superior knowledge analytics platforms and apply these insights to carry out extra ‘people-centric’ metropolis planning.

instance of that is Hitachi’s efforts to make use of knowledge and people-flow evaluation to grasp human move inside the metropolis to make sure more practical location of public facilities corresponding to parks and childcare centres. This will drastically improve residents’ high quality of life and contribute to higher collective happiness.

Find out extra about Hitachi’s social innovation business.

Dr.Woo Jun Jie is a coverage reseacher with experience in financial governance, city coverage and resilience.


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