With 76% of Malaysia’s total population living in urban areas, smart cities are no longer a question of "why" and "where", but of "when" and "how".
Have you ever wondered why traffic on the streets still appear chaotic even though our current public amenities and infrastructures are so much better as compared to 20 years ago? And why garbage and waste issues are still unresolved? Despite differing opinions, it is undeniable that all major cities are struggling with the effects of urbanisation.
What is urbanisation?
It’s a process where people move from rural areas to the cities to gain access to social privileges like job opportunity, education and healthcare.
With more than two-thirds of the world’s population projected to be living in urbanised areas, it is estimated that US$57 trillion in global infrastructure investment is required in 2030 alone. To be infrastructure-ready by then, Asian countries would need to formulate a pragmatic urbanisation strategy that would prioritise strategic developments and economically in accordance with the needs of its people. Of course, this depends a lot on each country’s economic capabilities and competencies, as well as how large a scale is expected and at what stage or urban development they are in.
What will it bring to a developing country?
The process of urbanisation is crucial if a country is looking to mold itself into a smart city. Though urbanisation has a good number of advantages to a developing city, it is balanced with a few disadvantages as well.
The Smart City Landscape in Malaysia
More and more government agencies and city mayors are aware and understand the complexity in managing a city in this modern era.
Malaysians are eager to move towards the Implementation of Smart City
In August 2018, TM ONE as one of the sponsors for a smart city event in Kuala Lumpur conducted a dipstick survey to find out how smart city is taking its course in Malaysia. Those who participated in the survey comprised largely of municipalities, government agencies and township developers.
If implemented properly, smart city will enable the government to gain deeper knowledge and understanding on the needs of the cities, and make better and faster decisions and policies for their people. Smart city implementation shall open endless possibilities and opportunities, and make cities a better place to live.