Kuching Smart City Masterplan a game changer

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KUCHING: The Kuching Smart City Masterplan (KSCMP) has been commended by Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok as a good initiative and the right progressive step following the implementation of the Miri Smart City initiative. 

The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) Kuching branch chairman said the KSCMP with the first Smart City Operating System in Malaysia would be a game changer for the residents of cities in Sarawak.

“We have seen that cities in China that have successfully incorporated the use of digital technology have certainly improved the liveability, quality, and security of the residents, making these cities peaceful, happier, and more productive with much higher population density.”

He said the use of a common operating system in the KSCMP by the public sector and allowing the private sector to collaborate would enhance the smart city programme with more users and applications — be it for private home security, transportation, or tourism.

“The data collected by this common operating system eventually from the various cities will allow easy use of data to improve the services provided by the government and for private investment.”

He hoped that any collaborations with this smart city programme would be easy and cost effective for the private sector to tap into it, thus reducing time and cost for more private smart applications to be incorporated with the KSCMP.

Noting that Darul Hana in Petra Jaya here would be the first to incorporate the smart platform, Sim said this would set the example of how a new housing area with digital technology would create a more liveable area with much more efficient services by the council and better security.

“With the vision of our chief minister for Sarawak to progress and to grow, he has embarked us on the use of digital technology to bring progress that is faster and bigger for the benefit of all Sarawakians.

“Sarawak cities will be on par or as smart as all developed smart cities of the world when our smart city programme is implemented successfully.”

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