Making Miri a smart sustainable city

Lee speaks at the launch of ‘Miri Smart City — Proof of Concept’.

MIRI:  Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin is confident that Miri City can become a smart sustainable city in the near future.

For Miri to progress as a smart city, he said it had to associate itself with not just Internet of Things (IoTs) but The Internet of Everything (IoE) as well as raise its capability in data mining and application of big data.

“I know our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has been working hard to provide high-speed broadband and build more ICT infrastructures to cover the rural areas as well. 

“It is hoped that by 2022, we can enjoy 5G coverage which is also needed to enhance the performance of our smart city technologies and systems,” added Lee.

Speaking at the launching of Miri Smart City — Proof of Concept at a leading hotel here, he explained that the Internet of Things involved the interconnectivity of physical objects and data input and output while the Internet of Everything was a comprehensive term that referred to the interconnectivity of various technologies, processes and people.

“All data that are collected should be fed into the ‘Virtual Miri City’ dashboard, a platform that gives the council access to information on how the city is functioning in real-time. On this platform, the City Council can also simulate situations of what might happen in the future,” said Lee.

He stressed that it was important for the city to look into its present and future macro development goals and its connectivity with the hinterland of Miri Division to ensure its growth was sustainable.

“In this connection, we, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) wakil rakyat in Miri Division, have come together to work on the Greater Miri Development Plan 2021 to 2030.  We held a two-day lab on December 1 and 2 last year,” he said.

The Miri Master Plan was presented to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari during this morning’s launching of Miri Smart City — Proof of Concept.