Creating Smart Cities
The interviewee, Cherian Varghese is the Regional Managing Director of Oracle ASEAN and SAGE Cluster.
Why are smart technologies needed in Bangladesh?
In Bangladesh, urbanization has increased exponentially during the last few decades and by 2030, the urban population is expected to rise to nearly 75 per cent. Growing population density levels are taking their toll on infrastructures, and governments still have to grapple with issues like congestion, water and air quality levels, poverty, rising inequalities, urban-rural divide, citizen security and safety.
Already, only Dhaka has a population over 20 million making it increasingly essential that city government take steps to manage urban centers and serve the citizens better; particularly when it comes to providing public services, real-time updates on city traffic patterns, pollution, crime, parking spaces and the provision of water and power.
Can you give examples of 'smart city projects' in Asia?
Across Asia, many "smart city projects" have commenced, testing proofs of concepts around the Internet of Things (IoT) to find solutions ranging from provision of elderly care to managing traffic congestions during rush hour. Singapore, for example, has proposed the establishment of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) with a pilot of 26 cities, a platform to collaborate towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development, with technology being the solution and enabler to improve citizens' livesusing sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence can help address issues arising from rapid urbanization.
Investing in the future
In today's digital age, the people that run our cities need to realise that data is their most vital asset. It can provide the insights and influence the decisions or actions required to resolve the major issues facing our cities. Ifmanaged efficiently and in a timely manner,data has the potential to offer the most valuable way of finding new solutions and accelerating innovation in a smart city.