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Indonesia’s smart cities: Investing for the long haul

  • Ivana Rachmawati

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 30, 2019   /  12:19 pm
Indonesia’s smart cities: Investing for the long haul Delivering public service is indeed one part of smart city development, yet there is a broader part of development that needs more focus, especially from the government. Smart city is essentially the revelation of smarter decision-making based on abundant data by leveraging technology. So, technology is the tool and not the end goal. (JP/Aman Rochman)

“Smart city” is the buzz term for collective digitalized activities by the government, private sector and citizens. But what does “smart city” really mean? The European Union definition for smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses. Some others define the smartness of a city to include sustainable indicators such as carbon dioxide emission. In Indonesia, smart city is more associated with the “electronification” of government services. The concept has become a shared vision for future cities in advanced and developing countries, requiring the collective effort of all stakeholders in the city. Singapore, Seoul, Kashiwa-no-ha in Japan and Barcelona in Spain are examples of thriving smart cities. Their stakeholde...

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