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Jakarta Post

Toward water-smart cities in the new normal

  • Radinal Rachman Latuconsina

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
After hours of downpour, water inundate a road in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Kompas.com/Handout)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tremendous reality check for the entire world. Incredible efforts have gone into managing the virus, but increasingly we find the topic of technology and smart cities coming up time and again. Cities that are more technologically equipped find themselves more adept at managing the pandemic, whether it is real-time crowd management, temperature-taking, diagnosis and treatment, to just supporting the functioning of day-to-day urban life in this new normal. It is said that technology will play a big part in helping us cope with living with the virus in the short to mid-term and evolve to help mitigate the onset of the next big health crisis in the long-term. As Indonesia’s pace of urbanization accelerates throughout the years, so has its smart cities ambition. Presented with the pressures of making growing cities livable, Indonesia has set in mot...