Malaysia will be focusing on building smart cities based on the trend of increasing population in the urban areas, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
Adham Baba said the creation of smart cities is one of the approaches being taken in solving urbanisation issues to improve the residents’ quality of life, spur economic growth, provide a safe environment, and encourage efficient urban management technology application.
“According to the Second National Urbanisation Policy report, Malaysia’s urban population is expected to increase from 20.29 million in 2010 to 27.3 million by 2025.
“It is estimated that over 70% of the country’s population live in the urban areas,” he said, reported Bernama.
The speech was made during the launch of the sustainable smart city sandbox pioneer programme between National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) and Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) yesterday (21 June).
The minister said that smart cities would enable the use of technology developed by local talents through the initiatives of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) such as the NTIS to assist the authorities in tackling urbanisation issues and raise the quality of life.
The NTIS is a platform to accelerate the process of changing the country as a user of technology to producer.
Through this collaboration, innovations developed by Sunway iLabs would be channelled to NTIS for testing in an actual urban setting developed by Sunway and for monitoring and sponsorship before taking the technological solutions to the market and implementing them across the country.
This initiative would then make Bandar Sunway a living lab, bring in young talents, intellectuals, research experts, innovative labs and commercial activities to generate actual solutions for the urban areas in future.
Adham Baba also said that the sustainable smart city sandbox pioneer programme will help Malaysia become a carbon-neutral nation by 2050 and make Malaysia a greener country, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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