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Out of the box smart cities

The applications are based around the four pillars of smart cities of sustainability, efficiency, people and security

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Disruptive technology will make it easier to monitor and manage smart cities
Disruptive technology will make it easier to monitor and manage smart cities

Diagnosing and prescribing solutions to tackle modern urbanisation issues could be made easier with a new smart cities platform introduced by consultancy Surbana Jurong (SJ).


‘Smart City in a Box’ is an integrated set of solutions with a dashboard that will enable city officials to track, monitor and manage their jurisdictions via customisable applications.


“Working with global and Singapore’s leading solution providers, SJ is introducing disruptive technology to help cities operate and manage themselves through its innovative Smart City in a Box platform,” said Kow Juan Tiang, group director of Singapore’s trade development board, IE Singapore.


The apps are based around the “four pillars” of smart cities – sustainability, efficiency, people and security – and the initial batch include apps for: energy usage monitoring; water quality monitoring; feedback and engagement; and asset upkeep and maintenance.


“We have developed an integrated smart cities solution that is easy to deploy, customise, maintain, and at the same able to upscale over time as cities develop,” said Wong Heang Fine, group CEO, Surbana Jurong.


“Taking a leaf from how consumers use apps in their daily lives, we realised that city planners also need the same convenience of a plug and play integrated solution to manage cities,” he continued.


“Our Smart City in a Box will also enable city planners to plan with the end in mind, and collate and analyse big data over time to deploy solutions to deal with specific problems. We aim to be the first stop and one stop for administrators managing townships and cities.”


Surbana Jurong’s integrated smart city solutions were developed from over 30 years of experience deploying its proprietary integrated estate management system (IEMS) in Singapore’s public housing estates.


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