THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY ENERGY WATCH
| 22.05.18 | 2:40 PM
Are you ready for a future of smart cities? Connected technologies are unlocking opportunities to deliver efficient, more sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Malaysia is currently one of the most urbanised nations in Southeast Asia, and that urban growth is set to accelerate in coming years. Smart, connected technologies can help us build better cities for the future, from efficient smarter homes to connected transportation that helps reduce pollution and provide a smoother transport network.
Cyberjaya has plans to be a pioneer of this smarter urban future for Malaysia, but how might it look in the future? Explore the annotated excitement of future smart cities, with a vision of a smart city.
- Smart Homes – residents have access to smart meters and analytics technology to ensure efficient and low-cost use of water and energy. Just recently, TNB purchased a 100% stake in Setia Haruman Technology (SHTech), an information technology (IT) related services provider. It’s the beginning steps for TNB as it plans to venture into smart meters, smart homes, smart buildings and industries.
- Smart Security – smart camera networks provide security for residents, using detailed analytics to provide real-time updates to respond quickly to accidents or identify and deal with crime.
- Smart Buildings – multi-residence buildings, offices and municipal buildings operate on smart sensor technology which provides responsive environments and lighting that enhances comfort and energy efficiency.
- Smart Parking – connected transport networks provide real-time availability updates that help optimise parking.
- Smart Transport – self-driving cars and electric vehicles use guidance and analytics technology to provide efficient transport networks that reduce congestion and emissions.
- Smart Logistics – smart lorries travel utilising connected technologies to reduce pollution and improve cost-efficiencies.
- Smart Lighting – municipal lighting is connected through wireless networks to provide efficient, low-energy illumination that reacts to the needs of the urban population.
- Smart Charging – electric vehicles utilise connected technology to locate and access the nearest EV charging points. ASEAN states are increasingly moving towards adoption, with plans to extend charging vehicles across the country. Malaysia is one such as example, who set a target to deploy 125,000 charging stations by 2020.
- Smart Grid – electricity is transmitted over a smart energy grid, using advanced analytics and data insight to provide an efficient and sustainable power network.
- Smart Traffic– traffic lights communicate over a citywide network to assess and direct traffic, analyse pollution and provide real-time strategic updates.
- Smart Energy Innovation – smart energy innovation like urban wind farms and heat exchange technologies provide efficient energy use for the city.
- Smart Drones – delivery drones utilise energy network mapping to travel along established aerial highways to provide safe, smart connected logistics in our skies.
- Smart Irrigation – sprinklers and smart irrigation networks ensure efficient water use that reduces waste and prevents crop or plant failure. In Europe, countries are already taking steps to improve efficiency of water use and reduce energy related to irrigation systems. Comprised of 17 members from France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, the WEAM4i project aims to develop the future of smart irrigation in the region.
- Smart Waste – wastebins utilise sensors and analytics to ensure waste is tracked and recycled, or disposed of, to ensure optimal use of resources and reduce health hazards.
- Smart Healthcare – integrated healthcare networks and connected technology provide secure remote diagnostics and monitoring alongside state-of-the-art, digitally collaborative hospitals.
- Smart Solar – solar panels are widely utilised to generate electricity which powers buildings as well as feeding back into the grid. The panels use smart technology to adjust and track the sun.