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23 May 2016

Kuala Lumpur City Council Named a Finalist in IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2016



Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2016 Public Voting Opens May 23rd

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23rd, 2016 – IDC Asia Pacific announced today that the Heavy Vehicle Classification System (HVCS) rolled out by the Kuala Lumpur City Council has been named a finalist in IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2016 in the Public Works category. This smart city initiative was implemented to address the congestion problem in Kuala Lumpur during peak hours and involved putting in place a monitoring system to identify the heavy vehicles that pass through major entrances to the city center during peak hours. The HVCS initiative, through sophisticated traffic management, has proven to be successful in reducing the congestion level of Kuala Lumpur.

The SCAPA is IDC Asia/Pacific’s way of recognizing the deserving countries and organizations that were assessed to have the best smart city projects in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in its annual Smart City Development Index research.

"The smart city index was created to help city leaders understand the strategic impact and maturity of their smart city initiatives," states Gerald Wang, Head, IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific. "Last year, we tracked hundreds of smart city initiatives and an eventual 14 projects were named the best in the region in their operational functional domains.”

The Smart City Development Index is an evolving benchmarking framework that helps smart city planners analyze the current state of their Smart City initiatives. In doing so, these executives can chart future development plans. Annually, IDC Government Insights methodically carries out a six phase benchmarking assessment to determine the top projects across 14 Smart City functional eServices such as Transportation; Public Works; Smart Buildings; Smart Grid; Smart Water; Administration; Economic Development; Land Use and Environmental Management; Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning; Public Safety; Education; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Connected Health; and Social Services. IDC’s Smart City Development Index will take into consideration inputs from IDC Analysts across APeJ, public opinion through online voting and the assessment of an International Advisory Council.

On its 2nd year of implementation, IDC is once again opening its research to public opinion. This year, 50% of the criteria for judging for the winners will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment (25% from the IDC Research Team and 25% from the Advisory Council).

“Last year, we had an exciting first year indexing myriad innovative Smart City projects. This led to several interactions with public sector organizations, city leaders and urban planners. We believe this has deepened our understanding of Asia Pacific Smart City programs- their challenges and the major Smart City solutions to digitally transform the domestic Smart City ecosystem so as to stimulate socioeconomic growth and long-term city sustainability," adds Wang.

Voting period will commence on 23 May and ends on 23 June 2016. To participate in the voting, you can click on the banner link below.

https:// www.surveymonkey.com /r/ smartcityawards2016

Find out if your city or organization has been nominated for any of the award categories and weigh in on whether it deserves the top spot. Make your vote count and stand a chance to win a camera drone as one of our 5 lucky voters selected through an electronic raffle draw.

For more information on the IDC Asia/Pacific Smart City Development Index 2016, please contact Gerald Wang at gwang@idc.com. For public voting related questions or media queries, please contact Alvin Afuang aafuang@idc.com or Trista Efendi tefendi@idc.com. Visit the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards website for updates http:// www.idc.asia /microsites/ smartcity / index.html

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For more information, contact:

Gerald Wang
gwang@idc.com
+65 68297742

Alvin Afuang
aafuang@idc.com
+63917 7974586

Trista Efendi
tefendi@idc.com
+60 1139346725