31 May 2017
Public Voting for Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2017 Opens May 31st
KUALA LUMPUR, June 1st, 2017 – IDC Asia/Pacific named today Tahniah to Malaysia’s Sunway Township project as a finalist in IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017 under the category of Smart Buildings. This project is Malaysia’s first-ever integrated township; initiatives included the retrofit of older buildings, construction of a water treatment plant, and upgrade of transit systems including the elevated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which efficiently connects Sunway City to the rest of the country.
The Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) was created to identify, benchmark and publicly vote on the best projects each year across 14 functional smart city strategic domains. It is an intensive six-month process that tracks and evaluates hundreds of smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific. The 14 award categories are 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.
Sunway Township is one of 46 smart city projects across Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) that was shortlisted out of over 150 submissions from vendors, local governments and analysts as IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific undertakes the benchmarking of the top smart city projects in the 14 categories highlighted above.
All finalists will compete with other outstanding projects through public voting, IDC internal evaluation and judging from an International Advisory Council. Like 2016, 50% of the criteria for judging will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment from the IDC Research Team and the Advisory Council. IDC will declare one winner under each smart city strategic domain.
The public is encouraged to participate by voting for the smart city initiatives that have made the biggest impact in their citizen life. Voters will stand a chance to win a Gear VR as one of our 10 lucky voters selected through an electronic raffle draw at the end of public voting.
“As we move into our third year of benchmarking various groundbreaking Smart City projects in Asia Pacific, we have noted that key discussions revolved around empowering both ICT and line-of-business leadership, information governance, digital economies and workable strategic sourcing considerations,” says Gerald Wang, Head of IDC Government and Education Insights Asia/ Pacific. “Ultimately, government organizations, city leaders, and urban planners need to build a robust Smart City ecosystem to attract both foreign direct investments and manpower talents.”
Wang adds, “While the emphasis in the near-term focuses on choosing projects that use the least amount of investment dollars yet generating the largest impact, the long-term sustainability considerations are also critical. To stay ahead of the competition in an ever-changing digital ecosystem, Smart City leaders would need to have a competent strategic foresight and organizational ability to meticulously plan their execution strategy.
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