4th Smart Cities Asia 2018 – Progressing towards Smart Cities to Fuel Economic Growth in Southeast Asia

Smart cities are the next evolution that most cities are going towards in the pursuit for more sustainable living conditions and will continue to accelerate quickly over the next coming years, but, just how ready are we? The 4th Smart Cities Asia Conference held at Connection@Nexus KL, Bangsar South today, addressed the most relevant thoughts and trends in the smart cities’ development.

The flagship event by Knowledge Group of Companies saw an amalgamation of industry experts from 25 prospective cities around the world to discuss and share the latest technologies and knowledge within the Smart Cities initiative.

Launched by the Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Shah, the two-day conference explored and highlighted the pioneering urban solutions that are defining and transforming cities around the world and the efforts undertaken to improve the quality of life in smart cities.

In his speech, Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin said, while a smart city has yet to become a reality, it is taking shape in different components as they are being developed in a piece-meal fashion and at times seems uncoordinated.

Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Shah launching the 4th Smart Cities Asia 2018 conference.

He added that it is important for both the government and property developers to have a proper coordination, to ensure that Smart Cities are built towards providing maximum comfort and a conducive working environment for its inhabitants.

He added that as countries are progressing towards smart cities, the fast pace of urbanization has left many cities around the world struggling to provide adequate housing, infrastructure and services to meet the needs of the growing population.

“The aim of a smart city is to enhance the quality of life for its citizens through smart technologies. It is estimated that 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, compared to 55% in 2018.

In Malaysia it is estimated in 2050, that 87.3 %of the population will be living in cities, thus having an improved system is crucial.

“Smart technologies could tackle some of these issues and some cities globally especially in Southeast Asia countries are already incorporating data and digital technologies into their infrastructure and services and delivering a tangible quality of life improvements as the result.”

“This includes digital citizen apps, homegrown ride-hailing apps, data-driven transit planning, intelligent traffic systems, data-driven disaster- risk assessment, advanced construction techniques, automation systems to manage energy consumption and many more.

“If Southeast Asia countries can succeed in using these new tools to manage growth and to make the urban environment operate more efficiently, it can deliver a better quality of life to millions of people,” he said.

The Smart Cities Asia 2018 Conference and Exhibition is an initiative organized by Knowledge Group of Companies, a leading technology events provider in Malaysia.

The event brought in together 200 delegates and 25 prominent speakers from 25 prospective cities from around the world to discuss and share the latest technology and knowledge within the Smart Cities initiative.




Today’s cities are laboratories for technology, connectivity, networks and initiatives, driven by citizens and entrepreneurs together with governments and institutions. Smart Cities Asia brings together about 200 participants from 100 companies, not only from Malaysia but from the neighbouring countries as well, various interesting topics that will be covered by the speakers from Singapore, USA, UK and others. For more information visit on Smart Cities visit https://www.smartcitiesasia.com .


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