As part of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ FY 2019 project “Research on Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia”, based on the smart city initiatives which has been started with the City of Las Vegas, United States, NTT Group, NTT Communications Corporation, NTT Ltd., InfoCom Research, Inc., will conduct Asia’s one of the first Smart City Proof of Concept (PoC) in the Cyberjaya area of Malaysia from February 2020.
Through this PoC, NTT Group aims to establish a sustainable business model while verifying the possibility of solving social issues in Asia, utilizing the technologies and know-how accumulated in the smart city field in the United States.
In Asian countries where stable economic growth continues, various social issues associated with economic growth such as traffic jams and environmental problems have become apparent, and the expectations for ICT-based solutions to these issues are growing.
Among Asian countries, Malaysia, a country that built up friendly and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship with Japan through the (Look East) policy advocated by the Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in 1981, is no exception.
There are high expectations that Japanese companies will utilize technologies and know-how cultivated globally, to contribute to the resolution of social issues and the economic development of Malaysia.
Cyberjaya is a neighboring city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and has attracted many ICT companies as the nucleus of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) which has been proposed during the administration of the 4th Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad (1990 – 1995). In addition, the 5G network, which was put into trial operation with nation’s first OpenLab being hosted there, has positioned Cyberjaya as a pioneer test area for the smart city concept in Malaysia.
Since the establishment of a group company in 1997, NTT Group has been active with investments and business development to contribute to the technological development of the country, and has built a strong relationship with local stakeholders over many years. At this time, the collaboration has been focused on solving social issues with ICT.
Overview of the PoC
Through field tests using the technology and know-how of smart city solutions which NTT Group has deployed with the City of Las Vegas, U.S.A. since 2018, NTT Group aims to improve the living conditions of citizens and the sustainability of cities through smart cities using ICT, by studying the possibility of solving social problems in Malaysia and building sustainable business models, together with local stakeholders.
Malaysia is a motorized society with road congestion, automobile accidents and dangerous driving occurring on daily basis. This is one of the emerging social problems that a smart city can resolve by conducting data collection and utilization of vehicle information.
During the field test, based on the vehicle monitoring solution that has been provided in the City of Las Vegas since February 2019, NTT Group will customize and provide similar solution to support the needs of local stakeholders.
Specifically, by installing cameras at the intersection with the highest traffic volume in Cyberjaya, and analyzing traffic volume and vehicle information, NTT Group aims to reduce traffic congestion, detect stolen vehicles, and support the creation of businesses in the neighborhood.