Smart Nation, Smart city

The Malaysia Federal Government’s move to utilise Internet of Things (IoT) technology to advance local agriculture up the value chain. With the aim to advance agricultural outputs by 20 per cent by 2020 in place, sensors and data are being leveraged in farms, especially for palm oil plantations, with trials being conducted for similar technology to be utilised in fish farms.

So far, the Federal Government’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) co-developed, with several agencies under their purview, and launched a platform called ‘MyTrace’ to track the standards of agricultural produce, with the integration of both IoT and Big Data Analysis (BDA) into the product value chain. MyTrace utilises IoT to provide a digital passport for agro-food products by identifying three fundamental areas: food authenticity, quality and safety.

Of course, the standard of living is improved as well, with solutions and service providers like Parkeasy, as well as upcoming MOPPS, which ease parking woes for drivers in the greater KL area. Parkeasy allows users to remotely reserve parking slots, whereas MOPPS (Malaysian Online Parking and Payment System) is an integrated parking and payment system.

The federal and state governments are also starting to connect directly to the people through a number of smart projects.

The Selangor State Government, for example, established the Selangor Smart Delivery Unit (SSDU) to develop the Smart Selangor Blueprint, which outlines the state government’s 3-year plan towards an inclusive and citizen-led Smart Technology ecosystem that leverages Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and others to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

Malacca and Johor have also been identified as states with regions geared towards smart tech and smart city development. Johor’s Iskandar region will focus on Smart Governance, Economy, Living, People, Environment, and Mobility as its six thrusts towards a smarter region, whereas Malacca will pursue its Green City Technology aims, such as via its Solar Valley and the Melaka River Rehabilitation.

Up north, Penang is already planning to invest RM 27 billion (US$ 6.08 billion) into the Penang Transport Masterplan, where a part includes the building of a ‘Smart City’ through the reclamation of two islands, turning them into a self-sufficient city with the aim to boost its economy over the next 50 years.

However, with all that’s said and done, what’s realistically next for Malaysia? Aside from the necessary built and digital infrastructure, what can governments further do to work with the rakyat for a multiple-pronged approach to nation building? Now that’s something for us to ponder

Source : Yahoo