Smarter roads for smarter cities
Aliff Yusri | 09 Feb 2018 00:30
Medini City in Iskandar Malaysia is a test bed for smart mobility solutions
CITY planners are turning to smart infrastructure solutions to address traffic congestion and safety issues on Malaysian roads, with the China-based Alibaba Group launching the country’s first “city brain” initiative in Kuala Lumpur.

Pioneered in Hangzhou, the city brain concept utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse big data from visual sources in metropolitan areas to facilitate decision-making for city council representatives and urban planners.

Developed in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd (MDEC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the initiative is also the first of its kind to be launched outside China, with stakeholders hailing it as the model for future private-public partnerships involving smart mobility in Southeast Asia.

“Put together, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have a total population of about 359 million,” says iCar Asia Ltd chairman and former iProperty group CEO Georg Chmiel at the Medini CEO Forum 2018 in Medini City, Iskandar Malaysia in Johor recently.

“Currently, demographics in these markets own 6.4 times as many vehicles per capita than those in the entire Australian continent.”