According to Technopedia, a smart city is a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs. The overarching aim of a smart city is to enhance the quality of living for its citizens through smart technology.

Mark Deakin, a professor of Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and Husam Al Waer, a lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development at the University of Dundee, UK published their research publication entitled, “From Intelligent to Smart Cities,” detailing several factors that contribute to a city being classified as smart. They are:
• The application of a wide variety of digital and electronic technologies to the city and its communities;
• The application of ICT to uplift life and the working environments in the region;
• The embedding of such ICT within government systems and
• The territorialization of practices that bring the people and ICT together in order to foster innovation and enhance the knowledge that they offer.

Annually, The IESE Business School in Barcelona will release the data for the world’s smartest cities and, in 2018, the top 10 world’s smartest cities ranking is as below:

World Smart City Ranking 2018

Several cities in Malaysia are also joining the smart city bandwagon so that its urban dwellers can reap the benefits brought about by the advancement in technology and Iskandar Malaysia is one of them. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), a regulatory authority mandated to plan, promote and facilitate the development of Iskandar Malaysia recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four new data sharing partners namely, Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH), iProperty.com.my, Nextdor Property Communications and REI Group which will help to reinforce Iskandar Malaysia’s Smart City agenda.

iProperty.com.my is proud to be the only property portal represented in the advisory panel for Iskandar Malaysia. As Malaysia’s No.1 property site, iProperty.com.my continues to leverage the strength of its network and experience in data to provide accurate analysis, share insights and contribute to the creation and growth of a data driven real estate industry in Iskandar Malaysia.


Photo Caption: YBhg. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) signed for IRDA while the others are represented by Mr. David Mawer, General Manager, iProperty.com.my; Sr Haji. Nordin Daharom, Director General, JPPH, Dr. Daniele Gambero, CEO, REI Group, Mr. Imran Clyde, Executive Director, Nextdor Property Communications.

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Smart City Definition
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