‘Smart Selangor’ will improve quality of life for people


PETALING JAYA: A convention on “smart cities” will be one of the highlights of a massive 10-day international business summit being organised by Invest Selangor in September.

The Selangor Smart City & Future Commerce Convention 2017, which will be held from Sept 7 to Sept 9, will see international experts in the development of “smart cities” share their valuable insights and experience.

It will be part of the Selangor International Business Summit 2017, which also includes the Selangor-Asean Business Conference 2017 and the Selangor International Expo 2017.

A smart city is defined as an urban development which leverages on information and communication technology (ICT) and the internet of things (IoT) to better manage a city.

Last year, the Selangor government launched a blueprint of its plans to become a “smart state” by 2025 through the prioritisation of technology infrastructure.

Speaking at a press conference after the soft launch of the summit, state executive councillor Teng Chang Khim said the ultimate objective of turning Selangor into a smart state was to improve the quality of life for the people in the state.

“In Malaysia, all the cities are governed by state governments, which is why we are pursuing a ‘smart state’ concept.”

He said Selangor would leverage on ICT to improve garbage collection and disposal, as well as public transport, among others.

“For example, now we have our free bus service, which already has WiFi.

“We’ll install gadgets to help us ascertain the number of passengers at any time to know exactly when the peak periods are. We can then adjust the frequency of buses accordingly.”

He said other gadgets include adding CCTVs to collect data on road congestion as well as apps for public complaints on garbage collection, floods and so on.

On the Selangor-Asean Business Conference 2017, Teng said he believed it was the first forum of its kind in the region.

“I believe this will become an important annual event for industry players to better understand business opportunities in Asean. I hope all local players will attend.”

The Selangor International Expo 2017 – the third edition of the expo – is set to provide a platform for connections and collaborations to be made, exposure on the latest technologies, and allow local and foreign industries and SMEs to showcase their products and services.

The expo will focus on three fast-growing sectors, namely the life sciences, halal, and food and beverage industries.

The Selangor International Business Summit 2017, which will be held from Sept 7 to Sept 17, is expected to draw members of the business community from Asean, China, the Middle East and Europe, and will be held at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) in Shah Alam.

Invest Selangor is a one-stop agency for investments in the state and comes under the purview of the Selangor government.