Bridging Cities: Johor’s Leap into the Smart City Frontier

Today’s journey from Singapore to Johor Bahru’s Smart City Forum showcased the burgeoning ties between these neighboring cities, soon to be strengthened by the MRT’s RTS Link. This event underscored the region’s commitment to smart city development, highlighting the need for robust data strategies to complement top-down governance. Malaysia’s smart city trajectory is gaining momentum, promising an era of interconnected, data-empowered urban centers.

From #Singapore 🇸🇬, I crossed today the border to attend the Johor #SmartCity Forum 2023 at #JohorBarhu city 🇲🇾. Both cities will be actually connected by the new #MRT’s RTS Link 🚆 in 2027.

I met a lot of nice people and experts there. And particularly Ts. Md Farabi Yussoff, head of #smartcity at #PLANMalaysia, who presented to me the Malaysian Urban Observatory (MUO), a new national digital platform for cities that is under development through a partnership between MAP2U Sdn Bhd 🇲🇾 (GIS) and Quantela Inc. 🇺🇸 (analytics), and based on Esri tools (visualization).

A great regional #networking event with a lot of new opportunities and challenges in the #smartcity area (and era !). Is #Malaysia 🇲🇾 finally on tracks ? In addition to a #topdown approach, a data strategy is also locally needed in/by cities …

About Stéphane Péan

Freelance expert, Ker-Iz Consulting