ASIA SMART CITY : Ensuring World Production Success

Posted on 18/03/2019 by Kulika Supcharoen

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What is a smart city?

What does the future look like to you?  Is it a buzzing metropolitan area with flying cars, spaceports, and skyscrapers? Well, we have a long way to go before we get to there, but we’re starting to see some technologies trickling through that are paving the way for this utopia to become a reality. One revolutionary industry that is bringing it one step closer is the Internet of Things, or the growing interconnectivity of products and services. Smart cities are the implementation of this technology to enable more connected, and better services to those living in and accessing cities. Those cities of tomorrow aim at achieving three things; sustainability, efficiency, and livability:

 

What technologies fall under the “IoT”?

According to the UN, 68% of the world population will live in Urban by 2050. To support this growth, with the three goals of sustainability, efficiency, and livability in mind, technology may be the main vehicle that helps us to achieve them all. So what are these technologies and how are they going to be implemented? First and foremost smart cities look to connect services and infrastructure that were previously not connected; for instance: traffic data. By monitoring and logging the flow of traffic throughout metropolitan areas, smart cities are able to intelligently route traffic to ease peak time traffic jams, alert drivers of queues and delays, or even prevent traffic jams altogether by equally distributing traffic all around a city. Another area seeing a huge benefit from the IoT is bus services. By remotely monitoring bus fleets, cities are able to inform citizens of by-the-second updates of the location of buses and the expected wait times; allowing users of the bus services to better plan, access and inform of delays or service interruptions.

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Self-driving/autonomous vehicles will also play a large role in smart city services. Some smart cities may use fully autonomous buses, and taxis run its transport infrastructure. Self-driving cars owned privately by citizens may be able to receive traffic information and live updates to avoid busy or congested areas, alleviating traffic autonomously. Autonomous lorries may also take over for freight and haulage allowing 24/7 shipment of goods between cities and all over the world.

One such city taking the lead in innovation is Shenzhen in China. To those in-the-know, Shenzhen is the manufacturing capital of the world where most of goods and products consumed by the world populations are produced. A port city, Shenzhen makes electronics for some of the biggest names in the game such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, BYD, Huawei, Tencent, ZTE, and Foxconn. Shenzhen has set out an action plan to become smart in various fields, including education, healthcare, housing, social security, and transportation.

Shenzhen is the leading Chinese city for smart transportation. According to Deloitte LLP, Shenzhen is the best-performing city in China in terms of deployment of intelligent traffic lights, grids, and traffic.  The city of Shenzhen is also implementing Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in order to improve road safety, communications, and peer efficiency. For example, using technologies to identify images of traffic violators with 95 percent accuracy, the report said.

 

How will Smart City Tech affect Logistic and Manufacturing in China?

Many foresee the emerging smart technologies in Shenzhen, China will translate into benefits for manufacturers, startups, and businesses?

Well, in general, we should enable better scheduling for the whole supply chain, especially, for those who produce products in China, but living in another region of the world; Issues affecting delivery or shipping resulting in delays can be either predicted ahead of time or using live sensor data will provide live updates and real-time progress. IoT Tech and Big Data Analytic will also enable the logistic services to calculate the most affordable routes that offer the least amount of impact to delivery which helps businesses to provide better reliable delivery to its customers. Ultimately, the end-to-end result will be leading to a reduction in shipping costs, a more resilient predictable supply chain with big drops in wrongful deliveries or delayed shipping as well as providing live updates to customers no matter where they are on the whereabouts and estimated time of arrival of shipments.

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On the other hand, for those people who are also concerned about the ongoing impacts that the US-China Trade War is having on development, manufacture, and delivery of their goods a strong alternative still remains with Thailand.

To some, a surprising leader in Smart City Technology, Bangkok is fast becoming one of the most connected cities in the world. As a city that still relies heavily on road transportation (cars and buses), Bangkok is investing in its road infrastructure to help promote its steady manufacturing growth. For sustainable living conditions, Bangkok is developing a “city-within-a-city”, a 16.7 Hectare smart city development that will be driven by IoT, housing eight Hectares of green and open space.

A large focus of Bangkok’s investment is creating “seamless travel” for all. Expanding Bangkok’s rapid rail networks by another 500km by 2029 will increase the number of residents able to rely on the services for transport by 20%.

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