How to Support the Development of Smart Cities in Asia-Pacific

May 18, 2017

Asia is experiencing exceptionally high rates of urbanisation and population growth. As pointed out by the World Bank Group, the number of people in South Asia’s cities rose by 130 million between 2000 and 2011-more than the entire population of Japan. Facing new and pressing challenges, urban planners are increasingly turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to create smart cities that alleviate the pressures of urban life.

Smart city projects can provide substantial and long-term improvements to the environment, the economy, safety and human happiness. Yet undertaking a new smart city project can be a complex and daunting task for the urban planner, especially where city officials lack an understanding of IoT technology or there is pressure to deliver early results.

The GSMA’s latest smart cities report Maximising the Smart Cities Opportunity: Recommendations for Asia-Pacific policymakers identifies many ways in which policy can be designed to ease the development of smart cities. Central to the report is its list of fundamental measures policymakers should consider when implementing smart city solutions, such as adopting an agile and flexible institutional framework, appointing key stakeholders, communicating the aims of the project to the wider community, stimulating innovation via transparency and the exploration of new funding models.

The report provides case studies of cities that have transformed their services by adopting such recommendations. The ancient city of Tainan is a clear example of how the implementation of low cost IoT technologies can create economic and environmental improvements. To improve its response to – and management of – extreme weather, the national Water Resource Agency is working with the City and mobile network operator Far East Tone to improve flood control and disaster recovery measures. By using mobile communication services, monitoring devices, and surveillance technologies, the national Water Resource Agency has been able to enhance its planning and respond to extreme weather events. The effect of this has been the reduction and avoidance of flooding, thereby significantly mitigating damage to property, and even reduce the risk of loss of life.

The report also covers how policymakers can harness the power of the emerging Mobile IoT; low power wide area (LPWA) networks in licensed spectrum. This new family of technologies, which offers very low power consumption (long battery lives), can operate in hard to reach locations and can be implemented at relatively low cost, will be one of the key drivers of smart cities in the years to come.

Due to their long experience of working in multiple sectors and regions, mobile network operators are ideally suited to support policymakers in Asia who are seeking smart city solutions.  To find out more about how they can support policymakers with the deployment of smart city solutions, download Maximising the Smart Cities Opportunity: Recommendations for Asia-Pacific policymakers.

Back

Opportunities and Use Cases for Distributed Ledger Technologies in IoT Since the launch of Bitcoin there has been widespread interest and activity in extending the application of distributed ledgers to other application areas. This has resulted in d...

Read more | See all Resources

Industrial IoT Feasibility Study: How Mobile IoT is Changing the Industrial Industry is embracing the Internet of Things (IoT). Large numbers of connected sensors are now being used to monitor the performance of complex physical machinery in real-time. A...

Read more | See all Resources

GSMA IoT Webinar Series 2018-19   Industry 4.0 – Optimising Industrial IoT with Mobile IoT   Wednesday, 24 October 2018 3pm GMT / 10am EDT Industry experts from mobile operators & key ecosys...

Read more | See all Resources

The Future of Farming: How Mobile IoT technologies can help agriculture fee With the world’s population likely to rise to about 10 billion by the middle of this century, agriculture will need to become more efficient. To properly feed a further two bil...

Read more | See all Resources

Mobile IoT Case Study: Ericsson Smart Industrial Factory Mobile IoT technologies are set to play a central role in the smart factories of the future. Telecommunication equipment manufacturer Ericsson is using the cost-effective and rel...

Read more | See all Resources

Drones Case Study: Search and Rescue Supported by Drones on a Cellular Netw Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are already in use for a multitude of applications. The regulatory framework is presently still being shaped, and there remains some scepticism ar...

Read more | See all Resources

Intelligent Connectivity: the Fusion of 5G, AI and IoT Intelligent connectivity is the combination of high-speed, low-latency 5G networks, cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) and the linking of billions of devices through the I...

Read more | See all Industry News

LTE-M to Provide Vital Boost to Bee Populations in Agriculture Honeybees are one of the great lynchpins of the ecosystems on which we rely.  While their role in keeping the natural world’s gears turning is frequently underestimated, or ov...

Read more | See all Industry News

Development Guide: LTE-M for Consumer Devices The GSMA Internet of Things (IoT) programme is an initiative to help mobile operators add value and accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the IoT. This...

Read more | See all Industry News

Mobile IoT Connects China to the Future Showcase at MWC Shanghai highlights breadth of Mobile IoT deployments in China China is a global leader in harnessing the low power wide area connectivity delivered by Mobile IoT...

Read more | See all Industry News

New Roles in the Market for Operators as they Look Beyond Traditional Reven Andrew Parker, IoT Marketing Director, GSMA The role of network operators in the market is changing.  As the global infrastructure they support becomes more sophisticated – m...

Read more | See all Industry News

Mobile Industry Supports Gathering Momentum of Commercial Drones Market Graham Trickey, Head of Internet of Things Programme, GSMA Unmanned Aircraft, or ‘drones’, have hitherto been regarded as serving two typical purposes: military applications,...

Read more | See all Industry News

European Drones Summit October 15, 2018 The European Drone Summit sets out to bring the up-and-coming drone sector together with industry. The aim of the conference is to define the demands placed on drone te...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

GSMA IoT at IoT Solutions World Congress 2018 October 16, 2018 IoT Solutions World Congress welcomes more than 14,000 visitors from 120 countries around the world. This event is dedicated exclusively to joining IoT providers with i...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

GSMA IoT at Europol-ENISA IoT Security Conference October 24, 2018 The 2nd Europol-ENISA IoT Security Conference focuses on the cybersecurity of the entire IoT ecosystem, enabling a broad discussion by bringing together experts from cy...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

GSMA IoT Webinar Series: Industry 4.0 – Optimising Ind October 24, 2018 A total of 66 Mobile IoT networks, including LTE-M and NB-IoT, have been launched, enabling a fraction of the 25.2 billion IoT connections by 2025 per forecast by GSMA ...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

DJI AirWorks 2018 October 30, 2018 DJI brings together the full commercial drone industry for its annual AirWorks conference. The event highlights companies that are at the forefront of enterprise drone ...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

The Commercial UAV Show November 14, 2018 The Commercial UAV Show is Europe’s largest exhibition and sponsored conference for commercial UAV professionals. Celebrating its 5th year in 2018, the Commercial UAV...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events