Smart City Missions – Developing Jakarta’s Sustainability

Posted on April 3rd, by Kathryn Kutchel in In the Media, Indonesia, News, Southeast Asia, Urban Development.

On the 4th of March, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in Jakarta organized the Indonesia-Australia Smart City Forum 2019 as part of the Austrade’s ASEAN Smart City Mission 2019. The focus of this event was to bring together Indonesian and Australian businesses that are working within the development of smart and sustainable cities, along with Indonesian city and district governments.

With key attendees including, Senator Simon Birmingham (Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment), Adam Beck (CEO of Smart City Council Australia and New Zealand), Suhono Supangkat (Chairman of APIC (Indonesia Smart Initiatives Association)), and mayors from several Indonesian city governments, the event focused on current initiatives in place to achieve sustainability in the future.

Slideshow, screen, presentation from Simon Birmingham

Key attendees included Sen. Simon Birmingham, Adam Beck, Suhono Supangkat, and government representatives.

Alongside the notable figures of governments and corporations, presentations were also given by companies focusing on different opportunities to contribute to the big picture of sustainability.
Euclideon and KeyOptions presented on the need to work with and securely store unlimited quantities of cloud point data and collecting weather data together with movement data to determine city hotspots and make design decisions for communities to be more self-sufficient respectively.

JOC Consulting discussed how to build a more connected Jakarta through place activation, community development programs, workshops and place studies.

KERB showcased the potential for an app that enables users to make a reservation for a specific parking spot; a similar function to AirBnB or an Uber but for parking purposes.

Finally, Smartsensor discussed the potential of optimised waste and asset management for smart cities, by using sensors to alert rubbish trucks when a container is full and requires collection, thus making drive routes more efficient and building an information bank to make more strategic decisions.

Slideshow, screen, Euclideon presentation

Company presentations focused on different opportunities to contribute to the big picture of sustainablity

Aside from company presentations, city government representatives explained current initiatives and their intention for the future. Many of the city governments are directing their focus to ‘participative, effective, efficient, accountable and transparent governance, integrated and sustainable management, and smart technology.’ In the development of those elements, transparency and communication were defined as the most important pillars.

“From my own experience I do completely agree that communication should be defined as an important pillar.” Explained Taylors Jakarta representative, Thomas Smid. “I’ve had a past experience completing research on an area in Jakarta that was appointed for sustainable urban solution. The area was split by two adjoining city governments who had both processed the area in their zonal plans, but had very different outputs, which means there was no communication at all.’

Man standing in Jakarta

“Living in an urbanized city like Jakarta, it is good to see Australia and Indonesia taking on this Smart City topic together.”

‘The feeling here is that the bigger issues of traffic congestion, and air pollution, should be taken control of prior to focusing on sustainable and smart solutions. Of course, smart solutions help to get these problems under control, but a certain base level is needed for a city in order to continue with smart solutions that eventually lead to becoming a Smart City.’

‘Living in an urbanized city like Jakarta, it is good to see Australia and Indonesia taking on this Smart City topic together. Both sides are completely different environments and there are many things to learn. To focus on Jakarta itself, I would say a couple more steps are needed first in order to focus on becoming a Smart City. However, especially in a megacity, there are definitely some initiatives that should have already been introduced 20 years ago.”