MoU inked for Indonesia’s first smart city

JAKARTA: An Abu Dhabi-based company, Group 42 (G42), has joined forces with Sinar Mas Land to transform BSD City into a smart digital city, using technological innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing, courtesy of the Middle Eastern company.

The deal was commemorated by a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed in Dubai on Nov 1. The event was attended by Michael Widjaja, CEO of Sinar Mas Land, and Peng Xiao, CEO of G42. Through this collaboration, they are expected to implement a smart city and smart campus platform in BSD City.

Both companies aim to develop services and applications on the platform by implementing best practices in security monitoring, building access, payments, commerce, advertising, education and health care. In the future, BSD City will set a benchmark for smart city development in East Kalimantan.

Sinar Mas Land CEO Michael said, “BSD City is an ambitious project with great growth opportunities, especially the exploration of digital community development, a key priority for us. Therefore, we are enthusiastic about collaborating with G42, a leader in AI and cloud computing.”

“Both companies have a shared vision of becoming the industry’s solution to today’s challenges in creating smart cities that are more accessible and livable,” he continued.

In return, Peng Xiao, CEO of G42, said, “We are pleased to join forces with Sinar Mas Land, a world-class property developer. We will leverage our unique AI expertise and secure cloud computing infrastructure to support Sinar Mas Land in making better decisions, streamlining efficiencies and fostering innovation as it transforms BSD City into a smart city of the future.”

It has been a longstanding commitment for Sinar Mas Land to transform independent cities into smart cities, as one of the leading property development companies in Indonesia.

BSD City, the group’s main independent city, is collaborating with various consultants and technological experts in the process of becoming a superior smart city in Indonesia.

The latest collaboration with G42 is expected to develop the digital talent pool that will strengthen BSD City as Indonesia’s equivalent to Silicon Valley in the United States.

Meanwhile, based in Abu Dhabi, G42 is a leading AI and cloud computing company dedicated to the development and implementation of holistic and scalable technology solutions for sectors such as health care, smart cities and fintech to name a few.

The company has worked with the world’s leading companies to create strategic partnerships and investments in digital transformation. Their latest project is the merger of 12 data centres under a joint venture with Etisalat Group to provide the largest data centre in the UAE with a capacity of 300 megawatts and is currently under construction.

Moreover, the development of BSD City is not the only project in the works between Sinar Mas Group and G42.

The group recently signed an MoU at an event at the Dubai Expo with Smartfren to open a data centre with a 1,000 MW capacity in Indonesia. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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