Command centre to spur PJ’s smart city goal

An MBPJ officer showing Mohd Azizi (centre) a few features of the command centre as MBPJ Town Planning director Sharipah Marhaini Syed Ali (second from right) looks on.

PETALING Jaya aims to transform itself into a smart city by 2030 with the help of the PJ Smart Centre, which will be built within the premises of the city council’s headquarters in Jalan Yong Shook Lin.

This two-storey hub will be home to 11 smaller command centres made up of the various departments in the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

Costing about RM500,000, it promises to be the future of the city, with town planning only a click away.

“Our vision and mission is to become a resilient and smart city by making use of technology to provide a cleaner, greener and more connected city,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain after launching the PJ Smart Sustainable Resilient 2030 blueprint during MBPJ’s monthly assembly.

The blueprint focuses on seven core areas – public transport, low carbon city, recycling, security, natural disasters, reducing energy consumption and a barrier-free city.

By 2030, MBPJ aims to increase the use of public transportation by 40%, reduce total energy consumption by 30%, bring down crime rates by 10% yearly, reduce carbon emission by 2% yearly, increase recycling by 3% yearly and bring down flood woes to below 10%.

The first step in achieving these goals is to have the Smart Center, which will be filled with information about the entire city.

It will offer officers a detailed overview of the city, including its infrastructure, traffic and environment.

With the click of a button, officers will also get a bird’s eye view of building roof tops and construction sites.

The centralised digital space will cover five sectors – City Planning and Development, City Community Development, City Management and Enforcement, City Business as well as City Town Services.

“Everyone will be able to access the smart centre, including residents and stakeholders.

“Residents will not have to request for information over the counter anymore as they will be able to search for the information at the Smart Centre,” he said.

For example, if information about a particular development is needed, residents can search and retrieve details, such as status and its developer via the Smart Centre.

Officers and residents will also be able to retrieve information such as crime hotspots in the city as this details will be updated regularly by the police and enforcement officers.

The system will also have a bus mapping feature where officers can see which stations need upgrading or maintenance.

Its Universal Design compliance feature on the other hand, will highlight which walkway, bicycle lane or facilities need upgrading or maintenance.

This command centre will also be able to carry out green space mapping and alert officers if a proposed development will cause major traffic or environmental problems in future.

The PJ Smart Centre, which will cost about RM500,000, is expected to begin construction next month and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

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