PETALING Jaya’s smart centre is finally up and running to better develop and manage the city.
The centre, which is located beside the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) headquarters along Jalan Yong Shook Lin, is a data hub which can be accessed by everyone, including the public as well as organisations and agencies.
The building houses information and communication technology infrastructure along with 54 dashboards and 15 applications to connect the people to the city council.
MBPJ is working with Celcom Axiata Bhd’s 5G technology to increase the effectiveness of security and monitoring through CCTV and traffic surveillance, among others.
“To-date we have already completed and published 25 dashboards while another 29 are under the programming, formatting and designing stage, ” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar at the centre’s launch.
Among the dashboards which are live and running include Smart Mobility for the Petaling Jaya free bus, Smart Society for the PJKita programme and Smart Digital City Information Modelling.
At the smart centre, officers can see three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the city down to the number of trees and where they are planted.
It also has an integrated system for complaints, waste management, licensing and enforcement as well as cleanliness, making everyday tasks more efficient for the officers involved.
For example, the integrated system will allow officers to produce reports or take action much faster than before.
Even for planning permits, what used to take about 200 days will now be cut down to half that time frame.
It is also able to stimulate floods at flood-prone areas or even project the possible traffic impact of flooding for future developments.
“All this is connecting the city to the Internet of Things (IOT) which makes handling issues like traffic congestion, cleanliness, safety and even natural disasters easier and faster, ” said Sayuthi.
Apart from this, the smart centre will be used to store Petaling Jaya’s valuable data and measure the city’s performance in achieving a smart, sustainable and resilient city come 2030.
The smart centre comes under the PJ Smart City Project which comprises three parts — the smart centre, a mini smart centre and technological infrastructure used in the centre.
“We allocated RM9mil to build this centre where RM4.2mil went to infrastructure and interior decoration. Another RM2mil was spent on lifts and other mechanical and electrical work.
“Meanwhile, RM2.3mil was used on the hardware and software in the building and the rest for miscellaneous items, ” said Sayuthi.
Additionally, RM40mil is needed to incorporate the mini smart centre in each MBPJ department.
In line with the launch, MBPJ will also be having a Knowledge Week featuring 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
During this week, residents will be given the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and other activities that can help MBPJ share its goals for the city.
The PJ Smart Centre was launched by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amiruddin Shari who lauded MBPJ’s efforts in making the city a smart one, in line with Selangor’s Smart State 2025 vision.
“I hope MBPJ will now work with other local councils in the state and help them come up with their own smart centre.
“MBPJ is one of the first local councils to have such a technologically integrated facility nationwide, ” said Amiruddin after launching the building.
He expressed hope that processes and applications could now be made faster with the technology available and that services would be more efficient from now on.
“MBPJ has always been ahead of other cities and I hope that it will continue to improve and adopt more new technology to become a smart city, ” said Amiruddin.
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