Banking on data analytics


Hasni (centre) receiving the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory microsite databook at the launch ceremony.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government will rely on data analytics gathered under the Johor Digital Agenda to help accelerate the state’s economy digitally and provide socioeconomic spillover to the people in the state.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the agenda was part of the state government’s digital economy revival after taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the society.

“Based on research by an innovation foundation - Nesta, some governments are utilising data analytics to predict events ranging from potential child abuse to house fires and schoolchildren who are at risk of not completing their education.

“The combination of sensors with the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and data are improving traffic management, air pollution tracking and making more efficient use of infrastructure such as streetlights in some councils in the United Kingdom, ” he said in his speech at the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory (IMUO) Forum microsite launching ceremony that was broadcasted live online from Kota Iskandar here.

Hasni added that the state government, through the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), has introduced the IMUO data analytics platforms to help analyse a massive amount of data and churn out beneficial information to help the government, businesses and the people make timely and accurate decisions.

“These insights will equip local governments with more abilities to take preventive approaches, put in place interventions to try and avert problems rather than provide costly services to resolve those that arise.

“As I have mentioned before, we are planning to set up Digital Johor Corporation to empower the Johor Digital Agenda, which will act as the delivery unit and coordinator of the agenda for all stakeholders involved, ” he added.

Hasni said the state government has set up the Johor Digital Council to formulate the state’s strategic development plan and digital direction.

“It will also draw up the Johor Digital Master Plan, which includes aspects of government sector transformation, industry empowerment and community adaptation by 2030, ” he added.Irda chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said IMUO has the capability to analyse huge amounts of data from various sensors and sources to uncover patterns, get insights and extract valuable information that can be used to make strategic moves and informed decisions on sustainable economic growth and better quality of life for all.

“IMUO is a globally recognised initiative and already has the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its development and implementation, ” he said.

The IMUO microsite, www.iskandarmalaysia.com.my/imuo,

contains information about the IMUO data analytics platform and other similar platforms around the world, aside from information on analysis and insights that the platform currently offers.

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