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NTT Group Collaborating with Cyberview and Allo in Malaysia to Launch Asia’s First Smart City Proof of Concept
January 30, 2020 News

 

As part of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ FY 2019 project “Research on Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia”, based on the smart city initiatives which has been started with the City of Las Vegas, United States, NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Hereinafter, NTT), NTT Communications Corporation, NTT Ltd., InfoCom Research, Inc., NTT DATA Corporation, NTT COMWARE Corporation) will conduct Asia’s one of the first Smart City Proof of Concept (PoC) in the Cyberjaya area of Malaysia from February 2020, in cooperation with local stakeholders. Under this PoC, NTT Group’s objective is to build a sustainable business model while verifying the possibility of solving social issues in Asia, using the technologies and know-how accumulated in the smart city field in the United states.

The continuous growth of stable economic in Asian countries, where various social issues associated with economic growth like traffic jams and environmental problems have become clear and demand for ICT-based solutions to these issues are growing. Among Asian countries, Malaysia, a country that built up friendly and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship with Japan through the (Look East) policy advocated by the Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in 1981, is no exception. There are high expectations that Japanese companies will use technologies and know-how cultivated globally, to contribute to the resolution of social issues and the economic development of Malaysia.

Cyberjaya is a neighbouring city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and has attracted many ICT companies as the nucleus of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) which has been proposed during the administration of the 4th Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad (1990 – 1995). The 5G which was tested with nation’s first OpenLab being hosted there, has positioned Cyberjaya as a pioneer test area for the smart city concept in Malaysia.

Since the establishment of a group company (NTT MSC Sdn Bhd) in 1997, NTT Group has been proactive with investments and business development to take part in technological development of the country and has developed a strong bond with local stakeholders over many years. The collaboration this time, is mainly focused on solving issues with ICT.

Through field tests using the technology and know-how of smart city solutions which NTT Group has deployed with the City of Las Vegas, U.S.A. since 2018 (*), NTT Group aims to improve the living conditions of citizens and the sustainability of cities through smart cities using ICT, by studying the possibility of solving social problems in Malaysia and building sustainable business models, together with local stakeholders.

 

 Features of Solutions Delivered During the Field Test

Malaysia is known for its motorised society with road congestion, automobile accidents and dangerous driving happening ever so often. This is one of the emerging social problems that a smart city can resolve by conducting data collection and utilization of vehicle information.

During the field test, based on the vehicle monitoring solution that has been provided in the City of Las Vegas since February 2019, NTT Group will customise and provide similar solution to support the needs of local stakeholders. Specifically, by installing cameras at the intersection with the highest traffic volume in Cyberjaya, and analysing traffic volume and vehicle information, NTT Group aims to reduce traffic congestion, detect stolen vehicles, and support the creation of businesses in the neighbourhood.

 

Points to be verified through PoC

Based on the results of the field test above, the following will be verified through discussions with stakeholders.

  •  Challenges and feasibility of smart city solutions deployed in City of Las Vegas in terms of system construction and operational aspects in Malaysia
  • Possibility of business model development using the technology (Application Examples: Public Safety, Smart Infrastructure, Commercial Use)
  • Possibility of deployment to ASEAN countries (Reflecting market trends, legal systems, and local stakeholders’ needs)

 

Period and Location of PoC

– Implementation period: February to March 2020
– Implementation location: Cyberjaya, Malaysia

 

Role of each entity

NTT

Group

NTT Overall supervision and coordination among group companies
NTT Communications Supervision of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ research projects, support for installation of Multi-Orchestrator
NTT Ltd (NTT MSC) Stakeholders coordination, implementation of PoC and proposal to stakeholders
InfoCom Research Implementation of surveys, preparing reports, and support of proposal to stakeholders
NTT DATA Support for deployment and technical of smart city solutions in Las Vegas
NTT COMWARE Multi-Orchestrator delivery and technical assistance
Local

Stakeholders

Cyberview

(Tech Hub Developer)

Support for implementation of field test, stakeholder coordination, and business model development
Allo

(Infrastructure provider)

Provision of infrastructure for field test (optical fiber)

 

Future Deployment

According to the results of the PoC, NTT Group will promote deployment of smart city solutions to Cyberjaya and other cities in Malaysia, and other ASEAN countries, with the goal to improve people’s living conditions, improve urban sustainability, and realising a smart society.

 

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