We have selected seven cities and three districts to implement the smart city project, and Tangerang is one of them."
Tangerang (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Interior Ministry, in collaboration with the Central for Digital Society (CFDs) of the University of Gajah Mada (UGM), is working on a smart city development pilot project in the Tangerang city.

"Tangerang city is among the cities that can potentially become smart cities, thanks to the administration's efforts to pursue this objective by applying and developing the smart city concept," CFDs Managing Director, Dedy Permadi, said here on Tuesday.

The administration of the Tangerang city has been working to reform its public services by leveraging the information technology to maximum extent.

As a first step, UGM provides training to the Tangerang city administration personnel for a shift towards smart city development.

Smart city is an answer to the challenges in city administration posed by a rapid population growth.

"One solution to deal with the growth of population is applying the smart city concept. Experts have projected that over the next 30 years, this transformation into smart cities can help save 30 percent of the energy consumption in the world," Dedy explained.

The Deputy Director of the Regional Capacity Building at the Ministry of Interior, Gensly, informed that Tangerang city was chosen among the smart city pilot project sites in Indonesia as the administration has been optimally applying and improving its public services.

"We have selected seven cities and three districts to implement the smart city project, and Tangerang is one of them," he noted.

Tangerang Vice Mayor Sachrudin hoped that the smart city concept would help overcome current issues faced in urbanized settings.

It would make it possible to expedite the delivery of public services, and enhance accuracy.

Ten other cities in Indonesia, apart from Tangerang city, have been chosen as model smart city development pilot projects under a three party collaborative program. These stakeholders are the Ministry of the Interior, the Gadjah Mada University and Microsoft Indonesia.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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