BANDUNG-Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil asked academics, especially universities are members of SMART CITY partners to be able to apply the results of their research on smart city in West Java Province. Thus the commitment of West Java as a digital province in Indonesia can be realized in the next five years.
SMART CITY or Scientific Modeling, Application, Research, and Training for City-Centered Innovation and Technology, is the largest partnership in Indonesia concerning research and development of smart city systems. This partnership is chaired by the University of Indonesia, with partners with Padjadjaran University, Diponegoro University, Sriwijaya University, and Udayana University.
SMART CITY itself is one of the recipients of a giant 3 million dollar (equivalent to Rp. 45 billion) research grant provided by the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA) program.
"I would like to thank USAID and the universities are involved in the research. I will only ask where the results are. If we implement it accordingly, so we don't become ivory towers, just research, but not benefits," said Ridwan Kamil. after being the keynote speaker at 2018 International Conference on SMART CITY Innovation at Prama Grand Preanger Hotel, Asia Africa Street No. 81, Bandung City, Thursday (10/25/18).
According to Emil, digital technology now has hit countries in the world. However, the application of digital technology is still dominant in the city. In this case, said Emil, the government has the duty to provide alignments to all regions or sectors that haven't been touched by digital technology.
"So, the digital gap in villages and cities is still high. That's why in us (West Java Province) there is a digital province program, it will focus on digital inclusive in villages," Emil said.
"The government's task is to give alignment to regions or sectors that have not been touched," he continued.
Emil added, in West Java only a small number of districts / cities have implemented digital technology or smart city programs in their regions. In fact, it can improve the economy of the citizens, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the bureaucratic system in government.
"So in our five-year commitment (West Java) must be the best, evenly distributed, inclusive digital province. In the end what? The economy rises, the government can be effective, efficiently solve problems with transparency and speed," he said.
Smart City International Conference
This international conference is part of a series of research activities, development, training, public lectures, seminars, and collaboration with the government and the private sector regarding the innovation of smart city development organized by the SMART CITY network.
USAID SHERA also fully supports the SMART CITY work program and this international conference. "I am proud to be able to support this smart city implementation program," said Official Vice-Director or Acting Deputy Mission Director of USAID, Betty Chung who was present at the conference.
In a press release received by the Team for Covering West Java Public Relations, Betty added the United States through USAID has a long history of supporting innovative science, technology and research in Indonesia. This commitment is then continued through the SHERA program that connects Indonesian and US scientists to find, test and expand the application of evidence-based solutions can solve various development challenges.
International Conference on SMART CITY Innovation 2018 with the theme: "SMART CITY Innovation in Indonesia" was held by the Directorate of Research, Community Service and Innovation (DRPMI) of the University of Padjadjaran (Unpad), as the university of one of the SMART CITY partners.
In addition, this international conference held on October 25-26 2018 is one of the work programs of the SMART CITY Collaborative Research Center (Center for Collaborative Research).