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Forest City “Smart B.I.A” System Wins IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

GELANG PATAH, 22 July 2019: Forest City here has achieved another key milestone by being the only participant from Malaysia to win an award in the 5th International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).

Photo 1: Sudev (left) presenting the certificate and award to Wu (right) at the certificate presentation ceremony, witnessed by Aminolhuda.

The project, located in Johor, stood out from the 57 selected projects in all categories. It outshined the other contenders with its innovative “Smart B.I.A”system. 

It was the first time Forest City, developed by Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd, has participated in the award, and has made Forest City the only award-winning project from Malaysia in the event this year.  

The other award-winning projects this year were public projects from New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and other countries which includes the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore’s National Digital Identity Facial Biometric System, Suzhou Wujiang Public Security Bureau’s Top Smart City Project (Smart Policing category) and Auckland Council’s New Zealand Smartest Street (Top Smart City Project for Sustainable Infrastructure category).

CGPV General Manager of Development Department, Syarul Izam Sarifudin said Forest City is committed to creating outstanding solutions for smart buildings. The innovative “Smart B.I.A” system integrates new technologies such as BIM-IOT-AI, integrates BIM building information modelling, IOT sensing platform, and AI city applications, including green drip irrigation systems, building automation systems, intelligent security systems, smart metres, emergency systems, community robots and multiple systems.

“Besides that, the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the development of Forest City plays a crucial role in project design quality improvement, sustainable construction, and facility and asset management (FM/AM). Through the virtual 3D building model creation, BIM model keeps track of the constructed project to ensure all design changes can be checked before they are applied for the project delivery to minimize errors and rework on site. Forest City utilises BIM data for standardised production. Some building components can be completed in advance in Industrialised Building System (IBS) prefabricated factory, which effectively improves the building quality and standards, as well as reducing environmental pollution from construction sites,” Syarul Izam said.

In terms of smart building management, Forest City has incorporated remote digital management through the IOT sensing platform, including Smart Metres, Building Monitoring and Green Wall. The exterior wall of Forest City building is fully covered with vertical greening, equipped with an automatic irrigation system. The system will provide ideal amount of water for the plant through automated online monitoring network, significantly improving the efficiency, ecological and environmental benefits of the building. Moreover, efficient management such as comprehensive control of building security and energy consumption, can be achieved with the AI city application.

“Besides B.I.A system, we also deployed the Smart Security, Community Robots as well as a community app named FOREST LIFE.  Other apps that are coming soon are FOREST BUY, FOREST PAY and FOREST TAKEGO system,” he added.

Gerald Wang, IDC Lead Analyst for Smart Cities said the “Smart B.I.A” system in Forest City was supporting the infrastructure construction through emerging technologies, providing services to the public and driving economic development, which is the focus of Malaysia’s digital economy.

“The concept of smart city is the interpretation of how digital technology can provide innovative and intelligent solutions to overcome the challenges that existing and future cities will face. Forest City is among the best, the project utilises the “Smart B.I.A” system to create green buildings that help cities to make effective use of resources, providing highly efficient public service. This is a well-deserved win for Forest City!

Wang said the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards’s selection process is based on IDC analysts’ benchmarking, public voting, and judging from an International Advisory Council. IDC’s SCAPA is now on its fifth year of recognizing deserving private or public organizations that IDC and publicist citizens deemed to have excelled across the 12 Smart City functional eService categories using IDC’s Smart City Development Index framework.

Photo 2: Aminolhuda with IDC representatives, IRDA and CGPV Management at IDC Smart City Award Ceremony in Forest City.

Since 2015, some of the annual contenders for these awards include Government Technology Agency of Singapore, Taipei City Government, and various municipal governments  of the People’s Republic of China (Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing), Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Thailand); various municipal  governments of South Korea (Incheon, Daejeon, Busan); New South Wales Government (Australia); and various municipal governments of New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington).

Johor Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan, who witnessed the award presentation, said that having a dedicated, diligent and committed workforce is also to be celebrated as it supports the B.I.A smart system.

“Building a smart city calls for strong commitment and financial resources.  It is not easy as it also requires collaboration from the government, administrators, private developer and the community,” Aminolhuda said.

Also present at the award presentation ceremony were IDC ASEAN Managing Director Sudev Bangah, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) Head of Planning and Compliance, Maimunah Jaafar and CGPV Executive General Manager Hugo Wu.

Country Garden Holdings, the parent company of CGPV, moved up to the 129th spot in the 2019 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list.  The ranking, released by leading magazine Forbes on May 16, marked the 10th consecutive year that Country Garden has made into the list.  Together with the Forbes Fortune 500, the two lists are the proven authorities in terms of global company rankings.

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