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West Java’s Blueprint for Smart and Sustainable Cities

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Indonesia is embarking on an ambitious project to transform Jatinangor into a City of Digital Knowledge, spearheaded by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in collaboration with the Secretary of West Java Province, Herman Suryatman. The goal is to seamlessly integrate digital technology into all aspects of urban life, promoting digital literacy and empowerment among residents.

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Creating a digital city is a multifaceted endeavour that demands a comprehensive strategy, focusing on critical elements such as digital infrastructure, literacy, innovation, and sustainability. A key aspect is ensuring high-speed internet and advanced technologies are readily available, alongside equipping residents with the skills necessary to thrive in a digital economy. Fostering innovation is central to the success of a digital technology city. This entails establishing tech hubs, offering incentives for tech companies, and investing in research and development. Sustainability must also be a priority, with technology utilised to minimise environmental impact through smart grid technology and green practices.

Prof Ir Muhamad Abduh, MT, PhD, Vice-Rector for Finance, Planning, and Development at ITB, highlighted the institution’s partnership with the West Java Provincial Government in achieving this vision. He emphasised that this collaboration extends beyond research to include the development of innovative products and services, aiming for sustainable, long-term impact.

Moreover, all faculties and schools at ITB, spanning science, technology, arts, and management, will play a role in this transformation. This aligns with ITB’s vision to maintain global recognition while being locally relevant.

Herman Suryatman expressed optimism that this collaboration will enhance community welfare, positioning Jatinangor as a hub for digital knowledge and technology. Both parties also discussed the optimisation of Graha Satria for various university activities, aiming to elevate Jatinangor’s status as a centre for digital expertise and technology.

The transformation of Jatinangor into a City of Digital Knowledge represents a significant step forward for Indonesia’s digital future. By leveraging the expertise of ITB and the resources of the West Java Provincial Government, the project aims to create a model for other cities in Indonesia and beyond to emulate.

One of the key components of this transformation is the development of digital infrastructure. This includes not only high-speed internet access but also the integration of digital technology into everyday life. For example, smart city initiatives could consist of the use of sensors to monitor air quality or traffic flow or the implementation of digital payment systems for public services.

Another important aspect of the project is the focus on digital literacy. By providing residents with the skills and knowledge they need to use digital technology effectively, the project aims to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age. This could include providing training programmes or educational resources to help people develop their digital skills.

Sustainability is another important consideration for the project. By using digital technology to minimise environmental impact, the project aims to create a city that is not only technologically advanced but also environmentally friendly. This includes the use of smart grid technology to optimise energy use or the implementation of green building practices to reduce carbon emissions.

The transformation of Jatinangor into a City of Digital Knowledge represents an opportunity for Indonesia to showcase its potential in the digital age. By leveraging the expertise of ITB and the resources of the West Java Provincial Government, the project aims to create a model for sustainable, innovative, and digitally inclusive cities of the future.


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