MANILA, Philippines – Pasig City’s public safety project has been named one of the most outstanding smart city projects by the IDC Asia/Pacific (International Data Corporation) .
Out of 148 outstanding smart city projects, Pasig City is among the 19 winners in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), alongside China, Singapore, and Taiwan, among other winners.
The IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) selects “smart city” solutions that “deliver better urban planning and operational efficiencies, [and] influence widespread knowledge capital transformation with government employees, local businesses, and residents so cities can develop more sustainably,” as explained by Gerald Wang of IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights, Asia Pacific.
“Rapid urbanization and the exponential population growth of APEJ cities are severely constraining urban ecosystems,” says Wang. “Coupled with increased socioeconomic pressures (e.g., aging populations, inadequate housing options), and aging infrastructures, many APEJ city governments and city administrators are driven to seek investments in Smart City solutions to guarantee their city’s future survivability.”
Pasig won under the “public safety” category for their Smart Public Safety Management System project.
The project includes a number of initiatives: Computer Aided Dispatch, with real-time sending of incident reports to emergency services, and Adaptive Intelligent Traffic System, a transport network for better traffic flow.
There is also the Flood Awareness Simulation Tool that provides information and scenarios of possible flooded areas, as well as environment sensors for noise pollution, water PH level (potential of hydrogen), loud sounds, and UV index installed in 17 different locations.
Solar powered city-wide mass alert sirens have also been installed within the city for emergency broadcasts in times of disaster.
An emergency network GSM System is also being implemented, which is an emergency routing of cellular calls during times of calamities. It is accompanied by a Text Messaging Alert System (TMAS) which sends a SMS/Text notification to individuals to all GSM networks.
“We still have many smart city initiatives that we’re planning to do,” said Ritche Van Angeles, head of Pasig City disaster risk reduction and management, in a mix of Filipino and English.
He said that their department are working on implementing intelligent cameras to assist in traffic.
“[This] ongoing and soon to be implemented project [will] improve the traffic system,” he added. “It will apprehend violators and criminals using various intelligent type of cameras integrated to our traffic control systems.”
On 2016, the Philippines’ Project NOAH was named as a Top Smart City Initiative in Public Safety for its disaster management initiatives. — Rappler.com
Luisa Jocson is an intern at Rappler. She is currently majoring in AB Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University.