JUST a weekend after the first Philippine Telecom Summit, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), this time in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) hosted the first i-CiTY (intelligent city) Summit in the Philippines.
technology chiefs from the government and private institutions all over the world to promote the importance of technology for a safer and better connected Philippines.
The summit focused on the creation of an ‘intelligent and connected’ city looking at the example of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig which was developed with connectivity, safety and traffic management as key points. The concept of the i-City is not new, as countries around the world such as Singapore and Indonesia have successfully created and implemented the i-City using technologies from different vendors, most prominent of which is Huwawei.
In this welcome speech Police Director Napoleon Taas, of the Directorate for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that the creation of an intelligent city benefits citizens by providing safer and cleaner environment by the use of technology.
PNP Chief General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa emphasized how a safe city is the key to sustainability, encouraging a more social lifestyle that is free of crime and anxiety giving rise to a better economy and more productivity.
Summit speakers agreed that a safer and better connected Philippines means more inter-agency collaborations, readily accessible information, faster response rate, and consequently, an increased digital economy, better employment opportunities, improved living conditions and a more globally competitive Philippines.
The i-CiTY brings together four key elements of a city’s infrastructure and the services which it offers Digital City Management, Digital Public Services, Digital Industry, and Safe City.
These four key elements are underpinned by Cloud infrastructure, communication networks and sensors which are the eyes and ears of an i-CiTY.
“We believe the time is right for the Philippines to embark on this digital journey to transform the way we live, work and play in a safe and healthy environment. This will enable the citizens’ to be content in this new sustainable society,” says Jacky Gao, Huawei Philippines CEO. “In establishing i-CiTY ecosystem, we are committed to this country by sharing global successful use cases, project experiences through partnership with government, academia and business operators,” he added.
Other technology partners of the Summit include enterprise expert SAP and Hexagon.
The highlights of the summit’s opening day include talks and panel discussions on global trends, public safety, e-government, and presentation of the i-CiTY financial and operational models. Knowledge sharing on the safe city implementation of Bonifacio Global City, Philippines and Bandung, Indonesia, among others were also part of the event. The key output of the summit was the official launch of Philippines’ Safe City White Paper—a commitment by the government and its partners from the public and private sectors to push for a safer and better connected country.
Second day of the summit focused on the presentations of the DICT in connection to the National Broadband Plan and explained how technological innovations can help improve transportation system and public services to drive direct investments.
DICT and DILG forged partnerships with Huawei Technologies Phils. Inc., SAP, Hexagon, IHS, Pacific Disaster Center, PWC, Indonesia FTTH Association, Roland Berger, Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Delaware Consulting. Both local and international key industry leaders share their best practices, opportunities, challenges, and how information and communications technology (ICT) can be maximized.
The Philippines is set to go through a digital transformation. Key change drivers will be the provision of faster and more stable internet connection for uninterrupted communication, cloud architecture that has the ability to support new products, processes, applications, and services anytime and anywhere, and facilities for behavior analysis such as real-time surveillance and pre-event warning, among others.