Retrospective: Smart City Workshop in Cambodia: The Internet of Things

On 16th June 2015, the ICT Federation of Cambodia (ICTF) organised a Smart City workshop at the SOMA Tower. Under the umbrella of the ICTF, SOMA Group has developed a foresight in constructing a new town that will take up approximately 60 hectares on a few kilometers out of Phnom Penh.

In line with the Smart City concept, this new town will make use of ICT vastly in all its aspects, in order to aid economic development, boost performance and convenience, attain better cost efficiency, optimize resource consumption, actively connect with citizens, and in turn, advance Cambodia to the digital age.

Around 20 participants from private sectors attended the session, including members from the ICT Federation, SOMA Group, property development, planners, investors, architects, and technology providers.

After an introduction by the ICT Federation of Cambodia, Mr Chong Choon Jeng, representative for Cisco Cambodia, started talking about how connected smart cities are. He mentioned that the Internet is everything when it comes to building ecosystems in smart cities, but 99% of the world is still not yet fully connected. Below are the infrastructure managements in a smart city:

  • Smart traffic: Detecting incidents early and responding to them effectively makes for safer roads, less congestion, and smoother traffic flow. The solution provides insight into urban traffic patterns so that traffic authorities can make better decisions and long-term plans.
  • Smart parking: Provides citizens with real-time information about available parking. The solution gathers and delivers the data by combining the foundational Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi infrastructure with IP cameras, sensors, and smartphone apps.
  • Smart Public safety:  The Cisco Smart+Connected City Safety and Security solution helps protect cities against crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. It helps law enforcements monitor public areas, analyze patterns, and track incidents and suspects, enabling quicker response. By combining information from video surveillance cameras, social media, citizen reports, and other sensors, the solution provides a richer view of urban safety.
  • Smart street lighting: Use Smart+Connected City Multi-Sensor to reduce energy consumption, cost, and maintenance in lighting system in the city.
  • Smart Waste Management: Use sensors installed in on-street waste containers, allowing them to signal when they become full or emit odors beyond a set threshold for optimized pickup routes and on-demand rather than default scheduling. They can communicate with the situation room via the City Wi-Fi network to signal damage or other conditions.
  • Smart environmental monitoring: Utilize sensors to assist in environmental protection by monitoring air or water quality atmospheric or soil conditions.

Interested in learning more about smart cities? Check out the video below of a smart city in Barcelona!

After the presentation, participants wrapped up with a discussion and feedback session.