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28 October 2019

Digital Transformation as the Solutions to Urban Problems

Urban problems in big cities are affected by the rapid expansion of the community, such as the migration of people from rural to urban areas and immigration between countries. This rapid urbanization has limited infrastructure and resources as cities consume more. Jakarta as the largest metropolitan region in Southeast Asia is having two main problems: traffic congestions and floods. The effect that occurs is that new problems are emerging, such as carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water shortages, sanitation and sewage, congestion, weakened infrastructures, inadequate health care, provision of educations, and much more.

Technology can help cities use resources more effectively, create healthier urban environments, and deliver services more efficiently. Digital solutions are helping cities generate reductions of 15% to 30% in CO2 emissions, energy and water consumption, traffic congestion, and crime. These could be attained because digital cities are designed around integrated infrastructure, leaving them better equipped to deliver integrated value-added services such as e-health, e-government, and e-transportation. Governments also can use data infrastructure and analytical tools to improve city infrastructure planning.

Reviewed from its benefits, digital technology is one of the most promising solutions to help meet the challenges of urban problems. It is very important to invest in and maintain the right infrastructure to support the digital technology transformation in city facilities. Instead of taking a piecemeal approach to technology, cities must develop a more aggressive plan to create "smart cities" that can solve the cultural, social and environmental challenges of urbanization.

References :
Building Minds
The Velve Cell