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Selangor on track to become premier 'smart state'

Selangor is on track to become a premier Smart State in Asean after finalising three joint undertakings in smart city development with foreign companies. 

State investment arm, Menteri Besar Selangor Inc (MBI), has inked the agreements through its subsidiaries, namely SMARTSEL Sdn Bhd, KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd (KDEB) and Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU).

The undertakings were finalised at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona this week. 

MBI chief executive officer Raja Shahreen Raja Othman (photo) said the challenge was to ensure that the people would benefit from the collaborations and similar efforts that they may have in the future.

“The joint undertakings run parallel to the country's newly launched ‘Shared Prosperity Vision 2030’, a 10-year goal to restructure Malaysia’s low-skill labour-intensive economy into a knowledge-based economy,” he said, adding the state already had a head start with the launch of the Smart Selangor initiative four years ago.

SMARTSEL has entered into a partnership with Global Reach Technology UK and Dune Global Sdn Bhd to maximise the latest in Wi-Fi and Hotspot technology.

Meanwhile, KDEB will collaborate with Turkey-based software company, EVREKA, to provide a holistic solution for waste management and city cleaning operations with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

SSDU has teamed up with Urbaser Spain and Mancuso Energy Sdn Bhd on smart waste management solutions. -- Bernama