Several steps have been taken to get Cyberjaya off the starting block in the race to be a Global Technology Hub (GTH). These will hasten the transformation of the city into a global hub.

Cyberview Sdn Bhd recently formalised a collaboration with Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s (TM) subsidiary, Intelsec Sdn Bhd, to strengthen the telecommunications facility in Cyberjaya. The inking of this collaborative agreement will see TM become the strategic telecommunications partner in promoting smart city living in Cyberjaya.

Leveraging on Intelsec’s smart service infrastructure, the collaboration will also explore strengthening and enhancing city wide public safety and security, thus increasing the quality of living in Cyberjaya. The improvement will see lower prices of Internet connectivity being offered to the companies and residents of Cyberjaya, and at the same time it will offer a higher quality connectivity option to the customers.

At the recent launch of the National IoT Strategic Roadmap by the government of Malaysia, a memorandum of understanding was signed between MIMOS Bhd, CyberSecurity Malaysia and SAS Inc to develop Cyberjaya as a model “Smart and Safe City”. With this collaboration, Cyberview will implement a smart traffic management system, public safety monitoring, energy management and various other IoT-based solutions.

Internet of Things (IoT) is a focus technology area, as listed in the 11th Malaysia plan. With an expected contribution of up to RM9.5 billion to the country’s gross national income by 2020, IoT will help boost the country’s competitiveness, and contribute in the push for Cyberjaya’s transformation to be a GTH.

On talent development, Cyberview Sdn Bhd is hard at work through our Cyberview Living Lab (CLL) initiatives in developing new talents as well as nurturing ideas and innovation in Cyberjaya. Some of the activities we have executed include the Cyberjaya Women Forum, Cyberjaya Robo Race, Cyberfusion, Minecraft Camp, and programmes with universities like the recent Imagine Cup 2015.

Through the Accelerator lab, new startups can receive guidance from courses led by the Watch Tower & Friends — a tech accelerator designed to build a startup network, and Infinite Ventures — a programme designed to realise a startup’s vision in rolling out new ideas and technology. Some of the success stories include the Dext on-demand financial service app, as well as The Lorry, a lorry rental booking website. Since 2013 and to date Cyberview has groomed a total of 50 startups.

One of the high points of the Cyberjaya development is the establishment of the Cyberjaya Hospital, as announced in Budget 2016. The announcement of the hospital is a key factor to heighten the citizens’ quality of life, as well as further complete the holistic ecosystem to flourish the community development in Cyberjaya.

Last but not least, as one of the projects listed under “First Priority” in Budget 2016 in order to boost the country’s economy, the Cyberjaya City Centre (CCC) is designed from the ground up as a GTH for the region. An area measuring approximately 141 acres (57ha) (15 contiguous parcels of commercial and enterprise land) has been earmarked as the site for the CCC. With the sizeable land, the proposed development shall offer a commercial area that contributes, facilitates and complements the needs of residents and business communities of Cyberjaya as well as its larger neighbourhood.

The development of the CCC will also benefit Cyberjaya citizens as the earmarked project will further enhance the community already in place in Cyberjaya, while at the same time help entice the investor community to further invest in Cyberjaya. It will also benefit the tech communities as it is a platform for these innovators to pilot and showcase their innovations.

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