Project Noah named top smart city initiative for public safety in Asia-Pacific

Project Noah, one of the flagship projects of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), has been proclaimed as the top smart city initiative in public safety at IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2016.

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The Philippines launched Project Noah ((Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) in 2012 as a response to the call for a better disaster prevention and mitigation system after the country was devastated by Typhoon Ondoy.

“Project Noah as the government’s flagship disaster management initiatives has empowered the Philippines with information such as real-time weather data and high-resolution flood, landslide, and storm surge hazard maps through online platforms, mobile devices and social media,” said Jubert Daniel Alberto, country head at IDC Philippines.

“Project Noah deserves the international recognition for the public safety initiative as it succeeds in transforming cities for the better through smart and sustainable technology.”

The IDC awards recognized the most outstanding smart city projects in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in 14 functional e-services.

This year, the winners in the various categories came from all over Asia Pacific excluding Japan, with Singapore and New Zealand each claiming three categories each.

“The Smart City momentum is growing extensively in the Asia Pacific (AP) region as many nations see it as an organic, bottom-up and middle-out innovation growth that will spearhead the next cycle of e-government evolutions,” said Gerald Wang, head for Asia Pacific Government and Education at IDC.

“While at least 90% of all Asia Pacific local governments or smart cities’ growth leverage funds that are provided by central or federal functions, many of them are notably given the autonomy to create their own unique identity in city governance, strategic operations and provisioning of effective e-services.”

Sudev Bangah, country manager for IDC Philippines and Indonesia, said there is a growing prevalence of citizen-directed initiatives and driving local industries, which ultimately contributes back to stimulating domestic social and economic sustainability.

“This year’s submissions and winners highlight the impacts of climate change and slowing global trade. This led to the stronger push for environmental sustainability and operational efficiency so as to bring about better living standards and future continuity of the various Asia Pacific cities.”

IDC went through a rigorous six-phased benchmarking exercise to determine the top smart city projects for 2016. These included identifying and cataloging the key smart city projects in Asia-Pacific by IDC Analysts across APeJ (25%), online voting to determine public opinion (50%), and the assessment of an International Advisory Council (25%).

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