Here's How Indonesia Will Develop 100 Smart Cities in 2 Years

Here's How Indonesia Will Develop 100 Smart Cities in 2 Years

Every local government in Indonesia is in a race to become the leading innovator of smart city technology, with Bandung's lavish command center to Jakarta's smart city initiative which breeds hundreds of technology-based startups.

Smart cities are a concept where cities or regional territories adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) and other Internet communications technology (ICT) to assist in the management of infrastructure.

Some examples of smart city technologies would be advanced transportation systems that can be centrally managed, integrated CCTV system, flood detection systems, and smart parking. For Indonesia, smart city technology provides citizens with a higher quality of living and a more transparent government.


Bandung Comman Center. Image: Hello World Indonesia
Bandung Comman Center. Image: Hello World Indonesia


Indonesia's Leading Smart Cities

Jakarta: Thanks to Jakarta Smart City Project, the Indonesia's capital is quickly become a popular hub for technology-based startups and companies, such as Trafi for transport apps and Qlue for citizens to channel their aspiration. With many other projects connected to the IoT, it's easy to see how other local governments wish to replicate Jakarta success.

Bandung: Bandung's Command center is the first has been implemented by many cities, including Jakarta. Programs such as E-budgeting gives a transparent view of administration spending. Smart CCTV and smart lighting have also been proposed by the administration.  Professor Jason Pomeroy, an eco-architect, told The Jakarta Post, that Bandung is arguably Indonesia's leading smart city and typical example for medium-sized Asian cities.

Jakarta Smart City Lounge. Image: Smartcity.Jakarta
Jakarta Smart City Lounge. Image: Smartcity.Jakarta


Makassar: The jewel in Indonesia’s eastern region, dubbed "the home of Indonesian software." The city has been pushing to be Indonesia’s data center for the eastern region. Athough very new, the National Police (Polri) has praised Makassar for its Smart CCTV technology


100 Smart Cities by 2019

Smart cities are an asset for the government and citizens alike. This new wave of technology makes it easier for city management to identify and resolve issues, as well as to better plan improvements and additions. Citizens also reap benefits from more transparent and responsive government, lower taxes, and better services. 

To achieve these ideals, several Indonesia's Ministries, Development Planning Agency, and Presidential Office initiated 100 Smart City project, starting with 25 cities and regencies selected to be in tis program.
100 Smart City Project in Indonesia. Image: InfoKomputer

To be part of this project, Ministry of Communication and Information will conduct assessment on city's readiness on regulations, human resources, and potentials, as well as assistance to plan the roadmap and implement smart city initiative. The country targets to develop 100 smart cities by 2019.

"Digital transformation does not only occur in the private sector, but also in government and society," said Director General of Informatics  Ministry of Communication and Information Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan to Kompas.

Several companies have signed to sponsor this project, such as Siemens, Indosat Ooredoo Business, Lintasarta, and Kompas Gramedia. 

Indonesia is just getting started with its smart city programs and has much more room to grow and improve over time.

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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