Monthly Archives: January, 2017

How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City Approach

January 19th, 2017 Posted by NEWS 0 thoughts on “How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City Approach”


Smart City – Think Big Start Small

Think “Lean Methodology” – Build, Measure and Learn. I think that’s how we should build Smart Cities. We can no longer take the risks of building projects fast and become “white elephants” which Wikipedia defined as:


A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness.

Most of the times, Smart Cities deployment failed even though we planned well but failed in execution. Failed in getting the citizens to use the facilities. Failed in maintaining and sustaining the business model.

The maturity of acceptance of city dwellers is also an essential element. I don’t think we can just replicate the success of one Smart City in one country to another country without proper understanding the priorities of the citizens due to the ethnicity and maturity of the city inhabitants.

No doubt, we need the masterplan for Smart Cities. A blueprint that lay the framework and the timeframe which is essential in measuring the success of any projects. But then, blueprints can be useless if there is no element of funding and the right business models in place. Most Smart Cities projects are delayed or canceled due to lack of financing from both parties (government and private entities).

To avoid such issues, let’s use the “lean methodology” in developing Smart Cities. The key element is the MVP (Minimum Viable Product), or in this case, we might call it “Minimum Viable City.” Here’re the steps:

  1. Develop a hypothesis by getting citizens inputs. Provide the citizen with tools that allow them to engage with the government or city authorities.
  2. Collect the data and analyze the citizen’s priorities
  3. Build the “Minimum Viable City” Smart Applications
  4. Measure the impact and usefulness.
  5. Learn from the citizens whether their pain points are adequately addressed. Iterate the process again.
  6. Scale up the deployment.

Think Big Start Small

Think Big Start Small” – that’s how we should build our Smart Cities without putting so many resources. But to implement this – we need funding from the Government. In Malaysia, I would suggest MOSTI, MCMC, MDEC, MIGHT or Cyberview allocate some funds to create many Proof-of-Concept (PoC) projects in various cities. That’s one of the ways to spur the local innovation within the country.

What’re your thoughts?

What Are Your Smart Cities Priorities?

January 18th, 2017 Posted by NEWS 0 thoughts on “What Are Your Smart Cities Priorities?”


Balance Your Priorities

I have several interesting discussions whenever I told the audience in my Talks regarding why Smart Cities should have these traits of becoming more:

  1. Collaborative
  2. Responsive
  3. Cost-Effective
  4. Accountable
  5. Transparent

If you asked the citizens whether they wanted their Governments or Local Authorities to embrace those qualities, the answer would be a big “YES.” But somehow it doesn’t resonate well to the other parties (Governments or Local Councils). Why?

We knew how IT helped to make organizations more cost-effective, but when you have a deeper integration with each and every device that you monitored with IOT sensors connected, the jitter gets down to the bones of the people who managed the assets.

Imagine that when every “assets” linked to the person responsible. It can be good or bad depending on how that person handles and manage that asset.

But that’s how IOT works – reducing cost and getting higher efficiency.

If you are a Captain of a sinking ship – what’s your first instruction – plugging the hole of the ship or steer to a new direction?

Of course, the answer would be to plug the holes and stabilize the ship before you can steer to the new direction. It’s the same for any organizations, even before they create new revenue streams, they must be able to identify areas of improvement, reduce any stumbling blocks, streamline and shorten the process, reduce manual work and increase automation. And that’s what IOT does!

Countries such as Japan and Korea kept improving their services because they have reached a state where everything should be automated, and services are citizen-focused.

Thus, every country that wanted to implement their vision of Smart City must understand where the priorities are.

It’s not enough to simply “want” a Smart City. Get the trust from the citizens, and you will get them to build the Smart City that you envision.

The University of Glasgow Singapore Use FAVORIOT Platform for Their IoT Projects

January 17th, 2017 Posted by IOT PLATFORM 0 thoughts on “The University of Glasgow Singapore Use FAVORIOT Platform for Their IoT Projects”

Thanks to Dr. Keoh Sye Loong from the University of Glasgow Singapore, three IoT projects are now in under development using FAVORIOT platform. The projects are:

(1) Fleet IoT Security Hardening and Audit Automation

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(2) Smart Waste Sensing for Efficient Waste Management

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(3) Design and Development of an Intelligent Aquaponics System with
Internet of Things

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Interesting Articles


FAVORIOT offered a very affordable pricing plan as shown below:

The Beginner Plan is very suitable for University students who have been assigned or chose IoT project as their Final Year Project. A single device such as Raspberry Pi or Arduino that collects from several connected sensors can stream to the IoT platform. A simple dashboard is provided to visualize the measurements. This plan is also suitable for an individual developer or hobbyist that would like to familiarize with IoT platform, conduct self-learning or participate in IoT Hackathons. At RM 8.33 (or less than USD 2.00) per month, you can become the next Generation-IoT and on your way to be one of the rare talents in the job market today!

The Startup Plan is perfect for Freelancers or SMEs or Startups to provide IoT solution for a medium size project up to 150 devices. In fact, they can also create multiple projects or applications but limited to the total number of 150 devices.

The Business Plan is great for developing big commercial IoT project. It can support up to 300 devices for many smart applications. However, if a company requires connecting thousands of devices, they may contact/email their customised requirements to


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