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Developing a smart, connected city in Penang

AvantiKumar | Oct. 18, 2011
A collaboration between IJM, Dimension Data Asia Pacific, TIME, and Astro will meet the sophisticated needs for connectivity at THE LIGHT Waterfront community in Penang.

THE LIGHT Waterfront Penang

PHOTO - (from left) - Afzal Rahim, Liew Swee Lin, Dato Teh, YAB Lim Guang Eng, Dato Soam, Jeff Ooi (Penang's Telecommunications Taskforce Chairman), Bill Padfield.

A collaborative effort between property developer IJM Land, ICT solutions provider Dimension Data Asia Pacific, fixed-line telco TIME dotCom and cross-media group Astro will meet the sophisticated needs for connectivity at THE LIGHT Waterfront community in Penang.

The 152-acre community is designed as an intelligent and sustainable city, said IJM Land chief executive officer and managing director, Dato' Soam Heng Choon. "THE LIGHT Waterfront Penang is tailored to meet the demands of globalisation and understands the constant need for a ubiquitous connection in a networked society."

"A networked city is two-fold - with the right infrastructure network in place, THE LIGHT is able to connect people and be the ultimate destination for business, leisure, education and life," said Soam. "This seamless community opens up a whole new world of possibilities never once imagined and is a true representation of a borderless city encompassing residential, retail, hotels, convention centre and much more. This will inadvertently create an intelligent and sustainable city imperative to transform Penang into an international city."

He said the foundation of a smart and connected city was achieved through the appointment of Dimension Data as the Master Technology Consultant for THE LIGHT, along with the services from fixed-line telco TIME and cross-media group Astro for content.

Dimension Data Asia Pacific chief executive officer, Bill Padfield, said: "Through the deployment of our innovative, sustainability services and Connected Real Estate (CRE) solutions, the new development will feature intelligent buildings and infrastructure that are self-sustaining, energy sufficient and highly connected." 

"The benefits of CRE are not limited to operational and energy efficiencies such as centralised, automated building management control and cost savings," said Padfield. "The tenants and residents will also benefit from the enhanced connectivity and quick access to information, which would result in greater mobility and productivity."

In addition, Astro will supply each residential unit with two units of Astro B.yond IPTV boxes complete with three months free subscription of an Astro Super Pack, HD and Recording services including access to Video-on-demand and TIME Fibre Broadband. The offer also comes with a modem and router as well as installation.

"TIME's 100 percent fibre-based network is the most resilient and stable network in the country that is able to support Astro's IPTV offering, and at the same time allows for scalability in bandwidth to support modern broadband infrastructure needs," said TIME chief executive officer, Afzal Abdul Rahim. "A progressive developer such as IJM Land recognises the benefits of the 100 percent fibre-to-the building and its future scalability. THE LIGHT development is a model development for all other developers to emulate."


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