Bandung will represent Indonesia in this year's World Smart City Award. (Photo courtesy of Smart City Expo World Congress)

Bandung in the Running for World Smart City Award

BY :BASTEN GOKKON

NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Jakarta. West Java's provincial capital Bandung is representing Indonesia as a finalist for an international award recognizing the world's smart cities.

The Smart City Expo World Congress, which kicked off on Tuesday and runs through Thursday, will today announce the winner of the World Smart City Awards 2015.

Bandung is competing with five other cities, including Argentine's Buenos Aires, United Arab Emirates' Dubai, Russia's Moscow, United Kingdom's Peterborough and Brazil's Curitiba.

According to the event's official website, Bandung encourages participatory governance for smarter urban dynamics.

Final assessments for the top spot will be based on the finalists' innovative strategies and solutions to make the city "more livable, sustainable and economically viable."

Earlier this year, Bandung's information and communications agency officially launched a development project to optimize the use of advanced technology across the area, dubbing the campaign its own smart city program.

The city, home to more than 2.7 million people, has secured the support of 320 mobile-based facilities, including a security app called Panic Button developed by Bandung-based tech startup X-igent.

Bandung landed in third place on Indonesia's Smart City Index in August, behind Surabaya and Tangerang, in the western outskirts of Jakarta.

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