The Philippine Smarter Cities Initiative: Building Smarter Cities Towards a Smarter Philippines


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This was the Keynote Address at the 2013 International Conference on Smarter Cities, last Nov 14-15 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, which featured 20+ international speakers, sharing best practices from their localities. Over 400 attended, and hundreds signed a commitment to work together to make their cities smarter. This is the Extended Version, with extra slides.

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The Philippine Smarter Cities Initiative: Building Smarter Cities Towards a Smarter Philippines

  1. 1. 2013 International Conference on Smarter Cities Nov. 14-15, 2013 Diamond Hotel, Pasay City Alejandro P. Melchor III Smarter Philippines Program Director Department of Science & Technology Keynote Address (Extended Ver.)
  2. 2. Smarter Philippines DOST Secretary Mario Montejo Launches Smarter Philippines Program in Davao City Smarter Philippines is the DOST’s technology-based inclusive development program. It has 6 components, which synergize to yield: • improved competitiveness, • increased productivity, and • a better quality of life.
  3. 3. “Smarter Cities plus Smarter Countryside equals a progressive Smarter Philippines. It is a technology-based development model that recognizes secondary cities as drivers of growth not only within its area, but also in its surrounding countryside. Kung mangyari ipo ito sa lahat ng siyudad ng Pilipinas, this could be a new approach for inclusive and sustainable growth, for poverty alleviation.” - Sec. Mario G. Montejo
  4. 4. A Smarter City has these key elements DOST Secretary Mario Montejo Keynote address during the launch of Smarter Philippines, Feb. 20, 2013 • It constantly assesses how it performs in key areas: governance, the economy, the environment, citizen mobility, human resource development, and quality of life; • It denotes an instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent city. • It strives to make itself “smarter”: more efficient, more innovative, more sustainable, more participative and equitable, and more livable: via strategic use of the convergent technologies enabled by ICT.
  5. 5. DOST FOCUS AREA #1: HELPING MAKE THE CITY’S CORE SYSTEMS SMARTER Land Use and Urban Planning Disaster Risk Reduction Mgmt. Jobs/ Business Environment Education Services Instrumented Integrated data including sensors, video and voice Interconnected Networked intelligence Knowledge sharing Outsourcing Work collaboration Intelligent Proactive, preventive, predictive use of information Analytics Visualization Agricultural System Telecommunication and ICT Infra. Healthcare Services Transportation System Public Safety SMARTER SYSTEMS ENABLE LGUs TO: Leverage information to make better decisions Anticipate problems to resolve them proactively Coordinate resources to operate effectively
  6. 6. Smarter Urban Planning & Land Use Planning DOST DREAM Plane w/ 3D LIDAR 3D LIDAR mapping with Data Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can deliver key information for Smarter Urban & Land Use Planning Rendered 3D LIDAR Map
  7. 7. Smarter Urban Planning & Land Use Planning Flood zone analysis. Relate elevation from a terrain model to a set of households or buildings to understand risks from flooding The DOST’s DREAM 3D LIDAR Mapping data can be utilized for the SMARTER PHILIPPINES urban planning, land use planning and geospatial analysis programs of Smarter Cities member local government agencies. Import and visualize flood modelling surfaces to help with Disaster Risk Assessment and mitigation planning Crime mapping will enable law enforcement to identify crime hot spots and allocate scarce resources such as patrol cars optimally. Smarter Land Use Planning, enabled by high-resolution terrain, geochemical or geophysical surface models
  8. 8. Smarter Urban Planning & Land Use Planning Hydrological Dataset for the entire Philippines Flood simulation models for flood control Hydrological Datasets will help determine a city’s drainage capacity
  9. 9. The Intelligent Operations Center helps make multiple core systems smarter. It is a priority of countries preparing to host major global events like the Olympics China built a Technology Operations Center in Beijing in preparation to host the 2008 Olympics Brazil built an Intelligent Operations Center in Rio de Janeiro in preparation to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Summer Olympics UK built a Technology Operations Center in London in preparation to host the 2012 Olympics Mitigating torrential rains and flooding is one of the focuses of Rio’s IOC.
  10. 10. Smarter Disaster Risk Reduction Management & Climate Change Adaptation
  11. 11. DREAM 3D LIDAR Mapping for Flood Control CITIES TO BE COVERED BY DREAM: As of Sept. 16, 2013: 34 of 58 cities have been surveyed by 3D LIDAR
  12. 12. Philippine National Earthquake & Tsunami Monitoring & Communication System: I. Earthquake Monitoring & EWS DOST-PHIVOLCS Main Station, Quezon City Earthquake monitoring Broadband/ strong-motion station Installation of smart sensors at Mandaluyong City LGU Smart sensors for earthquake monitoring Philippine Seismic Network: 69 stations now; target: 85 by 2016
  13. 13. Philippine National Earthquake & Tsunami Monitoring & Communication System: II. Tsunami Early Warning System Tsunami scenario database Sea-level detection sensors Tsunami hazard mapping for Metro Manila Corregidor Tidal Gauge Station Tsunami Inundation simulation
  14. 14. Intelligent DRRM Systems: High Peformance Computing & Analytics IBM donated a Blue Gene/P super computer to DOST. - 4,096-core super computer - To be housed at DOST’s iGov Data Center EXPECTED OUTCOMES: • Improved weather forecasting • NOAH’s weather forecast extended from 6 hours to 7 days • Larger area coverage to monitor weather disturbances forming out at sea • Faster computing time will result in hourly 7-day forecasts • More weather parameters will be produced for public information • Improved flood prediction The NOAH-Wise Project: Weather Information Integration for System Enhancement Improved weather forecasting will improve flood prediction
  15. 15. Smarter DRRM: Knowledge Sharing-Best Practices & Lessons Learned Tonga: 2009 7.9 magnitude earthquake & tsunami 2011 Great Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Thailand: The Great Flood of 2011
  16. 16. Japan: Lessons learned from 2011 Great Earthquake and Tsunami: Multi-tier disaster information communication system
  17. 17. Thailand: lessons learned from the Great Floods of 2011: shift to satellite/ space technology Satellite Data Terminal Satellite drought mapping & flood early warning system Broadband satellite Satellite-based GIS hazard maps
  18. 18. Key DOST Websites: NOAH, PAGASA, PHIVOLCS Project NOAH Website. Ondoy floodmap for Butuan City.
  19. 19. Smarter Industries: 1.3M IT-BPM Jobs by 2016, 520,000 of which are in the countryside
  20. 20. Smarter Industries: Towards a P50M/yr. Semiconductor & Electronics industry Advanced Device Materials and Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL)— designed to enhance the productivity of the semiconductor and electronics industry by providing world-class testing facilities at affordable prices. • Eliminates the need to send products abroad for testing, thus enabling higher value added—from 10% to 20-40%. Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer Focused Ion Beam—Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope Auger Electron Spectrometer
  21. 21. Smarter Healthcare: the Philippine eHealth Development Plan 2013-2017 2014 Priorities: • Philippine Health Information • • • • • • Exchange (PHIE) Philippine Health Enterprise Data Warehouse Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) Hospital Management Information Systems (HOMIS) eHealth apps for teleparasitology & tele-dermatology Telemedicine services: +450 rural barangays RxBox2 +150 barangays
  22. 22. Smarter Healthcare: the RxBox - Electronic Medical Record Graphical User Interface Vital Signs Sensors - Heart Rate - ECG - Blood Oxygen Saturation - Fetal Heart Tones - Maternal Uterine Contraction Helps Doctors to provide better health care to patients in Rural Communities Adopt RxBox Contact us at: www. +63-2-509-1003
  23. 23. Smarter Healthcare: Conquering Dengue The DOST-DOH Dep Ed OL Trap Program: Dengue prevention through biological control. DOST-produced OL (ovicidal-larvicidal) traps are placed in different areas of participating schools and serviced every 6 days by volunteers. The OL Traps contain a larvicidal solution which emits an odor that attract Aedes mosquitos to lay their eggs in them. The solution then kills the eggs and larvae. Dengue Prevention through Public Awareness. The rainy season of each year marks the beginning of a DOH-led anti-dengue public awareness campaign. Dengue Rapid Test Kit. Inexpensive test kit for dengue yields diagnostic results within 1 hour. R&D on medicinal properties of local plants for a national anti-dengue vaccine by 2014 and cure for dengue haemorrhagic fever. National online dengue early warning system. The red balloons indicate schools with OL Trap indices of >40%. Local authorities in these areas are alerted to undertake an all-out anti-dengue campaign. Coming soon!
  24. 24. Smarter Healthcare: Key Websites
  25. 25. Smarter Telecommunications and ICT Infrastructure: TV White Spaces TV White Spaces Initiative Aims to bring broadband-enabled services to rural areas DOST’s ICT Office partners with USAID and Microsoft Philippines to enable the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to provide government services to remote fishing communities in Bohol through the TV White Spaces Program.
  26. 26. Smarter Transportation Systems Automated Guideway Transit System (AGT). Driverless electricity-run monorail DOST Road Train. Smarter Traffic Management System with cellphonebased People Flow Mobility Data
  27. 27. Smarter People: LEAP and GCAT LEAP (Learning English Application for Pinoys) is a standalone application for Windows- and Linux-based platforms for learning basic English. Goals Improve Basic English Proficiency of Filipinos Help improve and sustain competitiveness in the Global Market
  28. 28. eGovernance Training for Smarter Cities gCIO Training for LGUs Empowering Government Chief Information Officers as agents of strategic change, focused on projects that drive innovation & reform. • Chief ICT Strategist • Chief ICT Policy Advisor • Chief Information Security Officer 5 Core Competencies to be developed in gCIOs: In partnership with: eLeadership for Local Executives Aims to develop ICT competence— a cluster of related abilities, commitments, knowledge and skills that enable local executives to act effectively
  29. 29. Smarter People Collaboration with DOST’s Smarter Philippines Technology Partners (*under discussion) IT-certified faculty capable of imparting 21st century skills through STEM curriculum Smarter Analytics Training for Public Sector with IBM *Google “Microsoft IT Academy” to download the 51-slide Powerpoint presentation
  30. 30. The optimum strategy for both sustained, high and inclusive growth and poverty alleviation is the co-development of Tier II and Tier III cities as Smarter Cities, along with their surrounding rural communities.
  32. 32. Smarter Farming • Smarter Farming for a Sustainable Food Supply • Nationwide Farm Management Information System (FMIS) • Geographical Information System with visual data presentation of: • Hydrologic Map • Soil Texture Map • Crop / Vegetative Cover Maps • Drought Intensity Map Farm Management Information System Soil Texture Map Hydrologic Map Crop Cover Map Drought Intensity Map
  33. 33. Smarter Farming National Program on Weather and Crop Forecasting will reduce vulnerability of farmers to Climate Change Farmer Decision Support System Smarter Crop Forecasting System
  34. 34. Smarter Collaboration System Secured Login Project Authoring Document Upload / Download – Repository for every Project Project Monitoring with Progress Report On Demand Messaging System for Stakeholders and Team Members
  35. 35. Smarter Collaboration System 1. 2. 3. 4. Collaboration Transparency Efficiency Services Project Monitoring (Progress Report On Demand) Data Repository / File Management System Discussion and Messaging Board Community Integration (Social Media, Other DOST offices) Delivered Online via Secured Portal DOST National Office DOST Regional Offices LGU Stakeholders
  36. 36. Knowledge Management and Exchange System Objective Strengthen the capacity of cities to effectively manage inclusive urban development through the implementation of a knowledge management and exchange system among city managers and stakeholders Addresses these challenges 1. Limited Participation and Access to Capacity Development Programs 2. Inadequate management of knowledge resources 3. Lack of sustainable program for peer to peer knowledge exchange among city managers Special module: Smarter Urban Planning & Land Use Planning
  37. 37. Alejandro P. Melchor III Smarter Philippines Program Director Department of Science & Technology Alejandro “Bud” Melchor