Jakarta smart city: GridComm takes share of smart lighting

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The Indonesian capital of Jakarta sees IoT technology as a solution to its dense population and pressure on services

In South-East Asia, Singapore-based power line communications company GridComm, has signed a deal with a LED manufacturer in Indonesia to supply a cloud-based street light management solution for the Jakarta smart city project.

GridComm will work with Siklon Energy Nusantara to supply an Intelligent Street Lighting Solution, which forms part of the local government smart city blueprint. 

Based on a PLC transceiver, GridComm’s street lighting solutions creates energy-aware, remotely managed and monitored web-based networks, the company said in a statement.

Commenting on winning the tender for the work, Sigit Julianto, CEO of LED company Siklon, said: “Combined with the high-level of support and our competitive pricing, made us one of only four companies to win the Jakarta smart street light tender, which will total 50,000 units this year.

“Volume will increase significantly over the next few years as Jakarta replaces existing traditional lights.”

Jakarta smart city by 2018

Jakarta has plans to transform its 350,000 street lights into smart lights as part of its smart city blueprint.

The capital city, with a population density of 140 people per square kilometer, has plans to become smart by 2018.

The government has released a Jakarta Smart City app, which sees the integration of Qlue, the administration’s crowd-sourcing website, Waze, a traffic information and chat platform and, CROP, an app used by officials to respond to public complaints.

On a wider scale, Indonesia is a promising IoT market as mobile penetration is high with an estimated 330 million subscribers in 2015, according to Redwing Asia.

In another example of IoT partnerships, Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest mobile operator teamed with America’s Jasper, a cloud-based IoT service provider, to bring embedded services to the retail, consumer electronics, automotive telematics, utilities and healthcare sectors.

Urbanisation is another factor driving the adoption of IoT solutions. The country is home to nearly 250 million people – over a third of South-east Asia’s population—which will soon see 55% of its citizens living in cities, compared to 45% in 2013, according to World Bank statistics.