Hitachi Consulting supports Bangkok with smart city development

28 April 2018 Consultancy.asia

US-based management and tech advisory firm Hitachi Consulting has been tapped to provide the ‘smart city’ services of the cutting-edge One Bangkok development. The mixed-use complex, located at the corner of Wireless and Rama IV in central Bangkok, aims to be completed in 2021.

Cities are the next ‘thing’ being connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), with sensors and computers collecting vast amounts of data in order to manage municipal resources more effectively. Data in so-called ‘smart cities’ is collected and analysed in order to more efficiently manage traffic, power supply, water, waste, policing and hospitals among other services. The vast amount of data allows city planners to more accurately monitor city activity, allowing them to enhance the quality and performance of services while reducing costs. Smart city technologies have already been implemented in Dubai, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Amsterdam.

The latest city to embrace 'smart technology' is Bangkok, Thailand's capital city and with over 8 million inhabitants the country's most populous city. To assist in the design of ‘smart city’ services for One Bangkok – the first smart city project in Thailand – the programme team have brought consultants from Hitachi Consulting on board.

The huge mixed-use complex being built by Frasers Property and TCC Group will consist of five office towers, three luxury residential towers, four retail areas, and a large amount of public and cultural space. One Bangkok will offer over 1.8 million square meters of floor space built on a foundation of sustainability and technological integration. The building complex is expected to open in 2021, with an estimated 60,000 residents and workers.Hitachi Consulting supports Bangkok with 'smart city' developmentHitachi Consulting – an early pioneer of IoT and an expert in smart city strategy and planning, as well as IT and smart infrastructure – will be responsible for the high-level design of One Bangkok’s Smart City Platform and Sensor Grid. Everything in the cutting-edge development will run off of this IoT-driven platform, with smart services integrated into energy, water, telecommunications, predictive maintenance, security, traffic, and parking. Sensors and analytics will allow property management to adjust and optimise One Bangkok’s operations. As such, Hitachi Consulting will be responsible for the critical, beating heart of the future-tech complex.

“We selected Hitachi Consulting based on its expertise in IT, Facility Management Operational Systems, and the Internet of Things,” said Anthony Arundell, Director of Smart Cities and Sustainability for One Bangkok. “We are working together to create a smart, innovative and sustainable city development that will be a showcase for the new urban living experience."

The benefits of smart services at One Bangkok will include optimal temperature, noise and air quality adaptation through the use of sensors, as well as sensor-based predictive maintenance to reduced costs and downtime of building systems. Hitachi’s Platform will also allow for highly efficient energy and water usage, as well as enhanced security from property-wide CCTV.

Andrew Hamilton, Global Client Partner for Hitachi Consulting, commented; "We are proud to be engaged with a project that is consistent with Hitachi's commitment to social innovation – making the world a better place through technology – while fulfilling the One Bangkok vision of deploying technology systems that deliver operational and environmental efficiencies and digital connectivity that enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees and visitors."

Hitachi Consulting, founded in 2000, is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is a subsidiary of Japanese diversified conglomerate Hitachi. The firm employs over 6,000 people and has offices in 11 countries, including Japan, China, Singapore and Vietnam.

Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop shipping corridor across Mexico

19 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Singapore-headquartered urban and infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong has been appointed as a master-planner for the Interoceanic Corridor project in Mexico.

At 40 kilometers wide and 300 long, Mexico’s slated $150 million Interoceanic Corridor will dissect the country’s Tehuantepec isthmus to connect its Atlantic and Pacific coasts – with the aim of facilitating trade and fast-tracking local economic growth. Now, the project has a new and far more distant connection, with the involvement of Singaporean-headquartered infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.

Striking a deal with the Mexican state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Surbana Jurong will develop a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor as well as provide master planning on two associated special economic zones, in what the rapidly growing firm states is a significant milestone in its international aspirations – which over the past few years have already seen its presence grow to 130-plus offices in more than 40 countries.

“We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success,” said Surbana Jurong Group CEO Wong Heang Fine on helping to unlock the region’s economic potential.Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop interoceanic corridor across MexicoAccording to the firm, the agreement will see Surbana Jurong perform a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters, with the strategic plan comprising of recommendations on market positioning and development directions, proposals for utilities and services infrastructure, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, the firm will devise the master plan for two economic development areas along the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, guiding the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation – with the aim of “creating a conducive environment for investment and providing a quality living environment for the people that live and work there.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago,” said Khor Aik Lam, Latin America Regional Group Director of Enterprise Singapore, which helped facilitate the deal. “The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico.”

Connecting the ports of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast and Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic, the local Interoceanic Corridor is one of a number of proposed or under development cross-continental shipping routes to rival the Panama Canal, including routes across Guatemala and Nicaragua – with the contemporary race harking back to the 19th Century when a number of American industry and shipping titans fought to be the first.