The Straits Times has launched a new microsite about smart cities.
Smart Cities: Building For Tomorrow is a dedicated Web page about the ongoing digital transformation of cities to build liveable and sustainable habitats for people.
Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media group and ST editor, announced the microsite at a forum at the World Cities Summit yesterday.
Noting the growing interest in forging smart cities all around the world, he said: "Smart cities is a key initiative of Singapore's chairmanship of Asean this year.
"The critical question in many people's minds is how do we go from where we are today, with some cities that are not very smart, to where we want to get to."
Of the microsite, he added: "We aim for this to be a repository of news reports, thought leadership and ideas to continue discussion on this important challenge."
The challenges faced in developing smart cities range from how to harness technology and innovation to deal with problems caused by rapid urbanisation, to designing transport and energy systems to make cities more sustainable.
Many cities are also striving to foster their cultural and arts sectors to add vibrancy and buzz to draw creative talents.
From the microsite, readers can get updates, commentaries, infographics and other information on the growing efforts in Singapore, the region and elsewhere to build smart cities. It can be found at str.sg/smart-cities-2018