Businessman: Angeles will be a smart city-A A +A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
ANGELES CITY -- Businessman and technology expert Dennis Anthony Uy has vowed to make this city his laboratory in developing a "smart city" that is technology-driven in its governance systems in revenues and tax collection, traffic management, crime prevention, disaster mitigation, and development planning, among others.
Uy stressed the importance of technology in promoting efficiency and in preventing corruption in government.
"We should now move towards ‘contact-less’ government transactions wherein the public pays taxes, fees or fines for certain violations without having to deal directly with any person related to these transactions," Uy told the Angeles Traffic Management Board during a recent meeting in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), which shall hold some if its events in Angeles City next year.
Without direct contact, under-the-table deals will be avoided, he said.
He also said that while many cities are now equipped with CCTV cameras, the cameras simply record but do not have "analytic" capabilities that are connected to and can trigger immediate and real time intervention by concerned parties, such as the police in cases of crime.
Uy heads Converge IT Solutions, Inc., a telecommunications company, and several other technology companies, including the Angeles City Cable Television Network (ACCTN), the leading cable and broadband provider in Central Luzon. Uy's Converge is now laying down a nationwide underground fiber-optic based broadband network.
Working with his long-time friend Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Uy said that while he has been low-key in most of his projects and business ventures, “I want to take the lead in the case of Angeles City, because this city is where I am rooted.”
Uy is currently completing a geographic information system-based (GIS) map for Angeles City using drone photography for purposes of making more accurate real estate and property delineation, tax mapping, boundary markings, contour determination and the inventory of actual buildings and structures within the city.
He said an underground fiber-optic network is now in place in Angeles City, guaranteeing superfast internet connection directly to homes and offices.
Upon instructions from Pamintuan, Uy will also be putting up free wi-fi connections in key parts of the city, including the business centers, schools and universities, the Heritage District, and other areas.
Uy urged the Angeles City Traffic Board to look beyond the present-day issues but towards the possibilities of up to 20 years from the present. “This early we need to establish the data base from which we can project our future needs,” he said.
“I know that the main problem in accessing technology is the limited budget of local governments. However, because I care about Angeles City, we can come up with a package that allows the city technology access based on its limitations,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 28, 2014.