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Nusajaya is a nascent city located on the South-western tip of Peninsula Malaysia and just a short drive away from Singapore. Nusajaya is also one of the crown jewels of Iskandar Malaysia, the special economic zone in the state of Johor and one of the flagships of the Malaysian Government’s national development plan.

Soon, Nusajaya could also become the catalyst for Smart City development in Malaysia and beyond. Yesterday, two of the area’s largest property developers, UEM Land Holdings Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad, signed agreements with Cisco to develop a master plan for a Smart+Connected Nusajaya.

“We’re seeing smart cities being built around the world and we think that Nusajaya has the potential to become a benchmark for smart cities. This is just the beginning, we want Cisco to help us plot the path for us towards a Smart+Connected Nusajaya,” said Dato’ Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim, managing director and chief executive officer of UEM Land Holdings.

Anil Menon, President for Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities, shared with the Malaysian media the forces that are driving smart city developments around the world:

If things go according to plan, Nusajaya, with 24,000 acres of contiguous land, could become one of the biggest smart city developments in the world and spark economic development in Southern Malaysia.

(from left) Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Investment Berhad; Dato’ Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UEM Land Holdings Berhad; and Anil Menon, President of Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco sealing the collaboration to develop an ICT and Services Smart City master plan to transform Nusajaya

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