Cisco Malaysia's managing director, Anne Abraham, attended the CIOciety event. At the original announcement of the Cisco - Sime Darby MOU, she said: "Just as the Internet has transformed our lives with seamless connectivity for health care through to education, government access, energy-efficient buildings, physical security and more, it will now transform our cities.
"Over the next five years, some 500 million people will be added to the world's cities, and by 2050, at least 100 new cities will be inhabited by more than a million residents," Abraham said.
"Developing the infrastructure for these cities will not only require massive resources and investment, but also have a significant environmental impact. With Sime Darby and Mesiniaga, Cisco is committed to the transformation of Malaysia into a sustainable and connected community, changing the way its citizens live, work, play and learn."
For me, this CIOciety event was a fascinating and amazing demonstration of practical innovation which raised my hopes and confidence that perhaps, after all, mankind will find solutions to global warming and there is a positive environmental future for our children.
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Ross O. Storey is the managing editor of all FBM Asia publications.
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