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Makati City is the lone finalist from the Philippines and the Asia Pacific at this year's World Smart City Awards, its local government said Saturday.

Six cities from six countries are vying for the City Award category, which recognizes a city with "developed global strategies combining projects, initiatives and policy implementations for their citizens."

Competing for the award are Sunderland in the United Kingdom, Cascais in Portugal, İzmir in Turkey, Curitiba in Brazil, and Barranquilla in Colombia. This year, the 2023 Call for Awards received 411 top-level proposals under different categories from 63 countries.

According to Makati Mayor Abby Binay, the city was recognized for its use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in creating "data-driven policies" and "behavioral transformation" among its citizens.

IoT devices can be connected through the internet to form a network and exchange information in a cloud.

Binay said the Makati Command Control and Communications Center (C3) will be turned into an IoT platform to manage the city's assets and disaster risk reduction response.

According to Makati's Facebook account, the C3 has 100 CCTV cameras monitoring the city's major thoroughfares. It also has a hotline for emergency responses.

"The mayor continues to strengthen partnerships with international organizations, the private sector, and academe to further enhance the city's initiatives," Makati city said in a statement.

"This multi-faceted approach ensures that Makati remains at the forefront of innovation and sustainability for the benefit of its residents and the global community," it added.

Binay is set to attend the awards night on Nov. 8 in Fira Barcelona Gran Via in Spain.

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Quelle/Source: CNN Philippines, 04.11.2023

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