Interview with Qlue CEO: "We didn't know what a smart city should look like"
Indonesia · Apr 09, 2019· By Putu Agung Wija Putera
Qlue co-founder and CEO Rama Raditya. (Image: Qlue)
Co-founder and CEO of Qlue, Indonesia's largest "smart city" company, Rama Raditya explains how citizen involvement – not high-tech – is the true innovation of smart cities and the agent for change; plus how his startup has grown from partnering governments to businesses, and more
In late 2014, the Jakarta provincial government was looking for a way to quickly gather information about problems in the megacity, from littering and parking violations to flash floods and criminal activity. A GPS mapping company called TerralogiQ stepped up to the task, creating a citizen reporting channel and an integrated dashboard called Qlue.
Five years on, Qlue is now an independent company and the face of "smart cities" in Indonesia. We sat down with Rama Raditya, Qlue's co-founder and CEO, to learn more about his company's beginnings, their business and investment strategies, and their plans for the future.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Qlue started out in Jakarta as a collaboration with the local government in 2015. How did that happen? Was it an open tender?
It was pretty quick: we launched Jakarta Smart City just nine months after we embarked on the project. It just so happened that there was an urgent need for the technology. We showed some basic implementations of our capabilities, mostly data visualization of citizen reports and third-party data. Of course, it was an open tender by policy, and we won it.
Edited by Bernice Tang
B2B Crowdsourcing Drones Government Monitoring & surveillance Smart Cities Video Artificial Intelligence Big Data & Analytics Cloud Computer Vision Internet of Things Location Tech Mobile Recognition Tech Sensors
At CompassList, we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our information and reporting. Please help us by letting us know of any incomplete or inaccurate information on our website. Rest assured that we will handle every piece of feedback with care.