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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

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