Smart city projects from Singapore and Malaysia have been recognised as \u2018outstanding\u2019 at the recent IDC Annual 2019 Smart City Asia\/Pacific Awards (SCAPA).\nThe Singapore Tourism Analytics Network by Singapore Tourism Board (STB) was named Top Smart City Project for Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces.\nThe Top Smart City Project for Public Safety \u2013 Smart Policing went to the National Digital Identity Facial Biometric System by the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore - an award shared with China\u2019s Suzhou Wujiang Public Security Bureau.\nCountry Garden Pacificview\u2019s Forest City in Johor, Malaysia, won the Top Smart City Project for Smart Buildings.\nSCAPA\u2019s contenders were judged using IDC\u2019s Smart City Development Index framework.\u00a0\nThe Smart City Development Index is an evolving six-stage bench-marking framework that helps smart city planners analyse the current state of their Smart City initiatives. It includes a public vote and an international advisory council vote.\n"We've seen a surge in cutting-edge future city projects being deployed across first-tier cities in developed economies,\u201d said Gerald Wang, Associate Director, Head of IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights Asia Pacific, in a statement.\u00a0\u00a0\n\u201cThis signals a strong turnaround and commitment by advanced Asia Pacific governments to create the best 'live, learn, work and play' digital ecosystems."\nA network which studies tourist behaviour\nSTB\u2019s Singapore Tourism Analytics Network, also known as STAN, is a platform that gathers and analyses tourism data, such as hotel industry information or travellers\u2019 spending patterns, so tourism officials can make more informed decisions on tourism management.\u00a0\nOther data collected by STAN includes hotel stays lengths, modes of travel, movement patterns and website traffic - among others.\nAccording to Singaporean media startup GovInsider, thanks to STAN the STB was able to know that Chinese and Indonesian visitors are the ones who usually spend the most money while shopping in the city-state. STB passed these insights on to local businesses which then created marketing strategies aimed at these two population groups.\u00a0\u00a0\nBefore being named Top Smart City Project for Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces at SCAPA, STAN won the Best Data award at the GovInsider Innovation Awards during the Innovation Labs World global summit in 2018.\nBiometrics for border identification\nIn April, Singapore\u2019s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) began a six-month trial for a national digital identity biometric system.\nUsing one of the automated arrival lanes at Tuas Checkpoint immigration hall, at the border with Malaysia, the system captures travellers\u2019 facial and iris images to verify their identities. Once clearance is obtained, exit gates open.\nThe National Digital Identity Facial Biometric System replaces a multi-biometric facial authentication and thumbprint recognition system which has been in place at the immigration control since 2017.\nSingapore citizens older than six years old, with passports issued since January 1, 2018 and with their iris biometrics already enrolled with the ICA, are all eligible to participate in the trial.\nBiometric identification is also in place in the country\u2019s Changi Airport, where the fourth terminal is using passenger facial recognition and fingerprint scanners before boarding on planes.\nDream housing in Iskandar\nThe Top Smart City Project for Smart Buildings was awarded to the idyllic sounding \u2018Forest City\u2019. This housing development built by Country Garden Pacificview Sdn. Bhd. was established under the Economic Transformation Plan of the Malaysian government in 2006, with investment from both Singapore and Malaysia\u2019s governments.\nThe development spans approximately 30 square kilometres within the Iskandar special economic zone (SEZ), at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia bordering Singapore.\u00a0\nIt consists of four human-made islands, a golf resort and an industrial park. The city, which Forbes names as one of "five new cities that are set to shake up the future", houses more than 15,000 residents.\nForest City features smart security systems to ensure its residents\u2019 safety, including smart doors and elevators that use facial and fingerprint recognition, as well as invisible electric fencing.\nUsing the Forest Lift App, residents can access a variety of community services, a cloud-based community digital library and even multilingual support and welcome guides.\nWith residents from over 30 countries, Forest City has also organised multicultural events to encourage cultural exchanges. To date, the community has celebrated Chinese New Year and Japanese Cultural Day; and in May, a tie-dying workshop using Henna and Chinese handcrafted items aimed to further foster cultural understanding between residents.