Grab partners with Indonesia’s Sinar Mas Land to develop digital city

BSD City would be a lifestyle, education and entertainment hub that will come to consist of many SMEs and will be more than a residential area.

Grab, the Singapore-based ride hailing company, recently announced that it will be partnering with Sinar Mas Land, the Indonesian developer, to build digital infrastructure in BSD City in Greater Jakarta which will become the first digital city in Indonesia. Besides providing clean transportation in the community, Grab will support the progress of micro and small business and also help in technology developments within BSD City.

Ridzki Kramadibrata, president, Grab Indonesia has been reported to say that the collaboration is a long-awaited one. Kramadibrata added that the development of the community will be a challenging one and therefore the partnership aims to support the government in building a better society besides providing convenience for people in their daily lives.

Kramadibrata said that BSD City would be a lifestyle, education and entertainment hub that will come to consist of many SMEs, leading to the development of a mature ecosystem. Grab will contribute to the technological development that is the core strength for BSD City and its communities.

For its part, Grab will establish an Innovation and Engineering Lab and build a system that will map BSD City to determine efficient pickup and drop-off points.

According to Kramadibrata, the accuracy of the mapping system is important for the transportation technology and Grab has deployed 250 engineers to focus on mapping through machine learning as efficient mapping can help manage city traffic, the impact of which is very large. He further added that BSD City is also an ideal place to launch Grab’s new services to facilitate shared mobility solutions and close-range transportation.

Grab Ventures Velocity Program will also be hosted in BSD City that will provide training and mentoring sessions for startups for scaling their business. Another business, a satellite kitchen called Kitchen by GrabFood is also being established by Grab and Sinar Mas Land to support local small & medium food and beverage businesses.