Ride-sharing platform Grab has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for the development of the Malaysian City Brain initiative. The initiative was first announced in January this year, which represents the development of an MDEC-led smart city traffic management system.

This system employs big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing for better management of a city’s urban transportation needs, said the joint statement from MDEC and Grab. “By working with strategic partners like MDEC and the Government of Malaysia, we can offer the Malaysian City Brain effort our expertise from across the region, along with the vast anonymised data that is generated daily by our drivers,” it said.

The Malaysia City Brain project will draw from Grab’s resources, including real-time, anonymised data such as travel times and traffic speeds, which will be combined with data from Kuala Lumpur City Hall such as video feeds from its 500 CCTV cameras and 300 traffic lights.

These will also be complemented by social media feeds and traffic information from local traffic agencies and government sources to provide planners with a more comprehensive view on the conditions of the roads. The Malaysia City Brain is expected to be able to identify potential traffic challenges, develop better predictive modelling and more efficient management of city traffic in real time, the companies said.

Grab and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation have worked together before; the two launched the OpenTraffic platform in Malaysia this time last year, which made Malaysia the second country after the Philippines to gain access to the OpenTraffic platform in 2016.