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Tuesday, October 23, 2001

‘Test bed’ project to be implemented in USJ 18

By YIP YOKE TENG

The SJ2005 Smart Comm-unity Programme, initiated under the Strategic Thrust Implementation Committee chair-ed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has been launched in USJ 18.

The committee plans to make Subang Jaya into an IT-based community.

The “test bed” project for SJ2005, the USJ 18 IT Awareness Campaign, was launched on Saturday at a new ICT Centre there.

The awareness campaign includes the setting up of the ICT Centre, installation of electronic-enabled security system and other IT-related activities.

The National IT Council (NITC) had earlier granted RM1.124mil to the community for this project under its Demonstrator Applica-tion Grant Scheme.

Microsoft Corp’s corporate philanthropy and community affairs arm, Microsoft Foundation Campaign, donated RM136,000 worth of software and hardware. Mimos is sponsoring 60 units of smart alarms at a subsidised rate of RM500 each. The Media Shoppe is developing USJ18’s portal.

Present at the launch were chairman of USJ18 e-Neighbourhood Watch Raymond Tan, Microsoft Sdn Bhd central marketing organisation director Alex Fong, National IT Council programme manager for SJ2005 Agnes Ng, Mimos’ project manager for Smart Home Alarm System Mohd Rawedean and MPSJ municipal councillor Steven Chong.

“IT drew the residents’ attention last year, thus we approached NITC for the grant and they were impressed with our suggestion,” Tan said.

He said the grant had to be used between August and next July, adding that the ICT Centre alone needed about RM250,000.

“Two years ago, USJ 18 organised its neighbourhood watch.

“Since then, many other housing areas emulated us and now there are 10 neighbourhood watch teams in USJ.

“SJ2005 has the potential to become a national project, and we appeal for residents participation so that USJ 18 can take the lead and make history again,” Tan said, adding that the website for SUJ18 would be uploaded on to the Internet before the launch of SJ2005 in November.

Ng said USJ 18 was chosen for the pioneer project due to its “track record of unified and committed community and the excellence shown in the success of our neighbourhood watch”.

She pointed out that the success tools for SJ2005 was the participation of the (government, private sector and community) as well as a “change of mindset”.

On the grant that was established two years ago, she said it was for innovative IT projects.

“So far, RM50mil had been spent to fund 48 projects,” she said.

Ng said the first cyber community library in USJ 18 would also be set up by the end of the year.

Fong said a comprehensive series of software had been installed into the computers, adding that the software could make learners realise that computer “is more than just a word typing tool or a games machine”.

Microsoft Windows XP to be launched in September and Microsoft Office XP introduced in June this year are among the software donated.

Rawedean said the homes would be equipped with Bestari Home Smart Alarm System first. The alarm can store four telephone numbers that will be contacted in case of break-ins.

“Under the second phase, the alarm system will be hooked up to the USJ 18 portal so that residents will be informed even via the Internet,” he added.

On residents’ response, Tan said 170 residents had registered for the computer classes.

The classes are conducted by fellow volunteer residents on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There are three sessions daily and each session lasts two hours.

Participants need to only pay RM20 for registration and for their learning materials such as books.

The ICT Centre is at No 51, Jalan USJ18/2C, USJ. For enquiries and registrations, call Tan 012-299 7992 or email tantc@pc.jaring.my.

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