The country’s property giant Megaworld is embarking on a company-wide program in order to ‘future-proof’ its real estate developments around the Philippines through the creation of ‘iTownships.’ We can safely say that Megaworld is now ready for the future. They are going digital.
Preparing for the Future
Megaworld is truly the industry leader in real estate developments in the Philippines because they are always on the forefront of innovations. And they are not just focused on the now or in the immediate future. They are looking at the horizon not just for business but for everyone who gets in contact with all their properties. They are now going to employ digital technology to connect their townships.
The Townships of Megaworld were born after the company’s 28-year leadership in pioneering the LIVE-WORK-PLAY concept of property development in the Philippines. And now, the company is elevating the standards of its developments by incorporating digital technology, design innovations, and connectivity into its townships.
“We have assigned teams to study how we can seamlessly integrate smart technology and innovations into our townships. In this fast-changing digital world, we see the importance of aligning our developments to quickly adapt to the disruptions, which we perceive as opportunities,” says Kevin L. Tan, senior vice president, Megaworld.
Megaworld announced that among the projects that will be implemented under the program are
Digitization of customer service and payment processes
Integration of smart home technology in residential units
Utilization of digital technology and energy-efficient materials in structural designs
Urban art installations and creative pedestrian crosswalks
Smart parking system including provision for electric vehicle charging in mall developments
Creation of Township Operation Centers across all developments
The operation centers will maximize the 24/7 security and safety monitoring and emergency response in every township.
Green and sustainable features will also be at the core of the iTownships program. Some of the initiatives that will be implemented include the conversion of old streetlights to LED and solar-powered lights, green roofing for office buildings, and provision of vertical green spaces across developments.
“iTownships will become our new brand in ‘creating the townships of the future.’ It is about innovation, integration, internet and interconnectivity. Having these features in our townships does not only make our developments ‘future-ready’, but it also allows us to take greater steps towards sustainability and environmental responsibility,” explains Tan.
During the last 28 years, the Megaworld Group has already built over 660 residential developments, 54 office towers and 15 lifestyle malls in 22 townships and integrated lifestyle communities across the Philippines.
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