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Singapore is driving the development of smart districts and smart urban estates which will be enabled to operate and consume energy more efficiently. The nation city has earmarked $10.2 million to develop relevant technology at a number of science parks and innovation campuses.
Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative was officially launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 24, 2014. The government initiative seeks to harness infocomm technologies, networks and big data to create tech-enabled solutions.
Singapore, which is both a country and capital recently won the Smart City of 2018 at the Smart City Expo World Congress after being nominated for recognizing the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry.
The Smart Nation project to transform the Asian city-state into a global benchmark of smart urban solutions through a wide array of solutions. These range from dynamic public bus routing algorithms to real-time parent-teacher portals, or even predictive analytics for water pipe leaks.
The Singaporean Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Communications and Information, and Minister-in-charge of the Government Technology Agency, Janil Puthucheary has also called out to work with other cities
Chinese tech giant Huawei also pledged support for countries like Singapore. Ma Yue, vice president of Huawei enterprise business group and president of the global sales department of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said:
“The development of a smart city is a highly complex project. As a world-providing ICT product and solution provider that delivers cloud-pipe-device synergy, Huawei can achieve the integration of cloud, IoT, video and edge computing with AI technologies, connecting the entire city nervous system – the ‘brain’ (command centre), ‘central nervous system’ (network), and ‘peripheral nervous system’ (sensors).”
Singapore sees its Smart City status as way to securing itself and its borders. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has embarked on various smart transformation processes to combat the challenges it faces.
In July this year, the Asian nation suffered its worst cyber attack when 16,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, had their personal information breached after hackers infiltrated SingHealth computers.
Singapore is set to see the introduction of seamless technologies such as facial recognition at all its Ports of Entry.