Singapore unveils latest urban solutions center

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Focused on public safety, transport and healthcare – new facility seeks to testbed advanced smart city solutions.

NCS, the technology subsidiary of national telco Singtel, yesterday launched a smart city innovations centre as part of its ‘Solutions for Urbanized Future’ (SURF) initiative.

“We have been actively working with public agencies and commercial enterprises to implement smart solutions to enhance essential government services and improve the quality of people’s lives,” said Chua Sock Kong, Group CEO of Singtel. “In the past one year NCS has developed significant IP on smart and safe city solutions.”

One of the solutions trialled recently is an ‘Intelligent Command and Control Platform’ designed to solve the challenge of coordinating the work of multiple agencies in a crisis. This was used as part of the ‘Safe City Test Bed’ project in Little India, which saw one of Singapore’s worst outbreaks of rioting last year.

Speaking exclusively to FutureGov, Chia Wee Boon, CEO of NCS, said that Singapore needed to invest in the deployment of remote sensors if it was to build up its smart city capabilities – “we have nowhere near what is required”.

“It is not good enough to have someone monitoring screens when you’re managing 20,000 sensors,” Chia explained. “In order to build, operate and maintain a network of sensors you need technical knowledge of how to install the devices – but more importantly, you need to know what to do with all the data being collected.”

The new ‘living laboratory’ will act as a testbed for new smart city applications, drawing on a broad ecosystem of technology partners.

More than 15 organisations will collaborate with the centre, which was officially opened yesterday. These partners include companies like Microsoft, Cisco, IBM – as well as the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Temasek Polytechnic.

(Future Gov Asia)

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