The rapid developments in info-comm technology (ICT) will have a profound impact on the way we live, work and play.
By harnessing ICT, networks and data, the Smart Nation vision seeks to support better living, create more opportunities, and support stronger communities.
This is a whole-of-nation journey Singapore is embarking on. To succeed, we need people, businesses and Government to work together because ultimately, citizens are at the heart of our Smart Nation vision, and not technology.
We are putting in place the infrastructure, policies, ecosystem and capabilities to enable a Smart Nation. We are also encouraging a culture of experimentation and building, and working with citizens and companies to co-create solutions.
These could range from innovations impacting how we travel, where we live, our daily transactions, and how we support the lifelong needs of our citizens. Who knows? Some of these innovations may also address challenges faced by many cities and countries!
Co-creating Solutions with Anyone for Everyone
The Smart Nation initiative adopts a people-centric approach by rallying citizens, industries, research institutions, and the government to co-create innovative solutions.
Government agencies facilitate this by sharing extensive real-time data in the public domain. This way, anyone can access the data resources and participate in generating solutions to real challenges.
A variety of avenues are available for people to contribute ideas and feedback towards building a better Singapore. These include:
As part of efforts to improve public services, a number of Apps have been developed to facilitate communication between the public and the providers of public service.
For example, the Beeline app draws on aggregated data to provide a demand-driven service to create new transport routes to meet public needs.
Find out more about other Apps such as MyTransport, MyResponder, OneService and iHealth SG.
Organised by government agencies or corporations in collaboration with schools and industry partners, hackathons offer budding technologists the opportunity to ideate and develop solutions to tackle real-world challenges.
Hackathons organised in recent months include:
Opportunities for your big ideas to be supported
We may not be Silicon Valley, but Singapore has built a good ecosystem that embodies a thriving entrepreneurial culture even as we encourage experimentation.
Our compact nature and single-level government structure is conducive for people and businesses with big ideas to implement trials on a nation-wide scale, and to make significant progress on the projects. Furthermore, with a stable economy and easy access to major markets, successful pilots can be scaled up and deployed quickly.
To enable the growth of innovation-driven tech start-ups, technopreneurs can tap on existing partners and resources available. This includes Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, who works with corporations, universities and professional accelerators to bring promising tech start-ups to accelerator programmes that are tailored to suit start-ups at different stages of maturity and/or industry verticals.
Smart is thinking big even when you are small. And opportunities abound for ideas to be supported. Co-create solutions with us and bring your ideas to life!
As part of our efforts to create a more seamless transport experience, we are exploring new travel options, and providing greater access to real-time transport information so that citizens can better plan their journeys. We are also exploring how self-driving vehicles can be deployed here in Singapore.
- LTA issued a call for collaboration to develop a comprehensive transport journey planner. For more information, please visit http://www.lta.gov.sg/cfc/.
- Commuters can now book a seat on Beeline for a fuss-free, direct shuttle to their destinations. This trial utilises crowdsourced requests and anonymised public transport data to offer a ‘demand-driven’ way of commuting.
- Trials for self-driving shuttles using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology will begin in Gardens by the Bay (slated for December 2015) and on Sentosa (from January 2016).
- A Memoranda of Understanding has been signed with Port of Singapore Authority to jointly develop autonomous truck platooning technology for cargo transport between terminals.
- LTA has begun evaluation of eight local and international proposals received on how AV technology can be harnessed for mass transport or shared transport services. Promising proposals will be translated into trial programmes from the second half of 2016.
- Since announcing the one-north district as Singapore’s first test site for self-driving vehicle technologies and mobility concepts, the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have been carrying out trials along the six-kilometre test route.
- More transport data sets have been released to the public via LTA's Data Mall. This includes real-time data on bus arrival timings, space availability, and taxi availability data.
- The Land Transport Authority's (LTA) MyTransport App features enhanced bus availability times and bus loading information.
- LTA also launched a six-month trial for contactless mobile payment using wearable technology. SmartBands worn on wrists are being tested as a convenient and faster mode of payment for public transits and partner merchants.
Smart technologies are also being introduced to our housing estates.
A Smart HDB Town Framework has been developed to guide the development of Smart HDB Towns across 4 key dimensions; Smart Planning, Smart Environment, Smart Estate and Smart Living.
- Following encouraging response received from the smart-enabled homes trial where ten households at Yuhua estate experienced "Smart Living", HDB and IDA, with partnering agencies NEA, PUB, and MOH have extended the smart solutions to the rest of the residents in 3,200 Yuhua households. These smart solutions include elderly monitoring systems that provide peace of mind to caregivers of loved ones, and Utility Management Systems that help manage household utilities usage.
More info on My Smart HDB Home @ Yuhua here.
- HDB's first Smart and eco-friendly district in Punggol Northshore has been launched for sale in May 2015. Smart technologies will be used for estate planning and various Smart technologies will also be introduced for car parks, lighting and waste management.