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Forward-thinking Singapore organisations honoured at the NIA

Nayela Deeba | Nov. 15, 2016
The winning organisations innovatively used machine learning and big data analytics technologies.

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Sixteen organisations were crowned as  the winners of the National Infocomm Awards (NIA), the highest accolade for infocomm innovation.

Jointly organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), NIA was held on 10 November 2016. Winners from both private and public sectors were officially awarded by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, at the awards ceremony.

Selected from a pool of 179 entries, all winners were praised for innovatively using technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to increase productivity and improve the user experience.

The awards were distributed to the following companies:

1)      CashRun Pte Ltd took top honours for the most innovative product/solution. It implemented CashShield, a fraud prevention, financial algorithm that minimised the cost of managing solutions.

2)      Land Transport Authority (LTA). Its Project Land transport Real-time Info@SG (POLARis) was named the most innovative use of infocomm technology (public sector). The project allows commuters to enjoy better quality of transport services through a centralised Bus Fleet Management System, which panels 5,400 public buses. So far, this service has benefitted 2.2 million commuters on an average of 3.8 million day-to-day trips.

3)      Jurong Port  Pte Ltd for most innovative use of infocomm technology (private sector -- Open) for its Smart Gate -an integrated one-stop gate processing solution for a multipurpose port. The solution reduces manpower and supply chain bottlenecks in shipyards through 61 percent automation, thus curbing process time required for manpower to do the same work.

4)      Concorde Security Pte Ltd for most innovative use of infocomm technology (private sector-- SME) for its I-Man Facility Sprinter, a mobile command and control centre equipped with wireless technology by a team of three I-Man. The solution provides robust and improved productivity at up to 300 percent for its clients.

"We're excited by the quality of the submission and the level of innovation displayed at this year's NIA. The winning submissions clearly reflect the capabilities in Singapore tech landscape, and the effective use of new technologies like machine learning and data analytics. IMDA is excited to support all companies to harness [infocommunications and media technologies] to grow and thrive in this digital economy," said Gabriel Lim, Chief Executive officer, IMDA.

NIA is a biennial event that recognises organisations that have exemplified the spirit of innovation, in their development of new infocomm products or services, or their use of infocomm technology to achieve excellence. Nominations were evaluated by two evaluation committees and a panel of judges.

In this eighth edition, the criteria for the evaluation process included innovativeness, the technology used, ease of implementation, business impact, market presence, potential and contribution to empowering the nation, businesses and talent, which are all key to Singapore's Smart Nation vision.


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