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IBM and Institute for Infocomm Research partner to create solutions for the Smart Nation Initiative

Zafar Anjum | April 27, 2015
Both will work together to create innovative solutions in the areas of big data and analytics, cyber security and urban mobility for Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.


L-R: Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman A*STAR, Dr. Raj Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR; Ms. Janet Ang, Vice President, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities; Mr. Kellar Nevill, General Manager, IBM ASEAN  

Tech giant IBM and Singapore government's A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) have signed an agreement to bring together leading edge technologies and research assets to create innovative solutions in the areas of big data and analytics, cyber security and urban mobility for Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

Both organisations will work on data protection and cyber security to ensure safe digital operations, IBM said in a statement today

In the two-year partnership, IBM will provide I²R the use of their cloud innovative application development platform, Bluemix and its embedded mobile solutions. Bluemix offers DevOps & Mobile capabilities in the cloud.  Also, I²R will train their own developers on how to build advanced applications on Bluemix for the hybrid cloud.

According to IBM's statement, the first project that IBM and I²R will work on is building a data federation & analytics solution, leveraging A*STAR's Data Analytics and Exchange Platform (A*DAX) and IBM's suite of Big Data & Analytics solutions to serve Singapore's Smart Nation initiatives. It will serve as a launch pad for the industry to productise the A*STAR ADAX platform for commercial expansion outside of Singapore, IBM sources said.

"IBM's joint partnership with I²R is an excellent platform for us to be able to continually contribute to Singapore, and further reflects our leadership in delivering value through our smart city solutions," said Janet Ang, Vice President of Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, Asia Pacific, IBM Singapore. "With our expertise in big data, analytics and security and both organisations' extensive research capabilities, we look forward to enhancing our local ecosystem and servicing the global marketplace by productising valuable research assets to build next generation solutions."

"Our collaboration with IBM is another demonstration of I2R's Smart Nation initiative to create industry impact for our infocomm ecosystem," said Dr. Lee Shiang Long, Executive Director of A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R). "The research and development in the areas of big data and analytics, cyber security and urban mobility by both I2R and IBM will take us a step closer to realising Singapore's vision of becoming the world's first Smart Nation that uses technology to improve the lives of its citizens."



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