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IDA to launch platform to realise its Smart Nation vision

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 18, 2014
The platform is aimed at providing better situational awareness through data collection and efficient sharing of collected sensor data.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of Communications and Information in Singapore, delivering his opening speech at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2014 

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be rolling out the Smart Nation Platform (SNP) to support government's vision of becoming a Smart Nation.

According to the statutory board, the SNP will bring together a nationwide sensor network and data analytics abilities to provide better situational awareness through data collection, and efficient sharing of collected sensor data. 

"As part of the SNP, we will further our capabilities in pervasive connectivity by building new infrastructure and common technical architecture to support an innovative ecosystem across Singapore," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of Communications and Information in Singapore, at the opening of the Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2014 yesterday (17 June 2014) at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore.

SNP will comprise of three focus areas: "Connect", "Collect", and "Comprehend". Under "Connect", Singapore will strengthen the communications backbone to enable and provide a speedy, secure, cost-effective and scalable nationwide communication infrastructure, said Dr Yaacob. As for "Collect" and "Comprehend", the republic will deploy an operating system where public agencies will be able to gain better situational awareness through real-time data collected via a mesh of sensors nationwide, he added.

The first phase of the SNP which focuses on connect and collect is expected to be available by 2015.

"SNP will serve as a foundation on which companies of all sizes, as well as government agencies can experiment and innovate with new ways to collect, move and interpret data in order to better serve citizens," said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA.

 

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