• Look at the big picture
Singapore has been extremely progressive in its use of technology, data and its use of data in particular. At the same time, we need to remind ourselves not to get caught up in an 'analytics fad.' It is not technology for technology's sake. There is a need to balance utility with a qualitative aspect and look at how we can tackle urban challenges to improve the human condition. To do this, companies need to look at pulling together small, but highly skilled teams.
As Singapore journeys towards Smart Nation, there would be innovations required for successful deployment and adoption for smart crowd management, smart health management, smart habitat and smart energy management. As such, creating the frameworks for a Smart Nation is of utmost importance, enabling businesses to better understand the direction and how they can value-add to the Smart Nation vision.
At the heart of it, citizens play an important role in this as they stand to benefit the most from this — whether it's shaving off minutes from their daily commute or even seeing the doctor via telepresence. As such, a constant dialogue between these stakeholders is extremely important to ensure that there is feedback on these 'apps' that companies are creating.
By integrating analytics intelligently, together with ongoing dialogue from businesses and citizens around difficult urban challenges in areas such as education, healthcare and transportation, a Smart Nation vision can be achieved sooner than we think.
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