In terms of developing capabilities to support Smart Nation, GovTech will build and strengthen in-house technical expertise and capabilities in the areas of application development, cybersecurity, data science, geospatial technology, government ICT infrastructure, and sensors and IoT. For example, GovTech's Data Science team is working with various government economic agencies on Pulse of the Economy, which uses high-frequency big data to develop new indicators for better economic and urban planning.
Furthermore, GovTech plans to extend the Smart Nation Fellowship Programme. The first two Smart Nation Fellows — who were selected out of 300 participants — have started their stints with GovTech's Government Digital Services unit at Hive from July 2016.
"GovTech will provide more tech leadership than before and work with public agencies to move the government towards better use of technology for business transformation, productivity and citizen fulfillment," Ng Chee Khern, Chairman, GovTech, told local media The Business Times.
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