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M1 to install Above Ground Boxes within Jurong Lake district in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | June 17, 2014
These AG boxes serve as “fibre hydrants” to deliver connectivity and computing power at non-building locations such as bus stops, parks and traffic junctions.

Singapore telco M1 Limited (M1) is partnering with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to allow enable government agencies to deploy smart devices and services at non-building sites such as bus stops, parks and traffic junctions, swiftly and affordably.

In line with the Smart Nation initiative, M1 will progressively install a number of Above Ground (AG) Boxes within the Jurong Lake district.

According to its media statement, these AG Boxes will be connected to a 100Mbps enterprise-class fibre line, supplying electrical power and space to house multiple computer servers. This will enable the installation of smart devices requiring computing and connectivity, such as sensors, cameras or electronic signages, at outdoor locations without having to dig up the road to access the fibre network, hiring a power generator, or being located near to a building.

"M1 is pleased to play a part in transforming Singapore into a world-leading Smart Nation," said Willis Sim, Director, Product Development and Enterprise Services, M1. "Much like how fire hydrants allow our civil defence force to deploy quickly to fight fires without having to worry about logistics, we hope to see a comprehensive network of 'fibre hydrants' across Singapore, enabling government agencies to deploy smart devices and services quickly and cost-effectively."


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