Responding to the national call to build Singapore into the world's first Smart Nation, Singtel-subsidiary NCS today launched SURF@NCS as part of its Solutions for Urbanised Future initiative.
This initiative of the ICT service provider focuses on driving smart city innovations using a three-pronged approach:
- Establish SURF@NCS as a living lab for public agencies and commercial enterprises to create and test-bed smart city innovations in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Transport and Public Safety.
- Grow a vibrant eco-system of like-minded partners for smart city development, starting with 15 global technology players, local start-ups, and research institutes.
- Train up to 120 talents in delivering and implementing smart solutions this year.
Launching this programme were Dr. Beh Swan Gin, chairman, Economic Development Board (EDB) and Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO, along with Bill Chang, Singtel Group Enterprises CEO and Country Chief Officer for Singapore and Chia Wee Boon, CEO, NCS.
The launch of SURF@NCS follows the announcement of a strategic partnership between Singtel and EDB last year to drive digital innovation, spur partnerships and build capabilities in cyber security, smart cities and analytics.
In his speech, Dr. Beh Swan Gin said that the launch of SURF@NCS was a new milestone, something which is very much in line with Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative.
"At the heart of the Smart Nation vision is the recognition that digital technologies have the potential to make our economy more productive, our societies more connected and our lives better," he said. "NCS will also play an important role. The launch of SURF@NCS together with leading MNC partners such as Bosch, Cisco, IBM and Samsung and local startups such as Hope Technik and KaiSq is testament to NCS' ability to foster a vibrant partner ecosystem."
He expressed hope that digitization will generate many new jobs. He applauded Singtel's initiative to offer 90 scholarships (Singtel Cadet Scholarship programme) every year to polytechnic students in areas such as engineering and cyber security. "Through partnerships with SUTD and A*Star, SURF@NCS is expected to train more than 500 employees and students in skillsets relevant to smart cities by 2020," he said.
"The need for talents to meet our Smart & Safe City requirements is urgent," said Chua Sock Koong. "This year itself, NCS intends to recruit up to 120 professionals, primarily enterprise architects, product engineers, data scientists and other subject matter experts."
At the launch, NCS also signed collaboration agreements with Cisco, A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to explore smart city innovations.
"We are committed to accelerate our development of intellectual property and smart city solutions to help improve the lives of citizens," said Chia Wee Boon, Chief Executive Officer of NCS. "Through SURF@NCS, we aim to partner best-of-breed technology providers to build a vibrant eco-system where we can co-create solutions to enhance essential government services and deliver game-changing enterprise innovations."
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