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NCS launches SURF@NCS to develop smart city solutions

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 9, 2015
The Singtel subsidiary leads the next wave of smart city innovations with 15 technology partners

NCS will train up to 120 professionals primarily for smart city development this year, he added. This augments the Singtel Cadet Scholarship Programme and Asia Pacific Cyber Security Competency Centre to build a pipeline of talents for the future.

  A living lab for co-creation of smart city innovations

SURF@NCS is setup to provide an environment conducive for organisations to hold ideation workshops and test various technologies, applications and proof-of-concepts. It also serves as a lab for NCS to develop Intellectual Property (IP) and smart city innovations.

"In the past one year, NCS has developed significant IP on Smart & Safe City solutions for various industries in the area of public safety," said Chua.

The first IP being introduced is ISC - an Intelligent Command & Control Platform - designed to solve challenges in situations involving multiple agencies. The proprietary platform was test-bed in Little India last year, under the Safety and Security Industry Programme Office (SSIPO), established by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Economic Development Board (EDB). The outcome was a demonstration that the ISC platform helped to improve situational awareness and operational efficiency.

Similarly, in the area of transport, NCS has provided digital red light cameras to traffic police. About 120 of these cameras have been installed islandwide and another 120 will be installed by mid 2015. "NCS has participated in proof-of-concepts such as the installation of smart street lightings and detection of illegal road side parking using video analytics," she added.

"We have plans that NCS will continue to develop more Smart & Safe City solutions, particularly in the four areas where we see the most critical need and impact on the quality of life-education, healthcare, transport and public safety," said Chua.

A vibrant partner eco-system

For a start, 15 partners have committed to collaborate with NCS in technology areas such as fog computing, Internet-of-Things (IOT) and critical infrastructure management. Among them are global companies such as Bosch, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and specialised technology providers like HOPE Technik, KAI Sqaure, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine System Asia, Polycom, Quantum Inventions, WEB Biotechnology-SPYDER and Worldlabel-Parata.

"Our focus will be on areas that are complementary to the solutions that NCS is building for our customers, such as IoT solutions, software platforms and sensor networks for smart city management," Chua said.

NCS is also working with tertiary institutions such as Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Temasek Polytechnic to build smart campuses and future teaching tools.

A pipeline of talents

This year, NCS intends to recruit up to 120 professionals to be trained as enterprise architects, product engineers, data scientists and subject matter experts for the implementation of smart city solutions. In partnership with the Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), a programme will be introduced to nurture experts in data science and analytics, she said.

 

 

 

 

 

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