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Temasek Polytechnic to develop Singapore’s first smart campus platform

Zafirah Salim | Nov. 27, 2014
The local tertiary institution will collaborate with industry players to create a smart campus platform that can respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of staff and students.

In line with Singapore's vision to be the world's first Smart Nation, local tertiary institution Temasek Polytechnic (TP) has recently announced its plans to set up a smart campus platform to improve the experience of working and studying at the polytechnic.

The smart campus platform will be a standards-based pilot site, aligned to what the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Smart National Platform is building.

According to TP, a smart campus would facilitate the secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights that lead to the creation of innovative solutions and services for the school community.

It added that the smart campus project will provide a real test bed and cross-disciplinary platform to try out ideas, build capability, and train future-ready students to support manpower demands for the next phase of development.

To establish this, TP said that it will work with industry partners to develop solutions that will enhance the TP infrastructure, teaching and learning. It will collaborate with Cisco Systems, EMC, Johnson Controls (S) Pte Ltd, NCS/SingTel and SAS Singapore, and is also exploring partnerships with companies such as NEC Asia Pacific and ST Electronics (Info-CommSystems) to trial smart campus solutions.

TP staff and students will also be asked to propose new ideas from cross disciplinary teams that could be piloted and rolled out where suitable.

"By being a test-bed for solutions, we hope to contribute towards the nation's efforts to realise the vision of Singapore being the world's first Smart Nation," said Boo Kheng Hua, Principal & CEO, Temasek Polytechnic.

"Temasek Polytechnic's initiative to involve their students in building Singapore into a Smart Nation is an excellent opportunity to develop students' skills and interest in infocomm technologies (ICT) to solve real-world problems in collaboration with industry partners," added Kiren Kumar, Director, Infocomms and Media, Singapore Economic Development Board. "This will prepare students to drive digital innovations to shape citizen services and industries in their future careers."


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