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NEC-led consortium awarded the Singapore Safe City Test Bed Project

Zafar Anjum | May 29, 2013
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An NEC Asia Pacific-led international consortium has won a bid to perform the Singapore Safe City Test Bed project spearheaded by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), aimed at testing advanced technologies to be used for public safety.

Singapore-based NEC Asia Pacific is the regional headquarters for NEC Corporation and is a leading infocomm technology provider and systems integrator.

The NEC-led grouping consists of multinationals like ESRI Singapore, iOmniscient Pte Ltd and Oracle as well as G Element Pte Ltd, GreenFossil Pte Ltd, and ZWEEC Analytics Pte Ltd.

The Safe City Test Bed is an R&D initiative to develop new capabilities to keep Singapore safe and secure, according a statement by NEC. It involves setting up test-beds to enable different government agencies to integrate and analyse data collected from existing sensors and network systems using advanced analytic and information sharing tools.

The test-bed will address a common challenge faced by agencies today, which is the continuous and extensive growth of new technologies in computing, telecommunication, data transportation and, most significantly, the use of digital devices worldwide.

The NEC consortium seeks to address these challenges by building a complete, end-to-end inter-agency collaboration infrastructure that utilises cutting-edge technologies.

"We believe that the diverse expertise and capabilities brought together by the NEC AP consortium will be tremendously advantageous as they work together to create new solutions for the fast-growing public safety market. This would also be a good opportunity for NEC to build a new vertical in their Singapore operations," said Gian Yi-Hsen, Director of the Safety and Security Industry Programme Office at SEDB.

"Through our partnership with NEC in the Safe City project, we hope to create and test solutions that will significantly improve the operational capabilities and efficiencies of our government agencies," said Anselm Lopez, Director Capability Development and International Partnerships at MHA.

NEC said the solutions proposed in the test-bed are generally experimental and developmental in nature.

 

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