TÜV SÜD — a global testing, inspection, certification and training provider — has opened a Digital Service Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Singapore.
With an investment of over S$40 million within the next three years and an expected strength of over 50 people, the CoE will specialise in providing solutions for new technologies involving predictive data analytics, industrial cyber security and functional safety for evolving smart market segments, such as smart infrastructure and Industry 4.0.
The move hopes to help companies realise the potential of today's digital transformation initiatives while minimising the risks involved in increased connectivity.
"Digital transformation is poised to bring about a gamut of opportunities and challenges, making companies more susceptible to digital threats and cyber loopholes, while revolutionising the way businesses and organisations work and preparing them for the next phase of industrial growth", explains Dr. Andreas Hauser, Head of TÜV SÜD's Digital Service Centre for Excellence in Singapore.
"The key objective of our CoE involves the integration of TÜV SÜD's competency in functional safety and industrial cyber security. By immersing ourselves into a spectrum of digital projects, we will develop bespoke services to enhance digital transformation," he added.
Companies looking to capitalise these emerging technological trends can work with TÜV SÜD through its Digital Service CoE in Singapore to co-innovate verification, and potentially certification, methods for new solutions to ensure they are suitable for large scale deployment and commercialisation.
"By adopting an operations-based approach, pilot projects at the CoE will give us the opportunity to engage with industry experts in the testing and developing of innovative, needs-focused services - allowing us to deploy our expertise to other markets in the Asia Pacific region and beyond," said Dr. Hauser.
An example of one such project involves solutions catered for smart homes, with TÜV SÜD testing functional safety, cyber security, as well as the reliability and interoperability of components and installations within the household.
According to TÜV SÜD, the CoE is also part of the company's effort to support Singapore's Smart Nation vision, which aims to integrate technology into the management of infrastructure and industries so as to improve the lives of citizens, drive labour productivity and achieve greater operational efficiencies.
"As Singapore pushes for our urban infrastructure and industries to become smarter and more resource-efficient, we look forward to TÜV SÜD developing new methods of verifying and certifying advanced technologies related to Internet of Things and smart systems", said Managing Director, Economic Development Board, Yeoh Keat Chuan. "We are confident this new CoE will contribute to the vibrancy of the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector in Singapore, which is integral to Singapore's innovation eco-system."
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