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Smart cities? Singapore plans to become a smart nation

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart Nation Platform?

Smart nation in microcosm

In line with the development of smart nation solutions, the Singapore government assigned Jurong Lake District (JLD) as a "live environment and living lab."

Technologies such as AG boxes and sensors will be deployed in JLD to pilot a variety of solutions, focusing on three main areasurban mobility, sustainability and improving sensing and situational awareness. This is in addition to trialling services like smart queue monitoring, smart mobile navigation guides and autonomous buggies to help bring the benefits of these solutions closer to citizens and businesses.

IDA's vision for JLD is to be a leading model for Singapore in developing a mixed-used urban area that is sustainable, smart and connected. It will be developed into one of Singapore's new high-density districts, as part of Singapore's blueprint for sustainable development.

"JLD, would provide us with a glimpse into the future," said Yaacob. "[It] will be the largest commercial and regional centre outside Singapore's Central Business District...envisioned to be a mixed-used urban precinct characterised by sustainable development and connectivity."

He also mentioned that they would use autonomous vehicles to ferry passengers along paths for the first or last mile portions of their journeys as another pilot project.

Singapore: A model for successful smart city programmes?

A successful smart city programme needs to continually engage citizens and private entities to define the strategic direction and city priorities through a thoroughly planned technological enablement and assimilation, according to IDC.

As with Singapore's landscape, a key factor for this transformation, however, lies in the propensity and competence of city planners to embrace and continually test new ideas. This is to promote opportunities for superior stakeholder engagement services and a healthy enthusiasm towards embracing disruptive innovation changes.

With rapid urbanisation, migration and population growth, coupled with constrained socio-economic resources and ageing infrastructures, Singapore is seeking investments in smart city solutions for its future generations.

Such solutions are expected to deliver higher-quality stakeholder engagement and closer collaboration and participation services as well as influence behavioural transformation in government employees, local businesses, and residents so cities can develop more sustainably.

Critical success factors that IDC Government Insights has observed in Singapore's public sector-led smart city programmes include:

  • Specialisation: Building competencies on small yet targeted solutions;

    Scalability: For effective replications, expertise transfers and expansions;

    Strong government support and leadership by example; and

    Driving demand for domestic manpower as well as sustained ICT capability building.

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