In February this year, a smart city innovations centre to test urban solutions was launched in Singapore.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s invitation yesterday to investors and technology firms across the world to use Singapore as a testbed for their innovations focused on urban solutions is an extension of the country’s plans to become a smart nation by 2025.
Ideal Place to Test New Ideas: Speaking after inaugurating the Founders Forum Smart Nation Singapore, Mr Lee said the country was an ideal place for firms and individuals to create prototypes and test-bed new ideas, “as it is compact and allows innovations to be scaled up. If you can make it work in Singapore, you have a chance to adapt and apply it to other contexts. If it doesn’t work in Singapore, it’s probably worth a rethink.”
The event, being held in Asia for the first time, is a collaboration between the London-based Founders’ Forum and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The event also marked the start of Smart Nation Innovations Week.
Smart Nation Priorities: Health care, particularly for the elderly, transportation and data security are among the country’s Smart Nation priorities.
Mr Lee said: “technology can help the elderly live independently and in their own communities with their own support networks, and give their children peace of mind with the integration of sensors, apps and remote monitoring.”
The seriousness with which Singapore is going about in realising its vision deserves to be acknowledged. The only area of concern is if personal data here is indeed secure. I struggle to believe that access to personal data is restricted in Singapore.
G Joslin Vethakumar