Singapore’s Smart Nation vision is now in the ‘build’ phase says Minister

Under Singapore’s Infocomm Media Masterplan (IMM), the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be pushing new ideas and initiatives to drive Singapore’s Smart Nation vision said the nation’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at the opening of Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2015 (imbX 2015).

The Minister added that Singapore’s Smart Nation vision has entered its “build” phase, which will focus on the infrastructure and services that will serve as the framework for future development.

Data and analytics will be playing an increasingly important role as access to data can provide businesses with new solutions and business and revenue streams 

Smart Logistics is one area being explored under the IMM. It aims to allow different parts of the logistics ecosystem (e.g., cargoes owners, freight forwarders, ground handlers) to leverage sensory networks in airports and seaports to gain full visibility and insights of their supply chain, enhance productivity and make better business decisions. For example, companies would be able to obtain real-time information on their shipment’s environmental conditions as it travels, heighten their cargo integrity in the process of change of custody, automate labor intensive processes, and bring about overall inventory reduction.  

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and IDA are inviting commuters to take part in the experiment by using the upcoming beta version of the Beeline mobile app, which will be available from July 2015. 

By making use of big transportation data and crowd-sourced travel patterns to identify potential private express bus routes, Beeline aims to connect private bus operators to commuters who want more direct, pre-booked bus services during peak periods. Commuters can also suggest new routes, evolving the system for the better.

With the mobile app, commuters will be able to book seats on Beeline bus routes once these become available. Interested commuters can visit www.beeline.sg to get the latest updates on the app. So far, two private bus operators, Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd and Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd, have indicated their interest to participate in the experiment. As more responses from commuters and bus operators are received, the Beeline concept will be refined further.

Lina Lim, Group Director, Policy and Planning, LTA said, “Beeline seeks to experiment with a new travel option for the daily commute. If the experiment proves to be viable in the longer run, it could supplement the already extensive public transport network. The combination of the flexibility of data analytics with the predictability of transport planning allows commuters to go beyond customizing their routes and be assured of a comfortable ride at the same time.”

Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), said, “Singapore, like most countries around the world, faces challenges arising from megatrends such as an ageing population and resource scarcity. Being open to ‘experimentation as part of innovation’ is critical for Singapore to achieve its vision of building a Smart Nation. As publicly outlined by the Prime Minister, we plan to initially concentrate on new capabilities to better serve citizens in areas such as health and transport. By working on these issues using emerging technology, we also hope to build companies that will bring important new products and services to other countries.”

Communicasia which is its 26th edition, will be held this week from 2nd to 5th June at Marina Bay Sands. Together with EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015, the events have gathered over 1,800 exhibitors from 56 countries