Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative

Advances in digital technology can help address urban challenges and open up new possibilities to enhance the way we live, work, play, and interact. The Smart Nation initiative is our national effort to leverage technology to support better living, build stronger communities, and create more opportunities, for all.

We are putting in place the required infrastructure, policies, tools and enabling platforms to facilitate and encourage co-creation by people and businesses with the Government.

Good Infrastructure and Innovation Ecosystem

Singapore is one of the most well connected cities in the world, and we continue to improve and enhance coverage. The number of Wireless@SG hotspots across Singapore will be doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 by 2018 and free WiFi connectivity will be expanded to cover all MRT and LRT Platforms, bus interchanges and terminals by 2020.  

We invest in education and upgrading of skills through the Skillsfuture programme to equip our workforce with the necessary digital skills so our people stay relevant and can seize opportunities that technology presents.

We nurture a vibrant innovation and business ecosystem, by linking and expanding networks of companies, research centres and public agencies to share knowledge and innovation throughout the economy and society. We have incubation spaces and accelerators set up at Cleantech Park and Launchpad to support startups at various stages of their growth. By bridging innovation and enterprise, solutions can be tested, scaled up and adapted for application beyond our shores.

Smart Health TeleRehab (Photos courtesy of IHiS)
Enabling Platforms

We are also investing in integrated digital platforms to facilitate and support the development of innovative services by businesses and people. Singapore is developing a National Digital Identity where our citizens can digitally identify themselves, and easily sign and securely transact with Government and businesses. Another platform we are building is the Smart Nation Sensor Platform, which is a joint platform for Government agencies to exploit sensors, and IoT and the associated backend intelligence. It allows data from different sources to be integrated, for improved public service delivery in areas such as security, transport and sustainability.

We are setting out enabling regulations and policies in place to drive innovation. Besides extending some 67km of public roads to facilitate Self-Driving Vehicle (SDV) trials, we have established the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN) for the development of SDV technologies and regulations. We are also putting regulatory sandboxes to develop emerging solutions; Looking Glass @ MAS, for the development of new FinTech innovations and services.

To foster co-creation of solutions, we provide open source platforms, real-time APIs and open data such as through and LTA’s Datamall, which have resulted in the creation of many citizen-centric, ground-up applications.

Enhanced Mobility and Healthcare

We harness data and digital technologies to enhance commuting experiences. By identifying commuter hotspots and using data to manage bus fleets to meet real-time demand, we have reduced crowdedness on buses and shortened waiting times for popular services.

To improve quality of healthcare and aid active ageing, Video Consultation and TeleRehabilitation services help shift care beyond hospitals to the community, offering seamless access to patient-care while Elderly Monitoring Systems in homes also ensure the well-being and safety of the elderly through the use of motion sensors.

Enhanced Public Services

Digital Government Services have helped transactions with companies and citizens become more seamless. CorpPass acts as a single corporate digital ID for businesses, making business transactions with the government more convenient and secure. Foreign entities are also able to make use of this portal without having to register for Unique Entity Numbers (UEN).

As a one-stop health information and services web portal and mobile application, HealthHub offers citizens access to own health and medical records, medical appointments, and directory of healthcare facilities. Authorised caregivers can also be granted access to help better manage care receiver’s health.

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