Singapore to tap new technologies for ‘smart’ living


Life in Singapore down the road, when it is fully fledged as a “smart nation”, will entail the use of new technologies such as driverless vehicles and fibre networks.

The people will also tap the potential of infocomm and the media, and live in “smart towns” that cater to the needs of an ageing population.

These were the snapshots presented yesterday in an addenda to President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s address in Parliament last week.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) called on Singaporeans to do their part to their part to make the country both a “liveable city and an endearing home”.

The government said that Singapore, as a smart nation, would be a country with “greener and more pleasant urban living, more effective public services and more opportunities for citizen engagement”.

The new technologies that the government is keen to use include sensors such as video cameras, fibre and wireless networks and robotics technology as seen in driverless vehicles.

In his speech in Parliament last Friday, Dr Tan spoke about developing such a smart nation, one that taps into new technologies to improve the quality of life for the people.

“As our city becomes increasingly complex and diverse, the demands on amenities, infrastructure and resources will rise,” he had said.

Among its initiatives, the Communications and Information Ministry said that it will develop a new Infocomm Media Masterplan that would make Singapore a world leader in tapping the potential of infocomm and media.

The aim is also to nurture innovative talent and enterprises, the ministry added.

Preliminary ideas for this masterplan include developing a heterogeneous network that builds on the nationwide sensor network.

Meanwhile, the National Development Ministry (MND) announced that it would review the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint and leverage on technology to develop “Smart HDB towns” to meet the needs of a maturing society.

Besides planning and designing public housing estates with more greenery and access to parks, it will build intra-town cycling paths across HDB towns, in addition to new and upgraded cycling routes.

The ministry’s ongoing Home Improvement Programme, which refreshes older estates, will be stepped up to cover another one-third, or 100,000 flats, in the next three years.

MND promised to help couples and their parents live together, or near each other so that they can care for and support each another more easily.

The authorities will make public housing and estates more elder-friendly and enhance them with more amenities over time.

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