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Singapore: Smart Nation - Better Living

Leading nation in Asia and the world for business, wealth and quality of life, Singapore aims at becoming the first “Smart Nation”. To explain this idea and motivate its people and entrepreneurs to adopt and develop a more connected way of life through technology, a new visionary video presents some aspects of this Smart Nation.

Singapore in the future: a highly connected nation

To illustrate the concept of “Smart Nation”, defined by the Singaporean authorities, and accomplish its mission to support the technology and entrepreneurship eco-system of Singapore, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has created this video to give some examples of potential applications of technology in a near future.

Exploring how technology could be used at home, for mobility, healthcare and urban management, this short video also provides insightful examples for tech entrepreneurs and startups and how to help create a better living.

Smart technologies at the service of people

Those interested in embodying the concept of “Smart nation”, and further, to reflect upon potentially viable business ideas can get some great inspiration from this video. Whether it be for the well-being of Singaporeans or other people, for individuals or groups, it is an interesting source for those who want to create successful tech ventures.

Proactive technology for well-being

The first part of the video depicts how technologies notice the wakening of a man, and already try to satisfy his needs before he even thinks about what he’s going to do. He directly obtains weather reports on his tablet, and his air conditioning system adapts the temperature of the room from sleeping mode to awake mode.

Underlying ideas:

  • Internet of things: omnipresent censors and home equipment connected together
  • tailored suggestions based on habits and individual needs

Proactive technology to save money and energy

The second scene highlights how the automatic modifications of the air conditioning, and the rest of the house energy consumption  is compiled. The analytics system then automatically suggests to the man a better way of managing his electricity, helping him to save money on his energy bills.

Underlying ideas:

  • behavior and consumption analytics
  • automatic benchmark for financial and energetic optimization

Transports monitoring and reporting

Taking her daughter to school before going to work, the woman checks the different transport options in real time. This application suggests the existence of a monitoring system for public transports and traffic congestion in the city which could enable the woman to make the right decision to get both the girl and herself to their destination in a timely and comfortable way.

Underlying ideas:

  • mass transit monitoring and real time reporting
  • mobility and transport patterns analytics

Health supervision from home

In a fourth scene, the grandparents take care of their health from home. Thanks to being remotely connected with a doctor who monitors some rehabilitation exercise, they take part in the supervision of their own health in a very easy way that saves time and minimizes transports.

Underlying ideas:

  • remote doctor consultation
  • e-health standardization

Crowdsourced city services management

Another man is walking in a covered area of public space. As he notices that a light is not working, he takes a picture that is automatically sent to a city service management center. Having received the feedback, the agency in charge will dispatch a maintenance technician to repair the faulty light in a record response time.

Underlying ideas:

  • centralized public space monitoring agency
  • citizen participation incentives

Proactive technology for social reporting

The initial man receives a notification from his parents who successfully completed their health monitoring. Being connected directly to those he cares about, the important information is automatically filtered so that he gets the right notification from the right person at the right time… and not other, less important and/or less timely information.

Underlying ideas:

  • social relations understanding and filtering
  • understanding of schedule and occasions to disturb individuals or not

Video from August 2014 by IDA Singapore

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