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Singapore to share smart city experiences at NIST-organised Global City Teams Challenge 2018

Singapore to share smart city experiences at NIST-organised Global City Teams Challenge 2018

According
to a press
release
by the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore
(IMDA), Singapore is to share its experience in Wireless@SG programme and two
other initiatives at the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) 2018. 

Organised
by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the US
Department of Commerce, the GCTC is a collaborative platform for the
development of smart cities and communities. It brings together more than 160
smart cities and communities; and 400 organisations, working together to
establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable and sustainable smart city
models.

Under
this year’s theme “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge”,
Singapore has submitted three proposals, which were all accepted, to share its
experience and learnings in its Smart City journey.

The
three submissions by Singapore are:

(1)   
Deployment of user-friendly, secure, and
sustainable federated public Wi-Fi systems, by IMDA

(2)   
The Inclusive Smart City: Tech to tackle jobs
displacement in a digital economy, by Singapore Tech (SGTech)

(3)   
Reduced customs clearance time with virtual
extension of sea ports and other customs-bonded areas using electronic cargo
tracking, by Ascent Solutions

Since
2006, Wireless@SG has been the largest free Wi-Fi network in Singapore. As reported
earlier
, Wireless@SG now covers around 10,000 hotspots located in public
spaces, offering internet access at 5Mbps. IMDA plans to double the network to
20,000 hotspots by 2020 to reach more locations.

According
to
IMDA
, it continues to engage members of the infocomm ecosystem and
businesses to drive the adoption of Wireless@SG among enterprises. Businesses
and building owners can provide free Wi-Fi to their patrons by partnering
operators to extend Wireless@SG service within their premises on commercial
arrangements. By doing so, they can leverage on Wireless@SG’s standardised and
secured login mechanisms i.e. SIM login while achieving cost efficiency to
access their own enterprise services over the same Wireless@SG network.

At
the same time, SGTech has developed a career guidance programme using technology.
According to Executive Director of SGTech Ms Ho Semun, the project uses AI and
data analytics “to facilitate reskilling and job transitions by helping
displaced workers find suitable careers in the tech sector, and then supporting
them through the process of adapting to their new roles.”

In
the press release, Chief Executive of IMDA Mr Tan Kiat How, said “the proposals
bring to the table Singapore’s reputation for secure and trusted solutions;
promote business opportunities for enterprises through NIST’s GCTC multi-city
platform; and enable Singapore to participate in harmonising global standards.”

He
continued that Singapore also aim to engage and learn from other participants
as we drive towards achieving our Smart Nation and Digital Economy ambitions.

Similarly,
Ms Ho also see the participation of SGTech in the GCTC community a way for
Singapore “to contribute to and learn from global developments on the future of
jobs in smart cities.”

In fact, Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives
are often seen as case studies by the international community. For example, as reported
previously
, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United
Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies
(ICTs), has released a new case study offering an evaluation of Singapore's
progress in meeting the objectives of the country's Smart Nation strategy last
November. The ITU also stated that the Singapore case study provides a valuable
reference point to other cities pursuing greater efficiency and sustainability
as well as for standardisation experts.

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