Annex A - Factsheet on SNP

June 2014
Smart Nation Platform
Singapore is pushing towards becoming the world’s first Smart Nation, one that will
improve the quality of life for individuals and business opportunities for enterprises.
In a Smart Nation, we also seek to create an anticipatory Government that can better
serve our citizens and better able to use technology to enhance public services,
empowering citizens to able to be more participatory in engaging government, as
well as businesses, to make more informed decisions and meaningful choices in
their daily living.
Singapore has the opportunity to be the world’s first Smart Nation if we work together
and make fuller use of technology to live, work and play. Singapore will continue
build up all aspects to enhance our national capabilities – from infrastructure,
industry to governance. To do this, IDA will build on our achievements in the IN2015
journey, such as the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) and [email protected]
There are also several ongoing projects by Government agencies and the industry,
such as the Jurong Lake District initiative, which is one test bed to seek out
meaningful and sustainable solutions that can be rolled out in a Smart Nation.
About the Smart Nation Platform
IDA will further develop our capabilities in pervasive connectivity, and build new
infrastructure and common technical architecture to enable citizens, businesses and
government agencies to leverage technology to make lives better in a Smart Nation.
Termed the Smart Nation Platform (SNP), it will be built based on a systematic
premise to enable greater pervasive connectivity, better situational awareness
through data collection, and efficient sharing of collected sensor data. However, the
building process will be agile enough to be refined and improved.
SNP will anchor around three key areas of “Connect”, “Collect & Comprehend”.
The first phase of the SNP which focuses on “Connect” and “Collect” is expected to
be available by 2015.
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Objective: To enable and provide a speedy, secure, cost-effective and scalable
nationwide communication infrastructure
Proposed plans: In addition to the current connectivity infrastructure that is in place –
NBN and [email protected], we are also seeking to extend connectivity through the
progressive deployment of Above Ground (AG) Boxes and technologies from a
Heterogeneous Network (HetNet).
• AG Boxes will provide a ready-built common infrastructure for sensor
deployment by supplying points to access fibre-optics connectivity and power.
This reduces the need for unnecessary groundwork, thereby reducing
deployment time and cost. We target to install these AG Boxes in common
outdoor areas where there is demand for sensor-based technologies. These
places include bus stops, parks and traffic junctions.
• HetNet is expected to allow for more optimal use of wireless spectrum by
allowing devices to switch seamlessly between various types of wireless
networks. To realise the full potential of what HetNet can offer to citizens, IDA
will be conducting HetNet trials in conjunction with the industry.
Collect & Comprehend
Objective: To be able to gain better situational awareness through better real-time
data collected through a mesh of sensors nationwide.
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Proposed plans: To deploy an operating system that enables public agencies to be
plugged in so that essential sensor data can be anonymised, protected, managed
and aptly shared. The data can then be analysed to generate the relevant insights in
order to formulate timely and appropriate plans and decisions that result in more
responsive, even anticipatory services for the citizens.
Already sensor sharing, and a sensor network and platform are being tested at the
Jurong Lake District test-bed. Results of which will be adapted for further deployment
in a Smart Nation.
How will the Smart Nation Platform help...
Greater citizen-centric services
• Through better understanding of citizens’ needs and expectations, an
anticipatory Government will be able to serve citizens better through better
policy planning and creation of citizen-centric services.
• At an individual level, the access to greater and meaningful information will
enable citizens to make better decisions, be it for transport, health and other
• At a community level, the access to rich data and innovative products,
suggestions and ideas can help to create actionable solutions that can benefit
society as a whole.
Enable innovation
• More conducive and networked environment from which to do business
• Provides useful data sets for businesses to improve their operations
• Creates opportunities to innovate and build new services for citizens
• Enable new market possibilities such as through new infrastructure locations
for connectivity
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Public Agencies
Greater efficiency
• Minimise duplication of efforts and disruption to citizens
• Catalyse rollout of systems where they are needed, such as at the street
level, or to transport or security resources
• Support faster deployment of systems
Stronger inter-agency cooperation
• Facilitate closer and more efficient inter-agency collaboration and data
sharing, strengthening government’s ability to provide an integrated service
For media clarification, please contact:
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Grace Chiang (Ms)
Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communication
Tel: +65 6211 3863
E-mail: [email protected]
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