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S’pore takes top spot in ranking of smart city govts, praised for ‘sterling’ Covid-19 response, digital initiatives

Singapore has eclipsed London to take top spot in a biennial study that ranks the top 50 smart city governments in the world. The Republic took the honours due to factors such as its technology infrastructure, digital initiatives…

Public, private sectors must collaborate to create geospatial tech solutions: Vivian Balakrishnan

A collaborative approach between governments and the private sector can shape future smart cities, said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, in his virtual opening address at the Geo Connect Asia 2021 conference on Wed.…

Singapore needs a new Smart Nation vision that doesn’t leave any citizen behind

In a special edition of the WEF annual report released on Dec 16, Singapore was listed as one of the digitally advanced countries well-placed to manage the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country was ranked sixth in…

Singapore intends to pass law ensuring TraceTogether data used only for serious crimes

The government will table a bill to pass legislation formalising its assurances that the use of TraceTogether data in criminal investigations would be restricted to serious offences. On Fri evening, SNDO said that “the legislation will specify that…

Schools in Singapore to distribute TraceTogether tokens to students

Schools will be distributing the TraceTogether (TT) tokens to students so that they will be able to participate in the national contact tracing programme, said Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan. This move will complement efforts…

TraceTogether adoption rate surpasses 70%, more distribution points to reopen from January 2021

Singapore on Mon surpassed the 70-per-cent adoption rate for its TraceTogether contact-tracing tool, allowing it to move into its final phase of reopening after a partial lockdown to combat Covid-19, said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The Minister-in-charge of the…

TraceTogether adoption up to more than 60% as privacy concerns wane; users still bothered about battery drain

The adoption of the TraceTogether app and tokens stand at more than 60 per cent, getting closer to the 70 per cent target required to move to Phase 3. SNDGG said that the figure is “in the low…

Downloading TraceTogether app will drive up adoption rate

We thank Dr Tommy Wong Sai Wai and Mr Benny Tan for their feedback on the TraceTogether Token distribution. Since public distribution of the TraceTogether tokens began, there has been high demand for them. To cater to this…

Delving into Singapore’s smart-city startups and the funds flowing into the sector

In 2014, Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative. And over the last six years, the country has been building up its startup ecosystem as part of this drive. Startups by their nature are in the business of disruption…

Use of TraceTogether app or token to be made compulsory for people attending large events, high-risk activities

The use of TraceTogether mobile application or token will be made compulsory for people attending large gatherings and high-risk activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary on Sun. Speaking to reporters…

Combine all smart, barrier-free parking systems under one app

Since a parking app replaced the use of coupons in more than 1,000 public carparks in Singapore in 2017, these spaces essentially became barrier-free smart carparks. Parking.sg is not used for parking at carparks already installed with EPS.…

Singapore’s almost in our new normal. Don’t be the dud who jeopardises that

The Government’s major expansion of the TraceTogether and SafeEntry programmes, announced on Wed represents a huge stride in Singapore’s coronavirus fight. Highlighting the TraceTogether app has logged 2.4 million downloads to date, Smart Nation Initiative Minister-in-charge Vivian Balakrishnan…

Distribution of TraceTogether tokens starts; aim is for 70% participation in contact tracing scheme

The distribution of TraceTogether tokens to Singaporeans is meant to jolt the participation rate of national Covid-19 contact tracing efforts to get it closer to the Government’s target of 70 per cent, said Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation…

1,000 senior volunteers to be trained as Smart Nation Ambassadors

Ms NoorJahan Kamaruddin, 60, has embraced navigational apps such as Google Maps and LTA’s MyTransport app. To help other seniors like herself reap the benefits of such apps, the volunteer has conducted lessons on how to use them…

A truly smart nation needs to be smart about citizen partnership

One of the lesser-known casualties of Covid-19 has been a large-scale urban development in Toronto, led by Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs. Several years in the making, the Google City – as it was dubbed by the media…

46 SG Digital community hubs to be launched islandwide by end August

Anyone facing difficulties with their digital devices will soon be able to get help from new SG Digital community hubs that will be set up across Singapore. Located in community centres and public libraries, the 46 one-stop help…

Push to use new tech must not leave seniors behind

The current generation is rarely awed by new gadgets or new media, but for the older generation, new technology seems like a brand new world. For example, my parents thought it was peculiar to see fishmongers selling their…

COVID-19: Vulnerable seniors to receive first batch of TraceTogether tokens from Jun 28

Vulnerable seniors who are currently not digitally connected and at higher risk from COVID-19 will receive the first batch of TraceTogether tokens from Sun, This is to help extend protection to as many people as possible, including those…

Private sector developers are welcome to improve TraceTogether app

If private sector developers want to tinker with the building blocks of the contact tracing app TraceTogether, or can come up with innovative ways to popularise it, they will be encouraged to do so. Minister-in-charge of the Smart…

Coronavirus: Foreign workers help boost TraceTogether take-up rate to 2m

Around two million people here have downloaded TraceTogether, after rules were introduced for foreign workers to do so as part of heightened measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 in dormitories and work sites. They have to meet…

Apple-Google contact tracing system not effective for Singapore: Vivian Balakrishnan

Singapore will not be using a contact tracing system jointly developed by Apple and Google. In a FB post on Mon, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan said: “We decided that it would be less effective…

Contact tracing app is safe, secure and needed as Singapore opens up

We thank Mr Yong Jun Jie, Mr Sean Lim and Mr Darius Lee for their letters. Effective contact tracing is critical as Singapore opens up, and the TraceTogether programme is an important component of this effort. To date,…

New TraceTogether token to have no GPS or internet connectivity to track user’s whereabouts: Vivian Balakrishnan

The portable contact-tracing device that the Government is developing will not record its user’s location data and will not have GPS or mobile internet connectivity, the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Vivian Balakrishnan said on Mon. Furthermore,…

Covid-19 pandemic hastens Smart Nation drive

1) Cashless dream finally a reality – Physical handling of coins and notes is viewed as a viral risk, spurring many to go for cashless options; 2) Working from home the new norm – Having adapted to these…

Personal alert button on trial for Tampines seniors

Certain seniors living in Tampines are experiencing having their own personal alert button, as the Government ramps up efforts to protect the elderly who live alone and who might be more prone to falls or in need of…

The revival of the digital economy – building citizen confidence as Smart Nation momentum picks up

In Nov 2014, Singapore launched Smart Nation, an initiative that aims to transform and better Singapore’s government, businesses, and society with digital technology. Five years on, how should we assess the initiative’s progress and impact on citizen lives?…

Upcoming Punggol Digital District offers businesses and students real-time data, a platform to trial ideas

The PDD will be the first business park in Singapore to offer businesses and students access to real-time data from a digital cloud system, and a platform to test their ideas in both live and simulated environments. This…

In using AI, let’s be wary of artificial stupidity

Do you remember Sim City? It is a computer game introduced in the late 1980s where the player is the mayor of a new city. The objective is to create a functioning urban system by building a city…

5G is more than just faster download speeds, can make lives ‘much better’: Iswaran

The move to 5G networks here has the potential to make work more efficient and productive and make lives much better, said MCI Minister S Iswaran on Wed. He acknowledged that the discussion around such technologies can be…

AI showcase in Punggol will feature mini Silicon Valley

Central to Singapore’s AI strategy is the 50ha Punggol Digital District (PDD), announced in Jan last year. The district will house a business park being developed by JTC to create a mini Silicon Valley, where cyber-security and technology…

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