Smart Cities: Singapore

this is Singapore in Sanskrit means Lion
City and it is the perfect name for this island city-state that throughout its
history has fought for its place in the world today is aggressively deploying
new technologies to continually improve the lives of its people and to ensure
its place as a pioneering City however that was not always the case
in 1965 Singapore became an independent nation much of the country was poor
there was little clean water and many families lived in shanties the first
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew drove economic development with high-rise
housing and clean water he had a legendary insistence on
excellence this was a mudflat for today this is a modern to do then years from
now this would be a lock up early today Singapore is a vibrant sometimes flashy
nation one of Asia’s so-called tiger economies it is home to nearly 6 million
people on just 270 square miles it is but a tiny country but its size doesn’t
diminish its place in the world smart city technology could be the difference
in Singapore’s future Steve Leonard CEO of SG innovate is
arguably the best person to talk about smart technology in Singapore his new
government agency is devoted to translating R&D innovations into
commercial success what is it that makes this such an attractive tech place and
what is it that allows them to talk about smart nation as opposed to smart
city well a couple of quick things smart city for us is a great adventure that we
see a lot of different places pursuing but it’s just that it’s a city it’s a
more local adventure now admittedly we’re a city and a nation together but
we’re trying to do something ambitious and holistic so every part of Singapore
the health the transport the energy everything that goes into the nation
we’re trying to be involved with under this banner of smart nation and that
means how do we use information more effectively how do we tackle some really
tough problems around aging population urban density so a lot of cities are
working on things but we believe they’re working on them more narrowly defined
and we’re trying to do something more broad what are you doing with the urban
density thing I think you can maybe hit the highlights sure urban density is
something that affects a lot of different countries and cities around
the world more and more people getting into smaller and smaller spaces so the
implications on transportation Public Safety resource efficiencies such as
energy supply are really big and difficult challenges
so we’re thinking what’s the role of autonomous vehicles what’s the role of a
shared infrastructure where you would have more ride-sharing not necessarily
in a platform like an uber or lyft but more that you would have a citizen lead
type of platform where everybody is a part of that network or ecosystem and
then what are you doing with the elderly example well we’ve got a lot of
healthcare that we’re thinking about aging population is a is a challenge or
a reality that almost every country in the world is wrestling with right now if
we’re going to have a tripling of citizens above 65 in the next 15 years
you don’t want people to have to go sit in a doctor’s all
is in wait to have a relatively simple scenario such as blood pressure checking
for a chronic condition that you need to manage so if you can do that remotely
using technology and still provide care for that person that would be a great
improvement for them and also take strain off the system so for us smart
nation will come to pass it’s just a question of us continuing to push ahead
be comfortable taking some risk be comfortable experimenting more than we
have sometimes in the past in order to build some amazing things to get a better perspective on smart
medical technology I met up with dr. Steven Tucker an expat who’s lived in
Singapore for a decade it’s hot and I can’t even talk you know see but you’re
dipping I’m just pouring no I I’m barely pouring so good well every time I eat
dog food my my head sweats and so that’s why I wear that so my experience meeting
about Singapore before coming here is that you know it’s really gone through
massive transformations in the last 50 years in it I wonder if a lot of the
improvements have been because of technology certainly water quality and
that kind of thing right or well there’s there’s infrastructure that’s been built
and of course your opening statements 100 percent accurate there’s been
transformational change in the 10 years I’ve been here and the country just
celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year so they’ve really gone from you
know developing to developed in just one generation knowing what you’re
interested in dovetails perfectly with some of the ideas of the smart nation
initiative where we’re putting sensors we they are putting sensors into new
homes to monitor the health of elderly shut-ins elderly widowers and widows the
primary sensor is is a MEMS device a micro electric mechanical sensor these
are what’s in a Fitbit this is what’s in every you know it’s an accelerometer
these accelerometers are pennies you could sprinkle them across a carpet to
see how fast someone moves across the carpet you could even identify if
they’re shuffling back and forth which might be a sign of Parkinson’s disease
everyone has to realize that we are in a in a pivot we are pivoting away
from a reactive medical based system into a proactive wellness based system I
think we should get a second on this stuff it’s all good
she gets some ice kacang out there yeah we’re doing okay to find out how the
country’s smart tech is being applied at the earliest stages I’m heading to a
local preschool hello a lot of schools are grappling with how to teach coding
at a very young age which the attitude in Singapore is that you want to have a
positive experience just like you want to have with mathematics so that the
very youngest people will grow older and have an appreciation for it and not a
negative approach to oh wait you can’t do this this is called device and what
which it teaches sequencing and sequencing is important for for coding
obviously so these students are using this little robot to learn how to
sequence and if you go if you go from zero to twenty it’s five spaces so you
push the forward button five times and then if you want to turn left there’s a
left turn button and a right turn button of all of this is really to teach coding
eventually there is a very strong integration in this school system
between practical concrete skills and encoding skills which are very abstract
see you guys later nice meeting you hardest part of going to preschool is
getting up okay okay so the kids here for 8 years old they’re learning scratch
Julia which is a junior level programming or coding so essentially
they’re learning how to do a coding curriculum from this young age when they
move on to what we use some scratch makes it colorful enough it’s easy
enough for them to understand what’s going on which in turn would manipulate
the characters to move in a certain way so simple coding knowledge is necessary
to make this work at the end of one I’ll say curriculum costs period will
actually use a group environment or pair work to give them a simple project so
the last years or whether the last project that we gave them was global
warming so come come up with some sort of theme how to save water how to not do
littering yes it’s quite a big I’ll say it’s quite a big thing why not go for
the really big topics okay okay smashing the objective is basically to
use technology to help our season to live better Bash is the brainchild of
dr. Alex Lin the head of infocomm investments in Singapore
it stands for building amazing startups here an incubator to foster tech talent
so we go around the world you could set up to come here and then we provide them
with mentorship to help them to build a Minimum Viable products and ultimately
teach them how to present to investor raise the money and the begin to build
and incubate become a viable company the best is created as a space for
acceleration and we notice that the success rate for the startup if they are
the team is very diverse that means it is a mixed gender mix nationally mixed
background and there will be a lot more successful in order for us to do that
number one is that we recruit start up all over the place and over at this page
you probably have more than 50 nationality in the space it was mean by
zero of five five zero okay out about 200 over people down here by putting
acceleration a hit of building a product will increase the success rate to about
40% 40% percent so so that increased tremendously this is a Singapore idea
your idea wow this is basically is try and tested for most of the market
eventually everybody will realize them Singaporeans seem uniquely trusting of
their government and with all the new advancements that are being implemented
I wanted to talk to someone who could give me the local point of view on smart
tech so I’m going to meet up with Sarah Pereira who has worked with the
government of Singapore and has lived here all of her life I don’t think most
people outside of the industry know what smart nation means but I think they have
a good idea of the wave of where Singapore is going from a technology
perspective you know because the government’s really been pretty good
about educating like kids on why this stuff is interesting and important and
sort of engaging them you know so have you seen any big significant changes in
your attitudes about technology you know I think that the thing about technology
and the way it’s been deployed is it’s been so gradual that you almost don’t
notice when I went to university I was gone for four years and I didn’t come
back very often and when I came back I actually got lost going home you know to
a place where I had lived my entire life well the roads had changed the landmarks
had changed and and I I got lost my mother’s house
was the same but you know everything around it had changed that the roots had
changed to to go to my mom’s place and I think you know that’s kind of the
essence of what it is like to be Singaporean like you know your landscape
changes around you all the time after a week in Singapore I’ve learned that the
government is taking a comprehensive approach to smart technology to improve
the lives of its citizens and after talking with government officials locals
and expats living on this small island it’s clear that Singaporeans expect a
lot from the technology within their city but with a government that is
tackling the problems of urban density water quality and health care with
relatively few regulatory hurdles the people here seem willing to make
sacrifices for a better quality of life and while that might not easily
translate to other major cities Singapore has tech ideas that could and
should be replicated around the world

84 thoughts on “Smart Cities: Singapore”

  1. No kids must not be given a gadgets specially drawings they must use their own hand n brain.. Y u guys can't understand? No matter wat generation it is, kids should use a normal technique of teaching.

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  5. Please make an interview to the locals. Hear whT they say. We sporean are suffering with the high living expenses. And our money that we cant spend. We will always grow old with debts. Please ask the locals on what dey think

  6. Indian need to see this , the corrupt bureaucracy, reservation, casteism, turned our country into a shitpile 🙁 happy independence day India

  7. I once said I wish I want to come back as a Japanese. I'm changing to say, I wish I was a Singaporean child.

  8. I wear a hat because my head sweats when I eat spicy food

    Riiiiiiiight. So you eat spicy food every day for every meal? You sure you don't just wear a hat because you're bald? Nothing wrong with that, I just feel like you should accept it. No one cares.

  9. Singapore Sucks.
    hey, singapore, fyi your only actual competition is malaysia and india and indonesia and all those shitty countries in southeast asia that are weak and don't matter and no one in the world would ever give a shit about so congrats! for being the best of a shitty bunch, haha!

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  11. Good day to everyone,

    I've made an app out of necessity with the use of Gov data inspired by our Smart Nation initiative and the current traffic condition of Singapore.

    The App helps Singaporean view the congestion status live on a map with every traffic camera available and use of traffic status on roads sourced from Google.

    Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

  12. The comments are full of salty shitty spineless turds who are jealous of Singapore's success, peace and stability. singaporean pride!

  13. Smart nation? lol
    Looks like they read startup nation and couldn’t come up with any better names
    Singapore = The jews of Asia

  14. "in 1965 Sinapore became a new nation and much of the country was poor, there was little clean water,and many families lived in shanteys"

    In the 1940s Singapore was the most advanced country in Southeast Asia. I was born in 1938. We were not rich. But we did not live in "shantys"!

    We had piped water. The only thing we lacked when I was growing up was flushing toilet. How many countries had flushing toilet in the 1940s?

    I went to an Irish Catholic school, St. Patricks, there were many other schools like St. JosephInstitution, Raffles Institution, Telok Kurau English School, and many others!

    We had bus services such as The SingaporeTraction Co., Bedok Bus service Service, and others. All this in the 1950s! And yo call this POOR?

  15. Love seeing things like this, people genuinely caring about their collective well-being and improving quality of life for everyone around including themselves. Our history has so much revolved about wars, dictators, people whose main concern is their own thirst for power, and it never ends well, wish we follow Singapore example in a global scale and improve as a whole.

  16. been to Singapore two-three times and experienced the city life first hand. True it is an urban legend in terms of the growth and innovation it has sustained, and continuing to sustain. I personally know many experts in my field supporting my take on Singapore. As a city planner, didn't fell in love with the city. Felt there was something missing in the midst of all these well-planned, clean and high-tech urban spaces. You could almost read this in the faces of locals; most of them seemed not entirely happy; you can also feel a little bit of tension whenever you are in a public space. Didn't see much wildlife in the urban greens; it felt artificial. But for some reason, you cannot point out and say this is what they are missing; it looks all is perfect, but, definitely there is something missing!

  17. "coding" is such an interesting way to view understanding mechanisms. Not many people will literally code in a few years with any likelyhood. The mechanisms built with languages like Java and Python can be constructed with many other tools and those architectures are what people should be thinking about, not coding as it exists.

  18. Without TAMIL PEOPLE Singapore won't be like this… Singapore is smart city it's just because of TAMIL PEOPLE….Tamil the great…. தமிழ் தமிழ்

  19. भारत भी क्र सकता है बस सेंट्रल और स्टेट ministry के department के officers और ministers के बीच,lack ऑफ़ coordination को ठीक करना है,जो अभूत ज़रूरी है।Policies हमेशा ही बेहतर है,बस इसी problem के कारण सही implement नही होती।और सही funds जुटाना सीखना और सही लागु करने पर ध्यान देना और काम करना होगा।

  20. Been to Singapore and it was boring. I do like the government policies and how they seem to manage infrastructure very well. Seems bland nation.

  21. But the normal local people are strained. You can draw parallel between silicon valley local people and true singaporeans

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  23. SingaBORE. The country may be fastidious about cleanliness but it is devoid of any soul and happiness. Sadly the people are materialistic and consumed with keeping up appearances hence it is voted often as one of the most miserable and unhappiest places to live. Zero envy.

  24. 'How to not do littering…' May I suggest to starting to realize how much plastic and styrofoam is wasted on a daily basis in Singapore on take-away and do something about that? No need to know programming to see that's insane.

  25. Smart technologie is very often wrong, and the 'A.I.' used in Singapore has dropped the ball many times.

  26. This is all on the surface BTW. The first thing I noticed about Singapore was the lack of emotion and communication in public. Everywhere you go, almost no strangers talk to one another.
    The younger generation also have less time with their parents, as the parents are usually both working full time jobs to support family with the high living cost. The child is taken to daycare, then perhaps given to grandparents to take care of. You can see this evidence by the almost utter lack of families outside in public just walking together.

  27. I had a 24 hour layover in Singapore. Loved it. Got to see the Beautiful Garden and some of the city. Even tho I got food poisoning, I will go again.

  28. Did this guy actually spend a week investigating in Singapore as he had said? So what explains why this episode is so superficial and sounds like tech cheer leading? Maybe a week eating ice kacang more likely

  29. S'pore is clean, low in crime, that's why l love this city. Who cares its fake in some natures, at least they do something about pleasant it. Remember, S'pore is one of the smallest city in the world yet they doing good to prosper the nation and upgrade the environment. Look other third world countries still living in an nclean environment and lifestyles after decade and decade of years passed by still no improvement……..

  30. Im a 58 yo s'porean. When I was young lived in a kampong with bucket system toilet. Whole kampong floods whenever it rains. Mosquito infested and snake infested as well. Now S'pore is a great city to live in. Majulah Singapura! And may God continue to bless our Nation.

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  32. I beieve I spotted MAXWELL MARKET, Best Chicken Rice in the world there, I eat everyday on my last trip to Singapore, I also recall Hill Street had Fatty Loh's Chicken Rice back in 1956/60 and again 1967-70. that and The Nasi Lemat and Daging Rendang are meals for a KING. NO where in the world can you find better food at realistic prices (I mean Proper Hawkers food, NOT the garish Fusion Rubbish for which the ''Wannabe Chefs' charge an arm and leg, ask one these clowns to cook Hainan Chicken rice and you'll see what I mean. Viva La Hawkers.

  33. It is SMART!!! To build MORE High Rise apartments, so that MORE Singaporeans r residing in Higher floors.

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  35. I find the tropics too hot and humid (except when it rains) – good for the plants and trees but not for humans. As clean as Singapore may be, it's not very pleasant when I go out into the great outdoors. Outside of air-conditioned buildings, eg after a few hundred meters in the hot sun or a stroll in the Botanical Gardens, I feel sweaty and smelly in need of a shower. Now retired, I look for my perfect weather in winter (but spring-like) on the Atherton Tablelands, Australia and Marbella, Spain where I spent 8 months in a year. The rest of the year, I swim in a big swimming pool in an affordable condominium in Johor, Malaysia. My apartment in Singapore is just for my 15-year son for school.

  36. Singapore is always a trendsetter. A strong success story that makes the so-called western world look in awe and envy.

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