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Inclusivity as a driver towards the Smart Nation reality

Inclusivity as a driver towards the Smart Nation reality

Interoperability and Inclusivity of IoT and Big Data is necessary to fulfill the Smart Nation vision. The way data communicates to each other is a key focus of the initiative. The Singapore government is imagining a landscape of interconnected systems that must be both inclusive and adaptable.

It was reported by the Statistics on Telecom Services that Singapore has 155% mobile penetration rate. This percentage equates to one cell phone per citizen. This number will only increase in the coming years. The wireless broadband population penetration rate is 188%. These numbers demonstrate the magnitude of wireless connectivity in the public sphere.

In achieving an inclusive Smart Nation, Singapore needs to cater to the populations that are aging, without access to internet, and disabled. Only then will Singapore be for all of its citizens.

“Smart Nation to begin with, is for all citizens. The whole aim of Smart Nation, for the Government, was to improve the quality of life for our people, using technology in a very much more pervasive way,” states Ms Jacqueline Poh, managing director at Infocomm Development Authority, to Channel News Asia.

Devices, software, and data networks are changing and growing at a quick pace. This is presenting Singapore with a challenge to create inter-connectivity between these technologies and the Singapore citizens.

"Things are going to change very fast, much more than we are used to, in the future. So we will never be 100 percent ready,” said Dr Raghunath, who is from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, to Channel News Asia.

With this drive towards inclusivity, the aging population must be taken into account. These generations will need help in embracing smart nation initiatives and technology. It was expressed by Dr. Calvin Chan of UniSIM’s School of Business that if this is not addressed, these groups will degenerating in a sense. What the IDA has done to combat this challenge is offer more than 95,000 tech training places through the Silver Infocomm Initiative.

Dr. Chan and his team of researchers are working to create adaptive design technology which is customisable to the user. Creating a sense of ease and accessibility will help elders have a positive user experience.

As the aging community would struggle to operate new technologies, others are struggling to afford access to the internet. The IDA plans to introduce new projects and measures that addresses this need. Enhanced NEU PC Plus is a program that has helped provide computer systems to households with school-attending children. The program has benefited 20,000 households since 2006.

With the goal of providing help to those with disabilities, the IDA has made a great impact on one man’s life. Mr. Kamaruddin Ahmad, whose leg was amputated due to diabetes, found help at the Infocomm Accessibility Centre run by Singapore Physically Disabled organization. They gave him the skills to acquire a position as administrator for a logistics company. IDA funds programmes like Infocomm Accessibility Centre as it meets the aim of its government to improve the quality of life for all singaporeans.

The IDA is a leader in Singapore as it works to include all of its citizens in its vision of a truly Smart Nation. It has implemented various programs to complement its long term goal. Through this, Singapore may become one of the first truly smart nations in the world and a model for many to follow.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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