The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, Southeast Asia’s first industry-led lab for smart cities solutions development, initiated by CapitaLand and supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority and Enterprise Singapore, was officially opened yesterday by Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran.
CapitaLand and industry partners commit up to S$10 million in innovation lab
The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab will bring together leaders in the smart cities space to co-create and test innovations with local built environment and technology enterprises in a live environment at CapitaLand’s 5G enabled Singapore Science Park.
CapitaLand, together with its industry partners, has committed up to S$10 million in the Lab as a start to catalyse development and deployment of smart cities solutions in Singapore and overseas.
The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, powered by the latest technologies and 5G connectivity, is set to benefit some 200 companies in Singapore over the next three years.
Located at The Galen at Singapore Science Park, the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab is envisioned to be a key nexus of business partnerships and opportunities. The Lab will function as a resource integrator of various ecosystem players – local technology startups, system integrators and global corporate enterprises – to co-create solutions for smart cities, from ideation to testing to commercialisation.
Ms Eunice Koh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Singapore, said: “The COVID19 pandemic has accelerated the demand for sustainable urban solutions that contribute to the building of resilient and safe cities of tomorrow. Through the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, smart tech providers can work on innovative solutions that have the potential to change people’s lives for the better. For instance, Smarten Spaces, a Singapore SME tech provider introduced by Enterprise Singapore, has been working with KONE on unique innovations that use contactless and other technologies to help building owners and managers provide a safe work environment for their tenants and employees. We will continue to work with our SMEs to tap on such opportunities and find the right partners to scale their solutions.”
Industry and government work together to co-create smart cities solutions
Currently, the Lab has secured 30 industry players such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, MooVita, NavInfo DataTech, Schneider Electric, SPTel, TPG Telecom and Vizzio.AI, to commit to partnering local firms to co-innovate, test ideas in the Lab or pilot trials at the 55-hectare Singapore Science Park, the largest site in Singapore for trials of smart cities solutions.
Ms Jane Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, IMDA, said: “The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab reinforces Singapore’s strengths as a deep innovation ecosystem where tech, industry and government work together to co-create and accelerate solutions for smart cities solutions.The Lab is starting strong with 30 partners including major industry players and promising local enterprises coming onboard along with CapitaLand. These are the new opportunities we are seizing in a digital economy, that will enable us to emerge stronger.”
The Lab will focus on six key industry verticals of advanced manufacturing, digital wellness, intelligent estates, smart mobility, sustainability, and urban agriculture.
The NUS School of Design and Environment 4 (SDE4) is the first building in Southeast Asia to be awarded the stringent Zero Energy Certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), one of the world’s most prestigious sustainability organisations.
The Zero Energy certification by ILFI is based on actual performance and awarded to green buildings where 100 per cent of its energy needs on a net annual basis is supplied by on-site renewable energy sources, with no combustion.
It is the only performance-based standard of its kind operating globally. The ILFI is an international environmental non-profit organisation, which also administers the flagship Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard.
“As the world addresses climate change, it is critical to see buildings like the NUS School of Design and Environment 4 move aggressively to earn Zero Energy Certification. This fantastic project shows that project teams can rise to the challenge by creating buildings that produce more energy than they use, serving as a model for other universities in Singapore, across Southeast Asia, and around the world,” said Mr Shawn Hesse, Director of Business Development at the ILFI.
SDE4 is Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building.
SDE4 has been operational since 2019 and consists of a range of sustainable design features that have been integrated into its architecture to “not only deliver user health and comfort in the tropical context but also meticulously programmed to be highly energy efficient.”
One of its key features is a large overhanging roof which has more than 1,200 photovoltaic (PV) panels to harness solar energy to meet the energy demands of the building.
It also features an innovative hybrid cooling system to effectively manage the building’s energy consumption, supplying 100 per cent fresh pre-cooled air, albeit at higher temperatures and humidity levels than in a conventional system, and augments this with an elevated airspeed by ceiling fans.
Achieving net-positive energy
Based on SDE4’s annual studies and energy audits before the COVID-19 circuit breaker period in Singapore, SDE4 has performed beyond its net-zero design intent.
Professor Lam Khee Poh, Dean of SDE, said, “The fact that the building exceeded its original energy target chronicles an important milestone in SDE’s ‘Well & Green’ vision for environmental stewardship. We are now progressively expanding our sustainability targets from net-zero energy buildings to integrated zero carbon developments.”
There are three key reasons for improved performance:
Enhanced energy production: The PV panels are not only capable of meeting the building’s energy demand, but are expected to feed higher surplus of energy back to the electricity grid over their whole lifespan (25 years) due to higher PV efficiency and better overall performance.
Tight building control and operation management: Allowed a reduction of the building Energy Use Intensity (EUI) – the building’s energy use divided by its area, from a designed 65 kWh/m2/year to an operational 55 kWh/m2/year.
Hybrid cooling system performance: Energy consumption for cooling is reduced by more than 20 per cent compared to conventional air-conditioning.
International Multi-award Winning Building
SDE4 has won multiple awards for its green design and architecture, including the Architecture MasterPrize 2020 in Institutional Architecture Category, and the Blueprint Awards 2019, Best Public Use Project with Public Funding.
The building was awarded the Green Mark Platinum certification by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.
It was also the first university building in the world to achieve WELL Certified™ Gold, and the first building in Singapore to be conferred the WELL Certification, a premier building standard by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in September 2019.
Photo Credit: nus.edu.sg
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) on Friday launched a mobile application that can identify and block scam messages and phone calls.
The National Crime Prevention Council’s Year-End Crime Prevention Campaign was held virtually on 20 November 2020 whereby the NCPC unveiled the new mobile application – ScamShield. ScamShield compares an incoming call against a list maintained by the Singapore Police Force to determine if the number has been used for illegal purposes and blocks it.
The app uses artificial intelligence to identify keywords in messages from unknown contacts, these messages will be moved into a junk folder created on your phone by the app, just like what email inboxes do.
ScamShield has been jointly developed with the National Crime Prevention Council and Government Technology Agency, is available only on iOS devices and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store for free.
The app blocks calls from a database of blocked numbers, managed centrally by the National Crime Prevention Council and Singapore Police Force (SPF). Users can report scam messages and calls through the app, which will be added to the database and shared with the police. The council added that ScamShield does not have access to the user’s contact list, location or personal data. The app does not require users to register with their mobile numbers either.
Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of State for Home Affairs, was a special guest at the virtual event on Friday and said that the number of scam cases has been on the rise and asked people to be vigilant when giving personal information to anyone.
ScamShield is easy to deploy in 3 simple steps and has many security features.
Download from App Store
Search for Scamshield on the App Store or click on this link. Do not download applications that are not from the official Apple Store.
Block known scam callers
ScamShield compares an incoming call against a list maintained by the Singapore Police Force to determine if the number has been used for illegal purposes and blocks it.
- Open Settings
- Tap Phone
- Tap Call Blocking & Identification
- Enable Scamshield
Filter Scam SMSes
When you receive an SMS from an unknown contact, ScamShield will determine if the SMS is a scam using an on-device algorithm, and filter the messages to a junk SMS folder. Scam SMSes will be sent to NCPC and SPF for collation. This keeps the app updated and will help protect others from such scam calls and messages. To Enable auto spam SMS filter:
- Open Settings
- Tap Messages
- Tap Unknown & Spam
- Enable Scamshield
Report Scam Messages
You can also report scam messages from other chat apps such as WhatsApp, Wechat, IMO, Viber, etc. You can forward the messages via ScamShield’s in-app reporting function. The Council have also said that the app will be available soon for Android users once some issues have been resolved.
Photo Credit: www.scamshield.sg
The Infocomm Media Development Authority and IBM signed a Memorandum of Intent on Friday, where IBM will hire and train 300 Singaporean professionals over the next four years in emerging tech areas. The signing of the Memorandum of Intent was witnessed by Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran.
They will be trained under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training programme and the TeSA Mid-Career Advance programme, for roles such as Digital Consultants, Big Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Cloud Architects, UX Designers and Full Stack Digital Developers.
Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme
The “Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme” aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills needed to support the acceleration of digital transformation across all industries.
The programme will bring a diversity of talent with relevant skills and knowledge base, and provide them with opportunities to deepen their digital skills, technical expertise and hands-on practical experience.
240 Singaporean professionals will be under the TeSA Company-Led Training programme, and an additional 60 Singaporean mid-career professionals will join under the TeSA Mid-Career Advance programme. These participants will range from fresh graduates to professionals in the later stages of their careers.
“As we push forward with our national digitalisation movement, the ICT sector continues to hold promise for job creation. It remains important to provide opportunities for our professionals to build the necessary skills for tech jobs that power the sector. IMDA’s and DISG’s collaboration with IBM, to help 300 Singaporeans acquire advanced tech skills, is part of our investment in a pipeline of local tech talent as we make a decisive push for digital transformation in our country so that Singaporeans can continue to do well,” said IMDA Assistant Chief Executive and EDB Executive Vice President, Kiren Kumar. “I urge more companies to join our national effort to create jobs and training opportunities for all Singaporeans.”
Digital Transformation and Post COVID
The Programme emphasises continual learning and participants will be expected to keep up-to-date with their skills development through a variety of activities – such as self-paced online learning modules or instructor-led workshops – and qualify for specific certifications depending on their roles.
Programme participants will undergo intense, immersive exposure to emerging technologies such as AI, Advanced Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud, Cyber Security and IoT, and will be given opportunities to build technical skills through hands-on training. New hires will be assigned to work with crossfunctional local, regional, and global teams in a variety of projects, to gain practical experience.
There will be a focus on industry transformation, business reinvention, and delivering tangible business outcomes quickly, especially in an environment of uncertainty and charting the “new normal” post-COVID.
“The global pandemic has forced businesses to speed up their digital transformation – in many cases, completing in weeks what may have in the past taken months or even years. To accelerate that transformation even more and help companies in Singapore take full advantage of exponential technologies such as AI, Blockchain, Cloud and Cyber Security, IBM Services will continue to collaborate and co-create with our clients to go beyond “random acts of digital,” said Hui Li Lee, Managing Partner, GBS ASEAN, IBM Services.
“IBM is delighted to partner with IMDA and DISG to fulfil our clients’ demand for deep digital and technical skills and also to support Singapore’s nation-building efforts to uplift the overall local talent pool. Singapore as the headquarter of IBM ASEAN, IBM Services is well placed to be the Advanced Digital Talent and Future Skills Competency hub to support IBM clients in Singapore and the region,” added Hui Li.
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Since 5 November 2020, SingPass users can use the new “Sign with SingPass” feature to electronically sign contracts, agreements and other legal documentation. This new feature will be progressively rolled out by the Government Technology Agency’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd (ATS), in collaboration with eight leading digital signing application providers, i.e. DocuSign, iText, Netrust, Adobe, OneSpan, Dedoco, Tessaract.io and Kofax.
The “Sign with SingPass” digital signing service follows the launch of the “SingPass Face Verification” service in July 2020. “SingPass Face Verification” enables SingPass users to authenticate themselves during online transactions with approved entities by comparing a person’s presented facial image against facial biometrics maintained in the Government biometrics database.
Both services are part of the National Digital Identity (NDI) Smart Nation strategic national project which aims to build a trusted digital identity ecosystem for citizens, public agencies and private sector companies.
“Sign with SingPass” allows SingPass users to use the SingPass Mobile app to digitally sign an electronic document. This digital signature is identifiable and uniquely linked to the signer. By using the “Sign with SingPass” feature, the signature is cryptographically linked to the signer and automatically validated at the point of signing.
The signed document is platform agnostic, such that the validated signature can be viewed with the user’s preferred system. Digital signatures made with “Sign with SingPass” use certificates issued by ATS, the National Certification Authority. Upon ATS’ accreditation under Singapore’s Electronic Transactions Act, signatures made using “Sign with SingPass” will be regarded as secure electronic signatures.
During the digital signing process, no document data will be transferred between the digital signing partner’s platform/business partner and the NDI platform. Instead, only a cryptographically random, unintelligible, and irreversible code representing the signed document will be transferred during the transaction. Cybersecurity measures in line with industry best practices have been implemented with the “Sign with SingPass” service.
“Sign with SingPass” will be useful for organisations and their customers with the increasing prevalence of online transactions. Additionally, the current enforcement of Covid-19 safe management measures has made physical signing of documents challenging.
In the coming weeks, GovTech will pilot the “Sign with SingPass” feature with the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) for the digital signing of property caveats e-lodged with SLA.
With “Sign with SingPass”, it will take less than two minutes to apply a digital signature to a digitised document.
Lawyers can also digitally sign anytime and anywhere via the STARS eLodgement System (ELS) without the need for a hardware token or a physical set-up of a laptop to lodge a caveat. This makes the process more convenient and efficient.
The use of “Sign with SingPass” will support efforts to digitise Government services and help us achieve the Digital Government Blueprint’s goal of providing 100% end-to-end digital options. As more agencies offer “Sign with SingPass”, users can look forward to using digital signatures to complete transactions with the Government without the need to be physically present to sign documents.
Organisations keen to use “Sign with SingPass” for their digital services can register their interest at go.gov.sg/sign. To on-board the service, locally-registered organisations must agree to and fulfil the terms of service. There is no payment required for the onboarding.
“COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of digitalisation. As more services are digitalised, the need for a high-security documentation signing service increases. “Sign with SingPass”, a new value-added service under the National Digital Identity, addresses this need. Businesses can use “Sign with SingPass” to unlock services for their consumers who are SingPass users with greater confidence. Through “Sign with SingPass”, businesses will save cost and manpower by removing the manual processes of verifying physical paperwork,” said Mr Kok Ping Soon, Chief Executive, GovTech.
Today’s SingPass has evolved to provide seamless and convenient access to over 1,000 digital services offered by some 250 government agencies and private organisations. There are now over 2.1 million users of the SingPass Mobile app since its launch.
The Economic Development Board announced plans last week to launch Tech.Pass, a targeted programme to attract founders, leaders and technical experts with experience in established or fast-growing tech companies, so as to contribute to the development of Singapore’s tech ecosystem.
Initiative to help tech entrepreneurs set up in Singapore
Tech.Pass will allow pass holders flexibility in the participation of activities such as starting and operating a business, being an investor, employee, consultant or director in one or more Singapore-based companies, mentoring start-ups and lecturing at local universities.
Tech.Pass will be open for application in January 2021, with 500 places available upon launch. The pass will be valid for two years in the first instance, with a one- time renewal for a subsequent two years. The consideration for renewal at the end of two years will depend on meeting the renewal criteria.
Tech.Pass allows the holder to:
- Start and operate one or more tech companies
- Be an employee in one or more Singapore-based companies at any time
- Transit between employers or to an entrepreneur
- Be a consultant or mentor, lecture in local institutions of higher learning, or be an investor and director in one or more Singapore based companies
- Sponsor stay for spouse, children, and parents in Singapore on either a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) issued by MOM
An extension to the Tesch@SG programme
Tech.Pass is an extension of the Tech@SG programme that was launched in 2019. The Tech@SG programme anchors and supports the expansion of high potential companies in Singapore.
The Tech.Pass aims to attract highly accomplished entrepreneurs, business leaders, or technical experts to Singapore and provides them with flexibility in participating in a variety of activities that can contribute to the tech ecosystem.
Both programmes facilitate fast growing tech companies and established tech talent to enter and anchor themselves in Singapore, bringing their networks and experience with them.
Developing Singapore as an international Tech Hub
This is part of Singapore’s multi-pronged approach to develop a strong base of technology companies and talent to ensure Singapore remains globally competitive. This will also create more opportunities for local tech talent to work in globally competitive teams alongside top tech talent from all over the world.
Demand for air travel around the world collapsed in mid-March 2020, and while it slightly rebounded over the summer, it decreased again with the beginning of the winter months and more national lockdowns across the globe. It seems that demand is expected to remain low for the foreseeable future.
The resumption of domestic and international flights will require many consultations on innovative solutions and risk management measures in responses to COVID-19.
As government and industry restrictions on the aviation industry begin to ease ever so slightly, it is vital that the procedures set out by the appropriate industry bodies and authorities are adhered to consistently to control and manage risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
In terms of the passenger journey, every element from the airports of departures and arrival, the flights themselves, and other supply chain operators need to ensure consistent effective risk management.
Restarting aviation following COVID-19 and eliminating risk
Professional bodies such as IATA and Airports Council International -ACI jointly released a publication – Safely Restarting Aviation. This was developed further from the previous publication from IATA “Restarting aviation following COVID-19″. Some of their recommendations included:
- Temperature and symptom screening
- Use of masks and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Physical distancing
- Cleaning and disinfecting infrastructure
- COVID-19 testing and antibody testing
- Immunity passports
- Measures to assist contact tracing
- Measures related to pilot and crew members and their layover experience
This non-exhaustive list just highlights how many more systems and processes need to be put in place, requiring extra resources, finances and manpower. This is where technology can play a role in lessening the burden of the extra procedures required to reduce risk, continue business and further re-open up the aviation industry.
Integrating various COVID-19 Tech Solutions on one platform
Liberty Passage – a total outbreak management system offers solutions for the aviation industry such as temperature and symptom screening, records COVID-19 testing and antibody testing, alerts when risk of COVID-19 exposure is identified, provides an immunity passport for the traveller, and assists processing at immigration and well as offering a track and trace solution – all on one platform.
For the Passengers
The Liberty and Passage Total Outbreak Management System provides travellers with all necessary health and regulatory documentation in one application.
It logs health declarations, provides digital health certificates, records a health status log and has a track and trace function built in.
Liberty Passage will give authorities and travellers the confidence in managing cross-border travel, ensuring health and risk is always monitored and analysed. Liberty Passage ensures customs and immigration can run smoothly in times of crisis.
For Airports and Staff
Liberty Passage can prevent the rapid spread of virus within the airport and airline workforce through self-check temperature logs, and quickly identify employees that have had any long-term exposure to other infected individuals using the Liberty risk status dial.
It is able to dentify high risk employees through analysing data on Liberty Management Dashboard and isolate close contacts while continually monitoring the risk status level of the entire workforce.
The systems constantly review of health records of each employee and overall workforce and has a track and trace function to ensure employee health at all times.
Liberty Passage has been designed to help provide relevant timely information and build the confidence required to restart free movement between countries and continents, giving travelers confidence when crossing borders and giving authorities confidence when processing foreign visitors at customs.
Technology solutions like Liberty and Passage are needed now to keep economies going, help countries re-open borders to international business travel and tourism.
Airport operators need to remain responsive to manage the evolving pandemic during these uncertain times and be prepared for the upturn when it does come.
For more information on Liberty and Passage Oubtreak Management Solutions please visit: www.libertyandpassage.com
Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream is the first in a ‘safe cruise’ pilot scheme announced by the Singapore Tourism Board last month to ensure the safe and gradual resumption of cruises amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cruise sector has been badly hit by the outbreak of COVID-19, with some of the earliest big outbreaks found on cruises. Cruise ships have been identified as high risk for virus spread due to its large number of passengers, confined spaces and lots of opportunities for transmission – from guests leaving and reboarding the ship to guests visiting various locations in different countries over a short period of time.
The World Dream set sail this past Friday on its first trip with around 1,400 passengers, about half of its maximum capacity and reportedly the maximum allowed due to anti-coronavirus policies.
Health and Safety a top priority for resuming cuise liner operations
Before gaining access to the ship, all guests will have to pass a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, and those who are seven years old or older will have to carry a MICE Pod token, which monitors wearers to ensure they adhere to social distancing guidelines. That requirement stems from orders passed down by Singapore’s Ministry of Health.
Policies also include social distancing procedures in all public areas, increased food and beverage handling rules, 100% fresh air ventilation in the staterooms and public areas, as well as the ship’s inclusion of a new medical facility. That facility includes a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, which can detect bacteria and viruses much quicker than other methods.
A second cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, will join the scheme starting December 1.
Under the scheme, the cruises ships will make round trips to the city-state with no port of call in between. Capacity would be limited to 50 per cent and passengers must be Singapore residents. The programme aims at giving residents an opportunity to experience travel and a holiday feel amid the pandemic as well as to revive the tourism industry.
The Cruise inustry is well suited to benefit further from technology solutions designed to help Cruises prevent or efficiently and effectivley management any outbreaks on board. They will also help accelerate the process of sailing further afield to other nations.
Outbreak management system to assist in accelerating the resumption of multiple stop cruises
The travel and hospitality sector may have to invest in technology and adopt integrated technology solutions to ensure business continuity and to provide assurances to their workforce and to their passengers and guests that an outbreak management system has been put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
A total outbreak management system would enable cruise liners to have visibility of the overall health of everyone on board and build confidence in the restart of the badly hit sector.
Liberty Passage is a technology solution developed by Singapore start-up Access Anywhere has been designed to help provide relevant timely information and build the confidence required to restart free movement between countries and continents.
The Liberty Outbreak Management System gives cruise operators the opportunity to keep the pandemic under control by leveraging the latest advancements in technology such as constant machine learning and AI to keep cruise line operators, passengers and the authorities informed and aware of the risks around them.
The technology monitors guests and employee movements and contact in real-time, with dashboards that are continually updating with data. The AI and ML technology provides insights to any high-risk areas on the ship.
Its’ app featuring a self temperature check-in function, passenger itinerary and e-health record log along with thermal scanners make the on boarding and off boarding of passengers more efficient.
The system can immediately help identify anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case and individuals will also receive personal risk notifications and alerts.
It will help management prevent or successfully manage an outbreak on the cruise liners by providing them with data and insights to make critical decisions quickly.
With many technology solutions requiring personal data to operate successfully, Liberty Passage uses blockchain technology, all personal information is anonymized at source. The system only asks what is necessary to keep all stakeholders informed and safe.
Liberty Passage is one of three outbreak management solutions Access Anywhere is offering for individuals, organisations, and the entire travel industry.
The Liberty Universe is for the entire population with Liberty Open designed for everyone to manage their personal risk, Liberty Corporate for organisations to ensure a safe return to work, and Liberty Passage for travel and the reopening of borders. Everyone gains from the vast insights the system provides to be able to go about their normal lives whilst keeping as safe as possible during the current pandemic and to mitigate risk from future outbreaks.
For more information, please visit: www.libertyandpassage.com