When researching energy initiatives I came across many forms of data integration. I saw examples of smart transit, smart waste collection and even smart water distribution. All were very sustainable but none were very innovative until my research brought me to Singapore and their Smart Nation.
Singapore aims to develop with technology, data and knowledge at the center of attention. The culmination of these ideals came together in 2001 with the construction of one – north, a rapid transit center that also houses government funded research as well as private businesses. This research revolves around efforts to integrate data tracking and technology in everyday life to for residents. One – North is also located near Singapore’s learning institutions this allows for a strong bond between education and development. One – North provides space for research and development for many institutions from biomedical, arts, architecture, technology, communications and health.
This institution is impressive on its own but how Singapore implements the products of innovation help Singapore work toward its goal of being the very first Smart Nation. Using monitoring technology along with smart phones and accessibility to data Singapore already has created a very appealing public transit network for its residents. Singapore provides government data so that residents can be connected no matter where they may be. Along with this data, there are apps that give residents information on transportation networks, news, government news, health records, and weather reports. All this information allows for a more efficient and happy resident that can develop and learn seamlessly.