Smart Nation – Singapore

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.

E72452AB-CFC5-49A4-A106-DE587D8A1699-1241-0000021FFBFF12C2_tmp.pngThis 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.


2 thoughts on “Smart Nation – Singapore

  1. I too came across a form of data integration with Melbourne’s Urban Forest. What they have done is encourage its citizens to be aware of the effects of urban forestry by having them adopt a tree and can track its growth and CO2 emissions all through social media. Not only are they having knowledge be the center of attention of their city, but also being an eco-city. Data integration is a great first step that can lead to more efficient and happy lives. I can see an overlap of city goals and visions between the two.


  2. Singapore is certainly a nation to look at as far as urban innovation goes. However, they certainly have supreme advantages over many cities in the world; immense wealth and an already high level of technological innovation within their society. As you write about incubators essentially and making education proximate to innovation, have you read up on the 1871 initiative in the city of Chicago? This seeks to provide collaborative space for fledgling tech firms to create a space of entrepreneurial collaboration. Also, what does proximity have to do with globalization in this context? We are taught that we can live and be anywhere and be integrated, yet trends suggest we are concentrating innovation to certain areas of the world. What planning measures could you foresee for Chicago to have collaboration like Singapore’s? And why isn’t our city using its world class universities to help influence policy more directly?

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