Singapore to integrate smart city solutions with new digital platform


A Singapore based government agency responsible for the development of industrial infrastructure, has partnered with a technology firm to implement a smart city project.

JTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with technology company ST Engineering, to develop an open digital platform for Punggol Digital District.

The two parties will co-invest equally in their partnership and jointly integrate smart city solutions for use by consumers across the 50-hectare district.

The aim is to transform user experiences and district-wide services for the district, which is a collaborative project between Infocomm Media Development Authority, JTC, Singapore Institute of Technology and Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The Open Digital Platform will integrate smart city solutions including facilities, building and estate management, district cooling, pneumatic waste conveyancing, autonomous goods delivery, access and security, carparks, traffic lights and autonomous vehicles systems.

JTC and ST Engineering have agreed to fully integrate digital and physical infrastructure of existing and new developments.

The use of the platform will enable central management of all the facilities and technologies deployed within the district. This will enable real-time access to information on what is happening around the district, this shortens time taken by estate managers to identify and react to potential problems.

The platform will be interoperable with the Open Digital Platform, which was developed by GovTech to enable sharing of data with other government parastatals, to improve the planning and delivery of public services.

The platform will provide consumers with data to improve their energy or water management, as well as information for academics, researchers and startups for use in research and development of digital and new urban solutions.

JTC’s chief executive officer, Mr Ng Lang, said, “The Open Digital Platform in Punggol Digital District will be the first in Singapore.  Besides making our work more efficient, we hope it can also enhance the convenience and experience of people working in the district.  Businesses, workers, researchers, students and the general public, innovators can plug in to the Platform to access and use the data and analytics to develop solutions that will benefit the community. This also creates in Punggol Digital District an environment of innovation and collaboration that is instrumental for the digital economy.”

Some technologies of the Open Digital Platform will first be test-bedded at one-north, a living lab for innovations and refined for deployment and operations in PDD by 2023.

Both partners will also evaluate the potential of implementing the Open Digital Platform in other districts like the Jurong Innovation District.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.