Digital Hub to help Singapore reach goals set under Smart Nation initiative


Smart energy management company Envision has partnered with four organisations to help Singapore in its digital transformation initiatives through the development of an innovation ecosystem.

Envision signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), the Nanyang Technological University, Sunseap Group and Ascendas-Singbridge Group, to develop and launch a Global Digital Hub.

The Digital Hub will be used to boost innovation across smart city applications, intelligent research and development of IoT technologies and the commercialisation of new solutions.

The Digital Hub will be sited at ‘the bridge’, a co-working space owned by sustainable urban solutions firm Ascendas-Sinbridge at the Singapore Science Park.

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Ascendas-Sinbridge will partner with Envision to develop smart building solutions.

Envision will provide its EnOS IoT platform and ecosystem and Ascendas-Singbridge its business knowledge and test bed facilities.

For instance, Ascendas-Sinbridge and Envision will trial co-developed solutions at Galaxis, a technology development site also owned by Ascendas-Sinbridge.

Mr Manohar Khiatani, Deputy Group CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge, said: “We are delighted to embark on our partnership with Envision. As Asia’s leading sustainable urban development and business space solutions provider, Ascendas-Singbridge strives to develop smart business parks by incorporating transformational initiatives and sustainable building solutions for our tenants and community.”

“Envision is inspired by the Singapore Smart Nation commitment. We are excited to turn ‘Smart Nation’ from project into product, through an intelligent IoT platform and ecosystem. The collaboration with like-minded partners is accelerating the journey,” said Mr. Lei Zhang, CEO of Envision.

SERIS plans to further improve the EnOS platform and include capabilities such as weather predictions, smart monitoring, operation and maintenance of large photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Dr Thomas Reindl, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SERIS, said: “SERIS aims to develop, test and commercialise innovative technologies in Singapore and then market them elsewhere in Asia Pacific and the world.”

Sunseap Group and Envision will co-develop an IoT platform to improve Sunseap’s portfolio of solar projects in Singapore and the Asia Pacific. The platform will be used to develop innovative solar applications and integrate them with demand side management technologies.

Mr Frank Phuan, Sunseap Group’s Co-Founder and Director, said: “We are excited to partner with Envision to jointly develop innovative clean energy solutions for our clients in a reliable and cost-effective manner. The partnership will allow us to tap Envision’s technologies to foster clean energy innovations in the growth markets of Asia.”

Together with NTU’s research strengths in developing industry-relevant energy solutions, Envision will be able to explore the possibility of research in building load forecasting, battery management systems, and integrating the EnOS platform into NTU’s EcoCampus plans.