Singapore Case Study
• Singapore has its ambition to make its country the world’s first true ‘smart nation’ by harnessing technology to the fullest with the aim of improving the quality of life, strengthening businesses, and building stronger opportunities. The country has already begun its journey to bring about the vision it calls “E3A”: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, All the time. Singapore’s Smart Nation Platform seems to enable greater connectivity, better situational awareness through data collection, and efficient sharing of collected sensor data.
• The Government of Singapore has identified six major categories which it intends to address through this platform: Transportation Urban Mobility; Safety and Citizen Security; Emergency Response; the Environment; Energy; Citizen Interaction and Communications.
• Singapore is pushing towards the vision of being the world’s first smart nation by seeking to harness ICT, networks and data to support better living, create more opportunities, and to support stronger communities as a response to growing urban challenges of aging population, urban density and energy sustainability.
• With the primary access point for Bright Innovation Co. being the LED light, news from Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) with its announcementthat it will be stepping up efforts to convert all roads in the city-state to more energy efficient lighting and sustainable systems by the year 2022 is encouraging and further solidifies Bright’s business case.
• LTA has started implementing energy-efficient LED’s for street lights since 2013, and will extend this technology to all street lights island-wide. LTA will also replace the existing timer-based street lighting system with a Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) to allow the system to be more responsive to weather changes.
• Since 2014, LTA has installed LED lighting for approximately 4,000 street lights. LTA will be calling tenders to replace all 25,000 street lights in the Central area with LED street lights by 2019. Street lights in all other areas will be replaced with LED lighting by 2022.
• LTA will also develop a Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) to allow street lighting to be more responsive to inclement weather. Currently, street lights operate at pre-programmed seasonal sunrise and sunset timings. With the RCMS, LTA will be able to remotely switch street lights on and off in response to varying street lighting needs. The RCMS will also enable LTA to have a more responsive and efficient maintenance regime as it features automated fault detection and alert capabilities.
• Besides the RCMS, the Government Technology Agency will leverage LTA’s smart lighting infrastructure to test the feasibility of deploying a shared network for low bandwidth wireless sensors. As part of Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative, interconnected lampposts are envisioned to be a key part of the national sensor communications network. Besides tapping on the existing public lighting infrastructure, this trial will involve the private sector working with the government and enable smart, connected sensors and objects to deliver more efficient and smarter services to benefit citizens.