Aside from just strategically positioning Singapore as a SMART Nation test-bed, the vision of a fully integrated SMART Nation is set to come alive sooner than you might think. The future of building Singapore as a SMART Nation is seen as a possible solution to pressing first-world issues that could possibly hamper growth at a national level. These issues include, transport, health care and ageing population. In iDA’s industrial brief earlier this morning, this notion of being a SMART Nation is no longer just a plan on paper, but detailed plans that are already in motion.
Here are just some really nifty features that some arms of the government in Singapore have introduced or are set to introduce to embrace SMART Nation:
National Parks Board (NPB)
If you ever have a plant or insect you see while on a trek or walk in Singapore and want to know its name and other details, all you need is the SGBioAtlas mobile app! This is a crowd-sourced information app that maps out the distribution of flora and fauna throughout Singapore. All uploaded sighting to this app gets updated on the online database – BIOME. This way you not only get to learn about the animals and plants at our parks but also get to contribute to the database of biodiversity sightings.
National Library Board (NLB)
A library that is not only going digital but trying to expand its reach to everyone. Imagine this, in the next couple of years going to the library is not going to like what it is now. The experience of going to a library will no longer just be the same. NLB might just be the one that has introduced most changes to its operations and infrastructure as they embrace SMART Nation, this changes include:
1. A mobile application that will give you book recommendations depending on your personal likes, gender and age.
2. You are now able to borrow eBooks. Good thing about this is that, there is no need to return the borrowed eBook - So no overdue charges!
3. Collecting you reserved book will be more convenient now, especially if you are busy and are not able to reach the library before closing time. There will be more 24/7 self-collection post boxes located outside the main library for those who have reserved their books.
4. The NLB is looking at robotics to help organise books back to their assigned locations.
myResponder By The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
This is a lifesaving mobile application from the SCDF to organise, train and mobilise the community to respond to cardiac arrest cases within their current vicinity. With this app, CPR trained members of the public who are within the vicinity of the victim are able to reach the cardiac arrest victim while waiting for the ambulance or medics to arrive. In addition, this app will notify you of AED’s available nearby. This is extremely important in cardiac arrest cases as survival rates are extremely low at an approximate 2.8%.
With all the infrastructures and base for a SMART Nation building up slowly but surely, Singapore is set to lead the world in cutting-edge SMART Nation technology free from traction as well as providing solutions for pressing first-world issues.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / May 27, 2015 6:55PM GMT+8
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