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Machines may take a step back in defence tech

Science awards highlight importance of rapid analysis of data to help SAF make quick decisions

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:00 AM
(From left) Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Mindef chief defence scientist Quek Tong Boon with Dr Loke Weng Keong, whose team created a field testing kit to check for exposure to nerve agents like sarin gas. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Future strides in Singapore's defence technology will increasingly depend on human intellect rather than on machines, as internally developed software integrates a multitude of hardware platforms.

The core message of Friday's Defence Technology Prize ceremony is that rapid analysis of complex data, helping Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel to make quick and informed decisions in the field, is vital.

The annual Ministry of Defence (Mindef) event to honour the finest in defence research and engineering was held at the Biopolis auditorium.

This year's winners include a team that used mathematical algorithms to improve the transmission reliability and speed of the army's existing wireless communications networks by about 50 per cent. Another team won for unifying the SAF digital mapping system, which accelerated map transmission to multiple recipients while using half the number of servers.

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The gist of the 3G SAF is about transforming into a fighting force that is more integrated than what we were in the past.

- Mindef chief defence scientist Quek Tong Boon