1,000 sensors to be rolled out in Singapore as part of 'smart nation' plan

Hazy skies at the Skyline Promenade, Gardens by the Bay (Bay East), on Oct 17, 2014. Some 1,000 sensors will be rolled out throughout Singapore to track everything from air quality and water level to public safety as the Government' "smart nation" pl
Hazy skies at the Skyline Promenade, Gardens by the Bay (Bay East), on Oct 17, 2014. Some 1,000 sensors will be rolled out throughout Singapore to track everything from air quality and water level to public safety as the Government' "smart nation" plan kicks off. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN 

SINGPORE - Some 1,000 sensors will be rolled out throughout Singapore to track everything from air quality and water level to public safety as the Government officially kicks off its "smart nation" plan.

The sensors will support various government agencies' previously announced projects, including surveillance cameras in Little India and Geylang as well as water level sensors in the Singapore River and drains to monitor flooding.

"These are places where agencies have immediate operational requirements and need system rollout as soon as possible," said Mr Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive of development group at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

He said a tender will be called by year end for this purpose, which will see substantial savings as the infrastructure will be shared by the various agencies. The rollout of the system is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

The sensors will be connected to Aggregation Gateway boxes, typically installed at traffic junctions, parks or bus stops to allow data from, say, surveillance cameras or air quality sensors to be fed back to the relevant agencies' offices for analysis.

The rollout will take place alongside similar trials that are taking place in Jurong Lake District, which was named in June as the test bed for Singapore's push to be a smart nation.

IDA said the lessons learnt from the trials in Jurong Lake District will be applied to the commercial rollout next year.

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