New lab to test next-generation tech solutions opens, as companies gear up for Smart Nation

Tech solutions provider NCS opened a new lab to test next-generation tech solutions that can help Singapore to integrate information across agencies, stream closed-circuit television footage and gather real-time traffic data - all on one screen, on M
Tech solutions provider NCS opened a new lab to test next-generation tech solutions that can help Singapore to integrate information across agencies, stream closed-circuit television footage and gather real-time traffic data - all on one screen, on Monday, Feb 9, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DANIEL NEO

SINGAPORE - Tech companies here are sharpening their knives as they prepare for the commercial battles ahead, following the Government's plans to turn Singapore into a Smart Nation.

The Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), for one, signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft last week. The collaboration will focus on developing a system that can organise data collected from sensors placed around Singapore.

And on Monday, tech solutions provider NCS opened a new lab to test next-generation tech solutions that can help Singapore to integrate information across agencies, stream closed-circuit television footage and gather real-time traffic data - all on one screen.

A memorandum of understanding was signed at the launch, between NCS, Cisco, I2R and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The companies will collaborate with NCS on developing new software products and training talent in data science.

The NCS hub has more 100 cameras, sensors, audio sensors and drones to collect real-time information.