Wireless@SG unveils automatic login for tablets and laptops at Tech Saturday fair

A new login method for Wireless@SG was announced on Saturday (April 29) at Tech Saturday (Upsized!), a two-day fair.
A new login method for Wireless@SG was announced on Saturday (April 29) at Tech Saturday (Upsized!), a two-day fair.ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

SINGAPORE - The 180,000 tablet and laptop users who access the Internet for free through Wireless@SG will now be able to log into the national network automatically, after a one-time set-up process.

The move builds on the automatic login already available on devices, such as mobile phones, that use SIM cards.

This new login method was announced on Saturday (April 29) at Tech Saturday (Upsized!), the two-day fair that kicks off the Infocomm Media Development Authority's Smart Nation Innovations Week.

The event, which showcases local products, services and learning opportunities, is intended to highlight how the tech and media sectors contribute to Singapore's digital economy transformation.

It follows closely on the heels of the Government's evaluation of the Smart Nation initiative's progress since its launch in 2014. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said in February "that for all our pushing, we really are not going as fast as we ought to".

Asked about this, Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim told the media: "We might be a bit later than other countries, but I think we have got our act together."

Already, moves are being made to consolidate the digital efforts of different government entities.

For example, from May, the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) - a statutory board under Dr Yaacob's ministry - will come under the Prime Minister's Office, along with the Smart Nation Programme Office and technology planning teams from various agencies.

Dr Yaacob's afternoon out at the Tech Saturday fair included checking out a retractable, rain-detecting clothes rack meant to help elderly and physically disabled people with laundry, as well as a 3D-printed superhero mascot created by students from the Pathlight School for young people with autism.

He told the media: "At the end of the day, it's not just about the technology. The society must also be ready.

"Technology doesn't have to be complicated - as long as it can help people's lives, right?"