Smart rules needed to govern smart lamp posts

As they can gather huge amounts of data, a data ethics board is vital to prevent abuse.

Singapore looks set to welcome some new-fangled smart lamp posts that will transform its urban landscape. Leveraging the technology behind the Internet of Things, trials will begin in Buona Vista and Geylang of lamp posts that can track temperature and rainfall trends, engage in facial recognition of passers-by, position autonomous vehicles down to within a few centimetres, and even capture transgressions.

These lamp posts will communicate their data wirelessly or through fibre broadband, thus constituting the largest and newest cyber-physical system of its kind as part of the Smart Nation Sensor Platform (SNSP).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2018, with the headline 'Smart rules needed to govern smart lamp posts'. Print Edition | Subscribe