Explore upcoming tech changes with ST's Smart Nation microsite

ST's newly launched Smart Nation microsite, which explains Singapore's digitisation push across six sectors, includes a game where users can operate a drone hovering over an imagined virtual Singapore.
ST's newly launched Smart Nation microsite, which explains Singapore's digitisation push across six sectors, includes a game where users can operate a drone hovering over an imagined virtual Singapore.PHOTO: ST DIGITAL

Did you know that agencies are working on a mobile application that will consolidate transport options in Singapore and help commuters plan for complete journeys - down to that last stretch from the train station to the doorstep?

This is part of Singapore's push to become a Smart Nation, which has been in the news after the National Day Rally on Aug 20.

In his speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Government is giving the Smart Nation initiative - where technology makes life easier for Singaporeans - a boost.

But what is Smart Nation all about and how will it impact Singaporeans?

The Straits Times on Monday launched a microsite that includes a game where users can explore new technologies and the changes in store in a fun and easy way.

The game allows users to operate a drone hovering over an imagined virtual Singapore.

ST's Smart Nation microsite, done in collaboration with GovTech, the agency behind tech transformation in the public sector, explains the country's digitisation push across six sectors: digital government, urban planning, transport, environment, health and security. This includes a 360-degree video of a driverless shuttle being tested at Nanyang Technological University and a closer look at virtual Singapore, a data-driven digital 3D replica of the city-state that will be used for urban planning.

It also covers how GovTech is leading the charge, by pulling government agencies together, streamlining processes and testing initiatives, like taking the digital parking app for a test-drive before rolling it out to the public.

A digital revolution is unfolding, said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, minister in charge of Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

"The advances in computing, broadcasting, broadband and mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, nanotechnology and genomics are amplifying one another," he told ST.

The digital revolution is fundamentally changing how economic value is created, the way work is organised, communication and even daily living, Dr Balakrishnan added.

"As the workplace and society change, our citizens will also expect quick, effective, efficient, coordinated and personalised services from the Government," he said.

But the heart of a Smart Nation is not about having technology for its own sake.

"This is really about the creation of good jobs and expanding opportunities for all."

• Try out ST's interactive game here: str.sg/smartnationgame

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Explore upcoming tech changes with ST's Smart Nation microsite'. Print Edition | Subscribe