A new SaaS-based Call for Collaboration (CFC) tender, plans for a Data Centre Park and free-to-air channels going digital are new initiatives unveiled by the Singapore government on 19 June.
IDA is issuing a S$21 million CFC to develop SaaS-based solutions for SMEs in partnership with various government agencies including SPRING Singapore, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Ministry of Education.
The CFC targets sectors where many SMEs are largely manual in their core operations, such as the education, services, maritime and logistic sectors, according to Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
CFCs are typically tenders set up by the IDA to invite organisations to submit specific solutions including software and hardware for targeted verticals in Singapore. A recent CFC for the retail, food & beverage and hotel industries saw 28 projects awarded and adopted by some 150 user companies from the verticals
"The adoption of SaaS solutions will help lower ICT expenditures, as enterprises can pay per use, for software services hosted by SaaS solution providers," said Ibrahim. He was speaking at the opening address at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange (imbX).
imbX is a technology showcase partially led by the Singapore government for private and public companies to showcase innovations, network and tap into regional markets. imbX incorporates CommunicAsia2012, EnterpriseIT2012, BroadcastAsia2012 and a host of complementary events.
Also on the cards is a proposed Data Centre Park designed to attract premium Internet and media companies to host their content and services in Singapore, said Ibrahim.
"The proposed Park will be a specialised industrial park for data centres, supportive of the setting up of premium Data Centres," he said.
Meanwhile the minister announced that Singapore's free-to-air TV channels will go fully digital by the end of 2013 following a successful trial using the DVB-T2 standard. To ensure a smooth switchover, there will be a simulcast period, where both digital and analogue free-to-air television signals will be broadcast to ensure all households have time to get accustomed to receiving their free-to-air TV signals digitally.
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