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Singapore Government partners Cassidian for Safe City solutions

Caroline Ng | May 29, 2013
Cassidian has teamed up with local government agencies to use Singapore as a unique ‘Living Laboratory’ for Safe City solutions.


The Singapore Government has granted global defence and security provider, Cassidian and its local partner NCS to create Safe City concepts in a project that will be showcased at the World Cities Summit next year.

The Safe City Test Bed project is a set of initiatives led by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB) to develop new capabilities to keep Singapore safe and secure.

The project also aims to create Safe City solutions capable to be commercialised worldwide.

Anselm Lopez, director capabilities development and international partnerships of the Ministry of Home Affairs, said: "Smart technologies will establish new paradigms on inter-agency coordination and automate processes that traditionally require tedious work."

Under the project, Singapore will serve as a 'Living Laboratory' where government agencies could integrate and analyse data from existing sensors and network systems using advanced analytics and information sharing tools.

Among some government agencies set to benefit from the project's development of innovative technologies are the police and civil defence forces, public transport, environment and utility agencies.

Jens Nielsen, head of integrated systems business line of Cassidian, said the unique integration of live city data with local infocommunications technology (ICT) provider, NCS, will boost the Singapore economy through the blueprint of SEDB's goals.

As a defence unit of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS), Cassidian has extensive experience in securing national borders and infrastructures.

Chia Wee Boon, chief executive of NCS, said safe city technologies will enhance the level of connectivity and intelligence in Singapore infrastructure. "Advanced analytics integrated with smart sensors can enhance data analysis for better decision-making, and can help anticipate problems to solve urban issues," he said.


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