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Singapore set to be a truly smart nation

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 8, 2016
Safety, security and sustainability will ensure its success.

Safety, security and sustainability will be the key foundation pillars to ensure that Singapore successfully realises its Smart Nation vision.

This was recently concluded at TÜV SÜD's Jubilee event conducted in conjunction with the company's 150th anniversary and 10th year.

Since the launch of the Smart Nation initiative in 2014, Singapore has made efforts to empower its citizens with technology.

Introduction of new technologies bring about new challenges in safety, security and sustainability; and hence focusing on these areas will make a difference to the smart city initiative.  

"TÜV SÜD believes that new technologies can only bring improvements to the society, after we understand how it works and learn to manage the risks that come along with it. Singapore Smart Nation Vision is about harnessing technologies to improve the lives of people," said Prof. Dr. -Ing Axel Stepken, chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD.

Smart nation infrastructure

The 'safety' of smart products and gadgets is important as these devices form the first touch or contact for humans with the smart system, according to TÜV SÜD.

A nation should also pay attention to the functional safety and interoperability of the different components and systems.

TÜV SÜD emphasises that these products must be evaluated based on proven test methods and criteria, complying with relevant international or industry standards.

Urban planners should also ensure security of the server, and think about the development and implementation of sustainable and comprehensive smart urban solutions.

"Singapore is well positioned to realise its Smart Nation Vision, building on a world class connectivity infrastructure and the strong calibre of its workforce," said Dirk Schlesinger, Chief Digital Officer, TÜV SÜD. "However, just like any digital transformation project at an enterprise, the challenge is to pursue and implement a holistic approach to connect things, data, process and people. Safety, security and sustainability must be the top consideration for the Smart Nation."

 

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