SINGAPORE--The eco town project in Punggol, a residential area in the northeast of the country, is shaping up to be a living laboratory for energy solutions--which is the first in Asia. It was started by a few government agencies in 2011, with most of the technology being developed by Panasonic, such as roof top solar panels and smart meters.
At the World Cities Summit, the Japanese company announced that it would set up its first Energy Solutions Development Center in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of wider plans to increase its efforts to use Singapore as a test bed for its urban sustainability solutions.
Yasuyuki Shintani, general manager of energy solutions development center at Panasonic, said that Singapore was an ideal location to be a "living lab" because of high density tropical environment and excellent infrastructure.
He was part of a panel discussion at the summit, where speakers highlighted that the key success factors for a smart city went beyond technology.
One of the speakers, Tay Hun Kiat, CEO of Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City shared that some of the challenges he observed in China was the lack of common standards being established, which was holding back progress.
Another participant, Guruduth Banavar, vice president and chief technology officer of global public sector at IBM, noted that strong leadership was critical for policies to be pushed through effectively.
He added that Singapore was making good progress on the sustainability front and it should focus on integrating its various efforts to "go up to the next level".
Enterprise e-mail clients may not appear to have changed much, but firms in Singapore are implementing innovations under the hood and integrating social and mobility to the business communications tool.
In a list dominated by tech firms, the telco comes in 12th overall for companies Singapore professionals most want to work for, according to a LinkedIn study. IBM was top choice, followed by Microsoft and Accenture.
Evolving employee behavior and growing importance of digital marketing and commerce mean CIOs are losing some of their control in IT procurement and deployment to other C-level executives.
Government eyes more productivity and less reliance on foreign labor with schemes to reward small and midsize businesses for innovation, and co-fund wage raises for local workers.
Consumers and enterprises are already savvy, but supporting infrastructures need to catch up and offer functionalities retailers need to fully integrate location-based marketing into their business.
ZDNet's panel discussion threw up several interesting talking points such as the importance of reviewing analytic tools, the need to convince employees to adopt such tools, and user privacy.
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Panelists at ZDNet Asia's Big Debate share how big data is helping Singapore, and what's holding back companies from fully tapping the potential of analytics.
Knowing the intent and meaning behind the unstructured data that gets analyzed is the next evolution for big data, and will help companies avoid making spurious decisions.
In the leadup to ZDNet Asia's Big Debate on Nov. 28, we put the spotlight on panelist Janet Ang, managing director of IBM Singapore.
In the leadup to ZDNet Asia's Big Debate on Nov. 28, we put the spotlight on panelist Jude Yew, assistant professor at the Department of Communications and New Media from the National University of Singapore.
In the leadup to ZDNet Asia's Big Debate on Nov. 28, we put the spotlight on panelist Tan Eng Pheng, senior director of industry cluster group, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
In the leadup to ZDNet Asia's Big Debate on Nov. 28, we put the spotlight on panelist James Woo, CIO of healthcare service provider, The Farrer Park Company.
Service providers are now focusing on getting the fundamentals right, such as offering low latency and zero disconnections, but further innovation will require more developers and venture firms to come onboard.
The government is still "actively working" with vendors to complete the S$1.3 billion project for a single operating environment for the public sector, although the education ministry has completed the migration.
Government calls for proposals from industry players to explore the feasibility of extending the country's free public Wi-Fi service, Wireless@SG, until 2017.
Country is only one placed among two Top 10 projects--in water recycling and waste management--on KPMG's Infrastructure 100 global index.
ZDNet tours showfloor of World Cities Summit in Singapore and spotlights three booths featuring social system to reduce carbon emission, city crisis management and green buildings.
In fact, the East has better opportunities than its Western counterpart to invest in sustainable infrastructures and build sustainable cities, says delegate at World Cities Summit.
Delegates at this week's World Cities Summit highlight age, art, shared responsibility and temporality are key traits in an "intense" city, but for Singapore, it's about deliberate design.
National Environment Agency partners IBM to develop analytics solutions to address environmental concerns, while other agencies considering providing access to data sets to address urban sustainability challenges.
Philosophical and social issues just as important in city urbanization, say delegates at World Cities Summit in Singapore, who point to "blueprint" method of urban planning.
Cities planned well tend to attract investments and global talent, and become a focal point for opportunities but good governance on areas such as housing and access to water and sanitation crucial, politicians note.
Big Apple's efforts in creating sustainable urban landscape for its residents receive recognition in form of Lee Kwan Yew World City Prize 2012.
Ahead of World Cities Summit, Singapore company introduces suite of IT solutions for cities to address growing urbanization, sustainability and environmental challenges.
ZDNet Asia visits Singapore's newly-opened Gardens by the Bay to uncover the technology powering three areas: cooling conservatories, Supertrees and Dragonfly Lake.
Marsiling Secondary School sees green actions and values, rather than just infrastructure, as necessary in spreading and sustaining energy efficiency motto.
Country sees traction in companies adopting common mobile services "enablers" co-developed as part of government-led IT roadmap, Intelligent Nation 2015, and plans for further rollouts, says ICT regulator.
For first time, country will hold three global events together--World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and inaugural CleanEnviro Summit--to provide wider and integrated platform for exchange of ideas to tackle increasingly complex problems.
Country's iN2015 blueprint producing more skilled IT workers to meet market demands and spurring IT adoption across industries such as healthcare, as well as small and midsize businesses.
ZDNet Asia survey reveals 18.8 percent of Singapore companies perceive ICT impact in organization as "innovating", among which 22.5 percent are companies with over 1,000 employees, compared to 18 percent of those with fewer than 100 employees.
ZDNet Asia talks to ICT regulator, market players to discuss what Singapore needs to do to drive adoption of national broadband network and resolve enterprise deployment issues.
CEO Neil Montefiore eyes bigger footprint against "ex-incumbent" in enterprise market and confident of achieving this goal with Vodafone global partnership.
OCBC says pervasive use of Web-connected mobile devices and social networks has compelled banks to tweak their service models in order to meet customer demand for "instant, now".
Singapore's Land Transport Authority looking at global positioning system to improve country's Electronic Road Pricing infrastructure and planning to introduce new portal to push mobile apps to commuters.
Remote patient monitoring also needed to encourage patients to manage their own healthcare so they're less likely to end up in public healthcare institution where bedcrunch is a challenge, explains Singapore HealthPartners CIO.
Resorts World Sentosa bets on big data analytics to gain customer insights and provide better service, but CTO Yap Chee Yuen says lack of good IT skills and limited vendor knowledge in unique gaming sector a big challenge.
We take stock of Singapore government's Intelligent Nation 2015 and find out how organizations in the island-state have adopted ICT to drive business growth and innovation.
The first interview in ZDNet Asia's Intelligent Singapore video series, CTO Wilfred Kwan defines "intelligence" needed in data centers today and discusses growth opportunities cloud computing has created for the telecommunication services provider.