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Singapore to embark on “Safe City Test Bed” project

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board(SEDB) are embarking on a “Safe City Test Bed” project which aims to test advanced technologies to improve public safety.

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The Safe City Test Bed is an R&D initiative which involves setting up test beds to enable different government agencies to integrate and analyse data collected from existing sensors and network systems by using advanced analytic and information sharing tools.

The Government has appointed four consortia led by Accenture, AGT International, Cassidian and NEC Asia Pacific, to develop potential “safe city” solutions that will: maximise agencies’ situational awareness and response capacity; streamline manpower requirements; address operational challenges; and overcome infrastructural and technical constraints.

The NEC-led consortium consists of private companies such as ESRI Singapore, iOmniscient Pte Ltd and Oracle as well as G Element Pte Ltd, GreenFossil Pte Ltd, and ZWEEC Analytics Pte Ltd.

“Technology is a force multiplier that can help government agencies cope with the increasing demands and complex security challenges which arise from rapid urbanisation,” said Mr. Anselm Lopez, Co-Director of the Safety and Security Industry Programme Office and Director of Capability Development and International Partnerships at MHA.

“Beyond improved urban management, the creation of new solutions and innovation capacity will generate new economic activities and create good jobs for Singaporeans in the technology-intensive Safety and Security industry,” said Mr. Gian Yi-Hsen, Co-Director of the Safety and Security Industry Programme Office at SEDB.

Singapore’s experience in this Safe City Test Bed will provide valuable insights on how technology and analytics can aid urban management and public safety and will be shared at World Cities Summit 2014.

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