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Smart Nation is a whole-of-nation journey. We are putting in place the necessary infrastructure and policies to build capabilities and a supportive ecosystem to create a conducive environment so people and companies can take full advantage of the digital revolution to co-create innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of our citizens.



2017

May

  • Launch of AI.SG, a new national programme to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to power our future, digital economy.
  • Announcement of a Data Science Consortium between Institutes of Higher Learning, research institutes and industry to deepen Singapore’s existing strengths in data science and analytics.
  • Formation of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to prioritize and focus Governments’ efforts on digital and smart solutions with the aim of providing better services for our citizens and businesses.
    • The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) will be placed under the PMO as the implementing agency of SNDGO. 
    • Collectively, the SNDGO and GovTech will form the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) in the Prime Minister’s Office.
       

April

  • Launch of Singapore's first national implementation of Smart Health Video Consultation (VC) for healthcare. This initiative enhances patient access to healthcare and boosts productivity in Singapore's healthcare system.
  • The Land Transport Authority (LTA) signed a partnership agreement with ST Kinetics to develop and trial Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies on public buses and on-demand minibus with the possibility for deployment to serve intra- and inter-town travel in the future. 

March

  • Gov.sg bot, the first Government chat bot on Facebook Messenger which uses machine learning and is fully automated goes live.

January

  • The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) announces plans to develop intelligent, energy-efficient light systems for deployment on public roads by 2022. The initiative will also explore the development of existing public lighting infrastructure as a key part of our national sensor communications network.

 

2016

November

  • Launch of SGInnovate, a new agency formed to support Singapore’s start-up ecosystem, notably to help start-ups scale up through connecting entrepreneurs with industry mentors, venture capitalists and research talent.

October

  • The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU) announces collaboration on a series of transport research projects under the ambit of the LTA-NTU Transport Research Centre (TRC). Projects will include a self-driving bus trial at NTU and CleanTech Park, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore.
  • The National Research Foundation (NRF), National University of Singapore (NUS) and telco Singtel jointly launched a cyber security laboratory to develop innovative cyber security solutions for a smarter, safer Singapore.
  • Launch of Singapore's Cybersecurity Strategy which outlines the country's commitment to build a resilient and trusted cyber environment for Singapore and Singaporeans.
  • Opening of the Human Performance Centre, a facility that leverages cutting edge technology and data analytics to help optimise work processes, operational systems and enhance the performance of Home Team officers.
  • Launch of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) to support Smart Nation. 
    • GovTech works closely with public agencies to develop and deliver citizen-centric digital services, platforms and solutions. 
    • IMDA supports the Smart Nation vision by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICT and media infrastructure.
  • Singaporeans Arun Kishore and U-Zyn Chua, were the first Fellows to complete 3-months Smart Nation Fellowship Programme stints in Singapore. Selected out of about 300 applications, they returned to Singapore to work with the Government Digital Services team to contribute to Smart Nation projects.
  • The one-north Autonomous Vehicle (AV) test route has expanded from the original 6km to a 12km network, as part of progressive efforts to provide sufficiently-challenging test routes.


September

  • The Government Digital Services launched govBuy, a new micro-purchasing platform that allows the community opportunities to render services to the public sector. Anyone can bid for projects that range from microservices and software libraries to non-critical bug fixes.


August

  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced the opening of its FinTech Innovation Lab, known as Looking Glass @ MAS, to serve as a platform for the FinTech community to connect, collaborate, and co-create with one another.
  • Project Bus Stop, a pilot smart bus stop that marries imagination, creative design and innovative technology to make waiting for buses a fun and enriching experience for commuters, was launched.
  • New cooperation on Smart City development and digital innovation between the United States of America and the Republic of Singapore, announced in a joint statement. This includes research collaboration; sharing of best practices and information exchange between both Governments on topics such as smart city policies, digital government, urban innovation and digital citizen engagement; exchanges between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Smart Nation Program Office; and exchanges for start-ups between the city of Austin and Singapore. 
  • Launch of the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs – NTU (‪‎CETRAN‬) and Test Circuit at CleanTech Park, to spearhead research in self-driving vehicle (SDV) testing standards and certification needed to safely integrate SDVs into urban land transport networks.
  • Announcement of collaboration between LTA and Delphi Automotive Systems and nuTonomy, to explore autonomous mobility-on-demand services.


July

  • The Building and Construction Authority (Singapore) opened the BCA SkyLab, an experiential learning facility and living lab that facilitates test-bedding of building technologies and interactions between technologies, for the built environment sector.


June

  • Announcement of collaboration between LTA and industry players to co-create multi-modal journey planner applications towards a better land transport network.
  • Launch of the Green Wifi pilot at Sentosa along the Merlion Walk, an initiative that could bring more Wireless@SG hotspots outdoors, and substantially scale up public Wifi coverage in a more sustainable manner.


May

  • Opening of the first 3D printing centre in Singapore at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a new research centre that will develop innovative solutions in 3D printing.
  • Launch of FinTech Office to serve as a one-stop virtual entity for all FinTech matters and to promote Singapore as a FinTech hub. FinTech businesses intending to set up in Singapore can approach the FinTech Office on various FinTech and technology-related government grants and schemes.
  • The “Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Smart Nation Award” recognises full-time polytechnic students who have completed IDM projects that will contribute to the Smart Nation initiative.


April

  • Launch of My Smart HDB Home @ Yuhua where smart home solutions are extended to more residents at Yuhua estate.

 

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  • It was announced that Wireless@SG surfing speeds will be increased to 5 Mbps, up from 2Mbps. The number of hotspots will also double to 20,000 by 2018. This is part of efforts to enhance infrastructure for pervasive, seamless and high speed connectivity to benefit citizens and businesses.
  • Unveiling of plans to nurture ICT talent in Singapore. This includes,
    • Expansion of Code@SG, a programme which teaches primary school students coding and computational thinking skills, to 24,000 students per year, up from the current 22,000.
    • Scaling up of various programmes to train and retain mid-level professionals and graduating students with backgrounds in infocomm disciplines.
    • New TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) framework that works with key employers and industry partners to help develop core and sector-specific ICT skills. As of February 2017, more than 8,000 people have trained under the TeSA initiative.


March

  • Launch of the Smart Nation Fellowship Programme to foster a network of data scientists and tech talents for Singapore to collaborate with the Singapore government on delivering projects for the public good.
  • Build Amazing Startups Here (BASH) celebrates its first birthday. Since its launch, some 230 start-ups were accelerated across the whole of Singapore through Infocomm Investments programmes, partnerships, and accelerators based in BASH.
  • Announcement of plans to build the new Jurong Innovation District (JID), an open and innovative urban environment to be the future of innovation for enterprise, learning, and living. Watch the video here.


February

  • Announcement of a new Cyber Security Bill to be introduced in end 2016, and a public-private collaboration to set up the EY Asean Cyber Security Centre of Excellence for Government and Public Sector, as part of continued efforts to strengthen cybersecurity.


January

  • Dr Janil Puthucheary is appointed Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education, and having oversight of the Smart Nation initiative.
  • Launch of the Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) Plan to support research, innovation and enterprise activities towards developing innovative solutions for a Smart Nation.

2015


December

  • The Future of Us exhibition, open to the public from 1 Dec 2015 to 8 Mar 2016, provided a glimpse into the possibilities of Singapore’s tomorrow. Citizens were invited to participate in dialogues at the “Marketplace of the Future”, to share thoughts and ideas to shape the future of Singapore, including visions of our future as a Smart Nation.
  • Opening of Tech Able, a facility that aims to promote the adoption of assistive and infocomm technologies among persons with disabilities and employers.


November

  • National Steps Challenge™ was initiated as a fun way, through the use of a wearable steps tracker and Healthy 265 App, to encourage Singaporeans to be more physically active.


October

  • Wireless@SG, a free public Wifi network was introduced in 33 MRT stations. Since then, there has been over 1 million logins per day.
  • Hive, a new ‘home’ for the Government Digital Services team was set up. The multi-disciplinary team comprises data scientists, designers, engineers and coders who will leverage data and analytics to deliver citizen-centric government services.
  • HealthHub, a one-stop online portal and app for Singaporeans to access their family's health records and learn about what's best for their health, was launched.
  • Unveiling of roadmap for self-driving vehicles and mobility concepts to complement and enhance Singapore’s land transport landscape.
  • Opening of the Smart Nation Showcase at iExperience, an interactive and self-discovery styled exhibition designed to help the public better understand the potential benefits as Singapore embarks on the journey to becoming a Smart Nation.


September

  • Announcement of the Playmaker Programme which exposes young children to technology through tactile and more kinaesthetic educational experiences.


July

  • Opening of the Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART) at Changi General Hospital, to drive new solutions in healthcare.
  • First anniversary of the Accreditation@IMDA programme, set up to nurture the growth of innovation-driven tech start-ups. As of July 2015, the programme provided about S$20 million worth of project opportunities for promising Singapore-based tech firms, including a pipeline of 125 projects with 50 government agencies.
  • Announcement of the Smart Yuhua pilot, where some 9,000 Yuhua residents living in 3,194 flats will be the first to experience ‘Smart Living’ in an existing HDB estate.
  • Launch of the revamped Data.gov.sg, Singapore government’s open data portal. Data.gov.sg aims to provide one-stop access to the government’s publicly-available data and make government data relevant and understandable to the public, with communication and analysis through visualisations and articles.


April

  • The inaugural Smart Nation Innovations event, which included “Founders Forum Smart Nation” where PM Lee Hsien Loong outlined the priorities of Smart Nation.
  • Announcement of the addition of new datasets on LTA’s revamped DataMall. As of June 2016, there are approximately 100 datasets made publicly available, more than 600 million API downloads per month, and from which more than 40 mobile applications and services have been developed. Establishment of the Cyber Security Agency Singapore (CSA), in the Prime Minister’s Office, as the national body overseeing cyber security strategy, education and outreach, and industry development.


March

  • Unveiling of JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, Blks 71, 73 and 79, home to a community of start-ups and incubators.


February

  • Launch of Build Amazing Startups Here (BASH) at JTC LaunchPad@one-north. Managed by SGInnovate, formerly known as Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), it is Singapore’s largest integrated start-up space with the capability of congregating members and partners of the tech building community across the entire value chain of ideation, acceleration, incubation to expansion, all under one roof.
  • The Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS) provided free public access to 12,000 statistical data sets cover over 100 topics


January

  • Opening of Blk 71 San Francisco, a US launchpad for start-ups striving to establish themselves in the US and Singapore tech ecosystems, and a gateway for US companies into Singapore and Southeast Asia markets.
  • The OneService mobile app was released to provide members of the public a convenient means to report municipal issues.

2014


November

  • Launch of Labs on Wheels, a first roving bus that presents primary school students with a new, fun, experiential and engaging way to learn tech.
  • Launch of enhanced MyTransport app with Journey Planner and information on real-time bus arrival and loading.
  • Smart Nation Programme Office set up in the Prime Minister’s office as a coordinating office for the Smart Nation initiative.
  • Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was appointed as the Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation initiative.
  • Launch of the Smart Nation initiative by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Last updated on 18 May 2017