Smart Nation

Why Smart Nation

Smart Nation is about transforming Singapore through technology. We envision a Smart Nation that is a leading economy powered by digital innovation, and a world-class city with a Government that gives our citizens the best home possible and responds to their different and changing needs.

The Smart Nation initiative is coordinated by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office in the Prime Minister's Office, supported by other government agencies.

At the broadest level, the economy is the biggest domain driving Singapore’s growth and competitiveness. It is supported by the Government, which is leaning forward to catalyse growth and innovation across all domains, including the public sector. Crucially, these efforts are underpinned by efforts to ensure that all segments of society are able to harness digital technologies and benefit from them.


Singapore’s plans to drive transformation across the economy, Government and society are detailed in the Digital Economy Framework for Action, the Digital Government Blueprint and the Digital Readiness Blueprint. The Digital Economy Framework for Action and the Digital Readiness Blueprint have been released by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). These three plans are key pillars which work together to support Singapore’s Smart Nation goals.



Strategic National Projects

To drive pervasive adoption of digital and smart technologies throughout Singapore, we have identified key Strategic National Projects, which are key enablers in our Smart Nation drive.

  • National Digital Identity - for citizens and businesses to transact digitally in a convenient and secure manner;
  • e-Payments - to allow everyone to make simple, swift, seamless, and safe payments;
  • Smart Nation Sensor Platform - deployment of sensors and other IoT (Internet of Things) devices that will make our city more liveable and secure;
  • Smart Urban Mobility - leveraging data and digital technologies, including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, to enhance public transport;
  • Moments of Life - bundling government services, across different agencies, to the citizen at different moments of his life;
  • CODEX (Core Operations, Development Environment, and eXchange) - digital platform that will better allow the public and the private sectors to work together to develop more user-centric services for the public, faster and more cost efficiently.


Smart Nation Strategic National Projects Milestones Oct 2018 


Enabling a Culture of Innovation & Experimentation

The government puts in place appropriate policies and legislations to facilitate innovations by the public and the private sector, and encourage adoption of new ideas.


Open Data

Data sets collected by public agencies have been made available and accessible to the public through online portals so anyone can participate and co-create citizen-centric solutions. Access the open data sets available here.


Smart Nation Open Government Data


Living Laboratory

Singapore remains committed to investing in research and innovation to catalyse emerging breakthroughs and drive new areas of economic growth. These initiatives include the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) and AI Singapore. We are also an ideal location for companies and researchers to develop, prototype and pilot their technological solutions.


Singapore as a living laboratory to catalyse technological breakthroughs


Industry and Start-up Ecosystem

Start-up accelerators such as JTC Launchpad and BASH, a strong presence of venture capitalist and MNCs, and the formation of SGInnovate, support Singapore’s start-up ecosystem by connecting technopreneurs with industry mentors, and being the bridge between innovation and enterprise.

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Cybersecurity is a key enabler of our Smart Nation. We recognise the possible risks, and prioritise privacy of data and safeguarding of critical systems and networks even as we make them smart.


Computational Capabilities and Digital Inclusion

Our Smart Nation efforts are underscored by re-skilling and promoting the learning of coding and computational thinking skills, to ensure that all segments of the population benefit regardless of age or digital literacy. Resources are also in place to assist companies and SMEs as they seek opportunities in the digital economy. Check out the resources available here.


Smart Nation Ecosystem





Useful Readings

Singapore: A Smart Nation

Singapore: A Smart Living Laboratory

Implementing the smart city

Singapore Named 'Global Smart City - 2016'


Last updated on 10 Oct 2018