Smart Nation

Why Smart Nation

Smart Nation is Singapore’s vision to be an economically competitive global city and a liveable home. It is a whole-of-nation movement to harness digital technologies to build a future Singapore, to improve living and build a closer community, empower citizens to achieve their aspirations through good jobs and opportunities, and encourage businesses to innovate and grow.

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.

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. 


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 13 Feb 2018