Smart Homes: Tech-enabled Solutions for Homes in Singapore

How can smart technologies enhance our living environment?

  • Smart tools can simulate environmental conditions to better understand how these conditions interact with the layout and design of our town/precincts/blocks
    • The "Smart HDB Town Framework" for instance, encapsulates a four-pronged approach HDB is taking to introduce smart into housing estates – Smart Planning, Smart Environment, Smart Estate, and Smart Living.
    • In Punggol town for example, town planners, architects and engineers use smart planning tools and data analytics to analyse the wind flow, solar irradiance and shaded areas within a town, and determine how best new flats can be designed and sited to provide maximum thermal comfort and a more conducive living environment for our residents.

     

 

Video: TEDx Singapore

 

  • In homes, trials are underway to evaluate how smart home applications can help residents achieve greater convenience, utilities savings, as well as ensure peace of mind for families with elderly family members.

 

Why trial?

With approximately 80% of Singapore households living in public housing, government agencies including HDB, PUB, MOH/H, NEA and IDA, are working with industry players to develop and test smart home solutions in HDB estates.

Field trials with existing HDB dwellers could allow agencies to aggregate demand from residents and provide sufficient scale to facilitate adoption/deployment of the identified technology solutions. 

Feedback will also help commercial firms understand the needs of HDB residents, and refine their products for launch in the market.

 

Examples of smart home projects

  • My Smart  HDB Home @ Yuhua

 

Video: HDB

  • From April 2016, residents from some 3,200 households in Yuhua estate were eligible to participate in a trial to use smart devices in their homes. This follows an initial trial of 10 households in Yuhua which yielded positive responses on the ease of use and non-intrusive nature of the devices.
  • The smart devices available as part of the trial includes the Elderly Monitoring System that provides peace of mind to caregivers of elderly loved ones, and the Utility Management System that help manage household utilities usage.

Utility Management System that help manage household utilities usage

Image: HDB

 

Elderly Monitoring System for greater peace of mind

Image: HDB

 

  • HDB’s Northshore Residences I & II to be completed in 2020, will also house the first HDB flats equipped with the infrastructure needed to support such smart home solutions

HDB flats with infrastructure to support smart home solutions

Image: Punggol Northshore Seafront Living. Perspective courtesy of HDB

 

  • A number of private sector-driven smart home trials have also been launched, such as The Luxurie by M1 and Keppel Land which was announced in December 2015. Visionaire and iNz Residence, Executive Condominium (EC) projects with Smart Homes at Sembawang and Choa Chu Kang respectively, are also available for sale.

 




Useful links:

Smart HDB Homes of the Future

Yuhua the First Existing HDB Estate to Go Smart

My Smart HDB Home @ Yuhua

Last updated on 26 Jun 2018