is not new to me, yet each time I visit the shores of this sunny island, I’m
struck by the ingenuity of a new digital innovation and pilot technology which
is being tested by tech hungry consumers.
That said, it’s not surprising this island nation is at the forefront of
transforming itself into a smart city while setting an example for the rest of
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Navin Vohra explains how Singapore’s success in building a smart city underscores an important lesson for other nations on the same journey.
convincing? The ‘Little Red Dot’ already boasts smart city accolades, such as
City of 2018’ award where the nation of 5.5 million residents was
recognized for the most outstanding urban innovation projects during the Smart
City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The expression ‘you need money to make money,’ might be an appropriate
motto for a country that tops IDC’s list of countries investing in smart city
projects. New York, London, Tokyo and
Singapore have all
committed to spending more than $US 1 billion in smart city projects
5G, IoT and Smart City are Complementary
we start to see examples of 5G deployments around the world, new smart city
applications which may have once been considered good sci fi novel material are
moving toward reality show status. Millions
of connected sensors found in buildings or on traffic lights collect data which
is analyzed within mere seconds. Fiber optics networks will be the backbone of smart cities.
are some real-world examples of how the country is taking smart leaps forward:
- Smart Mobility: using data gathered from
sensors deployed on junctions and roads, traffic lights could be adjusted to
smooth congestion during peak periods, and drivers could be kept up to
speed on road conditions through real-time alerts. This is necessary for
Singapore where 12 percent of total land area is used for roads with limited
space for expansion. To curb the road congestion, the local government is contemplating
freezing the number of private vehicles on the roads. But perhaps this isn’t a bad thing as
away from the traditional five c’s of success – cash, car, credit
card, condominium and country club membership.
- Smart Healthcare: HealthHub is slated to be Singapore’s first
one-stop online health information and services portal where patients can
access records and secure more information on preventive care.
- Smart Living: The ‘Smart Town’ is a new
housing project that leverages smart technologies to enhance Singapore’s living
environment. For instance, digital infrastructure is deployed to pave the way
for intelligent homes so that residents can tap into commercial offerings such as
smart lighting to enjoy greater convenience and
study by Juniper Research, Singapore is the smartest
city in the world, ahead of London, New York, San Francisco, and Seoul. Looking at these three
examples, the smart initiatives not only made use of new technology, but more
importantly; deliver real benefits to citizens such as saving time and cost.
Investing in a Digital Future
success in building a smart city underscores an important lesson for other
nations on the same journey. Not only is there a clear vision, Singapore
is investing in its 5G development plans and a fiber network rollout.
According to a new ranking released at the FTTH Council Asia Pacific Conference
in Wuhan, China earlier this year, Singapore is Asia Pacific's top Smart Fiber
When I look at Singapore’s digital success, two steps are clear.
Firstly, fiber is playing a critical role in 5G rollout. Secondly, before 5G or
smart cities can become a reality, there is a need for continued investment in
network infrastructure. Singapore’s investment in infrastructure has in turn provided
a strong platform for innovation to flourish.