Government to Partner Industry to Spark Innovation and Build Capabilities in a Smart Nation
Following the formation of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG), the Government will accelerate Smart Nation deployment and digital transformation, and further partner and co-create with the industry to apply digital and smart technologies that improve the lives of citizens.
SNDGG, comprising the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), is leading the development of Smart Nation infrastructure and applications, and driving digital transformation across the public sector. Together, SNDGG will be focusing on national projects that include the National Digital Identity, cashless payments with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Smart Nation Sensor Platform (SNSP).
Continued Investment in Data Analytics, Sensors, Robotics and Cybersecurity
To support the momentum in our digitalisation efforts, the Government will be calling for a projected $2.4 billion of ICT tenders in FY17 and invest in technologies such as data analytics, sensors and related software and systems. This will include a tender for data analytics and another for communications infrastructure to link up data centres and IoT (Internet-of-Things) sensors.
The Government will also be partnering the industry to increase the deployment of robotics. For instance, Temasek Polytechnic will be looking for an industry partner to build an inventory robot which will utilise RFID technology to scan the print collection and navigate in its library. This will help the library carry out more and faster inventory stocktakes to boost productivity and efficiency, as well as provide early detection of missing or wrongly shelved books. Such initiatives aim to provide a cost effective way to automate simple repetitive tasks and improve productivity.
In addition, while the Government has put in place a range of measures which minimises the likelihood of government systems being infected by malware, it will continue to invest in cybersecurity to ensure that government agencies are equipped with best cybersecurity practices and next-generation technologies including advanced threat analytics and automation.
SMEs Accounted for Close to Two-thirds of ICT Contracts in FY16
Ms Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech, said, “We will continue to work with the industry and provide them with the foundational support to build Singapore as a Smart Nation. On the other hand, companies will also need to boost their ICT and engineering capabilities in order to keep up with the fast-changing technological landscape.”
She added, “Besides the established companies, we are glad that there is a growing pool of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have stepped up and embraced new technologies. Last year, SMEs accounted for about two-thirds of the total number of ICT contracts awarded.”
An example of a local technology SME that was awarded ICT contracts last year is DC Frontiers, a local technology company accredited by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). DC Frontiers offers an artificial intelligence solution known as Handshakes, which analyses networks of connections between people and companies to give users insights into, among other things, legal ownership, conflicts of interest and possible fraud. Last year, it began working with procurement and internal audit teams in the Government to enhance and automate checks for conflict of interest.
Through the Accreditation@IMDA programme, promising ICT SMEs will be identified and proactively involved in the Government’s digital transformation efforts. To-date, companies under the programme have won more than 90 projects with various Government agencies and are currently engaged in many more project discussions.
These announcements were made at GovTech’s annual Smart Nation and Digital Government Industry Briefing (IB), where GovTech provides updates on Government strategies and business opportunities for the ICT industry. The event was attended by about 1,000 attendees.
Several government agencies were also present at Smart Nation and Digital Government IB to share their ICT procurement roadmap and future ICT plans - Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY AGENCY OF SINGAPORE
About Government Technology Agency
The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) is a statutory board formed in October 2016 after the restructuring of the Infocomm Development Authority.
Following the formation of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group in May 2017, GovTech is placed under the Prime Minister’s Office as the implementing agency of the Group. GovTech works with public agencies to develop and deliver secure digital services and applied technology to individuals and businesses in Singapore. GovTech builds key platforms and solutions needed to support Singapore as a Smart Nation. As a leading centre for information communications technology and related engineering such as the Internet of Things, Data Science and Application Development, GovTech also enhances the capabilities of the Singapore Government in these domains.
For more information, please visit tech.gov.sg or follow us on Facebook.com/GovTechSG and Twitter @GovTechSG.
About Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO)
The Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) plans and prioritizes key Smart Nation and digital government projects, raises the standards of Government ICT and services, builds long-term capabilities for the public sector, and promotes adoption and participation in digital and smart innovations. It takes a whole-of-nation effort, and we will actively engage the public, the industry and fellow agencies as we build a Smart Nation together.
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Fatin Diana SUMANAN (Ms)
Executive, Communications and Marketing Group
Government Technology Agency
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Kenneth TAN (Mr)
Manager, Communications and Marketing Group
Government Technology Agency
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