Straits Times lauded iCity Lab’s SHINESeniors Project in article on “Untangling the way to a Smart Nation”

26 Mar 2017

"We have set up a Smart Nation Programme Office in the Government, in the Prime Minister's Office, to oversee this exercise and get significant projects moving. I think personally that for all our pushing, we really are not going as fast we ought to," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

The way forward would be systematic and coordinated, it was declared back then.

There would be common infrastructure for sharing among government agencies to avoid duplication. The Smart Nation Programme Office (SNPO) was created to bring these plans to fruition.

However, nearly three years later, the public-sector teams involved in the design and implementation of Smart Nation projects are being reorganised to boost the delivery of tangible results.

In smart homes, some elderly people resisted the idea of ‘losing their privacy”, resorting to covering the sensors with a towel.

“They [elderly] also did not want to be seen as vulnerable and useless, clearing signaling the need for more education and marketing,” said one observer close to such projects.

A joint research by Singapore Management University and India-based consultancy firm Tata Consultancy Services, dubbed SHINESeniors, aims to bridge the gap. It was launched in 2014 to study how healthcare of the future can be implemented, but gathered pace only recently. It aims to provide about 100 homes in Marine Parade and Bedok with activity-monitoring sensors by next month.

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Last updated on 24 May 2017 .