How Singapore ensures its trains are punctual

SingaporeTrains in most cities are operated by large monopolies or state-owned companies, so how do governments make sure that the trains run on time? FutureGov explains what Singapore and other cities in the region do to get trains to be punctual. Cities have high standards in place for operators to follow. Singapore has just tightened requirements for its two train operators this month, promising to reduce waiting time by 25 per cent during the morning rush hour.

Singapore’s Block 71 to expand again, house 750 startups by 2017

SingaporeThe JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, the official name for a well-known Singapore startup complex, will be expanding again. Affectionately called Block 71 by tenants, it will house about 750 startups by 2017, up from 500 now and 250 when it first began in 2011. The project is a collaboration between JTC Corporation and SPRING Singapore, government agencies in charge of industrial development and economic growth respectively.

With new look, Singtel wants to make every day better

SingaporeTELCO giant Singtel has launched a new brand identity, its first in 16 years, with the promise of ‘Let’s make everyday (sic) better.’ The new tagline is intended to reflect a new phase in the telecommunications provider’s transformation strategy to grow beyond its traditional business and into multimedia and ICT services, it said in a statement.

Verizon Extends Its 100G Network in Asia-Pacific

NEW YORK – Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on the Verizon global network. This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network. These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

Level 3 to Enhance Networking Capabilities and Resilience in Singapore

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has launched two additional points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore to address the growing demand for enhanced network and cloud connectivity within the Southeast Asian business hub. The PoPs feature access to Level 3’s global network and extensive portfolio of Internet protocol (IP), virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), broadcast (Vyvx), cloud and collaboration solutions.

Singapore Employers Taking Cautious Approach To Hiring

Employers are taking a cautious approach to hiring in the first half of 2015 with a net 37% of employers expecting to increase headcount in the first half of 2015, according to the latest Hudson Report: Employment Trends. “A slowdown in growth due to lack of demand from the Eurozone and China has affected certain industries while others will fare strongly on the back of US growth,” says Emmanuel White, General Manager, Hudson Singapore.

Australia looking to follow Singapore in building Indian cities

As India prepares to build 100 new smart cities, Australia and Singapore are looking to win lucrative contracts assisting with the move. Two Singaporean firms have today been announced as master planners for the new capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) in Australia this week announced plans to strengthen its relationship with India by positioning itself as “a global leader in infrastructure development.”

Delta Electronics opens cooperative diagnostics lab in Singapore

Delta Electronics International (Singapore), a Singapore-based subsidiary of Taiwan-based power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics, and Singapore-based Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) on January 14 jointly announced the official opening of a cooperative Delta-IBN Life Science and Diagnostics Lab at Biopolis, a biomedical research park in Singapore. IBN belongs to Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) established by the Singapore government.

Maybank junks outsourcing; brings IT operations in-house, from SG

After 10 years of outsourcing its IT infrastructure, Maybank, a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) in Singapore, needed to bring back the IT infrastructure and operations in-house to better support the business’ goals and objectives. At the same time, the existing data center was facing capacity limitation and it was timely to look for a new data center solution that could not only meet the business’ needs but also the regulatory expectations on improved service-level agreement.

Technology disruptions at work in ASEAN, from SG

Dramatic changes are reinventing work and workforces across Southeast Asia, presenting both challenges and opportunities to organisations in the region.  ASEAN stakeholders need to act fast if they are to rise to the demands of this radical transformation. In its recent study, The Future-Ready Organisation: Re-inventing Work in ASEAN, Accenture has identified two powerful forces accelerating the pace of change in the region: the unique characteristics of ASEAN that are amplifying global trends and the impact of technology across the region.

Singapore SMB turns to Office 365 for mobility, savings

Korvac Holdings has successfully migrated to Office 365 for its 200 employees in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Microsoft Singapore. As half of Korvac employees work remotely in Singapore or out of other offices around the region, the company found that it needed a way for employees to better collaborate and communicate in a fast and efficient manner.

Dragon Laser game for Android Wear is a first from Singapore

Game development in Southeast Asia is still at a relatively nascent stage, and many studios choose to focus on what’s simple and fast to complete – mobile games for smartphones. Singapore-based studio Dreamrocket, on the other hand, has tried something new with Dragon Laser, a game for smart watches. According to the studio, it’s “easy to pick up, yet challenging to master,” and users are guaranteed to smile every time they break their previous high scores.

Policemen get ahead of the crowds with social media

Summer 2012 was a very busy one for the Metropolitan Police Service, where they oversaw the London Olympics and Paralympics Games, the Royal Jubilee, and the annual Notting Hill Carnival. How did they manage the massive crowds and public safety conditions during this period?

Singapore’s Block 71 takes flight and lands in San Francisco

Singapore’s Block 71 is well-known globally as an example of how the government can foster and bring together a startup ecosystem under one roof. Housing about 250 startups – the new expansion will double its capacity to 500 companies – the model is now being transplanted halfway across the world to the mecca of tech startups, San Francisco.

SingTel, Ericsson trying radio dot system

SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson’s Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience in Singapore. The live trial is currently underway at Changi Business Park, with the ambition to extend SingTel’s LTE and 3G network coverage into enterprise buildings and public venues. The solution promises to enable operators to deliver high-performance coverage and capacity in any size or type of building. It is designed to integrate seamlessly with SingTel’s LTE and 3G networks.

Singapore to trial high-speed network this year

Singapore will trial a new type of network that offers uninterrupted access to high-speed internet early this year. The heterogeneous network (HetNet) allows users to switch between different types of networks as they move from place to another, while maintaining good connections. Users will receive data at up to 1 gigabytes per second. The network will be trialled at train stations.

Which are the best government websites in the world?

How do you build a good government website? What are the tools and techniques that officials can use to quickly, cheaply create a good platform? FutureGov has spoken to the officials behind the best government websites in the world to find out more. In this new eBook, FutureGov has listed the best 8 e-government websites in the world. Find out if yours is listed.

Website hacked? This startup restores most of it within minutes

Internet security was one of the biggest stories of 2014. The year ended with a bang as hackers leaked an astonishing amount of confidential data from Sony Pictures, implicating executives and celebrities, and creating a media firestorm. It’s a stunning embarrassment for the company, and a wake-up call for other firms to shore up their defenses. With hackers on the prowl, internet security companies stand to benefit. That’s the case for Banff Cyber Technologies, a Singapore-based startup which focuses on mitigating the damage caused by cyberattacks.

Richard Koh: Open source has many doors but no locks

Richard Koh has travelled a long journey to become the Country Manager of Singapore for Red Hat Incorporated, a premier professional open source services company that counts many major banks and financial institutions amongst its customers, not least the Singapore Exchange. An NUS alumnus with a background in Electrical Engineering, his leadership as the VP of IEEE (International) Student Chapter in NUS during his undergraduate days was promoting professional ethics and engineering as a career for undergraduates, connecting students to the sector and allowing them the understanding the realities of the engineering profession.

Japan’s Credit Saison invests in Singapore-based ewallet MatchMove Pay

Singapore-based mobile payments provider MatchMove Pay today announced a “significant” investment round led by Japanese credit card and financial services company Credit Saison and joined by GMO Venture Partners. The funding amount was not disclosed. Japanese investors have exhibited a piqued interest in Southeast Asian tech companies, likely due in large part to their country’s rapidly shrinking and aging society coupled with a flat domestic economy with an ever-weakening yen.