Smart Nation initiative ‘about people, not machines’ , from Singapore

SINGAPORE: The man tasked with overseeing Singapore’s push to become the world’s first Smart Nation said the initiative is “all about people, not machines”.  Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, touched on priorities for the new Smart Nation Programme Office, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 24).

Singaporeans want more digital police services, poll finds

85 per cent of Singaporeans expect to their police force to use digital services, but only 57 per cent are happy with the current level of provision, a survey by management consultancy Accenture has found. “The use of websites and mobile apps fall short of citizens’ expectations,” the survey said, while 91 per cent of Singaporeans said that digital technology improves police services.

SingTel Partners with Huawei to Launch 5G Innovation Program

SingTel and Huawei announced the plan at the 2014 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBB Forum) held in Shanghai, China. MBB is supported by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, GSMA and Huawei. The new program will serve as a research hub that aims to advance development of 5G mobile broadband technologies.

Inside the early days of Singapore’s first privacy regime

Four months after Singapore’s first privacy protection laws came into effect, the chief counsel to the nation’s Personal Data Protection Commission concedes there is “still a fair amount of work to do” to get the business community up to date with the demands of the new regime. Speaking in Sydney to the ANZ branch of the international association of privacy professionals (iappANZ), David Alfred said a recent survey of ‘privacy readiness’ amongst Singapore business showed that 65 percent of organisations were prepared for the new laws, key elements of which came into effect in 2 July 2014.,inside-the-early-days-of-singapores-first-privacy-regime.aspx

A *STAR’s Genome Institute Of Singapore Strengthens Its Genome Sequencing Capabilities Through Collaboration With BT

Singapore – Research institutes that deal in genomic technology require large computing and data resources. Those with inadequate computing technologies often face scalability issues, which slow research in new genome sequencing techniques and technologies. A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) has empowered its existing genomic analysis capabilities through collaboration with BT Group (BT) to create a cloud-based Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) environment.

2015 Will Be Year of Accelerating Innovation on 3rd Platform; Asia to Focus on Automated Workflows, Web-Scale Cloud Systems, Personal Digital Experiences and Branded Internet of Things: IDC

Singapore, November 14, 2014 – International Data Corporation (IDC) envisions 2015 will be a year of accelerating innovation on the 3rd Platform. “While the smartphone component of IT spending continues to grow in Asia Pacific, its relative size is plateauing as enterprises shift gears to focus on efficient workflows on both employee and enterprise-owned devices; web scale cloud systems built by agile development teams to enable new business capabilities; systemic improvements on the journey to becoming a true data driven enterprise; and personalized digital experiences as well as branded Internet of Things (IoT) that provide an unprecedented customer experience,” says IDC.

Keppel T&T’s data-centre Reit set for Dec 12 listing

The first real estate investment trust comprising data centres will be listed here next month and promises to be one of the largest and most highly anticipated initial public offerings of the year. Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation (Keppel T&T) aims to list Keppel DC Reit on Dec 12 once it has won shareholder backing at an extraordinary general meeting on Nov 25. The offering is estimated at $811 million, according to a circular released yesterday to the bourse.

Keppel data-centre trust set for IPO

The first real estate trust comprising data centres will be listed here next month, promising to be one of the largest and most highly-anticipated initial public offerings (IPOs) of the year. Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation (Keppel T&T) aims to list Keppel DC Reit on Dec 12 once it has won shareholder backing at an extraordinary general meeting on Nov 25. The offering is estimated at $811 million, according to a circular released to the bourse yesterday.

Microsoft And AWS Pass Singapore Security Standard

Microsoft has received the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Office 365 family of Web services. It is chasing Amazon, which has already received the higher level-3 certification for its Amazon Web Services (AWS). A cloud security standard, MTCS SS was developed by the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) in Singapore and published in November 2013.

Keppel T&T proposes mainboard listing of Keppel DC REIT

SINGAPORE: Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) is planning to list Keppel DC REIT on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange (SGX).  Keppel T&T Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pang said on Monday (Nov 10): “There has been a surge in demand for data centres, driven by a growth in e-commerce, cloud computing, and big data. “Increasingly, these new generation data centres are also required to adhere to high environmental and security standards, areas which require significant knowledge and investment.”

Xiaomi fans in Singapore can now go 4G with the new Redmi Note

Singaporeans love their Xiaomi smartphones. Here’s proof: the launch of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note here about four months ago saw 5,000 units of the 5.5-inch phablet selling out in an astonishing 42 seconds. The Chinese smartphone company will hope to go one better on November 18 when its brand spanking new Redmi Note 4G debuts in the island-state for S$229 (US$183). According to an official statement, a specially-tailored version of the phablet was created for the Southeast Asian market due to the differences in China and Singapore’s 4G networks.

Games in Asia Meetup Singapore: Growing your own startup

The best way a gaming studio can progress isn’t by its founder attending classes, or putting more of his savings in, or even simply by hunting down an investor. The best way, really, is to scale and get larger so you can accomplish more, and that’s just what Nonstop Games did. Initially a small social game startup working on HTML5 games, Nonstop Games – founded by four guys from Finland – later moved on to develop a massive real-time multiplayer strategy game, Heroes of Honor.

Google study shows Singapore ahead for smartphone adoption

SINGAPORE, Nov 2 — Asia is the leader in the world for smartphone usage and engagement, and Singapore is at the top of the pack. According to a global study released by Google, Singapore is now the number one smartphone adopter in the world at 85 per cent, outdoing Korea at 80 per cent. The research released by Google called the Consumer Barometer, sought to provide insights into web consumption across 46 countries this year.

M1’s new data centre triples its computing power

Telco M1 has opened a new five-storey data centre in Jurong that is tripling its computing power in its quest to make its new fibre offerings more appealing. The centre will offer services such as Internet bandwidth and surfing, computing resources and storage. Clients will also be able to get applications such as digital phone systems, digital signage and wired and wireless network security. M1 is partnering companies such as Hitachi Data Systems, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung to provide these services.

Open dataset of the week: Incoming flights for Singapore

This dataset is an enormously useful one for government and business. A regional breakdown shows changing visiting patterns from across the region, and also can be plotted to show cyclical trends in visitor numbers. The data can also be broken down to demonstrate national trends. For example, Germany seems to be increasingly enthusiastic about visiting the red dot. Does this indicate the success of local tourism campaigns, or perhaps improved business relations?

Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 achieve cloud security standard for Singapore

Microsoft announced today that it has achieved the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard for Singapore (MTCS SS) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure and Office 365. This Level 1 certification was granted to Microsoft to operate an Information Security Management System for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services including development, operations and support for the compute, storage, virtual network and virtual machines services.

Cloud computing the way of the future #cloud #cloudcomputing

SINGAPORE: Global trends suggest cloud computing will pave the road to the future the next phase of growth for enterprises. This was the highlight of Cloud Expo Asia 2014 which kicked off yesterday, focusing on cloud computing which is quickly gaining traction. IDA Singapore’s assistant chief executive Khoong Hock Yun highlighted that every year, cloud computing continues to gain momentum as more companies grasp the nimble, versatile and flexible nature of the cloud.

IDA launches initiatives to support Smart Nation vision, from Singapore

SINGAPORE: Data and analytics will play a key role in Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation, and to boost the country’s data ecosystem, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced two key initiatives. These include the Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) pilot that seeks to address the challenge of discovering datasets in the private sector. Data providers from all industries can participate in the pilot to increase the visibility of their datasets and reach out to new customers.

SAP to open new innovation centre in Singapore by end-2014

SINGAPORE: Software giant SAP will be opening its SAP Innovation Center in the city-state by the end of the year, as it expands its regional footprint in its 25th year in Asia Pacific. The SAP Innovation Center will focus on developing innovations to address areas such as smart cities, healthcare, Industry 4.0 and digital consumers, it said in its press release on Friday (Oct 24).

SingTel, StarHub start sales of Apple’s new iPads

Under SingTel’s pricing model, consumers pay less for the tablet devices upfront, but will incur a S$15 top-up fee over 24 months in addition to their monthly subscriptions. StarHub also announced it would start sales on Saturday. SingTel on Friday (Oct 24) started offering Apple’s latest iPads – the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – while competing telco StarHub said it would start sales for the two devices from Saturday.