Singapore to invest US$33 million in cybersecurity research

The Singapore government has pledged S$42 million (US$33.6 million) to boost research on mobile, network and cloud security. The National Research Foundation has selected seven research projects which will receive the funding over the next two to five years, Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, recently announced.

Singapore Environment Agency wins FutureGov Award for its rapid haze response

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore has won the E-Government Award at this year’s FutureGov Awards for its rapid implementation of a haze monitoring and public information portal during the haze crisis.  When Singapore was badly hit by the haze last June, the NEA website attracted as many as 5 million visitors in a day.

Mega trends in technology, from Singapore

Mark Koh, Senior Industry Analyst, ICT, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific answers five key questions about the mega trends in technology and the issues about data privacy in an interconnected world. What are the mega trends in technology? The big trends are currently in big data, cloud computing, connected devices and software define paradigm. The technologies have a symbiotic relationship and expected to achieve synergies with one another.

Big data helps government provide personalised services, from Singapore

Singapore government websites will soon be able to better recognise citizens’ needs with a new big data analytics tool. cOnce the pilot project goes live next year, the cloud-based tool can process and understand a citizen’s question accurately and provide an answer within seconds. This capability will enable citizens to better navigate government services and get personalised advice when using online services.  The tool also provide government agencies with insights on citizens’ needs and priorities.

How fast is the internet? Regulator asks citizens for feedback, from Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the country’s telecoms regulator and central government IT agency, launched a pilot for a mobile app yesterday that aims to engage consumers to obtain better insights into consumers’ mobile broadband usage experience.  “We hope consumers will download the MyConnection SG app and volunteer as NIMI testers to help IDA improve their broadband service experience,” explained Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA.

NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).

Singapore customs considers iris scanning at borders

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore told local media that they are exploring iris scanning as a potential technology to complement its existing biometrics system.  Currently, Singapore citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders who have registered their fingerprints in the country’s national database can clear immigration through automated gates.  The proposals will allow the authority to evaluate if the technology is ready and suitable to be used at the checkpoints.

Hitachi Hosts "Hitachi Innovation Forum 2014 Singapore"

Tokyo, Oct 9, 2014 – (JCN Newswire) – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) today announced that it will host the “Hitachi Innovation Forum 2014 Singapore,” on 19 November at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Themed “SOCIAL INNOVATION – IT’S OUR FUTURE Empowering Business and Society with information”, the forum aims to showcase Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in the global market. Featuring conferences, seminars and exhibitions, Hitachi Group will introduce its advanced and cutting-edge business models, solutions, products, services and technologies in the fields of finance, industry, healthcare, transportation, water treatment and energy.

Akamai appoints new Asia Pacific and Japan MD

Akamai Technologies has appointed Graeme Beardsell as new managing director, Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Graeme will lead all aspects of sales, business Development and Go-to-Market strategies for the entire region. He will report to Akamai senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, Sanjay Singh. Bearsell has more than 25 years of senior management, sales, consulting and product management experience in both start-ups and established companies with the likes of IBM, Salesforce, Experian and Solace Systems.

Patrick Grove’s iBuy Group sinks to all-time low on Australian exchange

After its debut in the stock market in December 2013, iBuy stocks rose to almost A$0.70 in March before tumbling down to A$0.19 on October 3. Founded by famed Malaysian internet entrepreneur Patrick Grove, iBuy raised A$37 million (US$33 million) after its IPO. In April, it bought the Southeast Asian businesses of loss-making daily deals company LivingSocial for US$18.5 million.

Why Singapore is on the cusp of becoming a big data utopia

The Singapore government has begun building  its own Skynet. No, not the killer AI that wrecked havoc on humankind in The Terminator, but an eye in the sky which will know in real-time where all the cars are in the country, round-the-clock. The reason for that, at least on the surface, is mundane: it wants to improve traffic by charging drivers for using congested roads. Singapore’s existing Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system uses physical gantries that charges drivers for going past it. But it has been criticized for being ineffective .

Singapore joins ‘high broadband’ club in Asia Pacific: Report

SINGAPORE: The Republic has joined the likes of South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ranks for Asia Pacific when it comes to Internet broadband speeds. According to the quarterly Akamai State of the Internet report issued on Wednesday (Oct 1), the average connection speeds in Singapore exceed 10Mbps, against the global average of 4.6 MBps. Mr David Belson, editor of the report, said that this is the first time global average connection speeds went above the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold.

StarHub launches 2-in-1 mobile number service

SINGAPORE: StarHub post-paid customers can now utilise two mobile numbers from a single SIM card and phone through a new app launched on Wednesday (Oct 1). The new StarHub 2-in-1 LINE app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows subscribers to activate and connect a second mobile number onto their existing phone and line. Users can then make calls and SMSes from their primary phone, but with the secondary mobile number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID.

Visa to increase tech R&D positions in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Payments service provider Visa announced on Wednesday (Oct 1) its plans to create approximately 185 technology research and development (R&D) jobs in Singapore. In many cases, the new contract positions will be converted to permanent roles, said Visa in its press release, adding this would help maintain the company’s momentum around new IT initiatives underway at the company.

Interpol opens Singapore centre to fight cybercrime

SINGAPORE: Interpol, the world’s largest police organisation, is opening a centre in Singapore focused on fighting cybercrime, which many countries, it says, are poorly equipped to contain. Cybercrime is increasingly conducted by a highly specialised chain of software break-in experts, underground market-makers and fraudsters who convert stolen passwords and identities into financial gains. Criminals can keep data for months or even years before using it to defraud victims.

Singapore government asks prominent political news site TOC to get a license

The Singapore government stirred debate last year when it announced that influential news websites reporting local affairs must, if asked, register for a license  to continue running. This falls in line with current requirements for traditional broadcasters. While critics condemn the move as another act of censorship, the Media Development Authority (MDA) has defended the move because it gives a more “consistent regulatory framework.” Today, the government announced that The Online Citizen (TOC) , an established political news site in Singapore, must also register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification.

Singapore Hospital Maps Patients’ Profile To Predict Health Needs

A hospital in Singapore is trying to reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits to better allocate limited resources. The Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been receiving many patients who frequently admit themselves for medical treatment that can be provided by alternative health and support providers. The hospital is now using mapping technology to analyse the profile of these patients and their proximity to more appropriate providers so it can better transition these patients to outpatient and specialist care.

Aussie e-commerce merchant expands into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia

Australian e-commerce merchant, eWAY, has expanded its global business into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The launch adds three more countries to eWAY’s growing global operations and now supports businesses operating across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Since launching, the company has processed more than 110 million transactions worth $15 billion for more than16,000 active businesses both large and small.

Singapore Government on alert for Bash aka Shellshock bug threat

SINGAPORE: The possible risk of cybercriminals exploiting the bug known as GNU Bourne Again Shell, also known as Bash or Shellshock, is being closely monitored by local IT regulator the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Responding to a query by Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson said on Friday (Sep 26) that IDA is “aware” of the Bash vulnerability and is “closely monitoring the situation”. She added: “We would like to reassure the public that Government agencies are taking the necessary security measures to ensure the integrity of their websites and e-services.”

Taiwan’s Tigerair is off the ground for first time with flight to Singapore

TAIPEI — Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan (虎航), a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines (華航) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, launched its maiden flight Friday morning with a service from Taipei to Singapore. On its first flight, the airline’s 180-seater A320 was almost full, carrying 177 passengers, and the return flight from Singapore was almost sold out, it said. A passenger surnamed Lin said she was excited to be on the maiden flight, which was her first trip on a budget carrier. Lin said she was also pleased to have paid only NT$888 (US$29.31) for her one-way ticket to Singapore.