Open dataset of the week: Incoming flights for Singapore #cloud #cloudcomputing

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 #cloud #cloudcomputing

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.

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.

Xiaomi Moves Overseas Mobile Phone Data Away From Chinese Servers #cloud #cloudcomputing

Hugo Barra, global vice president of Xiaomi, recently issued a statement that claims Xiaomi is moving its international user data from servers in Beijing to U.S. and Singapore. This is reportedly a response to previous incidents which exposed that Xiaomi smartphones automatically returned global user data to Beijing servers. Chinese telecommunications regulations require Chinese companies to store domestic data on local Chinese servers.

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.