Mr Christopher Tong, engineering project manager at GovTech, discusses the challenges and complexities of scaling smart city solutions. Dense clusters of buildings, sprawling infrastructure and hordes of people do not a smart city make. To become truly ‘smart’, cities need to sense and respond to the needs of its denizens, and that ambition begins with data. Like the nerves of the...
At the rapidly evolving frontier of cybersecurity, it pays to have an understanding of the emerging threats and the protective actions that can be taken to mitigate them. When Singapore rolled out its Digital Government Blueprint in June 2018, building reliable, secure and resilient systems was earmarked as a key priority. Aware of the risks from digitalising government systems—especially with...
Ask any motorists what’s their least favourite part of driving. Chances are, parking is near the top of that list. The circling around looking for empty spaces. Ending up parking somewhere really far from your destination. Forgetting where exactly you parked in the cavernous multi storey basement carpark. Still, at least paying for parking nowadays is pretty convenient, done either...
Excerpt from article... "According to P. Ramakrishna, CEO of CIO Academy Asia, the newly announced ICT budget sends a strong signal to the tech sector that Singapore will continue to invest and accelerate its efforts on digital transformation. “It’s interesting that S$2.7 billion (70% of the budget) will be spent on digital services projects targeted at citizens and businesses across...
"Enabling Agile and Resilient Citizen Services" - Panel 3 @ ConnectGov V Panel session with: Linus Tham, Group Chief Information Officer, IHH Healthcare Berhad Jason Bay, Senior Director (Government Digital Services), GovTech Singapore Siim Sikkut, Government CIO, Estonia Prem Pavan, Area Vice President & GM - Asia, Citrix Moderated By: - Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive (Media & Innovation), IMDA Singapore The Covid-19 crisis has pitched...
The Scottish government has set out plans to focus on ethics and inclusion in its use of artificial intelligence (AI) within the public sector, publishing an AI strategy that maps out a set of new bodies and governance structures. Scotland aims to become a centre of expertise in “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive AI”, the strategy says. It wants to influence...
Businesses and citizens alike are trying to work around the frequent cutoffs using a variety of technologies, but the damage goes deep. Myanmar, home to 54 million people, has seen a jump in demand for VPNs and alternative methods of communication even since the Myanmar’s military staged a coup to topple the elected government earlier this year, said threat intelligence...
At the 4th GovTech STACK-X Meetup, two experts showcased some of the practical uses and latest advances in machine learning. In simpler times, the word ‘training’ applied exclusively to living things—for instance, you could train a dog to perform a trick, or a person to excel at a sport. But nowadays, even machines can be trained to carry out specific...
If there’s a scientific formula that is famous for representing a brilliant breakthrough, Albert Einstein’s E=MC2 must surely be it.   Besides formalising a fundamental relation in Physics, it has come to symbolize a then-new way of looking at how the world works.  More practically for us, it also captures the guiding spirit and thinking behind ConnectGov 2018, as well as...
Cloud computing has revolutionised the way digital applications are being developed. Mr Gregor Hohpe, former technical director in Google Cloud’s office of the CTO, highlighted the importance of replaceability, resilience and requirements in cloud deployments, as well as the changing roles and responsibilities of cloud architects. In the past, to be an architect was to plan and design buildings for...