Movers & Shakers
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Ever wonder how the leaders of the Infocomm industry got where they are today? Watch this space and hear from the luminaries themselves what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what continues to drive them to excel.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Anacle Systems
It is tough to come up with something truly innovative so not being able to come up with one doesn’t mean you are less worthy.
FROM LAB TO MARKET
Q: Was coming out with the Starlight® Energy Management System (STARLIGHT) idea the hardest part?
AL: Every product idea starts with a pain point and it was not any different for STARLIGHT. We were working with a few real estate companies on another product and they shared about their challenge in managing energy costs...
Q: Was the subsequent research and development process equally smooth sailing?
AL: We set ourselves up for a challenge right from the beginning. Rather than positioning STARLIGHT as a system only for new buildings, we also targeted the product at existing buildings...
Q: What kept the team going despite these challenges?AL: We believed in our product and what it can do. And true enough, the market reacted well to STARLIGHT when it was launched. There was much interest in it and we made our first sale quickly. To date, we have deployed approximately 30,000 units. That is quite a feat if you were to consider that STARLIGHT was only commercialised in late 2011...
Tan Kiat How
Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
To harness the transformative power of technology, we need tech professionals to apply their mind and skills to solve business problems today.
ON THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
How is the digital transformation in 2017 different from the one in 1990s?
In the 1990s, the transformation was chiefly about digitisation. We were changing physical processes to digital processes. One example is bookkeeping – instead of keeping physical books, we use accounting software. At the risk of oversimplifying things, digitisation brought about increased productivity, processing speed and accuracy...
Why should we be excited about digitalisation?
The transformation has given rise to new business opportunities like never before. Businesses in Singapore can now look beyond the market size of five million to reach out to the whole world and at a low cost. However, to fully leverage the opportunities presented by digitalisation, it is important for our workforce to learn new skills and embrace more open mindsets....
What is IMDA’s role in empowering industry transformation?Our mission is to help Singapore remain at the forefront of technological innovation. And being an industry developer and regulator for telecommunications, media and personal data, we have a holistic appreciation for technology changes and technology needs...
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MRT trains move over half the Singapore population every day, place to place, empowering the conduct of everyday activities. There is little margin for error. SMRT – one of the two rail operators in Singapore – harnesses technology to ensure reliability.
SENSORS AS A MONITORING DEVICE
Trains draw power from the power rail through train-mounted current collector device (CCD) shoes. If the power rail sags below an acceptable limit, a power disruption could be triggered. The sensors, which sit in tandem with the CCD shoes, measure the dynamic readings and ensure that the data, with variations as small as 1mm, are within safety thresholds. These mechanical sensors, which are currently mounted on five trains on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL), monitor the condition of the power rail during service hours. In 2016, about half of all SMS alerts that were triggered prompted immediate rectification work.
EMPLOYING SENSORS FOR “SENSE-MAKING”
All data collected weekly is plotted against data from previous weeks, allowing identification of preventive maintenance required for power rail segments. These sensors supplement the multifunctional vehicle (MFV) that circulates the entire track during engineering hours between 1am and 4am, collecting information on 16 parameters relating to the track and the power rail. One MFV takes about four to six months to cover the entire NSEWL.
Many of us would have grown up with libraries playing a big part in our lives. Against the backdrop of an increasingly affluent society and convenient access to abundant reading materials...
TECHNOLOGY AS AN ENABLER TO BETTER USERS’ EXPERIENCE
Managing a network of 26 public libraries across the island, the National Library Board (NLB) has consistently focused on adopting technology to transform well-used, process-heavy services, by shifting service delivery away from manual touch points and towards technology-driven interfaces. NLB was one of the first libraries in the world to implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to track the movement of library items. This transformation enabled our users to check-out and return items independently. Self-checkout stations, which were introduced to public libraries in 1998, reduced the time needed to borrow a library item from 45 to less than 5 minutes. Subsequently, transaction kiosks known as eKiosks provided a one-stop, self-service platform for a variety of transactional and payment functions. Users not only enjoyed significant time savings but were also able to complete more transactions on their own.
BEYOND PHYSICAL LIBRARY SPACES
Recognising that Singapore has one of the world’s highest mobile penetration rates1 averaging 149.2% between July to December 2016, it was evident that library service innovations should be adapted to a digital lifestyle through extended offerings to the online space.
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How Everyday Tech has Changed without You Realising
As mobile supercomputers, intelligent cities, global networks and other wonders of our age become part of the daily routine and office furniture, it is easy to forget how things were once upon a time and the almost magical nature of these everyday tech that we have come to take for granted.
This might very well be for the better – since it is only when these “gadgets” become mundane that we’ll aim for even more incredible breakthroughs. For someone who has lived through these exciting times, every time I pause and look around, I cannot help but marvel at how my yesteryear fantasies have become everyday realities today.
THE IMPOSSIBLE IS ALREADY HERE
As a kid, I liked to read science fiction. I could spend hours sitting under a tree, immersed in the distant worlds of the far future where people carried in their hands tiny but powerful supercomputers that could instantly deliver any information. They would go about their business on fast trains that navigated by themselves without drivers, and work in cities with buildings as high as the sky. They could talk to anyone in the world through their video screens and get live news from any country and in any language. I thought: “If I could just go to such a place – I’d be the happiest kid in the world.”
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Driving the brightest ideas in town
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Splash Awards 2016 Champions Show Flair in Advancing Cyber Wellness
As more and more Singaporeans look to social media platforms to connect and stay in communication, cyber etiquette becomes increasingly essential for the maintenance of a civil and prosperous cyber space. SCS showed support for the cause with the SCS Splash Awards 2016.
Jointly organised by the SCS Student Chapter and Interactive Digital Media Chapter, the 13th edition of the SCS Splash Awards took on the theme, "Cyber Wellness", and saw participation from close to 300 secondary school and tertiary institution students.
The students learnt the importance of fostering a healthy cyber community through coming out with original ideas which contribute towards the creation of a more responsible cyber community for Singapore. Notably, "SocialShield" from Dunman High impressed the judging panel with their submission and won the top spot for the Pre-tertiary Category while "Keyboard Warriors" from Singapore Institute of Technology bagged the award for the Tertiary Category. Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education graced the award ceremony.
"SocialShield" from Dunman High was shortlisted for the National Infocomm Competition Face-Off (App Development). In addition, the students also represented Singapore for the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) in Taipei.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Collective Growth
Over 1,200 infocomm and digital media professionals from both public and private sectors joined in the celebration of SCS 50th anniversary at the SCS Gala Dinner and IT Leader Awards 2017 held at Resorts World Sentosa on 10 March.
Graced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the event was symbolic in commemorating SCS’ journey over the last ve decades where it made signi cant contributions to the fostering of a vibrant and globally competitive infocomm industry in Singapore. As part of the occasion, the attendees paid tribute to the past presidents whose visions and leaderships had built a strong foundation for SCS.