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Singtel further supports Smart Nation transformation

A corporate lab is being established to develop applications in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation and healthcare

The five-year partnership will help Singapore realise its Smart Nation mission
The five-year partnership will help Singapore realise its Smart Nation mission

Singtel has partnered with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to set up a S$42.4m corporate lab to help boost development of artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing.


Under a five-year agreement, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish the lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises ([email protected]), to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing.


The research by [email protected] aims to resolve various challenges faced by cities in keeping their infrastructure facilities in tip top running condition.


With the use of smart sensors embedded with AI, city governments can analyse data from infrastructure facilities and can decide to conduct maintenance works only when necessary to achieve optimal performance for these assets. This would help cut operating costs for cities that currently spend significant amounts on routine maintenance, whilst not compromising on infrastructure quality and performance standards.


“For Singapore to achieve its Smart Nation vision, we have to keep pushing the frontiers of AI and develop innovative ways to process, analyse and utilise big data,” said professor Lam Khin Yong, acting provost, chief of staff and vice president (research), NTU.


“This is how the collaborative effort between Singtel and NTU on cognitive computing will make a huge impact, improving productivity for businesses while making our cities smarter and more efficient.”


Over the next five years, this partnership is expected to expand the product range of Singtel and its regional ICT subsidiary NCS. Some 100 researchers from Singtel and NTU will work at [email protected], while another 200 research engineers, graduate and undergraduate students will also be trained in the lab.


“This collaboration marks a significant step for Singtel to develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to support enterprises in their digital transformation and Singapore’s Smart Nation objectives,” added Bill Chang, chief executive officer, group enterprise at Singtel.


“As businesses face the rising threat of technological disruptions, companies are constantly seeking innovative ways to gain deeper insights through data analytics, better engage their customers and transform their operations through digitalisation. To help companies address these challenges, we are stepping up our R&D efforts to develop deep capabilities in these focused areas.”


Singtel and A*STAR will also work together on projects including smart building automation systems, robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications that could help boost operating efficiencies in various industries.



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