Digital infrastructure is being built from the ground-up in tandem with the physical development of the district
JTC, the lead government agency responsible for the planning and development of industrial infrastructure in Singapore, has signed an agreement to develop a smart city platform for its Punggol Digital District (PDD).
It is forming a strategic partnership with global technology, defence and engineering group, ST Engineering, to design and deploy an open digital platform. Both parties will work closely to integrate smart city solutions on to the platform across the 50-hectare district. Both JTC and ST Engineering will co-invest equally to bring this project to fruition.
The first district in Singapore to adopt an integrated masterplan approach, PDD is a multi-agency collaboration project between Infocomm Media Development Authority, JTC, Singapore Institute of Technology and Urban Redevelopment Authority.
This memorandum of understanding with ST Engineering is the first step towards establishing strategic partnerships with companies to develop the open digital platform in PDD. Industry partners, including local SMEs, can take advantage of opportunities to further develop solutions and infrastructure for the platform.
In contrast to existing business parks and large-scale districts where physical infrastructure, urban solutions and digital infrastructure are developed in silos, PDD will see the full integration of digital infrastructure from the ground-up, in tandem with the physical planning and development of the district.
The platform will integrate various smart city solutions such as facilities, building and estate management systems, district cooling system, pneumatic waste conveyancing system, autonomous goods delivery systems, access and security systems, carparks system, traffic lights system, and autonomous vehicles.
The single platform approach will enable all district operations to be centralised for management. With real-time access to information on what is happening around the district, this shortens time taken by estate managers to identify and react to potential problems. With predictive analytics and pre-emptive solutions, estate managers can proactively optimise and control resources by analysing data from sensors and IoTs across the district.
The platform will also be interoperable with Singapore’s Smart Nation Sensor Platform, developed by GovTech, to enable wider sharing of sensor data with public agencies to improve the planning and delivery of public services.
It aims to transform total user experience with smart technologies in the district. For instance, tenants will enjoy seamless biometric access to facilities while their visitors experience seamless access to the premises via their mobile phones. Tenants of the JTC Business Park can also expect cost-savings due to optimisation of building systems by the smart technologies.
To encourage academics, researchers, start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create solutions, data on the platform will be made available for them to develop digital or urban solutions for PDD. Real-time and historical data from estate and building management systems will be published via an application programming interface (API), on which the community is able to access information to develop digital applications or urban solutions in PDD. A digital twin (digital replica) of the entire district will be made available for contributors to do safe testing of solutions before deploying them.
“The open digital platform in Punggol Digital District will be the first in Singapore,” said JTC’s chief executive officer, Ng Lang. “Besides making our work more efficient, we hope it can also enhance the convenience and experience of people working in the district.
Businesses, workers, researchers, students and the general public, innovators can plug in to the platform to access and use the data and analytics to develop solutions that will benefit the community. This also creates in Punggol Digital District an environment of innovation and collaboration that is instrumental for the digital economy.”
Some technologies on the platform will first be test-bedded at One-north, a living lab for innovations, and refined for deployment and operations in PDD by 2023. Both partners will also evaluate the potential of implementing the Open Digital Platform in other districts like the Jurong Innovation District.
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