IMDA-Austrade To Develop Innovative Smart Estates Solutions

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IMDA and Austrade have partnered up to develop innovative smart estates solutions. Here’s all you need to know about this Singapore-Australia initiative to make our neighbourhoods better:

What are smart estates solutions?

Smart estates refer to estates that incorporate the use of smart technologies to collect, analyse and exchange data.

The goal of creating smart estates solutions is to optimise maintenance cycles, improve public processes and bring a better living experience for all.

For example, this could mean tapping on data to predict the next lift breakdown, or making use of more efficient energy resources through on-demand lighting and cooling systems in buildings. Another example would be using fridges that can keep track of your groceries, or robots you can command to switch on the lights and give you weather updates.

IMDA and Austrade signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 4 June, which will focus on the following three key areas for smart estates.

Three key areas of focus for smart estates

  1. Facilitate networking opportunities for Singaporean and Australian smart estates players
  2. Drive technology projects for both countries
  3. Co-develop a smart estates guide for the industry
Companies in Singapore and Australia are partnering to co-develop smart urban solutions for Singapore, Australia and South-east Asia.

Why now?

Smart estates are not a concept; but back when they were first proposed (in various forms) in the mid 1990’s, they were largely considered a pipe dream. At the time, the Internet of Things (IoT) – and in fact overall connectivity to the internet – was not sufficient to empower many of the goals.

Today however, connection speeds are quicker, and more devices feature uplinks and smart capabilities. As such, even small start-ups now have access to the technology and funding needed for smart estate projects. In Singapore, this is a natural development that overlaps nicely with the Smart Nation initiative.

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