The Sensing City

Right now, in Southeast Asia, a city is being modified so that it can feel. Sensors are being installed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to track all sorts of information ranging from air quality to water level to traffic patterns. This sensor network, dubbed the Smart Nation Platform (SNP), will help the city of Singapore increase the quality of life for its residents.

For example, by being able to accurately predict traffic patterns, the planners hope that the system can resolve supply and demand issues for transportation even during peak hours.

In the Jurong Lake District, the Singaporean government expects to trial fifteen different “smart solutions.” One of these trials is a network of sensors in some of the parks that will monitor the amount of movement and dynamically adjust the amount of lighting.

One opportunity presents itself in the IDA’s Internet of Things @ Home initiative, which aims to allow smart devices in the homes of Singaporeans to easily communicate with one another. The Singaporean government is really pushing for open standards in this case. It seems that the investment in this regard will foster a large amount of growth for IoT-based companies in this region.

The Smart Nation Platform system is expected to be fully completed by the end of next year.

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Yu Jiang decided to put his career at Apple as a robotics designer and programmer on hold in order to follow his dream of traveling the world. He loves exploring, meeting new people, and learning new things.

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