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Consortium Fields a Successful Smart City Pilot Project in Singapore

admin | June 2, 2014

Across the world, cities are evolving at a rapid pace, with many changes being made in favor of infrastructure that can help cities efficiently manage events and resources across multiple agencies. Singapore is an example of one such city.

As a pioneer in the development of smart city infrastructure and with these challenges top of mind, AGT International is constantly on the lookout for ways to innovate and harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and relevant public data to develop groundbreaking solutions that meet the basic needs of citizens and allow intelligent decision making.

Working directly with the Singapore government, we initiated the Singapore Safe SmartCity test bed pilot project as part of a consortium with O’Connor, and Hitachi Asia, a regional subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. Through the pilot we created an integrated multi-agency solution that could easily be implemented within the existing city infrastructure and offer greater insight into its daily operations, a key function needed to make the city smarter. The platform we used is called CityMIND and is powered by AGT.

The CityMIND platform uses our advanced analytics in addition to web intelligence, powerful sensors and big data to connect various interfaces and outputs, from video and facial recognition cameras to smart phones, in order to create a comprehensive and reliable view of the city. Today, we are especially pleased to announce the success of this initial pilot, which trialed the recently launched CityMIND 6.5 platform. We are certain that it will serve as a model that other major cities can follow, underscoring the importance of IoT based technology in improving smart city development.
The key to ensuring our success in Singapore was to take a city that was already very forward-thinking and introduce a platform that helped to facilitate knowledge sharing among constituents and better real-time communications between government agencies and all parts of the city to get every urban stakeholder – both public and private – working together in support of a common goal. Through CityMIND, a number of key smart cities technologies were implemented successfully in Singapore, to identify traffic congestion and crowding, improve cleanliness by using sensors in trash bins to automatically signal when they need to be emptied, increase communications between first responders, authorities and citizens with specially-designed mobile device applications and raise awareness of relevant social media trends.

Research shows us that early adopters in smart city implementations like Singapore will be the cities that thrive over the next 10, 20 or 50 years, while cities that do not will ultimately become less competitive. Our experience tells us that cities are exactly where leveraging IoT can enable the most dramatic improvements of all for citizens so we are very excited to be at the forefront of technology that is developing smart city initiatives.

We also feel honored to have been given the opportunity to support Singapore, which is already much more developed than other cities in many ways, and help the government to address larger, forward-looking issues. Given its success, we believe that the pilot project in Singapore can be leveraged as a use case that governments in cities across the world facing similar growth and infrastructure management challenges can look to.

Our goal in participating in the consortium and working through the pilot is to help governments easily assess the positive role that safe-smart integration can play in protecting citizens and drive that agenda globally.

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