Singapore Aims to Become Smart Nation with IoT Partnerships

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Singapores Smart Nation initiative is aiming to transform the country into a 21st century template for connected solutions, implementing “whole-of-nation” programs that improve infrastructure and amenities for the population as a whole.

That project has taken its latest step forward with a partnership between IoT communications provider Sigfox, independent power producer Engie and IoT network operator UnaBiz that will see Sigfoxs global network deployed across Singapore.

“Singapore is Sigfoxs first deployment in Asia and home to its regional headquarters,” said Meng Fai Tung, deputy director of infocomms & media for the Singapore Economic Development Board. “This is testament to Singapores strategic positioning as a leading global connectivity hub and a gateway for high-growth businesses to address the opportunities presented in this region.

“The rollout of Sigfoxs global network in Singapore with Engie and UnaBiz marks and important milestone in strengthening Singapore as a smart nation and global player in the internet of things. This partnership is a significant addition to Singapores digital infrastructure, and a catalyst for greater innovation in Singapores infocomm technology ecosystem.”

Taking advantage of the simple and fast rollout of the network, which requires far lighter infrastructure than traditional mobile networks, the three partners expect to offer nationwide coverage by early 2017.

“IoT will play a major role in building nations where citizens will live fulfilling lives that are richly supported by technology,” said Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz. “As the exclusive Sigfox network operator in Singapore, we are very excited to roll out nationwide connectivity. We will leverage Sigfoxs global ecosystem of world-leading component manufacturers, IT developers and integrators to help and establish Singapore as the living lab of Asia.”

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