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RSA APAC 2016: Cybersecurity strategy needs overhaul

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Businesses and governments will need to relook their approach to cybersecurity in order to cope with the current technology landscape, and this may mean changing their country's legislation and law enforcement capabilities. Singapore, for instance, had been reassessing the way it addressed cybersecurity and identifying areas that needed to be tweaked, according to its Minister of Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam. He pointed to the country's National Cybercrime Action Plan, which aimed to coordinate local efforts in deterring, detecting, and disrupting such activities. Speaking at the RSA Asia-Pacific Conference 2016 this week, Shanmugam further underscored the need to focus on prevention as well as establish a speedy and strong response to cybercrime. The local legal framework also must be able to facilitate efforts in this area, he said, adding that industry collaboration should be encouraged as the ability to combat cybercrimes would have to come from a shared responsibility.


Singapore deploys robots to remind nature lovers about safe distancing

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Visitors to parks, gardens, and nature reserves in Singapore may now run into a four-legged robot deployed to issue reminders about the need to observe safe distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed Spot, these Boston Dynamics' droids also are equipped with cameras to track the number of visitors at parks. Part of a pilot launched by Singapore's National Parks Board (NParks) and Digital Government Group, which comprises Smart Nation and Digital Government Office and Government Technology Agency (GovTech), the robots aim to help efforts to ensure safe distancing measures are adopted and reduce the manpower required for park patrols. The Boston Dynamics Spot robots have been deployed, for a fortnight during off-peak hours, over an area spanning 3km in the River Plains section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, said the government agencies in a joint statement Friday. A recorded message will be broadcast from the robots, reminding visitors about the need to practise safe distancing.


National Day Rally 2017: 'Smart' lamp posts to become key nodes for surveillance and data collection

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SINGAPORE - Plans are underway to turn every lamp post into a smart lamp post that can carry and transmit information gathered from surveillance cameras and sensors around the country. The network of interconnected lamp posts could form the spine of the Smart Nation Sensor Platform (SNSP), which aims to use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to analyse, for instance, video footage collected by government agencies. These could be used to detect anomalies and predict situations such as potentially unruly crowds and traffic congestion. "We are making every lamp post a smart lamp post to mount different types of sensors," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 20) when he spoke about making Singapore a Smart Nation. The AI-based video analytics system is slated for a trial in Orchard Road and selected housing estates from October (2017).


How Artificial Intelligence is helping Singapore to achieve its Smart Nation vision during the pandemic – OpenGov New

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The National AI Strategy announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat at the Singapore FinTech Festival last November mapped out how Singapore will develop and deploy AI solutions to transform the economy and improve lives. The National AI Strategy focuses on five key areas -- healthcare, security, smart estates, education and logistics -- and is led by the National AI Office, an agency created under the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office. Some of the areas where results are already beginning to show in real time are in using AI and robots in the fight against Covid-19, AI analysis for better Covid-19 contact tracing, smart AI robots for patrol and surveillance, smart sensors and meters to save water and AI in data analytics for tourism insights. A recent example of using AI-powered video analytics is VigilantGantry, which automatically screens temperatures of individuals passing through a gantry or entrance with a regular video camera and thermal scanner. The software can detect and screen the temperatures of those wearing caps or items that cover their foreheads.


Huawei launches public safety comms solution

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Chinese networking giant Huawei has announced the launch of its eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System (eLTE MCCS), which it said provides "ultra-reliable" communications solutions for public safety organisations. According to Huawei, the narrowband networks traditionally used for public safety are limited to providing access to basic voice services. The eLTE MCCS service uses a mobile service convergence platform to interconnect such networks with video surveillance and geographic information systems. "This platform would enable gradual phasing out of existing narrowband networks and upgrading to new networks while maintaining provision of services and protecting the investments customers have already made in narrowband networks," Huawei explained. According to Huawei president of Enterprise Wireless Eric Sun, eLTE MCCS enables improved public safety services via its three capabilities: Dispatching Anywhere, Comprehensive Awareness, and Multi-Service Collaboration.