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Singapore government kicks off 5G trials across multiple sectors

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Singapore's public sector has kicked off 5G pilots involving uses cases for various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and construction. The government is targeting to run 15 live trials on the southern island of Sentosa by yer-end, before ramping this figure up to at least 30 by the first half of 2023. The first set of 10 already had started at Sentosa, with multiple agencies including the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technologies (Chart) under Changi General Hospital. These trials would see the use of 5G for autonomous robots, tele-operated vehicles, and augment reality applications, according to Government Technology Agency (GovTech), which is the public sector's CIO. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority has set aside S$40 million (US$29.53 million) to support research and development efforts and drive adoption of 5G, which include initiatives focused on key verticals such as urban mobility and maritime.


Singapore to develop mobile defence systems with Ghost Robotics

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Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has inked a partnership with Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics to identify uses cases involving legged robots for security, defence, and humanitarian applications. They will look to test and develop mobile robotic systems, as well as the associated technology enablers, that can be deployed in challenging urban terrain and harsh environments. The collaboration also would see robots from Ghost Robotics paired with DSTA's robotics command, control, and communications (C3) system, the two partners said in a joint statement released Thursday. The Singapore government agency said its C3 capabilities were the "nerve centre" of military platforms and command centres, tapping data analytics, artificial intelligence, and computer vision technologies to facilitate "tighter coordination" and effectiveness during military and other contingency operations. Its robotics C3 system enabled simultaneous control and monitoring of multiple unmanned ground and air systems to deliver a holistic situation outline for coordinated missions, including surveillance in dense urban environments.


Singapore sends 'robot couriers' out for delivery

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Autonomous robots are hitting the streets of Singapore in a one-year pilot to facilitate on-demand food and grocery deliveries. The Singapore government hopes the trial will lead to a wider deployment of the drones to provide consumers with more flexible delivery services. Currently underway in Punggol, the one-tests would enable residents in the area to choose when they would like their items delivered, rather than accommodating the online retailer's fixed delivery schedule. Shoppers at the supermarket, for instance, could drop off their purchases at a concierge counter and arrange for these to be delivered to their residential apartment at a time they desired, and continue with their shopping or dining. Perishables including food and flowers as well as some controlled items such as medicine could be delivered through the "robot couriers", according to a statement Thursday by Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the government agency leading the initiative.


A Case Study To Detect Anomalies In Time Series Using Anomalize Package In R - Analytics Vidhya

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This article was published as a part of the Data Science Blogathon. Anomaly detection is a process in Data Science that deals with identifying data points that deviate from a dataset's usual behavior. Anomalous data can indicate critical incidents, such as financial fraud, a software issue, or potential opportunities, like a change in end-user buying patterns. Let us download the dataset from the Singapore Government's website that is easily accessible.- Singapore's government data website is quite easily downloadable.


OCBC Bank offers customers login option with e-government app

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OCBC Bank has tapped the Singapore government's e-services mobile app, SingPass, to offer an alternative login option for customers to access its own banking app. Currently used by more than 1.6 million residents, SingPass provides access to services from more than 60 government agencies and, increasingly, is used also by private enterprises as the Singapore government looks to open up access to citizen data to facilitate business transactions. The new login feature was enabled with the integration of digital banking access with the country's National Digital Identity platform, said OCBC in a statement Thursday. Introduced earlier this month, the login features would reduce the need for customers to remember multiple user IDs, pass codes, passwords, or PINs to log into their various digital services, said the Singapore bank. SingPass Mobile is available for download on both Google Android and Apple iOS devices, and offers users the option to authenticate their login credentials using fingerprint or face recognition as well as a six-digit passcode.


Singapore turns to businesses to bolster contact tracing efforts

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Singapore has rolled out a new digital check-in system to boost its contact tracing efforts and stem the spread of COVID-19, making it mandatory at certain locations across the island. The move comes weeks after the launch of a contact tracing app that has since garnered more than 1.4 million downloads, but well below the government's hope to reach three quarters of the local population. Called SafeEntry, the digital check-in system collects data that can be used to facilitate contact tracing should an individual who visited the location be tested for COVID-19. QR codes are displayed at the entry and exit points of a venue, which visitors must scan and input their name, national identification number, and mobile number. Alternatively, they can use any identification card that carries a barcode such as their driver's licence, work permit, or student pass, which then is scanned by staff stationed at the venue's entry point.


Salesforce sets up AI lab in Singapore, as country aims to drive adoption standards in Asean

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Salesforce has set up its first international artificial intelligence (AI) research facility in Singapore, where it is aiming to train up to 100 postgraduate students over the next three years, and where the government hopes to help lead the development of AI standards and adoption across Asean. The US software vendor will pool the students from Singapore Management University (SMU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and focus their training in deep learning, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP), amongst other fields in AI. The first batch of students will begin their training from August 2019 at the lab, which will be helmed by Salesforce Research Asia's managing director Steven Hoi. The local facility also will work closely with the vendor's main research centre in Palo Alto, collaborating on projects that include NLP, computer vision, and speech recognition, as well as initiate research specific to the region, such as language-based capabilities in chatbots, said Salesforce's chief scientist Richard Socher, who was in Singapore for the launch on Wednesday. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students.


Commentary: When machines make decisions on our behalf, fears of redundancy, new questions emerge

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SINGAPORE: Robotics and Artificial intelligence (AI) are here to stay. AI applications are not just helping businesses become more efficient, they are more frequently visible in our everyday lives. Consider virtual assistants such as Nanyang Technological University's humanoid robot receptionist Nadine, and robotic instructors, known as RoboCoaches, that lead fitness classes for the elderly, demonstrate exercises, and offer encouragement here in Singapore. Not to mention the increasingly prevalent role of Alexa, Siri and Cortana in our lives. READ: The rise of artificial intelligence and how lives will forever be changed, the Big Read.


Singapore designates area for drone tests, explores new tech for air traffic management

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The Singapore government has set aside a designated area on the island in which drones can be tested and signed several partnerships to explore the use of new technologies to improve air traffic management.


Up to S$150m boost for Singapore's artificial intelligence push (Amended)

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UP to S$150 million will be committed to AI.SG, a new national programme that seeks to boost Singapore's capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI). The National Research Foundation (NRF) will invest the amount over the next five years. Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said on Wednesday that AI and data science are among key frontier technologies the Singapore government will harness as part of its "enhanced growth strategy for the digital economy". He was speaking at Innovfest Unbound 2017, a two-day innovation festival celebrating digital disruption and which has attracted more than 8,000 global entrepreneurs and representatives from government agencies and corporates. Dr Yaacob said: "The potential gains from an enabler technology like AI are massive."