Singapore, the city of superlatives: Here, on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, live 5.7 million people from many different backgrounds. One of the world’s most visited cities, one of the most significant trading centers on the continent and the most important container transshipment center in the world – this is what vibrant Singapore stands for, and for much, much more – Singapore wants to become a smart nation and it’s well on its way.
From vision to reality
Countless nationalities, a variety of cultures and four official languages – hardly anywhere else does the concept of the inspiring melting pot apply so well as in the dynamic city-state. Visions for the future also fit in perfectly here. It is truly impressive to discover what is possible when society, politics and the economy all unite behind a major project. In November 2014, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched a globally unique initiative. Singapore is using state-of-the-art digital solutions to create a better future and will be the first smart nation in the world by 2025.
A smart nation is built not by the government, but by everybody working in cooperation – including citizens, authorities, businesses and institutions. Enthusiasm for investments, openness to new technologies and experimental concepts are the ingredients for Singapore’s apparent recipe for success. To promote exchange, the data infrastructure will be further expanded. Singapore focuses on optimum networking and open data, i.e. all data that can be made freely available for use and distribution in the interests of society, without any restrictions. The mobility of people and goods also plays a prominent role in the smart nation. This is why there are already firm plans for autonomous driving in Singapore, which is being driven forward by innovators. The ambitious initiative is coordinated by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), which reports directly to the Office of the Prime Minister.
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