- Tram Ho
Written by Gia Vu
The “smart country” strategy announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the end of 2014 with the goal of the next 10 years, Singapore will become a country of wide application of the most advanced technological achievements.
Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Li Hsien Long once wrote on Facebook in 2017: “Smart Singapore is for everyone and no one is left behind. All components of society, regardless of age or status, benefit from technology solutions. ”
In addition to applying many smart applications to monitor and improve the quality of life of people such as electronic payment or national sensor network, Singapore is also known for applying technology to many aspects of daily life. , from simple things like paying meals to arresting criminals.
Here are 7 such technologies:
1. Pay by QR code at street food stalls
We can use ATM cards to pay at restaurants or retail stores, but what happens when you call in a cafe and discover that you forgot your wallet at home?
The answer is that you can still pay with your phone instead of borrowing money from strangers. The “hawker center” dining centers, which are home to many street restaurants in Singapore, have implemented QR code systems linked to various mobile banking applications.
Pay by QR code at a street restaurant in Singapore.
By the end of last year, this system was expanded at 120 “hawker center” dining centers in the lion island country and it was only a small thing to forget eating money or ATM cards!
2. Cars and auto drivers
Don’t be too surprised when stepping on a car in Singapore without seeing the driver because it’s simple, the car is driving. These cars have been applied self-driving technology to allow them to move like a real driver.
Unmanned vehicles sound scary but the technology has been rigorously tested by Singapore for many years. It is even used to transport important people of the country like Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. So, you absolutely can rest assured when sitting on a self-driving car in Singapore.
Picture of a self-driving bus of Singapore.
Singapore’s Road Traffic Agency and Nanyang Technological University have conducted self-driving technology tests on a number of public roads. The plan in their near future is to develop self-driving taxi teams and people will book their cars via applications on smartphones. In addition, self-driving buses are expected to operate in areas such as Punngol, Jurong and Tengah in 2022.
3. Bracelets combine health monitoring and EZ-Link cards (recharge cards before taking buses and MRT trains)
Now, in Singapore, people can use smart devices to keep track of their fitness and health activities to use public transport such as buses or MRT.
Products to monitor physical activity cum EZ-Link card.
EZ-Link has partnered with two other technology companies in Singapore to launch two types of physical tracking bracelets with EZ-Link chips. This bracelet can replace any EZ-Link card and because it is attached to a wrist strap, users will save time when not taking it from their wallet or purse for use. take it away as usual. In addition, EZ-Link’s payment system was accepted at 30,000 retail stores across Singapore so the bracelet could also be used as a convenient wallet.
4. Police use drones (drones) to find criminals
Technology is bringing law enforcement agencies in the lion island nation to a new height literally: Elevation of about 60 meters. That’s the limit for the Singapore Police Force’s new surveillance drone, a device equipped with sirens, a sound warning system with a range of 100 meters and a searchlight that is 10 times stronger than a car headlight.
Drones help police catch criminals easier.
Drones allow police to track targets easily without obstruction of obstructions or when searching in the air. On the ground, the Singapore police force deployed patrol robots at public events to provide images as well as making remote monitoring more convenient.
5. HDB smart home system
In the testing phase in Yuhua area, the new smart home system can use sensors to track the movement of older members while in the home and notify users if they are in distress.
Interface of Smart Home HDB.
Besides, the system also monitors the use of home appliances, sends notifications via phone messages when they are still active when no one is home and allows users to turn on / off the device remotely to ensure security
6. Streetlights collect data
With the continuous improvement of technology in Singapore, even lamp posts that seem to have no effect but lighting are also upgraded. Singapore plans to equip the street light network with sensor and analysis systems as well as prototype launches in Geylang this year.
Street lights in Singapore will be upgraded to be smarter.
The new technology allows smart lampposts to collect data such as unusual weather, traffic, and sounds such as accidents or help from people in distress in isolated areas. They can even be used to guide self-driving vehicles.
7. Robots are being “integrated” with society
Singapore has put employees as robots into the workforce for a while, with the main task of finding and returning service items to customers. In the medical industry, robots are also widely used to distribute drugs because they move faster, thereby reducing waiting time in pharmacies.
A robot works at a hospital in Singapore.
The above is only 7 of the many technological advances that have gradually helped Singapore become a smart country. Although the list of the 20 countries with the smallest area in the world, this island country has shown how powerful the technology has helped them “makeover” strongly.
From a small fishing village that used to buy fresh water to use, Singapore has now become one of Asia’s four economic “dragons” with Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In 2017, Singapore’s capital surpassed London, New York, San Francisco or Seoul to become the most efficient city in global smart city performance ratings by Juniper Research. Research sponsored by Intel conducted a ranking of the top 20 smart global cities based on four core indicators of mobility, health, public safety and performance.
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Source : cafebiz