Orient Magazine Issue 79 - October 2020 | Page 49


SafeSpace VR

A spin-out from established and multi-award winning Digital Transformation company Spearhead Interactive, SafeSpace is a unique app for Android and iOS mobile devices; offering immediate access to a Virtual Reality sensory room experience wherever and whenever it is required. The software has been designed to benefit children and young people with autism, learning and developmental issues or other neurological and emotional conditions; providing a solution whereby traditional methods of stimulation and support have been augmented and transformed like never before. SafeSpace enables self-regulation and behavioural management to improve mental health by reducing levels of anxiety and distress associated with sensory issues.

and focusing on collaborations. In talent development, the AI SG programme is a partnership between the IMDA, the National Research Foundation, the Smart National and Digital Government Office, the EDB, SGInnovate and Integrated Health Information Systems to increase the level of knowledge and skills in the local workforce. As part of the programme, the NRF is investing SG$150 million over five years(3).

For businesses, since January of this year the second edition of Singapore's AI Governance Framework has been open for consultation. The framework is intended as a sector and technology agnostic approach to guide internal governance procedures, the level of human involvement in AI-augmented decision-making, operational elements and the communication of, and feedback on, internal AI policies. Working with the World Economic Forum, the IMDA has developed an Implementation and Self-assessment Guide of Organisations (SGIsago) as a companion to the planned framework.

In addition, the Digital Services Lab is an engineering team working with Government, Institutes of Higher Learning and research teams to deploy technology capabilities for industry. APIs, source codes and databases are made available to industry via the Open Source AI libraries, though only two data sets are currently available.


Singapore's focus for cybersecurity advancement is to increase the resilience of its infrastructure to cyber-attacks. The region's first cybersecurity start-up hub, ICE71, aims to strengthen Singapore's ecosystem and mitigate risk through the attraction and training of new talent, providing market access, and connection opportunities with partners. The Cyber Security Agency focuses both on the national security element as well as training and public awareness campaigns, as society continues to move increasingly digital. To broaden the local skillset, SkillsFuture training, postgrad scholarships and talent programmes are available.

Immersive media

Referring to technology such as virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality, immersive media in Singapore is typically used in industry for training simulations, education, design and media. The immersive media sector is anticipated to play an important role in Singapore’s future digital economy, contributing over US$209bn by 2022(4). Enterprise Singapore are working with small businesses through the SME Centres to develop scalable solutions and demonstrating widespread applications of the technology. While the pandemic has put on hold some elements such as the physical scans of spaces, there is increasing interest in the sector(5).

Internet of Things

IoT combines information technology, telecommunications, big data and data analytics to create value across all sectors and elements of modern society. The network of items and devices which are embedded with software and sensors is rapidly expanding, with a resulting expansive gathering of datasets. The IMDA focuses on reducing the costs of sensors and lengthening their life cycle, developing partnerships and working closely with those in the cybersecurity sector to protect the data streams generated by IoT devices.

Attracting Global Investment

Rarely does a month pass by without the public announcement of investment or development in the technology industry in Singapore. The Economic Development Board positions the country ready for investment by focusing on an ecosystem which includes world-leading global technology firms such as Google, who launched in Singapore in 2007 with 24 people and now consider the country as their regional hub, with around 1,000 employees; and regional leaders such as Grab, who have established a US$100mn R&D centre.

To support major investment decisions for industry-leading global players, the Tech@SG programme, delivered jointly by the EDB and Enterprise Singapore, facilitates the entry of global technology talent for eligible fast-growing companies to establish their core teams. Recent years have also seen an increase in companies choosing Singapore to build out regional data centres, leading to the establishment of a Data Centre Park in order to attract further investment.


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