17 August 2012 - Things that think, link and communicate become the new norm. Physical and digital worlds converge and user interface technologies such as augmented reality and 3D visualisation shape the way the two worlds interact. Mobile, social and cloud technologies collide to create something the industry describes as "the perfect storm," an unusual convergence of forces that enables new waves of applications such as info-gratification on the go - where consumers can access information about real world objects they see simply by pointing their smartphones at them.
Singapore, 17 August 2012 | For Immediate Release
Things that think, link and communicate become the new norm. Physical and digital worlds converge and user interface technologies such as augmented reality and 3D visualisation shape the way the two worlds interact. Mobile, social and cloud technologies collide to create something the industry describes as "the perfect storm," an unusual convergence of forces that enables new waves of applications such as info-gratification on the go - where consumers can access information about real world objects they see simply by pointing their smartphones at them.
These are just some of the dramatic developments that may occur in the near future, discussed at the Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) Symposium 2012. Spearheaded by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in consultation with the industry, government agencies, researchers and academia, the ITR highlights nine key technology themes. The themes were identified for their importance to the ICT landscape, as well as their potential impact on Singapore's economy and society. The themes are Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, ICT and Sustainability, Comms of the Future, Social Media, New Digital Economy, User Interface and Internet of Things. For more information on the technology themes please see Annex A (13.31KB).
IDA's Chief Executive Officer Mr Ronnie Tay said, "Infocomm technology is firmly embedded in the way we work, live, learn and interact. It is important that we keep abreast of the latest development of infocomm technologies and assess their potential in terms of how they may impact or even disrupt our lives. The Infocomm Technology Roadmap thus seeks to chart the trends and future development of the global technology landscape and the possible opportunities and challenges for the infocomm industry as well as user enterprises and organisations."
An example of the impact of emerging technologies as highlighted in the ITR is the possible convergence of Internet of Things, User Interface and Big Data that can lead to a future home where electrical appliances may be able to communicate with each other. In such a future home, the refrigerator may indicate what groceries are there and suggest suitable recipes for cooking. It can even link up with a nearby grocery store to order additional ingredients, after which the owner will be contacted via mobile phone for payment. Given such a scenario, there will be new business opportunities for the retail, banking and mobile sectors.
"We believe that it is vital for organisations to understand where the technologies are heading, so that we can stay ahead of the infocomm innovation and adoption curve. The ITR adopted a systematic process to ensure that the most relevant themes were selected and presented in this report. The process was broken down into four phases in chronological order, namely 'Scan', 'Engagement', 'Deep-dive', and 'Collaborate'. Currently, we are at the 'Collaborate' stage where we welcome invaluable feedback and insights from the public to improve the roadmap and develop a shared technology vision," said Mr Leong Mun Yuen, Chief Technology Officer, IDA.
The Roadmap is the result of a year-long extensive research and consultation process involving visionaries, thought leaders, analysts, research academia, CTOs, techno-strategists, industry players and the government. To continue to improve the roadmap, the ITR Symposium, themed "Co-creating the future," was organized to facilitate further discussion and collect audience feedback.
ITR 2012 continues its open consultation with the public till September 2012 and feedback can be given via our website http://www.ida.gov.sg/technologyroadmap. A final report of the ITR 2012 will be published in November 2012 and made available at the same website.
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INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
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