24 November 2014 - Twelve private and public organisations walked away with the coveted National Infocomm Awards (NIA) as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presented them with Singapore's highest accolade for infocomm innovation this morning.
Singapore, 24 November 2014 | For Immediate Release
Twelve private and public organisations walked away with the coveted National Infocomm Awards (NIA) as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presented them with Singapore's highest accolade for infocomm innovation this morning. The winners were selected from 164 submissions, all aiming to demonstrate this year's new selection criteria – innovative development of infocomm products/solutions and innovative use of infocomm technology that can contribute to Singapore's Smart Nation vision. Singapore is building the world's first Smart Nation, making full use of technologies to improve the quality of life for users and enable new opportunities for businesses.
The highest level of honours, were awarded to four of the twelve winners. In the category of the “Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Solution”, Numoni Pte Ltd won the coveted award, for their NUGEN – Micro-transaction Self-Service Terminal for the Underbanked. NUGEN brings cash-into-account for those people that are underserved by banks. Designed to help bring the digital economy to the masses (e.g. those living in villages and remote areas), NUGEN allows users to top-up prepaid airtime to their mobile phones, pay bills, purchase tickets, issues vouchers, repay micro-loans, conduct micro-savings, make small remittances or value transfers, and top up to their mobile wallet.
The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) won for the category of “Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector)” for their Advanced Data Analytics for the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. The programme has allowed commuters to enjoy better level of bus services in Singapore, achieved by leveraging on data analytics. By data-mining farecard data, they gained deep insights on travelling patterns and their demands of commuters, allowing LTA planners to assess and inject new routes and additional buses to improve bus frequencies.
In the category of the “Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Private Sector – General)”, DBS Bank clinched the top honour for their submission. They exemplified effective use of data analytics to optimise efficiency and increase customer satisfaction, transforming the way organisations conduct their business and workflow. A first-of-its-kind in the banking industry in Singapore, DBS drove optimal ATM cash management with analytics by converting valuable ATM usage and customer behaviour data into daily, weekly and even monthly ATM cash replenishment schedules that minimise inconvenience to customers.
The winner of the “Most Innovative Use of Technology (Private Sector – SME)” category, Singapore District Cooling Pte Ltd won for their iTransform solution. The solution enabled the lean plant operation team to efficiently execute scheduled and ad hoc tasks and collect data in a flexible, location-specific manner, with the objective to transform the current maintenance operations from a paper-intensive, labourious and slow system, to a real-time and location-sensitive plant operations and maintenance system. The effective use of low cost Smart Sensors and Smart Devices to provide increased operational efficiency and productivity also helped the company win the top award.
Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Co-Chair of NIA 2014 said, “Singapore is committed to become the world's first Smart Nation, and using technology and data in new ways that can improve the lives of people of all ages is the foundation of what it means to be a Smart Nation. My fellow judges and I were excited to see how this year's NIA nominees were also committed to innovating, and this gives us even more confidence in our future as a Smart Nation."
“The finalists for NIA2014 have demonstrated that innovation knows no boundaries as some of the cutting-edge products and solutions are also creating an impact beyond Singapore’s shores, and we are very excited with the opportunities that these finalists have created for themselves,” said Ms Shirley Wong, Chairman of Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and Co-Chair of NIA 2014.
Jointly organised by IDA and SiTF, NIA is a biennial event that recognises organisations that have exemplified the spirit of innovation, in their development of new infocomm products or services, or their use of infocomm technology to achieve excellence. Nominations were evaluated by two evaluation committees and a panel of judges. In this seventh edition, the evaluation process considered criteria including innovativeness, the technology used, ease of implementation, business impact, market presence, potential and contribution to Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.
For the full list of winners, please refer to Annex A (409.74KB).
ISSUED BY THE INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
- Annex A - National Infocomm Awards 2014 (409.74KB)
- Annex B - National Infocomm Awards 2014 (151.89KB)
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.
The Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) comprises corporate members ranging from local start-ups to well-established MNCs. SiTF's charters are to serve as the voice of the Singapore infocomm industry, to provide members with opportunities to increase their market presence and business reach, to promote ICM innovation and to enhance industry capabilities.
SiTF works with various stakeholders in the ICM industry to address ICM-related issues and promote emerging technologies in areas such as Digital Media, Cloud Computing, Green IT, Wireless, Security and Governance.
Among the key events initiated by SiTF are the SiTF Infocomm Leaders Golf, SiTF Awards, SITEX and ICM Business Summit. The key initiatives by SiTF include MatchiT, 123JumpStart, PPPO, SiTF Academy and administering the 'Infocomm Singapore' brand.
Please visit www.sitf.org.sg for more information.
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