IMDA is setting up a programme called the Digital Services Laboratory (DSL) to bring relevant parties together (i.e. Research Institutes (RIs), Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), technology providers and industry, and end-user companies) to address this. It will do so through sharing early-stage development risks faced by industries in the development of new technology solutions and strengthening technology translation. In the process, DSL will build new technological capabilities and train a strong pipeline of tech talent.
For a start, DSL will focus its efforts on the services sector, which accounts for 72% of Singapore’s GDP and has uneven digitalisation across the industry verticals. Specifically, DSL will look at the segments within the Built Environment, Lifestyle, Modern Services and Trade & Connectivity clusters. An initial set of projects are listed in here.
What is the Digital Services Laboratory
The DSL team, comprising coders, engineers, data scientists, data architects, technical business development officers and other specialists, will work with government agencies, IHLs and RIs to leverage their capabilities, and translate them for deployment into industry.
Industry talents will be co-opted during projects to ensure knowledge transfer to industry as well as build a ready pool of technical talent equipped on future-ready technologies. To spread the benefits of developed technologies, IMDA intends to work with industry partners to proliferate solutions across the ecosystem.
For technologies or solutions created by IMDA, such as a suite of Artificial Intelligence libraries, they can be released as open source to benefit and share with the ICM ecosystem. Available today are the first two: the National Speech Corpus announced in November 2017, and the Intelligent Sensing Toolbox.