The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) today announced two new Pilots And Trial Hotspots (PATH) Assessment Centres for software and services under the recently expanded S$48 million PATH initiative budget. The two centres are Application Service Provider Centre (ASP Centre) and the NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab...
Singapore, 13 November 2002 | For Immediate Release
The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) today announced two new Pilots And Trial Hotspots (PATH) Assessment Centres for software and services under the recently expanded S$48 million PATH initiative budget. The two centres are Application Service Provider Centre (ASP Centre) and the NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab.
Each of the PATH Assessment centres will contribute consulting personnel as well as incubation, piloting and test-bedding facilities to qualifying projects. They will autonomously source, screen, evaluate and recommend to IDA potential PATH projects based on IDA's guidelines. These guidelines cover the PATH initiative's objectives, focus areas and strategic thrusts.
The ASP Centre will focus on evaluating proposals from ASPs and related XSP service delivery projects such as ASP Aggregators, Managed Service Providers, and others.
The NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab meanwhile, will devote its attention to projects involving the development of innovative Internet business solutions for converged data, voice and video networks. The new lab will use the latest XML (Extensible Markup Language) and IP Convergence technologies and leverage Cisco's AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) to develop new Internet business solutions, including IP telephony for unified messaging and customer care, content delivery for rich media, e-learning, and supply chain management.
"The setting up of competency centers like the ASP center and NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab leverages the technology expertise and market access of strategic industry partners to ensure the quality of innovation and the sustained impact of supported projects," said Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, IDA.
"The appointment of these centers as PATH Assessment Centers further recognises their potential in working with our industry in developing innovative products and services. These centers encourage the industry to 'take bets' in innovative projects in Singapore by making both the technology and the funds quickly available for companies with highly innovative projects. This is in line with our desire to position Singapore as an ideal location for the forging of innovative Infocomm partnerships and propagating leading-edge technologies," added Mr Khoong.
Speaking on behalf of the ASP Centre, Prof Robert Gay, Director & CEO of ASP Centre said, "We are certainly pleased at this opportunity to be a PATH Assessment Centre and working closer with innovators. Our experience with ASPs has shown that access to new technology, marketing and branding channels are key value adds that we can assist the Service Providers community."
Commenting on the NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab's appointment as PATH Assessment Centre, Mr Edward Ho, Deputy Principal/Technology, said, "IP Convergence Lab is proud and honoured to have this opportunity to be appointed as one of the PATH Assessment Centres. We are certainly looking forward to collaborating with Singapore's highly capable developer community to advance the develop innovative infocomm applications and products."
Issued on behalf of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore by Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit www.imda.gov.sg.
About ASP Centre
The Application Service Provider Centre (ASPC) is a joint initiative of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), SUN Microsystems and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), designed to help ASPs deploy new services quickly and cost effectively. Established under the Java Tarik 2 initiative for the purpose of ASP industry development, incubation and research, the Centre has formed partnerships and strategic alliances with technology and infrastructure providers to provide focused assistance to aspiring ASPs, ASP research and ASP industry development.
About NYP-Cisco Internet Protocol Convergence Lab
The NYP-Cisco IP Convergence Lab is a joint collaboration between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Cisco Systems Pte Ltd and aims to enhance the development capabilities of the infocomm industry. The Lab focuses on using IP Convergence technologies, as well as leveraging Cisco's AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) technology to develop new Internet business solutions, including IP telephony for unified messaging, IP-based contact center solution for customer care, content delivery for rich media, supply chain management and workforce optimisation. The Lab will tap on NYP's expertise in infocomm technologies to develop high-capability solutions for software developers, system integrators and end-users.
Pilot and Trial Hotspots (PATH)
PATH is an industry development initiative that accelerates the development of innovative Infocomm infrastructure, applications and products. It facilitates this by supporting the trial and piloting of emerging infocomm technologies and best-of-breed services.
First launched in May 2001, PATH initially covered Wireless developments. It has been expanded to include other Infocomm Technology areas in Broadband and other Software & Services. Examples include application outsourcing, speech and language, and XML web services.
By expanding PATH, Singapore-based companies are encouraged to adopt infocomm innovation as a key to world-class standards in the development of new Infocomm technologies and services.
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