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Singapore Debuts at 3GSM World Congress 2002

Singapore will be represented for the first time at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes together with some of its wireless industry players. Led by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the "Singapore-Wired With Wireless" pavilion will showcase ...

Singapore, 14 February 2002 | For Immediate Release

Singapore will be represented for the first time at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes together with some of its wireless industry players.
Led by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the "Singapore-Wired With Wireless" pavilion will showcase innovative technologies developed locally as well as the business opportunities in Singapore.

Located at Stand J50 Hall 3, four Singapore-based exhibitors will also be present at the show. They are Hewlett-Packard Mobile E-Services Bazaar, Systems@Work, I'M Technologies and SmartEdge (see Annex A).

Visitors to the pavilion can get a snapshot of wireless activities in Singapore:

  • Mobile solutions for marketing, entertainment and information services through HP mobile e-Services Bazaar,
  • Telemoney secure payments over the Internet and wireless channels by Systems@Work,
  • 3G USIM card as well as micro-browser SIM card that allows Internet downloads onto the GSM handset by I'M Technologies and
  • Intelligent interaction between everyday devices and location-based solutions by SmartEdge.

Pervasive Wireless Access - Making Wireless Access Seamless

Imagine sitting at your office transferring a budget spreadsheet from your PDA to the bluetooth-enabled laptop already hooked on to the company's Intranet via WLAN.

Under IDA's Call for Collaboration (CFC) for Pervasive Wireless Access (see Annex B), invitations are open to global wireless technology players who can do these in Singapore:

  • Test bed and demonstrate the pervasive wireless access of content and applications through the use of GPRS, 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth; and
  • Showcase the possible integration of wireless access technologies to support the way professionals at work and at play.

Living Lab and Test Bed in Asia  

Located strategically at the crossroads of Asia, Singapore offers a vibrant and competitive infocomm environment, where global wireless industry players can leverage as a living lab for wireless innovation in Asia.

Its integrated telecommunications infrastructure for both wireline and wireless as well as pro-business policies have provided a conducive environment for R&D activities for wireless technologies. Together with its multi-ethnic and innovation-friendly population, Singapore is poised to serve as the ideal test bed for the development and launch of new wireless applications, products and services.

Given its global connectivity and accessibility to the Asian market, more than 6,000 multi-nationals and local wireless players have established their wireless R&D and test-bed activities in Singapore. Notable examples include Siemens, Ericsson Cyberlab, Hewlett-Packard and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Singapore has one of the world's highest mobile phone penetration rates at 70%. In view of burgeoning wireless developments, the Wired With Wireless programme was launched in October 2000 to catalyse wireless industry development and position Singapore as Asia's launch pad for wireless products and services.


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

About the Wired With Wireless Programme

IDA's Wired With Wireless aims to jumpstart wireless industry development and position Singapore as a living lab and business catalyst for wireless developments in Asia. The multi-pronged programme will enable Singapore to have the best integrated wireline and wireless infrastructure for the seamless delivery of rich multimedia content. To date, some of Wired With Wireless initiatives launched include Overseas Business Centres (OBC), Market Development (MADE), Pilots and Trial Hotspots (PATH).

For enquiries:

About Call for Collaboration (CFC)

IDA's Wired With Wireless programme acknowledges the need for concerted efforts across the entire value chain to implement open, innovative and scalable wireless projects. Through a series of Call for Collaboration (CFC) to foster industry collaboration, solution needs are addressed in areas such as mobile payments, wireless Java, mobile enterprises, pervasive wireless access, wireless multimedia and location-based services and telematics. Participation is open to infrastructure developers, component and equipment manufacturers, service providers, system integrators, content creators and aggregators, etc.

For enquiries:


About HP Mobile e-Services Bazaar
HP's Mobile e-Services Bazaar is a dynamic marketplace of solutions and technologies for emerging mobile e-services. HP Bazaars are located in technology epicenters around the globe, including Helsinki, Finland, Silicon Valley and Singapore, with satellite offices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bangkok, Thailand, Beijing and Toronto. These regional centers of innovation are focused on connecting application providers, technology providers, carriers, venture capitalist, system integrators, and customers. Participants will be able to view and test new mobile e-services, join special interest groups, access relevant information and gain access to a constant supply of innovative, new solutions. 

Press Contacts:

Ms Emily Ng Swee Lai
Marketing Associate
HP Mobile e-Services Bazaar
Phone: +65 9824 4357 (during show period)

Ms Pui-San Wong
Marcom Program Manager
Business Customer Organization Asia Pacific Hewlett-Packard
Phone: +65 6374 4841
Fax: +65 6275 6554

About Systems@Work
Systems@Work is a secure, end-to-end mobile electronic payment technology company with its headquarters in Singapore. Its patented TeleMoney technology enables a mobile phone to be used as the device to make convenient and secure payments. TeleMoney's users can transact via multiple Internet and wireless access channels such as the Interactive Voice Response, the Wireless Application Protocol and the Short Message Service, and select to pay from multiple payment methods such as credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, charges to phone bills and direct debit.

Systems@Work builds and operates secure payment and billing gateways for financial institutions and corporate clients as an ASP. The services are called TeleMoney ShopperAssure and TeleMoney BusinessAssure for B2C and B2B marketplaces respectively.

Systems@Work also provides consultancy, builds, operates or licenses the TeleMoney technology to companies with large customer bases that would like to have their own private secure mobile payment services.

TeleMoney's URL is

Press Contacts:

Mr Ng Fook Sun
Chief Executive Officer
Mobile: +65 9631 3185 (during show period)

Mr Edwin Ng
Executive Vice President
Strategy & Alliance
Mobile: +65 9786 8127 (during show period)

Ms Stacy Ang
The Right Spin Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6896 2078
Mobile: +65 9742 7942
Fax:+65 6425 1875

About I'M Technologies
I'M Technologies is high scalability technology company founded by a group of technopreneurs whose expertise encompass in the fields of Sales, Marketing, R&D and Production of Smart Cards. Together, they brought with them more than 30 years of expertise and know-how in this high-growth market.

I'M Technologies supply GSM SIM Cards and 3G USIM to mobile operators. Our product range includes 8KB to 64KB memory size with proprietary to JAVA Card Open Platform Operating System and other specific application like -browser SIM. Headquartered in Singapore with 7 regional sales offices and SIM Cards manufacturing sites, I'M provides a strong partnership to our customer needs in SIM cards technology, security and creativity.

With well-established distribution networks, owning its core Operating System technologies, I'M offers high value-add and end-to-end quality products and services to its customers. Its clients are established GSM operators in Asia like HK CSL, Indonesia Satelindo, India BPL, Bharti and many others in the Asia region. I'M Technologies is the first Asian based SIM card supplier with the largest distribution network.

I'M is an active member of the GSM Association, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and 3GPP. We participate and contribute actively in 3GPP for the specification of the 3G USIM. We vision ourselves to play an important role in shaping the 3G mobile identification technologies

Additional information on I'M Technologies can be found at

Press Contacts:

Mr Daniel Lee
Mobile: +65 9678 8029

Mr Alex Chan
Product Manager
Mobile : +65 9618 9503

About SmartEdge
SmartEdge is a wireless technology group in Singapore's Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL). SmartEdge works on intelligent, location sensitive, interactive wireless hardware and software technology for both industry and consumer applications. Possible applications of SmartEdge include

  • Remote Monitoring and control
  • Interactive billboards
  • Logistics.

Formed in early 1998, KRDL has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic software labs in Asia. Since its corporatisation, it has been directly responsible for several world-class research results and over 10 spin-offs founded by its staff utilising KRDL technologies. With an international team of 250 research scientists and engineers, KRDL spearheads the R&D of information and networking technology. Collaborating actively with industry partners in the development and transfer of leading-edge technologies, KRDL builds intellectual assets vital to keeping the nation, industry and businesses ahead globally.

Additional information about KRDL can be found at

Press Contacts:

Mr Sitaram Ranganatha
Kent Ridge Digital Labs
Mobile: +65 9786 1354

Mr Ramanath Padmanabhan
Associate, Research Staff
Kent Ridge Digital Labs
Mobile: +65 9010 5542


The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is inviting the industry to participate in its Call For Collaboration (CFC) under the Wired With Wireless (WWW) programme. This CFC aims to enable pervasive wireless access in Singapore.

Currently, 3 wireless access technologies are emerging in Singapore. Mobile operators have launched the General Packet Radio Services (GPRS). The use of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) based on IEEE 802.11 standard is becoming prevalent in enterprises and community hotspots. More consumer appliances will also be fitted with Bluetooth.

These technologies will enable users to access, retrieve and exchange information free of restrictions from wires in different wireless networks. These wireless networks are characterise by their operating ranges and data delivery speeds. For example, Bluetooth is designed for users of voice and data communication equipment to replace the need for wires in Personal Area Networks (PAN), which are typically not more than 10m in radius. 802.11 WLAN is designed for users to replace the need for wires in Local Area Networks (LAN), which are typically not more than 100m in radius. And GPRS supports wireless voice and data communication in urban cellular networks, which are typically more than 1,000m in radius.

The convenience and productivity gains resulting from pervasive wireless access is significant. For example, one should potentially be able to access, retrieve and exchange information whenever and wherever we are - in our workplace, in our public buildings in our outdoor environment, in our community areas, and in our homes - free of restrictions from wires. The combined use of these GPRS, 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth will fundamentally change the way we work, operate and live.

Specifically, this CFC aims to

  • Create a test bed to demonstrate the pervasive wireless access of contents and applications through the use of GPRS, 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth; and
  • 2 Showcase the possible integration of wireless access technologies to support the way professionals work and live in the enterprise, public buildings, outdoor environment, community areas and at home.

Further details of the Pervasive Wireless Access CFC can be downloaded from the IDA website at under the sections Key Programmes > Wired With Wireless > Call For Collaboration for Wireless Projects > Pervasive Wireless Access.

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