2 Oct 2015 - Smart Nation is a term that many are familiar with now, and many are starting to imagine how life in a Smart Nation would be. So, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and several Singapore companies, as well as Institutes of Higher Learning, have come together to put up a Smart Nation showcase at IExperience.
Singapore, 2 October 2015 | For Immediate Release
Smart Nation is a term that many are familiar with now, and many are starting to imagine how life in a Smart Nation would be. So, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and several Singapore companies, as well as Institutes of Higher Learning, have come together to put up a Smart Nation showcase at IExperience – the Information and Communications Technology Experience Centre at Esplanade Xchange, to demonstrate the possibilities in a Smart Nation. Please refer to Annex A to the list of IExperience partners.
Unveiled today by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and the Guest-of-Honour at the ceremony, the Smart Nation showcase features how Smart Nation capabilities, enabled seamlessly by technology, can improve lives and businesses, and promotes the benefits of various citizen-centric Smart Nation services to businesses and general public.
Dr Yaacob said, “IExperience gives a preview of Singapore as a Smart Nation - one where the extensive and systematic use of technology enables government and business to improve their operations and deliver their services seamlessly, and makes a difference to people’s lives. It will offer exciting opportunities for all. The Smart Nation vision can only be developed to its full potential with participation from all sectors. I encourage our agencies and partners to come together to demonstrate how technologies can be used to connect to one another and strengthen our society.”
IExperience is easily accessible given its location right at heart of town in Singapore – outside Esplanade MRT Station on the Circle Line. IExperience aims to be a venue to showcase the convenience and benefits that technology can bring to citizens, especially to children and seniors, who were also present at the unveiling ceremony today. IExperience will also be a place where community groups can visit to acquaint and familiarise themselves with the Smart Nation vision, bringing everyone on board the technology train to bridge the technology divide.
Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA, shared, “First opened in June 2010, IExperience was set up to educate the public about Singapore’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, and the possible services on that platform. Now, five years on, it has a new Smart Nation mission: to bring the possibilities and benefits of Smart Nation services to life. IExperience aims to create awareness, excite and engage industry, government, businesses and citizens on the convenience and possibilities when everyone and everything are connected everywhere all the time.”
At the event today are industry partners, Institutes of Higher Learning and government agencies’ representatives who have worked with IDA on their products and applications that are showcased at IExperience, as well as senior citizens and preschoolers.
IExperience opens to the public daily from 10am to 8pm. All these are at the all-new IExperience in the form of an interactive and self-discovery exhibition. Please refer to Annex B for the IExperience Fact Sheet.
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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. Follow IDA on Facebook and Twitter.
About Smart Nation
Singapore strives to be a Smart Nation, in which our people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives. By harnessing the power of networks, data and info-comm technologies, we endeavour to improve living, create economic opportunity and build a closer community. We have the conducive environment to experiment, prototype and deploy innovative solutions that can be shared with other global cities. It is an exciting journey, and we want your ideas to help us realise our vision. For more information, please visit www.smartnation.sg.