Munich/Singapore, 4 August 2016: As Singapore moves closer to its Smart Nation ambition, the three Ss of Safety, Security and Sustainability will be the key foundation pillars to ensure success. This was the key finding at TÜV SÜD’s Jubilee event – Inspiring Trust in a Smart Nation.
Founded in 1866, global testing, inspection, certification and training provider TÜV SÜD has been inspiring people to trust in new technologies. Today, it continues to make the world a safer place as a future-oriented company shaping industry “next practice”. Since the launch of its smart nation initiative in 2014, Singapore has been making big strides to ensure the country can truly succeed as the world’s first smart nation where its citizens are empowered by technology to lead more meaningful and fulfilled lives.
“TÜV SÜD believes that new technologies can only bring improvements to the society, after we understand how it works and learn to manage the risks that come along with it. Singapore Smart Nation Vision is about harnessing technologies to improve the lives of people”, commented Prof. Dr. -Ing Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD. He added, “We believe that we can support the Singapore Smart Nation vision by helping all the stakeholders manage their risks through the 3S – Safety, Security and Sustainability.”
All new technologies are expected to bring about new challenges in safety, security and sustainability. A good example will be the threat of cyber security which is getting imminent. Many a times, cyber security is thought of as a form of protection, but there is a step prior to that that often gets overlooked – the risk analysis, thorough assessments and testing of existing and new systems are steps of prevention for strong system immunity. This is where Safety, Security and Sustainability will play a huge role.
“Singapore is well placed to achieve its Smart Nation Vision with the connectivity of its infrastructure and the strong calibre of its workforce. However, just like digital transformation project at the enterprise level, the challenge is to implement a holistic approach for things, network, process and people. Safety, security and sustainability must be the top consideration for the Smart Nation.” explained Dirk Schlesinger, Chief Digital Officer, TÜV SÜD.
Safety, Security and Sustainability layer in a Smart Nation Infrastructure
TÜV SÜD explains that the ‘Safety’ of smart products and gadgets is paramount as these devices form the first touch or contact for humans with the smart system. Functional safety and interoperability of the different components and systems is the key. These products must be evaluated based on proven test methods and criteria, complying with relevant international or industry standards.
‘Security’ of the server these smart devices are connected to form the second layer. TÜV SÜD’s expertise in enterprise and industrial IT security services and solutions provide smart nation systems with security measures against cyber-attacks.
Lastly, ‘Sustainability’ refers to the development and implementation of sustainable and comprehensive smart urban solutions. It is critical that urban planners think long-term and strategically to withstand the test of time as cities continue to grow.
Panel member, Dr. Johnny Wong, HDB Group Director (Building and Research Institute) said, “As the master planner and largest developer of public housing in Singapore, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) has been supporting Singapore’s smart nation journey by leveraging ICT to make HDB towns and estates more liveable, efficient, sustainable and safe for our residents. Smart Home technologies are being test bedded in selected HDB estates where residents have the opportunity to try out different smart technologies to help with energy and water savings, and to improve the care of elderly family members at home.”
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is studying advanced technologies like data analytics, smart connected sensors, electric cars and buses, and self-driving vehicles to derive new solutions that can change the way people travel in the future. Alongside Dr. Wong on the panel was Lew Yii Der, Group Director or Corporate Planning and Development at LTA, who commented on potential opportunities in new mobility solutions for the research community and the private sector to participate in so as to meet future transport needs of our people and economy.
TÜV SÜD’s Jubilee event was conducted in conjunction with the company’s 150th anniversary and 10th year since it started operating as TÜV SÜD PSB in Singapore. The event was attended by over 300 professionals from the public and private sector who participated in stimulating discussions on what the future holds for smart cities globally. The two simultaneous tracks, which covered topics on Smart Living and Smart Mobility, included panelists from SPRING Singapore, Schneider Electric, National Technological University, BOSCH and BMW.
“Ultimately, governments around the world will need to think about transforming into smart cities in the years to come. An in-depth knowledge of the groundwork and risks involved is the start of a successful implementation. We’re very glad we heard a lot from the industry experts today and we’re looking forward to working with all involved to make Singapore a truly smart nation. The future is already here and TÜV SÜD is excited to be at the forefront of this 4th industrial revolution that will impact human lives for decades to come,” said Richard Hong, CEO, TÜV SÜD ASEAN.
TÜV SÜD has set up 2 Digital Service Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Munich and Singapore. Adopting an operations-based approach, pilot projects at the Digital CoEs will give TÜV SÜD the opportunity to partner with industry experts who are developing the technology.