Mr Lee Hsien-Loong at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, 2011

On the occasion of the launch of the Smart Nation initiative, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stressed the necessity to provide open geospatial data to the country.

The innovative approach aims at spreading the spirit of innovation and technology advancement in Singapore and at understanding new ways to employ technology for making societies more responsive to people's needs, thereby building a "smart nation".

In order to implement this vision within a ten years time frame, a Smart Vision office has been established, headed by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

Mr Lee emphasized the fact that the extensive and systematic use of geospatial data can be essential to address challenges such as traffic incidents, potential... read more

Publishing Date: 03/12/2014
Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA)

Singapore is about to launch its first climate satellite, the VELOX-CI, by the fourth quarter of 2015. This is according to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the institution in charge of the project. The satellite is funded by the Singapore’s Economic Development Board and it will be used to study tropical climates.

The 130kg satellite is about the size of a mini-fridge. It will adopt some of the technologies of the satellites VELOX-PII and VELOX-I. Both of them had been constructed by NTU students and research staff.

Using a technique known as radio occultation and advanced algorithms, VELOX-CI will be able to obtain weather data such as upper atmospheric temperature, humidity and... read more

Publishing Date: 26/11/2014
Asia is heavily and frequently affected by disasters. Here: 2004 tsunami in Indonesia

Singapore is setting up a new regional disaster relief centre that will facilitate the coordination among military responders in Asia serving as an information clearing house. This was reported by the website Channel News Asia. The Changi Regional Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre (RHCC) will be operational round-the-clock from next year. In the event of a large scale disaster, up to 50 experts from the Singapore Armed Forces will be staffing the centre.

"Today, military coordination is met on an ad hoc basis. Whenever disaster happens, certain militaries will step up and they will respond and they even step up to take a leading role to do the coordination," said Brigadier-General Desmond Tan, Director of Joint Operations at the Singapore Armed Forces. "What we're trying to do is to set up a more permanent structure that will allow the... read more

Publishing Date: 16/09/2014
Satellite image of the Earth

Singapore is getting ready to launch its TeLEOS-1 Earth Observation satellite. TeLEOS-1 will be the first Singapore-made commercial satellite. The launch is planned for the end of 2014 on board of the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar satellite launch vehicle. The satellite will carry an electro-optical camera with 1m ground resolution.

The potential use for these images includes disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 10/02/2014
Fires in Burma, Thailand and Laos seen from Space. reported that the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally agreed to adopt the haze monitoring system and share satellite data to help locate fires.

The $100,000 monitoring system developed in Singapore will be implemented in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand. By comparing high resolution imagery with land use and concession maps of fire-prone areas, the system will help locate fires.

Publishing Date: 11/10/2013

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) recently launched “OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools” to provide organisations with map facility to locate interactive activities and information. OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools is a beta set of map-based tools that community, and organisations or Non-Governmental Organisations can use to facilitate crowd sourcing and create a function on their websites where OneMap will serve a map for users to tag the locations of crowd-sourced information.

OneMap is the first major application of an integrated map system for government agencies to deliver location-based services and information. It is a multi-agency collaboration with many government agencies currently participating and contributing information. It is managed and operated by the SLA. “The benefit of OneMap extend beyond just the sharing of information by the public sector. Businesses and organisations can... read more

Publishing Date: 16/07/2012

The theme for GSDI 12 was "Realizing Spatially Enabled Societies." The conference organizers set out to encourage collaboration to help create an enabling environment that enhances outcomes in societies, economies and the global environment. A peer-reviewed book on this topic was launched during the conference. It focuses on research, emerging trends and critical assessment and it showcases examples of spatial enablement serving societal needs. More than 100 countries are actively developing spatial data infrastructures, and with over 650 attendees who shared knowledge, attended workshops, traded experiences and listened to... read more

Publishing Date: 02/11/2010


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