The Wall Street Journal has quite rightly highlighted Singapore's interest in staying ahead with smart technology. Data has now been fed into an online platform 'Virtual Singapore' it records, that allows the government in Singapore to predict how an infectious disease might spread or how crowds could react to an explosion in a shopping mall.
There are now plans to share data with the private sector in an attempt to encourage innovation. The market for smart-city technology in Asia is predicted to reach 1 trillion dollars a year by 2025.
The National Research Foundation in Singapore has already published a 2D online map of the country allowing the public to see TV footage of anything from flooding levels to free spaces in car parks. Its 'digital crystal ball', a super-powered version of Google Maps can assess the dimensions of buildings and materials used. It might also be used to see how skyscrapers affect wind flow patterns or telecommunications signals.
Meanwhile in Europe the uptake of smart tech may have been affected by the medieval structure of some cities while in addition it has been reported that legislation can also slow progress in adopting new technologies. Watch Silver Spring Networks' European Commercial Director of Smart Cities and Lighting, Brian McGuigan in his presentation at our recent forum at IET, London, talk about cultural attitudes to smart tech.