Consortium Led By AGT International Announces Successful Completion Of
Singapore Safe City Project
SINGAPORE, June 1, 2014
- Internet of Things (IoT) city platform enhances Singapore's ability to
protect citizens and manage urban infrastructure more efficiently
SINGAPORE, June 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AGT International , a global leader in
smart city solutions, along with O'Connor's , a leading provider of
Engineering Systems Integration (ESI) services and Hitachi Asia, the regional
subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd, the leading global electronics company, today
announced the successful completion of the CityMIND 6.5 safe cities test
project in Singapore. CityMIND 6.5 is a technology platform that uses a
single, integrated approach based on unique analytics and the Internet of
Things (IoT) to enhance public safety and help manage cities more efficiently.
When fully-implemented, the CityMIND solution will improve the wellbeing of
Singapore's citizens, while using technology to introduce efficiencies and
allow intelligent decision making.
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Cities are exactly where leveraging the IoT can enable dramatic improvements
in the quality of life for all citizens in a myriad of ways such as real-time
traffic management, environmental monitoring, healthcare and infrastructure
enhancements. While Singapore is known for being one of the safest cities in
the world, CityMIND provides many additional advantages for Singapore and its
citizens as the city deals with rapid growth.
Singapore is uniquely positioned with its inherent safe city infrastructure.
The CityMIND platform enables Singapore to facilitate knowledge-sharing among
constituents, ensure real-time communications between government agencies and
various parts of the city and engage urban stakeholders – both public and
private – to work together in support of a common goal. The state-of-the-art,
IoT solution fuses real-time situational information, alerting government
agencies to unusual behavioral or event patterns and enabling decision makers
to take swift action to deliver services and establish a proactive response
plan. The advanced software converts data from a range of sources including
smart sensors, social media and public databases into actionable information
which is communicated via mobile devices and applications, helping first
responders and citizens work together to better manage the city.
The consortium developed the CityMIND platform in partnership with the
Singapore government, with AGT contributing its analytical platform to
facilitate data sharing between agencies and apply advanced data analysis
algorithms to create reliable and intelligent situational awareness.
O'Connor's provided its systems integration expertise honed in the safety and
security sector, while Hitachi delivered advanced video analytics technology,
including facial image processing.
"CityMIND reflects the core mission of AGT, which is to harness the power of
the IoT and relevant, public data to develop groundbreaking solutions that
improve the quality of life for people around the world," said Mati Kochavi,
CEO of AGT International. "With the world undergoing the largest wave of urban
growth in history, decision makers are looking for new ways to ensure the
safety and wellbeing of their citizens and manage increasingly burdened city
infrastructures. CityMIND equips Singapore with a world-class solution that
benefits its citizens and streamlines day-to-day operation of the city's vital
infrastructure. This initiative in Singapore will undoubtedly serve as a model
for other cities to follow."
"Singapore is famed as a melting pot of diverse cultures. The Singapore Safe
City Test-bed programme successfully brings diverse networks of existing and
new sensing devices and social media information together, showcasing how this
new way of sharing data between agencies brings added value to each other,"
said John Ng, General Manager of O'Connor's. "This is undoubtedly the platform
for the next generation of city management."
"EDB congratulates AGT, Hitachi and O'Connor's on the successful conclusion of
the Safe City Test Bed. The companies have proven to be very forward-thinking
in developing their solutions and are able to execute them well. I am
confident that AGT Smart City Labs Singapore will be a valuable addition to
the safety and security industry landscape," said Mr Gian Yi-Hsen, Director of
the Safety and Security Programme Office, Singapore Economic Development
"Hitachi Asia is proud to partake in this project as we continue to remain
committed to smart city development. Our Social Innovation Business boasts
extensive experience in achieving advance fusion of infrastructure with
cutting-edge information and telecommunications technologies and know-how.
Hitachi is here for the long-term as we believe we have a crucial role to play
in Singapore's urban development," said Rick Lee, Senior Vice President and
General Manager, Centre of Excellence, Hitachi Asia Ltd.
Through CityMIND, a number of key smart cities technologies were implemented
successfully in Singapore, to identify traffic congestion and crowding,
improve cleanliness by using sensors in trash bins to automatically signal
when they need to be emptied, increase communications between first
responders, authorities and citizens with specially-designed mobile device
applications and raise awareness of relevant social media trends.
As part of its long-term commitment to Singapore and the smart city market,
AGT International is also creating Smart City Labs Singapore, which will
feature AGT's cutting-edge urban management solutions. The Lab will showcase
how the Internet of Things (IoT), along with advanced analytics is creating
groundbreaking solutions that improve the quality of life for urban citizens
around the world.
About AGT International AGT International is a privately held technology
company based in Zurich, Switzerland. AGT provides strong analytics and
prediction software solutions that connect to a wide variety of devices and
sensors, including social media. These solutions enable customers to sense the
world, analyze complex environments, and predict events with a focus on
providing return on investment. For more information on AGT, please visit
About Hitachi Asia Ltd. Hitachi Asia Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and
established in Singapore in 1989, has offices across seven Asian countries
(Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).
Focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, Hitachi Asia's
business includes information systems, power and industrial systems, R&D,
international procurement and Centre of Excellence. For more information on
Hitachi Asia, please visit the company's website at www.hitachi.com.sg .
About O'Connor's Established in 1947, O'Connor's is a leading provider of
Engineering Systems Integration (ESI) services, with over 25 years of
experience in the Security & Surveillance, Satellite & Communications,
Scientific & Medical and Software sectors. O'Connor's has an established
presence in Asia, with its headquarters in Singapore, and offices in Malaysia,
Thailand and Vietnam.
O'Connor's is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Mainboard-listed WBL
Corporation Limited (Wearnes), an international conglomerate with businesses
in technology, automotive, property and engineering & distribution. To find
out more, visit www.oconnors.wearnes.com .
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