Singapore unveils framework for designing smart towns

11 September 2014 (Last Updated September 11th, 2014 18:30)

Singapore's Housing and Development Board (HDB) has unveiled its Smart HDB Town Framework, which it will use to improve town planning and the environment.

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Singapore's Housing and Development Board (HDB) has unveiled its Smart HDB Town Framework, which it will use to improve town planning, the environment and daily living.

According to HDB, good planning and design are key attributes for creating a good environment in HDB towns.

HDB will use computer simulation and data analytics to provide residents with a sustainable environment with well-designed homes, precincts and buildings.

HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean said: "We want to leverage on information and communications technology to make HDB towns and estates more liveable, efficient, sustainable and safe for our residents."

"We want to leverage on information and communications technology to make HDB towns and estates more liveable, efficient, sustainable and safe for our residents."

In order to create a smart environment, HDB will add sensors to estates that can capture real-time information such as temperature, humidity and wind-speed. Based on the information gained, action can be taken to make the environment more pleasant.

Similarly, homes will be fitted with digital-enabled infrastructure such as smart elderly alert systems to monitor the movement of elderly people in a home and alert caregivers to irregular movements, or when no movement is detected for prolonged durations.

Towns will also have smart car parks with an intelligent demand monitoring system that can adjust the number of lots during non-peak hours.

Having recently partnered with the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Panasonic, HDB is currently studying the use of different technologies to establish a smart home energy pilot in the Yuhua precinct of Jurong, Singapore.

HDB will pilot the initiatives in Punggol Northshore to check their viability and suitability before expanding them to other estates in the country.


Image: Singapore's Housing & Development Board announces new smart town framework. Photo: courtesy of Housing & Development Board.