The National AI Strategy, launched in 2020 during the Singapore FinTech Festival by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, outlined how Singapore will develop and implement AI technologies to alter the economy and improve people’s lives.
The National AI Strategy is led by the National AI Office, which was established under the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office and focuses on five core areas: healthcare, security, smart estates, education, and logistics.
The use of AI and robots in the fight against Covid-19 are already producing real time results in the areas of :
- AI analysis for better Covid-19 contact tracing.
- Smart AI robots for patrol and surveillance.
- Smart sensors and meters to save water.
- And AI in data analytics for tourism insights.
In the fight against Covid-19, artificial intelligence is often used.
VigilantGantry, which uses a conventional video camera and thermal scanner to automatically screen the temperatures of people passing over a gantry or entrance, is a recent example of utilizing AI-powered video analytics.
The software can detect and monitor the temperatures of people who are wearing hats or other headgear. VigilantGantry can also work with existing infrastructure like gated entrances.
SPOTON, a mass temperature screening solution for events with limited infrastructure, was also developed by GovTech.
SPOTON can monitor the temperatures of up to ten people at the same time. It was first used at the NTUC Club’s Downtown East location and has since been installed at a number of locations, including the Supreme Court and Parliament House.
Companies in the private sector will soon be able to incorporate SPOTON’s proprietary software into their existing thermal scanning solutions, according to GovTech’s plans to licensed the software.
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Patrolling and enforcing social separation are made easier with the use of robots.
A robot named Spot was introduced in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to monitor and advise park-goers to keep a safe distance of at least 1 meter apart in order to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
Remote control, 3D mapping, and semi-autonomous operations are among the features added by GovTech to the robot dog Spot.
Spot is one of many technology-based inventions that has helped to reduce the pressure on labor during the Covid-19 outbreak. It was part of a two-week trial by the National Parks Board and Smart Nation and Digital Government Group.
The Multi-purpose All Terrain Autonomous Robot, or Matar, of the Singapore Police Force (SPF), travels around independently and provides Police Command Centres with real-time surveillance via a 360-degree video feed. Matar features audio communication capabilities that can be used to send messages about safe distance measures.
Developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research by the SPF and the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX).
Matar, a police robot that can overcome stationary and dynamic barriers along its patrol route, is meant to function in areas with significant human traffic.
At large-scale events such as the National Day Parade, Marina Bay Countdown, and the Chingay Parade, it has been deployed as part of the police’s patrol and security monitoring activities.
To make lives easier, safer, and smarter, Singapore is progressively investing in and leveraging data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and sensors. Temperature screening, social distancing monitoring, innovative communications, and lowering risk to frontline employees are all examples of use cases in the struggle to contain the Covid-19 epidemic.