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SiTF Singapore Enterprise Chapter (SEC) Hosted Successful iSPRINT Partner Buzz - Sectorial Briefing

More than 100 invited members, industry partners and guests turned up for the iSPRINT Partner Buzz Sectorial briefing held at SiTF House, on 31 July 2015. Coordinated by SiTF’s Singapore Enterprise Chapter (SEC) and IDA, the programme hopes to bridge the adoption of ICT solutions amongst SMEs, to boost productivity and growth across different sectors in a transformational change.

(Mr Lau Shih Hor, Chairman of SEC, giving an introduction to the event)


Mr Lau Shih Hor, Chairman of the Singapore Enterprise Chapter gave an introduction to the event. With IDA’s Infocomm for Productivity and growth (IPG) and iSPRINT schemes, in line with the Government’s Smart Nation plan, how do SMEs participate and improve on their productivity and productisation plans. Such may include reducing the need for manpower and using new innovation. 

(Welcome speech from Mr Andrew Khaw, Senior Director, IDA)

In his welcome speech, Mr Andrew Khaw, Senior Director of IDA shared that they would be interested to learn of companies who invest in new ideas, and have technologies to support lead generation in regional roles for growth. With Singapore as the world’s first Smart Nation, SMEs who use smart analytics, and invest in technologies such drones could be termed as Smart Nation Enterprises (SNE). SNEs comprises of companies who incorporate innovation with capability and tools for growth in the business. Examples include using sensors, data automation to improve, organise and roll out sector by sector solutions.

After which, Ms Catherine Chong from IDA talked about the Introduction to enhanced iSPRINT, and explained on the roll out of sector pilots to transform businesses across sectors. In the Smart Nation for business, possibilities for SMEs include areas such as:

  • Municipal Service Field Ops (Municipal Services: Optimising the deployment of cleaners, maintenance, delivery, inspectors, etc. through higher visibility of needs and availability of workers)
  • Urban mobility: capacity (Urban Mobility: Better use of logistics vehicles through smart queue systems and information from traffic systems)
  • Service robots (Smarter automation through the use of sensors and robots in F&B, retail, construction, logistics/ transport, and tourism & attractions)
  • Smart Environment Business (New business from the Smart Environment as Singapore uses more energy management and sustainable environment technologies (such as smart lighting, emission detection, etc.)

(Ms Catherine Chong, IDA (left) speaking during the Q&A session, with Mr Addison Goh, Sentosa, (right)

Next on the programme, Mr Addison Goh, from Sentosa gave an introduction on the history and landscape of Sentosa. In line with Sentosa’s master plan, he spoke on the IT Business Opportunities that they would like to look out for in the retail, hospitality and F&B sectors. For instance:

  • In hotels, to improve stewarding and housekeeping functions in which to improve productivity and reduce manpower
  • For F&B: to optimise the service delivery of food and menu ordering
  • For retail, opportunities to deploy retail concepts that require minimal use of manpower

Following which, opportunities for iSPRINT partnership was presented by GS1 Standard, M1, Singtel and Starhub respectively.  

In his closing speech, Mr Lau Shih Hor encouraged the audience to indicate their interest in which sectors they would like to provide solutions for. There would be opportunities to collaborate and connect in specific focus groups for the future. 

(Guests mingling during the tea break & Networking session)

The programme ended on a high note with guests networking and interacting amongst the various end users, industry partners and IT professionals.    

If you are a technology company and would like more information on this event, or enquire on such opportunities, please contact:

SiTF Secretariat

Ms Alicia Bok


Tel: 63259702