South Korea and Singapore should collaborate more on Smart Nation projects

South Korea would like to see more deeper business collaboration with the SiTF and IDA especially in Smart Nation projects, said 
Dr. Christian Lee, Regional Director of Korean IT Cooperation Center (KICC), based in Singapore.


Dr Lee was speaking at the one-day forum of Smart Nation Symposium which was held on Nov 12 and which was organised by KICC, SiTF and IDA. The event familiarised the 60 participants with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives in areas like healthcare, mobility and transport.


One symposium speaker Ms. Pui San, Deputy Head of the Smart Nation Programme Office, said Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative which aims to achieve better living for people, build stronger community and create more opportunities. 


She added that in the Smart Nation’s first year, the initiative wants to focus on enhanced mobility, better home, improved public services, enabled senior living and creating stronger businesses. 


During the dialogue sessions, several speakers spoke on the key technologies used in Smart Nation such as Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to Internet of Things and big data. 

A key point raised by the speakers was that people and not technology should be the driving force behind Smart Nation initiative. 


Another priority area was cyber security to protect critical infrastructure. Security should be designed into all systems from the start and not added as an afterthought. For any security system to be effective, the framework must involve people, process and technology.


The speakers who spoke at the dialogue sessions were from IDA, Cyber Security Agency (CSA), Singapore companies like ST Electronics, SingTel, and Korean firms like NKIA Corporation, Quartz Sys, Ahnlab, NHSC and TMaxsoft.


The participants had the opportunity to exchange information during the lunch and tea breaks.