Standards and Smart Nation

In our continuing coverage on ‘standards’, let’s examine why they are critical in our drive towards a smart nation.



How will Standards help in Singapore’s drive towards a Smart Nation?

Standards can act as a tool to ensure that government agencies, planners, developers and manufacturers have a common language when talking about a Smart Nation and developing new technologies and solutions.


The IT Standards Committee (ITSC) has played a crucial role in bringing together industry and government to come together to agree on common technical standards. An industry working group, the Internet of Things Technical Committee (IoTTC) has been set up within the ITSC to identify relevant open standards and establish a set of references for homes and the public sector.


Singapore has since developed smart applications and a first batch of sensor networks based on standards that will lead to seamless information sharing across services and devices, and efficient collaboration between the public and private sectors.


Without these standards, Singapore runs the risk of having a fragmented market, with different agencies coming up with different smart solutions, making the development and distribution of ‘Smart Nation’ solutions and policies a challenge for stakeholders who require standardization and predictability.


As the smart nation brings together new and disruptive technologies, we will see different information systems, activity and governance coming together. ‘Standards’ can create a basic framework and encourage a participatory approach that that all stakeholders can agree on, enable innovation and allow our smart nation initiatives to thrive.






Contributed by Arcis Communications

SiTF PR Agency

Published date: 25 May 2017