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Location Intelligence Critical in Push for Smart Cities in Asia Pacific

Singapore – HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location platform services, today hosted a thought leadership panel, discussing the topic of Data and Technology in a Location Intelligent World. The forum included an open Q&A dialogue session at which members of the audience participated by sharing key issues affecting the industry across the Asia Pacific region.

Led by a group of industry and market intelligence experts – Stanimira Koleva, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HERE Technologies, Asia Pacific; Vivek Vaidya, Associate Partner and Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mobility, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan; Ivan Shornikov, Chief Executive Officer at Raxel Telematics; Ate Poorthuis, Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography), at Singapore University of Technology and Design; and Terence Tan, Lead Consultant, Geospatial Specialist Office at GovTech Singapore; the panel addressed opportunities and challenges that mapping and location data related services present to the nation, its citizens as well as organisations that operate in Singapore and beyond.

With the upsurge in the usage of technological devices and connected sensors, geography is inextricably linked to modern technological processes and systems. Location intelligence is a fundamental part of our daily lives and a necessary core of some of the most successful companies in the world today.

Vivek Vaidya, Associate Partner and Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mobility, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan said, “Precise location data is key to growing and evolving new mobility services which will help to address a number of challenges around reducing operational costs and improving the user experience as cities grow.”

From “smart” to “ideal” cities

Through collecting and gaining insights from data, governments and businesses are making cities like Singapore more efficient through the optimisation of services. The end goal is to make urban environments cleaner, greener, safer, more mobile, and ultimately smarter while creating better, more technologically advanced places to live, work and play. Beyond technological and efficiency capabilities, smart city technologies have the potential to greatly improve quality of life for city inhabitants.

Infrastructure reinvention

An increasing number of new and exciting modes of transportation are under evaluation in Singapore – from driverless buses to air taxis and unmanned drones, existing infrastructure has to adapt in order to serve more technologically advanced and demanding transport replacements. To keep up with a growing on-demand economy and changing consumer expectations, as well as the demand for enhanced connectivity and real-time data exchange, new and more flexible cellular infrastructures and equipment such as 5G are needed.

Collaboration powers automation

The autonomous world is being built on data that is secure and trusted, yet shared and open. New data platforms and marketplaces require common data standards that must be agreed across businesses, governments and countries – all with the aim of enabling effective communication. The cornerstone of automation is a network that is scalable, flexible and allows for minimal latency – something that is critical for autonomous services, from driving to emergency response. 5G promises to deliver this, and the public and private sector in Singapore and some Asian markets are already working together to build it.