Singtel will work with Nanyang Technological University (pictured) on an innovation lab. Source: Shutterstock

Singtel is working on an AI lab for Singapore’s smart city dreams

SINGTEL is to establish a Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises, called SCALE, to work on research and development of applications for public safety, smart city, transportation, healthcare, enterprise and manufacturing solutions, the Singaporean communications company said on Monday. 

The special SGD42.4 million (US$31.5 million) laboratory will be created under a five-year partnership with Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore), and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Around 100 Singtel and NTU researchers will work at the lab, with 200 research engineers and students trained there also.

The new lab will likely help Singtel better facilitate its customers growing technological needs with new services and network advances.   

“This collaboration marks a significant step for Singtel to develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to support enterprises in their digital transformation and Singapore’s Smart Nation objectives,” Singtel Group Enterprise CEO Bill Chang said in a press release.

The initiative will focus on AI, robotics, smart computing, and advanced data analytics. It is also expected to expand the product range of Singtel.

The company will also work with A*STAR to build smart building automation systems, robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications that could help boost operating efficiencies in various industries, such as robots that can handle biohazardous waste.

The technologies will be tested on Singtel’s NarrowBand-IoT and 5G mobile network in a model factory to be set up by A*STAR in 2018.

Public-private partnerships and open innovation pave the way for successful projects that could benefit the Singapore economy and lives of Singaporeans, said Professor Tan Sze Wee, executive director at A*STAR, In this age where disruptions are emerging rapidly, such joint collaborations are all the more valuable.