Singapore Prime Minister envisions a Smart Nation with open access to geospatial data

On the occasion of the launch of the Smart Nation initiative, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stressed the necessity to provide open geospatial data to the country.

The innovative approach aims at spreading the spirit of innovation and technology advancement in Singapore and at understanding new ways to employ technology for making societies more responsive to people's needs, thereby building a "smart nation".

In order to implement this vision within a ten years time frame, a Smart Vision office has been established, headed by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

Mr Lee emphasized the fact that the extensive and systematic use of geospatial data can be essential to address challenges such as traffic incidents, potential hazards and location services.

Moreover, he gave information about the development of the Virtual Singapore project, consisting of 3D datasets of buildings, built-up spaces and the surrounding environment.

Watch the launch of Smart Nation Initiative: