Singapore Government pushes AI data analytics in fight against COVID-19

Government to invest S$710M in infocomm technology

Singapore is stepping up its use of data analytics its use of artificial intelligence (AI) and sensors to make lives “easier, safer and smarter”, states GovTech Singapore.

The impact is being felt in everything from the fight to contain the Covid-19 outbreak to security to water conservancy and even food safety.

The latest initiatives follow the launch of the National AI Strategy by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat at the Singapore FinTech Festival last November.

The strategy maps out how Singapore will develop and deploy AI solutions to transform the economy and improve lives.

The National AI Strategy focuses on five key areas — healthcare, security, smart estates, education and logistics — and is led by the National AI Office, a unit created under the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office.

In 2020 the Government will invest over $710 million in infocomm technology projects that involve the use of data analytics, AI and sensors to deliver better government services.

Some of the areas where results are already beginning to show in real time are in:

  • Using AI and robots in the fight against Covid-19
  • Using analysis for better Covid-19 contact tracing
  • Using smart robots for patrol and surveillance
  • Using smart sensors and meters to save water
  • Using data analytics for tourism insights



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