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Public housing estates in Singapore to test out smart living solutions

Zafirah Salim | July 9, 2015
17 companies, including LG Electronics and StarHub, are participating in trials at HDB’s Centre of Building Research, before the technology solutions are tested in actual homes.

In line with Singapore's Smart Nation vision, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will be conducting technology trials for existing public housing estates to test how devices can be integrated into daily life.

This trial is part of HDB's Smart Living initiative under the Smart HDB Town Framework, which aims to provide digital infrastructure in flats to pave the way for intelligent homes.

"It's important to trial, test, these things in real homes," said HDB chief Cheong Koon Hean, according to a report by the Channel NewsAsia. "It is important to select an existing estate where there are real life people living in it, because you want to test their reaction. Of course, it will be very important for us to learn from that test because we want to then bring some of these solutions and devices into greenfield sites."

Besides gathering residents' feedback, such trials can also help their receptiveness towards adopting these technologies for day-to-day living.

Currently, 17 companies are taking part in the programme, including StarHub, Samsung and LG Electronics.

HDB is already experimenting with smart home solutions at its Centre of Building Research in Woodlands, which is also known as 'The Kitchen'.

A key focus of the solutions testing is targeted at improving the lives and safety of the elderly, such as systems that enable caregivers to monitor the health of senior citizens. Utilities management solutions that allow homeowners to check on their water and energy consumption patterns are also being tested.

The technology involved has applications in rehabilitation too. Smart health solutions enable those undergoing physiotherapy to conduct self-checks and guided therapy sessions, reducing the need to make trips to hospitals and clinics.

More details of the trials, including when and where it will be started, will be announced at a later date.

 

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