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As part of the Smart Nation initiative, the government is piloting a plan to set up smart screens in HDB blocks. These screens will provide relevant information to residents, like traffic condition in the neighbourhood, bus timings and community as well as national news.
Disclosing this at the opening day of the two-day IoT Asia forum in Singapore on Wednesday, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also the Minister in charge of Singapore's smart nation programme, said the effort aimed to keep people in touch and help build local communities.
"This is not about technology or TV. This is about using technology at a local level in a relevant and pertinent way to help build local communities," the minister said. He added that the government wanted to explore the concept of using smart screens to keep the community connected.
"I want to go beyond each of us looking at our own personal devices. At the end of the day we want to connect people to build communities, we want people to be able to share common interest and common experiences and build their sense of unity and cohesion which is so essential in the Internet era and in era of IoT (Internet of Things). Hence I do want to create interaction opportunities for collective experience and memories - opportunities to do things together. That is a very critical objective," he added.