Singtel, Singapore partners to open R&D lab, invest SGD 42.4 mln

Monday 4 December 2017 | 16:43 CET | News
Singapore operator Singtel has signed R&D partnership agreements with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Under a 5-year partnership deal, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish a SGD 42.4 million corporate lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU). The lab will be used to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners aim to jointly accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing. 

The research by SCALE@NTU aims to resolve various challenges faced by cities in keeping their infrastructure facilities in good running condition. With the use of smart sensors embedded with AI, city governments can analyse data from infrastructure facilities and can decide to conduct maintenance works only when necessary to achieve optimal performance for these assets.

Over the next five years, this partnership is expected to expand the product range of Singtel and its regional ICT subsidiary NCS. Around 100 researchers from Singtel and NTU will work at SCALE@NTU, while another 200 research engineers, graduate and undergraduate students will also be trained in the lab. The collaboration builds on NTU’s expertise in AI and data science. 

Singtel and A*STAR will also jointly develop projects including smart building automation systems, robotics and IoT applications for various industries. According to Singtel, robots can be deployed to handle biohazardous waste, allowing companies to deploy their employees to undertake higher value-added jobs. Such technologies can be tested on Singtel’s NarrowBand-IoT and 5G mobile network in a model factory to be set up by A*STAR next year.

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