Smart technology has been a part of ITGS courses for some time now. Smart homes were the focus of the 2016 paper 3 case study, and smart technology in the form of wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the subject of the 2017 case study. Smart cities is a concept which draws together many of these smart technologies to enable a more efficient city environment with a higher standard of living. Few places provide as good an example of this as Singapore, with its Smart Nation initiative.
The Smart Nation website could almost be an ITGS case study on its own, such is the level of detail it provides. Covering education, healthcare, entertainment and events, environmental issues, transport, and government, it provides in-depth explanations of how technology is being implemented in each area and how the government plans to develop it further in the future. Most pages include detailed examples of the systems, programs, and smart phone apps available to Singaporeans, along with the benefits of smart technology and impacts on citizens.
Below I have briefly explained some of the key areas of the site and their relevance to the ITGS syllabus, but I recommend you visit the site for much more information.
Smart home technology
From energy and water saving smart devices to homes that monitor elderly and vulnerable people, Singapore has plans to integrate smart technology across its housing estates. Approximately 80% of Singaporeans live in housing built by the government’s Housing Development Board (HDB), putting Singapore in the unique position of being able to roll-out smart technology on a large scale.
A Smart Nation’s Healthcare
The Smart Nation healthcare section covers so many aspects of the ITGS syllabus that it is hard to know where to start. Tele-medicine initiatives are under way, including innovative apps which allow citizens access to their health records and test results digitally. Tele-health is a key part of the Health topic in strand 2 of the ITGS triangle, and Smart Nation provides a great example for discussion. Linking with the 2017 ITGS case study, the National Steps Challenge encourages citizens to use wearable technology to monitor their daily activities and evaluate their health and lifestyle.
Mobility and Transport
The mobility section of the Smart Nation website fits right in with the Transport topic in Business and Employment. This section covers contactless payment systems, driverless vehicles, and data analytics – all topics which have occured on recent ITGS exam papers. Real life examples are essential to help students learn and understand, and this section provides plenty.
A link to the external data.gov.sg site provides a plethora of data about modern day Singapore, including data on government spending, finance, health, education, transport, and infrastructure. If there is a statistic about Singapore, it is likely you can find it here. Smart Nation also includes link to open mapping data, transport related data sets, and historical data tables.
Smart technology is being used in many more ways than I could cover here. What stands out about the Smart Nation website is the level of detail and the clarity of the examples it provides. With so many of these topics having been on recent ITGS exam papers, I would strongly recommend this as both a learning resource and a revision tool. Visit the Smart Nation website today!