THE SMART NATION PLATFORM (SNP)
SNP will anchor around three key areas of “Connect, Collect and Comprehend.”
The first phase of the SNP which focuses on “Connect” and “Collect” is expected to be available by 2015. In addition to the current connectivity infrastructure that is in place - NBN and Wireless@SG, Singapore is also seeking to extend connectivity through the progressive deployment of Above Ground (AG) Boxes and technologies from a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet). AG Boxes will provide a ready-built common infrastructure for sensor deployment by supplying points to access fibre-optics connectivity and power. This reduces the need for unnecessary groundwork, thereby reducing deployment time and cost. The target is to install these AG Boxes in common outdoor areas where there is demand for sensor-based technologies. These places include bus stops, parks and traffic junctions. HetNet is expected to allow for more optimal use of wireless spectrum by allowing devices to switch seamlessly between various types of wireless networks.
The AG Boxes were so designed that they envelop the traffic or
electric poles. These boxes were on display at the IMBx stall.