SLA work­ing on app to help start-ups

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The Sin­ga­pore Land Au­thor­ity (SLA) is work­ing on a plat­form called GeoWorks, which aims to bring to­gether companies and users that tap lo­ca­tion-based data.

This was an­nounced yes­ter­day by Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs and Law K. Shan­mugam at the OneMap Idea­works awards cer­e­mony, which was held at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh.

Said Mr Shan­mugam: “The aim (of GeoWorks) is to help lo­cal start-ups with a geospa­tial fo­cus, to bring them to­gether with their po­ten­tial part­ners to help them grow.”

Geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy in­volves the or­gan­i­sa­tion of large amounts of lo­ca­tional data from dif­fer­ent do­mains for the cre­ation of ser­vices and de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Mr Shan­mugam said it is go­ing to be one of the most im­por­tant tech­nolo­gies to un­der­pin Smart Na­tion ini­tia­tives.

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There are plans to launch GeoWorks early next year.

The min­is­ter pre­sented awards to the win­ners of the OneMap Idea­works chal­lenge. It kicked off in July in con­junc­tion with the un­veil­ing of a mobile app ver­sion of SLA’s in­te­grated map sys­tem OneMap, which makes lo­ca­tion-based in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices avail­able to the pub­lic for free.

Twenty-two teams took part in the com­pe­ti­tion — 12 in the school cat­e­gory and 10 in the open cat­e­gory.

The teams used OneMap as well as open geospa­tial data to come up with pro­to­types of apps to over­come daily prob­lems faced by com­mu­ni­ties, such as those re­lated to so­cial ser­vices and the en­vi­ron­ment.

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