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The IDA is keen to use big data, IoT and cloud to improve efficiency in the public and private sectors

The IDA is keen to use big data, IoT and cloud to improve efficiency in the public and private sectors

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is working with Amazon Web Services to trial a data as a service project the organisations believe will help increase the visibility of privately-held data sets.

The data as a service pilot is part of the Singapore government’s “Smart Nation” strategy unveiled earlier this year, which aims to improve efficiency in the public and private sectors through innovative use of big data, Internet of Things platforms and cloud services.

The pilot seeks to address the challenge of discovering datasets in the private sector through what the IDA is calling a federated approach.

“Currently, there is no coherent mechanism for users to easily discover private sector datasets made available from data providers across various industry sectors,” the IDA said in a statement. “IDA encourages data providers from all industries to participate in the DaaS pilot to increase visibility of their datasets and contribute feedback on how the platform can be improved.”

The IDA has established data quality metric guidelines to help data providers ensure their data can be easily accessed and categorised.

The agency has also signed a Memorandum of Intent with AWS that will see the cloud provider offer usage credits $3,000 (US) to the first 25 companies to sign up to the pilot, which will go towards the cost of hosting their dataset registries or datasets.

“Singapore is building the world’s first Smart Nation. To tackle difficult urban challenges in areas such as healthcare and energy, we need to capture and analyse massive amounts of data, and use that situational awareness to take meaningful actions,” said Steve Leonard, executive deputy chairman of the IDA.

“It is exciting for us to be exchanging ideas with top leaders in this space. Our goal is to challenge ourselves to keep finding new ways to better use data to serve citizens of all ages,” Leonard said.

The IDA has undertaken a number of initiatives that prioritise data and analytics as a central piece of the government’s Smart Nation strategy.

In October last year it announced a partnership with PaaS provider Pivotal to launch the Pivotal Innovation Centre, intended to drive enterprise adoption of big data analytics solutions, and has partnered with Red Hat to develop big data solutions for the public and private sector using open source tech.

The government said intends to develop Singapore into a regional “data and analytics hub.”