On 11 July 2016, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of Singapore inked new agreements for collaboration with NCS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singtel Group and 3M respectively at the World Cities Summit.
HDB inks new agreements with NCS and 3M to improve liveability in dense living areas
These new partnerships will enable HDB to tap on the deep expertise and wide experience of both local and international private industry partners, to improve the planning and design of HDB towns and Singapore’s built environment.
Partnership with NCS-led consortium
- Smart Urban Habitat Master Plan (SUHMP):
In line with Singapore's move towards becoming a smart nation, the HDB signed a $10 million contract with the NCS consortium (comprising AECOM Singapore, Arup Singapore and Samsung SDS Asia Pacific), to develop a new Smart Urban Habitat Master Plan, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
The Master Plan will map out a strategic approach towards the deployment of Smart initiatives in HDB towns. It will identify ground challenges for the introduction of smart solutions, highlight areas where more research efforts are needed, and explore potential viable business models that can be adopted.
For a start, the SUHMP will be developed for Punggol Town.
- Smart Hub platform:
The NCS-led consortium will also develop a Smart Hub platform that will integrate multiple sources of information, such as real-time data from sensors around HDB estates into a central repository where relevant insights can be generated for HDB. The data can be used to identify patterns, predict potential maintenance issues, allowing for proactive upgrading and replacement of systems.
For instance, sensors fitted on lights in common areas will provide data on human traffic. For areas with little or no traffic, lights can be reduced to a third, leading to energy savings of as much as 40 per cent.
The Smart Hub will collect information from estate services for 1,000 HDB blocks progressively over the next 4 years.
Partnership with 3M Singapore
- Research study to explore noise-reducing building materials:
HDB announced that it will be entering into a year-long research collaboration with 3M Singapore to study new and creative ways to soften the impact of noise in Singapore’s high-rise, high-density environment.
HDB and 3M will study suitable materials for walls, floors and windows that can absorb, reflect or reduce the transmission of noise within flats, to create a more pleasant living environment.
- 11 July 2016