Singtel, Surbana Jurong partner to drive smart city transformation

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Singtel and Surbana Jurong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a first of its kind strategic alliance integrating technology and infrastructure to co-create smart city solutions that will accelerate the transformation of key industries.

To kickstart the partnership, the two companies will first focus on smart and sustainable integrated facilities management.

Surbana Jurong, which designs, plans and manages some of the largest urban and infrastructure facilities around the world, will provide the breadth and scope required to pilot the application of technology solutions, while leading Asian communications group Singtel brings on board its capabilities in 5G and emerging technologies to design solutions to advance the transformation of industries.

Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong said: “Today’s agreement will bring together a talent force of technologists and innovators to enable businesses to advance their transformation in smart and sustainable ways. Leveraging Singtel’s expertise, Surbana Jurong’s multidisciplinary capabilities, 5G and advanced technologies, this partnership of two industry leaders has the potential to accelerate the creation of smart and sustainable cities globally.”

Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “The pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation of many enterprises, transforming their capabilities and business models. Through this strategic partnership with Surbana Jurong, with our combined capabilities and leveraging Singtel’s 5G edge cloud platform, we will support our targeted industries’ digital transformation and help in their post-COVID recovery with advanced technologies and sustainable solutions. Our successful showcase in Singapore will create iconic references and open the doors to more exciting opportunities in the region.”

The partnership will integrate Singtel’s 5G Multi-access Edge Compute and Surbana Jurong’s P24K suite of facility management systems to create an industry-first 5G-powered data aggregation and management platform that tracks, monitors and manages multiple operations simultaneously. The integrated system will aggregate data about space, water, energy, utilisation and indoor air quality from sensors to help facility managers drive greater operational efficiency and achieve their smart and sustainable goals.

One of the key services which the integrated system supports is building security. From delivering intelligent surveillance and monitoring solutions, providing greater situational awareness to security providers, the integrated system can help users, tenants and visitors in smart buildings anticipate and respond more swiftly to security incidents. In addition, both companies are also exploring the use of drones to inspect, maintain and monitor buildings remotely for security.