Problem: Use technology to allow commercial buildings to grow vegetables to overcome its resource constraints to become the world’s first Smart Nation.
The article: http://www.eco-business.com/news/singapore-the-smart-little-red-dot/
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) students created a solution called CorpCrops, which uses a combination of software and sensors to create a vegetable planter which can automatically control the temperature, light setting and nutrients required to grow greens in offices.
Replacing ornamental plants with these mini vegetable farms will enable the city-state to produce up to 76% of the vegetables it consumes, up from 6% today, which allows Singapore to become “less reliant on vegetable imports for the national survival, minimizing risk to food security.”
Smart Nation Program Office (SNPO).
City-State’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
Steps for deployment
- Government funding to receive funds for the technology, services, data analytics and other tools for initial program to set up.
- Carry out the project for short-term nine to twelve months phase plan given location by SNPO.
- Analyze test results and feedbacks.
- Carry out the project to other locations and expand the project with private sectors throughout Singapore.
One thought on “Singapore: The Smart Little Red Dot.”
Wonderful example of the intersection of science and technology with the overarching goal of social good. Singapore is way ahead of the curve here. I can imagine other locations following this example and switching out ornamental plants for mini farms. Though here in NYC (and other large cities) it might be a tough sell. Personally, I would not ingest any vegetables grown in a street planter at, say, Broadway and 116th!