GOVTECH enables Singapore Government to better serve its citizens.

1) Sustainability Problem: In today’s fast moving and resource-constrained world cities are facing challenges becoming smarter and be more efficient. Singapore Government is aiming for to become a first Smart Nation by 2020 which means people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives.

2) Technology Summary: The new Government Technology Agency (GovTech) was created to advance engineering support to smart nation developments and restore old e-government services. GovTech has lined up several new projects – including a digital vault of citizens data for the auto-filling of banking forms and an autonomous wheelchair prototype – to drive digital transformation in the public sector.

-Lined up several new projects – a digital vault of citizens’ personal data for the auto-filling of banking forms and an autonomous wheelchair prototype – to drive digital transformation in the public sector. Identified following five key domains that will have a significant impact on the citizen and society, and in which digital technology can have a needle moving impact:

 

– Focus on six key areas: application development, data science, government infrastructure, geospatial technology, cybersecurity and smart sensors.

 

Source: Irene Tham, “GovTech launched to lead digital transformation in public sector”, The Straits Times OCT 7, 2016

Tags: #smartcity, #smartnation #technology #data #tarnsport #envirnoment #healthcare #publicsectorservices

3) Key Stakeholders :

  1. Government Technology Agency of Singapore
  2. Public Sectors
  3. Private sectors
  4. People

4) Steps Deploying Technology:

Public-Private People’s Partnership is the key to successful deployment of the
– Educate citizens and visitors to use data (Technological literacy)
– Build a community and infrastructure
– Constant update and improvement

Other Sources:

1. Smart Nation Singapore

2. GOVTECH Singapore 

3. Government Technology Agency of Singapore, Oct 6, 2016, Youtube 

4. Computer World “Smart Cities”, Dec 12, 2016

 

Affordable and Mobile ALPOD House #BT2443

1) Sustainability area(s).

Most of the Mega-Cities facing issue affordable and smart buildings due to growing urban citizens. Majority of cities designed for fewer people.

2) Sustainability Technology: Futuristic Aluminum AlPOD Houses by James Law

-A distinctive feature of the AlPOD project is its potential to be stacked into a uniquely designed multi-structures to accommodate ever increasing populations and lack of available land

-Explores modular construction based on creating a flexible and open-plan living space

-Affordable about 65000 USD

-The aluminum house has multi-faceted advantages of being lightweight, durable, corrosion resistant, and impervious to fire and wind as well as its ability to dampen noise and insulate against heat and sound.

– Lightweight also enhances mobility, allowing a home to be moved from one place to another comfortably and conveniently without dismantling or reconstructing facilities.

-Moreover, aluminum can be recycled, making it a green, earth-friendly building material.

Enid Tsui, “Cheap Hong Kong-designed ‘container homes’ the way of the future,” South China Morning Post, 03 February 2016

#Energy, #Water, #Waste, #Civic Engagement, #Land use, #affordablehousing

3) Key Stakeholders and their role in the implementation:

-City stakeholders- Include their plan
-Government agencies-Legislate and helping private sectors to participate
-Civic society- Connect and partnership with the stakeholders
-Citizens of the city-Live in the houses
-Financial Institutions-Finance

4) Steps Deploying Technology:

Public-Private People’s Partnership is the key to successful deployment of the project.
– Within the city, planing decide to finance aspects
– Build a community and infrastructure
– Within Public Private People’s Partnership leverage project within significant cities

Since one out of six people today in the world live in a migrant slum, this number will raise within few decades one out of three. I believe that this ALPOD housing could bring a progressive solution to this issue.

Other sources:
http://www.utopiacities.org/about/
http://www.alpod.com/product.php
https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=44286
https://www.designboom.com/architecture/james-law-cybertecture-alpod-mobile-house-aluhouse-hong-kong-12-15-2015/
http://www.jameslawcybertecture.com/?section=projects&id=1055
https://www.treehugger.com/modular-design/alpod-lot-more-cute-little-new-prefab-unit.html
http://inhabitat.com/futuristic-plug-and-play-home-can-pop-up-anywhere-in-the-world/
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/alpod-stackable-aluminum-pod-homes/
http://www.alpod.com/product.php

Air Purification through Carpet

Sustainability Issues

Every day we inhale particulate matter which swirl around the our homes and offcies. Just because these fine particles are invisible to the naked eye doesn’t make them any less dangerous. According to research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) high concentrations of  fine particles increase the risk of asthma and allergic reactions. Furthermore, they are an important cause of respiratory problems in young children.

Technology: DESSO AirMaster Carpet

  • DESSO AirMaster is a  flooring concept that traps and contains dust particles until it is time to vacuum clean again, which resulted in fewer dust particles being breathed in and a healthier indoor climate.
  • Very fine particles are absorbed by the thin yarns of the DESSO Air-filters
  • The unique structure of DESSO AirMaster prevents dust getting back into the air.
  • Regularly vacuum cleaning DESSO AirMaster ensures that dust particles are removed more simply and easily than from other carpets

Stakeholders 

  • Households in area with poor air-quaility
  • Office buildings and public buildings
  • Commercial space like restaurants and retail stores

Deployment 

  • Forming a partnership between DESSO and municipal governments (with poor air-quality) for a subsidy program
  • Access air-quaility of in-door space with particular attention to particulate matter
  • Install subsided DESSO AirMaster in qualified homes, office buildings and other public space

 

Source: http://www.desso-airmaster.com/en/home/consumer/desso-airmasterr-for-home/desso-airmasterr-for-home-ensures-a-healthier-indoor-climate/

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Super Skinny Home Squeezed Between Buildings in Tokyo

Sustainability Problem

Over 13 million people live in Tokyo and there isn’t a lot of space leading to very expensive and cramped living conditions.

Technology Article

Article

  • In land-scarce Tokyo people are having a hard time finding a place to live.
  • Atelier HAKO Architects has gotten creative and is building homes in the leftover space between buildings. 
  • The architects slotted the skinny three-story Honmachi Residence into a slim lot that, despite its four-meter-wide width (13 feet), feels surprisingly spacious on the inside.
  • They were able to include a porch and windows to provide natural light and ventilation in the small space and the rooftop allows for even more open space.
  • As more and more people all over the world migrate to urban areas the cities will become more crowded requiring creating construction like the work being done by Atelier HAKO Architects.

Stakeholders

  • Atelier HAKE Architects
  • Cities and urban areas
  • Current and future residents of cities
  • City governments

Deployment

  • Atelier HAKE Architects continues to build these structures
  • Try to strike a deal with the government that helps them purchase and build these properties at a reduced price.
  • Expand their work or their ideas to other cities where land is scarce.

Turn anything in your home into a connected device with Mesh

 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/mesh-diy-smart-home-kit/

 

  1. Sustainability Problem

 

This set of devices solely don’t solve any problem but it enables us to solve your everyday life problems and the usage way is infinite, it basically enables anything to become a smart device and thanks to its user-friendly application you don’t even have to know anything about programming. It is up to you what kind of a sustainability problem you want to solve with this. You may put it in your bathroom for automatic lighting thus you could save electric, you may use it on automation watering for your plants thus, you may save water furthermore you may program as water usage according to humidity with if function. Rest is up to your imagination.

 

  1. Technology Article Summary

 

Article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/mesh-diy-smart-home-kit/

– You can turn your home into a smart home with MESH.

– It brings internet of thing via 8 different small tags each with different capability ranging from motion tag, move tag, temperature and humidity tag to LED tag.

– They can be placed any physical object and turn it to a connected device.

-No need for programming, everything is self-contained in MESH app

-Enables you to set up a connected home by choosing a tag you need for the task (total 7 different) move it to apps sandbox, assign the task to it or connect to another device.

 

  1. Stakeholders

– people interested in smart homes, connected devices, Internet of things

 

  1. Deployment

It has a starter kit with 3 tags cost $134.99 extra tags are $60 each

7 different tags:

-Motion

-Move

-Brightness

-Button

-Temperature & humidity

-LED

-GPIO (basically ready to use circuit for tasks you design)

After choosing your tags according your task you can start enjoying it.

Internet site of Mesh: http://meshprj.com

Short video of Mesh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tis1Au26uI