For a smart nation project to be truly successful it requires effective integration of many overlapping systems, but this is not easily achieved. However, Singapore believes it has identified the key to compatibility between systems and devices: standards.
As Channel NewsAsia reports, seamless connectivity was the primary goal as Singapore unveiled its Smart Nation-approved standards at the Quality and Standards Conference 2015.
Choy Sauw Kook, assistant chief executive of SPRING Singapore, which is tasked with driving adoption among organisations, explained how adherence to the pre-agreed standards will give businesses a competitive advantage as it will act as proof that their products and serves are "safe and efficient".
Channel NewsAsia also explains how putting standards in place will ensure that the data collected and collated from numerous devices can be maximised to its full potential and applied in the most effective ways possible.
"In order to enable interoperability of numerous independent or standalone systems, we need to build up a strong infrastructure of standards," said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
The Internet of Things will also be determined by certain standards, which will go some way to reassuring consumers and organisations into adoption, says Kuan Yeh Cheang, chief executive of 1Rwave.
Saurav Bhattacharyya, chief executive of Quantum Inventions, added that the standards will also help guarantee the consumer and the supplier are reading off the same page, ensuring that systems are indeed able to work 'as one' without too much customisation.