CapitaLand partners NavInfo DataTech and TPG Telecom to set up Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate trial site at Singapore Science Park. This will be the first in Southeast Asia to use 5G enabled Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology to testbed smart mobility solutions in a commercial space.
Singapore Minister of Communications and Information Mr S Iswaran announces at the recent SG-D Industry Day that CapitaLand is partnering NavInfo DataTech and TPG Telecom to set up Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate trial site at CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park.
As the first of use-cases, the partners are the first in Southeast Asia to develop and testbed 5G enabled Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies for intelligent mobility solutions in a commercial space.
5G is globally acknowledged to be the next big leap in mobile and wireless communications. The C-V2X technology allows vehicles to communicate with each other and virtually everything around them, including connecting vehicles to infrastructure, pedestrians and cloud.
Vehicles with this technology will be able to sense people nearby even when drivers cannot see them, providing a higher level of predictability for improved road safety and a path towards autonomous driving. The vehicles can also be designed to send alerts to pedestrians and drivers through smartphone applications or connected wearable devices like smart watches.
The 5G smart estate trial and C-V2X technology are key pillars of the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab that CapitaLand is setting up at Singapore Science Park with the support of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore.
The Lab aims to provide the industry and the public with an opportunity to discover, develop, test and deploy new, sustainable smart city products, services and solutions. These projects are supported under a SGD 40 million fund by IMDA and National Research Foundation to build an open and inclusive 5G Innovation ecosystem.
CapitaLand Group Senior Executive Director Mr Manohar Khiatani says as one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, CapitaLand is able to leverage its scale to pilot impactful large-scale projects and testbed new technologies.
“With IMDA’s support and our partnership with Navinfo and TPG, we are delighted to be able to set up Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate trial site at Singapore Science Park. This reinforces Singapore Science Park’s position as a living lab for co-innovation and a catalyst for industry transformation, supporting Singapore’s drive towards the Digital Economy. We will continue to leverage technologies and test new ideas to bring innovative real estate products and services to our customers in Singapore and beyond,” says Khiatani.
Industry players and Singapore Science Park customers who are interested to leverage the 5G infrastructure to develop and trial new and innovative solutions can submit their use-cases through the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab. These use-cases can include solutions that would benefit from low latency and increased data rates of 5G such as drones and augmented reality/virtual reality applications. Moreover, subscribers of TPG Telecom, with compatible 5G devices, will also be able to enjoy 5G services for the first time in Singapore.
IMDA Chief Executive Tan Kiat How says he is encouraged to see industry partners working together to develop impactful services to benefit businesses and consumers.
“I hope to see more partners join us to co-create an innovative, vibrant 5G ecosystem in support of Singapore’s Digital Economy,” says Tan.
TPG Telecom says it will deploy an advanced 5G trial network with better than 99% 3.5GHz outdoor coverage across Singapore Science Parks 1 and 2 by 2020. This will be based on a commercially ready 5G core that follows 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15, the newest 5G standard.
When Release 16 is finalised in 2020, TPG Telecom claims it will feature even higher speeds and data capacity transmissions while reducing network latency by up to 10 times. 3GPP Release 16 is expected to support enhancements such as Industrial Internet-of-Things and advanced automotive connectivity.
TPG Telecom Managing Director & Acting CEO Mr Richard Tan says TPG is pleased to partner with CapitaLand and NavInfo to deliver a full coverage 5G network in support of Singapore’s first 5G smart estate use-case.
“TPG has deep engineering knowledge and expertise, and we are committed to track the rapidly evolving 5G 3GPP developments to bring the true benefits of 5G for the greater good of all industry collaborators on this platform,” says Tan.
NavInfo DataTech, a Singapore company focused on advanced Geographic Information System solutions across transport, planning, and logistics industries, will provide technology know-how, and infrastructure to set up their proprietary High Definition Global Navigation Satellite System, Cloud Control Platform and Highly Autonomous Driving maps for Singapore Science Park.
According to NAavInfo DataTech CEO Jonathan Ng, the 5G enabled C-V2X smart estate testbed will include smart mobility assets like autonomous vehicles, smart mobility infrastructure technologies, and in-car experience solutions.
“We are keen to demonstrate our advanced mobility solutions in a complex commercial setting that will deliver enhanced connectivity and safety within the park, while improving quality of life for tenants and visitors alike, all enabled by a pervasive 5G network. As much as the industry learnings here are crucial, the local capability development opportunity in this rapidly expanding field of smart mobility will be extremely impactful,” says Ng.
(Ed. CapitaLand owns and manages a global portfolio worth SGD 129.1 billion as at 30 June 2019. CapitaLand’s portfolio spans across diversified real estate classes; Infocomm Media Development Authority regulates the telecommunications and media sectors in Singapore; NavInfo DataTech builds enablers in proprietary geospatial technologies’ solutions; and TPG Telecom is Singapore’s 4th largest Mobile Network Operator.)