Singapore PM Meets Chinese Energy Firm Envision to Discuss Smart City Tech

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a stop at the headquarters of Envision, a provider of energy management software, during his recent state visit to China.

Lee held talks with the Shanghai-based firm on the possibility of using its products as part of the Southeast Asian city-state’s plans to transform itself into a smart nation, he said on Facebook.

Envision showcased some smart devices and sensors for the PM, as well as its EnOS operating system that allows different devices to talk to each other, enabling not just real-time monitoring and intervention, but also the optimization of renewable energy sources.

Sinagpore’s government has been working to develop into a smart economy through its Smart Nation initiative started in 2014, Envision CEO Zhang Lei said, adding that several sectors in the country have introduced intelligent and automated solutions. The city-state still requires a comprehensive Internet of Things platform, he added.

Envision’s IoT for energy platform EnOS has been applied to 100 gigawatts of energy devices worldwide. Envision and Keppel Urban Solution, a unit of global power plant developer Keppel Corp., recently inked an agreement to build smart city projects. The firm has also set up a research center on digitalization in Singapore and will form a research and development team of around 200 people. The two parties are also jointly building Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city through the use of its IoT solutions.

Zhang said that there are discrepancies between the development of smart cities across Chinese cities and IoT solutions can only be applied in suitable scenarios, and at the local government’s discretion.


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