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No decision yet on govt platform to support Smart Nation

We refer to the report “Microsoft to help build system for better sharing of public information” (Feb 3). The Smart Nation will be built on innovations and ideas from citizens, companies and public agencies.

Tan Kok Yam, Head, Smart Nation Programme Office, Prime Minister’s Office and Lena Goh, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

We refer to the report “Microsoft to help build system for better sharing of public information” (Feb 3). The Smart Nation will be built on innovations and ideas from citizens, companies and public agencies.

We are heartened that, as part of this endeavour, Microsoft is collaborating with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to propose a technical reference architecture.

We wish to dispel any concern, however, that we have already narrowed down our options for the technical architecture of the platform that will support the Smart Nation. The conversation is ongoing.

The Infocomm Development Authority is now seeking proposals and inputs from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, through the government procurement process and industry consultations.

We look forward to what we can learn from industry collaborations such as the Microsoft-A*STAR partnership. We will consult widely because we want to apply the best ideas to use ICT to raise quality of life and encourage co-creation in a Smart Nation.

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