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Gurveen Kaur
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

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A glimpse of the future at Jurong Lake District

My Paper | Gurveen Kaur | Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

Night View of Jurong Gateway from Japanese Garden [Jurong Lake District: An artist impression of Jurong Gateway will host offices, shops, homes, hotels, restaurants and entertainment centres.

SINGAPORE - Litterbugs busted from afar. Rubbish bins analysed from a distance. Even traffic lights adjusted to smoothen travel on the roads.

The future is smart and you will soon get a glimpse of it in Singapore's west, as Jurong Lake District becomes a testbed for how the Republic uses technology to ease the flow and movement of its people. A smart nation, in other words.

The 360ha area - the size of Marina Bay - will be turned into a high-tech "playground" where tech-savvy denizens can even find driverless vehicles plying the roads

They are linked and controlled by more than 1,000 sensors.

You can better predict where and when to take a cab, avoiding long queues, with a system that can monitor the crowd at taxi stands.

On the roads, traffic lights can also be timed and adjusted to ease the gridlock while pedestrians just need to turn on their smartphones to find out where's the nearest sheltered walkway to avoid the hot sun or rain.

There will also be more eyes on the street.

Litterbugs and those who park illegally or light up in prohibited zones can be easily picked up with advanced video-sensing or detection technologies.

Just how quickly a rubbish bin is filled compared to another can be analysed and used to allocate where cleaners should be deployed first.

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