Public housing estates to try out solutions for smart living – Channel News Asia

17 companies including LG Electronics and StarHub are participating in trials at the Housing and Development Board’s Centre of Building Research, before the technology solutions are tested in actual homes. 

SINGAPORE: Your home could eventually be part of a test-bed for solutions to enable smart living. Under Singapore’s drive to become the world’s first Smart Nation, existing public housing estates will participate in a technology trial to see how devices can be integrated into daily life.

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will conduct the trial, with more details to be provided at a later date. It will gather residents’ feedback, and assess their receptiveness towards adopting technologies for day-to-day living.

HDB is already experimenting with smart home solutions at its Centre of Building Research in Woodlands and National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had first-look on Wednesday (Jul 8). The trials are a precursor to the testing of technology solutions in actual homes. 17 companies are participating in the trials, including the likes of Samsung, LG Electronics and StarHub.

Minister Khaw Boon Wan looking at smart home trials (Photo: Calvin Hui)

Smart living solutions for the elderly are being tried out, including systems for monitoring the health of senior citizens. Utilities management solutions are also being tested, for homeowners to check water and energy consumption patterns. The smart solutions aim to add convenience to the lives of residents, and ensure their safety.

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