The journey to 5G continues, it is getting there, getting closer. I have been covering on the topic of 5G networks and I have more information to share with my readers and fellow technology enthusiasts.
Singtel is launching in phases, near-gigabit speed on its LTE-Advanced network at selected high traffic outdoor locations across the island, starting with Orchard Road (outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and Tang Plaza). If you are a Singtel mobile network user, time to test the near-gigabit speed when you are at this part of Orchard Road!
As Singapore moves ahead in her journey to 5G, how we work, live and consume mobile data is going to change. It is going to be interesting to see how 5G networks is going to help us in our everyday life and work. During my course of learning, researching and writing on 5G networks, I would share more information and updates along the way, on the Journey to 5G in Singapore!
Let me share some key information and details of Singtel’s journey to 5G – Near-gigabit speed LTE-Advanced network:
At 800Mbps, it is Southeast Asia’s fastest Gigabit-class LTE mobile data peak speed, delivering up to 60% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services (at 450Mbps).
The near-gigabit transmission speeds are achieved by scaling pre-5G technology solutions, 4×4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4×4 MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), coupled with triple carrier aggregation of spectrum exclusive to Singtel.
Starting today, customers with Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium smartphones will be able to enjoy the 800Mbps peak speeds at the outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and Tang Plaza on Orchard Road. Full deployment at Orchard Road, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay is slated for the end of August. More Cat 16 smartphones supporting 1Gbps speeds are scheduled to be launched later this year.
The 800Mbps service augments Singtel’s nationwide 450Mbps mobile data speeds. In addition to having Singapore’s widest outdoor 4G coverage as rated by IMDA for 10 consecutive quarters, Singtel was also recently named the fastest telco in Singapore by global metrics leader, Ookla.
For more information on Singtel’s mobile data speeds, please visit here.
* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *
Singapore is building towards a cashless payment solution for future Singapore and Singtel had recently launched Singapore’s first virtual Visa account into its all-in-one mobile payments app, the Singtel Dash app. With this addition, Singtel now has a cashless payment solution for users in Singapore.
At the recent official launch event by Singtel and Visa, we were able to know more about the Singtel Dash Visa Virtual Account. After that, there were hands on demonstrations on how the Singtel Dash Visa Virtual Account can be created and used in our daily life, such as buying a coffee from Spinelli and buying goods online.
The cashless payment process was simple, fast and easy to use. With the addition of Visa Virtual Account into Singtel Dash app, this all-in-one mobile payments solution is now more useful and easy to use for everybody, regardless of their telco relationship or device model. Having this Visa Virtual Account inside the Singtel Dash app, I think this would make the Singtel Dash app very handy and easy to use for, online purchases or at Dash merchants..
With this pre-paid wallet capability, this would really be useful when we forget to bring cash out or there is not enough cash in the wallet. Currently, this is for local use in Singapore, hopefully, the Singtel Dash Visa Virtual Account can be used when we are overseas in the future.
Let me share some key information and details of the Singtel Dash Visa Virtual Account:
To start paying on their mobile, customers can just sign in on the Dash app and top-up their Dash Visa accounts and start using them at Dash merchants and on local e-commerce sites such as Qoo10, Zalora and HungryGoWhere. Customers with compatible NFC-enabled Android smartphones will also be able to pay using their Dash Visa accounts wherever Visa payWave is accepted, such as at popular merchants, Sheng Siong, Spinelli and Toastbox.
Hopefully, with the Singtel Dash Visa Virtual Account, this would encourage more people in Singapore into more acceptance and usage of cashless payment system.
Pictures courtesy of Singtel
Singtel also announced future plans for Dash to be included in global wallets such as Apple Pay, and enable QR code payments to expand into hawker centres. In addition to Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic, Dash is also working towards adding more educational institutions to its merchant list to widen its reach in the youth segment.
Dash is Singapore’s only all-in-one mobile payments solution that is available to everyone, regardless of telco relationship or device model. It is the only mobile payments app that offers fast, secure and real-time local and international money transfers, supports in-store and online retail payments, as well as transit payments. Customers can enjoy paying with Dash for their taxi, bus and train rides, and also at supermarkets, convenience stores and food courts.
Since its re-launch last year, Dash has boosted its customer base to over 500,000, with payments, remittance and transit transaction volumes more than doubling.
In my own personal technology writing adventures covering and writing in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), this particular maiden journey started in 2016, I was introduced to Greenwave Systems, the global managed services and Internet of Things (IoT) software leader, thanks to my friend Wee Wu of Neo Dimension who invited me to visit Greenwave Systems at CommunicAsia 2016 in Singapore.
It was an eye opener to know more about IoT software systems and how they had already started coming into our daily life without us realising it at times.
Greenwave Systems was back for CommunicAsia 2017 and it was an honour to be invited back again to visit Greenwave Systems at CommunicAsia! I had the opportunity to write and continue my sharing on Greenwave Systems since the article coverage I wrote in 2016. Arriving at Greenwave Systems seminar room, it was great to meet Jim Hunter again, he’s the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems. Jim gave me a run through with a detailed and interesting presentation on the AXON Platform and AXON Predict.
AXON Platform – B2C
Listening and watching Jim’s presentation AXON Platform, it was a very good refresher for me. I saw the demonstration of how the AXON Platform works during my visit to Greenwave Systems at CommunicAsia 2016. Therefore, I would not be writing too much in detail here because most of the references and notes were written inside my 2016 article coverage.
While I was listening to the presentation and watching the demonstration of the AXON Platform, I am also thinking about how smart and connected the various types of devices that we might have in our internet/technology connected home using the smartphone app, AXON Platform and using the common language of the AXON Platform, getting the non related techological devices to “talk, connect and work with each other”. I saw security alarms, security monitor cameras, bluetooth speakers, lighting systems, in action, using the AXON Platform to give instructions to them for it to be carried out, thus making the home smart and connected.
I was also thinking of which type of white goods (kitchen appliances) would be suitable to be connected and working with the AXON Platform whereby the home owner can give instructions to the white goods and get them ready when they reach their home. Some of the white goods could be coffee machine, electric kettle, microwave oven (if the home owner place the food inside before they leave the home).
The home of the future is moving towards a technologically smart and connected home and I feel AXON Platform can be the crucial element that brings both technology, products and consumers together in a home.
AXON Predict – B2B
Earlier, you have read on how the AXON Platform makes a difference and impact to the end consumer at home. Now, I am going to share on how AXON Platform extends into the other industries, on a Business to Business (B2B) level.
Greenwave Systems recently acquired Predixion Software, a data analytics company in February 2017. This would allow Greenwave Systems to offer real-time visual edge analytics solution called AXON Predict. This Greenwave Systems AXON Predict performs analytics “at” the edge, giving business owners a new dimension and arena to work with and on. With this level of advanced analytics, intelligence and information to the machines and sensors on every step of the network, the companies adopting the AXON Predict platform is able to take appopriate real-time action at the source of the input. Companies don’t have to wait for the information and intelligence to be pushed to the cloud for processing, saving up precious time and lowering asset management costs.
With AXON Predict working totgether within the Internet of Things (IoT), different businesses such as shipping/logistics industry, farming and windmill farms, are examples of companies using the power and technology of AXON Predict for their daily business operations. Check out the videos produced by Greenwave Systems below, on the AXON Predict and the some of the industries that are currently using their AXON Predict technology platform.
Any company or industry that utilises real time data analytics, intelligence and information gathering, is able to manage their businesses more effectively and efficiently, through cost savings, prevention, maintenance and forecasting.
“We’ve seen a real need for this in the market and our customers have affirmed our belief; smart devices often lack the ability to analyze real-time data at the source, causing latency, compliance and cost issues associated with data loss,” said Arkell. “We’re addressing this pain point head on by delivering intelligence to make devices and ordinary silicon smarter. Our analytics engine provides sharper insights and faster response times for our customers and helps them improve both their top and bottom line.”
Source: Greenwave Systems Press Release
With AXON Platfrom and AXON Predict, we can see where and how IoT is shaping, changing and impacting businesses and consumers. The world of IoT is very big and getting even bigger down the road in the next few years. How fast and how much have businesses (and also end consumers) adapt and adopt changes, innovations and disruptions through the IoT world?
IoT, Big Data, Analytics, AR, VR, MR – Which of them is/are the next revolution?
On this segment, it’s more of my personal thoughts and views of IoT after visiting Greenwave Systems at CommunicAsia 2017, recapping on AXON Platform and learning about their AXON Predict.
During this period of time from 2016 to 2017 (at the point of time when this article was written) when I was just touching the tip of the iceberg of this huge IoT world, I also saw the world of AR, VR and MR. I also attended a presentation and panel discussion on “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare”.The revolution and evolution of technology is riding and coming faster to you than you can imagine.
Internet of Things is the next growth area, revolutionising business and their outreach towards their customers with technology, connectivity and gadgets. This growth area is estimated to be worth a potential of $14.4 trillion for companies worldwide (Source: Salesforce)
Internet of Things, connecting people, connecting technology, connecting eco-systems between people, devices and technology. Is the Internet of Things a whole new world out there or is it a world growing more connected?
1 year later, I am continuing to learn, experience, write and share on the world of IoT. Seth Godin recently wrote an article (dated 12th June 2017) about accelerating revolutions where he spoke on IoT, revolutions are accelerating, the impacts, the pace and changes to culture and lifestyle with technology.
We’re living right now in the connection revolution, one powered by the internet, in which people connect to people, computers connect to computers and our culture changes ever faster, daily.
The world of IoT is already upon us, whether we like it or not, it will help us, it will also affect us, in work, in our daily life. The growth of IoT will only grow and expand even faster.
In my humble personal opinion, views and thoughts, I see the next revolution of IoT in the areas of data – huge raw data, information and intelligence, followed by the data analytics, through our various cloud networks (storage, processing, analytics) and 5G telecommunication mobile networks.
After learning about AXON Predict during CommunicAsia 2017, my view is that they are already ahead of the current IoT trends and revolution. Although AXON Predict is currently more suitable for businesses and industries (B2B level), I am thinking whether it could reach the end consumer level? Would there be a day when the end consumer is also able to tap on the technological platform of AXON Predict?
The IoT world, the revolution, the changes, disruption, we can change, adapt and adopt, embrace and grow with IoT helping us to lead a better life and doing our work more efficiently and effectively.
Welcome to the world of IoT, if you haven’t heard of this term.
* I would like to thank Greenwave Systems and Ying Communications for the invitation to visit during CommunicAsia 2017 *
The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media have greatly benefitted the world since they were invented. The world today has become a smaller place and more inter-connected. The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media are now part of our daily life in work and leisure too.
However, it also have its own challenges too! Cybersecurity is of utmost importance, the presence and roles that they play today is more significant and important, for organisations, businesses and even individuals too.
Microsoft recently launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. Let me share with you more of the news and details from the press release information –
Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.
The Microsoft Transparency Center is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Programme (GSP), which offers participating government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertise and insight of Microsoft security professionals. Nearly 40 countries and international organisations currently participate in the programme with 10 participants from Asia-Pacific.
The Singapore Transparency Center is a convenient location for governments in the Asia region and will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe. In addition, more details of other new Microsoft Transparency Centers will be shared later in 2016, including the recently announced Transparency Center in Beijing, China.
“Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Programme, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong capabilities to protect, detect and respond,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation.
The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organisations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. Amid rising cybercriminal activities and a rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, the Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements by way of security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way.
“With Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation to achieve more, we need to ensure every individual, organisation, and government has the ability to use technology they can trust. The extensive technology footprint that Microsoft has around the world has allowed us to understand and counter cyber threats. Beyond leveraging that knowledge to build trusted applications and products, we also have the responsibility to share the same intelligence with governments and organisations so that we can contribute towards a safer and more trusted cyber world for Singapore, the region, and beyond,” said Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.
“Cyberspace has opened up many opportunities for the economy and society. However, it has also become a place for individuals and groups to launch cyber attacks on governments, organisations and people. International cooperation is therefore needed against such threat actors. We are happy that Microsoft has chosen Singapore to be its global partner in cybersecurity. Robust partnerships between the government and industry, such as through the Microsoft Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center, will enable all of us to build trust and a safer cyberspace for everyone,” said David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.
The Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively. This will build on the momentum in the last few years, where the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has fostered various partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region. This includes strategic collaboration with Interpol in global malware botnet disruption operations and a PhotoDNA licensing collaboration to support Interpol’s efforts in preventing child sexual exploitation online, as well as cyber threat intelligence sharing partnerships with several Internet Service Providers in the region and government Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
To support a comprehensive, cross-company and cross-industry approach to cybersecurity, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. This includes a recently announced global Cyber Defense Operations Center (C-DOC), a state-of-the-art 24/7 facility that brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time, securing Microsoft’s internal resources, cloud infrastructure, customer online services, devices and products. Microsoft has also recently established an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG) – a dedicated team of worldwide security experts who will deliver security solutions, expertise and services that empower organisations to modernise their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.
* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *
It all started with meeting up with fellow blogger, Philip a.k.a Keropokman, a renowned food and photography blogger in Singapore, whereby I was playing and trying his Apple iPad and the camera connector kit. The journey to the obsession and wanting the iPad gets even stronger after getting my hands on it.
However, one of the intriguing and interesting features that I came across while playing with his iPad were the E-Magazines applications, one of them was the FlipBoard application, check out Philip’s post on iPad App : Flipboard. That application got me hooked with its interactiveness, creativity and user friendly interface, it was very addictive for me and the Flipboard application complements the iPad really well.
Philip brought up a point that got me thinking very hard, it was about the future of blogs and the arrival of the interactive E-Magazine. How would it turn out ? The arrival of the iPad and upcoming competitors such as the Galaxy Tab, touch screen tablets that are light and easy to carry around, would slowly be an integral part of our inter-connected digital social media lifestyle in the future. Nobody would imagine the rise of the cellphone/mobile phone/handphone from 10 years ago, the growth, changes and rapid developments.
Would interactive E-Magazines be the downfall of blogs ? Replaced blogs totally ? How would blogs face up to this interesting challenge ahead ? Do I have an answer ? I don’t have a crystal ball and magical powers to look into the future ….. How am I preparing for it ? Well, I am planning to do an interactive E-Magazine to complement my photography blog, for the future.
This was partially inspired by AIYO! Magazine, monthly iPad interactive magazine and there was also an article writing about the potential of interactive E-Magazines. Recently, I came across this Twitter application known as paper.li and it was similar to an Interactive E-Magazine that I was exploring. With that in mind, I started testing and exploring the potential and capabilities of reading news/posts/tweets into an easy to read newspaper-style format.
On Wednesday 11th August, I was invited by Sony Entertainment Hong Kong and T3 Singapore Magazine to attend the Sony Playstation Wave Launch Event in Singapore, held at Se7en, iluma. It was a great honour to be invited for this launch event and to be part of the media (as part of the Singapore Blogging Community).
During the launch event, distinguished key management executives from Sony Hong Kong, were also here in Singapore at the event, highlighting the importance and significance of the gaming market. Sony Entertainment Hong Kong would release PlayStation Move Motion Controller for the Sony PlayStation 3 system in Singapore on 15th September 2010.
Therefore, what is the Motion Controller ? What is it like ? How does it work ?
Mr. Tetsuhiko Yasuda, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Mr. Katsuhiko Murase, Deputy Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited, and Mr. Norihiro Nishimura, the director of game development for “Time Crisis Razing Storm”, who were here to grace this event and presented to us, the Sony Playstation Wave.
How was my experiences like with the Motion Controller ? How was the Gaming Experiences for me ?
– It was an eye-opener to the different games from children/family friendly games to the fighting action games such as the famous and popular Time Crisis game !
– The motion controller was easy to use after the initial phase of getting the hang of it, with some calibration of the control device.
– Game graphics was realistic and real life like.
– It look like a microphone YET it is powerful and very realistic & easy to use for playing the games !
– You can play with multi-players, either as your team mate or your opponent.
– Some games are great to play with your partner/boyfriend/girlfriend, building up teamwork and relationships between the 2 of you !
– It was awesome and I enjoyed it a lot during the launch event, having hands on and trying out a few of the games, namely – Archery, Table Tennis, Golf and Death Storm Pirates.
In my next post, I would share with you my experiences of the games that I played above, pictures of the games, technical details and pricing details of the Sony Playstation Wave. Do check out my photojournalistic post of the Sony Playstation Wave Launch Event here !!!