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Casio brings 3 Motorsports together – EDIFICE x Initial D x MF Ghost

Motorsports and Casio fans alert! If you are a big fan of Casio EDIFICE, Initial D and MF Ghost, I have some big news that I would like to share with you! Casio brings 3 Motorsports together – EDIFICE x Initial D x MF Ghost! A motorsports timepiece to accompany you on your adrenaline drive!

G-SHOCK, an internationally renowned watch brand that has been constantly testing new limits in timekeeping toughness since 1982, presents a new timepiece, the EDIFICE Initial D & MF Ghost collaboration model that pays tribute to the world of high-speed and high-adrenaline street racing. This collaboration model transforms features from two classic Japanese manga about street racing – Initial D and MF Ghost – onto EDIFICE model ECB-2000MFG for a first-of-its-kind 3 way collaboration.

Initial D

Initial D is a street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013 and has sold over 56 million copies worldwide. It tells the story of Takumi Fujiwara, the son of a tofu maker, who drives a TOYOTA AE86 and is fascinated by the pleasure of public road racing that challenges mountain passes. This fast- paced public road racing tale has captured the imagination of Japan and the world over.

MF Ghost

MF Ghost is a car manga series also by Shuichi Shigeno about public road racing. The series has been serialized in the Young Magazine since 2017, and a TV animation version is scheduled for 2023. Set in the year 202X, the story tells the tale of public road car racing in a Japan where self-driving cars have become the norm.

The High-Adrenaline World of Street Racing

The EDIFICE Initial D & MF GHOST collaboration model is designed and engineered to reflect the worldview of Initial D and MF GHOST.

Its red and black design is done in a motif of the TOYOTA GT86 driven by Kanata Rivington, the main character of the MF GHOST series. The Japanese characters “????” are engraved on the dial and stamped into the inside surface of the band. These characters represent the sound of a scream, which commonly appears in both the Initial D and MF GHOST series. “??????” (Fujiwara Tofu Shop), which is the name of the shop that owns the TOYOTA AE86 driven by Initial D main character Takumi Fujiwara, is also stamped into the inside surface of the band. This means that features of both manga series can be found everywhere on this watch.

Additionally, the names of the courses that appear in the MF Ghost series are also printed on the outer surface of the Cordura band. The title logo of the series is engraved on the back cover of the watch.

Smartwatch features

The watch comes with Smartphone Link that wirelessly links with a host of Bluetooth enabled devices. At the simple download of an app on your phone, you can access auto time adjustment, simple watch-setting, approximately 300 World Time cities and even activate a Phone Finder feature. It also boasts a Tough Solar Power feature that recharges itself on solar energy for longer battery life.

All models come with the complete technical specifications of the G-SHOCK seal of shock resistance, 200m water resistance, hourly time signals, countdown timer and hand shift feature.

Pricing and Availability

The ECB-2000MFG watch is priced at $629 and will be available for purchase on https://www.casio.com/sg/ and at EDIFICE retail stores on 7th December 2022.

Technical Specifications


Construction Solar Powered
Water Resistance 200 meters
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy
World Time 38 time zones (38 cities + coordinated universal time), Home city/World time city swapping, auto summer-time (DST) switching
Stopwatch 1/100-second stopwatch

Measuring capacity: 00’00’00-59:59’99” for the first 60 minutes

Measuring unit: 1/100 second for the first 60 minutes

Measuring modes: Elapsed time, lap time, split time

Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second

Countdown range: 60 minutes

Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)

Alarm 5 Daily alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities
Stopwatch data transfer
Time & place
Phone finder
Other Functions Full auto-calendar (to year 2099); Battery level indicator; Power saving; Hand-shift feature, Double LED Light; 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; Progress beeper on/off; Day display; Regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 7 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Accuracy at Normal Temperature ±15 seconds per month
Size of Case 51 × 47.8 × 11.4 mm
Total Weight Approx. 65g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

Motorsports and racing fans/enthusiasts, especially Honda Racing fans, take note! Casio, an internationally renowned watch brand, maybe known for its toughness, they are also a watch with a spirit of racing pulsing through its DNA. With a respect for speed and technological feats of racing, Casio is proud to introduce the Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model in collaboration with Honda Racing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

Year 2022 marks the 60th anniversary since the construction of the Suzuka Circuit by Honda Motor Limited in 1962. This motorsport race track circuit is 5.807km long, located in Ino, Suzuka City, that was first designed as a Honda test track featuring an iconic figure of 8 layout with a 1.2km long back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass. Suzuka Circuit is one of the only two FIA Grade 1 licensed track to have a figure of 8 layout, the other one being the Fiorano Circuit in Italy.

For F1 fans and drivers, Suzuka Circuit has openly touted by them as one of the most enjoyable, it’s also one of the oldest remaining tracks of the Formula One World Championship and it has a long history of races as venue of the Japanese Grand Prix since 1987. Its traditional role as one of the last Grand Prix of the season means numerous world championships have been decided at this track. Four years consecutively in its early history, Suzuka Circuit saw the world championship being decided. This include the 1988 championship, which went to Ayrton Senna, the controversial 1989 championship, which went to Alain Prost, and the 1990 and 1991 world championships, which both went to Senna.

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

The Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is infused with Honda Racing’s spirit of racing in all aspects. The X-frame of the dial is painted with the same paint used in the Honda red badge, which symbolises the racing spirit of Honda and can only be seen on Honda racing cars such as the RA271 and the Type R commercial vehicles.

The HRC brand logo is featured prominently on the dial of the watch, while the Honda logo and the Honda Racing logo are engraved on to the case, band ring and back cover. The back cover is also dressed with the engraving of a logo celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

This Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is using the EQB-2000 as the base, which was inspired by the double-wishbone suspension used in racing cars, and features Honda NSX GT3 motif with red accents on a black background. The band of it is made from the material Alcantara, which a synthetic material known for its durability and comfort and used for the interior of Honda’s Type R cars.

The EQB-2000 also comes with a chronograph for precise timekeeping and is equipped with Bluetooth smartphone links that offers auto time adjustment, watch setting, approximately 300 World Time Cities, stopwatch time transfer, and an iPhone finder all accessible via an app on your mobile phone.

Wear the racing spirit of Honda Racing and the Suzuka Circuit on your wrist with the EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition.

Pricing and Availability

This Honda Collaboration Model will be available at Honda official authorised distributor, Kah Motor form 2nd November 2022.

It will be available at EDIFICE retailers and https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ from 23rd November 2022.

SGD $849

Technical Specifications

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition EQB-2000HR-1A

Construction Solar Powered
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy

Power saving

Stopwatch 1 second (1:00’00”~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; flyback, direct timing start from the timekeeping mode
Alarm Daily Alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Easy watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Stopwatch data transfer
Time & place
Phone finder
Other Functions Dual time home city time swapping; day display; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); day indicator; regular timekeeping; 12/24-hour format
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 5 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 19 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 55.6 × 47.8 × 10.8 mm
Total Weight Approx. 96g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

Singtel welcomes F1 to Singapore as official network partner of GPSS 2022

Singtel welcomes F1 to Singapore as the official network partner of Grand Prix Season Singapore 2022 (GPSS 2022), powering the experiences and festivities along Orchard Road and Clarke Quay with 5G. With Singtel’s nationwide 5G coverage, F1 race spectators, visitors to the various MICE events coinciding with Singapore GP, locals and tourists alike will be able to experience the high-speed connectivity and ultra-low latency of Singtel’s 5G network from anywhere on the island.

Singapore is the first country to be fully covered by standalone 5G network, Singtel is taking the 5G experience to the next level at GPSS 2022 and F1. In a world’s first, Singtel will be applying the most advanced form of network slicing technology  to support its digital app marketplace, CAST. With Sports Plus on Singtel CAST, race fans will be able to catch the entire high-velocity night race from wherever they are, even around the high traffic areas of the circuit, where over 250,000 spectators are expected, due to the dedicated capacity being allocated to the service.

Ms Anna Yip, CEO of Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We’re extremely excited and honoured to be the official network partner for the upcoming Grand Prix season. This is also why we raced to complete our nationwide standalone 5G coverage in July, 3 years ahead of schedule, in time for Singapore’s National Day and now F1. As the first major international event held here since travel restrictions lifted, this race is significant as it marks Singapore’s comeback and demonstrates the potential of 5G to drive innovation and unlock new digital use cases that can help boost the nation’s recovery. Our CAST app gives race fans full visibility of the track action by enabling high-definition content streaming while locals and tourists can enjoy other digital experiences from making video calls, augmented reality gaming and more with 5G – bringing greater fun to the festivities.”

With Sports Plus on Singtel CAST at S$9.90 for the week, customers can also enjoy the race on their 5G mobile devices which will offer an enhanced lag-free, high-speed streaming experience. If you like to find out more about Singtel CAST and Sports Plus, please visit cast.singtel.com.

Immersive experiences beyond the track

In addition to having the fastest and most extensive 5G network in Singapore, delivering 5G speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, and spanning more than 1,300 outdoor and 400 in-building locations, as well as underground, Singtel is bringing more 5G experiences beyond the Marina Bay area.

  • The Singtel 5G Experience booth, open daily from 11am to 10pm in front of Ngee Ann City from 23 September to 2 October, will include an immersive 3D augmented reality race simulator that enables users to feel like their favourite F1 drivers, showcasing the high-speed, ultra-low latency advantages of 5G. The first 100 visitors to the booth who share a photo of their experience on their social platforms with the hashtag #Singtel5GEverywhere stand to walk away with exclusive 5G merchandise.
  • The Singtel 5G network will also be powering the live broadcasts from the Mediacorp roadshow, for the first time, on Orchard Road via 5G SIM cards instead of local area network cables or WiFi, ensuring smooth, ultra-low latency transmission of their content. Visitors can catch their favourite Mediacorp DJs and artistes such as Justin Ang, Vernetta Lopez, Dennis Chew, Qi Yuwu and many more, hosting games and giving away premiums on site or via their online radio app.
  • Over at *SCAPE, Singtel 5G will be powering the Teleios Next-Gen Racing Simulators which feature actual training scenarios used by F1 drivers for users to try their hand at.

Singtel customers can also enjoy exclusive perks at the precinct activations, such as:

  • Up to 15% discount off sustainability workshops held at *SCAPE, including guided workshops on figurine making and slime making
  • 10% off the total bill at the Auchentoshan Whisky Art Installation booth by Beam Suntory booth at Orchard Road, Outside Mandarin Gallery
  • Free Peroni Nastro Azzuro or Peroni Nastro Azzuro 0% for the first 100 Singtel customers at the Peroni activation at Clarke Quay

To find out more about the Singtel 5G Experience at GPSS 2022 precinct activations, visit singtel.com/5G/GPSS.

  • In the heartlands, race fans can also enjoy an ultra-responsive and lag-free gaming experience that emulates the hyper-realistic conditions F1 drivers face via the #SingaporeGP Roving Truck. Equipped with Singtel 5G, the first-of-its-kind truck in Singapore is equipped with high-definition digital screens on both sides and has been broadcasting some F1 races from this season since July. The truck will be at One Kampong Glam on 27 and 28 September, from 4pm to 10pm.

5G connectivity for tourists

To support the high number of tourists keen to experience the GPSS at its best, Singtel is launching the Singtel Prepaid 5G $50 and $30 hi!Tourist SIM card, which comes with up to 120GB of 5G data, unlimited local talk time and SMS, 90 minutes of international minutes, and up to 5GB of data roam to popular destinations.

Tourists can also look forward to SIM cards with popular Singapore landmarks and race car images printed on them as well as an exclusive race car thumb drive that has been developed to commemorate the F1 season.

The prepaid SIMs are available at the Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange, Changi Recommends, and Cheers at Singapore Changi Airport, as well as at any Singtel Shop. Customers may also pre-order the cards online via Singtel, KKday, Traveloka and Trip.com, and pick them up at the airport or any Singtel Shop.

For more information about 5G Singtel’s hi!Tourist SIM cards, visit singtel.com/hitourist and on Singtel’s 5G offerings, visit singtel.com/5G.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel *

Formula 1 and Tata Communications announce multi-year strategic collaboration

Formula 1 and Tata Communications – A global digital ecosystem enabler powering the fast-growing digital economy, recently announced a multi-year strategic collaboration, with Tata Communications returning to Formula 1 (F1) sport as the Official Broadcast Connectivity Provider of F1, to deliver and enhance a world-class, technologically advanced experience for their global fanbase.

Tata Communications will empower F1 with global end-to-end managed network services for video contribution, this would transform F1 motorsports experience. For this F1 motorsports experience to take place, Tata Communications will facilitate the transfer for more than 100 video feeds and over 250 audio channels to be transmitted between the Grand Prix venue and F1’s Media & Technology Centre in UK every race weekend in under 200 milliseconds. This would enable F1 to broadcast to over 500 million fans in 180+ territories globally.

Tata Communications has industry recognised and built-for-media connectivity solutions, this will enable F1 to transform its broadcast content production worldwide while continuing to support motorsports drive for agility and sustainability. F1 introduced remote broadcast operations in 2020, Tata Communications has allowed reduction in F1’s traveling freight by 34%.

Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO of Formula 1, said “We are delighted to welcome Tata Communications back as a partner following previous successes in our partnerships. They have been an integral part of our growth journey over the last decade, and we completely trust their expertise and abilities to deliver what we need for our fans. This trust has been built over many years of working together, pushing forward advancements in technology in sport – on and off the track. Tata Communications’ connectivity continues to support F1’s drive for agility and sustainability with remote production introduced in 2020 – part of our aim to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2030. We are excited to grow together in the future and share the incredible journey Formula 1 is on.”

“As businesses evolve to a digital-first model, I believe the sporting world also has a great opportunity to leverage technology for delivering innovative and exhilarating experiences to motorsports enthusiasts,” said Amur S Lakshminarayanan, MD and CEO, Tata Communications. “And, Formula 1 is at the core of all things speed, action and thrill. We are delighted to renew our relationship and empower Formula 1’s tomorrow, today!”

Tata Communications has been recently recognised as a “Major Player” in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Commercial Content Delivery Network Services 2022 Vendor Assessment.

Tata Communications continues to develop new and innovative digital-first media and entertainment services, enabling end-to-end platform play for immersive fan experiences. The company has also expanded its bandwidth capacity or media backbone to 100G driving innovations in video, remote production and more.

* Information and picture courtesy of Tata Communications and IN.FOM *

Ducati and Lenovo Continue Partnership in new MotoGP Season.

The role and importance of technology in the motorsports industry can never be underestimated in recent years. From the backend technology to the actual motorsports action, how much has technology play a key role in these areas? In the MotoGP world, we can see it in the Ducati Lenovo Team. In 2021, they ended with the victory of the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title for the second year in a row. In 2022, Ducati and Lenovo continue their partnership in the new MotoGP season, Ducati Lenovo Team is ready for a new season, in which technology will play an increasingly crucial role.

Lenovo’s technology partnership with Ducati started in 2018, Lenovo has helped Ducati team innovate and improve on-track performance. Innovation, speed and security is at the heart of this evolution. Enabled by a wide range of smarter solutions, Lenovo’s data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and smart collaboration continue to drive improvements and help the team to accelerate simulations and real-time data analysis, constantly transferring technology between the racing world and Ducati’s street bikes.

The first goal for the 2022 season is to complete the Remote Garage project, which allows engineers to receive data in real time and to interact with the garage and bikes while working remotely. Moreover, Ducati and Lenovo are committed to improving video conferencing both in the headquarters and in the garage. The aim is to better connect the virtual teams for successful collaboration, even from miles away.

“2021 was an important year for the Ducati Lenovo Team. We have strengthened our technology partnership – paving the way for bolder innovation in the new hybrid working world. We are proud to collaborate with Ducati, who share our core values of speed, dedication, team spirit and a focus on results. In line with our mission to enable intelligent transformation, we will continue to invest and innovate with Ducati to achieve increasingly ambitious goals in the fast-evolving industry of motorsports,” commented Luca Rossi, President of Intelligent Devices Group at Lenovo.

“To be competitive and achieve the best results, on and off the track, it is essential to have a clear idea of the central role of digital innovation and to rely on the support of the best partners. Thanks to the collaboration with Lenovo, we have accomplished important goals, such as accelerating data collection and analysis, thus speeding up the decision-making process. This is how we brought to circuits worldwide the bike that won the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title last season for the second year in a row,” said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO. “Thanks to a passion for technological innovation that we share with Lenovo, we will continue moving forward in this direction, exploring tech solutions that will achieve even better results on the track, in serial production, and in corporate infrastructures.”

Lenovo Computing Power at Anytime, Anywhere

Lenovo has supported Ducati’s engineers and designers in the innovation of racing and street bikes since 2018, helping the company to reach maximum performance and enhanced levels of security.

Using High Performance Computing technology, based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers, Ducati has been able to simplify and accelerate data analysis concerning aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and stress tests. The improved computing power has allowed the company to obtain data and information in a third of the computation time and run almost twice as many simulations at the same time – making it easier for engineers to understand how the bikes will react to various weather conditions and continuously improve on track performance. In addition, Lenovo infrastructure grants high standards of data protection and has allowed Ducati to minimize the risk of dangerous and expensive downtimes.

Ducati has adopted the ThinkSystem SE350 edge server to boost connectivity and advanced real-time analytics, even in the most challenging environments. Lenovo’s server boasts a high computing power in an extremely small, versatile and easily portable device, bringing compute capabilities and AI features wherever you need them. Designed and built with the unique requirements of the Edge in mind, ThinkSystem SE350 can operate effectively in any location, even in extreme environments: from the Malaysian humidity, which could reach 90%, to the dry heat and the sand of Qatar. ThinkSystem SE350 allows engineers to manage in real time, wherever they are, about 15GB of data for each bike, and to produce customized insights for each rider that can be leveraged to take fast, well-informed decisions. Finally, the security tools integrated in the device allow automatic data encryption in case of tampering, helping to protect Ducati’s intellectual property and prevent data leaks.

Collaboration, productivity and mobility at its core

Ducati has deployed a new virtual desktop infrastructure, built in partnership with Lenovo. Over 250 2D and 3D virtual desktops are used across the organization from the R&D department to the garage. Ducati is benefiting from increased productivity as users can connect to their workstation whenever they want, wherever they are and from any device. Virtual desktops also help to simplify IT management and maintenance, to improve data protection and business continuity, as well as to optimize resources and allow professionals to focus on higher value-added tasks. Furthermore, thanks to the possibility of working on the move, Ducati designers can remotely collaborate in real time with the development team and the test rider during test phases, making changes to the design of the bike or of a single component based on the feedback received, reducing production times.

Everyone across the Ducati team – from managers, engineers, and riders – rely on Lenovo tablets, PCs and workstations to achieve the highest levels of collaboration, power and speed. Technicians use the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation, to analyze data coming from the bikes’ sensors in minutes and to study the lap statistics, compare them and optimize the bike setup.

Top management, on the other hand, rely on the innovative ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC to enjoy maximum productivity and mobility, whereas designers can count on the power of Lenovo workstations, including the ThinkPad P Series, for design and development using CAD software.

Driving towards an augmented future

Together, Ducati and Lenovo have big plans for the future. The two companies are already looking at how they can harness AI, machine learning and augmented reality to drive even greater levels of innovation in MotoGP. Reproducing the bike and its components virtually, in full size in a real context, will represent a differentiating factor accelerating future R&D, testing and maintenance, as well as of after-sales support for street bikes.

For more information on Lenovo technologies, visit Lenovo ThinkPad, Lenovo Workstations, Lenovo Edge Computing, Lenovo Yoga, ThinkReality.

* Information courtesy of Ducati and Lenovo *

New areas of Tech interest: Big Data, Security, Backup

I have been writing and covering on a few areas of technology inside my personal website/blog here for a number of years. Initially, it was mainly on consumer technology products, however, over the years, I had started venturing into B2B/Enterprise technology coverage, mainly Internet of Things (IoT) in a few areas/brands such as The Next Wave and Trends (from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai)AXON by Greenwave Systems, Future Workplace with Dell and Journey to 5G with Singtel. It had been a very interesting technology adventure into the levels of B2B, thankful to those brands/companies who gave me the opportunities to connect, learn, cover and write about them.

Over the past year, I began to discover new areas of technology interest, while it is probably more applicable on a B2B level, it can also be applied at the B2C consumer level too. One of the areas was on big data and analysis, starting with this forum that I attended recently in June 2017 – “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare“. The next few interest technology fields that came up on my radar, following this particular forum that I attended were data protection, cybersecurity and backup.

My tech coverage journey in these few areas were all related together, I was working on building a basic starter personal cloud storage solution for my photography business/photographs storage/digital marketing/social media/documents, I got a WD My Cloud 4TB a few months back too.

Next up was on data protection and backup, Acronis then came into the picture. I saw and read about them around 1-2 years back, initially I didn’t know too much about them. Coincidentally, I got to know about them more in details and what they are doing, most recently with the launch of the Acronis True Image 2018 that I discovered more about their products and services in the areas of data protection and backup.

I am going to work on an article on the Acronis True Image 2018 for my small business, for my photography business/photographs storage and also my other work on digital marketing/social media and also my documents storage. Do keep a lookout and I would update with a link here when it is completed!

During the recent 2017 Singapore GP, I also learned about the partnership between Acronis and Scuderia Torro Rosso Formula 1 Racing Team! They are the FIRST Singapore company to sponsor a F1 racing team! It’s not just about sponsorship, they are using Acronis technology in motorsports! Being a motorsports and F1 fan and also an technology enthusiast myself, it’s like an omen for me to use Acronis technology solutions!

It would be a dream come true, if I can cover more in depth and share on Acronis technology in motorsports! I can bring my camera gears to racing tracks and garages! Motorsports + technology + photography sounds like what I like to do!

Stay tuned, hopefully, I can share more on these areas of technology, big data, data protection, cybersecurity and data backup.

Oh yes, maybe more new areas such Blockchain, Bitcoin.

F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare

The fast high octane driving action of Formula One (F1) and healthcare, how can these two sectors be interlinked or working together in our world of technology advancements in both medical and technology fields? If we only based it on looking on paper figures and stories alone, and not in-depth into them, sports racing technology in F1 doesn’t have a perfect 1.0 correlation with the healthcare industry.

Yes, F1 sports racing have sports athletes in peak physical and mental condition, through body monitoring through sensors. The F1 drivers are always taken care of in the healthcare segment, ensuring their peak condition to compete in a very competitive, dangerous yet controlled sporting environment. In this segment, healthcare provisions and standards play a very integral part to the F1 sports racing industry.

Therefore, the current technology used in F1 can be applied in our healthcare industry, in our everyday life, in medical institutions such as hospitals and clinics, for everybody who needs the medical services. Beyond the F1 sports industry, it’s about how F1 technology can be transferred across to the healthcare industry in general, how and where to apply them, that can a wide area to discuss and work on from both sides of the F1 and healthcare practitioners.

At a recent SGInnovate Forum titled “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare” that I attended, there were interesting presentations and discussions by the speakers present during the panel discussion.


Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


– Dr Adam Hill, Chief Medical Officer, McLaren Applied Technologies

– Assoc Prof Low Cheng Ooi, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, MOH Singapore

– Mr Chua Chee Yong, Director Planning Group, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHIS), Head IT Strategy and Planning, MOH Singapore

– Dr Sophia Chew, Cardiac Anaesthetist, Singapore General Hospital

During the forum event, there were interesting presentations and topics brought up by the audience during the panel discussion. While I am unable to share everything here in my article, I was able to connect the dots across supposedly very different industries and practices.

My prior professional experience in financial advisory (having to learn a bit on medical terms, conditions and medical related matters because of the areas in life insurance and medical insurance), my personal interest in F1 because I am a fan of motorsports, being a patient myself (from getting operated on my injuries and having to follow up with my specialist doctor yearly for now) and finally a technology enthusiast that consumes different forms of data and information on the internet/social media.

With my wide areas of experiences and interests, I didn’t get too lost during the panel discussion, considering that I am not a professional in the medical, IT or data analytics industries.

The professional expertise from the Formula One industries, analysing and collecting data and information from the racing drivers, weather conditions, racing conditions, thereafter, producing crucial and important information for future racing competitions. All these are very useful and this particular expertise can be transferred across into the medical field and applied there. It is much easier for a B2B approach (Business to Business) transfer of expertise and technology than a B2C approach (Business to Consumer) who may not be able to understand the complexity and technicality of the entire process.

However, we human beings, face aging, illness, body wear and tear over time. While the human race may not see it that closely related at this current juncture in time, maybe in the future, medical records of patients can be stored confidentially and safely, the patient’s medical records can be accessed by the patient themselves or when they visit other doctors in other medical institutions. How long will this take? Your guess is as good as mine.

During the panel discussion, one of the guests brought up a question on health insurance, in relation to the forum discussion topic. On this topic, with my prior professional experience in the financial advisory industry, I can understand and relate to this particular question posed. I am not going to write it down in detail here, it can be a lengthy discussion and can be an article long in content. For health insurance premiums to change, if insurance companies have access to more customers health information and data, there could be a possibility. However, there are a lot more factors to consider before this could even be a possibility in the future.

F1 Technology and Healthcare might not seem like the best partnership on paper, yet the expertise and technology behind F1 can be transferred and applied in the healthcare industry. This is a great example of how technology can impact and improve our life, although it is not so obvious and easy to understand, from the end consumer perspective.

If you are keen to listen to the SGInnovate Forum “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare”, you can visit their Facebook Page and view their video!

Casio Limited Edition EDIFICE Series with Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Casio Singapore introduced five limited edition EDIFICE models to its range of motorsports-inspired EDIFICE timepieces, in celebration of Casio’s partnership with the four-time World Constructors Champion, Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The commemorative series is designed based on two popular EDIFICE models,theEFR-534 andEFR-537,and sports the signature team colours of Infiniti Red Bull Racing.




EFR-534RB-1ADR“Casio is celebrating five successful years of partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing as its official partner since 2009. The EDIFICE series is designed with cutting-edge technology and precision that reflects the pinnacle of motor sports. These limited edition collaborative timepieces are not only stylish, but also represent Casio’s strong relationship with the champion racing team,” said Mr Shunichi Watanabe, Managing Director, Casio Singapore. 

Out of the five new collaborative models, three are based on the EDIFICE EFR-534 equipped with EDIFICE’s Super Illuminator, a high-intensity LED light that brilliantly illuminates the dials. The other two models take the form of the EDIFICE EFR-537 featuring EDIFICE’s Neon Illuminator technology, a black LED light that coats the dialsto providea radiant nighttime glow. Each watch sports the signature Infiniti Red Bull Racing team logo emblazoned on watch face making it a must-have for avid fans of the winning Formula One®racing team.



Four-time Formula One®champion and Infiniti Red Bull Racing team driver, Sebastian Vettel, said, “The new collection looks great! I like the use of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing colours, theblue in particular, which is a cool feature in the team’s garage this year”.

Centered on the concept of “Speed and Intelligence”, the EDIFICE series personifies the essence of racing and speaks to adrenaline chasers and racers at heart. The limited edition models are also water resistant up to 100 metres and built with practical features such as a 1-second stopwatchfunction for utmost precision.

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing added,“Time is vital in Formula One, everything runs to a schedule whether is it race sessions, production lines, build programmes or events at the race track. Casio’s launch of the new collection of Infiniti Red Bull Racing EDIFICE watches is perfectly timed, with all of the new design regulations with Formula One and a new driver line up, we all look forward to sporting our new watches and building upon the success of the current partnership.”









Motorsport fans in Singapore can start suiting up in preparation for the night race in Singapore later this year with the new collection available at all G-FACTORY, G-FACTORY PREMIUM stores and selected Casio authorised retailers island wide from 13 May 2014.

The EFR-534RB range comes in a choice of silver (EFR-534RB-1A) or black (EFR-534 RBK-1A) with a stainless steel band and black with a resin band (EFR-534RBP-1A). TheEFR-537RB comes in silver (EFR-537RB-1A) and black(EFR-537RBK-1A), both fitted with a stainless steelband.

The new watches are retailing at the Suggested Retail Price of –

– SGD259.00 (EFR-534RB-1A and EFR-534RBP-1A)

– SGD339.00 (EFR-534RBK-1A)

– SGD299.00 (EFR-537RB-1A)

– SGD349.00 (EFR-537RBK-1A)

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *