28 Sep 2015 – The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and its Smart Cities committee launched the Urban Innovations portfolio at a reception hosted by the French Ambassador at the French Residence.
From MRT train components and infrastructure to the design and construction of the Sports Hub, French expertise is an integral part of key projects that bring Singapore closer to its goal of becoming a truly smart nation.
Moving forward, the French business community aims to forge stronger global collaborations in urban innovations with Singapore. To this end, the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has established a Smart City Committee with the support of Vivapolis, the French export brand of sustainable cities.
Their first deliverable, Urban Innovations, is a portfolio that showcases more than 150 French smart city solutions presented by 50 French large and small companies, as well as two research partners.
The committee aims to engage in a structured discussion with Singapore agencies to envision revolutionary solutions that will ensure the happiness, safety and well being of tomorrow’s citizens in Singapore, as well as other countries undergoing urbanisation.
Through a novel collective creative process, the French team came up with three stories including multiple real-life examples that illustrate how these solutions could address the smart nation priorities in Singapore from an end-user perspective.
“Our goal is to address Singapore governmental agencies’ priorities and challenges with an open and inclusive innovation approach, calling on all talents to imagine new applications and business models that put the well-being of people first. Beyond the technological challenge, developing smart cities is a matter of will and entrepreneurial culture. We believe that our public-private partnership will be mutually beneficial in generating knowledge, drive and creativity in Singapore and for Singapore” says Mr Jean-Noel Stock, Vice-President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
“Looking further ahead, we are ready to work with Singapore to widen its influence on urban innovations across the region and the world”, he added.
This successful launch was a great opportunity for our members to meet and discuss with Singaporean agencies.
News published in the FOCUS Magazine “The Enterprising Spirit” – Issue #1 2016