New Delhi: Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) plans to spend S$6 million to start a research facility at the Singapore Management University (SMU) for developing information technology frameworks for the so-called intelligent city (iCity) model of urban development.
The TCS-SMU iCity Lab will be located at SMU’s school of information systems and draw on faculty members from this and other SMU schools. TCS’s investment will include scholarship funds for SMU postgraduate students in information systems technology and management, and research funds for the SMU faculty.
The facility will look to develop IT solutions for delivering services such as healthcare, education, utilities, environmental management, transport, public safety and security, and citizen social media services.
“Tomorrow’s cities will be specifically designed and built with a sophisticated IT backbone to enable integrated urban management, improved quality of life for citizens, and inclusive economic, social and sustainable growth,” said Girija Pande, chairman, TCS Asia Pacific.
Globally, more than $100 billion is expected to be invested in the intelligent city segment over the next 10 years, he added. The TCS-SMU iCity Lab will be particularly relevant for fast-growing economies such as China and India.
“This industry-university partnership is a first of its kind in Asia-Pacific for integrating cloud technology with the relevant business knowhow to create urban management IT solutions,” said Professor Steven Miller, Dean, school of information systems, SMU. “Through TCS-SMU iCity Lab, we will be partnering with surrounding urban centres across the region.”
HCL Technologies Ltd recently said it will open an innovation lab in collaboration with global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Singapore.