Singapore’s smart lamppost project continues

Singapore Technologies Engineering has won a $5.5 million contract for the trial of a smart lamppost project in Singapore, which includes fitting sensors and cameras to posts in the city-state, Reuters reports.

The project is part of a broader “Smart Nation” plan developed by the Singapore government to use cutting-edge technology, designed to improve people’s lives while promising sensitivity to privacy concerns. One aspect of the lamppost trial is to install cameras linked to facial recognition software.

ST Engineering confirmed that it was working on the project in an email to Reuters.

The Lamppost-as-a-Platform” (LaaP) pilot project was first revealed by Reuters in April. The former head of Singapore’s civil service Peter Ong said at the time that the country wants to deploy the technology to all 110,000 lampposts in the country. The system is intended to perform crowd analytics and support follow-up investigations in the event of a terrorism incident.

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