Singapore is home to the world’s highest internet penetration rate and has one of the world’s fastest internet peak speeds. This is a foundation for ubiquitous connectivity - ‘everyone connected to everything, everywhere, all the time.’ Singapore has positioned itself as the ideal Internet of Things laboratory of the world to deliver services that greatly enhance the wellbeing of its people e.g. advanced in-home healthcare in the future where Smart Homes are able to detect vital signs and alert caregivers if anomalies are detected.

In the present, Singapore’s Smart Nation Model has galvanized Smart Policies and technology. Part of their Smart Nation strategy is to use data to it’s fullest potential. One way they have done this is by launching the National Electronic Health Record — a data sharing platform which any healthcare professional can access and view a patients health care history to make a more informed decision regarding their treatment. 

Value for Dubai

Dubai’s internet penetration percentage is 92%, putting it ahead of many strong emerging economies. However, Internet speeds lag behind. UAE’s average connection speed is 6.8Mb/s, whereas, other emerging economies like Indonesia are faster, and Singapore’s average is 12.5Mb/s. To truly take part in IoT, the UAE’s Telecommunication providers need to focus on fast internet peak speeds like Singapore to enable seamless IoT connectivity, and Government needs to invest in and promote ICT education to make a truly connected city possible.

Moreover, the new Dubai Data establishment is in a unique position to develop and promote the use of a National Electronic Health Record for the UAE, so that Healthcare professionals are able to practice the best possible healthcare treatment.