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The inaugural Internet of Things Asia Exhibition and Conference held in Singapore

Ike Suarez | April 23, 2014
Three homegrown innovations developed by A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research were on display

At the very first IoT (Intenet of Things) Asia Exibition and Conference in Singapore ( April 2- 22), among the technologies on exhibit were three homegrown innovations developed by A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research.

A statement by the Singapore Press Centre said the innovative IoT technologies were the following:

  • Toilet Cleanliness Monitoring System
  • Taxi Queue Monitoring System
  • Outdoor Car Park Monitoring System

The three systems were installed at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre (Singex) for test bedding and as part o a three-year MU between I2R and Singex.

Focus of this conference was IoT's ability to transform small, medium and large businesses, governments and society.

The statement described the Toilet Cleanliness Monitoring  System as maintenance-free, as energy-harvesting technologies powered its sensors that counts the number of users going past the toilet's main door.

On the other hand, the Taxi Queue Monitoring System  is a technology that effectively measures the number of people queuing at a taxi stand. It uses innovative human detection and tracking technology through images captured by CCTV . In doing so, it can analyse and forecast the average waiting time by taking into account the number of people waiting in line.

Likewise, the Outdoor Car Park Monitoring  System  is an enabler for car park management companies to track outdoor car park lots' occupancy rates in a cost-effective manner.

It has no requirements for sensors to be installed overhead or embedded  underground. Should there be street lights, the system can also work at night. As a result, car owners will be able to locate empty parking spaces more efficiently and quickly.

I2R is Singapore's largest ICT research institute.


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