Space Technology Drives Singapore’s Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Revolution

 Space Technology Drives Singapore’s Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Revolution

Singapore, the dynamic city-state known for its innovation and urban development, has firmly embraced space technology to propel its Smart Nation initiative and revolutionize urban mobility. With a keen eye on enhancing infrastructure, improving traffic management, and driving sustainability, Singapore is leveraging space data and satellite technology to shape its future. Singapore’s growing relationship with space technology is pivotal in achieving its smart city goals and revolutionizing urban mobility.

Space Data and Urban Mobility

One of the standout applications of space technology in Singapore is in urban mobility and traffic management. The Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system, a cornerstone of Singapore’s traffic management, utilizes Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology. This technology enables real-time traffic monitoring, transport planning, and provides motorists with instant updates on traffic conditions and charging locations. It’s a testament to how space data can optimize the daily commuting experience in a bustling metropolis.

“With GNSS, we will be able to better collect aggregated traffic data, to help improve traffic management and transport planning. Motorists will also enjoy more value-added services, such as advance alerts on charging locations, real-time traffic information and road safety advisories.”

-Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Space data is also indispensable for ensuring urban security and fostering innovation in Singapore’s Smart City initiatives. For instance, the precise positioning provided by GNSS or GPS is essential for enabling autonomous vehicles to navigate the city safely. Without this technology, the development of autonomous transportation systems would be significantly more challenging.

Photo of Singapore traffic and the ERP gantry. Source: Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Mapping and Geospatial Applications

Singapore’s Smart Nation vision relies heavily on mapping and geospatial applications powered by space technology. The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) leads the charge in harnessing geospatial information and technology to drive the Smart Nation and Future Economy initiatives. By using space-based data and advanced ground technologies, SLA creates highly accurate maps and geospatial information that enhance the daily lives of Singaporeans.

Space technology goes beyond urban mobility in Singapore. It is also vital in sustainability efforts, particularly in monitoring sea levels and vertical land motion. Given its vulnerability to rising sea levels, these factors are critical for managing and protecting Singapore’s coastline. Combining space data with ground-based and airborne data, Singapore can develop comprehensive strategies to safeguard its coastal areas. (Read more here)

Space Technology’s Growing Role

As Singapore continues to push forward with its Smart City initiatives, space data and technology are poised to become even more indispensable. It extends beyond traffic management to influence security, sustainability, and smart technology adoption. With more than 60 local and international space companies already based in Singapore, employing thousands of professionals and researchers, the city-state is well-positioned to harness the full potential of space technology in its journey toward becoming a Smart Nation.

Singapore’s embrace of space technology is unprecedentedly transforming urban living and mobility. From optimizing traffic management through GNSS technology to bolstering sustainability efforts, space data is at the heart of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. As the city-state continues to innovate and explore the possibilities of space technology, its future as a model Smart City looks brighter than ever.

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This article is a part of our series on the state of space activities and space affairs in Southeast Asia. Want to know more about space activities in the region? Get in touch with our network coordinator for Southeast Asia:

Leveraging Space Technology for Sustainable Infrastructure Development

On 3 October 2023, dotSPACE, in collaboration with Royal HaskoningDHV, will host the webinar ‘Leveraging Space Technology for Sustainable Infrastructure Development’. This webinar will delve into the instrumental role that space data plays in advancing sustainable infrastructure across various domains. By exploring how space technology supports spatial planning, renewable energy forecasting, smart mobility solutions, and effective disaster monitoring and response strategies, this webinar aims to elucidate the transformative potential of space-driven solutions in shaping a more sustainable future.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit the page via the link below.

Click here to visit the page of the webinar ‘Leveraging Space Technology for Sustainable Infrastructure Development’

Featured Image: Urban Regeneration, World Bank (

Jerry Yao

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