ST Engineering today announced that its smart lighting solution and on-demand autonomous buses have been recognised as winning solutions for its customers at the IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2020. The Awards recognise the top Smart City initiatives across the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) that utilise leading-edge digital technologies and solutions that have enabled rapid urban transformation across cities in the Asia Pacific.

Singapore bagged three out of the 19 awards presented this year, with ST Engineering’s technologies behind two of the winning projects.

“Urban mobility, energy efficiency, and sustainability continue to be pressing challenges that Singapore and many other cities around the world face. Apart from advancing Singapore’s Smart City ambitions, our technology expertise and global track record are helping our customers address these urban challenges and improve quality of life for their communities. These wins will continue to spur us to leverage the latest technologies to develop innovations that enable the way forward to smarter, more liveable and sustainable cities of the future,” said Chew Men Leong, Chief Marketing Officer at ST Engineering.

A thriving smart city, Singapore serves as an excellent living lab for public-private sector collaborations to co-innovate and testbed technologies, technology readiness and community adoption, to solve urban problems. The winning solutions in smart lighting and on-demand autonomous buses are provided to the Housing & Development Board (HDB), as well as the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) respectively.

Er. Dr. Johnny Wong, Group Director for Building & Research Institute, Housing & Development Board, said, “HDB estates are moving towards adopting a smart lighting system for higher energy and cost efficiency, as well as to bring enhanced safety and convenience to residents. Having the smart lighting system recognised as a top Smart City project affirms HDB’s partnership with ST Engineering as we continue to strive towards providing residents with a high quality living environment that is green and sustainable.”

Daryl Yeo, Director of Futures & Transformation at the Ministry of Transport said, “Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology has the potential to redefine urban mobility. The SCAPA Award for the on-demand autonomous shuttle trial at Sentosa affirms Singapore’s commitment and ST Engineering’s contribution to transforming our transport system through technology and innovation. The trial has given us valuable insights into the safe deployment of AVs and, most importantly, built public trust in this technology of the future.

The trial of on-demand autonomous shuttles in Sentosa illustrates SDC’s continuous efforts to explore innovative and sustainable solutions that create great guest experiences, including ideas that enhance the accessibility on Sentosa with our diverse leisure offerings – now and in the future. We are thus encouraged by the SCAPA Award, as it testifies to the strong partnership between MOT, ST Engineering and SDC in bringing to fruition Singapore’s first public trial of such shuttles. As we continue to refresh our island’s various leisure experiences, we will explore more innovative solutions that bolster our appeal as a world-class holiday destination,” said Chin Sak Hin, Assistant Chief Executive, Sentosa Development Corporation.

Winning Projects

(1) Smart Lighting for Public Housing Estates (Housing & Development Board) – Winner of the Smart Buildings/Smart Tech Parks 

Smart lighting is the future of lighting and an integral part of Singapore’s Smart Nation drive. The winning project by the HDB, which features ST Engineering’s smart lighting solution developed together with HDB, was installed in the common areas of Teck Ghee, a housing estate in Singapore, in areas such as carparks and gardens, stairwells and common corridors in public housing blocks. The system comprises smart motion sensors that are wirelessly connected in secured networks, and analytics capabilities that automatically adjust the luminosity of about 10,000 LED lights in response to the motion detected, thus bringing about up to 60 percent energy reduction compared with conventional LED lighting.

Aside from providing an anticipatory and more comfortable lighting experience for residents, the solution collects and analyses data on lighting performance, enabling the prediction of potential faults and proactive maintenance to be carried out.

(2) On-Demand Autonomous Buses (Ministry of Transport Singapore and Sentosa Development Corporation) – Winner of the Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing category

In collaboration with the MOT and SDC, ST Engineering completed Singapore’s first on-demand autonomous shuttle public trial on Sentosa Island from August to November 2019, carrying more than 5,000 passengers.

During the trial, visitors were able to hail a ride on one of the four autonomous vehicles, comprising two minibuses and two smaller shuttles, deployed for the trial via the Ride Now Sentosa mobile app or at booking kiosks located along a 5.7km route.

The public trial service complemented existing on-island transportation network and enhanced on-demand connectivity and accessibility for visitors, whilst providing key insights on development of AV technology for future deployments in public transportation.

In its sixth year now, SCAPA 2020 recognises the progress Asia Pacific municipalities have made and provide a forum to help accelerate smart city development in the region. Winners were decided based on IDC analysts’ benchmarking, public voting, and judging from an International Advisory Council.


ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 23,000 people across offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. With more than 700 smart city projects across 130 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of $7.9b in FY2019 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, iEdge SG ESG Transparency Index and iEdge SG ESG Leaders Index.

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