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Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters


George Loh, director of programs at Singapore's National Research Foundation, accesses Virtual Singapore.

Virtual Singapore is part of the governments Smart Nation plan to use cutting-edge technology to improve peoples lives.

Credit: John Geddie/Reuters

The Virtual Singapore project will offer state agencies and, eventually, the public access to a three-dimensional (3D) model of the city.

Developed as a testbed for urban planning, disaster mitigation, and other operations to improve the lives of citizens, critics are concerned the resource could be exploited by malefactors.

Virtual Singapore will be limited to government computers that are not linked to the World Wide Web during its launch in the months ahead.

The model could forecast the spread of flash floods in the city, or simulate how microwaves propagate through high-density areas and certain building materials to help detect dark spots in cellular network coverage.

Said Alexandre Parilusyan of Dassault Systemes, a French software firm working on the project, “When you look at what Singapore is doing today, you are already looking to the future in the crystal ball.”

From Reuters
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