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Old May 31st, 2014, 01:58 AM   #101
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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #102
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News from CNA. It is regarding the SUper Wi-fi and Gardens is the first place they are testing it out.

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Singapore unveils Super Wi-Fi regulations
By Kevin Kwang and Leong Wai Kit
POSTED: 16 Jun 2014 19:30


Regulations such as which spectrum channels will be freed up for TV White Space or Super Wi-Fi technology, will come into effect from November 2014, says IDA.

SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Monday (June 16) announced a regulatory framework for the use of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum, which would free up additional bandwidth for better Internet connectivity and open up business opportunities.

In a statement, the IDA said the regulations will free up approximately 180 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum when they kick in from November 2014. TVWS, also known as Super Wi-Fi, refers to unused or underutilised radio spectrum in the TV broadcast bands that could be used for alternative wireless broadband communications.

Super Wi-Fi technology can cover longer distances and penetrate more obstacles and tougher terrain than higher frequencies such as those used for mobile networks. Its use requires less power and is therefore cheaper.

"The TVWS regulatory framework is a step towards Singapore’s vision of being the world’s first Smart Nation," said Mr Leong Keng Thai, IDA’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director General for Telecoms and Post.

"Regulators all over the world are exploring different ways to efficiently use spectrum, so that they can plan for their countries’ future needs. The additional spectrum made available through the TVWS regulatory framework will ensure that Singapore efficiently allocate and use this available bandwidth to support the growing demand for data communication.”

The regulatory framework was put together following a public consultation issued in June 2013 to seek feedback from industry stakeholders on a set of proposed technical parameters and regulations for the use of TVWS in Singapore. Below are the three regulations:

Licence-exempt use of TVWS spectrum
Businesses that wish to deploy or use TVWS technology may do so without applying for a license from IDA, provided they adhere to technical parameters and regulations for the use of the spectrum.

Geo-location databases
IDA has mandated the use of geo-location databases to determine which spectrum channels are available for use. With this, TVWS equipment can communicate with the databases to identify the available spectrum channel to use in real time, thereby preventing any interference with TV broadcast signals.

Companies interested to develop and manage a geo-location database service will be required to apply for a Service-Based Operator (Individual) licence, and IDA will waive the licence fees for the first two years.

Licencing of TVWS equipment
Manufacturers and suppliers of equipment with the ability to access TVWS technology and services will be required to register the equipment under the IDA's existing General Equipment Registration scheme, much like suppliers of handsets and communication devices.

Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, said Singapore is one of the first countries in the world to have such a regulatory framework.

Speaking at the Ministerial Forum on ICT 2014 welcome dinner on Monday, Dr Yaacob said: “The framework will encourage and facilitate businesses and services providers to develop new wireless services and applications, or utilise TV White Space to supplement and enhance their existing networks. Business applications may include machine-to-machine communications, smart metering and outdoor environment and security monitoring services.”

“Consumers, too, will stand to benefit from the services provided over TV White Space, as they will have greater access to more options of wireless services such as Wi-Fi,” he added.

Gardens By The Bay has been experimenting with TVWS technology to boost Internet connectivity on its premises, having introduced the service to visitors in October 2013.

Operational Director Ng Boon Gee told Channel NewsAsia: "Obviously without Wi-Fi, what visitors can use is only the 3G network, and Gardens being a new infrastructure, the network isn't perfect."

"But now with (Super Wi-Fi), we are much better in terms of connectivity. (The technology) allows us to install the system without digging the garden, which is extremely useful to us because that actually helps to save our precious plants," Mr Ng said.

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Old news, Marc Quinn's sculpture at the gardens.

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Old June 17th, 2014, 07:20 AM   #104
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Coming soon: Souped-up Wi-Fi with superb range and coverage
BY TAN WEIZHEN
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PUBLISHED: 4:03 AM, JUNE 17, 2014


SINGAPORE — Souped-up Wi-Fi networks at attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and Sentosa, and in high-demand areas such as the Central Business District. Traffic and energy management or even street-lighting control running on superior wireless communications.

These are some of the scenarios that have been tested as part of the Super Wi-Fi trials and they may soon become a reality after the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced yesterday that it would be releasing 180MHz of spectrum in TV White Space (TVWS). These unused television broadcasting airwaves will carry the Super Wi-Fi, which is better and more powerful than regular Wi-Fi.

The new framework, which takes effect in November, will lay out TVWS equipment requirements, how the equipment should communicate with geo-location databases and the spectrum channels to be made available, among others. The TVWS regulatory framework is necessary to cater to higher data consumption as more Internet-capable devices are launched, the IDA said, adding that Singapore is one of the first few countries in the world to implement such a regime.

Mr Leong Keng Thai, IDA’s deputy chief executive, said: “The TVWS regulatory framework is a step towards Singapore’s vision on being the world’s first Smart Nation. Regulators all over the world are exploring different ways to efficiently use spectrum, so that they can plan for their countries’ future needs.”

Trials conducted by the TVWS Pilot Group, which comprises Microsoft, StarHub and the Institute for Infocomm Research, among others, have demonstrated that the Super Wi-Fi signals run on low power and have a “superb” advantage in range and coverage, including penetrating obstacles such as buildings.

This has allowed some of the pilot projects to achieve wireless connectivity in areas where traditional technologies have difficulty reaching or where it would have been cost-prohibitive to do so.

The new technology is also fast to deploy — taking only about a week to be operational. It can be used for a wide range of applications, such as smart metering, security surveillance and urban hot spots, which could mean a more powerful [email protected] network.

The Super Wi-Fi trials have taken place in more than 40 varied project sites throughout the island, including the National University of Singapore, Jurong Shipyard and residential areas.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, said TVWS can be tapped to meet the demand for greater connectivity, as it is an underutilised spectrum resource. “The framework will encourage and facilitate businesses and service providers to develop new wireless services and applications or ... to supplement and enhance their existing networks. Consumers too will stand to benefit from the services provided over TV White Space, as they will have greater access to more options of wireless services such as Wi-Fi,” said Dr Yaacob yesterday at the Ministerial Forum on ICT (information and communications technology).

Mr Ryan Huang, an IG market strategist, said: “This is a good step forward as bandwidth consumption from smartphones in many places is outpacing the ability of network providers to grow their capacity.”

He said the advantages of TVWS paves the way for services that 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi find difficult to deliver.

“For consumers, the better penetration capabilities could help plug network blind spots at home or in the office. For telcos, this could potentially give them something to complement their current products by improving their coverage and reducing blind spots. There will also be new monetisation possibilities as TVWS will also help popularise smart grids, which telcos are likely to find a way to integrate into their services,” he added.
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 02:59 PM   #105
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Gardens by the Bay welcomed its 10-millionth visitor earlier Sunday (22 June), reaching a major milestone just a week ahead of its second anniversary on 29 June 2014.


Mr Kho Su Kiak (second from right, in plain blue shirt) and his family in the Cloud Forest, with Gardens by the Bay Chairman, Mrs Theresa Foo (extreme right of photo) and Chief Executive Officer Dr Kiat W. Tan (extreme left of photo).

SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay welcomed its 10-millionth visitor earlier Sunday (22 June), reaching a major milestone just a week ahead of its second anniversary on 29 June 2014.

Mr Kho Su Kiak, a 73-year-old from Sarawak, received a gift set which included a private guided tour of the gardens and annual membership for five family members.

He also took home a hamper filled with Gardens by the Bay merchandise.

His daughter, Mdm Ivory Kho, who lives in Singapore, said she brought her parents to the gardens as the couple love nature.


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Tiger Orchid as heavyweight attraction at Gardens by the Bay
By Sharon See
POSTED: 11 Aug 2014 23:28
UPDATED: 12 Aug 2014 01:36


The Tiger Orchid is the world's largest species of its kind, and it is a rare opportunity to see it in bloom, as it only flowers once every few years.

SINGAPORE: The Republic’s Gardens by the Bay on Monday (Aug 11) announced a new attraction – the Tiger Orchid – for the fifth instalment of the Singapore Garden Festival.

The Tiger Orchid is the world's largest species of its kind, and it had to be hoisted onto a truck before it was driven to the Flower Dome for display.

The flower, which belongs to a member of the Orchid Society of South East Asia John Elliot, weighs a whopping 300 kilogrammes, and each spray of flowers is an average of 2 metres in length. It is a rare opportunity to see the Tiger Orchid in bloom as it only flowers once every few years.

The Singapore Garden Festival opens this Saturday and will run until Aug 24.

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Performers from the Singapore Ballet Academy splashing around to the familiar tune Under the Sea, synchronised with the water sprays in the water play area at the Gardens by the Bay — a special dance item at an event yesterday to celebrate Children’s Day.

More than 200 children from various charities, schools and arts groups were invited by the Far East Organization to its Children’s Garden in Gardens by the Bay to watch various performances and take part in activities such as balloon fishing, face painting and water gun shooting throughout the day.

Joining them was Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, who was the guest of honour. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
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No plans for Gardens by the Bay to be self-sustainable: Khaw Boon Wan
POSTED: 20 Jan 2015 16:22


Government grants to the national public garden are used to support its community programmes and offset operating expenses, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan says.

SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay will continue to receive grants from the Government and there are no plans to make it fund itself completely, said Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan on Monday (Jan 19).

In a written answer to a Parliamentary question from NCMP Gerald Giam on whether there are plans for Gardens by the Bay to be commercially self-sustaining eventually, Mr Khaw said 90 per cent of Garden by the Bay’s recreational garden spaces and facilities are free and accessible to the public.

“Gardens by the Bay is a national public garden for Singaporeans. It is a people’s garden meant for all to enjoy,” Mr Khaw. “Since its opening, it has run a wide range of non-ticketed programmes and activities to reach out to our local community,” he said.

Some examples include major festivals and events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens and the recently concluded Christmas Wonderland.

The grant to Gardens by the Bay is thus used to offset the operating expenses incurred in the upkeep of this as well as to support its active community programming, he said.

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