Smart City World Labs | New Danish-Singaporean project

June 17, 2016


Danish and Singaporean partners will work together on the Smart City World Labs project aimed at developing and testing a new export model that will foster collaboration between Denmark and Singapore.


The traditional Danish holistic and user-centric approach to developing cities and solutions is receiving increased interest from the city-state Singapore, which is moving quickly towards fulfilling its vision of becoming the world’s first Smart Nation. To address this demand, a consortium comprising Quercus Group, Gate 21, the ‪Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore and the ‪Technical University of Denmark, and supported by The Danish ‪Industry Foundation, came together for the Smart City World Labs. The project was officially launched at an event held at DOLL Visitor Centre on May 18th 2016.


Building on experiences and strengths from existing Danish living labs such as Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab/Smart Urban Services (DOLL) and DTU Smart Campus, the project comprises a collaboration platform for almost 40 Danish companies as well as Singaporean actors, to develop, prototype and implement solutions in a living urban laboratory in Singapore. A " Living Lab" is a physical space to test-bed and demonstrate solutions in practice and in scale 1:1.


With an initial life span of two years, the project will build on a Danish-Singaporean Living Lab Collaboration Platform. This will increase the level of exchange, co-creation, innovation and growth in these two leading Smart City nations. The project’s long-term goal is to develop a collaborative model for increasing export and investment that can be replicated and scaled to other markets and cities around the world.


The Smart City World Labs project builds on the findings of the report “Co-creating the Cities of Tomorrow – Danish Smart City Competencies in the Singaporean Market”, delivered by Quercus Group and commissioned by the Danish Royal Embassy in Singapore. The analysis revealed that there is tremendous potential for cross-country collaboration in relation to Smart City and liveability. According to the report, the Singaporean government has three main areas in the spotlight for development, which are referred to as the ‘big moon shots’. They include urban habitat, intelligent transport solutions and health, areas where radical innovations are expected. Besides these, there are also other vast opportunities for Danish solutions and expertise within water, renewable energy and waste, rooted in the Danish design-thinking and traditionally holistic approach.



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