The establishment of The Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) within the Singaporean government last year is not only one of a kind in the region but highlights its seriousness in building a citizenry that is not technologically averse.
Cross-sector collaboration between different stakeholders such as governments, system integrators, housing development authorities, and property developers, is also needed to form an ecosystem.
Singapore, which chairs ASEAN for 2018 under the theme of innovation and resilience has been a strong advocate of a network of ASEAN smart cities to be formed as part of its chairmanship goals.
The recent joint venture between Baidu and Asia Mobility Industries (AMI) to develop autonomous driving technology brings Singapore one step closer to becoming a smart nation.
Despite government rules restricting the likes of Airbnb operating in Singapore, there are signs that home-sharing has become more prolific in the city state.