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Singapore Taps Technology to Build Biophilic City

   date:2018-09-04     source:Taiwantrade    Browse:16    
Core tips:Source: Economic Division, Taipei Representative Office in SingaporeEmail:tpetrade@singnet.com.sg;singapore@moea.gov.twS

Source: Economic Division, Taipei Representative Office in Singapore

Email: tpetrade@singnet.com.sgsingapore@moea.gov.tw 

Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) announced its master plan for digitalization at the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, July 18, 2018. The plan aims to build a ‘biophilic’ city in an efficient manner using technology, focusing on three main aspects: tree management, horticulture, and nature conservation.

Tan Chong Lee, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Corporate Development & Services Cluster, National Parks Board, states that NParks has always employed technology to manage green spaces and conserve nature reserves. Today, all technological and research projects are being integrated into a single framework and technology is being leveraged to improve NParks’ work processes. For instance, data collection will allow the team to better analyze and plan tree inspections, as well as take preventive measures to deal with tree management issues.

NParks will use data collected via Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to create 3D tree models in order to augment tree research, such as predict the effect of wind on tree stability. The Board is also testing 360-degree clinometers on older trees to measure tree inclinations, help authorities identify risks and therefore take preventive measures. Tan emphasizes that even with digitalization processes being implemented, these new tools simply support traditional practices and arborists will still be required to perform regular on-site tree inspections.

With respect to horticulture, the next two years will see NParks utilize automated lawn mowers for 20 parks. In the future, lawn mowers will automatically operate within a designated range just by entering the geographic location into the system. An intelligent irrigation system is also under trial in nurseries, which will serve to improve nursery management. When the weather is dry, hygrometers and soil water sensors trigger the system in order to irrigate the plants.

Regarding nature conservation, NParks is introducing a forest fire detection system. This includes installing a digital camera for monitoring fire conditions and fire sources on nature reserves. once a fire source is located, the system sounds an alarm and initiates a drone to survey the area and provide real time information on the magnitude of the fire. Other technological projects include testing water quality to survey species living within a natural reserve, using night vision equipment for biological diversity studies, and more.


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