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Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and micro businesses

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

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Opening: Eaton office & Customer Experience Center in Singapore

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Eaton consolidates its six existing offices in Singapore into the new office at the Interlocal Centre and includes a new customer experience center showcasing its integrated power management solutions.

Eaton’s new office and Customer Experience Center in Singapore is located in the Interlocal Centre.

Eaton’s new office and Customer Experience Center in Singapore is located in the Interlocal Centre.

The new office serves as the East Asia headquarters for the power management company and will house some 200 employees.

“Eaton is committed to Singapore. It is a focus market and a strategic business hub for us. The country’s business-friendly environment and drive for innovation provide a strategic backdrop for investment and growth, both locally and in the wider ASEAN region,” said Revathi Advaithi, chief operating officer – Electrical Sector.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services.

Eaton positions itself through its global solutions to tackle today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion.

The company provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably.

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Weekender: Hotdogs Inc with beer garden

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

If you’re a hotdog lover in Singapore, here’s a restaurant where you can hang out and enjoy some delightful hotdogs with beer.

* This article first appeared in The Travel Memoir and is reposted here with permission.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc doles out high-quality sausages paired with freshly made buns.

Since its inception last year, mainstays such as Wagyu Beef Roll; Soft Shell Crab; and Pork Cheese Sausage have won the hearts of gourmands.

My Favourite

I tried out the new menu dishes at Hotdogs Inc and was delighted with the variety of hotdogs on offer.

My favourite was the Kurobuta Pork Roll which is made from the juicy, tender and high-end meat culled from Berkshire pigs, which boasts delectable marbling.

You can have it with either Asian, German or Japanese topping – I was partial to the German one.

The Kurobuta went down well with the Great White Beer by the New Zealand-based Mac’s Brewery.

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

The restaurant also serves up delectable side dishes such as Cheeky Spicy Wings and Premium Squid Balls.

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Dyson launches Singapore Technology Centre

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Founder Sir James Dyson aims to nurture “exceptional” engineers focused on cutting edge manufacturing, software, and robotics in spare-no-expense laboratories.

James Dyson today opened the doors to Dyson’s new Technology Centre in Singapore, in the presence of Minister for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran.

Dyson’s Singapore Technology Centre is being launched with the backdrop of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, and a world where technologies are increasingly intelligent and connected. “As the way people shop is changing so to is our supply chain. The Dyson Control Tower connects our entire supply chain. Using the latest technology, it tracks real time machine reliability and delivery performance ensuring the highest quality products reach our customers on time,” said Jim Rowan, Chief Operating Officer, Dyson. Photo credit: Dyson.

Dyson is investing £330m in its future in Singapore.

“It is no coincidence that we are deepening our investment in Singapore to achieve our technology ambitions. Right here, some of the world’s brightest minds are working on artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, fluid dynamics, vision systems to bring hardware, electronics and software together. Good software allows Dyson products to actually improve over time and gives them intelligence to understand and respond to their environment”, said Sir James Dyson, Founder, Dyson.

The new facility has the latest development labs, bringing together the latest hardware and software expertise.

Dyson plans to grow the Singapore-based engineering team by 50 per cent.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s start-up community and next to the National University of Singapore, the new Centre’s engineering teams will focus developing new technologies for the future.

Dyson invests £7m a week in research and development and employs 3,500 engineers and scientists globally.

It has 1,100 people in Singapore split between its Technology Centre at Science Park I and its advanced digital motors manufacturing facility at West Park.

Dyson is seeking highly skilled engineers across a broad range of engineering disciplines including connectivity, motors, sensors, electronics, robotics, navigation, software and purification.

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Office visit to Shopee HQ in Singapore @ Fusionopolis

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Second visit to Shopee HQ in Singapore for Chinese New Year Lohei.

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The Shopee HQ in Singapore is collocated with its parent company, Garena, at Galaxis in Fusionopolis.

The online social marketplace reached US$1.8b in annualised GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume) in November 2016.

That’s huge for a young startup that’s less than 2 year’s old.

For gamers & online shoppers – ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of gaming company Garena & its subsidiary Shopee? Here’s a part of the company’s office in Singapore which houses the combined staff of 500-odd employees working in an open office concept.

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Event: SGDefence Exhibition showcases MINDEF defence technology

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Defence Technology Community (DTC) in Singapore turns 50 this year and to celebrate that, DTC will be showcasing its indigenous innovations and solutions in an interactive exhibition – the SGDefence Exhibition.

Subiksha Krishnan checks out the exhibition and reports below.

The SGDefence Exhibition will be held from 4 to 8 November 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall A. The opening hours are 12.30pm to 8pm on 4 November and 11am to 8pm from 5 to 8 November. It is open to the public and is free.

The SGDefence Exhibition will be held from 4 to 8 November 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall A. The opening hours are 12.30pm to 8pm on 4 November and 11am to 8pm from 5 to 8 November. It is open to the public and is free.

The SGDefence exhibition features over 60 exhibits across five clusters.

Visitors can see, interact and experience the many technologies developed by the DTC and the ground-up innovation MINDEF PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts (PRIDE).

Before entering the exhibition, visitors can complete the Event Passport located at the redemption booth to redeem your exclusive Access Card which can be kept as a memento.

The five clusters

The first cluster, Remembering Our Heritage, shows the nation’s first steps in defence R&D and the importance of building up Singapore’s defence capabilities in the early years of independence.

In Cluster 1, visitors can witness the evolution of DTC over the past five decades and learn about the nation’s humble beginnings and the challenging journey towards achieving what it has today.

In Cluster 1, visitors can witness the evolution of DTC over the past five decades and learn about the nation’s humble beginnings and the challenging journey towards achieving what it has today.

The cluster includes a video that tells the story of Singapore’s humble beginnings in defence science and technology and a commemorative wall and video that highlights the DTC’s key milestones and innovations from 1966 to today and the various organisations and their responsibilities under the DTC’s charge.

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Viadex sponsors British F1 driver Jolyon Palmer at Singapore Grand Prix

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Viadex Limited, a global IT infrastructure and deployment expert, is sponsoring British Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer in his debut at the Singapore Grand Prix, on 16-18 September.

Jolyon is a Renault Sport F1 Team driver, the 2014 GP2 champion and the son of former F1 driver and major UK circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. Photo credit: Viadex.

Jolyon is a Renault Sport F1 Team driver, the 2014 GP2 champion and the son of former F1 driver and major UK circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. Photo credit: Viadex.

Viadex specialises in creating next-generation IT to help global companies increase their efficiency and performance and Formula One increasingly relies on continuous IT innovation, from trackside analytics to high performance computing, to boost every car’s performance.

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Opening: Adyen expands presence in APAC with new Singapore HQ

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Adyen’s new premises in Singapore will serve the company’s customers in the region.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

Adyen today announced its continued commitment to businesses in the region with the expansion and move to a new Singapore office.

“Asia Pacific is the most active e-commerce market in the world and Adyen sees enormous potential to enable e-commerce and omni-channel businesses in this region,” said Warren Hayashi, President, Asia Pacific at Adyen.

The office in Singapore will remain as a regional headquarters for the payment solutions company as it increases its presence in Asia Pacific.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, the close to 500 square meters’ office space will provide modern end-to-end payment infrastructure for leading global companies.

Adyen has been empowering businesses such as Cathay Pacific, Daniel Wellington and Spotify with the ability to accept a variety of payment methods from consumers in Asia Pacific, including local and alternative payment methods.

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PSB groundbreaking for new city campus in Marina Square, Singapore

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

With a total space of 100,000 square feet across 2 floors, the new city campus will be ready for move in from the fourth quarter of 2016.

* All images in this story provided by PSB.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

PSB Academy’s new city campus in Marina Square will host English proficiency programmes, as well as accounting and finance and business and communication diploma, degree and postgraduate courses from university partners such as The University of Newcastle, Australia, The University of Wollongong, Australia, Edinburgh Napier University UK, Loughborough University UK and Coventry University, UK among others.

In spite of the constraints of a city campus, there will be dynamic lighting that will automatically adjust to suit the time of day, to simulate an outdoor campus experience indoors.

Artist's impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

Artist’s impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

The new, fully Wi-Fi-enabled, campus will provide students and staff with a glass-housed radio and television studio, a town hall, a student hub, classroom configurations which allow for better collaborative learning, acoustically-treated MBA rooms – that will not require microphones for voice amplification – and auditoriums that can seat more than 300 people, amongst other features.

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New arrival: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream A1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi router

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500) will launch at Challenger, Hachi.Tech and the PC Show on 2 June 2016 at an SRP of S$329.99. Promotions and specs below.

The next-gen EA7500 Wi-Fi AC1900 Router can connect multiple devices to a network, including multiple 4K and HD video streams simultaneously.

The next-gen EA7500 Wi-Fi AC1900 Router can connect multiple devices to a network, including multiple 4K and HD video streams simultaneously.

The new Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology.

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Jaimohan Thampi, head of Linksys BU, International Markets.

The technology helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices in the home and functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router.

With MU-MIMO, the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD TV streaming to multiple devices as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Perfect for families with multiple users with their own streaming devices, the Max-Stream AC1900 leverages MU-MIMO functionality which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K streams to multiple devices at the same time.

Promotions

The Linksys Max-Stream EA7500 will be available at the PC Show at an introductory offer of $299. This special deal will also be available for all Challenger Value Club Members.

As part of a special joint launch bundle, Singtel will be offering the Max-Stream EA7500 at a special deal of $229 to all consumers who sign up for their Singtel Broadband Fibre Plans at the PC Show.

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