Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 2 of 2)

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

How can technology help in the fight against zoonisis? Aspiring vet, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this second article in a two-part series.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Emerging technology can help in mainly two ways.

Firstly, through harnessing the power of Big Data, information from previous outbreaks, and studies conducted independently around the world, can be collated to help predict where a deadly zoonotic virus will strike next.

The vast availability of health data today means that data must be intelligently handled, using the right tools to derive helpful trends.

For instance, Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity, and was found to show strong correlation with official data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2009 flu pandemic.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

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Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 1 of 2)

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

The word ‘zoonosis’ is not one that is popular in the common lexicon, and yet it is something that can affect our lives profoundly. Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this two-part story.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

A zoonosis is a disease which can be transferred from animals to humans, and there are many examples of zoonoses which many are familiar with.

One has only to recall the SARS outbreak of 2003 to recognise the destructive potential of zoonoses.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease which originated from viruses in bats that jumped to palm civets and then to humans, severely impacted countries like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and even Canada.

774 lives were claimed globally by this never-before-seen disease.

Stories of doctors, nurses and other health workers who had perished saving the lives of SARS patients filled the papers.

International travel to affected areas dropped sharply by 50-70%, resulting in the closure of many tourism-related businesses.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

Clearly, while the containment of SARS – especially in Singapore – is generally hailed as a success story, the outbreak did result in significant social and economic drawbacks.

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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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Leveraging technology to provide better healthcare

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Today, we put the focus on a primary care doctor practicing in Punggol – to get a feel of what it’s like running a GP clinic in a residential neighbourhood in Singapore.

* This article was first published on https://halenessme2018.wordpress.com.

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang belongs to a new generation of young doctors establishing themselves as the community’s trusted general practitioners (GPs), providing primary care to the residents in Punggol.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

As a millennial, Dr. Ang is tech savvy and fully cognizant of the importance of harnessing technology to reap improvements to traditional work processes.

Having spent the past three and a half years practicing at Zenith, the Gen-Y doctor’s greatest frustration is with the typical fluctuations of patient volumes at GP clinics.

As most practitioners or patients would have observed, a typical primary care clinic can be really crowded at times eg. on Saturdays and Mondays, and at different times of the day.

With many traditional first-come-first-serve basis, the staff has to cope with long lines of patients vying for an earlier time slot, with tempers occasionally flaring up.

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New arrival: Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

At the Singapore Motorshow 2018, Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to enhances safety for its cars.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across nine countries in Asia, today launched Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology at the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

The new technology will complement Subaru’s other core technologies such as the Boxer Engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Global Platform.

EyeSight is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver, providing a safer and comfortable driving experience.

Adding confidence to every trip, EyeSight uses stereo cameras to identify the surrounding vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.

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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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Nanyang Polytechnic launches Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic.

“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic. Image credit: Nanyang Polytechnic.

The built environment in Singapore is expected to evolve rapidly in the next decade with the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) identifying areas needing innovations and rethinking the way we use resources, energy, spaces and transport.

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Event: Epson Solutions & Technology Convention 2016 (ESTC 2016)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Epson showcased its latest smart solutions to show how its new innovations can power the future of businesses.

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“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division), at ESTC 2016.

The global technology leader in printing, visual communications and digital imaging demonstrated integrated solutions that addressed the varied needs that businesses had in their work processes.

ESTC 2016 is the second edition of Epson’s bi-yearly convention to engage corporate partners and customers to raise awareness on its range of business products and solutions.

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A large format printer for the marketing department, showcased at ESTC 2016 in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay in Singapore.

Epson showcased new business products ranging from office scanners to its new ultra-short throw interactive projector, mobile point of sales systems and wearable technology such as the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses and BT-2000 smart headset at the convention.

The convention was held today at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and attended by 153 guests including business partners, end users, media and distributors.

Integrating intelligent solutions for business success

Epson’s showcase offered insights as well as real-life demonstrations on how companies can develop a holistic strategy when investing in technology.

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Event: Celebrating 35 years of innovation on MINDEF PRIDE Day

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung commemorates 35 years of innovation at the MINDEF PRIDE Day and officiates opening of SGDefence Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung noted that this year marked the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement and commended the progress of the PRIDE movement over the years. Ong highlighted the importance of ensuring that MINDEF and SAF personnel continue to find ways to improve and innovate at their daily work. Click on infographic for a complete and enlarged view.

Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung noted that this year marked the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement and commended the progress of the PRIDE movement over the years. Ong highlighted the importance of ensuring that MINDEF and SAF personnel continue to find ways to improve and innovate at their daily work. Click on infographic for a complete and enlarged view.

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung officiated at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) PRIDE (PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts) Day 2016 awards presentation ceremony held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre this morning.

A total of 184 awards were presented to individuals, groups and units from MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in recognition of their outstanding and innovative projects.

Through their innovations and work improvement ideas, savings exceeding $164 million were achieved in the last financial year.

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement, PRIDE pioneer and then-Permanent Secretary (Defence) Lim Siong Guan also gave a plenary speech on the intent of the PRIDE movement and the crucial role that innovation will play in Singapore’s future.

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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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