​NTU and Volvo to jointly develop autonomous electric buses in Singapore
Jan 17, 2018

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Volvo Buses announced today that they will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses in Singapore in 2019.

For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public transportation anywhere in the world and it has chosen NTU Singapore as its partner in this endeavour. Volvo has already demonstrated its autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse collection operations.

The 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric bus is already in service around the world, providing a quiet and emission-free operation, and requiring 80 per cent less energy than an equivalent sized diesel bus.

The 40-seater buses to be deployed in Singapore will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies. These include GPS and LIDAR laser technology systems for charting, positioning and detecting obstacles around the vehicle, and an integrated navigation system that includes automated steering, gear changing, and speed throttling technologies.

The buses will be tested from early 2019 at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous vehicles at NTU (CETRAN). The autonomous vehicle test circuit, which is modelled after real road conditions in Singapore, provides a safe and controlled environment to test autonomous vehicles.

The NTU and Volvo partnership is also part of the collaboration between NTU and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) under the university’s living lab platform announced in October 2016. The living lab platform assesses technology maturity and road-worthiness, including the certification of the technologies for deployment on public roads.

The NTU-Volvo programme will be supported by SMRT and ABB, which will be assessing the vehicles’ roadworthiness and charging systems.

“We are seeing fast-growing interest in both autonomous and electric vehicles in cities all over the world. Together with NTU, one of the world’s leading universities of technology, we now have the possibility of testing various solutions under realistic conditions in a major city that has high ambitions for its public transport,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.

He added: “We consider Singapore and NTU as excellent partners for Volvo, offering an enabling environment and complete ecosystem of research, development and implementation of new solutions. The technology developed in Singapore can contribute to future autonomous applications by Volvo Buses.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said, “We have a vision to transform NTU into a smart campus that embraces technology to improve everyday life, and ensures the sustainability of resources. This partnership with Volvo on electric autonomous buses is part of the roadmap of the Smart Campus initiative. We hope that the solutions created out of this programme will contribute significantly to Singapore's ambition of adopting autonomous vehicle technologies and enhancing public transportation.”

LTA’s Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Mr Lam Wee Shann said, “The Land Transport Authority fully supports innovation and cutting edge technology that will ultimately benefit commuters. The agreement to develop and trial electric autonomous buses is a significant milestone in our journey to make this a reality in Singapore’s public bus network.”

Comprehensive research and rigorous testing

The autonomous electric buses will be tested on campus at CETRAN, which replicates different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules.

The circuit features a rain simulator and flood zone to test autonomous vehicles’ navigation abilities under tropical weather conditions. It also helps improve overall safety and efficiency by allowing researchers to assess the vehicles’ interaction with pedestrians.

Håkan Agnevall said, “Our electric buses already make it possible for cities to improve their air quality and reduce noise levels. With our system approach to electromobility we, in addition, open up new ways for urban planning. When developing autonomous solutions for public transport we can really leverage the Volvo Group expertise in this rapidly developing technology field.”

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Vice President for Research, said, “NTU fosters a culture of research excellence centred around translational research, accelerating ideas nurtured at the lab into practical and industry-relevant innovations for society. Our partnership with Volvo, a world leader in public transportation which explored hybrid and electromobility solutions as early as 2010, will set a new milestone in this era of disruption, automation and artificial intelligence.”

Singapore’s public transport operator SMRT will also play a critical role in determining the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles and assist in operational trials.

One of the buses will undergo tests at a local bus depot managed by SMRT. This would test the vehicle’s capabilities to autonomously navigate into vehicle washing bays and park safely at charging areas.

Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation, said, “Our goal is to stay future-ready with the latest urban mobility solutions to provide safe, efficient and comfortable journeys in Singapore’s unique operational setting. This MOU paves the way for SMRT, working with our partners, to host operational trials for autonomous buses, and test out the command & control system required for operating such smart vehicles. Our engineers will be part of the joint effort to lead the proof of concept in Sweden, before moving the trials to Singapore. We will leverage on our extensive experience operating and maintaining buses to support the eventual deployment of autonomous vehicles safely on our roads in the future.”

For the development and deployment of fast-charging stations based on the OppCharge interface, Volvo and NTU will be partnering ABB, a global leader in charging solutions for electric vehicles.

The charging station is capable of providing 300kW of charging power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the bus route’s end points.

Commenting on the initiative, Tarak Mehta, President of ABB’s Electrification Products division said: “ABB has long been at the forefront of developing greener solutions. With this project, we reaffirm our intent to develop the Electric Vehicle industry in the Asia Pacific region. Our high-quality electric charging systems, combined with our cloud-based connected platform ABB Ability™, are paving the way for vehicles to become cleaner, more efficient and cost effective than ever before.”

Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electrified buses and has sold more than 3,800 hybrid buses, electric hybrid buses and all-electric buses.

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For further information, please contact:

Nur Amin Shah, Corporate Communications
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)
Email: aminshah(a.t.)ntu.edu.sg

Helena Lind, Manager Media Relations, Volvo Bus Corporation
Email: helena.lind(a.t.)volvo.com

About Volvo Buses

Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading bus manufacturers, with a strong focus on vehicles and systems for long-term sustainable public transport. The product range includes complete transport solutions, city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches, as well as services in financing, vehicle servicing, vehicle diagnostics and traffic information. Volvo Buses is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction machines as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Volvo Group also provides complete financing solutions. For more information visithttp://www.volvobuses.com

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg


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How to Avoid Recruiting Toxic Employees - A Cost you'll Regret
JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute Pte. Ltd.
Jan 17, 2018

Having toxic employees in your office can really affect our business. A manager is only as good as their team. Without the team, working like a well-oiled machine to turn out the ROI, a business cannot be its best.

While it's hard to manage staff expectations, it can be even harder to ensure you have the right team in place. Large corporations and blue-chip businesses often have a HR team, not just one person in the role. For SME and Sole Proprietors, this is an unrealistic expectation and therefore, most of the HR decisions are made by the director or owner of the business. In a small team, if there is one toxic employee, this can affect the whole team which in turn is bound to affect productivity and positive outcomes. So how do we ensure we only employ the right puzzle pieces to fit our organizations goals and needs instead of toxic employees?

This is a hard one. However, in this day and era of digital access and using the internet to reach an international market, there are some unconventional solutions to employment. By employing a freelancer or part timer virtually, you can get what you need done, without risking employing the wrong fit for the company.

This can also help your financial budget by not having to pay a full time or part time wage. With a virtual employee or freelancer, you are only paying for the time you need or a by project basics, thus saving you money and increasing your profits.

I’ve personally researched and used the below options and I am very pleased to share them with you in hopes of growing your team without adding a toxic employee that threatens the harmony of your current team.


Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. A service offered on Fiverr is called a Gig. Freelancers have the option to choose their starting price point. They can even offer multiple price ranges by using Gig Packages. With Gig Packages, they can offer buyers different service packages at different prices. It's free to sign up and you only pay for what you need. Once you find a Gig you like, click it for more information, such as a description of the service, portfolio or samples of work, and pricing. Services offered include writing, design, video and audio, business services, programming and digital services.


Works like Fiverr, however freelancers bid for your project rather than setting their own pricing. Post your project and receive competitive bids from freelancers within minutes. The freelancers are in a reputation system will make it easy to find the perfect freelancer for your job. It's a simple and safe way to get work done online. They have millions of freelancers for thousands of freelance jobs: from web design, mobile app development, virtual assistants, product manufacturing and graphic design. Whatever your needs, there will be a freelancer to get it done.


Ditch the Designer! Using a design or graphics agency can get very costly very quickly. For some tasks, they are essential, however, if you need to design visual marketing collateral, you can do it in house using this free software. Easily create beautiful designs and documents using Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. You can also save your files in PDF print ready format. Canva has the option to use images form there stock photo and element collections for $1 per item, however, you can produce nearly 90% of your content using their free items.

Virtual Assistant (VA):

A virtual assistant is someone who works remotely to assist you in all your business needs. They are usually home-based skilled professionals that offer companies, businesses, and entrepreneurs administrative support. You can regularly communicate through Skype meetings, emails and Whats App video calls. Having a virtual assistant differs from a freelancer as when you sign up with a virtual assistant company, you are allocated an employee based on your needs, and you then continue working with that same person so they really do become part of your team.

As you see, it’s very easy to virtually fill a need or a hole in your business without having to employ a full time or part time toxic employees that could ruin the balance of your successful team. Do share with me in the comments your thoughts on my suggestions if you have used these services before.

For more information on my workshops, check http://www.jmamoni.com/on-demand-workshops/

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IFFS 2018 Attracts Largest Indian and Indonesian Contingents Yet
Jan 17, 2018

Singapore, 17 January 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS), along with co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, will make its return from 8 – 11 March 2018 at the Singapore EXPO. The trilogy of events offers an unparalleled outreach to the highly dynamic furniture industry through a multifaceted show experience that introduces new technology, celebrates design, and facilitates business network opportunities.

Source from India and Indonesia at IFFS 2018

Buyers looking to source directly from India can look forward to the largest-ever showing of Indian exhibitors at IFFS 2018. Over the years, there has been unabated interest in the fair from Indian furniture manufacturers, driven by trade visitors’ demand. This has led to more business collaborations between IFFS and relevant industry bodies, cementing IFFS’ position as the region’s leading fair for forging such partnerships. This year’s show will feature a 25% increase in participating exhibitors from India, presenting an extensive mix of quality carpets and rugs, furniture of traditional and modern designs, as well as furnishings and decorative accessories.

Visitors to IFFS can also expect a contingent of quality brands from Indonesia, represented by members of the Indonesia Furniture Industry and Handicraft Association (ASMINDO). Established in August 1988, ASMINDO is the country’s oldest and strongest furniture association, comprising more than 2,000 companies and more than 20 regional offices throughout Indonesia. These top design-led brands, most of which are highly sought-after in the international market, will form the Indonesia Pavilion at IFFS 2018, and showcase the best of Indonesian craftsmanship, offering trade buyers countless opportunities to connect, converse, and collaborate.

Yanti Rukmana, Vice Chairman of the Overseas Marketing Department at ASMINDO, said, “We’re very pleased to embark on this partnership with Singapore’s furniture fraternity. IFFS is a well respected event across the globe, and this collaboration marks a deepening of ties between the two countries’ associations. It’s a golden opportunity for our members to gain greater exposure on this influential platform, and we look forward to their positive post-event reports.”

Notably, with a record-breaking total of 15 National Pavilions at IFFS 2018, visitors can expect to see even more variety on the show floor. Four countries — France, Japan, Portugal, and Turkey — will be making their debuts at the event, while 11 others — Belgium, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam — are familiar favourites returning to the fair. Enhancing the fair’s position as a truly international trade platform, the pavilions will allow visitors to easily narrow their search for specific styles or for products from certain geographic regions.

Presenting a Design-centric Approach

For the first time this year, IFFS partners Chantal Hamaide — Founder of internationally acclaimed French design magazine, Intramuros — to present CARTE BLANCHE. Comprising an assortment of furniture, accessories, décor and design objects, this showcase will be a maiden collaboration between Hamaide and ARRO Studio. Located right in the middle of The Piazza Hall, CARTE BLANCHE will be the fair’s main focal point, hosting a number of IFFS 2018 activities including the Opening Ceremony, Media Conference, and Design x Business Seminars. The showcase is centred around the theme of ‘New Traditions’ and participating brands include Bensimon Maison, Designerbox, Ege, Elliptic Circle, Gallery S. Bensimon, Grafunkt, Maison Fragile, Revology, Sancal, and VARIAN® by CULTUREIN.

Following the success of The Italian Hospitality at IFFS last year, world-renowned Italian designer Giulio Cappellini will return to once again curate an exclusive feature area. Titled The Italian New Renaissance, this year’s showcase is modelled after a typical noble house in Italy, and will feature leading Italian furniture and furnishing brands in various living environments (e.g. living room, dining room, and bedroom). Attendees can expect to have an immersive experience as they walk through rooms filled with well-designed furniture pieces of immaculate finishing, reminiscent of the Renaissance period.

Harnessing Technology to Make Meaningful Connections

The fair is also the first furniture and furnishing trade exhibition in Asia Pacific to feature Augmented Reality (AR) technology on site. Using this simulation technology, 20 leading exhibitors will showcase an expanded product range and extend their brand presence beyond the physical constraints of their booths. Visitors can enjoy an interactive 4D experience of participating exhibitors’ products by scanning the respective logos on the Show Directory with their smartphones.

Separately, the organisers will be introducing another avenue for designers to meet backers. Offered in partnership with Pozible, a Melbourne-based crowdfunding portal, LiftOff is a platform for designers to garner financial support to convert their novel ideas into reality. An all-or-nothing fundraising concept, LiftOff offers the design community the means to reach and build supporters. Through this, the organisers hope to help more designers find success, and to turn inspiring pieces from concepts to reality.

Commenting on the show’s focus to deliver a more fulfilling show experience, Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, stated, “We’re injecting new perspectives this year by working with some of the design industry’s best minds and weaving the latest technological advances into the fair. It’s a pivotal move in IFFS’ development as Asia’s premier sourcing event, and it’ll help to keep things fresh for both the participating exhibitors and visiting buyers.”

Industry Professionals Invited to Pre-register

Online pre-registration to attend IFFS 2018 has commenced and to date, over 5,000 industry professionals have already signed up for the event. Interested trade visitors are encouraged to pre-register before 23 February 2018 via www.iffs.com.sg/register to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

More highlights will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visitwww.IFFS.com.sgandwww.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


About International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and NOOK Asia

The International Furniture Fair Singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and the NOOK Asia, is regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition. With over three decades of experience since its inaugural event in 1981, the IFFS/AFS remains the most distinctive channel for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market.

Together, the events — IFFS/AFS and NOOK Asia — will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors, and attract a healthy and well-represented attendance of trade buyers and visitors from the entire furniture ecosystem and value chain.

To make it a holistic trade event, the various design initiatives — SingaPlural, Design STARS, International Designer Showcase, and Design Seminars — offer added depth and dimension to this Singapore-anchored trade event, raising its profile as a show not-to-be-missed in the industry calendar.

IFFS/AFS is supported by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and SPRING Singapore.

For media enquiries on IFFS & NOOK Asia, please contact:

Asia Pacific, Americas & Rest of the World
Ms Gracine WEE
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+65 6220 4787

Europe and Middle East
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Organiser’s Office – IFFS Pte Ltd
Ms CHUA Siew Bee
+65 6505 9176

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Ya Hui “Jin Zhi Wanton Noodles” Charity Drive
Jan 16, 2018

SINGAPORE --( ASIA TODAY )-- Mediacorp artiste and Singapore Red Cross ambassador Ya Hui, who plays the iconic “wanton noodles princess” Hong Jin Zhi in popular drama series 118, will be raising funds and awareness for Singapore Red Cross with a special charity event. Putting Jin Zhi’s wanton noodles making skills to good use, Ya Hui will be serving up delicious wanton noodles for a good cause at Wong Kee Wanton Noodles at Timbre+ on Saturday, 3 February 2018. Ya Hui has always been actively involved in volunteering and making home visits to the elderly. This event fulfils her wish of cooking wanton noodles for charity, a dream she has harboured ever since playing Jin Zhi in 2014. She is so committed to the cause that she even obtained a food hygiene certificate amidst her packed filming schedules so that she can personally serve the dish to patrons.

The wanton noodles are fully sponsored by Wong Kee Wanton Noodles, with all proceeds going to Singapore Red Cross to help the disabled, elderly and vulnerable in the community such as the Red Cross Home for the Disabled, TransportAid, FoodAid and ElderAid.

The public is free to donate any amount at or above the usual price of the dish ($4 for egg noodles or $4.50 for flavoured noodles, excluding refundable tray return deposit of $1 for every tray issued) into donation boxes on event day. Venue sponsor Timbre+ will be donating the tray deposits for trays issued during the event.

“I am very excited about the event! I have been wanting to serve wanton noodles for charity ever since I played Jin Zhi in 118. I think it’s great to be able to serve delicious food to people while raising funds for a good cause.”

Mr Benjamin William, Secretary-General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross, said, “Since her appointment as our celebrity ambassador last year, Ya Hui has shown great support towards our cause. We are very appreciative of her hard work and enthusiasm in initiating this charity drive, and we applaud her efforts. We hope the public will support this meaningful and interesting fundraising event.” Viewers can catch Jin Zhi in action on 118 Reunion, weekdays 9pm on Channel 8 between 8 Jan and 7 Feb.

Ya Hui “Jin Zhi Wanton Noodles” Charity Drive
Date: Saturday 3 February 2018
Time: 1230hrs-1430hrs
Venue: Wong Kee Wanton Noodles (stall #01-06) Timbre+ 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, S139957) Nearest MRT: One North Station, Exit A

To RSVP or to arrange for interviews, please contact:
Name: Alina Tee
Tel: 6664 0578
Hp: 9736 5267
Email: alina.tee@redcross.sg

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Miiny to Take Singapore-Developed Mobile Games Global with Top Local Talents
JCN Newswire
Jan 15, 2018

Home-grown mobile game developer launches talent competition in search of Singapore's top mobile developers and illustrators, while introducing three new mobile games

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Homegrown mobile game developer, Miiny Mobile Gaming Network has announced its inaugural Mobile Game Development and Illustration Talent Competition today, at the company's launch and networking event, a platform for aspiring game developers and illustrators. Through the seven-month competition, Miiny aims to discover and recognise aspiring mobile game developers and illustrators in Singapore, while providing them an opportunity to collaborate with Miiny on top quality mobile games across the globe.

"We are constantly on the lookout for collaborative opportunities, said Kenneth Tham, Founder of Miiny. "Our first ever Mobile Game Development and Illustration Talent Competition is the perfect avenue for us to reach out to undiscovered local talents who have a passion for the gaming industry, especially within Singapore. Through this initiative, we also aim to develop a stable community of homegrown game developers, while providing global collaborative opportunities."

Winners of the competition will be invited to join Miiny's development team and publish their prize-winning games on Miiny's platform. Winning game developers will also receive up to S$5,000 worth of prizes, while winning illustrators will receive up to S$3,000 worth of prizes. Opened to all Singaporean citizens and permanent residents, judges will focus on participants originality, creativity, design and interface as judging criteria.

Also debuting at the event are three mobile games uniquely developed by Miiny. Available for download on the Google Play and Apple App Store, these games include:

- Miiny Landlord Fight - A card game based on the hugely popular game from China, Dou Di Zhu. In this game, two Farmers challenge one Landlord, the side that plays all of his/her cards first wins the game.

- Egg Legend - A three-match game that requires different strategies to arrange three to five eggs in a row or column (horizontally or vertically). l You are part of the mighty King Eggzian army and their quest to reclaim the baby Eggzians, outplaying and outwitting the Dragon that has stolen the baby Eggzians.

- Miiny Poker - Designed based on the world's most popular poker game, "Texas Hold 'Em", the rules are simple: Place your bets, pick your cards and play. Players can showcase their skills against the best poker players from all over the world.

Mobile Game Development and Illustration Talent Competition Details

The official competition's official website www.miinycontest.com will go live on 16 January 2018. Interested participants can register by 15 March, and submit their games through the portal by 9 August. Judging will commence from 10 August to 9 October, and winners will be publicly announced by the end of October.

About Miiny Holdings

Miiny Mobile Gaming Network is a Singapore start-up that specialises in mobile game development and aims to be the first Singapore company to have a strong presence in the global gaming industry. Spearheaded by Kenneth Tham, who has been in the IT and games development industry for 15 years, Miiny conceptualises and develops mobile games based on the foundations of being "fun, futuristic, tech and educational".

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GrabPay launches next phase of growth with new Managing Director for GrabPay in Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines
Jan 09, 2018

Ooi Huey Tyng adds more than 25 years of experience from senior payments roles in Southeast Asia incl. Visa, DBS, UOB, and Citi
Appointment comes as GrabPay successfully onboards 1,000 merchants in Singapore for 2017

Singapore, 8 January 2018 – Grab, the leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, today announced it has appointed Ooi Huey Tyng as Managing Director, GrabPay Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines. Based in Singapore, Huey Tyng brings on board more than 25 years of experience in senior positions at global banks and leading payments providers. Following shortly after a number of GrabPay milestones to end 2017, this appointment underlines the scale of the payments platform’s ambitions coming into 2018.

Huey Tyng joins Grab from Visa, where she was the Country Manager for Singapore and Brunei. During her time, Huey Tyng drove the company’s innovation and digital roadmap as well as the strategic engagement of regional banks headquartered in Singapore. Prior to that, Huey Tyng held leadership roles at DBS, UOB, and Citi among others, where she was responsible for managing retail cards businesses, co-branding and rewards partnerships, as well as engagement with merchants. Huey Tyng also served as a representative to the MAS Payments Council and the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE).

“Huey Tyng brings deep leadership expertise from some of the region’s premier banks and payments providers. Her experience with our current and potential payments partners will be invaluable as GrabPay moves into its next phase of growth. Millions of people in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines are still heavily dependent on cash. Huey Tyng’s skills in forging business partnerships across each country will enable us to bring more merchants and consumers into the cashless future faster,” said Jason Thompson, Managing Director, GrabPay Southeast Asia.

Commenting on her new role, Huey Tyng says, “It’s an exciting moment to join Grab. There are unique opportunities and challenges in the payment space for each country in Southeast Asia. For instance, even in highly-developed Singapore, more than 20,000 merchants remain primarily cash-based. With GrabPay, we can complement the work of our partners and offer millions of consumers in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines the opportunity to go cashless.”

To close out 2017, GrabPay onboarded a total of 1,000 merchants in Singapore, reaching its target a mere two months after launching its in-store and in-restaurant payments service. For 2018, the payments platform will continue to focus on Singapore’s more than 20,000 local, cash-based merchants who will see the most immediate benefits from adopting cashless. In Malaysia, GrabPay was granted the e-money licence by Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysia’s central monetary authority. As a result, consumers in Malaysia will be able to pay with Grab in restaurants, shops and online, starting in the first half of 2018. End of December, Grab also moved beyond transport in the Philippines to launch its peer-to-peer (P2P) fund transfer feature. In the cash-heavy Philippines, this feature enables Grab consumers to send GrabPay Credits to one another in an instantaneous, simple and secure way.

As Grab plans to expand all payments services across SEA in 2018, these milestones continue to mark Grab’s transformation from Southeast Asia’s largest on-demand transportation platform to the region’s #1 consumer internet platform.

Today, the Grab platform facilitates more than 3.5 million transactions daily. To support the growth of the GrabPay platform, Grab also made a number of business announcements in 2017:

  • The appointment of Jason Thompson, a former Managing Director for EMEA and Asia at Euronet, to lead GrabPay as Managing Director, GrabPay Southeast Asia.
  • The acquisition of Kudo, one of Indonesia’s leading O2O (online to offline) ecommerce platforms, followed by a partnership with leading payments services PayTren to form Indonesia’s largest network of more than 3 million micro-entrepreneurs
  • The appointment of Vikas Agrawal as CTO of GrabPay and Ongki Kurniawan as Managing Director of GrabPay Indonesia
  • The launch of a revamped GrabRewards platform, one of Southeast Asia’s largest loyalty programmes with more than 160 Rewards partners

    SOURCE / Grab

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    Innovation immersion in Jakarta
    Jan 03, 2018

    Singaporeans may associate Indonesia with a weekend getaway but less known is the fact that the country is projected to have the fourth highest gross domestic product and fifth largest population in the world by 2050. These statistics embody the enormous potential for business opportunities, many of which lie in the country’s budding start-up scene.

    As part of the inaugural University Scholars Programme (USP)-NUS Enterprise Innovation Immersion Programme held from 10 to 23 December, 14 NUS USP students explored Jakarta’s innovation landscape within the context of Indonesia’s social, cultural and economic environment. The dual focus on immersion and innovation provided the students with a well-rounded understanding of the political and economic forces driving entrepreneurship, as well as the needs of the society shaping innovation.

    The first week saw the students participating actively in talks and Indonesian language lessons at Universitas Indonesia. The talks, delivered by eminent academics and industry leaders, provided an overview of Indonesia’s heterogeneous society, colonial and post-independence history, natural and human resources, and business landscape. The language lessons introduced the students to the Bahasa alphabet, numbers and common phrases — tools that proved useful while bargaining in shops or introducing themselves to strangers!

    The “Innovation” half of the programme featured interactive sessions at BLOCK71 Jakarta, an initiative by NUS Enterprise. Workshops on Business Model Canvassing and Ideation using Design Thinking equipped students with useful frameworks to identify gaps in the market and convert them into viable start-ups. Conversations with start-up founders offered a realistic picture of the struggle, resourcefulness and delayed reward that comes with being an entrepreneur, thus counterbalancing the often glamorised conventional narrative surrounding the start-up industry.

    The students also met young entrepreneurs from Universitas Indonesia and Bogor Agricultural University and brainstormed for potential solutions to problems facing some of the up-and-coming ventures. This helped the students apply their classroom learning from the week prior and appreciate the uniqueness of doing business in Indonesia. Year 1 NUS Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) student Annina Zhang noted how “the trip was a peephole for us to look outside of our Singapore bubble. We always think of Singapore as a unique place but it is humbling to know that every country is unique in its own right!”

    During the programme, the students also met Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia and Dr Anies Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta. Both leaders reiterated the potential of Jakarta as a start-up hub and reaffirmed prospects for doing business in Indonesia. Year 1 FASS student Dong Yunfan recognised this potential when he remarked, “Indonesia is so large that you can sell one pencil to every Indonesian and still make a fortune”.

    The multidisciplinary nature of this pilot programme meant that the students — hailing from diverse majors such as Business, Economics and Computer Science — were able to contribute to and gain from the ensuing discussions. Inspired by their two-week stay, several students expressed interest to return to Indonesia as part of the new NUS Overseas Colleges ASEAN short-term programme to be held in 2018.

    By Joshi Atharv Abhay, NUS Engineering and USP

    SOURCE / National University of Singapore

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    NTU Singapore and M1 embark on Singapore’s first comprehensive research on the use of 4.5G HetNet for secure drone operations
    Jan 02, 2018

    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and M1 Limited (M1) have conducted successful trials using M1’s 4.5G Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to provide command, control and communication capabilities required for safe and efficient drone operations.

    This milestone was achieved by flying a purpose-built drone, an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) assembled by the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), a joint research centre by NTU Singapore and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Using M1’s 4.5G HetNet, the drone was flown around M1’s premises at International Business Park, as well as two fields in Wan Shih Road and Old Holland Road.

    Conventional drone operations use an unlicensed spectrum such as 2.4 GHz band to provide short range line-of-sight wireless connectivity but it is susceptible to radio signal interference. In contrast, a well-optimised 4.5G HetNet provides secured, low latency and high throughput mobile connectivity, enabling drones to fly beyond visual range in an urban environment.

    In addition, drones could send real-time data and telemetry feeds during flight, with their precise aerial locations monitored over M1’s 4.5G HetNet. This paves the way for a dynamic and robust fleet traffic management solution required for the smart utilisation of Singapore’s urban airspace and its surrounding sea-to-shore coverage.

    To further the collaboration, M1 and ATMRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, to research and develop M1’s 4.5G HetNet for the traffic management of UAS in Singapore’s urban environment. The findings from this research could provide valuable insight for unmanned operations using future 5G Ultra Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) network.

    Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer of M1, said, “This collaboration is another innovation to accelerate Singapore’s transformation towards a Smart Nation. Interest in drones has already taken off beyond recreational and hobbyist groups, into serious commercial applications. Mobile technology has the potential to expand and extend the capabilities of drones to enable incredible new applications such as using drones to perform search & rescue operation at remote or inaccessible sites, aerial infrastructure surveillance, delivery of parcels quickly and efficiently, and even new entertainment channels such as first-person view drone race.”

    NTU Singapore Professor Vu N. Duong, Director of the ATMRI, said command and control of UAS is a topic of critical importance especially when commercial usage of drones is taking off.

    “NTU Singapore is at the forefront in both autonomous vehicles as well as air traffic management research. We are working now to establish an air traffic system which can effectively control and regulate UAS traffic in a congested airspace. By working with key industry partners like M1, we aim to translate our knowledge into practical applications beneficial to Singapore and other megacities,” Prof Duong said.

    Leading this joint research project will be Professor Low Kin Huat, an expert in robotics and UAVs from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and ATMRI senior research fellow Mohamed Faisal Bin Mohamed Salleh.

    Together with engineers from M1, NTU researchers will map out the signal strengths and end-to-end latency of M1’s HetNet for Singapore’s entire urban airspace using drones, up to 130 metres (400ft), the height of a 36-storey building. This will help researchers to identify suitable airspace for reliable command and control of drones, including flights out of visual range.

    One of the key enabling technologies required for such an air traffic management solution is a Command and Control (C2) Link for unmanned aircrafts, which is critical to ensure operational efficiency and safety of drones, especially in a dense urban environment like Singapore.

    The joint project is expected to last three years, with M1 providing usage of their network and their engineering expertise, while NTU provides the expertise in traffic management of unmanned aircraft systems.


    Media contact:
    Lester Kok
    Corporate Communications Office
    Nanyang Technological University
    Email: lesterkok@ntu.edu.sg

    Evelyn Goh
    General Manager, Corporate Communications
    M1 Limited
    Email: gohgl@m1.com.sg

    About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

    NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

    Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

    For more information, visitwww.ntu.edu.sg

    About M1

    M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visitwww.m1.com.sg.

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    MindChamps Inks 2nd Master Franchise After IPO Taking Singapore’s No. 1 Premium PreSchool to Vietnam
    Dec 19, 2017

    Singapore, 19 December 2017 – “We brought Singapore's number one premium preschool brand to our country to take the number one position in Vietnam.”

    “We have always believed that our children’s future is our country’s future. That’s the reason why we have been searching for the best in children’s early learning education for our beloved country,” said Mr. Pham Tuan Son, Chairman and CEO of Evergrande Group Joint Stock Company (Evergrande Group).

    Evergrande Group in Vietnam has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MindChamps PreSchool Limited, with plans to open 20 PreSchool and Reading centres in Vietnam.

    According to Mr. David Chiem, Founder CEO and Executive Chairman of MindChamps, “Being able to bring the MindChamps model of education to Vietnam is extremely rewarding. There is nothing more meaningful than to able to contribute to the young minds who will be the future leaders of Vietnam.”

    MindChamps brings to Vietnam it’s unique 3-Minds approach to education, based on the trinity of the Learning Mind, the Creative Mind and the Champion Mind.

    MindChamps is the only educational institute to collaborate with World-Renowned Neuroscientist Professor Emeritus Allan Snyder (Fellow of the Royal Society) and develop the 3-Minds model of education. MindChamps will bring this innovative approach to the children of Vietnam.

    For more information, please contact:
    Adrian Tay
    Senior Director, Communications
    DID: 6828 2675
    Email: adriantay@mindchamps.org

    Agnes Nee
    Manager, Public Relations
    DID: 6828 2705
    Email: agnesnee@mindchamps.org

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    ​NTU and Singtel set up $42.4 million corporate lab for AI and data science
    Dec 16, 2017

    Singtel today signed agreements with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to spearhead R&D efforts in emerging technologies that will support Singapore’s transformation into Smart Nation and help enable the country’s digital economy.

    Under a five-year partnership, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish a S$42.4 million corporate lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU), to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners, through their collective expertise and resources, aim to accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing.

    Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel, said, “This collaboration marks a significant step for Singtel to develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to support enterprises in their digital transformation and Singapore’s Smart Nation objectives. As businesses face the rising threat of technological disruptions, companies are constantly seeking innovative ways to gain deeper insights through data analytics, better engage their customers and transform their operations through digitalisation. To help companies address these challenges, we are stepping up our R&D efforts to develop deep capabilities in these focused areas.”

    The research by SCALE@NTU aims to resolve various challenges faced by cities in keeping their infrastructure facilities in tip top running condition. With the use of smart sensors embedded with AI, city governments can analyse data from infrastructure facilities and can decide to conduct maintenance works only when necessary to achieve optimal performance for these assets. This would help cut operating costs for cities that currently spend significant amounts on routine maintenance, whilst not compromising on infrastructure quality and performance standards.

    Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Acting Provost, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) said, “For Singapore to achieve its Smart Nation vision, we have to keep pushing the frontiers of AI and develop innovative ways to process, analyse and utilise big data. This is how the collaborative effort between Singtel and NTU on cognitive computing will make a huge impact, improving productivity for businesses while making our cities smarter and more efficient.”

    Over the next five years, this partnership is expected to expand the product range of Singtel and its regional ICT subsidiary NCS. Some 100 researchers from Singtel and NTU will work at SCALE@NTU, while another 200 research engineers, graduate and undergraduate students will also be trained in the lab. The collaboration builds on NTU’s strong expertise in AI and data science, with the university ranked world No. 2 by Nikkei and Elsevier for having the most-cited research papers in these areas.

    Mr George Loh, NRF Singapore’s Director (Programmes), said, “This latest collaboration between Singtel and NTU underscores the significance of developing research expertise and capabilities in advanced analytics for Singapore to be a leading provider of smart city solutions. The lab will provide a platform for researchers and engineers from both academia and industry to work together to translate cutting-edge research into digital solutions and offerings by our companies, while nurturing a pipeline of digital talent who can drive Singapore’s Smart Nation journey.”

    Singtel and A*STAR will also work together on projects including smart building automation systems, robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications that could help boost operating efficiencies in various industries. Robots can be deployed to handle biohazardous waste, allowing companies to deploy their employees to undertake higher value-added jobs. Such technologies can be tested on Singtel’s NarrowBand-IoT and 5G mobile network in a model factory to be set up by A*STAR next year.

    Professor Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council at A*STAR, said, “Public-private partnerships and open innovation pave the way for successful projects that could benefit the Singapore economy and lives of Singaporeans. In this age where disruptions are emerging rapidly, such joint collaborations are all the more valuable. A*STAR is happy to partner with Singtel to drive R&D in the latest technologies towards applications across industries.”


    Media contacts

    Lester Kok
    Corporate Communications
    NTU Singapore
    Tel: +65 6790 6804; Mobile: +65 9741 5593
    Email: lesterkok@ntu.edu.sg

    About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and it’s Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

    NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

    Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

    For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg

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