Relevance of ICT Standards

 

In our previous issue, we looked at the definition of ‘standards’ being documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure products, services, processes and materials are fit for their purpose. We have also examined the role ‘standards’ play and why ‘standards’ can help companies set benchmarks and promote the growth of industries.

 

This week SiTF delves into how ‘standards’ are relevant to the ICT industry in Singapore.

 

How are Standards relevant to Singapore’s ICT industry?

Standards hold the key facilitating the development and adoption of new technologies. In Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) alongside local and international standards organisations and industry partners work together to make standards a part of Singapore’s ICT eco-system.

 

IMDA’s Standards Team leads the industry’s participation in various ICT standard forums and is the Secretariat to the IT Standards Committee (ITSC), one of the 12 Standards Committee under the National Standards Council appointed by SPRING Singapore.

 

Are there examples of how Standards have benefitted the ICT industry?

To reduce energy consumption and operating costs of data centres and enhance their competiveness, the ITSC has to date developed a Singapore Standard which helps organisations establish systems and processes to improve their data centres. The standard provides a framework, as well as a logical and consistent methodology to achieve continued improvements in energy efficiency.

 

Previously, the local industry in 2006 developed a Singapore Standard for contactless e-Purse Application (SSCEPAS) to enable citizens to use a single card to make seamless electronic payments from retail to transport. SSCEPAS was the world’s first in the creation of a nationwide interoperable micro-payment that bridges multiple industries, and was the result of a successful collaboration between the ITSC, Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore (NETS) and EZ-Link. The system leveled the playing field for card issuers such as banks and merchants to join the e-payment space.

 

 

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Contributed by Arcis Communications

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Published date: 26 Apr 2017