Accolades and Awards
+ National Infocomm Awards
The National Infocomm Awards (NIA) is a biennial event that was first launched in September 2001. Jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), the Awards is the industry's highest accolade for infocomm innovation in Singapore.
The Awards is targeted at infocomm vendors and service providers in Singapore, and also organisations that use infocomm. These include public sector organisations and Singapore-registered private sector organisations including small and medium-sized enterprises.
There are two award categories: Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology which is offered to both public and private sectors and Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Service.
Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector)
In this category, government ministries and agencies compete for the award for the most innovative programme. The following are short descriptions of past winning programmes.
Summary of winners since the start of the programme
The programme has allowed commuters to enjoy better level of bus services in Singapore, achieved by leveraging on data analytics. By data-mining farecard data, they gained deep insights on travelling patterns and their demands of commuters, allowing LTA planners to assess and inject new routes and additional buses to improve bus frequencies.
In a bid to enhance patient safety, KK Women's and Children's Hospital innovatively developed the idea of harnessing RFID technology to keep track of the movement of surgical gauzes and instruments within the operating theatre.
NUH and TTSH were awarded the "most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector)" with their comprehensive Closed-Loop Inpatient Medication Management System. This is a comprehensive system comprising medication ordering, review, and supply; medication barcode packaging and dispensing technology with automated cabinets; and medication administration with PDA barcode scanning. The system is believed to be the first closed-loop medication system to originate in Southeast Asia. More information on the winning projects at the National Infocomm Awards 2010 can be found here.
The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) clinched the winner's title for the "Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector)" category at the 2008 National Infocomm Awards with its Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The adoption of ITS has helped LTA to improve the operational efficiency and road safety of Singapore's road network. Two other government agencies, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Manpower each won merit awards in the same category for their respective projects, the Inland Revenue Interactive Network (IRIN) and the Employment Pass Online (EPOL). More information on the winning projects at the National Infocomm Awards 2008 can be found here.
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) topped the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector) category at the 2006 National Infocomm Awards with its enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS). With the fingerprint-recognition technology utilised by the eIACS, Singaporeans can now enjoy convenient and efficient automated immigration clearance.
+ e-Government Excellence Awards
The eGov Excellence Awards (GEA) 2013 is a biennial e-Government award to showcase excellence in e-Government in Singapore and the public agencies' achievements to continuously innovate and deliver excellent government services electronically to the citizens.
The winning services for each category are: