The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) showcased our efforts to enhance productivity in land management with a demonstration of two mobile applications, SmartLAMD and Contractor App at the Public Sector Transformation Awards and Convention, held on 4 and 5 July.
The convention featured transformation efforts from over 30 ministries and statutory boards, organised into three broad themes: ‘Think Big’, ‘Inspire and Learn’ and ‘Deliver as One’.
By integrating seamless work processes and the upcoming introduction of data analytics, intelligence and gamification, SmartLAMD enables officers to manage their workload in a streamlined and targeted manner on the go. The app also provides an improved geospatial viewing capability to facilitate quicker decision making.
Contractor App helps our officers better monitor outcomes by allowing contractors to electronically report the completion of works, instead of submitting hardcopy service reports. This enables officers to pick out discrepancies more efficiently. For accuracy, the app also comes with an GPS tracking ability which records inspection paths undertaken by contractors.
To cap it off, SLA’s Vincent Aw, Head, Systems and Support, was awarded the “Public Service Transformation Star Manager” award and the “Distinguished Excel Innovation Champion” award at the Public Sector Transformation Awards Reception. Vincent's strong commitment to public service, professionalism and dedication to think out of the box has motivated him to find unique solutions to improve how State land and properties are being maintained.
Vigorously driving innovation, Vincent’s energy and enthusiasm has inspired his colleagues to leverage on technology and push boundaries, in line with Singapore’s push towards becoming a Smart Nation. Vincent shares: “An important criteria is patience. While innovation is an essential part of working, sometimes we have to understand that what may not be feasible now may be workable in the future. We have to be open to ideas as conventional methods may only take us so far. Be patient with your juniors. Be empathetic, authentic and realistic with them and then, let them fly!”
In addition to the mobile apps, SLA's Land Management team had also kickstarted the remote monitoring of utilities at State properties, supported by the use of drone imagery with machine learning technologies. In the pipeline are plans to implement the use of fully automated drones for the inspection of offshore islands, reducing the time required for physical commute to the various islands.
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