All Army camps will be integrated with smart technologies as part of SAF’s digital transformation efforts

SINGAPORE: All army camps will soon be integrated with smart technologies to improve administrative processes and free up more time for training.

Among the smart technologies to be implemented is a mobile app that will allow service members to access camp, unit and training information on the go.

They will also be able to return their weapons and supplies respectively by scanning them at a kiosk.

It comes after trials by the Singapore Army under its Smart Camp project, which piloted smart technologies for its kitchen, store, coat of arms, workshop and a smartphone app.

In a press release Thursday, June 30, the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) said the technologies will be implemented in Stagmont camp in 2023, Clementi and Kranji camps in 2024 and the rest of the camps in the region. army from 2025.

“Optimizing these necessary daily routines will improve the military experience,” MINDEF said.

A platform that will replace the current NS Portal and consolidate all NS-related digital services and transactions will also be gradually rolled out from the second half of this year.

“OneNS can anticipate and determine the unique needs of each service member and customize digital services to ensure easy access to relevant information and services in a useful and timely manner for the service member,” MINDEF said.

SUPPORTING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

In an uncertain and complex security environment, efforts to drive digital transformation within SAF are underway.

The SAF will appoint a Director of Digitization to lead and drive this transformation which will include the formulation of the SAF digital strategy, establish priorities for digital resources to support the transformation as well as determine the parameters of the stages of the digitization of the SAF.

The head of digitization will report to the head of the defense force, MINDEF said.

IMPROVE TRAINING

Data analysis as well as virtual and mixed reality are among the technologies that the SAF will use to improve its training.

The Singapore Navy will use data analytics to provide more targeted feedback to learners. From 2025, trainers will be able to provide them with an analysis of their performance in simulation centers so that they learn better and more efficiently in areas such as warfare, navigation, bridge operations or mission planning.

For the Singapore Army, a single portal that will provide end-to-end training management services such as work planning, resource allocation and training records management will be gradually rolled out across the Army. from this year.

The system uses data analytics so service personnel are better able to optimize scheduling considerations such as training resource allocation to achieve specific training results with less administrative time required.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) uses technology such as virtual and mixed reality to improve training effectiveness and efficiency.

This includes the SPYDER Missile Loading Training Simulator which recreates the SPYDER system missile loading process in an immersive and spatially accurate virtual environment.

The simulator allows trainees to practice their procedures during emergency scenarios, which are difficult to replicate in real life, and allows training regardless of weather conditions or time of day. This in turn improves the effectiveness and safety of training, MINDEF said.

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