Listening through Dr Vivian Balakrishnan’s presentation on him being a geek at home yesterday – was pretty hard. I had to separate my personal, political thoughts about him – and look at him from a tech aficionado point of view and I have to say that I am amazed that he dabbles in hardware hacking. And that he is also open to embracing mesh networks – which is what you would do when the ISPs go down and you still want to share information.
Add to what he’s been doing with his ministry (Environment and Water Resources) with regard to sharing information about water, air quality and general weather index.
He quipped that when there is flooding everyone tweets and shares the info but when the flood recedes, no one says anything. So his ministry have designed in a way that the drains send out tweets about flooding level.
I like that he is part of a group of public servants who are pushing for open data sharing with the public. I do get that he has inserted public policies in his presentation, but those are the policies that make sense. And they are better for Singapore in future too. The MyEnv app is a great tool to report about the various conditions in Singapore and to have access to a more accurate figures of the weather in Singapore. Check it out below.