: With our Centres of Innovation, you don't have to be a one-man band
Keep innovating, keep growing. In this series, we spotlight ideas and insights to help you get into the rhythm of innovation for 2024.
Whether it’s producing a chart-topping song, a Michelin-starred dish, or an industry-leading product, coming up with a fan-favourite comes down to teamwork. Think of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. What started out as a mere idea scribbled down on scraps of paper by the group eventually became one of the most iconic songs of all time. None of this would have been possible without the collaboration of various creative forces.
For businesses, such collaborations can be achieved with our Centres of Innovation (COIs), which provide you with the relevant expertise and facilities to further develop your ideas.
Turn your ideas into showstoppers
Established in 2006 in partnership with local polytechnics and research institutes, our COIs support local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in a variety of ways.
These include providing emerging technologies that allow businesses to scale in new growth areas, facilities and resources to aid in collaboration and knowledge sharing, as well as training and coaching from qualified experts. Businesses can thus develop, testbed and commercialise their new solutions before going to market. Additionally, they can also enhance their existing ideas to further their innovation capabilities.
Make your business pitch perfect
Just as tastes in music will change, business needs will also evolve. With 12 COIs currently available, companies can choose the centre that suits them best such as Aquaculture, Precision Engineering or Supply Chain Management among others.
Having assisted in over 200 innovation projects since 2021, COIs have proven themselves to be a great asset to SMEs. And this number is set to grow, especially with the launch of the new COI for Built Environment – Robotics and Automation (COI-BERA) and Food Manufacturing (FMCOI), an expansion of the Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC).
A Duet: Longway AI Technologies and COI-EIoT
With Singapore’s pioneer generation getting older, artificial intelligence (AI) solutions technology company Longway AI Technologies saw the need to create a system that helps prevent falls amongst the elderly.
To bring their idea to life, they worked with the COI for Electronics and Internet of Things (COI-EIoT) at Nanyang Polytechnic to develop a non-intrusive Smart Elder Safety Monitoring system. Using both AI and CCTVs, the 24-hour real-time predictive monitoring system triggers an alert upon detecting an unassisted elderly person attempting to stand or walk.
Taking their collaboration further, Longway tapped on COI-EIoT’s expertise in human pose prediction to construct an AI-based solution that detects abnormal behavioural patterns in autistic and elderly clients. The result? Longway is now expanding its business offerings to an even larger audience within the healthcare sector.
Choose the Centre of Innovation that moves to your beat
Ready to plug into our network of COIs? Click here to discover the COI that’s best suited to your industry focus and business needs.