At CESS, more INCUBATE partners come on board

11 more partners have come on board the INCUBATE partnership, joining the existing seven, and committing to leveraging technologies and innovations to help transform the way environmental services are offered in Singapore.

INnovating and CUrating Better Automation and Technologies for Environmental Services (INCUBATE) embodies the partnership between the technology providers and services providers, premises owners, and the Government, to collectively innovate and curate better technologies, solutions and innovations for the environmental services industry.

The new INCUBATE partners were announced by Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, at the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018.

Mr Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer for the National Environment Agency (NEA), signed Letters of Intent (LOI) with the new INCUBATE partners, marking the beginning of a series of trials that will be carried out at our partners’ premises over the next few years. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, and Mr Lee Chuan Seng, Deputy Chairman of the NEA Board of Directors. 

  • Institute of Technical Education
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • National University of Singapore
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • People’s Association
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Resorts World Sentosa
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore Zoological Gardens

“The Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map was launched in December 2017 and the INCUBATE partnership is a flagship initiative that brings together the public and private sectors to prototype, pilot and profile environmental services solutions,” Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, said at the signing ceremony. “We started with seven partners at the launch of the ES ITM last year, and I am pleased to announce that another eleven premises owners have come on board as INCUBATE partners. As a key enabler of the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map, the INCUBATE partnership will enable ideas and successes to be reproduced and replicated across the industry, and NEA will continue to facilitate regular sharing sessions amongst the partners.”


Projects at INCUBATE sites

Since the launch of the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map (ES ITM), the existing INCUBATE partners have worked on several projects. For example, Changi Airport Group has deployed autonomous scrubbers at Terminal 4, which help to improve the cleaners’ productivity and efficiency. The cleaners are also upskilled in the process to take on higher value-add work, as they are trained to acquire new cross-functional skills such as operating machinery. 

Similarly, City Developments Limited and NTUC Club have deployed the use of autonomous scrubbers at City Square Mall and Downtown East respectively. NTUC Club has also implemented the Workforce Management SmartWatch, which speeds up the response time for ad-hoc jobs and makes communication, reporting and manpower deployment more efficient. 

In addition, City Developments Limited will be trialling in-sink grinders used in conjunction with on-site food waste digesters at the Le Grove Serviced Residences – these grinders are installed in kitchen sinks and are connected to an on-site digester, which produces fertiliser and liquid nutrients that can be used for landscaping. If successful, this may allow apartments to easily recycle food waste. The trial will begin in Q4 2018. NTUC Club is also trialling the use of a food waste digester, which increases productivity by streamlining waste collection and reduces cost on disposal fees. 

NEA has also started to explore project opportunities with the new INCUBATE partners. For example, People’s Association is looking for a suitable two-in-one solution that can perform cleaning functions and security surveillance at the same time for the premises at Heartbeat@Bedok. This solution will enable the premises owner to optimise their resources by channelling manpower to perform other value-added tasks.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic is exploring the use of robotics technology for the cleaning and maintenance of building facades and shelters, and Republic Polytechnic is exploring the use of trackable vacuum robots for cleaning of common areas such as lift lobbies. The Institute of Technical Education is also exploring innovations associated with autonomous cleaning devices.

NEA looks forward to the various technologies, solutions and innovations that will potentially be trialled within the INCUBATE partners’ premises.


Request for proposal for smart and easy-to-clean toilets

In May this year, NEA also launched a request for proposal (RFP) with four INCUBATE partners – Changi Airport Group, City Developments Limited, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade – for smart and easy-to-clean toilets.

The RFP aims to transform toilet cleaning by using technology and automation to help reduce routine and laborious tasks, facilitate a shift of a frequency-based model to an on-demand model, and to improve the work environment of the cleaners in performing their day-to-day tasks. Although there are different types of technologies available in the market today that aim to improve the productivity of toilet cleaning, the solutions deployed individually have specific functions and have limited impact on the overall effectiveness in improving toilet cleaning productivity.

A holistic suite of technologies that cover design planning, operations and maintenance will enable a more efficient and effective way of toilet cleaning, and help to enhance the user experience. The RFP will close on 26 July 2018 at 12 noon. 

NEA launched the ES ITM in December last year, unveiling the strategies and initiatives to transform the environmental services industry. The collective efforts of all the stakeholders will go towards changing the way environmental services are offered, and ensuring a vibrant, sustainable and professional industry that will provide services and solutions to help achieve the Zero Waste vision and a clean and liveable Singapore.