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Singapore’s Environmental Services Industry Digital Plan

Environmental Services Industry Digital PlanThe Environmental Services Industry Digital Plan (IDP) was launched as part of ongoing initiatives by the government to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) embrace more digital technologies and encourage digital transformation.  


Environmental Services Industry IDP Digital Roadmap

All IDPs contain a Digital Roadmap which serves as a guide for SMEs to navigate their digital transformation and equip them with digital solutions through three stages:

Stage 1: Getting the Digital Economy Ready

The first stage identifies digital solutions that enable SMEs in the Environmental Services industry to digitalise operations, optimise their resources, and enhance productivity. Solutions that are provided include:

  • Fleet Management
  • Asset & Resource Health Monitoring
  • Bin Fill Monitoring
  • Smart Toilet System
  • Tonnage Monitoring

Stage 2: Growing in the Digital Economy

The second stage provides more advanced digital solutions that help SMEs to scale up by using integrated real-time environmental sensing and allowing for real-time dynamic response capabilities. Solutions provided are:

  • Dynamic Routing
  • Robotics Usage Monitoring and Maintenance Management
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Platform
  • Automated Recyclables Picking and Machine Learning

Stage 3: Leaping Ahead

The third stage outlines digital solutions that use autonomous robotics and other advanced technologies to enable higher levels of autonomous operations while maximising business impact. Solutions provided are:

  • Autonomous Environmental Service Vehicles
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Training
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Autonomous Collection Robots


Digital Roadmap for Skills and Training

As the Environmental Services Industry becomes more modern and digitalised, the digital skills required do too. Job roles will likely require upskilling to keep up with the changes and it is best to prepare early by providing the relevant training.

IDPs outline two types of courses for basic and advanced users respectively:

  1. Basic Courses
    These are required for all users as they cover important beginner foundations to improve digital literacy and awareness. Examples of such courses for the Environmental Services Industry include:

    • Introduction to Digital Technologies in Environmental Services
    • Digitalising Environmental Services 1
    • Internet of Things (IoT) for Environmental Services
    • Cleaning & Waste Management Robotics
  2. Advanced Courses
    These are recommended for users who want to attain high proficiency in digital skills. Examples of such courses for the Environmental Services Industry include:

    • Digitalising Environmental Services 2
    • Digital Solutions for Environmental Service
    • Environmental Services with Machine Intelligence

Environmental Services Industry Digital Plan

Additional Support

Additional help is also provided to SMEs through basic advisory or specialist consultancy services through SME Centres and SME Digital Tech Hubs. Resources available include self-assessment checklists for digital readiness, consultation to provide digital advisory or project management information, and more.