Over 1,400 residents at Punggol Northshore Residences I and II will enjoy the benefit of smart home living. Image source: HDB
Singapore’s first smart-enabled HDB homes in Punggol Northshore have been completed, revealed HDB on Wednesday (30 December).
As such, the 1,402 households, of which 85% or 1,192 have already collected their keys, will enjoy the benefit of smart home living.
The flats at Northshore Residences I and II are equipped with smart sockets and smart distribution boards that allow residents to track energy usage across their appliances.
“They also support the adoption of smart home solutions and applications developed by commercial companies more easily within their home,” said HDB.
Beyond the flat, several initiatives have been implemented in Punggol Northshore to make daily living more comfortable and convenient for residents.
Specifically, sensors have been installed across the estate’s common amenities such as lifts or lights to monitor and issue alerts whenever maintenance is required.
Residents living in Northshore Residences I and II will also be the first to use a new generation parking system.
The latest addition to the suite of smart features within the district, Parking@HDB is a smart system with various features aimed at improving the residents and motorists’ parking experience.
HDB revealed that four features will be trialled at one car park with 1,000 parking lots from 4 January 2021.
Gantry barriers will no longer be placed at the car park entrance and exit since vehicle plates are registered through the cameras.
Motorists parking short-term can pay their parking fees via debit or credit card through the Parking@HDB app.
The smart parking system detects their vehicle once it enters the car park, automatically activating the parking session through the app. It also notifies motorists who park in an authorised space to shift their vehicles.
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“Parking charges will be automatically deducted when they exit the car park, without the need for motorists to manually activate the app,” explained HDB.
Meanwhile, a colour-coded LED overhead guidance indicator will signal parking lot availability.
Green indicates available slots for short-term parking, while amber represents that the slots are reserved for season parking. Occupied spaces will have no lights.
Based on collected data on car park usage, the parking system will allocate spaces for season parking and short-term parking “to meet varying demands on a real-time basis”. However, this feature will be implemented at a later date.
HDB said it will “extend the trial to other car parks in the Northshore district, in tandem with the completion of the BTO developments”.
HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean described the completion of the first smart precincts in Punggol Northshore as a “major milestone in HDB’s smart journey which started in 2014”.
“The delivery of these smart homes also caps off year 2020, where HDB marks 60 years of transforming Singapore’s public housing landscape, with significant shifts towards well-designed, smart, sustainable and community-centric towns in the last 10 years. As HDB enters its seventh decade, it will continue to tap on smart solutions and adopt bold ideas to create the best possible homes for Singaporeans,” she said.
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