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Liquid-cooled servers for brownfield data centres

Data centres form the backbone of a booming global digital economy, enabling communication, networking and data storage in a hyper-connected world.

Rapid data consumption has led to energy-intensive data centres using high levels of electricity as well as water which is needed to cool the equipment and prevent overheating. A sustainable ecosystem is much needed to balance the growth of data centres against environmental concerns such as greenhouse gas emissions and high energy consumption.

A spin-off of the National University of Singapore, CoolestDC improves the energy consumption and overall efficiency of data centres, as well as its long-term sustainability. In a pilot testing programme supported by Temasek Foundation, CoolestDC used its patented hybrid cooling technology to reduce the power consumption by half, in addition to significantly improving the performance of data centres by more than 30%.

The technology uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict and automatically adjust the temperature and system capacity of the servers depending on two factors: the load calculation based on past trends and the weather. This minimises the power consumption needed of the cooling equipment.

Since the solution can be implemented in both brownfield as well as greenfield projects, it can serve as a blueprint for sustainable data centre operation, enabling cities like Singapore to become a greener data centre hub.

Healthcare InnoMatch

Temasek Foundation and the Centre for Healthcare Innovation kickstarted the first ever healthcare sandbox event to call for innovative solutions that address critical and emerging healthcare needs. Known as the Healthcare InnoMatch, the challenge provides up to $1.2 million in project development funding to the winners, and partnerships with local healthcare providers to test bed and possibly commercialise their solutions.

The Healthcare InnoMatch 2021 challenge which attracted 144 teams from over 30 countries was organised in partnership with the Singapore General Hospital, National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

An artificial intelligence enabled physiotherapy app by RootAlly Ai emerged as one of the top three solutions. The CEO of RootAlly Ai, Jindal, shared that the app provides instructions for patients to follow, and monitors their progress remotely. It also allows patients to set up their mobile device to film their movements, which will then sync with the AI system to track thejoints of the body to assess their movement. This will be useful to minimise inconvenience for elderly and frail patients with limited mobility, and yet allow them to be monitored by healthcare professionals.

The other two solutions which won were Epilog-NV’s digital platform that helps doctors analyse brain activity of epilepsy patients, as well as a robot system by Articares where seniors use their arms to interact with an on-screen game to stimulate their mental and sensory abilities.

Dyslexia App

Dyslexia, a reading disability, affects some 20,000 children in Singapore’s primary and secondary schools. It is often associated with difficulty in identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words, which can impede a child’s reading and learning development.

In a project supported by Temasek Foundation, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and pilot partners, Woodlands Ring Primary School and the Dyslexic Association of Singapore, developed a mobile application to aid children with dyslexia to read and learn better.

The application uses word recognition technology that allows children with dyslexia to read and learn independently, reducing their reliance on teachers. Additionally, the application’s flashcard mode integrates the practice of flashcard use in dyslexia intervention to reinforce word learning through repetition.

To enhance the self-learning experience, students can also personalise the display on the app by choosing their preferred fonts and colours, as well as different voice options for aid in word pronunciation. There is also a separate mode for parents and teachers to keep track of the students’ learning progress.

With the integration of assistive technologies in pedagogy and teaching, children with dyslexia in Singapore will have a head start in a more effective and enjoyable learning journey for the long run.