October 28, 2008
Singapore – Fifteen new projects on the concept of ‘Co-Space’ have been awarded funding by the multi-agency Interactive Digital Media Research and Development Programme Office (IDMPO) hosted by the Media Development Authority. Collectively, these projects will achieve for Singapore an increase of some S$37 million in total business spending, 240 new jobs, and create platforms and services that will support some 1300 third-party applications. Hands-on training and development will also be provided for some 5600 students and professionals. The projects have also secured 20 public agencies such as National Library Board, National Heritage Board and Singapore Health Services as early adopters. About S$12 million in funding have been awarded to the 15 projects. They were selected from the inaugural Co-Space Call for Proposals which attracted 55 proposals involving some 200 companies from the broadcasting, real estate, healthcare, defence, sports, gaming, virtual worlds, telecommunications, education and 3D sub-sectors. Co-Space part of the IDMPO’s efforts to build the interactive digital media industry in Singapore, whose strategic programme on behalf of the National Research Foundation has seeded innovation among local academic institutions, industry and start-ups across the island. Under the project, exciting innovations in 3D realism and immersive media will result in technologies which will capture and render Singapore in rich 3D detail. These projects, when implemented over the next 2 to 3 years, will mirror Singapore in virtual 3D; including street objects, the surrounding maritime areas, and the interiors of buildings.