Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST
Elect) is a leading electronics system house in
the region, with a track record for the design and implementation
of innovative purpose built electronic system solutions for
defence, commercial and industrial customers worldwide. In
a fast changing, highly competitive industry, ST Elect continues
to deliver new solutions that address customer challenges
in a cost effective manner.
(I) Inventing the Future
ST Elect’s contributions to the electronics sector were
recognised by both its customers and the industry in 2003.
The Infrared Fever Screening System (IFss) and Contact Track & Trace
System – jointly developed by ST Elect, the Defence Science
and Technology Agency and Chartered Electro-Optics during the
SARS outbreak – won the Prestigious Engineering Achievement
Award and the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award
from the Institution of Engineers Singapore and the ASEAN Federation
of Engineering Organisation respectively. The IFss was also
featured in TIME magazine’s Coolest Inventions for 2003.
During the Singapore National Day Parade, another related innovation,
a forehead thermometer called GlowCard™ was launched
to provide quick, non intrusive yet accurate temperature readings.
ST Elect’s penchant for innovation saw the filing of
seven new patents in 2003 and the grant of three patents filed
earlier, including a Fault Detection for Traffic Light Systems
Using Electronic Lighting Elements patent filed in the US,
and the Dual Mode ISDN S/U Interface Converter and Hand Held
Support Assembly patents filed in Singapore.
In 2003, the Company filed a patent for the invention of Apparatus
and Method for Detection and Counting of Vehicles.
In addition, the Company was conferred the Singapore Innovation
Class by SPRING Singapore, which provides organisations with
an integrated innovation framework comprising the four Cs -
Conditions, Culture, Competencies and Connectivity.
Its subsidiary, Agilis Communication Technologies (Agilis)
was conferred an award by the joint organisers of the “E-Global
Singapore 2003” conference as a promising innovator and
enterprise with products and services that have global market
(II) The Fruits of Innovation
ST Elect’s three key business groups – Large-Scale
Systems Group (LSG), Communication and Sensor Systems Group
(CSG) and Software Systems Group (SSG) – and their subsidiaries – CET
Technologies (CET) and Agilis under CSG, and SES Systems (SES)
and ST Training & Simulation (STTS) under SSG – unveiled
a range of new products and services during the year to meet
the needs of a fast changing market and their growing base
CET launched its SuperneT™ ST2800 Emergency Integrated
Communication System to meet the demands for emergency service,
public safety and military command and control communication
systems. Based on Voice over Internet Protocol (IP) and Radio
over IP technologies, this can be deployed in both fixed and
mobile forward command centres for vehicle bound response teams,
and as portable communication units such as handheld terminals
for those on foot patrol.
DigiSAFE, a subsidiary of CET, launched KeyCryptTM the world’s
first multi functional USB token for both logical and physical
access. The USB mass storage portion of KeyCrypt can be used
to store data files and software components to bring about
a whole new experience, enabling users to remotely read emails
and access their network securely at anytime, from anywhere
outside their offices.
Agilis, which designs, develops and manufactures radio
frequency (RF), microwave and satellite products and
systems for consumer, industrial and commercial applications
launched a number of new products in 2003. They included
X-Band Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) transceivers
for secured communication network; MMDS 3, 5GHz Microwave
Digital Radio for wireless broadband communication needs;
Radar Detectors for vehicles and pedestrian traffic management
and second generation X and K-Band door sensors.
Moving forward, Agilis will continue to position its
VSAT and Microwave Digital Radio products both as high
speed gateways as well as lower cost subscriber end equipment
for the IP over satellite market.
In January, SES launched the Automated Fingerprint Identification
System 2 (AFIS2), a one stop solution for the Singapore
Police Force. AFIS2 is a fully automated system that
enables computerised matching of digital images of fingerprints,
palm prints, facial images, scars, marks and tattoos
at a speed of 150,000 matches per second. As this solution
operates on an open format, it provides speed and accuracy
for fingerprint matching to police forces around the
world, and seamless integration with external agencies.
IMDEX 2003 in November, STTS demonstrated a possible
world’s first. It successfully linked together
two different training systems – its Fleet Instrumented
Sea Training System™ and the US Navy’s Battle
Force Tactical Trainer – in a live exercise over
a wide area network. The demonstration was a showcase
of STTS’ capability in the field of real time distributed
simulation engines, high fidelity computer generated
forces and real time training datalinks.
This use of cutting edge technology was also showcased through
the display of state-of-the-art simulators like the Unmanned
Airborne Vehicle Simulator.
Working with Ripple Systems, a ST Elect Australian subsidiary,
LSG embarked on a two year development project of OASYS, an
Integrated Command, Control and Communications System designed
for Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) operations.
Targeted for completion by the end of 2004, the system integrates
the latest technologies to provide rail operators with a command
centre from which the operations and maintenance of an entire
line can be fully and efficiently managed, at a lower lifecycle
cost. The system also serves to provide the operators with
an efficient means of handling incidents and emergency situations
thereby improving commuters’ experience and the safety
of train operations.
(III) Creating Value for Customers
ST Elect reaffirmed its ability to create value for customers
in 2003 with a host of new wins across its many business segments.
ST Elect clinched a few contracts in China and other Asia
Pacific countries. In China, it won projects such as Suzhou
Public Security Bureau Traffic Management System, Hangzhou
Zhaohui Modern City Extra Low Voltage Systems, Shanghai Raffles
City Carpark Management System and home automation solutions
for the Shanghai International Lidu Garden condominium. In
addition, the Company was commissioned to implement an Access
Control Alarm System for Liaoning Museum and won a project
for deploying an Extra Low Voltage System for AIG Tower in
In Thailand, ST Elect successfully tendered for an intelligent
building management system project from Tongkah Harbour, while
its Malaysian subsidiary won a contract from Guinness Anchor
to deploy a security management system in Kuala Lumpur.
Elsewhere in the world, the Company shipped approximately
400,000 units of Multi-Channel Multipoint Distribution System
access control downconverters to MVS, a leading cable television
provider in Mexico, in fulfilment of a four year supply contract
signed in 2002.
Its subsidiaries secured a series of wins in Singapore and
abroad and achieved several major milestones in 2003.
CET won a S$23m contract from CityCab to design, develop and
implement a new generation Integrated Transport Management System
based on wireless GPRS technology. This is targeted for completion
In Taiwan, the Taipei MRT awarded CET a contract to develop and
implement a passenger information display system for the new
trains on the Tucheng Line in early 2003. This will be based
on CET’s cetrac® On-train Communication & Passenger
Information Display Systems.
CET was also the appointed technology partner of StarHub
in their January launch of Singapore’s first
VoIP telephone service. The new network converges voice,
video and high speed Internet access onto StarHub’s
cable network, resulting in network efficiencies and
lower operating costs, thus enabling StarHub to quickly
offer large scale and profitable new services.
In March, CET successfully completed the implementation
of a Communication Network for the Singapore Ministry
of Home Affairs. This network links all the voice and
data networks of the command centres at Singapore Police
Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Central Narcotics
Bureau, as well as to the police stations, police posts,
hospitals and fire stations located islandwide.
Within the training and simulation segment, STTS overcame
more established competitors to win several contracts
in Asia and the Middle East. A Virtual Reality Lab
was completed for the Defence Medical Research Institute
(DMRI) in August. With this tool, DMRI is now equipped
to study human factors applications, in 3D spaces.
STTS won a contract in Thailand in August, to provide
a simulator system for the building and testing of
aircraft designs and aerodynamics.
STTS’ subsidiary, ST Education & Training
(STET), became the first local company to develop a
suite of comprehensive maritime security training courses.
A simulation-based training package was developed to
enhance the learning of participants to assist shipping
and oil companies prepare for compliance with new International
Marítime Organisation regulatory requirements.
In December, STET was appointed as one of the three
organisations in the world to be a Recognised Security
Organisation by Autoridad Marítima de Panamá to
approve the Ship Security Assessment / Plans for ships
registered with Panama.
LSG, which won a S$50m contract for a rail project
in December 2002, was awarded another S$81m contract
by Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation in January 2003.
LSG will provide a Communication System for the Kaohsiung
MRT Red and Orange Lines. In the same month, LSG also
won a contract to supply the extra low voltage system
for a military facility, including the delivery of
its Securnet Security Management System, Close Circuit
Television System, Facilities Management System and
Audio Visual System.
LSG was also involved in providing many of the systems
behind the Sengkang LRT system, which started revenue
service in January. It was responsible for the design
and supply of the communication system consisting of
various systems including radio, communication backbone,
CCTV, public address, Intrusion Detection System, Information
Display, Building Management and other critical systems.
The world’s first driverless MRT system, the
Singapore North-East Line, was completed and officially
opened in August. LSG was responsible for providing
Signalling, Platform Screen, Integrated Supervisory
Control, Access Management System and Information Display
In the Philippines, LSG completed Phase 1 of the Manila
Megatren LRT Line 2 Project. It was officially opened
in April and covers a stretch of 4.3km from Santolan
to Cubao. LSG provided the Communications, Supervisory
Control and Automatic Fare Collection Systems.
These successes put LSG in a stronger position to
compete for and win future MRT and LRT development
projects in Singapore, Taiwan and China. Locally, an
opportunity is likely to arise from the Singapore government’s
plan to build future MRT and LRT lines such as the
Bukit Timah Line, Eastern Region Line and the Jurong
Region Line, as well as the expansion of the Rapid-Transit
System network from 128km to 240km in 10 to 15 years’ time.
(IV) An Expanding Global Presence
ST Elect continued to expand its network of offices
and invest in new companies around the world to advance
its global presence. Its investments were driven by
a strong focus on emerging markets like Greater China
and the mobile solutions area.
In June, ST Elect, through its subsidiary SES, took
a 70% interest in a new company called INFA Systems
in Hong Kong. INFA Systems will allow SES to capitalise
on the 29 year old INFA brand name in Hong Kong and
position itself as a second tier systems integrator
in Hong Kong. INFA will serve as a vehicle for SES
to develop the Public Safety market in China.
CET took a NZ$1.2m stake in Cadmus Technology, a New
Zealand Stock Exchange listed company and one of the
leading payment solutions and data management services
providers in New Zealand. This will enhance CET’s
existing range of mobile payment technologies, Fleet
Management Systems & Solutions and wireless connectivity
It also invested S$1.2m in iWOW, a leading mobile
wireless technology company, to augment its suite of
solutions in mobile applications. The 26.6% stake will
enable CET to offer a combined solution using its cetrac® brand
of advanced Fleet Management Solutions, and Mobile
Track & Trace Solutions with iWOW’s wireless
Elsewhere in the world, Agilis took equity stakes
in PolarSat, a Canadian company based in Quebec, and
THISS Technologies, a local company originating from
Australia. The result is a complete range of communication
products and solutions that allows customers to continue
growing and enhancing their satellite-based and broadband
(V) Positioned to Grow
Moving into the future, ST Elect will continue to
build upon its range of technologies and capabilities
through investments both locally and abroad. Each subsidiary
will build on its strengths by focusing on innovation
through research and development, and forming new alliances
and ventures to build pipeline opportunities for the
CET will strengthen sales and marketing efforts in
Greater China, SE Asia, and open up new markets in
the US, Europe, Middle East and Australia. It is also
working on establishing overseas distribution channels
for its products.
To penetrate Central and Western China, Agilis has
set up ST Electronics (Sichuan) in Chengdu.
Innovation has made ST Elect what it is today. It
has established the Company as a serious contender
in the highly competitive system solutions industry
with an enviable track record in setting new benchmarks
for its competitors to follow. Moving into 2004 and
beyond, ST Elect’s commitment to innovation and
growth through investments in complementary technologies
will make it a systems company that will grow in competitiveness