HIES-A, NCS and NUS join hands to improve Urban Mobility through advanced transportation technologies

Singapore, October 18, 2011

MHI Engine Systems Asia Pte Ltd (MHIES-A), NCS Pte Ltd (NCS), and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have entered a tripartite partnership to develop an Urban Mobility initiative to study modern transportation problems in cities, and to explore the use of advanced technologies to improve urban mobility.

The Urban Mobility Initiative will contribute to nurturing NUS students who are interested in urban mobility issues, allowing them to incubate ideas and develop innovative solutions to address urban transport issues. These include congestion, road safety, green vehicles, and accessibility by the elderly and physically disadvantaged.

Going beyond current solutions
The initiative aims to look beyond current solutions, with a focus on developing sustainable and intelligent transportation systems. In a recent NUS study which reviewed 26 major cities around the world, Singapore was ranked 6th in Smart Urban Transportation. The collaboration initiated today will help enhance Singapore’s global stake in improving land transportation. The initiative will help groom students to become next-generation land transport professionals - through exposure to industrial internships, inter-disciplinary group projects, as well as interactive seminars and debates. They will gain insights and an understanding of the various facets of transportation from multiple perspectives, and be equipped to propose holistic solutions.

Through this initiative, the partners also hope to share findings and research outcomes with the urban planning authorities in Singapore, as well as other stakeholders in the transport industry, such as the local authorities and transport operators.

Tripartite Partnership
In support of the Urban Mobility Initiative, MHIES-A and NCS will contribute funds, expertise, resources and facilities for training and research. MHIES-A and NCS, which have been extensively involved in Singapore land transport projects, possess a well-established track record and expertise in areas such as intelligent transport systems, automotive technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), telematic image processing and real-time analytics.

NUS’ participation will be led by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The work undertaken will dovetail with the Faculty of Engineering’s current overall perspectives and initiatives on smart and intelligent transportation systems, which includes areas such as the development of electric vehicles and high performance batteries. The initiative will target talented students who will read modules on transportation engineering and planning which are currently offered at NUS, as well as provide these students with opportunities for undergraduate research projects and student group work.


About MHI Engine Systems Asia Pte Ltd (MHIES-A)

Established on 3 July 1981, MHI Engine System Asia Pte Ltd (MHIES-A) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers based in Japan. Since 1884, MHI has yielded many products that have enriched the lives of people around the world, and through them MHI has contributed to the development of societies. MHI manufactures 700 items in a very broad range of fields, including lahnch vehicles, power-generation systems, ships, industrial machines and room air conditioners, and each helps to support the lifestyles of people today.

MHIES-A is the holding regional headquarters to oversee engine business in Asia.
Under Traffic Control & Transportation Division, MHIES-A provides the traffic solutions, such as the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system and the Electronic Parking System(EPS) in Singapore.

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About National University of Singapore (NUS)

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS has 16 faculties and schools across three campuses. Over 36,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 21 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s 5th RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

For more information, please visit www.nus.edu.sg

Media  Contact:

Takuro Kishida) / Karen Ong 
MHI Engine System Asia Pte Ltd 
Tel: +65 6352 8651 
Email: takuro_kishida@mhiesa.mhi.co.jp / karen_ong@sg.mhiesa.com

Karen Loh 
National University of Singapore
DID: +65 6601 1485
Email: karenloh@nus.edu.sg

Media Contact
Wendy Tang
NCS Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6556 5629
Email: wendytang@ncs.com.sg

About NCS

NCS is a member of the Singtel Group and the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider with presence in over 20 countries. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through digital transformation and the innovative use of technology. Its unique delivery capabilities include consulting, applications development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management and portal solutions.