For Singapore, smart city is more than a vision, according to Ron Cellini of the Analog Garage. It’s a work in progress. Cellini should know. Part of the team that’s helping to expand the Analog Garage’s footprint in Asia, he’s focused mostly on Singapore and the Philippines.

He says that the government in Singapore has been very proactive, booting up a string of incubators to help put great ideas from university research programs to work. And smart cities is a primary area of focus.

“In Singapore, the government is like a laboratory,” Cellini said. “The fear of failure is very low.”

By employing smart technology, Singapore is looking to ease problems unique to the island city-state, like transportation bottlenecks, space and debris management. All of that requires smart, secure sensor-to-cloud technology.

With the Analog Garage expansion into Asia, Analog Devices this year decided to sponsor EmTech Asia for the first time. Held last month in Singapore, the MIT Technology Review-hosted event brought together more than 700 scientists, technology executives, and investors from more than 20 countries to talk about how to solve problems like the ones Singapore is facing.

Doug Gardner, CTO of the Secure Technology Group at Analog Devices, was among the presenters at EmTech Asia. Check out A Smart City is a Secure City blog post for more information on his talk.

Ron Cellini recently recorded a video where he discussed more about EmTech Asia. Click on the link here.

Stay tuned for more from the Analog Garage as we begin to ratchet up our activity in Asia and other regions around the world!