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Sustainability and IT infrastructure are top AI challenges for Singapore's public sector

Nurdianah Md Nur
Nurdianah Md Nur • 2 min read
Sustainability and IT infrastructure are top AI challenges for Singapore's public sector
They must ensure they have set up their foundational infrastructure to optimise both AI-scale data demands and energy efficiency. Photo: Unsplash
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has been highlighted as a key driver for Singapore’s economic transformation. As such, the majority (97%) of public agencies surveyed by Pure Storage are already leveraging AI to drive innovation, productivity, and better citizen experiences – for use cases such as virtual assistants, personalised service delivery and AI operations.

Yet, 77% are concerned with AI’s impact on energy consumption. They are therefore exploring solutions such as energy-efficient infrastructure and optimising the use of equipment to mitigate AI’s impact on energy use.

Additionally, Pure Storage’s study reveals that IT infrastructure is a key challenge in AI deployment. Nearly four in five (83%) public agencies said they needed a substantial revamp of their IT infrastructure to support AI deployment.

Respondents have also underestimated the impact of AI deployment on data storage, with 99% of organisations reporting at least a 50% increase in data storage demand. Moreover, they shared that they had to upgrade compute infrastructure (60%) and networking infrastructure (60%) following AI implementation.

“The AI deployment journey is complex, and includes many factors such as escalating energy, data, and compute demands that impact both the success of an AI project and its ultimate impact on the environment and society. To sustain Singapore’s national AI strategy rollout, public agencies must ensure that they have set up their foundational infrastructure in a way that optimises both AI-scale data demands and energy efficiency. As AI paves the way forward to improve Singapore’s citizen services, meeting sustainability and the sector’s ESG goals remains critical in order to work towards a net-zero carbon economy,” says Nathan Hall, vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan at Pure Storage.

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