The Formula One Grand Prix has become one of the highlights of the Singapore events calendar. But for one observer, the real significance of the event comes from what it says about the growing use of data and technology in the city state.
Singapore is a great example of a 'smart nation' – one that uses data to enhance services – and that was highlighted during the F1 race in September, says Steve Leonard, executive deputy chairman at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
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"To have data collected and used for the purpose of improving performance, which is what the smart nation concept is about, we need to think about how to capture it, move it and interpret it," he told CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday.
"A great example of this is the Formula 1 night race that took place a few weeks ago. Pit crews shouted out instructions based on the data the cars were generating each time they went around the track," he said.
"The Mark Webber team was telling him to try and take care of the engine a few laps before the finish because they could see from the data that the engine was in danger of breaking down and two laps before the finish it exploded," he added, referring to the F1 race driver.