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>> Singapore is cloning itself into a digital replica it's hoping will make the city smarter and safer. Developers have made this 3D model of the island right down to the finest detail. It's being called virtual Singapore and will be rolled out to state agencies within the next few months.
And eventually even the public will have access to it. It could be used to pinpoint when new roads and bridges are needed and help prevent mass damage during natural disasters, says Reuters John Geddie in the real Singapore.>> So Singapore is often prone to flooding. In this case, authorities would be able to use this system to look how floods are generating.
And then alert people if this flood was potentially going to go into their building to damage their property.>> But the feature that's getting all the attention with its application in security. Say there was an attack in the city security forces could use the virtual map, together with data from cellphone companies to know exactly where and how many victims there are and help coordinate their rescue.
But it's that level of detail that's concerning some Singaporean officials who are warning the app is too dangerous to be rolled out.>> In the wrong hands if this system had very detailed information. Could a potential militant use this system to plan an attack? So I think developers of this are putting various measures in place to ensure that it's used for good and not evil.
>> Despite the security risks, its developers are hoping that they may have created a model in Singapore that the rest of the world will follow.