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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 10 November 2006

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One-stop NS portal launched

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg

Official Launch of the NS Portal

The NS Portal, a one-stop unified gateway for NSmen from the Singapore Armed Forces, the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, was launched by the Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean, and the Senior Minister of State for Law & Home Affairs Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee, at The Regent Singapore today (6 Nov 2006).
Developed in partnership with NCS Pte Ltd, the NS Portal will provide our 300,000 MINDEF/SAF NSmen and 75,000 Home Team NSmen with a suite of NS-related online services.
NSmen will also get to enjoy lifestyle benefits through exclusive online promotions by participating merchants. The portal enables NSmen to be part of a vibrant online community, where they can share their NS experiences or simply keep in touch with their NS friends.
The NS Portal provides information and services conveniently to our NSmen, promotes camaraderie and helps contribute to a positive NS experience.
Factsheet: NS Portal- A Single Portal for the NS Community in Singapore
The NS Portal, developed in partnership with NCS PTE LTD, exploits advances in digital media to deliver a wider range of NS-related services to our NSmen.
From November 06, members of the NS community from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will be able to conduct their NS-related e-Services via this new portal.
The single portal serves to bring the three NS communities closer together. Besides a new website, there is also a NS e-Services Centre where any NSmen can call for enquiries and transactions. The NS e-Services Centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 1-800-eNSNSNS (1-800-3676767).
Enhanced e-Services
With the NS Portal, all NSmen and other users of NS services only need to access a single portal for most of their transactions. With the new Portal, NSmen can look forward to improved usability and accessibility. Applications found on the new website include:
a) Overseas Notification Services
b) Exit Permit Services
c) Non-ICT IPPT/RT/IPT services
d) My Group and My Alumni
e) My Unit
f) Mobile access to NS services and lifestyle benefits
The NS portal has also introduced personalized features such as a personal calendar, to-do-lists and transaction history. In addition, NSmen will be able to customise their preferred services and content to fit their individual needs.
Overseas Notification services
Allows NSmen to notify, amend and cancel their overseas notification with their respective service
Exit Permit services
Allows NSmen to apply, renew and cancel exit permit applications if they intend to remain overseas for 6 months or longer. They can also check their application status and eligibility online.
Non-ICT IPPT/RT/IPT services
Allows NSmen to book, amend and cancel their IPPT dates. They can also find out their IPPT score and past results.
Bringing NSmen Together
A new feature, currently unique to Mindef/SAF NSmen, is that the portal allows NSmen to interact, communicate and network with each other through services like "MyUnit", "MyGroup" and "MyAlumni", to foster greater cohesion and better communication before and after In-Camp Training (ICT).
MyUnit
"MyUnit" allows NSmen to access their ICT records and other useful administrative instructions that are published on the unit website. NSmen can also download training schedules and manuals for reference before their scheduled ICT. Commanding officers of units can also post messages to the NSmen. Other features in MyUnit include:
  • My Buddy Link-up - Allows NSmen to search for their buddies and keep in contact.
  • Our Photo Gallery - Allows NSmen to view pictures taken during their NS training.
  • Our Reflections - Allows NSmen to share their NS experiences.
  • Our Calendar - Allows NSmen to view their upcoming NS activities.
  • Forums - Allows NSmen to discuss and share ideas with each other.
MyGroup and MyAlumni
NSmen from different units can create their own groups based on common interests. These could include having graduated from the same school, being in the same training cohort, or common hobbies. All features that are available in "MyUnit" are also available on "MyGroup" and "MyAlumni".
Following the results of this trial by MINDEF/SAF, the Home Team will assess whether these and other new e-services are useful for the Home Team NSmen.
Mobile access to NS services and lifestyle benefits
Services are progressively being made available via mobile phone. There are currently 18 services that can be accessed via the mobile phone. New services available in the coming launch include exit permit applications and notice of BMT-postings. Information available via vodcast can also be downloaded. Services under development include Overseas Notification and IPPT services. NS news will eventually be made accessible via mobile devices. All these new mobile services will be made available in the coming months.
Mobicon is a mobile privilege card that can be downloaded from the NS Portal by registered users into their mobile phones. This qualifies them for benefits and exclusive promotions at participating merchants.

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg News Release 6 Nov 2006

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