DSTA managed the security improvement works for the SAFTI Military Institute (MI) and the upgrading works for its dining hall. 

The greatest challenge for the DSTA team was to preserve the original design intent of SAFTI MI as an open camp while having to retrofit fencing and other security features. The team proposed the installation of security cameras and the use of Video Content Analysis to provide fully automated intelligent analysis of video data to generate event based alerts. Apart from boosting security, the use of technology has helped to reduce manpower required for security surveillance. 

In upgrading the SAFTI MI dining hall, the team delivered a solution to meet the dual functional requirements of a dining hall and a ceremonial hall for formal ceremonies such as the Passing Out Parade for SAF officers.

The team introduced an unobtrusive outer facade made of collapsible glass walls and a customised transparent curtain. This allowed the open space to be converted into an enclosed area f or effective air-conditioning. For the new airconditioning system in the dining hall, the team installed fabric ducts to ensure silent operations and to prevent any condensation. These innovative fabric ducts are a first for MINDEF and SAF facilities, and their aesthetic appeal earned praise from the SAFTI MI Architectural Advisory Board.

The team also initiated the installation of high-volume low speed (HVLS) ceiling fans, another first in MINDEF and SAF facilities. Apart from being more energy efficient than conventional fans, the HVLS fans reinforced the sleek design concept of the dining hall by removing the clutter of more than 50 conventional ceiling fans. The upgraded dining hall served its first Passing Out Parade in October 2013.

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