Dr Tan joined GovTech in August 2016 as Senior Director (Smart Nation Systems & Solutions). His cross-domain expertise spans electrical, electronics, civil, water and business management, while his earlier career included stints at Philips Electronics & his own start-up SysEng which was acquired by listed company Tritech Group. He developed real-time monitoring M2M/IoT systems for the construction industry in deep excavations, tunnels, bridges and high rises at SysEng, which later expanded to include real-time water quality & quantity M2M/IoT monitoring.
He was President of the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (2006- 2012) & Director for Technology at A*STAR I2R (2012-2016). At I2R, he was responsible for technology development & productivity programmes to help SMEs improve productivity using ICT. He was also Cluster Head of robotics & autonomous vehicle programmes. Dr Tan served as Conference Chair of IoT Asia in 2016 & remains active in the domain of IoT applications & solutions.