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Transformation Management
Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir ein "City Transformation Management Framework (CTMx)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
An dem FuE-Projekt "CTMx" können noch weitere Kommunen oder Organisationen als Partner teilnehmen. Gerne kommen wir auch zu Ihnen und demonstrieren Ihnen den Einsatz des CTMx-Frameworks im Rahmen eines Workshops. Weiterlesen ...

Process Management
Im Rahmen unseres Prozessmanagements identifizieren, modellieren, dokumentatieren, prüfen, optimieren und implementieren wir eGovernment-Geschäftsprozesse mit dem Ziel, die Arbeitsabläufe hinsichtlich Produktivität, Kundenzufriedenheit, Produkt- und Service-Qualität, Zeitbedarf und Kosten zu verbessern. Weiterlesen ...
Die Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Government Process Management Notation (GPMN)" ist eine von uns entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Modellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Weiterlesen ... Unser "Standard Prozesskatalog" enthält mehr als 400 mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Weiterlesen ...
  • Sat
    Sep
    21
    2019
    UA: Kyiv: Yalta European Strategy Conference: President Kaljulaid: Estonia has shown the path to successful e-government

    Ukraine’s new administration wants to make state services available on smartphones, and there is one country in particular it can learn from.

    In less than three decades, Estonia, a Baltic nation of 1.3 million, has transformed from a Soviet-occupied communist country to one of the world’s leading digital states.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    US: Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts

    The solution to the digital divide is not more broadband, but persuading non-users to join the Internet society

    The “digital divide” is back in the news, with both Democratic presidential candidates and incumbent government officials promising billions to provide high-speed Internet to millions of Americans in rural areas who don’t currently have access to it at home.

    The digital divide, however, is not exclusively or even most significantly a rural problem. Due to inaccurate coverage maps, it is difficult to know where specifically access is lacking. But we know from regular Census Bureau surveys that three times as many households in urban areas remain unconnected as in rural areas. And regardless of geography, access isn’t the main reason these homes are without Internet service. The vast majority of U.S. homes without broadband service could have it today, but they don’t want it. The real problem is convincing those who are offline of the value of being part of our digital life.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    Report card: US cities far from 'smart' status

    Dive Brief:

    • U.S. cities must make significant progress in collaboration and leadership to attain the status of "smart city," according to a rating released Thursday through a partnership between Leading Cities and Bright Cities.
    • The rating evaluated 24 U.S. cities — those involved in the now-shuttered 100 Resilient Cities program — on 45 indicators across 10 dimensions of a smart city: governance, economy, education, entrepreneurship, environment, health, mobility, security, technology and energy. None of the cities scored higher than a B+.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    IN: Smart cities: TiE Delhi-NCR suggests physical sandboxes to test ideas

    There is an opportunity in solutions that involve Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Blockchain, and geospatial technologies

    No one doubts that start-ups can play a critical role in India's smart cities mission. They bring in innovation, at times at a cost larger companies can't. In India's 100 Smart Cities programme, some of the start-ups are bidding directly while many others are working with bigger system integrators to deliver the work. Thus far, they are playing a role in areas such as solid waste management, digital door number, augmented reality, bill board management, and robotic cleaning of manholes among others. There is an opportunity in solutions that involve Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Blockchain, and geospatial technologies.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    IN: Government launches faceless e-assessment scheme to end tax terrorism, corruption

    • As per the details of the notification, only in a select few cases, personal representation can be demanded by the Income Tax Department, from October 1.
    • The department has been running a pilot in select cities to test the feasibility of the new system of tax assessment for the last few years.
    • Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the scheme will be rolled out from October 8, which is also 'Vijayadashami".

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    The digital security of Europe

    A clear trend can be seen for our digital future: What can be connected will be connected. But companies and societies do not network within traditional, analogous borders.

    Machines are also increasingly being connected to one another. The Internet of Things is growing faster and faster. These developments give us a unique opportunity to bring the citizens of Europe closer together. And we must not let this opportunity pass us by. At the same time, the digital networks are and will become an increasingly attractive target for criminal or state-controlled cyber-attacks. Deutsche Telekom’s systems have reported up to 70 million different attacks on a single day this year. A new, sad record! And a leap compared to the figures of 2018! Thanks to our efforts, these attacks are not getting through, but the number is vertiginous.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    ZA: Why national progress is not immune to digital transformation

    Technology is a platform on which collective human progress is built, transforming the fundamentals of commerce and production, and the ways we work and live. As an accelerator of development, it is also highly disruptive, redefining jobs and skills while also reshaping industries.

    Given the reach of digital technology and the change it promises, there is a need to shepherd these exciting technologies without diminishing its energy and potential - a role that nicely aligns with government priorities.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    NG: FG Insists on Practical Skills for e-Government Processes

    The federal government through the Ministry of Communications, has stressed the need for all government officials to take the issue of e-Government initiative from theoretical to practical approach, in order to ensure strategic implementation of all government online processes.

    This, the government explained, would be in tandem with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    TT’s national ICT plan

    TSTT and Huawei lead the charge

    Communication solutions provider TSTT is currently working hand-in-hand with the government towards achieving the vision of a digitally transformed government by 2022.

    Partnered with information and communications technology (ICT) multi-national Huawei, TSTT is on-course to attain the many laudable and essential goals outlined in the third phase of the National ICT Plan (2018–2022). This comprehensive five-year plan is geared towards enabling digital technologies for national development as an e-government as well as a sector for economic diversification

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    IN: Smart City Projects Worth Rs 50,000 crore To Be Completed By June 2020

    In order to fast-track the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), the government will award tenders worth over Rs 2 lakh crore by March next year, as well as finish smart city projects worth Rs 50,000 crore by June 2020, which also marks 5 years of the launch of the mission. Sources said the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will issue tenders for all the projects under the SCM by March 2020. It has already started work in this direction and ministry officials are coordinating with respective cities.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    Digital twin concept spreads into smart city environments

    According to the latest research from ABI Research, the installed base of digital twin and city modelling deployments is expected to grow from just a handful of early implementations in 2019 to more than 500 by 2025.

    “Originally developed for industrial systems, the digital twin concept is now spreading to the smart cities environment,” says Dominique Bonte, vice president for End Markets at ABI Research. “However, it won’t be a single Uber-like digital twin for an entire city but rather an aggregation and integration of domain-specific digital twins for systems like smart buildings, traffic infrastructure, energy grids, and water management.”

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    China Smart City Tech in Line with that of the U.S.

    A firsthand look at connected technology in China, which despite the two countries’ vastly different political structures is developing along much the same path as it is in U.S. states and localities.

    On the last day of May, I boarded a 13-hour flight to Beijing, not completely certain about what to expect over the next month. This was the beginning of my Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellowship. Over the next 28 days, I would travel to seven cities, meet with more than 100 people, and become fully immersed in a different culture.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    NG: We’ll transform e-government to achieve next level agenda – Pantami

    Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has reiterated the need to take e-government from theoretical to practical approach by government officials to ensure its strategic implementation in line with the next level agenda of President Muhaamadu Buhari’s administration.

    He stated this during a meeting with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) led by its Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    National Living Lab Smart Cities: ‘Municipalities need to talk to residents about digitisation of public spaces’.

    Good ideas are pouring in which are set to improve the city. Usually these are combined with the availability of digital information that is passed on very promptly so residents can move around their city or town more easily. Physically or digitally. Think about, for example, the online services for citizens’ affairs. Passport application? This can be done by applying for it digitally. Rubbish bin full? Then a sensor tells the municipality to send a truck to empty it. Is there a lot of traffic because of an event in a stadium? Then the traffic department can control the traffic lights in advance in such a way that the cars are able to move around more quickly. Is there a traffic jam somewhere? Sensors in the road surface tell the traffic department that the speed on adjoining roads must be reduced in order to prevent them from clogging up as well.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    South Korean investors unveil smart urban area plans for Long An Province

    With its excellent geographical location for trade and economic development and the potential to become the country’s leading agricultural hub, Long An Province is ideal for developing a smart urban area, according to experts.

    Lê Thành, director of the Institute of Organic Agricultural Economics, said as a gateway connecting HCM City and the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta and with its excellent transport system, it has everything required to become an agricultural - industrial smart urban area.

  • Tue
    Sep
    17
    2019
    First 5G-powered smart city ‘proving ground’ opens in US

    The reality of smart cities gets a little closer with the launch of a 5G-enabled testbed.

    Enhancing urban services such as energy, transportation, and utilities with ICT, the concept of the smart city — rooted in real, fast-emerging technology and 5G connectivity — is a tangible one.

  • Tue
    Sep
    17
    2019
    RW: Criminal record clearance goes digital

    The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has started issuing criminal record clearance certificates through online, effectively beginning the process to phase out the current system that has stimulated public complaints in the recent past.

    The new platform was launched on Monday amidst optimism that it would ease the process of accessing the document—often required to secure various services such as visas, passports and public sector jobs—and help decongest the premises of public prosecution.

  • Mon
    Sep
    16
    2019
    NG: Minister sasy E-Government approach must be practical

    The Minister said that the government officials must ensure that the country reaps the expected result for it’s socio-economic development by creating digital jobs.

    The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, has reiterated the need for government officials to take the issue of E-Government from theoretical to practical approach to ensure effective implementation E-Government, in line with the next level agenda of Mr. President.

  • Mon
    Sep
    16
    2019
    Top 10 Sustainable Cities US

    Business Chief investigates the 10 most sustainable cities in the US, based on WalletHub’s rankings of 26 different ‘green indicators’.

    10. Portland, Oregon

    The largest city in Oregon, Portland is a modern cultural mecca, which translates into city planning initiatives that support its environmentally conscious populace. Known for its high number of cycle lanes and footpaths, the city boasts extensive public transportation investment and over 92,000 acres of green space. According to the Green City Times, the city generates a significant portion of its electricity from renewable energy (mostly hydroelectric), and is on track to reach 100% renewable sources by 2035.

  • Sat
    Sep
    14
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad: Modi opens 1st greenfield industrial smart city

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the 10,000-acre Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), the country's first greenfield industrial smart city and part of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, near here.

    He also inaugurated the Auric Hall, a six-storey building which will be both monitoring and administrative nerve centre for smart city, and launched the Auric chatbot that will help anyone get their problems addressed by the city administration.

  • Sat
    Sep
    14
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur tops smart city ranking, stays ahead of Ahmedabad

    Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has once again retained its top position in ranking of Smart Cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has declared the ranking of Smart cities in the country on Friday. Nagpur Smart City obtained this position after strong and healthy competition over four months.

    Nagpur with 364.47 points topped the chart while Ahmedabad was adjudged second with 362.34 points only. Nagpur has 2.13 points more then Ahmedabad.

  • Fri
    Sep
    13
    2019
    TZ: E-Government Projected to Increase Service Efficiency

    Tanzania will now have an electronic government authority that will enhance efficiency of electronic government services to the public provided by the e-government agency.

    Members of Parliament approved the e-Government Bill 2019 here on Wednesday to enact the authority which will coordinate, oversee and promote electronic government initiatives and enforce policies, regulations, laws, standards and guidelines related to public institutions.

  • Fri
    Sep
    13
    2019
    5G-enabled smart cities bring opportunities for pultruded composites

    A recent report explores the utility of radio frequency-transparent pultruded composite materials for integrating 5G mobile networks into urban infrastructure.

    Transparency to radio frequency (RF) signals is reported to be an emerging factor in favor of composites adoption in urban infrastructure, according to a recently released industry report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA, Frankfurt, Germany). The report, “An expanded role for pultruded composites in 5G cities,” outlines how the rollout of 5G mobile networks in cities will drive increased adoption of composite materials in urban infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    AE: Passengers in Dubai can now enjoy free Wifi in Dubai taxis as part of ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative

    Tech Taxi service will enable passengers to communicate with taxi driver in any language

    Passengers in Dubai will soon be able to enjoy free Wifi internet connection offering host of digital services inlcuding the latest currency exchange rate.

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the implementation of ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative to drive the digitisation of taxi services in Dubai. It involves providing free WiFi internet in Dubai taxis and a package of digital services to taxi riders. The digital services supports the smart city drive, which recently saw the launch of the e-hailing taxi service ‘Hala’ in conjunction with Careem.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune IoT plan: City data exchange and use case development key to success

    The top priority for the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) is to see the data sets from all the departments - IoT and related environment (CCTV, drone, social media, departmental data) are pooled and this cross functional data is leveraged for different functions

    Pune has deployed over 1000 IoT devices (including 1500 CCTV cameras, which are quasi IoT devices), connected with the integrated command and control centre (ICCC). The data feeds are regularly relayed from the sensors. Going ahead the many use cases will need to be explored. Pune is working with IISc and IIT Kanpur for use case development, for example, the availability of parking spaces in the city can be easily identified from sensor data; traffic movements in the city can be tracked and appropriate actions relating to reducing congestion can also be taken based on data relayed from the sensors.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow Municipal Corporation score low in smart city project execution

    After performing poorly in Swachh Bharat ranking, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) faced another embarrassment, when it was ranked 45th among 100 cities across the country in the execution of smart city projects.

    This was revealed in an evaluation report recently released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). Even in the state, the city stood third after Kanpur (all-India 3rd rank) and Varanasi (all-India 11th rank) out of eight cities evaluated by the ministry. Lucknow was among 100 cities in the country and eight in the state selected under the smart city mission of the central government in 2015. The ranking was based on the progress of projects initiated through funds received under the smart city schemes. In swachhta campaign, the city scored 122 rank in 402 cities.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    CN: Ping An invests in smart cities as it transitions into tech

    Ping An Insurance Group, China’s largest insurer by market value, has set its eyes on the country’s smart city projects to bolster its transformation into a technology-driven financial conglomerate while taking on established technology giants.

    Mature technologies used to build a smart city will be fully developed and expanded to various mainland cities next year as the company looks to secure a front-runner position in the segment nationwide, said Yu Ning, head of Ping An’s technology entrepreneurs division, in an interview with South China Morning Post.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    GB: London ranked top city for Generation Z

    The UK capital stood out from other cities in areas such as social entrepreneurship, co-working spaces, education, artificial intelligence and concerts.

    London has been named the number one city for Generation Z, according to a new study that explores which cities around the world are meeting their needs and making themselves attractive destinations to appeal to tomorrow’s talent.

  • Wed
    Sep
    11
    2019
    Kuwait pitches plan over Gulf EGOV system

    Kuwait on Wednesday submitted an idea over how to go about compiling reports on the progress of establishing an e-government (eGOV) system in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

    The Kuwaiti proposal calls for more interaction among concerned bodies in the GCC as member states work on setting up an integrated eGOV system, said Dr. Walid Al-Hasawi, an advisor at the Gulf state's Central Agency for Information Technology.

  • Wed
    Sep
    11
    2019
    A smart city should serve its users, not mine their data

    The concept of the “Internet of things” refers to the spread of Internet connectivity to everyday devices: phones, tablets, alarm clocks, cars, thermostats. And in the Internet of things, you — a human being — are a thing. You’re surrounded by sensors that try to infer facts about you, and you’re surrounded by actuators that make things happen to chivvy you along or stop you from proceeding. The intelligence, judgment, self-knowledge and sentiment that are unique to human experience — and impossible to simulate in the statistical inference systems we call “artificial intelligence” — are jettisoned by the system as unquantifiable irrelevancies. The system doesn’t ask you how you feel or what you want: it tries to guess based on what you’re doing.

    A smart city of the sort that Sidewalk Labs proposes turns this surveillance-and-inference system into a pervasive straitjacket that wraps around everyone who sets foot on the public street. Indeed, the smart city might even be making observations about you while you’re in your home, from the sensors in your mattress to the sensors in your toilet.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    Australia and Vietnam to collaborate on e-government and digital transformation

    The Australian Government has joined forces with Vietnam in an agreement that will allow each country to share their “digital transformation experience”.

    On behalf of the Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Vietnam Office of the Government in Hanoi.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    TZ: Sansibar: Dr Shein urges ICT use to get e-Parliament benefits

    Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein yesterday called on members of the Commonwealth to invest heavily in promoting the use and teaching of ICT in local communities in order to reap optimal benefits of introducing e-Parliament.

    Dr Shein made the remarks when opening of the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region conference taking place in the Isles.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    RW: Criminal Record Certificates to Be Issued Online

    Members of the public will effective from next week access criminal record certificates through an online platform, the Prosecutor General has confirmed, in a response to public concerns that the current process is complex.

    The criminal record certificate is an official document issued to an individual to state their criminal record. Whether the individual holds a criminal record or not, the status is documented on the certificate.

  • Mon
    Sep
    09
    2019
    Here's one way a blockchain could deliver a smarter city

    The traditional way of banking as most of us know it sees a bank maintain a private ledger that contains the account balance of each of its customers and a record of any transactions. Over many decades, this has resulted in the creation of all-powerful banking behemoths that have huge insight into our spending habits. Today, they can make use of artificial intelligence techniques to predict our future financial and purchasing decisions.

    Back in 2008, a paper describing a new digital currency called Bitcoin quietly surfaced on the internet. This system turned traditional banking on its head, and replaced the centrally controlled private ledger with a decentralised public ledger. This system, in which an identical copy of the ledger is maintained by each participant in the network, made everyone collectively the bank.

  • Mon
    Sep
    09
    2019
    Nigerias new communications minister sets ambitious targets

    The new minister wants the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to end the sale of pre-registered, unregistered and partially-registered SIM cards; stem the tide of illegal deduction of the data of subscribers and work towards the downward review of the cost of data; and ensure compliance with the maximum 2% Call Drop Rate directive to telecom operators.

    The NCC is not the only establishment that got the marching order from the new minister Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. He has also set targets for the CEOs of other parastatals under the federal ministry of communications.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow: 16 days on, smart city centre not fully functional

    The city will have to wait for some more time for the smart city command and control centre to be fully functional.

    According to officials, it will take around 14 more days before the complaints of electricity, water supply, parking availability at markets, bus stands and multi-variable sign boards are installed.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    Smart cities require smart foundations

    Parsons Transportation Planning Director Hamid Iravani says planners should focus on what has always worked for their cities

    Modern Times, a 1936 Charlie Chaplin film, shows its star being fed his lunch by an automated machine. The result is a comical yet effective way of conveying the message that automation only makes a system smarter when the foundation of that system is already smart. Conversely, if the basic framework is inefficient, automation exacerbates the inefficiencies.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    IN: Govt. focusing on improved telecom connectivity in Northeast

    As Amit Shah is set to make his first visit to the Northeast next month after taking over as Union Home Minister, the land-locked region where development has been hampered by connectivity issues is set to get more focus. 08.09.2019 00:16:14 Shah will chair the North Eastern Council (NEC) meet in Guwahati on September 8 where the progress and status of the ongoing and upcoming development projects will be assessed.

  • Sat
    Sep
    07
    2019
    IN: Digital transformation planned in Madhya Pradesh transport sector: Rajput

    The Madhya Pradesh government is planning several digital transformation measures, including setting up automated driving tracks in every districts besides GPS based command and control centres, its Transport minister Govind Rajput said on Saturday. He said various digitised services like smart card based driving licence and vehicle registration as well as online tax payment etc have started.

    "We are going to take several measures for digital transformation in the coming days. We are setting up automated driving tracks in every district, command-cum-control centre to track public transport vehicles, automated fitness centre etc," he told reporters at a press conference here. Rajput informed that, in a function in Delhi on Thursday, the state's Transport Department was awarded the platinum SKOCH Award for 'promoting digital transformation by ICT (information and communication technology) tools in Madhya Pradesh Transport Services'.

  • Sat
    Sep
    07
    2019
    BH: More professionals rushing to master Blockchain skills

    Blockchain Technology has gained more momentum among the professionals in the Kingdom with a new edition of Blockchain Certification Programmes, it is learnt. Many from different Bahraini entities are showing huge interest to undergo courses in Blockchain Technology. This came as a latest batch of Certified Blockchain Experts completed their training, at the Blockchain Centre of Excellence, organised by Thinksmart, a leading ICT training provider and an exclusive and strategic partner of the Blockchain Council.

    Certified Blockchain Expert is an ideal start for anyone who wants to gain a thorough understanding of Blockchain Concept, Cryptocurrency, Data Mining, Data Security, Smart Contracts etc, Thinksmart said in a statement issued. The successful completion of training provides delegates with Certification from the International Organisation for Blockchain Research “The Blockchain Council”. The training is supported by Tamkeen for Bahrainis. Senior officials from large organisations in the Kingdom that include University of Bahrain, Information and eGovernment Authority, Ernst and Young, Bahrain Bourse, Oracle System, HSBC and others took part in the training, which was held for three full days.

  • Fri
    Sep
    06
    2019
    US: Smart Cities

    What do C-IQ, Co-creation, and microgreens have in common?

    As cities develop, they create a name for themselves; the Golden Gate City (San Francisco), the Windy City (Chicago) the Big Apple (New York City), The City of Angels (Los Angeles) and my personal favorite, the Emerald City (Seattle). These names reflect a part of the identity that separates the city from others and makes them unique.

  • Thu
    Sep
    05
    2019
    IN: The new era of digital identification

    India is experiencing rapid digitization and so is the process of digital identification and customer onboarding.

    The recently passed Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be paving the way for the next-generation of digital identification in our country. Biometric information of every individual is unique, so much so that it has always served as a gold standard for identification with the highest level of accuracy and a strong security.

  • Thu
    Sep
    05
    2019
    Exclusive Interview with Barry Lowry, Government of Ireland: Ireland and its digital governance journey

    Enhancing the “MyGovID" electronic accounts of the people and focusing on Open Data are part of its current initiatives.

    Learnings from other countries, their policies and plans about technology and innovation provides a wide scope of knowledge.

    Exploring their best practises, hearing of exisiting expertise they have tapped and initiatives they are currently embarked on are great resources for other countries to adapt and adopt.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    AU: ‘We are paying more for less’: How the slow and expensive NBN is failing the nation

    Australia ranks last for affordable broadband internet among developed nations, and experts say it’s yet more evidence that the taxpayer-funded National Broadband Network (NBN) is failing to deliver for consumers and the economy.

    Rankings compiled by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and released this week revealed that Australia places 36th – last – when it comes to broadband affordability in OECD nations.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    ICT strategy to contribute $13.33bln to Saudi Arabia's GDP in five years

    The sector also aims at achieving 50% growth of the IT sector and raising the Saudi workforce to 50% by 2023

    The strategic goals of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, include increasing the ICT sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) by SR 50 billion over the coming five years, according to Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of information and communications technology.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    NG: Government must be proactive on e-governance for efficiency – Alasoadura

    Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura has said that government must take proactive measure to ensure that it was not left behind in the use of technology in governance purposes as e-governance has become essential for public sector productivity and efficiency.

    Speaking while declaring open the “Nigeria Public Sector Productivity and Innovation Summit”, in Abuja, the Minister said Government has made progress in providing essential and social services to the people, using electronic and digital tools and processes.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    US: Realizing the Potential of Disruptive Technologies

    Whether it’s e-scooters or driverless cars, cities face the daunting challenge of balancing innovation with public expectations of safety in the streets. The solution can be found with adaptive regulations.

    Electric scooters dominate the streets of our cities, used for nearly 40 million trips across the country just last year alone. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to emerge as formidable alternatives to cash and credit, with companies like Square boasting nearly $125 million in sales. And autonomous cars are making their debut as soon as this month in New York City and California.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart city corporation appoints 'Swachta Mitra' to promote zero garbage project in Pune

    The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) in association with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched ‘Zero Waste Project’ under area based development project of the smart city. The organisers of the project have decided to deploy 30 Swachta Mitras for creating awareness about the initiative, a statement issued by PSCDCL said.

    The areas including Aundh, Baner, Balewadi, Pashan, Bopodi and Sutarwadi will be studied in this initiative. The data collection process for the implementation of this initiative has started. The programme will cover around 90,000 households.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    Artificial Intelligence is Accelerating the Transformation of Smart Cities

    Smart cities are built around IoT

    Artificial Intelligence is a technology whose time has come and it is making the most out of it. Perhaps most people get to here AI in relations to robots but this technology extends far and wide. Coupled with the Internet of Things (IoT), AI is transforming cities into smart ecosystems.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    PH: Smart cities

    Is the Philippines ready for smart cities? Last week, I had the privilege to speak at the 8th Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) congress, and the theme was “The Rise of Smart Cities and Communities.” I delivered a presentation about smart mobility, which was my article last week. Today, I will describe the broader concept of smart cities.

    Basically, smart cities harness information and communications technology and integrate it with development planning to deliver more efficient and high-quality urban services that ultimately enhance the quality of life in the city. Smart cities are driven by big data collected by various technologies. The data is transformed into programs and systems that improve how we live in our cities. Citizen-centric — this makes big data ideal because part of it comes from the information gathered from the city’s residents, so smart programs and systems can be tailored to address their needs.

  • Tue
    Sep
    03
    2019
    Digital security for the internet of things in smart cities severely lagging

    The internet of things (IoT) is key to smart cities in order to make them more intelligent, efficient and sustainable. However, digital security investments in smart cities are struggling to keep pace, leaving the potential for future vulnerabilities to the IoT ecosystem, according to a new report from ABI Research.

    Smart city security spending coming from financial, information and communication technologies (ICT) and defense industries will account for 56% of the projected $135 billion in total cybersecurity critical infrastructure in 2024, ABI Research forecasts. The remaining 44% of the spending will be split between energy, healthcare, public security, transport, and water and waste sectors. This spending will leave IoT woefully underfunded and vulnerable to cyberattacks.

  • Tue
    Sep
    03
    2019
    Ensure privacy and security in e-governance: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam

    Governor P Sathasivam has called for stringent measures to ensure privacy and security in e-governance initiatives.

    Governor P Sathasivam has called for stringent measures to ensure privacy and security in e-governance initiatives. “Who knows, tomorrow’s wars may be fought not with missiles, but with bugs and viruses designed to bring society to a standstill. The increasing demand to ensure Aadhaar linking for social media accounts so as to avoid disinformation campaigns is also to be seen in such a perspective,” he said.

  • Mon
    Sep
    02
    2019
    MENA region: Data and AI keys to smart city progress: Huawei

    The MENA region’s population growth is one of the highest globally, and today’s urban environments are under pressure to accommodate more people in smarter ways. This means more than just providing adequate housing. A growing city must take into account the extra pressure on utilities, roads and transport, and other facilities. One recent report notes that the total value of active infrastructure projects in the GCC alone has reached a staggering $1.14 trillion in 2019.

    During this historic period of infrastructure planning, it is crucial that such investments are intelligent investments primed for a digital world. Ambitious plans like the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy—aimed at converting 25 percent of mobility means into driverless mobility means by 2030—are setting a clear vision for both the public and private sectors.

  • Mon
    Sep
    02
    2019
    QA: Ministry of Culture and Sports completes development of electronic services

    The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced that it completed the development of the electronic services provided to the public through the Hukoomi portal, making them available to the ministry's website users as well as via its application on smart devices.

    Director of Information Technology Department at the ministry Bassam Al Yafi'e said the digital transformation of the services provided to the public comes in line with Qatar E-Government 2020 Strategy which aims to make all individuals and businesses benefit from electronic communication with government agencies that always strive to provide more transparent and effective services.

  • Sun
    Sep
    01
    2019
    NP: Kathmandu Valley to get four smart cities in five years

    Kathmandu Valley Development Authority has planned to improve upon the existing urban space into four ‘smart cities’ and moving fast to make it a reality on the ground level.

    The Authority is all geared up to turn the capital city of Nepal into a smart city of international standard full of modern facilities and other amenities to give a high-class experience to city dwellers, visitors and tourists.

  • Sun
    Sep
    01
    2019
    How Fybr is Helping Shape the Smart City

    Providing modern data and algorithms to provide solutions for everything from smart city transportation and lighting to agricultural and energy management, Fybr has created a platform for our connected world.

    We spoke with CEO Bob Glatz and Chief Engineering Officer Bret Beringer about the solutions provided by the company, how they deal with cybersecurity threats, and interesting ways the platform can be utilized.

  • Sat
    Aug
    31
    2019
    IN: Security and Interoperability is key to the success of Smart Cities in India

    Security and interoperability of Smart Cities in India are the key components of the success of Government of India's agenda of 100 Smart Cities.

    Security and interoperability of Smart Cities in India are the key components of the success of Government of India's agenda of 100 Smart Cities.

    The Smart City initiative by the Government of India is under various stages of development. According to various industry reports, by 2050, there will be a considerable population in India living in cities and two factors which are crucial for a sustainable smart city would be security and inter-operatibility of various platforms.

  • Fri
    Aug
    30
    2019
    The UAE is the first in government electronic and mobile services maturity index

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been ranked first in the Arab region in Government Electronic and Mobile Services (GEMS) Maturity Index, according to a report issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). This indicator is a measuring tool of progress at the national level in achieving transition to digital services

    GEMS Maturity Index measures the maturity of government services provided through online portals and smart Apps in the Arab countries. It seeks to bridge the gap of most international indicators, in terms of identifying the service development, usability and user satisfaction.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    Taiwan and Thailand to collaborate on smart city development

    The System Integration Promotion Alliance (SIPA), a program from Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), recently brought a delegation composed of smart city and IoT companies to Bangkok.

    The group attended the Smart City Industry Forum and the Taiwan-Thailand Industrial Collaboration Summit (TTICS) among other activities.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochiites’ wait for corporation’s online services gets longer

    Disputes over sharing of data and its integration delayed the project

    Ever tried downloading the birth certificate of your child from the website of the Kochi Corporation? Or attempted to pay property tax or secure building permit online?

    You can get all these jobs done online elsewhere in the State but not from the Kochi Corporation, one of the biggest civic bodies in the State.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    Smart cities vulnerable to IoT-based cyber attacks

    As cities race to install internet-of-things networks to enable smart city development, they are making insufficient investment in digital security, according to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research.

    Over half of the $135 billion projected to be spent protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks in 2024 will go to the financial, IT and defense sectors. The rest will be split among energy, health care, public security, transportation and water and waste sectors, "leaving them woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks," ABI Research officials said.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu government keen to give Internet connectivity to all houses

    The State government was moving in the direction of providing Internet connectivity for all houses in order to provide services of various departments at their doorsteps, R.B. Udhayakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management and Information Technology, said on Wednesday.

    Inaugurating the Centre for Applied Research and Data Sciences at Indian Institute of Management Tiruchi (IIM-T), established under collaboration with Tamil Nadu e-governance agency, he said the government considers bandwidth connectivity as important as food, shelter and clothing. He said the tie-up would pave way for better quality of service through the e-seva centres. IT applications would gradually be incorporated into all departments.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    CA: Smart cities dumb down privacy concerns

    Will Sidewalk Labs be kicked to the curb in Toronto? Dave Lewis takes a closer look at the controversies surrounding the Google-backed initiative

    Smart cities are all the rage these days. From Singapore, Dubai, and Toronto, these so-called digital utopias are catching all of the headlines.

    One such project in Toronto, Canada, has been faced with pushback. The smart city initiative, run by Sidewalk Labs and backed by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been generating a lot of concern here in Canada from a privacy perspective.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    UAE gets 31st rank in global Digital Quality of Life (DQL) study

    The investigation was carried out in 65 countries.

    Goddy Ray, DQL research lead at Surfshark believes that our lives are profoundly affected by our digital well-being as over half of the population is using the internet. By conducting this survey, DQL wanted to understand what matters most for people in the digital sphere and compare digital experiences around the world.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    ZA: E-government MEC pushes for youth skills boost

    Gauteng finance MEC and head of the Department of e-Government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, has called on ICT companies to step up efforts to upskill youths in the province.

    This comes as the e-government department, in partnership with Altron, has introduced the Soweto-leg of its socio-economic development (SED) programme and workforce management institute.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    Smart city report

    Smart cities’ are harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT) to make more intelligent, efficient, and sustainable transport and other services. However, digital security investments in smart cities are severely lagging thus seeding the future vulnerabilities of the IoT ecosystem, it is claimed.

    The Financial, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and defence industries will account for more than half, 56pc of the US$135 billion projected total cyber security spend in critical infrastructure in 2024, finds the market advisory firm ABI Research. The remaining 44pc of the 2024 spend will be split between the energy, healthcare, public security, transport and ‘water and waste’ sectors – leaving them woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to the research report.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    US: New Smart City Challenge Will Transform Mobility, Improve Lives

    Parsons Wants to Shorten Commute Times and Improve Mobility and Safety at Intersections

    Parsons Corporation and its partners proudly announce the first Smart Cities Challenge — titled Transforming Intersections — that will significantly increase mobility around cities and reduce the amount of time citizens spend at red lights.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    US: Taxpayer First Act: Improving identity verification and modernizing the IRS

    With citizens' PII at risk, some federal agencies like the IRS are moving away from knowledge-based verification. It's time for them all to follow suit.

    Reducing costs and efficiently serving customers online is an objective of most organizations. This is also true for most federal agencies, but since the first website was created, federal agencies have faced the constant challenge of verifying the identities of their online users. Large-scale breaches have put citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII) up for sale on the dark web, increasing the challenges of identity verification. How can you be certain who is accessing a website and transacting business?

  • Mon
    Aug
    26
    2019
    US: Ohio: Columbus to launch publicly managed single payment platform across transportation modes

    Siemens Mobility and Bytemark to provide new technology that will integrate into expanding Smart Columbus Operating System.

    Siemens Mobility and Bytemark will be working together to provide a common payment solution for Columbus, Ohio’s Smart Columbus trip planning app, a publicly operated platform single-account, single-payment system that allows public and private mobility service to be paid using a single account-based payment system.

  • Mon
    Aug
    26
    2019
    IN: Punjab: eSewa for arms licensing

    To cut down on time for various services related to issuance of arms licence, the Punjab Government has brought at least 23 related services under eSewa, an application developed by the Punjab State eGovernance Society.

    The services were earlier being processed through District Magistrate Offices. Now, all arms licensing- related services are to be processed through eSewa application. All changes in the Arms Rules, 2016, that were notified last year, have been incorporated in the new application.

  • Sun
    Aug
    25
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Airtel Ties Up With UP Govt For Egovernance Initiative

    • Airtel has announced a statewide area network for UP called UPSWAN 2.0
    • The initiative will make digital government services accessible to people in rural areas
    • 885 points of presence provide secure and high-speed delivery to signed-up users

    Telecom operator Airtel has announced that will implemented a future-ready state wide area network (SWAN) for the Uttar Pradesh government to provide citizens access to the government’s digital services.

  • Sun
    Aug
    25
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore: Smart city official pushes for waste-to-energy plant

    An independent director of the Coimbatore Smart City Limited has presented a project idea to the city corporation to set up a waste-to-energy plant to manage solid waste.

    At a press interaction on Saturday, independent director G Krithiha said such a plant could be a feasible way to manage solid waste dumped in the city’s dump yard and also to manage the increasing inflow of waste. “I studied the solid waste management in the city and took stock of the number of garbage bins. I also mapped arterial roads and studied how often garbage is being removed,” she said.

  • Sun
    Aug
    25
    2019
    AU: City planning goes virtual with 'digital twin' tech

    Australia touts new '4D' modelling of infrastructure as boon for region's urban planning.

    Australia is integrating new technologies into its urban centres and one of the projects that showcase this urban development innovation is "Data61".

  • Sat
    Aug
    24
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: With 18 months to go, completing Smart City projects an uphill task

    Under the Smart City, the selected local body can devise projects worth ` 1,000 crore which should be implemented in five years.

    With the deadline for completing the Smart City Mission projects, which were allotted under the 100 Smart City programme of the Centre, going to end in 2020, it will be an uphill task for the Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd (CSML) and Kochi Corporation to complete the entire work within this time.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    US: California: Temecula's online search portal for public records is now available

    Temecula has a new online search portal for public records. Custom search forms allow the user to find the most relevant documents. In addition to agendas, minutes, resolutions and ordinances, development and improvement plans, along with other records are also available. Building permits and other records will be coming online soon. Users can search various fields or via a location pinpointed on a map.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    MyPay Launches its Government Digital Payments Platform

    Home-grown tech company Dapat Vista announced the official launch of its government e-payments service, MyPay.

    They first announced they foray into the market in January 2019 when they launched the beta version of their service, the company started out as a SMS service provider for various government departments and agencies since 2000.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    Reliance on e-services has become a security issue in Estonia as it pioneers eGovernment

    Estonia's president calls on state to develop cyber-security, cryptography capabilities after an earlier ID card crisis put half the population at risk of id theft.

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has announced that her country must develop its cyber-security and cryptography capabilities to support the development of e-state services, and avoid a repetition of Estonia’s 2017 ID card crisis which has exposed various institutional weaknesses.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    US: Public Safety is at the Heart of the Smart City Movement

    Cities, in collaboration with the private sector and technology providers, will be creating ecosystems of systems

    According to a report released by the UN in 2018, more than half of the world’s population lives in an urban area or city. This number is expected to rise to almost 70 percent in the next 30 years. While people move to cities for a variety of reasons, we all have one expectation in common: that we will be safe.

  • Thu
    Aug
    22
    2019
    What Role Does Mobility Play in Smart Cities?

    Urban transportation systems are undergoing an evolution by using mobility and IoT systems to optimize their processes.

    Mobility is both the means to and measure of a smart city. Defined by moving people and goods across an urban environment, increasing mobility is a critical objective for cities as they become more populated, congested and further strained by demands on aging infrastructure. Location data is the heartbeat of mobility in smart cities as it connects everything physical to digital. Smart mobility enables people and objects to live, move and interact faster, safer and in a more efficient way than ever before. Forward-thinking cities and governments are looking for advanced location technology to fuel invention and solutions to optimize their cities.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Call centre to handle citizens’ transport grievances

    After a one-and-a-half-year delay, the transport department is finally getting ready to bring an in-bound call centre. The last date to call for bids is August 13. A meeting was held on Tuesday with a few bidders and a five-member committee was formed to select from them.

    The call centre consists of an inbound call centre support, a project manager, infrastructure charges and centralised voice recording. The overall costs is estimated to be Rs 4,20,000. The centre will work from 9 am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It will also handle complaints received from various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    Digital quality of life: Australia tops rankings despite ‘third-world’ broadband

    Highly affordable mobile internet has propelled Australia to the top of a global ‘digital quality of life’ index despite the nation’s beleaguered broadband network delivering some of the world’s slowest internet speeds.

    Australia was ranked first out of 65 countries in the 2019 Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index released this week by internet privacy company Surfshark.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    3 “First Step” Smart City Projects You Can Begin in 2019

    You don't have to reinvent everything to start your smart city journey. Here are 3 “first-step” smart city projects you can begin in 2019.

    Studies show that by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s people will be living in cities. With rapid urbanization, the concept of the smart city has become more and more popular.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    IN: Soon, a single mobile app for all public services in Chandigarh

    BEL is already engaged by UT to develop its integrated control command centre (ICCC) in Sector 17 that will serve as a nerve centre to monitor traffic, water supply, sewerage and other public services.

    In a move to ease lives of city residents, Chandigarh will soon have a single mobile application for all major public services.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    Digital transformation will generate better opportunities for Vietnamese citizens

    Digital transformation is expected to increase labour productivity by 21% in 2020.

    The Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Dur Damn, said that digital transformation is an opportunity for Vietnam to create greater market value for its businesses, make organisations more efficient, and offer better opportunities for every citizen.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    US: Nevada: Las Vegas Is Getting a $7.5 Billion “Smart City”

    Autonomous cars, self-healing sidewalks and supertrees abound

    When you think eco-friendly and zero waste, your thoughts obviously turn to, well, not Las Vegas.

    That could change: Bleutech Park is a proposed $7.5 billion “digital infrastructure mini-city” in the Las Vegas Valley that promises to be a model of efficiency and technology.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    Vietnam sets up data bank of over 10,000 medicine for first time

    The Vietnam Drug Administration under the Ministry of Health yesterday launched the data bank Drugbank.vn with information of over 10,000 domestically circulated medicines.

    Moreover, the bank has data of 41 drug producers, distributors and pharmacists with practicing certificates and data which can aid users to look for information easily in computers or smart phones.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    Smart Cities: A Decade of Progress

    The last ten years have seen considerable progress in the field of interconnected municipal processes with more and more cities adopting Smart City technologies.

    In just a little over a decade, smartphones have effected profound changes in our lives. They’ve given people around the world new ways to communicate, connect and consume, and, as a result, they’re widely seen as indispensable.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat Smart City gets its DPR

    Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Pasighat Smart City is being prepared now, under the mission, in a bid to boost the cities renovation.

    Work to convert Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh into a smart city is picking up pace with the detailed project reports of the projects under the mission.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    IN: Goa: Labour dept goes ditigal, ends physical return filing

    As part of the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) outlined by the Union ministry of commerce and industry, Goa’s department of labour and employment has gone digital and eliminated the physical process of filing annual returns under 10 labour laws. The commissioner for labour and employment Jayant Tari said that firms will now have to file their returns and comply with labour laws in electronic format on the Goa Online website.

    “Therefore, all the employers, contractors, users and other concerned person are hereby directed to file their returns in respect of applicable acts and rules only through online system,” Tari said.

  • Sun
    Aug
    18
    2019
    PH: Cagayan: ‘Chinese venture on Fuga not risky’

    Officials of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) here allayed fears about the risk of allowing Chinese private investors to develop Fuga Island into a multibillion-dollar Smart City.

    The proposed project for Fuga Island is the “One Belt One Road Fuga Island New Smart City,” a master planned $2-billion development that will include a high-technology industrial park and a medical school, according to Sec. Raul Lambino, CEZA administrator and chief executive officer.

  • Sun
    Aug
    18
    2019
    Should Ghana Collaborate With Estonia To Speed Up Our E-Governance Initiative In Cost-Effective Fashion?

    One has often wondered why Ghana has not made our relationship with Estonia - such as it is - a top foreign policy objective. Estonia, after all, is a global leader in e-governance - and our country can gain a lot from collaborating with its enlightened leadership, in the quest to digitised our system.

    In the drive to enable Ghana grow and expand its e-governance ecosystem, the possibility of our country being ripped off by commercial partnerships formed between the high-level rent-seeking cabals in our system, and the unethical executives of foreign tech companies, should never be discounted. A classic example is the U. S.$72 millions spent on what eventually turned out to be useless software for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

  • Sat
    Aug
    17
    2019
    Myanmar Satellite-2 to provide better connectivity across country: official

    Myanmar Satellite-2, which was launched into space in French Guiana Wednesday, will provide better connectivity across Myanmar, even in remote areas, an official of Transports and Communications Ministry told Xinhua on Thursday.

    The Myanmar Sat-2 will provide faster connectivity and high-speed rates not only for mobile internet but also other communication networks across the country, said U Win Aung, chief engineer of Information Technology and Cyber Security Department under the ministry.

  • Sat
    Aug
    17
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat Smart City Project Gains Momentum

    Works on Pasighat Smart City in Arunachal Pradesh is getting momentum with the detailed project report (DPRs) of the projects under the mission is under preparation.

    Pasighat, the centurion town in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was included in the third smart cities list by the Centre in June 23, 2017 and the statement and guidelines have been framed for Smart City Mission.

  • Fri
    Aug
    16
    2019
    AU: Sydney to assemble citizen jury to help shape future city plan

    The Australian city is partnering with newDemocracy, a leading foundation working in citizen participation, to design and oversee the jury process.

    Sydney has sent out invitations to 15,000 random households in its hunt to involve “50 everyday people” in a citizens’ jury to feed into its new long-term plan, Sydney 2050.

  • Fri
    Aug
    16
    2019
    IN: IT Has Become Forefront Across All Departments Of Government: Padma Jaiswal, Secretary, Department Of Information Technology, Government Of Puducherry

    The imminent dignitaries attended were Padma Jaiswal, Secretary at Department of Information Technology in Government of Puducherry; Vidya Sagar Jagadam, IT Advisor to CM, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Rishikesh Patankar, Vice President at CSC e-Governance Services India & COO, CSC Academy.

    Propounding how severe the situation of Cyber Security is, Padma Jaiswal, Secretary at Department of Information Technology in Government of Puducherry says, “There are so many organized crimes happening as so many startups have dedicated systems to exploit the faults in the system. Cyber security hence has become the key necessity and so IT has become forefront across all departments of Government.”

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    Iraq sets sights on e-com opportunities: UNCTAD

    Iraq is laying the foundations for e-commerce after years of violence, government officials said during a dialogue on e-commerce and the digital economy late last month in Baghdad. The event started week-long consultations that are part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) assessment of the country’s readiness to engage in e-commerce.

    This is the first such exercise in a non-least developed country, according to an UNCTAD press release.

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    AU: Northern Territory: City of Darwin’s Smart Technology Framework to Ensure Community Safety and Privacy

    Darwin City Council has resolved to implement privacy and security best practice in the gathering, storage and analysis of data collected through its smart technology.

    Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said “The framework Council has agreed to establish will provide an overarching guide to the management of data gathered through our smart technologies and address data privacy, ethics and security.”

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    IN: Punjab Launches Paperless Human Resource Management System

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar Wednesday said the provincial government has launched the largest paperless Human Resource Management (HRM) system in the history of the country.

    In a Tweet, he said all necessary details of around 400,000 teachers were available online and they would not have to move around offices for solution to their petty matters.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    RW: Experts push for private investments in public service digitisation projects

    Rwanda has been promoting ICTs as one of the enablers of socio-economic development and transformation, and part of the journey was to digitise public services.

    Many countries across the globe currently recognise the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in promoting government initiatives and driving services delivery.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    CU: E-government in Havana?

    How can we “participate in the construction of public policies” if they are not published? Are they secret?

    The electronic city, the intelligent city! Have we reached the future? We thus witness with amazement the increasing computerization of life in the cities. They are filling up with all kinds of sensors, GPS, cameras, which allow the public administration to monitor traffic, traffic lights, pollution, accidents, procedures, transactions…and also the citizens. These, in addition, carry their “smart” phone that makes it possible to know in real time where we are, when buses, trains, taxis arrive…we have access to infinite information, we communicate with everyone and enjoy e-commerce, e-banking, e-government….

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    Development Projects of Iran Regarding E-government

    On Friday, the head of the administration e-government development center said that about 23 priority projects have to be implemented by various organizations for promoting e-government in Iran. Some of the projects on the agenda include e-tax, e-signature, e-health, and smart identity, said Sharareh Bakhtjou.

    She explained that the projects would be completed by the end of March 2021. She added that the implementation of these projects would not only solve the problems of the citizens but also improve the e-government. She said that a working group comprising of our members was already formed for monitoring the activities of e-government.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    How smart city technologies are changing the world

    As technologies continue to advance across the globe, CSO Magazine evaluates the innovations smart cities have to offer

    Sidewalk Labs

    Owned by Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs is one of the most prominent smarty city-focused companies. The firm aims to improve urban living by addressing issues such as rising rent prices and environmental damage. “New technology can help, but people can’t afford to wait for digital advances to transform the urban environment. So we’re creating a new type of place to accelerate urban innovation and serve as a beacon for cities around the world,” the company claims. Debuting its technologies in Toronto, Canada, the company is working on a project on the Eastern Waterfront. Sidewalk Labs is working with Waterfront Toronto and the local community to improve mobility, housing and real estate, city services and public spaces by making them more safe, sustainable and efficient.

  • Tue
    Aug
    13
    2019
    IE: Forestry payment applications to go fully online

    The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is moving to a completely online forestry grant and premium system from January 1, 2020.

    Announced by Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, Andrew Doyle, it was revealed that the system will be open for use from this November for applications for 2020 forestry premium payments which are due to be paid in early January.

  • Mon
    Aug
    12
    2019
    US: Nevada: $7.5B smart city project announced in Las Vegas Valley

    Dive Brief:

    • Real estate investment trust Bleutech Park Properties announced plans for a $7.5 billion project in the Las Vegas Valley that will showcase a range of smart city technology, from autonomous vehicles to internet of things (IoT) devices to smart buildings with "self-healing concrete." The project will break ground in December and is projected to take six years to complete.
    • The mixed-use "mini-city" will include affordable workforce housing, offices, retail space, luxury housing, hotels and entertainment venues, according to a company announcement. It will rely on renewable energy from a variety of sources and showcase energy storage, waste-heat recovery, water purification, waste treatment and localized air cleaning.
    • The project is not affiliated with the city of Las Vegas and will not be within the city’s jurisdiction, city spokesman Jace Radke told Smart Cities Dive.

  • Mon
    Aug
    12
    2019
    Vietnam learns from Japanese experience in building an e-government

    A working delegation of the Government led by Minister and Chairman of the Government’s Office Mai Tien Dung attended a session in Tokyo, Japan on August 5 to seek experience in developing e-government.

    On behalf of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Director General of JICA Tokyo, Hiroyuki Kinomoto welcomed the Vietnamese delegation, saying that JICA wishes to share their knowledge and experience of Japan with Vietnamese experts, thereby contributing to improving the investment and business environment in Vietnam, as well as the development of an e-government in Vietnam.

  • Sun
    Aug
    11
    2019
    Philippines government introduces regulation to boost e-invoicing

    The Philippines government has announced introducing regulations to support convenient e-government public services, including e-invoicing adoption.

    Outlined in the Philippine Digital Transformation Strategy 2022, released in February 2019 by the government, the goal is to have fully integrated and deployed e-government systems by 2022. The DICT, the agency in promoting e-governance, is in charge of developing an integrated government portal, which will allow the public to access various government services online. The portal is still undergoing pilot testing, and will likely be implemented by the end of the year, supporting at least online services provided by major government agencies, the DICT secretary told Business World last week. The Department of Finance (DoF) will also undergo a digital transformation and has already developed a long-term strategy with the goal of improving online service to the public.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune Smart City project brought good footpaths; but falls short on other promises

    Initiative in Aundh, Baner, Balewadi (ABB) has failed on certain specific fronts - resident engagement, public transport and smart parking initiatives

    While there was much excitement when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Smart City Mission in Balewadi in 2016, many of the residents today feel that despite all the publicity razzmatazz, several things are missing from the big list of promised projects.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    NITDA outlines regulations for Nigeria’s ICT sector

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has outlined five new regulatory instruments for the improvement of the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Nigeria.

    Speaking on the development, the Director-General of NITDA, Isa Ibrahim, disclosed this at the second quarter public presentation of the regulatory instruments on Friday in Abuja.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    VN: Efforts to promote e-Government in Vietnam

    There has been a positive shift in the awareness of the progress made towards building a digital government, ensuring the links between IT and administrative reform.

    Over recent years, the Vietnamese government has pushed for the development of IT applications and an e-Government in the state agencies’ operation, aiming to better serve people and businesses.

  • Fri
    Aug
    09
    2019
    Thoughts on smart cities

    The era of smart cities is happening as we speak.

    Do an online search for ‘smart city’ and you’ll find a plethora of articles about it, as well as examples of cities around the world such as Barcelona, New York, Dubai and Singapore that are transforming through the use of smart technologies such as smart data, smart mobility and smart transportation.

  • Fri
    Aug
    09
    2019
    UG: How govt online portal is boosting service delivery

    Last month, National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) recognised and awarded government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) for playing a remarkable role in availing online government services to the public.

    Through NITA-U mandated by NITA-U Act 2009, Uganda government has since established an E-Government Portal which is www.gou.go.ug.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    US: California: Riverside County: Temecula launches new public records search portal

    The City of Temecula announced on Wednesday, July 31 a new online search portal for public records that they promised would make searching easier than ever.

    According to a press release issued by the city's Legislative Director, Randi Johl, custom search forms allow the user to find the most relevant documents. In addition to agendas, minutes, resolutions, and ordinances, development and improvement plans, along with other records are also available.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    EC: Quito to launch facial recognition for public surveillance under smart city project

    Ecuadorian capital Quito will launch public biometric facial recognition as part of the country’s first digital city program after an agreement was signed by the mayor and the government’s ICT ministry (Mintel), BNamericas reports.

    The digital city initiative will include digitization of national identity cards and passports for a public safety project using facial recognition technology, as well as digital platforms to monitor parking spaces, track bus routes and estimated arrival times, and emergency systems in highway tunnels.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    PH: Right time for smart cities

    It was awe-inspiring to see the updated blue-print of the New Clark City unveiled by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon during the Pre-SONA in July 1. Construction of the Phase 1A, which includes an athletics stadium that can seat 20,000 individuals, and an aquatics center with a seating capacity of 2,000 will be finished by October 15. This is just one of the many phases of this ambitious $14-billion and three-decade long project that will boast sustainable buildings cleverly designed to reduce water and energy usage for an eco-friendly and cost-efficient living.

    New Clark City boasts as the country’s first smart and resilient metropolis. But the concept of smart city is nothing new.

  • Wed
    Aug
    07
    2019
    Quito to become Ecuador's first digital city

    Ecuador’s ICT ministry (Mintel) has signed an agreement with the mayor of capital Quito to develop the country's first digital city program.

    According to minister Andrés Michelena, the project will include digitalizing national identity cards and passports as part of a public safety drive using facial recognition technology.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    UA: Zelensky issues decree to boost e-government services

    Paper pushers could face extinction in Ukraine very soon, thanks to a July 29 decree signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky to make all government services electronic and online.

    The decree specifies 11 steps for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to roll out such e-services for Ukrainians. It includes auditing all the country’s registers, making them work together, and putting up a single website for access to such services.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    ZA: Three levels of smart city growth

    Smart cities need the operational technology foundation of smart panels and transformers, the middle layer of connected devices with edge control self-management and the top layer of real-time insights that can optimise services.

    “When asked how we can create a smart city, we need people to understand that there are three levels to the technology,” explains Taru Madangombe, vice-president of power systems in southern Africa for Schneider Electric.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    Investors and start-ups highlight what's holding Israel's smart cities back

    A recent event highlighted the difficulty smart city technology companies have breaking into the urban space and getting the ear of municipalities.

    A contradiction between the words “smart” and “city” is impeding the progress of smart cities in Israel – this was the verdict of one investor participating in a recent smart city technology event hosted by accountancy and consulting firm, BDO Israel.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Probe sought into delay in e-governance programme

    The LDF councillors on Monday staged a protest by squatting on the floor of the council hall demanding a probe into the delay in implementing the e-governance programme even as the State government has convened a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

    Leaving his seat, the LDF leader K.J. Anotny, who raised the issue, sat on the floor as the council meeting progressed. He was followed by Poornima Narayan and Prathibha Ansari, the two standing committee chairpersons from the LDF.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    VN: Efforts to promote e-Government building

    Over recent years, the Party and Government have always paid great attention to developing the application of information and technology (IT) and building an e-Government in the State agencies’ operation, aiming to better serve people and businesses.

    Right from the beginning of 2019, the Prime Minister has required a breakthrough in e-Government building as well as the completion of mechanisms, implementing experiments and putting several basic information systems into operation. In addition, the Government has issued Resolution No.17/NQ-CP (Resolution 17) on a number of key tasks and solutions to develop e-Government during the 2019-2020 period, with orientations toward 2025. Under the drastic direction of the Government and the PM, along with efforts made by the ministries, agencies and localities as well as support from the international community and both domestic and foreign experts, Vietnam has gained positive results in implementing e-Government. Most importantly, there has been a positive shift in the awareness of e-Government and the implementation towards digital Government, economy and society, ensuring the links between IT and administrative reform.

  • Mon
    Aug
    05
    2019
    Making the smart city safe and secure

    According to UN projections, 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. As cities grow, municipal governments are investing in infrastructure and applications to improve operations, services for constituents, and the overall urban experience. Composed of the internet of things, "smart cities," aimed to optimize operations, present new security and privacy risks to city leaders and citizens alike.

  • Mon
    Aug
    05
    2019
    PK: National Highway Authority launches E-billing system

    National Highway Authority (NHA) has launched E-billing system to facilitate its contractors and ensure transparency.

    Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad on Monday, Communications Minister Murad Saeed said E-billing system is part of e-governance programme of the PTI government, which will help save time and eradicate the commission culture.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    KR: Busan City, Amazon Web Services sign a pact to develop smart city Initiatives

    Busan Metropolitan City and Amazon Web Services (AWS) signed an agreement on July 25 at Busan Cloud Innovation Center to develop smart city initiatives and strengthen innovation in the public sector.

    The agreement is aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation based on the success of the startup initiative made through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the city of Busan and AWS in March 2016.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    NG: Kaduna ranks highest in e-governance

    Kaduna State has emerged as the best state in an e-governance ranking carried out by the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, CIAPS.

    The research which was a joint project by the students of media and journalism and students of digital media saw Kaduna leading in Nigeria with 72 per cent, followed closely by Delta State with 70 per cent and Anambra State with 65.5 per cent.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    AE: RTA’s self-driving transport tests begin

    Winners to be selected next month

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to embark on the practical tests programme for selecting winners of the Leaders Category of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport in collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) this August. Conducting the tests follows a preparatory phase that took place in June and July 2019.

    The Challenge Awards are more than $5 million divided into three categories: Leaders of five companies from different countries, Startups and academia for university and college students.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    VN: Building e-government must also ensures people's privacy

    More than 400 international and local experts and enterprises yesterday gathered at a national conference on electronic government.

    They analysed challenges and offered solutions to help the development of the national public service port and an electronic one-stop information system.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    Global cities are increasingly becoming dependent on technology

    Cities around the world are increasingly becoming dependent on technology as according to a report by NLC. These trends are disrupting workplaces and companies need to be aware of the changes and seek to adapt in order to remain competitive.

    Smart cities - connected spaces where technology is integrated into business and social life - are growing. ABI’s Smart Cities Competitive Assessment report names Singapore as the world’s leading smart city, primarily due to innovations with driverless taxis and shuttles. Most other major capitals are following suite, developing automated and connected technologies. This leads to questions as to how the smart city is altering the way we work.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad to soon get mobile app-based parking facility at 24 metro rail stations

    Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) launched 'Park Hyderabad' project, which is a paid parking facility with digital systems and mobile app at 24 Metro Rail stations across the city.

    Hyderabad is set to add another jewel to its crown as metro commuters in the city will soon be able to book parking spots with a mobile app. The new project will let commuters book parking spots using the cloud-based parking management system, and it integrates features like digital payments via a mobile app for parking. Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) launched ‘Park Hyderabad’ project, which is a paid parking facility with digital systems and mobile app at 24 Metro Rail stations across the city.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    AZ: Government issues over 20,000 e-signature certificates

    Provision of citizens with e-government services not only simplifies the access for social services, but also contributes to the transition to the digital government in the country.

    The National Certification Center issued 20,376 certificates of e-signature in the first half of 2019, said the Information Computing Center under Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    National ID cards planned for all Cayman residents

    Every person in Cayman could soon be required to carry a national identity card.

    Government is compiling a database of all individuals on the island with the aim of implementing a national ID scheme next year, Commerce Minister Joey Hew said Wednesday.

    He said each card would carry a unique chip and an identity number that would link to government’s database – which he referred to as a “register of natural persons”.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    VN: National seminar talks e-Government

    More than 400 domestic and foreign delegates discussed e-Government at a national seminar in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 26.

    They focused on such topics as digital transformation in State management, technological models and solutions, and administrative reform.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    PK: KP Govt Endeavours To Promote IT, E Governance: Kamran Bangash

    Special Assistant to the Chief Minister for Science and Technology, Kamran Bangash here Wednesday said establishment of performance management and reforms unit was welfare of people and to bring transparency in dispensation of official work.

    He said the unit would help ensure self accountability, bring improvement in service delivery and promotion of E- Governance in the province.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    NG: NITDA unveils data regulation framework

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Tuesday presented the implementation framework of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and the National Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) to stakeholders in the Information Technology Industry.

    According to the agency’s Director-General Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, represented by Director, E-government, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the NDPR was launched in January, while the NCCP was launched on May 17.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    TT: Making cities smarter starts with a plan

    THERE IS general agreement within the region that digital transformation is not only desirable; it’s both necessary and overdue.

    In his feature address at the launch of CANTO’s 2019 conference at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday, Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte cited forward looking quotes by Grenada PM Keith Mitchell and Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank, before adding his own solemn warning.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    SG: When a smart city is ruined by selfish, anti-social behaviour

    With near-daily headlines about some of them hitting and injuring pedestrians, others racing on roads at high speed and the rides even causing fires, you’d expect personal mobility device (PMD) riders to be trying a little more to stay out of trouble.

    Yet, it was no surprise that, on a jog just now, I easily found more reminders of the menace. A youngster sped down a road in a PMD at car speeds, another on a pavement honked at everyone to give way and yet another failed to slow down round a corner, nearly colliding into me.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    AE: AI Top Interest For Emirati Youth: Minister Of State For Artificial Intelligence

    Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, AI, said that modern technology has been increasingly grabbing the attention of the Emirati youth, a key indicator to the importance of enhancing their skills and knowledge on the tools and applications of artificial intelligence to help them create their own future.

    This came at the launch of the 2nd edition of the UAE AI Summer Camp on the July 22nd in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Qaiwain, which witnessed a wide participation of school students and university undergraduates from all over the country.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    Morocco embraces digital transformation, but pace is slow

    Morocco has set out an ambitious national strategy “Maroc Digital 2020” (Morocco Digital 2020) in a bid to boost the development of the digital economy sector, but several obstacles are still hindering its acceleration.

    The government’s Maroc Digital 2020, which is the continuity of the impetus created by the previous national strategy "Maroc Numeric 2013", seeks to reinforce the North African country’s position as a regional digital hub and enhance its digital skills and governance.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    Brazil launches new smart cities program

    After the national IoT plan, a digital transformation strategy and discussions around a 5G policy, the Brazilian government has launched a new smart cities program.

    An old program, launched in 2012 and called Cidades Digitais, aimed mostly to interconnect city-managed buildings with a fiber optic ring.

    Over 200 localities have received infrastructure and related initiatives under this program, which is being terminated.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    NL: Smart technology will transform Dutch neighbourhood

    A programme in the Netherlands is creating a smart neighbourhood as a pilot for how people could live in the future

    A neighbourhood in the Netherlands is to be transformed in a pilot project to design the urban environment in conjunction with new smart technologies for transport, health and energy.

    The locality, in Brandenvoort, will be a testing ground for new products, services and systems through the Brainport Smart District (BSD) project.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    US: Massachusetts: Boston mayor wants better management of ride-sharing services

    Mayor Martin Walsh says the city has to find ways to make ride-share part of sustainable and equitable transportation systems.

    Boston wants to bring in new legislation to further address congestion in the city by, for instance, imposing a per-mile fee on ride-hailing services which are travelling with no passengers during peak hours and making additional investment in public transit and infrastructure.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    US: Michigan: Ann Arbor: Autonomous Delivery Robots Find Place in Michigan Bike Lanes

    A company in Ann Arbor, Mich., is testing the hypothesis that full-sized autonomous vehicles are not the answer to making short-distance food or grocery deliveries, and is instead betting on small electric vehicles.

    Groceries, take-out dinners and other items could soon arrive via an autonomous robot in one Michigan city.

    An Ann Arbor-based company called Refraction AI has been testing its REV-1 autonomous delivery vehicles, which are about the size of a large wheelbarrow or cargo bike. The three-wheeled electric devices are designed to operate in bike lanes, or other areas at “the margins” of the roadway in the aim to stay out of the primary traffic flow.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    PH: ‘Very big’ improvement in telco services by 2020: Rio

    Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. on Tuesday said Filipinos will feel a big improvement in telecommunications (telco) services nationwide come 2020.

    “Our program for 2020 is that before the end of next year, our people will feel a very big improvement in our telecommunications services nationwide,” Rio said during ‘The Presser’ of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) attended by key clusters of the executive branch at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) building in Quezon City.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    IN: Goa: Panaji MLA seeks inquiry into role of Smart City Mission

    Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate on Tuesday demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant conduct a thorough inquiry into the functioning of the Smart City Mission, especially its chief executive officer (CEO) Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri.

    Monserrate, who took offence to the public works department (PWD) granting a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Smart City Mission to lay underground electricity cables in the state capital, said all such NOCs should be granted only through the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). He asked PWD minister Deepak Pauskar why his department had dealt the Smart City Mission and not the CCP.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    QA: Over 1.5 million transactions by MoI last month

    Over 1.5 million transactions were recorded by various departments of the General Directorate of Passports at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) last month within the framework of the services provided by the MoI to the general public.

    'The transactions completed by the General Directorate of Passports showed increase in the number of transactions as it reached to 1,556,867, said the Ministry of Interior on its official website.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    VN: PM requests e-Cabinet building be accelerated

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 23 demanded ministries, agencies and localities to speed up the e-Cabinet building and not let difficulties in terms of finance, connection or sharing hamper the work.

    He made the request at a teleconference between the National Committee on e-Government and the steering boards for e-Government and e-administration building of ministries, sectors and localities.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IE: E-licensing saves solicitors time and money – Clarke

    A free online register will shortly display all licensed premises in the country as the registration system moves online.

    Intoxicating liquor and club licences for pubs, hotels and restaurants will be viewable online eliminating the need to attend at a court office.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IN: Why crumbling Smart City Mission needs urgent intervention from PM Modi?

    The ambitious Smart City Mission was one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's key electoral promises in 2014. The scheme, launched on June 25, 2015, aimed to develop 100 cities across the country, making them citizen-friendly and sustainable.

    The total proposed investment in the selected cities under the scheme is over Rs. 2.05 lakh crore. But according to government data, a mere 33 per cent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects have been completed or are under implementation, utilising 25 per cent of the envisaged investment.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    PK: PITB-KPITB inked MoU to promote ICT services

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) was signed at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad.

    In order to promote bi-lateral cooperation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled services for the public and private sector in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IN: AYUSH GRID to digitise healthcare delivery

    Ministry of AYUSH has conceptualised AYUSH GRID Project for digitising its healthcare delivery at all levels which will serve as IT backbone for the entire sector covering the healthcare systems Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy.

    AYUSH Grid is envisaged as an omnibus digital eco-system that would lead to all round development of the AYUSH sector in fields of healthcare delivery at all levels, research, education, schemes and various health programs.

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    Ahead in 5G, Korea leads in smart city innovation and exports

    In February during an event in Busan, President Moon Jae-in said smart cities incorporating leading technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things and big data analysis, will improve the quality of life by raising public safety and efficiency.

    “Transportation, accident prevention, administrative processes, medical services and child care services, which have historically operated independently, will be connected more organically and efficiently.” Moon said. “With consolidated safety management systems, disaster information - like that related to earthquakes and fires - will immediately be sent out by alert, and this will reduce firefighter response time by five minutes, while the crime rate will drop 25 percent and vehicular accidents will be reduced roughly 50 percent.”

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