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  • Thu
    Oct
    06
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Road infra needed under Smart City still eludes Amritsar city

    Holy city lacks digital clocks at traffic lights, tow-away zones, designated protest sites, etc.

    Six years after the holy city was declared to be developed as a Smart City, its road infrastructure-related basic requirements like digital clocks at traffic lights, tow-away zones, designated protest sites, etc, have not yet been fulfilled. The ever-rising number of vehicles and shrinking road space necessitate widening roads, using modern gadgets, devising a plan and paying more attention to tackle the problem.

    For instance, many intersection traffic lights have not been provided with a digital clock to alert motorists to turn off/on ignition. Similarly, the city does not have a designated protest site, tow-away zones, separate lanes for autos and rickshaws, one-way traffic, paid parking zones, etc.

  • Thu
    Oct
    06
    2022
    US: Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee explores smart parking

    eXactpark smart parking platform will help improve parking access and traffic flow on UWM’s campus.

    The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has tasked eleven-x, a provider of smart city solutions, to improve the parking experience at its 104-acre main campus.

    Eleven-x will deploy its eXactpark parking monitoring solution that combines sensor-based space occupancy monitoring, real-time data, and intelligent enforcement amongst other features.

  • Wed
    Oct
    05
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Sagar: 36 projects under Smart City completed

    As many as 36 project works out of more than 74 under Sagar Smart City proposal have been completed under direction of Smart City CEO Rahul Singh Rajput.

    Rajput assumed the charge of Smart City CEO in March 2018 and his tenure is slated to end in September 2022. During his tenure, he garnered accolades and bagged eight awards for his work in Sagar district.

  • Wed
    Oct
    05
    2022
    MY: Eight states to get pioneer 'smart cities', says ministry

    The Communications and Multimedia Ministry through TM One will continue to keep its focus to realise the country's digital economy aspiration via the development of smart cities throughout the country starting with eight states.

    Its Deputy Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said among the cities involved are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya as well as major towns in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Penang, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak.

  • Wed
    Oct
    05
    2022
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: 216 projects worth ₹713 crore will make Shimla a smart city: Himachal CM

    Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday inaugurated a modern lift and foot-over bridge constructed at a cost of about Rs.3 crore at Vikasnagar in the first phase of the Smart City Mission. The 36-metre-high lift with a capacity of 20 people will provide great relief to the residents of Vikasnagar for easy access to the National Highway. A 53 metres long foot-over bridge along with this lift on Khalini-Panthaghati road will make it easier for the people to cross the road.

    The CM said that residents, employees and school children would benefit the most from this lift and foot-over bridge. He said that to supplement this phase-1 project, the execution of Phase-2 and Phase-3, comprising two more lifts with heights of 24 and 29 meters along with two foot-over bridges with a width of 44 and 47 metres, would be completed at a cost of ₹7.62 crore by coming June. This would enable the residents of Vikasnagar to have barrier-free access to Brockhurst, after which another pedestrian walkway project under execution with the cost of ₹12.78 crore would connect it to Chotta Shimla. He said that this project was being executed by Ropeways and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation Limited (RTDC).

  • Wed
    Oct
    05
    2022
    US: Citizens Demand Immediate Data from Municipalities

    City managers describe how their agencies alert residents about urban operations.

    During a panel on urban operations at Smart Cities Connect Fall 2022, Dan Hoffman, city manager for Winchester, Va., described his biggest smart city challenge in keeping citizens informed.

    “We still struggle with what people see on TV and in movies and what they experience in real life,” Hoffman said Tuesday at the conference outside Washington. D.C. “Most people don’t take the time to understand how the operations of a city work.”

  • Tue
    Oct
    04
    2022
    Will Saudi's smart city turn into a claustrophobic surveillance state?

    When Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled a $500 billion project of a world where humans, robots, and AI co-exist, many began to wonder if we are heading toward a utopian or dystopian future.

    Sixty years ago, The Jetsons cartoon series envisioned a utopian smart city that was set 100 years in the future. At the time, a society obsessed with technology, gadgets, and smart homes was nothing but pure wonder and whimsy.

    But today, the convergence of emerging technologies such as edge computing, IoT, and 5G is beginning to bring the concept of smart cities to life. However, as sci-fi meets reality, there is mounting concern around increasing the size of the threat landscape and the price tag that will come with progress. But despite these reservations, there is also an awareness that something needs to change.

  • Tue
    Oct
    04
    2022
    VN: Hanoi makes progress in administrative reform

    With serving people and businesses as the goal, Hanoi has simplified, replaced, or eliminated hundreds of administrative procedures, saving time and money and giving civil servants a greater sense of responsibility and professional ethics.

    Since last July, Hanoi has piloted a new urban administration model in 175 wards of 12 districts and Son Tay Town with no people’s council at the ward level. This should help Hanoi grow quickly and sustainably.

  • Tue
    Oct
    04
    2022
    A Global Push for More ‘15-Minute Cities’

    To combat climate change, the nonprofit group C40 Cities is partnering with a Danish firm to pilot walkable neighborhoods in five global cities.

    The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of about 100 global mayors that focuses on climate change and sustainability, is partnering with alternative asset manager Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP) to bring one of the buzziest concepts in urban planning — the “15-minute city” — to life in a handful of locations globally.

  • Tue
    Oct
    04
    2022
    US: Everything as a Service?: Government and the Cloud

    From “cloud first” to “cloud smart,” public-sector agencies have been moving systems off-premises for years. CIOs reflect on what is in the cloud, what can be and what it takes to make the leap.

    State and local IT leaders are galloping toward the cloud, whether they know it or not.

    Thirty-seven percent say they moved on-premise infrastructure to public cloud this past year, according to the 2022 CompTIA Public Technology Institute (PTI) State of City and County IT National Survey. And 32 percent said that migrating systems and applications to the cloud will be a top priority in the next two years.

  • Tue
    Oct
    04
    2022
    US: Minnesota and Its Long Road to Electric Vehicle Transition

    The state aims to have 1 out of every 5 vehicles on its roads electric by 2030, yet less than 1 percent of registered vehicles in the state are EVs and just 10 school buses and eight public transit buses are electric.

    With transportation the country's top source of greenhouse gases, policymakers and scientists say electrifying what people drive is crucial to heading off climate disaster — particularly the cars, SUVs and pickups that pump out the majority of the deadly emissions.

  • Mon
    Oct
    03
    2022
    VN: EVN contributes to realising national digital transformation goals

    Electricity Vietnam (EVN) plans to nominate three of its self-developed automated products as “Make in Vietnam” ones as part of its efforts to contribute to the Government’s national digital transformation programme by 2025, with a vision to 2030.

    The three are among the six selected “Make by EVN” products developed by its affiliates, including three-phase electricity gauge, EVN electric vehicle charger, and smart remote fault indicator (SRFI) and fault diagnosis scheme (FDS) by the Central Power Corporation (CPC); outage management system (OMS) by the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation (EVNHCMC); remote data collection software EVNHES by the EVN Information and Communications Technology Company (EVNICT); and the load dispatch digitalisation project by the Hanoi Power Corporation (EVNHANOI).

  • Mon
    Oct
    03
    2022
    AE: Dubai set to be hub of metaverse, blockchain

    Metaverse, an avant-garde creation of the blockchain development world, promises to deliver a trailblazing experience

    The UAE is already a budding space for the metaverse, with over 1,000 company headquarters in the country

    Dubai has already positioned itself as the Global Capital of Web 3.0 with its new metaverse and blockchain technology

  • Mon
    Oct
    03
    2022
    Platform urbanism – beyond the smart city

    Is the platform revolution turning what we though we knew about smart cities on its head, and will it ultimately determine the future of urbanism?

    That question was addressed by a panel of experts and policy makers during the Festival of Urbanism last week.

    Audience members heard that digital platforms – like fast delivery services, Uber, AirBnb, social media, online gaming and location apps – are changing not only how cities function and are organised, but how citizens interact with them.

  • Sun
    Oct
    02
    2022
    Digital transformation key to Indonesia's competitiveness: minister

    Digital acceleration was the key to boosting national competitiveness, with the value of Indonesia's digital economy projected to double to US$146 billion by 2025, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated.

    "Accelerating digital transformation is the key to unlocking our potential in global competitiveness and long-term development and empowering people and businesses to seize new market opportunities, particularly for post-pandemic recovery," the minister noted in an official statement received on Monday, September 19.

  • Sun
    Oct
    02
    2022
    Advancing Bangladesh with 5G and state-of-the-art networks

    Bangladesh’s communication service providers (CSPs) can help deploy high-performance networks required to turbo-charge their growth

    Bangladesh is placing innovation at the heart of its socioeconomic transformation.

    Guided by Digital and Smart Bangladesh initiatives, the government is now driven to turn the country into a high-income nation under Vision 2041.

  • Sun
    Oct
    02
    2022
    US: Closing the Digital Divide: Expanding Urban Broadband

    As broadband expansion efforts increase nationwide, digital equity advocates are working to ensure that urban communities are included. New federal funding opportunities are adding fuel to these efforts.

    Urban communities face unique challenges in effectively gaining broadband access, which primarily involve affordability and literacy.

    With the continuing rise of digital inclusion efforts nationwide, advocates are working hard to fill the gaps in rural communities through partnerships and other measures. And as government agencies plan for federal broadband distribution opportunities, there are steps to take to ensure digital inclusion efforts reach urban communities, those working in the space contend.

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    IN: Just 56% of Smart City Mission projects completed ahead of June 2023 deadline

    Varanasi, Surat, Agra, Chennai and Tumakuru are among the top 10 in project completion and funds utilisation

    On June 25, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s ambitious Smart Cities Mission (SCM). It aimed to make 100 cities ‘smart’ by providing better infrastructure, housing for everyone and ample developed open spaces.

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    Indian Railways Boosts Digital Payments, Online Services

    To promote the Digital India initiative in the Indian Railways, a statutory board of the Ministry of Railways, the government is encouraging passengers to purchase food through digital methods via catering units at railway stations. 8,878 static units have digital payment facilities, a press release has stated.

    Additionally, the government has provided handheld point of sale (PoS) machines at catering units to generate printed bills and invoices reflecting all details of transactions undertaken and to address complaints of overcharging. At present, 30,81 PoS machines are available on 596 trains. 4,316 static units have been provided with PoS machines.

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    Indonesia to Boost Digital Space Protection

    During the 21st anniversary celebration of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Minister Johnny G. Plate said that the nation would continue to strengthen its collaboration to boost its digital economy. He encouraged the ministries, institutions, the central and regional governments, and the private sector to confront the digital transformation problems collectively.

    The present concern, according to Minister Johnny, is cyberattacks that occur in the digital arena. He explained that readiness must also be balanced with the ability to prevent and contain cyber-attacks. “In various forms and ways, on the network as well as at the endpoints or endpoints to laptops, servers, gadgets and so on, you must have it. For that, we need to work together with the ministry’s institutions to ensure and to maintain that the firewall is well-available.”

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    IN: How Open Source Can Contribute To Smart Cities

    The government of India introduced the National Smart Cities Mission to develop smart cities pan India, making them citizen-friendly and sustainable. It said that the goal is to initially include 100 cities, with the deadline for completion of the projects set between 2019 and 2023

    The main objectives of creating a smart city environment was to optimise decision-making, creating infrastructures, and the orchestration of cyber and physical resources to address the existing challenges in urban areas. Enhancing the use and benefits of next-generation 5G, IoT, and edge by adding support for tactile internet applications would inspire living standards. However, the large-scale deployment of cyber-physical-social systems using open source has its own series of challenges that may require much more smart sensing and computing methods, advanced networking, and communication technologies to provide more pervasive services.

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    US: Wisconsin: Work begins on private $100M fiber network in Kenosha to enable 10-gig internet

    Construction is underway on a $100 million project to add fiber-optic networks in Kenosha that will enable internet speeds up to 10 gigabits, according to a Thursday announcement.

    New Jersey-based SiFi Networks will privately fund, own and operate the network, which the city approved in September 2020. Construction will take around three years to complete and will be conducted neighborhood by neighborhood, the announcement said. When fully implemented, the network will be available to all of the city's 40,000 households, as well as businesses and institutions in the city.

  • Sat
    Oct
    01
    2022
    IN: Goa to Implement Comprehensive Mobility & Parking Master Plan

    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was informed about various provisions made in the master plan for the improvement of junctions, and parking spaces

    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday held a meeting to discuss a comprehensive mobility plan for the State and Parking Master Plan for the capital city, Panaji.

  • Fri
    Sep
    30
    2022
    For smart cities, India needs smart EV charging infrastructure

    With the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ launched by the Ministry of Urban Development close to seven years back, the country has seen substantial growth in terms of developing the cities and making them more citizen-friendly and sustainable. A smart city is a metropolitan region that utilises various sorts of electronic strategies and technology to gather exclusive information about the residents of that city. Data acquired from that information is utilised to organise and distribute resources, assets, and administrations effectively, and consequently, that information is utilised to further develop the city.

    Smart cities are well equipped with modern technology and infrastructure to make the lives of citizens easy. For the past few years, the focus was on developing metros and roads for smarter mobility, high-tech offices, co-working spaces, and malls to give a push to smart infrastructure, and many such initiatives are being initiated. But with the growing population and global warming, the world is moving towards more sustainable ways of making the cities smarter and one of the major contributors to that is ‘Electric Vehicles’ or EVs.

  • Fri
    Sep
    30
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Integrated command centre ready for rollout

    The Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) is likely to open the facility, estimated to cost Rs 96 crore, by October-end

    An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), which aims to improve public grievance redressal system and help authorities in data-driven decision-making, is almost ready at the BBMP head office in Hudson Circle.

    The Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) is likely to open the facility, estimated to cost Rs 96 crore, by October-end.

  • Fri
    Sep
    30
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Is Nagpur living up to the Smart city name?

    While everyone in the city is doing their bit for the environment, the city buses don’t seem to contribute in the same manner.

    Lately, a lot of videos have been surfacing over social media of the state-run buses causing pollution. These buses are often seen releasing jet black clouds of smoke from the vehicles around the city. The buses are state-run but it seems like the concerned authorities have failed to maintain them in the city. Interestingly, as per sources, the buses are not fined by the police as well.

  • Fri
    Sep
    30
    2022
    US: Arkansas: Innovation Official Marquis Willis on Why Little Rock Is a Smart City to Watch

    Data insights can help the city identify potential land use and other changes.

    Web-based data analysis and visualization tools are helping Little Rock, Ark., combat crime, provide greater transparency and enhance a number of city services.

  • Fri
    Sep
    30
    2022
    Can smart streetlights kick-start smart city progress? Yes, they can.

    Besides saving energy and reducing costs, smart street lighting can provide a backbone for innovative and cutting-edge IoT city deployments.

    Local governments are interested in smart city deployments and growth; the SmartAmerica Growth challenge estimates that local administrations will invest more than $40 trillion over the next two decades in internet-of-things technology for smart cities. And cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Seattle are already heavily invested in smart city programs that focus on waste management, community engagement and reducing energy costs.

  • Thu
    Sep
    29
    2022
    Study: The European Commission’s objective of having 100 smart and climate-neutral cities by 2030 risks not being achieved

    Urgent policy measures including adequate funding, the creation of smart city task forces and the availability of high-quality connectivity will be required to overcome barriers and ensure the European Commission achieves its ambitious mission of 100 carbon-neutral and smart cities by 2030, a new Vodafone report today reveals.

    A comprehensive study across 10 European countries commissioned by Vodafone and conducted by Opinion Matters – ‘Fit for the Future Cities: How technology can accelerate sustainable change’ – surveyed 550 city experts with responsibility for technology and innovation to identify smart city adoption rates, opportunities and roadblocks.

  • Thu
    Sep
    29
    2022
    US: Arozona: Winslow: Citizens have their voices heard in WHI smart city presentation

    Citizens have their voices heard in WHI smart city presentation

    Winslow leaders have been in conversations with World Homes Initiative (WHI) and its partner companies to bring manufacturing jobs, agricultural development, and new homes to the city built with technology-based infrastructure. Last week, the public was invited to participate in those conversations with two presentations and a panel discussion where audience questions were addressed.

    The first presentation was given on Sept. 13 at the La Posada Hotel with over 50 people in attendance. During the presentation, World Homes Initiative President and Founder Charles Hedensten explained that the beginning phases of the WHI plan for Winslow is to build three manufacturing facilities, several hundred homes and create jobs. The group also plans to bring cutting edge technology to their projects and inject resources into the school district and municipal infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Sep
    29
    2022
    RoK firms partner in providing solutions for smart cities in Vietnam

    H20 Hospitality Ltd., a tech-based hospitality management startup, on September 21 announced that it has partnered with cloud service management company Bespin Global Co. in operating digital solutions for smart city projects in Vietnam.

    The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two sides was for the integration and joint operation of the THT-Bespin Smart City Hub platform. It was signed between H2O Hospitality CEO John Lee and Kim Tae-ho, country director of Bespin Global Vietnam, in Seoul, reported the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Yonhap news agency.

  • Wed
    Sep
    28
    2022
    NG: Lagos State emphasises need for Smart City project

    The Lagos State Government has emphasised the need for the state to be technology-driven to become a Smart City Hub in Africa, thereby measuring up with the demand of the 21st century.

    The General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), Bisola Coker-Odusote, who stated this, noted that the ministry’s third annual stakeholders’ conference, which will hold on October 4, was planned to set the government’s infrastructural approach to achieve the project.

  • Wed
    Sep
    28
    2022
    WeRide launches first fully driverless robobus ride in Mideast

    WeRide, a global leader in autonomous driving, joined hands with Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) for the first test ride of driverless robobus in the Middle East. WeRide had earlier launched the driverless robotaxi service in Abu Dhabi.

    This is the first fully driverless test ride of robobus in the Middle East country which will run from today (September 19) until September 22.

  • Wed
    Sep
    28
    2022
    US: New York City expands public LoRaWan network

    Senet’s integration partnership with the Helium Network provides access to more than 27,500 Helium-compatible hotspots in the New York City area, densifying and extending LoRaWan network coverage.

    New York City has expanded the build-out of a public LoRaWan network across all five boroughs of the city.

  • Wed
    Sep
    28
    2022
    AE: DubaiNow app expanded to enable minor accident reporting

    Digital Dubai has collaborated with Dubai Police on the initiative which aims to cut waiting time, reduce efforts for police patrols and decrease traffic jams by allowing motorists to follow a simple and quick online procedure.

    Digital Dubai is working with Dubai Police to add a new service to the Vehicles and Security Services section of its DubaiNow application allowing users to report minor accidents.

  • Tue
    Sep
    27
    2022
    NG: Leveraging Technology To Make Lagos A Smart City -Techuncode, Vatebra Hub

    Lagos state is one of the cities around the world that has attained the status of a mega city. However, like other mega cities of the world, Lagos is faced with many challenges such as poor waste management, transport problems, insecurity and food crises. Consequently, it needs to transform from a mega city status to a smart city wherein everything works seamlessly. Lagos needs to leverage technology to transform to a smart city.

    This was the submissions suggested by professionals from transportation, housing, education, technology, media and other walks of life who assembled at the Techuncode and Vatebra Hub activation to discuss how technology can transform Lagos to a smart city.

  • Tue
    Sep
    27
    2022
    US: Ohio: Cleveland wants to use artificial intelligence to fight illegal dumping

    The city of Cleveland will work with Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University on a solution for illegal dumping that’s powered by artificial intelligence.

    The end product will ideally provide new city-owned technology that Cleveland could use to identify people responsible for dumping, according to Roy Fernando, chief innovation and technology officer under Mayor Justin Bibb, who has promised to use technology to improve city services.

  • Tue
    Sep
    27
    2022
    ZW: Matabeleland South: Figtree positions for place among smart cities

    The transformation of Figtree settlement into a smart city has started taking shape with technical teams working with Bulilima Rural District Council as Government moves to fully implement the smart cities concept in line with the recently launched climate policy.

    Government adopted the smart city concept which is a global phenomenon as part of the country's modernisation thrust.

  • Tue
    Sep
    27
    2022
    Smart Cities Are Already Online, And Getting Smarter

    Citizens and governments will be connected in ways that we’ve never seen before. IoT will deliver huge opportunities and benefits to smart cities, but this level of interconnectivity will also bring its own set of challenges.

    Smart cities, defined as areas in which technology is used for the betterment of an urban area, are already being utilized around the world to improve quality of life, efficiency, and reduce costs.

  • Mon
    Sep
    26
    2022
    The Line: Will Saudi Arabia’s 170-km mirrored city be the utopia it promises to be?

    It is touted as a post-carbon eco-city, with ‘progressive laws and ‘human experience’ at its heart.

    As climate change rapidly advances, many Middle Eastern states are aiming to make the transition from carbon-based economies to alternatives that attract people from around the world – for tourism, business, work or to live.

    One such example is a development known as NEOM, to be built in Saudi Arabia.

  • Mon
    Sep
    26
    2022
    FR: MaaS provider helps Paris realise 15-minute city goals

    Acton is rolling out its micromobility, all-in-one docking and charging stations for e-bikes and e-scooters, connecting key transportation hubs in the French capital’s 13th district.

    Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions provider Acton has begun rolling out its micromobility, all-in-one docking and charging stations in Paris.

  • Sun
    Sep
    25
    2022
    ID: Jakarta invites ITB's alumni to help develop smart city

    Deputy Governor of Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria has invited alumni of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to help develop the capital city into a smart city.

    "The theme is to upgrade Jakarta into a smart city for big data," the Deputy Governor was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Jakarta's Alumni Association (IA) of ITB here on Sunday.

  • Sun
    Sep
    25
    2022
    IN: 5G to be launched in Odisha in 1st phase

    It seems ‘Acche Din’(good times) is back for Odisha, which still ails from poor tele-connectivity particularly in the backward regions and Leftwing extremism-affected areas of the State.

    The State which was excluded from the first phase of 5G launch in the country has now got a ray of hope with the concerned Minister doing a flip-flop.

  • Sat
    Sep
    24
    2022
    Responsive cities

    As continuing urbanization places further pressure on infrastructure, space and the environment, the successful cities of tomorrow are likely to harness smart technology to become intuitive entities, able to respond quickly to the evolving behavioral patterns and needs of citizens.

    Cities are hubs of innovation and economic growth, but many are beset by strained infrastructure, polluted environments and growing social division. Pre-pandemic, research from the UN indicated that 68 percent of the world’s population were expected to live in urban areas by 2050, but changing attitudes to work and life are powering the big remote – urging individuals to reconsider their kinship with larger cities (1).

  • Sat
    Sep
    24
    2022
    Saudi Arabian City of the Future or Dystopian Nightmare

    In July, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the first details of “The Line,” a smart city in the $500 billion economic zone, Neom. However, it faces numerous challenges that may cast shadows on its most ambitious goals, writes Elia Preto Martini.

    Many experts were skeptical about the feasibility of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the creation of the $500 billion economic zone, Neom, when it was first announced in 2017. This should come as little surprise given the leaked documents mentioning flying cars and even an artificial moon. Compared with similar projects in China and Europe, Neom has attempted to raise the bar. The Saudi zone is planned to be 100% powered by renewable energy sources while adopting advanced technologies—such as artificial intelligence—to improve daily life quality. In July 2022, international media focused on the project after Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the first details of “The Line,” a smart city built entirely within the Neom 26,500 square kilometers area.  However, the futuristic construction sector—widely known as the “smart city” industry—faces a number of challenges, such as higher-than-expected costs and environmental concerns, that may cast shadows on its most ambitious goals.

  • Sat
    Sep
    24
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City: Work On 85 Projects In Full Swing, Says CEO

    Under the much-hyped Smart City project, the work for 85 projects is in full swing while the authorities said that the completion of the task is expected to be completed by the end of the year and a half.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Srinagar Smart City, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan said that the main work for 85 projects like planning and DPR have been completed while the ground has been started and is in full swing.

  • Fri
    Sep
    23
    2022
    GB: IoT is not just for business – how do we make it work for the public sector?

    Civica highlights why it’s time to change your perspective on the Internet of Things in new report Joseph Martins Thu 15 Sep 2022 // 09:44 UTC

    One of the problems with ubiquitous technologies is that we sometimes lose sight of how much they've changed our lives already and how much more change they can still deliver.

    Technologists have been building devices to generate and transmit streams of information for decades, but the term "internet of things", or IoT, wasn't coined until 1999 by RFID pioneer Kevin Ashton at MIT. He argued that sensors and other devices would eventually replace humans as the main originators of the data flowing into the internet.

  • Fri
    Sep
    23
    2022
    NG: Sanwo-Olu building ‘massive infrastructure’ for Smart City

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is implementing projects to bring comfort to Lagosians, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), Mrs Bisoye Coker-Odusote, has said.

    She spoke at a briefing to announce this year’s stakeholders’ conference: Transforming Lagos State into a Smart City Hub in Africa: The Government’s Infrastructure Approach.

  • Fri
    Sep
    23
    2022
    MY: Johor: Pasir Gudang: ‘Smart city status top of the agenda’

    Becoming a smart city with low carbon emissions by 2025 will be the Pasir Gudang City Council’s (MBPG) main agenda this year, says mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman.

    The city council will also ensure that its service delivery is up to mark through the Pasir Gudang Local Plan 2025.

  • Fri
    Sep
    23
    2022
    AE: Dubai RTA launches digital permits for drivers and transport attendants

    Driving permits now accessible via RTA’s website and RTA Dubai Drive app

    Bus, taxi and limousine drivers, as well as school transport attendants, can now get permits digitally, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced on Thursday.

    The permits are accessible via RTA’s website and RTA Dubai Drive app. The move is part of RTA’s transformation of services to digital platforms. It is also in line with the Smart City initiative and RTA’s 3rd strategic goal (People Happiness).

  • Thu
    Sep
    22
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Jalandhar: Each smart city project to have nodal officer

    Municipal Commissioner and Smart City CEO Devinder Singh has decided to appoint nodal officer for each project to streamline the execution of the work. It is for the first time that a special team along with the nodal officers has been appointed to look after every project. There are a total of 60 projects under the Smart City Mission, which will be monitored by MC officials who will be appointed as nodal officers.

    Notably, controversy-marred Smart City project has ruined the image of the city. With senior Smart City officials resigning from their posts, it was important to appoint someone to look after the entire project. Earlier, only major projects were being monitored by the MC officials.

  • Thu
    Sep
    22
    2022
    IN: Karnataka aims to have 35,000 electric buses by 2030: Transport Minister B Sriramulu

    To reduce emissions and pollution levels in the state, Karnataka aims to convert 35,000 buses into electric buses by 2030. Karnataka Transport Minister B Sriramulu stated that there is a demand to make all buses electric, keeping in mind environmental and pollution-related concerns. With diesel prices increasing, the state is incurring losses. The states endeavour to convert all the buses to electric buses by 2030. According to the Minister, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) does not purchase electric buses but is operating them on a contract basis. BMTC under the Smart City Project is operating 90 electric buses since December 2021.

  • Thu
    Sep
    22
    2022
    Saudi Arabia is building a 170 km-long mirrored metropolis in the desert: What is 'The Line'?

    As climate change rapidly advances, many Middle Eastern states are aiming to make the transition from carbon-based economies to alternatives that attract people from around the world—for tourism, business, work or to live.

    One such example is a development known as NEOM, to be built in Saudi Arabia.

    A key part of the plan is "The Line," a A$725 billion futuristic city designed to house 9 million residents. It comprises a mirrored, wall-like structure 200 meters wide and 500 meters tall. To be built in Saudi Arabia's north-western Tabuk province, the project will extend 170 kilometers inland from the Red Sea across coastal desert, mountain and upper valley landscapes.

  • Thu
    Sep
    22
    2022
    XZero City is Kuwait’s Proposal for a Self-Sufficient Smart City

    Kuwait is planning a 1,600-hectare development that will provide residential units, jobs, and amenities for 100,000 residents. Developed by URB, the ambitious project aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle with high standards of living, yet a low impact on the environment. The masterplan for the smart city is designed to optimize density and amenities distribution to create a walkable city, while also optimizing the green space ratio. This will help mitigate the effects of rising temperatures and the urban heat island effect. The green transportation systems and dedicated cycling tracks will make this a car-free city, apart from a ring road that allows for limited vehicular access. The city also promotes a circular economy that aims to provide food and energy security for the residents.

    "The heart of this project is the unique resilient landscape, which is multifunctional and designed to promote health, wellbeing & biodiversity. The landscape is the social glue to the entire city, which will enable a vibrant neighborhood while connecting residents to all amenities within minutes. The landscape promotes a variety of habitats for wildlife." - Baharash Bagherian, CEO of URB

  • Wed
    Sep
    21
    2022
    NG: Lagos govt partners private sector on smart city project

    The Lagos State Government has disclosed its plan to partner with the private sector on the smart city project through the use of innovation and technology.

    The General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, Bisoye Coker-Odusote, disclosed this on Tuesday, during a press briefing in Lagos.

  • Wed
    Sep
    21
    2022
    ‘AI is the beating heart’ of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM, says CEO

    The NEOM chief also touted The Line, the flagship development within NEOM, as a future world that will go live fully on AI

    At the Global AI Summit in Riyadh, the CEO for NEOM announced that the $500 billion mega smart city project will use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to the fullest.

  • Wed
    Sep
    21
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore to become the country’s first ‘Smart City’ with ‘Smart Addresses’

    This year, Indore will create history by implementing a fully digital addressing system, making it the first city in India to do so. The smart city advanced significantly when a memorandum of understanding was signed with the firm Pataa Navigations. The Memorandum of Understanding is signed by Rajat Jain, co-founder of Pataa Navigations, and Rishav Gupta (IAS), CEO of Indore Smart City.

    Pataa has developed patented technology and is working with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to develop a digital addressing system for the nation. Pataa is a brief and distinctive code, comparable to KUMAR100, SINGH221, or other commonly used codes, that will help the user find the specific geotagged location. Users of the Pataa App can upload images of their homes, landmarks, etc., along with their addresses in the full text.

  • Wed
    Sep
    21
    2022
    AU: Victoria: Melbourne wants to be an ethical smart city

    That means more than collecting data in secret.

    The City of Melbourne is exploring different ways of informing citizens about its data collection regime in the hopes of building an ethical, privacy-focused smart city.

    A study conducted by the council and Monash University’s Emerging Technologies Research Labs (ETLab) looked at how people engage with sensors placed in public locations that monitor things like foot or bicycle traffic.

  • Tue
    Sep
    20
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore: City to get Digital Address System; houses to have unique identification code geo-tagged for navigation ease

    Now, the city will get a digitised address system and houses in the city will have their unique identification code geo-tagged for ease of navigation. Indore Smart City Development Limited, on Monday, signed an MoU with pata.com in this regard.

    Smart City executive director and commissioner Pratibha Pal said that, along the lines of making Indore a smart city, it is going to become the first city in India with a digital addressing system, for which Smart City has taken a very important step.

  • Tue
    Sep
    20
    2022
    US: Data Is a Critical — If Sometimes Overwhelming — Public Tool

    The vast quantities of data governments collect can sometimes become too numerous to adequately tell the stories of what’s happening in our world. But interpreted well, they illustrate fact.

    When Dr. Leana Wen served as the city of Baltimore’s health commissioner, she would often amplify the point she was making by saying, “Public health saved your life today. You just didn’t know it.” Now a professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Wen is interested in helping people know the things she does.

  • Tue
    Sep
    20
    2022
    US: Must-Haves for Transforming Government Experience

    Improving user experience for constituents seeking government services is top of mind for public-sector leaders.

    Officials participating in the Center for Digital Government's (CDG) premier local government surveys — Digital Cities and Digital Counties — ranked improving customer engagement and experience as their second-highest priority for 2021, trailing only cybersecurity. And state government officials polled in CDG's most recent Digital States survey said simplifying and improving access to constituent services was the top goal for executive leaders.

  • Mon
    Sep
    19
    2022
    Smart City Development in the Philippines

    The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on building the 9,450-hectare New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines.

    “With Singapore as a global frontrunner in smart city development, we at BCDA are very fortunate to have EnterpriseSG as our partner to facilitate knowledge exchange and link us with Singaporean firms who have the experience and expertise in the field. This MOU will surely be instrumental in achieving our goal of developing New Clark City into a smart, green, sustainable, and highly liveable metropolis,” says Aileen R. Zosa, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

  • Mon
    Sep
    19
    2022
    SA: NEOM’s The Line: Turning fascinating utopia into sweet reality

    Imagine a linear smart city that puts humans first, provides an unprecedented urban living experience while preserving the surrounding nature and uses 100% renewable energy and 100% green transportation in all its projects.

    Imagine living in a car-free, carbon-neutral bubble with its own temperate microclimate. Visualize 500-metre-high mirror facades with lush hanging gardens with urban planners and digital artists from the special effects industry working together to turn utopia into a reality.

  • Mon
    Sep
    19
    2022
    MY: Budget 2023 to focus on automation, digital technology — MOF

    Malaysia’s upcoming Budget 2023 will focus on the use of automation and digital technology, and the development of a future-ready workforce, said Deputy Finance Minister II Yamani Hafez Musa.

    He said the Government, in collaboration with various parties, is actively preparing the nation for digital transformation to drive sustainable and equitable economic growth.

  • Sun
    Sep
    18
    2022
    GB: Digital transformation: Reshaping local councils

    Despite financial cuts and labour shortages, local councils need effective digital transformation to accommodate new policies and processes

    Legacy technology is just one of the challenges hindering digital transformation within local councils and government. While a lack of funding also significantly impacts the ability to attract skilled professionals, resulting in a major skills gap across the sector. Despite the necessity of local government services, it has experienced huge cuts to its central government grant over the past ten years. Whilst a £2.4 billion increase in inflationary costs threatens many English councils to declare bankruptcy, writes Mark Gannon, Director of Client Solutions at Netcall.

  • Sun
    Sep
    18
    2022
    How A Culture Of Listening Can Drive Digital Transformation

    While many industries and aspects of our lives have been transformed by technology in the last two decades, education has historically lagged behind. But now, driven by improved products, lower costs and a massive jolt from the emergency of Covid-19, education has finally begun to shift online and transform.

    You might think a company like McGraw Hill, which has been serving students and educators for more than a century, would struggle to keep up and pivot to a digital-first mindset. But we’ve transformed quickly and become a digital leader by taking a somewhat counterintuitive approach: a focus on listening. By listening to educators, as well as to our own talented employees, we’ve gained the insights needed to develop tools that meet our customers’ evolving needs and to strategically build and foster an innovative culture over the long term.

  • Sun
    Sep
    18
    2022
    VN: Bac Ninh promotes digital transformation for breakthroughs in administrative reform

    The northern province of Bac Ninh is resolved to promote digital transformation so as to create breakthrough advancements in administrative reform, heard a recent conference of the province.

    Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Anh Tuan said in his opening remarks at the September 6 event that Bac Ninh has quickly responded to the Government’s policy on digital transformation, with the provincial Party Committee adopting Resolution 52-NQ/TU on March 18, 2022 issuing the province’s digital transformation programme to 2025 with orientation to 2030.

  • Sun
    Sep
    18
    2022
    TT: Digital transformation setback

    Minister Bacchus: T&T will not achieve goal, but will be well on its way by 2025...

    Trinidad and Tobago will not be digitally transformed by 2025, but it would be well on the way to this objective, Minister of Digital Transformation Hassel Bacchus said yesterday.

    Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference, at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, Bacchus said the proposal to have a digital vaccine card was not a simple matter. He said the technology was there but there were problems with the quality of information contained in the database. He said some of the information was inconsistent and these inconsistencies had to be fixed. He said in the meantime “the Covid thing has waned”. He said however the Ministry can still launch the project with an expanded idea of a vaccination card (covering all vaccines that a person has received).

  • Sat
    Sep
    17
    2022
    US: Why Smart Cities are About More Than Just Tech

    “Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility—that is a thread throughout, it is not an afterthought.”

    From optimizing school bus routes using machine learning to testing new ways to gather data on air quality, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has worked on a wide range of projects over the years. The organization’s aim is to look for ways that cutting-edge technology can benefit cities and their residents. Karen Lightman joined Metro21 in 2017 and is now executive director. The institute, established in 2015, serves as an intermediary between local government and nonprofit partners who have identified problems they want to solve and faculty researchers seeking to test their work in real-world settings.

  • Sat
    Sep
    17
    2022
    How ‘Smart City’ Technologies Can Boost Quality of Life

    Cities that adopt smart technologies into their infrastructure improve some quality-of-life measures for residents by as much as 30 percent

    It’s no secret that technology can make our lives easier in a variety of ways, and that rings true not only at the individual level but also on a larger scale. Cities that adopt smart technologies into their infrastructure improve some quality-of-life measures for residents by as much as 30 percent, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute.

  • Fri
    Sep
    16
    2022
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar: Smart city project discussed

    Matters related to the smart city project were discussed during a meeting convened by Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) Mayor Tame Phassang at the IMC conference hall here on Wednesday.

    “The smart city projects are undertaken in urban areas of the ICR which fall under the jurisdiction of the IMC, whereas the smart city projects are one of the subjects of the IMC. The components undertaken by the smart city agency are unequivocally related to the IMC,” the mayor said, addressing the corporators, the IMC additional commissioner, and Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso, who attended the meeting.

  • Fri
    Sep
    16
    2022
    FI: Embedding digital identity in the Jyväskylä Smart City Project

    Smart cities will be able to create their own interoperable digital identities for residents, thanks to approaches developed by cybersecurity services firm Nixu via a partnership with Ioxio, a digital services and solutions provider, the firms announced last month.

    The first application of this collaboration manifested in a trusted data-sharing pilot in Jyväskylä, Finland, in June.

  • Fri
    Sep
    16
    2022
    AU: Victoria: Melbourne: Empowering the community in smart city conversations

    Data-sensing technologies in urban spaces are measuring weather conditions, pedestrian foot traffic, determining when bins need to be emptied and sensing on street parking - how do we ethically capture, analyse, apply and communicate data to empower local people?

    Launching today, a new report from the Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETLab) at Monash University in collaboration with the City of Melbourne has put a lens on how Melbourne’s real-time public data can be gathered and used, to better plan for inclusive future smart cities.

  • Fri
    Sep
    16
    2022
    Envisioning the Digital Transformation of Public Services in Malaysia

    Malaysia has long been at the forefront of digital transformation. Over the decades, efforts have continued to overcome challenges surrounding digitalisation – namely, by broadening nationwide connectivity, enhancing the flow and handling of data, and building cohesive connections between the advanced technologies.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic having upended the way societies operate, the government had to accelerate the digitalisation of many public services to minimise disruption and ensure that people can continue accessing them without compromising public health and safety.

  • Thu
    Sep
    15
    2022
    IN: Centre's initiatives to improve lives of Jammu and Kashmir citizens under 'Smart City Mission'

    Over 276 projects have been approved by the Centre in the last three years under the "Smart City Mission" in Jammu and Srinagar to transform these cities into vibrant centres having all the facilities, said the officials on Wednesday. These projects are aimed at strengthening urban infrastructure, improving city services, public aesthetics, ease of living and providing a clean and sustainable environment to the citizens in "Naya Jammu and Kashmir." The transformation of Jammu and Srinagar cities from highly congested and underdeveloped urban areas to `Smart Cities` is yet another achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led dispensation which "bit the bullet" on August 5, 2019 and ended the 70-year-long so-called special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Thu
    Sep
    15
    2022
    VN: HCMC picks VNPT as digital transformation partner

    The HCMC government has cut a deal with Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) to deploy a series of digital transformation projects in the 2022-2025 period, toward building a sustainable smart city.

    The cooperation is aimed at speeding up the city’s digital transformation and developing e-governance and digital economy, heard a signing ceremony on September 6.

  • Thu
    Sep
    15
    2022
    How These 4 Countries Are Designing Futuristic Cities—From Floating Neighborhoods to Mega-Metropolises

    For nearly as long as there have been cities, there have been efforts to create ideal cities. The Italian Renaissance saw the birth of places like Pienza and Palmanova, exquisitely planned centers that were monuments to humanistic thinking. In the 20th century, Brazil's Brasilia and India's Chandigarh fused political goals with avant-garde architecture. The dream seems ever constant: to fashion that fresh start, to build a living prototype that will inspire the world.

  • Thu
    Sep
    15
    2022
    Expert Harps on Smart City Development as Nigeria’s Population May Hit 411m in 2050

    Following the United Nation’s estimate of Nigeria’s population hitting 411 million by 2050 and the attendant rural-urban migration challenges, technology expert and Executive Chairman of SmartCity, Demola Aladekomo, has called for the development of Smart Cities in the country by government through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

    The call was made at the 8th edition of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) 2022 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) Expo held in Lagos.

  • Wed
    Sep
    14
    2022
    The promise and peril of digital urban mobility

    Smart city tech startups hope to provide a digital one-stop shop for all sorts of transportation options, so why hasn’t the concept taken off?

    It was an idea that seemed to have all the right ingredients for the tech-saturated world of 21st century urban mobility. In 2015, a Helsinki start-up unveiled a plan for something it called “mobility-as-a-service,” or MaaS, based on ideas that had been developed in a 2014 masters' thesis at a Finnish university. The company, Global MaaS, had built an app that provides city-dwellers with a digital one-stop shop for all sorts of travel options – transit, taxis, ride hailing, bike sharing, and so on.

  • Wed
    Sep
    14
    2022
    PH: Iloilo City to adapt e-vehicles for sustainable transpo

    In its effort to make Iloilo a sustainable and progressive city, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presented their plans to implement the Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) Project during the Route Characterization Activity held at Mandurriao district on Monday, September 5, 2022.

    The undertaking is driven toward the possibility of launching electric modernized jeepneys in Iloilo City, as one of the four chosen pilot cities for the implementation.

  • Wed
    Sep
    14
    2022
    AZ: Baku, Prague Discuss Possibilities Of Cooperation On Smart City Projects

    Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic have discussed possibilities of cooperation on the smart city and smart village projects, Azernews reports.

    The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijan's Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov and Czech Ambassador Milan Sedlacek.

  • Wed
    Sep
    14
    2022
    GB: Will smart cities tilt the balance between data capture and personal privacy?

    How do we strike a balance between collecting comprehensive data about citizens to maximise the benefits of smart cities, while protecting privacy rights?

    The collection and analysis of data in smart cities holds lots of promise. According to the UK government, it can “raise productivity, create jobs, improve safety, provide environmental benefits, and make public services more efficient and accessible”.

    It can also, the government says, do that cheaply. The £24m Future City Glasgow project is said to have had an initial return on investment of £144m.

  • Wed
    Sep
    14
    2022
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: ‘Hard to separate future of world from future of cities’

    Cities will be home to 70% of global population by 2050, says Bengaluru Airport City CEO

    ‘Smart Cities’ are the future and one should get ready for that in all aspects, remarked Bengaluru Airport City CEO Rao Munukutla.

    “It’s hard to separate the future of the world from the future of cities. Cities account for more than half of the world’s population and about 80% of the global GDP,” said Mr. Rao while delivering an expert talk on ‘Smart Cities – Engineering and Business Applications’, with special reference to Bengaluru Airport City, at GITAM deemed to be University, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day on Monday. The department of Civil Engineering, School of Technology, had organised the event.

  • Tue
    Sep
    13
    2022
    ‘Nigeria Needs Smart Cities As Urban Population Pushes To 275m By 2050’

    Founder of Chams Plc and executive chairman of SmartCity, Sir Demola Aladekomo, has called for the development of Smart Cities in Nigeria following the UN estimate of about 294 million Nigerians migration from rural to the urban areas by 2050.

    This call was made at the 8th edition of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) 2022 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) Expo held in Lagos recently.

  • Tue
    Sep
    13
    2022
    Viettel maintains No.1 position in smart city building in Vietnam

    By mid-2022, the Military Industry-Telecoms Group (Viettel) has implemented 36 projects of intelligent operation centers (IOC) in 32 provinces and cities nationwide, announced the group on September 1.

    According to the report at the conference reviewing the group’s task performance in the first half of 2022, 67 percent of the digital transformation products developed by Viettel was used for public services.

  • Tue
    Sep
    13
    2022
    ZW: Victoria Falls closer to smart city status

    The Victoria Falls City Council (VFCC) has moved an inch closer to becoming a smart city with installation of solar-powered street lights on Livingstone Way.

    The project started last month in partnership with Satewave Technologies and close to 100 street lights have been installed out of 575 targeted in the first phase.

    Victoria Falls — the country’s youngest city — has put zero-emission and climate-neutral activities at the top of its five-year strategic plan that council is still working on and will be aligned to the National Development Strategy (NDS1).

  • Tue
    Sep
    13
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow: Improving citizen services through digital transformation

    The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has been working steadily towards increasing the use of digital technology for better citizen services. Through its portal, LDA has been working to ensure that the consumers and the citizens find it easy to not just purchase property, but also maintain their own records and payment details in a timely manner. Dr. Indramani Tripathi, IAS, Vice Chairman, Lucknow Development Authority, interacts with Tarannum Manjul of Elets News Network (ENN).

  • Tue
    Sep
    13
    2022
    KR: World Smart City Expo: Greater Geelong (AU) and Barcelona (ES) named smart cities of the year

    The cities were recognised in the World Smart City Expo event that took place in Korea, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors from 60 countries and 200 cities.

    The Australian City of Greater Geelong and the Spanish city of Barcelona have been jointly crowned smart city of the year at the World Smart City Expo in Korea, which took place last week.

    Goyang Special City, Daegu Metropolitan City, Busan, Bucheon, Incheon Free Economic Zine Authority, Incheon Metropolitan City and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province were featured in the Korean smart city winners’ showcas

  • Mon
    Sep
    12
    2022
    NG: 5G rollout: Aligning huge expectations with realities

    After a long and anxious wait, MTN Nigeria, one of the two operators that won the 3.5gigahertz (GHz) spectrum licence dedicated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the deployment of the fifth generation (5G) technology in the country, has finally rolled out the new service. LUCAS AJANAKU writes on the implications of the new technology and why subscribers need to streamline their expectations with current socio-economic realities.

    For MTN and its about 70million subscribers in Nigeria, August 24, 2022, is an appointment with history. On that day, MTN led the way to a much-awaited 5G world in Africa’s biggest economy. That day was specifically set aside by the telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the deployment of 5G technology in the country to begin the journey into a promising future for a technology projected to contribute some $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, according to a 2020 GSMA Intelligence report entitled: The Mobile Economy.

  • Mon
    Sep
    12
    2022
    MT: Shelving ITS Smart City campus project will be ‘huge blow’, lobby warns

    Freezing government funds for the construction of a new tourism school in Smart City will be “a huge blow” for the industry, a catering lobby group said.

    The Association of Catering Establishments (ACE) was reacting to news reports suggesting a freeze on large public investments as a result of spiralling energy subsidies.

  • Mon
    Sep
    12
    2022
    NG: ‘Investing in cloud technologies key to digital transformation’

    For Nigeria to achieve her digital economy agenda, there is need to invest in effective and efficient digital infrastructure, particularly edge cloud technologies, which offer cost savings, capacity to scale rapidly, advance cyber-security features and access to powerful analytical tools for processing big data.

    The Director of Operations, Unitellas Edge Cloud, a provider of enterprise-grade edge cloud and IT infrastructure as a service, Blessing Omo, made this known at this year’s edition of the Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) EXPO held in Lagos.

  • Mon
    Sep
    12
    2022
    Lotte Group to build futuristic smart city in Vietnam

    South Korean giant retailer Lotte Group has revealed plans to build an eco-friendly ‘smart city’ complex, along with a separate ‘smart logistics’ hub in Vietnam.

    On September 2, the group held the ground-breaking ceremony of Lotte Eco Smart City Thu Thiem in the Thu Thiem new urban area of Ho Chi Minh City. It will invest around US$900 million in the project, according to local sources.

  • Mon
    Sep
    12
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: With Smart City Mission, Aligarh becomes a beautiful amalgamation of the old & the new

    In this fast-paced world, where expectations are touching the seventh sky, and everyone aspires to be up to speed with all the new inventions and technological advancements, we now expect our cities to be smart as well.

    A present-day smart citizen not only demands that his individual needs are catered to, but he also wants his city to be up to speed. A city that drives its economic growth and provides quality of life to its citizens by enabling local area development and harnessing technology to produce smart outcomes is what we all deserve.

  • Sun
    Sep
    11
    2022
    UN calls for more inclusive and fair digital transformation in Asia and the Pacific

    The rapid, widespread adoption of digital technology, spurred in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its economic and societal ramifications are the key focus of deliberations at a United Nations forum this week.

    The Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology, and Innovation, which opened today, is set to examine how this digital transformation has brought a number of benefits and opportunities for people, governments and businesses, but also has further widened the digital divide both between and within countries in the region, opening new development gaps and reinforcing a vicious cycle of socio-economic inequalities.

  • Sun
    Sep
    11
    2022
    Tanzania embraces digital transformation with 5G launch

    The government has reaffirmed its commitment to create an enabling environment for technology and digital transformation as key factors towards achieving its digital economy agenda.

    The Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Mr Nape Nnauye said this during the launch of a mobile phone company, Vodacom’s first 5G technology in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

  • Sun
    Sep
    11
    2022
    Vietnam wishes to collaborate with UN in digital transformation: ambassador

    Vietnam wishes to collaborate with the UN on digital transformation in both policy formulation and implementation, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the international organisation has stated.

    At a September 1 meeting with Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Under-Secretary-General and Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, the diplomat affirmed that Vietnam is willing to contribute to the UN's policies and strategies in the field, including an initiative on a global digital agreement in the Secretary-General's report on “Our Common Agenda”.

  • Sun
    Sep
    11
    2022
    BD: Upskilling youth can speed up digital transformation

    New realities have arisen in the last two years, and new strategies have been adopted by economies around the world to cope with the changed realities. Renewed significance has been attached to digital transformation and equipping the population with the right set of skills to prepare them for the new world has been a priority; and with over 4.6 billion people, the Asia Pacific region has been doing considerably well in terms of digital transformation.

    The pandemic has expedited this process by about seven years. As one of the major players in the region, Bangladesh is also doing considerably well as far as digital preparedness is concerned.

  • Sat
    Sep
    10
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Lt. Governor lays foundation for 14 projects of Jammu Smart City

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday inaugurated and laid foundation for two dozen projects of Jammu Smart City worth Rs 113 crore.

    These projects will facilitate smart living with better public services improving the quality of life , opportunities for local economic development and easier accessibility for everyone.

    L-G noted that eco-cities have been envisioned to make urban infrastructure sustainable and that the global framework for smart cities has undergone a paradigm shift in the last two to three years. He claimed that Jammu Smart City projects have made sure that residents are given the most green space possible.

  • Sat
    Sep
    10
    2022
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City: Thu Thiem: Lotte invests nearly US$1 billion in Eco Smart City project

    Lotte Holdings Co. Ltd. of the Republic of Korea on September 2 broke ground for Eco Smart City Thu Thiem - a multi-functional complex of commercial services, upmarket hotels and apartments - in Ho Chi Minh City.

    The complex will sit on an area of 50,000m2 near the Thu Thiem New Urban Area of Ho Chi Minh City, with a total investment capital of approximately VND20.1 trillion, equivalent to US$860 million).

  • Sat
    Sep
    10
    2022
    How digitisation is helping cities to provide clean water

    The twin challenge of urbanisation and climate change are taking their toll in the form of increasing water scarcity in cities around the world. More people are moving to urban areas – already half the world’s population (55 per cent) lives in cities, and the United Nations expects that number to rise to two thirds (68 per cent) within just a few decades. At the same time, climate change is already seeing large swathes of the planet being affected by drought, with coastlines being eroded and livelihoods disappearing. In 2022, more than 2.3 billion people face water stress, almost 160 million children are exposed to severe and prolonged droughts.

    Yet, although more than 70 per cent of the planet is covered in water, only 3 per cent of it is drinkable, and a significant portion of these freshwater resources is locked in glaciers and ice caps. Worse, water demand is projected to increase by 30 per cent by 2050, with the UN’s forecasting a global water deficit of up to 40 per cent by 2030.

  • Sat
    Sep
    10
    2022
    GB: England : Suth London: Croydon: Council’s digital bus shelters partner is late to file accounts

    Long-promised ‘smart’ bus shelters have been delayed because of supply issues caused by the war in Ukraine, according to the latest excuse offered by Town Hall officials.

    Long-suffering bus passengers travelling around Croydon are facing a second winter in the rain, sleet and snow without even the modest comfort afforded by a shelter at many of the stops in the borough.

  • Fri
    Sep
    09
    2022
    ZW: Masvingo: Chivi District: Smart city deep in a rural area, why not?

    A smart city deep in a rural area looks unthinkable to some, yet alone if that place is in Chivi district, far away from other well established areas.

    Those who think this is difficult to implement base their arguments on the fact that rural areas are already under developed with less services and amenities.

    But what they forget is that the coming in of a smart city in such an area means that services and the necessary amenities will follow this splendid development and within a short time the story of the area will change.

  • Fri
    Sep
    09
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Rajpura: Sustainable Smart City Research Lab Under Indo-Taiwan Partnership Inaugurated at Chitkara University Campus

    Working towards the achievement of Goal 11 of the UN SDGs which is ‘Sustainable cities and communities’, Chitkara University has established a Sustainable Smart City Research Lab’ with support from National Science and Technology Council and National Chung Cheng University of Taiwan.

    The lab has been established as a part of a 4-year project with the objective to develop an "International Competence" in terms of both AI techniques as well as on-site deployment. There is a definitive plan to deploy at least one application to at least one city in India for which project coordinators have chosen Chandigarh.

  • Fri
    Sep
    09
    2022
    US: Florida: Transforming Coral Gables into model smart city

    As the director of innovation and technology and chief innovation officer for Coral Gables, alumnus Raimundo Rodulfo runs the city's smart city infrastructure.

    Raimundo Rodulfo '16 and his team are on the verge of helping the City of Coral Gables' administration roll out citywide electronic processes and a high-tech, new development service center off Biltmore Way, which will be a one-stop shop for all permitting, code enforcement, planning and zoning needs. It’s part of a broad campaign to modernize the city’s systems—a task that Rodulfo and the city’s leaders have been working toward for years.

  • Thu
    Sep
    08
    2022
    KR: Prime Minister vows to speed up push for digital city operations, public services

    Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Wednesday that the government will speed up the development of digital solutions for city operations and the delivery of public services.

    Han made the remarks at an international exhibition on "smart city" projects earlier in the day, according to the prime minister's office.

    "We will accelerate the innovation of city management and public services based on data," Han said.

  • Thu
    Sep
    08
    2022
    Smart cities show why a climate-neutral Europe is now on the horizon

    Europe’s desire to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent is ambitious, but not unattainable. With the Cities Mission for 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030, 100 EU cities – with 12 more from associated countries – are taking big strides to achieve climate-neutrality by exploring innovative pathways that will lead to smarter, more resilient cities.

    Glasgow, Scotland, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Umeå, in Sweden, are among the cities chosen to forge Europe’s path to climate-neutrality. These three cities also participate in RUGGEDISED, an EU-funded project that accelerates the smart city model across Europe. Their experiences implementing smart energy solutions helped secure their Cities Mission selection and are already being put to the test in fellow cities Brno, in the Czech Republic, Gdańsk, Poland, and Parma, Italy, the latter of which was also selected to take part in the Mission.

  • Thu
    Sep
    08
    2022
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat: Mossang inspects ongoing Smart City projects

    Minister for urban development, town planning & urban local bodies Kamlung Mossang on Wednesday inspected some of the ongoing Smart City projects here on Wednesday such as, the project on development of sustainable public space at Centurion Park, PQC work on Smart Road 19, Siang Riverfront Development at Komlighat, the Integrated Command and Control Centre(ICCC) and E-bus procured by Pasighat Smart City Development Corporation Ltd.(PSCDCL).

    He was accompanied by the Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) chief councillor Okiam Moyong Borang besides officers from Pasighat Smart City, urban development and Pasighat Municipal Council.

  • Wed
    Sep
    07
    2022
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City promotes digital transformation

    The Government’s Project 06 was implemented in the context of Ho Chi Minh City’s determination to apply the digital transformation program, build a smart city, and put a shared data warehouse into operation.

    After more than 6 months of implementing Project 06, Ho Chi Minh City has had initial results, notably the preparation of realizing an information system to handle administrative procedures. The system is expected to be completed in October 2022.

  • Wed
    Sep
    07
    2022
    TH: depa expands Smart City Ambassadors Program into a second year of success — aiming to nurture 150 smart city ambassadors this year.

    The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) together with alliances is announcing the plan to expand the Smart City Ambassadors Program into a second round of success. This time, the objective is to nurture 150 young smart city ambassadors selected from 150 areas across the nation by improving their skills and knowledges relevant to the mission. It is anticipated that it will encourage the formation of 150 smart city promotion areas and propel the development of more than 50 smart cities in Thailand. depa expands Smart City Ambassadors Program into a second year of success aiming to nurture 150 smart city ambassadors this year.

    Mr. Sanon Wangsrangboon, Deputy Governor of Bangkok gave a special speech on the topic "Wider Perspectives on Smart City: Smart City, Smart People, and Smart Management with Technology" at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Smart City Ambassadors (SCA) Program.

  • Wed
    Sep
    07
    2022
    US: Rural Areas in Nevada See Broadband as Key to Progress

    Access to broadband Internet can dramatically alter quality of life and economic prospects in rural areas, including long-neglected tribal nations. New federal funding is helping to fill some of the gaps in the high-speed network.

    If you want to share a large digital file in Lovelock, Nev., you might save time if you first gather about 40 miles’ worth of fiber-optic cables and bury them in a shallow trench alongside Interstate 80. That’s the low-tech gruntwork that makes the high-tech future possible, and it’s what’s happening next year for the rural town 90 miles northeast of Reno, thanks in part to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Tue
    Sep
    06
    2022
    US: Arup and Matidor to co-create smart city modelling tools

    Arup and Matidor are partnering to create smart city tools that enable cities to model urban planning scenarios and calculate energy efficiency in real time

    Built environment consulting firm Arup is partnering with geographic information systems (GIS) start-up Matidor to co-create smart city modelling tools for energy optimisation.

  • Tue
    Sep
    06
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana Smart City Limited gets award for waterfront project

    Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) has bagged the award for its Waterfront Development project, including landscaping and beautification along the Sidhwan canal under the Smart City Mission. The award under the Smart and Successful Urban Sustainability category has been presented to the LSCL by the Smart Cities Council India. The CEO of the LSCL-cum-MC Commissioner, Shena Aggarwal, received the award.

    The Smart Cities Council India hosted the seventh edition of ‘Smart Urbanation’ on August 26 in Mumbai. The event was supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI, the National Institute of Urban Affairs, etc.

  • Tue
    Sep
    06
    2022
    US: Neighbourhoods urged to use 15-minute city principles to become greener

    Arup and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have published a guidebook for city authorities, developers and communities to help deliver net-zero at neighbourhood level.

    A new guidebook sets out to underscore the importance of neighbourhood action in tackling the climate crisis and offers a framework and approach for delivering net zero.

  • Tue
    Sep
    06
    2022
    US: How to Improve Citizen Experience With Online Services

    You’ve committed to improve citizen experience, now what? A natural starting point is to assess the state of your existing digital landscape. Begin by asking these questions.

    • Are you presenting a cohesive, customer-focused website?
    • Is it easy for users to find the information they need?
    • Are there opportunities to move paper processes to digital ones?

  • Mon
    Sep
    05
    2022
    NG: ‘New Abuja smart city’ll benefit low-income earners’

    Nigerian entrepreneur and Chairman of Cubana Group, Obi Cubana, says his partnership with Zoe New Dawn Nigeria Limited for the development of a mixed housing project in Abuja will benefit low income earners.

    The partnership is designed to provide about 10,000 units of residential assets for low and middle income earners, civil servants and other classes of prospective homeowners.

  • Mon
    Sep
    05
    2022
    Neom: Saudi Arabia is building a city that could be the smartest of them all

    Neom is defying traditional principles of urbanism, design, architecture, technology, and the very concept of smart cities. A key factor enabling this reimagination is that Neom is being built from scratch, while most other cities are being retrofitted to become smart -- and none with the budgets that Neom is working with.

    While we talk about smart cities, Saudi Arabia is creating a cognitive city, Neom, which envisages what a city must provide its citizens 20-30 years ahead of time. It is building it now with a $500 billion outlay. Urban planning and living are at the heart of this model, with 95% of the land being devoted to nature. That it's being built ground-up enables avant-garde thinking to take shape, with almost no constraints on imagination, innovation, resources or regulation.

  • Mon
    Sep
    05
    2022
    NG: Firm plans new smart city in Abuja

    The Chairman, Cubana Group, Obinna Iyiegbu, has said the firm plans to develop a new smart city project in Abuja to bridge the housing gap in the country.

    He said the new project would employ youths through direct means and engage professional architects, engineers and other consultants through an open engagement process.

  • Sun
    Sep
    04
    2022
    To earn trust and meet citizen needs, government digital transformation requires a holistic approach

    Looming deadlines. Limited budgets. Competing priorities. Changing citizen expectations. Such are the challenges for government decision-makers in every modern society around the world. The pressure to do more with less has probably never been greater.

    To rise to these challenges, government leaders are rightly turning towards innovative technologies such as cloud to power digital transformation – from improving engagement to deriving insights and accelerating outcomes.

  • Sun
    Sep
    04
    2022
    PH: Government supports digital transformation of MSMEs

    Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can use a self-assessment toolkit to measure their readiness to embark on the digital transformation as they onboard to digital platforms or marketplaces.

    Wea Bohol, officer-in-charge of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) E-Commerce Division, said the Digital Maturity & Digital Mindset (DM2) toolkit is a free to use diagnostic test or survey that will enable these firms to self-assess their level of digital maturity to identify training modules that will help accelerate digital transformation.

  • Sun
    Sep
    04
    2022
    Egypt follows up on telemedicine initiative, part of digital transformation plan

    The government is following up on the telemedicine (remote medical diagnosis) initiative in which patients are diagnosed by physicians at any time and place with the assistance of a series of technological applications and gadgets

    The initiative provides medical consultations on telemedicine applications in coordination between the ministries of health, higher education, and communication.

  • Sun
    Sep
    04
    2022
    CA: Ontario: Toronto’s digital transformation is possible — if we make it a priority

    Torontonians deserve effective digital services. To make it happen, the city can’t rely on legacy systems or private tech vendors that lobby it daily.

    In 2022, residents expect high-quality digital services from their governments. Is the City of Toronto falling short of those expectations? And if so, what can be done about it?

  • Sat
    Sep
    03
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: NMC to set up electric vehicle charging stations across Nagpur: Report

    In view of the rise in eco-friendly electric vehicles, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started the process to set up charging stations for electric vehicles, whether bus or four-wheelers, across Nagpur city. In a boost for its plan, the civic body has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government’s Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Technology Limited (MAHAPREIT), which will fund and execute projects like establishment of electric vehicle charging stations, according to a report in local English daily.

    The report said that the NMC’s Electrical Department floated a tender on Wednesday seeking rates for various equipment required to set up EV charging stations. The civic body follows the Common Schedule of Rates (CSR) framed by the State’s Public Works Department for executing any work. There is no mention of rates for establishment of EV charging stations in PWD’s CSR. Therefore, NMC has started the process to fix rates.

  • Sat
    Sep
    03
    2022
    CN: Hong Kong: Shifting to e-vehicles

    Hong Kong's transportation sector is the second-largest source of carbon emissions in the city, accounting for about 18 percent of total carbon emissions in 2019, according to the special administrative region's Climate Action Plan 2050.

    Among the categories of vehicles, private cars were responsible for 4.5 percent of the emissions, followed by medium-goods vehicles (3.2 percent) and franchised buses (2 percent).

  • Sat
    Sep
    03
    2022
    Is Saudi Arabia’s Hyper-Futuristic NEOM a Surveillance City? The Line to Pay Residents for Their Data

    In the desert sands of Saudi Arabia’s deep northwest, thousands of workers are building a futuristic city that the kingdom says will be like no other.

    Out of the ancient sands will emerge a high-tech urban centre called The Line: zero-carbon with flying drones for taxis, holographs for teachers and even a man-made moon.

    The smart city is housed within NEOM, a $500-billion business zone aimed at diversifying the economy of the world’s top oil exporter, and the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NEOM is financed, in part, by the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, and is due to be completed by 2025.

  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: CM launches 42 new electric buses for Lucknow, Kanpur

    Lucknow Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday flagged off 42 new electric buses for Lucknow and Kanpur, saying a helicopter service would also soon be launched from Lucknow to Naimisharanya, a pilgrimage site in Sitapur district (92 km from the state capital).

    Thirty-four of these buses will run on different routes in the state capital and the remaining are for Kanpur.

  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2022
    How the Rollout of 5G Connections Will Impact Different Industries in Nigeria

    MTN Nigeria has finally turned on its 5G mobile connection services in 190 sites across West Africa including Nigeria. Since its rollout, mobile users have been reporting internet speeds greater than 1.4 GB per second.

    The National Communication Commission was the one to announce that 5G will be available in the country on August 24 after preparing with the Federal Government for almost three years. It’s known that South Africa already has 5G since 2019 with Rain, so this was already due for a few years now in the Western part of the continent.

  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2022
    IN: Samajwadi Party demands inclusion of Odisha cities for 5G service

    "You have been representing Odisha in the Rajya Sabha and Cabinet. Even the No 1 Smart City and the State Capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar has been ignored though the data use by the consumers in the state is 1.5GB per day which is higher than many other cities in the country," Behera said.

    The state unit of the Samajwadi Party on Thursday demanded inclusion of Odisha cities for the launch of the 5G service. SP state president Rabindra Nath Behera in a letter to Union IT, Communication and Electronics Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said: "It is unfortunate that none of the Odisha's cities was among the 13 places where 5G service would be launched."

  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2022
    CN: Hong Kong: Innovative technology crucial to smart-city planning

    During the past 25 years, information technology has made rapid progress in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. For example, the proportion of households with internet access has increased from about 30 percent in 1997 to more than 94 percent last year, while mobile phones have evolved from 2G to 5G.

    Among the changes, there is one that many are not fully aware of, though it has an extensive impact on everyday life-digitization of urban planning. In simple terms, it is the transformation of paper maps to digital versions on a computer to enable processing of the increasing volume of data and making informed decisions.

  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2022
    The future of 5G connected vehicles in Canada

    5G is poised to offer significant improvements in connectivity, reliability and innovation. As such, the new standard of mobile networking technology is piquing the interest of the automotive industry. With a clear trajectory towards automation, 5G is expected to play a heavy role in new advancements.

    Several manufacturers are looking into the possibilities of self-driving cars. However, to fully realize a future where vehicles function independently, a lot of considerations must be taken. Maintaining safety, functionality, and connectivity are all cornerstones in vehicle automation. Area X.O is a not-for-profit Ottawa-based innovation company that is researching breakthroughs in this field.

  • Thu
    Sep
    01
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: BSCL Get a Fix!

    • All of Bengaluru’s civic grievances shall be resolved from Integrated Command and Control Centre from September first week, Smart City says
    • ICCC integrated with 14 govt depts, set up at a cost of Rs 96 crore

    The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) of Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) will be open to the public in the first week of September. The command and control centre brings 14 different government departments under one umbrella.

  • Thu
    Sep
    01
    2022
    ZA: Putting safety at the heart of the city

    The access and use of public spaces by women without risk is a fundamental human right, and yet it remains an elusive one.

    For most women, moving around the city at night, or in secluded spaces, is often unsafe, if not downright dangerous.

    While no technology in the world can remove the risk completely, this is as much a cultural shift as it is an innovative implementation, there are ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities can support safety and wellbeing.

  • Thu
    Sep
    01
    2022
    Vietnam finding ways to change prejudices on blockchain technology

    Due to various misunderstandings about the blockchain technology in Vietnam, it cannot enjoy sufficient investment and development boosts. Luckily, there have been many conferences on this topic lately to correct the prejudices and promote the appropriate uses of the technology in manufacturing, management, and especially in smart city establishment.

    “Many blockchain application developers find it frustrated when the Vietnamese community usually link this technology to games or cryptocurrency only, which has left a rather negative impression. This has become the main obstacle to the growth of blockchain in the country. Not many people can recognize its usefulness in commerce or administration” said CEO Huynh Kim Tuoc of Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB, member of the HCMC Department of Science and Technology).

  • Thu
    Sep
    01
    2022
    ZA: Gauteng: Ekurhuleni: City to launch new self-service meter reading system

    The new system is expected to improve the city’s business processes ensuring that it delivers quality services optimally.

    The City of Ekurhuleni announced that it will soon implement a new meter reading system that has been developed to allow its customers to directly send their water and electricity meter readings to the municipality on time.

    According to metro spokesperson Zweli Dlamini, this is in line with the city’s vision of being a smart city and enhancing the customer experience of its residents.

  • Wed
    Aug
    31
    2022
    CA: Ontario: Sault Ste Marie Transit goes contactless

    The Ontario transit services company is working with Cubic Transportation Systems to deliver the Umo mobility fare payments platform to improve convenience and access to public transit.

    Sault Ste Marie Transit Services has selected Cubic Transportation Systems to install its Umo mobility platform on buses serving the city of Sault Ste Marie.

  • Wed
    Aug
    31
    2022
    Welcome to Saudi Arabia’s futuristic city where data is currency

    In the desert sands of Saudi Arabia's deep north-west, thousands of workers are building a futuristic city that the kingdom says will be like no other.

    Out of the ancient sands will emerge a hi-tech urban centre called The Line: zero-carbon with flying drones for taxis, holographs for teachers and even a man-made moon.

  • Wed
    Aug
    31
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City to install underground optical fiber to ensure smooth connectivity: CEO SSC

    Govt depts can benefit from its services too: SSC Officials

    In order to overcome the digital connectivity issues specially during the winters, and to ensure the smooth functioning of the Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC), Srinagar Smart City is all set to install (SDNet) the high-speed intranet connectivity optical fiber, officials said on Tuesday.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Srinagar Smart City, Athar Aamir Khan told Rising Kashmir that to ensure the throughout smooth functioning of ICCC and to overcome the digital connectivity issues within the departments connected with ICCC specially in winters they are all set to install the high-speed bandwidth Intranet for which they are laying the underground optical fiber.

  • Wed
    Aug
    31
    2022
    Digital Platform for Thailand’s Natural and Cultural Heritage

    Through the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC), a division of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand has developed a digital platform tag as Navanurak aims to support the collection and conservation of cultural heritage in the nation.

    Navanurak is a platform for the administration and transmission of knowledge about culture and biodiversity, according to Dr Thepchai Supnithi, Director of NECTEC Artificial Intelligence Research Group. He added that the platform enables users to preserve natural or cultural assets by adding descriptive text to the database along with multimedia files like images, videos, and audio recordings for each object.

  • Tue
    Aug
    30
    2022
    How to design smart cities that enable urban populations to thrive

    A more sustainable and intersectional approach to smart city design is fundamental to improving the quality of life for all citizens

    Technology is rapidly transforming the way our cities operate and how we live within them, with increasingly sophisticated machines and algorithms adding layers of intelligence once only thought possible in science fiction.

    But smart cities are not about innovating for the sake of innovation. They are about providing solutions to some of our biggest issues in society, from public health, safety and wellbeing to sustainability, biodiversity and social equity. Fundamentally, they are about improving the quality of life for all citizens and societies as a whole.

  • Tue
    Aug
    30
    2022
    Saudi 'surveillance city': Would you sell your data to The Line?

    In Saudi Arabia's NEOM, residents are paid for sharing their data - a model for other smart cities, but privacy is a concern

    • Saudi Arabia touts futuristic city where data is currency

    • NEOM vision can be model for smart cities that collect data

    • Privacy, surveillance concerns persist in kingdom

    In the desert sands of Saudi Arabia's deep northwest, thousands of workers are building a futuristic city that the kingdom says will be like no other.

    Out of the ancient sands will emerge a high-tech urban centre called The Line: zero-carbon with flying drones for taxis, holographs for teachers and even a man-made moon.

  • Tue
    Aug
    30
    2022
    IoT’s impact on cities? - better air quality and greater wellbeing

    The ability to measure air quality in a more cost-efficient and intelligent way will prove crucial to increase wellbeing among citizens as cities compete in the new age of the internet of things

    Rapid growth in urban populations has accelerated the evolution of smart cities and the technologies that enable them, including the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. Today, more than 55% of the world’s population lives in cities and this is expected to rise to 68% by 2050. In Europe, the figure is already greater than 74%.

  • Tue
    Aug
    30
    2022
    ‘SmartCity Is Not So Smart’, Malta’s Blind Community Want To Make The Area More Inclusive And Environmentally Friendly

    The Visual Non-Visual Network (V.O.) has come up with a project to make Smart City more inclusive for blind people in Malta, while also turning the area into a greener space.

    “This project originated because our blind members were always curious to visit and understand what is Smart about Smart City. Eventually, we came to the understanding that there is nothing really Smart about Smart City,” the V.O. told Lovin Malta.

  • Tue
    Aug
    30
    2022
    CN: Smart city buzzword for Chongqing high-tech expo

    Chongqing, a traditional industrial powerhouse, is building itself into a smarter city through digital innovation, industry insiders and experts said during the fourth Smart China Expo on Monday.

    With the theme of "smart city", the three-day tech event this year attracted 557 companies and organizations from 19 countries and regions.

    A platform that displays newfound technologies, the expo has a venue spreading across 90,000 square meters displaying over 1,560 application scenarios in more than 30 areas including intelligent manufacturing, smart transportation and smart communities. Glasses-free 3D, virtual reality and extended reality technologies are also displayed at the expo.

  • Mon
    Aug
    29
    2022
    AE: “Dubai Now” ... a map of smart city services

    Dubai Now is a comprehensive application for all smart city services and the first unified platform of its kind that covers most of the daily needs of Dubai residents through more than 130 smart services provided by government and private agencies in a single user experience, making city services more smooth and effective and transforming Dubai into a global digital capital .

    Matar Al Humairi, Executive Director of the Smart Dubai Government Corporation, told Al Bayan: The number of transactions completed through the Dubai Now application has reached 18 million digital payment transactions, worth more than 9.4 billion dirhams, equivalent to 2.5 billion dollars, since the launch of the application, which began with more than 80 service in October 2019 until it exceeded 130 services in June 2022 provided by more than 30 agencies from the public and private sectors.

  • Mon
    Aug
    29
    2022
    GY: G/T Mayor says parking lots, not parking meters needed to alleviate city’s traffic woes

    Contending that parking meters will not the solve city’s woes in relation to adequate space, Mayor Ubraj Narine has suggested the creation of parking lots instead.

    Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Georgetown Mayor stated that the current traffic situation in the capital city requires parking facilities rather than just parking meters.

  • Mon
    Aug
    29
    2022
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Tirupati: MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy lays stone for 'City Operation Centre'

    • Karunakar Reddy says the 5-storied building comes up at Municipal Office complex is constructed with a cost of Rs 81 crore
    • The building has four meeting halls, separate chambers for Mayor, Commissioner, Deputy Mayors, various departments HoDs with latest facilities, command control centre for traffic control and CC cameras surveillance for the safety of pilgrims

    MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy said the proposed 'City Operation Centre' is the first of its kind in the state with all sophisticated facilities to serve the citizens.

  • Sun
    Aug
    28
    2022
    GB: Filling the public sector’s digital skills gap through employee empowerment

    The public sector has a digital skills gap which requires urgent action – to solve this, employers can advance workplace technology skills through multidisciplinary methods

    In the past two years, we have learned technology plays a pivotal role in meeting the growing requirements of every sector, especially in the wake of shrinking budgets and ongoing digital skills gaps.

  • Sun
    Aug
    28
    2022
    PK: NADRA assumes enormous digital transformation: Chairman

    Muhammad Tariq Malik, Chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), stated on Friday that NADRA has embraced massive digital transformation through procedural and structural reforms over the last year.

    During an interview with PTV, he stated that 43 initiatives were planned during the period to digitalize NADRA and improve service delivery, with 27 of them completed.

  • Sat
    Aug
    27
    2022
    Can Britain truly undergo an effective digital transformation?

    What does effective digital transformation look like? The UK needs to grow its digital economy to suit all of the job opportunities predicted to rise in the next few years – but a world-leading skills framework is needed

    In June, the UK government’s now-former Tech Minister, Chris Philp, outlined the latest national Digital Strategy. Offering a single vision to grow the country’s Digital Economy, the strategy seeks to ensure that digital technology, infrastructure and data drives economic growth and innovation in the coming years. If executed well, the strategy promises to lead to new jobs, skills and services that benefit and level up the whole of the UK with an effective digital transformation.

  • Sat
    Aug
    27
    2022
    Role Of Zero Trust In India's Digital Transformation Journey

    Moreover, the government's push for digitalisation through initiatives such as Digital India is further striving to bring transformation in India's digital journey.

    While the wheels of digital transformation were set in motion much earlier, the pandemic accelerated their speed. It significantly impacted how organisations approach their IT ecosystem and security. Cloudflare's 2021 report, 'Data security in the Age of Zero Trust', indicated that around 90 per cent of IT influencers and decision-makers from Indian organizations expect a more mobile workforce in the future with greater use of personal devices. This impacts IT security and makes it vital for organizations, governments, technology providers, and leaders to make decisions driven by insights to build a secure and efficient digital ecosystem.

  • Fri
    Aug
    26
    2022
    SG: How technology can help make urban transport work for people

    A data-driven approach helps Lynette Cheah to tackle concerns about self-driving buses and delivery-truck congestion.

    Singapore houses 5.5 million people in an area less than half the size of London and is the second most densely populated country in the world, after Monaco. In 2014, it pledged to put digital innovation and technology at the heart of its society, economy and government.

    Five years later, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) In Lausanne, Switzerland, launched the Smart City Index, which ranks 118 cities on the basis of citizens’ perceptions of how technology can improve their lives. Singapore has held the top spot since the index began. The citizens who responded to the survey were satisfied with their city’s greenery and air quality. But one in four respondents listed traffic congestion as an issue that needs addressing.

Das Interesse der web-aktiven Bevölkerung an E-Government ist groß: 85 Prozent der Österreicher haben an der Abwicklung von Behördenwegen im Internet "grundsätzliches Interesse". Zumindest auf Gemeindeebene ist das Angebot in diese Richtung aber spärlich. Nur knapp ein Viertel der User fand auf der Website ihrer Gemeinde auch die Möglichkeit vor, Behördenwege online zu erledigen. Das geht aus einer aktuellen Online-Befragung des Marktforschers marketagent.com unter 517 Usern hervor. Demnach seien viele Gemeinde-Websites nicht viel mehr als ein virtueller Schaukasten. 87 Prozent der Befragten geben an, dass ihre Heimatgemeinde eine Website hat, die sie schon einmal besucht haben. Interessant ist E-Government vor allem für Ältere und Gebildetere. Nur 45 Prozent der Pflichtschulabsolventen finden derartige Online-Services "sehr interessant", hingegen können sich drei von vier Akademikern dafür begeistern. 14- bis 19-Jährige haben offenbar anderes im Kopf als virtuelle Behördenwege: Nur 36 Prozent finden sie "sehr interessant", verglichen mit rund 70 Prozent bei den 40- bis 49-Jährigen. Insgesamt haben bereits 17 Prozent der User E-Government-Dienste in Anspruch genommen, wobei auch hier die Hochschulabsolventen mit 24 Prozent deutlich aktiver sind. Regionaler Spitzenreiter ist Wien, wo bereits 27 Prozent derartige Services verwendet haben.

Quelle: Pressetext Deutschland

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