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  • Wed
    Mar
    03
    2021
    JP: Woven City: Construction of Toyota’s mini smart city gets underway

    Toyota is starting to build its high-tech ‘Woven City’ at a former vehicle production plant at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.

    The development was first announced in January 2020 as a “prototype city of the future where all ecosystems are connected”.

    The 175-acre ‘living lab’ could eventually be home to 2,000 residents, including researchers and Toyota employees, who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

  • Wed
    Mar
    03
    2021
    Urban Intelligence Rising: Why Smart Cities Are Better Cities

    Smart cities that run on data aren’t just more efficient to run. They’re also more enjoyable to live in.

    Since the 1990s, the term “big data” has echoed through industry like the sound of dripping water in a cave. What began as a trickle eventually became a torrent. Now, its true potential is finally becoming clear. And nowhere more so than in cities.

  • Wed
    Mar
    03
    2021
    US: Oregon: Google-linked smart city plan ditched in Portland

    A smart city project started by Google’s sister firm Sidewalk Labs to track mobility patterns in the US city of Portland has been shelved.

    Last year, Sidewalk also ditched an ambitious project to build a digital city in Toronto, following controversy about the scale of its plans.

    Portland confirmed the project would no longer go ahead.

  • Wed
    Mar
    03
    2021
    Racing full speed ahead toward a digitalized Japan

    About a year has passed since Japan’s first commercial 5G mobile communications service was launched. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced a target of increasing the number of base stations to 280,000 by the end of March 2024 and is promoting further development of the communications infrastructure.

    Tests are underway to verify remote control and remote medical care, which 5G is expected to make possible, and use of the technology is steadily growing.

  • Tue
    Mar
    02
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Chandigarh: Capt Amarinder Singh launches Rs 1087-cr projects under Smart City, Amrut schemes

    Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday virtually laid foundation stones and inaugurated projects worth Rs 1,087 crore for the development of urban areas under the Smart City and Amrut schemes.

    He also urged the Centre to include Anandpur Sahib under the Smart City scheme, as a tribute to Guru Tegh Bahadur on 400th Parkash Purab.

  • Tue
    Mar
    02
    2021
    IN: ‘Government departments, smart cities must adopt green building norms’: CII in its proposal to Goa

    Municipal corporations, housing boards, government departments, railway authorities, and Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) should be encouraged to adopt IGBC green ratings, said the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in a proposal to the state government. Adoption of green building project developments and optimum use of natural resources will reduce the impact of climate change, CII’s recommendations said.

    CII has also recommended that grant of Rs 15 to 20 lakh could be earmarked for registration and certification of IPSCDL under IGBC Green Cities rating for implementation of green features in the state capital.

  • Tue
    Mar
    02
    2021
    AU: New South Wales: Parramatta: Getting a Foot in the Door for Smart City Projects

    The potential impact of smart city initiatives is colossal. PwC pegged it as a $2.5 trillion opportunity by 2025. But getting projects greenlit for long term deployment can be quite difficult, especially with budget shortfalls. A successful deployment of a smart city project near Sydney, Australia, can be instructive for how local governments can get the ball rolling.

    Parramatta is a major commercial suburb of Sydney, and the second-oldest city in the country. Following the Great Recession, a large pharmaceutical company moved out of town, leading developers to propose building a large housing complex on the former campus. When neighbors raised concerns about the impact of construction noise and dust in the heart of the city, planners required the developers to deploy a series of sensors to monitor air quality and noise levels.

  • Tue
    Mar
    02
    2021
    Singapore’s data debacle shakes city-state’s ‘smart’ ambitions

    ‘When it emerged the police had used tracing data for a criminal investigation, an online backlash erupted’

    It’s not often that you catch Singapore’s government looking flustered.

    Last year, it announced the launch of a contact-tracing system to fight Covid-19 that involved an app and a wearable device. Some citizens expressed privacy concerns about TraceTogether, which uses Bluetooth to record distance between users and the duration of their encounters, and about the longer-term risk that, in a tightly controlled system such as Singapore, tracing mechanisms could be abused.

  • Mon
    Mar
    01
    2021
    The digital transformation in APAC and the move towards cashless societies – interview with AsiaPay

    The Paypers has interviewed Joseph Chan, CEO & Founder of AsiaPay, to learn more about the digital transformation in APAC and the move towards cashless societies

    Q: In 2020, the payments industry had to adapt to the swift growth registered by the ecommerce industry. How well is the APAC payments infrastructure equipped to support this move towards digital?

    Nowadays, more and more global retail and hospitality brands gear up their regional pan-APAC digital transformation plan to boost sales and services. They aim to address cultural diversity and the main developments happening at a different pace across Asian countries, the fragmented ecommerce market, and payment adoption (e.g., credit card adoption in Hong Kong or Singapore is greater than 90%, while in Indonesia, Vietnam, or Myanmar it is less than 5%). Moreover, with a more digital-ready young generation, a pan-APAC payment platform for businesses and banks would play an important role in future.

  • Mon
    Mar
    01
    2021
    Smart India: Reimagining the road to digital Public Sector IT

    For developing an increasingly digital-first country with the long-term goal to create a progressive and prosperous future for all in sync with the tenets of sustainable development.

    When the Government of India initiated the Smart City Mission in 2015 across 100 cities, it was one of the most innovative programs. The objective behind the Smart City project in addition to providing a better quality of life with optimal resource utilization; also aimed at fulfilling the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). These specifically impact areas such as water supply and sanitation, sustainable mobility, affordable and clean energy, waste and recycling, supporting the poor and marginalized, as well as education or food deprivation.

  • Mon
    Mar
    01
    2021
    IN: Kerala: NEC Corporation India set to convert Thiruvananthapuram into a smart city

    NEC Corporation India, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has won the mandate to drive Thiruvananthapuram’s Smart City project. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the project alongside Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. As the master system integrator for the city’s Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), NEC Corporation India (NEC India) aims to complete the project in 2022.

    Thiruvananthapuram is among the 100 smart cities selected in the third round of the smart cities challenge under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ Smart City Mission. Thiruvananthapuram has incorporated a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) to plan, design, implement, coordinate and monitor the smart city projects in the city.

  • Sun
    Feb
    28
    2021
    PH: Batapa-Sigue: Vision, leadership and mindset

    BY 2030 or ten years from now, each country will have to reckon how they have supported the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, which was universally set and designed as a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030."

    These next 10 years or the current decade has been tagged as a Decade of Action remaining to achieve the SDGs – the shared vision of all countries to end poverty and build a peaceful, sustainable world for all people, an ambitious decade aimed at mobilizing governments, civil society, and businesses, and citizens to take action and drive the goals to reality. A key ingredient considered is ensuring that governments around the world transform digitally and digital government transformation has a crucial role in delivering sustainable, inclusive and equitable services to everyone everywhere – leaving no one behind.

  • Sun
    Feb
    28
    2021
    NP: Kathmandu: A green city is a smart city

    Connecting and improving leafy open spaces would make Kathmandu more liveable

    For those growing up in the 1980s in Kathmandu, the ‘Green Belt’ became a familiar term as poplars rose up along the Ring Road. Over the years, this strip of green gave Kathmandu some breathing space as the city grew at breakneck speed.

    Slowly, encroachment, carelessness and road expansion decimated the trees. The poplars were the first to go, then the jacarandas that lined the streets were cut, too.

  • Sun
    Feb
    28
    2021
    Building smart cities is a key to urbanization in Africa

    The advent of digital technologies, though more pervasive in some economies than others, continues to change many areas of human lives, administration, and modern society.

    From smartphones and computers to other highly intelligent appliances, we can no longer deny that technology is the power behind the smart world we live in today.

  • Sun
    Feb
    28
    2021
    China to build up five innovation areas led by AI innovation: MIIT

    A new batch of artificial intelligence (AI) innovation centers with different research priorities will be built in five cities and regions in China, according to the document released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology MIIT on Friday.

    The cities and regions are Beijing, Binhai New Area of Tianjin, Hangzhou of East China's Zhejiang Province, Guangzhou of South China's Guangdong Province and Chengdu of Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

  • Sat
    Feb
    27
    2021
    US: Georgia smart city living lab unveils 5G incubator

    Dive Brief:

    • The Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, GA, situated just outside Atlanta, unveiled an incubator program this week that will support developers as they build new 5G technology use cases.
    • Providing access to T-Mobile's 5G network, the 5G Connected Future incubator program will allow startups and entrepreneurs to build and test solutions like autonomous vehicles (AVs), drones and robotics. It is the latest initiative from the T-Mobile Accelerator, which started in 2014 in Kansas City, MO as a way to test innovations and bring them to market.
    • Program participants will work directly with technology and business leaders at the T-Mobile Accelerator, Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and Curiosity Lab. The initiative offers networking, education and access to ATDC's research expertise and students to help evaluate and refine products.

  • Sat
    Feb
    27
    2021
    Understanding the Role of Smart Cities, its Impact and Future

    Smart cities are no more a thing of the future. They’re here.

    How will smart cities provide new ways of living and working? Ever thought about that?

    Smart Cities, also called Smart and Connected Communities, are being permitted thanks to the development occurring in the Internet of Things (IoT). There is a rapid growth of devices in our personal and business lives which are digital, linked, and worthy of data sharing.

  • Sat
    Feb
    27
    2021
    ZM: Spread the digital platforms

    The Ministry of Lands has for a long time been associated with inertia partly due to its operations being manual.

    Some civil servants capitalised on this manual record-keeping to manipulate documents for their benefit and for those who paid “something” under the table.

    Genuine land owners lost their properties when suddenly they would face other people claiming to be legitimate owners of the same land. The new landlords would brandish the evidence of official documents.

  • Sat
    Feb
    27
    2021
    IN: PM Modi launches slew of infra projects in Kerala

    Pinarayi assures Centre of continued cooperation in implementing works

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated a bevy of infrastructure projects in Kerala, including the 2,000-MW Pugalur-Thrissur high voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission corridor.

    He said the power transmission corridor would ensure the transfer of a large quantum of power from the national grid to the State and guarantee reliable access to electricity.

  • Sat
    Feb
    27
    2021
    When Planning Smart Cities, Don't Forget About Accessibility in Mobility

    We live in an age where nearly everything we use is “smart.” Our devices have long had the capability to bring the data of the world to our fingertips. Still, now the smart capabilities have extended to once-mundane parts of our lifestyles like household appliances and modes of transportation. As such, it is not only our personal lifestyles that are becoming “smart,” but they are extending to affect our cities and our nations, developing into “smart cities.”

    A smart city takes the idea of smart technology and expands it on a tremendous scale. The city will use technology and connectivity to provide services and solutions to address societal needs: improve social and economic welfare, reduce environmental pollution and waste, improve safety and security policies, and open these services and solutions to be inclusive to all.

  • Fri
    Feb
    26
    2021
    US: Hi-tech sewers can help safeguard public health, environment and economies

    In the wake of the coronavirus, economic recovery is top of mind for all city leaders, the majority of whom believe that investing in infrastructure and technology can spur a rebound. Yet current analyses indicate that we only have funding available to cover approximately 57 percent of infrastructure system improvements through 2029, leaving an investment gap of $2.6 trillion. Cities are in the midst of some of their toughest-ever budget constraints and are faced with stressed infrastructure badly in need of renewal. Against a backdrop of rising needs and limited resources, officials are grappling to identify the investments that do more with less and deliver superior performance in the areas that matter most for their communities. One solution runs under our feet.

  • Fri
    Feb
    26
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Capital rises to 21st position among India’s ‘smart cities’

    The capital has steadily risen in ranks to attain 21st position in the country among cities under Smart City Mission project. The scheme for 100 cities in the country was rolled out by the Union government in June, 2015.

    A total of 20 cities were selected in the first round by January, 2016. As many as 40 cities were selected by September, 2016, in the second round.

  • Fri
    Feb
    26
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: PM to inaugurate projects under Smart City, Amrut today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate three centrally-sponsored projects under Smart City and Amrut schemes in the city on Friday. Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Smart Roads under Smart City scheme and water treatment plant at Aruvikkara under Amrut scheme will be inaugurated on Friday. Inauguration will be held through an online platform at 4.30pm. CM Pinarayi Vijayan will preside over the function.

    ICCC is envisaged to act as the nerve centre of Thiruvananthapuram city corporation and a hub for decision making and the project cost is Rs 94 crore. This project is proposed at the existing Janasevana Kendra within the corporation main building premises. The contractor has not been able to begin the work owing to stiff opposition from staff union.

  • Fri
    Feb
    26
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: City under surveillance: Nashik gets 2 integrated command & control rooms

    The smart city development corporation has established two integrated command and control rooms for its ambitious CCTV project among other projects planned in the city.

    While one of the command and control centre has been established at the Panchavati divisional office building of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), where the LED screens will be monitored by 35 operators, 20 operators will be working at the other centre set up at the headquarters of the city police commissionerate.

  • Thu
    Feb
    25
    2021
    US: Experts Discuss Challenges of Voting in An Electronic Age

    Online voting. Biometrics. Post-election audits. Today, election administrators have many new options to improve the democratic process. But the system is complicated, and security concerns hover over everything.

    The use of technology such as online voting and biometrics during an election can streamline and improve the voting process. However, it can also present problems such as raised election security concerns.

  • Thu
    Feb
    25
    2021
    A changing landscape serves as the catalyst for smart city initiatives

    As normal is being redefined, it’s becoming increasingly clear using technology to keep people safe and agencies financially viable will be critical to the future of mass transit.

    With the worldwide pandemic still raging, much of what we used to take for granted continues to be different. Less than a year ago, we didn’t think twice about hopping on a crowded bus or descending below ground to catch a subway train. Urbanization remained the trend, with newly minted college graduates and empty nesters moving downtown to take advantage of all the city had to offer, including great restaurants, sporting events, entertainment and of course, its energy.

  • Thu
    Feb
    25
    2021
    IN: Enabling Smart Cities through Cyber Security Solutions

    Smart Cities are undoubtedly the future. It has brought an onset of new technology, new developments in infrastructure solutions and even enhanced the original concept of smart cities.

    The world is evolving and adopting green solutions in daily life. Corporates and governments are investing exponentially in green-energy and solutions. Therefore, the onset of smart cities in India is considerably special. It is a way in which India plans to control its emission levels and prevent pollution. Smart Cities are undoubtedly the future. It has brought an onset of new technology, new developments in infrastructure solutions, and even enhanced the original concept of smart cities. The capabilities of these smart cities are grand.

  • Wed
    Feb
    24
    2021
    IE: How Do Smart Dublin's Link-Ups with Private Companies Influence the City?

    Smart Dublin has made its mark on Dublin City Council, says Paul McAuliffe, former lord mayor of Dublin and current Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North-West.

    Take e-scooters, says McAuliffe. When the Department of Transport held a public consultation on the use of e-scooters, the council’s traffic department “put in a really conservative submission without going to any other department on it”, he says.

  • Wed
    Feb
    24
    2021
    NG: How Lagos will become smart city in 2030, by Sanwo-Olu

    Buhari: We’ll support state to unleash potential

    Lagos State is on course to become a full-fledged smart city by 2030, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Tuesday.

    He believes it can happen with the many plans set in motion by his administration.

    The governor spoke at the opening of the eighth Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti), held at Eko Hotels and Suites on Victoria Island.

  • Wed
    Feb
    24
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Jalandhar: MP reviews smart city project works

    Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary on Tuesday visited the city railway station and took stock of the progress of works being done under the smart city project. He was accompanied by Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri, Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry, Mayor Jagdish Raja and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Karnesh Sharma.

    During the inspection, he met with concerned officials and undertook an appraisal of the project execution. Speaking with the media on the occasion, MP Chaudhary said that the city railway station was undergoing a revamp with infrastructure upgradation and addition of modern passenger amenities. The works being undertaken, he informed, include facelifting and beautification, development of a parking space, installation of escalators and construction of a foot over bridge.

  • Tue
    Feb
    23
    2021
    ASEAN: The role of smart cities in pandemic response

    Smart cities have played a notable role in pandemic response, particularly by deploying digital technological solutions and innovative bottom-up approaches, acting as effective implementation channels of nationwide economic relief packages and in fortifying an urban low-carbon agenda through steep digital technology adoption.

    Senior Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Venkatachalam Anbumozhi highlighted this in a recent statement.

  • Tue
    Feb
    23
    2021
    IN: Gujarat: Vadodara: Present of Future ‘Smart City’ pitiable

    Roads, drainage, drinking water and cattle menace are still the main issues for residents of Vadodara, which is touted to be one of the ‘smart’ cities.

    Based on a survey sampling nearly 95,000 residents across 19 wards, city-based youth platform has come with ‘Yuva Ka Manifesto’ describing aspirations of the youngsters and their expectation from political leadership.

  • Tue
    Feb
    23
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad cops plan smart city hackathon

    In an attempt to provide smart solutions for the day-to-day problems within the police department and to ensure smooth and effective service delivery to the public, the Aurangabad city police have decided to hold a smart city hackathon inviting talents, especially from the engineering colleges.

    Aurangabad police commissioner Nikhil Gupta said: “We are looking for innovations as well as technology in the areas that have a direct impact on the police and the public. The top three impressive ideas, technologies or innovations will be given cash rewards of Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.”

  • Tue
    Feb
    23
    2021
    IN: Pune: Smart City development plan for more Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation areas

    The Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Limited will bring underdeveloped areas in PCMC limits under the ambit of area-based development.

    This includes areas such as Ravet, Kiwale, Dighi and Moshi, among others.

    Shravan Hardikar, who headed the special vehicle till Sunday, said, aaeas wold be selected based on a four-point assessment.

  • Mon
    Feb
    22
    2021
    AE: Sharjah embracing digital future with Sahab Smart Solutions

    The Emirate of Sharjah has focused on exploring, developing, and implementing leading digital solutions to streamline services to UAE citizens, residents and visitors across Sharjah.

    Founded in 2018, the Sahab Smart Solutions is today spearheading the digital transformation journey of the emirate as part of the UAE’s wider national economic development and diversification efforts.

    Sahab Smart Solutions partners with the Sharjah government entities to help shape the emirate’s digitally powered future and execute projects to accelerate the development of its smart city solutions.

  • Mon
    Feb
    22
    2021
    Azerbaijan to build ‘smart cities’ in liberated regions

    The restoration and development of the newly liberated territories is the top priority for the government of Azerbaijan. It implies wide participation of private and state-owned companies, as well as foreign investors in the process. Currently, Azerbaijan is developing a concept of restoration and reconstruction of its liberated territories, which includes attracting foreign investors to the development of these territories.

    On January 19, the institute of the special representative in the liberated territories was set up. In an online meeting, President Ilham Aliyev named his first special representative for the newly liberated historical city of Shusha. “The first appointment is to Shusha District and this is absolutely natural. Susa has a special place in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people. Shusha is the crown of Karabakh,” the president told his representative for Shusha, Aydin Karimov, who was earlier dispatched to the city to inspect and analyse the situation on the scene.

  • Mon
    Feb
    22
    2021
    Go online for passport and visa services in Bahrain: NPRA

    The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) said that the number of visitors in the service centres in Muharraq and Isa Town would be reduced to preserve the safety of everyone based on the recommendations of the National Medical Team.

    NPRA called on the public to use the available electronic platforms to provide services to avoid crowding and to quicken the completion of transactions.

  • Mon
    Feb
    22
    2021
    IN: All Corporation schools to get Wi-Fi, other digital infrastructure

    The schools run by the Greater Chennai Corporation will now have Wi-Fi facilities under the Smart City Project.

    According to a Corporation official, providing Wi-Fi connections to the civic body-run schools is a part of upgrading digital infrastructure at the campuses under the City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) initiative.

    “Even though the physical infrastructure will be upgraded only at 28 select schools, Wi-Fi and other digital infrastructure will be provided to all the schools,” the official said.

  • Mon
    Feb
    22
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City: CEO Shahid Iqbal Discusses New Project Proposals

    The Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) Sunday convened a marathon meeting of heads of concerned government departments to discuss the projects approved under the Smart City project in Srinagar and to discuss and deliberate over new project proposals submitted to it by different departments and agencies for approval.

    The meeting was convened under the chairmanship of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) SSCL (District Development Commissioner Srinagar) Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

  • Sun
    Feb
    21
    2021
    US: In Nevada desert, a technology firm aims to be a government

    Jeffrey Berns, CEO of the Nevada-based Blockchains LLC, wants to build a 'smart city' that runs on blockchain technology

    In the Nevada desert, a cryptocurrency magnate hopes to turn dreams of a futuristic “smart city” into reality. To do that, he’s asking the state to let companies like his form local governments on land they own, which would grant them power over everything from schools to law enforcement.

  • Sun
    Feb
    21
    2021
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: 2K parking lots planned for Shimla Smart City

    The authorities are planning to create 2,000 to 2,500 parking spaces for Shimla Smart City by early next year. At the moment, besides small parking lots in most of the wards, Shimla Smart City has at least five major parking lots under active implementation, while the detailed project report (DPR) of two other lots has been completed. Besides, the proposals for two other parking lots, one of which has already been approved by the Smart City board of directors, are awaited.

    “Many of these projects will be completed this year and the remaining by early next year. The availability of more parking spaces will bring relief to residents as well as tourists,” said Smart City general manager (Technical) Nitin Garg.

  • Sun
    Feb
    21
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Smart City works: Parking banned on 400 metres of Brigade Road

    With Smart City works and the angle parking system choking Brigade Road, the traffic police have banned parking on a part of the city’s famed street with immediate effect.

    The ban will apply to the stretch between Cauvery Emporium and Opera House junctions, and will remain in force until the Smart City roadworks are completed.

  • Sun
    Feb
    21
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Rourkela to ramp up solar power infrastructure under Smart City projects

    An MoU would be signed with the power distribution company and volume of solar power generated by each household would be deducted from their monthly energy bill.

    Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) is gearing up to cut down on its carbon footprints by improving energy efficiency through use of green power under the Smart City projects. The city is expected to generate substantial solar energy and slash consumption of conventional power.

  • Sun
    Feb
    21
    2021
    US: Nevada: Cryptocurrency magnate is aiming to build ‘smart city’

    A technology firm in Nevada has plans to bring a 'smart city' to reality

    • Blockchain LLC is planning to build cryptocurrency and blockchain-based futuristic city
    • The CEO of the firm is willing to create an innovation zone where users can start from scratch and bring new uses of their technologies
    • To allow the innovation zone to be built in Nevada, the State will have to give full authority to landowners

  • Sat
    Feb
    20
    2021
    ZA: Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Highway upgrades on the way

    Addressing the 2021 State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that his administration is conceptualizing a number of post-apartheid smart cities in provinces around the country.

    Ramaphosa said that these infrastructure projects form a key part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery plan.

  • Sat
    Feb
    20
    2021
    US: It Will Cost Billions to Close Education's Digital Divide

    Boston Consulting Group, Common Sense Media and the Southern Education Foundation issued a report last month about the big picture of digital inequity in education, as well as potential solutions.

    As many of the nation’s pupils close in on a year of virtual remote learning, public policy analysts are highlighting the scope of the digital divide and ways in which policymakers can close it.

  • Sat
    Feb
    20
    2021
    SE: IKEA Aims to Turn a Swedish City into a Sustainable Community

    Swedish retailer IKEA is making significant steps to enhance sustainability by developing a sustainable community and scrapping non-rechargeable alkaline batteries.

    Sustainability is a key watchword in the quest to mitigate environmental damage resulting from human activity. As our modern world demands increased energy, the need to move to sustainable fuel sources has never been more pressing.

  • Fri
    Feb
    19
    2021
    ZA: Why we should be making cities smart, rather than building new ones

    COVID-19 has highlighted underlying vulnerabilities that undermine South African citizens’ quality of life.

    These include growing inequality, limited and/or aging infrastructure, and a shortage of public resources to address these challenges – but applying smart city principles to all cities, and not only flagship projects, can help address some of these vulnerabilities.

  • Fri
    Feb
    19
    2021
    Shmyhal hopes e-services will be mutually recognized between Ukraine and EU

    Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal hopes that electronic trust services between the European Union and Ukraine will be mutually recognized in the coming years.

    He wrote about this on his Telegram channel after a meeting with Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age.

  • Fri
    Feb
    19
    2021
    Armenia to go digital as government approves new strategy

    The Armenian government today approved the country’s Digitalization Strategy.

    The executive says the development of high technologies plays a decisive role in the competitiveness, security and living standards of the state.

    The strategy envisages digital transformation of the Government, the economy and the society through introduction and development of innovative technologies, cyber security, data policy and e-services and e-government systems, coordination of digitalization processes, creation of common standards and digital environment, as well as initiatives promoting the use of digital technologies in the private sector of the economy and the development and implementation of programs promoting the use of electronic tools by the public.

  • Fri
    Feb
    19
    2021
    US: Arizona: Tucson’s community wireless bridges the digital divide

    A public/private partnership in Tucson, Ariz., is closing the digital divide by not only connecting more than 32,000 of the city’s 212,000 households without reliable internet access, but also powering up Tucson’s smart city strategy.

    The city and Insight Enterprises are within weeks of completing Phase I of a municipal wireless broadband solution using the Citizen Broadband Radio Service network, a band of radio-frequency spectrum from 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz that the Federal Communications Commission has designated for incumbent, priority and general authorized access. Insight’s Cloud + Data Center Transformation team provides project management and long-term managed services over the single solution that combines technologies from multiple providers.

  • Thu
    Feb
    18
    2021
    Powering digital transformation in India. Power to empower.

    Data, technology and governance are coming together as a force to accelerate social change and address the criticality of harnessing the data generated through various e-governance initiatives to optimize decision making.

    Amid all our focus and efforts towards staying safe, what we perhaps missed celebrating is an important landmark -- 1 July 2020. It was the fifth anniversary of the Government of India's commencement of the 'Digital India' campaign. What we did, however, is far more significant, colossal and emphatic. The government made Digital India the key apparatus in keeping its citizens empowered, secure, healthy and taking the country's economy forward. The country's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, estimates that by 2025, payments through digital platforms will jump to 1.5 billion transactions, or Rs 15 trillion a day. The daily transaction averaged about 125 million before March 2020, much of it powered by the government's famed United Payment Interface, or UPI. To track citizens' health and monitor the spread of the pandemic, the government launched the Aarogya Setu app, having a download hit of more than 127 million times, a testimony of how Digital is transforming India rapidly.

  • Thu
    Feb
    18
    2021
    IN: ‘Net’ worth: Delhi civic bodies to reboot IT infra after lockdown exposes lag

    While the country has been pushing ahead on the Digital India Mission, its capital’s municipal corporations and their hospitals, dispensaries and schools are running on 256kbps connectivity. TOI has already reported how over 9,000 birth and death certificates are pending due to the slow processing for lack of internet resources. This weakness in the civic bodies’ IT infrastructure, originally created in 2008, could now be remedied to contemporary standards. The three municipal corporations have issued joint tenders for the revamp of the digitalZ infra to raise connectivity in hospital/schools sixteen-fold.

    Prior to its trifurcation, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was the second largest municipal body in the world with 272 wards, only Tokyo being bigger in terms of area. “An e- governance initiative was taken-up by MCD in 2008 to harness the power of the information & communication platform to achieve its vision,” says the joint report of the corporations. Prior to 2008, the various departments of MCD had taken up IT projects independently and these operated in isolation.

  • Thu
    Feb
    18
    2021
    IN: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik rolls out nine online services of State Transport

    Nine services were rolled out which include vehicle registration, auto approval of goods and contract carriage permits and special permits for buses.

    People can now avail services related to the State Transport Authority (STA) online. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched several citizen centric services of the STA under the 5T initiative through video conference.

  • Thu
    Feb
    18
    2021
    Consortium tests autonomous bus in Greece

    Iseauto is part of the EU-funded Fabulos project to see how cities can use passenger AVs

    An Estonian consortium whose members include Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) has trialled an autonomous bus which has been declared as “street legal” in Greece.

    A statement issued by TalTech says Auve Tech's autonomous bus carried nearly 400 people across 1,930km of streets over two months in the municipality of Lamia.

  • Wed
    Feb
    17
    2021
    Orange to provide cloud services for Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital’

    Orange Business Services announced that it will design and build a new data center to provide cloud services for Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital’.

    The project will be implemented in collaboration with Orange Egypt, who will supply the required infrastructure and services, following their appointment as the project’s prime contractor by Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) – owner and developer of the New Administrative Capital.

  • Wed
    Feb
    17
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu tops among big states in utilising central smart city funds

    Though smart cities in Tamil Nadu may not be topping the charts, the state is the best performer among bigger states as far as utilisation of Union government funds is concerned.

    Data tabled in Parliament shows that TN had utilised 97% of the Rs 3,189 crore allotted to it by the Centre.

  • Wed
    Feb
    17
    2021
    GB: West Yorkshire: Roll out of ultra-fast broadband to Bradford begins in a move analysts say could raise cost of city's housing by millions

    Work has begun to make Bradford home to full-fibre broadband across every home and business.

    The £75m private investment from CityFibre is predicted by analysts to improve productivity and raise the value of homes.

    Construction work has officially commenced in East Bowling, with the rest of the city set to follow over the next four years. Network Plus is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf.

  • Wed
    Feb
    17
    2021
    GB: North East England: How CityFibre’s gigabit-capable broadband network could transform lives in Newcastle

    We may be a nation suffering from Zoom fatigue, but if the last few months have shown us anything, it is just how important digital connectivity is.

    Throughout lockdown, internet access enabled many of us to keep working. However, slow and unreliable internet has made using apps like Skype and Zoom a frustrating experience. It’s something felt across the whole of the UK, where just 15 per cent of premises have access to full-fibre internet, considered the gold standard.

  • Tue
    Feb
    16
    2021
    US: The Future of Robotic Garages

    A number of companies offer automated, robotic garages, although adoption, especially in the United States, has been limited thus far. That could change as cities become more populated, and greater emphasis is placed on increasing the efficiency and sustainability of transportation systems.

    There is no doubt that robotics is playing an increasingly prominent role in modern life. It seems that every day more aspects of daily life become automated, yet some instances of automation still seem foreign to most of us. Robotic garages, for example, seem like something out of the future, yet they are already in use today.

  • Tue
    Feb
    16
    2021
    IN: Haryana: Dilapidated e-toilets raise a stink in Faridabad

    Around two years ago, 10 state-of-the-art e-toilets were inaugurated in the city under Rs 2.19 crore Smart City project, which are now in a dilapidated state. These have become defunct due to poor upkeep and maintenance.

    “Owing to poor and filthy condition and nobody to clean them on a regular basis, a majority of locals and visitors to the Sector 19 market area are unable to use these facilities,” said Hari Ram, a local. He said the stinking toilets don’t even have proper water supply. He said the automated system in which the toilet doors open after inserting a coin got damaged soon after these were installed.

  • Tue
    Feb
    16
    2021
    Greener Energy Systems for Smart Cities

    Cities are becoming bigger and more resilient, but to truly thrive they need a stronger, smarter and greener energy system. We recently spoke with André Burdet, head of product management & strategy at Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business, to find out how renewable energies, transportation and digital networks are evolving to address the need.

    Cities are the powerhouses of national economies, innovation, culture and opportunity. Yet many cities are struggling. As more and more people move in, public utilities and services (housing, water, wastewater, electricity and transportation) come under pressure. Congestion, pollution and affordable housing are pressing issues in many parts of the world.

  • Tue
    Feb
    16
    2021
    US: Nevada Plans to Allow Tech Giants to form their Own Governments to Collect Taxes, Offer Other Govt Services to Boost Digital Economy

    The US State of Nevada will reportedly be allowing tech giants to launch their own governments in order to collect taxes, establish school districts and courts as well, presumably in an attempt to attract more large firms.

    The very first “smart city’ could be launched by 2022. There’s planned legislation that aims to introduce new business areas in Nevada which will allow tech companies to effectively establish independent local government units.

  • Tue
    Feb
    16
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Belagavi: Smart City plans opposed

    Residents of Tilakwadi area in Belagavi who frequent the Vaccine Depot Grounds for morning walks and open air meetings in the evenings have opposed Smart City plans to utilise the area for purposes other than afforestation.

    They held a meeting in the Vaccine Depot area here on Sunday saying that they will explore legal action against Smart City plans to construct an art gallery and aviation gallery on the grounds, as these will destroy greenery in the park.

  • Mon
    Feb
    15
    2021
    NG: Poor infrastructure slowing down NIN enrolment

    Last year, the Federal Government inadvertently activated the panic button when it gave a timeline to subscriber identity module (SIM) and National Identity Number (NIN) linkage. Several millions of SIM cards are yet to be linked but the Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, says NIN enrolment is an ongoing process. Though the Federal Government has extended the SIM-NIN sync deadline from February 9 to April 6, Aziz says the Standing Committee and Ministerial Task Force have the responsibility to advise the Federal Government on whether or not to further extend the deadline. He spoke with reporters, Lucas Ajanaku was there.

  • Mon
    Feb
    15
    2021
    GB: Here comes Govtech: It's time to digitise government and the public sector

    Boris Johnson’s first telephone call with Joe Biden in the White House reportedly included some joshing over which of them had first used the phrase ‘Build Back Better’. Whether it was the Prime Minister or the President, it is set to be the leitmotif of the global post-Covid recovery. Economies have been devastated, individuals have made enormous sacrifices, so it is right that every effort is made to improve people’s lives after the pandemic.

    The Government recently set up a ‘Build Back Better Council’ to assist them with this task. Unlike previous No10 business councils, and fittingly for the urgency of the task, this council is both time limited to one year, and action orientated to the post-Covid recovery.

  • Mon
    Feb
    15
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Thiyagaraya Nagar’s Smart City makeover still remains a work in progress

    Parking problems, unauthorised hawking, missing facilities and a lack of proper maintenance of the existing ones have left both shoppers and residents unhappy

    The makeover under the Smart City Project is still a work in progress in T. Nagar as parking problems, unauthorised hawking and the presence of garbage and debris continue to plague the pedestrian plaza.

  • Mon
    Feb
    15
    2021
    IN: Nagaland: KSCDL invites citizens to design Kohima streets

    As part of “Streets for People Challenge”, the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) has informed that it was rolling an open design led competition for two locations in the city and invited interested citizens to participate in the design competition by registering on https://smartnet.niua.org/indiastreetchallenge/cities/kohima.

    In a press release, KSCDL chief executive officer (CEO) Kovi Meyase informed that registration would close on February 12, 2021. He said this was a unique opportunity for citizens “to reimagine our streets, design, win and see their designs implemented on the ground.”

  • Mon
    Feb
    15
    2021
    IN: Himachal: Shimla: Smart city or an ancient village!

    Several parts of Shimla town were without electricity for 24 to 60 hours after the record snowfall of 57cm on February 4. The residents of the capital city were anguished and said that it seems that we are living in the ancient age with no light and water. The government is making tall claims of Smart City project but Shimla was nothing less than a remote village after snowfall. “Is this the smart city the government is talking about”, commented a retired bureaucrat.

  • Sun
    Feb
    14
    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: In new ranking system, Bhopal tops smart city list

    On the heels of completion of a slew of projects, Bhopal smart city has once again regained the numero uno spot in the ranking of Smart Cities Mission of the Union government, according to a Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) press release issued n Saturday.

    “Bhopal has reached the first position in the country due to smart city’s teamwork. We are regularly reviewing works. Efforts are being made to complete the works of Smart City Mission on time and with quality,” said BSCDCL CEO Aditya Singh.

  • Sun
    Feb
    14
    2021
    Middle East: Three steps for smart cities to unlock their full IoT potential

    There has been an exponential increase of smart city developments in the Middle East

    The pursuit of sustainability roadmaps, the transformation of the urban landscape, and the improvement of the quality of life for citizens are simultaneous priorities for every major city. Emerging technologies are primed to play an influential role in facilitating success, and cities are eager to harness the power of one technology, in particular, moving forward – the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Sun
    Feb
    14
    2021
    IN: Jharkhand: ‘Ranchi smart city a model for others’

    Secretary of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs Durga Shankar Mishra, who was on a two-day tour to the state, said Ranchi smart city will not only change the way of life of the residents of the state capital, but will also emerge as a role model for other cities to follow.

    On Saturday, Mishra visited the site of the Ranchi smart city, the control and command centre and Jharkhand Urban Planning and Management Institute (JUPMI) and inspected other infrastructural projects which are being undertaken at the site by Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited (RSCCL).

  • Sun
    Feb
    14
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Traffic diverted due to smart city works

    The Nashik city police have diverted traffic from Friday on two roads in the old city area as works related to Nashik Municipal Smart City development will be undertaken.

    As per a release from the police, the Panchavati Road from Muthegalli to Paharvat Lane (Shabri Gumfa) will be closed for vehicular movement for 50 days, while the road from Shani Chowk to Bansidhar Towers (Sukenkar Lane to Hanuman Chowk) will be closed for 100 days.

  • Sun
    Feb
    14
    2021
    Explosive digital ID growth and further potential draws scrutiny of ethics and market

    Increasing the availability of digital identity around the world was a priority before the pandemic, and with immunity passports and e-government systems being established, digital ID is a common thread in many of the top stories from around the biometrics industry this week.

    Daon’s solution was chosen by a second major airline and iProov has been working with the UK government, while Yoti and Onfido announced online identification market successes, among recent examples.

  • Sat
    Feb
    13
    2021
    US: El Cajon, Calif., Officials Roll Out Smart City Roadmap

    The city's new strategic plan — called El Cajon 2.0 — looks to introduce advanced smart city technology to improve infrastructure, efficiency, convenience and quality of life, officials say.

    El Cajon is inching ever closer to becoming a "Smart City."

    The city has rolled out its "El Cajon 2.0" strategic plan that staff says will bring in advanced technology over the next decade.

  • Sat
    Feb
    13
    2021
    US: Smart Cities: Middle Georgia man looks to connect Warner Robins to technology

    Economic development is a competition.

    In fact, according to David Cook, it's one of the toughest and most competitive fields in the world.

    Cook is a middle Georgia native who studies what's called "smart cities."

  • Sat
    Feb
    13
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City: ‘Negligence led to non-inclusion of Mysuru’

    B.A. Basavaraj said he would make efforts and submit a memorandum to the Centre for inclusion of Mysuru in the project list

    Urban Development Minister B.A. Basavaraj informed the Legislative Assembly on Friday that there was no proposal before the State government on inclusion of Mysuru under the Smart City projects of the Centre.

  • Sat
    Feb
    13
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Udupi: Smart City project - Minister seeks clarification on financial issues

    During the question hour at the state assembly, MLA K Raghupati Bhat, raised questions about the smart city project here and held discussions with the minister. He wanted to know why approval was not given even after detailed project report (DPR) was prepared for the implementation of smart city project on public private partnership basis, the general session of the municipality resolved to get approval to undertake tender process and the same was submitted to the government. He wanted to know why approval was not yet accorded.

    The assembly session, which was held for seven days, ended on Friday February 5.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    Is ‘Smart City’ a Euphemism for ‘Plain Old Surveillance’?

    Speakers at the recent Micromobility World conference debated the future of smart city tech and whether it’s actually been improving urban mobility, or simply facilitating a growth of the surveillance state.

    Nearly a decade into the “smart city” movement, observers from planning, transportation and privacy arenas are turning a critical eye to technology in search of a problem to solve.

    Too often, smart city projects end up being “just plain old surveillance,” said Julia Thayne, a founder of Urban Movement Labs who is helping to lead mobility innovation within the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Limited selects Atos for end-to-end digitalization project to streamline its operations

    The digitally transformed PCSCL e-Governance platform will offer a robust, flexible, scalable, integrated and transparent system that will enable the business processes of over 8 Zones and 32 wards of the civic body across Pimpri-Chinchwad city in Maharashtra.

    Atos today announces a new contract with the Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Limited (PCSCL) to create a unique and comprehensive e-Governance platform for Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) that includes SAP S/4HANA as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Geographical Information System (GIS), Digital Workflows, and Business Intelligence solutions.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Execute Smart City projects expeditiously: LG

    Says aim is to transform Jammu, Srinagar into modern, sustainable, economically vibrant cities

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today called for executing the ambitious Smart City projects in Jammu and Kashmir expeditiously.

    Chairing a high level meeting of Administrative Secretaries, experts on Smart City projects and other stakeholders here at Civil Secretariat, the LG stressed on timely completion of the Smart City projects, and passed specific directions to the concerned officers for completion of the projects within the set timelines without any delay.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    US: Pennsylvania: Erie's 'Secure Smart City' Project Receives $500,000 Grant

    Erie's secure smart city project is the recipient of a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant, Mayor Joe Schember announced Thursday.

    The project, launched in 2018, is designed to make the City of Erie a safer and smarter city by installing high efficiency LED lighting, cameras and free public Wi-Fi.

    Mayor Schember says the funding announced Thursday will provide financial support for the project to expand to Erie's eight Opportunity Zones. The original footprint of the project was from Perry Square south along State Street to 12th Street.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    US: California: ‘Smart Cities’ plan gets another look in El Cajon

    El Cajon staff herald ‘El Cajon 2.0', say residents are ready for change

    El Cajon is inching ever closer to becoming a “Smart City.”

    The city has rolled out its “El Cajon 2.0" strategic plan that staff says will bring in advanced technology over the next decade.

  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2021
    LA: Luang Namtha and Oudomxay: Smart city development expected to begin soon

    The development of smart cities in Luang Namtha and Oudomxay provinces will soon get underway as authorities in charge are finalising negotiations on project agreements.

    Addressing the annual meeting of the planning and investment sector in Vientiane recently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Sonexay Siphandone, briefed participants on the progress of these projects.

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    Singapore is building a 42,000-home eco 'smart' city

    In a country where over 80% of residents live in public housing, a government commitment to sustainable urban design could have huge implications. And when it's a tropical country where convenience and air conditioning are a way of life, the impact could be greater still.

    Promising 42,000 new homes across five residential districts, the eco-town of Tengah -- the Malay word for "middle," though it's in the island's western region -- will be the 24th new settlement built by Singapore's government since World War II. It is, however, the first with centralized cooling, automated trash collection and a car-free town center, which conservationists hope offers a roadmap for slashing carbon emissions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    US: Utah Bill Looks to Tighten Grip on Facial Recognition Use

    The proposal out of the Senate is the latest in a string of efforts to limit the use of the technology in Utah. Allegation of misuse first surfaced in 2019, kicking off a long-running conversation about guardrails.

    In response to privacy concerns regarding Utah’s use of facial recognition software by law enforcement agencies, the state’s Senate recently approved a bill to prevent law enforcement from scanning the drivers’ license database using facial recognition technology — unless they’re investigating high-level crimes.

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Manohare is Aurangabad smart city’s full-time CEO

    The state government has issued orders transferring Nagpur revenue divisional commissionerate-based assistant director of municipal councils Babasaheb Manohare as the full-time CEO of the Aurangabad smart city. The order signed by state additional secretary Sachin Sahastrabudhe was issued on February 1.

    Manohare, who has been promoted and posted, said, “As per the state government orders as well as directives from the urban development department, I have reached the city to take charge as CEO of Aurangabad Smart City. I will take forward all the good works that have been initiated by Astik Kumar Pandey.”

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    Telensa deploys massive smart streetlighting project in Uberlândia, Brazil

    Telensa’s Central Management System provides a step change in operational efficiencies and supports the municipality’s sustainability and carbon reduction objectives.

    Telensa, the leading global provider of connected street lighting and smart city applications, today announced that its market-leading smart street lighting and Central Management System (CMS), PLANet, has been selected as part of a major streetlight modernisation programme in the municipality of Uberlândia, Brazil.

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Drive to mark trees digitally begins

    The project intends to help in keeping a tree count of the city, maintenance of newly planted trees and parks with the citizens’ help,” said a CSML official.

    To create a greener Kochi, Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) has launched ‘Serve to Preserve’ campaign in the five wards of Fort Kochi on a pilot basis. The initiative, implemented with the support of the fellows from the India Smart City Fellowship, will develop an interactive digital tool aimed at creating a greener Kochi. “The tool will enable planned green cover improvement and maintain the green spaces in Kochi through citizen participation.

  • Thu
    Feb
    11
    2021
    US: Virginia: Stafford sees new mini-5G towers as part of Smart City project

    Stafford’s Smart City is beginning to materialize.

    Recently Stafford residents have noticed a couple of new additions made to the landscape of Courthouse Road. They’re new mini-5G towers. They’re not as looming as your typical 5G tower that AT&T and T-Mobile use, but they’re easy to spot if you know what to look for.

    In addition to the mini-tower on Courthouse Road, another tower has been installed in the Stafford County Government Center’s parking lot.

  • Wed
    Feb
    10
    2021
    IN: 'Smart' Attack: Government Planning Eight Greenfield Cities In Select States On Challenge Mode, Rs 8,000 Crore Allocated For Project

    According to experts, this would encourage states to invest in satellite towns or industrial zones which would result in attracting investments and job creation besides decongesting the existing cities.

    The Finance Commission, for the first time, has created a provision for Rs 8,000 crore incentive grant for eight states for incubation of one new city each as a pilot project.

  • Wed
    Feb
    10
    2021
    Take A Tour Of Singapore’s 42,000-Home ‘Smart’ Eco City

    Featuring a central air conditioning unit, automated trash pickup and car-free city centre.

    Before the coronavirus pandemic came to be the equaliser around the world, it was the climate crisis that saw nations unite in an understanding that this was an issue demanding urgent attention. It goes without saying that the worsening crisis is the greatest threat posed to humanity, and while we’ve seen the strikes and ongoing debates continue over the years, all too often the news headlines jump to the next event, and the catastrophic bushfires that devastated whole communities are a distant memory. Australia’s response to the climate crisis leaves little to be admired. Amazingly, the country has done well to tackle the coronavirus by relying on scientific evidence to guide policy, and yet this same lesson hasn’t been applied to the area of climate change.

  • Wed
    Feb
    10
    2021
    IN: E-auto! Driving women forward in Kerala capital

    The project of Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited has come as a boon for woman drivers in the city, who are now able to generate income and sustain their families

    This is my first time driving an e-rickshaw. It is comfortable to ride and is both eco-friendly and cost- effective. Such an initiative by the government will help women get employment and earn a decent livelihood,” says Kavitha V, a Kudumbashree worker from Kesavadasapuram who is learning to drive an e-autorickshaw. Kavitha is one among the six Kudumbashree members who were recently given e-autorickshaws as part of the Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) project of the city corporation which is aimed at promoting a green mode of transportation and creating livelihood opportunities for women.

  • Wed
    Feb
    10
    2021
    US: Duncanville: Texas School District Gets Creative to Close Digital Divide

    Like many public school districts with limited resources, Duncanville ISD officials had to think creatively to tackle the digital divide amid the pandemic.

    Duncanville Independent School District, based in Duncanville, Texas, recently utilized four school buses outfitted with Internet transmitters as part of its “Wi-Fi on Wheels” initiative to provide access to families without reliable service.

  • Tue
    Feb
    09
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart City Residents To Get Smart Address Soon

    The GIS-based technology shall allot unique Alpha-numeric numbers for all buildings of the city

    In a bid to provide smart address to the residents in Capital city, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated processing for digitisation of houses, a survey for which has already been commenced.

  • Tue
    Feb
    09
    2021
    ‘The Line’ reflects Saudi Arabia’s seriousness to lead, transform future cities

    Saudi Arabia’s keenness on undertaking a large project like The Line at this time, in addition to the follow-up by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, affirm the seriousness towards diversifying the economy and promote development, NEOM board member and Minister of Commerce and acting Minister of Media, Majid Al-Qasabi, told Al Arabiya.

    The Line project aims to fulfill the transformative model for future cities, so that NEOM will become a global interface to attract a unique urban model across the world, Al-Qasabi added.

  • Tue
    Feb
    09
    2021
    SA: NEOM and The Line: Saudi Crown Prince’s blueprint for the global future of urban living makes his opponents jealous

    The launch of The Line — a revolutionary 170-kilometer, zero-carbon, urban-development project featuring several of hyper-connected communities — sparked massive interest worldwide when it was unveiled this week. It is also proving hugely popular among Saudis, who see it as their nation’s most ambitious project to date.

    Arab News spoke to some of the experts who played vital roles in developing the Kingdom’s infrastructure to find out why The Line is so significant and what sets it apart from other smart-city projects, and to provide deeper insight into the innovations at the heart the wider NEOM project, a futuristic $500 billion megacity development.

  • Tue
    Feb
    09
    2021
    IN: Manipur: City-wide survey conducted in Imphal for infrastructure development

    The survey aims to include its citizens in the urban development process and to ensure participatory planning in developing the city infrastructure.

    The Imphal Smart City Limited (ISCL), recently carried out a city-wide survey as part of the ‘Streets for People Challenge’ to identify the challenges faced by pedestrians in Imphal city.

    During the survey, it was noted that 90 per cent of the respondents wanted places to sit, rest, socialise, and exercise in the booming city.

  • Tue
    Feb
    09
    2021
    Singapore Is Building a 42,000-Home ‘Smart’ City With One Big Central Air Conditioning Unit

    While the rest of the world is still getting used to the idea of the “smart” home, Singapore is already moving on to the next step: the “smart” city.

    The Southeast Asian city-state is hard at work on a new, 42,000-home “eco town” of Tengah, according to CNN. The settlement, which will have a car-free city center and homes that feature centralized cooling and automated trash pickup, won’t just be a place for its citizens to live and work; it could also help establish a blueprint for other urban centers looking to reduce carbon emissions in the decades to come.

  • Mon
    Feb
    08
    2021
    Pakistan’s digital landscape post-Covid

    Digital connectivity has improved as organisations invest in improving consumer experience

    Digitisation is one of the key buzzwords in the post-Covid world. From online shopping for basic commodities to the digitisation of banking transactions, Pakistan has shifted towards an online mode.

    The pandemic has revealed the real potential of digital payments and mobile wallets and the current environment provides an excellent opportunity for fintechs to operate and ramp up their contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

  • Mon
    Feb
    08
    2021
    IN: Jharkhand: ‘Ranchi Smart City’ to focus on Urban transport, rain water harvesting

    The focus at Ranchi Smart City will be on urban public transport. Moreover, there will be no overhead wire in the city. Water harvesting facility will be compulsory in all buildings for water conservation. Along with this, treatment of drain water coming out of the house has been arranged.

    These special features of the project was revealed at the Investors’ Meet of Ranchi Smart City Corporation Ltd (RSCCL) held at XLRI on Friday. The meeting was called to make Ranchi a smart city.

  • Mon
    Feb
    08
    2021
    AU: RMIT University to help shape smart cities in Vietnam

    RMIT University and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee have brought international and industry experts together to discuss the building blocks of smart and sustainable cities.

    The inaugural event brought together thought leaders from Australia, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam, who shared observations, inputs and successful case studies on urban futures that could be applied to Vietnamese cities.

  • Mon
    Feb
    08
    2021
    ZW: Pay Bills for Improved Service Delivery, Chinhoyi Mayor Tells Residents

    Chinhoyi residents and ratepayers have been implored to settle their bills to ensure the municipality provides timely and efficient services.

    Owing to the high unemployment rate in the country, including Chinhoyi, which has been compounded by the on-going national Covid-19 lockdown that has disrupted business particularly the informal sector, residents have been finding it difficult to pay rates and other ancillary municipal levies to the local authority.

  • Sun
    Feb
    07
    2021
    HR: Split gets ready to launch its own Smart City Platform

    The platform will allow citizens to take advantage of quick and easy two-way communication between themselves and local authorities

    The contract for the project of creating a Split Smart City platform that will represent the digital transformation of city services and enable citizens quick and easy two-way communication with city services via mobile and web application was signed earlier last week by Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara and Vice President for Corporate Sales and ICT Services in Croatia Telekom Marijana Bačić.

  • Sun
    Feb
    07
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Speed up Smart City projects, says Yediyurappa

    BS Yediyurappa has directed officials to complete the ongoing Smart City projects at the earliest. On a city tour with cabinet colleagues and officials on Saturday, the CM said that the Rs 930-crore Smart City projects have been taken up in the city including 37 developmental projects.

    During a Bengaluru Vision 2020 review meeting, the CM directed the officials to complete the tender process for the high-density corridors by April this year, so that work can be taken up on a priority basis. A 190-km stretch of road will be developed as a part of 12 high-density corridors at a cost of Rs 477 crore. He said that 37 roads were developed under the Smart City project and out of this, only five roads were completed. He asked officials to complete the remaining work by May 31.

  • Sun
    Feb
    07
    2021
    IN: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa sets May deadline for Smart City works, claims funds no constraint

    Amid the pandemic-induced slowdown, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has set an ambitious deadline of May 2021 for completion of ongoing road works under the Smart City project in the central business district (CBD). Funds will not be a constraint for development works in Bengaluru, he claimed.

    “By May, most road development works will be completed, while in March 2022, the rest under Smart City project should be over. I’ll again inspect the progress in March or April. I’ve asked officials to focus on quality work rather than worrying about availability of funds,’’ he said.

  • Sun
    Feb
    07
    2021
    IN: Punjab working on an overarching information architecture for targeted policy decisions

    The Govt is looking at filling the gaps in having a single view of the truth by integrating data from various departments and agencies, says Alok Shekhar, Principal Secretary, Departments of Information Technology, Investment Promotion and Industries & Commerce, Punjab

    Q: Please share some of the technology initiatives powering the state’s governance infrastructure and how does it enable coordination with various departments?

    The Govt is looking at filling the gaps in having a single view of the truth by integrating data from various departments and agencies. Currently, the operational environment is siloed in nature and given that the Govt sector is a big generator and repository of data, this is an area that we are looking at. It’s working in progress. The plan is to have an overarching architecture by integrating data from departments and agencies for making better policy decisions and targeted governance.

  • Sat
    Feb
    06
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagour: Smart City plans 18km cycling track in city, marking work starts on Walkers’ Street

    Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have finally started creating dedicated bicycle track on city’s roads.

    The NSSCDCL has planned 18km of cycling track in the city. The track would be mostly concentrated in lanes surrounding main roads in west part of the city, completing a loop at Law College Square.

  • Sat
    Feb
    06
    2021
    IN: Uttarakhand: ‘Sadaiv Doon’ portal by Dehradun Smart City Ltd becomes operational

    The Dehradun Integrated Command and Control Centre – ‘Sadaiv Doon’ became fully operational on Friday. Under the project, more than 500 cameras have been installed at 200 places in Dehradun city. The command and control centre will also help in traffic and disaster management. The project was inaugurated at ITDA, IT Park, by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. Under the project, data will be collected and generated in real time for providing better security. Besides, other online services like citizen portal, e-government services, smart schools, e-challan services have also been included. Notably, several departments of the state are proposed to be integrated with Integrated Command and Control Centre in the future. Currently, the police department, municipal corporation, ITDA, and the MDDA have been linked to the system. A dedicated help line number — 1800 180 2525 — has also been started for facilitating the public.

  • Sat
    Feb
    06
    2021
    Azerbaijan Mulls Smart City Concept For Rebuilding of Liberated Territories

    The Azerbaijani government is considering a smart city concept for new urban planning projects in the Karabakh region. President Ilham Aliyev said technology would be a key element in the rebuilding of territories in the region, which were liberated from Armenian occupation last year.

    "Cities and villages to be established in the liberated areas should be based on the concept of a "smart-city" and "smart-village". It would be best if you planned this work now to use the world's most advanced technologies in urban planning and project implementation," President Aliyev said Tuesday in a virtual reception of the country's newly appointed minister of transport, communications and high technologies, President.Az reports.

  • Sat
    Feb
    06
    2021
    IN: Budget 2021 is a chance to revitalise the Smart Cities mission

    The Smart Cities project has failed to take off, with half of its funds unspent

    With more talk than actual action on the ground, India’s ambitious Smart Cities project is lagging way behind its targets. With a post-Covid and post-digitisation impetus the year gone by affords her, will Nirmala Sitharaman infuse some fresh enthusiasm this budget?

  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2021
    US: Illinois: Chicago's environmental sensor network is getting an upgrade

    A network of 130 environmental sensors placed around Chicago over the last four years is only starting to scratch the surface of how internet-connected devices can improve a city’s efficiency and safety from natural disasters, the lead researcher behind the effort said Wednesday.

    Charlie Catlett, a senior computer scientist at the U.S. Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory, said that the network — called the “Array of Things” — will be upgraded this year with internet-connected “nodes” detecting air quality, traffic patterns and noise that are 200 times more powerful than the devices currently installed around Chicago, setting the city up to analyze data in new ways.

  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: CM inaugurates 1,000 electric and next-gen bicycles for sharing system

    Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched 500 electric bicycles and 500 next generation bicycles under the cycle sharing system in the city and alsoinaugurated ‘Namma Chennai’ selfie point at Marina Beach on Thursday.

    According to a Greater Chennai Corporation official, all the 1,000 newly launched bicycles would be deployed at the dockless cycle stations within a week. “Measures have been taken to add 22 new dockless cycle stations across the city, which would take the total number of stations to 100,” he said.

  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City work on Bengaluru's Brigade Road begins, 50m of sidewalk dug up

    Shopping is unlikely to be a seamless experience on Brigade Road for the next few months as it’s being redeveloped under the Smart City project. According to the authorities, a 50-50 model will be adopted for executing the work — while 50 metres of the pavement on one side will be out of bounds for pedestrians, the footpath on the other side will be open.

    Pedestrian walkways will be developed first, followed by relaying of the road. The project is expected to be completed by June. Brigade Road is among the nine streets being revamped by Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) at a cost of Rs 32.3 crore.

  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2021
    US: Ohio: Lima: Could Smart City Tech Fix Railroad Crossing Traffic?

    The age-old problem of traffic backups at railroad crossings is getting the smart city treatment in Lima, Ohio, a city well known for heavy rail traffic and the lengthy delays that come with it.

    Lima, a city in central Ohio well known for its high volume of daily train traffic, is turning to smart city technologies to better manage the many interactions between vehicular and rail traffic.

  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2021
    US: How Berkeley, Calif., Pivoted to Remote Work & Telehealth

    As part of a larger plan to modernize its IT systems, Berkeley, Calif., has partnered with Nutanix to revamp its IT infrastructure to support upwards of 700 remote employees and provide telehealth opportunities.

    As part of an effort to revamp its IT infrastructure, Berkeley, Calif., in partnership with Nutanix, has implemented new software to increase scalability, opening up new doors for remote work and telehealth options.

  • Thu
    Feb
    04
    2021
    US: Smarter Cities Are Poised to Mitigate the Spread of Sickness

    With public safety applications, municipalities have the potential to contain the coronavirus and boost public health.

    By gaining insights into the movement of people, smart cities can improve quality of life and resolve challenges. These capabilities may prove vital in thwarting the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Thu
    Feb
    04
    2021
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar: Smart City Mission

    Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday said that emphasis must be on sanitation and solid waste management under the Smart City Mission.

    He was addressing a review meeting with Urban Development Minister Kamlung Mossang and Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao on the progress of the smart city project in the state.

  • Thu
    Feb
    04
    2021
    VN: HCMC speeding up digital transformation

    Implementing the national digital transformation program until 2025 approved by the Prime Minister in June 2020, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is boosting current related activities in hope of forming digital businesses that possess globally competitive capacity and develop the city economically.

    In July 2020, HCMC announced its own digital transformation program based on the national one as well as the project to transform HCMC into a smart city in the period from 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025, along with the establishment of an e-government structure in the city.

  • Thu
    Feb
    04
    2021
    RMIT collaborates with Ho Chi Minh City to shape smart cities in Vietnam

    RMIT and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee have brought international and industry experts together to discuss the building blocks of smart and sustainable cities.

    The inaugural event brought together thought leaders from Australia, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam who shared observations, inputs and successful case studies on urban futures that could be applied to Vietnamese cities.

  • Wed
    Feb
    03
    2021
    ZW: Zimstat to Timeously Release Inflation Figures

    The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) will now be timeously releasing monthly inflation figures after the agency announced its migration from paper-based data collection and processing to a computerized system, 263Chat Business has learnt.

    Prior to this, Zimstat's inflation figures were always a month-late as it took the agency 30 days to compile and process data before releasing.

  • Wed
    Feb
    03
    2021
    US: Lima To Become Ohio's First New 'Smart City'

    The State of Ohio has been awarded a multi-year smart transportation grant by the Spectrum internet company and the nonprofit organization US Ignite. The state’s first smart transportation initiative is going to be located in Lima, Ohio.

    Thirty-five trains run through downtown Lima every day. David Berger, the Mayor of Lima, said at a presentation on Tuesday that this leads to traffic congestion in the city.

  • Wed
    Feb
    03
    2021
    US: Virginbia: Smart City Challenge Aims to Solve Social Problems with Technology

    More than 100 people have signed up to compete in Virginia’s inaugural Smart City Challenge, and organizers expect more to join in the coming weeks.

    The proceedings kicked off on Saturday (Jan. 23) with remarks from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and panel discussions on how technology could be used to address societal challenges, from COVID-19 and natural disasters to the availability of healthy food and efficiency of traffic lights.

  • Wed
    Feb
    03
    2021
    European institutions do their part to bridge the digital divide

    Last week, on 21 January, saw the first for the year meeting between representatives from the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the EU Commission dedicated to discussing and finding solutions for one of the major socio-technological problems today – that of the digital divide.

    The meeting itself was conducted virtually and involved those CoR members who conform a specialized Broadband Platform team, whose work is to generate ideas and opinions which are then presented twice a year to the Commission as a way of helping it in the formation of its relevant policies.

  • Tue
    Feb
    02
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Smart City all set to roll out multipurpose card system

    As per the conditions, the bank will have to set up a minimum of 25 card dispensing touchpoints for citizens across 100 wards in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation free of cost.

    In an effort to offer a hassle-free citizen-centric payment system, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) will introduce ‘My Smart Trivandrum’— a smart card system for capital city residents.

    Meanwhile, the much-hyped Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCS) one of the key projects under the SCTL, will take off this week, official sources said. With the introduction of the Smart Card, residents will be able to make payments using the card for various services including smart parking system, water bills, KSRTC ticket payment, e-auto-rickshaw payments, and others. SCTL is gearing up to rope in a banking partner to develop, operate and maintain card management systems.

  • Tue
    Feb
    02
    2021
    Five key takeaways from Austria’s mobile government (mGov) experience

    Imagine being able to change your home address, receive official documents, and order an election card all in one place.

    These simple tasks in reality can take an extremely long time for citizens in other parts of the world but in Austria, you don’t need to look further than your mobile phone.

  • Tue
    Feb
    02
    2021
    US: New York: Schenectady: Electric vehicle chargers unveiled on Liberty Street

    In his quest to help Schenectady modernize its infrastructure, Mayor Gary McCarthy — alongside National Grid and Livingston Energy Group — unveiled the latest installation in the city’s Electric Vehicle Destination Initiative Monday: 10 new electric vehicle charging station ports.

    Located on Liberty Street, the station is part of the city’s now 28 charging stations available to the public, with 60 total available throughout the city.

  • Tue
    Feb
    02
    2021
    Building resilient smart cities in a post-pandemic world

    Set against the backdrop of a continuing health crisis, governments and organisations are reinvigorating conversations about how smart city technologies can be leveraged to mitigate or avoid future disruptions. In particular, the focus is on how critical data can be used to anticipate events and allocate resources to help build urban resiliency.

    The pandemic has brought forward new perceptions into the long-term sustainability of urban metropolises and their rapid urbanisation. Cities continue to attract an influx of people for various reasons—from the promise of better job opportunities to an improved quality of life – leading the United Nations to estimate that 68% (1) of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. However, the resulting high population densities provide the ideal conditions for a virus to spread rapidly.

  • Tue
    Feb
    02
    2021
    US: Florida: Miami Beach Prepares for the Future of Smart City Technologies with Hotwire Communications

    Miami Beach is one of the fastest growing cities in South Florida, serving as a scenically beautiful home for businesses, hotels, museums, and over 90,000 residents. As Miami Beach grows, it’s essential that the city has the telecommunications network infrastructure necessary to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, one that is increasingly reliant on wireless access and Wi-Fi functionality.

    In order to future proof the city for any advancements that may come, Miami Beach needed the ability to provide high bandwidth telecommunications services to its residents, with fiber optic infrastructure that would allow for future Smart City integrations.

  • Mon
    Feb
    01
    2021
    PH: ‘National Broadband Plan adoption critical to economic recovery’

    The government was urged to prioritize the fast implementation of the National Broadband Plan to accelerate economic recovery.

    The president of independent think tank Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi), Prof. Dindo Manhit, said this is critical in meeting the increasing demand for reliable and fast broadband services that all sectors need to sustain operations.

  • Mon
    Feb
    01
    2021
    PH: Limited access to computers crimps digital shift - Angara

    Saying local governments’ limited access to computers hinders timely delivery of basic public services, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara has asked local government units (LGUs) to frontload the adoption of digital transformation to promptly address the problem.

    “To bolster the country’s efforts in developing and implementing e-government services,” Angara asserted that LGUs should “take the lead in digital transformation for the public sector.”

  • Mon
    Feb
    01
    2021
    PH: The digital transition could start at the LGU level

    The future is digital. When the COVID-19 pandemic required strict quarantine guidelines, it was no surprise that business, financial, and even personal transactions went online. One needs only to look into how more Filipinos now regularly use their mobile phones and computers to shop, do their groceries, and even transact with their banks. Our government processes and services should follow suit.

    Around September, 2020, I filed the Use of Digital Payments Act (SB 1764), which aims to promote the universal use of safe and efficient digital payment systems for financial transactions involving the government and the general public. It was only logical that more of our government agencies adopted online payments, given the directive for people to stay home or refrain from crowded spaces (including cue lines for paying one’s taxes at city hall). Anyway, more of our people were adopting services such as PayMaya or GCash, which in itself saw an150 percent uptick in registered users between mid-March and July last year.

  • Mon
    Feb
    01
    2021
    S. Korea to Support Smart City Technology in Hue in Vietnam

    South Korea’s overseas aid agency has decided to support smart city technology for Hue, an ancient citadel located in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Vietnam.

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) recently announced that it had signed a record of discussion (RD) with the provincial government to help promote the project of creating a smart culture and tourism city.

  • Mon
    Feb
    01
    2021
    CN: Ontario: Sault Ste. Marie: Why they're talking about putting radar sensors in our street lights

    Technology developed in Halifax by former Saultite Charles Cartmill

    They're assuring us they won't be able to identify specific vehicles or record our licence plate information.

    But City Council will be asked Monday to approve a pilot project in which radar sensors will be installed in a limited number of Sault Ste. Marie street lights.

  • Sun
    Jan
    31
    2021
    VN: Ensuring information security for cloud computing a key national goal

    The Ministry of Information and Communications has determined that the cloud computing platform is a key part of telecommunications infrastructure to focus on in the coming years. The ministry has also defined cloud computing as the digital infrastructure for the development of a digital government, digital economy and digital society.

  • Sun
    Jan
    31
    2021
    ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 adopted

    The first ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN1) wrapped up on January 22 after two days of sitting and adopted the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 (ADM 2025).

    The document looks to digital cooperation among the regional nations during the 2021-2025 period to turn ASEAN into a leading digitally connected community and economic bloc powered by digital transformation services, modern technology, ecological system and cyber security guarantee.

  • Sun
    Jan
    31
    2021
    South Korea backs Hue smart city plans with $13 mln

    South Korea has agreed to fund with $13 million efforts made by Hue to turn itself into a smart cultural and tourism city.

    The funding will be routed through the South Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica).

    It will be used to implement a five-year (2021-2025), $14.8 million project. With Koica, a government agency that specializes in implementing non-refundable aid programs for developing countries, providing $13 million, the rest will comprise counterpart funding from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, of which Hue is the capital.

  • Sun
    Jan
    31
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Brixton Group announces Rs 1,200 crore industrial smart city project in Kochi

    Dubai-based Brixton Group has announced that India’s first industrial smart city will be set up near Kalamassery in Kochi.

    Dubai-based Brixton Group has announced that India’s first industrial smart city will be set up near Kalamassery in Kochi. The project with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore will be set up in nearly 30 acres of land. Brixton International Group chairman and member of Dubai royal family Sheikh Juma bin Syed Al Maktoum announced the project in Kochi on Saturday.

  • Sun
    Jan
    31
    2021
    Developing Thailand’s Smart Cities

    Before the devastating coronavirus pandemic, during the 2019 ASEAN Summit, Thailand introduced the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative to transform three Thai provinces into smart cities – which has turned out to be a success.

    With the aim to create a centre for trade, investment, regional transportation, and a strategic gateway to Asia - Thailand is confident that it would promote a seamless ASEAN.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Soon, panic buttons on Lucknow crossings for people in distress

    Lucknow Smart City along with Lucknow police commissionerate will install panic buttons at several intersections in the city for the assistance of people in case of any emergency.

    Areas to be covered in the first phase include Gomtinagar, Indiranagar, Alambagh and Hazratganj. Such buttons will also be installed near pink toilets being constructed under Safe City Mission. The project has already been implemented in Agra and Delhi.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    LA: Oudomxay province expedites smart city plan to spur regional development

    Oudomxay is speeding up efforts to create a smart city as part of a master plan to transform the province into a socio-economic development hub for the northern region, the province’s Party leader has said.

    Addressing the recent 11th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, provincial Party Committee Secretary Khamphanh Pheuyavong said the planned smart city would be comprehensively systematic. It will comprise industrial, logistics, trade, residential, service and green areas.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    KR: IOTA Getting Busy With More Smart City Projects on Blockchain with OBSR Foundation and Tanglehub

    IOTA Foundation have recently signed up a strategic agreement with South Korean OBSR Foundation and the Tanglehub. This makes it possible for them to jointly apply for smart city projects with South Korea and South East Asia.

    IOTA has a lot of applications, to cater to the requirements of several types of smart city relevant use-cases with just a single protocol.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Pay for a host of services with smart card

    Corporation looks for a banking partner to initiate project

    City residents will be able to access several services, including transport and parking facilities, with a smart card if a plan under the city Corporation’s Smart City projects becomes a reality. The ‘My Smart Tvm Card,’ an integrated, contactless payment card, is expected to be rolled out as part of the project.

    With this smart card, residents will be able to pay for a host of services from e-autorickshaws to online payments of water bills and smart parking and payment for electronic vehicle charging stations. Other services proposed to be integrated into the system include payments related to the Corporation, Motor Vehicle Department or Police Department, tourism fee collection, and fee for e-governance services.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    CA: Ontario: Sault Ste. Marie: Smart City technology pilot on the horizon

    City council will decide Monday whether to move forward with a Smart City technology pilot projet.

    City council will be asked Monday to enter into an agreement with PUC Services to participate in a pilot project for Smart City technology.

    Smart City technology has been on the radar to establish Smart City sensors on existing and new LED streetlights, including radar sensors as part of the Smart City strategy, a report to council states.

  • Sat
    Jan
    30
    2021
    Saudi Arabia investing $200 billion to create a green smart city

    In ‘The Line’ project, the kingdom aims to build an international high-tech metropolis near the borders of Jordan, Israel and Egypt.

    Ever since Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans earlier this month to build “The Line,” a 105-mile-long belt of hyper-connected communities in the kingdom’s northeast that will have no cars, no streets and no carbon emissions, but which will have smart infrastructure costing up to $200 billion, the topic has been trending in the kingdom and in the Arab and global business communities.

  • Fri
    Jan
    29
    2021
    CA: Ontario: Smart city: Windsor is first Canadian city to launch Ford Safety Insights Platform to reduce crashes

    Windsor's partnership with Ford will provide the city with data gathered from AI and machine learning to predict and prevent traffic accident hotspots.

    The Ford Motor Company continues its commitment to developing smart cities across the globe. Last week, Ford was one of four car companies to announce a partnership with Samsung to enable a digital car key through Samsung's Galaxy S21 series phones. Now, Windsor, Ontario, is the first Canadian city to partner with the Ford Safety insights Platform (FSIP), a business line within the Ford Motor Company.

  • Fri
    Jan
    29
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: NEERI to examine Mangaluru smart city projects for adherence to pollution norms

    The Mangaluru Smart City Ltd. (MSCL), a special purpose vehicle created by the State government to implement smart city projects in Mangaluru city, has agreed to appoint CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to examine all projects are taken up in compliance with the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016.

    The MSCL, which has stopped constructions works after being pulled up by the Karnataka High Court for carrying on the works without adhering to the C&DWM Rules, on Thursday agreed to the court’s suggestion to entrust the task of adhering to the rules to NEERI.

  • Fri
    Jan
    29
    2021
    CA: Ontario: How Safety Insights Can Help Cities Like Windsor Improve Their Streets

    The Ford connection to the City of Windsor stretches back more than a century, ever since Henry Ford opened his first Canadian operation in 1904 and started production of the Model C. That cross-border collaboration has never ceased — and now we’re taking that relationship to the next level in an attempt to help reduce car crashes and improve the safety of city streets.

    Last October, we officially launched the Safety Insights platform, an innovative software tool that can help governments with their mission to build smarter, safe transportation systems. Now, we’re proud to announce that Windsor has become our first Canadian customer.

  • Thu
    Jan
    28
    2021
    US: Texas: Nolanville’s ‘Smart’ Future

    A Texas A&M College of Architecture-led project aims to help a small Texas town become a "smart" city.

    “Smart” cities. They’re places that promise big improvements in important areas: better traffic flow, improved public safety, better optimized utility systems, and many other public benefits from an extensive, high-bandwidth digital network.

    But this vision invariably refers to large cities with resources to invest in expensive software and infrastructure. Could “smart” technology also improve life in smaller towns?

  • Thu
    Jan
    28
    2021
    Majority of Brazil's connected population uses digital citizen services

    Some 84 million Brazilians are using services delivered online, according to government figures.

    The Brazilian government estimates that more than 60% of the country's connected population - about 84 million people - is using digital citizen services.

    The latest numbers from the Digital Government Secretariat (DGS) at the Ministry of Economy are based on research from the National Internet Steering Committee, which estimates that currently 134 million Brazilians have access to the Internet.

Vor über einem Jahr stellte der Echelon-Untersuchungsausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments eine ganze Reihe von Forderungen auf, um die aufgedeckten Missstände durch das globale Abhörsystem Echelon zu beseitigen. Doch seither ist wenig geschehen: In einer Mitteilung stellen die Abgeordneten nun "mit Bedauern" fest, dass nach über einem Jahr "weder Rat noch Kommission tätig geworden sind, um die Vorschläge des Parlaments umzusetzen". "Echelon ist ein Skandal, aber Papier ist geduldig" -- nach diesem Motto handeln nach Auffassung des Europäischen Parlaments wohl die beiden EU-Einrichtungen. Zwar seien einige Initiativen unternommen worden, um die Sicherheit der elektronischen Kommunikation vor Abhörmaßnahmen zu verbessern. Doch koordinierte Aktionen gegen Industriespionage und Missbrauch von nachrichtendienstlichen Informationen wurden bislang nicht getroffen. Erkki Liikanen, EU-Kommissar für Unternehmen und die Informationsgesellschaft, wies dagegen darauf hin, dass Sicherheitsmaßnahmen im Aktionsplan "E-Europe 2005" vorgesehen sind und er eine Mitteilung "über die Sicherheit der Netze und Informationen" verfasst habe. Außerdem habe die Kommission einen Sonderstab für Computer- und Netzsicherheit geschaffen, der internationale Standards festlege. Noch ist dieser jedoch nicht mit "ausreichenden Mitteln" ausgestattet. Im Bereich der IT-Sicherheit habe es sich bei den Aktionen der Kommission jedoch nur "um Aktionen gehandelt, die ohnehin wegen des E-Commerce und der Förderung der IT-Industrie notwendig gewesen wären", betonte Gerhard Schmid, Berichterstatter des Untersuchungsausschusses. Auch unternehme die Kommission nichts zur Förderung von Open-Source-Software.

Die Abgeordneten wollen nach wie vor Abkommen insbesondere mit den USA aushandeln, die die EU-Bürger und -Firmen gegen Abhör-Praktiken schützen. Auch forderte das Parlament die Mitgliedsstaaten erneut auf, die Zusammenarbeit bei dem Austausch von nachrichtendienstlichen Informationen zu verbessern. Hierdurch soll die Effektivität der gemeinsamen Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik sowie der Kampf gegen Terrorismus und organisierte Kriminalität verbessert werden. Bisher gab es wenig Fortschritte bei gemeinsamen Aktivitäten der Nachrichtendienste und der Einführung einer demokratischen Überwachung dieser Aktivitäten. Im Falle einer Kooperation europäischer Geheimdienste will das Europäische Parlament Überwachungs- und Kontrollfunktionen übernehmen. Im Juli 2001 hatte der Ausschuss seinen Abschlussbericht vorgestellt und ihn Anfang September mit großer Mehrheit im Parlament verabschiedet.

Zu dem Thema siehe auch das Echelon-Special in Telepolis.

Quelle: Heise Online

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