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  • Tue
    May
    24
    2022
    NL: Eindhoven University of Technology: Smarter cities through better data sharing and accessibility

    The National Growth Fund must ensure that the prosperity of the Netherlands is also guaranteed for the future. TU/e plays an important role in this, as was demonstrated when the grants were awarded in the second investment round just before Easter. No fewer than ten projects involving researchers from our university were rewarded. In a series of articles we highlight the four projects with our greatest contribution. Today’s focus is on the Data Driven Mobility and Smart City Ecosystem project (DEMS), a new data infrastructure to be built that will enable us to regulate mobility in our cities even more intelligently.

    Dutch cities are growing. That is why the government must take a good look at the layout of these cities, and make smart use of the space that is (still) available. This is no easy task; various aspects must be taken into account, such as safety, accessibility, liveability and health.

  • Tue
    May
    24
    2022
    How Robots Can Provide Safe Munition Recycling in Smart Cities

    By deploying robotics in smart city operations, government organizations can safely and quickly disassemble and recycle munitions

    This process will help in reducing the environmental impact of munitions.

    Several countries across the globe spend billions of dollars on manufacturing and importing weapons for defense purposes. A large chunk of these weapons and ammunition go unused since most issues in various countries are resolved diplomatically. Unused munitions need to be properly disassembled and recycled after a certain period. Since recycling munitions can be extremely dangerous for humans, governments can use robots for this task. Government organizations already use robotics in smart city projects to streamline construction projects and operations. Likewise, robots can be used to recycle munitions in smart cities.

  • Tue
    May
    24
    2022
    IN: Puducherry Smart City Development Limited signs MoU for execution of Smart city projects

    Projects to develop and improve Goubert market, Smart Integrated Bus Terminus on 4.5 acres, Intra-city bus terminus on the East Coast Road, improvement of Botanical garden, and eco-tourism within the urban forest area in Swadeshi mill will be taken up

    The Puducherry Smart City Development Limited (PSCDL) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delhi-based National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Limited, for the execution of projects to the tune of ₹300 crore in the city. According to a release, the MoU was signed by representatives from PSCDL and NBCC in the presence of Chief Minister N. Rangasamy at the Legislative Assembly.

  • Mon
    May
    23
    2022
    US: California: Los Angeles to Boost Smart City Digital Services

    Departments and experts from the City of Los Angeles highlighted several strategic hurdles to overcome as they work to expand the capabilities of Smart City Digital Services by 2028. The city is committed to continually improving its digital user experiences and customer journey services. Among their identified difficulties are: Improving User Experience (UX) Across L.A. Digital Services; Accessibility and Awareness of L.A. Digital Services; and Privacy & Ethical Concerns.

    In the City of Los Angeles, technology is fundamental to how we function in managing traffic, planning our communities, engaging our constituencies, and protecting our residents through the coordination of both existing and emerging Smart City Technologies, we are positioned to transform the way we live. – Ted Ross, Chief Information Officer, City of Los Angeles/General Manager, Information Technology Agency

  • Mon
    May
    23
    2022
    PH: Cybersecurity integration urged in smart city planning

    Urban planners are urged to integrate cybersecurity investments in smart city blueprints to avoid attacks on the operational technology infrastructure of the country’s future smart cities, a cybersecurity firm said. Cyfirma president for delivery and operations Saurabh Lal told the Philippine News Agency that it is critical to integrate cybersecurity investments during the planning stage for a smart city, and not after all digital technologies are already in place.

  • Sun
    May
    22
    2022
    US: Illinois: Chicago Committed to Digital Equity, Expands Citywide Internet

    Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot recently announced the formation of the Chicago Digital Equity Council, a multi-sector, community-driven endeavour to better understand and address the nuances of digital equity and permanently close Chicago’s digital gap. “That’s why we have mobilised City funding to close the digital divide and improve internet access in our most vulnerable communities.”

    She added that closing gaps in technology and learning tools will benefit their entire community and will help to assist the next generation of digitally empowered Chicagoans, adding that one of her top priorities is to provide residents with the tools they need to reach their full potential.

  • Sun
    May
    22
    2022
    PK: Punjab: Smart city project inaugurated in Jaranwala

    A Smart City Project was inaugurated in tehsil Jarranwala to maintain law and order, protection of community and security measures Wednesday.

    City Police Officer (CPO) Ghulam Mubashar Mechan inaugurated the smart city project. Superintendent Police Jarranwala Irtaza Kameel and Deputy Superintendent Police Iftikhar Ahmed were accompanied.

    On the occasion, CPO said a monitoring room was set up at SP Office for developing close liaison with emergency and security departments.

  • Sun
    May
    22
    2022
    PH urged to integrate cybersecurity in smart city planning

    Urban planners are urged to integrate cybersecurity investments in smart city blueprints to avoid attacks on the operational technology infrastructure of the country’s future smart cities, a cybersecurity firm said.

    Cyfirma president for delivery and operations Saurabh Lal told the Philippine News Agency that it is critical to integrate cybersecurity investments during the planning stage for a smart city, and not after all digital technologies are already in place.

  • Sat
    May
    21
    2022
    Igniting smart city innovation with smart collaboration

    Desiree Carter, Director of IoT Smart Cities with Rogers, on how partnerships are key to unlocking the potential of smart communities

    Smart city technology has the potential to transform the way we live. But no single organization can unlock this potential on its own. It will take the combined expertise and insights of innovators and decision makers in a variety of agencies within both the public and private sectors to make it happen.

  • Sat
    May
    21
    2022
    IN: Jammu Municipal Corporation should be one-stop solution to all civic problems: Kavinder

    Ahead of upcoming General House Meeting of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta convened a meeting of BJP Councillors to devise a strategy to further the cause of fulfilling civic amenities and services in Jammu city.

    The meeting discussed several issues of vital nature besides exploring the areas on which Councillors shall focus in coming time.

  • Sat
    May
    21
    2022
    SA: Neom: The futuristic city where ‘people, robotic avatars and holograms can co-exist’

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a bubbling beaker of Arabian tradition mixed with science-bending futurism – with megacity Neom spearheading the change.

    From its technological verve to its sustainability ambitions, it’s clear that Neom is firmly in charge of its own narrative, with robotic avatars and holograms ready to become part of everyday life.

  • Fri
    May
    20
    2022
    GH: Our digital transformation agenda has paid off – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

    Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says the government’s vision towards digitalization has seen a successful milestone over the period, and more importantly, neighboring countries are ready to learn from the process as well to shape their citizens.

    According to her, the agenda towards digitalization has shaped the country towards growth, promoting transparency, fighting corruption, and increasing efficiency and productivity.

  • Fri
    May
    20
    2022
    Ways AI and IoT can Improve Citizen Security in Smart Cities

    Terrorism rates and environmental degradation are also at an all-time high. Aside from that, cybercriminals and malicious attackers are becoming more technologically savvy each day. Traditional defense mechanisms and technologies cannot adequately address these security concerns. This is where smart data-centric technologies can help.

    In recent years, the term 'Smart city' has become quite popular. This refers to the development or urbanization of a locality based on the latest developments in technology. It is no surprise that traditional cities have already started becoming smarter with a range of digital public services and connected solutions for citizens and travelers.

  • Fri
    May
    20
    2022
    Here's What Makes Japan's Futuristic City So Smart

    The World Economic Forum explains that every week 3 million people move to a city around the world. Natural disasters, pandemics, transportation, carbon emissions, inequality, jobs, waste, and contamination are just some of the challenges affecting cities that will feel the stress of 68% of the global population by 2050, the organization explains.

    Japan's Woven City has been highlighted as a smart city that could inspire the future. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 calls for governments to build or transform cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. While cities contribute to 60% of the global GDP, they also produce 70% of the global carbon emissions — through transportation, industry, and buildings — and use 60% of all global resources. Japan wants to bring solutions to health crises like the COVID global health pandemic, climate change, globalization and isolation problems, access to food, and access to basic services and security.

  • Thu
    May
    19
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: 276 Projects Approved Under Smart Cities Mission: Govt

    Building cities that ‘work’ inclusive, healthy, resilient and sustainable requires intensive policy coordination and investment choices. National and local governments have an important role to play towards shaping the future of their development, to create opportunities for all.

    The Jammu and Kashmir administration, keeping pace with national policies and programmes envisaging urban development, is initiating numerous measures towards accelerating growth and development of cities of the UT.

  • Thu
    May
    19
    2022
    NIST working group to tackle smart cities’ ethical quandaries

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Global City Teams Challenge announced a new working group on diversity, equity, integrity and technology.

    Smart cities could learn a thing or two from the Italian slow food movement, according to Ball State University Associate Professor Rebecca Hammons.

  • Thu
    May
    19
    2022
    What Can ASICs Do for the Smart Cities of the Future?

    According to the United Nations, we can expect 68 per cent of the global population to live in urban areas by 2050. To cope with this increase, cities are focusing on the use of technology to improve equity for residents, facilitate more sustainable living and encourage better use of resources. Here Richard Mount, Director of Sales at ASIC design and supply company Swindon Silicon Systems, explores the sensor-driven technologies that enable smart cities, and the Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) that support them.

    Istanbul, Turkey ranked as the number one congested city in the world in 2021, as reported by the TomTom Traffic Index, with drivers in the city losing an average of 142 hours per year to traffic jams. With increasing populations and a limited amount of space, modern cities like Istanbul need to rethink how they plan and manage several aspects of city life if they’re to create more streamlined, enjoyable environments for their citizens.

  • Thu
    May
    19
    2022
    NG: Zugacoin and Green Enclave to develop a smart city in Rivers State

    Port Harcourt in Nigeria will soon be equipped with a green infrastructure package as part of its transformation into a smart city. The project, jointly developed by real estate company Green Enclave and Zugacoin, a crypto-currency platform, will create jobs and digitalise public services for 3 million people.

    Nigeria is in the era of technological solutions to ensure the well-being of its 201 million inhabitants. The real estate company Green Enclave intends to transform Port Harcourt, the main oil refining city in Rivers State, into a smart city. The project will be spread over 1,000 hectares of land in Omerelu in Ikwere State Council and will be funded to the tune of $10 billion by crypto-currency company Sam Zuga Business Empire.

  • Wed
    May
    18
    2022
    AE: Dubai: A tech-driven smart city

    The rate of growth in tech-driven solutions and platforms is alarming, which has cascaded to the astronomic drive and craving to create smart cities that support this imminent lifestyle in our world today. A smart city is a place where conventional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital solutions for the good of its residents and organizations. It traverses the use of technologies for resource optimization and less environmental pollution.

    It implies an innovative urban transport system, automated water supply and waste management process, and superior approaches to lighting. It also points to a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces, and attending to the needs of an aging population. Smart cities pay attention to the infusion of human intelligence into everyday processes for improved productivity.

  • Wed
    May
    18
    2022
    Ethiopia launches 5G network

    Ethio Telecom, the state-owned telecom service provider in Ethiopia, on Monday launched 5G mobile phone service making Ethiopia among the leading few African countries, including Kenya in eastern Africa, to roll out the technology.

    According to Ethio Telecom, the network will be available on hotspot areas in the capital Addis Ababa, including in the area around Ethio Telecom's head office and at the premises of Bole International Airport, before being expanded to cover other parts of the country.

  • Wed
    May
    18
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart Cities Projects To Modernize Srinagar At Rapid Pace: Govt

    The Jammu and Kashmir government, under the Smart Cities Project aims at employing all resources to develop Srinagar city into world class modern, sustainable and vibrant cities.

    Pertinently, Smart Cities Mission was launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on June 25, 2015, for the development of 100 Smart Cities across the country. Under the Mission, which is an innovative and new initiative aimed at driving economic growth and improving the quality of life of people, both the capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir were selected by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the third round of competition held in the month of June 2017.

  • Wed
    May
    18
    2022
    BD: Bay of Bengal: A not-so-smart proposal for an offshore smart city

    In an unprecedented move, the parliamentary standing committee on housing and public works ministry has directly recommended a major development project—to build an offshore smart city claiming land from the Bay of Bengal—directly to the prime minister.

    The offshore smart city project involves the development of a seaside bayview smart city on a stretch of 60 square kilometres of land connecting Sagarika Point of the Patenga Beach with the Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar in Mirsarai. A consortium of two local companies—The Peninsula Chittagong and Mazumder Enterprise—and two Chinese companies— China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and China Railway Design Corporation (CRDC)—are pushing for the approval of this project. In return for stake in the smart city, the consortium has also proposed to build a 20.5-kilometre metro rail line in the port city, which would cost about USD 2.2 billion.

  • Tue
    May
    17
    2022
    AI applications key to realizing autonomous driving

    Autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit are two key application areas of artificial intelligence (AI), which can be used to transform camera and sensor data into actionable information.

    According to projections made by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the value of the global autonomous vehicle market will hit US$42 billion by 2025, and partially autonomous vehicles will account for a 12.4% market share. The BCG said that the market will continue to expand at a rapid pace until 2035 and that smart autonomous vehicles will become an irreversible development trend for the car industry.

  • Tue
    May
    17
    2022
    5G promotes IoT applications, multiple fields see development opportunities

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has been developing rapidly in recent years because of its integration of various technologies and its ability to empower various industries. The AIoT Industry Panorama 2022 Report points out that after more than ten years of technology, product development and continuous demand, the AIoT industry has completed the accumulation phase and entered the growth period. Some industry professionals believe that the overall market potential value of the Internet of Things is over ten trillion yuan, and the potential for industry-driven applications is huge.

    5G drives IoT boom

    With 4G reaching its peak and 5G continuing to gain momentum, 5G is the key for opening up the scale of IoT. It is predicted that by 2025, the number of IoT connections will exceed 5.3 billion, of which 5G will contribute up to 73%. 5G’s contribution to the development of the IoT industry will be irreplaceable. 5G network capabilities enhance data diversification, high-speed processing, and add up value, which can improve public transportation, logistics, emergency services, environmental protection, and e-government for urban governance.

  • Tue
    May
    17
    2022
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans smart city officials were on 'team' with winning bidders in Los Angeles, document shows

    Through weeks of prepared statements, an interview and a public hearing, two New Orleans government employees involved in City Hall's failed “smart cities” project have downplayed their relationship with the companies that won the right to negotiate a 15-year broadband and infrastructure contract.

    But Verge Internet, a private company founded by those employees, was once pitched to officials in Los Angeles as part of a “team of industry leaders” with Qualcomm and JLC Infrastructure on a similar plan to “bridge the digital divide” in that city, according to a newly obtained document.

  • Tue
    May
    17
    2022
    How lightweight encryption can protect critical infrastructure for smart cities

    Municipalities depend on a growing number of connected devices and data streams. How are you safeguarding the data that traverses those networks?

    You might not think of your municipality as a smart city, but every day more urban areas fit the description. Smart cities depend on digitized processes, internet-of-things data streams and a variety of interconnected networks. They count on this data-powered foundation to manage city functions, share information among agencies and with the public and deliver crucial services to citizens.

  • Tue
    May
    17
    2022
    PK: Sindh Chief Minister approves launching of Safe City project in three phases

    Murad says he won't tolerate any unnecessary delay in completion of the project

    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the Planning and Development Board to prepare PC-1 of the Safe City project on war footings so that bids for the project could be invited for physical launch within next four months.

    “We are already late in implementing the project and now I won’t allow any unnecessary delay,” he said.

  • Mon
    May
    16
    2022
    How governments can keep data flowing to power smart cities

    Think of the cloud as a reservoir and the edge as water storage tanks. The reservoir is a central area that collects large amounts of water, while storage tanks sit in every apartment building.

    The reservoir supplies water to tanks, which then provides water to homes. This allows citizens almost immediate access to water. If water had to travel from the reservoirs to homes every time someone switched on a faucet, residents would have to wait a long time before water starts flowing.

  • Mon
    May
    16
    2022
    ZW: 5G key driver of smart city technology

    The advent of 5G (Fifth generation) technology is expected to propel smart city technology into the mainstream and accelerate new deployments through the internet of things.

    The internet of things (IoT) describes physical objects with sensors, processing ability, software and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet or other communication networks. In a presentation at the Zimbabwe Smart Cities and Rural Communities Infrastructure Forum 2022, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) Economics, Tariffs and Consumer Affairs director, Mrs Hilda Mutseyekwa said the first building block of any smart city was reliable, pervasive wireless connectivity.

  • Mon
    May
    16
    2022
    TH: What makes ‘Smart Cities’ so smart?

    • We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Smart Cities’ but how do we separate the hype from the reality?
    • Integrating cutting-edge technologies ‘from the ground up’ to create sustainable and service-oriented urban environments has the potential to be a game-changer for city dwellers’ quality of life.
    • Green energy, healthcare, education, public safety – all can be reimagined through the application of digital technology, but how can we actually achieve these goals?

  • Mon
    May
    16
    2022
    This Korean smart city is a testing ground for robots, AR, and AI

    At a seaside town in South Korea, science fiction meets reality. At 7 am, your home greets you and reminds you to stretch. As you get dressed, smart mirrors keep you updated on the day’s news. Outside, tiny robots zip through the streets, keeping the roads clean.

    This is the Busan Eco Delta Smart City, as described by the New York Times. A pilot project first announced in 2018, the city was designed to be smart from the onset. It will feature cutting-edge tech like robots, AR, and AI that hopes to bring greater convenience to its residents.

  • Sun
    May
    15
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Smart City Dream For Bhubaneswar Must Include Urban Farming

    With urban planning, since its evolution, focusing on planned growth of a city by facilitating land use, the world now lives in cities while agriculture is relegated to rural mass.

    Though nobody would like to read it, the hard reality is that rapid urbanisation has led to wastage of 1.3 billion ton of food every year while, one in every 7 people in the world goes to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die of hunger daily.

  • Sun
    May
    15
    2022
    UNDP formulating strategy to boost Bangladesh’s digital transformation: Palak

    State minister for information and communication technology Junaid Ahmed Palak had said that the United Nations Development Program is formulating the ‘Digital Strategy 2022-25’, which will further strengthen the culture of innovation and boost the digital transformation of Bangladesh.

    The state minister made the remark while attending a meeting with Robert Opp, chief digital officer of the UNDP, and Yolanda Jinxin Ma, head of digital policy and global partnerships of UNDP on Friday at the UNDP headquarters in New York, said a release on Saturday.

  • Sun
    May
    15
    2022
    Vietnam striving to remove bottlenecks from digital government development

    Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam recently signed a directive regarding e-Government development towards digital governance and transformation.

    Despite recent positive results, major bottlenecks remain in the implementation of the work, with data sharing being one of the main issues.

    In addition, due focus has yet to be paid on ensuring cyber security, human resources and a budget for information technology applications, as well as the building of e-Government.

  • Sun
    May
    15
    2022
    VN: Transport ministry speeds up digital transformation

    Digital transformation is an issue of changing from traditional management awareness and methods to the comprehensive application of digital technology.

    In order to fulfil the tasks set for 2022, the Ministry of Transport has asked its agencies and units to consider the building of e-Government and digital transformation as one of the key missions that needed to be prioritised to form data for management and administrative reform.

  • Sun
    May
    15
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: How smart is Bengaluru?

    Just 23% of the smart city projects have been completed so far by Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL).

    However, according to Vinayak Sugur, chief engineer, BSCL, there are no projects in the tendering stage at the moment and all the ongoing projects are works in progress.

    “We have 46 projects in the Central Business District area and out of these, we have completed 11 projects so far. As many as 18 projects, which are mostly road infrastructure works, are nearing completion too. If one looks at the physical progress percentage and financial progress, almost 90% of the work on these 18 projects is completed. For instance, we have completed all the work on Millers Road except a 50-metre stretch,” said Sugur.

  • Sat
    May
    14
    2022
    Smart City Standards are Key to Unlocking the Full Potential of Smart Cities Technologies

    Since the emergence of smart cities, the promise of interoperability and connected sensors has been difficult to attain in practice as cities suffer from vendor lock-in and incompatible devices. ABI Research, a global technology intelligence firm, has found that smart city standards are the key to unlocking the full potential of smart cities technologies.

    “Smart Cities technologies are advertised as able to collect data and insights into how a city is functioning through a variety of means such as weather monitoring, utilities monitoring etc. However, there are issues with vendor lock-in and a lack of interoperability between devices, which means that the full benefit of smart cities technology is not realized,” explains Lindsey Vest, Smart Cities and Smart Spaces Research Analyst at ABI Research.

  • Sat
    May
    14
    2022
    IN: Punjab: In Ludhiana smart city, all official vehicles to now get GPS enabled

    Vehicle mounted cameras will be installed on fire tenders to be purchased under the Smart City mission.

    For keeping a check on movement of MC vehicles, the civic officials are planning to install GPS in each of them, including officials’ cars. Besides GPS, vehicle mounted cameras will be installed on fire tenders to be purchased under the Smart City mission.

    MC commissioner Shena Aggarwal was given a presentation on upcoming Smart City projects. The officials claimed that in the coming days, Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will become operational and everything will be connected on one platform.

  • Sat
    May
    14
    2022
    Smart city tech standards essential for cities to realize the tools’ potential: report

    Dive Brief:

    • Smart city technology standards are essential for cities to realize the full potential of the technologies now available, according to a recent report by technology intelligence firm ABI Research.
    • Since the technologies’ inception, smart cities have struggled to achieve the promise of interoperability and connected sensors, in part because devices are not compatible across vendors, said Lindsey Vest, a research analyst at ABI Research. That leads to incompatible devices and vendor lock-in, when a city has to keep buying multiple technologies from the same supplier.
    • A range of alliances, consortia and standards development organizations can facilitate the smart cities network with the right cooperation. However, the diverse range of standards organizations can also create confusion and inefficiencies, the report notes.

  • Sat
    May
    14
    2022
    IN: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation to operate 50 electric buses in Kakinada under Smart City Mission

    Existing services accept bulk orders to transport mango, seed, fish and medicines

    The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is all set to operate its first fleet of 50 electric buses in Kakinada and the connected destinations under the Smart City Mission. Pune and Dehradun have already opted for the electric buses under the Smart City Mission.

  • Sat
    May
    14
    2022
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans to Hire Outside Investigator for Smart City Case

    The City Council voted to hire an investigator to oversee its inquiry into a smart city plan that collapsed last month when a private consortium chosen by the city exited contract talks amid bid-rigging accusations.

    Help wanted: a gumshoe to scour documents and question witnesses about New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's doomed "smart city" contract. Qualifications: experience with legal proceedings and the savvy to navigate a political hornet's nest.

  • Fri
    May
    13
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore: Smart city projects: Panel begins probe

    The one-man commission formed by the state government to probe into the selection, allotment and execution of smart city projects during the previous AIADMK rule held a meeting with the city corporation officials here on Thursday.

    The DMK government had in March appointed retired IAS officer P W C Davidar to inquire into the implementation of smart city projects across the state.

  • Fri
    May
    13
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Advisor on ‘Smart Cities’ seeks time-bound completion of projects

    Advisor to Government of J&K on ‘Smart Cities’ and Chairman Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Keshav Verma IAS ( Retd) today urged the officers to expedite the work in progress mode and ensure the completion of projects within the framed timeline.

    In this regard, a meeting was chaired by Verma at the central office of SMC Karan Nagar to review and discuss various projects taken up under the Smart City mission for the upgradation and improvement of Srinagar City.

  • Fri
    May
    13
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar ranks high in Smart City project implementation

    Bhubaneswar is all set to feature among the first set of cities in terms of competition for Smart City projects, a report said Thursday. The temple city will be ranked among seven cities that are likely to be announced soon by the Government of India.

    Bhubaneswar has ranked high in terms of completion of the projects being implemented to provide eco-friendly hi-tech solutions to urban issues, a report published in a national newspaper suggested.

  • Thu
    May
    12
    2022
    Vietnam’s path toward a digital economy, digital society

    Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung said Vietnam has vowed to develop a digital economy and digital society.

    Q: The Prime Minister has issued a strategy on developing a digital economy and digital society by 2025, with the vision towards 2030. Where is Vietnam in the world’s digital map when releasing the strategy?

    I can say for sure that Vietnam is among the countries issuing the strategy on developing digital economy and digital society early.

  • Thu
    May
    12
    2022
    VN: Digital transformation unavoidable, expands business reach

    Digital transformation is both a need and an inevitable trend that will help businesses survive and develop in the Industry 4.0 era, experts said.

    This also holds true for the post COVID-19 new normal period, according to the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

  • Thu
    May
    12
    2022
    US: Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities

    A new tool from US Ignite helps communities search and filter federal grant opportunities to support broadband expansion and smart city deployments.

    To make it easier for communities to find federal grants for their broadband and smart city projects, US Ignite launched the Federal Funding Opportunity Tool.

  • Wed
    May
    11
    2022
    HU: Budapest among 100 cities chose for EC Smart City Program

    Budapest is among 100 European cities picked by the European Commission to participate in a program for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said in a post on Facebook.

    Karácsony said the cities of Miskolc (180 km northeast of Budapest) and Pécs (170 km southwest) were also picked for the program, dubbed the Cities Mission.

  • Wed
    May
    11
    2022
    Bhopal, Surat, Udaipur to be India's first smart cities

    Bhopal, Surat, Bhubaneswar, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Indore are set to be declared India’s ‘first set of smart cities’. Seven years after launch of a flagship urban renewal mission to make 100 cities sustainable and citizen-friendly, the seven cities from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh will be showcased as such cities by the end of the year.

    The Smart Cities Mission, launched on June 25, 2015, to ‘smarten up’ cities with eco-friendly hi-tech solutions to urban problems, is in its last year of implementation. The mission period ends in June 2023. Of the 100 cities, the seven have taken a lead with most projects completed. Bhopal has completed 92% projects, Surat 82.44%, Udaipur 78%, Bhubaneswar 76%, Indore, Varanasi and Ahmedabad 70%.

  • Wed
    May
    11
    2022
    The 3 tech tools driving smart city efficiency

    John Asquith, Head of Innovation, Government, APJ at ServiceNow shares how digital twins, citizen-led data collection, and cybersecurity are the key ingredients for cities of the future.

    The book series Mortal Engines tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities ride on gigantic wheels, trying to consume one another as if the cities themselves have come alive. Cities have come alive.

  • Tue
    May
    10
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: For the first time, KSRTC to operate e-buses on inter-district routes

    Corporation will shortly open a depot for operating e-buses

    Passengers of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be able to hop on to electric buses (e-buses) soon. After the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) introduced e-buses in the city, KSRTC will follow suit and operate them on popular routes such as Bengaluru-Mysuru, Bengaluru–Madikeri, Bengaluru-Chikkamagaluru, and Bengaluru-Davangere.

    Under the Central scheme, the corporation is operating 50 buses on lease basis and expects the first prototype in two months

  • Tue
    May
    10
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu: Public bicycle sharing being launched under Smart City

    A public bicycle-sharing system will be launched in Jammu under the Smart City Mission in a boost to eco-friendly mobility, an official said on Monday.

    The system will allow users to rent out a bicycle from designated automatic docking stations and deposit it at another docking station located close to the destination, the official said.

  • Tue
    May
    10
    2022
    US: Pennsylvania: City of Scranton signs three-year smart city partnership deal

    Rubicon’s products to be installed in the City of Scranton’s entire solid waste and recycling fleet to digitise operations and use real-time data to drive greater efficiency.

    The City of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has entered a three-year smart city partnership with Rubicon Technologies to help upgrade its residential waste and recycling services.

  • Tue
    May
    10
    2022
    US: Illinois: Chicago Smart Lighting Project Delivers Savings

    The smart lighting project is one of the most extensive smart technology infrastructures in the country relying on edge technology and focusing on the use of greener energy, carbon footprint reduction, and more.

    The city of Chicago recently completed a massive, $160 million project to modernize the city’s light system. It will not only improve night time visibility but is projected to save taxpayers $100 million in electricity costs over the next decade. The Chicago Smart Lighting program replaced nearly 300,000 lights with energy-efficient LED versions. Each light contains wireless nodes connected to the grid. The network detects a missing light, creates a repair ticket, and automatically assigns a repairperson. This type of automation helps reduce costs and improve overall lighting conditions.

  • Mon
    May
    09
    2022
    AE: Do not start and end digital transformation with plug-and-play services

    Businesses cannot ignore there are cultural aspects to bringing in a tech transformation

    The UAE Cabinet has approved a strategy in which the digital economy will contribute 20 per cent to the gross non-oil national economy within the next 10 years. This is a clear recognition of the impact of digitisation on the country’s economic and societal progress.

  • Mon
    May
    09
    2022
    How to implement a digital transformation plan in five steps

    A well-structured, data-driven and measurable digital transformation plan is in itself a broad business strategy. The exceptional business outcomes of a well-designed digital transformation plan, such as increased revenue growth, improved innovation quotient, opened new frontiers and optimized operational costs, drive organizations toward implementation. By some projections, the global spending on digital transformation will reach $2.4 trillion by 2024.

    To implement a digital transformation plan effectively, businesses must start with a road map guided by business outcomes, then pair strategic initiatives with technology-related initiatives. The exciting yet risky task of digital transformation can be done effectively by leveraging the following best practices:

  • Mon
    May
    09
    2022
    VN: Digital transformation – the driving force of creativity and foundation of modern economy

    In the morning of April 27, in Hanoi, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Chairman of the National Committee on Digital Transformation, chaired the second online meeting to evaluate the implementation results in the first quarter of 2022 and identify key tasks and solutions to focus on implementing in the coming time. At Binh Duong connection point, Mr. Nguyen Van Danh, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee chaired the conference.

    According to a report of the Ministry of Information and Communications – the standing agency of the National Committee on Digital Transformation, the contribution of the digital economy to Vietnam's economy is increasing as it is estimated that digital economic revenue in the first quarter of 2022 will gain about USD 53 billion. In which, the platform digital economy has a growth rate of 28%, gaining USD 8 billion of revenue, the rest is the ICT digital economy and the industry digital economy with an average revenue growth rate of about 15%.

  • Mon
    May
    09
    2022
    VN: Digital transformation has a great impact on entire population: PM says

    The 13th National Party Congress has identified national digital transformation as a hugely important task, associated with three main pillars, including digital government, digital economy, and digital society as digital transformation greatly affects the whole population.

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh made the remarks while chairing the second meeting of the National Committee on Digital Transformation which was virtually connected to 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

  • Sun
    May
    08
    2022
    TR: Istanbul Is Moving Fast On The Way To Become A 'Carbonless and Smart City'

    Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has added a new one to its efforts to combat climate change. Istanbul has become one of the 100 cities accepted in the EU Commission's call for combating climate change. Having received the “Mission City” brand, Istanbul is entitled to EU funding until 2030. kazanwas. The fund allocated to R & D activities only between 2022 and 2023 is 370 million Euros.

    IMM applied to the call of the "Mission of Cities", established by the European Union Commission (EU), on combating climate, last January. A total of 377 cities participated in the call. Istanbul, on the other hand, became one of the 100 accepted cities.

  • Sun
    May
    08
    2022
    US: Texas: San Antonio: Harnessing data to build better local government

    A quiet evolution is underway inside local government in San Antonio and other leading Texas cities. The movement, with the backing of mayors and city managers, is being driven by tech-savvy young professionals who believe citizens can be better served through the use of smart data and a newfound commitment to greater transparency and collaboration.

    This cohort of talented leaders also believes that smart, proactive use of technology is essential to protecting government infrastructure and services that remain highly vulnerable. Winter Storm Uri showed local leaders the vulnerability of the city’s energy infrastructure. What if state-sanctioned hackers, rather than nature, targeted strategic assets here?

  • Sun
    May
    08
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Integrated Command and Control Centre will be ready by June: BSCL

    An integrated mobile app is also ready, says BSCL MD

    The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will be ready for operations by June, said P. Rajendra Cholan, managing director of Bengaluru Smart City Ltd. (BSCL).

    The ICCC, which is being established at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s head office, will bring together 14 different department on a single platform. The 6 th floor of the annexe building in the head office was officially handed over to the BSCL on March 11.

  • Sat
    May
    07
    2022
    GB: How can digital transformation drive the government’s levelling-up agenda?

    Experts suggest greater UK institutional investment, better distribution of successful tech companies, and the adoption of open source and low-code will break down local and regional barriers across the country

    In its mission to spread opportunity and prosperity to all parts of the UK, the government’s Levelling Up White Paper includes much talk of how technology and digital transformation can drive this.

  • Sat
    May
    07
    2022
    ZW: Matabeleland: Bulilima: Govt mulls creation of Smart cities

    Figtree in Bulilima district, Matabeleland South, has been identified as one of three places in the country to be transformed into a digital and green energy smart city.

    Announcing the plan in Bulawayo this week National Housing and Social Amenities minister Daniel Garwe said: “The Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities has endeavoured to move with time and adopt strategies that conform to the dictates of the digitalised world and globalisation.

  • Sat
    May
    07
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: No Smart City Mission for Mysuru: Centre

    Contrary to the claims made by politicians, Parliamentarians and Ministers that Mysuru will get the Smart City project, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has clarified that Mysuru will not be included in the Smart City project.

    In a communiqué to the State Government, the Ministry has stated that at this juncture there is no proposal to include any city in the country under the Smart City Mission. Instead, financial assistance will be given to different development projects undertaken by various City Corporations, the Ministry has stated.

  • Sat
    May
    07
    2022
    IN: Haryana: Karnal: Smart City works to be executed by govt depts

    The execution of the works of the projects selected under the Smart City Mission will be done by different government departments comprising the HSVP, Karnal Municipal Corporation (KMC), Haryana Police Housing Corporation, PWD (B&R), Irrigation, and Public Health and Engineering Department along with the Karnal Smart City Ltd (KSCL) in the current fiscal.

    Earlier, the execution work was done by the KSCL independently.

  • Fri
    May
    06
    2022
    Meet the 28 cities in CEE which made the final cut for the EU’s climate-neutral, smart city push

    From Elbasan in Albania to Tartu in Estonia, 28 emerging European cities will have the opportunity to tap expertise, best practice, and EU funds in their quest to become climate-neutral by 2030.

    The European Commission has announced the 100 cities that will participate in its so-called Cities Mission to develop climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030.

  • Fri
    May
    06
    2022
    Smart Cities need edge computing

    Why do smart cities need edge computing?

    According to the most recent UN report on urbanization, by 2050 68% of the world’s population will have moved into urban areas, up from only 30% in 1950. Needless to say, our cities’ infrastructure is coming under ever-greater strain, all during a time when cities need to better conserve natural resources. While a lot of the public conversation has focused upon reducing our demand for resources, there’s also another side of the equation - discovering ways to satisfy demand in more efficient ways.

  • Fri
    May
    06
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Free Wi-Fi Services Across Smart City Bhubaneswar Soon: Here's How To Avail Free Internet Service

    Smart City Bhubaneswar will soon be made available free Wi-Fi services across the city covering major streets, institutions and landmarks.

    According to reports, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has made 1350 internet access points operational in the State Capital.

  • Fri
    May
    06
    2022
    US: Louisiana: Here’s What to Know About New Orleans’ Smart City Controversy

    Hearings regarding allegations of bid rigging and a formal City Council investigation into the city’s “smart city” program began on Wednesday. The initiative would have installed “city-directed” broadband and infrastructure.

    The "smart city" program has become a political headache for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her administration, with allegations of bid rigging and now a formal City Council investigation — with hearings starting Wednesday — that will probe whether City Hall officials acted improperly in setting up the now-aborted deal.

  • Thu
    May
    05
    2022
    Smart Cities Tackling Tech Challenges: Cybersecurity, Privacy And The Digital Divide

    New information and communications technologies (ICTs) — including the internet of things (IoT) and advanced data analytics using artificial intelligence — have become essential tools for many city governments. Smart-city innovations are helping to boost efficiencies, improve infrastructure and confront urgent challenges — such as rapid population growth, social inequality and climate change.

    Yet, along with their well-documented benefits, new technologies are ushering in new risks and unintended consequences. Increasingly, cybersecurity, privacy rights and the gap between those who have access to new technologies and those who don’t — aka the digital divide — are receiving greater scrutiny. Getting the risk-reward balance right is key for citizens’ wellbeing.

  • Thu
    May
    05
    2022
    Smart City modelling to boost Zim investment drive

    The adoption of the ‘Smart City” concept in Zimbabwe is expected to generate the much-needed investments that will boost economic growth towards the targeted upper middle-income status by 2030.

    This emerged during the one-day Zimbabwe Smart Cities and Rural Communities Infrastructure Forum in Bulawayo on Tuesday where experts pointed out that smart city modelling was a global phenomenon and Zimbabwe should not be left behind.

  • Thu
    May
    05
    2022
    Taiwan’s Digital Bike Service Benefits Everyone

    It seems a simple bike-sharing service but Taiwan’s bike-sharing services are all powered by digitalisation. That’s what makes it run smoothly and organised benefiting even undergraduate students of Kaohsiung.

    According to the Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government YouBike 2.0 is the best choice for commuters and commuter students. Since the launch of its First 30 Minutes Free program on August 25, 2021, the service has received positive feedback, especially from students. Taiwan’s bike-sharing program allows students of senior high schools (senior vocational schools) and lower-level educational institutions to use the YouBike 2.0 rental service for free for the first 30 minutes.

  • Thu
    May
    05
    2022
    US: Louisiana: NOLA in Dispute With Cox Business Over Smart City Contract

    After losing its top bidder, New Orleans wants to reissue a new RFP for a smart city plan that would address the city's digital divide, but Cox Business believes it should automatically get the contract.

    Hours after New Orleans said it would be issuing a new solicitation for a multi-million dollar "smart city" project in light of the top bidder's decision to pull out of the project, the second-place bidder said not so fast.

  • Wed
    May
    04
    2022
    VN: National digital transformation expects breakthrough progress

    The Prime Minister has asked the National Committee on Digital Transformation to devise proper mechanisms and policies aimed at promoting the process of national digital transformation.

    Addressing the 2nd session of the National Committee on Digital Transformation in Hanoi on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that digital transformation is closely linked with boosting administrative reform and developing an e-Government, digital economy, and digital society towards smart city development. This will facilitate the implementation of Industry 4.0 in Vietnam, with digital transformation associated with growth, rapid recovery, and sustainable development, he said.

  • Wed
    May
    04
    2022
    More Indian states launch facial recognition tenders for public security camera deployments

    Despite lingering concerns from rights advocates about the use of facial recognition in public places, the use of the technology for surveillance purposes seems to be gaining traction in India as two more state governments have tendered for biometric surveillance projects for some of their cities.

    Odisha state tenders for ‘people-tracking’ tech

    Odisha has unveiled a tender for the implementation of a facial recognition project in the third largest city, Rourkela, under the framework of a government-run Smart City Projects, Medianama reports.

  • Wed
    May
    04
    2022
    US: Louisiana: What's New Orleans' 'smart cities' controversy? Here's a primer as City Council begins probe

    The "smart city" program has become a political headache for Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her administration, with allegations of bid rigging and now a formal City Council investigation — with hearings starting Wednesday — that will probe whether City Hall officials acted improperly in setting up the now-aborted deal.

    The initiative, according to officials in Cantrell's administration, would have created a city-controlled broadband network and low-cost wireless internet service. Last year, City Hall asked private companies to propose a plan and Smart+Connected NOLA was chosen as the winning bidder. But they pulled out of contract negotiations this week after reports that a city official, Jonathan Rhodes, had advised one of the consortium's members on a similar deal in Los Angeles through his private company.

  • Wed
    May
    04
    2022
    US: How Hayden AI is Securing Its Smart City Solutions: IoT Attack Surface Opportunities & Challenges

    IoT systems with ever-changing attack surfaces are susceptible to various cyber threats. This article explores the security risks inherent with IoT technologies and describes the measures Hayden AI is taking to safeguard its AI-powered mobility solutions.

    Cybersecurity remains a major concern as governments around the world turn toward smart city solutions to address the pressing challenges stemming from rapid urbanization — the increasing traffic congestion, rising levels of inequality, and the growing strain on public resources.

  • Tue
    May
    03
    2022
    The Philippines to Track Fishing Vessels in Real-time

    Exerting and maintaining control over a vast maritime area is not an easy job. To better cope with the vagaries and challenges, the Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is deploying a host of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

    The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has implemented the Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System (IMEMS) Project. The initiative aims to enhance the government’s capability in the monitoring, control, and surveillance system over its maritime domain while intensifying the campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

  • Tue
    May
    03
    2022
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans' controversial 'smart city' project is over; private consortium pulls out of talks

    A consortium of private firms has pulled out of talks with New Orleans officials for a "smart city" broadband project, amid growing scrutiny from the City Council concerning links between the companies, a consulting firm and two city officials involved in the bid process.

    The Smart+Connected NOLA partnership said Monday that it will no longer pursue an agreement with the city more than nine months after it won the right to negotiate a contract.

  • Tue
    May
    03
    2022
    ZA: City of Joburg to deploy e-health, digitise health records

    The City of Johannesburg is set to digitise patient records through an e-health solution to be rolled out in the coming year.

    This is according to executive mayor Mpho Phalatse, who outlined plans to use digital technologies in anchoring service delivery during her State of the City Address last week.

  • Tue
    May
    03
    2022
    Smart cities can answer Africa’s urbanisation needs

    Africa’s urban population is booming. At 3.5% per year, the continent’s urban growth rate is the highest in the developing world over the last twenty years. Within the next twenty, research suggests that every second person in Africa will live in a town or a city, bringing the urban population to around 926 million people.

    Within the decade, it is also predicted that six of the world’s 41 megacities (cities with a population of over 10 million people), will be on African soil, including Cairo, Lagos, and Kinshasa, soon to be joined by Johannesburg, Luanda, and Dar es Salaam.

  • Mon
    May
    02
    2022
    NG: Lagos State Fibre Duct Infrastructure Project: Accelerating Lagos SmartCity with Bold Vision

    In the modern world, it takes the audacity of leadership vision to build a connected smart city. Today, Lagos State is blazing the trail in Nigeria. In one of the most audacious Telecom infrastructure projects in Africa, the Lagos State government under its public private partnership scheme awarded, a few years ago, the construction of a 3000km six-way unified duct fibre infrastructure project to Western Telecoms and Engineering Services Limited.

    The project deployment kicked off in June 2020 with an 24-month completion timeline and has so far recorded several successes, such as the completion of over 2600km of the fibre infrastructure, the connection of over 1000 Telecom base station sites of MTN and Airtel to the fibre infrastructure, the signing of agreements with Liquid Telecom, Mainone, Dolphin Telecoms, Swift, Spectranet, etc for connectivity to the fibre network and ongoing negotiations with most of the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Lagos.

  • Mon
    May
    02
    2022
    VN: Soc Trang province launches 5G network, intelligent operations centre

    A 5G network and an intelligent operations centre (IOC) were unveiled in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on April 24.

    Ho Thi Cam Dao, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the provincial Party Committee, said despite many difficulties, Soc Trang has taken steps to build an e-administration.

    It expects that by 2030, the province will have fundamentally and comprehensively reformed management and governance activities so that the local administration can operate more efficiently, effectively, and transparently, the local economy can develop on the basis of science - technology and high-quality human resources, and new values can be created to raise labour productivity and generate new growth momentum, she added.

  • Mon
    May
    02
    2022
    CN: Hong Kong: Smart city starts with smart planning

    Smart city starts with smart planning, and geographic information system or GIS is the foundation technology for smart city development. It empowers town planners to determine how, where, and when their designs can have the greatest impact to improve the quality of life.

    Hong Kong SAR is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In the last 25 years, through applying GIS, Hong Kong becomes a better living place mainly in the following four areas:

  • Mon
    May
    02
    2022
    VN: Quang Ninh: Ha Long applies mobile app to boost smart city building

    To boost digital transformation and smart city building, Ha Long city in northern Quang Ninh province has put into use the Ha Long Smart app to serve people and businesses.

    Via this app, part of the intelligent operations centre (IOC) in Ha Long, people can easily report problems to authorities, access online public services, and seek routes to agency and departmental headquarters, tourist attractions, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities and pharmacies, while staying up-to-date with information from local administrations and media outlets.

  • Sun
    May
    01
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Democratizing Urban Governance, key to transform Bhubaneswar into world class city: Mayor

    Smart City Bhubaneswar that has ranked second after Shimla in the Ease of Living Index-2020 is attracting more and more people from across the state and the country to settle down. With this, the people’s expectations on provision of shelter, infrastructure, drinking water, sanitation, waste management, space for public utility and market have been increasing.

    In such context, it is high time the urban governance needed to be democratized to transform the city into a world class one, said Sulochana Das, the newly elected Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC). She emphasized the residents need to complement the BMC in implementing various projects for the development of the city.

  • Sun
    May
    01
    2022
    Designing Control Rooms for Smart Cities - A Singaporean perspective

    From the threat of trade wars, the pandemic to continued technological disruption, government and businesses around the world are coping with an uncertain and volatile landscape. The Russo-Ukraine war is likely to further strain supply chains even as we emerge from the pandemic. An aging demographic profile is likely to place stress on productivity growth for small countries like Singapore.

    Amid this disruption, Singapore has positioned itself as a centre of innovation and research and development at the heart of the world’s most dynamic economic region. The Singapore government in the last few years launched a few industry transformation maps to proactively support enterprises in Singapore by equipping them with resources to realise their business goals while addressing the above challenges.

  • Sun
    May
    01
    2022
    IN: Uttarakhand: e-Governance to emerge very strong post lockdown: Dehradun DC Ashish Srivastava

    I feel that once the lockdown is lifted, the public and private sectors will think of e-office seriously. The only solution for the future is technology. E-governance will emerge very strong in future, says Dehradun DC Ashish Srivastava

    The Dehradun district administration is using technology to implement India’s strategy as a process-oriented approach to contain the spread of covid-19 pandemic in its jurisdiction.

  • Sun
    May
    01
    2022
    How sustainable mobility can transform Qatar

    Some of the themes of recent Smart City Expo Doha 2022 were digital technology and its connection to smart, sustainable mobility. These themes recognise the link between the need to change mobility patterns, the power of digital technology, and sustainability goals. Qatar, for example, is targeting a 25% drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Such a goal is attainable if countries like Qatar use a comprehensive action framework that changes the management of mobility and the urban landscape. The next focus will be when Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup with over 1mn fans in attendance, which will use the country’s smart, sustainable mobility.

    Qatar, like other Middle East countries, relies on private cars for most commuter transport. It helps that it is relatively inexpensive to own a car in the country thanks to affordable fuel, cheap licences, and friendly policies for private vehicles. The indirect cost is pollution, congestion, poor air quality, road crashes, and the resulting economic burden. The International Energy Agency, for example, estimates that transport is responsible for roughly 25% of all urban carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Sat
    Apr
    30
    2022
    What smart cities mean for the Data Centre in 2022/23

    As businesses and governments continue to explore the different applications of IoT and connected, responsive networks, they are beginning to realise the enormous potential of smart cities. However, the success of the smart city initiative is tied closely to the development of a flexible, agile, future-focused data centre infrastructure.

    What is a smart city?

    A smart city isn’t a futuristic, glass-and-concrete vision from a sci-fi movie. Smart city solutions are all around us today: a network of information and communications technology that uses data to glean insights about our urban environments. Those insights can then be applied to answer growing concerns and issues with urbanization and sustainable development.

  • Sat
    Apr
    30
    2022
    PH: Seoul to build 'K-smart city' in Clark Freeport Zone

    A smart city built by the Korea Land & Housing Corporation (LH) will soon rise in Clark Freeport Zone, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

    The government-owned Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and LH have already inked a smart city memorandum of understanding (MOU) on April 15 at Songdo Inernational Business District in Incheon province, some 30 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

  • Sat
    Apr
    30
    2022
    Vietnam Launches Nationwide E-Invoice Project

    The Minister of Finance, Ho Duc Phoc, recently launched a nationwide electronic invoice programme in Hanoi. During the inauguration, he said that e-invoices are crucial in creating a transparent and fair business environment, a more streamlined administrative process, and higher productivity. They are an integral part of Vietnam’s national strategy for digitalisation. The Ministry’s e-invoice project will significantly improve the level of transparency and effectiveness of the country’s tax regime while helping cut costs and improve the business environment.

  • Fri
    Apr
    29
    2022
    Smart City is not an app: The Anatomy of Human-based Smart Cities

    More than half the world’s population live in urban cities today. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicted that almost 70% of the world population would live in urban areas by 2050, seeking economic opportunities, better education, public services, and living standards.

    Urbanization and exponential population growth are the primary sources of various challenges to governments worldwide. Many cities have exceeded their infrastructure system’s capacity while facing further difficulties in providing adequate resources like water, food, and energy, in addition, to providing quality urban services to citizens.

  • Fri
    Apr
    29
    2022
    US: Data Center Optimization Helps Agencies Do More with Less

    State and local governments downsize space and staff requirements with consolidation.

    Sometimes, the best way to go big is to first figure out how to be small.

    For the city of Doral, Fla., where Gladys Gonzalez is CIO, the solution proved to be hyperconvergence: an IT framework with the capacity to do it all.

  • Fri
    Apr
    29
    2022
    US: Smart Road Pilot P3 Gets Green Light in Kansas

    A city in Kansas has approved a 10-year pilot program to deploy a smart pavement technology at five intersections in a public-private partnership. The P3 marks a step forward in deploying the technology, which entails precast concrete road sections embedded with digital technology and fiber optic connectivity for traffic data collection through in-roads sensors, Wi-Fi, 5G and more through antennas in the expansion ports, edge services and cloud access and wireless electric vehicle charging.

    At a Lenexa city council meeting April 19, members approved a resolution to allow Integrated Roadways to begin design for the first of five intersections, accepting a $250,000 innovative technology program grant from the Kansas Dept. of Transportation, according to the meeting minutes. KDOT first tested the technology on a section of Interstate 35 in 2013.

  • Fri
    Apr
    29
    2022
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans: City Council expands pay-to-play investigation into Smart City WiFi plan

    The New Orleans City Council Thursday has opened a formal investigation into Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s plan to provide free WiFi services in the city over concerns top members of her administration are personally benefiting from the plan.

    The council approved the investigation Thursday on a five to zero vote. An initial hearing will be held next week.

  • Thu
    Apr
    28
    2022
    IN: Haryana: Facial recognition facility yet to become functional in Karnal

    Part of Integrated Command & Control Centre | Inaugurated in December 2021

    Four months after its inauguration, the facial recognition facility is yet to become functional at the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), an ambitious project of the Smart City Mission. The command centre was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on December 5, 2021 for monitoring traffic and strengthening the safety and security of the city.

  • Thu
    Apr
    28
    2022
    RW: Broadband key to unlocking digital transformation: Kagame

    President Paul Kagame has said that the increase in digitalising cross-border trade processes has yielded efficient results.

    He was speaking at a virtual dialogue of ‘The Digital Revolution: Fostering Inclusion and Resilient Growth’ forum organised by the World Bank Group on April 20.

  • Thu
    Apr
    28
    2022
    Government to establish digital transformation centres across Zambia

    The government has announced plans to establish digital transformation centres across the country to enhance access to information communication technology (ICT), especially among rural communities.

    Smart Zambia Institute National Coordinator, Percy Chinyama, said this is in an effort to ensure that members of the public utilise and appreciate the Government Service Bus (GSB) initiative.

  • Thu
    Apr
    28
    2022
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC gets digital makeover in TVM with cameras, e-payment, GPS trackers

    KSRTC buses in the state are getting a makeover with new security features including cameras, a GPS tracking system, automated ticketing machines, and a digital display. In the first phase of the ambitious project, 200 buses in Thiruvanathapuram will have these features installed in it.

    The initiative is estimated to cost around Rs 30 crore for KSRTC.

  • Wed
    Apr
    27
    2022
    CN: Digital governance in focus

    Key meeting calls for extensive use of high tech to enhance public services

    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called on Tuesday for the extensive use of digital technologies in administration and public services to further modernize the nation's governance system and capacity. While presiding over a meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform, Xi, the head of the committee, stressed the need to promote the digital and smart operations of the government and fully carry out the strategy to build up the nation's capacity in cyberspace.

  • Wed
    Apr
    27
    2022
    IN: All govt funded Smart Cities projects to be completed by 2023

    Smart City Mission is an ambitious program that the Government launched in 2015 to build 100 Smart Cities that can act as replicable models for other cities in terms of its core infrastructure, clean and sustainable environment.

    The projects being executed under the mission are fastest among the Government schemes.

  • Wed
    Apr
    27
    2022
    Element opens $1mln Saudi laboratory to support Neom project

    To provide civils and environmental testing for the Neom new city projec

    Global inspection specialist, Element Materials Technology (Element) has invested $1 million in a new laboratory in north western Saudi Arabia to provide civils and environmental testing for the Neom new city project.

    The project will create a futuristic destination and community incorporating smart city technology and entirely fuelled by renewable energy.

  • Wed
    Apr
    27
    2022
    US: Smart City Leaders Work to Break Down Data Silos to Improve Services

    Sharing data across city government is as much about shifting the culture within departments as it is about technology.

    Cities collect mountains of data, but only in the past six or seven years have they been able to leverage that data to make decisions and better serve their communities. According to a June 2021 report by What Works Cities and the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, the percentage of cities with platforms to share data with residents more than tripled, from 18 percent to 67 percent since 2015.

  • Wed
    Apr
    27
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Ayodhya will be developed as a 'climate-smart city', says UP govt

    Ayodhya, the ancient holy city and the birthplace of Lord Ram, will now be developed as a `climate-smart city` with a focus on renewable energy. The Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Department is all set to commence work on a Greenfield township based on a Vedic theme within a few weeks, reported IANS.

    A presentation on immediate, short-term and long-term action plans was made before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and a group of ministers on Tuesday night.

  • Tue
    Apr
    26
    2022
    An IoT-Based Smart City is The Foundation for Tomorrow’s Future

    As part of tomorrow’s city planning, smart cities will utilize both information and communication technologies as well as Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in a secure way that will make it possible to manage the city’s assets, including its information systems, transportation systems, hospitals, and essential infrastructure. It is true that a smart city can make life easier, but it requires governments to raise awareness of effective and safe management at the same time.

    With the smart city vision, the central element is Big Data, meaning a vast amount of information gathered from numerous sources, whose analysis allows for the improvement of the life of city residents. Such data collections require fast, reliable communications between the various sources.

  • Tue
    Apr
    26
    2022
    US: Texas: Plans to Make Dallas a ‘Smart City'

    City leaders want Dallas to be a “Smart City” with wireless internet access everywhere. The plans were discussed Monday at a briefing for the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Right now, the city’s free Wi-Fi is limited to certain areas with more to be added by the end of the year, but Monday’s discussion was about a very big picture for the future and it has city council members seeing dollar signs.

  • Tue
    Apr
    26
    2022
    The USA’s declining road safety record, and how we can help reverse it

    Jeff Price, VP and GM, ITS, at Cubic Transportation Systems looks at the latest US road safety statistics, which are some of the worst on record. He highlights how technology, public-private partnerships and federal funding are new combining in an effort to make roads safer again.

    There’s a growing crisis in transportation. According to the latest statistics from the US Department of Transportation, more than 30,000 people died on US roads in the first nine months of 2021. That’s about a 12% increase, compared to the first nine months of 2020. This is the highest number of transportation-related fatalities during the first three-quarters of the year since 2006 and the highest nine-month percentage increase in the history of data recorded by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

  • Tue
    Apr
    26
    2022
    US: North Carolina: Street Smarts: Raleigh Drives Smart City Improvements with Traffic Solutions

    The city puts video surveillance at the center of its data-sharing efforts.

    Raleigh, N.C., hosts an annual Connected Communities Conference (formerly known as the Triangle Smart Cities Summit), where private and public sector leaders gather to tackle everything from transit to connectivity and digital inclusion.

    The city has won financial support for its modernization efforts, including grants from the Knight Foundation and Next Century Cities, and IDC has honored Raleigh with a Smart Cities North America Award.

  • Tue
    Apr
    26
    2022
    IN: All 100 smart cities to get integrated command-control centre by Aug 15

    Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday said that 80 out of the 100 Smart Cities in the country have Integrated Command and Control Centres and the remaining will get them by August 15.

    "Out of the 100 smart cities, 80 already have their Command and Control Centre. We have to complete the work in the remaining 20 cities by August 15, 2022," he said.

  • Mon
    Apr
    25
    2022
    VN: The wider benefits of digital signatures in e-transactions

    As a toolkit supporting online transactions, including e-financial transactions, digital signatures have been essential in the digitisation strategy of the banking sector. Even though the legality of digital signatures has been recognised by Vietnamese laws, some risks and obstacles still undermine their use.

    The increase in digital commerce in the past two years has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in the use of cashless payments and online banking transactions. “E-financial transactions” are financial transactions that are implemented by electronic means.

  • Mon
    Apr
    25
    2022
    Accelerating digital skills for an inclusive digital economy in Indonesia

    As the fourth-most populous country globally with a large working-age population, Indonesia has tremendous potential to gain from the development of the digital economy. Enhancing the digital literacy of its citizens and strengthening the digital skills of its labour are two pillars to enable the country to achieve more inclusive digital transformation. This is the key message of a diagnostic report titled ‘Digital Skills Landscape in Indonesia’ and a strategy primer titled ‘Accelerating Digital Skills Development in Indonesia’. These two documents were recently released and jointly prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); the SMERU Research Institute; Indonesia and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • Mon
    Apr
    25
    2022
    Batelco, Ericsson sign MoU for nextgen 5G in Bahrain

    This latest MoU is part of Batelco’s efforts to enhance its network capabilities to achieve future goals for 5G technology, in addition to supporting development programs for new use cases that highlight the potential of 5G for consumers and enterprises

    Batelco, a leading telecom provider in the region and Ericsson have signed an agreement to collaborate on next-generation 5G technologies and innovations in line with Bahrain’s digital economy vision.

  • Mon
    Apr
    25
    2022
    AE: Dubai government entities told to align ICT strategies

    Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai issued the executive resolution to ensure optimal use of existing infrastructure, data and services

    Dubai Crown Prince has issued a resolution to align the ICT strategies of government entities to drive digital transformation and mitigate risks.

  • Mon
    Apr
    25
    2022
    Bharat Bytes: India has most digital IDs; diplomatic dialogue on AI; GCCs surge; 5G recommendations; Air India’s IT upgrade

    Bharat Bytes is Computerworld India’s regular round-up of news from the world of IT.

    India is biggest digital ID provider

    With 1.3 billion Aadhaar card users, India tops the list of countries with the most digital ID users. A digital ID is a digital copy of a physical ID like Aadhaar, a driving license, or a passport. Globally, there are 4.2 billion digital ID users, a number expected to reach 6.5 billion by 2026, according to Juniper Research. Most government-funded schemes in India are linked to Aadhaar card numbers for verifications.

  • Sun
    Apr
    24
    2022
    VN: Ho Chi Minh City takes the lead in building digital transformation strategy

    Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Phan Van Mai has urged for breakthrough strategy to make the city’s digital transformation a success.

    Meeting with ICT businesses and experts on Friday, he emphasized five immediate tasks: support mechanisms for businesses in digital transformation; human resource strategy; strategy to ensure information security and safety; data strategy; plan to build Ho Chi Minh City into a hub of transferring, connecting, storing and processing data. Mr. Mai called for active contributions of associations, businesses, experts and individuals to co-design the city's digital transformation.

  • Sun
    Apr
    24
    2022
    IoT data provides a foundation for smart city use cases

    Smart cities can make residents' lives easier through real-time traffic information and public safety alerts. But governments should be aware of how to effectively manage use cases.

    We keep hearing about smart cities, and the immediate questions are: What makes a city smart? How can a city be intelligent?

  • Sun
    Apr
    24
    2022
    Developing countries are being left behind in the AI race – and that’s a problem for all of us

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is much more than just a buzzword nowadays. It powers facial recognition in smartphones and computers, translation between foreign languages, systems which filter spam emails and identify toxic content on social media, and can even detect cancerous tumours. These examples, along with countless other existing and emerging applications of AI, help make people’s daily lives easier, especially in the developed world.

    As of October 2021, 44 countries were reported to have their own national AI strategic plans, showing their willingness to forge ahead in the global AI race. These include emerging economies like China and India, which are leading the way in building national AI plans within the developing world.

  • Sun
    Apr
    24
    2022
    NCC, Google parley to drive Nigeria’s digital transformation

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Google Global Services Nigeria have forged an alliance toward the actualisation of national targets for ubiquitous broadband access in furtherance of Nigeria’s digital transformation policy.

    The two organisations made the commitment when a delegation from Google Global Services Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the commission’s head office in Abuja recently to deliberate on viable collaborative interventions to propel digital transformation across the country and Africa.

  • Sat
    Apr
    23
    2022
    VN: HCMC needs infrastructure, training to become digital hub

    With HCMC seeking to become a digital powerhouse by 2030, experts say more investment is needed in infrastructure and training to improve its ability to adopt technology.

    City chairman Phan Van Mai said the aim is to become a smart city with modern services and industries by 2025, and a leader in the areas of digital economy, digital society and digital government by 2030.

    The digital economy will account for 25 percent of the economy by 2025 and 40 percent by 2030, more ambitious targets than the country’s.

  • Sat
    Apr
    23
    2022
    Safeguarding Privacy While Building Smart Cities of the Future

    Despite the significant potential of artificial intelligence to improve public services, most government organizations have yet to embrace AI, partly due to privacy and ethical concerns. A privacy-by-design approach that builds privacy into the design of AI systems from the start can help ensure these technologies comply with privacy regulations and protect citizens’ data while fostering innovation.

    AI can transform cities through smart applications that analyze data captured from thousands of interconnected IoT devices. These applications generate insights that help municipal leaders tackle urban challenges such as traffic congestion and air pollution.

  • Sat
    Apr
    23
    2022
    VN: HCM City economic forum to discuss digital impacts on competitiveness

    The Ho Chi Minh City Economic Forum 2022, which opened on April 15 discussed policy mechanisms, challenges and solutions in boosting digital transformation and improving business competitiveness.

    The forum basically focused on how the nation’s biggest city and economic hub can support firms to achieve digital transformation to help develop a digital economy.

    The annual international event, themed “Digital economy: Driving force for growth and development of Ho Chi Minh City” was attended by more than 900 delegates, including leaders of the Government, various ministries and sectors.

  • Sat
    Apr
    23
    2022
    China plans major hike in big data investment

    China's investment in big data centers is expected to grow by more than 20 percent annually during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), and the cumulative investment in related fields is set to exceed 3 trillion yuan ($471 billion), the country's top economic regulator said on Friday.

    Sun Wei, deputy director of the Department of Innovation and High-Tech Development at the National Development and Reform Commission, said the big data centers play a key role in supporting the operation of the digital economy.

  • Sat
    Apr
    23
    2022
    IN: 276 Projects Approved Under Smart Cities Mission To Transform Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

    Building cities that ‘work’ inclusive, healthy, resilient and sustainable requires intensive policy coordination and investment choices. National and local governments have an important role to play towards shaping the future of their development, to create opportunities for all.

    The Jammu and Kashmir administration, keeping pace with national policies and programmes envisaging urban development, is initiating numerous measures towards accelerating growth and development of cities of the UT. The Smart City Projects are aimed at transforming Jammu and Srinagar into modern, sustainable and economically vibrant cities with a dedicated focus on improving infrastructure and services, increasing mobility.

  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2022
    How Smart Cities & IoT Will Change Our Communities

    There is no denying that IoT has brought about revolutionary changes in every aspect and it is not far behind when it comes to smart cities. While the concept of smart cities has been there for a while, it gained traction because of technological advances and rapid urbanization. Typically, it deals with the planning, design, and governance alongside IoT.

    The Internet of Things is one of the main drivers that leads the smart city movement. And, it refers to the interconnectedness of certain systems and devices through vast networks of sensors.

  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2022
    South Korean state company to create smart city infrastructure in Philippines

    South Korea's state land development agency will create a smart city infrastructure in a special economic zone near Manila. The smart city linked to an international airport would become a logistics hub city with infrastructure for tourism, recreation aviation maintenance.

    Under an agreement with Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH) will build the smart city in the Clark Freeport Zone in Mabalacat some 82 kilometers (51 miles) northwest of Manila. The zone is designed to attract various industries by providing incentives. A railroad will connect the zone with Manila.

  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi: Digitalisation is ‘transforming the utilities sector’

    The utilities sector, an underlying facilitator for all industries, has witnessed a spike in the adoption of digital technology and it is expected to climb as power demand rises to drive economic development.

    Placed in this context, the World Utilities Congress, with a dedicated strategic panel on Digital Transformation and Technological Innovations, will deeper into how digitalisation will transform the utilities sector.

  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2022
    Connected LEDs are helping China meet its dual carbon goals

    City planners in China are installing smart connected lighting systems to reduce carbon emissions and bring new looks to famous landmarks

    China is the midst of a massive decarbonisation campaign, and smart connected LEDs are leading the drive forward.

    The country’s so-called dual carbon strategy, to peak its emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060, aims to make vast advancements as part of fighting the global climate crisis. The goals are also expected to bring trillions of dollars of investment opportunities and help advance emissions-reduction technologies and low-carbon industries.

  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bangalore: Electric buses: BMTC’s white elephant?

    The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which has been reeling under a financial crisis for a while, is now being burdened by electric buses, which are draining its coffers instead of generating revenue.

    BMTC had leased 90 electric buses by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd after receiving funds from Bengaluru Smart City Limited. Currently, BMTC is paying Rs 51.67 per km. But these buses are not generating enough revenue to balance that number. While approximately 90 buses were supposed to be rolled out, due to a lack of charging facilities, the operations did not start at full capacity. BMTC decided to operate 30 buses from KR Puram, Yeswanthpur, and Kengeri depots.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    IoT & Smart Cities: Transportation We Can Live With

    It may sound hard to believe, but in just a few decades our cities will increase in population by 50%. If you thought your city center was crowded now, just wait! The population densities that the UN has forecasted to occur by 2050 should make us stop and think: With all those people, and cars, how will we be able to maneuver from place to place? How will we, or our children, be able to get to a school across town, or to a museum downtown?

    The goal of many city planners around the world is to use innovative technologies, including cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) devices, to evolve our metro areas into “Smart Cities” in which space — and time — are utilized with extreme efficiency. Cities will use these smart solutions to improve the urban experience for its many inhabitants. Transportation systems, perhaps the most essential element in any livable urban space, will be the leading beneficiary of this technological evolution.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    GB: Scotland: Reimagining Edinburgh with cutting-edge smart city projects

    With several exciting projects underway, what will Scotland’s capital city look like in five years’ time?

    The idea of smart cities has been around for a good few years, with the various initiatives deployed in cities across the UK promising to reshape society. The touted benefits vary, ranging from fewer traffic jams and more responsive emergency services to the enhanced provision of local services, such as intelligent bin collection.

    Edinburgh aims to become a state-of-the-art smart city that’s both sustainable and digitally inclusive. Last October, the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) published its Digital and Smart City Strategy that set out how its future technology services should be designed, sourced and delivered over the next few years.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    State of 5G in Saudi Arabia: Expectations and current reality

    5G has the potential to accelerate the transformation of Saudi Arabia’s most lucrative industries and fueling the growth of emerging technologies like IoT, AI, and cloud and edge computing.

    5G not only offers important breakthroughs for Saudi Arabia’s most profitable industries, including gas and oil, logistics, and services, but has the potential to drive innovation through IoT-powered smart cities. The kingdom is an established 5G pioneer not only in the Gulf region, where it ranks closely to the UAE and Qatar, but globally, where it consistently ranks among the highest available speeds worldwide.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    Inside Kenya Government’s Plan For Digital Infrastructure Growth In The Next Decade

    Introduction

    ICTs have quickly developed. Therefore, new knowledge and modernization have been designed to lead to the constant growth in the economic system and community, and society.

    To support the modification of ICT and to create and enhance the ICT potential of Kenya in the worldwide market, The Kenya Digital Masterplan (2013-2017) was created to be used as a structure for piloting the e-Government Strategy 2004, the first National ICT Policy of 2005 and The Master Plan 2013.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    CN: Reforming Hong Kong for the better: Technology, connectivity and people

    Building off our previous discussion, it is of our view that Hong Kong must leverage technology to connect – not just hardware and existing infrastructure, but also people and networks, that have come to define our city’s competitive edge. Hong Kong must ride on the latest trends, to set a vision that brings people together, as opposed to pulling them apart (i.e., the trends that we have seen taking to our home over the past few years).

    The incoming waves of exciting developments across the metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrency, blockchain technology must be seized upon by the city’s administration to ensure that Hong Kong becomes the regional leader in nascent digital technologies – whilst juggling considerations pertaining to privacy and information security.

  • Thu
    Apr
    21
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi: Digitalisation is transforming the utilities sector through increased optimisation and sustainability

    Accelerated by urgent demands for increased connectivity, reduced costs, and improved operational efficiency – there has been a rapid growth and development in digitalisation across the world’s key industrial sectors

    With the impact of the pandemic and the increasing need of pursuing greener and sustainable alternatives, the utilities sector, an underlying facilitator for all industries, has witnessed an emergence in the adoption of digital technology in the sector, and is expected to climb as power demand rises to drive economic development.

  • Wed
    Apr
    20
    2022
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans: City releases new information on ‘smart cities’ project after council subpoena

    New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration released new details about its contentious “smart cities” project on Monday, shortly after City Council President Helena Moreno sent a subpoena to a top administration official demanding he turn over a wide range of relevant documents and appear at an April 27 council meeting to answer questions under oath.

    The information appears in a four-page letter from Director of the Mayor’s Office of Utilities Jonathan Rhodes, who was the subject of the subpoena.

  • Wed
    Apr
    20
    2022
    AZ: Azerbaijan, Korea discuss smart city project

    Azerbaijan and Korea discussed the current status of negotiations on projects in the fields of innovation and smart cities, which will be implemented by Azerbaijan's Digital Development and Transport Ministry in collaboration with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

    The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijani Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev and Korean ambassador Lee Eun Yong.

  • Wed
    Apr
    20
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Green Lungs For Smart City

    Bhubaneswar has over the years emerged as a city of parks with 77 colony (neighbourhood) parks and 64 big parks contributing to the green cover.

    To further boost this, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has evolved the Parks and Open Space Policy 2022-2040, an ambitious master plan that will see every ward getting parks and space for children to play. This will help areas which still don’t have parks and open space for kids.

  • Wed
    Apr
    20
    2022
    Smart City development is a trillion-dollar opportunity: Sridhar Gadhi

    Sridhar Gadhi, Founder & Executive Chairman, USA-based Quantela, Winner of 'Technology Pioneer 2019' award, World Economic Forum, on Tuesday said that smart city development is a trillion-dollar opportunity and is estimated to be US$ 1.3 trillion in market size by 2025. Sharing his experience and his journey into delivering social impact and being profitable at the same time, Sridhar said that though cities occupied just 2 per cent of the surface area of the world they house nearly 50 percent of the world population.

    A Nearly 2.5 billion people are expected to move to urban areas by 2050, he said cities create 18 per cent of the economy of our country. Cities are responsible for 75 per cent of the greenhouse gases emission, he said. But cities contribute 80% of the global GDP, Sridhar said while addressing a gathering of academic, research, industry experts, and students on day 2 of the 3-day Global Impact Summit at Woxsen University campus , about 90 kms from here.

  • Tue
    Apr
    19
    2022
    Five principles for sustainable mobility

    When it comes to discussing urban mobility, Accenture’s Steve Zoegall observes how a systems mindset has taken root that is compelling all of us to appreciate it as the massively complex emergent phenomenon it is.

    As my presentation or panel at a given industry event gives way to a Q&A, I can be reasonably sure that at least one of the questions will be on sustainable mobility.

  • Tue
    Apr
    19
    2022
    IN: Haryana: 1,000 surveillance cameras to be installed across Gurugram this year

    Some of the areas proposed for the installation of cameras include Golf Course Extension Road, stretches between sectors 80 and 95, and Manesar

    The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority will install 1,000 new surveillance cameras at 200 locations across the city this year under the second phase of the smart city project, said officials on Monday.

  • Tue
    Apr
    19
    2022
    Smart Cities Increase Efficiency, Safety and Sustainability

    Cities around the world are benefiting by implementing smart systems that capture and analyze real-time data leveraging Dell Technologies.

    More cities than ever before are investing in smart city technology and changing how cities operate. There are many benefits that come along with making a city “smart.” It gives the city more information and data to help drive decision making leading to tremendous benefits that positively influence the lives of everyone who lives, works, and visits, such as:

    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building smart buildings that efficiently manage resources such as water and electricity,
    • Less traffic congestion on the roads through solutions such as automated tolling, intelligent traffic lights, and fleet management, and
    • Safer communities by reducing criminal activities through technologies such as license plate recognition, gunshot detectors and body cameras.

  • Mon
    Apr
    18
    2022
    CN: How open, inclusive telemedicine will benefit all Hong Kong patients

    Imagine the following scenario in a doctor’s office in Hong Kong. “Doctor, you have seven online patients and two colonoscopies to perform today.”

    The doctor logs onto the tele-console – three patients with their identities verified are already waiting. He clicks on the first patient and a Mr Chan appears on screen.

  • Mon
    Apr
    18
    2022
    KR: Seoul deploys smart city services to promote safety and wellbeing

    The Smart City in Daily Life pilot project will run three services in welfare and safety, including the use of beacons to protect children from going missing as well as night-patrol robots.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is running a smart city services project to promote welfare and safety in the South Korean capital.

  • Mon
    Apr
    18
    2022
    IN: Launch of 5G to open new revenue streams for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)

    The launch of 5G services by private operators later this year may open up a revenue stream for the state-run, loss-making BSNL.

    The company is looking at leasing its 68,000 telecom towers, 65% of which are fiberised, to private mobile operators who would need more capacity.

  • Mon
    Apr
    18
    2022
    CN: Hong Kong: Successful cases of local geographic information applications

    My new English electronic book Smart City 4.0 demonstrates to the younger generation and startups how spatial data and geographic information system (GIS) revolutionises our lives through sharing of real cases from all walks of life.

    The British government estimated that spatial data can generate a value up to £11 billion (about HK$110 billion) for the country each year, and the acquisitions of related startups by large companies directly reflected these values.

  • Sun
    Apr
    17
    2022
    5 technologies help define a smart city

    Do you think cities are crowded now? According to the UN, by 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban environments. Before humanity reaches these incredible population densities, big cities will need to be optimized, making them better and smarter.

    The concept of smart cities — also known as smart cities — is based on the principle that technological resources are designed to serve the population in the best possible way, facilitating displacement, communication, and the survival of the people who inhabit and share the same. environment.

  • Sun
    Apr
    17
    2022
    Minister: Nigerian government will continue to develop digital policies to attract foreign investments

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to develop digital policies that would attract more foreign investments to Nigeria.

    Pantami restated the government’s commitment during the recent launch of MDXi Lekki II Data Centre by MainOne in Lagos.

  • Sat
    Apr
    16
    2022
    How KSA’s smart cities enhance economic prosperity

    The second panel highlighted the essential elements needed for smart city development and the challenges KSA is currently facing in their construction

    Construction Week Middle East’s KSA Infrastructure Summit kicked off with a provoking discussion, analysing the Kingdom’s advancement of infra projects named ‘Building on Vision 2030’.

    The second panel highlighted the essential elements needed for smart city development, and the challenges which are currently faced in their construction.

  • Sat
    Apr
    16
    2022
    China uses AI software to improve its surveillance capabilities

    Dozens of Chinese firms have built software that uses artificial intelligence to sort data collected on residents, amid high demand from authorities seeking to upgrade their surveillance tools, a Reuters review of government documents shows.

    According to more than 50 publicly available documents examined by Reuters, dozens of entities in China have over the past four years bought such software, known as “one person, one file”. The technology improves on existing software, which simply collects data but leaves it to people to organize.

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

Quelle: Pressetext Deutschland

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