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  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    TH: Khon Kaen a 'model' smart city

    Attendees of the 4th Apec Media Focus Group (AMF) were told to learn from Khon Kaen on how to develop smart cities to effectively bring economic benefits to the region.

    Thailand is set to host the Apec Summit this year. The Foreign Ministry and Khon Kaen University International College recently hosted AMF under the theme of “Smart City and Connectivity”, where experts from the government, private sector, universities, and civil society brainstormed ideas on how to connect Khon Kaen with other cities in the Northeastern region.

  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    US: Illinois: City of Chicago announces IT modernisation programme

    It aims to deliver more accessible citizen services as well as enable greater transparency through broader access to data and empower citizens with new tools.

    The City of Chicago announced it is planning to revamp its digital strategy to help deliver more accessible city services.

    Led by the City’s Department of Assets, Information, and Services (AIS) the measures will provide more efficient IT systems, enable transparency through broader access to data, and maintain protections for residents’ privacy and security.

  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    AU: Facial recognition is on the rise – but the law is lagging a long way behind

    Private companies and public authorities are quietly using facial recognition systems around Australia.

    Despite the growing use of this controversial technology, there is little in the way of specific regulations and guidelines to govern its use.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: 7 yrs of Smart City Mission raise more questions than answers

    Seven-year celebrations of Smart City Mission by civic officials brought out the bitter critic in Ludhiana residents, who were left wondering what to celebrate when the city has made very little progress on the smart meter.

    They expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of projects which were taken up under the mission.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima: ‘Creating smart city must include educating public to be smart citizens’

    Smart city projects and plans must ensure that every individual has access to clean drinking water, said KD Vizo, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, on Saturday even as he suggested the possibility of harvesting rainwater to address water shortage.

    ‘Water is a precious resource and therefore sustainable method of harvesting rainwater needs to be explored so that supply remains consistent throughout the year,’ said Vizo, who is also a member of Board of Directors, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL).

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Chandigarh: Students visit Integrated Command and Control Center

    70 government school students, PEC research scholars witness ‘brain of city’ in action

    To celebrate the7th anniversary of Smart Cities Mission, Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) on Saturday organised a visit to the state-of-art Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), located in Sector 17. Around 70 students and research scholars from the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh and government schools of Chandigarh witnessed the ‘brain of city’ in action.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Nagaland: 17 out of 35 projects of Kohima Smart city completed: KSCDL CEO

    Of the target of 35 projects of the Smart City Mission in Kohima, 17 have been successfully completed so far.

    The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) has so far completed 17 out of 35 projects of the Smart City Mission, a senior official said on Saturday.

    It includes, integrated command and control centre, capital cultural hall, beautification works, community building at New Market, pedestrian friendly footpath, and mobile hotspot, said KSCDL Chief Executive Officer K Theunuo at the 7th anniversary of Smart City Mission.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Address concerns of people, not waste funds on Smart City project: Rattan Lal

    Provincial president National Conference (NC), Rattan Lal Gupta has accused the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administration of wasting the funds of exchequer by spending lavishly on the so called Smart City projects in the twin capital cities of J&K. He said that while the common people across the region are struggling to get the basic amenities necessary for survival, the Government is making tall claims of development in the name of various costly projects including its most parroted Smart City Projects.

    The senior National Conference (NC) leader levelled these allegations against the Government while chairing a meeting of Jammu East Unit of National Conference (NC) here today. He said that it is an irony of the people of this region that the LG led administration has caused heavy devastation in J&K in all sectors due to its wrong policies. He said while the Government is making tall claims of development and peace in this fragile Union Territory, the fact remains that peace is still a distant dream for the people here with target killings having being a routine affair in the Valley and development only on papers and namesake works on ground.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    Vietnam to develop 41 smart cities

    Vietnam’s economic planners have presented ideas to create smart cities in 41 out of the 63 provinces and cities in the country in order to “accelerate sustainable urban development,” local media reported.

    The overall goal is to boost digital transformation in urban governance by creating smart government solutions including features such as digitised transport, transport, energy and society.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    VN: AMATA to play a part in smart sustainable cities of the future

    AMATA will contribute to global efforts in tackling climate change. It voluntarily took action in 2020 when it set targets to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 5% in 2022 and 7% in 2025.

    AMATA VN Group is said to be one of the leading industrial park developers in Vietnam. It has set up a footprint in the country with a total of six projects – both developed and still under development – covering an area of 2,500 hectares with total investment capital of about $840 million.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Smart City grapples with flooding

    The capital city struggled to cope with heavy rains with a number of low-lying areas in Panaji inundated on Thursday.

    While shopkeepers were seen trying to prevent water from entering their shops, people were struggling to finding their way through water-logged roads and motorists, especially those on two-wheelers, found it difficult to travel.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    US: Illinois: Chicago Debuts New IT, Digital Services Strategy for City

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot also put two leaders in charge of the effort, including a city data specialist reporting to her office. The new effort builds upon a push to give more students Internet access at their homes.

    A new effort from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot aims to make the city’s IT systems more efficient, broaden data access, update legacy systems and boost residents’ privacy and security — and the city has put two of its tech experts in charge of that push.

  • Fri
    Jul
    01
    2022
    CN: Data management helps digitalization

    China's accelerated efforts to establish a data property rights system and mechanism concerning the circulation, transaction and revenue distribution of data elements will enhance the value of data resources, ensure data security and provide a big boost to high-quality development of the digital economy, industry experts said.

    Their comments came after President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, stressed on Wednesday the need to ensure the efficient flow and use of data in order to empower the real economy, and speed up the construction of basic systems for data. Xi made the remarks while chairing the 26th meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform.

  • Fri
    Jul
    01
    2022
    China-Africa cooperation - Digital synergy

    China is helping Africa materialize its blueprint for an integrated and inclusive African digital economy and society

    Throughout the past decade, digitalization has been highlighted as a dynamic force to drive productivity development, improve social product distribution, generate new job opportunities, and increase information accessibility and connectivity among different individuals, peoples and countries in Africa.

  • Fri
    Jul
    01
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: LG inaugurates ICCC under Srinagar Smart City project

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday inaugurated two projects, the Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC) under the Srinagar Smart City initiative and Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s Storm Water Drainage Scheme at Shalteng.

    Terming ICCC as the Nerve Centre for all Smart City IT interventions, the Lt Governor said the Centre will act as a situation room of the city, integrating civic operations and creating opportunities for data-driven decision making.

  • Fri
    Jul
    01
    2022
    IN: Smart Cities Project will enhance quality of life, living standards of citizens in Srinagar, Jammu cities

    The Smart Cities project will enable some flexibility in land use and building bye-laws to adapt to change.

    Under the Smart Cities Project, open spaces – parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces are being preserved and developed in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens, reduce the urban heat effects in areas and generally promote eco-balance in Jammu and Srinagar cities.

  • Thu
    Jun
    30
    2022
    NIRYAT: India’s One-stop Platform for Foreign Trade Information

    India launches NIRYAT – National Import-Export Record for Yearly Analysis of Trade. This has been developed as a one-stop platform for stakeholders to access all the information necessary related to India’s foreign trade. The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, will also address the gathering on the occasion.

    The NIRYAT portal is another step in the country’s journey towards self-reliance: ‘Antmanirbhar Bharat’.  In a first for the nation, the ambitious target of exports worth US$ 400 billion was achieved nine days before the deadline in March 2022. This prompted congratulations by the Prime Minister who recognised the efforts of all levels of stakeholders for this success.

  • Thu
    Jun
    30
    2022
    IN: Haryana: On-street parking lots, more cameras: How cops plan to unclog Gurugram roads

    Authorities in the city are considering ‘on-street’ parking spaces on MG Road and Golf Course Road, with the possibility that these facilities would also be connected to the smart parking system.

    Both of the stretches are among the busiest in the city, and also house gated condominiums, offices and malls.

  • Thu
    Jun
    30
    2022
    Vietnam Develops Smart Cities in 41 localities

    To accelerate sustainable urban development, Vietnam has been working on planning and developing a series of smart cities. The overall goal is to accelerate digital transformation in urban governance by building electronic government including features such as digitised transport, transport, energy and society.

    On January 24, 2022, Politburo issued a resolution on the planning, management and sustainable development of Vietnam’s urban areas by 2030 with a vision until 2045. It is well established that smart cities can be effectively and successfully developed when digital transformation is comprehensively deployed across all areas of a city. Sustainable cities are built on a foundation of robust urban management that employs a host of digital and tech solutions. Simultaneously, both government employees and citizens need to be upskilled and trained.

  • Thu
    Jun
    30
    2022
    Nationwide Network Data-Sharing System to Establish in the Philippines

    The Philippine Space Agency has begun its pre-implementation of a new project to capacitate and enable various sectors to access and use space data in accordance with their needs. The PhilSA Space Information Infrastructure Bureau will carry out the PINAS project, which stands for PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions Toward Sustainability (SIIB).

    "PINAS will be an active community of national government agencies, local government units (LGU), research institutions, the civil society, and the private sector, working collaboratively on the socially responsive use of space data and information." – Dr Ariel C. Blanco, Director, Space Information Infrastructure Bureau

  • Wed
    Jun
    29
    2022
    Spain’s Santa Pola SMART CITY plans include controlled surveillance systems for ‘intelligent management’

    SANTA POLA will replace 5,379 lights throughout the city with new computer-controlled LED lamps as the city on Spain’s Costa Blanca continues to develop plans for a SMART CITY.

    After finalising an energy services and maintenance contract that guarantees outdoor lighting installations, traffic lights and smart city devices, Alicante’s Santa Pola is gearing up to be one of Spain’s first SMART cities.

  • Wed
    Jun
    29
    2022
    Greece enters second phase of smart cities programme

    More than 300 Greek municipalities are invited to submit proposals for the programme which seeks to align digital transformation projects with local priorities.

    A further 315 Greek municipalities will have the opportunity to participate in the second phase of the nation’s smart cities programme from 1 July this year.

  • Wed
    Jun
    29
    2022
    Digital Cities Index 2022: European Cities outperformed with open data projects and tightly defined sustainability schemes

    • Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Beijing, London & Seoul are the top 5 digital cities in the index
    • European cities ran highly successful traffic management systems, while Beijing applied digital technologies to tackle air pollution and optimise utilities and sharing economy
    • Involving citizens in design of smart city schemes underpins meaningful inclusion – a key aspect of successful smart city projects
    • Smart city schemes delivered major public health benefits in areas like telemedicine, covid management and remote monitoring of patients

  • Wed
    Jun
    29
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune smart city ICCC superior in technology and data analysis, civic body fails in disaster management

    The cell works on the age-old technique of complaints via call, which are then handwritten and passed on to the department concerned. This not only increases the response time but the data too is not recorded in a digitised format, which is essential for future interventions.

    A Smart City like Pune lacks an upgraded disaster management cell, often leading to slow response time to clarion calls from citizens, who seek assistance from the civic administration during calamities.

  • Tue
    Jun
    28
    2022
    IE: City of Dublin aims to realise smart city vision with OpenRoaming Wi-Fi trial

    Proof-of-concept trial showcases how wireless internet standard has been deployed to provide residents, tourists and businesses in Irish capital with convenient access to municipal services

    The City of Dublin has announced a successful proof-of-concept trial of the OpenRoaming standard from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).

  • Tue
    Jun
    28
    2022
    41 localities in Vietnam develop ‘smart cities’

    Building cities and smart domestic and international connections is one of the important issues in urban sustainable development. However, many problems in the process exist.

    According to the Deputy Head of Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Duc Hien, 41 out of 63 centrally run cities/provinces have been building plans on developing smart cities. Nearly 40 of the cities/provinces have been developing smart city services, while 17 cities/provinces have started building or have agreed on the building of smart city operating centers.

  • Mon
    Jun
    27
    2022
    AU: Queensland: Logan: Budget: A smart, connected city

    Residents and business owners will find it easier and more cost-effective to access Council services, information and support thanks to Logan City Council’s 2022/2023 Budget.

    Council will undertake a series of IT upgrades that will improve and strengthen digital capacity, provide value-for-money outcomes for ratepayers and increase cyber security.

  • Sun
    Jun
    26
    2022
    Latin America: Will We Have Confidence in the Development of Infrastructure for Smart Cities

    As digitization increases, vast amounts of data will be collected, analyzed and stored. According to Forbes, the world produces more than 2.5 trillion bytes of data every day. The corresponding challenge is to create the platforms to support these volumes of data.

    In the case of smart cities, platforms help manage the collection and processing of data from multiple sources to provide information on topics of interest such as weather conditions, events, parking, or transportation, both for analysis, and decision making.

  • Sun
    Jun
    26
    2022
    AE: du and IDC highlight digital government transformation at a roundtable in Abu Dhabi

    Key experts explored innovative technologies with the potential to deliver government services more efficiently, transparently and cost-effectively

    du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today hosted an exclusive C-suite roundtable titled “Powering the Government’s Future Today”. The roundtable was held at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi with top executives from across UAE government organisations in attendance.

  • Sat
    Jun
    25
    2022
    US: Ohio: Mayor Aftab Pureval, 3CDC unveil new interactive kiosks for downtown Cincinnati

    Five kiosks installed so far

    Downtown Cincinnati is getting interactive kiosks focused on helping visitors and residents navigate the city, find social services and discover local businesses.

    Mayor Aftab Pureval was at Findlay Market Friday to attend the unveiling of the innovative kiosks, called IKE (Interactive Kiosk Experience). The kiosks are a result of a zero-cost partnership between IKE Smart City, the City of Cincinnati and 3CDC.

  • Sat
    Jun
    25
    2022
    Forum analyzes Vietnam’s urbanization direction

    1,500 domestic and international experts discussed "Sustainable urban development towards a green, smart city, adapting to climate change, preventing and fighting natural disasters and epidemics" at a forum in Hanoi on Friday.

    The Vietnam Urban Sustainable Development Forum 2022 jointly organized by the Central Economic Commission and the Ministry of Construction analyzed and clarified the strategic direction of urbanization, urban development and urban economic development in Vietnam to 2030, with a vision to 2045.

  • Sat
    Jun
    25
    2022
    With Telus Launch, Fast 5G Expands to 6 Major Canadian Cities

    Telus deploys mid-band 5G airwaves in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Victoria. Telus announced today that it "is beginning to deploy" its 3.5GHz mid-band 5G airwaves in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Victoria. With Rogers' network in Nanaimo, that now makes six cities getting the fast new form of 5G.

    Telus follows Rogers and Bell, which announced their new 5G earlier this week. While all three carriers already have some form of 5G, the new networks will have wider bands of spectrum devoted to 5G and thus offer faster performance.

  • Fri
    Jun
    24
    2022
    Vietnam eyes to develop domestically- and globally-connected smart cities

    A symposium on the development of domestically- and globally-connected smart cities took place in Hanoi on June 16.

    The event, which was one of four seminars in the framework of the ongoing Vietnam Sustainable Urban Development Forum 2022, was jointly organized by the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission, the Ministry of Construction and relevant agencies.

  • Fri
    Jun
    24
    2022
    Indonesia focuses on accelerating digital transformation in four sectors

    Indonesia endeavors to expedite the national digital transformation agenda through four strategic sectors, stated Mira Tayyiba, Communication and Informatics Ministry's Secretary General, reported the local news agency Antara.

    According to the official, these four strategic sectors comprise digital infrastructure, digital governance, digital economy, and digital citizenship. The government strives to provide 4G network that can cover 83,218 villages in 2022.

  • Fri
    Jun
    24
    2022
    NG: ‘Technology key to Lagos Smart City project’

    The Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm has said technology has a very critical role to play in the state government’s plan to transform the state into a smart city and make the economy 21st century compliant is fully on course.

    Fahm said the on-going laying of 3,000 km fibre metro network cables and broadband infrastructure across the state is part of the comprehensive Smart City programme of the government aimed at driving Lagos into a 24-hour economy, adding that technology is key to the project.

  • Fri
    Jun
    24
    2022
    Does Africa need smart cities?

    City life in Africa is a unique case study. It’s one of those areas where we often see sky-high optimism among its observers in the face of outright chaos. You’d be curious how a researcher studies Africa and concludes that it will have the world’s largest cities by 2100. But there might be arguments to support that.

    A paper claims the urban growth rate in Africa is the fastest globally. Others even project that Africa will be the only continent experiencing population growth by the end of this century, and 13 of the 20 largest urban areas will be in Africa. All these savoury forecasts are coming while the continent has only two cities on that list. And it’s okay to either believe them or not. But an interesting emerging pattern is that people are beginning to build new cities in Africa. Well, not just cities – ‘smart’ cities.

  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2022
    KE: Serving vulnerable communities raises stakes for public sector digital transformation

    The ongoing damaging impact of the pandemic combined with a growing number of climate-related emergencies is bringing into stark relief government’s ability to provide essential public services to vulnerable communities.

    I recently visited the province of my birth, KwaZulu-Natal following the devastating floods. The desperation of the people and scale of the disaster has seen tens of thousands of displaced citizens turning to government to provide a broad range of relief measures, while damage to critical infrastructure including water supplies has prompted the President to declare a national state of disaster.

  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2022
    VN: Ninh Binh speeds up digital transformation of e-Government

    The Ministry of Information and Communications will assist Ninh Binh with the transformation of digital operations to make the northern locality a model province in Vietnam, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung has affirmed.

    Minister Hung, who is also Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Digital Transformation, had a working session on June 14 with provincial leaders on the process of e-Government and digital transformation.

  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2022
    US: Michigan: Sustainability pilot project coming to Flint

    Flint, Dearborn and Marquette have been chosen for the first phase of a three-year pilot project that supports sustainability in communities.

    MiNextCities will address climate change, promote resiliency, improve infrastructure and accelerate the use of clean energy, smart city technology and efficient mobility solutions, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2022
    CN: 5G delivers smart city transportation in Guangzhou

    How ZTE is using 5G, AI, IoT and big data to revolutionise China's cities

    Technological advances in 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are driving rapid digital transformation within the transport industry.

    In the Chinese city of Guangzhou, ZTE has partnered China Mobile, Guangzhou Municipal Transportation Bureau and more than 10 other organizations to develop innovative applications for the "Guangzhou 5G Smart Transportation City" project.

  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2022
    Indonesia prepares more digital talent for the workforce

    Besides training digital talent, a stimulant programme also supports MSMEs in improving digital skills throughout their organisation.

    This was disclosed by Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G Plate, who said the partnership is targeted to produce human resources with intermediate digital skills, including coding, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and metaverse.

  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2022
    US: Digital Twins Help Cities Study Operations of Infrastructure Systems

    Some municipalities are preparing to use the modeling platform to assess their approach to operations.

    To assist with city management and planning, a growing number of local governments may eventually turn to digital twins — virtual models that replicate the performance of real-world systems, structures and processes.

    Digital twins take the concept of a computer simulation to the next level by incorporating information about how an existing item is functioning, collected via Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, to provide a more in-depth, accurate projection.

  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2022
    Connected Vehicles: The Key to Synchronized Mobility in Smart Cities

    Connected vehicles will revolutionize modern life in countless ways, as IoT in smart cities will change our outlook towards how society functions.

    The prospect of improved urban life brings about challenges that require greater mobility. With the emergence of IoT in smart cities, the next important step is to have synchronized mobility through connected vehicles to bring about solutions to growing human requirements. With 443 smart city projects across 286 locations worldwide, the need for better transportation services have never been greater.

  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2022
    US: California: A City’s Journey to Smart Solutions: Birth of the Privacy Advisory Commission in Oakland

    Addressing privacy concerns of citizens is key to the success of smart-city programs.

    Each city’s path toward leveraging smart technologies to improve efficiency and the quality of life is unique, but when it comes to initiatives involving surveillance cameras, public pushback over privacy concerns has certainly been a common thread in numerous cities. Citizens have both blocked such initiatives over privacy concerns, and also pushed the drive to implement surveillance themselves – within the same city itself.

  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2022
    AE: Dubai, a large-scale experimental smart city

    The emirate took advantage of the World Expo 2020, which closed in March, to build a huge area filled with sensors and cameras. While some argue this technology can aid in combating climate change, more and more cities are being tempted to use such devices for security purposes.

    It took the man in the dark suit and pink tie no more than two seconds and a click to display the water consumption of building SA07, or to view the electricity consumption, find out how many people are on the second floor or check that the temperature is set correctly. On this particular Wednesday in March, the outside temperature was already near 30°C and the air conditioners were running at full blast. Two neighboring buildings were exceeding the initial thresholds, he explained to his audience, who were attending a tour of the building via a screen. The maintenance team was notified and would be able to make adjustments.

  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2022
    Oman plans Smart Cities in Suhar, Nizwa and Salalah

    Spatial development: International consultants sought to masterplan and design sustainable cities in alignment with Oman Vision 2040 and also UN SDG goals

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has kicked off an ambitious initiative to support the development of ‘Smart Cities’ in three major locations of the Sultanate of Oman: Suhar, Nizwa and Salalah.

  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2022
    AU: Victoria: Maribyrnong: Setting out plans for high-tech city

    Maribyrnong council has taken another step towards plans for the area to become a ‘smart city’, with the launch of the Smart City Strategic Framework and a showcase tour of Footscray.

    Hosted on behalf of the Australian Smart Communities Association, the networking event saw participants inspect how smart technologies are being utilised in Footscray.

    The initiative took its first steps in 2019 after the council received a $400,000 grant from the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to deliver the Smart City for Social Cohesion project.

  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2022
    Decarbonising power through the synergy between smart cities and smart grids

    Professor Tadhg O’Donovan, Deputy Vice Principal and Head of School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai discusses ways in which smart grids can lower emissions and advance the full transition to smart cities.

    With the electricity grid becoming smarter and more ecological, there is no doubt that this has the potential to revolutionise the way that we live.

  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2022
    DK: Copenhagen tops global cities for digital transformation

    The Digital Cities Index 2022 report by Economist Impact found that involving citizens in the design of smart city schemes underpins meaningful inclusion.

    Copenhagen has topped the Digital Cities Index 2022, followed by Amsterdam, Beijing, London and Seoul rounding out the top five.

    The cities were adjudged to have performed the best, with successful open data projects and major strides in smart technology-powered sustainability projects like utility management.

  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2022
    Public face biometrics increase in Brazil, scrutinized for biases, rights impact

    Face biometrics deployments in Brazil have been multiplying over the last two years and are proving increasingly controversial for their scope and discrimination. In January 2022, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro presented legislation aimed at the “emergency contracting of a company” for the installation of 22 facial recognition cameras in one particular community.

    The move is part of a series of actions by the state of Rio de Janeiro, which are summarized in the Integrated City program, a smart city initiative aimed at encompassing social services and infrastructure works for the communities.

  • Mon
    Jun
    20
    2022
    AU: New South Wales: Sydney stacks up against global cities on digital performance

    Sydney is one of the top ten digital cities in a ranking of global cities measuring how cities are performing in relation to internet speed and strategies and policies for new technologies.

    The inaugural Digital Cities Index (DCI) 2022 ranks 30 global cities across the four thematic pillars of connectivity, services, culture and sustainability.

    The index combines quantitative and qualitative analysis, including a survey of 3,000 residents across all cities in the index.

  • Mon
    Jun
    20
    2022
    IN: Gujarat: Smart City Ahmedabad gets IoT-driven buses

    Recognizing the vital importance of efficient public transport, Smart City Ahmedabad Development Limited (SCADL) partnered with NEC to upgrade the city's manually operated, often erratic bus transit infrastructure with a seamless, safe and reliable intelligent transport management system.

    Introduction

    As one of India’s fastest growing scientific and industrial hubs, the city of Ahmedabad was among the first 20 candidates selected for the government’s Smart City Mission. Recognizing the vital importance of efficient public transport, Smart City Ahmedabad Development Limited (SCADL) partnered with NEC to upgrade the city’s manually operated, often erratic bus transit infrastructure with a seamless, safe and reliable intelligent transport management system. Intelligently applied IoT and big data analysis technologies are enabling the city to build a smart bus system that is easy to plan, merge and grow along with its expanding footfall.

  • Mon
    Jun
    20
    2022
    Nigeria can become fastest growing economy with digital transformation – ABC Orjiako

    Dr ABC Orjiako, pioneer Chairman, Seplat Energy Plc, says Nigeria has the potential to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with digital transformation.

    Orjiako said this while delivering the third Arthur Mbanefo Lecture series organised by the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research Centre (AMDRC), University of Lagos, on Friday in Lagos.

  • Sun
    Jun
    19
    2022
    GB: North West England: CityFibre Begins Work On St Helens' Digital Transformation

    CityFibre has commenced work on St Helens' digital transformation with a £30 million Full Fibre investment.

    Construction of the £30m Borough-wide full fibre network has begun in the Peasley Cross area and is being delivered by O'Connor Utilities Ltd on behalf of CityFibre. The team will use a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with St Helens Borough Council and local communities to deliver a rollout while minimising potential disruption.

  • Sun
    Jun
    19
    2022
    Indonesia: Becoming truly digital-first with inclusive connectivity

    Indonesia’s digital economy is undergoing dramatic growth, thanks largely to accelerated deployment of digital technologies and widespread adoption of popular online platforms such as Tokopedia and GoJek.

    Indonesia has already become Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy by gross merchandise value (GMV), with Google estimating Indonesia’s vibrant digital economy to more than triple in size to US$146 billion by 2025, reflecting the government’s goals for a transition toward a digital-first nation.

  • Sun
    Jun
    19
    2022
    GB: Scotland's digital transformation: a process of evolution

    ‘Digital transformation’ as a concept can seem pretty vague, ranging from the mundane - such as improving the tech abilities of workers – to implementing concepts that were once considered science fiction; such as installing ‘smart bins’ that know when they are full or introducing robot street sweepers.

    Countries around the world have built huge economies around their digital sectors, often concentrated in large, global cities such as Hong Kong, San Francisco and London, and Scotland also has grand ambitions to improve the “skills, culture, public sector and inclusive infrastructure” of a “digital nation”.

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    2022
    PH: Pasay: Gatchalian pushes for digital transformation to end corruption in government

    With the continuing pervasiveness of widespread corruption in government, Senator Win Gatchalian is eyeing to pursue policies that mandate the shift to a digital government. This means accelerating digitization and digitalization efforts in government processes and transactions, including collection of tax payments and other regulatory fees.

    “Hindi na kailangan pang pumunta sa mga tanggapan ng pamahalaan at pumila. Dito nagsisimula ang problema. Basta may pila sa mga transaksyon sa gobyerno, asahan na natin na may mga fixer at alam niyo na kung ano ang nangyayari kapag may mga fixer,” said Gatchalian.

  • Sun
    Jun
    19
    2022
    VN: Thanh Hoa makes digital transformation strategic task

    The north central province of Thanh Hoa has been implementing digital transformation for over one year across its localities in line with the resolution of the 19th provincial Party Congress for the 2022-2025 tenure.

    The provincial Party Committee has also issued Resolution 06-NQ/TU on digital transformation in the province to 2025 with orientations to 2030, which defines digital transformation as a strategic task which is both urgent and long-term, thus needing a roadmap along with suitable and stable steps as well as suitable focus and main points.

  • Sat
    Jun
    18
    2022
    India Wants to Build Smart Cities - We Asked Experts if These Urban Designs Can Survive the Climate Crisis.

    We live in cities of volatility. Heat waves sweep across parts in a blanket of red and orange, just as easily as devastating floods halt life and livelihood. Droughts, locusts, and natural disasters are becoming frequent and fierce; leaving a city, and its people, to respond to climate crises.

    Seven years ago, India decided to make concerted efforts to make its cities smart and sustainable. The SMART City Mission created an aspirational vision of a city with tall buildings, steel glasses, and concrete walkways. But embedded within these plans was a dissonance between planning objects and climate change realities: attempts of beautification failed to account for rising temperatures and depleting forest cover. By one estimate, 90% of the buildings under construction today pay little attention to India’s climate—locking in increased heat risk for decades to come, which would worsen the way millions of people experience heat.

  • Sat
    Jun
    18
    2022
    Building Resilient Cities That Are Ready for Climate Change

    Efforts like reducing carbon emissions are important to fight climate change, but cities should also be looking at how they can reinforce roads, stabilize electric grids and use new technologies to build resilient communities.

    The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned that humankind was running out of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst impacts of a warming planet — that is, massive, costly and fatal flooding, heat waves and other punishments.

  • Sat
    Jun
    18
    2022
    ZA: KwaZulu-Nata: eThekwini Municipality rolls out more free wi-fi hotspots, residents concerned about service delivery, jobs, crime

    Jobs, service delivery and crime were issues brought forward by residents of eThekwini after the municipality announced that it was rolling out free wi-fi in the inner city.

    The eThekwini Municipality has also started putting up boards alerting residents where the wi-fi spots are.

    On Thursday morning, the municipality said that it had installed free wi-fi hotspots in Warwick Junction, Florida Road and the beachfront in keeping with plans to promote Durban as a smart city with access to the digital world.

  • Sat
    Jun
    18
    2022
    Four Areas Driving Connected Communities

    Longstanding shifts in work and education that accelerated dramatically during the pandemic have changed how communities think about connectivity. One of the most profound changes for government leaders involves the notion of edgeless government — where constituent services mesh seamlessly into a world of decentralized work, hybrid learning and digital interactions in the other areas of residents’ lives.

    However, governments have much work to do to meet constituents’ evolving expectations — a Center for Digital Government (CDG) survey of 150 state and local government leaders in September 2021 showed that 42 percent of respondents didn’t have a road map for connected communities.

  • Fri
    Jun
    17
    2022
    JP: Mitsui, KDDI team up on 'smart city' platform

    Japanese trading house Mitsui and telecom operator KDDI have launched a company to develop digital platforms for so-called smart cities.

    The project will offer a platform for municipalities and businesses to develop next-generation transportation systems and commercial facilities.

    The companies say it can be used to operate self-driving buses and optimize customer traffic.

  • Fri
    Jun
    17
    2022
    World Reimagined: The Potential of Smart Cities

    The past few years have been a bit more challenging, to put it mildly. Local organizations have been amongst the most disrupted as managing the various aspects of the pandemic like the accelerated need for digital transformation often occurred at the local level. As it turns out, around 45% of government organizations were ill-prepared for the challenges of the pandemic. This has resulted in an increased push towards improving local infrastructure and with it, the evolution of smart cities that can better manage challenging conditions and be more attractive to potential residents as more employers offer remote work options and flexibility and flexibility.

  • Fri
    Jun
    17
    2022
    NG: Metro network: We’ve laid over 6,000km fibre in Lagos — Sanwo-Olu

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, yesterday, disclosed that his administration has laid over 6,000 kilometres of Metro Network Connection Fiber within the state, as part of efforts at leveraging technology in public transportation system.

    Sanwo-Olu said this at the maiden edition of the National Transportation Technology Conference and Exhibition, NTTCE, with the theme: ‘Multimodality and Accessibility: Achieving a Greener Transport System in Nigeria’.

  • Fri
    Jun
    17
    2022
    CN: Sichuan: Chengdu, the 5G Joy City

    Chinese vendor ZTE, together with China Telecom Chengdu Branch and other partners have been working in the so-called “5G Joy City” project in Chengdu, China, with the main goal of improving the quality of life of Chengdu residents.

    As part of this initiative, ZTE and Chengdu Telecom have deployed a high-quality 5G network system through 3D coverage, and have achieved continuous coverage of 5G networks in the main urban area and in-depth coverage of key areas across Chengdu.

  • Fri
    Jun
    17
    2022
    GB: Northern England: Sunderland launches IoT and 5G accelerator

    A northern UK smart city partnership is running a six-week Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G accelerator programme this September and is inviting tech start-ups to take part.

    Sunderland City Council is working with communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications (BAI) and tech support firm Sunderland Software City.

  • Thu
    Jun
    16
    2022
    GovTech’s SNSP on building sensors to turn Singapore into a smart city, including smart lampposts

    From green city to a smart city, Singapore’s on the forefront of pioneering technologies that almost seem unheard of to the common citizen.

    The recent keynote at AsiaTech Singapore, held by Lim Chinn Hwa, Senior Director of the Smart Nation Sensor Platform (SNSP), GovTech Singapore untangles the curious questions we have about how SNSP is the key to better serving the community.

  • Thu
    Jun
    16
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore secures first place in Smart City ranking

    The country’s cleanest city Indore, in a new All India Smart City ranking on Wednesday issued by the central government, adjusted at the first position for its securing 89.24% marks.

    “Indore Smart City Developed Limited has secured first place in the overall ranking of the works being done in different categories in all the smart cities of the country” ISCDL’s executive director and IMC commissioner Pratibha Pal said.

  • Thu
    Jun
    16
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur to induct 144 electric buses in its intra-city public transport fleet

    In the first batch, PMI Electro Mobility will supply fifteen battery powered buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation that will be integrated into its operational fleet within the first three months.

    Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will add 144 electric electric buses to its intra-city public transport fleet, and these buses will be supplied by PMI Electro Mobility. The electric commercial vehicle manufacturer has won the tender for this, marking its foray into Maharashtra’s electric public transport ecosystem. In the first batch, PMI Electro will supply fifteen battery powered buses to NMC that will be integrated into its operational fleet within the first three months.

  • Thu
    Jun
    16
    2022
    Nokia underscores its commitment to Thailand's Smart City development and accelerating Industry 4.0

    At a roundtable held today in Bangkok, Nokia underlined its commitment to supporting enterprises in Thailand in their digital transformation journey and advancing the national Thailand 4.0 agenda.

    Thailand has been making significant progress on the road to Industry 4.0 since the launch of its government's 20-year strategy to accelerate the country's economic growth focusing on robotics, factory automation, aviation, logistics and agriculture. Today, the nation is leading the way for smart cities in the region with its first 5G adoption in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area and continued efforts to expedite the harnessing of digital transformation solutions.

  • Wed
    Jun
    15
    2022
    NG: Metro network: Lagos lays over 6,000 km fibre across metropolis so far-Sanwo-Olu

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, disclosed that his administration has laid over 6,000 kilometres of Metro Network Connection Fiber within the state as part of efforts at leveraging technology in public transportation system.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed this in his address at the maiden edition of the National Transportation Technology Conference and Exhibition, NTTCE, with the theme: “Multimodality and Accessibility: Achieving a Greener Transport System in Nigeria,” being hosted by the Lagos State Government, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.

  • Wed
    Jun
    15
    2022
    VN: Huế develops green urban model

    The Thừa Thiên Huế Institute for Development Studies, in coordination with the Danish Embassy in Vietnam, on June 7 organised the “Cycling – The story of a green road”, an activity aimed at turning the ancient imperial capital of Huế into a cultural, eco-friendly and smart city.

    The event drew the participation of Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Højlund Christensen, leaders of the central province of Thừa Thiên Huế and hundreds of people who cycle through many roads of the city.

  • Wed
    Jun
    15
    2022
    Internet of Things: Shaping a sustainable Qatar

    Sustainability has recently been a high-profile and important topic of discussion, with most businesses and governments asking the question: how can we reduce the impact that our operations are having on the planet? Increasingly, the answer lies in next-generation technologies, with the Internet of Things (IoT) at the forefront of driving this change.

    What is IoT?

    In short, the IoT is the network of connected objects that can collect and exchange data through sensors. This data is communicated in real-time to other devices or systems, over the Internet, creating self-regulating systems or giving us the tools required to control these vast networks of devices.

  • Wed
    Jun
    15
    2022
    US: Georgia: Peachtree: Smart edge infrastructure expands capacity, real-time data access

    Using a fiber-connected infrastructure network solution creates a fully manageable low-latency, high-performance network for testing various mobility technologies on Peachtree Corners’ smart city streets.

    One of the nation’s first 5G-enabled smart cities is implementing networking solutions crucial for smart cities.

  • Tue
    Jun
    14
    2022
    MY: Johor: Smart poles to help make Pasir Gudang safer

    The use of smart poles in Pasir Gudang will increase the city’s safety and security, says Pasir Gudang mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman.

    He said the project – which involves the city’s industries – was one of the improvements being discussed by Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG).

    “The smart pole will be provided and maintained by various industries.

  • Tue
    Jun
    14
    2022
    Automated Parking Management Systems to Pave Way to Connected Mobility

    Automated Parking Management Systems Market: Integrated Solutions Streamlining Traffic Movement

    Parking has always been at best a stress-ridden activity and at worst a chaos for drivers. Receding urban spaces on one hand and the burgeoning numbers of cars on the other have overburdened the commercial parking infrastructure. The parking management system itself has been struggling for reducing the hassle, where utilization of available spaces is an ever-increasing challenge. Maneuvering in small spaces as well getting a parking space has been debilitating concern for proponents of smart city infrastructure. In this backdrop, the trend of automation in parking management has picked up steam to address several of the problems. A number of hardware, software, and slew of services have flooded the marketspace. Automated parking management systems market projections find that the valuation was pegged at US$ 2.23 Bn in 2020

  • Tue
    Jun
    14
    2022
    Barcelona, the most technological city in Spain

    Barcelona has become one of the most technological cities in Europe. Its power of innovation has made it a Spanish benchmark.

    A SMART CITY

    A smart city is one that aims to give voice to the requests of its citizens, facilitating their mobility through the use of green technology. Among the clearest objectives of these places is the reduction of waste, the reduction of nuisances (such as noise or vehicle congestion at rush hour), or maximizing social inclusion.

  • Mon
    Jun
    13
    2022
    IN: Digital transformation is an absolute necessity in today's time

    Digital Transformation is not just the need, but it is the necessity- says Rajesh Sinha, Founder and Chairman of Fulcrum Digital Inc. His thoughts on to growth and development of the nation.

    A renowned American guitarist Jason Mraz once said, “The soil is actually the greatest technology we have for adapting to climate change. And I feel it’s our generation’s duty to build it back up.”

  • Mon
    Jun
    13
    2022
    5 Ways government can accelerate digital transformation

    Hyperautomation, legacy modernization, and total experience are the top 2022 digital transformation trends for government organizations, says Gartner. Keeping up-to-date with these technology trends is a must for government organizations to improve their services and citizen experience.

  • Mon
    Jun
    13
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: My Belagavi app to provide real-time information on buses

    Eager to render the experience of bus commuters hassle-free, the Belagavi Smart City Ltd (BSCL) has decided to introduce an app that will enable passengers to ascertain the exact location of the bus, in addition to providing them information on the nearest bus terminal. The ‘My Belagavi’ app, now available for download on the Google PlayStore will enable passengers to plan their journey to the minute.

    Thus far, 64 buses have been equipped with GPS devices, and data on their location will be updated on the app in real time. This will provide passengers with regular updates on the schedule of buses, and details of the nearest bus terminal. Furthermore, 10 bus shelters have been upgraded into smart terminals, with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, 15-inch LED screens, WiFi facility and billboards. Citizens can now avail of WiFi facility at the bus shelters for 15 minutes.

  • Mon
    Jun
    13
    2022
    IN: How active citizen engagement lies at the core of Centre's smart city project

    There is a fundamental difference between generic rules and local knowledge. Urban planning, for example, takes place in a unique place (neighbourhood, culture) at a unique time (current affairs, demography) and has unique goals (needs, plans).

    Citizen engagement lies at the core of a city's development. But who is the citizen? Is there a standardised citizen - an interchangeable entity with no distinct personality, preferences or history? Are citizens merely beneficiaries in the development process?

  • Sun
    Jun
    12
    2022
    IN: Haryana: Face recognition cams at MG Road metro station, others for better security: GMDA

    The cameras will help identify miscreants who flee the scene, taking advantage of the rush, said officials

    The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) installed eight facial recognition cameras at the entry and exit of the MG Road Metro station on Friday.

    Eight such cameras will also be installed at the Sikanderpur metro station before June 10. GMDA officials said that they are yet to receive permission from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for installing facial recognition cameras at the Huda City Centre station.

  • Sun
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    12
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: 1,000 more CCTV cameras for ‘transparency’ in police force

    The city police have initiated a proposal to install 1,000 CCTV cameras in various parts of Pune, including the 23 villages merged into the civic limits, to bring more transparency in the functioning of the force.

    Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta told TOI, “We have 1,250 cameras and the installation of additional 1,000 cameras will help us in improving surveillance and taking action against traffic violators”.

  • Sun
    Jun
    12
    2022
    ID: Informatics Ministry supports development of ASEAN digital community

    The Ministry of Communication and Informatics is supporting the development of the digital community in the Southeast Asia region by implementing four aspects of inclusive digital transformation acceleration.

    "In supporting the realization of the ASEAN digital community, the Indonesian government is pushing four aspects of digital transformation acceleration, starting from strategic planning, connectivity, data utilization, to foreign cooperation," Communication and Informatics Minister's Special Staff for Digital and Human Resources Dedy Permadi stated in a press release on Saturday.

  • Sun
    Jun
    12
    2022
    VN: France helps Vietnam with administrative modernisation

    France will provide technical assistance for Vietnam to streamline administrative procedures, improve its business environment and build the e-government and digital transformation under a cooperation programme between the Vietnamese Government Office and the French Embassy in Vietnam released on June 3.

    The programme on cooperation in administrative modernisation in combination with digital transformation in 2022-2023 is within the framework of a memorandum of understanding between the Office and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, on e-government development and administrative modernisation.

  • Sun
    Jun
    12
    2022
    VN: MoIT to authenticate e-contracts from June

    The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has created the necessary legal framework for the authentication of electronic contracts in Vietnam and is ready to grant operating licences to authenticators from June.

    Dang Hoang Hai, Director of the Vietnam E-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency, believes that online authentication will bring great benefits to the business sector, notably in terms of costs.

  • Sat
    Jun
    11
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bangalore: A better township, for citizens, by citizens

    Ever since the IT boom transformed Bengaluru, the landscape of Electronics City has changed and how. But while development has taken place rapidly, so have problems and civic issues, and the area constantly struggles to balance development and environmental sustainability.

    To mark the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) has launched a competition seeking inputs regarding township development from citizens across India.

  • Sat
    Jun
    11
    2022
    IN: Govt of Tamil Nadu inaugurates 200 + public Wi-Fi hotspots powered by ACT Fibernet

    In its efforts towards accelerating the adoption of digital technologies the state, Government of Tamil Nadu today launched 224 public Wi-Fi hotspots in Chennai in collaboration with ACT Fibernet. The Wi-Fi hotspots were launched in the presence of Shri Udhayanidhi Stalin, Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Youth Secretary, DMK and Mr. Sandeep Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd and other dignitaries, and officials.

    Installation of Wi-Fi hotspots across the city is a great way to keep more people connected and give them access to the internet. This launch marks the beginning of the Tamil Nadu Govt.’s vision to establish a large-scale public wi-fi network for its citizens.

  • Sat
    Jun
    11
    2022
    How 5G is fast-tracking digital transformation in the Middle East

    5G opens doors to these new opportunities by providing faster speeds and facilitating a wider world of cloud and data analytical services

    When it comes to 5G adoption, the Middle East is outpacing established western markets which are slowed down due to needing to replace legacy infrastructure. A 2020 report by Ericsson Mobility predicted there would be 80 million subscribers to the 5G project in MENA by 2025. This massive adoption not only empowers businesses and other technological enhancements in the region, but it provides a healthy foundation for smart cities and global connectivity.

  • Sat
    Jun
    11
    2022
    Reimagining infrastructure development with digital transformation

    The Internet of Things (IoT), which was once exclusively discussed and debated in laboratories, think tanks, and technology corporations, has now become a mainstream notion. Rapid urbanisation, diminishing demand, and a shortage of capital availability had already brought the infrastructure industry to a point of global upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic added to this making it even more challenging for the sector. The infrastructure industry is now becoming more reliant on digital transformation to ensure long-term viability. Almost every aspect of infrastructure is being revolutionised by technology. IoT is generating waves in the infrastructure industry by providing solutions for improving road safety, streamlining traffic management, logistics, mapping use cases, and even supporting future-focused efforts like smart cities.

    In terms of using digital technology to enhance operations and realise efficiencies, the construction sector has generally trailed behind other industries.

  • Fri
    Jun
    10
    2022
    PH: Cebu: Smart City isn’t about creating an oasis

    Probably, in trying to impress their constituents or win elections, we hear local government executives harping about creating “smart cities” in their territories. More often, they use these “smart city” initiatives to justify their reclamation projects. Simply put, they will make “smart cities” beside their existing cities (or towns).

    To better understand the term “smart city”, let us take the case of the other cities in the world that are so serious in this initiative. First and foremost, we should know that last year, the United Nations projected that there will be a huge surge in the population (68%) in the urban areas around the world by 2050. This surge in the population in the urban areas will not only worsen the current traffic situation but will certainly strain the existing infrastructure and services. Also, addressing the residents’ basic needs such as energy, water and sanitation will be a huge challenge.

  • Fri
    Jun
    10
    2022
    IN: Street Furniture used for 5G Deployment

    On 29th April 2022, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in association with Deendayal Port Authority (DPA) launched a pilot named “5th Generation (5G) Small Cell and Aerial Fiber deployment using Deendayal Port Street Furniture.”

    The TRAI press release said Small Cell is equipment that will be deployed for upcoming 5G networks uses higher frequencies spectrum to provide ultra-high broadband speed and are placed closer to the user so as to provide quick responses to user’s request using street furniture, ie electric poles, bus stands, traffic lights, street lights, etc.

  • Fri
    Jun
    10
    2022
    The Digital India transformation

    Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a telling observation about his idea of India: “… every Indian must have a smartphone in his hand and every field must be covered by a drone”. This was a reaffirmation of his commitment that ordinary Indians must be empowered with technology. Digital India is a transformative programme to deliver that objective. He was equally clear that digital technology must be low-cost, developmental, inclusive, and substantially home-grown and it should bridge the digital divide and usher in digital inclusion.

    After eight years of digital governance, there is concrete evidence to showcase this digital transformation. India today is home to more than 75 crore smartphones, 133 crore Aadhaar cards, more than 80 crore internet users, has 4G and is now accelerating towards 5G. Above all, it has among the lowest data tariffs in the world. India’s march is the result of PM Modi’s vision, which he shared at the launch of Digital India on July 1, 2015. He had said: “In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform the lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago. I see technology as a means to empowerment and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity.”

  • Fri
    Jun
    10
    2022
    OM: Digital transformation

    Oman ranks 48th out of a total of 134 countries in the Networked Readiness Index

    The second edition of the Digital Indicators Report issued by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology stated that the Sultanate of Oman has made strides in laying the foundations of digital society and preparing the telecommunications and information technology sector to be modern and feasible for various economic and social aspects as well as responsive to the requirements of sustainable development.

    This is obvious by establishing many projects, which contributed to building a digital infrastructure that enabled all individuals and sectors to access various services.

  • Thu
    Jun
    09
    2022
    E-paper passenger displays part of Bahrain smart city transition

    Solar powered e-paper displays are being rolled out across the transport system in Bahrain, as part of its smart city initiative Spark City (Gulf).

    A deal was struck between London-based Papercast and the Bahrain government’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication, to replace paper bus timetables with its 13” outdoor displays.

  • Thu
    Jun
    09
    2022
    Singapore cloned to be world’s largest digital twin country

    • Claimed to be the world’s largest digital twin of a country, Vizzio “cloned” the entire Singapore by using AI, with photoreal renditions from aerial to building to street level to indoors, in a seamless interactive 3D tour.
    • Vizzio will also be launching a metaverse version of Singapore and the world for leisure and gamification purposes.
    • The company even has the capability to clone the entire planet earth on a global scale and is ready to be used by government and commercial entities.

    A digital twin is, to put it simply, a digital model of a physical asset. It basically collects information via sensors, drones or other IoT and Industrial IoT tools, and applies advanced analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to churn real-time insights about the physical asset’s overall performance. The technology is very promising when it comes tothe creation of smart cities around the world

  • Wed
    Jun
    08
    2022
    Inside Japan’s smart city of the future - Woven City

    A futuristic smart city called Woven City is being built at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Labelled a ‘living laboratory’ for new technologies it is being developed by Toyota subsidiary, Woven Planet, and will be the world’s first programmable city.

    As well as being a testing ground for smart solutions it will also become home to 2000 residents who will get the chance to live somewhere that is being designed to allow humans and nature to live their best lives.

  • Wed
    Jun
    08
    2022
    BR: Brasilia, The Smart City Of The Past

    "You may or may not like the city, but you can never say you have ever seen anything like it before." This is how Oscar Niemeyer, the creator together with the urban planner, Lúcio Costa, defined Brasilia.

    Located on the region called the Central Planalto in Brazil, on the shores of the Lake Paranoá and between the parallels 15 and 20 -as St John Bosco predicted, when a revelation had told him that the future civilisation would settle there-, Brasilia** is the only city built in the 20^th^ century to be declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

  • Wed
    Jun
    08
    2022
    US: Virginia Smart Community Testbed launches smart poles

    The Virginia Smart Community Testbed, the state’s “living laboratory” to test new smart technology, recently launched an energy efficient, broadband connectivity smart pole as a new pilot project for smart community solutions. The first phase installation, which includes the BrightSites Smart Pole and Broadband Luminaires by Signify was completed on April 23 and is located on the Stafford County Government Center campus.

    The broadband solution, BrightSites Smart Poles and Broadband Luminaires, lets communities deploy a next-generation smart city connectivity grid with smart lighting that comprises gigabit technology, streamlined broadband fiber and wireless technologies that show how cities can expand internet access quickly and improve public services and safety.

  • Wed
    Jun
    08
    2022
    IoT tech helps local governments address sustainability

    Smart cities can make infrastructure management more efficient and improve residential life. Smart meters, thermostats and IoT-based utilities make implementation easier.

    The future of smart communities is green. Around the world, local government leaders are reimagining how they can deliver energy-efficient and sustainable infrastructure in their environments. The longer these challenges go unaddressed by leaders, the less confident communities are in their local governments' ability to support their needs.

  • Wed
    Jun
    08
    2022
    US: Pennsylvania: City initiative uses data and artificial intelligence to improve Philly’s infrastructure

    Hoping to encourage the thoughtful development and deployment of new technologies across the city, the Kenney Administration formed the SmartCityPHL initiative within Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) in 2019. The SmartCityPHL steering committee formed that year as well, tasked with creating a roadmap for using technology to support the City’s economic, social and environmental goals.

    But three years in, how is our “smart city” doing on its quest to ensure sustainable and equitable development and maintenance of Philadelphia’s infrastructure, from roads and waterways, to buildings and utilities? Grid’s Nic Esposito sat down with the City’s chief information officer, Mark Wheeler, to find out.

  • Tue
    Jun
    07
    2022
    QA: Huawei to power Smart City solutions at Gewan Island in Doha

    Huawei and United Development Company (UDC) signed an agreement to deploy Huawei smart campus system at another UDC development, Gewan Island. The agreement builds on a partnership UDC signed last year with Huawei to enhance The Pearl Island’s Smart City features. The deal would see Huawei design and integrate innovative solutions at the iconic development, including Wi-Fi networks, an intelligent command and control centre, and an advanced data centre facility.

    The agreement was signed at Milipol Qatar 2022, the international homeland security and civil defence event from May 24 to 26 in Doha, where Huawei participated as the diamond sponsor. At its booth, Huawei showcased its leading cybersecurity and Smart City technologies, including a Smart City IOC (Intelligent operation centre), a centralised platform that offers a visualized panorama of the city, provides city running status, insights into city risks, and makes comprehensive decisions based on data and information. Visitors also experienced Huawei’s full-stack smart education solution, including intelligent connectivity as a foundation, a safe campus, a hybrid learning smart classroom, and data governance scenarios as online education accelerates post-COVID.

  • Tue
    Jun
    07
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Vanishing trick! Share certificates of Nagpur Smart City project go missing

    The smart city project being built on 1700 acres in East Nagpur is being criticized for its slow pace. On the other hand, the matter of missing documents related to the Smart City project is also a hot topic of discussion these days. The share certificates of the smart city project disappeared two years ago and who kept them and where is the moot question!

    Due to lack of quality investigation in this regard, questions are also being raised on the seriousness of the officials of the concerned departments of Smart City project. The smart city project is being implemented in parts of Bharatwada, Poonapur, Pardi and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur in a total area of 1730 acres. 52 km long roads are being constructed, which include 24 and 30 metres wide roads. A network of footpaths, drains, sewage lines, and waterways will be laid on both sides of the road. This also includes housing projects. So far Rs 418 crore has been spent on this project.

  • Tue
    Jun
    07
    2022
    GB: Infrastructure and connectivity specialist brings East Yorkshire to the “digital forefront”

    Infrastructure and connectivity specialist Connexin has announced the expansion of its alternative, full fibre network built into Beverley as it continues with its mission to provide a “greater choice of broadband services for residents throughout the North”.

    Founded in Hull in 2006, Connexin proclaims itself to be an “innovative and disruptive” technology company specialising in building and operating award-winning Smart City infrastructure to support the Internet of Things.

  • Mon
    Jun
    06
    2022
    AU: Opportunity for NSW regional councils to become ‘smart-ready’

    The NSW Government has launched a $2.4 million partnership with two Sydney universities to bring smart cities technology to regional councils. Wendy Tuckerman

    The Smart Regional Spaces: Ready, Set, Go! is a partnership with the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney under the Smart Places Strategy.

    The project will run for 16-months and the team is seeking to partner with three regional NSW councils to pilot a process and range of tools to help them become ‘smart-ready’, which will then be made available to all regional councils in the state after the project.

  • Mon
    Jun
    06
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: Ongoing Smart City works to be completed by Dec.

    Minister Sunil Kumar, accompanied by officials, inspects projects in city

    While asking officials to complete the pending works under Smart City Minister by December, district in-charge and Minister for Energy and Kannada and Culture V. Sunil Kumar on Sunday asked people to bear with some inconvenience during the execution of these works.

    Talking to reporters after his visit to some of the works taken up by MSCL and Mangaluru City Corporation, Mr. Kumar said that 48 works have been taken up by MSCL. At some places, 50% of works have been completed and at a few places works are nearing completion.

  • Mon
    Jun
    06
    2022
    IN: 5G: Under the hood

    With increased capacity, lower latency, and energy efficiency, 5G is expected to significantly improve the state of art and enable new applications

    Lately there has been a lot of buzz around 5G. Last week Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first indigenous test bed to help support the ecosystem around 5G. Earlier this year, the Government reiterated its plans to conduct auctions for 5G spectrum in June and expected services to be rolled out by the third quarter of the year.

  • Mon
    Jun
    06
    2022
    Zain Bahrain gets 5G by street light

    Kingdom’s first 5G streetlight deployment is in Bahrain Bay

    Zain Bahrain and systems integrator LSS Technologies are collaborating on a 5G by streetlight (5GBS) system to connect Bahrain Bay, a first for the Kingdom, reports Trade Arabia. Zain said it will add comms to the infrastructure without affecting the delivery of electricity. In a statement it promised to install Zain 5G broadcasting units by blending seamlessly with the city’s electrical infrastructure. “We worked together to design these new compact enclosures, 5G sites in the smallest form factor,” said LSS Technologies general manager Sandeep Ahluwalia.

  • Sun
    Jun
    05
    2022
    IN: Impact of 5G on analytics, computing and AI

    5G is the fifth generation mobile network for wireless communication after 4G

    India made a significant leap in mobile technology recently when the Communications Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, made the first call using 5G Technology. It’s a proud moment for India as the entire end-to-end network was designed and developed in India.

    5G is the fifth generation mobile network for wireless communication after 4G. 5G technology is expected to significantly boost the economy as new applications and devices will come into mainstream use. Few examples include Connected Cars, Augmented Reality, and Advanced Drones.

  • Sun
    Jun
    05
    2022
    VN: Innovation hub at the heart of Thủ Đức smart city plan

    The newly established Thủ Đức City should strive to become an innovation hub that will attract investments as well as a talented workforce from around the world, officials and experts said at a seminar on Friday.

    Dương Anh Đức, vice chairman of HCM City People's Committee, said the city was developing a master plan for Thủ Đức City until 2040, including strategies to create a knowledge-based economy with a highly skilled workforce.

  • Sun
    Jun
    05
    2022
    South Africa’s big smart city and bullet train promises

    When it comes to buzzwords and empty promises, “smart cities” and “bullet trains” are favourites among South African politicians.

    During his 2019 state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he dreamt of a South Africa with an entirely new city with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals, and factories.

    He also said South Africans should imagine bullet trains passing through Johannesburg as they travelled from Cape Town to Musina, and stopping in East London on their way back from Durban.

  • Sun
    Jun
    05
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Mumbai needs IoT

    Digital India doesn’t just mean access to mobiles and ecommerce boom. Two city professors discuss why and how Mumbai among other metros, can fall back on the Internet of Things

    By 2050, 75 per cent of the world’s population will be living in cities. In India, 34 per cent already does. It’s a no brainer then that making our cities equipped to handle large populations should be our number one priority. And technology is the tool, thinks Dr Paribhasha Kumari Sharma, associate professor at Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University.

  • Sat
    Jun
    04
    2022
    VN: HCMC’s Thu Duc City to use smart city connection technology standards

    Newly-established Thu Duc City will use smart city connection technology standards.

    The People's Committee of Thu Duc City yesterday coordinated with the Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association to organize a seminar on ‘Thu Duc City with the orientation of building and developing a smart city - building a set of technology standards for connecting smart cities.'

    Speaking at the seminar, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Duong Anh Duc highly appreciated the initiative of Thu Duc City noting that Thu Duc City will soon come up with a common framework to implement synchronously deploying connection technology standards with the aim to help investors, businesses, agencies, and units to jointly implement; therefore, synchronization in smart city management in the city will be created.

  • Sat
    Jun
    04
    2022
    Azerbaijani Minister Says Transforming Traditional Cities Into Smart Ones Main Task For Future

    Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev has said that the transformation of traditional cities into smart ones remains high on the Azerbaijani government's agenda for the future, Azernews reports.

    He made the remarks at an ad hoc meeting of ministers responsible for the ICT of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), which was held in Baku in the framework of Teknofest.

  • Sat
    Jun
    04
    2022
    IN: No Internet in Haryana govt schools, digital boards of limited use

    Majority of government schools in the district do not have Internet facility due to which digital boards are of limited use.Only the study material provided in pen drive is taught and teachers are not able to explore various subjects for which they require Internet access.

    In some schools, teachers are using personal hotspot for Internet access while exploring subject content.

  • Sat
    Jun
    04
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: ‘Tiruchi has all right elements for a smart city’

    Tiruchi represents an ideal ‘hybrid model’ of an urban-rural demographic that can make smart cities in India a reality, said V. Kamakoti, director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) — Madras, here on Friday.

    “The core competency of Tiruchi is phenomenal, with a major industrial belt here, the airport, and enough natural resources such as the Cauvery river, all of which will make it a smart city. It will be a very good choice for an urban-rural case study on inclusiveness, because the villages are so close to the city. Rural government schools are just within a few kilometers of the city limits. I am very happy to see people from humble backgrounds working hard, being encouraged by their employers to study further in nearby institutions, and progressing in life. With a major technology push in our government schools, the future looks promising,” Mr. Kamakoti told The Hindu.

  • Sat
    Jun
    04
    2022
    US: Even Smaller Cities Are Starting to Turn to New Urban Tech

    It's not just the major metropolises. Small cities can also benefit from technology, but sometimes struggle with fitting the right tech for their needs, along with antiquated procurement processes.

    Officials in the small city of Columbus, Ind., have placed sensors around biking and multi-use trails to gain insights into how the facilities are used as well as safety trouble spots.

    In South Bend, Ind., artificial intelligence is used to process road pavement conditions.

    Meanwhile, Fishers, Ind., hired a team of data analysts to drill into the thousands of data points the city collects and gain new insights.

  • Fri
    Jun
    03
    2022
    US: Infrastructure improvements in cities often feature clean energy or connected technologies

    The most in-demand products and services in local governments fall into three interconnected buckets, says Matthew Britt, general manager of smart cities at Honeywell. The buckets, he says, are urban mobility, sustainability and resilience, and public safety.

    “Urban mobility begins with road infrastructure and understanding how to move people around cities more effectively and sustainably. At Honeywell, we have analytics capabilities to optimize traffic flow so that citizens can move more effectively based on their needs at any given time,” he explains. He adds that his firm’s recent collaboration with Mastercard helps enhance the citizen experience with city services like public transportation and parking. “That makes their interaction with these services seamless through contactless payments.”<

  • Fri
    Jun
    03
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh budget: State govt opens purse strings for urban development

    The state government has allocated ₹2,000 crore for 10 selected cities under the Central government Smart City and ₹210 crore for seven selected cities under State Smart City scheme.

    Besides, the state government has proposed a budget of ₹1,353.93 crore for the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve cleanliness in cities, while the budget for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has been kept at ₹10,127 crore.

  • Fri
    Jun
    03
    2022
    AE: Dubai: Towards the next smart city: What to expect from governments of the future

    Building cities that “work” – and are inclusive, healthy, resilient, and sustainable – requires end-to-end digital solutions. Public-private partnerships can do just that.

    he Covid-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, ushering in a global pathway towards digitisation and transforming societal flows under sustainable emancipation against future uncertainties.

    Two years later, governments worldwide are now preparing to lay down post-pandemic strategies, with digital efforts on the rise to attend to widespread developments against the ensuing use case enablers: Smart Cities.

  • Thu
    Jun
    02
    2022
    KH: Sihanoukville smart city master plan discussed

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance chaired a virtual meeting with the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS) to discuss the master plan for the development of Preah Sihanouk Province as a model, multi-purpose special economic zone.

    Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Finance Vongsey Visoth said the meeting examined the progress of the master plan, prepared by the working group of UPDIS, that aims to turn Sihanoukville into a smart city with the state-of-the-art technology.

  • Thu
    Jun
    02
    2022
    AE: DubaiPay services now available on Al Ansari Exchange’s mobile app

    Dubai’s Department of Finance (DoF) and Dubai Smart Government Establishment (DSG) have teamed up with Al Ansari Exchange to offer DubaiPay services on Al Ansari Exchange’s mobile app.

    According to state news agency WAM, Al Ansari Exchange’s customers can now use DubaiPay as an alternative payment option available on the app.

  • Thu
    Jun
    02
    2022
    ZA: Joburg to spend R316.5 million on smart city systems

    The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has prioritised several technology projects to realise its smart city ambitions, and it plans to invest R316.5 million to get them off the ground.

    The projects include implementing an eHealth programme, an automated fare collection system for the Rea Vaya bus service, and installing fire detection and suppression mechanisms at substations.

  • Wed
    Jun
    01
    2022
    IN: NEC Corporation Chairman: Japan to Contribute to Smart City and 5G Projects in India

    Giving India-Japan cooperation a new perspective Nobuhiro Endo, chairman of NEC Corporation, said on Monday that Japan will help India develop smart cities and 5G projects. Endo stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a great desire to create and enhance skills after meeting with him in Tokyo. Endo stated that Japan will assist India in developing smart cities. “From the perspective of smart cities, we can help through applications and also provide communication platforms such as 5G.” Dr. Nobuhiro Endo, speaking on partnership with India for smart cities and 5G, said, “We already have the solution to all of those areas.”

    Emphasizing the importance of collaborating with telecom operators in India to provide safe and secure 5G systems in India, he added, “To implement the applications, we need to have a communication with India and in order to provide 5G systems, we need to confirm the security and safety. So, we need to have a collaboration with operators in India and try to confirm the security and safety of the system.”

  • Wed
    Jun
    01
    2022
    How can we build tech for government more quickly? Singapore has an idea

    What does it take to create a tech product for government and how can enterprise tech companies achieve this quickly? Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority and DataRobot tell all.

    Over the past two years, governments were under immense pressure to deliver digital public services quickly. But building a vaccine registration portal or contact tracing app isn’t straightforward. Some say there is too much red tape, while others lament that it takes a long time to build new tech tools from scratch.

  • Wed
    Jun
    01
    2022
    AU: Tasmania: Major investment in digital health to improve patient care

    The Tasmanian Liberal Government is transforming the way we deliver patient care with a $150 million investment over the next four years to upgrade our digital health infrastructure.

    The 2022-23 State Budget commitment forms part of a Digital Health Strategy and it is anticipated more than $475 million will be allocated to this project over the next 10 years as the strategy is further scoped and developed.

    This investment will see the launch of a new state-wide fully integrated care platform that will enable our hospitals, GPs, community health, allied health, and other specialist providers to seamlessly communicate and share information with each other.

  • Wed
    Jun
    01
    2022
    MY: DNeX inks MoU with Accenture to speed digital transformation in public sector

    Dagang NeXchange Bhd (DNeX) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Accenture Solutions Sdn Bhd on Tuesday (May 24) to accelerate digital transformation for Malaysia's public services.

    Under the MoU, the parties will create joint offerings with products, services and solutions that drive data-led transformation in Malaysia's public services and government-linked companies.

  • Wed
    Jun
    01
    2022
    Digital Transformation Of Customs And Borders Can Spur Intra-Africa Trade

    The digital transformation of customs and borders in Africa could improve efficiencies in processes, such as administration at customs and borders, and yield trade gains on the continent of $20 billion a year.

    A new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Growing Intra-Africa Trade through Digital Transformation of customs and borders, launched today at the Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos, provides a pragmatic perspective on the non-tariff barriers in border and customs services that can be exponentially improved through digital transformation to increase intra-Africa trade.

  • Tue
    May
    31
    2022
    ZW: Zvishavane embraces smart city concept

    Zvishavane town council has constructed a block of flats that can accommodate six families in Mandava suburb – as the town embraces the smart city concept.

    The smart city concept will result in the destruction of the old and dilapidated cluster houses known as Majarada and replace them with garden flats.

  • Tue
    May
    31
    2022
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Launches Real-Time Smart City Project

    The SmartCityPHL project in Philadelphia is a partnership among the city, Comcast and US Ignite that aims to help collect real-time data related to air quality, weather, transportation and more.

    A district in Philadelphia is moving forward with a smart city project to gain real-time insights into air quality, weather, transportation modes and more, providing a dynamic understanding of the urban environment.

  • Mon
    May
    30
    2022
    MY: 5G network to draw vast benefits, create new jobs

    The deployment of 5G in Malaysia is poised to benefit the end users in numerous areas and create jobs for the people.

    Prof Ir Dr Hafizal Mohamad, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said Malaysia could see the acceleration of new jobs with the advancement of the network, coupled with the new artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) applications, particularly in the education, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

  • Mon
    May
    30
    2022
    ZA: We must connect the missing middle

    Increased broadband connectivity has a meaningful and direct impact on the economic prospects of individuals, communities and countries at large. A World Bank study estimated that a 10% increase in broadband penetration in low and middle-income countries can result in a 1,38% increase in economic growth.

    At home, Statistics SA’s General Household Survey released in December last year found that 8,3% of households in South Africa had access to the internet via copper or fibre. This is not to say that the rest of the country is not interested in connecting – the same survey found that almost two thirds of South Africans access the internet via a mobile connection.

  • Sun
    May
    29
    2022
    MM: Nay Pyi Taw to be implemented as a green, clean, and smart city: SAC leader

    Chairman of the State Administration Council, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who overthrew the civilian government on 1 February 2021, said that Nay Pyi Taw will be shaped like green, clean and smart city.

    The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Min Aung Hlaing to be saying that “many opportunities will come out for the nation in shaping Nay Pyi Taw as a green city, clean city, and smart city. Hence, efforts must be made to the improvement of agriculture and livestock farming through better management and various ways.”

  • Sun
    May
    29
    2022
    USA’s Largest Urban Streetlight Modernization Project Announced In D.C.

    The $309 million DC Smart Street Lighting Project announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will modernize more than 75,000 lights throughout the District. The project has been praised as the nation’s largest urban streetlight modernization project. It will convert all of the city’s street and alley lights to energy-efficient LED technology.

    Eliminates 38,000 Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The technology will reduce energy usage by more than 50%, as well as eliminating 38,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. The project improves equity of service and extends Wi-Fi coverage in underserved neighborhoods.

  • Sun
    May
    29
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Lal Chowk: The ‘not-so-smart’ Public Transportation System of our ‘Smart City’

    Every day, I travel from Buchpora to Lal Chowk and back, for attending my school, (GGHSS, Kothibagh Srinagar). Traveling an eleven-kilometer one-way distance daily has become a pathetic struggle and a cause of severe dismay to me because of the inadequate, poor quality public transport system available on the route. In fact, while travelling in crowded buses, I often wonder what made Srinagar bag the ‘Best City Leader of the Year Award’, this year! The award is basically given for providing ease of living to the citizens and for preparing the city to act as an engine of growth. I ask myself- does our city really fall in this category? The ground realities contradict all such claims and one wonders how such prestigious titles are awarded without even a cursory survey. Even a child can prick holes in this bubble of so called ‘Smart City’ that is not so smart really and needs a lot of improvement to deserve such an award.

  • Sun
    May
    29
    2022
    US: Texas: Dallas: City’s broadband proposal is expensive, unnecessary

    There are better ways to close the digital divide

    Dallas leaders look to build their own fiber network using $82 million in taxpayer dollars in a city with no shortage of broadband options. They are moving forward with this plan despite the city having a 98% coverage rate of 5G wireless service.

    The city has recently consulted on a plan to make Dallas a “smart city,” with wireless internet access everywhere within its borders.

  • Sat
    May
    28
    2022
    ID: Banten: Unmanned Electric Vehicles Trial Conducted in Tangerang

    Tangerang has been appointed as the pilot project location for the implementation of an unmanned electric car. This trial is a continuation of the strategic partnership of the two companies related to urban planning management and smart city development.

    Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said the unmanned electric car was one of the breakthroughs to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Sat
    May
    28
    2022
    “Smart” city in South Korea to monitor residents’ health

    South Korean technology company LG CNS has been named preferred bidder to provide the digital systems for a pilot “smart city” in South Korea that among other things will monitor the health of residents.

    The pilot is a precursor for the $4.2bn smart city planned on a 280ha greenfield site west of the city of Busan, called Busan Eco Delta Smart City.

  • Sat
    May
    28
    2022
    IN: 1G to 5G and further: What changes with each ‘G’?

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's first 5G testbed on May 17 and also set a target for India to roll out 6G services by the end of this decade.

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country’s first 5G testbed on May 17 to help industry validate its products locally, he also set a target for India to roll out 6G services by the end of this decade. From generation one (1G) to the fifth, each generation of telecom technology has sought to change for the better the way humans interact with each other and the world around them. This is what changed with each ‘G’ (generation) and what the future holds.

  • Sat
    May
    28
    2022
    SA: Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City appoints solutions by stc to implement ‘Smart City’ strategy

    In the first phase of the eight-year project, solutions by stc will design and build the ICT infrastructure and implement the use cases

    Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City has appointed solutions by stc to implement its ‘Smart City’ strategy, which is key to realising the city’s vision of being a human-centered, advanced digital community.

    The solutions by stc will undertake the implementation of the ity’s advanced information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

  • Fri
    May
    27
    2022
    FI: 5 ways the Helsinki Smart Region is building citizen-centric and sustainable cities

    Ossi Savolainen, the Regional Mayor of the Helsinki-Uusimaa region, shares what it takes to build smart cities that are citizen-centric and sustainable.

    In Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the good doctor can manipulate space however he wants to—shift things around, create multiple versions of the city, and conjure alternative universes. This fantasy-like scenario is not as detached from reality as it seems.

  • Fri
    May
    27
    2022
    The Origins of the 15 Minute City

    15 minute city concepts have been demonstrated in Paris, Adelaide, London and Dublin. But is the concept as new as we might have thought?

    What is a 15 Minute City?

    A 15 minute city must provide must human needs and desires within a travel distance taking approximately 15 minutes. Crucially, this is not based on travel by car, but walking or cycling.

    Many credit urban planner Clarence Perry as the original proponent of the term, promoting a walkable “neighbourhood unit.”

  • Fri
    May
    27
    2022
    JP: Tokio: Online Tour of smart city Tallinn proves a success

    One of the recent initiatives at Kuoni Tumlare involved setting up a virtual tour to Tallinn, Estonia, in the high-tech Ulemiste district, for WASEDA University, a research-intensive institution located in the heart of Tokyo.

    The Ulemiste district is a truly unique place to visit as it’s a smart city that is pushing the envelope when it comes to implementing technology into our daily lives. The virtual tour immersed students from WASEDA University, in this smart city through the guided online tour.

  • Fri
    May
    27
    2022
    What smart cities need to become even smarter

    What does it take for smart cities to achieve even greater heights? Terence Teo, Sales Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, explains how governments need quality data to turn cities smart.

    In the city of Busan, South Korea, smart mirrors and street-cleaning robots are a reality. The “augmented city”, as Hwang Jong Sung, Lead Researcher of the National Information Society Agency shared, is designed to “make basic services much easier”, reported GovInsider.

  • Fri
    May
    27
    2022
    VN: Da Nang hosts international conference on smart city building

    An international conference took place in Da Nang city on Friday to discuss the city’s vision and exchange experiences with some Western and Northern European countries in smart city building.

    Ho Ky Minh, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee, said that the event helped managers, sectors and localities learn more about policy making for smart city building and development.

  • Thu
    May
    26
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: App-based parking move turns Janpath ‘smart’

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has started pre-booking of parking spots on the busy Janpath through the Mo parking app for hassle-free and organised parking to give a pleasing look to the stretch and manage traffic better.

    The 3.9-km-long stretch, which boasts of rows of shops, malls, hotels and commercial establishments on one side and government quarters and residential complexes on the other, has become Smart Janpath. Several changes were made with a top architect being involved in the design to make it not just a road but a living space. Parking was the biggest challenge on Janpath and hence, the BSCL worked on developing smart parking along the stretch.

  • Thu
    May
    26
    2022
    Smart City Walking

    With all the hype around e-mobility and the electrification of transportation systems growing day by day, I recently came to realize that when it comes to truly understanding and building smart cities the only mode of transportation that can help is an age old medium known to most as walking. Yes, you read it right, WALKING. You might be wondering, "Gideon, are you sure you're okay?", and I really do appreciate your concern for me, but personally I feel that there is an inherent tendency walking has to overload the senses, which makes me believe that it is the most effective medium to really observe cities. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I am not a fan of electrifying transportation, but while everyone's fascination with transportation is completely understandable, there are aspects of city development I feel get lost when you just drive through a city rather than take the time and effort to walk it through.

  • Thu
    May
    26
    2022
    How Is India’s Mission To Build Smart Cities Going So Far?

    Consideration of small and medium towns as well as the uniqueness of each city is imperative while planning urban cities. Noting this, the Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi presented a discussion with Prof Manoj Parmar and Dr. Binti Singh on “India’s Smart Cities Mission: Light Houses?” as part of The State of the Cities – #CityConversations.

    Dr. Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and Senior Fellow, IMPRI, started the discussion by mentioning India’s hopes to modernize through smart cities to achieving higher living standards.

  • Thu
    May
    26
    2022
    SG: What makes Singapore a successful smart city, and how Hong Kong can follow suit

    • Singapore’s smart city credentials include its use of big data for urban planning and resource management, its favourable regulatory environment for finance and tech start-ups, and successful roll-out of a digital ID for citizens
    • Yet, with the right government policies, Hong Kong need not be left behind

    Over the past few decades, Singapore has grown from one of the four Asian tiger economies into a veritable cosmopolitan city. It has topped global rankings of smart cities and technological hubs, and, after Israel, it has the most unicorns – start-up companies valued at or over US$1 billion – per person in the world. There is much Hong Kong can learn from Singapore’s success.

Open source software can provide greater security and innovation in the delivery of e-Government services, and should be investigated immediately by Government agencies and departments, the Shadow Minister for Information Technology, Senator Kate Lundy said today. Senator Lundy told the "e-Government Australia Summit" that information and communications technology (ICT) systems built with open source software was more likely to serve the needs of Government customers in the fast changing online environment.

She said departments and agencies should be asked to assess the merits of open source software as part of their strategic approach to sourcing.

"Labor has always challenged the wisdom of long-term contracts capturing government departments and agencies in shrink-wrapped proprietary software solutions at a time when technology is changing so rapidly. Open source also has strengths in crucial areas such as security," Senator Lundy said.

She pointed to the fact that open source software is backed by a system of peer review - if security flaws were found, anyone can have access to the source code to fix the flaws.

She warned the government against considering open source software merely as another means of cost-cutting. "Instead, I see open source software as offering huge potential in rethinking the management of public information and the delivery of e-Government services by using smart and secure technology that will serve now and into the future," she said.

"This is the chance to make a significant investment in updating legacy technology systems that will prevent the effective delivery of e-government services, including access to data that is held in systems that are up to 30 years old.

"As far as e-Government is concerned, what is required is a vision for Australia that understands that software and the Internet are central to delivering citizen focused e-government services," Senator Lundy said.

Quelle: The Age

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