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Digital transformation can help Pakistan unlock up to Rs. 9.7 trillion ($59.7 billion) in annual economic value by 2030, equivalent to about 19 percent of the country’s GDP in 2020, according to a new report commissioned by Google.
The report—released at the Google/P@SHA online event, “Unlocking Pakistan’s Digital Potential”—finds that Pakistan has a thriving technology sector. The country is home to more than 300,000 IT professionals, produces over 25,000 IT graduates annually, and has nurtured over 700 tech start-ups since 2010.
Accelerating the construction sector’s digital transformation will help Australia meet net zero by 2050
The construction industry, in its practice and processes, and the buildings created account for as much as 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, 50% of energy consumption and 40% of raw material consumption. These figures from the World Economic Forum made a clear case for building and construction to be on the agenda at the recent COP26.
According to #BuildingTowardCOP26 Consortium, which includes the World Green Building Council and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction in its members, out of the 186 countries to have submitted Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, only 53 countries mention building energy efficiency, and just 38 specifically call out building energy codes. Most countries do not include full building decarbonisation targets, and building materials are among the topics that are under-addressed.
The Guwahati Smart City Limited (GSCL) will begin 17 projects, including the Brahmaputra riverfront development and integrated traffic management system, soon in the city at a cost of over Rs 887 crore.
GSCL managing director Ghanshyam Dass said tenders have been floated for some of the projects while for the rest the tenders will be issued shortly. He said the river front development project will cost over Rs 308 crore, the procurement of 200 non-AC electric buses will cost Rs 236 crore, the integrated traffic management system will cost Rs 127 crore and buying the desilting super sucker machines will cost Rs 30 crore. The development of Aswaklanta temple, Umananda temple and Dakhinpat Satra Shanti Ashram are part of the GSCL’s new projects.
To attract tourist footfall and benefit students as well as the business community, the Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) has decided to expand its free Wi-Fi service to 20 more locations under the Smart City Mission.
In this regard, JSCL has signed an agreement with LMES to provide the Wi-Fi hotspots at 20 more locations under Phase-II.
The agreement was signed and exchanged between the Chief Executive officer (CEO), JSCL, Avny Lavasa and Director LMES. Under the expansion plan, the free Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed in areas like Government Medical College Jammu, Railway Station Jammu, Canal Road Jammu, Jammu University, Channi Himmat, Trikuta Nagar, Shastri Nagar and others.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) signed Wednesday, Nov. 24, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the city government of Sta. Rosa, Laguna seeking to transform the city of Sta. Rosa to high-level smart city.
DOST Calabarzon Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit, Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas, and Engr. Francisco R. Barquilla, Officer-In-Charge (OIC)-Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations of DOST-Calabarzon inked the pact for the six-month project on “Smart City Assessment and Roadmap Development of Santa Rosa City”.
Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Service has unveiled its new fleet of autonomous vehicles under the brand name, TXAI, representing the UAE’s first fully autonomous taxis.
TXAI’s ride-sharing services’ trial will hit the streets of Yas Island in November 2021, says Bayanat, a fast-growing Geospatial, Data Analytics, and AI company headquartered in the UAE.
JP: Smart-City Driverless-Vehicle Pilot Project to Enhance Mobility and Healthcare in Kamakura & Fujisawa Areas
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has been in talks with Kamakura City's municipal government about developing its urban core and surrounding region into a smart city. Recently, our partnership joined forces with four other interests to commence a pilot project that will combine autonomous-driving technologies and healthcare services in Shonan Health Innovation Park (Shonan iPark). Along with Shonan iPark, our other partners on this project are Tokushukai Shonan Kamakura General Hospital (Kamakura General), Macnica, Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
Today, EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Ekkaphab Phanthavong, and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha kicked off the Smart Green ASEAN Cities programme.
Out of ASEAN’s population of over 630 million, nearly 300 million people live in urban areas and more than 25% live in cities with over one million inhabitants. In the next 15 years, ASEAN’s urban areas are expected to accommodate another 100 million people.
Singapore tops the Smart City Index 2021, a ranking of the global cities most actively embracing technology, but also ecological, health and societal issues. The Asian city comes ahead of Zurich and Oslo. These are all cities that, according to their residents, have managed the Covid-19 crisis effectively, and which are also likely to become rapidly resilient.
The latest data suggests that environmental concerns are ultimately strongest in relatively wealthy cities. More broadly, access to better air quality and increased health services have become priorities since the onset of the pandemic. Indeed, the Covid-19 crisis has dramatically changed the way leaders of large cities think about the challenges ahead. In addition to the climate emergency, health-related factors are also becoming a priority.
Phenikaa-X Joint Stock Company, a member of Phenikaa University in Hà Nội, will work with Viettel Networks and Qualcomm to build a mini-smart city within the Phenikaa University campus, following a Memorandum of Understanding inked between the three sides in Hà Nội on Tuesday.
The Phenikaa University Smart Mini-City Campus project, the first of its kind in Việt Nam, will contribute to the development of smart cities across the country, according to the Government’s strategy to 2030, as well as to the global development of smart cities.
Through a 256 billion won ($215 million) state project, South Korea's transport ministry will establish smart city platforms in 64 small and medium-sized cities by 2025. The government will cooperate with local residents to develop platforms and related services that match citizens' demands.
A smart city is a city platform that interconnects city infrastructure including facilities and devices using mobile cable networks. A smart city platform uses artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous technologies and big data to process real-time information collected through various kinds of sensors installed throughout the city. Based on collected information, city operators can quickly make choices to resolve problems or analyze data to set up future plans. Various civil services can be developed based on collected data.
A multinational telecommunication company, Nokia, has entered into an agreement with the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) for setting up a pilot project of ‘Smart City’ in Lahore.
“During an event held at the Pakistan Pavilion of Expo 2020 in Dubai on Sunday, the PSCA successfully signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia for launching of a pilot project of Smart City in Lahore,” said a spokesperson for the PSCA.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, differs from past infrastructure investments not only in its size but also its emphasis on addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice. This major investment comes at a time when smart-city initiatives, which aim to use technology to make cities more responsive to their residents’ needs, are growing more common around the world.
Smart cities are made possible by high-speed internet connections. They rely on big data, algorithms and the internet of things to better serve their increasingly diverse communities. For example, smart cities might use data collected from wireless sensors to predict the number of buses that need to be in circulation at a given time of day to reduce wait times.
a fast-growing UAE-based geospatial, data analytics and AI company, is set to showcase its smart city solutions at a key event in Abu Dhabi which will be attended by 400 specialists, experts, strategists and policy makers.
The 2nd Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit beginning tomorrow (November 23), bringing together more than 25 local and federal government agencies, and 400 specialists, experts, officials, leaders, strategists and policy makers, as well as governmental and private organisations.
Today, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) have become big business. Throughout the 2020s, Harvard Business Review estimates that these technologies will add $13 trillion to the global economy, impacting virtually every sector in the process.
One of the biggest drivers of the value-add provided by AI/ML will come from smart cities: cities that leverage enhancements in such technologies to deliver improved services for citizens. Smart cities promise to provide data-driven decisions for essential public services like sanitation, transportation, and communications. In this way, they can help improve the quality of life for both the general public and public sector employees, while also reducing environmental footprints and providing more efficient and more cost-effective public services.
As more people move to the cities, global urban population is expected to reach 66% by 2050. The higher city influx means that there will be a marked increase in consumption of resources such as fossil fuels, water and food, resulting in even more environmental concerns like waste management, air and water pollution.
Given how rapid urbanisation and development will surely impact natural resources, climate change, traffic congestion and quality of life, smart cities are looked upon as the solution for sustainable and innovative transformation.
HUAWEI signs MOUs with five partners from the Thai public-and-private sectors to create a fully digital Thailand
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. recently announced its partnership with five government and private industry stakeholders in Thailand with the signing of five individual Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) aimed at driving digital transformation in Thailand with a fully developed partner ecosystem. The agreements cover several Thai sectors, including telecommunications, broadcast media, technology, IT services outsourcing, and financial services. The MOUs were signed during the “POWERING DIGITAL THAILAND 2022 HUAWEI CLOUD & CONNECT and ASIA PACIFIC INNOVATION DAY” event.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated demand for cloud technologies as the private and public sectors rushed to update the delivery of urgent services and ensure continuity.
A Gartner report suggests cloud spending will exceed $10 billion in Australia this year. But the government’s cloud security guidelines need to go further in overcoming barriers and drive further uptake of cloud technologies. Advancing our digital economy is a central focus of the 2021-22 federal budget, so the government has a huge opportunity to demystify cloud services.
Tiredness from digital transformation is a real possibility, particularly if it remains a lofty goal rather than a set of specific initiatives that employees can take to improve their own work lives.
Any transformation is a difficult and time-consuming endeavor, and digital transformation is no exception. The process can be overwhelming for both the architects and the recipients of digital transformation initiatives, particularly when communication is ambiguous, objectives are misinterpreted, and end goals are not defined.
H3C, a leader in digital solutions, recently rolled out its global virtual event, the H3C Digital Tour 2021, in Pakistan. During the event, Gary Huang, President of International Business and Senior Vice President of H3C, shared his insights on Pakistan’s digital transformation and its social impact with experts, customers and partners.
Themed “Digital Future · We Together”, the event promoted mutual engagement between H3C, its partners and end users in Pakistan to encourage the implementation of smart digital strategies in key industries. H3C believes that by accelerating the digital transformation of traditional enterprises and enabling the industrial intelligent application, we will be together to share the benefits of digitalization and create a better digital future. Launched in several countries including Russia and Malaysia, the aim of H3C Digital Tour 2021 is to share the vision in assisting H3C’s global clients and partners to achieve higher levels of digital transformation.
The company has pledged to develop Centre’s new-age technology systems at scale, especially for the PM Gati Shakti initiative
Setting up the tone for Centre’s Digital India programme to propel digitisation and help the government build new technology systems at scale to meet its digital transformation goals, global technology major IBM has pledged technology support for key government projects
“From skilling to innovation and hiring new talent, India remains one of the top growth markets” IBM chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna said.
On October 1st – the first day of the ‘Golden Week Holiday’ in China – more than 25 thousand people visited the Universal Beijing Resort. Excited visitors shared video clips and photos through their smartphones, vloggers made the live video streaming, and young people played online games when they waited in long queues. To support all these applications, China Unicom had deployed 36 5G macro base stations and a number of 5G small cells. The 5G system carried over 50% of data traffic over China Unicom’s network in the resort. Meanwhile, dedicated network slices – enabled by 5G Standalone Architecture – were set up for real-time gaming and live video broadcasting to guarantee the user experience. The 5G network can also provide the precise positioning service to help visitors locate themselves in the large campus and navigate to the places for playing, eating, or shopping.SatNov272021
Azerbaijan and the European Union have reached an agreement on the joint implementation of digital transformation and human capital development projects in Azerbaijan, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan.
According to the information, the agreement was reached at a meeting of Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev with representatives of the Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations during their visit to Baku.FriNov262021
- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince has unveiled another element of the NEOM megaproject, a floating industrial complex dubbed Oxagon
- NEOM: Oxagon presents a radical new model for future manufacturing centers
- Oxagon will focus on advanced technology such as space and robotics
Saudi Arabia recently came under attack for allegedly trying to block negotiations on climate action, and it has been named among countries that have tried to downplay the urgency of such action. It is not the poster boy for net-zero ambitions. And yet, the Kingdom has some major ones in that respect.FriNov262021
The recent uptick of natural disasters in the Pacific Northwest is pushing researchers at Portland State University’s Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC) to explore ways to raise the public’s awareness about environmental threats. However, between communities that are distrustful of urban digital technologies and startups’ innovations that never gain traction, many tech-based solutions for increasing awareness of local and global problems are never deployed.
“The analogy that we've been drawing is with the COVID-19 vaccine,” DCTC Director Jonathan Fink said. “You have this miraculous technology, but it's not able to realize its potential because so many people have concerns about it and are reluctant to use it,” he said. “There's a similar issue in terms of climate change, particularly in cities where there are technologies that can help mitigate some of the effects.”FriNov262021
Smart City Mission, a flagship programme of Modi government, is facing implementation hurdles as 28 of 36 states and union territories have not released their share of funds for mission. The gap in state share has climbed up to a whopping Rs 6,258 crore.
Smart City Mission, which was launched in June 2015, involves developing 100 smart and sustainable cities. This involves a 50:50 financing model with the Centre contributing Rs 500 crore and the state giving an equal share for five years.FriNov262021
When Sidewalk Lab's shared their vision of a smart city that would be a vital societal endeavour and "meaningful contribution towards tackling affordability and sustainability problems in urban areas" (Cecco, 2020), Torontonians may have listened in awe and anticipation. However, as the project fleshed out, many began to see that there was a thin line between Sidewalk's proposed smart city and a city of surveillance, and that the Quayside Project was leaning concerningly close to the later.
As the Privacy consultant of Sidewalk Labs prior to her departure in October of 2018, Dr Ann Cavoukian made it very clear that there was no wiggle room around enforcing the de-identification of personal data in the Quayside Project from the get-go, to ensure the creation of a smart city of privacy. Dr Cavoukian’s insistence steamed from her expert opinion that data would need to be stripped of personal data (de-identified) at its source to ensure that the personally identifiable data collected was not exploited and that Toronto’s Waterfront did not become another model of the surveillance cities of Dubai and China. (Bloomberg News, 2018)ThuNov252021
Tracey Dawes (TD), Solutions Director, Public Services at Reed Talent Solutions and Alison Watson (AW), Head of School of Leadership & Management at Arden University, together reveal their thoughts about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of digital transformation.
In this in-depth question and answer interview, we discover how they define digital transformation and why they believe it is important. We also learn about how advances in technology transform how we operate and consequently changing the way the government interacts with the public.ThuNov252021
As your digital transformation progresses, what’s more important, digital capabilities or operational transformation? Obviously, both are essential, but if I had to pick one, I’d say organizations need to emphasize transformation — because true transformation changes everything.
Imagine a Lamborghini tooling along in first gear on the Autobahn — that’s the kind of squandered investment and untapped capabilities you get by pecking away with piecemeal alterations.ThuNov252021
The importance of digital transformation in creating quality jobs and the economic recovery of post-pandemic African countries: this is the main focus of the report "Development Dynamics in Africa 2021", the result of a partnership between the African Union and the OECD Development Centre, whose Portuguese edition - funded by the Camões Institute - was presented this Wednesday in Lisbon.
"The report being launched today in its Portuguese version tells us that the digital sector is booming in Africa and that dynamic means an opportunity for governments to help start a new growth cycle after the Covid-19 crisis." Armindo de Brito Fernandes, director-general of the Comunity of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) stated.WedNov242021
The Integrated Command Control Centres (ICCC) of other smart cities of the state will be set up in the state capital itself. This will save the state treasury crores of rupees, required to set up a command centre in any smart city.
This centre will help improve traffic flow, pick up traffic violations and control pollution in these cities, besides a host of other services and utilities.WedNov242021
Facial recognition cameras powered by Oosto software are being used to increase the safety of the Gindi TLV complex in Tel Aviv, Israel, just as survey results show Vsblty’s technology is helping smart city residents in Mexico feel safe, and a research report forecasts rapid growth in the smart cities market to over $870 million within five years.
The residential area in Tel Aviv includes four accommodation towers, restaurants, cafes, a country club and a mall, all of which use Oosto’s face biometrics to enable touchless and secure access for tenants.WedNov242021
Authorities have banned the sale of land in 12 villages in southern Vientiane after the government gave the green light for a private company to build a planned smart city.
The government has given permission for Duangchalern Development Construction Group Co, Ltd. to carry out a feasibility study on the development of a smart city in southern Vientiane over an area of 2,900 hectares.TueNov232021
Open house scheduled for November 16 to showcase CITM’s Smart Mobility R&D Network (SMN) and Smart City IoT Data Repository
SmartCone Technologies, Canada’s leader in IoT (Internet of Things) solutions is proud to announce its technology partnership with the Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility (CITM). SmartCone is working to build a database Architecture and Platform that will capture data from all Smart Mobility Networks, both 4G & 5G elements, Intelligent IoT Nodes, C-V2X device, IoT devices and other sensors installed on the Smart Mobility Networks. Currently, there are two Smart Mobility Network sites in operation within the City of Hamilton, a public testbed located on the Mountain in the City of Hamilton, referred to as the “Urban Test Environment” and a private testbed within McMaster Innovation Park, referred to as the “Office Park Test Environment”.TueNov232021
Smart cities and smart city ideals are emerging as the bedrock of sustainable urban planning, offering high standards of living to residents. Smart mobility plays a central role in this emergence, delivering sustainable transportation and improving lives. Yet its success depends upon rapid, secure, reliable methods of connectivity.
Despite the expectations of the twentieth century, with the technological promise of The Jetsons, and the hit-and-miss prophecies of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, we’re not yet travelling around in flying cars or riding bicycles across bodies of water(1). Yet, with the accelerated rate of digitisation and the development of new technologies, some futuristic expectations are starting to crystallise on a citywide scale.TueNov232021
We appreciate Ooredoo’s initiative to add value to the market and mix the present with the ancient past Al-Babtain: We are witnessing a revolution in providing the best innovations and solutions based on the latest smart applications
Ooredoo Communications, the first telecom company to provide innovative digital services in Kuwait, has announced the adoption of the old Souk Al Mubarakiya project to transform it into an innovative smart city that relies on and provides visitors with ICT services that meet the needs of current and future generations and improve the experience of their visit to the market.TueNov232021
Paratus Namibia and Ongos Connect have signed a commercial connectivity agreement, confirming that Paratus will be the technology/infrastructure partner to bring fibre connectivity to over 11,000 new residents in Ongos Valley, Namibia’s first smart city development.
The agreement is the conclusion of a two-year planning process during which time Paratus has been working on building the infrastructure (the point of presence and backhauls) to provide the necessary fibre connectivity for residents. As part of the agreement, all Ongos Valley residents will receive 1GB of free data per month for the first five years of residence.TueNov232021
A G+4 ICCC building on the Patna SSP office premises near Gandhi Maidan has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore. L&T will provide the technical support to enhance the safety and security, improve efficiency of municipal services and promote better quality of life for the residents.
The first of its kind integrated command and control center (ICCC) will be ready in the state capital of Bihar within 15 months to provide an IT-based monitoring system, bringing a host of smart services in traffic management, health, water, security and disaster management among others in the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and neighbouring areas.MonNov222021
Following the 'first wave' of the smart cities movement, local leaders describe how they have largely shifted from a tech-first to a resident-first approach.
Hindsight is 20/20. When asked how the smart cities movement has changed in the past five years, many city leaders describe how an early exuberance for the potential of new smart city technologies may have distracted them from their primary concern: the residents, their perspectives and their needs.MonNov222021
Sidec is back with the first hybrid digital convention since the pandemic
The Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec) will be launching its sixth edition of the Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention on Nov 19.
Being part of the Selangor International Business Summit (SIBS) 2021, the theme of the sixth Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention at the KL Convention Centre is “Digital Transformation Towards Economic Recovery”.MonNov222021
Government is working on embracing the smart city concept as a prerequisite for leaving no-one behind, part of President Mnangagwa’s thrust of improving people’s livelihoods.
A smart city is one that uses information communication technologies to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public and provide a better quality of government service and citizen welfare.MonNov222021
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) on Monday (Nov 15) said it has secured a smart city project in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, for $445 million.
Its smart mobility business, as part of a consortium with Hyundai Rotem, will be awarded a contract by the Kaohsiung City Mass Rapid Transit Bureau to provide smart metro solutions, trains and a power supply system for the Kaohsiung MRT Red Line Extension, over a seven-year period.MonNov222021
The Geospatial Lab (GeoLab) under the Development Bureau was officially opened in July this year. Located at Millennium City I in Kwun Tong, GeoLab is operated by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, occupying an area of 3,000 square feet. The lab has "geospatial" as its theme and is equipped with advanced technology and training facilities to raise the public's interest in spatial data through integration of education, experience and practice. Together with the community, it explores the value and application of spatial data in support of smart city development. Therefore, it bears a great responsibility.
Geospatial data has huge value and great potential. An earlier report issued by the Geospatial Commission of the U.K. stated that private companies realise up to an estimated £11 billion of economic value for the country each year in the form of job creation, air quality improvement, etc. by using geospatial data. However, the report also pointed out that policy-makers often lack understanding of the value of geospatial data and knowledge to apply it, making this valuable data underused or even idle.SunNov212021
- Singapore topped the Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University for Technology and Design’s (SUTD) third Smart City Index this year, followed by Zurich and Oslo, Norway.
- New York City was ranked as the smartest North American city, landing at the twelfth spot on the global list. Los Angeles (31), Washington D.C. (35), Seattle (43) and Denver (45) followed as the top U.S. cities.
- The report ranks 118 global cities based on citizen perceptions of how technology can improve their lives, in addition to economic and social data retrieved from the UN Human Development Index. The report surveyed 120 residents from each city and 15,000 global urban residents total in July 2021, asking 39 questions on how residents feel about their cities based on "health and safety; mobility; activities; opportunities (work and school); and governance."
With the workforce going remote and IP existing almost exclusively in the digital domain enterprises, local and federal agencies, and SMBs alike are all striving to find the right digital blend to meet their industry transformation needs.
Supercharged by the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses in all sectors have been increasingly demanded to ‘digital transform’ and somehow mitigate all the evolving risks and regulatory expectations they face in the cyber battlefield. While the drive towards digital transformations has now become commonplace, its tangible achievements may be difficult to be seen.SunNov212021
Manufacturing in Chongqing is undergoing a digital metamorphosis. Its image as an old industrial base of China is rapidly giving way to Chongqing redefining itself as a leader in advanced manufacturing.
Chongqing is steadily realizing its vision of becoming one of China's most important advanced manufacturing centers. But it's not just about being among the best in China. The municipality has its sights set squarely on building three world-class advanced manufacturing clusters in the information and communications technology, automotive and equipment-manufacturing industries. This city is well on its way in deepening the integration of its digital economy with its defining trademark of being a manufacturing powerhouse.SunNov212021
ES: Barcelona leads the adoption of technological humanism to address the challenges of digitisation
Digital Future Society and the City Council of Barcelona jointly organize the event "Humanism in the digital age: the urban contribution" this 15th of November in Barcelona; where experts and opinion leaders will assess the impact of the current digital transformation in an urban environment, and discuss how to build a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive digital transition that strengthens human rights in the digital age, placing people at the centre of the technological deployment.
The various sessions of the day will explore and analyse some of the main challenges arising from the digital transformation in cities, with a special emphasis on two thematic blocks: ethics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital rights. The program will host highly recognized international voices.SatNov202021
In today’s digital age, leveraging cloud technology has become the need of the hour. And as a business owner, you have to critically exploit this technology to gain the needed traction and accelerate your digital transformation journey. Many companies have already started storing, managing, and processing their data by using a cloud computing service.
Independent research by Gartner says that more than 45% of spending on traditional IT solutions would shift to cloud computing by the year 2024. These stats truly define how cloud-first policy adoption shall influence a wider market and create numerous business opportunities in the coming times.SatNov202021
Environmental pollution is not a new phenomenon, yet it persists to be the world’s most fundamental problem and one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Pollution is high on the national agenda and is widely recognized as a threat to both public health and economic progress. Therefore sustainable solutions are the need of the hour to help curb environmental pollution and begin the healing process. Every industry needs to be innovative and needs to embrace the challenge and act for the cause as soon as possible.SatNov202021
A number of years ago, one of our customers in the public sector was struggling with how to improve service to their citizens looking for digital offerings. They launched an innovative program to consolidate identity cards to allow citizens to seamlessly access any government service with one card.
Unfortunately, the project failed to gain wide adoption across government services. This failure to scale is a widespread problem in our industry. Years of research from McKinsey & Company has placed the failure rate of digital transformation projects consistently at around 70%. To differentiate organizations as great digital leaders, executives must transform faster and be more agile.SatNov202021
China's food sector is among industries adapting to digital transformation by embracing advanced technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence to improve their businesses.
The move mirrors efforts that the country has taken in recent years to realize supply-side structural reform to take the economy to the next level through innovation in the labor force, capital, technology and regulation.FriNov192021
Huawei Technologies hosted the Digital Africa Summit, which took place during AfricaCom, earlier this week , with expert speakers engaging on Africa’s digital transformation, the strides made during the Covid 19 pandemic and the path still ahead.
While Africa has come far in the past 18 months in its digital transformation, there is still much potential to fully embrace digital transformation and equip the continent’s youth with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy.FriNov192021
Cities are changing the way they do business.
Governments in recent years have been pushing forward on digital transformation and service delivery modernization. It’s a vital part of broader smart city initiatives to better leverage data and technology to enhance the quality of life for urban residents.
Whether it’s regarding traffic and mobility, health and environmental wellness, crime and physical safety, or even economic development, smart city technologies are transforming the urban landscape as well as the government experience for constituents.FriNov192021
Covid-19 may have created new lifestyles, but for future cities, the pandemic enabled them to design better smart urban solutions that can not only address health issues but both economic and environmental challenges as well.
As the Asia Pacific prepares to live with COVID-19 as endemic, having the right infrastructure in place, especially in developing cities, is crucial. The use of modern technology is enabling this, especially with solutions that can address urban challenges that hinder the progress of sustainable smart cities, such as increased energy consumption, growing traffic volume, and increased public safety threats.FriNov192021
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Dr P Thiaga Rajan blamed “grotesque violation” of smart city project norms across the state for the deluge.
In an interview with India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Dr P Thiaga Rajan blamed “grotesque violation” of smart city project norms across the state for the deluge. Excerpts:ThuNov182021
Thales has signed an extensive deal with Vietnam’s VNPT to accelerate the country’s digital transformation with biometrics, smart city and other technologies.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed in the presence of the Prime Ministers of France and Vietnam, outline an ambitious set of goals around digitizing Vietnam’s economy, strengthening its cybersecurity and telecommunications infrastructure, and supporting digital identity. ‘Digital Identity & Biometrics’ is one of four “key digital topics” identified in the arrangement.ThuNov182021
Smart City Water Inc., a drainage asset management software and service company for the municipal industry has developed and launched a new approach to identify drainage system vulnerabilities that can cause significant damage to homes and businesses. Their latest finding implements a new method to understand how the overland flow and sewer systems interact and predicts how the sewers become overloaded due to excess surface water entering the underground pipes in ways not previously accounted for. This new approach adds powerful tools to the Visual OTTHYMO (VO) hydraulic and hydrologic modelling platform.ThuNov182021
Ko Wen-je says capital’s digital infrastructure key to improving quality of life for citizens
The Taipei City Government is innovating to create a livable and sustainable smart city, seeking “smart” solutions to improve quality of life issues through public-private collaborations and optimizing transport, education, and contactless services.ThuNov182021
The Singapore Innovation Hub will focus on pillars such as adaptive cities planning, mobility, safety and security and sustainability.
Global consulting firm Accenture is aiming to bring together local organisations across industry to develop smart urban solutions addressing economic and environmental challenges with its new Singapore Innovation Hub – Future of Cities.ThuNov182021
This was the content mentioned by Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung at the seminar "Developing smart cities in the process of urbanization associated with industrialization and modernization to 2030, Vision to 2045" hosted by the Central Economic Commission in the form of direct combination online, on November 10.
Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung noted that the Ministry are urgently developing basic criteria for smart cities to be applied in all urban areas, suitable for urban areas in Vietnam; Building legal foundations, regulations and standards for smart cities; Building interconnected (digitized) database of land, planning, traffic, population and other urban spatial data; Developing smart cities planning, applying GIS; Developing infrastructure systems for smart cities; Management and operation of smart phones.WedNov172021
Rumours that Zimbabwe was mulling over the adoption of Bitcoin as a legal tender alongside the Zimbabwean Dollar appear to be untrue.
Charles Wekwete, head of e-Government technology in the southern African nation previously confirmed there were several discussions regarding Bitcoin legalisation within the private sector.WedNov172021
A symposium themed “Developing a smart city with urbanization associated with industrialization and modernization toward 2030, with a vision to 2045” took place on Wednesday in the framework of the on-going Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo.
It’s one of 10 symposiums organized by the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission and related agencies.WedNov172021
Sustainability and environmental protection are among the key planning principles of The Ellinikon, the highly anticipated urban regeneration project in Greece, set to breathe new life into the Athenian Riviera.
Developed by Lamda Development exclusively with private funds, the project focuses on the coastal front regeneration of Ellinikon and includes the creation of a metropolitan park, residential zones, schools and special utility infrastructures, tourism, sports and entertainment facilities.TueNov162021
Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Laksana Tri Handoko remarked that Indonesia already has a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2020-2045, which is a milestone for AI application in Indonesia. In the future, this is projected to have a positive impact on the Indonesian economy. The National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, according to Laksana, is an endeavour by the Indonesian government to improve the usage of cutting-edge technology, particularly AI. These activities are aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness across a variety of industries. BRIN also promotes AI mastery for use in a variety of strategic areas.TueNov162021
- The DUK has AICTE-approved MTech courses and MSc course and PhD programmes approved by UGC
- The campus at Technocity is also equipped with state-of-the art labs and residential facilities for students
Setting a major milestone in the path towards digital transformation of Kerala economy, the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology Act, 2021 has come into effect.TueNov162021
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $1.2 billion investment in Australia’s digital future in the May 2021 Federal Budget, it was a clear signal that while the Covid-19 pandemic may have triggered a serious acceleration in the pace of transformation, his government has no intention of curbing its speed any time soon.
“We must keep our foot on the digital accelerator to secure our economic recovery from Covid-19,” said Mr Morrison.TueNov162021
2020 has been a major turning point in the history of humankind. The deadly Covid-19 pandemic forced the entire world to alter and adapt to the changing times. In order to fight this entropy of disruption, business leaders embraced digital transformation. As the pandemic ravaged through the entire globe, employees and consumers were hit alike due to supply chain disruptions and others. The evolving times forced the consumers to demand for seamless cross-channel experiences, convenience, and reassurance. The need to act quickly and diligently was never so critical to the businesses and the APAC region was no different.
In order to herald a positive change, business leaders started adopting and implementing future-fit technologies like native cloud storage, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and others. Digital transformation has been in force since 2020 but moving ahead into 2022, the scenario will be different.MonNov152021
When completed at the end of next year, Metaverse Seoul will handle administrative services regarding the economy, culture, tourism, education, and civil complaints.
Seoul’s municipal government has announced it is developing a virtual communication channel for all its administrative services.
Provisionally called Metaverse Seoul, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) intends to create the metaverse platform in three stages from 2022 onwards and apply it across all city tasks from economic policies to civil complaints.MonNov152021
Digitally transforming your organization can be fraught with complexities and roadblocks, so you need a kind of “navigator” to help with the journey.
One of Gartner’s recommendations is to create a digital twin of your organization (DTO) to assist in the navigation. “Without some sort of a “navigator,” the risk of failure increases dramatically as the scope and pace of the digital business initiative expands.”MonNov152021
The Ontario government is delivering a new digital justice solution that will transform how people handle their legal matters at the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice. The Courts Digital Transformation initiative will be the most significant single step forward in the digital evolution of justice in Canada, replacing outdated paper-based procedures with an online platform to manage cases, documents and schedules.
“Our government’s new digital solution is a game-changer that will provide Ontarians with on-demand access to their legal matters,” said Attorney General Doug Downey. “Building on numerous recent breakthroughs, this central piece of the Justice Accelerated Strategy will provide the tools needed to better meet expectations for how justice can be done in 2021 and beyond.”MonNov152021
An Abu Dhabi-based company, Group 42 (G42), has joined forces with Sinar Mas Land to transform BSD City into a smart digital city, using technological innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing, courtesy of the Middle Eastern company. The deal was commemorated by a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed in Dubai on Nov. 1. The event was attended by Michael Widjaja, CEO of Sinar Mas Land, and Peng Xiao, CEO of G42.
Through this collaboration, they are expected to implement a smart city and smart campus platform in BSD City. Both companies aim to develop services and applications on the platform by implementing best practices in security monitoring, building access, payments, commerce, advertising, education and health care. In the future, BSD City will set a benchmark for smart city development in East Kalimantan.MonNov152021
An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) has been set up at the IT hub, Altinho for a complete surveillance
Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) has decided to move forward with the Goa Intelligent City Management System (GICMS) in order to implement the Smart City Mission in the coastal state. This development project with an estimated cost of ₹180 crores is expected to be finished by the end of November, this year. Additionally, this smart city plan is likely to go live on December 13, 2021.SunNov142021
The government is working to drive smart city development nationwide, where the aim is to use digital technology to improve people’s standard of living. Fifteen areas have now been certified as smart city implementation areas.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon presided over a meeting of the National Smart City Steering sub-committee, which saw the attendance of Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn and representatives from the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), Smart City Thailand Office, and other relevant agencies.SunNov142021
Fears of surveillance are big in urban resident’s minds
Amazon announced with great fanfare in 2018 that an area of Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., would be the location of its much-sought-after second headquarters. The area would be known as ‘National Landing,’ prompting residents of Arlington County, Virginia, to ask, “What the heck is that?” The National Landing name was a new umbrella term and part of a rebranding campaign by Amazon, developer JBG Smith, and local economic development committees. National Landing was never a term used by locals, and some residents mocked the name, saying the place didn’t even exist. Other residents were simply confused.SunNov142021
There’s a huge buzz at the moment about smart cities—cities that use the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data to revolutionize urban life and deliver on a promise of efficiency and convenience. And at the very heart of it all is a fundamental rethinking of the way cities handle parking; a smart city without smart parking would be missing a key ingredient in transportation management. For hotel managers, this trend in rethinking urban design offers a chance at additional revenue streams by integrating your available parking areas with the smart city plan for smart parking.
Street congestion is one of the top problems that smart cities seek to solve, and smart parking is one of the best ways to solve it. Think of how much city traffic comes from people slowly circling blocks looking for parking, or from someone double parking while they run in somewhere, or from someone learning to parallel park in real time while a line of traffic forms behind them. When you start to remove these scenarios from the streets, city traffic starts to look different.SunNov142021
EG: 3 main goals of digital transformation, the most prominent of which is to improve the lives of citizens and provide many services
Therefore, it seeks to promote the development of information and communication technology infrastructure and improve digital services in government agencies to improve the performance of ministries and other government agencies and to enhance the quality and efficiency of services by improving the working environment. To provide support to the decision-making process and to find solutions to issues of concern to the society.SatNov132021
The Greater Chennai Corporation, as a part of the Singara Chennai 2.0 initiative, has decided to build smart public toilets in 62 locations across Chennai.
According to a Chennai Corporation official, the proposed smart toilets will have facilities, including Wi-Fi, potable water, ATMs nearby, sanitary pad vending machines, solar photovoltaic rooftop panels, and commercial spaces for advertising.SatNov132021
To create a snapshot of the smart city movement, Smart Cities Dive asked major U.S. cities to provide their own definition of what the term means to their locality.
Over the years, the "smart city" concept has spurred local governments to consider the newest technologies that companies promised would help eliminate the hassles of urban life and make cities safer, greener and more efficient. Local leaders wanted to harness the potential of app-based solutions and internet of things connectivity, where sensors provide masses of data they could use for better decision-making and greater adaptability.SatNov132021
A new “courts digital transformation solution” will make missing court paperwork, long delays in accessing court records and hours wasted in court to schedule trials a thing of the past, the Ontario government announced Friday.
The Ministry of the Attorney General is in the process of procuring a system that Attorney General Doug Downey says will be a “foundational change” for a legal system that has been stuck in the past.FriNov122021
Newcastle leapfrogged Manchester and London in the rankings.
Newcastle has been named as the UK city best equipped with smart technology.
The city beat some of the world's best-known locations in the global Smart City Index which measures how the lives of communities are improved by smart technology.FriNov122021
The two officials shared strategic operations, national programmes, and projects
As reported in Vietnam News, the UK and Vietnam are enhancing cooperation between the two nations in advancing the digital economy and digital transformation.
On Monday, Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, and the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Chris Philp, signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation.FriNov122021
Smart cities are cities that use different types of electronic IoT to collect data and then use this data to efficiently manage assets and resources. Pune is a smart city located in India; Citizens living in Pune do not need to rely on traditional forms of communication with their local utility companies and service bodies. This has eliminated the hassle of traveling to local government departments and has completely eliminated the need for long lines and registration processes. The Pune Municipal Cooperation (PMC) uses artificial intelligent chatbots to assist in these processes.FriNov122021
As people say artificial intelligence will be taking over the world. Taking it positively, we can say that AI is taking over the harmful aspects of the world. Today’s AI and IoT have the potential to provide solutions to many real-life problems. One of the problems requiring urgent attention, where AI can demonstrably make an impact, is combating air pollution.
When we think of air pollution, the first city that comes to mind is Delhi followed by Mumbai, Patna, Gwalior, and so on. Mainly in Delhi air pollution is a constant problem and it has become a dreadful issue as the AQI (Air Quality Index) goes from poor to worse with every passing day.ThuNov112021
So-called smart cities have become aspirational for governments around the world and the government has been among them with its 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021).
Over the past five years, the government has financed "smart city" projects in cities such as Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai where the use of smart technology and the internet of things (IoT) has been applied to improve public services and urban management.ThuNov112021
Bell and Esri Canada deliver Integrated Smart City Ecosystem to empower Canadian communities of all sizes
Bell announced an agreement with Esri Canada, the nation’s leading geographic information system (GIS) provider, to create the Bell Integrated Smart City Ecosystem. This integrated solution will combine Bell’s award-winning 5G network and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with Esri’s real-time analytics and location intelligence capabilities to help cities of all sizes across Canada become connected communities, empowering them to realize their smart city ambitions.
“We’re proud to partner with Esri Canada to deliver this enhanced and comprehensive solution for municipal operations management to governments across Canada,” said Jeremy Wubs, Senior Vice President, Marketing for Bell Business Markets. “Combined with Bell’s leading 5G network and our proven IoT capabilities, this agreement with Esri Canada offers cities across the country a holistic platform to help them manage their critical infrastructure and services in real time.”ThuNov112021
A digitally innovative innovative My Smart City platform aims to assist with service delivery issues that municipalities are struggling with.
City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said as part of the City’s open data strategy, the City made its service request API available to responsible external organisations such as Acumen, which allows external organisations to build their own apps and link these to the City of Cape Town, provided they comply with the City’s security requirements and use the API responsibly.WedNov102021
Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) is hosting a forum aimed at studying the Digital transformation plans of Bahrain government entities for the year 2022.
Led by Chief Executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, the event, which seeks to implement high level directives to accelerate the pace of Digital Transformation, is being held from November 1 to 4 at the iGA’s premises in Muharraq with the participation of Undersecretaries, Asst. Undersecretaries and senior officials representing 28 government entities.WedNov102021
Multibillion-dollar economic development investments in the Memphis area have city and economic leaders reimagining the region’s next chapter as a place for urban tech innovation and smart technologies.
City and economic leaders in Memphis, Tennessee want to rethink the historic river and music city as a place for urban innovation. We hope that this change will spur efforts to put data at the center of the economy, broadband access, and decision making.WedNov102021
Dutch architect UNStudio has designed a 500,000 sq m smart city for industrial land in northeast Seoul in which residents will be able to reach work and leisure destinations within a 10-minute walk from their homes.
Project H1 is being realised by Hyundai Development Company as a neighbourhood geared to the digital economy. There will be eight residential towers of different heights spaced along a street-mall and a “third space” containing cinemas, a community centre and a kindergarten.TueNov092021
ES: Canary Islands: Tenerife: Mena ‘sells’ tour operators the 5.6 million for digital transformation
José Julián Mena explained that the municipality, together with the state public body Red.es, are in full tender for “an ambitious digitization project” that will strengthen it as a leading destination nationwide. It will have an investment of 5.6 million euros for the use of artificial intelligence and big data in the public-private management of the sector.
Last October, the tour operator Jet2 notably strengthened its transport capacity from the United Kingdom to Tenerife, increasing its offer to the Canary Islands by 7,000 additional seats from its ten operating bases, which underlines its strategic importance for Arona.TueNov092021
According to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung, in the context of Vietnam accelerating national digital transformation, smart city development is digital transformation in that urban area. Smart cities cannot be separated from local digital transformation.
The basic driving force for socio-economic development
On November 2, the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and the Asia-Pacific Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) officially opened the Vietnam Smart City Summit – ASOCIO 2021, attended by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung.TueNov092021
Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung and the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Chris Philp signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation in digital economy and digital transformation on November 1 (London time).
The two officials shared strategic orientations, national programmes and projects on the development of the digital economy and digital society of each country, as well as initiatives and policies in support of digital economic development.TueNov092021
Singapore is the smartest city in the world for the third year running, according to this year's Smart City Index.
Published by Swiss business school Institute of Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design last Thursday (Oct 28), the index ranks 118 cities by how "smart" they are.MonNov082021
The Sarawak civil service is undergoing a journey of digital transformation towards a world-class government administration and to ensure transparency, integrity and accountability.
Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg said the government is often perceived by the public as one of the sectors very susceptible to corruption in the economy of any country, particularly in developing countries.MonNov082021
Ransomware: It's only a matter of time before a smart city falls victim, and we need to take action now
Ransomware groups go after targets that downtime causes the most disruption for. That means an insecure 5G IoT connected city could be a prime target for extortion attacks.
Ransomware attacks are going to get worse – and one of these attacks could eventually take out the infrastructure of an entire 5G-enabled smart city, a cybersecurity expert has warned.MonNov082021
AE: Dubai: Government Summit: Enhancing smart city services and cybersecurity to keep pace with the increase
The World Government Summit Foundation has launched a new report entitled “Integrating Security Solutions into Smart Cities Design… How to Build a Safe Smart City in a Volatile Cyber World”, as part of its series of knowledge reports to support governments in anticipating the future of cities and enhancing their security by developing and innovating new solutions.
The report, which was launched in partnership with global consulting firm “Ernst & Young” (EY), in conjunction with World Cities Day on October 31, indicated that cities will witness radical changes by 2050, by increasing their population by up to 70%.MonNov082021
South Korea has started the six-month demonstration of automated construction technologies including 5G-based machine guidance and machine control techniques at the central city of Sejong. The administrative city was built on a massive smart city platform which is an ideal testbed for future connected technologies.
A smart city is a city platform with its components connected via wireless networks using 4G, 5G, WiFi, and internet of things (IoT) mobile communication technologies. Various sensors and cameras are organically connected to each other and their control tower so that managers can monitor every part of smart cities in real-time.SunNov072021
The remarkable progress made by the city of Riyadh is the second largest among the G20 countries after the South Korean capital, Seoul, and the third largest in the world, in the IMD Smart Cities Index for 2021, where it came as the third smartest city among the capitals of the G20 countries, and the thirty at the level global, surpassing ancient cities such as Los Angeles, Madrid, Hong Kong and Paris.
Although population density is one of the measurement indicators for smart cities, providing smart services to the population of a million city is much more difficult than that of a millennium city, and among the list of the top 30 smart cities, Riyadh came in fourth place on the list, where there were 14 million and 16 thousand cities.SunNov072021
The ambitious national programme for the digital economy includes a set of main pillars and medium and long-term goals based
Aligned with Oman Vision 2040’s economic growth and job creation goals, digital transformation plays a key role as it supports the strategic and vital sectors in the Sultanate of Oman.SatNov062021
Abu Dhabi has been ranked the “Smartest City in the MENA Region” for the second consecutive year in the annual IMD-SUTD Smart City Index (SCI) released today in collaboration between the IMD (Institute for Management Development) World Competitiveness Center and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
According to the new report, Abu Dhabi has risen 14 places to 28th in the global smart cities ranking. Almost 15,000 city dwellers were surveyed in 118 cities around the world. They were asked about the performance of their respective cities in terms of health and safety, mobility, activities, work and school, and governance.SatNov062021
Earlier this week Team Finland in Jakarta visited the city of Bogor to discuss the Smart City cooperation between Indonesian and Finnish Cities.
According to the Embassy of Finland in Indonesia, Finland is one of the leading European countries in developing Smart Cities, keen to share its experiences and knowledge of our Smart City concept and initiative.FriNov052021
US utility AES Ohio has announced the completion of its Smart Operations Center as part of the company’s efforts to develop, test and embed innovative solutions for reliable grid operations.
J.P. Nauseef, the CEO of JobsOhio, an economic development agency, said: “The opening of the AES Smart Operations Center in Ohio – the first of its kind in the United States – will launch a new era of innovative energy solutions that will reverberate across America.FriNov052021
Officials in international technology companies confirmed that the UAE Programming Day, which is part of the National Program for Programmers launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in July 2021, is the culmination of the digital transformation process in the UAE. The UAE, and confirms its commitment and unremitting efforts to build a modern digital economy and support technical innovation.
International companies participating in the National Program for Programmers emphasized their continued investment in their educational and training programs to support national visions of digital innovation, support young skills in programming sciences, and continue to support digital transformation in public and private sector companies.FriNov052021
The People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue province and VNPT Group signed a cooperation agreement on IT and telecommunications in the 2021-2025 period.
According to the signed content, VNPT Group will coordinate and support Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee to survey and advise on tasks and master projects on digital transformation and smart city service development; building digital infrastructure, shared platforms, ensuring information safety and security, and cooperating in training and developing IT-VT human resources to create the foundation for Thua Thien Hue digital transformation.FriNov052021
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the "2nd Basic Plan for Metropolitan Area Transportation". The plan includes four strategies and tasks to follow the future megatrends:
- Realization of a 30-minute life zone in metropolitan city areas
- Establishment of eco-friendly and smart transportation systems such as demand-responsive wide-area mobility services
- Introduction of "Locally Customized Thrifty Transportation Card"
- Establishment of wide-area transportation governance for win-win development
A "30-minute city" will be implemented through the establishment of a convenient wide-area transportation network at the level of major developed countries, which has more than three times the extension of the metropolitan railway in the metropolitan area.ThuNov042021
A new interactive world map links projects involving biometric and behavioral mass surveillance in the EU and their providers worldwide. It has been created as part of a report into the known uses of remote biometric identification – public and private – in the bloc as a dossier to serve as a warning against projects running unchecked and becoming biometric mass surveillance.
‘Biometric and Behavioural Mass Surveillance in EU Member States’ was commissioned by the Greens/EFA parliamentary group, the fourth-largest grouping in the European Parliament. It spans case studies across the continent where (allegedly) privacy-infringing technologies have already been installed in cities or entire countries.ThuNov042021
City of Edinburgh Council has a stated aim to become a world-leading smart city that is digitally inclusive and sustainable, with services easily accessible by all of its residents. To fulfil this ambition, it has signed a five-year contract with CGI to realise the transformation.
Procurement of this city management asset is supported via a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant as part of the Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City programme. City of Edinburgh Council is delivering three projects budgeted at £6.4m, of which £2.5m is part of the ERDF grant.ThuNov042021
IN: Maharashtra: Pune: PMC to implement new traffic management system, Congress alleges graft in approval process
PMC teams up with Pune Smart City Development Corporation for the system. The civic body will be spending the operation and maintenance cost of Rs 58 crore for the next five years.
In a bid to resolve traffic chaos across the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) along with Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has decided to implement the Adaptive Traffic Management System (ATMS) across the city.ThuNov042021
The positive impact of technology on everyday life is spreading ever wider, yet still, some aren’t convinced about the validity of large-scale innovations. What may ultimately convince the doubters is the positive effects of digital healthcare transformation and the difference it makes globally (What is digital transformation?). The development of cutting-edge, accessible technologies leads to creating more efficient solutions and systems connecting medical professionals and patients. As a result, healthcare providers can cater to the huge demand of varied needs, addressing patients with better accuracy and efficiency.
In medical reality, practical applications of digital solutions are a step towards creating better care services and improving life quality for millions of patients annually. The stakes are high and definitely worth further development.WedNov032021
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, inaugurated various projects under Varanasi Smart City including the ghat revitalization and façade restoration work at five ghats, basement parking and park at Townhall, beautification and conservation of Chakra Pond, and Bio-CNG Plant at Gau Ashray Kendra, Shahanshahpur.
According to the spokesperson of the Smart City, a fund of Rs 50.92 crore was spent for the execution of these projects.WedNov032021
The City of Casey has launched an Open Data Platform to provide easy access to a range of data about the municipality.
The platform allows data to be presented in an easy to use and view format, making it more accessible for the community and businesses to conduct research, make evidence-based decisions, create new localised business strategies or gain knowledge and understanding of social, economic, and environmental trends.WedNov032021
The Arabian Internet and Communications Services Co, known as Solutions by STC, a Saudi end-to-end digital solutions innovator, is the latest big name to become involved in the development of the new Saudi Arabian city Neom.
Solutions by STC, has signed several contracts with the Saudi Telecom Company, which offers a wide range of telecommunications services, to build a modern data centre in the new city.WedNov032021
The connectivity of smart cities can be used as a tool against neoliberalism, bringing people together and reviving the spirit of democracy.
Over the last few years, I have written various articles about smart cities, and I have reported on several of them during my international smart city expedition in 2018. Moving three years forward, COVID-19 has had a positive and a negative effect on the development of smart cities.TueNov022021
A real estate firm, GodMade Homes Limited (GMH), has urged the federal and state governments to digitise home delivery to enhance access to home schemes and reduce housing deficit in the states.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Ayo Olanrewaju, noted that the process would bring convenience to all given that information could be accessed and exchanged between the ministry and the public.TueNov022021
US: Georgia: Atlanta: Planned technology-driven mixed use community adds to South Downtown development
Developers are planning to transform 10 acres of industrial land in South Downtown into a mixed-use community built on digital infrastructure and blockchain technology.
Forge Atlanta, an Urbantec Development Partners-led project, will combine research space for life sciences companies with multi-family housing, retail and entertainment venues.
The site is located at Ted Turner Drive and Whitehall Street and includes 3.8 million square feet of mixed-use space and 1.2 million square feet of residential space.TueNov022021
Plans for Peterborough, one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, to adopt a smart energy system have reached their halfway point.
The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Stephen Lane, and Peterborough City Council leader, Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, were among the local leaders who celebrated the milestone at an event on 21 October to welcome an electric double-decker bus into the city on its national clean energy tour of the UK in the run-up to COP26.TueNov022021
The UT administration is planning to make Chandigarh carbon neutral by 2030. The plan was discussed in a two-day visioning workshop on “Future Ready Chandigarh 2030 & Beyond” which was officially opened on Monday by UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit at Hotel Mount View.
The workshop is organised by the administration and is supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with an objective of sustainable improvement of urban infrastructure and services, setting out the desired future roadmap for the city.MonNov012021
Malaysia is looking forward to its 2030 ambition of becoming a Digital Nation and multiple goals are currently being laid by all ministries, stakeholders, agencies, and infrastructure planners.
Among the goals is to turn some of the cities into smart cities but what does a ‘smart city’ mean. The Smart City Council defines them as one “that uses information and communication technology (ICT)to enhance liveability, workability, and sustainability. All definitions have one element in common, they agree that at the core it’s about leveraging new and disruptive technologies to address a broad range of urban problems.MonNov012021
Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international summit on cities and smart urban solutions organized by Fira de Barcelona, will bring together the urban innovation industry again and in-person to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event. From November 16 to 18, with over 400 exhibitors and 300 speakers, and under the theme We are the cities we make, the event will reflect on the transformation of metropolises after the pandemic and the need to meet the needs of its citizens even more than before.
The event will gather the leading international experts and companies to share knowledge and tackle the many challenges involved in urban transformation. To cover the many fields involved, the congress program be structured in eight themes, Enabling Technologies, Energy & Environment, Mobility, Governance, Living & Inclusion, Economy, Infrastructure & Buildings, and Safety & Security.MonNov012021
Agnishwar Jayaprakash, the 31-year-old Managing Director of the Chennai-based Garuda Aerospace, a Drones-As-A-Service (DaaS) startup, is on cloud nine after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Well-informed about drone usage, Modi wants drones to connect the remote areas of the country. Apart from delivery of medicines and others to people living in remote places, he also said drones could also deliver postal packages to them," Jayaprakash told IANS. "I was astonished over how hands-on he was on drones. He was keen on knowing the industry's reaction to the recent policy initiatives. I said India will become the drone capital of the world soon. The Prime Minister also said the services offered by drones should be affordable," he added.SunOct312021
In our work to streamline government services, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) found that one choke point when it comes to processing applications and requests was the number of documentary requirements and signatures needed. Numerous papers have to be passed around and signed by a handful of key persons, which means that it could take days before the transaction could be completed. With the interconnectivity that modern technology provides, this could be done faster and more efficiently through the use of electronic documents and digital signatures.
The ARTA has long been pushing for the use of digital signatures in government practice, especially now when there was an urgent need for automated solutions as to not hamper the delivery of public service amid the pandemic. In fact, the authority has been aiming to be the first paperless agency in the country by shifting from manual to digital documentations.SunOct312021
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced the state will soon distribute GPS-enabled smartwatches among government employees to track their real-time location and record attendance.
It will mark a progression from the previous roster and the subsequent biometric system by eliminating loopholes that allowed attendance to be manipulated, the CM said.SunOct312021
History was created yesterday when J&K hosted 1st ever Virtual National Digital Transformational Conclave led by Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary J&K and mentored by Amit Sharma, Secretary, Information Technology Department and Chief Executive Officer, Jammu & Kashmir e-Governance Agency. A special feature of this IT-Awareness Conference was that more than 75 Officers from Central-cum-State/UT Departments and Specialists relating to Information Technology participated and contributed with their innovative thought sharing, which was partnered by GovConnect Group alongwith JaKeGA of J&K, being host partners.
Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta in his presidential remarks shared lot of innovative steps taken for brining transparency and public deliverance during last few months which include launch of Land Records Website, CCTNS, Police Services Website in a record time, hosting of several departmental services on Centralised Data Centre of UT, successful implementation of eOffice making J&K Government working paperless and DBT with launch of several financial services online and creation of Dashboards in the Finance Department. He was appreciative about the commitment shown by IT Department and mentioned that similar IT related initiatives shall be taken in J&K in times to come. He also complimented that organisers for such a professional management and culmination of this historical National Event.SatOct302021
The Federal Government has said it is working on a bill – the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB) that will aid the digital economy in the country.
The government explained that the Bill is a set of rules and incentives that will help create an enabling environment for tech enabled businesses.SatOct302021
Despite the expansion of the fourth generation (4G) telecom network, Bangladesh has scored low among digital societies in the Asia Pacific region, according to a global report.
It said Bangladesh outperformed only Pakistan among 11 nations studied in the report styled as 'Digital societies in Asia Pacific: Accelerating progress through collaboration' prepared by the GSMA.SatOct302021
Eurostar is to trial the use of biometrics for customers checking in for services at its St Pancras International hub.
The high-speed rail operator first announced plans for a biometrics trial last summer – the initiative had been scheduled to launch in March this year, but trusted identity, payments and data protection firm Entrust confirmed that its solution would “soon be piloted in the UK by Eurostar”.SatOct302021
While sustainability is the future, digital transformation is a key enabler supporting industries make the transition
For countries like Saudi Arabia and its fellow GCC members, addressing climate change has become an integral part of their economic development and diversification strategies.
This approach to growth, which centres on sustainability, draws on many approaches, most notably digital transformation. By deploying digital tools such as big data, analytics, the cloud, and artificial intelligence (AI), organisations can accomplish more while consuming less.FriOct292021
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has announced the launch of the NPCI Tokenisation System (NTS) that will support the tokenisation of RuPay cards as an alternative to storing card details with merchants. The NTS aims to enhance the safety of customers and provide a seamless shopping experience. NPCI is an umbrella organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems owned under the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). RuPay is NPCI’s multinational financial services and payment service system.
Card tokenisation replaces the details of a card, such as its number and CVV, which is used to make a transaction with an encrypted algorithmically generated token. The token is generated either by the card issuer or payments network, a report by the Mint explained. The process is expected to secure the sensitive financial data of customers and curb cyber fraud.FriOct292021
The central city of Da Nang has topped the Digital Transformation Index (DTI) 2020 rankings for localities nationwide in all three key pillars, namely, the digital government, digital economy, and digital society. The rankings are a part of the DTI 2020 report, which was released at a conference in Hanoi recently. The report aimed to provide an overview of the digital transformation situation in Vietnam in 2020, helping government ministries, agencies, and localities design solutions to promote their digital transformation in the time to come. Along with Da Nang, the top ten cities and provinces include Thua Thien-Hue, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Ninh Binh, Kien Giang, and Bac Giang.FriOct292021
We are all familiar with the iconic black and white square design of a QR code today. The steadily increasing penetration of smartphones and access to high-speed internet has resulted in the widespread use of QR codes.
One of the most significant advantages of using QR codes is that it allows for instant payment. When compared to other modes of payment, paying with QR codes is extremely fast. To process the payment, a user only needs to open the QR code scan app, scan the QR code, and confirm. The payments are made in a matter of seconds.FriOct292021
he Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu today said that eviction notices to people/ traders under garb of Smart City project is unwarranted and unjustified move.
An emergent meeting of CCI, Jammu, was held at Chamber House under the chairmanship of its president Arun Gupta along with the office bearers in which various issues related to traders were discussed.
The Chamber president applauded the LG Govt for considering various demands of the Chamber including grant of rights to Mahajans, Khatris, Sikhs and Jain to purchase and sale of agriculture land in the UT which earlier was denied to the aforesaid communities by a particular clause in the J&K Land Act and requested the Govt to include Ziver, Nai, Kamyar (Kashap Rajput and Other OBC communities) in the same preview. He also expressed gratitude for allowing cinemas and banquets to function with certain necessary restrictions.ThuOct282021
Running a business, in itself, is a pretty challenging task. A lot of factors, big and small, have the power to critically impact the present as well as the future of a business. Thus, an entrepreneur has to stay vigilant about all trends and accommodate them in his/her business from time to time to make the best of the situation.
Recent times have seen a robust advancement in fields of technology and digitization, which was only further, bolstered by the ongoing pandemic and the movement restrictions that it necessitated. While it is true that technological advancements impact all businesses’ functioning in a given industry at almost equal levels, the resources at disposal of all companies to accommodate the technological shift are not equal. Especially, when it comes to small and medium-sized businesses, their lack of monetary resources often poses a problem when it comes to large-scale shifts in the industry.ThuOct282021
VP of Solutions Architecture at iland, Marc Beder, talks to DIGIT about the digital transformation landscape and addressing commonly-seen shortcomings using the Cloud.
Digital transformation, in a tangible sense that’s effective for businesses, seems to be becoming ever more nebulous, with strategies implemented with the best intentions often causing more harm than good when factors such as cost and the deployment of resources are not kept in check.ThuOct282021
CIOs must collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to sustain digital transformation progress. Are you prioritizing these key goals?
CIOs are at the forefront of digital transformation, a position that’s not likely to change. Transformations are never static, although I admit that the word makes it sound otherwise. If your goal is to reach some new fixed state that will carry you over for many years to come, you’ve lost the battle. Ultimately, digital transformation should lead to a state that enables continual change and improvement.ThuOct282021
More than 70 percent of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Smart city technology can help make those cities safer and better for everyone
The eleventh of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for 2050 is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by “creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies.” By that same year, 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas.WedOct272021
A city-based private firm offered setting up of electric charging stations in Nashik city free of cost.
A delegation of the officials from the company CEO Sumant More met the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) and offered setting up of the electric charging stations free of cost if they get spaces by the civic body in the city.WedOct272021
The local government’s collaboration with state, regional and nonprofit organizations boosts cybersecurity.
Stafford County, Va., CTO Mike Cannon has a unique opportunity to help build a downtown from the ground up.
The rapidly growing jurisdiction contains a county seat, also called Stafford, and several years ago, the local government began planning a smart community in the heart of it. In doing so, the county has maintained cybersecurity as a top priority, Cannon said Tuesday during a panel at the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.WedOct272021
Digital technology could potentially bring over US$74 billion to Vietnam by 2030, with the most beneficial sectors including manufacturing, agriculture and food, and education training. The information was unveiled in a report on the potential of Vietnam’s digital economy, which was presented at a workshop held in Hanoi, earlier this week.
The report showed that Vietnam has many opportunities to benefit from the digital economy. Accordingly, the young, educated, and tech-savvy population accounts for 70% of its citizens under 35 years old. The literacy rate in the 15-35 age group is over 98%, higher than the average global rate of 91%. About 70% of the population uses smartphones. Vietnam also has the second-fastest-growing Internet economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. The government has collaborated with private players to organise online training and capacity-building programmes in technology, e-commerce applications, and digital transformation for domestic businesses. Officials claimed that the government plans to build and implement more programmes to support innovation in local enterprises.WedOct272021
The central city of Da Nang topped the Digital Transformation Index (DTI) rankings in 2020 for localities nationwide in all three key pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society, according to the DTI 2020 Report, which was released at a conference in Hanoi on October 19.
The report was based on four major sources - data from reports of ministries, ministry-level agencies, Government-run agencies and centrally-run cities and provinces in 2020; data collected from people, entrepreneurs, State officials and public servants; experts’ assessments on digital transformation and information technology; and evaluation collected through the Internet under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communications.WedOct272021
In a recent discussion hosted by an international research organisation based in the Philippines called Digital Readiness PH: Fostering a Digital Empowerment Agenda, the country’s telecom service provider’s Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Head of Corporate Communications announced the company is investing $2.1 billion in capital expenditure this year to expand the country’s digital infrastructure.
If the Philippines government intends to boost digital infrastructure and promote economic resiliency, it is mentioned that the government must adopt and consider the private sector’s initiative in infrastructure investment to improve internet connectivity and lower costs.TueOct262021
Ultrafast network key to digital push
5G technology is turning Thailand around with the value of 5G-driven business and services expected to hit 650 billion baht by 2030, and the ultrafast internet service playing an instrumental role in the push for S-curve industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area, say key figures in state and private sectors.
They shared their views yesterday at a seminar entitled "EEC Future: 5G -- the driver of Thailand's competitiveness on the global stage", organised by business newspaper Krungthep Turakij.TueOct262021
The Municipality of Orani in Bataan has tapped PayMaya to start building its “digital-first community.”
Citizens can now enjoy the convenience of paying their taxes and other government fees at the Orani Municipal Hall via PayMaya QR and using any credit, debit, prepaid card, and other e-wallets through PayMaya One—PayMaya’s all-in-one Android-based payment device.
Soon, taxpayers can also pay via the local government’s website equipped with PayMaya’s online payment gateway, PayMaya Checkout. Citizens and businesses alike will also be able to settle their dues using payment links with the PayMaya Digital Invoice, which the local government will directly send to their registered email accounts.TueOct262021
At the heart of the Beta District in Central Ohio is the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile “living lab” to test and deploy transportation technology. The corridor was officially unveiled last month.
Central Ohio continues to reassert itself as a destination for transportation innovation. The region is home to the Beta District, a coordinated network of transportation tech testing and deployment opportunities.TueOct262021
AE: Department of Municipality and Transport partners with Microsoft to drive SMART City initiatives across Abu Dhabi
The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and Microsoft have announced a new collaboration with Microsoft-UAE during GITEX 2021 Technology Week, around the SMART City framework, to facilitate several key initiatives in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enables DMT and Microsoft to work together to realise the Department's ambition to make Abu Dhabi one of the world smartest cities by leveraging Microsoft’s local data centres, which offer enterprise-class performance, agility, security and privacy measures. Microsoft is bringing its extensive global knowledge and experience with its wide selection of innovative solutions to continue its overall contribution to the UAE’s digitisation journey.MonOct252021
The Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati (IIT-Guwahati) has submitted a proposal to the Minister of State (MoS) for Communications to set up a Centre of Excellence in Advanced Communication on campus to aid the study and development of next-generation communication systems. The proposal comes after the Minister visited the Institute and lauded the infrastructure and research on communications, connectivity, and other related areas. The Minister requested IIT-Guwahati provide support for 5G Communications and other vital technologies. He also met with the regional telecommunication officials at the Institute and discussed the enhancement of connectivity and services to the region. A recent survey noted that India is likely to have 330 million 5G users by the end of 2026. Also, by this time, 5G subscriptions could reach 3.5 billion, accounting for around 40% of all mobile subscriptions. India has the biggest rise in the intention to upgrade, with 67% of users expressing an intention to take up 5G once it is available - an increase of 14 percentage points over 2019.MonOct252021
E-commerce stands at the forefront as the driver of innovation in the postal services because competition in the e-commerce market provides positive incentives for all market players, parcel carriers and retailers, and tends to spur the development of new delivery solutions.
Modern developments in the global postal industry show that technology plays a pivotal role in postal services. It acts as an enabler and a driver for better services for consumers. The future impact of emerging technologies and innovations portends more viable growth and positive benefits for postal services and consumers.MonOct252021
The Ministry of Social Development and Omantel have signed an agreement under which Omantel will set up a centre for cloud services for the ministry.
Dr Laila Ahmed Al Najjar, Minister of Social Development and Talal bin Said Al Mamari, CEO, Omantel signed the agreement.
As per the agreement, Omantel will set up an integrated contact centre for cloud communications to provide IT solutions and services within a secure, high-quality, and flexible cloud environment.MonOct252021
Vietnam is evolving robustly in information technology and telecommunications (ICT) and devising a strategy to grow further, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) Information Technology Department, Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, noted recently. The country has surpassed many IT powerhouses in this field and ranks second globally in phone production and export, accounting for 13.3% of the global market share. It has been also placed among the top countries in electronics export and game production, the official stated at an event held on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021.
According to a report, at the event, representatives from enterprises discussed Vietnam’s role in global technology and the supply chain, e-commerce policies, and domestic enterprises’ innovation capacity. Vietnam’s strong awareness and determination towards digital transformation have been seen from the central to local levels. The country has issued the National Digital Transformation Programme till 2025, with a vision to 2030, which features three main pillars: e-government, digital economy, and digital society.MonOct252021
Within four square kilometres fully covered by 5G technology at an amusement park in Beijing, mobile networks can support tens of thousands of users at the same time, with extensive indoor digital systems and macrocells.
In the amusement park, there are many high-end user groups. From user traffic data, the 5G offload ratio has reached almost 50%. The number of 5G users and 5G traffic has reached a very high level. From cloud gaming, playing ultra-HD videos, to other online services, they can meet their users’ requirements and guarantee meeting the users’ needs during peak time.SunOct242021
The Dubai-Government Workshop (DGW), is set to join the GITEX Technology Week on October 17 to 21 at the Dubai World Trade Center as part of the Digital Dubai Pavilion. During this event, DGW will showcase its latest services, updates on new initiatives and innovations, as well as introduce its advanced solutions aimed at enhancing customer experience and improving the government service sector in the Emirate of Dubai and in the UAE.
Through its participation in this major event, DGW seeks to inform the public about the progress made in providing an easy and smooth experience for all customers through integrating technological innovations that ensure safety procedures in preparation for the post-pandemic phase.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is planning to put the 2006 National Census on-line, in what it says could turn out to be one of the largest Internet-based questionnaires ever undertaken. According to tech news Web site Australian IT, citizens will be able to fill in Australia's next census after entering a special PIN number on a Web site. The ABS said that if just 10 percent of households respond electronically, the project will break even, and if 25 percent do so, it will make overall savings. Australian IT noted that Singapore has already offered its citizens an electronic census, Canada has piloted the option, while New Zealand is also planning on-line options.
The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration (DNRD) in the United Arab Emirates has announced the opening of a new e-gate registration centre in the city. The e-gate system was launched in August this year with the installation of four e-gates at Dubai airport that enable passengers to bypass manual Immigration checks. The electronic passenger clearance system requires users to register their details and undergo procedures involving finger printing and photography before a smart card containing the users' information is issued. The DNRD says the e-gate system has been very successful so far, with over 3,500 residents obtaining the smart card in the first month of operations.
The UK government is being urged to suspend its STG5 billion e-government programme amid claims that hundreds of official Web sites have "serious problems." An independent study commissioned by Web design company Interactive Bureau and conducted by Porter Research said that three-quarters of the government's 20 "flagship" Web sites needed "immediate attention." The report deemed the prime minister's own site one of the worst offenders, describing it as "a mess -- in need of a thorough overhaul from top to bottom." The research company warned that the UK's target of having government fully on-line by 2005 was "not realistically achievable" and recommended that the Internet aspects of the e-government programme be suspended while faults are rectified.
A pilot scheme for virtual court hearings has been launched in the UK. Manchester Crown Court at Minshull Street has introduced an on-line system for plea and directions hearings -- preliminary hearings at which the defendant pleads guilty or not guilty before a case goes to trial. The system allows prosecution and defence barristers to submit information to the court via a secure Web site. The scheme aims to tackle delays and lower costs by reducing the need for people to travel to court for such hearings, which take up the equivalent of three full court days at Minshull Street and cost between STG10,000 and STG12,000 per day for the use of a courtroom. An evaluation of the project will take place in March 2003.
Scotland's finance minister has released the details of new funding for its e-government programme. Speaking at the GC Scotland 2002 conference in Edinburgh, Andy Kerr, Minister for Finance and Public Services for the Scottish Executive, said Scotland will receive a further STG30 million of central government funds for the support of e-government initiatives. Kerr said the money would be provided in the third round of the modernising government fund for Scotland and would be available for 2004/2005 and 2005/2006. He added that the money would be allocated under a similar process to the first two rounds of the fund, which involved local authorities bidding for money to support projects.
The European Commission has awarded UK-based consultancy Netproject a EUR250,000 contract to study the issues surrounding the migration of government computers in member states to a Linux/open source environment. Netproject is to draw up guidelines for a move to open source technologies and to help define EU strategy on desktop computing. The company is planning to put forward an architecture for secure computing based on Linux in its report, which is due to be delivered next spring.
Quelle: Electric News