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  • Fri
    Apr
    23
    2021
    The Line - Walkability, livability behind Saudi eco-city design could be blueprint for all

    The principles of walkability and livability behind THE LINE, Saudi Arabia's revolutionary zero carbon city project, could be a blueprint for urban design, said Florian Lennert, head of mobility in NEOM, a planned Saudi city.

    "We face the need of globalization to build new cities for 3 billion people for the next 30 to 40 years. There are places around the world that are thinking about city design, and THE LINE could be a blueprint," Lennert told Xinhua in a recent interview.

  • Fri
    Apr
    23
    2021
    Edge computing: Revving 2021 up for your 5G future

    Last year as the world leaned upon digital platforms for connection, the power and absolute necessity of technology became 100% clear - let's call it the 2020 vision. This year, the evolution of those digital technologies carries renewed weight in edge computing. Edge continues to serve as the thread that sews the seams of our high-tech lives together today - and reinforces the fabric of our 5G-charged futures.

    Better, faster connections are more important than ever as we continue to make our homes smart hubs for all our worldly needs – whether that’s smart TVs, personal assistants or security. It was no surprise that innovative smart home devices stood out at this year’s virtual CES exhibition. From robot vacuums hoovers to smart lights built with seniors’ carers in mind and poo-analysing toilets that provide personalised health recommendations, it didn’t disappoint. The trend places human benefit at the heart of technology, in the centre of homes.

  • Fri
    Apr
    23
    2021
    US: New York City chooses three e-scooter providers for pilot Bronx project

    NYC DOT and e-scooter companies Bird, Lime and Veo, will work with local communities to site e-scooter parking corrals and educate the public about the pilot.

    New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected three companies for the city’s first electric scooter pilot in eastern Bronx. DOT has also unveiled its plans for new bike lanes to enhance safety and mobility.

  • Fri
    Apr
    23
    2021
    US: Many Thought COVID Would Derail Smart Cities Work — It Didn’t

    On the second day of the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, private- and public-sector tech officials discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic shifted smart city efforts and initiatives and positioned them for the future.

    Smart city technologies to support efforts like fleet management or remote work may have been a tough sell at times in the pre-pandemic world, but not so much anymore. Those familiar with the space say new technologies and partnerships are helping navigate the unprecedented times.

  • Fri
    Apr
    23
    2021
    Smart Parking Solutions to Record CAGR of 9% and Increase in Revenue by 2028

    Smart Parking Solutions Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028

    Advancements in internet of things technology is opening gateways to new opportunities for smart parking solution developers to explore. Innovations in ubiquitous computing coupled with the developments in cloud platforms are opening up new avenues for smart parking solutions companies to venture into. The rising popularity of data-driven operations and the benefits associated with it are causing an increase in the adoption of parking software around the world.

  • Thu
    Apr
    22
    2021
    US: Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh: Smart infrastructure projects are changing the way traffic flows.

    It was in the early 2000s when Jim Misener, chair of the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee, first started to watch short-range communication come into form and the emerging ability for cars to “talk” to surrounding infrastructure. “Smart cities” had not yet become a common term.

    Misener said the technology peaked SAE International’s interest, and the organization, which develops global standards, quickly set to work creating a set of standards to shape the way cities deploy smart infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Apr
    22
    2021
    ADB proposes $67m smart city in Vietnam

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has proposed to invest $67.3 million to develop a smart and energy efficient city project (SEECP) in Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

    The investment will be spent on developing smart city infrastructure, lighting systems with smart technology and public buildings, according to press reports. The project will include smart lighting and smart building.

    The project's funding will come from an official development assistance (ODA) loan of $32.9m from ADB, another ODA loan of $7.07m from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and a $7.07m grant and the rest from the state budget.

  • Thu
    Apr
    22
    2021
    Unique ID Strategy for OECS Countries Prepared to Strengthen Cross-Border Movement

    NRD Companies, a global IT and consulting group specializing in e-governance, has finished developing an action plan for implementing a unique ID system in four Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The OECS unique ID System seeks to facilitate cross-border movement of people and goods and refine e-governance systems.

    The new strategy outlines the necessary steps for the development of a single unique identifier issued to all citizens and residents of the OECS Member States. This will strengthen the civil registry processes and the issuance of national ID cards. The OECS unique ID System will also enhance citizens’ identification when travelling throughout the OECS Economic Union Area (EUA), which is important for granting indefinite stay entry at the official border and securing access to essential public services like education and health care throughout the economic union Member States.

  • Thu
    Apr
    22
    2021
    AU: Queensland: Woombye: Data to drive smarter decision making

    Real time data on people movement, water use and ambient temperatures is now being captured in Woombye to help Sunshine Coast Council improve its delivery of services and facilities into the future.

    Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said 10 sensors had been installed on poles along Blackall Street for the Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) pilot project which is part of council’s Smart City Framework.

  • Wed
    Apr
    21
    2021
    IE: Dublin City University rolls out e-scooter scheme on its campuses

    Pilot scheme to monitor scooter safety will be open to 18,000 students and 2,000 staff

    Dublin City University is launching a shared scooter scheme that will allow staff, students and companies located on its campuses to get around more easily.

    The electric scooters are being made available as part of a research pilot project intended to monitor how artificial intelligence and computer vision can improve safety for both riders and pedestrians. The initiative will also consider how e-scooters could be used to replace other modes of transport.

  • Wed
    Apr
    21
    2021
    This is how we create the age-friendly smart city

    Senior citizens need help and encouragement to remain active as they age in their own communities. Given the choice, that’s what most would prefer. The smart city can provide the digital infrastructure for them to find and tailor the local neighbourhood information they need to achieve this.

    Australia has a growing population of older adults, the majority living in cities. The challenge, then, is to ensure city environments meet their needs and personal goals.

  • Wed
    Apr
    21
    2021
    US: Smart Cities Connect Opens With Calls for Digital Equity

    The eighth annual Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo opened with a panel discussion around digital equity and the need for all communities to expand access to broadband as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

    Broadband connectivity and digital equity have been themes and goals echoed among smart city leaders for years — with varying degrees of fulfillment — but a new sense of urgency is taking over the conversation.

  • Tue
    Apr
    20
    2021
    The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets

    Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. Around 50% of Africa’s 3G networks and 70% of its 4G networks are built by Huawei.

    The Clean Network initiative was the central Trump administration policy aimed at curbing the expansion of Chinese technology infrastructure but has only found success in getting European countries to agree to use non-Chinese infrastructure in expanding telecom networks. Countries such as the United Kingdom (UK), Czech Republic, and Poland, as well as telecom companies such as Orange and Telstra, notably signed on to the initiative.

  • Tue
    Apr
    20
    2021
    Panama Borrows $330 Million for Digital Transformation

    Panama has borrowed US$330 million in loan from Latin American development bank, CAF, for financing its massive ICT program designed to bring about digital transformation in all economic sectors.

    The Central American country is hoping to become what it calls a “digital infrastructure hub” and has already launched initiatives to build 5G networks and enact laws to regulate financial technology (fintech) and cybercrime.

  • Tue
    Apr
    20
    2021
    Belarus counts on UN-Habitat's support for smart cities projects

    Belarus is counting on UN-Habitat's support for smart cities projects, Belarusian Ambassador to Kenya, the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat) Pavel Vzyatkin said during an online-meeting with UN‐Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The Belarusian ambassador highlighted the important role of UN-Habitat in promoting urban green infrastructure technologies and achieving sustainable development goals. He said that Belarus has started implementing a number of smart city projects and is counting on UN-Habitat's support in this regard.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    MY: Access to mobile phone, computer increased to 98.6%: Stats Dept

    More Malaysian users have opted for internet services related to e-Learning, e-Health, e-Government, e-Commerce and e-Entertainment in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Access to mobile phone and computer by households also increased to 98.6 per cent and 77.6 per cent respectively in 2020, according to the Department of Statistics.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    The Digital India

    The covid-19 pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for the digital future of India.

    What is Digital India Mission?

    We as individuals have switched to a virtual model of work and society is being empowered by the methods of digitisation (which has become the need of the hour during pandemic times), the world has shrunk at our fingertips. The Indian Government found it necessary to make the government services available to all its citizens electronically.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    IN: Goa: Months after reminder, govt websites yet to be updated

    Despite two circulars issued by the department of information and technology (IT), most government and semi-autonomous departments continue to ignore the directives to update their websites. The lackadaisical approach of several government departments not only exposes the government’s tall claims about e-governance but also denies citizens’ access to essential information during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Aside from some of the information being outdated, some of the government department websites are non-functional. Websites for the directorate of urban development, information and publicity and fisheries were either down or redirected to other portals.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    MY: DoSM: Internet access usage increased to 91.7pc in 2020

    The percentage of households having access to the Internet has increased to 91.7 per cent in 2020 from 90.1 per cent in 2019, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) today.

    Chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin said access to mobile phones and computers also increased to 98.6 per cent and 77.6 per cent, respectively, in 2020.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    Bangladesh e-Gov CIRT signs agreement with Cyber Wales in the United Kingdom

    The state-run Bangladesh e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT) and Cyber Wales in the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence Day.

    The MoU will help reinforce the bilateral relations in various fields including economic, investment, protection against cyber-attacks and advisory, and pave the way for further cooperation with BGD e-GOV CIRT and Cyber Wales.

  • Mon
    Apr
    19
    2021
    AE: digital|11 April, 2021 Sharjah's department of e-government partners with EVOTEQ

    To deploy stronger critical infrastructure protection capabilities

    Department of eGovernment (DeG), the government entity supporting the digital transformation vision of Sharjah, has signed an agreement with EVOTEQ, a digital transformations solutions provider for leading enterprises and governments through their digitization journeys to help secure smart cities and the critical infrastructures of the emirate.

    Under the terms of the agreement, EVOTEQ is set to deploy its global experience and expertise in cyberspace to assist DeG in providing local government entities with cyber defensive and offensive capabilities. Such specialist capabilities will enable public sectors to address cybersecurity issues in their networks and prevent any breaches.

  • Sun
    Apr
    18
    2021
    How digitalization can lead to a greener planet

    At present, we’re dealing with major disruptions to our daily lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people being forced to stay at home. Digital technologies help ensure continuity during these disastrous events by enabling the transition to an age of knowledge and productivity. It sounds so obvious and simple, yet digitalization is often overlooked. What’s more, it’s commonly misinterpreted and misapplied. Digitalization means more than just making the conversion from analog to digital. It implies leveraging digitized data to impact how things get done.

    Equally important, environmental sustainability can be achieved via digitalization. As digital technologies become more integrated, we and the planet benefit. Maybe digitalization won’t save us, but it will have a fundamental impact. Digitalization isn’t an option anymore. It’s a necessity. Our planet needs to be taken care of and there’s no question of delay or postponing. If you’re curious to know how digital transformation can lead to a greener planet, please continue reading.

  • Sun
    Apr
    18
    2021
    Indian Government’s Initiatives to Boost Big Data Education

    The Indian government has been proactively taking initiatives to boost big data education in India. Taking cognizance of the imperativeness of big data, the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education have taken relevant steps that can foster big data and artificial intelligence in higher education. These steps have been formulated to sustain and accelerate the digital transformation process across India. Meanwhile, several initiatives have been started, to support the education of big data and data analytics.

    The Ministry of Science and Technology under the Big Data Initiatives Division has started a Big Data Initiatives Programme, under which financial aid will be provided to support the research and development of big data across India. Financial aid will also be provided for support to establish a Center for Excellence in Big data analytics, predictive technologies, cybersecurity, etc. Additionally, the programme supports national level conferences/workshops/seminars/brainstorming sessions, etc financially and will support the In-house programmes for Faculty and UG/PG/Doctoral students. The programme focuses to enhance the 5V i.e. Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity, of big data education amongst students.

  • Sun
    Apr
    18
    2021
    IN: Kerala: SCTL, Trida to share revenue for three Thiruvananthapuram smart city projects

    Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and Thiruvananthapuram development authority (Trida) will share the revenue generated from three smart city projects being implemented at Palayam and Chalai.

    The state government has approved the revenue sharing model between SCTL and Trida in developing the three projects — rehabilitation block at Palayam (on M block and waste dump site) as part of Palayam market redevelopment, multi-level car parking complex (behind Saphalyam complex) and warehousing complex at Attakulangara, Chalai. These projects are being implemented using smart city mission funds.

  • Sat
    Apr
    17
    2021
    NG: The Anambra Broadband Initiative

    Anambra State scored a remarkable feat on March 30 by becoming the first state in Nigeria to bring together eminent stakeholders in a conference to singularly address the obstacles facing broadband deployment and expansion in the country. The well-attended conference rallied stakeholders and investors to Anambra State’s readiness and willingness to expand broadband infrastructure for accelerated socioeconomic development of the State celebrated as “The Light of the Nation”.

    Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, takes pride of place as the first leader in South-East Nigeria to implement the waiver of the per linear meter Right of Way (RoW) charges as opposed to the N145 per linear meter recommended by the National Economic Council.

  • Sat
    Apr
    17
    2021
    NZ: Hamilton makes 'smart city' list

    Hamilton has been ranked in the top 50 Smart City Governments in the world.

    It has come in at 21st, ahead of the only other New Zealand cities ranked, with Wellington at 33rd and Christchurch at 43rd.

    More than 230 municipalities submitted entries to make the list, with Hamilton applying for the first time this year.

  • Sat
    Apr
    17
    2021
    BZ: Taiwan to help Belize fully digitize

    To strengthen the close and cordial relations between Belize and Taiwan, the ambassadors of both nations met with ministers of each other’s government to discuss bond-strengthening measures and intentions for further cooperation.

    The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency, David K.C. Chien, met with the Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, Hon. Kevin Bernard, to discuss initiatives to pave the way for a modern, digital era in Belize. The ministry in Belize aspires to achieve 95% digitization of services. Together, the officials of the two countries discussed means for building e-governance in Belize and also how Taiwan could help Belize achieve such a goal. Those in the meeting showed particular interest in providing internet access to rural communities.

  • Sat
    Apr
    17
    2021
    Libyan government launches ‘‘Hakomitna’’ an interactive e-platform for communication with Libyan people

    The Libyan government has launched ‘‘Hakomitna’’ (our government), an interactive electronic platform for communication between the government and the entire Libyan people.

    The platform was launched Minister of State for Communication and Political Affairs, Walid Al-Lafi, which he said was a pioneering experiment to bring citizens closer to, and interact with, the government’s political, economic, service and humanitarian activities.

  • Fri
    Apr
    16
    2021
    NZ: Hamilton ahead of Wellington in list of world’s top smart cities

    Hamilton City Council has been ranked 21st in the 2021 Top 50 Smart City Governments by Eden Strategy Institute. Hamilton is New Zealand’s highest placed council, ahead of Wellington (33rd) and Christchurch (43rd).

    More than 230 municipalities submitted entries to make the list, with Hamilton applying for the first time this year.

  • Fri
    Apr
    16
    2021
    US: Accessible city planning starts with unbiased data insight

    New tech in cities can sometimes do more harm than good. Considering inclusive datasets is an essential part of the process for cities to realize benefits, writes Humanising Autonomy CEO Maya Pindeus.

    Our cities are becoming more digital. The intention is to make life easier for the people who inhabit them — but is it working out like that?

  • Fri
    Apr
    16
    2021
    MY: Blueprint for smart city living

    Federal Territories Ministry has launched a blueprint to guide local authorities in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan towards better efficiency in their service as well as to achieve a smart city status by 2030.

    Its minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said MySmart Wilayah 2030 would outline 25 policies encompassing seven major components: smart governance, smart economy, smart living, smart environment, smart people, smart mobility and smart infrastructure.

  • Fri
    Apr
    16
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad smart city taking a toll on large no. of trees: Greens

    Environment activists in Aurangabad claimed that the roots of a large number of trees planted in the Cantonment area of Aurangabad were damaged during the digging work under Smart City Mission.

    The Smart City Mission in its reply said that the work was “important” and the ground level staff had ensured “minimum damage” to the trees during the digging work.

  • Thu
    Apr
    15
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Mayor discusses Smart City initiatives with CCI

    Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Chander Mohan Gupta and Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma visited Chamber House and discussed the development initiatives taken up in Jammu city with Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) office bearers, here today.

    President CCI Arun Gupta along with other office bearers welcomed the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and held threadbare discussion on the development needed for the city especially with regard to business community.

  • Thu
    Apr
    15
    2021
    JP: Toyota is building a 175-acre smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji – here’s a sneak preview

    The "Woven City" will eventually be home to 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists, according to the company.

    • Toyota just started construction on a 175-acre smart city at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.
    • The "Woven City" is expected to be a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and AI.
    • The first residents will be a group of about 360 inventors, young families, and senior citizens.

  • Thu
    Apr
    15
    2021
    LK: Citizen Centric Digital Government being set up: President

    In his address to the audience at the virtual event inaugurating Sri Lanka Internet Day 2021 held on the 6th and 7th of April, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledged to set up a Citizen Centric Digital Government for the convenience of Sri Lanka’s citizens.

    Stressing on the fact that a technology based society pillar cannot be overlooked, the president stated that Citizen Service Centres will soon adopt new technology for public service delivery.

  • Wed
    Apr
    14
    2021
    US: Starbase, Texas: Can Elon Musk really create his own city near SpaceX’s Gulf Coast launchpad?

    The SpaceX CEO is hardly the first entrepreneur to think about forming a city.

    The secluded Texas beachside community of Boca Chica Village was once a haven for retirees, snowbirds and outdoorsy people who enjoyed dirt biking, fishing or lounging near the water.

    Today, traffic backs up the lone highway out of the unincorporated area that’s now home to only about half a dozen residents — and SpaceX’s Starship facility. During the day, selfie-seeking tourists line the road for photos with the stainless steel spaceship under development. At night, excavators plow the earth at the busy construction site. Before test launches, residents receive a notice suggesting they temporarily evacuate for safety.

  • Wed
    Apr
    14
    2021
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla: 60 CCTV cameras to check traffic violations in Shimla

    Sites have been identified in Shimla for installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for real-time surveillance of traffic and a command and control centre of the police is being set up.

    An amount of Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned under the smart city project and 60 critical, vantage and significant places have been selected for the high-definition cameras with automatic number reading, said SP, Shimla, Mohit Chawala.

  • Wed
    Apr
    14
    2021
    IN: The right platform for governance

    Platform governance can usher in an era of decentralised and personalised government services

    In its Gandhian conception, the decentralisation of political and economic power is fundamental to a democracy which is based on individual freedoms and initiatives. Gandhi’s vision of such decentralisation also saw individuals actively participating in the government. Nearly seven decades later, perhaps digital technologies can actually deliver on this vision of decentralised government which enables individual participation and engagement. True decentralisation of government means moving from a fragmented and complex system guarded by gatekeepers and legacy processes to transparent, responsive, flexible and user-friendly platforms.

  • Tue
    Apr
    13
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Panel submits report on smart city projects

    A panel appointed by divisional commissioner Radhakrishna Game, who is the head of the high court appointed committee on Godavari pollution, recently conducted the survey of the smart city projects and submitted its report to the commissioner.

    The panel has environment experts Prajakta Baste, environmentalist Rajesh Pandit, Nishikant Pagare and representative from National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). It has suggested that the work of mechanical gate below Holkar bridge in the river Godavari be stopped.

  • Tue
    Apr
    13
    2021
    Japan’s Smart City Initiatives Will Play Key Role In Its Digitization And Economic Revival

    For a country that has traditionally been attached to paper bureaucracy, Japan is finding Covid-19 is highlighting the importance of digitization to radically transform and modernize public services, from education to health, in order to adapt to the changed circumstances the pandemic has wrought.

    Despite a global reputation for impressive technological progress, Japan’s public sector – and a good portion of its private sector – has been slow to embrace the digital era, even as the country’s citizens become keenly aware of the need for the rollout of extensive digital policies.

  • Tue
    Apr
    13
    2021
    ID: Jakarta: Car Regency is preparing to implement Smart City

    The Karo Regency is ready to offer various smart city solutions for the people in Qo Regency in collaboration with the government, which aims to improve public services.

    One of the solutions that will be implemented is the QLU Community Reporting Application which can be a bridge between the government and the people of Caro Regency.

  • Tue
    Apr
    13
    2021
    US: States Push for Broadband as American Jobs Plan Gains Steam

    As President Biden works with Congress to make his $100 billion Internet plan a reality, state lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand broadband access to communities in need.

    An infusion of federal money to expand broadband throughout the country could soon be headed to communities in need if Congress passes President Biden’s $100 billion Internet plan. The question is what do states do until then?

  • Tue
    Apr
    13
    2021
    Smart city growth creates biometrics opportunity

    Smart city development is a growing market, especially within the realm of security, innovation and public health. Biometrics are due to play a key role; the global access control market alone, which largely includes biometric technology for smart cities, is projected to grow from USD 8.6 billion in 2020 to USD 12.8 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 8.2%, according to MarketsandMarkets.

  • Mon
    Apr
    12
    2021
    MY: How smart are our cities?

    Imagine a city where citizens can monitor in real time the location of buses or trains and authorities can do real-time surveillance of roads or traffic conditions. Officers are deployed immediately to fix broken traffic lights, potholes or broken pipes. Most processes, whether it is paying for parking or applying for licences, can be done online. And roads and new developments are built only after proper data analysis.

    This is an ideal that smart cities around the world aim to reach. In general, smart cities use technology to improve the quality of life of their dwellers, develop a safe environment and increase economic opportunities for them.

  • Mon
    Apr
    12
    2021
    Australia Stops Being a MaaS Laggard

    The smart city concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has had a relatively slow take-up in Australia, probably because of the country size and population density.

    Australians rely on their vehicles to travel longer distances, and public transport infrastructure lags far behind Europe’s. Ridesharing companies gained some traction but mainly at the expense of established taxi operators.

  • Mon
    Apr
    12
    2021
    KR: Seoul’s multifunctional smart poles will charge drones and electric vehicles

    Last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it would install “smart poles” (S-Poles) that not only act as street facilities (i.e., street lights, traffic lights, security lights, CCTV) but also smart infrastructure based on smart urban technology (i.e., public Wi-Fi, smart CCTV, IoT, smart crosswalk).

    The city of Seoul, South Korea, has already installed 26 new S-Poles in 6 areas, including Seoul Plaza, Sungnyemun Gate, Cheonggyecheon Stream and more. Each S-Pole has customized functions reflecting the characteristics of the site. They also enhance urban scenery and improve the safety, welfare, and convenience of citizens.

  • Sun
    Apr
    11
    2021
    US: The $100 Billion National Broadband Plan for America

    The new Administration in the USA laid out a $100 billion proposal for broadband investment as part of its $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Under the proposal, the plan is to provide national broadband coverage. The Administration will use better competition measures, such as price transparency, the use of public utility infrastructure, and subsidies for low-income households to achieve its goals.

    Of course, we will have to wait and see if this policy will indeed be implemented, but there seems to be a significant level of support for it.

  • Sun
    Apr
    11
    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi ranks high in global technology, big data index

    Abu Dhabi was moving towards the future with an ambitious vision that reinforces a culture of excellence in society

    Abu Dhabi has been ranked 11th in the Global Technology Index based on the World Digital Competitiveness Yearbook 2020 released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), represented by the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD), and the Department of Government Support – Abu Dhabi (DGS), represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA).

  • Sun
    Apr
    11
    2021
    Southeast Asia: Graymatics on How the Use of AI in the Smart Cities Scheme Can Help Create a Safer Society

    The rate of violent crimes in Southeast Asia has decreased dramatically since 2009, with this drop in crime may in part be attributed to Southeast Asia’s growing interest in Smart Cities projects. This is where urban areas use digital and telecommunication technologies to create a safer and more efficient city for inhabitants.

    Abhijit Shanbhag is CEO of Graymatics, a cognitive media processing company, providing AI-powered solutions for multiple sectors including security and surveillance, digital marketing, telecommunications and IoT. He believes that many more cities can and should improve their safety and efficiency by engaging in Smart Cities projects, and here shares how the use of AI in the Smart Cities scheme can help to create a safer society.

  • Sun
    Apr
    11
    2021
    VN: Deputy minister discusses artificial intelligence strategy with HCMC leaders

    Deputy minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy discussed implementation of the national strategy on research, development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) from now to 2030 with HCM City leaders on Friday.

    His ministry drafted the strategy with a focus on transport, logistics, tourism, e-commerce, telecommunications, education, urban management, social management, and public administration, he said.

  • Sat
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Bihar: Projects worth Rs 225cr OK’d for Biharsharif Smart City

    The board of directors (BOD) of Biharsharif Smart City Limited (BSCL), in its meeting on Thursday, approved seven projects worth Rs225 crore. The meeting was presided over by its chairman and principal secretary of urban development and housing department Anand Kishore.

    The projects include a flyover near Bharaopar at an expenditure of Rs72.77 crore. Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam will construct it. The Bharaopar roundabout is one of the most congested localities in Biharsharif.

  • Sat
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Jharkhand: Bokaro Steel Plant Township in quest to become a smart city

    The Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) management has constituted a six-member task force to prepare a blueprint for converting the BSL Township into a smart city. Spread over 17,000 acres, the BSL Township is also known as Bokaro Steel City.

    The committee has also been directed to come up with a blueprint for using nearly 40 dilapidated buildings, which were once used as schools, health centres, supermarkets and clubs. These buildings are lying unused for more than a decade.

  • Sat
    Apr
    10
    2021
    TW: Digital development needs priority

    The organizational structure of the government must be updated in response to social, political and economic changes so it can lead society to keep up with the trends of the time.

    Now that the Internet has developed into a major social sphere, and digital technology is an inseparable part of industry and society, the Executive Yuan’s decision to establish a digital development ministry is necessary and correct.

  • Sat
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Manipur government prioritizes e-office for smooth governance

    Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has stressed the need to implement e-governance, thereby allowing officials to perform their duties from any place at any point in time.

    The chief minister said that this will greatly aid in the implementation of efficient and smooth governance in the state.

    The state government even distributed laptops to its officials recently for this purpose.

  • Sat
    Apr
    10
    2021
    Local authorities around the world have their eye on implementing digital IDs

    Expect a big push this year.

    Countries and companies around the world are stepping up efforts to introduce digital IDs.

    The main concerns around such projects are people’s privacy and security, as a digital identity is made up of information such as a person’s name, date of birth, social security number, their electronic transactions, medical history, etc., that are linked to identifiers like email addresses and domain names.

  • Fri
    Apr
    09
    2021
    CN: How Hong Kong’s smart city ambitions can go beyond bright ideas

    Stimulating creativity through contests is only the first step in the innovation value chain; creative execution is equally important

    Hong Kong’s first City I&T Grand Challenge has started inviting submissions. The HK$500 million contest aims to draw creative I&T solutions from all sectors to improve quality of life with the use of data and advanced technology, such as 5G and blockchain

  • Fri
    Apr
    09
    2021
    Pandemic accelerated rise of smart cities

    The pandemic has changed the way governments approach smart cities – likely permanently – a new report shows.

    ESI ThoughtLab’s “Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World,” released March 30, reviewed 167 cities worldwide and found that 81% of respondents said the pandemic and its repercussions were the biggest disruptions not only of 2020 but also in recent memory. Changes wrought this last year have prompted 69% to say they are reconsidering urban planning as a result, and more than two-thirds said smart city programs are crucial to the future.

  • Fri
    Apr
    09
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Corporation to roll out more e-mobility projects in Capital soon

    The project, proposed in the 2021-22 corporation budget, will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh.

    The city corporation plans to set an example for the public by using environment-friendly vehicles. To reduce air pollution, the corporation will soon roll out a project to provide aid to councillors for purchasing e-scooters. The corporation will work with public sector financial institutions to provide the funds to officials.

  • Fri
    Apr
    09
    2021
    MY: Perak: Ipoh city council’s complaints app to start April 30

    Ipoh City Council (MBI) has launched a new app-based complaints handling system, which will kick off on April 30.

    Perak local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi said the MyAduan MBI app would make it easier for people to lodge complaints on council-related issues or problems.

    She said the app could be accessed 24 hours a day and was part of MBI’s Smart City initiative.

  • Fri
    Apr
    09
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart Aadhar Seva Kendra launched in Chandra Bhaga Community hall of JMC

    The department of IT, GoJK, in collaboration with Jammu Smart City Ltd, and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India has set up a smart Aadhar Seva Kendra in Chandra Bhaga Community hall of Jammu Municipal Corporation.

    Aadhaar Seva Kendra offers a single stop destination for Aadhaar enrolment and update services to residents in a state-of-the-art environment. Smart Chip, a company empaneled by UIDAI and approved by IT department, has established the Aadhaar Seva Kendra in 1700 sq ft area at a cost of INR 40 Lacs at Chandrabagh Hall, Canal Road Jammu for the benefits of the citizens of the State.

  • Thu
    Apr
    08
    2021
    IN: The future is technology

    Technology is the key to making India a five trillion dollar economy,” said Dr Bipin Kumar in his inaugural speech of the Technological Development Conclave held at Delhi.

    Reinstating the point, renowned physician and former Cabinet Minister, Government of India, CP Thakur, said that the youth should be equipped for the new India. He also emphasised the need for unlearning and relearning to make them major contributors to the Indian GDP.

  • Thu
    Apr
    08
    2021
    China’s controversial face biometrics standards co-authored by Dahua, Hikvision, Yitu: IPVM

    Critics raise alarm on China’s domestic surveillance practices

    Leading Chinese biometrics and security camera providers helped to craft standards for ethnicity-based identification, according to an IPVM report detailing the use of ethnicity tracking by Chinese public surveillance systems that use face biometrics.

    IPVM specifically identifies surveillance camera manufacturers Unikview, Dahua, and Hikvision as co-authors of China’s controversial GA/T1400.3-2017 public surveillance standards, an especially worrisome development given China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority. Within this biometric standard, IPVM found an ethnicity identifier code that includes skin color and other distinguishing features.

  • Thu
    Apr
    08
    2021
    Cleaner, More Convenient and Prosperous Cities: The Hidden Benefits of Smart Parking Systems

    As urban areas around the world continue to grow, transportation and mobility systems are undergoing major transformations, from the adoption of traffic rerouting and other control systems to the modernization of parking options.

    Evolving parking ecosystems are increasingly part of smart community planning and budgeting, as well as environmental improvement programs to reduce congestion, air and noise pollution, and to generally make cities more livable.

  • Thu
    Apr
    08
    2021
    US: Utah's New Mobile ID Pilot Might Be the Future of Digital ID

    Officials involved in the project say it's the first in the U.S. to use a new international standard meant to make mobile IDs interoperable. So in the next year, Utah's pilot project just might show everyone the future.

    Utah’s new mobile driver’s license pilot project just might be the future of digital IDs in the U.S.

    The state’s newly announced program is the first in the U.S., officials say, to fully comply with a new standard for digital IDs currently going through the adoption process at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Should that standard become widely adopted, like standards that govern the creation of physical driver’s licenses, it would create an ecosystem where mobile IDs share similar features no matter where they’re issued, and can therefore be easily accepted almost anywhere.

  • Thu
    Apr
    08
    2021
    Singapore takes top spot in ranking of smart city govts, praised for ‘sterling’ Covid-19 response, digital initiatives

    Singapore has eclipsed London to take top spot in a biennial study that ranks the top 50 smart city governments in the world.

    The Republic took the honours due to factors such as its technology infrastructure, digital initiatives and its “sterling” response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    However, the authors of the report noted that “there always remains more to be done”, such as in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among the migrant worker population.

  • Wed
    Apr
    07
    2021
    US: E-government and social media: How American politics have been impacted by the internet

    There is unlimited information at our fingertips; we are constantly being bombarded with news articles, updates from political officials and misinformation. For better or worse, the fast-changing nature of politics can be attributed to the internet and social media. The development of e-government, better communication between officials and constituents and a larger network for campaigning have all fostered a political environment that is more inclusive but riddled with misinformation — decreasing American political efficacy.

    One of the biggest changes in politics is the development of e-government — a tool that has existed nearly as long as the internet has. This aims to increase the effectiveness of government while making government services more widely available to citizens. Although e-government has effectively provided millions with open-source data, government programs and assistance, its inclusivity is limited because of unequal access to the internet.

  • Wed
    Apr
    07
    2021
    Is Italy Ready For Smart Cities?
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    The Silicon Valley Model may not be adaptable to every country, but it may still serve as an example for the future.

    In the cartoon Futurama, New York City was an idealized version of the cities of the future: hyperlinked and highly technological with robots fully integrated into society. While we still don’t have flying taxis and tele-transportation solutions, innovation has nevertheless begun to impact modern society with the development of smart cities. Silicon Valley, a once sleepy area just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, now runs on technological innovation and as a result, it powers the same advancements at a global level. The strategic research and development arsenals within companies like Google, Facebook and Apple have allowed Silicon Valley to consolidate regional wealth and cultivate entirely interdependent economies, making it one of the most expensive places in the world to live. It may not have been the city that cartoons envisioned but it is undoubtedly shaping the world to come.

  • Wed
    Apr
    07
    2021
    MYEG moves into healthcare

    Malaysian e-government service provider My EG Services is to make a push into healthcare services.

    The e-government services provided by MYEG Group include the renewal of foreign workers’ work permits; renewal of motor vehicle road tax; computerised theory test for drivers’ licences; transfer of vehicle ownership as well as various information searches, payments and applications to numerous Malaysian government agencies

  • Wed
    Apr
    07
    2021
    IE: The digital cities of tomorrow will need enhanced connectivity

    Dell Technologies’ Jeff McCann talks about the importance of building a proper technology infrastructure to create functioning digital cities.

    Over the past few months, we’ve seen the world transform in countless ways. An acceleration in the pace of digital transformation has changed how we live, work and do business. It’s clear that our cities will be affected in the long term, which is why it’s critical to reflect on how emerging technologies can shape the future of our cities as Ireland looks to recover and rebuild.

  • Wed
    Apr
    07
    2021
    VN: E-Government building promoted for sake of people, businesses

    Many information systems serving as the foundation for e-Government have been put into use recently, and ministries, sectors, and localities are pushing ahead with digital transformation to further improve service quality for the sake of people and businesses.

    Building an e-Government towards a digital Government, a digital economy, and a digital society is an inexorable trend. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc identified the view that e-Government development must ensure the linking of IT applications with administrative reform while improving transparency and centring on people and businesses.

  • Tue
    Apr
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: MP reviews progress on Jammu Smart City project
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    Member Parliament Jammu-Poonch Constituency, Jugal Kishore Sharma today chaired the meeting of City Level Advisory Forum for Jammu Smart City Project, here at Jammu.

    The meeting was attended by Mayor JMC, Chander Mohan Gupta; Deputy Mayor, Purnima Sharma; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; CEO Smart City Jammu, Avny Lavasa; VC JDA, Babila Rakwal, besides Corporators and officers of various concerned departments.

  • Tue
    Apr
    06
    2021
    Smart Aerotropolis, Taoyuan – Taiwan’s Smart City Of The Future

    Taoyuan, the gateway to Taiwan, has the largest airport in the nation in Taoyuan International Airport.

    As such, Taoyuan was this year a co-organizer of the Smart City Summit and Expo, hosting a Bilateral Gov x Biz Webinars with the City of Prague in the Czech Republic, Nigeria's International Trade Facilitation Association and the City of Medellín, Colombia, for cross-border networking.

  • Tue
    Apr
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: GMC explores for ‘Online Registration’ in OPD

    The Government Medical College, Jammu & Associated Hospitals has started working to implement ‘National Digital Health Mission’ program of Government of India wherein ‘e-Hospitals’ will provide various online services to the patients such as onlilne OPD appointment, viewing of lab reports, status of availability of blood in blood banks etc. The same is being planned to be rolled out in GMC and AHs Jammu.

    Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal Government Medical College Jammu today chaired a meeting regarding the roll out of On Line Registration System (ORS) and Implementation of Hospital Information Management System (e-Hospital).

  • Tue
    Apr
    06
    2021
    The Bahamas strengthens its cybersecurity capacity

    The Bahamas has launched a project with ITU to set up a national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) to help protect the small island country’s critical digital infrastructure and data.

    The National Cybersecurity Project, started in January and officially launched in February at national level, aims to help assess current Bahamian capabilities in this rapidly evolving field, as well as develop its National Cybersecurity Strategy.

  • Tue
    Apr
    06
    2021
    US: Why cities need to get smart about maintenance

    New methods of financing can open up much needed investment in infrastructure.

    In industrial facilities, the importance of preventive maintenance is well-understood. Sure, you could save a few bucks by skipping scheduled part inspections and replacements — but those parts would break sooner as a result, putting an expensive dent in your factory’s output. Instead of sparing the oil can, plant managers know it’s better to invest upfront, and keep their machinery in prime condition.

  • Mon
    Apr
    05
    2021
    Bangladesh in 2071 - Envisioning a smart future through innovation

    The global community could hardly imagine the currently turbulent progress largely defined by technological revolution only 100 years ago. However, by this time, Bangladesh is no stranger to this new wave of technological advances and newer market forces. Industry 4.0 is knocking on the door, and by 2071, in the centennial of the country’s birth; we can expect some paradigm shift in terms of innovation.

    Nobody is sure where it would go in the remote future. Bangladesh might become a super industrialised concrete jungle; it can adopt green architecture, ensure complete food security; or it can emerge as a completely networked, hyperconnected society by realising the internet of things and many more.

  • Mon
    Apr
    05
    2021
    Taiwan to establish new ministry for digital development in 2022

    Taiwan's cabinet has decided to establish a ministry of digital development in 2022 to accelerate the country's digital transformation, promote digital economy and improve information and communications security, according to minister without portfolio Yau-hwang Kuo .

    Kuo, who has a background in digital economy, has been assigned to head the effort. He said a proposal for establishing the new ministry will soon be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for ratification, and may be put into practice in the first quarter of 2022 at the earliest.

  • Mon
    Apr
    05
    2021
    US: Georgia: Atlanta: Community Improvement Districts Ripe for Smart City Innovation

    Based on an analysis of community improvement districts in the Atlanta metro area, Georgia Tech researchers have concluded that CIDs are primed to spearhead any number of smart city initiatives.

    A new report indicates that community improvement districts (CIDs) are well poised to explore smart city technologies.

    The report, titled Ready for the Smart(er) City: How Community Development Districts are Building the Future, details how the public rights-of-way, infrastructure and operational structure of CIDs translate to ideal areas for testing and deployment of smart city initiatives in fields like transportation and safety.

  • Sun
    Apr
    04
    2021
    Taiwan Holds Conference On AI & IoT To Lead Smart City Progression

    The 3rd annual World System Integration Conference in 2021, has been held online and it was the first time the forum was held virtually (both off and online).

    The conference discussed smart city development trends and brought about system integration international cooperation business opportunities.

  • Sun
    Apr
    04
    2021
    World Bank grants $20m to improve access to high-speed internet in Palestine

    The project will also help in developing e-government services in selected areas, lender says

    The World Bank approved a grant of $20 million to improve access to high-speed broadband services in Palestinian territories.

    The move will enable the development of various electronic government services and help the economy recover from coronavirus-induced shocks.

  • Sun
    Apr
    04
    2021
    IN: Manipur: CM launches e-GRAS for hassle-free online payments

    To enable people to pay fees, taxes and payment for Government services online, Chief Minister N.Biren Singh today launched e-GRAS (e-Government Receipt Accounting System) portal, https://egrasmanipur.nic.in. This new facility will allow anytime-anywhere payment and will provide a quick and simple method of payment to the general public.

    For seamless transition, the option of payment through manually filled challans will continue for 2 (two) months starting today, after which this method will cease.

  • Sat
    Apr
    03
    2021
    Iran unveils new e-government components as digital ID importance grows

    President Rouhani: 1 billion in-person transactions replaced by digital systems in the last year

    Iran’s Executive Council of Information Technology unveiled the newest platforms in its ongoing e-government initiative, writes CITNA. Among these new digital platforms are two pilot programs for the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. In addition to this, another trial for digital business licensing services will be launched in the Khuzestan and Bushehr provinces. If approved, the e-government platform would launch in June 2021.

  • Sat
    Apr
    03
    2021
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun Smart City awarded Smart City India award 2021

    For its work under the e-Health project, Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) was awarded the Smart City India award 2021 on Friday by the central ministry of urban development. All the 100 smart cities had participated in the competition.

    Chief executive officer, DSCL, Ashish Srivastava said that the award has been given “for the work done through integrated control and command centre, which played a crucial role in delivering services like e-passes for inter state and intra state movement, schedules of bus and train movement, GIS tracker for tracing Covid-positive patients etc.”

  • Sat
    Apr
    03
    2021
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad bags three Smart City awards

    Hyderabad has bagged three Smart Cities India (SCI) awards by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

    The city has received the awards under three categories -- green and clean city, smart waste disposal and startup -- at the 28th Convergence India 2021 International Exhibition and 6th Smart cities India Expo that concluded in New Delhi on Friday.

  • Sat
    Apr
    03
    2021
    IN: Jammu Municipal Corporation gives live demonstration of newly launched online services

    As live demonstration of newly launched 14 online e-services was given today, Commissioner JMC Avny Lavasa said that these services help JMC to provide transparent, accountable and efficient local governance through the use of modern technologies especially in management and administration fields.

    “JMC has decided to embrace Information Technology in the form of e-Governance as a tool towards this goal. Better IT systems are required to integrate all the workflows seamlessly for a faster and efficient service to the citizens, employees and administrators,” she said, while talking to media persons on the occasion of giving live demonstration of the online e-services, in the presence of Deputy Mayor, Adv Purnima Sharma.

  • Fri
    Apr
    02
    2021
    Ooredoo builds data center in Hulhumalé, Maldives

    Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo has launched a new data center in the Hulhumalé smart city in the Maldives.

    The facility is built to Tier III standards, but not yet certified. Given its location, the data center is designed to be flood-resistant up to seven meters.

    "We believe that the Maldives can potentially offer a very high availability for all types of Data Centre services, connecting local and regional businesses to uninterrupted connectivity and unlimited possibilities by eliminating geographical challenges, ensuring business continuity and stable growth," Ooredoo Maldives CEO Najib Khan said.

  • Fri
    Apr
    02
    2021
    US: Lessons From 30 Years of Government Reform Efforts

    There’s much that newcomers to government should learn from the past.

    One of the most striking things new White House staffers encounter when they first walk into their offices in the White House or the large, gray Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door is the emptiness. The previous occupants leave no files or other records beyond those retained by career staff in the Office of Management and Budget and other agencies. All policy documents are sent to the National Archives, and the General Services Administration will have cleaned everything else away before the new staffers arrive.

  • Fri
    Apr
    02
    2021
    Kenya to increase Internet speed by June

    • ICT Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng' says work to increase the bandwidth capacity to be completed in two or three months.

    Kenyans will from June start experiencing faster Internet speeds as the government completes plans to increase capacity by up to tenfold.

    ICT Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng’, during a visit at the Telkom Kenya offices in Mombasa, said due to the increased Internet usage in the country, the ministry is expanding the bandwidth for increased efficiency.

  • Fri
    Apr
    02
    2021
    VN: Network carriers transforming into digital technology companies

    As revenues from traditional telecoms services like calls, SMS, and Internet provision are significantly affected due to price competitions, giant telecoms enterprises in Vietnam such as VNPT, Viettel, and MobiFone have decided to turn to digital technologies for more profits.

    Leaders of Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) shared that in 2020, they have basically finished transforming from a conventional telecoms enterprise into the one offering digital services. The earnings last year witnessed an increase of 23.7 percent compared to 2019 because of that.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    Australian city commits to four-year smart city action plan

    The City of Greater Geelong’s smart city strategic framework is based on seven principles that have been shaped by the community engagement process.

    The City of Greater Geelong Council in Victoria, Australia, has adopted a smart city strategic framework to harness emerging technology in a bid to improve liveability for citizens.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam: Smart City gets the ‘World’s First Mobile Water from Air Kiosk and Water Knowledge Centre’

    Hyderabad-based startup, Maithri Aquatech said it has set up the “World’s First Mobile Water from Air Kiosk and Water Knowledge Centre” in the smart city, Visakhapatnam.

    The kiosk will provide clean, mineral-enriched potable water from the air by making use of Maithri Aquatech’s Meghdoot solution as a source to generate water with no dependency on groundwater as well as surface water resources.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    PH: Cagayan Valley adopts smart cities initiatives

    The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) launched the Cagayan Valley Smarter City Belt, a program that identifies cities and municipalities that are advancing smart city efforts.

    DoST Regional Director Sancho Mabborang explained that the concept aims to build the “belt” and “road,” which means more digital connectivity throughout the region and later on linking with other smart cities in the country.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    US: Smart cities are built on data

    The key to urban planning and smart city development is data, experts say. That sounds easy enough considering the amount of data available today, but challenges persist.

    For one, cities don’t have a great track record with data management.

    “Cities operate a lot of things still on paper,” said Justin Dennis, CTO and co-founder of Urban SDK, a software-as-a-service company. “There’s a massive transformation” that needs to happen, he said, starting with the ability to share data.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity Neom is creating plans to harvest an unprecedented amount of data from future residents. Experts say it's either dystopian or genius.

    • Saudi Arabia is building a futuristic megacity from scratch named Neom.
    • The city plans to ask future residents to submit a huge amount of personal data to help it run.
    • Experts said technophiles would flock to Neom but warned about potential mass surveillance.

    In 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that a new city would be built from scratch in Saudi Arabia's northwest deserts.

  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2021
    US: California: Public Warning Cited as Greatest Cyber-risk

    Study looked at cyber-risks and potential gains among “smart city” technologies

    At a time when the FCC has taken a renewed interest in beefing up emergency alerting and limiting false alarms in the United States, a new report says cybersecurity professionals believe digital systems used to deliver localized emergency alerts are a top threat to so-called smart city technologies.

  • Wed
    Mar
    31
    2021
    IN: Top trends for Smart Cities in 2021

    The increasing technological knowledge of consumers and the availability of real-time data will accelerate the process to a large extent. Sectors such as healthcare, public sector, and utilities, transport are set to be revolutionized with equal stress on security systems to ensure a safe environment alongside a seamless one.

    The concept of Smart Cities in India has become a reality amidst shifting technological trends and is pegged for tremendous growth. With consistent efforts to integrate technology in all aspects of public life in addition to focusing on a sustainable ecosystem, Smart Cities are set to witness progress and receive support for faster implementation.

  • Wed
    Mar
    31
    2021
    Seychelles developing Digital Identity platform, a key building block for the Digital Economy

    Seychelles is developing an innovative Digital Identity platform that is expected to be integrated with different national initiatives like eGovernment, eTourism and eHealth as the island nation further embraces a digital future.

    The development of the platform will be through a pilot project ran over one year which follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week between Seychelles’ Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) and WISeKey International Holding, a leading cybersecurity company in Switzerland.

  • Wed
    Mar
    31
    2021
    IN: Explore All The Possibilities To Transform Jammu/Srinagar Into Modern/sustainable And Economically Vibrant Cities: Lt Governor

    Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today chaired a meeting to review the progress on Srinagar Smart City Project. During the meeting, the Lt Governor discussed the modalities to make the prestigious project more sustainable and eco-friendly.

    The Lt Governor called for taking comprehensive measures to restore the aesthetic value of Jhelum River, besides developing a sustainable environment and urban infrastructure. He passed specific directions for completion of the projects within the set timelines.

  • Wed
    Mar
    31
    2021
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Dharamsala Smart City project to be key issue in MC poll

    The Dharamsala Smart City project is likely to be the key issue in the local MC elections. The project is set to be the rallying point for the Congress. The party would claim the credit for bringing it to Dharamsala and accuse the ruling BJP of failing to spent the money available under the project.

    Former Congress minister, Sudhir Sharma, under whose stint as minister for town and country planning Smart City project was allotted to Dharamsala, has already attacked the BJP government over the issue. He said that it was during the Congress rule that Rs 223 crores were allotted for the Smart City project. The present government has failed to even spend the money lying with it in the last three years, he said.

  • Tue
    Mar
    30
    2021
    VN: Digital transformation expected to help Da Nang with smart city building

    Da Nang is drafting a plan on digital transformation which is viewed as momentum for the central city to address bottlenecks in development and complete its smart city building by 2030.

    Experts gathering at a workshop on March 22 recommended Da Nang to focus its digital transformation plan until 2025, with a vision to 2030, on digital economy, digital society, and digital administration.

  • Tue
    Mar
    30
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: A place for Downtown in Smart City Srinagar

    In technical terms, downtown is the nucleus area of the city, the heart of the entire urban system. It is also often the oldest part of the city, continuously worked upon by a set of centripetal forces (concentration of activities, greater accessibility, proximity to work areas, etc) and centrifugal forces (old and dilapidated housing conditions, degraded environmental conditions, stress and strain, inadequate infrastructure, etc).

    Downtown Srinagar has always been a spatial location of significance, though its characteristic qualities are varied, both spatially and temporally. Being the central part of the city, the core area reflects the historical background of Srinagar city. Most of this area suffers from economic decline, physical decay and adverse social conditions. It is referred to, in urban planning, as ‘Zone of Discard’.

  • Tue
    Mar
    30
    2021
    US: Nevada has nothing to lose, everything to gain from Blockchains smart city

    Any new concept has elements of risk.

    In the case of our Innovation Zone proposal, while the benefits are nothing less than the total reinvention of the Nevada economy, we at Blockchains are assuming all the risk.

    That’s correct. The Innovation Zone will be built entirely by private investment and require no tax abatements, incentives or public investment of any kind.

  • Tue
    Mar
    30
    2021
    IN: Chandigarh: Download Smart City app to avail of services

    City residents can now download ‘I’m Chandigarh’ mobile application for filing online grievances and availing of other government services.

    “The ‘Citizen Service Platform’ for Chandigarh is now live! You can now easily register your complaints/grievances, track their status and access other services. Download ‘I’m Chandigarh’ app,” tweeted Chandigarh Smart City Limited today.

  • Mon
    Mar
    29
    2021
    The role of smart buildings in the development of smart cities

    Over half of the global population now lives in cities, with urbanisation on the rise in every continent and figures set to climb close to 70% by 2050.  The demand for buildings and cities to become more liveable, workable and sustainable due to the global push towards net-zero targets, combined with population and urbanisation growth, forecasts that the global smart cities market will be valued at $3.6 trillion by 2025.

    Governments across the world in progressive locations from Singapore to Helsinki and Zurich, are also now developing ambitious smart city initiatives to hit their own mid-century targets, as called for by The Paris Agreement. Designated city zones known as Smart Quarters are being developed, and entire smart cities that are truly sustainable are being envisioned, with intelligent buildings, cleaner transportation and infrastructures that serve essential human needs such as security, comfort and connectivity.

  • Mon
    Mar
    29
    2021
    Indian Cities – Is Being Smart Good Enough?

    Smart cities, or their new avatar, Smarter Cities, are touted as a panacea for all ills of a city.

    The primary function of cities is to facilitate secondary and tertiary economic activities – Those that do not involve agriculture or mining or animal husbandry but involve processing what comes out of mining and agriculture such as factories and providing support to manufacturing such as financial services. Hence Secondary and Tertiary economic activities are people driven economic activities and therefore, to facilitate secondary and tertiary economic activities, it becomes important for cities to be people-friendly and to provide a platform for being more efficient and economically competitive.

  • Sun
    Mar
    28
    2021
    How Covid-19 accelerated the dominance of the Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has been slowly building for a decade, with m2m (machine to machine) communication being applied to more sectors and applications every year. But with the advent of Covid-19 and the unprecedented requirement for remote working, the need for smarter, faster technologies has accelerated the IoT beyond expectations. Providing not just new ways of working but new ways of managing a global crisis.

    How has IoT evolved in the Covid-19 pandemic?

    With the wholesale adoption of new working practices, the Covid-19 pandemic has driven IoT development like never before. Advances have occurred across sectors, from ecommerce to healthcare. With remote monitoring systems – for people as well as assets – reducing the reliance on field workers, providing new solutions to old problems, and helping to keep businesses working while significant restrictions have been in place.

  • Sun
    Mar
    28
    2021
    What's in store for you once 5G is rolled out in India?

    Airtel became the first telco in the country to successfully demonstrate LIVE 5G service in Hyderabad in early 2021. After years of anticipation and considerable hype, 5G is finally becoming a reality.

    Considering the data experience that the West enjoys, one can only feel a sense of anticipation as we wait on the cusp of newer, better technology. Even in its infancy, 5G shows that there is a bright future ahead. While it has already rolled out in some countries, like the US, India is not far behind.

  • Sun
    Mar
    28
    2021
    Middle East: How to achieve digital maturity with AI-driven business transformation

    Technology, when implemented with the intention of improving the lives of its users, can enhance and save lives, says Alaa Elshimy

    In the digital era, information flow will be at the core of everything. Everything will be sensing - people will be connected to people, things will be connected to people and things will be connected to things. These information flows will create new forms of industrial digital transformation & scenario-oriented solutions.

  • Sat
    Mar
    27
    2021
    NG: Anambra Moves to Deepen Broadband Infrastructure, Hosts Stakeholders’ Forum

    Anambra State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, has convened a stakeholders’ forum as part of plans to boost the South Eastern (Nigeria) State’s broadband infrastructure.

    The forthcoming Stakeholders’ Forum on the theme: “Facilitating Broadband Access in Anambra State through a Favourable Right of Way Regime”, is scheduled to hold on March 30, 2021 at 02:00 pm (West African Time); with Federal and State Government officials, members of diplomatic corps, investors, industry associations and other are expected participants.

  • Sat
    Mar
    27
    2021
    EG: Korean ambassador invites Egyptian Ministries to participate in 2021 K-City Partnership Program

    In line with the Egyptian government’s endeavors towards digital transformation and expansion of new smart cities, Ambassador Hong announces the 2021 K-City Global Partnership Program powered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea.

    The program is a platform for Government to Government G2G cooperation aimed at providing technical assistance in smart city projects and knowledge sharing. The Korean Ministry will select projects to be implemented through the program in the following areas Smart city planning, Solution planning, and Solution demonstration.

  • Sat
    Mar
    27
    2021
    ZA: eThekwini Pioneers a Smart City with Free Public Wi-Fi

    The eThekwini Municipality is South Africa’s second-largest economy after Johannesburg and is home to 3.5 million people. In this thriving city, data cost is a major factor affecting the proliferation of Internet access among the majority of residents. The eThekwini government has noticed this and recognized that free public Wi-Fi would bring many benefits to its residents.

    As such, the eThekwini government launched a three-year public Wi-Fi construction plan to provide convenient and accessible Internet to the public, empowering more citizens to enjoy the beauty of the digital world. According to the plan, in the next three years, approximately 450 public Wi-Fi hotspots will be available in eThekwini, covering 96 public libraries and the landmark Moses Mabhida Stadium, as well as tourism and business centers, including aquariums, seafronts, and the uShaka Marine World.

  • Fri
    Mar
    26
    2021
    NG: Security: Anambra unveils Smart City Project

    The Anambra Government on Wednesday inaugurated its Smart City programme with the unveiling of Street and House Numbering project in Awka the state capital.

    Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who inaugurated the project said the initiative was a testimony of Gov. Willie Obiano’s determination to give the best to the state.

  • Fri
    Mar
    26
    2021
    PK: ‘Report plastic ban violators via Smart City App’

    Zartaj Gul says application has been made more user-friendly

    Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Thursday asked citizens to report ban violators of plastic bags via the Islamabad Smart City application for swift administrative action.

    The application has been amended with a separate domain to help citizens report violations made in secret by retailers or manufacturers of plastic bags with an easy-to-fill form and direct outreach to the relevant administrative department and the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), she mentioned in a briefing.

  • Fri
    Mar
    26
    2021
    US: Nevada Announces New Cities in State To Be Run By Big Tech

    The zones promise technological freedom, but what are the dangers to handing so much political power to big corporations?

    Nevada is courting technological business by offering them the opportunity to develop cities independent of government regulation.

    In his State of the State address on January 19th, Nevada Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak announced proposed legislation to create “Innovation Zones” in order “to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms.”

  • Fri
    Mar
    26
    2021
    Three innovations to bring the smart city closer

    The city is a metaphor for modern living, with different eras reflecting different levels of development. To what extent are we seeing the smart city emerge? Three innovative examples are considered.

    Smart cities refers to cities that use new information and communication technologies to solve pressing problems, such as housing, transportation, and energy, in urban planning and governance.

  • Fri
    Mar
    26
    2021
    What really works in IoT: smart transportation

    Of the many IoT innovations cities and regions around the globe have tried in recent years, smart transportation systems have moved from pilots to rollouts and have gained a promising measure of success.

    One ambitious project in the Netherlands now relies on hundreds of smart traffic signals to recognize approaching vehicles, which helps ambulances move safely and more quickly to their destinations and offers truck drivers advisories about less congested routes to help reduce pollution.

  • Thu
    Mar
    25
    2021
    US: Arizona: Tucson: Governments And Private Partners Must Work To Bridge The Digital Divide

    Nearly a year into the efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, states continue to weigh whether schools should reopen or keep students home to learn remotely. There’s no easy answer, yet as we undoubtedly see online and hybrid learning models expand, one thing has become abundantly clear: A digital divide persists nationwide. While poverty and municipal infrastructure limitations are root causes, the pandemic has exacerbated this problem as many students and workers have been forced to work from home.

    Yet the good news is we have the technology to solve this problem at a community level — and at the same time create a foundation for future smart cities.

  • Thu
    Mar
    25
    2021
    ZA: Lanseria: Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainability

    According to Carshif Talip, expertise leader, Urban Planning and Land Infrastructure at Zutari, a 'smart city' is much more than a city that is digitally enabled and brimming with technology. It is a city that leverages innovation to achieve its desired outcomes, Talip says, and here innovation does not necessarily mean only technology.

    “A smart city is a city where opportunity, amenity, safety, resilience, inclusivity and prosperity are imperatives, and innovation across financing, design, construction, operations and governance is embraced by all stakeholders to achieve these imperatives,” says Talip.

  • Thu
    Mar
    25
    2021
    IN: New Delhi among smart cities that reported projects of installing 'smart nameplates': Govt

    New Delhi Municipal Council and some other smart cities have reported projects related to the installation of ''smart nameplates'' and ''digital door numbers'' that may be utilised for the collection of property tax, licence fees and electricity and water bills, the government informed Parliament on Thursday.

    In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on whether the government proposes to install a ''smart nameplate'' on every house of the smart cities, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said ''no''.

  • Thu
    Mar
    25
    2021
    Africa: Deriving value for safe, smart cities

    The mobile revolution in Africa has had a powerful impact on job creation and community development. Now, off the back of this technological leap forward, countries are beginning to make progress towards transforming major cities into smart cities.

    Nairobi, Cape Town and Kigali are touted as some of the most advanced cities on the continent currently. They are beginning to connect to the internet of things (IoT) and make progress towards becoming truly smart cities. The continent is at an advantage when it comes to implementing smart cities technology, according to Deloitte, because of rapid urbanisation, a growing middle class, a prevailing entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to leapfrog older technologies to implement the new.

  • Thu
    Mar
    25
    2021
    ZA: New Lanseria Smart City just 'papering over the cracks'

    According to Paragon Group director Henning Rasmuss, with South African cities and towns fast deteriorating at an infrastructure and service delivery level, the new Lanseria Smart City revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa during this year's State of the Nation Address is just 'papering over the cracks'.

    More important work needs to be done, across the country, says Rasmuss. In this regard, a positive outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic has been business and government having “to learn to work together, to build trust, and to get things done in a hurry. The common enemy in the form of the pandemic has brought an urgency to co-operation and co-existence”, he notes.

  • Wed
    Mar
    24
    2021
    VN: Australia funds Vietnam’s digitalisation initiatives

    The third round of the Innovation Partnership Grants under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aus4Innovation Programme has opened, targeting initiatives under priority targets of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology to promote post-COVID-19 recovery.

    The round, with a budget of 1.5 million AUD (nearly 1.16 million USD), is designed for tested existing partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese institutions that are ready to scale up.

  • Wed
    Mar
    24
    2021
    CN: Hong Kong: Data infrastructure is the foundation of a smart city

    In recent years, smart cities have been developed rapidly across the globe and in the Mainland. How can Hong Kong learn from other places in applying smart technologies to deal with various problems, such as ageing population, housing shortage, traffic congestion, air pollution and more? A recent heated discussion in the class brought us inspiration.

    In early March, I finished the last lesson of the Master's Degree of smart city for the academic year at the University of Hong Kong. In the lesson, I invited a number of distinguished guests to share their professional knowledge with the students, I also asked the students to present their chosen smart city. They had to use six components, namely people, mobility, economy, government, living, and environment as the analysis framework, while the focus should be on places that Hong Kong could refer to, and the guests would ask them questions on the spot.

  • Wed
    Mar
    24
    2021
    IN: A city isn’t smart if it cannot provide safety

    As India embarks on retrofitting old cities to make them smart and investing in new urban developments, some conceptual rethink is needed to make them safer. Town planners and security professionals are increasingly collaborating, using concepts from behavioural sciences, environmental psychology and criminology while designing urban habitats. One such initiative is called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Many of the concepts of CPTED are part of the Indian tradition, though they may have been lost sight of in the course of urban evolution. With modifications, standard urban planning can address the needs of community safety and policing much better.

  • Wed
    Mar
    24
    2021
    IN: ‘Smart Cities’ in Bihar: Years after Start of Projects, Hopes of City Folks Wantonly Betrayed

    Bihar’s supposed-to-be smart cities are filled with sights of waste heap, open defecation-drains, water-logging, ill-maintained public transport, and debilitated public spaces.

    During Bihar Assembly session, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was often heard heralding the state’s turnaround story while slamming the Opposition. But under the nose of the ‘double engine’ government i.e. same party rule both at the Centre and state, ‘Smart Cities’ have become a subject of ignorance and corruption. Four cities, namely Patna, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Biharsharif were nominated by the Bihar government in phases for the smart city mission and post selection, they share many similarities, and not in a positive way.

  • Tue
    Mar
    23
    2021
    Australian Capital Territory town writes smart city blueprint

    One of three Australian finalists in Smart Cities Awards.

    As aspirant towns and cities explore what it takes to be a ‘smart city’, a tech-heavy new ACT suburb has secured a spot as an APAC awards finalist after documenting its smart-city best practices in a repeatable blueprint it will offer to any local government.

    Authored by the developers of the PEET/Mirvac-backed Googong development – which will eventually have 18,000 residents in 6500 homes just 16km from Parliament House – the open-source Smart Suburb Blueprint was developed over 18 months at a cost of $2.4m, including a $1.1m federal grant.

  • Tue
    Mar
    23
    2021
    Azerbaijani Leadership Envisages ‘Smart City’ Concepts for Karabakh

    Four months have passed since the signing of the ceasefire agreement that ended the Second Karabakh War, on November 9, 2020. Armenia is now embroiled in a political crisis because of the fallout from its decisive defeat in that conflict, while the status of Karabakh remains a topic of political dispute between the hitherto warring parties. Even so, Azerbaijan has already started making plans for the future of its partially regained western region. On March 9, the Azerbaijani government reportedly decided on locations for constructing solar and wind power plants in six districts of Karabakh (Report.az, March 9). This is not the first time Baku has taken practical steps regarding its renewable energy plans for the area. Indeed, on February 15, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated the first mini-hydropower plant in the Lachin district village of Gulebird (Aztv.az, February 15).

  • Tue
    Mar
    23
    2021
    US: California: San Leandro: Smart city ups and downs, from a city CTO

    Communities are still in the “early adopter” phase of IoT and smart city deployments, yet promise remains they can reap benefits by deploying the technology, according to Tony Batalla, chief technology officer for San Leandro, California, a town of 90,000 residents south Oakland.

    “IoT and smart cities have tremendous promise,” everything from enhanced service delivery to reduced operating costs to environmental sustainability, Batalla said as part of the IoT Technologies Summit sponsored by Fierce Electronics.

  • Tue
    Mar
    23
    2021
    BY: ITU's international forum on smart sustainable cities underway in Minsk

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forum “Smart Sustainable Cities: Organizational and Technical Aspects of Development” is taking place at Beltelecom's international switching center on 16-18 March, BelTA has learned.

    Taking part in the event are representatives of the ITU, government, regional authorities and also major institutions of science and education. Speakers from Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, experts from the Green Cities Project, UNDP, specialists of Belarus' major companies will share the practical experience and suggest ways of building a smart sustainable city.

  • Mon
    Mar
    22
    2021
    CY: COVID19: Digital divide gets wider

    The digital divide has grown wider than ever as Cyprus’ education system, society and business, were caught off guard when dealing with a new environment of social distancing imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    At a time when health and safety measures prompted the public sector to limit its physical interaction and schools were closed, the role of technology in managing this situation has become even more crucial, according to secondary school teachers.

  • Mon
    Mar
    22
    2021
    ZA: Let’s get digital, digital

    The queue to renew your motor vehicle or driver’s licence at the licensing department in Fish Hoek was six hours long earlier this year. And that was if you got there with your coffee and chair before 6am. This created business opportunities for those willing to stand in the queue for you – for a fee. But creating small business opportunities out of government inefficiency is a hideous idea, let’s face it.

    Why is the government taking so long to become fully digitalised? What is so hard about this? I’m not only talking about e-government, which makes citizens’ lives easier and removes the indignity of queues, but full-blown digitalisation, which happens when we use digitised content and data to change the way we interact or work. This could promote coordination between government departments and loosen the red tape that ties business in knots.

  • Mon
    Mar
    22
    2021
    Institutional revolution driving digital transformation in Vietnam

    Vietnam is one of the pioneering countries in building a national digital transformation programme, with the three main pillars of digital government, digital economy, and digital society.

    The Party Central Committee issued Resolution No. 52-NQ/TW in September 2019 on a number of policies and guidelines regarding the country’s engagement in the fourth Industrial Revolution, with an emphasis on speeding up digital transformation.

  • Mon
    Mar
    22
    2021
    Vietnam to tighten cyber security for digital transformation, e-government

    Most basic goals in Resolution No.17/NQ-CP about electronic and digital government development until 2020 are fully met, said the Ministry of Information and Communications in its summary report on the two years implementing the Resolution.

    In the last 5 years, both the central Government, the local authorities, and the community have wholeheartedly supported the establishment of an e-government in Vietnam, leading to such impressive success in only 2 years adopting Resolution No. 17/NQ-CP.

  • Sun
    Mar
    21
    2021
    GB: Northern Ireland: ‘Derry will be an AI, analytics and automation hub - it’s a fantastic flag to plant in sand,’ says Professor Liam Maguire of Magee Cognitive Analytics Research Laboratory (CARL)

    The proposed Cognitive Analytics Research Laboratory at Magee could put Derry in the vanguard of big data and AI, according to computing and machine learning expert, Professor Liam Maguire.

    The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Ulster University, is one of those leading the £20m CARL project which is a central plank of Derry’s City Deal.

  • Sun
    Mar
    21
    2021
    Europe digitalization master plan: Lessons for developing nations

    The European Commission took the lead in the digitalization drive in releasing on March 9 an official plan, “2030 Digital Compass: The European Way for the Digital Decade.”

    The document sets out four cardinal points with clear objectives that should be achieved by 2030:

    • Build a digitally skilled population and highly skilled digital professionals. The plan calls for at least 80 percent of all European Union adults to have basic digital skills. There should be 20 million employed ICT specialists in the EU compared to 7.8 million in 2019.

  • Sun
    Mar
    21
    2021
    SA: "Investing in digital infra is not a luxury anymore"

    Acceleration of digital adoption across infrastructure development in Saudi Arabia has been multifold, implemented at the supply chain level, in building smart cities, and leading to strengthened investments towards "digital infra," panellists deliberated on the first panel of Day 1 of Construction Week's recently-concluded virtual KSA Infrastructure Summit.

    The first panel of the conference - Analysing the Current State of Saudi Arabia's Infrastructure Sector - comprised Depa Interior's Director, Abdoullah Albizreh, the KSA Country Manager at ACCIONA Cultural Engineering, Daniel Orti, Mohamed Saad, Senior Development Director at Diriyah Gate Development Authority, and finally Autodesk's Senior Director for Infrastructure and Business Strategy, Theo Agelopoulos.

  • Sat
    Mar
    20
    2021
    MY: Leave no senior citizens behind in digital age

    Kudos to the government and all stakeholders for ensuring that no students are left behind, “All in favour of making digital learning a success” (The Star, March 8).

    However, there is a group that is definitely at risk of being completely left behind. I am referring to our warga emas, especially those in their 70s and above. If we do not reach out to them, they will not be able to participate actively when the economy starts to pick up again.

  • Sat
    Mar
    20
    2021
    World Bank: Digital resilience is key to post-COVID recovery in Eurasia

    The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated efforts to integrate electronic patient records into healthcare facilities across Kyrgyzstan

    In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Eurasian nations were better prepared than others to respond to the crisis and ensure the delivery of essential public services-including healthcare and education. The key differentiator was their level of digital resilience. Estonia, a country that brands itself as 'the first fully digital republic' has the world's most advanced e-government along with a dynamic start-up community. Right at the onset of the pandemic, the government launched a global hackathon to incubate and scale practical solutions. Estonia's digital responses to COVID-19 were successful because of the country's digital maturity, including lessons learned from past experience.

  • Sat
    Mar
    20
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Jalandhar: Under smart city first phase of city railway station facelift completed: MP Santokh Chaudhry

    Rs. 6.26 Crore project to give new look to railway station with façade on lines of cultural heritage Under smart city project, the first phase of rejuvenation of Jalandhar Railway station premises has completed and the façade of the railway station will get a new look in the next phase.Disclosing this here today, Member Parliament Chaudhry Santokh Singh who along with Divisional Railways Manager, Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Additional Deputy Commissioner dedicated the Dhwaj Vatika to the people on Friday. Taking stock of the proposed beautification, construction, development of a second entry to the railway station from another side, and heritage look to be given to the station's façade, Chaudhry said that within two-three months the Jalandhar Railway Station would get a complete facelift. He said that under the smart city project Rs. 6.26 crore is being incurred to develop it as a model railway station.The Member Parliament also mentioned that the railway station would equip with ultra-modern facilities including escalator, foot over bridge etc. as this had been decided for the facilitation of travelers.

  • Sat
    Mar
    20
    2021
    CN: The real problem with Hong Kong’s flailing smart city plans is not the technology

    • There’s a lesson to be learned in officials’ repeated failure to encourage mass adoption of a tech upgrade, be it the ‘Leave Home Safe’ app or digital payments
    • They must focus less on the technical aspects of an initiative, and more on making the connection to how the technology improves our lives

    When the Hong Kong government pushed restaurant patrons to scan a QR code before being served, many in the city probably considered downloading the “Leave Home Safe” app. Yet many instead choose – whether due to privacy concerns or plain inertia – to scribble their contact details on a slip of paper.

  • Fri
    Mar
    19
    2021
    US: Wisconsin Tethered Drone Project to Expand Rural Broadband

    This month marks the beginning of a unique pilot program in Wisconsin where tethered drones will boost Internet connections for students living in rural areas within the Northland Pines School District.

    Drones and broadband will intersect as part of a pilot program in rural Wisconsin that will bring high-speed Internet to students at home.

  • Fri
    Mar
    19
    2021
    US: Mayors’ POV: How Does Open Data Impact Local Government?

    From communicating with residents to building lines of communication with county and state entities, four mayors discussed their experience with using open data in local government during a virtual event last Friday.

    Does open data impact local government? And if so, how? These questions were addressed by several mayors of Southern cities during an online roundtable last Friday.

    Hosted by What Works Cities, “Open Data Day 2021: Southern Cities” introduced a number of topics, ranging from strategies to increase community engagement to how data can be used to communicate with state and county governments.

  • Fri
    Mar
    19
    2021
    IN: Parliament panel flags slow pace, irregularities in Smart City projects

    The ambitious mission was launched by Modi government in 2015 with the objective of providing core infrastructure and decent quality of life in 100 selected cities.

    A parliamentary standing panel has flagged slow pace of and irregularities in government’s ambitious Smart City Mission launched in 2015, noting that most of projects under it are either at tendered or grounded stage even after 5 years.

  • Fri
    Mar
    19
    2021
    Digital Literacy portal to be created in Ukraine

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a resolution on the creation of the Digital Literacy portal in Ukraine.

    The government supported the relevant decision at its meeting on March 10, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

  • Fri
    Mar
    19
    2021
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Projects under Smart City in advanced stage: CM

    Despite three years and going since Shillong was selected as one of the cities to be developed under the Smart City project while the construction work at several places in the capital city yet to come to pass, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday maintained that the projects under the Smart City are in the advanced stage.

    Speaking to media persons here, Conrad informed that the tender for the Laitumkhrah shopping project and Polo commercial complex has been floated. “Things are moving at a fast pace and we are tying up with private parties and even with different departments so that matching grants can come,” Conrad said.

  • Thu
    Mar
    18
    2021
    US: Smart city pitfalls: Sharing successes – and failures – too narrowly

    Government workers often take the brunt of stereotyping that characterises them as lazy and unproductive.

    A few of those might exist, but isn’t that true in every industry?

    The truth in my experience is quite different. I’ve worked in city government for many years, and I’ve also interacted with many of them all over the world. In that capacity, I’ve often encountered the most passionate, selfless and hard-working people I’ve ever met.

  • Thu
    Mar
    18
    2021
    US: Smart city tech: focus on healthcare, internet, and education

    Smart city technologies and policies cover the gamut, from traffic management to water quality control and from regulation of scooters to facial recognition software.

    To prioritize (somewhat), Fierce Electronics asked experts where attention needs to be focused in coming months and years. Some of their answers were not surprising, such as putting a strong emphasis on using technology to improve health insurance and healthcare as the world comes out of a global pandemic. But other answers were surprising.

  • Thu
    Mar
    18
    2021
    US: When Government Goes Digital, What Happens to the Unbanked?

    Experts, vendors and local government officials on designing online services in an accessible way while at the same time working toward community-wide banking equity.

    During an ordinary year in Pulaski County, Ark., five public offices are open for people to pay taxes owed on assets, from land to cars to mobile homes. And folks in Pulaski — which is home to the state’s biggest city, Little Rock — tend to be pretty good about paying what they owe, doing so in the 95th percentile, which yields roughly $530 million for the county government.

  • Thu
    Mar
    18
    2021
    E-government development among outstanding achievements of Vietnam: PM

    One of the highlights in the e-government building of Vietnam in the last two years is the inauguration of the National Public Service Portal on December 9, 2019, reported the Government Office at a meeting of the National Committee for E-Government on March 10.

    According to the office, as of March 8, 2021, more than 2,800 out of total nearly 6,800 public services had been provided through the portal at four administrative levels. The portal received over 116 million visits and more than 468,000 registered accounts.

  • Thu
    Mar
    18
    2021
    Saudi Arabia sets sights on becoming leading digital economy

    Saudi Cabinet approval on Tuesday for the establishment of Digital Government Authority (DGA) proves the Kingdom’s commitment to becoming a leading digital economy, experts said.

    This will be achieved by adopting digital transformation in government services on a par with international standards, according to Mohammed Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University, Riyadh.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quelle: The Age

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