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  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    TW: Experts Discuss Port City Smart Sustainability at 2024 Smart Harbors Forum

    Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC)’s Smart Port Vision Pavilion at this year’s 2024 Smart City Summit and Expo exhibition, held from March 21st to 23rd at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, reflected the exhibition’s digital x green transformation theme. The pavilion shared the results of the Taiwan ports’ Trans-SMART 2.0 Plan, introduced the joint TIPC Chunghwa Telecom 5G AIoT-based 24/7 Smart Harbor & Coastal Surveillance System Verification Project, presented new sensor technology for a 5G-integrated logistics network, and demonstrated a 24/7 IoT-based oil pollution surveillance system and an autonomous surface vehicle designed to collect and dispose of waste floating in harbor waters. These innovations would help to raise the effectiveness of port water area management and infuse new vitality into port city sustainability.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    NG: Ogun to Create Smart Cities

    The Ogun State Government has said that it is set to create smart cities through its regeneration schemes across all the urban centres in the state.

    Governor Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this on Thursday during the 2024 World Environment Day (WED), with the theme: "Achieving the Smart City Agenda Through Climate Change Resilience and Urban Afforestation", noted that climate change was a phenomenon which everyone should actively participate in for a safer society.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    How Today’s GIS Technology Enables the Energy Efficient Smart Cities of Tomorrow

    Fueling the future: with a high quality of life, smart cities will be sustainable, safe, economically dynamic and much more efficient, thanks to advanced digital technologies.

    Think about many of the greatest cities of antiquity, centers such as Babylon, Constantinople or Carthage. Now, juxtapose them with today’s significant metropolises, centers like New York, Tokyo or New Delhi. What do they all have in common? A single element that dictates the success of virtually every city, even in the modern age — geography of course! There can be little doubt that when it comes to the success of cities, location is king.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    Kigali Innovation City Project: Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, Africa50 sign fast-tracking Implementation Agreement

    Delivering a transformative tech community to Africa with the goal of delivering new skills and jobs that will impact positively and change lives is the premise on which, Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investor and asset manager announced the signing of an Implementation Agreement (IA) with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Government of Rwanda (GoR) for exclusive rights to develop, operate, and commercialise the 61-hectare Kigali Innovation City (KIC).

    The new smart city advances Africa50’s strategy to develop and fund first-of-its-kind infrastructure assets that deliver high impact while generating attractive returns. The smart city is expected to stimulate $150 million in ICT exports annually and attract over $300 million in foreign direct investment.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    KZ: Alatau Smart City to Implement Comprehensive Digitization and Automation

    Alatau will be a smart city, where digitization and automation will cover all necessary processes, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry Zhaslan Madiyev said during his working visit to the city on June 8, reported the ministry’s press service.

    President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has designated Alatau as a flagship project, aiming to build a completely new integrated metropolis that will become a leading international business hub.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    KR: Siheung City Embarks on Innovative AI Project for Improved Public Welfare Services

    Siheung City has embarked on an ambitious endeavor to revolutionize its public welfare services through the adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The city government was successfully chosen as the main organization to spearhead the ‘Gyeonggi Province AI Demonstration Support Project’ facilitated by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Institute of Science & Technology Promotion. This selection has secured the city a grant of 300 million South Korean won from provincial funds.

    Commencing this month and spanning across six months until December, Siheung City will engage in a palpable AI demonstration support initiative, aiming to innovate public services and provide solutions for social issues. Central to Siheung City’s strategy is the development of an AI customer service system focused on welfare, addressing constituents’ concerns and inquiries.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    Saudi Arabia's NEOM project unlikely to match Korean firms' expectations

    Korean companies may not be able to enjoy the benefits they have anticipated from Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project, as the Middle Eastern country appears to be scaling down the urban development project amid its prolonged financial difficulties, according to industry officials, Monday.

    Major construction firms in Korea initially sought to win large-scale orders for the project to overcome a recent slump in the domestic housing market.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    IN: Blueprint to reality: Impact on urban development

    In the shadow of India’s historic palaces and ancient bazaars, a new kind of monument is rising: The smart city. India's ambitious journey towards urban development, fueled by cutting-edge technology, is transforming age-old city landscapes into digital hubs equipped to handle the 21st century's demands. The surge of technology in urban planning, from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to smart grids, is not merely an addition but a necessity as urban populations explode and infrastructure demands soar.

    India, home to over 1.4 billion people, is urbanising at an unprecedented pace. By 2050, the urban population is expected to nearly double, bringing a slew of challenges from housing shortages to pollution crises. In response, the Indian government initiated the Smart Cities Mission in 2015, aiming to create 100 smart cities that are both sustainable and technologically advanced.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    Smart Bangladesh

    I visited Sylhet and Dhaka recently which gave me the opportunity to observe at close range how the environment in Bangladesh was conducive to bring to reality smart opportunities the 21st century brings to its doorstep.

    After all what are smart cities? Urban areas where technology and data collection are used to help improve quality of life and ensure sustainability and efficiency of city operations where information and communication technologies (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart technologies are used by local governments for transportation, energy conservation and infrastructure. The more a city incorporates these technologies to update its systems and structures the smarter the city becomes!

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu City to implement intelligent traffic management system from June 10

    Jammu City is set to implement the Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) from June 10, while Srinagar will follow soon after the completion of ongoing Smart City projects.

    The ITMS will enhance traffic management through features like Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Red Light Violation Detection and monitoring for infractions such as riding without a helmet, triple riding, not wearing seat belts, using mobile phones while driving, and wrong parking.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    PH: Smart institutions, smart leadership

    The advent of technology can no longer be undermined, specifically its major impact on various societies. To further elucidate this phenomenon, the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge and the Harvard Business School Executive Education have curated some of the basic output of their study, aptly themed "Leading in the Digital Era." It is very easy to just quote its findings in a Western context, which is constantly bolstered by the First World economy, which I do not intend to do in this column.

    But what I hope to convey and provoke in the minds of institutional heads and executives in this column is how to come up with a digital leadership framework based on our very own context as a developing country, and to muster every effort to climb from the bottom to a realistic level of advancement.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    VN: Hanoi to pilot smart traffic system

    The Hanoi Department of Transport's proposal to pilot a smart traffic system in the capital in the last half of the year has been approved, as part of the city's broader effort to gradually develop a smart transport network within its smart city framework.

    Under the pilot plan proposed by the Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel), a smart traffic management centre will be established at the municipal public transport management and operation centre at No.1 Kim Ma street, Ba Dinh district. Additionally, equipment will be installed at two pilot intersections on Pham Van Bach street in Cau Giay district.

  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2024
    VN: First platform complying with personal data protection regulations launched

    The Vietnam Data Security Joint Stock Company has unveiled the DataTrust platform, the first platform to comply with personal data protection regulations in the country.

    It was launched at the seminar 'Building Policies for Personal Data Protection' organised by the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi on June 5.

    DataTrust is the first digital platform in Vietnam to administer privacy rights in the fields of cybersecurity and safeguarding data.

  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2024
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Smart City close to pushing all electric cables underground

    The process of converting overhead electrical networks to underground systems is nearing completion in Panaji and Ribandar, the Smart City Mission said.

    The project, called Scougen (smart conversion of overhead to underground electrical network) is designed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the power infrastructure, and the electricity department says it will specifically address the frequent power failures and upgrade outdated electrical equipment.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    MA: Casablanca Smart City 2024 Focuses on Citizen Participation and Sustainable Urban Development

    The inaugural day of the Casablanca Smart City 2024 event, organized by Casablanca Events & Animation, featured yesterday engaging discussions and workshops centered around the theme “From Smart Citizen to Smart Metropolis.”

    The event, aimed at professionals, provided a platform to showcase, exchange ideas, conduct strategic reflections, and propose concrete operational solutions to address the challenges of rapid metropolization, exacerbated issues such as water stress, energy consumption, scarcity and complexity of land, and the encroachment on agricultural land.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    IE: Dublin: Do you have what it takes to make the Docklands smarter?

    Smart Docklands, a project funded by Dublin City Council and Trinity’s Connect Research Centre, is looking for pilot projects to address local needs using tech.

    The Docklands have become somewhat of a microcosm for the rapid progress Dublin has seen since the 1990s, and today it features frequently in posters of the city thanks to iconic landmarks such as the Convention Centre, the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Today, it is also the centre for a smart cities initiative that has turned the neighbourhood into a testbed for urban innovation.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    US: Washington: Proposal to bring digital kiosks to Seattle streets raises debate: Public benefit or landscape clutter?

    A proposal to bring 30 interactive digital kiosks to downtown Seattle — in the hopes of enhancing public safety, wayfinding, Wi-Fi access, community engagement and more — spotlighted the potential of the devices while raising a number of questions and concerns during a Thursday meeting of the Seattle Design Commission.

    Will the kiosks targeting residents and tourists in the core of the city, and potentially in outer neighborhoods, provide a meaningful benefit to the public? Or will the large screens planted alongside sidewalks and roadways further clutter Seattle’s landscape with bright light and excessive advertising?

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Is fiber the key to smart cities?

    Distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) technology may be the next big innovation for smart city optimization.

    The increasing prevalence of interconnected technology has led to the rise of the smart city — a city that collects and uses data to optimize the management of resources, services, and other assets. The more data collected, the more efficient this management becomes. But the demand for data means a demand for data collection tools—sensors—and fiber may be one of the most powerful assets in the toolbox.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Disrupt-X and Watad Group sign MoU to transform Qatar's IoT landscape for smart cities and aviation

    This strategic partnership aims to enhance the adoption and integration of IoT solutions across Qatar, with a specific focus on transforming operations in the aviation sector and smart cities, boosting efficiency through innovative technology

    Disrupt-X, a leading developer and provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions platform, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Watad Group, a leading provider of technological and service solutions in Qatar. This strategic partnership aims to enhance the adoption and integration of IoT solutions across Qatar, with a specific focus on transforming operations in the aviation sector and smart cities, boosting efficiency through innovative technology.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Smart Communities: Building Equitable Energy Resilience in Our Cities

    How do you define a smart city? If you’re an average urban resident, you believe it’s the use of electronics, devices and systems that collect and interpret digital data to improve resource efficiency and quality of life. While most utilities and technology providers would agree, the term “smart city” has evolved, and is born out of the technological advancements a given society has available or is developing at the time. Many resources and technologies intersect to deliver the current smart city experience — all tied together by one feature: data. Whether it be traffic pattern data informing street light timing and public transportation schedules or solar arrays powering local schools, hospitals and businesses, optimizing the quality of life for smart city residents requires secure, accessible data collection.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    Digital transformation is key to enhancing economic and social growth in Arab World

    A seminar titled ‘Smart Cities in the Arab World and Digital Transformation’ was hosted by the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance in Beirut

    The seminar ‘Smart Cities in the Arab World and Digital Transformation’ shed light on the numerous significant advancements currently witnessed by the Arab World. All of these developments are critical to the advancement of social and economic growth as well as have brought a significant change in the daily lives of citizens.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    VN: Da Nang, WB to promote cooperation in digital database

    The central city of Da Nang and the World Bank (WB) will be boosting cooperation in building digital database management as a crucial way towards full digitalisation and becoming a ‘smart’ city.

    Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ho Ky Minh asked the WB to support them in the use of digital database solutions for communities and businesses, during a working session.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    Thailand’s emerging innovative towards smart city development

    Envision a metropolis that not only embodies the concept of smartness but also intelligent and innovative sophistication. This city incorporates a flawless fusion of advanced technology, sustainable practices, and an enhanced quality of life. This futuristic paradigm is now the established vision for Thailand’s urban evolution. The nation’s Board of Investment is firmly committed to transforming Thailand into a dynamic nucleus of smart cities, these spaces intend to augment everyday life with progressive technology and eco-friendly solutions.

    The smart city Initiative transcends mere vision it is an action-oriented strategic plan in meticulous execution. Stimulated by attractive incentives, an audacious objective has been set to establish 105 smart cities across pivotal urban centres by 2027, positioning Thailand at the vanguard of this urban revolution in Asia.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    OM: Madayn launches smart mobility project in Knowledge Oasis Muscat

    Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), the tech arm of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has launched the ‘Smart Mobility’ project.

    The project, featuring electric scooter service for the employees working in various companies within KOM, was launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology and Salik Mobility.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    How Does Technology Impact South Africa’s Cities & Rural Communities?

    With urban populations set to explode during the coming years, urban areas are leveraging technology to best serve their inhabitants and transform themselves into smart cities. Progress has been made with the residential development of the Mooikloof Mega City in Gauteng, which was first announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2020 with a total project value of R84 billion. And, recently, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced a multidisciplinary team had developed the master plan for the Greater Lanseria smart city project, with the City of Johannesburg processing the necessary approvals for urban planning required for the planned development.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    IN: Role of Smart Cities in sustainable urban development

    The Smart City program in India is a giant leap towards sustainable urban development. By focusing on infrastructure improvements and fostering citizen participation, the program can achieve its full potential.

    Sustainability in today’s world is more than just a fleeting phenomenon; it signifies enduring practices that can thrive over time and be embedded in our practices. The notion of smart cities carries immense potential to invigorate, include, and enhance urban life. The initiation of India’s smart city program is commendable as it marks the outset of a journey toward positive transformation and alleviate urban living standards.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    MY: Johor: ITMAX’s unit appointed to operate smart parking in Iskandar Puteri for 15 years

    Smart city integrated system and solutions provider ITMAX System Bhd (KL:ITMAX) has been appointed by the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) as the operator of smart parking in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, for a period of 15 years.

    In an exchange filing on Tuesday, ITMAX said its 65%-owned subsidiary Southmax Sdn Bhd has secured a letter of appointment (LOA) to develop, manage and maintain 32,025 on-street parking bays at MBIP, starting June 1 this year until May 31, 2039.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    AI Implementation in Public Services

    Five international success stories demonstrate how AI can improve public sector services for customers

    The Government Tomorrow Forum, an international project founded by French government advisory company Gambit, recently surveyed 120 AI experts and conducted 15 interviews to find out the challenges for AI implementation in the public sphere. These five scalable AI use cases were most frequently mentioned by the participants.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    NG: Kwara Gov Launches SmartCity, llorin Master Plan To Generate Innovation In W’Africa

    The Kwara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, AbdulRasaq AbdulRahman, at the weekend unveiled the llorin SmartCity and City Master Plan.

    The carnival-like event came up at the Banquet Hall, opposite Kwara State Government House where the arrival of the Governor, AbdulRasaq AbdulRahman and his wife, Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRasaq heralded the unveiling of the entrepreneurship hub.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: 250 more CCTV cams to keep eye on Godavari, trash spots

    The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has begun the second phase of installation of CCTV cameras recently with 250 cameras.

    Around 125 CCTV cameras will be installed at 60 black spots across the city where erring city residents tend to dump garbage. This initiative is part of measures to deter residents from dumping garbage at these black spots.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2024
    US: Florida: St. Petersburg: Local leaders work to create a smarter city

    St. Petersburg is already a smart city – an urban area utilizing new technologies to improve quality of life, enhance infrastructure and support a more responsive municipal government.

    Local leaders hope to build upon a burgeoning framework and collaboratively foster a smarter and more connected future. Over 40 business and municipal stakeholders gathered Wednesday at the Maritime and Defense Technology Hub to help them achieve that goal.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2024
    US: New York: Broome County: Southern Tier officials tap Cornell expertise to envision smart cities

    Broome County is enlisting the expertise of Cornell researchers and other specialists to implement advanced “smart city” technology, aiming to potentially enhance flood warnings, provide real-time parking updates and optimize waste management.

    Those were some of the ideas discussed at the “What are Smart Cities?” forum hosted by the City of Binghamton’s Office of Economic Development and Cornell Engineering on May 16 in Binghamton. Forum attendees included municipal leaders, industry experts, nonprofit organizations, and academics from Cornell and SUNY Binghamton.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2024
    NG: Governor AbdulRazaq: Transforming Ilorin with new Master Plan, 20,000-hectare Smart City

    Governor AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, last Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of his administration in grand style as he unveiled the Ilorin Master Plan and the 20,000-hectare Ilorin Smart City project. The governor also commissioned the 4.7km Yebumot-Adeta Roundabout and Adeta-Oloje roads, which he named after two elder statesmen from the capital city — retired Major General Mohammed Abdullahi Adangba and prominent scholar Sheikh Yahya Murtadha Agodi.

    As Governor AbdulRasaq was commissioning projects in Ilorin, his deputy, Kayode Alabi was in the northern senatorial district of the state to commission the Jebba waterworks, ending the community’s longstanding thirst for state-owned clean water source.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2024
    GR: What we know about The Ellinikon, Athens’ upcoming smart city

    With a team of international architects including Norman Foster, Kengo Kuma, and Bjarke Ingels, this is how construction is progressing on one of Europe’s most important urban regeneration projects.

    Ellinikon is currently one of the largest European urban redevelopment projects underway on the coastal part of Athens. With an estimated budget of 8 billion euros, the ambitious project will bring back to life the obsolete site of the Athens International Airport, which operated from 1938 to 2001, before a new one was inaugurated for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    US: Florida: Cameras using AI will make West Palm Beach a 'smart city.' Privacy is a top concern

    Above Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, sensors mounted on black poles are recording and tracking the movement of pedestrians, drivers and pests like raccoons.

    Posters with QR codes alongside the sensors direct residents to a website with information about a new project that could improve mobility, traffic efficiency and public safety.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    Smart Cities and EU Compliance: Data Governance and Sustainability

    Among the 10 leading smart cities in the world, as of 2024, seven were in Europe. That’s no coincidence.

    The European Union puts a lot of resources into the data infrastructure that supports smart city initiatives, from urban mobility to low emission zones to IoT-backed tourism.

    Specifically, the EU is working toward persistent, secure, and equitable ecosystems for the data that powers smart cities. In fact, the European strategy for data defines nine areas in which to pool equally accessible data: the Common European Data Spaces.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    OM: Muscat Municipality spotlights Smart City initiatives

    Muscat Municipality is participating in COMEX 2024 with a strong focus on its ongoing efforts to transform Muscat into a "Smart and Sustainable City," aligning with its comprehensive digital transformation strategy.

    Its booth features an extensive range of digital services designed to simplify and streamline transactions for citizens and residents. These services, part of a broader initiative to enhance electronic readiness and leverage modern information technologies, aim to eliminate the need for physical visits to administrative offices, thereby improving the overall quality of life in Muscat.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    MY: Perak: Preparing Ipoh to be Smart Regional City by 2030

    Ipoh City Council (MBI) wants to see Ipoh become a Smart Regional City by 2030.

    Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the city council had made it its mission to empower city management, encourage inclusivity towards becoming a smart city, with low-carbon emissions and a prosperous society.

    Rumaizi said all these were included in its Strategic Planning Plan 2021-2030 that was based on the National Sustainable Development Goals policy.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    IN: Haryana: Transforming Faridabad into a Smart City: A Blueprint for Sustainable Growth

    Comprehensive urban planning must address issues such as land use, transportation, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and social equity.

    Faridabad, a bustling city in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, has been on a trajectory of rapid urbanization. As it seeks to embrace the future, the concept of a smart city has emerged as a beacon of progress, offering a vision of urban development that is sustainable, technologically advanced, and inclusive. In this article, we explore the potential for Faridabad to transition into a smart city, focusing on the scope of real estate developments, ongoing projects, roadway initiatives, the significance of planning, and the integration of modern architecture.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    Smart city technologies expected to become $100 bn industry in 2024: Report

    Smart city technologies are expected to become a $100 billion industry in 2024 as more and more cities look for innovative solutions for urban challenges, a new report showed on Wednesday.

    According to data presented by Stocklytics.com, the market size of smart city technologies has increased by an impressive 140 per cent over the past five years. Smart cities use the Internet of Things (IoT) and various software, user interfaces, and communication networks to deliver connected, innovative solutions for urban challenges, from public and cybersecurity threats, traffic congestion and energy management to e-governance.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    Edge Computing is the Foundation for Scaled Smart Cities. How Can the Industry Accelerate Adoption?

    As cities globally accelerate their transformation into “smart cities,” the integration of a capable computing ecosystem to complement smart city initiatives has become an important part of smart city success. How critical will edge computing be in that ecosystem, and in the facilitation of today’s and tomorrow’s smart city projects, especially with where smart city development is at today?

    The recent IMD Smart City Index for 2024 gives a peak at global smart city progress, with Europe and Asia currently setting the standard for the most advanced smart cities. Cities like Zurich are staying at the forefront, with other cities like Oslo and Singapore not far behind; their projects shine a light on how far along smart cities are, and therefore how far along their computing needs are as well.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    NG: Abuja biometric smart card program to facilitate smart city digital transformation

    The CEO of the Havel Corporate Concept, an affiliate of Nigerian hardware and data protection firm ioSafe Nigeria, says July is the target release date of a road map for transforming Abuja into a smart city, which also includes a biometric smart card program.

    NAN News reports that Dr. Ahmed Badanga says the proposed Abuja Residents Smart Card Project would incorporate biometric data to enable the holders to access government, security, financial, and transportation services, and possibly to make payments. He wants to build “a reliable database of all residents of Abuja to support the proposed smart city,” to “enhance an effective and realistic ecosystem for planning, especially in the provision and delivery of social services and amenities.”<

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    Smart City and cybersecurity: the issue of urban mobility

    Although ultra-connected, today’s smart city suffers from a chronic cybersecurity shortfall in its urban mobility equipment. As players in the urban mobility sector become increasingly diverse, we focus on the growing frequency and intensity of cyberattacks that undermine a connected but vulnerable mobility fleet. First paper in a series of articles on cybersecurity issues in smart and connected cities.

    This morning in June 2023, in Olsztyn, Poland, the municipality is on alert: public transport ticket offices are at a standstill, traffic is slowing down on many of the city’s roads and the traffic light management system is operating in degraded mode. The day before, a cyberattack targeted the connected transport infrastructure of this Polish city, which presents itself as one of the most advanced smart cities in the country.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    AI-Empowerment: The potential uses for AI in local government

    Over the last two decades, local governments and authorities have faced increased obstacles and challenges that could be solved by using Artificial Intelligence (AI). But is this true? Could AI in local government change the game?

    Local Government plays an essential and pivotal role in modern society. Through service delivery, community development, social participation, emergency response, community representativeness and effective public administration, Local Government is more present in our lives than we might think, and it is there to ensure democratic governance, citizen

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    KR: Cities are people: How technology can breathe life into urban areas

    Experts at GovInsider’s Festival of Innovation highlighted that strategic smart city planning must address citizens’ needs and concerns.

    South Korea’s Songdo City is one of the smartest cities in the world, with sensors on the streets that monitor traffic flow and waste management. Yet, the city is empty for the most part as the population remains almost half of its desired target of 300,000.

    This shows that even though a city may be smart, it may not be liveable. Making a city both smart and liveable was the key challenge highlighted by speakers at several smart city panels at this year’s Festival of Innovation hosted by GovInsider.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    IE: Dublin gets drone strategy to oversee deployment in city

    Some of the areas for which drones are being deployed in Dublin include mapping, inspecting dangerous buildings and emergency response services.

    Dublin City Council (DCC) has published its first strategy on drone technology today (27 May) that will see the creation of a dedicated drones unit to oversee their use in emergency services and building inspections.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    ID: Nusantara: More than 50 LOI show interest in IKN smart city concept

    The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) stated that around 50 Letters of Intent (LOI) were received in connection with the development of IKN Smart City technology in East Kalimantan.

    "There are more than 50 LOI showing interest for smart city technology at IKN," OIKN's Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation, Mohammed Ali Berawi, remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    CN: Data management key to smart city success

    China's emphasis on promoting the development of smart cities and urban digital transformation is expected to bolster the innovative growth of the digital economy, help foster new quality productive forces and push forward the modernization of urban governance systems and capacity, officials and experts said.

    Noting that data serve as the foundation and core element of the digital economy, they called for more efforts to promote the exploitation and opening up of data, as well as the efficient circulation and use of data elements, while expanding the application scenarios for data in more key fields.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    CH: Geneva: Smart city leaders discuss human-centered urban development

    Global city leaders and experts met in Geneva, Tuesday, to discuss people-centered and climate-resilient urban development, highlighting the importance of aligning smart city initiatives with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, safeguarding human rights, enhancing social inclusion and advancing climate resilience strategies.

    At Smart City Leaders’ Talk, a high-level event co-organized by the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Global Cities Hub (GCH), multiple speakers including International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Deputy Secretary General Tomas Lamanauskas and Peggy Hicks, director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), talked about the role of international organizations in smart city development.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    GPT4o unlocks the next frontier for AI in cities

    With an ability to hear and understand the world in strikingly human ways, Clay Garner asks could this new AI frontier make our cities smarter, safer, and more human than ever before?

    We’ve just entered a new era of artificial intelligence for cities and residents – one where AI won’t just read and write, but will also see, hear, and understand the world around us in strikingly human ways.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    Greece to turn 6.2 million sq.m of land into Europe’s largest smart city: Ellinikon

    After years of delay, Greece is again on the path of giving a futuristic makeover to an unused airport and turning it into the “largest smart city” in Europe.

    The massive smart city project will be built on the former Ellinikon Airport site near Athens. Geographically, the defunct airport is located on the southern coast of Greece.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    JO: Amman stands at 128th globally in smart city index

    The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) has recently announced that Amman City has progressed seven ranks in the 2024 Smart City Observatory according to a study conducted by the academic institute IMD.

    Amman now stands at 128th place out of the 142 cities evaluated, making it the tenth highest-ranking city among its Arab counterparts.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    UAE's Presight AI Holding, Dell Technologies partner to boost digitalisation in MENA

    Two companies will collaborate on the development and deployment of Smart City solutions, according to a bourse filing

    Big data analytics company Presight AI Holding, a subsidiary of UAE's G42, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dell Technologies to accelerate digital transformation and innovation across various sectors in the Middle East through the integration of technology and big data analytics.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    VN: 100% of households to access fiber-optic cable services by 2025-end

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has decided that all 27 million Vietnamese households will be able to access fiber optic cable services in the 2024-2025 period.

    The information and communications infrastructure development planning in 2021-2030 approved by the Prime Minister in January 2024 focuses on digital infrastructure development. The telecommunications infrastructure is expected to transform digital infrastructure.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    KW: MoJ launches new digital service for civil fine payments via ‘Sahel’ app

    In a significant move towards digital transformation, the Ministry of Justice has launched a new service allowing citizens to pay civil fines through the “Sahel” application. The announcement was made by Dr. Muhammad Al-Wasmi, the Minister of Justice and Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

    According to a statement on the Ministry’s official “X” account, this new service enables users to view their outstanding cases requiring payment of civil fines. Once the fines are paid in full, any transaction restrictions imposed due to these fines will be lifted.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    QA: MOT launches fresh digital services on small crafts

    The Ministry of Transport has launched a new package of digital services related to maritime transportation. The new digital services cover small craft transactions.

    This comes in the context of MOT’s digital transformation and service automation plans that aim for performance excellence, faster transactions, and simpler procedures.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    ‘Rethinking Smartness Concept’: Casablanca Smart City’s 8th Edition to Kick Off on June 5

    The event will discuss several themes in a context marked with challenges such as land scarcity, water stress, energy consumption as well as climate change.

    WeCasablanca, a branding initiative dedicated to promoting Casablanca’s assets, announced that the eighth edition of Casablanca Smart City will kick off on June 5-6.

    This year’s edition will discuss the theme “From Smart Citizen to Smart Metropolis,” serving as a platform to highlight the importance of urban development aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    Resources ramped up to build 'Digital China'

    China will ratchet up resources to speed up the construction of digital infrastructure, bolster the digital transformation of the economy and society, and deepen reforms related to the market-oriented allocation of data elements, as part of a broader push to develop new quality productive forces and advance the building of a "Digital China", officials and experts said.

    Vice-Premier Ding Xuexiang said more efforts should be made to give full play to China's advantages in terms of its massive data scale and rich application scenarios, and unleash the value of data elements so as to create new growth momentum for the country's high-quality development.

  • Sat
    Jun
    01
    2024
    SA: SDAIA President Discusses AI, Smart City Projects with Republic of Korea Infrastructure Minister

    Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) President Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi met today in Seoul with the Republic of Korea Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport Sang-woo Park.

    During the meeting, which was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Sami Al-Sadhan and several SDAIA officials, the two sides discussed prospects of cooperation between the two friendly countries in artificial intelligence (AI) and smart cities.

  • Sat
    Jun
    01
    2024
    Transformative mobility solutions for cities

    How two cities are integrating comprehensive planning with electrification efforts to ensure their urban centres evolve and serve the needs of communities.

    With our urban centres continually growing and evolving, cities are increasingly focusing on transformative mobility solutions that integrate comprehensive planning with electrification efforts. These some of the themes we’ve been exploring in this week’s SmartCitiesWorld news.

  • Sat
    Jun
    01
    2024
    IN: ‘We are in a sweet spot with availability of data’

    Data from the first smart city programme is now being used to speed up processes and launch Smart City 2.0, according to Suresh K.K, VP & Head - Platform Deployment and Applications at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

    Speaking at the Mint Digital Innovation Summit on Friday, Suresh said, “We never expected that the basic digitisation that we have done in the first 100 smart cities programme will churn out great results."

  • Fri
    May
    31
    2024
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Complete Smart City project in 6 months, Sanbor urges

    South Shillong MLA Sanbor Shullai has urged the Urban Affairs Department to complete the Smart City project work in his constituency within six months.

    In a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, who holds the Urban Affairs portfolio, Shullai said that the department has identified several strategic locations for the implementation of the integrated command and control centre (ICCC) and various equipment/components in various localities.

  • Fri
    May
    31
    2024
    How are emerging technologies contributing to the development of smart cities?

    Dr Hassan Albalawi, CEO and co-founder, WakeCap, discusses technology's transformative impact on the construction industry, smart cities, and future innovations

    The swift evolution of technology in the construction industry has been transforming processes over recent years, resulting in a safer, more efficient and cost-effective outcome. The traditional image of the construction industry has evolved rapidly to meet the demands of superior, smart mega projects that are designed to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life for residents. Embracing technology has now become a prerequisite for the sector to meet the standards set by these new urban developments.

  • Fri
    May
    31
    2024
    NG: Abuja Smart City Road Map To Be Launched July

    The chief executive officer, Havel Corporate Concept, an affiliate of iosafe Nigeria, Dr Ahmed Badanga, says the designed road map to Abuja smart city project will be launched in July.

    Badanga, who stated this yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja, said the project which is aimed at collaborating with strategic stakeholders, especially the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would transform Abuja to a city where every service would be at a finger-tip.

  • Thu
    May
    30
    2024
    AU: New South Wale: Eeek! Sydney has slipped in the rankings of the world’s smartest cities for 2024

    The Harbour City missed out on making it into the top twenty in the 2024 Smart City Index

    Think your scorecard at trivia is rapidly declining? You might not be wrong – with the 2024 Smart Cities Index revealing that Sydney’s smart status is on a downhill trajectory. The annual study has released its list of the smartest cities for 2024, and this year, the Harbour City didn’t even make the top twenty – dropping from 18th smartest city in the world in 2023 to the 22nd smartest in 2024.

    Our nation’s capital, Canberra, just clinched the third spot in the global ranking, holding its ground against 141 other contenders. Bravo, to the 'Berra! But what does it mean for Sydneysiders?

  • Thu
    May
    30
    2024
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Will transform Mandi into smart city: Vikramaditya Singh

    To ensure the overall development of the Mandi parliamentary constituency was his only priority, said Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh while addressing mediapersons here today. He outlined his ambitious vision for Mandi, vowing to elevate its status to being the premier parliamentary constituency in the nation. He drew a parallel with Shimla and pledged to transform Mandi into a smart city, building upon the legacy of his late father and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

    He said he would work for setting up a medical college in Kullu and improving the status of Sardar Patel university, taking the refund of Rs 9,000 crore of the old pension scheme deposited with the Central Government and removing stray cattle from roads and rehabilitating them at a safe place were his priorities if he was elected MP from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

  • Thu
    May
    30
    2024
    TH: Bangkok Land to transform Mueang Thong Thani into smart city

    Bangkok Land, a Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)-listed company, is poised to transform Mueang Thong Thani into a smart city district. This ambitious plan includes the establishment of a new seafood and fruit centre aimed at providing affordable goods to attract tourists to Nonthaburi. The development is strategically timed to coincide with the launch of the Pink Line monorail service, set to commence operations next year.

    Paul Kanjanapas, Chief Executive of Bangkok Land and operator of Impact Exhibition Management, highlighted that Mueang Thong Thani is home to approximately 300,000 residents, with about 200,000 commuting daily. The development initiative aims not only to increase revenue for residents and local businesses, such as restaurants but also to promote sustainable development practices. These include energy-saving measures and safety management, enhanced by future artificial intelligence technologies.

  • Thu
    May
    30
    2024
    IE: Smart project to give detailed insights into how Cork city's streets are used

    As part of the project, a number of sensors have been installed in streets in Cork city.

    A number of organisations in Cork have joined forces to launch a smart street data pilot project, which is expected to provide a detailed picture of street usage and mobility patterns to help inform strategic planning.

    The project, being undertaken by the Cork Smart Gateway, Cork City Council, Cork Business Association (CBA) and the VQ, has seen five Telraam S2 sensors installed across four streets in the city centre.

  • Wed
    May
    29
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru Smart City Implements Advanced Traffic Management Technology

    In a bid to enhance traffic management and enforcement, the Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has introduced cutting-edge technology in the city. High-resolution cameras equipped with radar and artificial intelligence (AI) tools have been installed to monitor traffic flow and detect violations effectively.

  • Wed
    May
    29
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: High-res cams, AI tools to monitor traffic violations

    The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has introduced advanced technology to enhance traffic management and enforcement in the city.

    MSCL has installed high-resolution cameras equipped with radar and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to monitor traffic flow and detect violations effectively. The cameras will provide real-time visuals, while the AI tools will analyse the captured footage to identify and track any traffic offences.These high-resolution cameras and AI tools will effectively monitor traffic movement and act against violations. These cutting-edge cameras are being installed at 15 strategic locations throughout Mangaluru, to ensure comprehensive coverage of the city’s traffic network. The command and control centre, developed under the Smart City project, was implemented at a cost of Rs 14 crore in the first phase. Meanwhile, Rs 19 crore is being utilized in the second phase. The high-resolution cameras and radar are being installed at 15 junctions in the city. The poles have already been installed at Ballalbagh, Besant Junction, and Kodialbail for installing cameras and radar.

  • Wed
    May
    29
    2024
    US: Indiana: City of Carmel Powers Smart City Infrastructure and Free Public Wi-Fi Using HPE Aruba Networking

    Dynamic municipality leverages Wi-Fi 6E and AI-powered networking to help build a vibrant civic life that attracts more than 130 corporate headquarters while generating municipal operations savings of up to 50 percent

    The City of Carmel, Indiana is committed to building out its smart city infrastructure, ranging from free public Wi-Fi across 60 venues to public safety systems. Their end-to-end wired and wireless deployment from HPE Aruba Networking improves public and staff mobility in support of the city’s thriving arts scene, numerous seasonal festivals, and other public amenities that contribute to livability.

  • Wed
    May
    29
    2024
    US: Georgia: City Streets of the Future: Network Optix Partners with Peachtree Corners' Curiosity Lab to Launch Next-Gen Transportation Solutions

    We are close to breaching the halfway point of 2024 and, at least at the time of this article’s publication, I’ve yet to physically step into the bright, tech-rich city of Peachtree Corners. Found in Gwinnett County, part of the Atlanta metropolitan area in the state of Georgia, Peachtree Corners is the center of much IoT hype (as we’ve written in the past on one of our sister sites, Smart City Sentinel; check out the most recent story here).

    And while I haven’t visited in person, I have “entered” it virtually as I’ve learned and penned many articles about the city. Here’s what I can tell y’all:

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2024
    OM: Smart cities and sustainable development

    Recent news reveals more about the Sultan Haitham City project and its stages that have started. This ambitious national project is tied to the term "smart city," which represents a new phase in human civilisation adopting what is known as the”digital society”.

    The Sultanate of Oman's ambition to keep up with digital and technological advancements is based on the vision of the country's leader, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. His Majesty has given special attention to digital projects and their role in sustainable development, and the Sultan Haitham City project reflects this noble vision.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2024
    Cities transforming transportation

    Recent developments in Estonia and the US highlight the transformative potential of smart transportation solutions in benefiting communities worldwide.

    Smart transportation initiatives are revolutionising urban mobility by harnessing technology to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability in transportation systems.

    This week on SmartCitiesWorld, we’ve reported on two recent developments in Estonia and the United States that highlight the transformative potential of smart transportation solutions in benefiting communities worldwide.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2024
    The Australian City Canberra Was Just Named The Third Smartest In The World

    Only one Australian city has been named among the world's 'smartest cities' based on green spaces and technological advancements.

    We hate to break it to you but while Sydney and Melbourne were arguing over who has the better coffee, Canberra was officially named one of the ‘smartest’ cities in the world. The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has recently released its Smart Cities Index studying 142 cities around the world on factors such as economic and technological advancements and sustainability with Zurich topping the list for the fifth year running. It was followed by Oslo in Norway at number 2 and Canberra in the third spot making it the only Aussie city in the top 20.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    SA: The Line Project: A Vision for the Future of Urban Living

    Saudi Arabia, the land of innovation and transportation, is moving towards a revolutionary urban development project that will redefine the city of living with poise and ultra luxurious features. Referred to as The Line Project, the great initiative is part of NEOM initiative of Saudi Arabia’s urban planning and sustainability model. This project aims to be a paradigm shift and improve the quality of living with various enhanced and progressive features. The Line Project is slowly and steadily transforming itself into a clear path of progress and moving towards its end goal. In this blog, we will try to learn more about this great innovation, will explore its vision and how it will impact the urbanisation landscape.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    US: New York: Will Binghamton Step Into the Future as a Smart City?

    In what is being called a bid to bridge the digital divide and embrace the concept of Smart Cities, sources report that Cornell University researchers recently presented their vision to municipal officials and practitioners in Binghamton.

    Sources claim that with the power of the "Internet of Things" (IoT), researchers hope to lay the foundation for a technologically advanced and interconnected city.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Smart City - Challenges and Complexities

    The promise of a Smart City is one that holds immense potential for urban development, technological innovation, and improved quality of life. However, in the case of Srinagar, this promise has been overshadowed by recent events that have revealed the glaring flaws in the implementation of the Smart City project. Srinagar has long struggled with infrastructural challenges exacerbated by its unique geography and climate.

    The Smart City initiative was meant to address these challenges by leveraging technology to enhance various aspects of urban living, from efficient transportation systems to sustainable waste management practices. However, the recent inundation of roads and streets in the city following heavy rainfall has laid bare the inadequacies of the project.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: 350 e-buses for twin cities, Belagavi soon

    If everything goes according to plan, over 350 electric buses will be pressed into service soon on the roads of Hubballi-Dharwad and Belagavi.

    The North-Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), in order to provide better and luxurious service to its commuters, has floated a tender to get 350 e-buses on a gross cost contract (GCC) model, which is getting closed.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    CN: Shanghai launches information consumption festival to boost digital economy

    A month-long information consumption festival was launched in Shanghai on Friday by the municipal government in an effort to accelerate developing new-quality productive forces and build cutting-edge digital industry clusters with international competitiveness, according to official sources.

    "Information consumption is a new consumption model in the digital economy era that focuses on interaction and experience between producers and consumers, featuring greater stability and durability," said Wu Lijian, deputy director of the standing committee of Shanghai's Huangpu district's people's congress during the opening ceremony of the festival.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    The Ellinikon takes shape — what we know so far about greece's 15-minute smart city

    Deep Diving Into The Ellinikon Development In Athens

    The Ellinikon is making headlines as one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects currently underway in Athens, Greece. Rooted in the principles of a ’15-minute city,’ the €8 billion masterplan is spearheaded by LAMDA Development and offers a comprehensive 360-degree experience to its residents, tenants, guests, and employees. This transformation will revive the obsolete site of the Athens International Airport, which operated from 1938 until 2001, before the Marina was developed to host the Sailing Centre for Athens’ 2004 Summer Olympics.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    QA: Msheireb Properties, Schneider Electric to explore Smart City development at MDD

    Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable property developer, and Schneider Electric, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore enhancing the smart city capabilities of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD).

    Schneider Electric will conduct a three-month Proof of Concept (POC) project to showcase the capabilities of its Smart City Integration platforms.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    Smart Cities: Enhancing Urban Living through Technology

    Smart cities represent the future of urban living, utilizing technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs more effectively. These cities leverage data and technology to enhance everything from transportation and healthcare to energy use and public safety, offering a more sustainable and convenient lifestyle for their inhabitants.

    The backbone of a smart city is its integrated technology framework, which includes the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices connect various elements of the urban landscape—from traffic lights and cars to energy meters and building management systems—allowing for real-time data collection and analysis. This connectivity enables city officials to make informed decisions that boost efficiency and reduce costs.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    NG: Enugu government begins construction of 22,000-structure smart city

    Mr Eze said funds had already been made available for the city’s construction, as it would be the first smart city in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has begun the construction of an innovative and scientifically driven smart city with at least 22,000 structures.

    The Enugu State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lawrence Eze, disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Friday in Enugu.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    PK: Commission to be formed for national digitisation

    The government has decided to constitute a Commission to be chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for national digitisation in the country.

    This was stated by Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja, who further stated that the government will do legislation for national digitisation in the country as there is a paradigm shift and needs automation for increased transparency and infrastructure development.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    US: New York: Cornell researchers hope to turn Binghamton into a ‘smart city’

    Cornell University researchers presented information about Smart Cities to municipal officials and practitioners in Binghamton.

    Smart cities is helping communities across the state bridge the digital gap through ‘Internet of Things.’ Researchers explained Thursday that Internet of Things is something that helps devices communicate with each other. For example, an app that tells you a parking garage is full.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: ASBL founder pushes for development of happy smart cities

    Korupolu discussed several key points during the podcast, focusing on the current state of urban planning policies and their implementation.

    Ajitesh Korupolu, the founder and CEO of ASBL, emphasized the need for urban planning to prioritize the well-being and happiness of citizens. In a recent podcast, he asserted that cities should evolve with a “happiness-centric” approach to enhance residents’ quality of life.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    IN: Goa: Is Panjim chasing an impossible ‘Smart City’ dream?

    On April 1 this year, in response to the writ petitions, the Judges of the Bombay High Court at Goa took upon themselves to visit Panjim city and check the ground reality and the extent of the pollution and problems that residents of Panjim are facing.

    Referring to the report submitted by the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL), the division bench, comprising Justice Mahesh S Sonak and Justice Valmiki SA Menezes, in its order pointed out that the State government had issued directions that all the oangoing Smart City works will be completed by May 31 this year and it has to be complied with. The IPSCDL had agreed to complete all the works by the end of this month.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    Pasay City on the road to building first truly sustainable Eco City in PH

    Pasay City makes history as it announced the development of Pasay Eco City, the first truly sustainable eco city in the Philippines.

    “We have established, among other things, our grand vision that integrates economic prowess with being environmentally sound and sustainable—Pasay City as the first ever Eco City in the country,” proclaimed Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    Charting artificial intelligence urbanism in Southeast Asia

    We are living through an urban revolution in Southeast Asia as local governments and enterprises work together to implement secure, robust infrastructures to support an evolving smart city vision.

    While Singapore stands at the forefront of smart city development, having ranked 7th globally in IMD's 2023 Smart City Index, neighbouring Southeast Asian nations are also embarking on similar journeys – each at their own pace. The Philippines, for instance, has committed to six smart city projects across three cities. And, in Indonesia, the government aims to establish 100 smart cities by 2045.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    VN: Hanoi opens bidding for $1.3 bln smart city project

    The Hanoi government is seeking investors for a new urban area in the suburban district of Dong Anh to meet the unmatched housing demand of its residents.

    The Smart-Ecological Urban Area will cover 268 hectares in Tam Xa, Vinh Ngoc, and Xuan Canh communes, with a potential investment of VND33,093 billion ($1.3 billion), excluding costs of site clearance, resettlement, and land rental.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    EE: Tallinn pilots AI to increase road safety and efficiency

    As part of the Test in Tallinn smart city project, City of Tallinn is working with Hayden AI to pilot its automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platform.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and spatial analytics company Hayden AI is partnering with the City of Tallinn to pilot its automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platform.

    The pilot is part of the Estonian capital’s Test in Tallinn initiative, which aims to develop and implement smart city solutions for global markets.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    These Are The 7 Smartest Cities In The World

    These are the smartest cities in the world, according to data from the IMD Smart City Index 2024.

    • Smart cities integrate various aspects like transportation, energy, healthcare, and governance to create efficient urban environments.
    • Lausanne, Copenhagen, Singapore, Geneva, Canberra, Oslo, and Zurich are top-rated cities with impressive smart initiatives.
    • From eco-friendly transportation to innovative energy solutions, these cities are leading the way in sustainable urban development.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    US: Tennessee: Investing in connectivity: How Memphis is trying to be a model

    As Infrastructure Week 2024 continues, Blair Taylor, president of Memphis Tomorrow, shares the journey of Memphis from one of the country’s least connected cities to a model of equitable connectivity.

    In the heart of the American South, Memphis is both a repository of rich heritage and history, and a beacon of resilience, innovation, and community spirit.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    PH: Muntinlupa to upgrade police facilities as part of smart city plan

    The Muntinlupa City government held the groundbreaking ceremony to upgrade the facilities at the police headquarters as part of its smart city plan.

    Mayor Ruffy Biazon led the groundbreaking ceremony at the Philippine National Police-Muntinlupa headquarters in Barangay Tunasan.

    According to the World Economic Forum, “a smart city is one that uses technology to efficiently engage citizens and meet their needs.”

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    Indonesia's new capital Nusantara to become tech-enabled smart city

    Digital transformation will be a key pillar in building Indonesia’s new capital, Nusantara, and the focus will be developing high-capacity infrastructure, high-speed internet networks, and using the latest technology to support all activities in the archipelago.

    11,900 Indonesian civil servants are packing their bags right now. The plan? To move to a planned city on an island more than 1000 kilometres away by September – and kickstart one of the world’s most ambitious plans to relocate a capital city.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    IN: An overview of the Smart Cities Mission | Explained

    How are smart cities defined by the government? What are the two major aspects of the Smart Cities Mission? Why is the mission considered to be exclusionary to many? Did the SCM override the 74th Constitutional Amendment?

    The story so far: The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), a flagship programme of the NDA-1 government, has taken a back seat in this year’s list of poll promises and achievements.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    KR: MIC proposes pilot of digital university to facilitate life-long learning

    A virtual national conference on digital transformation in open education to encourage life-long learning and establish a learning society was held yesterday at 150 locations in Vietnam.

    In his speech, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son stressed that digital transformation is enthusiastically being carried out in education in hope of applying advanced technologies in the learning-teaching process as well as educational research so that the quality of these processes is improved. The ultimate aim of this digital transformation is to help all people access education and to form an open education foundation on digital platforms.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Smart City’s e-bus service set to transform public transportation

    All 100 e-buses to be operational within couple of days in Jammu Training of drivers completed, charging stations set up at Katra, Udhampur & Kathua

    In a significant move towards sustainable urban mobility, the Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) has finalised preparations to introduce 100 high-tech e-buses equipped with cutting-edge amenities. Each e-bus is outfitted with five CCTV cameras and charging points, ensuring seamless operations and enhanced passenger safety.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    Saudi Arabia's Neom is looking to fill 262 job vacancies. The roles show just how futuristic the megacity could be.

    • Saudi Arabia's sprawling megacity, Neom, is billed as a chance to live in the "new future."
    • Officials want to fill 262 vacancies. The unusual roles show what it will take to run the city.
    • The responsibilities for one role involve creating a cheetah management plan.

    Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with its ambitious plans for Neom, a futuristic metropolis spread across 26,500 km² in the northwestern region of Tabuk.

    First announced in 2017, Neom is the flagship project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 — an initiative to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy and reduce its reliance on oil revenues.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    SA: Revolutionising urban logistics: A deep dive into The Line’s innovative infrastructure

    We assess how The Line combines advanced logistics, environmental integration, and smart city solutions to craft the urban future

    The Line, part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious NEOM project, represents a revolutionary approach to urban development. Announced in 2021 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, this linear city aims to redefine modern living by prioritising human and environmental well-being over traditional urban sprawl and inefficient infrastructure.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    IN: Tripura to Begin E-attendance for Teachers and Students in Government Schools

    The Tripura government is set to implement an e-attendance system for both teachers and students across all 4,912 government schools. This initiative aims to enhance educational quality and the performance of teachers and students in the state.

    Under the Vidya Samiksha Kendra, this digital transformation seeks to instill transparency throughout the academic ecosystem and foster improved school operations. Originally launched by PM Modi in Gujarat in 2022, the Vidya Samiksha Kendra serves as a catalyst for educational enhancement, envisioned by the Union Education Ministry to augment existing educational capacities, thereby facilitating transformative educational outcomes.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    Bahrain’s residency cards to go hitech, get advanced biometric, security features

    The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) of Bahrain has teamed up with global technology leader Thales to comprehensively overhaul the country's ID card system, particularly the Central Population Registry (CPR) card.

    This strategic move aligns with the directives of Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Information and Communication Technology (MCICT), aimed at advancing the Kingdom of Bahrain's digital infrastructure.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    SA: Alfanar to inject $2.7bn to develop residential communities in NEOM

    In a bid to reshape the residential landscape in Saudi Arabia, Alfanar Global Development has announced that it will inject SR10 billion ($2.7 billion) to develop five residential communities in NEOM, the smart city currently under construction in the Kingdom.

    The announcement from Alfanar comes following an array of agreements inked by NEOM with investors for the first-phase construction of its residential communities to accommodate the growing workforce in the region.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    PH: Go Manila App: What is it, and should you use it?

    Go Manila App is a mobile app launched by the local government of the city of Manila in 2020 for people living in the city. It is supposed to provide seamless connectivity to its users and allow them to pay utility bills, fines, taxes, loans, etc., online. It was built under the administration of Mayor of Manila Francisco Moreno Domagoso. According to the city government, it is their first initiative to make the city of Manila an actual smart city of the 21st century.

    What is the Go Manila App?

    As mentioned before, the Go Manila App is a kind of citizen portal for the people living in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The reason behind creating this app was to improve the city and make it more like a smart city. A city that uses advanced technology and seamless connectivity to improve transportation, energy, public security, and health care.

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    May
    19
    2024
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Local self-government minister M B Rajesh reviews Smart City project

    Local self-government minister M B Rajesh conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Smart City project of Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML).

    The minister who visited Kochi on Saturday held discussions on the progress of projects including Intelligent City Surveillance System (ICSS) and Integrated Command Control Communication Centre (IC4), with CSML CEO Shaji V Nair and mayor M Anilkumar.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Integrated command & control centre commences operations

    The integrated command and control centre (ICCC) of the city corporation has commenced full-scale operations. The centre, which was inaugurated in March, not only monitors the city through CCTV cameras but also provides facilities to access service details, receive accident alerts, and control them. It has consolidated all the city-related information.Additionally, a traffic control centre has been established at Nandavanam for this purpose.

    One of the primary functions of the traffic control centre is to manage traffic signals dynamically, adjusting them in response to real-time traffic congestion. This proactive approach to traffic management helps mitigate bottlenecks and ensure a smoother flow of vehicles. Additionally, the centre plays a crucial role in handling emergencies, coordinating with various departments to provide prompt and effective responses.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    US: Texas alliance aims to expand internet access across region

    NTXIA has re-launched the Internet for North Texas Coalition to prioritise broadband infrastructure and access, supporting digital equity for all residents.

    North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) has announced the re-launch of the “Internet for North Texas Coalition” (I4NTX) in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    NG: Organisation unveils projects to transform Abuja to smart city

    The Havel Corporate Concept, an affiliate of ioSafe Nigeria, has unveiled projects designed to transform Abuja into a smart city.

    The Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Dr Ahmed Badanga, unveiled the projects at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday.

    Badanga identified the projects as Abuja Smart City Project and Abuja Residents Smart Card Project.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    Data: The Cornerstone Of Smart Cities

    The concept of smart cities has roots going back as far as the 1960s and 1970s when the idea of using technology to improve the lives of citizens first emerged. However, it wasn't until the 1990s and early 2000s that the concept began to take its modern form, driven by the rapid advancement of the Internet, broadband connectivity and new technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), cloud computing and big data analytics.

    The term "smart city" itself gained popularity in the 2010s, as cities around the world started implementing technology-driven solutions to improve public services, enhance sustainability and make urban areas more livable and efficient.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    ID: Java: Magelang Promotes Electronic-Based Government System

    The City Government of Magelang, Central Java, socialized the map of the electronic-based government system (SPBE) in support of the 2022 "Smart City" implementation. explain this activity to support the implementation of "Smart City" 2022 and provide understanding to OPD on their respective roles. Development of the City of Magelang," he said quoted by Antara. The target of the socialization was 60 participants who were the heads of the OPD, sub-district heads, village heads, and BUMD directors in Magelang City where all participants were interested parties and had an important role in accelerating the implementation of SPBE towards transformation. digital in local government. Wikan conveyed the results of this socialization, among others, an action plan that is aligned and guided by the Magelang City SPBE plan map document for 2021-2026, and optimization of SPBE implementation in Magelang City. economical, and complete," he said. Mayor of Magelang Muchamad Nur Aziz is optimistic that the Magelang City Government can implement SPBE because it is a mandate of the bureaucratic reform law.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    AU: Victoria: Melbourne transforms city from “grey to green”

    The Australian city’s draft budget puts forward proposals to futher green the city, including nine new parks and open spaces and expansion of its tree canopy.

    The City of Melbourne will begin or progress work on nine new parks and open spaces across the municipality, through a proposed $29.5m investment in open space in the draft budget 2024-25.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    VN: Hanoi among the world’s 100 smartest cities

    Hanoi was ranked among the world’s 100 smartest cities, according to the 2024 Smart City Index. The index was produced by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory in collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO).

    This year, Hanoi ranked 97th, up 3 places compared to last year. This result is partly due to the city’s initial achievements in digital transformation. For the first time, municipal leaders used completely digital signatures on a shared software for the administrative system. All state agencies in the capital city have applied digital signatures. A number of shared information databases have been deployed to administrations at all levels to better serve internal operations and handle administrative procedures.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    Six Ways Technology is Playing a Major Role in Modern Urban Planning

    The idea of a “smart city” is one that is met with – charitably – mixed emotions from the general public. On the one hand, everyone wants their life to be more convenient, and the technologies offered by the most advanced cities around the world undoubtedly make everyday activities more convenient and seamless in day-to-day life. On the other hand, people often have a negative interaction with this kind of technology as they see it as unnecessarily invasive, no matter what it’s actually doing. Granted, that’s not to say they’re not always wrong, as checks for these tools are always necessary to ensure that cities are, in fact, acting within the law.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    How AI can enhance security and control energy wastage in smart cities

    Smart city conjures up images of futuristic urban landscapes with innovative technology, yet at their core, smart cities are about enhancing quality of life through the intelligent use of information and communication technologies, explains Andrea Sorri at Axis Communications.

    Cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai stand as recognised leaders in smart urban living, epitomising technological advancement. Meanwhile, Doha and Riyadh are steadily progressing towards becoming smart cities. Areas such as Doha’s Msheireb district showcase promising advancements, while Riyadh is poised for substantial growth, with plans to double its size over the next seven years through ambitious infrastructure projects totalling $1 trillion.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    US: North Carolina: Raleigh connects technology and city leaders with Smart Cities Conference and Expo

    The Raleigh Convention Center was a hub for both digital and human networks on Wednesday as the first day of sessions convened for the Spring 2024 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo.

    The 4-day event started Tuesday with workshops and an award reception at SAS. It will wrap up Friday afternoon with a tour of the new Downtown Cary Park, highlighting IoT (Internet of Things) applications in the park. More than 1,000 attendees and 200+ presenters are expected, with participants traveling from across North America, as well as the European Union and as far away as Ethiopia.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    Three ‘cities of the future’ that could change the way we live

    What will the cities of the future look like? Many architects have created visions of sustainable Utopias around the world - but what about the cities that could really be built? Around the world, projects are raising money (and beginning to build) some startlingly ambitious cities - from a Utopian city in an American desert to an AI-powered desert metropolis with its own ski resort in Saudi Arabia.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    NG: Ondo Government to build Diaspora Smart City in Akure to boost tourism

    The Government of Ondo State has concluded plans to build Diaspora Smart City in Akure, to turn the state to a tourists’ destination.

    The State Commissioner for Regional Integration and Diaspora Relations, Boye Ologbese, who disclosed this during a familiarisation tour of ministries of infrastructure and land and housing, said government will provide an enabling environment for the take off of the project.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    How ‘15-minute cities’ could save time, reduce emissions, and build community

    There are few experiences more soul-sucking than sitting in traffic. According to NPR, the average American lost nearly an hour a week to traffic congestion in 2022. Drivers lose an additional 17 hours per year hunting for parking, USA Today reports — and in the same survey, 34 percent of U.S. drivers said they had given up on a trip because of parking problems.

    By contrast: Picture living in a bustling neighborhood where all your friends, basic needs, and even your job are reachable by a quick walk or bike or bus ride. (Something many people experience, possibly for the first and last time, on college campuses.) In such a city, parking areas may have been reclaimed as urban greenways, chance encounters with neighbors might be more common, and small local businesses would proliferate and thrive.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    GB: Wales: Wrexham: Safety concerns raised over ‘smart’ benches plans

    Safety concerns have been raised after it was suggested women who run out of battery on their phones on nights out in Wrexham could be directed to use street benches to charge them.

    Wrexham Council is planning to install so-called “smart” benches, which use solar energy to power the battery of mobile devices, on the city’s High Street.

    Speaking during a meeting this week, an official from the local authority said they were partly being introduced to improve the safety of people visiting night-time venues.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: ‘Govt to spend Rs 150 cr on command and control centre’

    Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma’s recent statement about the government spending a massive amount of Rs 150 crore to install 150 closed circuit television cameras across the city as part of the Shillong Integrated Command and Control Centre (SICCC), has become the subject of online trolling with social media users pointing fingers at the huge expenditure and terming it as another scam in the making.

    Social media users pointed out that the government was spending almost Rs 50 lakh on each CCTV camera, forcing the Shillong Smart City Project to issue a clarification on Tuesday, denying charges of spending such a huge amount on mere installation of CCTV cameras.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    PH: When China’s Digital Silk Road meets Philippines’ digital transformation

    When Ferdinand Marcos Jr became president, he laid out a policy of immediate digitalization of vital government services to boost the ease of doing business and combat corruption. This was an important policy as the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department observed that digital transformation can be an important boost to the Philippines’ economic recovery in the post-pandemic period. Globally, digital transformation is nothing new as the ongoing process of digitalization has been shaping how countries do business and trade.

    The estimated value of the Philippines’ digital economy in 2020 is around $7.5 billion with a projected annual growth rate of 30%. There are also expectations that the sector will expand substantially between $28 billion and $40 billion in 2025. Robust public-private cooperation is essential to this growth. E-commerce leads the Philippine digital economy in terms of sector, followed by online media, transport and food and online travel.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    How South Korea’s Tech Hub Embraced the 15-Minute City

    Busan’s mayor is taking a collaborative approach to championing “happy proximity,” turning his city into a living laboratory for urban regeneration.

    Located in the southeast of the Korean peninsula, Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city and a economic, cultural and educational center. Its port, the largest in the country and the ninth largest in the world, has made Busan an international trading hub. Home to nearly 3.7 million people, Busan ranks just after Seoul in terms of population; its urban area, with around 8.65 million residents in 2021, ranks second nationally.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    CA: Pioneering Sustainable Urban Growth: Intelligent City's Blueprint For The Future City

    By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the global population will reside in urban areas. This shift signifies a transition to a predominantly urban economy. Cities will need to evolve and adapt to cater to their expanding populations.

    Urbanization presents opportunities for economic growth, enhanced living standards, and increased cultural diversity. Historical data underscores this trend: since 1950, the world’s urban population has surged from 751 million to 4.4 billion. This trajectory is expected to continue, potentially doubling the current urban population by 2050.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    The pivotal role of electronic components in driving smart city innovations

    Introduction

    As urbanization accelerates globally, smart city technologies play a crucial role. Advanced electronic components such as sensors, connectors, and microcontrollers allow smart cities to effectively address challenges in traffic, energy, and security. By optimizing urban operations, these technologies enhance efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability, significantly improving residents’ quality of life.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    CA: British Columbia: Vancouver spearheads use of digital credentials

    The City is working with a number of partners with the aim of modernising services to make it easier for businesses, homeowners and permit applicants.

    The City of Vancouver is spearheading the use of digital credentials to reduce the need for manual verification steps in permitting and licencing services.

    This work is being done in collaboration with Technical Safety British Columbia (BC), Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) and the Ministry of Citizens’ Services.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    VN: Hà Nội has 38 bus routes using electronic tickets

    Electronic bus tickets are one of the important solutions helping transform Hà Nội into a smart city, bringing many benefits to the city and public transport users.

    There are a total of 38 bus routes using electronic tickets under the pilot programme on the multi-modal ticket system for public transport in Hà Nội, said Nguyễn Phi Thường, director of the Hà Nội Department of Transport.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    PH: Baguio City accelerates Smart City status through Bitskwela debate

    Philippine-based education platform Bitskwela elevates Baguio's transformation to a Smart City through the "Bull or Bear: Philippine Web3 Debate," highlighting the potential of Web3 to drive technological-based governance, reforms, and innovations in the city and across local governments all over the country.

    Held at the University of the Cordilleras on March 15, 2024, Bitskwela's sixth Bull or Bear debate, themed "Web3 in Baguio," served as a melting pot for different stakeholders, enthusiasts, and students to engage in an open discussion on the pros and cons of blockchain-related technologies.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    IN: Haryana: Karnal garbage lifting agency asked to connect with integrated control centre

    The Karnal Municipal Corporation (KMC) has directed Sugam Swacchata Agency, which has been assigned door-to-door garbage collection and its processing, to integrate its system, including vehicles involved in waste lifting and transportation, with the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), an ambitious project of the Union Government under the Smart City Mission.

    The aim of this step is to enable real-time tracking of vehicles and the processing of solid waste management plant operations, grievance redressal, and monitoring of garbage vulnerable points.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    VN: Hanoi’s ambitions to be a sustainable smart city

    For the second consecutive year, Hanoi has been included in the list of the top 100 smartest cities in the world.

    As voted by the International Institute for Management Development in collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization, the April list ranked Hanoi at 97th, rising three spots from 2023.

    Researchers analysed data and surveyed 120 residents in each of the 142 cities worldwide to evaluate how the city's infrastructure and technology impacted overall performance and residents' quality of life.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    OM: ‘5-minute walk’ Sohar Smart City master plan revealed

    A master plan for the establishment of Sohar Smart City has been released by global architecture and design studio Hassell.

    It was appointed by Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning to design a master plan that will position Sohar as a centre of trade, commerce and innovation by 2040.

    Part of the broader Sohar Master Plan, the new city will capitalise on the economic growth resulting from the free port and arrival of an international rail link to Abu Dhabi. It will include over 19,000 new homes and 520,000sqm of office space, besides schools, mosques, hospitals and a new commuter railway station.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    VN: HCM City eyes driving smart urban development through digital data

    Ho Chi Minh City is aiming for a digital economy contributing about 25% and 40% to its gross regional domestic product (GRDP) by 2025 and 2030, respectively.

    Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee, stated that the local authorities have issued a scheme to transform the southern largest economic hub into a smart city, a digital transformation programme, a data governance strategy, and a research and development programme for artificial intelligence (AI) applications for 2020-2030.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    KW: ‘Sahel’ app introduces new electronic ration card renewal service

    In a recent announcement, Yousef Kazem, the official spokesman for the unified government application for electronic services (Sahel), revealed that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has introduced a new electronic service for renewing ration cards through the Sahel application.

    This initiative, according to Kazem, is a direct response to the directives issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Abdullah Al-Joaan, emphasizing the need to streamline procedures and enhance accessibility to ministry services, especially those catering to citizens. The goal is to expedite transactions and simplify processes, making them more accessible via the Sahel application.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    Reliable, affordable internet access still a challenge for many Nigerians – NIGCOMSAT

    The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, Engr. James Egerton-Idehen has disclosed that reliable and affordable internet access remains a challenge for many Nigerians.

    She disclosed this while delivering a lecture entitled “Championing Innovation: Digital Transformation and Economic Diversification in Nigeria”, on Saturday.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Complete Smart City projects in time-bound manner: Chief Secretary

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo on Saturday conducted a whirlwind tour of Srinagar city to take on-spot appraisal of progress on execution of several Smart City works being executed there.

    Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL); Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; SSP, Srinagar; SP, City Traffic; VC LCMA; MD KPDCL; besides other officers concerned from civil and police administration accompanied the Chief Secretary.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2024
    PK: Digital transformation vital for economic progress: Ahsan Iqbal

    Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has termed connectivity, data centers, firewall protection, and smart governance vital for establishing a robust digital corridor to fueling economic growth and ensuring global competitiveness in the digital age.

    He was talking to a delegation of Huawei Pakistan led by its CEO Ethan Sun in Islamabad today.

    The Minister stressed on establishing a Digital Corridor, acknowledging Pakistan's role as a prime ground for digital economic expansion.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2024
    ID: Kalimantan: OIKN inks grant agreement on Nusantara smart city with US

    The Nusantara City Capital Authority (OIKN) signed a grant agreement with the United States in order to realize Nusantara as a smart forest city.

    OIKN's Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation Mohammed Ali Berawi noted in the agency's statement here on Saturday that the construction of Nusantara City in East Kalimantan is a rare occurrence, as it pertains to moving the nation's capital.

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    GR: Athens deploys contactless payment on public transport

    Athens Urban Transport Organisation has partnered to create a fare collection system that simplifies commuting and makes public transportation more accessible.

    The Greek capital of Athens is rolling out multimodal, contactless payments to improve the public transport experience for both locals and tourists travelling in the city and the metropolitan area.

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    World’s top 6 smart cities!

    Smart cities worldwide have made significant progress in their initiatives, embracing innovative technologies to enhance sustainability, and reduce carbon emissions. With the United Nations projecting that 70% of the global population will be in urban areas by 2050, the need for smarter urban infrastructure is clear. Implementing smart technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), has not only improved citizens' quality of life, but also improved public safety.

    Here's a look at six leading smart cities around the globe:

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    President Boakai Launches Liberia Digital Transformation Project, Targeting 10,000 Youths

    President Boakai has launched Liberia's Digital Transformation Project, targeting 10,000 youths nationwide. This initiative fulfills his commitment made during his first state of the nation address in January. He emphasized the importance of leveraging Information Communication Technology (ICT) to create jobs for Liberian youths. The goal is to empower 10,000 young people with digital skills within the first half of 2024.

    President Boakai expressed his excitement about leading Liberia's digital transformation, stating that adapting to the digital age is crucial for the country's progress. He highlighted ICT as a key player in Liberia's development, supporting various sectors and driving the nation's development agenda.

  • Thu
    May
    09
    2024
    Egypt launches gov't cloud computing data center

    Egypt has launched its first government data and cloud computing center.

    Inaugurated on April 28 by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the data hub will serve as a central repository for all ministry data.

    The facility will enable undefined artificial intelligence technology to be deployed across governmental operations including data analysis applications to help with decision-making, and will act as a centralized national data and disaster recovery center

  • Thu
    May
    09
    2024
    VN: Japanese leaders hold further talks to make North Hanoi Smart City a reality

    Japanese government agencies have held meetings with leaders of a consortium between Vietnam’s BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation to push progress on the North Hanoi Smart City project

    North Hanoi Smart City is on the list of key economic cooperation projects agreed during Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to Japan in 2023.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    GR: The Ellinikon: Europe’s Biggest Smart City Rises in Greece

    Along the coast of Athens, a vast complex of homes, hotels, marinas and more is taking shape

    On the southern coast of the Greek capital, a long-awaited plan to transform the city’s former airport into Europe’s largest smart city is finally gaining momentum.

    After a decade of delays, a vision for the Ellinikon emerges. The Marina Tower, soon to be Greece’s first skyscraper, is starting to rise. Iron skeletons of apartments are taking shape. Standing at the marina, overlooking the Saronic Gulf on one side and the tower on the other, it is possible to imagine the future city, which will have the open spaces, sustainable energy sources and abundant green spaces that Athens currently lacks.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    CN: Hong Kong Tech Boffins Look to Biometrics, AI for ‘Smart City’ Boost

    The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, marking their first collaboration. The partnership aims to enhance the efficiency and quality of public services, supporting the development of Hong Kong as a “Smart City.”

    The MoU focuses on the adoption of technologies in four primary areas: innovative immigration clearance modes, biometric identification and authentication, AI-assisted immigration applications, and collaborative robotics technology. This initiative is expected to improve the Immigration Department’s service levels by increasing staff efficiency and meeting growing public demand.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    KR: Fourth Smart City Comprehensive Plan Special Provisions on the Regulation of Corporate Land Use K-Smart City Export Support

    Smart city specialized complexes will be created in areas that are likely to grow into smart city industrial bases. On the 1st, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that the "4th Smart City Comprehensive Plan for 2024-2028", which includes such contents, was confirmed at the deliberation of the National Smart City Committee held on the 30th of last month.

    The Smart City Comprehensive Plan is the best legal plan in the smart city field established every five years under the Smart City Act. It will be established after deliberation by the National Smart City Committee, which consists of 24 members, including the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the vice ministers of related ministries, and private members.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    US: Texas: Digital kiosks would create obstacles for a walkable Dallas

    The potential revenue does not justify enormous obstruction on sidewalks

    In recent years, Dallas has endeavored to improve the walkability of our city. Leaders of our most populous urban districts, including Uptown, downtown, the Arts District and others have worked tirelessly to make their communities more walkable, safe for pedestrians and welcoming to improve the quality of life and the long-term economic strategy in each area.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    Transforming public transportation networks

    How cities are leveraging innovative approaches to enhance accessibility, efficiency, and user experience in public transport to build more inclusive cities.

    As cities grapple with increasing urbanisation and the need for sustainable transportation solutions, the intersection of technology and transit-centred design is playing a pivotal role in transforming public transport networks.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    KR: Smart city initiatives, Hangeul promotion take priority in Sejong's policy goals: mayor

    Administrative town seeks more global exchanges

    Sejong was established as an administrative town with the goal of achieving balanced regional development and addressing overcrowding in the metropolitan area surrounding Seoul.

    Now housing many government ministries and public agencies, as well as planned construction of a regional branch of the National Assembly, Sejong is aiming for a bigger vision of establishing itself as a smart city, according to Sejong Mayor Choi Min-ho.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    US: Texas: Digital kiosks on Dallas sidewalks – smart technology or just plain intrusive?

    Digital kiosks have been popping up across the country – in Denver, Atlanta, Miami, and Houston.

    "You can't be a smart city unless you have smart technology," said then-mayor Sylvester Turner when Houston introduced them in 2022.

    The city of Dallas says the signs can be used to provide free public wifi to an area, broadcast emergency alerts in real-time, and help direct visitors to the city's attractions and restaurants.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2024
    MT: Requiem for the Smart ‘internet city’: Offices make way for 1,000 flats

    40% of the project once billed as futuristic ‘internet city’ will be residential, while the rest will be a hospital, schools and hotels. Only 9% will be offices.

    Initially touted by the Gonzi administration as a digital hub that would employ 4,000 workers, Smart City is fast changing into a residential and commercial project.

Vermont Information Consortium was Finalist for e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government’s 15th Annual Best of the Web Awards

Governor Jim Douglas celebrated the State’s ranking as one of the ten best government portals and websites in the nation by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. This is the second year in a row that the Vermont Information Consortium (VIC), the State’s web portal vendor, has received this recognition. The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) go to outstanding websites and web portals at the state, county and city levels.

“It is great news that the State’s e-resources are being recognized as among the best in the nation,” Governor Douglas said. “In the coming years, it is important that we continue improving how state government interacts with Vermonters and visitors over the web. Through Challenges for Change and other efforts across state government we are looking to increase web utilization to both save taxpayer money and deliver services more effectively.”

e.Republic judged websites and web portals from across the country on their functionality, efficiency and innovation. VIC ranked as a finalist in the 2010 Best of the Web State Portal Category. According to Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, “The winners’ innovative use of the Internet to continue delivering citizen services despite tight fiscal constraints is inspiring. This skilled use of the Web embodies the spirit of the Best of the Web awards and provides examples to state and local government leaders around the country on how to bring quality services to their citizens while containing costs. We applaud all of you for your creativity and your dedication.”

David Tucker, the Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation and the Chief Information Officer for the State, said: “Winning recognition once is notable, but winning two years in a row is remarkable. With the number of exciting initiatives currently underway, we hope to see VIC continue to be recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of the State of Vermont.”

According to its website, the Center for Digital Government (www.centerdigitalgov.com) is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., (www.erepublic.com) the nation‘s leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education sectors.

For more information about the awards visit www.centerdigitalgov.com

About Vermont.gov

Vermont.gov (www.Vermont.gov) is the official Web portal of the State of Vermont. Vermont.gov is managed through a public-private partnership between the State of Vermont and Vermont Information Consortium, the Montpelier-based official eGovernment partner for the State of Vermont. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).

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