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  • Sat
    Dec
    05
    2020
    LU: "Experiment, exchange, innovate": Government launches new GovTech lab

    Marc Hansen (DP), minister delegate for digitalisation had already announced the creation of a GovTech Lab back in September during ICT Spring 2020. The project was officially launched on Thursday.

    A joint intiative of the ministry of digitalisation and its technological arm, the Government IT centre, the new lab is supposed to “combine GovTech and open innovation to accelerate the development and improvement of digital public services,” the government said in a statement.

  • Sat
    Dec
    05
    2020
    NG: eGovernment: NITDA Trains MDAs on eGovernment

    In a bid to hasten the implementation of the National e-Government Masterplan and inculcate the use of Information Technology in carrying out government activities, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced a virtual strategic capacity building workshop for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) of the Federal Public Institutions (FPI).

    The training is in three phases for Directors of ICT and Heads of Procurement, Network administrators and Domain Managers, while the third batch is for the NITDA team driving the digital transformation agenda. Read more at: https://prnigeria.com/2020/11/27/nitda-mdas-egovernment/

  • Sat
    Dec
    05
    2020
    IN: Ladakh: Leh, Kargil to turn into smart cities as Centre identifies infra projects to boost region

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs which is working on Home Ministry proposal has identified key priority areas where new infrastructure projects would be developed

    The Centre has identified infrastructure projects to turn Leh and Kargil into smart cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is working on a proposal from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and has identified key infrastructure projects in major priority areas such as drinking water supply, tourism, sanitation and transport, as per a report in Economic Times.

  • Fri
    Dec
    04
    2020
    KR: LH Jointly Builds ‘Sejong National Pilot City’ as Smart City Platform with Private Sector

    Innovative technologies, to be verified through the pilot smart city project, will be applied to LH’s upcoming development and urban renewal projects

    Korea Land & Housing Corp. (LH) plans to jointly build “Sejong National Pilot City” as a smart city platform with the private sector.

    A special purpose company (SPC), a joint venture by the public and private sectors, will be established to create a Korean smart city.

  • Fri
    Dec
    04
    2020
    CN: Sichuan: Chengdu making strong push to foster next-gen AI technology

    Chengdu, capital city of Southwest China's Sichuan province, is working to develop a national pilot zone for advancing next-generation artificial intelligence.

    The Chengdu municipal government revealed an action plan promoting the development of an AI-centered pilot zone in November.

    According to the plan, Chengdu will invest more than 100 billion yuan ($15.2 billion) in over 170 major projects over two years to support the regional AI industry. It will focus on developing a core area, an innovation hub and several industrial parks.

  • Fri
    Dec
    04
    2020
    GB: Scotland: Edinburgh Council gets mixed review for digital efforts

    City of Edinburgh Council has received a mixed review for tis digital efforts from Scotland’s central auditor.

    Audit Scotland has published a report on the council’s overall performance that includes a section saying it has made improvements in the area through its partnership with CGI, but that it has not made the expected progress with transformation.

  • Thu
    Dec
    03
    2020
    IN: ‘Project Panoptic’ launches as facial recognition use by Delhi Police expands

    Education agency answers some questions about online biometric system

    The Internet Freedom Foundation is about to launch what it says is the first system for tracking facial recognition technology in India, ‘Project Panoptic,’ The Times of India reports.

  • Thu
    Dec
    03
    2020
    Bahrain wins five Arab Government Excellence Awards

    The Kingdom of Bahrain clinched yesterday five awards within the Arab Government Excellence Award, which is organised by the Arab League’s Arab Administrative Development Organisation (ARADO), in cooperation with the UAE government. The announcement was made in a visual celebration held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

    Five ministries and governmental institutions won the awards. They are the Health Ministry which won the Best Arab Government Project for Developing the Health Sector, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development which won the Best Arab Government Project for Community Development for its “Khatwa” programme for home projects.

  • Thu
    Dec
    03
    2020
    Smart Chinese cities with Huawei tech win awards

    Huawei’s customers have recently won two World Smart City Awards at 10th Smart City Expo World for their innovative ideas and outstanding achievements in driving smart city initiatives, says a press release.

    According to the media release, Shenzhen has won the Enabling Technologies Award for technology-enabled refined city governance. Shanghai has been recognised with the City Award for world-class smart cities. Nanhai District of Foshan in Guangdong has won Economy Award. Tianjin

  • Thu
    Dec
    03
    2020
    IN: iOS version of the Nyaya Bandhu App and its onboarding on UMANG platform to be launched on Constitution Day

    Committed to fulfil its mandate of Free legal aid and Access to Justice as enunciated under Article 39A of the Constitution of India, Secretary (Department of Justice) would be launching the iOS version of the Nyaya Bandhu Application and its onboarding on UMANG platform (MeiTY), on Samvidhan Divas 26th Nov, 2020. The UMANG platform would also enable to make pan India easy accessibility of this mobile based legal service to approx 2.5 Cr registered users.Nyaya Bandhu mobile application was launched by Union Minister for Law and Justice and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad in February, 2019 to ensure empowerment of common man by popularizing technology to a level that it becomes a instrument of change.

  • Thu
    Dec
    03
    2020
    IN: Uttarakhand: Remote Niti valley along Indo-Tibet border gets 4G connectivity

    Following the efforts of the state government, residents of the Niti valley along the Indo-Tibet border in Chamoli district will now be able to access mobile phone connectivity. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat virtually inaugurated two Reliance Jio 4G mobile towers- one each at Juma and Suki in the Niti valley on Wednesday. These will also facilitate 4G internet connectivity for the people in this area.

    Congratulating the locals on the occasion, Rawat said that 4G connectivity will facilitate various activities including trade and online mapping in this border area. The people will now also be able to submit online applications and do other works. People in the border areas will also benefit from the works being undertaken by the government in the sphere of e-governance. He said that during the investors summit, talks had been held with Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani regarding Jio services.

  • Wed
    Dec
    02
    2020
    MM: Phuket embraces electric energy to limit pollution, promote eco-tourism

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the global tourism industry, the popular resort town of Phuket is turning the crisis into an opportunity by remaking itself into a smart city and eco-friendly holiday destination.

    Thanks to the Phuket City Development project, smart-flow technology will be used to collect tourist data and electric vehicles will be a fresh transportation alternative for vacationers in the near future. The recent advent of the innovative Banpu Next e-Ferry is another step in boosting awareness of sustainable tourism among local residents and marine tour operators.

  • Wed
    Dec
    02
    2020
    KY: ‘Risky’ sectors given online compliance route

    The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) has launched an online system for the owners of and those doing business in real estate and jewellery to help them comply with regulations relating to their sales. What are now known as designated non-financial business and professions or DNFBPs for short are the latest risky areas for financial crime and the DCI is tasked with regulating them.

    Although real estate alongside precious metals and gems have long been the target of money launderers and others wanting to hide the source of wealth it has taken a while for the international community to shift its intense focus from offshore banking and financial services to these vulnerable sectors in the world of financial crime.

  • Wed
    Dec
    02
    2020
    NG: COVID-19: How tech integrations revitalise different sectors

    Despite the disruptions to the world economy, ocassioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also been confirmed that different sectors of the economy that quickly readjusted their operations, integrating technology solutions fared well.

    At a recent Nigeria e-Government Summit in Lagos, different sectors of the economy gave account of how technology helped them navigate the murky economic waters heralded by COVID-19.

  • Wed
    Dec
    02
    2020
    Vietnam’s smart cities will need smart energy

    • Vietnam plans to develop cleaner, greener, and more sustainable smart energy resources for its smart cities projects

    Vietnam’s profile as an industrial nation and as a possible importing country has been on the rise in recent months. Top it off with the country’s smart city development ambitions, and the demands for a cleaner, smart energy becomes more apparent.

  • Wed
    Dec
    02
    2020
    IN: Punjab: Parking woes still unaddressed in Ludhiana

    When a survey was conducted for the Smart City Mission over four years ago, many persons from the city voted online for the improvement of traffic management and parking facilities in the city. It was planned to construct two multistorey parking lots and an underground parking lot at various locations in the city to address the issue but nothing has been done so far.

    There is no check on a large number of illegal buildings that were constructed without parking arrangements across the city under the nose of the Municipal Corporation and other departments concerned. Besides, no arrangements have been made for parking vehicles at major city markets. Thus, people are forced to park their vehicles on roads in the absence of parking arrangements due to which traffic snarls are a regular affair.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    KY: DCI launches online compliance system for non-financial businesses

    The Department of Commerce and Investment has launched an online system for so-called designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) – a term used to describe companies outside of financial services that fall under anti-money laundering regulations.

    The department is the regulatory supervisor for real estate agents, real estate brokers, property developers, precious metals dealers and dealers in precious stones.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima Smart City wins accolades at Global Smart Cities Forum 2020

    Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) has been declared winner at the ETGovernment Global Smart Cities Forum 2020 under the category ‘Best Digital Initiative of the Year (Technology)’ for the ‘Kohima City Wifi Phase I Project,’ officials said on Monday.

    According to KSCDL CEO Kovi Meyase, the ETGovernment.com Global Smart Cities Forum 2020 was instituted to recognise the outstanding work done by government and private entities to transform smart cities into citizen-friendly futuristic cities. The focus will be on celebrating innovative ideas, smart governance, sustainable solutions, and cutting-edge execution that enrich the overall lives and experience of citizens, he said in a press release.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: UPLABDH App for citizen grievances, utility services

    A meeting was convened in the chamber of Itanagar Capital Region Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom on Monday, wherein officers of the State Remote Sensing Application Centre (SRSAC) briefed about the ‘UPLABDH’ app, a software application that provides a platform to the citizens to register their grievances and access various utility services.

    IT Expert from the SRSAC, Timothy Nina Dulom presented a brief of the services available in the app and more probable services that are expected to be added to it.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    Digital Identification Might Replace Physical IDs by 2025, but Is It Actually Better?

    Global digitization and coronavirus pandemic have created the need for innovative solutions to replace some traditional ones. Digital identification (ID) is one of such significant solutions trending in the world.

    A digital ID is a set of authenticated digital features and credentials for the digital age, analogous to a human's identity for the things as they are. A digital ID has the potential to uniquely identify a human being whether using on-line or off-line systems.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    The Untold Story & Strives For Liberia’s Better Information & Telecommunications Technology (ICT) At the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications

    Tremendous changes and developments have been made through the efforts of the Minister, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah Sr. and his principal deputies over the past three years with support of the President, H.E George M. Weah in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Improving The ICT Sector In Line With The Pro Poor Agenda of President George M Weah The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications was created by an Act of National Legislature in September 1978 to provide affordable and accessible postal and telecommunications services through the creation of an enabling environment to foster growth in the sector.

  • Tue
    Dec
    01
    2020
    IN: UMANG App International Version Launched By Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the international version of the UMANG app on Monday, November 23.

    Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the international version of the UMANG app on Monday, November 23. The app, which complements various government services by merging them into one platform, has been launched for Indian nationals abroad and NRIs, residing in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Netherlands, Singapore, and New Zealand.

  • Mon
    Nov
    30
    2020
    BeAware Bahrain' App now offers COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Results service

    A new option on the 'BeAware Bahrain' app will allow users to upload photos of their COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test results to be submitted to Health Ministry, announced the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA).

    The service is in line with directives issued by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to maximise the use of technology to respond to COVID-19.

  • Mon
    Nov
    30
    2020
    Second Myanmar e-governance master plan to include systems for cyber crime, e-payments

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications will draft the Myanmar e-Governance Master Plan (2021-2025) to guide the online transition of major public and administrative functions.

    This will be an updated version of the first Myanmar e-governance plan which was drafted for the period between 2016 and 2020.

  • Mon
    Nov
    30
    2020
    IN: International Version of app to be launched, 3 years of UMANG

    Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad is to organize an online conference on November 23 at 16:00. The conference is to mark the occasion of 3 years of UMANG and 2000+ services milestone. The objective of the conference is to take suggestions/feedback from about 20 partner departments.

    The key partners of the application includes Employee Provident Fund Organization, Direct Benefit Transfer scheme departments, Employee State Insurance Corporation, Ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The conference will launch the international version of UMANG in coordination with Ministry of External Affairs. The application will be launched in selected countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The application helps Indian international students, NRIs and Indian tourists abroad, to avail Government of India services, anytime.

  • Mon
    Nov
    30
    2020
    IN: Government releases backend code of Aarogya Setu App to enhance transparency

    The Aarogya Setu App aims to help people identify bluetooth contacts of COVID-19 positive users and issues alerts for helping people stay safe.

    Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Friday released the backend code of Aarogya Setu App in the open domain that will help people understand the functioning of the COVID-19 contact-tracing app and remove all apprehensions related to privacy and security.

  • Sun
    Nov
    29
    2020
    HR: Continental Croatian and Istrian Cities Do Well in "Smart City" Awards

    As Novac/Vedran Marjanovic writes on the 21st of November, 2020, the winner of the Smart City award from Jutarnji list, the Gradonacelnik.hr (Mayor.hr) portal and the Apsolon agency in the competition of medium-sized cities will be sought between the Istrian cities of Labin and Porec, Koprivnica-Krizevci County Koprivnica and two Zagreb County areas, Zapresic and Ivanic-Grad.

    The candidate medium-sized cities were shortlisted based on research conducted by the jury according to 29 different criteria in six units - the digital readiness of the administration, the strategic orientation of the city as ''smart'', having a smart economy, society, infrastructure and environment.

  • Sun
    Nov
    29
    2020
    US: Why Some Neighborhoods Do Not Want a ‘Slow Street’

    Well-intentioned transportation projects during the COVID-19 pandemic to slow or remove traffic from city streets tended to serve mostly wealthy, white neighborhoods, said equity activists at the CoMotion LA conference.

    Slowing down streets and giving the right of way to bikes and walkers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised by many in transportation and community development circles.

  • Sun
    Nov
    29
    2020
    US: The Biden Administration Could Be Good for Smart Cities

    During a tech-focused talk with the National League of Cities Friday, President-elect Joe Biden promised to be supportive of urban leaders once in office, echoing a general friendliness toward local government thus far.

    Many have wondered just how the incoming presidential administration plans to help advance urban tech initiatives.

  • Sun
    Nov
    29
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: 'Public support imperative for better traffic management in Srinagar'

    Srinagar Smart City holds workshop; Justice Magrey stresses for awareness of traffic rules

    The Srinagar Smart City Limited in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority Saturday organised a community engagement awareness programme for better traffic management in Srinagar city.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    IN: Meghalaya: Funds not an issue for Smart City project: Dhar

    Urban Affairs Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar has asserted that the state government would not face fund constraints in implementing projects under the Shillong Smart City project.

    Informing that the government has already allotted the construction of Laitumkhrah market and Polo market under the project, the minister, who recently took over charge of the department, added that the department is also working on few more projects for which the detailed project reports were being worked out.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    Northeast China's Dandong advances 5G intelligent tax services

    The city of Dandong, located on the edge of China's eastern borderline, is on the frontier of applying the latest communication technology in e-government affairs. The border town has taken tax services into new territory, to the cloud with 5G technology, for people to have a more convenient option to do their taxes.

    "Ninety-five percent of tax services can be done through the intelligent cloud system now," said Hao Lu, director of the No. 1 tax office in Yuanbao district, adding that they've been upgrading and promoting the system, and more taxpayers have now embraced the new mode.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    IN: Ahmedabad tops in Bhopal Smart City Mission, Ahmedabad tops

    he Central Government has released the ranking of the Smart City Mission. Bhopal (Bhopal) Smart City Development Corporation Limited has secured the second position in the country in this ranking, while Ahmedabad is at number one. At the same time, Bhopal (Bhopal) has the first number in Madhya Pradesh (Madhya Pradesh).

    After reviewing the works being done by smart cities across the country, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has released a ranking of 100 smart cities on Friday. Ahmedabad (Ahmedabad) of Gujarat (Gujarat) has been ranked first, Bhopal (Bhopal) of MP has got second and Indore (Indore) has got the fourth position in the country. The top 10 cities include Varanasi, Agra, Baroda, Surat (Surat), Salem, Visakhapatnam and Kochi. In this review, completion of works, tendering process and fund utilization etc. were made the basis.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    IN: Over 65k village representatives in Uttarakhand to be trained in

    Over 65,000 elected representatives of gram panchayat and officials in the state are set to join the “smart” league with a training programme, to be held virtually, on shifting operations online. To be launched by the department of panchayati raj, the e-learning programme will focus “on use of IT solutions for developmental and governance tasks and projects”.

    The aim is to “raise an entire generation of digitally-literate village heads for a ‘Smart India’”, officials said. “The e-learning programme will be designed to promote e-governance at panchayat level and achieve administrative efficiency and improve service delivery,” said Harichandra Semwal, director, panchayati raj department.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    NG: National Assembly to Introduce E-Parliament

    The National Assembly has promised to introduce electronic parliament or E-Parliament in the year, 2021 to meet with international global best practices.

    This was made known by clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Ojo Olatunde Amos during the retreat organized by the National Assembly management, in Abuja.

  • Sat
    Nov
    28
    2020
    IN: Govt releases backend code of Aarogya Setu to up transparency

    Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has released the backend code of the Aarogya Setu in the open domain to help people understand how contact tracing mobile application functions.

    The source code of the Android and iOS versions of the Aarogya Setu app was released earlier and the backend source code has been released as per the government policy to share all code repositories with the developer community, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said in a statement.

  • Fri
    Nov
    27
    2020
    PH: Less than a third of LGUs have met digitization mandate — DILG

    Only 30% of local government units (LGUs) have taken measures to digitize their processes, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

    DILG Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III said at an online briefing Thursday that only a small fraction of local governments have been digitizing some aspect of their operations, from registration processes to pandemic response.

  • Fri
    Nov
    27
    2020
    CN: The 2020 Smart City Award Goes to Shanghai

    Smart Shanghai — People-Oriented Smart City, the deployment of intensive digital Infrastructure, e-government services, a City Brain, and massive industrial digital transformation, made Shanghai the winner of the 2020 Smart City Award.

    The Shanghai Smart City Plan (2016-220) is currently in its final year of implementation and has had a fruitful development, focusing on the following areas: digital infrastructure construction, e-government, City Brain, Integration technology, industry, and environmental strategy.

  • Fri
    Nov
    27
    2020
    NG: ‘Early Technology Adoption Will Promote Economic Growth, e-Govt’

    Participants at the Nigeria e-Government Summit 2020 have stressed the need for early adoption of technology and increased ICT infrastructure across the country to promote economic growth and e-Government.

    The summit, which was held in Lagos recently and organised by DigiServe, had the theme: COVID-19: Impetus for Accelerated e-Government Adoption.

  • Fri
    Nov
    27
    2020
    NG: Stakeholders hinge e-govt success on early adoption of technology

    Sanwo-Olu claims metro fibre cables will bridge broadband gap

    Early adoption and deployment of technology will be crucial to any e-govt strategies in Nigeria.

    This was the submission of participants at the Nigeria e-Government Summit 2020 held in Lagos, yesterday.

  • Thu
    Nov
    26
    2020
    VN: CMSC Data Exchange Platform formally launched

    The Commission for the Management of State Capital at Enterprises (CMSC) yesterday cooperated with Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) to hold the conference ‘Establishing an E-government and Performing Digital Transformation in Enterprises’, along with the official introduction of the ‘CMSC Data Exchange Platform’.

    In the era of Industry 4.0, digital transformation is playing a critical role in various aspects from media, healthcare, to science. This process has become both an opportunity and a challenge for any nation and business.

  • Thu
    Nov
    26
    2020
    Govt orders all Zimbabwe companies to re-register

    Government is expected to rake in millions of dollars following the enactment of a law that requires all registered companies in Zimbabwe to re-register by March next year.

    All existing companies which were registered before February 22, 2020 are required to re-register with the Registrar of Companies in line with the new Companies and Other Business Act [Chapter 24:31].

  • Thu
    Nov
    26
    2020
    Conference on strategies to develop Vietnamese digital products launched in HCMC

    A conference and exhibition for ‘Make in Vietnam’ digital products and technologies was held yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), attracting tens of domestic technological companies. The theme of this conference is ‘Vietnamese ICT Trademarks in Industry 4.0’.

    In the era of Industry 4.0, the ICT industry has become one of the key contributors to the national GDP, accounting for around 7.55 percent in 2019 and an estimated 7.3 percent this year. When the COVID-19 pandemic is still on, this ICT industry has again proved its usefulness to the national economic development, with a forecast growth of 7.5 percent in 2020.

  • Thu
    Nov
    26
    2020
    CN: Shanghai named world's 'smartest city'

    Shanghai was named the world's "smartest city" on Wednesday (Nov 18) at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), becoming the first Chinese city to win this award.

    The World Smart City Awards are presented annually by SCEWC to promote diversity, inclusiveness, equality, safety, and collaboration.

    Shanghai won the City Award category at the SCEWC this year. Stockholm won the award last year.

  • Thu
    Nov
    26
    2020
    CN: North Summit Capital CEO: Hong Kong: Digital Transformation Is the 'New Normal' for Traditional Sectors

    The new normal for the technology world is digital transformation, which gives us a chance to "rejuvenate" traditional industries, through which the real business pain points are solved and real values are created, said Dr. Min Wanli, founder and CEO of North Summit Capital, during an online venture capital event on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

    Speaking at the 33rd Annual AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum, one of the premier private equity and venture capital events in Asia, Dr. Min, a leading expert in industrial intelligence and business innovations in China, shared his thoughts on new trends beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and delivered a keynote speech titled "Parachuting Technology to Value Ground of Evergreen Industries".

  • Wed
    Nov
    25
    2020
    GB: Edinburgh adopting IoT technology to further its plans for smart places

    The city council is aiming to use Precisely’s Confirm asset management system in deploying internet of things technology, writes Andrew Waterworth, Confirm UK director at Precisely

    The City of Edinburgh Council is planning to increase its use of internet of things (IoT) technology to further its plans as one of the UK leaders in the development of smart places.

    The council had already adopted Precisely’s Confirm solution to consolidate data on the assets under its jurisdiction but is now also looking to connect smart infrastructure to Confirm using IoT connectivity – including smart waste litter bins, gully sensors and air quality sensors.

  • Wed
    Nov
    25
    2020
    ZA: Members of the public encouraged to submit their comments on a proposed Smart City project

    Muthialu said the project will also create significant economic opportunity, building on the influence of Lanseria International Airport, in the vicinity of marginalised communities like Diepsloot.

    A team of professionals who was appointed by Gauteng provincial government to draft a Greater Lanseria Master Plan said it had completed the plan and it had been made available for public comment.

    Stakeholder engagement director for Greater Lanseria Master Plan team, Nomi Muthialu said, “The draft of a Greater Lanseria Master Plan has now been completed and it has been made available for public comment during a 30-day comment period commencing on 4 November and ending at close of business on 4 December.

  • Wed
    Nov
    25
    2020
    30+ companies from the Taiwanese ICT industry now live on a virtual platform, describing how they are promoting their solutions for smart cities

    • “Smart City Taiwan 360Organized by the Bureau of Industrial Development (IDB) Taiwan, GSMA will showcase the technology of Taiwanese companies during Thrive Asia Pacific Event
    • State-of-the-art solutions related to IoT, 5G and Smart City will be showcased Of taiwan 3D immersive online platform that highlights Of taiwan technical competence
    • Smart solutions in the areas of mobility, governance, health or 5G within the framework of smart city stand out for their critical importance in society

  • Wed
    Nov
    25
    2020
    Kalulushi Smart City Project in Zambia nears the construction phase

    The Kalulushi smart City Project in Zambia, developed by the Kalulushi Municipal Council in collaboration with Smart City Limited, is edging closer to the construction phase following the launch of the invitation for bids from qualified and credible contractors to undertake the construction works for the project.

    According to the Chairman of Kalulushi Smart City Limited Mr. Peter Nasilele, the project will be carried out in two phases on the 67 hectares piece of land No. 3380 which is situated at the corner of Luapula road and President Avenue.

  • Wed
    Nov
    25
    2020
    World Economic Forum selects 4 Indian cities to pioneer roadmap for smart cities

    The World Economic Forum has selected 36 cities out of 22 countries and six continents for pioneering a new global policy roadmap for the smart cities that are developed by the G20 Global smart Cities Alliance.

    The four Indian cities- Indore, Faridabad, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, figured among the 36 cities all over the world that have agreed to pioneer a roadmap for safely adopting new technology as part of the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance.

  • Tue
    Nov
    24
    2020
    NG: COVID-19: Pantami Restate FG Commitment To Digital Economy

    The Honorable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has restated federal government commitment to boost digital economy with the post COVID-19 pandemic Era.

    Pantami, was represented by the director-general/CEO of NIMC, Engr Aliyu A Aziz, made this known while delivering a keynote address at the Institute of Information Management 2020 Annual Summit, on the theme: ‘e-Governance, Digital Economy & Records Management: Assessing Government Readiness on Electronic Document Management & Digitization post COVID-19’ in Abuja.

  • Tue
    Nov
    24
    2020
    EE: Economics affairs ministry looking to tighten up e-voting security

    The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is planning an independent audit and security analysis on e-elections in Estonia, with a view to introducing security-enhancing innovations ahead of next autumn's local elections.

    Part of the issue is confusion over division of responsibilities between at least three bodies: the National Electoral Committee (VKK), the State Information System Authority (RIA) and the ministry itself.

  • Tue
    Nov
    24
    2020
    CY: Government initiative for smarter cities, Nicosia to address traffic issues

    A new government initiative aiming to speed up the promotion of smart cities and the transition to digital and eco-friendly infrastructures by promoting innovation as a sustainable economic tool has been approved by the council of ministers, following a proposal by the deputy ministry of research, innovation and digital policy.

    The project will be coordinated by the deputy ministry in cooperation with local municipalities.

  • Tue
    Nov
    24
    2020
    KSA makes giant leaps toward digital transformation, covering key sectors

    Ranks second globally in corporate cybersecurity

    Saudi Arabia ranked second globally in the field of corporate cybersecurity and jumped nine places to become No. 12 among the G20 countries in the e-government development index, according to the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).

    The high-ranking reflects the remarkable achievements the Kingdom has made ever since it embarked on ambitious Vision 2030 launched by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.

  • Tue
    Nov
    24
    2020
    TZ: PPPs and social media influencers for biometrics registration and national ID

    Lessons from Tanzania in ID4Africa webinar

    The number of people with legal, digital ID in Tanzania, backed by biometrics has increased by roughly 70 percent over the past five years, prompting an ID4Africa webinar to explore the lessons the country’s story may hold for other nations in Africa and elsewhere.

    The latest ID4Africa livecast provided a country progress report ‘Spotlight on Tanzania’s Identity Ecosystem,’ prominently featuring Dr. Arnold Kihaule and Edson Guyai of the National Identification Authority (NIDA).

  • Mon
    Nov
    23
    2020
    US: Rhode Island: City of Providence unveils “unified vision” for downtown public spaces

    By creating a single cohesive vision for the public spaces that compliments both the existing uses and future conditions, it will help foster increased business activity, and attract visitors.

    The City of Providence, Rhode Island, has announced a $16m public investment project to re-envision public spaces in Greater Kennedy Plaza, downtown Providence.

  • Mon
    Nov
    23
    2020
    GH: Wakanda City of Return Project Launched in Cape Coast

    The Wakanda City of Return project has been launched in Cape Coast to pave way for the creation of an ultra-modern smart city that befits Cape Coast as a tourism hub.

    The African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI), two local companies and the City of Cape Coast that form the fulcrum around the building of the city say, they are leveraging on the heritage and cultural tourism assets of Ghana to create a place of pilgrimage for the people of African descent to know about their history, culture, civilization of Africa and our role in the creation of the new world economy.

  • Sun
    Nov
    22
    2020
    GH: Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful Rolls Out DTC Initiative

    Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has revealed that the government will extend telecommunication connectivity to 2,016 communities to connect about 3 million people.

    She showed that the government is determined to provide 95% of the population with voice and data connectivity within the next 18 months.

  • Sun
    Nov
    22
    2020
    Cyprus joining the fast internet highway

    The pandemic has accelerated Cyprus’ digitalisation process as it plays catch-up with the rest of the world as the need for faster internet grows.

    And the Cyprus Telecommunication Authority is rolling out faster internet projects years ahead of schedule.

    Cyta crews have been seen on the streets laying a fibre optic network, speeding up the project to offer consumers super high speeds, fast-forwarding the process by at least four years.

  • Sat
    Nov
    21
    2020
    JP: Blockchain voting could become reality in the future as Tokyo based Layer X is developing an electronic voting system

    • Layer X, a Japanese-based company has recently announced the development of an electronic voting system based on a blockchain protocol as part of a wider “smart city“ project that is being pursued by Tsukuba city.
    • Located in Tokyo, the company has said that the new system will need to meet the technical needs of electronic voting and on top of this, it will include the prevention of double voting.

    Layer X, a Japanese-based company has recently announced the development of an electronic voting system based on a blockchain protocol as part of a wider “smart city“ project that is being pursued by Tsukuba city.

  • Sat
    Nov
    21
    2020
    CN: Beijing's 3rd self-driving test zone greenlighted

    The first phase of a designated test site for self-driving vehicles in Beijing's northeastern suburban district of Shunyi has met the technical requirements to start trial runs.

    A ceremony for the test base covering a planned area of 80 hectares was held at the 2020 World Intelligent Connected Vehicles Conference, which concluded Friday in the city.

  • Sat
    Nov
    21
    2020
    IN: Ongole Municipal Corporation command control centre to start from December

    The command control centre is meant for providing the Corporation with real-time data from the ground on everything from sanitation to street lights to water supply to traffic situation.

    Ongole Municipal Corporation Command Control Centre (CCC) under the Smart City project will start functioning from the first week of December.

    The CCC was set up at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore in the MEPMA building which is located on the premises of Ongole Municipal Corporation (OMC).

  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2020
    IN: Haryana: Gurugram to develop as Smart City: CM Manohar Lal Khattar

    Haryana government aims to develop Gurugram as the Smart City. The state government has also proposed to set up a new municipal corporation in Manesar and develop a new Gurugram city in that area.

    The announcement by the Haryana chief minister was made during the digital launch of two Air Care projects for the beautification of Gurugram.

  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2020
    A1 Introduces Smart Communicating Waste Bins in Croatia

    A1 in Croatia, a leading provider of digital services and communication solutions, held a press conference and presented three models of smart communicating waste bins, which optimize waste collection and contribute to the environment by reducing the carbon footprint. One of the smart bins is TOM from Orwak.

    A1 in Croatia, which has about 2000 employees and serves 2 million customers on an everyday basis, is part of A1 Telekom Austria Group – a leading provider of digital services and communication solutions in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2020
    NG: NITDA Plans Training For 200 Youths On IT Skills

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed its plan to train 200 youths to build their capacities in various IT skills. This, the Agency said, is part of efforts to derive value from the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

    The training according to the Agency will center on computer administration, social media entrepreneurship and eCommerce fundamentals, networking fundamentals, introduction to emerging technologies, etc.

  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2020
    Egypt ranks 56th on Government AI Readiness Index

    Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that AI is one of the most important priorities for the Egyptian government at the present time.

    Egypt has advanced 55 places on the Government AI Readiness Index in 2020, ranking 56th among 172 countries.

    The index, issued by global consulting firm Oxford Insights and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), measures the extent of governments’ willingness to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2020
    World Bank agrees to cooperate in provision of broadband services in far-flung areas of Pakistan

    Federal Minister for IT & Telecom welcomed the World Bank Country Director in his office, and matters of mutual interests and related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), digitalization and connectivity were discussed during the meeting. Federal Secretary Ministry of IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui was also present in the meeting.

    Talking to World Bank Country Director, Federal Minister for IT & Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque said that under Digital Pakistan vision, provision of broadband services across the country is top priority of the Ministry of IT. He said The IT & IT enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances comprising of computer services and call center services surged to US $379.251 million at a growth rate of 43.55% during the first three months (July-September) of FY 2020-21, in comparison to US $264.187 million during the same period during FY 2019-20.

  • Thu
    Nov
    19
    2020
    NG: NeGSt unveils digital platform to check illicit financial flows

    e-Government Strategies (NeGSt) has unveiled the Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (TAS) project, a digital tool designed to eliminate corruption, improve efficiency, create employment and increase the size of the Nigerian economy.

    Speaking at the virtual unveiling of TAS, the Executive Vice Chairman, NeGSt, Dr. Felix Obada, said having achieved success with the pilot project, NeGSt is set to boldly fulfil its mandate and help Nigeria address endemic corruption and inefficiency in the delivery of government services with the launch of TAS.

  • Thu
    Nov
    19
    2020
    IN: KTR inaugurates Telangana State Police Public Safety Integrated Operations Centre

    IT and Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday inaugurated Telangana State Police Public Safety Integrated Operations Centre here in Hyderabad at Gachibowli in the premises of Cyberabad Police Commissionerate.

    He also inaugurated the data centre. The Public Safety Integrated Operations Centre is located on two floors. The ground floor has operations with video walls for real-time monitoring, emergency response systems for dial 100 and Hawk-Eye App and the first floor has War room and Data Centre where 15,000 CCTVs are monitored simultaneously at a time.

  • Thu
    Nov
    19
    2020
    IN: Haryana: Gurugram to be developed as ‘smartest city’, says Khattar

    In a bid to bring Gurugram on the world map, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday announced to develop it as the ‘smartest city’.

    For this, the CM also proposed to set up a new municipal corporation in Manesar and develop a new Gurugram city in that area.

  • Thu
    Nov
    19
    2020
    5G commercialization in Vietnam encounters obstacles

    The cutting edge 5G technology for mobile networks displays several benefits from super speed, a potential digital ecosystem to a stable platform to run an e-government and smart city. However, in Vietnam, the process to commercialize this lucrative technology still meets various difficulties.

    Compared to its 2G, 3G, or 4G counterparts, the 5G technology is much faster (10 times as much as the 4G), and it allows connections from more devices with a lower latency. This technology is expected to make breakthroughs in applications related to Internet of Things, smart city establishment, digital transformation.

  • Thu
    Nov
    19
    2020
    VG: Government Bills To Improve E-Payments To Public Service

    The Government of the Virgin will be introducing Bills to support the comprehensive digital transformation of the Public Service and improve e-payments for customers.

    His Excellency the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert while delivering the Speech from the Throne outlining the Government’s Legislative Agenda explained that the Bills that will be introduced during the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly will include Data Protection, Electronic Filing, Electronic Funds Transfer and Electronic Transactions.

  • Wed
    Nov
    18
    2020
    Nigeria Summit: FIRS, NCC, ATCON to discuss e-Govt strategies

    The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami; the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta; the President, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Mr. Olusola Teniola, among other notable Nigerians, will be discussing new e-Government strategies and policies at the Nigeria eGovernment Summit.

    The annual Nigeria eGovernment Summit that holds November 17 at Sheraton Hotels and Tower, Ikeja, is themed: COVID-19: Impetus for Accelerated Adoption of eGovernment.

  • Wed
    Nov
    18
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City holds 6th BoD Meeting

    Several new projects approved, ranking improves

    The Srinagar Smart City Ltd convened 6th meeting of Board of Directors which reviewed the progress on various projects approved during previous meetings and also approved a host of new projects in various sectors aimed at key infrastructure interventions and developmental initiatives in city.

    Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandurang Pole, Chief Executive Officer SSCL / Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Director SSCL Naveen Aggraval, VC SDA Dr Bashir Ahmed, Commissioner SMC, Director Archives and other members were present.

  • Wed
    Nov
    18
    2020
    PK: Karachi Needs To Learn A Lot From Turkey's City Esenler, The First Smart City Of Islamic World: Administrator

    Administrator Karachi, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani on Wednesday said Turkey's city Esenler is the first smart city of Islamic world and Karachi needs to learn a lot from it.

    He said Esenler is also a densely populated city but the local administration had provided exemplary facilities to the people by carrying out massive works.

  • Wed
    Nov
    18
    2020
    Serbia to launch e-government system for mining, energy sectors

    Serbia's government plans to launch an electronic government system for all regulatory procedures in the energy and mining sectors, aiming to attract more investors, energy minister Zorana Mihajlovic said on Wednesday.

    "We want to increase transparency and predictability for investors, reduce costs and shorten procedures, whether they are energy permits and connections to electricity, gas, heat or procedures related to geological research and mining," Mihajlovic said in a press release.

  • Wed
    Nov
    18
    2020
    US: Smart City Testbeds Are a Vital Part of Building Useful Tech

    Officials from the public, private and nonprofit sectors discussed the need for community testbeds to explore and grow smart city technologies at scale during the recent Smart Cities Connect Conference.

    Testing and growing technologies to support advancements as lofty as drone deliveries and community broadband are some of the initiatives being explored with smart city testbeds.

  • Tue
    Nov
    17
    2020
    South Korean state agencies sign MoU to build $3.6bn data center campus

    A City Business Agreement has also been signed to power Smart Cities

    State-owned companies Korea Land & Housing (LH) and Korea Data Center Council (KDCC) have agreed to spend around $3.6bn to build a data center campus in South Korea.

    The planned 90,000 sq m (968,000 sq ft) campus will consist of three data centers. LH said it would try to attract investment by issuing public offerings to real estate investment trusts.

  • Tue
    Nov
    17
    2020
    IN: National e-Governance Division (NeGD)in association with NLIU Bhopal launches Online Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law, Cybercrime Investigations and Digital Forensics virtually

    National e-Governance Division (NeGD) in partnership with National Law Institute University, Bhopal, launched an Online PG Diploma programme on ‘Cyber Law, Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics’ on 9th November 2020, at 2:00 PM.

    This initiative will offer a nine-month Online PG Diploma Course in Cyber Law, Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics to about 1000 officials through NeGD’s Digital Learning Management System (LMS) in collaboration with NLIU Bhopal under the “Digital India Programme”.The goal of this Programme is to enable Police Officers, State Cyber Cells, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutors and Judicial Officers to acquire the requisite skills to deal with Cyber Forensics cases efficiently & effectively as per the Indian Cyber Law while adopting global best practices, standards and guidelines. A Cyber Forensics Lab is being established in the premises of National Law University (NLU) Delhi for facilitating this course.Other law schools/ universities like National Law School of India University (Bangalore), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (Patiala) etc., will also be involved in the Programme in future.

  • Tue
    Nov
    17
    2020
    Transport and connectivity: smarter infrastructure for a smarter city

    Public transport is integral to a city’s prosperity and its citizens’ wellbeing. Besides providing the infrastructure to get people from point A to B, transport operators are responding to citizens’ needs to remain connected and productive on public transport, especially longer journeys, and to travel in a safe environment, which has become even more important since the COVID-19 pandemic.

    BAI Communications surveyed more than 2,400 rail users in five major cities where it operates: Hong Kong, London, New York City, Sydney, and Toronto. Respondents were asked how they saw the state of transport, connectivity, and its role in their city’s future. The data revealed widespread support for investment in 5G networks and smart city services to boost rail users’ safety and connectivity.

  • Tue
    Nov
    17
    2020
    Smart Cities to Create Business Opportunities Worth $2.46 Trillion by 2025

    More than 70% of global smart city spending by 2030 will be from the United States, Western Europe, and China.

    The uncertain post-pandemic situation will compel smart cities to focus more on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure to provide appropriate healthcare facilities as well as public security services. They will create significant business opportunities with a market value of $2.46 trillion by 2025.

  • Mon
    Nov
    16
    2020
    Bangladesh adds 3.3cr internet users in a decade

    The number of internet users in Bangladesh expanded by 3.3 crore between 2010 and 2019, bringing another 20 per cent of the population online, according to a recent report.

    Over the same period, India added 36.1 crore new users, or 26 per cent of its population and Pakistan added 4.8 crore new users, or 22 per cent of its population.

  • Mon
    Nov
    16
    2020
    e-Voting is a moonshot the US must take

    Imagine that you could vote securely on your smartphone, change your vote anytime before Election Day, and know that your vote has been counted.

    The crazy quilt Americans call their election process has produced another nail-biter, with delays caused by everything from postal bottlenecks and voting machine malfunctions to an unexpected shortage of printer ink. The way votes are collected and counted in the U.S. makes recounts, lawsuits and sometimes lingering doubts over an election’s true outcome all but inevitable: You don’t have to be Donald Trump to worry that errors could have tilted a tight count toward the opposing side.

  • Mon
    Nov
    16
    2020
    Japanese firm creates blockchain-based e-voting protocol

    This project is a part of Tsukuba’s “smart city” initiative

    Layer X, a blockchain startup based in Japan, has announced that it is working on an electronic voting system based on a blockchain protocol as part of an overall smart city initiative for Tsukuba City.

    The company has explained that the new system will satisfy the technical needs of electronic voting. This includes avoiding instances of double voting, accurately storing all voting content, ensuring voter confidentiality and managing operation records.

  • Mon
    Nov
    16
    2020
    PK: Provinces look to Punjab model for digitisation

    Any discussion on the state of technology and its adoption in Pakistan eventually finds a way back to the structural issues and rightly so. Indeed, what the sarkari babus do (or don’t) ends up shaping the sector’s growth trajectory for better or worse.

    At the structural level, first is the regulatory aspect where the government tries to encourage or discourage the sector through its policies and that is something we have seen some progress on. But the second area, which probably affects the masses more directly, is how keen the administration is in terms of adopting technology itself in order to make processes simpler. For example, citizen facilitation centres or eliminating bureaucratic red tape, which falls under “digital governance”.

  • Sun
    Nov
    15
    2020
    IN: Only 4 out of 20 smart projects in Kalyan-Dombivli completed; rest gaining momentum, says civic body

    Four years after its inception, only four out of the 20 projects listed by the Smart Kalyan Dombivli Corporation Limited (SKDCL) are completed, as per the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation’s (KDMC) record. The project faced several technical issues till early this year. The KDMC, though, has claimed that the projects have gained momentum since February.

    Three out of the four completed projects are solid waste management that includes automated solid waste management, 10 metric ton bio-methanation plant at Umbarde and garbage bins at household level for segregation. The fourth project is installing LED street lights across the city.

  • Sun
    Nov
    15
    2020
    IN: Bike-sharing project of Panchkula races ahead of other smart cities, records almost double the number of rides

    While Panchkula has 200 such bicycles, more than 1.10 lakh rides were registered between June and October this year, Gwalior and Bhubaneswar with 500 bicycles each, registered above 76,000 and 12,000 rides respectively.

    The Yaana bike-sharing project of Panchkula has seen almost double the number of rides as compared to the bike sharing projects in Gwalior and Bhubaneswar, despite having less than half the number of bikes.

  • Sun
    Nov
    15
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Re-imagining the streets as public space

    As part of the ‘streets for people challenge,’ Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) has transformed the Old NST parking lot into an open street space for pedestrians and food vendors, as well as a sitting space for shoppers.

    The initiative was undertaken to test how streets could be transformed into a happy, safe and inclusive space for everyone, stated the chief executive officer of KSCDL, Kovi Meyase, in a press statement issued on Saturday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    14
    2020
    CN: Shanghai: Nordic innovation to drive sustainable, smart Yangpu

    Nordic companies and firms offering new technologies are encouraged to take part in Shanghai’s smart and sustainable urban construction, officials from Yangpu District told a forum on the sidelines of the China International Import Expo.

    The Nordic Sustainable City Wrap Up Meeting and Sino-Nordic Sustainable Healthcare Cooperation Forum were held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, the CIIE venue, and the Changyang Campus in Yangpu on Saturday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    14
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Streets for people challenge: Kohima smart city initiates pop-up event

    The Kohima smart city mission also aims to launch 'walkable streets' project to create pedestrian friendly walkways

    With an intend to create pedestrian-friendly streets for citizens, the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) organised a day-long pop up street space at Old NST in Kohima on Saturday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    14
    2020
    IN: MEITY unveils draft Data Centre Policy 2020, plans to provide infrastructure status to the sector

    • The draft highlights the need for data centre infrastructure within the boundaries of the country due to the data localisation provisions proposed in the Data Protection Act.
    • The draft policy essentially laid out a policy framework including various structural and regulatory interventions.

    The ministry of electronics & information technology’s (MeitY) e-Governance division has put together a draft for the Data Centre Policy 2020 to position India as a global data centre hub.

  • Sat
    Nov
    14
    2020
    NG: Use social media to enhance governance, anti-graft policies, Buhari urged

    An international Data Scientist and Artificial Intelligence specialist, Mr Adewale Omoniyi, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to halt plans by his administration to regulate social media, but rather use the platform to enhance governance and anti-graft policies.

    In an open letter, the founder of Naijatent – the first Nigerian indigenous social network – said the business of governance has moved to the information and communication technologies, adding that any form of gauging or censorship will stifle growth and development in the country.

  • Sat
    Nov
    14
    2020
    BN: BAHDigital: A campaign to synergise and transform

    The digital future is no longer tomorrow’s reality, and Brunei is poised to explore technological advancements geared towards the 4th Industrial Revolution through the increasing level of digitisation across the nation’s economic sectors.

    BAHDigital stands at the forefront of this journey, with an online platform that curates strategic content aimed to inspire Bruneians, and help them to aspire in becoming digital-savvy citizens.

  • Fri
    Nov
    13
    2020
    Analysts predict 26 smart cities by 2025 – from zero today

    Spending on smart city technology is expected to reach US$327 billion by 2025, up from US$96 billion in 2019, according to a new forecast from Frost & Sullivan.

    The analyst company said an uncertain post-pandemic situation will compel cities to focus on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure for use in healthcare, public security services and more.

  • Fri
    Nov
    13
    2020
    Smart cities to offer gold mine of business opportunity in next 5 years, says study

    Smart cities look set to be gold mines when it comes to creating business opportunities.

    Business opportunities to the tune of some $2.46 trillion could be created by the development of smart cities by 2025, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan, published on Oct. 29. According to the research, the uncertain post-pandemic context could drive these cities of the future to develop even more collaborative, data-driven infrastructure, in turn creating new business opportunities, notably in healthcare services and public security services.

  • Fri
    Nov
    13
    2020
    A digital transformation roadmap to reimagine and elevate brand South Africa

    With the government now firmly focused on economic recovery, with planned infrastructure spend and job creation top of mind, there is renewed emphasis on skills development and community upliftment.

    Yet key to this recovery and economic stimulation will be revisiting digital transformation objectives, and empowering public sector employees and leaders with digital tools and platforms that introduce efficiencies…while spurring much needed innovation.

  • Fri
    Nov
    13
    2020
    IN: Haryana to install CCTV cameras in all cities: Minister

    Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Anil Vij on Friday informed the Assembly that the state government was planning to install CCTV cameras in all cities.

    Appropriate guidelines in this regard were being issued.

    Replying to a question on the second day of the monsoon session, he said earlier CCTV cameras were installed in Smart Cities by the Urban Local Bodies Department but the maintenance of which was being taken care of by the Home Department.

  • Thu
    Nov
    12
    2020
    US: Three Cities Use Smart City Concepts to Improve Transportation

    Transportation leaders from San Diego; Columbus, Ohio; and Centennial, Colo., shared how smarter transportation helps to achieve larger regional goals around sustainability, equity and greener urban development.

    In various parts of the country, cities are using performance analytics and other mainstays of smart city technology to drive climate, transportation and development goals.

  • Thu
    Nov
    12
    2020
    How future cities can achieve environmental sustainability – study

    A new report released by Enel, Arup, Intesa Sanpaolo Group and Future Food Institute highlights how the urban landscapes of tomorrow can achieve environmental sustainability, social inclusion and economic competitiveness.

    The study looks at some projects around circular cities being deployed by Enel in domains including e-mobility, energy storage, renewables, energy efficiency, smart grids, public lighting and building management.

  • Thu
    Nov
    12
    2020
    Spending on smart cities technologies to expand by 22.7% through 2025

    Research firm Frost & Sullivan has issued a new report analysing the global spending on smart cities technologies over the next five years.

    The research firm forecasts an increase in spending on smart cities technologies of 22.7% between 2020 and 2025.

    Smart cities’ spending on technology in the next six years is expected to reach $327 billion by 2025 from $96 billion in 2019.

  • Thu
    Nov
    12
    2020
    OM: Ministry of Labour introduces online service for expatriate work force

    Enables employers to register work contracts of employees and more

    The Oman Ministry of Labour announced yesterday that a new electronic service has been launched to register the work contracts for non-Omani manpower.

    The service which started on 3 November, enables the employers to register work contracts for their expatriate employees through the ministry’s electronic portal.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    VN: HCM City expands e-government services

    Ho Chi Minh City's authorities provided 668 online public administrative services at levels 3 and 4 in various fields in the first quarter of the year, and more than 80 percent of local residents and organisations said they were satisfied with the services.

    The municipal People's Committee organised a conference last week to review its 10-year programme in administrative reform and expanding access to e-government services.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    CY: E-government system for schools in the works

    In a bid to modernise the public education system and assist a transition to the digital age the government will install an e-government system for schools and has issued a tender for the project, education minister Prodromos Prodromou has announced.

    “The tender concerns the supply, installation, maintenance and operation of an advanced and holistic e-government system in Cypriot public education,” he explained.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    Innovatrics Partners with PosAm on Biometric App for e-Government Services in Slovakia

    Innovatrics has teamed up with PosAm to make it easier for Slovakian citizens to gain access to municipal services. The companies are hoping to replace the card-based system currently being used in the country, which forces the user to have an ID with a chip, a device that can read that chip, and a Windows PC to verify their identity before using a digital service.

    To that end, Innovatrics and PosAm are working together to develop a solution that will allow Slovakians to complete the entire authentication process through a smartphone. The solution will integrate the former’s Digital Onboarding Toolkit into the mID mobile application from PosAm, which will negate the need for a chip ID during an identity check. Once their identities have been confirmed, Slovakians will be able to use their mobile devices to coordinate garbage collection, apply for fishing permits, and take advantage of other municipal services.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how it can fix the problem

    The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a migration from physical work spaces in many sectors of the economy to online, digital services, supported by staff working from home. Parts of the economy such as mining, manufacturing and hospitality still require workers to be physically present. But other sectors have discovered that virtual platforms are effective substitutes for offices.

    Online, however, requires digital infrastructure and services in information and communication technology (ICT). Digital infrastructure is essential to meet the new demand for virtual services as quickly and cheaply as possible. On top of this the potential of digital technologies to support economic growth is apparent. Many developing countries have comprehensive national strategies and initiatives to foster data mining, digital intelligence, e-government and e-commerce. These include India and China.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    CH: Zug Uses IEM Parking Meters in Pursuit of Its Smart City Strategy

    Since 2007, the city of Zug has been using around eighty parking meters from different manufacturers to manage the various public parking in the city. Some of the parking meters had become obsolete because they no longer met the technical requirements.

    Therefore, in the upcoming months and in order to improve the profitability and management of car parks, while meeting new customer needs, parking meters will be replaced with PrestoConnect meters. Geneva-based and with a branch in Rotkreuz, IEM is responsible for manufacturing these fine design parking meters. About thirty parking meters were replaced in September 2020 and the remainder will be installed in the coming months.

  • Wed
    Nov
    11
    2020
    IN: Smart cities, Big Data, and the Built Environment: What's required?

    The growing needs of a rapidly urbanizing world had already ensured that technology takes centre stage. However, an important outcome of the COVID – 19 outbreak is the realization of how much of a significant role technology is set to play in the overall progress of a nation. Due to the global pandemic, the accelerated adoption of technology has become the writing on the wall, clear to economies across the world highly impacted by its advent and in its aftermath. The completely unprecedented unexpected crisis threw the world off-kilter awakening the need to have a digital universe in place that can withstand and weather any such future challenges while protecting the socio-economic factors.

  • Tue
    Nov
    10
    2020
    IN: Gujarat stood 2nd, Kerala tops with most e-transactions during lockdown

    The State of Kerala sets a benchmark securing the first rank with the most number of e-transactions for the state and civic body services during the lockdown. Gujarat followed recording the second-most number of e-transactions.

    e-transactionsTaking into account the figures, Gujarat recorded 67.3 crore hits on e-governance websites marking the second-most highest, while, Kerala topped the charts with 93.5 crore hits. The top five states following Kerala and Gujarat includes Andhra Pradesh securing the third rank, West Bengal fourth and Telangana at the fifth position. The e-transactions made on the e-governance websites by all the states are recorded by the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY).

  • Tue
    Nov
    10
    2020
    ES: Port of Barcelona’s Smart Ports: Piers of the Future announcement

    The Port of Barcelona and Port Technology International have announced the release of the agenda and opening of registration for the first virtual ‘Smart Ports: Piers of the Future’ 2020 event.

    In November 2020, due to the current pandemic, ‘Smart City Expo World Congress’ will be held in a virtual format called Smart City Live 2020. Similarly, ‘Smart Ports: Piers of the Future’ has developed its own 100% online platform where you can stream the event.

  • Tue
    Nov
    10
    2020
    SK: Smart cities attract investment and talent. How smart is Bratislava?

    The Smart City Index focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities ‘smart’.

    In the world ranking of smart cities, Bratislava placed 76th out of 109 cities worldwide this year. Compared with last year’s primary edition of the IMD Smart City Index, it improved its ranking by eight positions. But within the V4 only Budapest, which ended just behind Bratislava in 77th place, had worse results.

  • Tue
    Nov
    10
    2020
    EE: Tallinn named the “2020 Intelligent Community of the Year”

    The Estonian capital, Tallinn, succeeds Taoyuan in Taiwan as the “number one intelligent community”.

    The “intelligent community” title is handed over annually by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) – a global network of 180 cities, metro regions and counties, with a think tank at its heart. The think tank studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s “intelligent communities” as “they adapt to the new demands” and “seize the opportunities presented by broadband and digital technology”.

  • Mon
    Nov
    09
    2020
    KR: KT to build digital X-based smart city in Sri Lanka

    KT, led by CEO Koo Hyun-mo, made an announcement on Oct. 30 that it signed an MOU with Sri Lankan business development company Moeul at KT's Gwanghwamun office in Jongno-gu, Seoul, on "Business Cooperation to Build Smart City in Sri Lanka."

    Park Yoon-young, head of KT's corporate division, and Kim Yong-wook, CEO of Moeul, attended the signing ceremony.

  • Mon
    Nov
    09
    2020
    Vietnam leads Asia-Pacific in pace of digital progress

    Digital transformation efforts in Vietnam have yielded the biggest improvement among regional economies, according to an industry study of 11 Asia-Pacific markets.

    Vietnam saw the highest increase in scores between 2016 and 2019, in the digital society index study carried out by mobile operator industry player GSMA Intelligence.

  • Mon
    Nov
    09
    2020
    US: Smart City Work Laid the Foundation for COVID Innovations

    During the Smart Cities Connect Conference this week, tech leaders from Ohio and Colorado shared how digital operations morphed and grew during the COVID-19 crisis because of the earlier efforts to build smarter cities.

    Data-sharing, more digitally supported services and increased public meetings participation are some of the unexpected silver linings cities have encountered in the last eight months of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Mon
    Nov
    09
    2020
    PK: President emphasises the need for promoting e-governance in public sector

    President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasised the need for setting up an integrated government database to enhance the efficiency of public sector organizations.

    He stated this while chairing a meeting on Sub-Committee on Emerging Technologies on e-Governance, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad today.

  • Mon
    Nov
    09
    2020
    Nigeria's E-Government Summit to Attract Foreign Participation

    Nigeria and six foreign countries will be participating and showcasing their e-Government experiences at this year's Nigeria e-Government Summit that is geared towards accelerating online presence of the Nigerian government at all levels.

    The foreign countries include France, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, and Ethiopia.

  • Sun
    Nov
    08
    2020
    Algorithms run the Estonian state – and people trust it

    A good digital government is built on good math, not just good people, according to cyberlaw scholar and legal philosopher Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva.

    Every Estonian citizen has an ID number written on a card they use to communicate with the government. They slip their piece of plastic in a reader or type in a code on their smartphones to sign documents, apply for a driver’s licence, pay taxes, vote in the parliamentary elections, start companies, even name their children. They can do almost anything online except for getting married or buying real estate.

  • Sun
    Nov
    08
    2020
    Opportunities in e-commerce and digital transformation in the Philippines

    Remarks of USAid Philippines Mission Director Lawrence Hardy 2nd at the 3rd annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Oct. 29, 2020.

    This year’s Indo-Pacific Business Forum, organized by the US government, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, brings together senior government representatives, private sector CEOs, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations throughout the region and around the world to discuss trade promotion and investment aimed at increasing economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region. This event also underscores the close economic ties shared by the United States and the region, as well as our commitment to the region’s long-term, sustainable and inclusive growth.

  • Sun
    Nov
    08
    2020
    BD: First nat’l cyber drill brings strange results

    Three law enforcement, security orgs score zero; organisers say they ‘observed’, didn’t participate

    The first national level cyber-security drill, organised recently by a government agency and participated by 35 private and public institutions, has produced some rather quizzical results.

    The government's e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-GOV CIRT) hosted the drill -- held online remotely -- for 20 banks and 15 non-banking financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and private entities on October 22. Each organisation was given six problems and a stipulated time to come up with solutions.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    Privacy or smart city? Israeli startup RoadSense says we can have both

    Without compromising on privacy sacrifice, Israeli startup RoadSense doesn't even need a camera to get actionable insight out of the deals...

    Let’s face it, the smart city concept is no longer a pipe dream made for the movies, but an actuality that can be implemented in almost any city. Imagine a scenario where urban malfunctions are dealt with in real-time, the city learns how to optimize itself for the better of its citizens.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, Southeast Asia’s First Industry-Led Lab for Smart Cities Solutions Development, Opens in CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park

    CapitaLand and its industry partners commit up to S$10 million as a start to catalyse solutions development and deployment locally and overseas.

    The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, Southeast Asia’s first industry-led lab for smart cities solutions development, initiated by CapitaLand and supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), is officially opened today by Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran. The Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab will bring together leaders in the smart cities space to co-create and test innovations with local built environment and technology enterprises in a live environment at CapitaLand’s 5G-enabled Singapore Science Park. CapitaLand, together with its industry partners, has committed up to S$10 million in the Lab as a start to catalyse development and deployment of smart cities solutions in Singapore and overseas.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    Singapore taps iris, facial biometrics as primary identifiers at immigration checkpoints

    Singapore is popping to the attention and face as the primary options to determine travellers at its immigration checkpoints. This can be a transfer away from a person’s fingerprint, beforehand tapped as the primary biometric identifier, which has offered challenges because of ageing, scarring, and dryness.

    The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) mentioned it had begun rolling out iris and facial scanners since July in any respect automated and guide immigration factors positioned on the passenger halls of Singapore’s land, sea, and air checkpoints. These included Changi Airport Terminal four, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and on the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints that border Northern neighbour Malaysia.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    VN: Human resources key to success in digital transformation: Deputy PM

    High-quality human resources will play a decisive factor in the success of the country’s digital transformation process, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said at a conference held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 30. “The government has identified digital transformation as one of the most important long-term goals amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Minh, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    PH: USAID doubles down on aid for digitalization

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed to double down over the next five years on its assistance to the Philippines in increasing digital platforms and in expanding systems on the country’s e-government initiatives and cyber security protection.

    Lawrence Hardy, USAID mission director to the Philippines, in his remarks at the Third Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Wednesday, said USAID will also provide greater engagement of small and medium sized enterprises and e-commerce, as well as continue pursuing digital interventions in our work, involving health, education, governance and the environment.

  • Sat
    Nov
    07
    2020
    Kenya partners with Huawei to train public servants to enhance technology knowledge

    Kenya's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Authority and China's tech company Huawei have completed training public servants in order to enhance their technology knowledge, officials said on Thursday.

    Fiona Pan, deputy CEO for Public Affairs of Huawei Kenya said that the online training for civil servants was designed to provide the personnel with the latest knowledge on (ICT) trends, e-government, smart city, Internet of Things and cyber security.

  • Fri
    Nov
    06
    2020
    PH: Baguio to install integrated communication platform, other digital assets to fulfill Smart City vision

    Baguio City is set to push forward with its goal of making the tourist destination the first Smart City in the country with its line up of technological investments.

    The country’s “Summer Capital” has partnered with tech company Cisco to create Integrated Command and Control Center.

  • Fri
    Nov
    06
    2020
    TH: Pattaya aspires to becoming a much smarter neo-Pattaya

    Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome has set out his plans to transform the old Pattaya into a new or neo smart city. He surmised that whilst international tourism will remain the immediate bedrock post-virus, it is vital to upgrade Pattaya as an economic hub to exploit opportunities from developing various industries in the three-province Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) of which the city is part. Basically, the EEC is a developing hub of hi-tech import and export industries in eastern Thailand.

    On the future of foreign tourism, the mayor said that the city needs to attract back vacationers from top markets with low coronavirus infection rates such as China and Russia. One possibility was to open U-Tapao airport to groups under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) which allows a stay of up to 270 days. At the moment, U-Tapao airport is closed to commercial or charter flights, but already has safety and health-screening procedures in place.

  • Fri
    Nov
    06
    2020
    IN: Smart city mission fund utilisation doubles post lockdown

    Smart City Mission, the Modi government’s ambitious flagship programme to develop 100 smart cities in India, has got a sudden boost with utilisation doubling in post lockdown months.

    The mission, which has always drawn public and parliamentary criticism for poor utilisation and projects not taking off the ground, has bucked the overall slowdown trend. Even as the government ministries are struggling to bring flagship missions and other programmes to pre-Covid levels, the Smart City Mission is witnessing a sudden upturn.

  • Thu
    Nov
    05
    2020
    US: The Success Of Autonomous Vehicles Hinges On Smart Cities. Inrix Is Making It Easier To Build Them.

    Signs are an effective way to communicate with a human driver, but self-driving vehicles? Not so much. A can of spray paint or black tape is all you need to trick some AVs into driving the wrong speed limit (that really happened). What’s needed is a way to communicate official parking rules, speed limits, and legitimate traffic variances, and right now there isn’t an easy way to explain to self-driving cars that “alternative side of the street parking” is in effect because of a parade. But Inrix has developed a new platform to make easy for cities to do that.

  • Thu
    Nov
    05
    2020
    Twitter Criticizes Tanzanian Gov’t Over Internet Restrictions

    Microblogging site Twitter has condemned internet restrictions in Tanzania as the country elects leaders in today’s General Election. Many Tanzananias and lobby groups yesterday reported problems using Twitter and other social media platforms further accusing the John Pombe Magufuli-led government of suppression of freedom of speech.

  • Thu
    Nov
    05
    2020
    Korea Land and Housing Corporation signs MOU with Cuzco City in Peru for smart city development

    The Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH) is seeking to develop a smart city at an airport site in Peru, laying the groundwork for Korean companies to enter Peru.

    The LH announced on Oct. 27 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Peruvian city of Cuzco for the development of smart cities and the overall cooperation in the development of the Astete International Airport site.

  • Thu
    Nov
    05
    2020
    Powered by global-leading networks and digital innovation, TELUS delivers new Smart City solutions to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability for Canadian communities

    Today, TELUS accelerated its commitment to Smart City solutions that empower municipalities to leverage technology and data in new ways to benefit residents’ health and safety, meet sustainability goals, and increase operational efficiencies. Currently, TELUS has deployed technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) to enable Smart City solutions in more than 65 municipalities across Canada. These solutions help city officials track infrastructure usage, save energy with intelligent lighting systems, improve traffic flow, decrease emergency response times, and much more. For residents, the result is a faster commute, getting the help they need faster in an emergency, safer neighbourhoods and public spaces, and even cleaner air to breathe.

  • Wed
    Nov
    04
    2020
    NG: Nasarawa begins ICT capacity building training for civil servants

    Nasarawa state government has commenced state wide capacity building training on e-government on its civil servants from various ministries and MDAs in the state.

    Speaking while declaring the 1st phase of the training open Monday in Lafia, the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule said his administration is committed to ensure digitalization process of government activities.

  • Wed
    Nov
    04
    2020
    It’s time for a revolution: Government gazettes SA’s 4IR blueprint

    The report that outlines SA’s strategy and planned response to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been gazetted.

    This comes shortly after Cabinet approved its publication, charting a way forward for the framework that makes recommendations on how best the country can position itself in the global 4IR context.

    Compiled by the Presidential Commission on 4IR (PC4IR), the report was promulgated in the Government Gazette dated 23 October 2020.

  • Wed
    Nov
    04
    2020
    Draft Report on Uganda’s 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy Released

    Uganda’s National Task Force on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has this Monday released its draft report to guide government on harnessing emerging technologies.

    “The draft strategy we are presenting today covers a comprehensive national ecosystem for adoption and promotion of 4IR such as human capital development; employment opportunities; infrastructure and technological environment; research and innovation; international partnerships and collaboration; cyber security, data protection, privacy and ethics; results framework; and delivery mechanisms,” said the national taskforce chairman, Eng John Nasasira.

  • Wed
    Nov
    04
    2020
    PH: Benguet: Baguio City chooses Cisco to fulfill Smart City vision

    As the ongoing pandemic accelerates innovation, Baguio City pushes forward with its goal of building the first Smart City in the country. After several investments in technology for digital governance, crowd density monitoring, and real-time weather prediction, City Mayor Benjamin Magalong enlisted the expertise of Cisco in creating the Integrated Command and Control Center.

    “I envision Baguio as a SMART City where various types of electronic methods are used to manage the Summer Capital’s assets, resources and to provide even more efficient and effective services to the public,” said Mayor Magalong. “I am confident that Cisco’s participation will help the city realize its goal of digital governance where residents can engage in “contact-less” transactions with the government and much more. Less “contacts” will also help to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 infection.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    03
    2020
    Global developers lured to China AI innovation platform

    A Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) innovation platform has attracted over 1.57 million developers globally. The platform was approved by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology as one of the first batches of national open platforms for new-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation in 2017.

    It is backed by Chinese voice-recognition giant iFlytek in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.

  • Tue
    Nov
    03
    2020
    AU: Vodafone outlines 5G network rollout goal and reveals 5G home internet services

    Vodafone has released an update on its Australian 5G rollout plans and the opportunities the faster cellular network will present to customers and businesses.

    Speaking at the Comms Day Summit, TPG Telecom CEO Inaki Berroeta provided a Vodafone 5G network progress report and revealed the plan to offer a 5G fixed wireless services in the first half of 2021 after successful tests that achieved speeds up to 2Gbps.

  • Tue
    Nov
    03
    2020
    Why do governments need cognitive services? …and what tasks can they solve?

    Mykhaylo Shmyelov, Director for National Technology Strategies and Policies for 24 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe at Microsoft, talked with Kazakhstani media Kursiv.kz about cognitive services and how they help governments become genuinely digital.

    Q: Mykhaylo, please give a simple definition – what are cognitive technologies?

    Let me refer to the definition of Deloitte, which was formulated several years ago. Cognitive technologies are the products of artificial intelligence. They can perform tasks that previously could only be done by humans. Examples of cognitive technologies include computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, and robotics.

  • Tue
    Nov
    03
    2020
    TW: Leosys AI mobile eye care solution taps smart healthcare opportunities in Southeast Asia

    Leosys began its efforts in 2014 to develop an AI-based preventive healthcare platform for ophthalmoscopic eye exam through a collaboration project with Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). In view of the fact that general clinical practice only focuses on early diagnosis and screening, Leosys' intention was to develop a solution that would help ease the workload of Taiwan's ophthalmologists. It then approached ITRI's Service Systems Technology Center for assistance and developed a solution on top of open-source software. The initial-stage objective is to gain recognition and support from Taiwan's healthcare sector.

    According to Leosys senior vice president Tommy Tang, when talking about eye exams, people think of a lot of optical instruments and time-consuming tests. To rural residents who have to travel long distances or senior citizens who have to overcome a lot of inconveniences to get healthcare, they often put off their eye exams if they feel nothing wrong with their vision. However, eye problems progress slowly over a long period of time. If they are not caught in the early stages of development, vision loss may be irreversible, putting a huge burden on the National Health Insurance system.

  • Mon
    Nov
    02
    2020
    AE: Dubai to introduce Facial Recognition System in its Public Transport System

    Dubai's Transport Department is working on a project to ensure more security for the locals. They are almost ready to introduce the facial recognition feature on the public transport. Obaid al-Hathboor, director of Dubai's Transport Security Department, said, the facial recognition technology is highly effective in identifying suspicious and wanted people. He added the governance is aiming at improved performance with current capabilities, ensuring a high level of security in metro stations and other transport sectors.

    The country is hosting the global Expo exhibition from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. This new securtiy feature is all set to bring up before the global expo exhibition hosted by Dubai. This is not the first time the AI is used in Dubai Public Transport. Dubai international airport is being used this feature for the last few months as a part of the process of becoming a "smart city" in the Middle East.

  • Mon
    Nov
    02
    2020
    PK: A Step Toward Transparency & Good Governance Strategy In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    As an important step towards transparency and good governance strategy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, E-Tendering and E-Bidding system have been introduced in the Public Health Engineering Department whereas E-Work Order, Online Tender Tracking System and Online system for water connection have been developed by the PHED to be introduced very soon.

    These initiatives will not only improve the overall efficiency of the department but will also ensure transparency in its routine business and facilitate the general masses in availing the services of the department.

  • Mon
    Nov
    02
    2020
    PK: Khyber becomes first merged district to have official website

    The district administration of Khyber tribal district has launched its website to provide e-services for ensuring prompt reddressal of public grievances.

    The initiative is the first of its type by any of the seven merged tribal districts which provides access to the general public of Khyber to avail of e-services and know about the spending of public funds and execution of development schemes.

  • Mon
    Nov
    02
    2020
    The 5 Biggest Internet Of Things (IoT) Trends In 2021 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most prominent tech trends to have emerged in recent years. In simple terms, it refers to the fact that while the word “internet” initially referred to the wide-scale networking of computers, today, devices of every size and shape – from cars to kitchen appliances to industrial machinery - are connected and sharing information digitally, on a global scale.

    As with every aspect of our lives, the global coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected the way this trend is developing and impacting our lives. In a world where contact between humans is, for now, more limited, contact between devices, tools, and toys can help us to remain connected.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    $20 billion investment target set for Saudi national AI strategy

    We show you our most important and recent visitors news details $20 billion investment target set for Saudi national AI strategy in the following article

    The Saudi national AI strategy was announced at the virtual Global AI Summit by Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) president Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi. The National Strategy for Data & AI (NSDAI) includes ambitious goals for skilling-up Saudi talent, growing the nation’s startup ecosystem and attaining global leadership in the AI space. It also aims to raise $20 billion in investment for data and AI initiatives.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    AE: Dubai's public transport introduces facial recognition for security

    Dubai is all set to introduce the feature of facial recognition system on public transport to assure more security for the locals, the officials announced on Sunday.

    "This technology has proven its effectiveness to identify suspicious and wanted people," said Obaid al-Hathboor, director of Dubai's Transport Security Department.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    China develops Autonomous Driving Bus

    The University of Macao (UM) on Friday, October 23rd, initiated an Autonomous Driving Bus Testing Platform, making it the campus's first functioning autonomous driving bus but is still on a trail run.

    UM Rector Song Yonghua , stated in the midst of the launching celebration that intelligent transport systems are the future of the automotive sector, and countries all over the world are competing on who will develop better technologies in the field faster.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    SA: “National transformation” … on the right path

    For 4 years, the National Transformation Program has continued its rapid progress towards achieving excellence in government performance, enhancing economic potentials, and upgrading the standard of living services, by accelerating the pace of implementation of basic and digital infrastructure projects, and engaging beneficiaries in identifying challenges, creating solutions and evaluating the performance of the program as the first program The Saudi Vision 2030 implementation is the largest in terms of the strategic objectives assigned to it.And in the steps of the trustworthy towards contributing to empowering the private sector, raising the attractiveness of the labor market, empowering society groups, ensuring the sustainability of vital resources, developing the tourism and non-profit sectors, in addition to raising the quality of government services provided to individuals, the private and non-profit sectors, and improving the social services system, health care and safety levels. Since its inception, the program has managed to reach far beyond its goals, assuring the Saudis that their great dream of building a vibrant society, a prosperous economy, and an ambitious nation, is easy for souls of their own emotions, and with the determination of men who can achieve what they want their homeland to be in 2030.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    UG: NITA-U: Transforming lives through e-service delivery

    When the Ugandan flag was raised for the first time, information and communications technology (ICT) as we know it was only taking shape worldwide.

    When the Union Jack was lowered on October 9, 1962 and the Ugandan flag raised for the first time, information and communications technology (ICT) as we know it was only taking shape worldwide.

  • Sun
    Nov
    01
    2020
    SA: Gauteng government raises awareness on cyber security during Covid-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic has not only posed a threat to our health but has also given a rise in cyber-attacks causing a detrimental effect to the global economy.

    This was revealed by Gauteng MEC for Finance and e-Government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko during a Cyber Security webinar to raise awareness on the importance of cyber security on Wednesday.

As artificial intelligence gains ground, countries are setting national strategies to promote the technology’s adoption. Local governments may not have those same resources, but they can make AI more accessible.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to make a significant impact on the global economy, adding $15.7 trillion to the GDP by 2030. In pursuit of these economic benefits, many countries have developed national strategies to promote the adoption of AI within their borders, such as China’s ambitious plan to become the global leader in AI. But what can state and local governments — especially those outside of the country’s main tech hubs — do to ensure they are not left behind in the AI economy?

The major challenges these regions face is ensuring that AI is accessible, available and affordable for local businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources of their larger counterparts. To address these challenges, state and local governments should develop a three-fold strategy.

First, help ensure AI is accessible to local firms. This requires educating the business community about the benefits of AI, such as through organizing regular networking events for those interested in the topic or sponsoring an “AI Awareness Month” to help businesses better understand AI. Those that do not understand the potential value of AI are unlikely to pursue it, so local businesses need to learn about use cases for AI in their specific industries. For example, many businesses can use AI to streamline processes, such as improving customer service interactions by automating responses to certain types of inquiries with chatbots.

Second, government should support the development of local training programs for AI skills. Not all cities will be able to recruit the top graduates from the best computer science programs in the country, so instead they should focus on developing their local talent. State and local governments can partner with local colleges and universities to develop AI certificate or apprenticeship programs targeted at local business needs. The goal should be to train high-potential workers who may already have some technical background and industry experience but lack the necessary data science skills to take on more advanced AI projects.

In particular, state and local governments should focus on training workers for the long tail of AI business adoption. These businesses do not need to be focused on developing the latest cutting-edge AI tools and methods, but instead should focus on effectively using existing AI technologies. For example, there are increasing numbers of cloud providers who are offering AI as a service that make it possible for programmers without deep knowledge of AI to integrate this technology into existing systems.

Third, consider jump-starting local AI adoption. Part of this strategy should involve making AI adoption less risky by having government be an early adopter. An important part of early adoption will involve not only using AI in custom implementations, but also becoming early adopters of commercial off-the-shelf AI products. For example, many companies are using AI to improve productivity by using virtual assistants to schedule meetings or using algorithms to better match job seekers with job openings and reduce unconscious bias in hiring. By proving the value of the technology, and sharing best practices and lessons learned, the public sector can pave the way for adoption by local small and medium-sized businesses.

In addition, not all businesses are going to be hiring full-time AI experts. To encourage businesses to pursue third-party AI services, states should consider creating an AI incentive tax credit to provide businesses a partial tax credit to incentivize them to become early adopters of AI while also supporting the growth of AI service providers.

While state and local governments cannot replace the need for a national strategy for AI, they can take important steps to ensure that the businesses in their jurisdictions are full beneficiaries of the transition to an AI economy.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Daniel Castro

Quelle/Source: Government Technology, 05.12.2018

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