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  • Sat
    May
    25
    2019
    Digitizing Africa: the Transform Africa summit and leading voices

    A blueprint for digital economies and MOUs signed with Inmarsat and French consultancy Tactis – some of the outcomes of the Transform Africa Summit 2019. The fifth iteration of the summit, arranged by Smart Africa – a coalition of African member states committing to harnessing ICT for socio-economic development – was held this week in Kigali, Rwanda, under the theme ‘Boosting Africa’s Digital Economy’.

    The directors of influential technology companies in Africa – GVG and Accenture (now Verrakis in Nigeria) – also spoke this week on their views for Africa’s digitization.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2019
    US: Florida: Jacksonville: What would a Smart City look like on the First Coast?

    Gunshot-detecting light poles, flood-sensing storm drains, solar sidewalks, autonomous shuttles, power lines that detect encroaching branches – these are just some of the ways Jacksonville is working to become a Smart City, a city that uses network-connected infrastructures to generate data that informs policies.

    Multiple city agencies are working to transform Bay Street into an innovation corridor, a place to deploy and experiment with a host of new technologies, including autonomous shuttles. But while smart infrastructure and driverless vehicles steal the spotlight, Smart City initiatives, or Smart Region in the case of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization's internationally recognized plan, also create a wealth of opportunities for local businesses.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2019
    Multiple Entry e-Visa Is Expected To Boost Tourism To Azerbaijan

    The Azerbaijani government plans to start issuing multiple-entry short-term tourist e-visas for those visiting what is the South Caucasus’ largest and wealthiest country, as part of a strategy to expand tourism.

    “New multiple entry visas will be issued for 180 days. During this period, a tourist can visit the country several times. Currently, technical work is underway,” said Fariz Jafarov, who leads Azerbaijan’s E-government Development Center, according to reports by Oxu.Az.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2019
    Kagame: Digitisation is driving Africa’s progress

    Africa’s progress and economic growth is being realised in part due to the role that information and communication technologies are playing, President Paul Kagame said.

    He was addressing participants attending the Viva Technology Conference, known as “VivaTech” in Paris, France.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2019
    Everyone must work together on ‘smart city’ master plans

    Cities and communities around the world are slowly but steadily transforming into ‘smart’ connected hubs. Whether it’s switching to smart meters for their water or electrical utilities, or upgrading their communications and alert systems for emergency responders, public entities are starting to take action and engage with the absolute certainty that our everyday lives are only becoming more connected.

    Smart cities can only be cultivated by communities with a master plan. That plan needs to determine top investment priorities, and it needs to be transparent and inclusive so that all stakeholders in the community (citizens, local business, government and private enterprise) can provide input, according to Thom Rickert, vice president and emerging risk specialist at Trident Public Risk Solutions.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2019
    US: Single Sign-On Tool Streamlines Benefits in New Mexico

    The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions went live with a new system that requires users to sync existing accounts for an improved experience accessing unemployment services.

    New Mexico launched a new single sign-on system (SSO) today for residents to more easily access unemployment benefits, and insurance taxes and claims.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2019
    NEC forms strategic alliance to bring new digital services to citizens in rural India

    NEC Technologies India (NECTI) and CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC SPV) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop and deliver new digital services to approximately 900 million citizens living in rural areas of India, NEC Corporation announced. As part of this alliance, NECTI is making an equity investment in CSC SPV to become its third-largest shareholder.

    By leveraging NEC’s expertise in AI and data analytics, these initiatives can improve service experience across various sectors, including finance, education and healthcare, among others. NECTI and CSC SPV have previously worked together with Indian banks to provide financial inclusion services for residents who are out of coverage from traditional bank branches and ATMs by verifying their identity through biometric scans at Common Services Center’s located across the country.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2019
    Ghana strikes deal with private firm to handle government's ICT

    The Ghanaian government has selected private firm Lebara Ghana Ltd. to manage and commercialise its e-Government infrastructure, including government fibre and LTE network for a period of ten years.

    Lebara has been tasked to ensure accountability and compliance with service quality requirements as contained in the SLA entered into with the communications ministry.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2019
    NG: ICT Roadmap Has Improved E-Government, Says Minister

    The Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, has explained that country’s ICT Roadmap has improved Infrastructure development, e-Government, industry development, capacity building, local content development and innovation.

    He stated this during the second phase of sensitisation workshop on the National ICT Roadmap for the South- east, which had its theme: ‘The Role of the Private Sector in the Implementation of the Nigeria ICT Roadmap,” in Awka, Anambra State, recently.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2019
    CN: Data visualization only first step toward building a smart city

    I’m currently working on a training program for the Beijing municipal government on ways to build a data-driven smart city and design a framework for precise decision-making.

    Many people mix up a decision-making system with a data dashboard.

    Data visualization through methods such as data dashboard can simply tell us what’s going on. Making the right decision after consolidating all the information and a thorough analysis is a different story.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2019
    KE: Digital government service delivery

    Kenya has consistently set herself as a technological trendsetter in the sub-Saharan region.

    • With accurate, well analyzed and interpreted data, the government has an opportunity to facilitate real-time-decision making.
    • The buck does not stop at having a webpage that provides access to governmental services.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2019
    Moving Singapore into the 5G radar

    Here are some real-world applications for businesses and consumers with the rollout of this new connectivity.

    Singapore is reputed as the centre of South-east Asia's business and technology. And with good reason - it is widely seen as one of the world's most innovative economies, possesses a highly-skilled talent pool and has a world-class digital infrastructure that lets businesses (especially those within tech) hit the ground running as soon as they are set up.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2019
    TZ: E-government: A special case of ICT-enabled business process change

    Since ancient times Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICT) have enabled and enhanced government in terms of both its management and its services.

    The appearance of the somewhat phony and imprecise, however, popular term of e-government for electronic Government (or even shorter, e-gov) indicates that modern electronic ICT-enabled management and services in Public Administration, particularly those which are Internet or Intranet based, have reached relatively high degrees of public interest and demand.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2019
    ZA: Lessons for Joburg on smart connected cities

    Huawei officials underlined the benefits of a smart connected city at the 2019 Shenzhen Smart City Forum, with rapid progress being made in how cities collect and use bid data.

    The forum aims to promote communication and cooperation in building smart, digital cities, with MMC for economic development at City of Johannesburg, Leah Knott, attending the event, held at the Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen on Tuesday.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2019
    US: Kiosks: Today’s Elegant and Simple Smart City Program

    Cities struggle to launch and fund smart projects that have the necessary components citizens want. The solution to both concerns can be found in an old piece of technology that has been repurposed for today’s needs.

    Over the past five years, “smart cities” have become a consistent talking point in hundreds of state-of-the-city addresses. Each one has a unique mayoral vision, but all share a common trait: every mayor is convinced that their community can be a smart city.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2019
    US: California: AT&T and San José join forces to close digital divide

    IoT solutions will expand community wi-fi and smart city solutions will be used to address critical issues and help make San José one of the most innovative cities in Silicon Valley.

    The city of San José is extending its partnership with AT&T to help close the digital divide and use smart city solutions to help address some of the critical issues facing the community.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2019
    First Nordic-Irish Partnership for Smart Cities launches in Dublin

    The Nordic Embassies in Dublin and the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum have today launched the first-ever joint Nordic-Irish partnership for smart and sustainable city development.

    The partnership will see representatives from the four Nordic countries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden form a new alliance that builds on an existing EUR 6 Billion Irish-Nordic trading relationship for goods, while trade in services continues to grow strongly.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2019
    IN: Statistics ministry to use mobile apps to speed up 7th economic census process

    The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has planned to use mobile phone application for conducting the 7th economic census, scheduled to commence next month. The census will provide insights of all economic activities and ownership patterns of businesses across the country. MoSPI has partnered with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC SPV) to conduct the census.

    "The 7th economic census will be done using a mobile application. There will be two rounds of supervision to ensure quality of the census," a CSC statement said. The CSC run common services centres (CSC), which are the access points for delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services, apart from host of B2C (business to consumers) services to citizens in urban, rural and remote areas of the country.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2019
    IN: In digital era, govt to use Economic Census app

    Bid to speed up data collection & analysis for Census, which gives insights into all economic activity & biz ownership across country

    The statistics ministry has decided to use mobile phone application for conducting 7th economic census beginning next month, which will speed up the process of data collection and analysis.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2019
    US: It’s Time for National Digital Strategy

    And its focus should be to drive simplified citizen interactions across government.

    We recently celebrated the first anniversary of the President’s Management Agenda. From the Centers of Excellence to the Technology Modernization Fund to the draft Federal Data Strategy, there has been great activity over the past year. There’s more to come with a host of new policies expected from the Office of Management and Budget before the end of the summer. The federal government is building strong digital muscles.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2019
    NG: ICT Improves Infrastructure, E-Government, Local Content- Shittu

    The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu has pointed out that ICT Roadmap has improved Infrastructure development, E-Government, industry development, Capacity building, local content development and innovation in Nigeria.

    He stated this during 2nd Phase Sensitization Workshop on National ICT Roadmap for the South East East which has its theme as ‘The role of the Private sector in the implementation of the Nigeria ICT Roadmap” held in Awka, Anambra State..

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2019
    Belarusian government switches to electronic format

    On May 10, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution and a series of orders in electronic form, BelTA reports.

    The documents were processed with the help of the FlexEDoc system developed by the Council of Ministers.

    The decree “On Changing of the Composition of the Board of the State Committee on Property”, which was adopted on Friday, was issued in the Belarusian language.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2019
    UG: Happening now: All is set for the launch of phase four of National Backbone Infrastructure Project

    All is set for the launch of the phase four of the National Backbone Infrastructure Project happening at St. Lwanga Parish Grounds in Koboko District.

    President Museveni is expected to arrive at St. Lwanga Parish Grounds in Koboko anytime from now to launch phase four of the NBI project.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2019
    IN: Will complete Smart City projects in 5 years: Goa CM

    Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that it will take five years Smart City projects to be completed and that the chief minister’s office (CMO) will provide documents to counter corruption allegations made by Congress.

    Sawant released the manifesto for Panaji byelection which has put the focus on cleaning of the St Inez creek, parking facilities and provisions for a garbage treatment plant, among others.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2019
    Vietnam seeks to develop its tech enterprise community

    The Ministry of Information and Communications hosted an event to support the development of the technology business community.

    Vietnam aims to be an industrial country by 2045, expecting over half of the population to in the middle-class income group by then. This goal may only be achieved through advancements in science and technology. It will require ongoing cooperation between the public and private sectors of the country.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2019
    Digital SA: What the next govt needs to deliver

    South Africa is left with 10 years to achieve the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 Goals. These will remain a guide for the next government in terms of areas that need attention. The plan is in place and, therefore, there’s more of a need for implementation.

    The country has a unique opportunity to use technology to achieve its goals in the next 10 years. This is what Estonia did to be ranked the second of all countries on the social progress index for personal and political rights.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2019
    Guangdong tops China’s provincial e-government ranking

    Guangdong Province, an economic powerhouse in southern China, ranks top among China’s provincial governments for online services, said a report released by the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Wednesday.

    Jiangsu and Zhejiang, two coastal provinces in eastern China, claim the second and third places in the rating, while Shenzhen, a tech hub in Guangdong, leads the city listing.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    Ghanaian Company Takes Over Management of E-Government Infrastructure

    The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has handed over the e-Government Infrastructure to Lebara Ghana to manage and commercialise for 10 years.

    The government fibre and LTE network was previously managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    Heightened threat: Is a smart city a secure city?

    As a city’s management network increases to include streetlights, water and electric meters, traffic signals, security cameras and more, these growing numbers of connected devices and sensors augment services and complexity. This raises concerns around whether smart cities are also secure cities.

    The smart cities concept is intended to improve the lives of city residents, make governance more effective, and resource consumption more efficient through a digital transformation. However, as digital tools become more prevalent in managing smart city development these same tools are vulnerable to security threats and risks. As cities across the world strive to modernise infrastructure to levels that are fully integrated, the complexity of multiple systems connecting and sharing data through the network grows. Essential to the success of secure smart cities is the near-instantaneous collection, analysis and sharing of large quantities of data from various sources. Thus, the primary purpose of smart cities technologies is to make cities data-driven; allowing city systems and services to be responsive and actionable in real-time.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    Reality of Smart Cities in India

    Smart cities in India is a much needed initiative for it promises a highly sustainable and secure life f or its residents

    Smart cities in India are eventually coming into existence. To expedite the process, the Government of India had in 2016 announced the ‘100 Smart Cities Mission’ to make several cities in the country more sustainable, safe and citizen friendly. Despite the challenges the initiative might have faced, smart cities in India are much needed for they would make the residents’ life a lot more tech savvy with technologies like IoT and 24X7 surveillance. In an interview with DataQuest, Rajeev Samanta, Regional Director – South Asia, Tyco Security Solutions, talks about the reality of smart cities in India, the challenges faced, the impact of smart cities on consumers, and more.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    Estonia shows the way to an inclusive digital society

    When the international media talks about Estonia, they often start the story at the collapse of the Soviet Union, likening our country to a phoenix that arose from the ashes. The history of Estonia is actually way older – and we would be more than happy to make it better known worldwide – but this narrative allows us to show this incredible journey that has been the building of our digital society. 100 years after our independence and less than 30 years after regaining this independence from the Soviet occupation, Estonia is now often described as the world’s most advanced digital society. I don’t know if this is true – other countries are very digitally innovative as well – however Estonians have legitimate reasons to be proud of it.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    AE: Dubai RTA rolls out smart parking system

    About 2,030 ground sensors and 70 overhead digital cameras have been installed together

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has rolled out a smart parking system initiative at Al Rigga and Dubai World Centre parking slots along the extension of Sheikh Zayed Road.

    About 2,030 ground sensors and 70 overhead digital cameras have been installed together with a central control system covering 3,035 parking slots. The system provides instant information about vacant parking spaces in covered zones.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2019
    US: Alabama: Jasper: O'Mary reports progress on housing, smart city status

    Jasper Mayor David O'Mary says action is being taken toward the housing and smart city planks in his five-year plan for the city.

    "This five-year plan that was rolled out is not a dust-collector," O'Mary told the Jasper City Council at its meeting Tuesday. "It is in motion. We will be a smart city. We will figure out a way to stimulate housing growth in this city."

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2019
    IN: Karnataka govt plans own centre for smart governance

    The govt has set up its own centre to develop targeted software solutions that will meet the needs of different government departments instead of knocking on either the door of private tech firms or NIC.

    The Karnataka state government is setting up its own Centre for Smart Governance (CSG) to develop targeted software solutions to meet the needs of different government departments instead of knocking on either the door of private tech firms or the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2019
    AE: Making Abu Dhabi City Municipality a Leader in AI Investments

    In a press conference held by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality on its organization of the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit, taking place on October 29 and 30, 2019, it reiterated its keenness to enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation in terms of Smart City and Artificial Intelligence applications in governance, services, transport, roads, infrastructure, sustainability, future foresight, and innovation. It also emphasized its support of government entities’ efforts and effective contribution to the transformation of Abu Dhabi into a smart city, through the examination of regional and international best practices on smart cities, mobilization of efforts and energies, and conclusion of effective and meaningful public-private partnerships in this regard.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2019
    MM: Govt begins digitising personal information for ID cards

    The Labour, Immigration and Population department has already digitised information of some 1.3 million citizens as part of the government’s modernisation process, Labour Minister U Thein Swe said.

    U Thein Swe said the government will soon use digitised data in replacing the paper-based national registration cards (NRCs) with smart cards.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2019
    UG: Electronic procurement to start in July

    Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) will roll out the Electronic Procurement System in 10 government entities beginning July 1, 2019.

    The system seeks to promote transparency as well as eliminate corruption in procurement processes.

    Speaking to Daily Monitor recently about the progress of e-government procurement, Ms Florence Nakyeyune, the PPDA e-government procurement manager, said the system will first be piloted in PPDA, National Information Technology Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority and Uganda National Roads Authority.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2019
    Guangdong tops China's provincial e-government ranking

    Guangdong Province, an economic powerhouse in southern China, ranks top among China's provincial governments for online services, said a report released by the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Wednesday.

    Jiangsu and Zhejiang, two coastal provinces in eastern China, claim the second and third places in the rating, while Shenzhen, a tech hub in Guangdong, leads the city listing.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2019
    China To Improve Online Government Services

    China will speed up building an integrated platform for e-government services to offer easier access to the online services, according to the Ministry of Justice.

    The building of the integrated platform aims to standardize government services nationwide, according to an official with the ministry.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2019
    Lebara Ghana takes over management of e-gov't infrastructure

    The Minister for Communications has handed over the e-government infrastructure to Lebara Ghana Ltd to manage and commercialise for ten years.

    The government fibre and LTE network was previously managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2019
    Congo approves national strategy for the development of a digital economy

    Congo can now boost its growth with the IT and communications sector. Indeed, on May 2, 2019, the national strategy for the development of a digital economy was approved during a ministerial council. Soon, the related decree will be promulgated.

    According to Léon Juste Ibombo, the minister of posts, telecommunications and digital economy, the strategy defines Congo’s digital vision till 2025. It focuses on three sections namely E-citizenship, E-government and E-business.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2019
    China nutzt digitale Technologien zum Bürokratieabbau

    In weniger als 10 Sekunden kann Zhou Bin, ein Einwohner der Stadt Fuzhou in der ostchinesischen Provinz Fujian, über sein Mobiltelefon auf seine Konten für Sozialversicherungen zugreifen.

    „In der Vergangenheit musste man verschiedene offizielle Websites für verschiedene Formalitäten finden und bei jedem Login den Bestätigungscode über sein Handy anfordern", erklärte Zhou.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2019
    The IoT and the Future of Smart Cities Depends on Smart Mobility as a Building Block

    Smart Mobility, whether it be moving people, goods, or services is the lifeblood of our future city, and one that we must get right before a city can truly become a well-oiled machine. Without it, it is impossible to move commerce efficiently through time or space.

    In a perfect world, a transportation system should move the necessities required for complex urban life the same way the blood system moves nutrients throughout a body. If a body’s bloodstream is clogged, pressured, and inefficient, the body will breakdown – the same holds true for a smart city. For example, a hospital can identify that a required medical device is in a hospital across town, but if moving the patient or the equipment remains inefficient then the benefits are non-existent. On the other hand, a system that allows for faster and prioritized routing, and seamlessly integrates with all modes of transportation to find the most efficient route increases the usefulness of detecting, identifying, and servicing the need.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2019
    Summit demonstrates China's leapfrog into digital world

    China on Monday sounded another heartening note for its development of information technologies, as both companies and the government rush to harness the nationwide tech boom to raise efficiency, buoy public satisfaction and even tackle corruption.

    The second Digital China Summit opened Monday in eastern China's Fujian Province, shedding light on the latest information technologies that have penetrated the country's government, industries and society.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2019
    BD: Union Digital Centre: Prioritising government’s one-stop rural shop

    More than 80 countries have introduced one-stop shops—one-door or single-window service delivery outlets, community or citizen information and service centres, e-government web portals—to reduce corruption by simplifying public service delivery processes and making them citizen-friendly.

    Around the world, these are reducing corruption and introducing greater service delivery efficiency. For example, as a result of service centres in India, citizens reported 50 percent less chance of encountering a demand for bribe. In Georgia, citizen satisfaction with regard to public services shot up to 92 percent from 10 percent.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2019
    EU: Smart city citizen engagement the key to future development

    Technology can enable us to implement the smart cities of the future, but knowledge sharing is just as vital.

    Faced with challenges such as climate change, health problems related to air pollution and increasingly concentrated amounts of people living in cities, adapting our cities in order to offer a better quality of life is vital. Technology can offer us a stepping stone to the cities of the future, but this is not the only aspect which needs to be focused on in order to implement new ideas and create better living areas and conditions for city dwellers.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2019
    Việt Nam's digital transformation expected to add US$162 billion to GDP /#AsiaNewsNetwork

    Việt Nam could enjoy an additional US$162 billion to GDP in the next 20 years if the country succeeds in its digital transformation, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Vũ Đại Thắng.

    Thắng was referring to research conducted by Australia’s Data 61 at a conference held in Hà Nội on Thursday, saying the digital economy had been rapidly growing and was having an impact on socio-economic life around the world.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2019
    What Does a Smart City Look Like?

    Humans are flocking to cities, and cities are rapidly evolving — not just to accommodate more people, but to help them flourish.

    With the UN forecasting that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, an increasing number of cities are turning to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to make their streets, trains, taxis and government services “smarter” to improve efficiency and quality of life.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2019
    Turkey's Innovation Week Tackles the Importance of Building "Conscious Smart Cities"

    Canay Atalay breaks down how to create a conscious smart city and the role it will play in the future during Turkey's Innovation Week.

    The rise of the smart city has already begun, brought about by the rapid development of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, the IoT, autonomous transportation, and new sustainable forms of energy. However, understanding the specific roles the smart city will play in people's lives very much dictates how we build these cities.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Darbar move in Digital era

    There is need to discontinue this farce practice

    Jammu and Kashmir is a unique state not only because of use of pellets on humans or blocking internet day in and day out for security concerns but also that, in this informative superhighway age the fashion of Darbar move i.e. shifting of secretariat and other government offices from one capital to another exists in this part of world only. This is a unique process to keep bureaucrats, MLAs, MPs and other government officials warm during winters and cooler during harsh summers. Darbar Move was started during Dogra rule in 1872 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh to connect Jammu and Kashmir through a royal practice. Nowadays this practice seems as wastage of time and money besides giving tough time to commoners.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2019
    China eyes digital technologies to cut red tape

    In less than 10 seconds, Zhou Bin, a resident in Fuzhou city, southeast China's Fujian Province, can access his social security and provident fund accounts on his cell phone.

    "In the past, you had to find different official websites for different formalities and also apply for the verification code via your cell phone every time you log in," said Zhou.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2019
    Experts seek measures to boost digital economic growth in Vietnam

    Nearly 300 Vietnamese and foreign experts gathered in a conference in Hanoi on May 2 to seek ways to complete institutions and fundamental conditions for the development of digital economy in Vietnam.

    At the conference, part of the Vietnam Private Sector Economic Forum 2019, participants noted that in the past 10 years, Vietnam’s digital economy has developed in both infrastructure and business market.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2019
    BD: Better digital connectivity to ensure better life

    Things have changed a lot in Bangladesh in the last two decades. Bangladesh is now experiencing high-speed ICT development and the changes in the ICT sector are remarkable.

    Here we are having a number of digital inclusions like picking a ride within a minute just by tapping our phone. We can buy gadgets, lifestyle products or even order pizza online while sitting on our cozy couch in between watching movies.

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2019
    Cuban Authorities to Develop E-Commerce

    Local media reported that Cuban authorities'' interests and strategies are aimed at develcarrying out to develop e-commerce in the country as a fundamental element for the immediate future.

    Cubadebate is one of the website that reflects such a decision and its potentialities, especially in the face of new economic methods in Cuba.

  • Thu
    May
    09
    2019
    AE: E-government agency to facilitate data sharing resource management

    In a bid to have an effective e-government implementations, the e-Government Agency (eGA) has developed an enterprise resource management suite (ERMS) that consolidates and streamlines various business functions, it has been learnt.

    The agency's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jabiri Bakari said that the shared business management system integrates and manages end to end institutional business processes and functions seamlessly.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2019
    TW: Smart City: How Taipei maintains ensures availability of public services

    With a population of 2.7 million, Taipei City serves as Taiwan’s cultural, economic and political hub. However, the city has witnessed an onslaught of malicious attacks in recent years. These were driven by various motives ranging from socio-political issues to simply workplace unhappiness. In 2016, a discontented employee planted a malware in Taipei City’s bicycle sharing network. This affected thousands of residents who depended on the service for commuting.

    The incident demonstrated that any form of cyber attack can lead to crippling results in the form of disruption of service.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2019
    Saudi Arabia is on the way to ‘becoming the digital hub of the region’

    The Saudi government must keep pace with technological advances if the Kingdom is to stay on course to become the digital hub of the region, a major international conference has been told.

    More than 200 executive directors of information technology from government departments throughout Saudi Arabia, gathered in Riyadh to discuss digitization and how to adapt it to benefit society.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2019
    New digital centre planned for East Africa

    The members of the East Africa Community are planning to establish an Information Access Centre (IAC) to boost digital government in the region, Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s minister for ICT & national guidance, has told Global Government Forum in a telephone interview.

    “We are looking for funds from our development partners so that we can embark on the establishment, and we expect this to commence by 2020,” he said. The IAC will facilitate e-government initiatives to support public bodies across the region, Tumwebaze said – developing IT projects to promote business development and providing an incubation facility for innovative schemes.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2019
    GH: Veep Launches U.S.$ 5Million E-Procurement System. to Prevent Corruption, Inefficiency in Public Procurement. Expected to Save Country $ 100m Annually

    The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched an electronic procurement system estimated to save the country $100million annually through the prevention of corruption and inefficiencies in public procurement.

    The $5million Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GNEPS), the first of its kind in West Africa, is part of an e-transform Ghana project being executed with a $97 million World Bank credit provided in 2014.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2019
    Estonia's e-revolution rolls on: Now it's first in Europe with cross-border e-prescriptions

    Finnish digital prescriptions are now valid in neighboring Estonia, thanks to an EU health data initiative.

    After a two-hour ferry ride to the capital of southern neighbor Estonia, any Finnish traveler who forgets to bring vital prescription drugs now doesn't need to panic and buy an early ticket home.

    They can just head to the nearest pharmacy in the tiny Baltic state's capital of Tallinn and, using their ID-card, obtain the drugs that had been prescribed in Finland.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2019
    IN: Leveraging 5G for citizen services

    Both the government and private sector need to work in tandem to explore synergies so as to benefit across sectors

    The new generation mobile and wireless technology, 5G, is around the corner. It is expected that with 5G, faster and better communication will revolutionise everything from high-speed downloading, leisurely chatting to banking transactions and data-heavy technologies like driverless cars.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2019
    AE: More measures to make Dubai smarter — Aisha Bin Bishr

    Discussions are underway to ‘lift technology restrictions’ and boost economic businesses

    Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, said her office is talking to “strategic partners and telecommunication industry” to ultimately lift the technology restrictions and attain more economic benefits.

    “When it comes to telecommunications, we are working very closely with our strategic partners and the telecommunication industry to understand with them how we can lift these kind of restrictions to boost our economy more,” Bin Bishr said in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of Artificial Intelligence Summit in Dubai.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Zero garbage project in smart city areas

    Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) along with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated 'zero waste project' for smart city areas. The areas under Aundh ward office will be covered in it. The project aims to cover Aundh, Baner, Balewadi, Bopodi and Pashan areas to promote 100% in-situ composting, said a statement released by PSCDCL.

    A workshop regarding it was organised recently in Aundh. It intended at bringing different stakeholders on one page to achieve effective coordination, understand challenges and possible solutions for garbage disposal in smart cities areas.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2019
    IN: Kerala: IIITM-K announces admission to PG diploma in e-governance

    The one-year programme is a joint initiative of IIITM-K and the Institute of Management in Government (IMG).

    The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala (IIITM-K), an autonomous institute established by the Kerala Government, has announced admission for Post Graduate Diploma in e-Governance (PGDeG) for 2019-20.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2019
    AE: Dubai RTA completes 75 smart city projects

    The Dubai RTA has announced the completion of 75 projects as part of the Smart City and Artificial Intelligence Programme.

    According to the organisation, the projects completed are related to the smart organisation, infrastructure, smart vehicles, data management, artificial intelligence and smart and sustainable transport.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2019
    IR: Two new e-services available next month

    Iran plans to start two new e-services in the field of e-government and e-health in the next month, the head of the Information Technology Organization of Iran, Amir Nazemi, announced, IRNA reported on Friday.

    The emergency services get location information in one month and in this way the trouble of emergency services in pinning down the location of callers would be solved, he said.

  • Sat
    May
    04
    2019
    AE: RTA accomplishes 75 smart city and artificial intelligence projects

    Projects completed include Raqeeb, Smart Testing Yard, Al Merqab and Heat Maps

    HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the completion of 75 projects as part of the Smart City and Artificial Intelligence Programme. Projects completed relate to the smart organisation, infrastructure, smart vehicles, data management, artificial intelligence and smart and sustainable transport.

  • Sat
    May
    04
    2019
    Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient—but for citizens' sake they need to slow down

    All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is to make city living more efficient and productive – in other words, to speed things up.

    Yet for citizens, this growing addiction to speed can be confounding. Unlike businesses or services, citizens don't always need to be fast to be productive. Several research initiatives show that cities have to be "liveable" to foster well-being and productivity. So, quality of life in smart cities should not be associated with speed and efficiency alone.

  • Sat
    May
    04
    2019
    AE: With the participation of 280 leaders of smart transformation, representatives of service departments, strategic planners and excellence experts in the country

    TRA Conducts a Training on the Latest Developments in mGovernment Enablers 2019

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has conducted today a training program on the latest and most important developments and trends in the mGovernment enablers of 2019, in coordination with the Prime Minister’s Office, and with the presence of more than 280 persons representing all local and federal government entities, in Al Habtoor City – Dubai.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2019
    IN: Odisha: E-Governance Initiatives Improved Efficiency and Productivity in the State Government

    Over the past few years, Odisha has come up with innovations and initiatives in the Information Technology sector. A lot of emphasis is given on the digital infrastructure of the state to enable a citizen centric approach, says C J Venugopal, Principal Secretary, Electronics & IT, Government of Odisha in an interview with Kartik Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Q: What are some of the IT and innovation initiatives taken and implemented in Odisha?

    The biggest initiative which we have enabled is the Government of Odisha Cloud or GoO Cloud. With this, we have been able to host a lot of our major applications. The Cloud is located in our State Data Centre. We have also given a lot of emphasis on our digital infrastructure. Within this, we host video conferences from the state headquarters to the offices in the 314 blocks and 30 districts. This has reduced a lot of time and energy of the officers by sparing them to travel to the headquarters for meetings or review and assessments of any particular project.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2019
    How to Navigate Digital Transformation?

    Digital transformation is all set to transform major verticals in the industry including education, healthcare and e-governance

    Digital transformation is bringing a sea of change in the way we can do business with customers, associates, and other companies. The change is also revolutionary in its possibilities for and impact on customers.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2019
    KW: No plans to relocate smart city project

    Official spokesman of the housing authority Ibrahim Al-Nashi categorically denied a newspaper report that the South Saad Al-Abdullah project will be moved to another location. He stressed nothing about moving the project was presented to the Korean contractor. He said the housing authority continues the implementation of the project, which is considered as Kuwait’s first smart city. The environmentally-friendly city will be built through partnership between Kuwait and South Korea.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2019
    IN: Rajasthan: RPSC – Breaking New Ground in e-Governance

    Breaking new ground to help civil services aspirants easily locate their examination centres and figure out the best commuting alternatives available to reach the centre on time, the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has come up with an innovative solution, writes Akhilesh Mittal, Additional Director IT&C, Department of Information Technology & Communication, Government of Rajasthan, Additional Charge of RPSC & BSER Ajmer.

    India is at an inflection point marked by technologies redefining the way we access government services and information; travel across our cities and beyond; locate destinations and interact with different social groups. The Government of Rajasthan has shown through its various initiatives a great will to transform the governance landscape in the state by assimilating technological advancements in its planning and implementation processes.

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2019
    Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens’ sake they need to slow down

    All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is to make city living more efficient and productive – in other words, to speed things up.

    Yet for citizens, this growing addiction to speed can be confounding. Unlike businesses or services, citizens don’t always need to be fast to be productive. Several research initiatives show that cities have to be “liveable” to foster well-being and productivity. So, quality of life in smart cities should not be associated with speed and efficiency alone.

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2019
    Thailand gets first in-country AI-enabled cloud platform

    The new platform will offer a complete range of cloud services to both the public and private sectors.

    A collaboration between the leading carrier-neutral data centre and cloud service provider in Thailand and the Thailand branch of a massive e-commerce company has produced the country’s first in-country interactive and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled cloud platform.

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2019
    VN: Finance Ministry remains on top of E-Government Development Index 2018

    The Ministry of Finance (MoF) continued leading the country in E-Government Development Index 2018 in the category of ministries and ministerial-level agencies.

    According to a report assessing the application of information technology of ministries and ministerial-level agencies, governmental agencies and centrally-run cities and provinces, released at a conference in Hanoi on April 25, the MoF was followed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Information and Communications, much higher than the 17th and 7th position of the 2017 index, respectively.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2019
    Azerbaijan to launch new e-government portal

    New e-government portal (mygov.az) will be launched in Azerbaijan next month, Fariz Jafarov, Director of E-Government Development Center, told journalists, Trend reports.

    He said that it would be possible to use the services of ASAN Pay on the new mygov.az website. Through the portal, citizens will have access to all the services of various structures and companies that connect to the system.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2019
    GB: 5G: The potential to transform public services in a smart city

    Whilst 5G is discussed in the same breath as national security and Theresa May’s decision-making, Iain Shearman discusses using 5G networks to support smart cities

    On our increasingly urban planet, technology is transforming the lives of millions of people as smart cities start to become a reality. Over the next 30 years, it is predicted that almost 70% of the world’s population will be living in these cities; this rapidly growing number of new city dwellers will need homes, jobs, healthcare, infrastructure and services.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2019
    Are citizens prepared for the data implications of smart cities?

    What are the fears around data while exploring potential use cases to demonstrate the value for the ‘smart citizen’? Here is a look.

    With The United Nations reporting that two-thirds (68%) of the world’s population are expected to live in cities by 2050, scientists are seeking new and innovative ways to improve the quality of life in our urban jungles. With a recent death in the UK linked to illegal levels of air pollution, it’s more important than ever to utilise technology that drives progress and innovates to develop a more sustainable future – creating smart cities.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2019
    The next stage of digital transformation of governments is AI: William Eggers

    Artificial Intelligence will change how work gets done in the public sector, says the Deloitte expert.

    William D. Eggers, executive director of the Center for Government Insights at Deloitte, says the push for e-governance started during the dotcom era, however, it didn’t take off in a truly transformational way till about a decade later.

    The author of nine books on the public sector, spoke to Fortune India about how digital technologies have the ability to fundamentally transform the way the sector operates and the challenges that still remain. He says, in the next decade, both public and private organisations will systematically apply artificial intelligence (AI) to their operations—a move which will change how work gets done.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2019
    Economy 4.0 is here to stay

    The Economy 4.0 has emerged and is here to stay. It captures the imagination of many, and is a key theme of several conferences such as the World Economic Forum, the Islamic Development Bank’s Private Sector Forum, and the Dubai-based Annual Investment Meeting.

    Big data, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and blockchain have arrived and are here to stay. There is a race between countries and companies to provide platforms and create ecosystems to benefit from this innovation. These new technologies are disruptive and will change every aspect of our lives.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2019
    USA: Connecticut: Lamont promises a cost-efficient, user-friendly government

    Gov. Ned Lamont used his first cabinet meeting and lots and lots of hyphens Monday to publicize a plan to transform state government into a cross-agency, data-driven, user-friendly, cost-effective and outcome-obsessed model of stream-lined efficiency and private-sector discipline.

    “It’s my goal to make Connecticut one of the nation’s most cost-efficient, data-informed, results-driven states,” said Lamont, the founder and former owner of a small cable-television company. “Taxpayers deserve it and businesses expect it.”

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2019
    AE: Dubai completes first phase of digital identity integration programme

    The UAE PASS initiative aims to eventually allow citizens to access all UAE government services via smartphone with a single set of login details.

    Smart Dubai has integrated seven government entities into the UAEPASS platform, completing phase one of the programme.

    The UAE PASS initiative, which will eventually cover the whole United Arab Emirates (UAE), aims to allow residents and visitors to seamlessly access government services via smartphones, without the need to visit service centres, and with a single set of login details.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2019
    Making 'smart cities' should be prioritized in Turkey, expert says

    Eight cities in Turkey are expected to become "smart cities" by 2025, according to an expert.

    The smart city is a new approach to urban planning with a goal of connecting everything using technologies which generate data that is used to improve city services and infrastructure and ultimately residents' quality of life.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2019
    “Good” use of digital identification could unlock economic value equivalent to 3-6% of GDP by 2030

    Around the world, governments and businesses are implementing digital identification programs with mixed results and adoption levels. Yet when carefully designed, “good” use of digital ID programs can help people participate more fully in their economy and society. That can create enormous economic value and inclusive growth. According to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, high adoption of digital ID with the right principles can help unlock 3% economic value equivalent of GDP in advanced economies and as much as 6% in emerging economies on average.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2019
    EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database

    EU Parliament green-lights the creation of the Common Identity Repository (CIR), a gigantic biometrics database.

    The European Parliament voted last week to interconnect a series of border-control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens.

    This new database will be known as the Common Identity Repository (CIR) and is set to unify records on over 350 million people.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2019
    AE: Cabinet clears 10-year artificial intelligence strategy

    Aim is to improve customer services and increase living standards

    The UAE yesterday launched a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) to improve customer services, assess government performance and increase living standards as well as to harness AI technology in the transport, tourism, health and education sectors.

    The AI strategy 2031 was launched during Sunday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the presence of Lt Gen Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2019
    Digital linkages for boosting govt’s tribal outreach starts taking shape

    The Centre has set in motion the process for digital linkages and grassroot-level monitoring to ensure proper implementation of the Van Dhan programme for development of the value chain for 50 minor forest produce (non-timber) items covered by minimum support price.

    Using the existing network of 3.78 lakh citizen service points under CSC e-governance Services India Limited, a special purpose vehicle of ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY), there are plans to provide localised IT based help desk support and banking services to tribals involved in gathering of MFPs.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2019
    Phase 1 of UAEPASS initiative completed

    Seven government entities’ services can be accessed on smartphone

    Smart Dubai has successfully completed phase one of the UAEPASS initiative — its nation-wide programme for digital identity — integrating seven leading government entities to date.

    This allows citizens, residents and visitors to seamlessly access the entities’ services via smartphones, without the need to visit service centres, and with a single set of login details. The seven government entities are the Dubai Department of Economic Development, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Police, Dubai Courts, Dubai Land Department, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Civil Defence.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2019
    Bangladesh turns around thru’ ICT: Palak

    Bangladesh has turned around from poverty due to unhindered use of information and communication technology and thousands of youths were being recruited at different institutions in this sector.

    The information and communication technology affairs state-minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Saturday said this, adding that the ICT had now turned as the third largest field of foreign exchange earner in the country after the garments and remittance sectors.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2019
    NG: Federal Govt reiterates support for Galaxy Backbone e-governance programme

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha says the Federal Government will continue to support Galaxy Backbone Limited to ensure efficiency in its e-governance programme.

    Mr Willie Bassey, the Director of Information in the Office of the SGF in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said that the SGF stated this during a visit to the Galaxy Backbone.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2019
    More than 100,000 government services accessible via China’s provincial-level e-platforms

    Chinese citizens could access more than 100,000 government services via online platforms run by provincial-level governments as of the end of 2018, according to an official report.

    The assessment report on China’s online government services was made by the e-government research center of the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (National Academy of Governance), commissioned by the e-government office of the State Council General Office.

  • Fri
    Apr
    26
    2019
    AFD and ANRU create “smart cities” network for 12 African cities

    The French Development Agency (AFD) is financing the creation of a network of cities in Africa around the challenges of "smart city". It has entrusted the National Agency for Urban Renewal (dubbed ANRU in French) with the implementation of this project, which will benefit 12 African cities across the continent. A referent expert is being recruited.

    What can be done to advance thinking on smart city in Africa? The French Development Agency (AFD), mobilised on the issue of digital transition for urban development, has decided to finance the creation of a network of African cities around the challenges of smart cities, called ASToN (African Smart Towns Network). The bank has called on the National Agency for Urban Renewal (ANRU) to implement this project. This French establishment, located in Paris, is also responsible for managing the European URBACT programme in Europe, whose method it will use here.

  • Fri
    Apr
    26
    2019
    IN: Political parties urged to promote a digital rights reform agenda

    Yesterday, India entered 7-phases of national elections spanning a little over a month. This election season, we bring to you a 'Digital Rights Reform Agenda' which is missing from most political parties' promises and manifestos. We believe that these topics should be on the agenda list of all political outfits in India claiming a stake on parliament seats. A list of key digital rights issues worthy of political importance are:

  • Fri
    Apr
    26
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Alankit collaborates with MCGM to provide e-Governance services to one crore citizens

    Alankit Limited, a leading e-Governance provider in India excels at expeditious delivery of e-Governance solutions to millions of citizens in the country. Alankit LTD has entered into collaboration with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to facilitate the delivery of various e-Governance services to Indian citizens at 25 different locations in Greater Mumbai.

    These centres would facilitate issuance of Certificates/Licenses- Birth and Death Certificates, Marriage Certificate, hawker license, Building and Factories, Property Tax Collections etc. also will offer services like enrolment and correction of Aadhaar.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2019
    AU: New South Wales: Newcastle smart city moves forward with standardised data platform

    A standardised data platform for all IoT applications across Newcastle’s smart cities program will be implemented by NNNCo.

    The City of Newcastle has signed up to a single smart cities Internet of Things (IoT) enterprise platform from the National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo), the company has announced.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2019
    IN: How to apply for PAN card using Umang app

    Umang application, a government initiative that provides over 300 government services to public, also provides PAN cards or permanent account numbers to people.

    Pan card on Umang app: Umang application, a government initiative that provides over 300 government services to public, also provides PAN cards or permanent account numbers to people. PAN cards are required to complete financial transactions like opening a bank account and filing income tax returns (ITR) etc. Umang app provides a unified platform to people, where multiple government services (central, state and regional) can be procured by the users. Now the app can also be used to apply for a PAN card and other PAN card-related services like correction in PAN card details, location of nearest centres, and making PAN card payments and more.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2019
    IN: West Bengal: Relief for New Town residents: App to locate empty slots for best use of parking spaces

    Has it become a bit frustrating for you to park your vehicles in New Town because you fail to find a slot in the parking place?

    Don't worry, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is going to put in place one of the most advanced mechanisms in New Town by ensuring that not a single slot for parking is left empty. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/relief-for-new-town-residents-app-to-locate-empty-slots-for-best-use-of-parking-spaces-349415

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2019
    US: Maryland : Interactive kiosks are offering directions (and selfies) in downtown Baltimore

    Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is today launching seven IKE Smart City kiosks to help find directions and downtown destinations.

    Those large kiosks appearing on downtown Baltimore sidewalks are designed to provide info on getting around in Baltimore — and offer a way to take a selfie to remember the visit.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2019
    Digital disruption: how Estonia leads the way to our future digital economy

    For all the recent debate about free movement of people and control of borders, the conversation has all too often ignored some of the technological advances taking place in the Baltic states related to digital identities, wallets and e-government in general.

    Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and independence, successive Baltic governments saw the value of harnessing the internet and creating a leading digital infrastructure that could support a digital economy.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2019
    Hue hopes to become first smart communication city of Vietnam

    The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is working to build its capital Hue into Vietnam’s first smart communication city.

    Accordingly, a project worth over 22 million USD is being carried out on 39.6 ha of land in the An Van Duong residential area of the city, according to Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2019
    US: Colorado Decision Support Systems Website for Managing State’s Water Resources Wins 2018 Horizon Interactive Award

    Website design helps users easily navigate Colorado’s complex water system

    Leading international interactive media awards competition, the Horizon Interactive Awards (HIA), has selected its 2018 “best of the best” in interactive media production. This year’s honors include the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado’s Decision Support Systems (CDSS). HIA named the website as a bronze winner for outstanding achievement in government agency websites.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2019
    Affiliate Centre will prepare South Africa for Industry 4.0

    The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR Network), has announced plans to establish an Affiliate Centre to prepare SA for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

    The centre, announced today by science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in Pretoria, will be a hub for global multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology, while shaping the development and application of emerging technologies.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2019
    How will governments expand IoT utilities market

    The IoT utilities market has been expanding at a robust pace over the last few years, pertaining to the rising energy consumption. The enforcement of government regulations regarding energy conservation has urged utility companies to adopt better means of energy utilisation and Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to emerge as one such promising element.

    The utilities industry at present is facing complex pressure. While on one hand energy consumption around the world is rising exponentially with the US Energy Information Administration estimating energy consumption to rise by 48% by 2040, energy generation, especially through renewable resources has also increased remarkably.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2019
    US: What Smart Cities Means to a Special District

    Whether it is technological advances, customer relations, financing, governance or collaboration, smart city initiatives and special districts share a lot of common ground, as this article explains.

    Local government communities around the world have packaged some of their innovation, technology, education and community engagement initiatives into frameworks called smart city, smart community, or even smart region as far back as the 1990s. However, innovation in cities actually goes back as long as there have been cities, usually with the most innovative cities being the most successful (such as aqueducts allowing the growth of ancient Rome).

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai and Microsoft collaborate to accelerate digital transformation

    Upcoming Microsoft datacenters to play key role in upskilling government innovators, laying the foundation for a future smart city by accelerating digital transformation across the emirate

    Smart Dubai today announced a landmark collaboration with Microsoft in its bid to achieve the goal of making Dubai the happiest city on Earth. The move aims to accelerate digital transformation across the emirate and empower government employees to innovate faster.

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2019
    UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention launches smart portal

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched round-the-clock interactive and smart online portal for the Visiting Consultants Programme through a seamless data exchange between different internal systems in full compliance with patient’s confidentiality and digital safety standards.

    It is a user-friendly digital innovation platform which promotes the future of smart transformation.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2019
    Building a “digital to the core” public service for Singapore

    Singapore has done well in international indices on smart cities and digital government

    Last November, the Republic scored another accolade, winning the Smart City 2018 award, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2019
    SA: Usage of e-govt services soars to 57 percent: Survey

    The use of e-government services in the Kingdom increased to 56.7 percent in 2018, compared with 51 percent in 2017, the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to Al-Eqtisadiah business newspaper.

    The commission explained that a survey on the rate of individual use of e-government services revealed that 59.8 percent of citizens used them, while the use by expats hit 51.6 percent. The study was based on a survey that targeted 10,000 citizens and expats living in different parts in the Kingdom. The survey samples were from the age groups of 30-34 years, 35-39 years and 45-49 years.

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: CUK VC launches e-Governance system in varsity

    Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir launched e-Governance System of the university at varsity’s Green campus here on Friday.

    In the first phase, two core modules of Academics and Store and Inventory Module were launched by the Vice-Chancellor.

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2019
    CN: Shanghai Issues E-stamp Service For Public

    Shanghai's e-government service office announced that an online e-stamp platform has been put into use for the public.

    The city will provide e-stamp production and management services for legal persons and individuals to satisfy the growing demand for e-signatures in electronic documents, said the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    MyEG makes third investment in Chinese-based firm

    MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG) is investing 15 million yuan (RM9.1 million) in HiScene (Shanghai) Information Technology Co Ltd.

    The e-government service provider said its investment arm, MyEG Capital Sdn Bhd, had signed an agreement with HiScene for the investment in augmented reality (AR) products and services.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    Denmark is the latest country to receive nationwide IoT

    Denmark has been covered with IoT connectivity thanks to a partnership between telecoms firm Teracom and LoRaWAN specialists Loriot.

    The partners aim to enable IoT applications spanning a range of sectors including smart metering, smart farming, smart building, and smart city applications.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    ZM: 100 Local Authorities To Go E-Govt

    Smart Zambia National Coordinator, Martine Mtonga has disclosed that over 100 local authorities will be added to the e-governance system by the end of this year.

    Dr Mtonga said the move is meant to enhance revenue collection for local authorities. And Dr Mtongasaid the e-governance system will help in efficiency and transparent service delivery for local authorities.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    The Internet of Things and Smart Cities

    Unless you’ve been stuck under that proverbial rock for a few years, you’ve at least heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is connecting us in new and interesting ways. The rise of the smart home is one way that the IoT is changing things for people around the world – homes filled with devices that can communicate with one another, with people living in the home, and even with outside third parties (think a refrigerator automatically contacting a grocery store when key items like milk or eggs run low to order more).

    However, this technology is not constrained just to our homes. It’s growing in terms of both scope and capabilities. Enter the smart city, where the Internet of Things will impact everything from lighting to the flow of traffic through urban centers.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    The e-state of Estonia – and its Lessons for Our Digital Future

    The technology future that some fear, and others embrace, is descending upon us at a rapid pace. We are approaching a future where our physical and digital identities will merge; a future in which our biological traits, behavioral markers and other characteristics are used to identify us in the digital sphere, affecting more and more aspects of our daily lives.

    There's a fear that granting computers that kind of information about us is inherently dangerous. By giving digital systems the “keys” to our very personas, we are potentially handing over control of our personas – our lives – to them.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    VN: Da Nang looks to become exemplary eco-smart city in Asia

    The central coastal city of Da Nang is making strides towards turning itself into an eco-smart urban area, a hub for startups and innovation, and one of the most liveable cities in Asia by 2045 under its smart city development project announced at a conference on April 10.

    According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Trung Chinh, the project is being carried out to realise the Politburo’s Decree No.43/NQ-TW on the city’s development until 2030 with vision to 2045.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2019
    Singapore wins international award for AI governance and ethics initiatives

    Singapore announced that its work in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance and Ethics has won a top award at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes.

    The winners of the 18 categories2 of the WSIS Prizes were announced on April 9 during an award ceremony at the annual WSIS Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland. Singapore won in the “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society” category, beating four other finalists across the globe.

  • Mon
    Apr
    15
    2019
    US: Kansas: Hutchinson Picked As Test Site For New Smart City System

    The city of Hutchinson is set to become a test site for new technology that’s designed to improve public safety and city operations.

    AT&T selected Hutchinson to try out its new smart city program beginning this summer. The company will provide and install sensors, cameras and communication technology at no cost to the city.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2019
    AE: Inside the smart city plans of Dubai's under-construction Silicon Park

    Dubai is striving to build a reputation as one of the smartest cities in the world, and the emirate will take another step in its journey later this year with the opening of Silicon Park.

    Construction is due to complete on the project in the first half of 2019, and the 15-hectare development at Dubai Silicon Oasis is set to be the first purpose-built smart city in the emirate. Combining residential, office, and retail buildings, Silicon Park will also include many of the latest concepts when it comes to smart services, smart infrastructure, and sustainability.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2019
    Smart city technology facilitates urban development, say U.S. officials

    Smart city technology is bringing more opportunities and facilitates urban development when it is implemented correctly, U.S. officials said on Saturday.

    Smart city technology is probably one of the biggest things that have benefited his city, said Mayor Alan Nagy of Newark city in Northern California on the sidelines of an international electronic summit held in San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Sat
    Apr
    13
    2019
    US: 5 Strategies for Rethinking Smart City ROI

    Connected technology can solve many urban issues, yet local governments have struggled to demonstrate the value of smart city initiatives. However, the path to measurable returns is more straightforward than you might think.

    Growing populations, shifting demographics and evolving expectations. Modern cities are facing an expanding list of complex problems. Today’s urban economies are often dependent on static infrastructure that is not prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

  • Sat
    Apr
    13
    2019
    VN: Deputy PM urges firms to embrace digital transformation

    Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has urged domestic firms to embrace digital transformation at a recent business forum.

    Addressing the CEO Forum 2019 in Hanoi on April 5, the Deputy PM said the fourth industrial revolution has a strong impact on the economy and society around the world and all sectors and fields with unprecedented speed.

  • Fri
    Apr
    12
    2019
    EU: Secure ID cards and residence documents: Commission welcomes Parliament's vote

    Today, the European Parliament voted on a new Regulation, which will strengthen the security of identity cards and residence documents throughout the European Union. The weak security features of ID cards in some Member States, still issuing paper ID cards, represent a serious security risk, as they can easily be falsified and could be used by terrorists and other criminals to enter in the EU. The Regulation will introduce minimum common security standards making them secure and reliable.

    Welcoming this vote, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “In the future, all ID cards and residence documents issued in the EU should have the same minimum security standards. This will help us detect and prevent terrorists and criminals from using forged ID cards and from crossing our borders, whilst safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our citizens, including their mobility."

  • Fri
    Apr
    12
    2019
    LK: State as a catalyst and facilitator can play a decisive role in ICTs

    Information and Communication Technologies remained a State monopoly for a long time since first telegraph and then telecommunication systems were introduced in late 19th century. The Department of Posts and Telecommunication was the sole authority that could provide phone connections. Radio Ceylon (commenced first as Colombo Radio in 1925) was the sole broadcaster for an equally long period.

    The State was also the sole patron of data processing technology (The term ‘Information Technology’ was yet to be introduced) for several decades, starting from 1967, when the first mainframe computer was installed at State Engineering Corporation. If one were to travel back to ’70s one would find private players had very little to do with information and communication technologies.

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    AU: Digital identity: Driving towards a connected future

    In Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, the “future” is set in 2019. In this version, the grey skies are littered with flying cars called “spinners”. Flying cars may not yet be a reality yet but there have been groundbreaking developments in the field of connected vehicles in recent years.

    In the words of Peter Schwarzenbauer, board member of BMW AG, “We are currently experiencing the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen. It all comes down to whether we believe we can earn as much money in the future from mobility services as we can from selling cars.” This concept of new mobility which has seen ridesharing platforms and connected vehicles emerge is challenging the traditional assumptions of automakers. If they are to deliver on their vision of new mobility they first must convince consumers to get on board, and digital identity will play a key role.

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    NG: Bayelsa Drives e-Governance, Public Service Management With SIFMIS

    The Bayelsa State government has established an integrated network designed to improve e-governance and efficient public service administration.

    The technology-driven network is christened State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS).

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    Digital Twin: Implementation of this technology comes down to marriage between physical and digital; Here’s how

    There have already been steam turbines which have lasted for over 82 years before they were decommissioned and with rapid advancements, machine immortality seems not too far away.

    In any industry, there has always been a notion of models for a given asset, whether a jet engine or a compressor. What if there was a living, learning model which could be constantly fed with data and updated, so that it allowed engineers to predict any problems and prevent it, throughout the entire lifecycle of the asset? The vice president of GE Software Research, Colin Parris, calls this model, developed and maintained digitally, a digital twin.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Asia-Pacific-Region: Smart Cities hold Key to Sustainable Development

    Asia and the Pacific’s phenomenal development has been a story of rapid urbanization. As centres of innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity, cities have drawn talent from across our region and driven economic growth which has transformed our societies.

    In southeast Asia alone, cities generate 65 percent of the region’s GDP. Yet the ongoing scale of urbanization is a considerable challenge, one which puts huge pressure on essential public services, housing availability and the environment.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Telecom Italia launches Ascoli Smart City project

    Telecom Italia (TIM) has presented the first services launched under the ‘Ascoli Connessa’ project to bring a series of Smart City technologies to the historic central Italian town of Ascoli Piceno. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of local citizens through a number of innovative interventions in the areas of safety, traffic control and tourism using TIM’s mobile and fibre network. Services already implemented include a video surveillance system with 85 cameras located throughout the town, above all in its historic centre, a Wi-Fi network for locals and tourists alike as well as the "TIM City Forecast" service that analyses big data to optimise transport, urban mobility and security, predict volumes of people during events and the itineraries followed by tourists.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    PK: All Govt Ministries to get E-Offices: Senate Committee

    To ensure efficiency, accuracy, good governance, transparency, and accountability in decision making and delivery of efficient and cost-effective public services to Pakistani citizens, the federal government is working on the e-offices system in the country.

    The Senate Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication have agreed to recommend all the Senate Committees to take compliance feedback of their respective ministries on e-offices.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Satellite connectivity key to Nigeria's broadband ambitions

    Despite what ICT and telecommunication professionals have described as an "articulate" broadband policy, Nigeria has struggled to achieve the 30% fixed internet penetration set for 2018. To address this and ensure rapid deployment of connectivity (especially to rural areas), satellite data communications services provider Avanti Communications has partnered with African connectivity and datacentre solutions company MainOne.

    In early February 2019 at the annual IT conference Nerds Unite, hosted by MainOne, the companies announced their alliance and offered details of what the market could expect.

  • Tue
    Apr
    09
    2019
    ML: AGETIC to help transform Bamako into a smart city

    In Mali, the ICT agency (Agence des technologies de l’information et de la communication-AGETIC) will help the Bamako regional development agency (ADR) transform the capital into a smart city. In that regard, the two parties have decided to elaborate an action plan for the various projects.

    During the signature of their agreements last week, it was also decided that AGETIC will support ADR in IT training.

  • Tue
    Apr
    09
    2019
    ZA: Laying a foundation for the digital economy

    As the 4IR becomes a reality, telecommunications is coming to the fore as a chief economic growth enabler for South Africa. The impact goes beyond the economic opportunities that the sector can create for citizens. We are moving into a future that will be enabled by telecommunications, and more specifically, Internet connectivity.

    Connecting South Africa

    Government has acknowledged it has a responsibility towards the country's citizens to ensure digital inclusivity for all. This is the basis for SA Connect, the country's national broadband policy, which highlights the need for an "enabling platform for economic enterprise, active citizenship, and social engagement innovation" that a telecommunications-supported digital ecosystem will make possible.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    AU: SenSen launches GeminEYE: AI smartphone app for smart city management

    ASX listed artificial company SenSen Networks (ASX: SNS) has launched a smartphone app for city council staff that it says will contribute to the development of smart cities by making operations related to civic compliance, asset management, traffic data collection and analysis, security and surveillance more affordable, accessible and versatile.

    It claims the app, GeminEYE, does this by using proprietary AI-powered process automation software that can pull information from video, sensors and other data points to automate labour intensive processes.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    KR: E-Gov't System for Foreigners to be Expanded

    The Justice Ministry said Monday that an e-government system for foreign residents in the country will be updated with more helpful features such as interpretation services.

    Launched eleven years ago, the e-government center offers assistance in 20 languages and includes information on daily life and immigration and residence issues.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    US: Why the Government Makes Filing Your Taxes Intentionally Difficult

    Americans spend 7 hours filing our tax returns. In other countries, it can take 5 minutes.

    In 1981, when she was 10, Jill Young moved with her family from California to Washington state for her father’s job. The job paid a six-figure salary, which Young says led the family to believe their financial situation was pretty great. But a year later, their family moved back to California. Not long after, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) flagged them for an audit. Amid managing three young children and two moves within such a short time span, Young’s parents were suddenly under the gun to dig up old paperwork.

  • Sun
    Apr
    07
    2019
    AE: Ajman Government To Enact 'Smart Payment System'

    H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Ajman Executive Council, issued Emiri Resolution No. 05 for 2019, regarding the Ajman Government’s, 'Smart Payment System', JMANPAY, which will be in force from the date of its issuance.

    The Department of Finance will be responsible for managing and operating the system.

  • Sat
    Apr
    06
    2019
    ID: Government utilizes technology to improve public service: Jokowi

    Government needs to utilize technology advances to improve public service, given the current global development that has entered the era of digital reform, presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

    "Therefore, reforms in public services are needed through the use of information and electronic technology such as e-government, e-procurement and e-budgeting to prepare (ourselves) for entering the digital era," Jokowi explained at the fourth round of presidential debate in Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Saturday evening.

  • Fri
    Apr
    05
    2019
    Australian city lays smart city base with LED initiative

    The city of Palmerston in Australia has selected smart city data applications provider Telensa to deploy an intelligent street lighting system.

    The deal is part of an LED streetlight upgrade project and will replace 5,000 streetlights with wirelessly connected LEDs.

    The LED streetlights will be controlled via a central management system which will be hosted by Amazon Web Services.

  • Fri
    Apr
    05
    2019
    EDB, Rusprom, Transcom to develop integrated e-government system in Kyrgyzstan

    The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), Rusprom and Transcom on March 27 signed a trilateral memorandum of cooperation to jointly implement a project to set up and develop an integrated e-government system in Kyrgyzstan for public and municipal authorities in the framework of the Decree declaring 2019 the Year of the Development of Regions and Digitalisation of the Country passed by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on 11 January 2019, the EDB said.

    Under the memorandum, the EDB will take part in Rusprom’s preparations of the concept, feasibility study, calculations, business plan and cost estimates for the Project and in ensuring long-term investment.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    Southeast Asia: Smart City adoption needs tailored approach

    A strong, effective governance model is the cornerstone of a Smart Nation initiative, ensuring decisions and strategic investments are targeted, effective, and transparent.

    Bring up the term "Smart Nation" anywhere in Singapore and, quite possibly, most people would associate it with government initiatives such as the SGQR code and SingPass mobile. Chances are that you will hardly find two people describe "Smart Nation" in the same way.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    Ghana moves closer to paperless administration with the E-justice project

    Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, launched the E-justice project on March 20, 2019.

    According to the president, E-justice is a platform developed to digitalize legal services like the payment of fines. The platform will also automatically attribute legal cases to judges and courts to reduce corruption and conflicts of interest.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    GH: World Bank pledges support for digital transformation

    The World Bank is ready to support Ghana in its ambition to digitalize its economic and social sectors according to Hafez Ghanem, the institution's vice president.

    During a meeting with the country’s vice-president Mahamudu Bawumia on March 25, 2019, the executive invited Ghanaian authorities to increase their infrastructure investments to extend their internet penetration rate, modernise the competition regulatory framework, reduce service costs and boost public institutions’ capacities. According to Hafez Ghanem, the end-goal is to guarantee efficient use of the digital in public institutions.

  • Wed
    Apr
    03
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Bareilly: Smart City plan: 6 prominent junctions to get facelift

    Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to give a facelift to around five-six prominent city stretches and junctions under the Smart City plan. According to civic body officials, city roads connecting prime areas and prominent crossings will be given a facelift that would include overhauling basic infrastructure like drainage network and renovation of roundabouts.

    A detailed survey of prominent city roads was carried out recently and the project is currently in its initial stage.

  • Wed
    Apr
    03
    2019
    OM: ROP successfully links civil registry with other govt. agencies: ROP official

    A top Royal Oman Police (ROP) official said that the police has successfully linked the civil registry with more than 200 health institutions.

    According to official, e-linking made it easy to transfer birth and death data directly to the civil status system, thus speeding up procedures for obtaining certificates related to birth and death.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    CA: Alberta: Calgary: Making Cities Smarter

    Bringing the Smart City to Life in Calgary

    The adoption of smart city technology is helping the City of Calgary become more sustainable, connected, and efficient. The process started over 20 years ago as Calgary steadily built its municipal communication infrastructure. More recently, the City partnered with Semtech to deploy its LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) for connectivity combined with LoRa-enabled devices, sensors and gateways as the tools to provide data communication. Its open standards, ease of deployment, quality, software compatibility and security were all factors that led Calgary to its LoRa implementation.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    Sri Lanka to launch smart city concept: telecom authority chairman

    Sri Lanka's state owned telecom authority, the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), on Tuesday said that plans were underway to transform the north central district of Polonnaruwa into the country's first "smart city" following several projects launched to upgrade education, health and transportation in the area.

    SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena told local media that the government was currently discussing the transformation of Polonnaruwa by launching the smart health, smart education, and smart transportation concept, which will accelerate economic development and social progress in the district.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    CA: Smart city best practices top of mind for partnership of urban tech companies

    A coalition of Canada’s urban technology organizations has formed the Open City Network (OCN), a non-profit that aims to develop best practices regarding data governance and technology in smart cities.

    The OCN, which launched this week, is a medium for stakeholders to participate in the formation of new technology and policy for smart cities. The Kitchener-based organization also intends to join forces with various levels of government in Canada to tackle the policy proposals of smart city technologies. Through this collaboration, the organization is hoping to develop a framework of standards and procedures for data exchanges in smart cities.

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    Apr
    02
    2019
    IN: Rollout of one lakh digital villages to start in June

    CSC e-Governance Services Ltd, under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, is in the process of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for setting up 1,00,000 digital villages across the country.

    The project rollout is expected to start from June onwards.

    The ambitious programme of setting up these digital villages was announced in this year's Interim Budget and the government is likely to spend Rs 10,000 crore in setting up one lakh digital villages across the country in the next five years.

Move over, Columbus. Ohio has a new smart city on the rise.

In January 2018, the city of Cincinnati released a request for proposals (RFP) for a partner to deliver free, high-speed Wi-Fi along the city's 3.6-mile streetcar route and adjacent areas. After a search for the "most advantageous proposals from the most qualified respondents," Cincinnati wrapped up the year by launching a partnership with telecom company Cincinnati Bell to build, operate and maintain this project.

The partnership is anticipated to not only bridge a digital divide in the city, but to also help Cincinnati realize its "Smart Cincy" vision. While neighboring metro hub Columbus may have put Ohio on the smart city map, Cincinnati is entering the space with uniquely catered innovations and initiatives.

Smart Cities Dive caught up with John Putnam, Smart Cities Program Manager at Cincinnati Bell, and Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld, Chair of the City Council’s Education, Innovation and Growth Committee, to learn more about the project and Cincinnati's launch into the smart city space.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

SMART CITIES DIVE: What prompted the city to put out the RFP for the Wi-Fi project?

P.G. SITTENFELD: The analogy I've given ... is you can survive in today's world if you have an old-school flip phone, but it's a lot harder to navigate life. I think the analogy between smart phone and old school phone is true for a smart city versus an old-school city. If we want to stay on the cutting edge of being competitive, running government more efficiently and delivering solutions for our constituents, we have to be a smart city. Obviously the bedrock of that is having a great Wi-Fi foundation, [because] you can build all sorts of applications on top of that.

We're really excited to have this smart cities partnership inaugurated, starting with installing Wi-Fi along the downtown public transit corridor and going out from there. We're excited that it's going to serve the city — and most importantly, our constituency and partners — for a long time.

What is the project timeline and what can citizens expect?

JOHN PUTNAM: With the announcement on Dec. 7, we at Cincinnati Bell turned over some existing public Wi-Fi that we had in place to the city project. From day one, we've lit up four areas within downtown Cincinnati ... That includes where our entertainment district and professional sports stadiums are located, Fountain Square which is the center of city, Washington Park which is in the heart of a very vibrant and growing area of the city and Findlay Market. We had from day one the ability to transfer aspects to the project to allow us to become a smart city. Our build-out is to now link those four venues together along the streetcar route. We believe that should take six months to a year to build out the entire Wi-Fi network along the streetcar route.

How do you see this playing into a greater smart city plan and/or partnerships going forward?

PUTNAM: The RFP with the city stated our responsibility, that we'll light up the central business district as a visitor and resident engagement and economic development tool. We recommended to the city — and they accepted our recommendation — creating a task force that will help the city identify what those next stages will look like.

There's hundreds of smart city technologies out there. Let's create this task force and have Cincinnati Bell and the city of Cincinnati work together to identify what those smart city priorities should be. We've already identified and known from day one that bridging the digital divide is a requirement within the smart city community for the city of Cincinnati and that's something we're working on.

SITTENFELD: I would echo that. What is key to me is the quality of nimbleness. The problems we want to solve today or six months from now aren't going to be the ones we're trying to solve two years from now or five years from now. We see this partnership with Cincinnati Bell as long-term one.

When you think about the various individual things that can add up to be the totality of a smart city, they can be "whopper," important projects like bridging the digital divide so that young people aren't trying to write a term paper at home with zero connectivity and no good place to go. But also, individual things touch our constituents' day-to-day lives. [For example] do garbage cans let the Department of Public Services know when they're full? Or real-time traffic monitoring systems and... security camera applications.

"...[M]y attitude is the sky's the limit. That's what technology is all about, helping us go places we didn't necessarily think were possible before." P.G. Sittenfeld, Councilmember, City of Cincinnati

There are already things I would put under the umbrella of smart cities that we're already doing, like if somebody wants to get online and track where the snow plow is that will be plowing their street in real time. We have a pretty extensive open-data platform, if [for example] we want to know the geographic overlay of where opioid overdoes have been happening across the city. There are things already in place but my attitude is the sky's the limit. That's what technology is all about, helping us go places we didn't necessarily think were possible before.

You mentioned the digital divide.​ Are you specifically considering equity when identifying the first areas to get free Wi-Fi access?

SITTENFELD: Yes, absolutely. I think treating access to the internet as a necessity instead of a "nice to have" is where the equity piece of being a smart city comes in.

We're starting with the urban core [which], especially by day, is our population center, our employment center, our tourism center. We have this asset, the streetcar, that was a logical place to start. But I think that's a starting place, not an ending place.

PUTNAM: The first phase is the economic development and engagement piece, but we look at concentric circles. Where are the disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city that could benefit most from having high-speed internet?

Everyone, when they think of the digital divide, thinks of school kids. Certainly we want to address that as a number one priority. But I think a lot of people don't realize that the digital divide has a huge effect on adults — in terms of job training, applications, as a resource for transportation and how you get to a job once you find one. Then from a financial aspect, making sure we're moving them toward healthier financial decisions and accessing benefits.

We look at that concentric circles approach and now we've got the business core, so [we're examining] where are the neighborhoods that are one step removed from the business district and how can we light those up and bridge the digital divide?

Cincinnati's neighbor, Columbus, leaped head-first into becoming a smart city after winning a $40 million Smart City Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Have you modeled Cincinnati's smart city solutions on Columbus', or any other cities'?

PUTNAM: The fact that Columbus was funded primarily with a DOT grant means that their initial focus was on transportation related issues. I think what sets us apart in Cincinnati is that the focus of our smart city solution is on social change and outcomes that will improve the city itself. It's a little different based on the funding sources. But ultimately we look at it and say we need to partner with all smart cities and create smart regions. There is much to be gained by those partnerships in terms of sharing resources and knowledge.

SITTENFELD: The single biggest thing that their winning the federal smart cities grant did was help light a flame under the rear ends of Cincinnati leaders. There's no reason that our friend and neighbor 100 miles north should be winning this and we shouldn't be, so really let's try and come up with a more coordinated approach. And as much as anything, getting stakeholders together and putting together a blueprint is what led to us issuing the RFP.

In terms of other cities, to me it's more of an à la carte approach. I don't think we're trying to be San Francisco or Columbus or Austin, TX or Boston. But fortunately we live in a connected world so if another city has a good idea we can see how that would work in terms of implementing it in Cincinnati. ... We try to pull in the best of what's going on in cities across the country.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Katie Pyzyk

Quelle/Source: Smart Cities Dive, 17.01.2019

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