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Transformation Management
Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
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  • Tue
    Oct
    27
    2020
    US: Three Major Tech Trends in Smart Cities

    Smart cities that want to enhance traffic management, air quality, and city planning will depend on interoperable IoT. City networks are evolving gradually, however, the networks do not work as efficiently as expected.

    As connectedness between smart cities grows, the impact of attacks could prove to be catastrophic. The Securing Smart Cities initiatives seek to increase collaboration with cities, companies, governments, individuals, and nonprofit enterprises globally to defend against cyberattacks.

  • Tue
    Oct
    27
    2020
    AU: New South Wales: City of Parramatta leads way with blueprint for ‘smarter’ future suburbs

    A cutting-edge initiative that could change the way new suburbs and cities are designed, constructed and managed has been launched by the City of Parramatta Council, with the rollout of state-of-the-art technology across a 25-hectare development site in Sydney’s west.

    More than 70 environmental sensors, which have been installed throughout Melrose Park, monitor and collect data on local conditions – including temperature, humidity, air quality, noise and stormwater – as the area is redeveloped. The information gathered will be analysed and used to understand the impacts of development on the surrounds, improve the area’s liveability in the long term, and inform future planning.

  • Tue
    Oct
    27
    2020
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: Smart City is a dream & false hope

    Entrance road to New Amritsar locality, like many others, in a shambles

    The dreams of turning the centuries old city into a Smart City are all but far-fetched. The belief is solidified even more upon seeing the entrance road to the Bhai Gurdas Ji Nagar, known as the New Amritsar locality, which is teeming with craters.

  • Mon
    Oct
    26
    2020
    AU: South Australia: Making NPSP a smart city

    The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is now seeking comments on a new draft Smart City Plan, which will guide the City to becoming more digitally connected and technologically enhanced for the benefit of our entire community.

    Once finalised, the Smart City Plan will be used to inform, plan, design and accelerate the deployment of smart city technology.

  • Mon
    Oct
    26
    2020
    ZM: Surveillance camera projects deployed to watch on people

    Zambia has deployed surveillance camera project solutions on the roads namely the Advanced Road Safety Management System and the Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS) – Safe City Project.

    These are similar in the conceptualisation and implementation of the work systems because the two systems work complimentary to each other.

    “The Safe City Project now under implementation by Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) Corporation is a reflection of China Zambia Security Cooperation. China has provided a large amount of military and security equipment,” said Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie in a speech at the commissioning and handing over of paramilitary police housing units in Lilayi.

  • Mon
    Oct
    26
    2020
    How blockchain changes the game for Cambodia’s smart cities

    • With dozens of smart cities in Asia, how many are powered by the use of blockchain?
    • The upside of blockchain-enabled smart cities is that businesses, retail shops, and consumers can interact with each other in a smarter and more effective manner.

    In a smart city, traffic, public services, and document circulation can be fully automated, integrated by big data and the internet of things (IoT). Applying blockchain is not as common in smart cities as these other tech, but that’s exactly what this project in Cambodia is doing.

  • Sun
    Oct
    25
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune smart city ranking jumps up four spots

    Pune’s jump in the rankings has also helped the state’s rank go up. Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said that they are hopeful that the ranking would further improve in future.

    Despite being one of the worst-affected cities in the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited secured the 13th rank in India and the 1st spot in Maharashtra, owing to its performance in completing the smart city projects.

  • Sun
    Oct
    25
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Rs 109 crores Command and Control Centre for the Bengaluru City soon

    Karnataka’s Capital Bengaluru soon will get a nice and civil Command Centre that has been envisaged to be the brain for the daily handling of the city as well as disaster management. The amount of this project is approximately Rs 109 crores. The project will come up with a common helpline number, dedicated mobile application, and also a web portal, where citizens can file complaints and the authorities can use the platform to institutionalize data-driven decisions for regulating operations.

  • Sun
    Oct
    25
    2020
    AE: ‘Dubai Drive’ app update adds 22 Salik services

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has added 22 new services all relating to the toll gates system, Salik, in a recent update to Dubai Drive app. The step is part of RTA’s efforts to improve its services and make them more accessible to customers by saving their time and effort. It also supports the Dubai Government digitisation and improving customers experience strategies.

    “The new batch of services added to Dubai Drive app encompasses 9 main services and 13 subsidiary ones. The package includes a dashboard recapping the latest activities of the account such as the existing balance, top-up of Salik account, offence management, and the removal/addition of vehicles without visiting service centres or contacting Salik Call Centre,” said Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA.

  • Sun
    Oct
    25
    2020
    IN: Centre to soon issued guidelines for scaling up cycling infrastructure in India

    The guidelines will be shared with cities as the part of the Smart City Mission of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs by Tuesday (October 20), officials aware of the development said.

    The central government is drafting guidelines to scale up cycling infrastructure in the country, including interventions such as segregated lanes, shared streets, and intersections.

  • Sat
    Oct
    24
    2020
    Deep Tech for Smart India 2.0

    India, with the rest of the world, is reeling under the Covid-19 pandemic-lockdown-recession. However when it ends we can hope for a quick recovery that will fast-track us. That will happen only if we upgrade ourselves with Deep Tech, specifically the 3As and 1C.

    The task is cut out for the government and industry to take India into the next stage of development from 2021 onward. A host of emerging technologies will upgrade India and make the lives of all its citizens that much better. A look at these technologies…

  • Sat
    Oct
    24
    2020
    Monaco choses IN Groupe to secure digital identity, produce biometric identity documents

    IN Groupe has been selected by The Principality of Monaco to help design and secure its digital identity scheme and create new identity documents including biometric passports, electronic ID cards and residence permits.

    Natives and residents of Monaco will have the option to generate a digital identity associated with new identity documents, with deployment planned for the first half of 2021. The digital identity will provide access to various state services without the need for additional supporting documents.

  • Sat
    Oct
    24
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima, Agartala only northeast cities shortlisted for India Smart Cities Award Contest

    The Competition aims to reward cities, projects and ideas promoting the spirit of the Smart Cities Mission under the theme “Building Cities for People”

    Kohima, the capital of Nagaland and Agartala, the capital of Tripura, made it to the list of top 66 smart cities in the country selected for the second stage of the India Smart Cities Award Contest.

  • Fri
    Oct
    23
    2020
    AU: New South Wales: Wollongong: UOW applauds launch of Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal prospectus

    Transformative program to position region for post-COVID-19 economic and employment recovery

    The University of Wollongong (UOW) has warmly welcomed the launch of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal prospectus for providing a vision and program to drive the transformation of the region and its economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Fri
    Oct
    23
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore slips to fifth spot in Smart City project ratings

    Indore’s ranking under smart city project has gone down by two positions in the last two months, thanks to delay in release of funds from the state. The city has been on fifth position under the ranking released by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for September.

    The city was earlier at third position in the country in July for the progress on projects it took up under Smart City initiative with an overall score of 73.93 marks.

  • Fri
    Oct
    23
    2020
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Sunpura, Wakro get Jan Suvidha e-service centres

    Jan Suvidha e-service centres in Sunpura and Wakro circles were inaugurated by Lohit DC Prince Dhawan on Thursday.

    These e-service centres are the first circle-level ones established in the entire state. The centres will cater to the needs of the residents of Wakro and Sunpura circles. They will provide services like issuing STCs, PRCs, temporary residence certificates, character certificates and dependent certificates.

  • Fri
    Oct
    23
    2020
    VN: Lao Cai Province formally launches its intelligent operation center

    The People’s Committee of the northern province of Lao Cai on October 14 officially introduce its Public Administration Center (PAC) and Intelligent Operation Center (IOC). These are the projects to celebrate the Provincial Party Congress and to increase competitiveness capability of this region.

    Since an IOC is often considered the digital brain of a province thanks to its ability to integrate data and its management software, the People’s Committee of Lao Cai Province has soon requested VNPT Group to establish one such center for the province in order to be a foundation for an e-government later.

  • Thu
    Oct
    22
    2020
    NG: FEC approves N1.6bn e-government procurement, N1.2 billion for railway security gadgets

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved N1.2 billion for the procurement of security gadgets for railway stations across the country.

    Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He said seven railway stations would benefit from the project, which has a completion period of twelve months.

  • Thu
    Oct
    22
    2020
    ZW: Smart city comes to Zvishavane

    The history of smart cities can be traced back to the 1970s, when Los Angeles created the first urban big data project.

    Over the years, countries have adopted the idea of smart cities which can also be referred to as digital cities. They are well known for digital technological advancements which enable the city to be self-sufficient in terms of smart grids, meters and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Oct
    22
    2020
    AE: World Future Energy Summit to present world's most advanced urban tech

    The World Future Energy Summit, WFES, 2021, will feature the highly anticipated Smart Cities Expo & Forum bringing the cities of the future to life.

    WFES, organised by Reed Exhibitions, will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from April 5 to 7, 2021.

  • Thu
    Oct
    22
    2020
    Bahrain's RERA and iGA launch new real estate licensing system

    New RERA licensing system will include services for other licensee categories, including developers, property managers and owners’ association managers

    A new real estate licensing system and associated eServices have been launched by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), in co-operation with the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA).

  • Wed
    Oct
    21
    2020
    AU: Victoria: Whittlesea Council’s smart technology awarded

    Whittlesea Council has taken out a major technology award for its Smart Cities program.

    Council was presented the Smart City Achievement of the Year at this year’s MAV Technology Awards for Excellence.

    “Technology improves service delivery by speeding up communications and increasing convenience, enabling councils to function more efficiently and effectively,” MAV President Cr Coral Ross said.

  • Wed
    Oct
    21
    2020
    IN: Smart Cities Mission: Proposal to make Rajasthan’s Bharatpur a smart city sent; details

    Recently, the Urban Development Department has sent a proposal to the Union Ministry of Urban Development to include Bharatpur in the Smart City Scheme.

    Smart Cities Mission: Bharatpur is likely to become a Smart City in the coming years as the plan to include the city in the Modi government’s Smart City Mission has intensified. Recently, the Urban Development Department has sent a proposal to the Union Ministry of Urban Development to include Bharatpur in the Smart City Scheme. In this regard, a few days ago, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot had also given instructions to the Urban Development Department, according to a Dainik Bhaskar report. The Minister of State for Medicine and Health, Subhash Garg was quoted in the report saying that after joining the Smart City Mission, the city of Bharatpur will grow rapidly, and also the number of jobs will increase.

  • Wed
    Oct
    21
    2020
    VN: HCM City People’s Council passes resolution on new ‘city within city’

    The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council has passed a resolution to merge HCM City’s eastern districts of 2, 9 and Thu Duc into one administrative unit to create an innovation hub tentatively called Thu Duc City.

    Speaking at a People’s Council meeting on October 12, Le Thanh Liem, VIce chairman of the city People’s Committee, said the municipal administration would complete the proposal for creating the new city within a city for submission to the Ministry of Home Affairs by October 25.

  • Tue
    Oct
    20
    2020
    RO: Institutional and legislative changes needed to transform e-government

    Electronic governance, as predicted by many authors, does not simply refer to the provision of electronic or digital services. It involves a set of innovative institutional measures, and the evolution of e-government is a complex process of institutionalization. Therefore, e-government must be differentiated from the simple use of internet services and web-based technologies.

    The digitization of public services can thus be achieved through a sustained institutional change by establishing specialized areas of action, describing rules of conduct, redefining organizational structures, roles and responsibilities, and specifying standards for measuring performance and organizational results.

  • Tue
    Oct
    20
    2020
    Malaysia envisions having sustainable, competitive and disaster-ready cities

    Malaysia envisions having smart cities that integrate advanced technologies to improve the quality of life and public safety in a Cities 4.0 era, said Housing and Local Government Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin (pictured).

    She said these integrated technologies include 5G connectivity, a cashless economy, autonomous public transport, drone delivery, energy-efficient buildings, smart water treatment and waste management, as well as an Internet of Things (IoT)-oriented tracking and tracing system.

  • Tue
    Oct
    20
    2020
    VN: Kien Giang rolls out cybersecurity and info operation centre

    The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on Friday launched the Centre for Monitoring Cyber Security and Safety, and Information Operation, as part of the Vietnamese province’s digital government initiative.

    The 16 billion dong ($690,000) centre will improve administrative reform and the quality of public services, and protect information safety and security in cyberspace, as well as contribute to the objectives of a digital government and smart city, as directed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

  • Tue
    Oct
    20
    2020
    Smart city projects like OceanMedallion not for faint of heart, human transformation is harder: Padgett

    Implementing “smart city” projects such as its guest experience platform and OceanMedallion wearable onboard Princess Cruises ships is not for the faint of heart, said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, during WiT Experience Week Hybrid Day 4.

    During a 10- to 12-day drydock, ships are outfitted with: 72 miles of cable, 4,000 sensors, 650 readers, 500 edge computing devices and more than 4,000 interactive portals, he said. That’s the easiest part though.

  • Tue
    Oct
    20
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Five years of pipe dreams

    The city corporation is nearing its five-year term, and many projects that were announced years ago are still gethering dust. TNIE looks at where the civic body failed, and the room for improvement

    The term of incumbent Thiruvananthapuram Corporation council is nearing conclusion. Though the civic body has been drafting action plans focusing on various city development projects, some of the projects remain as mere promises, even after five years. TNIE takes a look at such plans that have never been executed by the council.Waste management decentralisation in vainThough the state government stressed on centralised waste management projects, the civic body continued to focus on decentralised projects like the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and installing aerobic bins in each ward to curb the unscientific disposal of waste.

  • Mon
    Oct
    19
    2020
    VN: HCMC operates information security center

    A conference to introduce IT products and ecosystems was co-held yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) by its Department of Information & Communications and Saigon Industry Corporation (CNS). In the conference, HCMC Information Security Center for the smart city formally started its operation.

    In the launching ceremony of the information security center, Vice Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem expressed his deep appreciation, saying that this has marked a milestone on the way that HCMC carries out the ‘Smart City Transformation from 2017-2020, with a Vision to 2025’ project.

  • Mon
    Oct
    19
    2020
    IN: Building plans of Chandigarh’s central control centre approved

    The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee (CHCC) has accorded approval to the building plans of the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC).

    The ICCC will be a central monitoring system of all services provided by the UT administration, helping with data analysis, decision-making and effective monitoring of the services.

  • Mon
    Oct
    19
    2020
    KR: LG CNS to Lead Smart City Development in Sejong

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Land and Housing Corp. announced on Oct. 8 that the Sejong O1 consortium led by LG CNS has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Sejong Smart City project.

    The project is to build a smart city in a 2.74 million square meter area in Hapgang-ri, Sejong City. The total cost of the project scheduled to be completed in April 2023 is 2.5 trillion won. The city is expected to come with smart IT services such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, smart education, drone-based delivery and smart traffic light control.

  • Mon
    Oct
    19
    2020
    Can facial recognition tech boost Asia’s biometric acceptance?

    • Biometric facial recognition technology is becoming increasingly accepted, including in Southeast Asia
    • Papago has developed Face8, a popular face recognition tech across industries in Taiwan, which has begun to make inroads in SEA

    It was not too long ago that biometric identification methods became accepted means to authenticate a customer’s identity in the financial services sector. First fingerprints became commonplace, followed by voice recognition tech

  • Sun
    Oct
    18
    2020
    ZW: ‘Postal services crucial in Covid-19 fight’

    Postal and courier services have kept the world afloat in the most difficult period of the ravaging coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic by delivering essentials, including medicine and necessities hence the need to innovate and embrace the use of technology, a Cabinet minister has said.

    Speaking during the World Post Day commemorations yesterday in Gokwe, where he also officially opened a Community Information Centre set up by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security minister Jenfan Muswere said Covid-19 had taught the world the importance of postal services hence the need to capacitate the sector to make life easier for people in times of crises.

  • Sun
    Oct
    18
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Smart city work in Chithirai streets will be over by Dec: Min

    The work being carried out in Chithirai streets around the Meenakshi Amman temple under the smart city scheme will be completed by December, said minister for cooperation, Sellur K Raju.

    The minister said this after inspecting the projects such as cobble stone laying work in Chithirai street, construction of storm water drains and installation of ornamental street lights on Saturday.

  • Sun
    Oct
    18
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Kochi to come under integrated traffic management system from Oct 19

    The project will ensure hassle-free journey for pedestrians, detection of traffic violators

    The traffic system in city will become smart with the introduction of the integrated traffic management system (ITMS) under the Smart City Mission project. The project will ensure effective traffic management, hassle-free journey for pedestrians and detection of traffic violators. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the system via videoconferencing on October 19. The project has two phases - enforcement and traffic management. While enforcement deals with detection of traffic violations and slapping of fine, traffic management pertains to flow detection and optimisation of signal controls.

  • Sun
    Oct
    18
    2020
    India's massive digital footprint biggest strength for AI development: Kant

    India's digital footprint marks its biggest strength for AI development, and established platforms like Aadhaar, UPI along with massive digital infrastructure create a "unique opportunity" for this futuristic technology to be leveraged to enhance transparency and improve governance, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Friday. Speaking at the closing session of RAISE 2020 Summit, Kant said India optimally leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve its developmental challenges will not only lead to a societal transformation within, but will also benefit other nations in the world, who face similar issues.

  • Sat
    Oct
    17
    2020
    NP: E-bidding taking place only in around 40 percent of the government’s procurement budget

    The online procurement system was introduced to enhance transparency, promote competition and prevent collusion among contractors.

    Most of the country’s public procurement still happens on a manual basis even though the government’s stated priority has been to promote electronic procurement for which a system has been installed at the Public Procurement Monitoring Office.

  • Sat
    Oct
    17
    2020
    Pandemic has ‘highlighted Cyprus’ need for digital transformation’

    The pandemic highlighted the country’s need for digital transformation, especially in key areas such as justice, the deputy minister for research, innovation and digital policy Kyriakos Kokkinos said on Friday at the official launch of the e-justice project.

    Speaking at the presentation of the project by the contractor company IBM, Kokkinos noted the importance of digital transformation for a strong economy as well as the efficient administration of justice for the smooth operation of the state.

  • Sat
    Oct
    17
    2020
    VN: Work starts on Da Nang Software Park No 2

    The central city of Da Nang on October 10 started construction on the first phase of the Software Park No 2, worth more than 703 billion VND (30.4 million USD), at Hai Chau district.

    The move forms part of the city’s effort to realise its goal of developing a smart city by 2030 and becoming a smart metropolis, a centre for startups and innovation and a livable coastal city by 2045, as set in the Politburo's resolution 43-NQ/TW.

  • Fri
    Oct
    16
    2020
    EE: 15 of Tartu's SmartEnCity 'smartovka' murals have been completed

    Fifteen of 17 "smartovka" murals for Tartu's SmartEnCity smart city project have been completed and the remaining two should be finished next year. ERR News spoke to city council coordinator Raimond Tamm about the ambitious project and its future. SmartEnCity or the Smart Tartu (Tark Tartu) was launched in 2015 and is part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program to fund ambitious projects aiming to become more energy efficient, inclusive and smart. Tartu is one of three cities taking part, alongside Victoria-Gasteiz in Spain and Sonderborg in Denmark.

  • Fri
    Oct
    16
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: ‘We welcome probe into Smart City project as suggested by Ivan D'Souza’– BJP

    BJP, the ruling party in MCC, has said that it welcomes the demand made by former MLC Ivan D'Souza, who has urged to hold ACB or Lokayukta investigation in the scam that has taken place in the Smart City project.

    Speaking at a press conference in the absence of mayor Diwakar Pandeshwar, senior member Sudhir Shetty Kannur said, "Ivan D'Souza has accused in a press conference that in the Smart City project, three times the estimated rate is quoted. This project is under implementation since two and a half years. More than 60% of the estimated cost was prepared during the regime of the previous Congress rule in Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC). We also suspect that the then MLA and minister himself has involved in the scam. We welcome the investigation by ACB or Lokayukta as proposed by Ivan D'Souza.

  • Thu
    Oct
    15
    2020
    Estonia’s central bank launches research project to assess digital currency

    The Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) is launching a multi-year research project to assess the suitability of its e-Government technology in operating a central bank digital currency.

    The initiative, in collaboration with the technology companies Guardtime, the long-term blockchain partner of the Estonian government, and The SW7 Group, will focus on a solution based on the KSI Blockchain, a core technology of e-government in Estonia.

  • Thu
    Oct
    15
    2020
    VN: The future of banks: becoming digital technology firms

    Commercial banks could become technology firms by cooperating with technology firms, including telcos, to create a new growth space.

    Le Huu Duc, president of Military Bank, said the bank has decided to highlight digital banking as the focus in its development strategy.

  • Thu
    Oct
    15
    2020
    US Ignite Announced Project OVERCOME to Grow Broadband Access

    Project OVERCOME, led by US Ignite and funded by the National Science Foundation, will select five proof-of-concept projects to grow access to broadband connectivity in underserved or unserved areas.

    The development of broadband service in disadvantaged communities has received the attention of a leading advancer of smart cities initiatives.

    US Ignite, a tech nonprofit charged with bolstering smart communities, has launched Project OVERCOME, which will select and build out five proof-of-concept broadband projects in underserved or unserved communities. This effort is being funded, in part, by a $1.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Thu
    Oct
    15
    2020
    US: In the Shift to Telework, Can We Secure the Virtual Office?

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive move to telework for government workers and opened up new avenues for hackers to infiltrate systems — and it’s a situation that’s lasting longer than anyone expected.

    Jim Weaver, chief information officer of Washington state, refers to the pandemic as the state’s new chief innovation officer. “It is demonstrating to agency leaders the transformative opportunities that some technology tools bring to how business can be done as opposed to how it has always been done,” he said.

  • Wed
    Oct
    14
    2020
    US: Innovative Transit Projects Get Infusion of Federal Cash

    Twenty-five transit projects from around the country received some $14 million in innovation grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration, growing projects like digital fare integration and trip-planning.

    The Federal Transit Administration provided some $14 million in innovation grants for 25 projects across the country as part of the Accelerating Innovative Mobility program.

  • Wed
    Oct
    14
    2020
    US: Minnesota: Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Twin Cities seek citizen input for electric vehicle network

    Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota have joined forces to develop the mobility network comprising charging hubs on public roadways and a fleet of car-share vehicles.

    Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota have joined forces to develop an electric vehicle (EV) network and are inviting citizens to share their input and suggestions through an online survey.

  • Wed
    Oct
    14
    2020
    Thailand’s strategy for digital transformation

    Supot Tiarawut, CEO of Thailand’s Digital Government Agency, discusses how AI, digital ID, and open data will play a role.

    Thailand leapfrogged nearly 20 places to 57th place in this year’s UN E-Government Development Index. This jump may be due to its aggressive efforts to increase the population’s access to mobile and broadband, says Supot Tiarawut, CEO of Thailand’s Digital Government Agency.

  • Wed
    Oct
    14
    2020
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima Smart City registers for ‘streets for people challenge’

    The Streets for People Challenge is an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to inspire cities to create walking friendly streets through quick measures, in response to COVID-19. The challenge was launched by Haredeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs on September 11, 2020 during a virtual event organized by the Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA. The Minister stated that as the lockdown is lifted, cities face many challenges in providing safe, affordable, and equitable modes of transport that enable social distancing. Limited public transport options, narrow, crowded sidewalks particularly in market places and deterioration of mental health, are key issues that must be addressed on priority. He opined that pedestrianisation of streets for walking and creating public spaces is a crucial step towards mitigating these issues.

  • Tue
    Oct
    13
    2020
    IN: Telangana: IIIT Hyderabad sets up Smart City Research Centre

    Facility includes Living Lab, a test bed to showcase new ideas and approaches in internet of things domain

    The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH) has set up a Smart City Research Centre (SCRC) with support from MEITY (Government of India), Smart City Mission and Government of Telangana.

    As a part of the initiative, Living Lab plans to create an urban area enhancing three value domains—social, economic and environmental.

  • Tue
    Oct
    13
    2020
    Covid-19 and the State of the Smart City

    As of now, many smart cities skew more toward idea than action—and those ideas cover a lot of tech buzzwords.

    Case in point: Terminus Group recently unveiled plans for an “AI City” called Cloud Valley in Chongqing, China. Planned amenities include carbon-neutral living, complete 5G infrastructure, and a robot-friendly park.

  • Tue
    Oct
    13
    2020
    National Cyber ​​Borders Are Just As Important As Real Country Borders

    The concept of "Cyber Space" emerging beyond physical boundaries and rules is now of great importance for every country. In today's world, where almost all activities and services take place in the digital environment, the importance of cyber security has increased even more, especially with the pandemic period. Stating that data will replace oil in the near future, Procenne CEO Resul Yeşilyurt emphasized that necessary measures should be taken to protect the borders of our country in cyberspace. Saying that digitalization, which provides a great change in the functioning of the state, brings risks as well as opportunities; He pointed out that the work carried out by the government in the recent period has drawn an important vision for cyber security in both the public and private sectors and stated that Procenne is working to increase awareness in the field of cyber security in our country.

  • Tue
    Oct
    13
    2020
    Ukrainian govt works with Microsoft on digital transformation

    The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and Microsoft Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a partnership in digital modernisation using Microsoft Azure as a vehicle, as well using modern workplace automation products for government-owned companies to enable seamless collaboration across Ukraine and within the government.

    Microsoft and the ministry intend to cooperate on a range of initiatives with a highly secured cloud platform ecosystem as a foundation, allowing innovations, advantageous cost of services, implementation of a data security strategy, and creation of new workplaces. Digital transformation programmes could have an impact on different industries and influence energy transition, digital agriculture transformation, and sustainability.

  • Tue
    Oct
    13
    2020
    IN: Jammu Smart City: Several projects approved, timelines set

    In the 7th meeting of Board of Directors of Jammu Smart City Project, the Board approved various projects/works and also set timelines for completion of various components. The meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma.

    At the outset, the CEO (DC) gave a detailed powerpoint presentation on the works taken up and completed so far besides future work plan for the smart city project. She also presented agenda points for the discussion and approval of various project components by the BoD.

  • Mon
    Oct
    12
    2020
    Papago eyeing Southeast Asia market with face recognition tech

    Face recognition is not only the most talked about application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies but also a key AI strength indicator of the tech heavyweights in the global arena. A face recognition application takes in a database containing millions of faces, based on which a machine learning model is trained for use in access control or attendance management systems. It is growingly applied by government agencies, banking institutions and service industries.

    CB Insights' Artificial Intelligence Trends 2019 report identifies face recognition and edge computing as the two major trends with the most market strength and high industry adoption, even surpassing autonomous driving at the center of the automotive market's attention. The disruptive innovations to be enabled by face recognition applications are exciting. Papago chairman Liang-Yi Chien is well aware of how rapidly face recognition technologies and applications expand in the B2B market segment.

  • Mon
    Oct
    12
    2020
    Transition from Oil to AI: Middle East Can Be the Next Great AI Hub

    What does your mind recall when you hear about the Middle East? A Fox News report? Terrorist groups? Or maybe Iran’s nuclear program? These are all true, but in less than one decade, the name of the Middle East may be associated with artificial intelligence, and this region could become one of the greatest AI hubs in the world. Here is transition from oil to AI and how the Middle East can be the next great AI hub.

    The development of the Middle East transition.

    The AI in the Middle East is still at the initial development phase. Good progress has been made. Despite a bad reputation and the stereotype that illustrates the Middle East as an oil-dependent and a bare of innovation region, the scope of AI impacts on the Middle East is on the rise.

  • Mon
    Oct
    12
    2020
    Harnessing Digital Technologies Can Help Philippines Overcome Impact of Pandemic, Hasten Recovery

    Rapid adoption of digital technologies can help the Philippines overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, recover from the crisis, and achieve its vision of becoming a middle-class society free of poverty, according to the report released today by the World Bank and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

    Titled “A Better Normal Under Covid-19: Digitalizing the Philippine Economy Now,” the report says that the use of digital technologies such as digital payments, e-commerce, telemedicine, and online education, is rising in the Philippines and has helped individuals, businesses, and the government cope with social distancing measures, ensure business continuity, and deliver public services during the pandemic.

  • Mon
    Oct
    12
    2020
    IN: PM Modi to inaugurate artificial intelligence 'RAISE' summit today

    The aim of the summit is to encourage the discussion on AI in public infrastructure, build responsible AI for social empowerment, transformation and inclusion of society

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a five-day global virtual summit on artificial intelligence (AI) on Monday. Responsible AI for Social Empowerment or RAISE 2020 is being organised by the government in partnership with the industry and academia. It will aim for the transformation of health, education and agricultural areas.

  • Sun
    Oct
    11
    2020
    NG: NITDA Trains Public Servants as Drivers of Digital Economy Agenda

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has successfully trained the ‘Batch A’ delegates of the Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DT-TWGs).

    The trainees were drawn from some Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) to drive the digital transformation agenda in the public sector and digital economy at large.

  • Sun
    Oct
    11
    2020
    Estonian Central Bank May Launch Digital Currency

    Many nations are joining China in developing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). At the beginning of October, Estonia's Central Bank announced the launch of its own digital currency research initiative.

    This decision was made following other central banks’ activities in virtual currency, including the European Central Bank (ECB).

  • Sun
    Oct
    11
    2020
    ‘Compfie’ set to change Sri Lanka’s Compliance Landscape

    Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited, India’s no.1 company for Compliance, today announced the introduction of its Global E-Governance and Compliance Platform – ‘Compfie’ in Sri Lanka in association with Colombo headquartered 3W Consulting. This move to position ‘Compfie’ in Sri Lanka’s compliance market marks the first major development for the strategic country partnership between Aparajitha and 3W.

    Compfie is an online Compliance Management tool on a cloud platform designed to global standards with a combination of sector/industry-specific knowledge, with compliance metrics within the legal framework & policy standards of Sri Lanka. Technological insights uniquely position our teams to work with organizations to achieve end-to-end digital transformation. From strategy to processes to tech enablement to regulatory changes, our multi-disciplinary teams take a holistic view of how country-specific laws, platforms and compliance output behaviours across the front, middle and back offices need to evolve.

  • Sun
    Oct
    11
    2020
    Experts debate using blockchain for remote voting in India

    The technology can help migrants and seasonal workers exercise their fundamental right to vote’.

    The Election Commission had last month organised a series of webinars in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (“TNeGA”) discussing different aspects of the potential of using blockchain technology for remote voting in India. This step would particularly favour internal migrants and seasonal workers, who make up approximately 51 million of the population (Census 2011) in exercising their fundamental right to vote. The technology that now has a long way to go before being tangible, has already created a divide in opinion between those backing it and those who aren’t.

  • Sun
    Oct
    11
    2020
    IN: Gujarat HC Launches E-Writ Module To Send Digitally Signed Copies Of Bail Orders To The District Courts

    The Gujarat High Court on Friday (02nd October) launched eWrit Module to send digitally signed copies of Bail Orders from High Court to District Courts.

    On recommendation of the Judges of the ICT & e-Governance Committee of the High Court, a new module to make available digitally signed Bail Orders of the High Court to the concerned District Courts across the State was launched on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, by the Chief Justice Vikram Nath.

  • Sat
    Oct
    10
    2020
    Havana should be leader in computerization in Cuba, says Diaz-Canel

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said that Havana should be at the forefront of computerization in the country, local media reported today.

    Speaking in the meeting for the Havana support program, the Cuban president specified two pivotal development areas: E-Government and E-Commerce.

    At the meeting, where Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and the President of the National Assembly of People's Power, Esteban Lazo, were also present, it was learned that in the first quarter of 2021 the new version of the Citizen's Portal of the capital must come out.

  • Sat
    Oct
    10
    2020
    Vadodara first in State to get 'smart' fire service upgrade

    Vadodara fire service to get Rs 7.95-cr tech including AI, GPS, CCTV, sonar system to track vehicles and ensure faster rescue operations

    The Vadodara Fire and Emergency Services will soon have state-of-the-art command and control systems incorporated with Artificial Intelligence to protect its citizens not only during fires but also during floods. In a Rs 7.95-crore major upgrade under Smart City programme, the VSFS will have a myriad of technological features at its fire stations as well as vehicles in a bid to ensure a faster, better, incorruptible, and more efficient system to make Vadodara safer.

  • Sat
    Oct
    10
    2020
    Broaden the idea of a smart city in India

    To tackle the climate crisis and make cities liveable, invest in energy-efficient buildings and microclimate

    On September 20, New York City (NYC)’s “iconic” buildings were lit up in green for the launch of the week-long global Climate Week NYC, which coincided with the United Nations General Assembly session. The summit was the first big one (virtual) in this Covid-19 year, and was held in the backdrop of an ongoing global conversation on the need for the world to chart a new green development path.

  • Sat
    Oct
    10
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Work on Smart City project continues in Srinagar amid COVID-19 pandemic

    As a pilot project, Choudhary and his team took over renovation of a 19th century church located at the foothills of Shankaracharya and the famous Raghunath Temple located on the banks of the river Jhelum in downtown Srinagar city.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Srinagar administration has not lost its sight of the Smart City Project and the work on refurbishing buildings of historic importance and conservation of shrines of all faiths continues at a stable pace.

  • Sat
    Oct
    10
    2020
    No-Contact Government Means More than Just Online Services

    From enabling digital paper forms and mobile payments to implementing facial recognition and delivery drones, touchless government services are the way forward in continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many organizations are dramatically rethinking their operations to ensure physical distancing, from professional sports leagues creating quarantine bubbles for their players to the music and film industries offering performances at drive-in theaters. As the global pandemic stretches into the fall with no clear end in sight, public-sector agencies must similarly wrestle with how to safely reopen government operations while protecting the health and safety of government employees and citizens. Achieving this will require government leaders to focus on a new objective: using technology to design a touchless future.

  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2020
    IN: Are we finally on the verge of a paperless world?

    Growing up in the 1980s, I used to hear a lot of talk about a paperless office, especially with the advent of the Personal Computer. Subsequently it seemed like a pipe dream. Most key digital data was scanned or converted from its offline form, the latter which was never disposed of. Alternatively digital data was duplicated in the offline world and sometimes even came in triplicates.

    The paper just piled up in the offices, godowns and landfills. The initial success of the Web also didn’t make that must of a difference towards this particular goal. But there has been a great deal of digitization in the 2010s now further accelerated by the Covid crisis. A look at progress on the paperless scene…

  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2020
    JP: Suga's $1tn budget proposal to target digitizing government

    Japan drops to the 14th spot in UN e-government ranking

    Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will propose a national budget for fiscal 2021 set to top 105 trillion yen ($994 billion) that places digitization of government services front and center.

    Digitization has emerged as a pressing issue after Japan's failure to distribute stimulus payouts to households in a timely manner this spring. Outdated systems also have hampered the collection of coronavirus-related data. That performance caused Japan to drop in the United Nations' e-government development ranking to 14th place for this year.

  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2020
    PK: E-Governance To Make Offices More Responsive, Transparent : Bangash

    Advisor to Chief Minister on Science and Information Technology, Ziaullah Bangash on Wednesday said that all offices are being digitized as year 2020 has been declared as digital transformation in the province.

    He said that the government has finalized strategy to take revolutionary steps in the current year towards digitalisation in order to ensure efficient service delivery and transparency.

  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: E-auto service may take longer to get rolling

    Much groundwork, including suitable parking spots, is yet to be finished. Training is also currently underway

    It has been over a month since the City Corporation rolled out 30 e-autos and e-rickshaws in the state capital as part of the smart city initiative. However, the project is yet to benefit the people, as the vehicles are yet to become operational. The civic body launched the e-vehicles in haste without proper planning. There were no allotted parking or waiting spots or charging stations for the e-autos which were to be operated exclusively by women drivers.

  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2020
    PH: Emerging e-Industries reap benefits from PLDT's increased network build up

    Leading industries have turned to technology to survive the economic pivot to the “new normal” with the Philippines’ largest and only integrated telecommunications company PLDT aiding organizations and businesses to adapt and thrive in the current challenges of the pandemic.

    Discussed during the second virtual Tech Talks forum streamed in partnership with OneNews, PLDT highlighted key solutions and services that have helped catalyse digital transformations of e-Industries including e-Learning, e-Banking, e-Commerce, e-Government, and e-Health.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    PH: Iloilo: Going hi-tech

    THE ILOILO provincial government developed the RIsC-TrAp or the Reverse Isolation and Contact Tracing Application for efficient contact tracing and reverse isolation during this pandemic. The rationale of this technology-based innovation is quite simple – better service. The principle is clear – use technology to serve the public well.

    As the government intensifies its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, well-designed electronic government (e-government) platforms are crucial to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of public services. The importance of e-government in the seamless delivery of services during the pandemic and other similar crises cannot be overemphasized.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    South Sudan: e-government services to tackle graft, others

    The government of South Sudan has announced the introduction of e-government services as part of its drive to tackle graft and ensure efficiency, APA has learnt.The initiative is in the form of a partnership between the Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and Postal Services and Crawford Capital.

    The raionale behind the e-government services is to strike a balance between economic objective ad health exigencies amid a coronavirus pandemic which is changing the way governments operate.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    PH: Public Wi-Fi for Baguio to help in decision-making

    A ;emorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City Government of Baguio and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was signed, paving way for the provision of free public Wi-Fi in the Summer Capital's establishments.

    At the Baguio Convention Center, DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan Jr. reiterated the need for faster information and communication based system to give officials of local government units (LGUs) in Baguio City and the Cordillera Region the decision-making needed in approaching problems not only with the coronavirus pandemic but with other problems that may face an LGU.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    Vietnam, Singapore boost cooperation on cybersecurity

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) held a virtual ministerial meeting on September 29 to discuss bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity.

    The Vietnamese side was led by Minister of Public Security General To Lam, while the Singaporean delegation was led by S. Iswaran, Minister in charge of Cybersecurity at the MCI.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    US: State Of Tennessee Helps Bridge Digital Divide For Students In Hamilton County

    A network of community partners working to completely bridge the digital divide for Hamilton County students came together to thank state leaders for dedicating more than $3 million in Tennessee Community CARES funding toward the effort to help students during the pandemic.

    The new funding helps advance several carefully coordinated initiatives by more than a dozen public-private partners. Hamilton County Schools serves as the hub for reaching the goal of providing all students with internet access - along with the devices needed to learn online. This project is funded under a grant with the State of Tennessee, created to help communities solve obstacles the pandemic has caused.

  • Thu
    Oct
    08
    2020
    AE: Smart Dubai collaboration to accelerate digital transformation for government entities

    The Dubai Government Information Network is designed to become the information backbone between the emirate’s governmental organisations and the internet.

    Smart Dubai has joined forces with Moro Hub for the provision of a high-end node at its data centre to accelerate the digital transformation initiatives of Dubai’s government entities.

  • Wed
    Oct
    07
    2020
    MY: Country Heights allocates RM50m for digital plans

    COUNTRY Heights Holdings Bhd allocated RM50 million to fund its digital transformation plan within the Mines Resort City, including the development of a cryptocurrency payment infrastructure.

    The group yesterday announced the stepping down of its founder and chairman Tan Sri Lim Kim Yew effective Jan 1, 2021, with new appointments to top management positions made to execute the group’s new transformation plan.

  • Wed
    Oct
    07
    2020
    45% of Nigeria’s GDP to be generated by digital economy - Minister

    Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said that the digital economy will contribute more than 45% to Nigeria’s GDP, as the contribution of the ICT sector alone is now approximately 17%.

    The Minister made this known while speaking at the virtual Nigeria Internet Governance Forum 2020 (vNIGF) with the theme: “Achieving Inclusive Digital Economic Development in the Post-Covid 19 Era”.

  • Wed
    Oct
    07
    2020
    US: As Smart Cities Grow, Data Consolidation Efforts Should Too

    The growing laundry list of connected devices and vehicles continue to make the case for platforms that pull all of the data into one easily accessible system. Two projects are doing just that in Georgia and South Dakota.

    Whether cities are managing a crisis, or just trying to get the buses running on schedule, bringing various data streams under one umbrella can lead to easier management and broader insights.

  • Wed
    Oct
    07
    2020
    Japan’s digital leap forward — and about time too

    Within a zippy 24 hours of becoming prime minister this month, Yoshihide Suga had not only created the post of Japan’s minister for digital transformation but had also ordered its new holder to rush off and draw up a blueprint for the country’s first digital agency.

    Asked about the Herculean labour before him, Takuya Hirai — most recently in the news for browsing crocodile videos on his tablet during a parliamentary hearing — looked suitably hassled. “We are being asked to move at a speed never before seen in Kasumigaseki,” he told reporters, referring to the bureaucratic heart of Tokyo and a district rarely singled out for its pace.

  • Wed
    Oct
    07
    2020
    US: From telehealth to robot companions, the US healthcare system undergoes a much-needed transformation

    The U.S. healthcare system was in crisis even before COVID-19 turned the world upside down. Despite spending more on healthcare than other industrialized nations, the U.S. had the highest number of preventable hospitalizations and avoidable deaths.

    “Even before the pandemic, HIMMS research was talking about the fact that likely 25% of rural hospitals would fail,” said Mary Edwards, president of the Provider Division at NTT Data Services. “Fast forward only a couple of months from that, and research being published across the industry [shows] outpatient revenues are down 11% year over year, inpatient revenue down as well, labor expenses up by nearly 18%.”

  • Tue
    Oct
    06
    2020
    India doesn’t need more smart cities; we can replicate learnings from 100 Smart Cities Mission to improve citizens’ lives in other cities: Housing & Urban Affairs Secretary

    Work soon to be over in 33 of 49 Integrated Command and Control Centres that turned into Covid-19 war rooms

    Even as work is underway on building 100 smart cities across the country, there is no need for more smart cities in India as learnings from the ongoing mission can be replicated to shore up other cities and towns countrywide, said a top official of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) at an ASSOCHAM webinar today.

  • Tue
    Oct
    06
    2020
    MY: Penang recognises Maxis as its trusted technology partner

    Maxis is recognised as Penang’s trusted technology partner for the state’s various smart state initiatives.

    Maxis chief executive officer Gokhan Ogut said the collaboration between the two parties focuses on two areas in line with the Penang2030’s vision blueprint to strengthen the connectivity and digital infrastructure of the state.

  • Tue
    Oct
    06
    2020
    MO: E-governance will soon allow most services to be delivered online: gov’t

    In the future, residents will be able to access public services digitally without setting foot in a government office, or collect their registered post without showing up at a post office, Kou Peng Kuan, director of the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP), revealed yesterday, adding that soon most services will be delivered over the internet.

    The press conference was held to present the government’s views on e-governance. The Electronic Governance Law and the Administrative Regulations on the Execution Details of the said law was also enacted yesterday.

  • Tue
    Oct
    06
    2020
    PH: Dominguez supports e-governance proposal

    Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III is throwing support behind the proposed measure seeking to digitalize all government agency services provided to the public.

    Dominguez said that Senate Bill (SB) No. 1738 or the “E-Governance Act of 2020” underscores the importance of switching to electronic governance to cut red tape, upgrade the delivery of services to the people and curb corruption in the system.

  • Tue
    Oct
    06
    2020
    IN: 150 Kerala panchayats to have e-governance starting Monday

    On a trial basis, the new software that enables people to access all services online, has been running successfully in Chemmaruthy panchayat for 100 days.

    A week ago, Biju, a resident of the Chemmaruthy panchayat in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, needed his residence certificate for an official purpose. He had heard of the panchayat switching to an e-governance system, which meant that he could make his application online. Biju opened the website of the Information Kerala Mission (IKM) and made an application for the certificate. The next day it was available for download.

  • Mon
    Oct
    05
    2020
    Could Estonia Be the Model for Secure Online Voting?

    What country does elections best? With all the focus on securing the upcoming U.S. elections, let’s take a look at elections in Estonia with Joseph Carson, a global cybersecurity expert who lives there.

    As we head into October 2020, everyone is talking about election security from various perspectives.

    Back in June, this blog explained how election security has become a top issue. Since that time, the focus and political posturing by governments, the media, cybersecurity pros and both political parties has only increased, with a special scrutiny on voting by mail.

  • Mon
    Oct
    05
    2020
    Singapore urges need for international organisations to ‘reform’ in digital age

    Singapore has referred to as on international organisations such because the United Nations (UN) and World Commerce Organisation (WTO) to reform, so worldwide guidelines are in step with cybersecurity and different key digital developments. The Asian nation additionally underscores the necessity for unified cooperation towards COVID-19, which it notes has accelerated “self-defeating” sentiments worldwide together with protectionism and xenophobia.

    Continued worldwide cooperation was key to overcoming the influence of the pandemic in addition to to rebuilding, and nations wanted to construct larger belief and study from one another, mentioned Singapore’s Minister for Overseas Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, within the nation’s nationwide assertion on the UN Basic Meeting’s Basic Debate of the 75th session held Saturday.

  • Mon
    Oct
    05
    2020
    The 5G Question And India’s Conundrum – Analysis

    The 5G network, the latest generation of wireless technology, is described as the next frontier of digital revolution. It has, however, come to the forefront of an ongoing geopolitical and technological rivalry between the China and the United States. Chinese telecom giant Huawei is dominating the market and has become the leading supplier and manufacturer of this new technology. However, its close ties with the Beijing government, opaque ownership structure and past allegations of legal violations, has raised concerns that its equipment could be used for espionage and surveillance.

    The United States has taken a slew of measures to ban Huawei and is persuading its allies to follow suit. Beijing has criticized nations for blocking Chinese telecom companies—terming it is a flagrant attempt to politicize a technology issue—and has hinted towards the use of ‘reverse economic sanctions’ if Chinese companies are banned. Against this backdrop, India’s decision on a supplier for 5G technology, equipment, and software is a crucial one.

  • Mon
    Oct
    05
    2020
    NG: FG Targets 50% Broadband Penetration by the End of 2020

    The federal government has said going by its projections, digital economy would contribute more than 45 per cent to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) given that the contributions of the ICT sector to the GDP stands at 17 per cent.

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, who disclosed this at the weekend, noted the COVID 19 pandemic is fast-tracking adoption of digital technology in the country.

  • Mon
    Oct
    05
    2020
    MO: Government to introduce facial recognition in e-services

    The Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) announced on Sunday that the government will introduce facial recognition technology as one of the ways to identify users at its e-services.

    The bureau underlined that the facial technology will enable residents to get access to e-government services “more quickly and more conveniently”.

  • Sun
    Oct
    04
    2020
    KE: ICT Ministry Seeks To Recognize ‘Gig’ Economy In Draft Digital Strategy

    The Ministry of ICT and Youth Affairs has drafted the Digital Economy Strategy.

    The first draft went live a few weeks ago. It is developed following Kenya’s adoption of the Digital Economy Blueprint for Africa that was launched by President Kenyatta in May 2019.

    On the whole, the Draft Digital Strategy is based on six pillars: Digital Government, Digital Business, Infrastructure, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Skills and Values and Digital Inclusion.

  • Sun
    Oct
    04
    2020
    Singapore World's First Country to Use Facial Verification for National Identity

    Singapore will implement facial verification to give SingPass holder access to an array of government and commercial services.

    Singapore is one of the leading countries in the world to implement facial recognition technology. The Southeast Asian country is going to become the first country in the world to use facial verification for government benefits under its national identity scheme.

  • Sun
    Oct
    04
    2020
    NG: Digital economy‘ll boost GDP by more than 45%, says Pantami

    The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has said that the digital economy will contribute more than 45 per cent to the nation’s GDP, noting that the ICT sector alone currently contributes more than 17 per cent.

    Pantami made this known while speaking at the virtual Nigeria Internet Governance Forum 2020 (vNIGF) with the theme “Achieving Inclusive Digital Economic Development in the Post-COVID 19 Era.”

  • Sun
    Oct
    04
    2020
    Morocco’s Rabat Ranks Low in Smart City Index for 2020

    The ranking placed Rabat four places lower than the previous year.

    Morocco’s capital city of Rabat has ranked 105 worldwide in Smart City Index for 2020, out of 109 cities.

    The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) issued the annual ranking, placing Rabat four places lower than the previous year.

  • Sat
    Oct
    03
    2020
    IN: Launch of first digi library under local body on Saturday

    The first digital library in the state under a local body will be inaugurated in Chemmaruthi panchayat on Saturday. The project is being launched as part of the digitisation efforts in local bodies across the state.The digital library has books from world classics to medical and engineering entrance and PSC guides. The setting up of digital libraries under local bodies is a first step to a transition from the libraries. With a generational shift from paperback to digital platforms, the local libraries will also follow suit.

  • Sat
    Oct
    03
    2020
    VN: HCM City’s SMEs assisted in digital transformation

    The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Business Associations (HUBA) on September 24 launched a digital transformation programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help improve their competitiveness.

    The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Business Associations (HUBA) on September 24 launched a digital transformation programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help improve their competitiveness.

  • Sat
    Oct
    03
    2020
    US: As Schools Adjust to Remote Learning, Many Are Rethinking Underlying Tech Infrastructure

    Some higher education institutions are turning to a hyperconverged infrastructure to improve connectivity.

    Education’s New Normal? Building a Better Infrastructure for Remote Learning

    The pandemic has shifted education from the classroom to the home, with many students across the country – from kindergarten to college – now engaged in remote learning.

  • Sat
    Oct
    03
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart Cities Mission - Ranking of Nagpur improved Jumped from 48 th to 23 rd

    This may be a good news for Nagpurians as Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has improved its ranking from 48 th to 23 rd. In Maharashtra, except Pune and Nashik all other cities are behind Nagpur.

    Smart Cities Mission Director Shri Kunal Kumar has very recently taken a review of 8 cities in Maharashtra selected under smart cities Mission of Govt of India and he expressed happiness over the improvement of ranking of Nagpur which jumped from 48 to 23 within 2 months. Nagpur did utilise 100% grant of 196 Cr received from Central Govt under the Mission.

  • Fri
    Oct
    02
    2020
    Electronic Water Portal launched in Azerbaijan

    Following the decree of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev ‘On some measures in the field of providing electronic services of state bodies’, the Electronic Water Portal of Azersu OJSC (http://e-su.az) has been launched, the company told Trend.

    “This system is used for the first time in the housing sector,” said Emil Ahmadov, Head of the electronic management and modern technologies department of Azersu OJSC.

  • Fri
    Oct
    02
    2020
    Embracing SA’s digital shifts to drive long-term economic growth post COVID-19

    Now is the opportune moment to drive grassroots digitisation within SA’s economic and social structures, says Ryan Jamieson, CTO at Altron Karabina.

    Although it is undeniably difficult to look back to February 2020 while still in the midst of a global pandemic, reflection can, in fact, reveal the many positive developments (and lessons) that the crisis has brought.

  • Fri
    Oct
    02
    2020
    US: As Smart Cities Grow, Data Consolidation Efforts Should Too

    The growing laundry list of connected devices and vehicles continue to make the case for platforms that pull all of the data into one easily accessible system. Two projects are doing just that in Georgia and South Dakota.

    Whether cities are managing a crisis, or just trying to get the buses running on schedule, bringing various data streams under one umbrella can lead to easier management and broader insights.

  • Fri
    Oct
    02
    2020
    EG: e-government receipts rise 223% in 12 months: Finance Ministry

    Daily News Egypt) Egypt's Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait has announced that e-government receipts witnessed an increase of 223% at the end of July compared to the same month of 2019.

    The significant rise reflects the continuous development efforts of the country's electronic payment (e-payment) and collection system. It also shows that Egypt has overcome any obstacles in implementing e-payment systems a way that contributes to improving its ranking in international indicators, especially those concerned with measuring the competitiveness.

  • Thu
    Oct
    01
    2020
    Singapore Tops List of Smart Cities Around the World, According to New Survey

    Living in a city where digital innovation and technology are used to drive sustainability and liveability is a dream for many people. Such urban settlements are called "smart cities." A recent survey showed that Singapore has been the best example of such an innovative city for the past two years

    For several years, Singapore has invested in innovations designed to increase the use of electric and autonomous vehicles. The city has also given access to its inhabitants to data such as city noise levels, levels of air humidity and parking spots available... With such initiatives common for its inhabitants, the city-state remains the smartest city worldwide for the second year in a row in a recent ranking.

  • Thu
    Oct
    01
    2020
    Pandemic highlights the reality of SA’s digital divide

    The lockdown proved to be an eye-opener in terms of how far South Africa must still go to overcome the digital divide, and bring millions of citizens into the digital economy.

    This is according to speakers at a webinar endorsed by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), on narrowing the digital divide to provide available and affordable Internet access for all South Africans.

  • Thu
    Oct
    01
    2020
    TR: Istanbul makes "health code" mandatory to access public institutions

    Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Wednesday obliged citizens to get a "health code" to be able to enter all public institution buildings, a move to curb the fast spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In line with the new rule, people will be allowed to access public offices only after they show the code and prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus.

    The code, provided by an e-government portal, also reveals whether citizens have recently contacted an infected person.

  • Thu
    Oct
    01
    2020
    AE: TRA Launches Arabic Version Of United Nations E-Government Survey 2020

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA, launched the Arabic version of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2020, during the regional webinar "E-Government Development in the Arab Region" organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA.

    The importance of the survey, which is issued every two years by the United Nations, stems from its inclusion of new directions of UN standards in e-governments, and from being a reference for governments and digital transformation programs in Arab countries.

  • Thu
    Oct
    01
    2020
    Vietnam shares big data analytics expertise with Cuba

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Cuban Ministry for Communications held an online training course: “Designing and developing big data systems” for Cuba. It was officially opened at Hanoi and La Habana. The training course took place within a week with the coordination of the Embassy of Cuba in Vietnam and two of Vietnam’s leading ICT groups: VNPT and Viettel.

    According to a press release, the objective of the course was to provide advanced knowledge about big data such as analysing, designing, and developing big data systems for IT application and e-government development in regulatory agencies.

  • Wed
    Sep
    30
    2020
    Indonesia’s AI startups ecosystem is growing up

    • Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia, is seeing its AI startup ecosystem hit the maturity curve in the aftermath of the pandemic

    Over the last two decades, Indonesia’s startup economy has really come into its own, but its artificial intelligence (AI) startups have only started gaining wider attention this year.

  • Wed
    Sep
    30
    2020
    Singapore's inhabitants have access to data, tech that makes it a smart city model worldwide

    Living in a city where digital innovation and technology are used to drive sustainability and liveability is a dream for many people. Such urban settlements are called "smart cities". A recent survey showed that Singapore has been the best example of such an innovative city for the past two years.

    For several years, Singapore has invested in innovations designed to increase the use of electric and autonomous vehicles. The city has also given access to its inhabitants to data such as city noise levels, levels of air humidity and parking spots available... With such initiatives common for its inhabitants, the city-state remains the smartest city worldwide for the second year in a row in a recent ranking.

  • Wed
    Sep
    30
    2020
    JO: Gov’t e- service gateway Sanad app’s new version launched

    Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Omar Razzaz on Tuesday attended a virtual launching ceremony of the new edition of the flagship e-government service gateway app Sanad.

    The prime minister said the app now offers speedy service delivery and spares service recipients in-person visits to government departments and public agencies, something much-needed at these times given the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

  • Wed
    Sep
    30
    2020
    Smart City Index: Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh jumps 18 places to 53rd

    Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh has jumped 18 placesto finish 53rd out of 109 in a list of the world’s smartest cities.

    Globally, Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich came out on top of the index in a year that saw many European cities fall.

    Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi and Dubai have emerged as the smartest cities in the region.

  • Wed
    Sep
    30
    2020
    IN: Haryana: CCTV cameras nail Faridabad traffic offenders

    The traffic police, which has taken over the control of the Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) set up under the Smart City project, has issued as many as 563 postal challans in the past two months here.

    The traffic violations have been captured in the CCTV cameras installed under the project. To date, the police have been issuing challans manually and after intercepting the offenders on roads.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    AE: Ajman announces permanent remote working for government staff

    Employees on probation and those who require to be physically present in their offices for work will not be part of the e-work system.

    Ajman has approved a remote working system permanently for government employees. Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, the representative of His Highness the Ruler of Ajman for Administrative and Financial Affairs, has issued a decision stipulating that the system be applied to all local government agencies.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Jammu Municipal Corporation installs POS to promote digital transaction

    Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has installed Point of Sale Terminals (POS) in order to promote digital transactions and to give momentum to Digital India initiative of Government of India in presence of Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta and Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, JMC for collection of birth and death certificates fee and other revenue collection.

    It has also planned to install 50 more such kind of POS devices to collect revenue digitally. With launch of this initiative, JMC employees will get rid of collecting and depositing cash process resulting into efficient and time effective governance. The revenue collected through POS mode shall be transferred directly into the JMC bank account on real-time basis. Through POS the consumers’ will get the e-receipt on spot and there will be no chance of pilferage in the Government revenue at all.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Bihar will be the First State in India to Connect all Villages by OFC Internet: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    With recent announcements by Prime Minister on 15th August, 2020, connectivity is to be taken up to the all more than 6 Lakh villages (from the existing GP level) within 1000 days. As a first step towards this goal, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the “हर गांव में ऑप्टिकल फाइबर द्वारा इंटरनेट सुविधा” project on 21.09.2020 for connecting all 45,945 villages of Bihar on Optical Fibre for providing high-speed internet. This will enable digital revolution to reach the farthest corner of the State.

    Prime Minister termed the day as not only historic for Bihar but for the entire country as the Government is taking major steps to make its villages the mainstay of AtmaNirbharBharat and that this is starting from Bihar today.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu focuses on ABC of tech policies

    Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiled three new IT policies on - artificial intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity - aimed at addressing the emerging growth areas in IT industry and e-governance. Nicknamed ABC policies and said to be first of its kind in the country, CM Palaniswami launched them at the CII Connect 2020 event on Saturday.

    The policy on artificial intelligence is aimed to provide a framework for inclusive, safe and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence in the government domain and to build fairness, equity, transparency and trust in AI assisted decision making systems.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    Africa: Public-private partnerships hold the key to future development

    For Africa to not just survive the current pandemic, but to thrive, investment into digital infrastructure is inevitable. Much-needed digital infrastructure and the resulting digital transformation will be an enabler of rapid development across the continent, positively impacting the most vulnerable communities.

    While digital transformation is certainly not a new discussion, the Covid-19 pandemic has abruptly accelerated the need for digital adoption. There’s an urgent need to invest in connecting communities and improving service delivery to citizens throughout Africa.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    Why smart cities are a $2.5 trillion opportunity for businesses

    Globally, the smart cities market is expected to reach US$2.5 trillion by 2025.

    Although the concept of smart cities has been around for quite a while, municipal organizations and government agencies are only now beginning to mobilize budgets and make relevant investments.

    In Australia, for example, the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure, and Population Alan Tudge recently made news for funding a series of smart city initiatives leveraging more than 100 IoT-powered sensors to make public spaces safer.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    The best smart cities put people not tech first, says Panasonic

    • Panasonic supports its people-friendly smart city solutions by focusing on pillars of sustainability, mobility, and communications

    More than half of the world’s population live in the major cities of the world today, and the United Nations projects that to increase to 68%, or two whole thirds of the world’s population by 2050.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: App to collect accident data on the spot soon

    An integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) mobile application is likely to come up soon which will enable collection of accident data on the spot.

    An integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) mobile application is likely to come up soon which will enable collection of accident data on the spot. This will help in analysing causes of road accidents and help reduce fatalities. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), in-charge of the initiative, will be supported by the World Bank.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    VN: Hanoi, HCMC fall in smart city rankings

    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's two largest metropolises, have both fallen 18 places from last year to the bottom half of a global ranking of smart cities.

    HCMC is in 83rd place and Hanoi in 84th in the 2020 Smart City Index compiled by Swiss business school International Institute for Management Development and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu becomes first state to unveil ethical AI, blockchain, cybersecurity policies in country

    Information Technology secretary Hans Raj Verma talking about the launch of the three policies said that these are foundational policies in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and BlockChain technology

    Tamil Nadu becomes the first state to come out with Tamil Nadu Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity policies in the country.

    The policies were unveiled by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami during the valedictory session of the 19th edition of Connect 2020.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    World’s “Smartest” Cities: Singapore, Helsinki, Zurich, According to Smart City Index Report for 2020

    Singapore, Helsinki (in Finland) and Zurich (in Switzerland) have been named as the world’s “smartest” cities during this year. They’ve managed to outperform other major European and global financial hubs, according to the Smart City Index Report for 2020.

    Geneva is another Swiss city that was ranked in the top 10 smartest cities (at the seventh spot).

    The report has been published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: Rajasthan: App to help to locate toilets and garbage points in Ajmer

    The Ajmer Municipal Corporation is developing a mobile application which will depict the location of garbage points and toilets in the city. The app will prove helpful for the general public as well as the tourists.

    Moreover, people will be able to register complaints on the condition of such facilities.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: TN CM Palaniswami launches Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020

    Aims to provide a foundation for inclusive, safe and ethical use of AI

    Tamil Nadu’s Safe & Ethical Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020 launched on Saturday by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami aims to provide a framework for inclusive, safe and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in government domain. It also aims to build fairness, equity, transparency and trust in AI assisted decision making systems.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: Connect 2020: TN Govt advocates big role for blockchain in e-governance

    To provide a suitable environment for developing and maturing the Blockchain ecosystem within the State, the Tamil Nadu Blockchain Policy 2020 has suggested encouraging R&D in Blockchain technology by enabling academic and research institutions, start-ups and enterprises working on Blockchain technology through forums and conferences. It has also suggested spreading awareness about the technology.

    The policy was launched today by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami at CII Connect 2020.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Pandemic spurs need for digital ID

    Digital ID systems, a prerequisite for developing functional e-governance platforms, have been on the agendas of many emerging economies for quite some time.

    However, the Covid-19 pandemic has reemphasized the importance of eIDs in providing social, medical and financial support to households and businesses.

    Electronic identification allows citizens and businesses to prove their identity and access the governmental services online. It enables fully digital processes and eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming manual operations. Such functionality has been crucial during the pandemic, especially for developing countries.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Ethiopia will soon have a Tier 3 national data center

    The government of Ethiopia will soon build a national data center that is Tier 3 certified, meaning highly resistant to power interruptions and offering 99.982% data access availability. The Ministry of Innovation and Technology has completed the facility’s preliminary design and is now seeking a company for a design-build contract. The related tender will be launched this month, according to Minister Ahmedin Mohammed.

    The national data center is expected to be built at the ICT Park, near the Bole Lemi industrial park. It will store and secure all public and private information and statistics. It will serve as the main tool for the e-government solution, offering cloud services, colocation and hosting, to better manage business applications.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Mongolia’s E-Governance Quest

    In the last decade, Mongolia showed progress in e-governance, but there’s more yet to do.

    Mongolia’s e-governance is a topic often overshadowed by the cyber activities of the country’s large neighbors — Russia and China. However, the coronavirus pandemic gave an advantage to the Mongolian government in implementing long-overdue digital governance practices. Mongolia’s implementation of e-governance services, known as “E-Mongolia,” will enhance public services, maximize efficiency, and most importantly, diminishing the deep-rooted bureaucracy and nepotism that have been impeding government services for some time.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    PH: Smart solutions to pandemic, other risks

    Both national and local governments should adopt smart solutions and invest in emerging technologies to deal with risks such as climate change, natural hazards, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising population and rapid urbanization demand the adoption of more process, product, organizational, and communication innovations, and smart reforms to address environmental concerns, socioeconomic problems, and other related issues.

    For local governments, the provision of critical services to the public, particularly in the sectors of public health, agriculture, and social welfare, requires smart solutions that can provide digital avenues for health consultation, agricultural extension and research, and social protection and monitoring. While there has been progress in the country’s digital governance indices in recent years, particularly on e-participation, e-government, online service, and e-infrastructure, human capital index is an area for improvement.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    JM: Innovative approaches needed to develop sustainable cities, says Dr Prendergast

    Campus Director, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), Dr Patrick Prendergast, says innovative models and approaches are needed to enhance the process of developing sustainable cities and communities in Jamaica and the rest of the region, in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    “Our cities are among the fastest growing economic and social enterprises requiring new levels of thinking and application towards public health and safety, crime control, traffic congestion, water and wastewater management and coastal management.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    Indian Cities Drop In Global Smart City Index Singapore On Top

    Four Indian cities—New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru—witnessed a significant drop in their rankings in the global listing of smart cities that was topped by Singapore.

    The Institute for Management Development (IMD), in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD), has released the 2020 Smart City Index, with key findings on how technology is playing a role in the COVID-19 era.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    BD: WB-funded e-GP fails to check graft

    Political influence, collusion, syndication still play major role in public procurement

    Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday said that the introduction the e-government procurement hardly checked corruption in the public procurement that crossed over two lakh trillion taka annually.

    The main aim of the e-GP, a joint initiative of the government and the World Bank since 2011, was to curb corruption among the public entities involved in implementing development projects.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world’s smartest cities

    Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Sept 17 amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-Covid era.

    From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free WiFi for all, cities around the world are racing to embrace technology, but researchers said the real test was whether citizens felt the benefits.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    SA: Riyadh soars in global smart city rankings

    Riyadh ranked high by residents especially on provision of services in health and safety, as well as online access to government document processing

    Riyadh has leapt up the ranking of the world’s smart cities, according to the annual survey of residents’ satisfaction conducted by the prestigious Swiss business school IMD.

    The Saudi capital jumped 18 places to finish 53rd out of a total of 109 cities, one of the biggest improvements in the 2020 survey. Its new placing put the city ahead of such established global hubs as Tokyo, Rome, Paris and Beijing.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    TW: Taipei ranked eighth smartest city in global index

    Taipei is the eighth smartest city in the world, according to an index published by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) on Thursday.

    Taipei, Taiwan's capital, saw its ranking fall by one notch from last year in the IMD index, which is in its second year.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    Reflecting on the future of SA's digital shift

    Although it is undeniably difficult to look back to February 2020 while still in the midst of a global pandemic, reflection can, in fact, reveal the many positive developments (and lessons) that the crisis has brought.

    From a digital transformation perspective, February was significant in that it marked the month of South Africa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which government outlined key initiatives that would place the country on track to realise economic growth through large-scale digitisation. These initiatives included three key focus areas:

    • grassroots development – bringing coding and robotics to primary schools;
    • higher learning – including plans to build a new University of Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni; and
    • the development of a world-class smart city.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    NG: Azzi: Effective Data Storage Will Prevent Breaches

    Sales Director, Africa, for Western Digital, a global storage company, Mr. Ghassan Azzi, speaks on the importance of data storage for businesses and organisations, as well as the company’s efforts towards transforming data storage in Nigeria. Emma Okonji presents the excerpts:

    Q: What is the importance of data to businesses and organisations in today’s world of digital transformation and why is it necessary to secure their data?

    Data security is crucial for businesses of all sizes, whether you are a global conglomerate, an enterprise or a small start-up. No business today should overlook implementing security measures as effective data storage measures not only help to avoid data breaches but also shield your business against unnecessary financial costs, loss of public trust and potential threats to brand reputation. Data must be securely stored, backed up and ready for retrieval at any point in time. Any organisation without effective data storage infrastructure and devices is still far from the realities of digital transformation.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    UK smart city firms plan trade mission

    Tech Export Academy to boost innovation

    The United Kingdom has launched a new tech academy that will give 30 firms involved in smart city solutions the opportunity to undertake a trade mission to Thailand next year.

    The nine-month Tech Export Academy programme will provide the 30 British companies a package of support to help them expand their business in Asia-Pacific.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    US: Flying Taxis: Experts Balance Enthusiasm Against Reality

    During a recent CoMotion discussion, officials from companies like Uber and Wisk Aero discussed the opportunities and hurdles presented by small, electric aircrafts as a means of shuttling riders through cities.

    Visions of the flying car overlapping with ride-hailing services have been generating more than just skepticism and raised eyebrows. There are actual policy questions that need answering as the nascent technology continues to advance.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    BD: Our educated people proved no good when needed: Lack of governance is not new

    Nearly three-quarters of rural households in the country have low level digital access and skills, revealed a study of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development on Saturday. It divulged that about 49 per cent of the households have no access to a computer and 54 per cent do not have access to the internet. Despite commendable progress in digitising many public services during this decade, rural people still are denied access to digital opportunity.

    The survey found 96 per cent of rural households own a mobile phone, a majority (59 per cent) do not have access to a Smartphone. Among the respondents, 68 per cent can read and write text messages, 10 per cent can check and send emails, 15 per cent can make video calls, 41 per cent can participate in social media, and 28 per cent can make comments on social media. But when it comes to problem-solving and actual utility, the percentage of households who possess the requisite skills is staggeringly low.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    PH: LTO-7 Malasakit Center to have up 1 Gbps internet speed

    The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) will be installing a high-speed internet network with a speed of up to one gigabyte per second (Gbps) at the Malasakit Center of the Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO-7).

    The two agencies recently inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) wherein the DICT will provide high-speed internet access for the Government Network (GovNet) of LTO-7.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    US: North Carolina: Remote Government Work: A Challenge and an Opportunity

    The less secure nature of home networks has exposed local, county and state governments to new risks during the COVID-19 crisis, experts say, but those risks also set the stage for new opportunities for collaboration.

    With so many government employees still working remotely, IT officials focused on cybersecurity and network safety say the new work environments have introduced new threats. But they've also introduced opportunities for training, awareness building and collaboration.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    BH: Information & eGovernment Authority announces jump in government app August & eservices

    Government digital transformation efforts are proceeding at breakneck speed, as reflected by the quarterly eServices statistics report, which recorded a 20 fold surge in government mobile application usage available in the eGovernment App store bahrain.bh/apps , compared to the same Five-month period last year.

    Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Deputy Chief Executive of Electronic Transformation, Dr. Zakareya Ahmed AlKhajah revealed that the report, covering the months from April to August 2020, also found that more than 800,000 government transactions were processed through all channels, with online payments exceeding BD 57 million across all digital channels.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    IN: New $9m research programme for smart city solutions

    NUS and ST Engineering are collaborating on a S$9 million, multi-year advanced digital technologies research programme to further their common goals of building a people-centric, smart future for Singapore and beyond.

    Research efforts of this new programme will focus on technologies related to Smart City as well as Smart Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO), covering five areas: resource optimisation and scheduling; prescriptive analytics; decision and sense-making; reasoning engine and machine learning; as well as digital twin. These research areas support ST Engineering’s focus on developing differentiated and people-centric, smart city solutions that meet the present and future needs of cities around the world. The interdisciplinary research areas are also aligned with NUS’ endeavours as a driving force behind smart city innovations, leveraging its deep expertise that spans multiple domains and faculties.

The US town of Spencer is working with smart city technology provider Cimcon on the initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines and reduce costs.

The US town of Spencer in Massachusetts is planning to integrate road condition monitoring with its recent LED street light conversion project.

Town officials are working with smart city technology provider Cimcon to undertake the initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines, and reduce costs associated with ineffective road monitoring and maintenance.

Prioritising road safety

Spencer, originally an agricultural and mill community, has an aging population for whom road safety is a priority, especially during the winter months. It has a population of approximately 12,000 people.

Using the funds remaining from a grant and incentives received from the Massachusetts Area Planning Council (MAPC) and National Grid, respectively, to convert their street lights, the town chose Cimcon’s NearSky smart city platform with the road condition monitoring application to improve public safety.

"We try hard to recognise and be responsive to the needs of the community," said Bill Krukowski, superintendent of Spencer’s highway department. "Our collaboration with Cimcon started with an LED lighting conversion. We had funds available in our project budget and grants from the state and decided to use them to improve the safety of our streets."

At the start of the project, the town identified four areas that experience the first occurrences of freezing during inclement weather. Two areas are along a causeway that runs beside the Stiles Reservoir and Cranberry Meadow Pond, and the other two are in the northern section of the town, where the elevation is higher and the temperature is typically five degrees lower than the town centre.

The town will monitor two additional areas for comparison purposes. Real-time data from road temperature sensors will be relayed back to the town’s highway department via the NearSky platform so that preventive measures may be taken.

The data obtained from the StreetVibe software will allow the town to monitor the road temperature and treat surfaces before hazardous road conditions can occur. Not only will this make the roads safer, but Cimcon claims in a statement it will also allow the town to use less road salt, thereby helping it to achieve its high phosphorus reduction goals as part of its participation in the National Pollution Discharge Elimination Programme.

Return-on-investment

Highway superintendent Krukowski estimates that the platform will pay for itself within four years through savings on road salt and reduced equipment wear and tear. The system is expected to be fully deployed by May 2020.

"Communities like Spencer are an important part of our customer mix," added Anil Agrawal, CEO of Cimcon. "They often come to us with a singular focus, usually lighting, but quickly see the additional possibilities that our NearSky smart city platform can provide. We are very pleased to be working with the town of Spencer to help them in their efforts to improve public safety."

A report published this week by Northeast Group emphasises how smart lighting remains a fundamental building block of smart cities. It also highlights how such initiatives are becoming even more important to help build resilience and achieve cost-savings for municipalities and utilities in the wake of Covid-19 related economic challenges.

According to the third edition of the United States Smart Street Lighting & Smart Cities: Market Forecast (2020-2029), the largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled.

The Northeast Group also reports that the US is projected to invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade.

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Quelle/Source: SmartCitiesWorld, 01.05.2020

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