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  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2019
    The big problem for South Africa’s 5G rollout

    Africa is a large continent, and investors tend to pick and choose their markets based on a multitude of criteria. Some see opportunities in emerging arenas while others focus on more developed and mature opportunities.

    However, while Africa has emerged as a popular site for investors (Ethiopia is a current attention hotspot thanks to telecom privatisation), there remains substantial risk that needs to be considered alongside the significant potential, no matter which market is being eyed.

  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2019
    NG: Open data and E-Government equal Transparency and Accountability

    The overwhelming task of fixing Nigeria’ s mirage of problems has beclouded a lot of people not to appreciate the great effort being put in place to reposition Nigeria as a working country. The pulsating headline in the dailies dishing out the level of corruption interplaying in the system has made it easy for some Nigerians to lose hope that the nation will not attain its rightful position in the comity of nations.

    The number of corruption cases being exposed and prosecuted in recent time indicates that it is no longer business as usual as the government would allow corruption cases to take its natural cause without intervention from any quarters. This shows that Nigeria is developing into a democratic space with less impunity in the society.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2019
    ZW: Government ready for digital transformation

    Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Courier Services minister Kazembe Kazembe says going digital is no longer a matter of choice, but a key driver of economic development.

    “Going digital is, therefore, no longer a simple matter of choice or a demonstration of opulence. Rather it is the new bedrock of our economy and a driver of the needed growth,” Kazembe told Gutu residents last week.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2019
    Egypt upping high-tech game to smarten cities, services

    Egypt is rolling out seven online government platforms to automate various state services and digitally transform the country. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology announced the plan May 26 and said the services will be available by June 30.

    The platforms include ones for data, automated services, payments, strategic management (part of the "new Cairo" administrative capital project), geographic data, state property management and content.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2019
    The cities of the future: Smart Cities By Eloisa Marchesoni

    When talking about smart cities, we almost always forget to analyze the groundwork that must be laid before the innovation process of cities can actually start happening.

    Smart Cities

    In 30 years from now, we are going to talk about mega-cities. In fact, every city in the World is going to double in size, bringing us from roughly 40% to 70% coverage of urban areas. Of course, such an increase in population density is going to need to be proportional to the increase in efficiency, meaning that we need to build new infrastructure in order to support governance and the economy itself.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2019
    US: Several California Counties Move Toward Next-Gen 911

    Next-Generation 911 systems are heralded for their ability to pinpoint caller locations during an emergency while handling the sorts of data coming from smartphones.

    Several counties in California are moving forward with phasing out their decades-old emergency 911 systems, and replacing them with digital versions capable of moving more data faster for improved location accuracy.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2019
    Asian Pacific Teamwork Is Bringing Smart Cities to Life

    With South Korea becoming the first country to "turn on" 5G at scale, now is the time to be looking to Asia to see what the US and Europe can learn from their innovations. In particular, the US and Europe have much to learn from the successful teamwork and collaboration on smart city projects in the Asian-Pacific.

    Smarter devices and smarter technologies make for smarter cities. You only need to look to Asia to see the power of connected systems in action. Metropolitan centers like Singapore or Seoul not only collect and interpret data, but they integrate it into more efficiencies. Better yet, the region’s capitals are collaborating to create a network of integrated digital ecosystems.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2019
    US: 6 cities to participate in senior-focused community improvement program

    Dive Brief:

    • Cities of Service, an arm of Bloomberg Philanthropies' American Cities Initiative, announced that six cities will participate in its new Experience Matters program. The Experience Matters initiative launched in partnership with AARP to build stronger cities by drawing on the expertise of adults aged 50 and older.
    • Albuquerque, NM; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC; Fort Worth, TX; St. Paul, MN; and Tulsa, OK each will work to develop volunteering opportunities to address a public problem that contributes to poverty. The issues volunteers will work to improve include childhood literacy, financial insecurity and housing code violations.
    • The cities will receive $25,000 and technical assistance to advance their initiatives, as well as two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members who will work in city hall to assist them and raise awareness.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2019
    Digital twin ambitions: How to catch up with the future

    Dr Paul Cureton of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University and Elliot Hartley, managing director of Garsdale Design, examine the UK’s digital twin ambitions

    “[If to develop future] infrastructure is to encourage national coherence rather than a new kind of balkanisation, then its development must be guided by policies and standards that assure interoperability between all the subnetworks of the national system.” William Mitchell, City of Bits (1995)

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2019
    The Estonian government now has an AI which will tell you when to see the doctor, when to exercise and even what job to do

    Ott Velsberg, Estonia’s fresh-faced, 28-year-old chief data officer, is on a mission put AI into every part of the country’s public services, from healthcare to education and job centres.

    “The aim is to make government more proactive and responsive to people’s life-events,” says Velsberg. Instead of citizens having to apply for things like driver’s licences and school places, he envisions a system where public bodies can anticipate and preemptively respond to the needs people have at different stages of their life.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2019
    CN: National WeChat mini-program launched to promote e-government services

    A national WeChat mini-program was launched Wednesday to enable users to enjoy over 200 e-government services via the cross-region and cross-department digital platform.

    The mini-program, a small application embedded within China's popular social media platform WeChat, connects users with services offered by six government agencies including the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, according to a statement from WeChat's developer Tencent.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2019
    Airtel Rwanda unveils promotional campaign to encourage cashless economy

    Airtel Rwanda has launched its three-month promotion to give chances to its clients and agents to win huge amount of money every time they transact on Airtel Money.

    The campaign by Airtel Rwanda dubbed 'Bukya Uri Millionaire' is intended to promote cashless economy. Lucky customers of Airtel win cash prizes when they carry out transactions such as sending and receiving money on their phones, paying for water, electricity, school fees, pay for e-government services such as Irembo among others. Airtel customers who transact using their Airtel Money and Tigo Cash accounts will be entered into a lucky draw in which 25 clients will share the daily prize of Rwf 500,000 and the weekly prize of Rwf 2,000,000 and the monthly prize of Rwf 10,000,000 in the cash box machine, as reported by The New Times.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2019
    Whatever the smart city goal, fiber is part of the solution

    Fiber connectivity underlies a wide range of smart city applications

    Smart city is something of a broad term that generally refers to using wired or wireless sensors to gather data which is feed into a compute infrastructure, analyzed, then used to initiate an outcome that makes the operation of a municipality more efficient.

    Drilling down to specific use cases, they run the gamut from smart lighting and traffic management to improved access to city services and air or water quality monitoring. But, regardless of the particular application or desired outcome, underlying a smart city is (ideally) easy access to high capacity fiber that can support current and future needs.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2019
    PK: ‘IT board to make Sindh govt model of e-governance’

    Minister for Information Science and Technology Nawabzada Muhammad Taimour Talpur has hoped that establishment of Sindh IT Board would make the provincial government a model of e-governance.

    Speaking at a seminar arranged by Information Science and Technology department, government of Sindh, held in the local hotel, on the topic of establishment of proposed Sindh IT Board, the minister said that they would further strengthen the formation of IT Board on suggestions from stakeholders.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2019
    Uzbekistan to develop payment systems

    Uzbekistan is working to crease payment systems aimed at guaranteeing the solution of tasks involving legal, technical and technological support of payment systems.

    Such systems are needed for achieving better results in regulatory challenges tasks as well as regulatory support of payment systems, stated Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan B. Zakhidov.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2019
    EU recount delay now shows need for e-voting - Minister

    Justice Minister says 28 day wait for result in EU election is 'mind-boggling'

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has raised the prospect of a return to electronic voting.

    Amid the fallout of a lengthy recount in the Ireland South constituency, Mr Flanagan has put the controversial electronic method back on the agenda. He wants the new electoral commission, which is expected to begin work later this year, to prioritise a study of international best practice in the area.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2019
    Business Armenia launches new platform to ease attraction of foreign investments

    A new platform to facilitate the attraction of foreign investment - armenia.eregulations.org -was launched in Armenia, the press service of the Business Armenia Foundation reported on Friday.

    It said the electronic platform was created with the funding of Austrian Development Agency in cooperation with Business Armenia and the United Nations Development Program

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2019
    AE: First 5G-enabled devices given free in the hands of du's first pre-registered customers

    Pre-registered customers first to experience 5G network on ZTE's Axon Pro 10

    du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), continues to encourage early adopters to be part of their family by testing burgeoning technology including the power of 5G connectivity in the palm of their hands. In collaboration with ZTE, the leading global handset provider, du is empowering UAE residents with next generation technology building towards a faster, more connected future.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2019
    CA: What Toronto can learn from Barcelona on data and smart city projects

    Barcelona’s chief technology and digital innovation officer believes the protection of personal data is a “fundamental right” for citizens.

    Francesca Bria, who is the city’s top expert and adviser on policies related to technology, information and digital strategies, is a leading proponent in Europe of “data sovereignty” — ensuring that citizens, rather than big tech, get to control the way their data and the data collected in public spaces is used.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2019
    5G to go live in Bahrain soon

    Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamer announced that Bahrain is making significant progress for 5G networks to go live in the GCC nation soon.

    This move is highly significant for a smart city technology, the housing minister noted, saying that it was needed for urban communities.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2019
    Hopeful Africa bets big on digital economy

    In Summary

    • The African Union has set an ambitious goal of connecting everyone on the continent to the internet by 2030.
    • All stakeholders must all pitch in, failing which digital economy remains a pipe dream.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2019
    US: Texas: San Antonio Pushes for Human-Centered Design, Smart Cities

    Chief Information Officer Craig Hopkins on what drew him to government work, reshaping San Antonio’s IT culture and how he works strategically with the chief innovation officer to align the city’s goals.

    Craig Hopkins assumed the role of the chief information officer in the country’s seventh largest city in summer 2017, following nearly 20 years with military-focused insurance giant USAA. He wasn’t looking to get into government per se, but seized an opportunity to become San Antonio’s first CIO (the position was being converted from a CTO), won over by the culture and commitment of city leaders and rank-and-file employees alike. “I was incredibly excited about how I could bring my customer experience knowledge and all the things I learned on the private side to city government,” he said.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2019
    CIO of the Future: The Skills Government Tech Chiefs Need

    As chief information officers at all levels of government take a wider, more enterprise look at their role than in the past, it is becoming increasingly important that they are more than just tech-savvy.

    In 2011, when Mark Raymond was first appointed chief information officer of Connecticut, the No. 1 tech priority in state government was hardware virtualization, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Raymond, who was recently re-appointed by incoming Gov. Ned Lamont, found that much of his time was spent doing just that: virtualizing the state’s technology, moving a data center, anything to improve the technical efficiency of the operations, he recalled.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2019
    Ethiopia plans to commence e-governance service delivery

    How feasible is e-governance in a society where majority of the population is not computer literate and in light of the dire power shortage?

    Ethiopia is planning to launch e-governance service delivery in the next six months. As many as 150 governments’ services will be offering online services, according to Innovation and Technology Minister, which is cited by Fana Broadcasting Corporate report on Friday.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2019
    Digital India Initiative: The hits and misses of the government

    With 2019 election results on the cards, here’s what went right and wrong under the government’s flagship initiative Digital India

    Among all the initiatives launched by the NDA government targeting national development, a large share of attention was dedicated to Digital India. Arguably, the most prominent government program, its idea was to adopt a transformative approach led by digitization across the country. And although Digital India received a fair amount of appreciation for its vision and missions, it possibly set the stage for a larger scope of change and development through tech utility – hauling in local players, investments, and ventures, as well as making inroads into India’s hinterlands. That said, with election results inbound, here’s an analysis about the hits, misses, and scope of the government’s flagship initiative.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2019
    Vietnam, France cooperate in e-government building

    The Government Office of Vietnam and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in e-government development in Hanoi on May 30.

    Attended the signing ceremony were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2019
    US: Nebraska's Long Haul to Implement Next-Generation 911

    The Public Service Commission and its contractor are working to gather experts to address key obstacles to the rollout of statewide next-generation 911.

    In 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission embarked on a quest to convince lawmakers to update the state’s 911 system from one reliant on phone calls to an adaptable, modern service that could respond to, for example, a text message in emergencies.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2019
    FI: LuxTurrim5G ecosystem builds the smart city of the future

    Nokia Bell Labs driven industry group is building key enablers for fast 5G network based on smart light poles, which will form the digital backbone of future smart cities. The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem project has developed the 5G smart pole concept where 5G base stations, a variety of different sensors, video cameras, displays and other devices have been integrated to light poles. This creates a novel platform providing fast, low latency mobile communications and possibilities to exploit huge amount of data to make new digital services for smart cities.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2019
    BH: eNotary services launched

    The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, yesterday launched Kingdom’s Private Notary Electronic Services aimed at further boosting the government’s role as a regulator.

    The system was developed in line with the directives of the Executive Committee - chaired by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister. The move allows the Ministry of Justice to centrally control notary transaction numbers and improve security standards by printing a two-dimensional barcode for verification of notarized documents.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2019
    Government of Vietnam and Ericsson forge strategic Industry 4.0 partnership

    An estimated 1 in 10 mobile phones are built in Vietnam and the country’s manufacturing sector continues to grow rapidly. To capture the full value of connectivity, Ericsson and the Vietnamese government have now forged a strategic partnership around Industry 4.0 activities.

    According to the Brookings Institute, Vietnam exported USD 45 billion worth of mobile phones that were manufactured in the country during 2017. Between 2014 and 2016, the country also added nearly 1.5 million manufacturing jobs. Vietnam’s manufacturing sector is experiencing an industrial revolution of its own but to capture the next wave of growth, enabled by 5G and IoT, Ericsson is supporting the Government of Vietnam to help accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2019
    UG: Public urged to utilize gov’t services online

    Over 45 government agencies have already put information online and according to NITA most foreigners coming to Uganda were now using the portal to apply for Visa and work permits.

    National Information Technology Authority (NITA) has called on the public to utilize government services online giving assurance of data safety.

    The director E-Government services, Peter Kahiigi, said some citizens were being held back by the concerns about the safety of their personal data before seeking services online.

  • Sat
    Jun
    01
    2019
    Construction of $30m data centre in Serbia to commence next month

    In exactly one month time, the construction of a secondary State data centre spanning 10,000 sqm will begin in Kragujevac, Serbia.

    The head of the Office for Information Technology and e-Government Mihailo Jovanovic, unveiled the announcement of the new facility worth around $30m.

  • Fri
    May
    31
    2019
    How Estonia set a global benchmark for e-government

    Estonia has earned a reputation as the world's most advanced digital society, with over 99 percent of its public services now available online.

    Estonia has earned a reputation as the world's most advanced digital society, with over 99 percent of its public services now available online.

  • Thu
    May
    30
    2019
    Estonia is best digital home away from home, report says

    Expats voted Estonia to the top of their digital life quality list in a new survey.

    InterNations, a social network for expats, recently conducted a global survey to gauge the perception of digital lives enjoyed by those living in a foreign country. 68 countries were featured. Although most of the findings confirmed the conventional wisdom, the report also threw up a couple of surprises.

  • Wed
    May
    29
    2019
    CN: City Managers Explore a Smart Future at 2019 Shenzhen Smart City Forum With International Friendship Cities

    The 2019 Shenzhen Smart City Forum with International Friendship Cities opened on Tuesday with the theme "ushering in a bright future for smart cities". The forum brings together Shenzhen officials, Huawei executives and smart city experts, UN-Habitat experts and scholars, delegates from cities around the world with smart city experience, as well as high-tech enterprises to share their latest development concepts and practices. The forum aims to promote communication and cooperation in building smart, digital cities.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2019
    Uganda launches phase four of NBI project

    The government of Uganda has launched the fourth phase of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project (NBI/EGI). President Yoweri Museveni performed the launch ceremony.

    Construction works on this phase included extension of an ICT backbone to the West Nile districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and Moroto. There was also connection of the ICT backbone to three border points which are Oraba of Uganda, Vurra of South Sudan and Mpondwe of DR Congo for regional connectivity and to enhance the redundancy of the NBI.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2019
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans Uses Tech to Consolidate 911 and 311 Systems

    By embracing a digital low-code application development platform, the city has been able to combine 911 and 311 in a way that offers public servants more efficiency and citizens more functionality.

    New Orleans and the Orleans Parish Communication District have recently consolidated their 911 and 311 systems, leading to major increases in both efficiency and functionality, officials said.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2019
    Turkmenistan, UN discuss digital technology projects

    A meeting with Natia Natsvlishvili, Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Turkmenistan, was held at the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET), Trend reports referring to UIET.

    The meeting participants named interaction on the development of services in the Awaza tourist zone as well as on the introduction of digital technologies as promising areas of cooperation. They also discussed opportunities for expanding cooperation for implementation of UNDP projects, and the “smart-city” project in particular, according to the source.

  • Tue
    May
    28
    2019
    UG: Turning Kampala Into a Smart City

    Kampala is set to become Uganda's first smart city. By smart city, it is expected to be an innovative city that uses information communication technology (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operations, services and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects. That is its definition, according to the United Nations. An idea adopted from Europe, Kampala, joins a number of other cities around the world that aim at using ICT to improve public services.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2019
    Bahrain eSatisfied

    When it comes to offering high-quality eGovernment services, Bahrain is second to none According to a new study, Bahrain has toppled many advanced economies with its eService satisfaction ratings. The study released by the University of Bahrain says that eGovernment satisfaction ratings here are above the international average.

    eServices here recorded a satisfaction rate of 81 percent, comfortably beating the international average of 78.1pc. In the United States of America, the eGovernment satisfaction level is 77pc. An estimated 5,000 people, individuals, government employees and businesses persons from all governorates, took part in the study.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2019
    CN: City managers explore a smart future

    The 2019 Shenzhen Smart City Forum with International Friendship Cities opened last Tuesday with the theme "ushering in a bright future for smart cities". The forum brings together Shenzhen officials, Huawei executives and smart city experts, UN-Habitat experts and scholars, delegates from cities around the world with smart city experience, as well as high-tech enterprises to share their latest development concepts and practices. The forum aims to promote communication and cooperation in building smart, digital cities.

    Ai Xuefeng, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, hosted the opening ceremony with Wang Weizhong, Secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Xie Yuan, Deputy Chair of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Frank Ross, Lord Provost of Edinburgh speaking at the forum’s opening. Guest speakers included Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman of Huawei; Ugo Valenti, CEO of Smart City Expo World Congress; and Rui Costa dos Santos, Governor of the State of Bahia, Brazil.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2019
    EE: Professor Anu Masso: e-residency contributes to the reproduction of digital inequalities

    In a situation of rapid digitalisation of public and private sector services the methods for digital identity verification and authentication are also becoming increasingly important for citizens. E-residency is a form of digital authentication, which gives remote access to digital services without the need to actually live in the country.

    The e-residency research group from TalTech Ragnar Nurkse Deparment of Innovation and Governance led by Professor Anu Masso recently published the article "Transnational Digital Identity as an Instrument for Global Digital Citizenship: The Case of Estonia's E-Residency". The article examines the aspects concerning the digital opportunities and digital inequalities related to e-residency by analysing the links between the individual motives to apply for a digital identity and the level of e-government development in the country of origin.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai releases report on ‘Decentralised Data for Dubai’

    Smart Dubai has launched a report titled ‘Decentralised Data for Dubai’ in association with Outlier Ventures D3 Sandbox exploring the role of data and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in smart city building.

    The findings of the report underlined the opportunities presented by the convergence of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledger technology (DLT), and the Internet of Things (IoT), to transform city services for citizens and enterprises. The study additionally asserted that open networks were vital for delivering the next stage of open data infrastructure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2019
    KE: Digital government service delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    May
    19
    2019
    Belarusian government switches to electronic format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2019
    Reality of Smart Cities in India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2019
    China To Improve Online Government Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2019
    China nutzt digitale Technologien zum Bürokratieabbau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    There is need to discontinue this farce practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
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    03
    2019
    How to Navigate Digital Transformation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2019
    Economy 4.0 is here to stay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aim is to improve customer services and increase living standards

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2019
    Phase 1 of UAEPASS initiative completed

    Seven government entities’ services can be accessed on smartphone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    IN: West Bengal: Relief for New Town residents: App to locate empty slots for best use of parking spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madhya Pradesh, considered a backward state not long ago, stands among top five states in e-governance.

Union government's web portal e-taal, which measures e-transactions in the country, has placed Madhya Pradesh second in e-transactions (electronic transactions) nationwide. Gujarat is on the top, while as Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra figure in top five states.

E-transaction count for Madhya Pradesh on November 20 stood at 22,21,03,795 since January 1, 2014.

'The figures prove that Madhya Pradesh is progressing at a good pace on e-governance front,' said Hariranjan Rao, secretary information technology. The Centre has made e-taal (electronic transaction aggregation and analyser layer) for dissemination of e-transactions statistics of national and state level e-governance projects, including mission mode projects.

It receives transaction statistics from web based-applications periodically on near realtime basis. It also presents quick analysis of transaction counts in tabular and graphical form to give quick view of transactions done by various e-governance projects.

It needs to be mentioned that MP has computerised most of its records and has been providing several services online.

These include land revenue records, utility services and bill payments, besides pension, social welfare funds and educational services etc. According to the figures from e-taal, public distribution services (PDS), education department and land revenue department have topped the e-transaction list.

In education department 3,62,03,106 transactions were conducted since January 1 till date while as 7,68,10,691 transactions were made in PDS sector.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Shahroz Afridi

Quelle/Source: Hindustan Times, 21.11.2014

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