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  • Wed
    Feb
    01
    2023
    IN: Maharashtra: Many hits and few misses as Pune Smart City mission ends in June

    Considered to be key project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance government at the centre, Pune was among few cities initially chosen as a part of smart city mission. However, the centre has decided to wind it up by June 2023, even as various developmental works on ground are still incomplete or in some cases have not taken off either.

    The key projects carried out under smart city mission in Pune include beautification and recreation related work, widening footpaths, building concrete roads, bicycle tracks and integrated command centre. However, projects such as building affordable housing never took off while many other projects are underway.

  • Tue
    Jan
    31
    2023
    How Cities Can Solve Transportation Problems and Deliver Better Service

    Transportation projects often get delayed because of unclear structures and procedures within city agencies. A new report examines how the right mix of structure, people and processes can achieve success.

    Does it take your city 10 years and untold millions of dollars to design and install a few miles of bike lanes, only to find, as the paint is still drying, that the water department says it’s time to dig up the street and replace the mains? You might have a structural problem.

  • Mon
    Jan
    30
    2023
    IN: Chandigarh: Smart City conclave to showcase UT’s key projects

    Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) will explain about all its key projects in the two-day annual Smart City conclave in Goa, starting Monday. Integrated control and command centre (ICCC), public bicycle sharing (PBS), installation of CCTV cameras in the city, and data generation are some of the key components, the CSCL will show in this event.

    As per information, the senior officers of over two dozen cities of the country will participate in this event. The CSCL will show the detailed presentation in this event, where it will explain that how the city came up with the said project, their functioning, results, overall impact and the other related aspects.

  • Mon
    Jan
    30
    2023
    ZA: Saldanha Bay pilots smart pole solution

    Western Cape’s Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) is trialling smart poles to provide smart lighting and WiFi connectivity in localised areas near the poles.

    This move forms part of the municipality’s ongoing efforts to turn SBM into a smart city, according to a statement.

    The municipality, together with its private sector partner Zoom Fibre, installed the smart poles in various sites in Saldanha Bay.

  • Mon
    Jan
    30
    2023
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal: Smart City call centre to solve problems of cleanliness, garbage collection

    In the Municipal Corporation, a call center has been set up in Smart City for other problems including cleanliness, garbage collection, encroachment, building permission, parking and street lights. But people do not have faith in the solution for complaining in the call center. In such a situation, instead of complaining in the corporation's call center, people consider it more reliable to call the CM helpline.

    According to the corporation, in the CM helpline, first the complaints related to the call center of the corporation are also asked. In such a situation, instead of trusting the call center, the person wants a solution through the CM helpline. This is the reason why many times complaints are lodged at the call center as well. But before it is resolved, the person lodges a complaint in the CM helpline as well.

  • Sun
    Jan
    29
    2023
    IN: Punjab: F&CC gives nod to Smart City Mission, NCAP, other projects in Ludhiana

    Adaptive Traffic Control System, waste processing plants also get approval

    Municipal Corporation’s Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) on Saturday gave its nod to various projects under the Smart City Mission, National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), Swachh Bharat Mission and other projects. The meeting headed by Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal was held at the Mayor’s camp office here.

  • Sun
    Jan
    29
    2023
    China’s Futuristic City Is a Test of Its Planning Power

    Xiongan is a window into Xi Jinping’s ambitions.

    About 60 miles south of the center of Beijing, a new city is being built as a showcase of high-tech ecologically friendly development. Its massive high-speed rail station and “city brain” data center have been heralded by Chinese state media as evidence of the speed and superiority of China’s growth model—not least because the city is a “signature initiative” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xiongan New Area is also a test for whether China can boost domestic innovation and climb into the ranks of advanced nations in the face of slowing economic growth and efforts by the United States and others to restrict its access to advanced technology.

  • Sun
    Jan
    29
    2023
    SA: Saudi smart city Neom 'new model for sustainable urban design'

    During a panel session titled ‘The Evolution of Urban Life’, Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Climate Envoy for Saudi Arabia, said: "The Line will revolutionise the way people look at cities and urban planning. Neom is an attempt to create a city that is environmentally friendly, sustainable, that has a very high quality of life, but virtually no traffic.

    Saudi Arabia’s smart city Neom offers a new model for environmentally-friendly and sustainable urban design, both for the kingdom and the world, said its climate envoy at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Sat
    Jan
    28
    2023
    IN: Maharashtra: State, Berkshire Hathaway to develop 1,000-acre smart city near Navi Mumbai airport

    Apart from this, the company will also develop a knowledge management system that will share best operational practices, offer information on trends in multiple sectoral services, and provide assistance in organising promotional conferences and roadshows. The firm will also be responsible for leveraging its network and attracting business service delegations to invest in the project.

    Shrey Aeren, managing director and country head, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Orenda India, said “We are thrilled that our partnership with the government will help create a conducive ecosystem for industrial development, residential establishments, and industries to prosper. Navi Mumbai is becoming a key cog in Maharashtra’s success story and we are honoured to support the government’s efforts to develop state-of-the-art facilities that will provide a boost to the satellite city’s ambitions towards becoming a self-reliant economy.”

  • Sat
    Jan
    28
    2023
    SA: Al Jubeir: NEOM will introduce a new model of sustainable and sustainable urban design

    His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Council of Ministers and Climate Envoy Professor Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir said that the NEOM smart city will provide the Kingdom and the world with a new model for sustainable and green urban design. The World Economic Forum announced today that the Line project will take the concept of smart cities and urban planning to another dimension, and the NEOM project is a step towards creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable city with a high quality of life and low traffic.

    On the other hand, HE Minister of Investment, Engineer Khalid Al-Falih, participated in the Dialogue Session “Reengineering Value Chains” through which he explained the goals that the national initiative for global supply chains, the Newly Launched Kingdom, should achieve and how to benefit from the resources, infrastructure and geography of the Kingdom to increase the flexibility of local and global supply chains

  • Fri
    Jan
    27
    2023
    What is Neom? Home to The Line at Saudi Arabia's megacity

    Plans for a new smart city, called The Line, in Neom are part of the 2030 Vision to embrace a new economic era in the kingdom

    With plans under way to build Saudi Arabia's smart city Neom, it is set to be a place in the desert unlike anything else on Earth.

    New satellite images have revealed a birds-eye view of the rise of Saudi Arabia's $500 billion Neom mega project.

  • Fri
    Jan
    27
    2023
    Lucrative opportunities rise as demand for smart city solutions spike

    Smart city solutions empower city governments to acquire distributed city data and unify it while offering a platform to provide innovative solutions for effective city management.

    Frost & Sullivan’s Smart City Solutions Growth Opportunities reveals that the sector is evolving from aiming to create traffic management solutions to converging with industry participants creating solutions for data simulation, the sharing economy, social media, and mass transit.

  • Fri
    Jan
    27
    2023
    Saudi Arabia’s NEOM to ‘revolutionize’ cities and urban planning: Minister

    Saudi Arabia’s futuristic NEOM could revolutionize the way people look at cities and urban planning, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday in Davos.

    The planned smart city will span 26,500-square-km and is set to run on 100 percent renewable energy and be car free.

  • Fri
    Jan
    27
    2023
    IN: Chandigarh: Integrated command centre to charge depts for using services

    Move aimed at making it self-reliant

    To make the Rs 295-crore Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) self-reliant, the Chandigarh Smart City Limited is going to fix service charges for different departments, among other initiatives.

    Chandigarh will become the first smart city to have chalked out a plan to make its ICCC self-sustaining.

  • Fri
    Jan
    27
    2023
    Telosa City: An Urban Oasis in The Heart of The US Desert

    Billionaire Marc Lore wants to revolutionize the modern city model with his upcoming Telosa City.

    It is a massive 150,000-acre city in the middle of the desert. Contrary to popular belief, Lore believes that he does not aim for a utopia.

    The plan’s website says Telosa is “firmly grounded in reality and what is possible.” How would he build his dream city into a reality?

  • Thu
    Jan
    26
    2023
    MT: GO introduces Narrowband IoT to all its mobile networks

    GO's, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are now more improved thanks to its newly launched Narrowband-IOT nationwide network, which allows businesses to not only improve their operational efficiency, but become greener too, because NB-IoT requires less energy to operate.

    With the addition of NB-IoT to all its mobile networks, including its recently launched 5G network, GO today offers the widest IoT portfolio in Malta.

  • Thu
    Jan
    26
    2023
    Next-Generation Optical Solutions Paving the Way for Broadband Acceleration in Nigeria

    With a national target of reaching 70% broadband usage by 2025, Nigeria has made great strides, with broadband usage increasing to 44.5% in July 2022.

    According to Naveed Kashif, Head of the Southern Africa Market at Nokia, optical solutions that have the scale to allow for significant growth will enable the country to meet its aggressive connectivity targets.

  • Thu
    Jan
    26
    2023
    AE: Abu Dhabi: Masdar City, MBZUAI, and The Catalyst join hands to nurture clean energy, AI, and smart city tech in the region

    Masdar City, MBZUAI, and The Catalyst aim to support clean energy and AI startups and create special startup packages for MBZUAI graduates

    The three entities will also explore a new AI and clean energy innovation center and a new accelerator program focused on AI start-ups

    A new partnership between Masdar City, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), and The Catalyst, the region’s first clean technology startup accelerator, aims to drive the growth of artificial intelligence (AI), clean tech, and smart city technology, including autonomous transportation, throughout the region.

  • Thu
    Jan
    26
    2023
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore: Pithampur Sector 7 proposed for Greenfield Smart City

    Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday sent a proposal to Centre for selection of Pithampur Sector 7 and Jabalpur textile and logistic cluster under Greenfield Smart City project and to get Rs 1000 crore incentive grant.

    “While Rs 1000 crore would not be sufficient to build a new city, states would see this as seed funding for an innovative venture,” Madhya Pradesh urban administration commissioner Bharat Yadav said, adding they have sent a proposal to Centre to include Jabalpur textile and logistic cluster and Pithampur Sector 7 to develop as Greenfield Smart City.

  • Wed
    Jan
    25
    2023
    The combo of smarter existing cities & new, high-tech cities will make Thailand a desirable destination for global investment, says Dr. Non Arkaraprasertkul

    According to the UN World Urbanization Prospects, over half of the world’s population (around 55 percent) live in urban areas, and this is expected to increase to 68 percent by 2030, which is adding another 2.5 billion to urban areas. This rapid urbanization has led to many problems including pollution, high energy consumption, carbon emissions, and traffic congestion. This is where smart cities come in, they are the way forward to improve the lives of citizens by bridging the gap between sustainability targets and urban development strategies.

    As cities become more populated, it is high time for citizens, governments and all stakeholders to reimagine how to make their cities smarter, more liveable and sustainable. Of course, with the help of technology.

  • Wed
    Jan
    25
    2023
    The International Idiocy of the 15-Minute City

    Planners and politicians from Saudi Arabia to Scotland want to transform interconnected cities into isolated "urban villages" no one ever needs to leave.

    The promise of cities is that they have a lot more stuff to do, things to buy and sell, places to work, and people to meet than towns and villages. It's why large metros manage to be richer, more attractive places than smaller, isolated communities, despite all the traffic, noise, crime, pollution, and general urban dysfunction that inevitably comes with them.

  • Wed
    Jan
    25
    2023
    Future-proofing smart cities with open standards

    Open standards can help smart cities prevent tech obsolescence and maximize growth.

    The building blocks for a smart city include forward-facing practices and a solid development framework, one expert suggested. 

    Speaking at the Jan. 12 MITRE Smart City Summit, Michael Dunaway, the program lead of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Global Communities Technology Challenge program, said an open standards approach is crucial for cities to stay smart as technology advances. 

  • Tue
    Jan
    24
    2023
    Taiwan Launches $1.5M Smart City Infrastructure Project

    Iveda’s project will integrate a range of smart city technologies into existing infrastructure

    AI and sensor tech company Iveda is rolling out its smart city technologies in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, harnessing AI analytics, sensor arrays and video surveillance to boost connectivity and improve services.

    Under the $1.5 million project, Iveda will bring its suite of smart city technologies, including the IvedaSPS (smart power system), and IvedaPinpoint (location-based trackers and smart sensors), in a centralized platform dubbed Utilus. This platform is integrated into existing city infrastructure, specifically light poles, for ease of deployment.

  • Tue
    Jan
    24
    2023
    Calls for a safer Malaysia via better adoption of smart CCTVs

    More cities and states should adopt a smart video surveillance system to enhance public safety and ensure a safer Malaysia for both tourists and locals, said Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan. 

    Khairul today visited the Kuala Lumpur Command and Control Centre in Bukit Jalil and saw the capabilities and capacity of CCTV operations in the city centre. 

  • Tue
    Jan
    24
    2023
    KR: Seoul gov't launches world's 1st public services platform in metaverse

    Metaverse Seoul' functions as library, exhibit, consulting space for youth, tax inquiries and more

    Public access to the Seoul Metropolitan Government has broadened to, literally, another dimension.

    The city government on Monday launched the first phase of "Metaverse Seoul," an online platform where people can use public services offered by the authority. The areas of assistance are limited to administrative services, economic matters, tax and education for now. The government said it is the world's first local government-launched public metaverse service.

  • Tue
    Jan
    24
    2023
    Europe’s smartest cities revealed – how did London fare?

    ProptechOS finds European cities lag behind US counterparts in terms of being prepared for a smart connected future

    A new study has revealed the 10 European cities that are best prepared for a smart future.

    According to the research, from ProptechOS, London leads the way ahead of Amsterdam and Berlin. Paris and Lisbon rounded out the top 5.

  • Mon
    Jan
    23
    2023
    AU: South Australia: Is a ‘Smart City’ Really That Groundbreaking?

    In a recent questionnaire sent out by the University of South Australia, it was found that more than half of South Australian residents don't understand what a 'smart city' is. In fact, 45 per cent of respondents said they had never heard of the term, while 54 per cent don't understand the concept.

    I don't even fully know what that term really means, and I've been writing about tech for a while now. I've always considered it to be a buzzword for adopting new technology, like 'e-mobility' or the more cringe-worthy 'web3', except on a city-wide, large scale, one that benefits the community, not just one business or the customer.

  • Mon
    Jan
    23
    2023
    CN: Hong Kong: Getting Older, Getting Over: Creating an Age-Friendly Smart City

    An ageing population undoubtedly poses problems for society. However, an elderly person’s twilight years can still be active with better digital and social inclusiveness in society

    Growing old is an inevitable part of life. Thanks to modern medicine, people are living longer and healthier lives. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in six people globally will be over the age of 60 by 2030, up from 1 billion in 2020 to 1.4 billion. By 2050, this number is expected to more than double to 2.1 billion.

  • Mon
    Jan
    23
    2023
    BA: The Implementation of the smart City Initiative began in Sarajevo

    Last week, the implementation of the smart city initiative began in Canton Sarajevo (CS), with the reconstruction of public lighting in Vogosca.

    As announced by the cantonal government, the beginning of the public lighting reconstruction was attended by the cantonal Minister of Communal Economy, Infrastructure, Spatial Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection Enver Hadziahmetovic (People and Justice – Narod i Pravda – NiP).

  • Sun
    Jan
    22
    2023
    Vietnam hands over systems to help Laos boost digital transformation

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications handed over a platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) and a security operations centre (SOC) system to the Lao Ministry of Technology and Communications on January 11.

    These are two projects that the Vietnamese ministry assisted the Lao side to develop under their memorandum of understanding signed on September 1, 2021 and agreements reached at a meeting on October 11 the same year.

  • Sun
    Jan
    22
    2023
    US: Rutland, Vermont, Pursues Digital Transformation

    The Vermont municipality selects GovPilot as provider of cloud-based government management software to streamline operations and constituent services

    A transition from paper to digital processes is underway in Rutland, Vermont where local officials have sought greater efficiency in municipal operations and constituent services. The City recently partnered with GovPilot, a New Jersey based provider of cloud-based government management software.

  • Sat
    Jan
    21
    2023
    India G20: Understanding Infrastructure, Building Cities of Tomorrow

    One of the immediately observable identifiers of a region’s economic status is the quality of its infrastructure. As a driver of economic growth, infrastructure spending is emphasised by Governments all over the world as a lever for employment and enhanced socio-economic development. World Bank states that a 10% increase in infrastructure spending correlates directly with a 1% increase in GDP over time.

    After the G20 was formed in 1999 to deliberate on global economic and financial issues in the wake of the Asian crisis, it was thought that given the Group’s combined population and economic strength, topics for discussion under its ambit must be expanded. Thus, in 2009, the Group was designated the ‘premier forum for international cooperation’ at a Leaders’ level. Infrastructure was recognised as one of the developmental pillars, finding a strong footing in the 2012 Los Cabos Summit, which emphasised a strong correlation between infrastructure investment, productivity and standard of living.

  • Sat
    Jan
    21
    2023
    VN: Da Nang boosts digital transformation

    Da Nang city has seen achievements in one year of implementing the Party Central Committee’s resolution on digital transformation. 

    100% of public services are now offered at level 4, the highest level in Viet Nam’s online public service system.

    Last year, Da Nang won a 2022 Vietnam Digital Transformation Award in the category of “State agency with excellent digital transformation” and won the Best Vietnam Smart City Award for a third consecutive year.

  • Sat
    Jan
    21
    2023
    IN: Haryana: Six years on, 98% Faridabad Smart City projects yet to be completed

    The pace of the Smart City project launched in 2016 has been extremely slow. With only 2.2 per cent of the work declared as complete in the past six years, the majority of the works are still pending, it is learnt. Faridabad was among the 100 cities in the country that were selected for the project in 2015-16. It was launched with the proposed budget of Rs 2,600 crore.

    Out of 45 works announced under the project, 44 are lying incomplete, reveal sources in the district administration, claiming that the total period allotted for the completion of the project was five years. The only work that stands completed is the comprehensive mobility plan for the city that cost Rs 1.07 crore, and work on the other schemes is still on, claim sources in the Faridabad Smart City Limited (FSCL). This has also been corroborated in the statement by the Urban Local Bodies Minister, Kamal Gupta, in the recently concluded winter session of the state assembly.

  • Sat
    Jan
    21
    2023
    IN: Haryana: Gurugram police audits 40K cameras at 5,000 locations

    To curb crime, and for better law and order situation in the city, Gurugram will be monitored through over 40,000 CCTV cameras. The police administration has almost completed the auditing of the cameras and prepared reports of their frequencies and quality. DCP Crime Vijay Pratap Singh said the audit work of the CCTV cameras installed at 5,000 locations in the city had been done, and all areas and streets of the city would be monitored through them, he added.

  • Sat
    Jan
    21
    2023
    Iveda Launches $1.5M Project for Utilus Smart Pole Deployment in Taiwan

    Iveda announced the launch of a $1.5 million project for Utilus Smart Pole technology in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, equipping the country’s largest harbor city with critical IoT infrastructure for smart city deployments.

    Utilus brings Iveda technology––including video surveillance, AI-based video analytics, IvedaSPS (smart power system), and IvedaPinpoint (location-based trackers and smart sensors)––together in a centralized platform, which is integrated into existing infrastructure for true smart city implementations. Utilus’ smart, multi-purpose poles will help Kaohsiung solve a myriad of urban challenges, from improving parking and traffic management and charging electric vehicles, to detecting and notifying officials about street flooding, all through real-time data and alerts.

  • Fri
    Jan
    20
    2023
    SA: The 5G-powered Digital City is in our Hands

    With 56% of populations now living in urban areas around the world, cities are vital to economic growth and form the heartbeat of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

    Within Saudi Arabia, the nation has witnessed a rise in its urban population, with over 83 percent of the inhabitants now living in urban areas. This number is projected to increase to 97.6 percent by 2030. 

  • Fri
    Jan
    20
    2023
    PH: Benguet: Baguio needs P5 billion to realize its Smart City vision

    The city government needs to pool in a total amount of P5 billion to be able to fully transform its smart city vision into reality, according to Executive Assistant Philip Puzon.

    Puzon said Mayor Benjamin Magalong is planning to solicit financial support from the national government and other external sources to meet the funding requirements for the full operation of the Smart City Command Center.

  • Fri
    Jan
    20
    2023
    IN: RailTel bags Rs 170.11cr contract from Puducherry Government for Smart City

    RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, a Mini Ratna Public Sector Unit (PSU) under the Ministry of Railways has received a work order from the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Puducherry for design, develop, supply, install, test, commission and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for five years of Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) and other associated activities for Puducherry Smart City.

    The estimated total value of the work order is Rs 170.11cr (including GST) which will be completed in 10 months' time.

  • Fri
    Jan
    20
    2023
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar: Smart city should focus on ‘feel-good-inducing’ interventions: Rijiju

    “A smart city must be smart in all sense. Having smart infrastructure is not enough, we need to onboard people to make them think and behave smartly,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said.

    Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said smart cities should capture the imagination of people and focus on ‘feel-good-inducing’ interventions.

    The Union Law and Justice Minister said this while reviewing the progress of Smart City Projects in Itanagar and Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh through a virtual meeting.

  • Thu
    Jan
    19
    2023
    AE: Smart Ideas Will Power Dubai's 20-Minute City

    A smart city is one in which technology comes to the fore, making life easier for all, with automation, paperless online transaction and digital identity solutions, to name a few.

    While definitions vary, any smart city can be defined as a technologically modern urban area which uses electronic methods and sensors to collect data. Once processed, that data can be used to better manage assets, resources and services efficiently. And that data can then be used to improve operations across the city.

  • Thu
    Jan
    19
    2023
    AU: South Australia: Smart city campaign gets a D for failing to connect with residents

    A questionnaire sent to South Australian households has found that more than half don't understand what a "smart city" means, despite Adelaide being one of the most wired cities in Australia with very fast internet speeds and networked sensors. A 10 Gigabit per second Adelaide fiber optic network—an Australian first—propelled the SA capital into the world's top seven technologically intelligent communities in 2020, but this does not appear to have registered with the state's citizens. More than 45% have "never heard" of the term "smart city" and 54% do not understand the concept, according to a recent University of South Australia study.

  • Wed
    Jan
    18
    2023
    Why developing nations are defining the smart cities of the future

    • With most future urbanization projected in Africa and Asia, this is where to look to see the trends shaping the cities of the future.
    • High-tech, climate-positive infrastructure in smart cities will be key for sustainable outcomes.
    • Forward-looking civic authorities will aim to further integrate urban systems.

    In PCMC smart city just outside Pune, India, it used to take an hour to call an ambulance. Now, using integrated data systems for traffic management, health services and transport, emergency services take advantage of “green corridors” to cut through traffic, reaching those in need in half the time. They do this because the city’s authorities gather integrated data in their command-and-control centre, enabling teams to synchronize activities and work more efficiently. As a result, livability standards are increasing, and the energy efficiency of services improved by 50%.

  • Wed
    Jan
    18
    2023
    SA: The Line: A Wonderous Utopia.

    As a staggering region in Saudi Arabia, The Line is an unprecedented construction operation. The project began earlier this year, with the ambition to create an entire city on a linear structure. The futuristic city is set to be the epitome of accessibility and leisure, whilst also encompassing ultramodern and economic experimentation in business and technology.  

    The vision is brought to life by NEOM, a northwestern area in Saudi Arabia. As the region’s brainchild, The Line is part of a mammoth project that hopes to incorporate smart city technology and is the spearhead of the Saudi Vision 2030. This particular plan is an economic and social reform blueprint to accelerate Saudi Arabia’s awareness to the world. Thus, The Line is not only a wonder to be held by the international gaze, domestically, it is reported to generate nearly half a million jobs and add a staggering $48 billion to Saudi’s GDP. However, such advancements come at no small cost, as the entire project is forecasted to be a $500 billion operation. The design and functionality of the city is a demonstration of the resources and technology that Saudi Arabia has access to, as it will accommodate nine million people. It is therefore conducive that it “puts humans first”, as its residents “health and well-being will be prioritised over transportation and infrastructure”, making The Line a city for its people more than anything else. 

  • Wed
    Jan
    18
    2023
    US: Making cities safer with smart technology

    Public safety is a priority for communities and citizens alike, especially those living in metropolitan areas. While an issue as complex as public safety doesn’t have an easy fix, cities worldwide are thinking outside the box to create programs that build safer communities. For many, this includes embracing smart technology.

    Sensors, for example, are widely used to manage the impact of natural disasters, as well as ongoing support efforts such as air quality improvement, traffic management and water conservation. At the same time, smart city technologies are evolving to address public safety issues beyond the scope of natural disasters. This includes a compelling use case: gunshot detection.

  • Tue
    Jan
    17
    2023
    US: 5G may soon deliver on its smart city promises, CES panelists say

    Dive Brief:

    • 5G wireless connectivity and other smart cities-related technologies may soon deliver on their promises as technology companies, local governments and others develop >new uses and business cases for them, panelists said during a discussion on Thursday at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.
    • The panelists predicted that over the next decade, technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, satellite communications and others would converge and integrate to offer a wide range of new services and capabilities that could help improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion, lower pollution, boost access to education and more.
    • “The blend of communications and AI ways of processing is going to be increasingly important,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager of cellular modems and infrastructure at Qualcomm Technologies. “That will be the standard expectation 10 years from now.”

  • Tue
    Jan
    17
    2023
    AU: New South Wales: Six Cities: Smart people leading smart city innovation

    A NSW region of six cities has joined together to accelerate economic growth and lead the way for smart city development in Australia

    Back in 2015 and 2016, I took a number of smart city initiatives aimed at lifting the issue of smart cities to the senior levels of the dozen or so councils I was working with. What had been the case in previous years was that the concept of smart cities (enhancing liveability, social structures and economic development with the assistance of new technologies) was taken up by smart people within the councils, but they often failed to put a sound strategy behind the initiatives.

  • Mon
    Jan
    16
    2023
    SA is well positioned to accelerate the move to smart cities

    Our biggest cities already have a lot of the essential infrastructure needed for a smart city conversion

    Smart cities offer a multitude of advantages for government and residents. They use technology and data to improve their efficiency and the lives of their residents, and to ensure that they are environmentally sustainable.

    Take Singapore, for example. From digital health care to contactless payments systems, near-universal broadband and energy-efficient buildings, Singapore has become the global poster child for smart cities.

  • Mon
    Jan
    16
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Govt fully committed to build Green, Resilient Cities: Sinha

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today laid the foundation stone for upgradation of Transport Nagar in Jammu.

    The Lt Governor said, the ambitious project will enable hassle-free trade movements and give a renewed boost to the economic and commercial activities in the region.

    Once completed, the upgradation project involving road, drainage network and street lighting will reinstate the glory of Transport Nagar as a business hub. It will also provide convenience to the common citizens and the businessmen coming from outside of the Union Territory, he added.

  • Sun
    Jan
    15
    2023
    ZW: Young entrepreneur sees ‘smart cities’ concept transforming Zim

    Making a city “smart” is emerging as a strategy to mitigate the problems generated by the urban population growth and rapid urbanization. More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas and this will continue for the next couple of decades. It is estimated that more than 80% of global gross domestic product is generated in cities and urbanisation, if managed well, it can contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. In the case of Africa, urbanisation is progressing rapidly. The continent’s rate of urbanisation soared from 15% in 1960 to 40% in 2010, and is projected to reach 60% in 2050. It is expected that urban populations in Africa will triple in the next 50 years.

  • Sat
    Jan
    14
    2023
    IN: Reliance Jio launches 5G in India’s Odisha state

    Reliance Jio is currently offering 5G services in over 50 cities across India

    Indian telecommunications operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched 5G services in Odisha state, the telco said in a release.

    The telco said that the two cities where Jio will be initially offering 5G are Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

  • Sat
    Jan
    14
    2023
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Smart city corp finalizes agencies to start work on smart school project

    Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has finalized the agencies to carry out developmental works at the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) schools and convert the same into smart schools. However, the work orders will be given only after the nod of the Election Commission of India.

    The smarty city cell plans to convert 69 NMC-run schools into ‘smart schools’ by developing infrastructure and introducing digital boards, projectors and e-books for the children. “We have completed the tender process and the parties have also been finalized. But since the model code of conduct is in place for graduate assembly constituency elections, the process of giving work orders has been stuck. We will proceed once we get clearance from the ECI,” said Sumant More, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NMSCDCL. The total funds required for the project would be around Rs 70.3 crore, the officer said, adding that several companies have also come up with proposals for spending on schools under corporate social responsibility.

  • Fri
    Jan
    13
    2023
    Saudi Arabia megaprojects 2023: Neom, AlUla and more

    New developments are a key part of the kingdom's efforts to diversify away from oil

    Saudi Arabia's economic diversification efforts under its Vision 2030 plan, which seeks to reduce the kingdom's reliance on oil revenue and nurture local industries, feature a number of big projects that are well under way around the country.

    They are set to open up new areas of economic activity and create thousands of jobs, with a stronger focus on the future.

  • Fri
    Jan
    13
    2023
    IN: Kirron Kher holds review meeting for Chandigarh Smart City Projects

    Member of Parliament, Kirron Kher on Thursday held a review meeting of the Chandigarh Smart City Advisory Forum and reviewed the status and progress of all the projects being carried out by Chandigarh Smart City Limited.

    Member of Parliament, Kirron Kher on Thursday held a review meeting of the Chandigarh Smart City Advisory Forum and reviewed the status and progress of all the projects being carried out by Chandigarh Smart City Limited. N.P. Sharma, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Smart City Limited briefed the Chairperson in the presence of Anindita Mitra IAS, Chief Executive Office, Chandigarh Smart City Limited about all the projects which have been implemented and are under the implementation stage.

  • Thu
    Jan
    12
    2023
    FEATURE-CCTV cameras will watch over Egyptians in new high-tech capital

    Some people think such features will make everyday life easier, and safer, but digital rights experts say the potential for surveillance is a threat to basic rights amid a broader crackdown on dissent and free speech during Sisi's 10-year rule. "Planting surveillance cameras across the city gives authorities an unparalleled ability to police public spaces and crack down on citizens who wish to protest or exercise their right to peaceful assembly," said Marwa Fatafta, a policy manager at digital rights group Access Now.

    • City has surveillance system of more than 6,000 cameras
    • Officials say cameras will tackle crime, traffic violations
    • Spying tech poses threat to freedoms, say digital experts

  • Thu
    Jan
    12
    2023
    KR: Seoul’s smart city vision to be centre stage at CES 2023

    The Seoul Tech Pavilion marks the first time a pavilion has been operated by a city in the main hall, usually an exhibition space for leading tech companies.

    Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is presenting the Seoul Tech Pavilion at the CES 2023 technology expo in Las Vegas this year, marking the first time a pavilion has been operated by a city in the main exhibition hall, usually an exhibition space for leading tech companies.

  • Thu
    Jan
    12
    2023
    US: Tennessee: City of Chattanooga to Build the Largest Smart Intersection Network in the United States

    Seoul Robotics, the company powering smart 3D infrastructure solutions, today announced it will expand its partnership with the Chattanooga Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance, and the Center of Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the smart city and urbanization research center, to deliver 86 new smart city intersections – the largest urban Internet of Things deployment of its kind in the United States.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation will fund the $4.5 million endeavor to create a living laboratory that will provide researchers unparalleled mapping, tracking, and identification insights into the state of mobility in the city. Intersections will be installed throughout 2023 and 2024, and once finalized, the city of Chattanooga will capture over 100 intersections total, covering the entire downtown area.

  • Wed
    Jan
    11
    2023
    HR: Dubrovnik Pass proves a hit with visitors to the city as sales soared in 2022

    Dubrovnik Pass, the digital upgrade of the former Dubrovnik card and the new Smart City solution of the City of Dubrovnik, recorded record results in its first year of introduction.

    The gross revenue from the sale of the Dubrovnik Pass in 2022 exceeded 45 million Kuna, thereby surpassing the gross revenue recorded in 2019.

  • Wed
    Jan
    11
    2023
    Digital Transformation: Philippines SEC to Accept Only Virtual Payments After Feb 2023

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines revealed that it will be making a full shift towards all-digital payments by February 1, 2023.

    The general public residing in the Southeast Asian country will be using the eSPAYSEC that was introduced in March 2022, in order to complete the payment of fees and penalties to the Commission.

  • Wed
    Jan
    11
    2023
    META: Digital transformation to cost Middle East, Africa $74 billion

    Digital transformation investments in the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META) are set to more than double across the 2021–2026 period, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

    The global technology research, consulting, and events firm said that digital transformation spending in the region will accelerate at a compound yearly growth rate (CAGR) of 16 per cent over the five years, topping $74 billion in 2026 and accounting for 43.2 per cent of all ICT investments made that year.

  • Tue
    Jan
    10
    2023
    GB: In Scotland, video surveillance and a multitude of sensors will be used to make the city of Edinburgh smarter

    Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is to deploy a brand new intelligent surveillance system, initially designed to combat crime and improve traffic flow. The idea is that over time, it should help the city adapt its policies to the habits of residents, while also helping it improve its carbon footprint.

    The city of Edinburgh is aiming to earn smart city status with its brand new city surveillance and traffic management centre. In partnership with network security specialist North, the city is inaugurating a brand new, connected monitoring centre capable of processing real-time video surveillance data 24 hours a day.

  • Tue
    Jan
    10
    2023
    UG: Smart City: Kampala Capital City Authority to focus on infrastructure, technology

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director, Dorothy Kisaka has revealed that the Authority will focus on infrastructure, technology, and people’s well-being in promoting a smart city in the New Year, 2023.

    Kisaka tells KFM that the authority wants to promote a conducive business and healthy environment for the city residents.

  • Tue
    Jan
    10
    2023
    SmartCitiesWorld’s top news stories of 2022

    Which cities, trends and technologies made the smart cities news over the past 12 months? SmartCitiesWorld brings you its 10 most-read stories of 2022.

    Digital twins and the metaverse – used together and separately – made the news in the smart city space during 2022, while the Saudi greenfield site Neom and the Korean city of Seoul continued attract attention for their advanced use of technologies.

  • Mon
    Jan
    09
    2023
    AE: RAM Investment plans AI City Dubai

    Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, Chairman of RAM Investment, has announced a partnership with Europe’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) venture studio and ecosystem Merantix to conceptualise the AI City Dubai, a proposed free zone where impactful AI solutions will be pioneered, implemented and scaled.

      AI City will be a global AI hub, powered by smart city infrastructure that connects AI research institutions and talent with leading homegrown and global startups, corporations and investors. The project will work closely with universities to attract, train and upskill talent. 

  • Mon
    Jan
    09
    2023
    Tech Mahindra To Make Tagawa City in Japan a Smart City

    Tech Mahindra and Tagawa City located in Japan, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate digital transformation in Tagawa City.

    As part of the partnership, Tech Mahindra will leverage its expertise in next-generation technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), to help Tagawa become a smart city. To further support the digital transformation journey, Tech Mahindra and Tagawa City will work together to upskill the local talent with software engineering skills in Japan as per statement of Tech Mahindra.

  • Mon
    Jan
    09
    2023
    UG: How govt plans to turn Kampala into a smart city

    What you need to know:

    • Smart cities use modern technology to improve efficiency, share well-timed information with the public, offer better services while promoting economic growth and quality of life for citizens.
    • Cities around the world have adopted or begun planning multi-billion smart city programmes.

    For the last few years, authorities in Kampala have embarked on several projects to improve the city. One of these is the smart city project.

  • Sun
    Jan
    08
    2023
    IN: Accelerating digital transformation in public healthcare

    The two most prominent challenges in the availability of equitable healthcare in India are affordability and accessibility. Managing the health of such a large population is difficult, but there is much we can do to address India's lack of healthcare equity.

    Primary healthcare in India has grown rapidly. The Government is focused on building a robust and inclusive digital health ecosystem for enhancing healthcare in India. The National Health Authority (NHA) recently informed that over 4 crore digital health records of citizens have been linked to Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA). The scheme has made a significant progress in building a comprehensive digital framework. Furthermore, the Government’s plan to set up the National Digital Health Mission towards building a robust data infrastructure is a great move in working towards India’s public health system.

  • Sun
    Jan
    08
    2023
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: State is committed for all round development of cities

    The state government is committed for the all-round development of the cities and providing basic facilities to the citizens. These are not just words, but continuous successful efforts are being made to implement it.

    The all-round development of cities continues unabated under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the guidance of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In the urban body elections held this year, 1761 corporators are below 35 years of age. This enthusiasm of the youth will become the pivot of the development of the cities.

  • Sat
    Jan
    07
    2023
    The four Megacities of NEOM, Saudi Arabia's ultra-futuristic Gigacity

    Neom: Saudi Arabia’s City of the Future

    While the super-tall, ultra-narrow concept for the LINE has made waves over the past two years for its highly ambitious design — and controversial politics — the megacity is just one of four which are planned for NEOM, Saudi Arabia‘s envisioned city of the future. Located in the northwestern province of Tabuk, the larger-than-life proposal is spearheaded by Mohammed bin Salman, the nation’s crown prince and prime minister, along with Roger Nickells, former CEO of BuroHappold. Overall, the project will take shape with architectural designs by Morphosis, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mecanoo, Aedas, and UNStudio.

  • Sat
    Jan
    07
    2023
    Massive investment planned for new Smart City in Thai Eastern Economic Corridor

    The government will invest 1.35 trillion baht to transform the eastern seaboard’s Eastern Economic Corridor (ECC) into a regional financial hub and a world-class smart city by 2037, deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said on Thursday (Dec 29).

    In the first 10 years, the focus will be developing the business and financial area, regional business offices, government offices, medical facilities, and educational centres, she said.

  • Sat
    Jan
    07
    2023
    Singapore is a Top Index-Ranked Smart City. How are They Collaborating with China to Build Asian Sustainability?

    Singapore was the highest index-ranked Smart City in the world in 2021, followed by a tie between Zurich and Oslo, according to Statista. While China did not have any cities listed on the index-ranked list, they are certainly working to build digital and business collaborations with Singapore through their Smart City Initiative, which was launched in 2019.

    What are some of the specifics that Singapore and China are working on with this initiative? There are a total of eight agreements and 14 projects between the two. Some of the projects include planning to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and boost how batteries are used for electric vehicles via artificial intelligence.

  • Fri
    Jan
    06
    2023
    US: Survey Paints Clear Picture of Tomorrow’s Infrastructure Needs

    A survey of several hundred public officials at all levels of government polled their thoughts on artificial intelligence, resiliency, climate change and more when thinking on the infrastructure needs of tomorrow.

    Better broadband, more multimodal transportation options and an increasing awareness around cybersecurity and artificial intelligence are some of what government-sector officials note when asked about the evolution of infrastructure in the U.S.

  • Fri
    Jan
    06
    2023
    India's public digital platforms have delivered social inclusion: Vaishnaw

    "India believes in the philosophy of inclusion. India's population scale and open source 'public digital platforms' such as UPI and Aadhaar have delivered economic and social inclusion," he added

    As part of India's G20 presidency, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday launched the "Stay Safe Online" campaign and the "G20 Digital Innovation Alliance" (G20-DIA).

  • Fri
    Jan
    06
    2023
    US: A Look at 3 Cities Leading the Way in Digital Equity

    GovTech checked in with Boston, Mass.; Mesa, Ariz.; and Oakland, Calif., to get a sense of what some of the newest things happening in digital equity are across the country, as cities continue to prioritize the digital divide.

    As city leaders across the country continue to prioritize closing the digital divide in their communities, the work continues to evolve.

  • Thu
    Jan
    05
    2023
    IN: Karnataka: Left with 14 projects, govt looking to end Bengaluru Smart City work by March

    With 30 of the 44 works taken up under the Bengaluru Smart City project completed, the government hopes to finish the remaining 14 projects by the end of this fiscal.

    Overall, Rs 1,000 crore was available for Smart City works - ranging from TenderSURE to park redevelopment, introduction of smart technologies and so on - with the Centre and the state government providing funds equally. And, the government planned for works worth over Rs 900 crore.

  • Thu
    Jan
    05
    2023
    PH: The Department of Information and Communications Technology targets to install free Wi-Fi in over 9K locations

    The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday said it is targeting to install over 9,000 free Wi-Fi sites nationwide next year to enhance the country's digital transformation efforts.

    In a Laging Handa public briefing, DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Lamentillo said the agency aims to set up 9,762 additional sites in public places and 162 sites in state universities and colleges.

  • Thu
    Jan
    05
    2023
    5G to accelerate Vietnam’s digital transformation

    Vietnam is yet to commercialise 5G despite detailed preparations and the expectations of the business community. Denis Brunetti, president of Ericsson in Vietnam and Myanmar, talked to VIR’s Bich Thuy about the crucial factors that will make 5G happen.

    Q: Is Vietnam ready for a 5G rollout in 2023 and how important will commercialisation be for the country?

    We support the government’s vision that the next wave of socioeconomic development in Vietnam will be created through innovation, science, and technology, driven by the digital economy, with 5G as the critical national infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Jan
    05
    2023
    OM: MoU signed to promote digital transformation of South Al Sharqiyah Governorate

    The South Al Sharqiyah Governorate signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Omantel in the field of communications, which includes exchange of experiences in related fields, including the support and implementation of the digital transformation programme in the Governorate.

    The MoU was signed by Dr Yahya bin Badr al Ma'awali, Governor South Al Sharqiyah and Talal bin Said al Maamari, CEO of Omantel.

  • Wed
    Jan
    04
    2023
    OM: Zero-paper poll evokes praise

    Zero-paper Municipal Council elections drew appreciation from voters, electoral officers and other stakeholders.

    Addressing a press conference, Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Chairman of the Main Committee of the Municipal Council election, said the electoral process was at par with the technological advancement that helped automation and integration of data and other operations.

  • Wed
    Jan
    04
    2023
    National Shared Services Centre seen boosting Nigeria’s digital economy

    Beyond the rage of electioneering politics, one of the most strategic facilities that hold the key to Nigeria’s escape from the doldrums of economic stagnation was recently launched in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

    On 20th December, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the National Shared Services Centre (NSSC), which is to serve as a strategic resource to stakeholder organizations in both public and private sectors.

  • Wed
    Jan
    04
    2023
    IN: How could government and private entities benefit from a marriage of AI & GIS for mission-critical solutions?

    The convergence of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has unearthed several real-world applications for the new concept, and completely revolutionized the sector in a number of ways. To truly understand how the marriage of AI and GIS could benefit governments and private entities, we must first understand what GIS is used for. 

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are complex and intuitive computer systems, which help capture, collect, store, check, process, analyse, and manage geographical data. This software displays various types of information such as: streets, buildings, vegetation, and much more. Thousands of organizations across the world utilize GIS to create detailed maps, share information, identify problems, monitor changes, manage and respond to emerging events, and understand trends. This basic understanding of what GIS can do is enough to reveal potential real-world applications of such technology.  

  • Wed
    Jan
    04
    2023
    GR: Smart city "The Ellinikon" announces 100% renewable plan

    Greece's smart city, The Ellinikon, is set to be built using 100% renewable energy

    The Ellinikon is set to be the largest urban regeneration project in Europe, which is going to be a 100% renewable smart city being built from the ground up outside Athens, Greece. Being developed on the site of Athens’ old airport and the grounds of the 2004 Summer Olympics, this high-tech city will double the amount of green space in Athens. 

  • Tue
    Jan
    03
    2023
    OM: MoH launches e-health portal

    As part of the digital transformation, the Ministry of Health launched e-health portal ‘Re-engineering’ project on Monday at an event at the Grand Millennium Hotel.

    The launch ceremony was held under the auspices of Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, with the presence of Dr Fatima bint Mohammed al Ajmiyah, MoH’s Under-Secretary for Administrative, Financial, and Planning Affairs, along with director generals at the MoH and governorates, and heads of information technology in the directorates and hospitals

  • Tue
    Jan
    03
    2023
    VN: PM releases first-ever message on national digital transformation

    The first National Digital Transformation Day had the theme "Digital transformation solves society's problems for a better life for the people".

    The top priority of digital transformation is the launch of initiatives that bring practical benefits to the people.

  • Tue
    Jan
    03
    2023
    What digital transformation looks like at the American Red Cross–and how it could make a difference for nonprofits across the country

    Digital transformation typically aims to boost both efficiency and profitability by using artificial intelligence to automate repetitive tasks, allowing human employees to focus on higher-level challenges. While these technological upgrades require an upfront investment, corporations believe they will pay off over the long term through improved performance and financial returns.

    But what motivation does a nonprofit have to pursue digital transformation? By definition, a non-profit organization shouldn’t be concerned about maximizing revenues and profit margins. In theory, we should feel less urgency around pursuing some of the same technologies implemented by profit-seeking corporations.

  • Tue
    Jan
    03
    2023
    GCC E-Performance Index 2022 reveals strong digital transformation efforts by GCC countries

    The latest GCC E-Performance Index 2022 reveals that all countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region have performed exceptionally well on five major global indicators, displaying significant progress in digital transformation. The report was issued by Orient Planet Research (OPR), an independent unit of Orient Planet Group (OPG), in collaboration with information and communications technology (ICT) expert and independent researcher Abdul Kader Al Kamli.

  • Tue
    Jan
    03
    2023
    TAWAL accelerates adoption of smart city solutions in KSA

    The new offering will enable service providers to deliver next-generation networks and technologies and powering the future of smart city innovations.

    TAWAL has launched Fibre To The Tower (FTTT) and Coverage as a Service (CaaS) as new products developed by Commercial Portfolio Department of the Commercial Sector and adding them to TAWAL’s innovative products portfolio.

  • Mon
    Jan
    02
    2023
    CN: Digital economy now key to high-quality development

    The digital economy has become an important driver of China's high-quality development, and the country's industrial policies have accelerated the application of the digital economy in various fields.

    In terms of macroeconomic policies, a report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China emphasized the importance of expanding domestic demand and deepening supply-side structural reform.

  • Mon
    Jan
    02
    2023
    IN: Centre's 'Smart City Mission' projects likely to be completed in 2023

    Government data disclosed that nearly 88 per cent of the funds given by the Centre for smart city projects has been utilised

    The year ahead is likely to see the completion of the Centre's flagship urban transformation scheme 'Smart City Mission', which ensures that people gain access to core infrastructure, a clean and sustainable environment, and a decent quality of life through the application of smart solutions.

  • Mon
    Jan
    02
    2023
    Dholera, Gujarat’s futuristic greenfield city in making — from solar park to Make in India chip hub

    A pet project of PM Modi, Dholera smart city has been shaping up at some speed. The first phase, spread over 22.5 sq km, is expected to be completed by 2025-26, officials say.

    Large tracts of lush green fields, farmers tending to crops, villagers sitting in the open on cots, cattle roaming around — the rural setting as one enters Dholera village, some 100 km southwest of Ahmedabad, is quite a contrast to the shiny, hi-tech new industrial city that is coming up in the vicinity as a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

  • Sun
    Jan
    01
    2023
    Digital transformation in Africa and Middle East to hit $74 billion by 2026

    The digital transformation investments in Africa, the Middle East, and Türkiye, are predicted to double across the 2022–2026 period.

    This is according to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation.

    The global technology research, consulting, and events firm says spending in the region will accelerate at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent over the five-year period, topping $74 billion in 2026 and accounting for 43 percent of all information and communications technology investments made that year.

  • Sun
    Jan
    01
    2023
    Vietnam’s e-commerce revenue grows by 15% in 2022

    Vietnam’s e-commerce revenue in 2022 maintained an increase of about 15% compared to last year, according to the Vietnam E-commerce Association (Vecom).

    Last year, revenue saw on-year growth of 16% to 13.7 billion USD, the association said.

    Vietnam’s e-commerce market has been forecast to see a fast and stable growth rate at double digits during the 2016-25 period.

  • Sun
    Jan
    01
    2023
    Saudi: Second phase of e-invoicing to begin from Jan 1

    The second phase of e-invoicing comes as an extension to the economic renaissance and digital transformation that Saudi Arabia is witnessing

    Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has defined the criteria for selecting the targeted establishments in the second group to implement the integration phase of e-invoicing.

  • Sun
    Jan
    01
    2023
    PH: Senate bill seeks to accelerate installation of free Wi-Fi in public schools

    Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has renewed his push for a bill seeking to accelerate the installation of free public internet connection in public schools nationwide.

    Gatchalian filed Senate Bill No. 383 or the proposed Digital Transformation in Basic Education Act as Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte bats for free internet in all public schools.

  • Sat
    Dec
    31
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Over 400 CCTV cameras to be operational from Jan first week in Nashik

    The Nashik Municipal Smart City Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has set up over 400 CCTV cameras, which are likely to be operational by the first week of January next year.

    Earlier, the smart city company had set a deadline of December 31, but the deadline could not be met due to some technical reasons.

  • Sat
    Dec
    31
    2022
    VN: National database should be completed in 2023: PM

    2023 will be a year of forming and exploiting data to create new values, stated Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a meeting on December 25 to review one year of implementing a project on developing the application of population database, e-identification, and e-authentication for the national digital transformation in the 2022-2025 period with a vision to 2030 (Project 06).

    At the same time, he pointed out a number of shortcomings in the work, including an incomplete digital infrastructure and a big gap between urban and rural areas.

  • Sat
    Dec
    31
    2022
    US: Kentucky residents urged to check federal broadband map

    The Federal Communications Commission has released a draft of a national broadband map and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is urging residents to look at it and give feedback to improve its accuracy.

    The FCC released the draft last month and has sought feedback from the public to verify its accuracy before the map is finalized.

  • Fri
    Dec
    30
    2022
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima: Government servant should ensure to deliver good governance to public

    A workshop on good governance practices and initiatives in the district was held at DC's Conference Hall Kohima on December 22.

    Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Shanavas C IAS, speaking in his inaugural address, stated that good governance is celebrated on December 25th every year in honour of the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday.

  • Fri
    Dec
    30
    2022
    US: Four reasons why smart communities will take 2023 by storm

    The last three years have been a rapid-fire series of challenges for local government leaders, from a devastating pandemic targeting the population’s most vulnerable to widespread economic downturn. After navigating this volatility, leaders are seeking out new and innovative strategies to future-ready their communities and reach their goals.

    One such strategy is the development of a smart community. These digitally transformed environments are unlocking the future of secure, connected and resilient living, and in 2023, we can expect them to be a top priority for municipal leaders. Not convinced? Here are four reasons why smart cities will become the gold standard in the new year, and why local governments can’t afford to be left behind.

  • Fri
    Dec
    30
    2022
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Govt rolls out SoP for smart city project sites’ upkeep

    In a move that could go a long way in maintaining project sites developed using crores of rupees under Smart City project, the state government has formed a committee to work out a standard operating procedure (SoP) for the operation and maintenance of completed projects.

    The government has formed two committees for this purpose. A three-member committee comprising principal secretary, local self-government department, chief executive officer of Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL), and the secretary of the city corporation shall formulate the SoP for projects under the ownership of the corporation. As for projects under other departments, SoP shall be prepared by principal secretary, local self-government department, chief executive officer, SCTL, and the head of the department concerned.

  • Thu
    Dec
    29
    2022
    EU: Can Digital Twin Techniques Serve City Needs?

    European Cities Face Sustainability Challenges and More

    While digital twin techniques have been applied successfully in manufacturing and construction, cities are so complex that they require more measuring and modelling effort. Moreover, since they are evolving all the time, it is not enough to simply measure and model cities only once. This article explores whether digital twin techniques can meet city planning needs and help them face their wide-ranging challenges – from sustainability to education, digitalization, infrastructure and healthcare.

  • Thu
    Dec
    29
    2022
    AE: ‘AI City Dubai’ vision revealed

    AI City will be a global AI hub, powered by smart city infrastructure that connects AI research institutions and talent with leading homegrown and global startups, corporations and investors.

    H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum has announced a partnership with Merantix to conceptualise AI City, a proposed free zone in Dubai where impactful AI solutions will be pioneered, implemented and scaled.

  • Thu
    Dec
    29
    2022
    GB: Smart cities 1.0: a retrospective and a path to connected digital twins

    Connected Places Catapult’s Paul Wilson looks back to the beginning of the smart cities trend and tracks how the path has been laid for the future of the urban environment, culminating in the emergence of connected digital twins.

    Q: Where did you start in the smart cities space and what lessons have you taken in the intervening years that still apply?

    I’ve been involved in smart cities for almost 10 years now, beginning with the Bristol is Open project. In 2011, the UK government announced a new fund called Super Connected Cities. Money was awarded to cities around the UK from DCMS, and many used that finance to invest in fast broadband schemes. Bristol was different; the city wanted to hold out and invest in something more sophisticated and pioneering.

  • Wed
    Dec
    28
    2022
    Thai cabinet approves plans for EEC smart city project

    The Cabinet on Tuesday (Dec 20) approved the operational plan for a 1.35-trillion-baht business hub and smart city project in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek (pic) said.

    Under the plan, the city will be constructed by 2027 and developed as one of the world’s top 10 smart cities by 2037, said Ratchada.

  • Wed
    Dec
    28
    2022
    Qatar 2030: Economic innovation through digital transformation

    atar has all the right ingredients to become a globally renowned leader in technology and innovation. It boasts world-class, robust infrastructure; a young, tech-savvy generation – the current median age of its population is approximately 33 years; and it is directed by the Qatar National Vision 2030, a blueprint for economic and social development that has digital transformation at its very heart.

    The National Vision 2030 was first set out in 2008 and has since weathered financial, geopolitical, and health crises of varying degrees to remain firmly on course and achieve its overarching goals. The government’s framework is diversifying the national economy, empowering the private sector, and completely changing the way the public sector caters to people’s needs.

  • Wed
    Dec
    28
    2022
    IN: Data powering smart cities

    Our world is undergoing rapid urbanisation. Today, over 55 percent of the world’s population is living in urban areas as per a UN report. As per the same report, India’s urban population is estimated to stand at 675 million in 2035, making it the second highest in the world. 

    Rapid urbanisation also brings forth many challenges, one of which is inescapable traffic. Millions of people around the world begin and end their day stuck for hours in traffic; the gridlock of tires and tarmac whether it is a daily commute or a weekend escape.

  • Wed
    Dec
    28
    2022
    Digital India Awards 2022: India’s Smart Cities Mission wins Platinum Icon

    Under Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has won the Platinum Icon in the Digital India Awards 2022 for their initiative “DataSmart Cities: Empowering Cities through Data”.

    Digital India Awards 2022:

    Under Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has won the Platinum Icon in the Digital India Awards 2022 for their initiative “DataSmart Cities: Empowering Cities through Data”. The award was announced under the ‘Data Sharing and Use for Socio-Economic Development’ category. The DataSmart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities.

  • Wed
    Dec
    28
    2022
    Can smart cities become a reality in Africa?

    There is a lot of talk about building smart cities and it is important that we at least fully understand what it is all about. Making a city “smart” is emerging as a strategy to mitigate the problems generated by the urban population growth and rapid urbanisation. More than half of the World’s population now lives in urban areas and this shift from a primarily rural to a primarily urban population is projected to continue for the next couple of decades. It is estimated that more than 80% of global GDP is generated in cities and urbanisation, if managed well, can contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. It achieves this by addressing inequalities, increasing productivity, and promoting job creation, social well-being, citizen participation, innovation, and emerging ideas. As such there is a need for a radical change in thinking about the way cities and human settlements are planned, developed, governed, and managed. In the case of Africa, urbanisation is progressing rapidly. The continent’s rate of urbanisation soared from 15% in 1960 to 40% in 2010, and is projected to reach 60% in 2050. It is expected that urban populations in Africa will triple in the next 50 years.

  • Tue
    Dec
    27
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh Govt Signs MoU With Austin University To Build 'Smart City Of Knowledge', Project Worth $42 Bn

    According to an official statement, the state government and the university have joined hands to build the Knowledge City on 5,000 acres of land worth USD 42 billion to include the best universities in the world.

    The Yogi Adityanath led-Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Austin University based in San Francisco in the United States (US) to construct a Smart City of Knowledge.

  • Tue
    Dec
    27
    2022
    Mobility-as-a-service spend to grow more than 350 per cent

    Report by Juniper urges transit planning authorities to integrate MaaS into the wider smart city ecosystem to use real-time data to tackle issues like congestion.

    Mobility‑as‑a‑service (MaaS) will generate revenue of $92bn globally by 2027; up from $20bn in 2022, according a study by Juniper Research.

  • Tue
    Dec
    27
    2022
    IN: Govt To Add Over 3100 Services For Online Delivery, Address Grievances During Good Governance Week

    To address community concerns and enhance service delivery, a nationwide campaign involving 700 district collectors will be undertaken throughout India's districts, states, and union territories.

    The government will add nearly 3,100 new services for online delivery during the five-day good governance week starting on Monday, according to a statement from the Personnel Ministry on Sunday. It will also address issues raised on grievance portals.

  • Tue
    Dec
    27
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: TMC chief instructs Thane Smart City department to complete work within scheduled time

    The ongoing work under the Thane Smart City initiative is worth around ₹ 1050 crore.

    The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner Abhijit Bangar recently organised a meeting to review the work under Thane Smart City Ltd projects. During the review meeting, the Thane Smarty City Ltd CEO and TMC additional commissioner Sandeep Malvi, chief technical officer Praveen Papalkar and other TMC officials were present.

  • Tue
    Dec
    27
    2022
    South Africa is well positioned to accelerate the move to smart cities – here’s how

    Promoted | South Africa's biggest cities have a lot of the essential infrastructure that forms a solid base for a smart city conversion, writes BCX's Jan Bouwer.

    Smart cities offer a multitude of advantages for both government and residents. They use technology and data to improve the efficiency of a city and the lives of its residents, including making the city more environmentally sustainable.

  • Mon
    Dec
    26
    2022
    IN: Austin University to invest USD 42 bn for a smart city project in Uttar Pradesh

    As a run-up to the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit, the officials of Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday signed an agreement with officials of Austin University to build a ‘smart city of knowledge’ project in the state for an investment amounting to USD 42 billion.

    The agreement was signed between the officials of Uttar Pradesh and Austin University, Texas, which included Austin University President Ashraf Al Moustafa.

  • Mon
    Dec
    26
    2022
    US: Digital Twins Key to Cyber Resilient Infrastructure

    Attack vectors in critical infrastructure are always changing, and agencies must move beyond just preventing cyber attacks and toward resiliency. Digital twin modeling can help governments prepare to work through any scenario.

    Deploying systems fully designed to sustain operations during and after a cyber attack is quickly becoming the most realistic method for keeping critical infrastructure online.

  • Mon
    Dec
    26
    2022
    US: Kansas: Olathe Overhauled: The Journey to Customer-Centric Government

    The city of Olathe, Kan., began its digital transformation journey roughly six years ago by consolidating the information on its website — but modernization involves continuous change and re-evaluation, say those leading the charge.

    Digital transformation and optimal service delivery has been a long and intentional journey for the city of Olathe, Kan.; and it’s a journey that officials say has no real endpoint.

  • Sun
    Dec
    25
    2022
    Japan just isn't taking digital transformation seriously enough

    It’s a bad sign when the digital minister chuckles about the prominence of floppy disks at an overseas tech conference

    Japan is known around the world for its technology – in high-speed rail, robotics and even toilets. Even watching the recent Bullet Train offers a glimpse into how Japan is perceived, with the film set on arguably the country’s most famous technological landmarks. The story is very different at home, however, with businesses and the public sector alike struggling to modernise. This struggle to digitally transform, which puts Japan at risk of restricting its future growth, is down to the government’s fragmented leadership, businesses in thrall to an archaic working culture, as well as a shortage of tech talent.

  • Sun
    Dec
    25
    2022
    India’s digital transformation is impressive, but digital divide is widening

    India has made significant progress in the field of digital transformation. But these benefits continue to remain unevenly distributed 

    In his speech to G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesia on November 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to work on bridging the digital divide during India's presidency of the global intergovernmental forum. The Prime Minister's intentions are welcome, but in the absence of concrete government action, bridging the digital divide in India will remain a distant dream.

  • Sun
    Dec
    25
    2022
    US: States Embraced Digital Transformation During Pandemic Response

    During lockdowns, states made tech investments that still pay dividends.

    State governments made many investments during the pandemic lockdown that are still paying dividends, fueling continued digital transformation efforts. The National Association of State Technology Directors highlights many of these successful efforts in a report recapping 2021 investments made by state IT agencies.

    Central IT agencies strengthened virtual private network connections, accelerated the availability of online collaborative tools, purchased laptops for remote workers, increased their already vigilant security efforts, boosted call center support and made network adjustments to accommodate the sudden shift to a remote workforce, among other investments. Many government organizations more widely adopted communications tools such as videoconferencing, webinars and online communities.

  • Sun
    Dec
    25
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart Srinagar?

    A lot of resources are being pumped to redo parts of Srinagar city to make it smart. Quite a few projects, however, will address the key crippling challenges that the UNESCO-accredited Creative City, faces Yawar Hussain reports

    Srinagar, the city of Kashmir is dug up almost everywhere. From the city centre in Lal Chowk to the tourist hub around Dal lake and to the bund on the Jhelum, almost everywhere men and machines are at work. Officially, the Smart City is in making. However, the timing for re-creating Srinagar is something that is being discussed widely because the winters have set in and life is expected to remain jammed for many months.

  • Sun
    Dec
    25
    2022
    EG: Higher education min.: We executed digital transformation projects of EGP 11 bln

    Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ayman Ashour said his ministry carried out projects worth nearly EGP 11 billion to develop the information infrastructure of government and technological universities, technical institutes, research centers, university hospitals and e-learning systems.

    In press statements on Saturday 17/12/2022, Ashour added the ministry seeks to enhance the efficiency of the information infrastructure at government universities and university hospitals, as well as launching further electronic platforms that rely on distance-learning.

  • Sat
    Dec
    24
    2022
    TH: Rayong: Digital city planned for EEC next year

    Construction of a 5-billion-baht Silicon Tech Park, expected to be a model for Thai digital cities, is set to start next year in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) through a public-private partnership.

    The project, dubbed the "Silicon Valley of the East" and co-developed by Planet Communications Asia Plc, Cisco and the EEC Office, is located on an area spanning 500-700 rai in Rayong's Ban Chang district.

  • Sat
    Dec
    24
    2022
    US: California: Here's where the next round of 'smart kiosks' could go in Berkeley

    Berkeley officials are rolling out their plans for where 22 new touch-screen information and advertising kiosks could go.

    Some residents have vocally opposed the devices, a product of an Ohio advertising firm, because they display ads when people aren’t using them. Critics say that makes the kiosks, nine of which have been installed around Berkeley so far, effectively pedestrian-scale electronic billboards that don’t belong on public sidewalks.

  • Sat
    Dec
    24
    2022
    TH: Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission preps 8 digital transformation steps

    Agency wants to level up community skills Equipping people with digital skills in local communities, stimulating a 5G ecosystem and supporting digital content as a means of soft power are among eight projects the Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (ONDE) aims to pursue in 2023 to improve the country's digital landscape. These projects are part of the third phase of Thailand's digital landscape development plan, which is geared towards full digital transformation. The third phase kicks off next year.

  • Sat
    Dec
    24
    2022
    Azerbaijan, Moldova discuss ICT cooperation

    Azerbaijan’s Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev has met with a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova for Digitalization Iurie Turcanu, who is on a visit to the country.

    During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on cooperation between Azerbaijan and Moldova in the field of ICT, innovations and cybersecurity. They also discussed issues of cooperation and exchange of experience in the fields of "e-government", "Smart city" and artificial intelligence, as well as development of human capital in the field of IT and innovations.

  • Sat
    Dec
    24
    2022
    GB: How local government can lay the digital, groundwork for growth

    Laying the digital groundwork by connecting communities is a key responsibility of local authorities, and the right foundations can attract investment and drive inclusive growth

    “If you build it, they will come” is a regularly quoted line by many. Often used in relation to innovation and providing an environment that empowers others to build and grow, it’s actually a misquote from the 1989 film ‘Field of Dreams’. Originally said by character Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) in relation to a baseball field, the line is arguably now more famous as its incorrect counterpart.

  • Fri
    Dec
    23
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow University teachers’expertise to steer Smart City projects

    A private company assigned the task of third party quality assurance (TPQA) by Lucknow Smart City Limited approached Lucknow University’s faculty of engineering and technology for third-party quality assurance consultancy work for projects worth Rs 83 crore.

    Teachers from the university’s computer science engineering department will help the company in all information technology-related work. An agreement for the same was signed by Lucknow University and the private company on Thursday.

  • Fri
    Dec
    23
    2022
    TW: Discover Kaohsiung City's newest smart city innovations

    Kaohsiung City promotes smart city development through digital technologies to provide citizens with better living conditions, attract high-tech investment and talent, and enable local companies to grow together. In 2022, Kaohsiung City received numerous international smart city awards, from the APEC ESCI Best Practices Award - Low Carbon Model Towns Gold Award, the IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA), and many others. This demonstrates that Kaohsiung's transportation, agriculture, low-carbon measures, and sustainable development have caught the world's attention and created enticing opportunities for the international market to invest in Kaohsiung.

  • Fri
    Dec
    23
    2022
    US: Columbus, Ohio, Garbage Trucks Collect Critical City Data

    Waste collection is an often-underutilized source of municipal data, and in Columbus, integration with city GIS tools help trash pickup not only clean city streets, but enhance customer service.

    In the smart city world, the often-overlooked trash truck and its humble sanitation worker are emerging as prime sources of data collection, application and insight. Data-driven enhancements can range from better trash pickup itself to a set of ancillary services that include snow removal, recycling and inspections. If one considers sanitation workers as the collectors of not just trash, but also of data, one can see even more opportunity.

  • Fri
    Dec
    23
    2022
    PH: ‘Smart city’ plan discussed in Provincial Dev’t Council of Bohol first meeting

    Gearing up for its long-term development plans, the Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Bohol held its first full council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15.

    Bohol Gov. Aris Aumentado, council chairman, presided over the meeting in which the goal to transform the province into a “smart city” was discussed.

  • Fri
    Dec
    23
    2022
    PH: Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 10’s Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Program takes off

    Among the highlights of the recently concluded National Science and Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao is the sealing of the DOST’s partnership with the first five mayors who expressed interest in building smart and sustainable cities and communities in the region on October 25 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will pave the way for a vibrant partnership of DOST-10 with the LGUs and other stakeholders in outlining projects that will address the challenges of the urban and regional life of communities through harnessing science, technology, and innovation. The partner LGUs, in partnership with their Provincial S&T Offices, are given the opportunity to conceptualize and propose their own projects under this program, based on the need, opportunities, and visions of their communities.

  • Thu
    Dec
    22
    2022
    3D and digital twin tech to help rebuild cities in Ukraine

    Ukrainian government has chosen Egis, Dassault Systèmes and B4 for their expertise and experience in 3D virtual technologies to reconstruct urban areas.

    The Ukrainian government has selected Egis, Dassault Systèmes, and B4 for a partnership project to help rebuild cities damaged as the result of the invasion in Ukraine.

  • Thu
    Dec
    22
    2022
    Are smart cities the key to sustainability? At local conference, global leaders weigh in

    Just how ‘smart’ is Miami anyways? As a city, how does our proclivity towards the tech-forward impact our efforts to build a sustainable, resilient future?

    These questions were top of mind at the  Smart City Expo Miami, a global conference with local roots, curated by Miami-based Bernardo Scheinkman, CEO of Smart Cities Americas. Over the course of three days, more than one hundred innovators, public officials, and citizens came together in person at the James L. Knight Conference Center in Downtown Miami – while an additional 5,000 attendees from over 85 countries tuned in online.

  • Thu
    Dec
    22
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh govt installs 5,000 CCTVs across cities for active surveillance

    The Uttar Pradesh government has installed about 5,000 CCTVs in 16 cities with a view to ensure people's safety, officials said here on Thursday.

    Every intersection, major roads, expressways, railways, and metro stations are covered under these cameras, they said.

  • Thu
    Dec
    22
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart City 2.0 should stretch beyond prime localities in Tiruchy: Officials

    A senior corporation official said, "Under the smart cities programme, projects are mostly allocated to areas with high footfall such as the Main Guard gate, Teppakulam and the like.

    While the corporation has taken up a total of 83 projects under the Smart Cities Mission, urban planners are yet to turn their focus on "underdeveloped areas" in the city like Palakkarai, Beema Nagar and Alwarthoppu, point out officials.

  • Thu
    Dec
    22
    2022
    ES: Catalonia jockeys for mobility leadership

    From technology testing and vehicle production to networking and nurturing start-ups, it's all happening in this region in northeastern Spain.

    Spain’s Catalonia region is keen to position itself at the heart of new mobility innovation and exploration. Its curriculum vitae is not lacking: a long history of vehicle manufacturing, global headquarters for the SEAT and Cupra brands, a host of modern circuits and test tracks, more than 20 automotive-related R&D centres, several universities, and a growing number of trade fairs place it competitively on the world’s stage. But is this enough to secure it a leading position in CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, and electric) mobility development?  

  • Wed
    Dec
    21
    2022
    CY: Paphos becomes a ‘smart’ city after launch of six digital projects

    Six smart and digital city projects implemented by the Municipality of Paphos were inaugurated recently helping the coastal city to be named the European Capital of Smart Tourism for 2023.

    The projects concern the implementation and maintenance of the LoRaWAN Network, the smart parking management system (Smart Parking), and the development and maintenance of a geographic information system (GIS).

  • Wed
    Dec
    21
    2022
    US: Clay County, Fla., Consolidates Services to a Single Touchpoint

    Clay Connected, a recently launched mobile app and platform, is offering residents in the county new access to service requests across county departments, timely information and a route to report problems.

    A new mobile app launched in Clay County, Fla., offers constituents an improved digital government experience.

    The app, called Clay Connected, was launched at the end of November to provide residents with an efficient way to get information, request services and report problems.

  • Wed
    Dec
    21
    2022
    US: New York: Buffalo partners with Simplicity App to inform citizens

    The New York state city wants to keep residents and visitors up-to-date on city news and municipal services as well as combat misinformation on social media.

    Buffalo in New York state is partnering with the Simplicity App to provide residents with a single destination to receive notifications and information from the City.

  • Tue
    Dec
    20
    2022
    Clark, ready for takeoff as the Philippines’ city of the future

    On Nov. 7, SGV Clark successfully launched the inaugural publication of Doing Business in Clark: 2023 Edition to key officers of Clark-based organizations, such as the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and Clark Development Corp. (CDC), representatives of embassies, as well as the Clark business community. The publication is an iteration of SGV’s Doing Business in the Philippines brochure series, which highlights the excellent investment opportunities in the country and in various localities.

    Clark, which rose from the ashes of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption and became a prime investment destination in the Philippines, is composed of the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) and Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ). Clark is further subdivided into four main districts: the CFZ, Clark International Airport, Clark Global City, and New Clark City (NCC). Administered by the BCDA and CDC, Clark has registered more than a thousand export and domestic market enterprises in manufacturing, information technology and business process management (IT-BPM), aviation, logistics and tourism sectors, among others. The CDC has disclosed on its website that it is a home to key investors from South Korea, the US, Australia, and Japan.

  • Tue
    Dec
    20
    2022
    CN: Shandong: Tai'an installs "smart brain" for cities

    he report of the Twentieth National Congress of the Communist Party of China proposed that "strengthen urban infrastructure construction and build a livable, resilient and smart city." Building a new smart city is the people's desire for a better urban life and the inevitable pursuit of high-quality urban development. In recent years, Tai'an City, Shandong Province, has innovated the big data integration development mode, dredged the three channels of data convergence, governance and application, created a new model and new business form of smart city construction, and constantly empowered urban governance.

    The community is the "micro unit" of the city. In order to improve the people's livelihood service level, Tai'an City has accelerated the construction of smart communities. Taking Hongjiagou Community in Tai'an High tech Zone as an example, the community has made full use of 5G, Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data and other technical means to build a smart community integrated management platform to achieve the refined management of "one zone, one policy". At present, Tai'an City is promoting more than 70 communities to build smart communities with distinctive applications, helping grass-roots governance to be scientific, refined and intelligent.

  • Tue
    Dec
    20
    2022
    IN: Manipur: While Imphal City still lacks facilities of even a regular city, Imphal Smart City Mission is not smart enough so far

    The much-hyped “Smart City” has become a buzzword for anyone involved in governing a city with the dispensation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in India since 2014. Currently, the term is used as a catch-all for various different city development initiatives and concepts by even party workers besides, leaders and ministers.

    However, “Smart City” remains opaque and relatively-ill-defined though ministers, mayors, department officials, even blue collar city employees have heard of the concept and are starting to realise its potential for cities large and small.

  • Mon
    Dec
    19
    2022
    IN: Bihar: Smart surveillance across Patna from January

    As part of the Smart City Mission, around 2,588 hi-tech surveillance cameras will be installed at 320 locations across the state capital. The cameras installed at various locations will be connected to the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), now functional at the SSP’s office campus near Gandhi Maidan.

    Traffic rules violations such as riding without helmet, overloading, speeding, crossing the stop line at traffic signals and jumping the red light will now be caught by different specialised cameras installed at 30 different junctions in the city with the help of ICCC. Besides, the police will also keep a tab on miscreants in cases of chain snatching, loot and other crimes.

  • Mon
    Dec
    19
    2022
    Ghana must take advantage of emerging digital economy – Communication and Digitalisation Minister

    Ghana must position itself to take advantage of the emerging digital economy to provide unique opportunities for an accelerated economic growth, Minister of Communication and Digitalisation (MoCD), Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has said.

    Delivering the keynote address at the 14th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Kaleidoscope Conference in Accra on Wednesday, the minister said efforts must be made by stakeholders in the private sector to compliment the government’s efforts of utilising technology and digitisation to transform the economy.

  • Mon
    Dec
    19
    2022
    Ireland ok's delivery of digital technology to all homes, businesses

    The Irish government has approved the Digital Connectivity Strategy for Ireland, to bring digital technologies to all homes and businesses nationwide.

    "Ireland is committed to a fast-paced digital transformation. The availability of high-speed, reliable, digital connectivity will support the delivery of Ireland's economic and social ambitions, and will position Ireland at the forefront of European and global digital developments," the government said in a statement.

  • Sun
    Dec
    18
    2022
    GB: Defra has no plan for 'critical' digital transformation, report says

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) does not have a plan for the wider digital transformation that is needed to replace its outdated IT systems, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

    Defra provides many critical digital services including disease prevention, flood protection and air quality.

  • Sun
    Dec
    18
    2022
    AE: Dubai: Higher Committee for Government Digital Transformation showcases 10 projects

    The Higher Committee for Government Digital Transformation held its first meeting, chaired by Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future and Chairperson of the Committee, with the attendance of Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications and Vice Chair of the Committee.

    During the meeting, the committee showcased 10 projects aimed at strengthening integration, readiness, competitiveness and government digital services, as well as ways of supporting the new generation of government's smart services.

  • Sun
    Dec
    18
    2022
    NG: NCC Restates Commitment to Digital Transformation, Insists on 5G Spectrum Auction

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has restated its commitment to support government’s digital transformation agenda, through the planned auction of two additional 3.5GHz spectrum licenses for the massive rollout of the country’s Fifth Generation (5G) network in 2023.

    Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who restated the commitment at the TechTV Digital Agenda Forum, which held in Lagos recently, said the Commission would not be distracted by any group, having put all necessary measures in place to ensure the success of the spectrum action this December.

  • Sun
    Dec
    18
    2022
    Digital transformation is dependent on engaged leaders

    Humans – not technology – will pave the way to digital transformation success. Indeed, having a digitisation strategy in place is the starting point, but to truly activate a digital transformation programme, organisations need a strong leadership team that has acute self-awareness and can positively contribute and direct their influence towards the people affected by change.

    People managers are often uninvolved in the executive decisions of digital transformation strategies, sometimes only learning about organisational changes as these projects are being implemented, or worse – at the same time as the rest of the business. This leaves managers unable to support their people through the change because they don’t fully understand the organisation’s vision, how the project contributes to that vision or what the success of the project looks like, but most importantly, how, as leaders, they can contribute to the project’s success.

  • Sat
    Dec
    17
    2022
    GCC govts, undergoing major digital transformation efforts to adopt emerging technologies

    New research published yesterday from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that while 94 percent of companies have big aspirations to deliver substantial and rapid impact from digital transformation, and companies plan to increase investment in digital transformation in spite of global economic headwinds, the majority of these digital transformations fail to achieve their objectives.

    Titled “Mind the Tech Gap,” the study is based on a survey of nearly 2,700 executives driving digital transformations in companies across 13 countries and a wide range of industries. Despite a tightening global economy, the survey also finds that 60 percent of companies plan to increase their spending on digital transformation in 2023 vs. 2022, with business model transformation and sustainability as the top two areas for future investments.

Integrated Command and Control Centre of BSCL was to be ready by August. Latest is it will take one more month to go live

The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) of Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) is yet to start operation. The centre that is supposed to bring 14 different departments under one roof was expected to become functional in August.

While civic woes on various Smart City roads are piling up and residents lament the absence of an official channel to raise complaints, officials from BSCL say the centre will take another month before it goes live.

“ICCC will be launched soon. We are waiting for a few pieces of equipment to arrive, which has caused the delay. We are also upgrading BBMP’s call center by incorporating new infrastructure and technology. However, every other aspect is completed, and we are about to reach the launch stage,” said a BSCL official.

Smart City is currently in the process of calling a public participation meeting to improve the ICCC experience once it goes live. The meeting will be attended by subject matter experts from the IT sector, NGOs, and research institutes such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Inter­national Institute of Infor­m­ation Technology Bangalore (IIITB). The idea is to make the Integrated Grievance Manag­e­ment Redressal System (IGMRS) of ICCC robust and efficient.

“The meeting will help us assess customers’ experience directly. Smart City will utilise insights from experts’ feedback for the project’s future growth. The feedback session will focus on adopting the best market practices in ICCC, One City One Portal and our mobile app to further improve citizens’ experience. We will elaborate on the features and uses of ICCC during the session and will collect the experts’ feedback,” said Vinayak Sugur, chief engineer BSCL.

The centre is expected to be an incident and emergency management solution for daily operations. It will integrate, correlate, and analyse data from multiple sources to create insights and a dynamic, geospatial, common operating picture to accelerate decision-making and improve response times.

“We are also incorporating a centralised surveillance system with video analytics to trigger alerts on abnormal events. The centre will also process revenue and asset-related alerts and will convert them into incidents.

These incidents will then be managed through standard operating procedures. ICCC will also ensure that the departments are connected with citizens through various integrated applications. It will be one of its kind experience, once operational. We are planning to make it live in a month,” added Sugur.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Garima Prasher

Quelle/Source: Bangalore Mirror, 18.10.2022

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