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Derzeit entwickelt das IfG.CC im Rahmen des FuE-Projektes "Digital Transformation Management Framework (DTMx)" ein standardisierte Management- und Vorgehensmodell, das Städte bei der konkreten Planung und Umsetzung ihrer digitalen Transformation in Smart Cities unterstützt. DTMx stellt dazu die notwendigen Methoden und Werkzeuge bereit, die es kommunalen Führungskräften und Sachbearbeitern ermöglichen, selbst den bestehenden Modernisierungsbedarf zu ermitteln und darauf aufbauend neue digitale Geschäftsmodelle zu entwickeln und zu implementieren. Neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen bildet die Hands-on-Bildkartenmethode "Digital Transformation Management Notation (DTMN)" einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des DTMx-Frameworks, die auf den Erkenntnissen und positiven Erfahrungen aus mehr als 600 Geschäftsprozessmodellierungen mit der von  uns entwickelten Government Process Management Notation (GPMN) aufbaut und die Auswahl und Planung von digitalen Transformationsmaßnahmen unterstützt, ohne dass es dazu eines besonderen technischen Know-hows bedarf.
An dem FuE-Projekt können noch weitere Kommunen oder Organisationen als Partner teilnehmen. Gerne kommen wir auch zu Ihnen und demonstrieren Ihnen den Einsatz des DTMx-Frameworks im Rahmen eines Workshops. Kontakt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Die Government Process Management Notation (GPMN) ist eine vom IfG.CC entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Erhebung und Neumodellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Das notationsoffene Tool verwendet vormodellierte und wiederverwendbare Prozessbausteine und hat sich in mehr als 100 Projekten mit mehr als 600 Prozesserhebungen bewährt. Kontakt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Der Standard Prozesskatalog des IfG.CC enthält mehr als 400 in sehr hochwertiger Qualität auf der Basis eines einheitlichen Detaillierungsgrades und einer standardisierten Vorgehensmethode qualitätsgesichert mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Kontakt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    Whither Digital India? Most Indian MPs Not Responsive Over Email, Says New Study

    Over 700 emails were sent out to MPs, asking for basic information. The response rate was less than 10%.

    How responsive are India’s legislators when their constituents try to reach out to them through e-mail? As it turns out, not very.

    A new research paper published by a group of international researchers sent out over 700 emails to members of parliament (MPs), asking for basic information regarding Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) schools. The response rate was less than 10%.

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    IN: Get OTP to your mobile, download key docs: TN CM

    In a leap in e-governance in Tamil Nadu, key documents such as birth and death certificates can soon be downloaded from a proposed "citizen's vault" using a mobile phone without the need to visit common service centres, Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the state assembly Friday. A Rs 90 crore scheme "Makkalai Thedi Arasu" (Government in pursuit of people) would be implemented for facilitating access to the documents by dialling a dedicated "people's number" created by the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency and getting an one time password (OTP), he said.

    Through the new system, "certificates and legal documents right from a person's birth to death will be issued from the Citizens Vault," Palaniswami said in a statement. At present, people in need for such documents visited government offices, e-seva centres and applied through dedicated government websites and mobile apps, he pointed out.

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    IN: Tamil Nadu to Introduce Blockchain to Verify Transactions

    Following in the footsteps of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu has announced that it will introduce blockchain technology to authenticate transactions. The announcement was made by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Assembly on Friday, reported news portal Times of India.

    The Chief Minister stated that blockchain technology will provide cyber security and data integrity to applications focused on citizen engagement and experience. A senior IT official said, “Data stored using blockchain technology cannot be altered. TNeGA (which is an e-governance agency) will build a blockchain platform for the Tamil Nadu government, at a cost of approximately, Rs40.80 crore to be offered as a service to all government departments without them having to maintain a blockchain node. They shall be able to verify the data in the blockchain independently without hosting the node.”

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    IN: TN government to unveil policy on AI, IoT, VR: M Manikandan

    He said the tariff for cable TV has been kept low in the interest of the people.

    The State government will unveil a policy on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, Drones and Data Analytics, State IT Minister M. Manikandan has said.

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    Asia-Pacific: ‘Smart city projects need to be human-centric’

    The report said a wider collaboration among various stake-holders such as government agencies, technology vendors and users, is desired to drive these missions successfully.

    Smart city initiatives in the Asia Pacific will not reach their potential if they focus on delivering cutting-edge technologies without paying enough attention to the needs and experiences of citizens, according to a report ‘Smart Cities Success: Connecting People, Proptech and Real Estate’, released by leading real estate consultant JLL on Wednesday.

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    IN: Tamil Nadu: E-governance dept to study GIS-based land mapping tech

    Sources indicated that CMDA has also proposed to digitize the files of Area Plans Unit (APU) and Enforcement Cell (EC), to preserve the records.

    The Tamil Nadu e-governance agency (TNeGA) is studying the request of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority for Geographic Information System-based (GIS) mapping of Land Use Information System, which was developed with the assistance of National Informatics.

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    AE: Govts and vendors collaboration needed to bring smart cities to life

    There is a lot of discussions and demos of smart city technologies today that are enhancing the connectivity of everyday services. At the same time there are so many barriers to creating a truly smart city.

    What we are currently witnessing is disparate connected services; a patch of Wi-Fi coverage here, some contactless pay pads there. Until we can provide some more consistency in the connectivity we are providing across the city, two things will continue to happen:

    • The ‘connected experience’ for people living in cities will fall short
    • There will be a huge and ongoing security risk surrounding connected city equipment

  • Tue
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    When Building Smart Cities, Don’t Forget the Neighborhood

    Ancient Rome was, at its peak, the greatest power in the world. Roman engineering and architectural achievements survive to this day in the form of aqueducts, roads, and buildings. Roman social institutions have survived for the long haul. And of course, the Roman military was a beacon of professionalism not seen again for hundreds of years. While Rome’s military was successful for numerous reasons, one factor, in particular, was the army’s focus on building group strength through individual contributions. The great Roman legions were powered by thousands of well-trained, well-equipped individual legionaries who collectively were more than the sum of their parts.

    The same is true in smart cities, whether or not governments and planners acknowledge it. The best smart city initiatives in the world need to “talk” to buildings and local spaces in order to be fully efficient. To simplify, if the vision of smart cities is an operating system for urban areas, it doesn’t make much sense if each building in the city has its own OS, none of which can talk to each other.

  • Tue
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    Smart Cities Are Built By Smart People Not Smart Things

    “If the essence of urban development is individual action, then a city can only be as smart as its citizens.” - Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London

    Despite their recent surge in popularity, smart cities are not a new idea. In fact, their origins can be traced back a hundred years to the work of early 20th century urban planner Le Corbusier, who understood the home as a "machine for living in."

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    GM: GCCPC Trained Journalists on E-Government Consumer Protection Reporting

    The Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC) on Tuesday organize day training for journalists on reporting on consumer protection and matters affecting the consumer at the market at its head office in Kotu East.

    Amadou Ceesay, Executive Secretary GCCPC, said the aims of the training is to promote competition in all sectors of the economy by prohibiting collusive agreements and bid rigging, investigating and controlling other type of restrictive agreements, monopoly and merger situation.

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    Study shows despite quick start, Jordan's gov't e-service performance has slackened

    Jordan has ranked 115th among 193 countries on the UN’s 2018 E-Government Development Index, according to a Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) statement.

    In its policy paper on the Kingdom's e-government performance, released on Monday using the UN’s index, the JSF said that the study showed that Jordan ranked above the global average by a large margin from 2004 to 2012. However, since 2012 the Kingdom’s speed of progress has declined, the JSF said.

  • Mon
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    CA: Ontario: Commissioner calls for new privacy laws to address smart city risks

    Brian Beamish says Ontario’s privacy laws have not kept pace with digital technologies and practices such as sensors, big data analytics and AI.

    In his 2018 Annual Report, Privacy and Accountability for a Digital Ontario, Brian Beamish, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, recommends several initiatives to enhance access to information and protection of privacy in Ontario.

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    National e-Governance Division to revamp management app for Indian Army

    Army, NeGD ink pact for revamping management-related information app to the force

    The National e-Governance Division (NeGD) signed an agreement with the Indian Army for developing a revamped application to maintain the centralised database for providing management-related information to the force.

    According to the deal, the National eGovernance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will revamp the application that maintains the centralised database for personnel, equipment and major stores to provide management-related information to Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) and other agencies.

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    ZW: Murewa: CICs turn communities into global village

    John Mupangara (19) from Zaranyika village in Murewa is a delighted man.

    The establishment of a community information centre (CIC) at Murewa Centre is a blessing as he no longer travels to Harare in search of internet. Mupangara, who is studying for a social science degree with a local university, is now spending most of his time at the CIC doing researches and other communication systems.

    "The establishment of the information centre at Murewa Centre is a welcome development for all of us as we catch up with modernity," Mupangara said.

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    BD: Prioritising e-government procurement for vision 2021 and beyond

    Transparency, fair competition and accountability are three defining features of an efficient public procurement system. Until 2011, the Bangladesh procurement process was paper-based and plagued by corruption and malpractices. Short bidding periods, nondisclosure of the selection criteria, pre-tender negotiation with bidders were some of the defining features of guiding Bangladesh’s public procurement activities.

    Although the World Bank recommended introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system in 2002, it was not until the current government’s Digital Bangladesh agenda that gave fresh impetus for the use and adoption of technology in public procurement. The e-GP system, implemented in 2011, has largely eliminated corruption and malpractices previously attributed to the traditional paper-based procurement system.

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    AE: Abu Dhabi: 63 govt departments e-linked for faster services

    The new entrants included 56 federal government entities and seven local government entities.

    Sixty three government entities have completed their e-linking process with the UAE Electronic Federal Network, FEDnet, developed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority,TRA, three years ago to provide high speed connectivity and integration between the various e-government systems of UAE government departments.

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    NG: Ogun: Governance And Resource Management

    In 1999, I was elected governor of Ogun State. It was a job I kept till 2003. To many, the art of governance and management of State resources is complex and cumbersome. My experience certainly did not justify this view. I hold that a government with focus and well defined work processes and procedures will find governance challenging but fulfilling. When I was sworn into office on 29th May 1999, the State owed virtually every sector and stakeholder: civil servants, primary and secondary school teachers, pensioners, contractors etc. There was pain and tension in the land. To ease things, we devoted about 70% of the revenue of the first six months to settling debts.

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    AE: Digital transformation: A journey to bridge the digital divide

    The panacea to this rift is technology, which has a strong linear correlation with the success factor of a group, organisation or a nation. With proliferation of technology to bridge the digital divide, the 3Ps will be a leading objective of many organisations - people, planet and profit.

    Humans are the ultimate invention from the creator and have set the highest benchmark of any innovation. Hence, natural intelligence is indispensable. Although with disparate sources of knowledge we can built a repository of experience, research facts, observations, etc. But can we build a wisdom tool to discern the relevance, value, velocity and veracity of that knowledge base? A robust talent management system, which clearly defines the sources of current and future value, will certainly boost the strategic choices in delivering the stakeholder value and drive digitalisation. It's vital to assess the fitment of talent (knowledge, skill, expertise, etc) against augmented role requirements and design the strategy accordingly.

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    IN: Odisha: Free Wi-Fi services across Smart City Bhubaneswar soon

    Good news for netizens of Smart City Bhubaneswar as free Wi-Fi services will soon be made available across the city covering major streets, institutions and landmarks.

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said this on his Twitter handle today.

    “Bhubaneswar Smart City will soon have free Wi-Fi services across major streets, institutions & landmarks. This will surely be a step towards creating a connected city and bridge the digital divide amongst citizens,” Mishra tweeted.

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    KH: Phnom Penh: City Hall launches bus app

    In a bid to improve public transportation services, City Hall on Friday launched an app that enables travellers to track the location of city buses.

    In a press release, City Hall said it cooperated with JICA to install GPS on buses for the City Bus app, which was created by ITSMO, enabling travellers to locate buses as well as estimate the time of arrival of a bus at a designated stop.

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    Seven new facts we learnt about mobile and internet use in Sri Lanka

    LIRNEasia is a pro-poor, pro-market think tank with researchers scattered across Asia in a virtual network with a prominent ground presence in Colombo. Its mission is catalysing policy change through research to improve people’s lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures through the use of knowledge, information and technology.

    Recently LIRNEasia has launched ‘After Access – ICT Access and use in Asia and the Global South’, a report based on nationally representative surveys of households and individuals in 23 countries in South America, Africa and Asia. The survey, conducted from April 2017 to January 2019, was based on 46,746 face-to-face interviews each lasting for about 90 minutes. It has covered a wide range of topics related to the use of mobile phones, Internet, social media and other platforms.

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    SA needs smart cities, just not what you envisage

    Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa used the State of the Nation Address to highlight the importance of building a smart city in South Africa.

    This presents industry with significant opportunities as the world embraces a digital future.

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    PH: Metro Manila partners for smart city projects

    The region is working with Iveda on a series of smart city and digital transformation projects and has just completed an intelligent video surveillance pilot in Caloocan.

    Metro Manila, one of three defined metropolitan areas of the Philippines, has partnered with Iveda for a series of smart city and digital transformation projects.

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    IN: J&K to set up 44 digital villages as one-stop IT service solution

    The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday approved setting up of 44 digital villages in the state as one-stop IT solution at the village level.

    An official statement said, “The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved implementation of the J&K Digital Village programme through Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA), with the motto ‘Back to Village via Digital Means’ after observing the stupendous response of the people”.

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    IN: Budget 2019: Every village to get Internet connectivity under Bharat Net: FM Sitharaman

    Budget 2019: "This will be speeded up with assistance from Universal Obligation Fund and under a Public Private Partnership arrangement," the Finance Minister said.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today informed the Parliament that under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan, over two crore rural Indians have so far been made digitally literate. Presenting her maiden budget for the Narendra Modi government, she said that in order to bridge rural-urban digital divide, Bharat-Net is targeting internet connectivity in local bodies in every Panchayat in the country.

  • Fri
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    CM: ECA Forge Partnership for Boosting Digital Economy

    "To fully succeed in, and become a sub-regional hub of digital transformation, Cameroon must very quickly move on costs, access, quality of services and on improving the sector's competitiveness, while having its sight set on job-creation and accelerating innovation ".

    These are the words of Antonio Pedro, Director of the Subregional Office for Central Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), during a consultation with various stakeholders of Cameroon's digital transition project, moderated by ECA's Economic Affairs Officer Mactar Seck, and chaired by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cameroon, Ms. Minette Libom Li Likeng, this Thursday at the ECA premises in Yaounde.

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    IN: Smart City: Rs 2.05 lakh crore projects proposed in 100 cities, significant progress made, says Economic Survey

    The Smart Cities Mission seeks to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens.

    Projects worth over Rs 2.05 lakh crore are proposed in 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission and a significant progress has been made in terms of implementation of these projects, the Economic Survey 2018-19 said.

    The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), which was launched in June 2015 for a five-year period, seeks to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens.

  • Thu
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    PK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: E-governance introduced in Orakzai

    The government has enforced e-governance through the performance management and reforms unit (PMRU) in Orakzai district for the first time in tribal areas.

    An official statement issued here said that deputy director of PMRU Dr Mohammad Aqif Khan speaking at a one-day training workshop on Wednesday apprised the officials of transparency, accountability and services delivery strategy of open kutcheris for resolution of people’s problems on their doorstep.

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    New Problems, New Solutions: The Rise of the Smart City

    The world is changing, as are the cities we inhabit. As the number of global megacities continues to rise, the international trend of explosive urbanization is increasingly difficult to ignore. With the world’s urban population growing from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018 and continuing to rise, governments face mounting problems as a result, from urban efficiency to environmental sustainability.

    These issues have forced urban planners to explore new models and technologies to yield new solutions – giving rise to a new generation of smart cities which enhance the performance, liveability, and cost-effectiveness of urban centers.

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    09
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    PH: Mayor Zamora’s ‘smart city’ dream for San Juan gets a boost with Honasan as DICT Chief

    With former Senator Gregorio Honasan officially taking over the helm of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the plan of Mayor Francis Zamora of making San Juan a “smart city” may soon come true.

    Honasan, who was appointed by President Duterte last November, took oath as the new DICT chief on Monday, replacing Eliseo Rio, its former officer-in-charge.

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    An app to reduce Indonesia’s traffic accidents

    The alarming increase in the number of traffic accidents in Indonesia every year motivated the developers to create the app.

    The students of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Indonesia have developed an application that will help reduce the number of traffic accidents.

    According to a recent press release, D’BOS has the capability to assess driver behaviour, thereby preventing the possible occurrence of accidents.

  • Mon
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    08
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    Avalue developing AI-based traffic management systems for use across Taiwan

    Taipei-based industrial computer manufacturing company, Avalue Technology is partnering with the Industrial Development Bureau at Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to use its years of experience in artificial intelligence (AI) development in traffic management systems.

    With an increasing global demand for smart city technologies, Avalue will introduce its AI-based systems into the traffic management infrastructure of Taiwan’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, Taoyuan City and will subsequently implement integrated solutions into other cities across the country. Avalue will also seek opportunities arising from smart cities overseas under the Taiwanese Government’s New Southbound Policy for international cooperation and knowledge exchange, reinforcing the company’s existing smart city ideals of bringing technology closer to people.

  • Mon
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    08
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    Latin America needs more tech in government to counter graft

    alk to any taxi driver, student or small businessman from Mexico down to Argentina, and they’ll likely make one thing clear: Latin America has a corruption problem. The solution, however, may lie less in the legislatures of Bogotá, Brasília and Buenos Aires and more in the tech incubators of Silicon Valley, São Paulo, Medellín and Guadalajara.

    In the past couple of years, a wave of anti-establishment candidates running — and winning — on vague platforms of combatting graft has shown just how salient the issue of corruption is in Latin America. Indeed, it is likely the region’s greatest ill, actively working against prosperity and progress. It’s not a new phenomenon, but one that’s now risen to the top of the agenda — and for good reason.

  • Sun
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    07
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    Minister talks on plans to create ICT innovation clusters in Azerbaijan

    The innovative reforms being carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of high technologies and telecommunications within the Sustainable Development Concept are an important part of the strategic map and this process continues, Azerbaijani Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Ramin Guluzade said.

    Guluzade made the remarks at the UN Public Service Forum, which is held in Baku on June 24-26, Trend reports.

  • Sun
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    07
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    OM: Pact to develop tourism portals, online services

    The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) signed an agreement with Al Madina Development and Supply in coordination with the Information Technology Authority (ITA) at Knowledge Oasis Muscat recently. The agreement was signed by H E Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO, ITA and Sheila H Jamal, CEO of Al Madina Development and Supply.

    The agreement includes development of the ministry’s official portals, Oman Tourism, Experience Oman and 113 electronic services. The eServices include 84 services provided to citizens, 17 to government institutions, eight for employees and four services for businessmen.

  • Sun
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    07
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    Mass Deployments of IoT Solutions Is Rapidly Changing China - GSMA

    Chinese Mobile Operators are Leaders in the Global Roll-out of Mobile IoT-Based Solutions Making Use of Mobile Networks; China is presently the Largest IoT Market on the globe With close to 1 Billion Connections

    GMSA announced today that Chinese mobile operators are leaders in the world when it comes to the deployment of transformative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

  • Sun
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    07
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    Telematics Data Helps Smart Cities Minimize Pollution, Gridlock and More

    A city is only as smart as the data it collects.

    Can traffic be both a problem and a solution? Yes, and the reasons why highlight how telematics data enables cities to minimize pollution, gridlock and accidents while maximizing the impact of their transit and infrastructure budgets.

    Demographic trends are poised to make traffic congestion and pollution even bigger problems than they currently are. For example, by 2050, 66 percent of the world's population are predicted to live in urban areas, up from 54 percent today. Even if cities had unlimited infrastructure budgets—which they obviously never will—expanding roads and bridges would still be difficult and often impossible simply because space is so tight. But with telematics data, even the fastest-growing cities can keep traffic and lungs flowing freely. Here's how.

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    07
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    IN: Tech leaders’ Budget Expectations: Focus on enhancing IT and digital infrastructure

    As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gears up to present her maiden union budget on July 5th, she met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also an ace economist, before the big day. On February 1, PM Modi’s previous government had presented an Interim budget for spending till the new government took charge after the general election.

    So as the government unveils the budget for the financial year ending March 2020 soon, the Indian IT industry has also pinned its hopes on it.

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    06
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    IN: Karnataka: University data information system to come up at MU

    Mangalore University will set up University Data Information System (UDIS) to ensure that all data related to the university are available at fingertips, Vice Chancellor P S Yadapadithaya said.

    He was addressing the gathering at the one-day national-level seminar on “Insights on CBCS and MOOC in Higher Education System” organised by Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT) and St Agnes College here, on Friday.

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    06
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    Saudi achievements in digital transformation highlighted at Singapore forum

    Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Haytham Bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali has asserted that the Saudi leadership pays great attention to futuristic industries as part of efforts to enrich the citizen's life and meet his needs.

    He said this was in line with the three main pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030: a prosperous economy, vital society and ambitious nation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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    06
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    VN: HCMC education authority launches educational service portal

    In order to carry out the project “To build Ho Chi Minh City into smart city” and administrative reform plan of the municipal People’s Committee , the Department of Education and Training yesterday launched its portal http://dichvugiaoduc.hcm.edu.vn.

    The portal will publicize all educational facilities’ services licensed by the Department in the city to facilitate people in searching information and service providers. The move also helps local administrations, unions and residents to supervise and inspect educational facilities’ activities.

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    05
    2019
    NITA Uganda awards the best e-government bodies in Uganda

    The National Information Technology Authority (NITA) Uganda awarded the best online government bodies in the e-government excellence awards. The ceremony, held under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, was geared towards commending the government agencies that have actively promoted the provision of services to citizens online.

    The event was organized by Legends events and hospitality and was part of NITA-U’s month-long celebration that the Authority put up marking 10 years since its inception. The awards attracted over 75 nominations under various categories in which 16 awards were delivered.

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    04
    2019
    IN: Haryana: Faridabad to get 1,690 CCTVs under Smart City project

    369 cameras to be operational in July, rest by Sept

    The CCTV coverage in the city is going to get better and wider. As many as 369 CCTVs will come up by July 15 under the ongoing Smart City project. A total of 1,690 CCTVs are expected to be made functional by September-end.

    Disclosing this here today, NK Katara, senior consultant with the Faridabad Smart City Limited (FSCL), the body carrying out the project, said the CCTV coverage had been an integral part of the project and the work on it was nearing the final stages. The first lot of 369 cameras would be made operational in July, while the rest of the 1,321 cameras would be made functional by September-end.

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    04
    2019
    Google's sister start-up to build smart city in Canada

    Google's sister company Sidewalk Labs has revealed a massive plan for investing about $990 million to build a waterfront area in Toronto, Canada into a high-tech smart city.

    Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said the company is releasing the draft Master Innovation and Development Plan for Toronto's eastern waterfront, titled "Toronto Tomorrow A New Approach for Inclusive Growth" after 18 months of preparations.

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    04
    2019
    Rs 15,000 Crore Will Be Spent For Creating 100,000 Digital Villages; 10 Central Ministries Roped In For #DigitalIndia

    If we make a list of all the plans and projects that are being implemented to make India a better nation, making India go digital will probably top the list.

    To boost the nation’s digital journey, the Government of India is planning to make one lakh villages of India digital, and they will be called Digi Gaons.

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    04
    2019
    US: Kansas City, Mo., Closes Smart City RFP Without a Selection

    After a year of reviewing potential private-sector partners, Kansas City opted to move forward with its smart city efforts without selecting a "program manager," and will work to develop a "smart city action plan."

    A far-reaching smart city initiative in Kansas City, Mo., is being fine-tuned as the city arrives at a better understanding of how to manage and deploy large-scale innovation projects.

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    04
    2019
    IN: RailTel implements e-office at NAIR, 6 training institutes

    RailTel, a mini ratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways has implemented e-office at the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) in Vadodara and six other central training institutes.

    e-office is a cloud enabled software that is deployed/hosted from RailTel’s tier III certified data centres at Secundrabad and Gurgaon.

  • Thu
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    04
    2019
    NG: FG Calls for Policy Framework to Boost Internet Access

    The federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Communications has called for a policy framework that will enhance access to the internet for all citizens.

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications, Mr. Musa Istifanus, who made the call during the 2019 Nigeria DigitalSense forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4d) and Nigeria IPv6 roundtable in Lagos recently, said citizens must not be denied access to the internet because of its many benefits.

  • Thu
    Jul
    04
    2019
    German states Hessen, Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia rank high-up for digital policies - study

    The German internet association Eco has put the states of Hessen, Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia in the first three positions of its first study on Digitale Landerkompass digital policy.

    The state of Hessen ranked first mainly due to the fact that it has developed a comprehensive digitization strategy and a large number of concrete funding projects. The Department of Digital Strategy and Development, which is directly under the Prime Minister of the state, was founded in January of this year and deals primarily with questions of artificial intelligence and the needs the firms in terms of digitization and social acceptance.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2019
    Report shows failures at eight US agencies in following cyber-security protocols

    US Senate report finds appallingly bad cyber-security practices at eight US government agencies.

    A new report published by the US Senate yesterday reveals a decade-long string of failures on the part of eight government agencies, who failed to follow basic cyber-security protocols and exposed their networks and US citizens' most personal data to attackers.

    The report was ordered by US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2019
    Vietnam launches e-Cabinet

    Vietnam launched an e-Cabinet system that will shift its governance from a paper-based working modal to an electric, modern, transparent, and efficient working environment.

    According to a press release, the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has launched an e-Cabinet system that aims to shift governance from a paper-based working modal to an electric, modern, transparent, and efficient working environment.

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: 44 projects under Smart City and 7 under PPP for developed Mangaluru

    As many as 44 projects worth Rs 958.57 crore are taken up under Smart City project and 7 projects worth Rs 912.17 crore are taken up under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), said Mangaluru Smart City CEO Narayanappa.

    Addressing media here on Tuesday, June 25, Narayanappa said," In the year 2015, Smart City guidelines were passed. A proposal was sent to consider Mangaluru under the project. In the first phase, 20 cities were selected and in the second phase Mangaluru was selected. In April 2017, the process and work for Smart City began and 44 projects were placed under Smart City project and 7 projects under PPP.”

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2019
    IN: Smart city: New Delhi Municipal Council completes 72 projects in four years, 39 on anvil

    The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Tuesday said the agency has been selected as one of the first 20 Smart Cities by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and has so far completed 72 projects worth Rs 199.11 crore under the smart-city initiative with 39 more projects worth Rs 1,377.17 crore are in the pipeline. According to NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar, a total of 111 projects were identified under the initiative at a cost of Rs 1,576.28 crore since announcement of Smart City initiative out of which two-thirds have been completed.

    Talking about the initiative, the Chairman said they have installed 3.1 MW of solar rooftop on all its buildings (92 buildings) and a further of 7.52 MW (on 90 buildings) is connected to its grid through net-metering basis. Nearly 95 solar poles were set up at various roundabouts, which are sleek poles with upper halves covered with solar panels and a small circular LED light at the top.

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh: Digilocker to help citizens to access their documents anytime, anywhere: Seema Jain

    To minimize the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across government organizations, the Punjab Governance Reforms Department in collaboration with the National e-Governance Division under Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) organized one-day state level workshop on DigiLocker for the Heads of State Government Departments and Universities here at MGSIPA, Sector-26 on Monday.

    Chairing the workshop, Principal Secretary, Governance Reforms and Higher Education Ms. Seema Jain said that Governance Reforms department started process of integrating DigiLocker with e-Sewa and m-Sewa applications which are being used to deliver key services to citizens through different modes including Sewa Kendras. Caste Certificates (SC/ST/BC/OBC), Residence Certificate and Rural Area Certificate are available on respective Digilocker accounts of citizens which are issued via Sewa Kendras. Punjab State e-Governance Society and Punjab School Education Board have already registered as issuer departments on Digilocker.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    Estonia expanding e-residency scheme

    The small European nation of Estonia is looking to expand its global influence through an "e-residency" programme, allowing anyone worldwide to apply to become an e-resident of the country and set up a company there.

    This would mean that people outside the EU could set up an Estonian company over the internet and gain easy access to the European market. E-residents of the Baltic country have access to all the digital government services of a state that prides itself on being a pioneer of e-government.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    Bahwan Cyber Tech to digitise Oman Ministry of Housing ops

    Agreement signed to develop platform that will provide more than 60 e-services related to planning, surveying

    Oman’s Minister of Housing Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed al-Shabibi signed an agreement with analytics platform Bahwan Cyber Tech to develop e-services for the sultanate’s Housing Ministry within its digital and e-government initiatives programme.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    IN: Mizoram: Aizawl Smart City Mission launched

    Officials asked to implement the Smart City guidelines so that it can benefit the people of Aizawl city

    With an aim to improve the lifestyle of the people of Aizawl and turn the state capital city into a smart one, the Aizawl Smart City Mission was officially launched on Monday.

    The Smart City Mission was launched during a programme held at the Secretariat Conference Hall in the New Capital Complex of Aizawl.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    BH: Online employment application launched

    Civil Service Bureau (CSB) President Ahmed Al Zayed and Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Ali AlQaed yesterday inaugurated the “employment application” service package. The implementation of the scheme will begin today through the national portal (Bahrain.bh).

    The new service reflects the government’s keenness represented by the Civil Service Bureau and the Information and e-Government Authority in the development of government services provided to the citizens. The CSB Chief said the “Employment Application” service package will prove out to be time efficient for applicants.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    Vietnam launches e-cabinet system in bid to build e-government

    Vietnam on Monday launched an e-cabinet system, as Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired the first government meeting using the system.

    The efforts were made to build a paperless government and reduct meeting time, Vietnam News Agency reported.

    Through the system, all e-documents were sent to cabinet members for them to review before the meeting started. Those who were absent at the meeting could make their vote through mobile devices.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2019
    The Philippines’ DICT launches E-Government Masterplan 2022

    The EGMP 2022 aims to provide more efficient and cost-effective public services to citizens and businesses.

    The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is on its third year of fulfilling its mission to establish a one digitised government.

    As such, it recently launched the E-Government Masterplan (EGMP) 2022.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2019
    AZ: Azerbaijan, Iran launch new infrastructure project with online technology

    Azerbaijan and Iran have launched a new transportation-related infrastructure project known as “e-TIR,” which envisages the full electronic transit operations at the Astara border crossing between the two Caspian region neighbors, Caspian News reported on Friday.

    “The advantages of this online project are competitive and mechanized exchange of goods, accelerated transportation, reduction of violations and the elimination of administrative bureaucracy,” head of Iran's Customs Administration Mehdi Mirashrafi said.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2019
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Kenya keen to adopt C’garh’s online mining administration

    A delegation of Kenya’s Petroleum and Mining department, which visited Raipur appreciated the IT-based mining administration system developed by Chhattisgarh and showed interest in emulating it in Kenya, officials said on Saturday.

    According to officials, Kenya has chosen Chhattisgarh among other Indian states for studying the mines administration, because Chhattisgarh is the first state to implement compete e-auctioning of mines not only for major minerals but also for minor minerals.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Farmers trained on using e-Adangal app

    Farmers in the district were given training on using the ‘e-Adangal’ app to record details about crops on their lands, here on Saturday. Additional chief secretary K Satyagopal headed the training session.

    Although the app was launched in March by the state government by the Tamil Nadu e-governance authority (TNeGA), it is yet to gain popularity among farmers.

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2019
    US: Missouri: Kansas City advancing its smart city action plan with focus on digital equity in urban tech

    Kansas City is one step closer to being a fully connected hub for urban tech, as local decision makers craft a smart city action plan.

    “That document will be what guides all of our future investments in technology,” explained Chris Hernandez, KCMO communications director.

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2019
    UG: Automating Government Agencies Will Reduce Corruption –Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema

    The head of the State House Anti-corruption unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema has expressed optimism that digitalizing government entities will help curb prodigious corruption.

    Nakalema who was appointed six months ago says lessening human interaction through automation is key in fighting this tempting evil.

  • Fri
    Jun
    28
    2019
    Wanxiang and PlatON Join Forces To Build New Smart City in China

    Wanxiang Holding Co., Ltd, a China-based automotive giant partners with blockchain-based tech firm PlatOn to develop a “smart city” in Hangzhou, as per a report by CryptoNinjas on June 20.

    The report states that the smart city dubbed as “Innova City” will be built through PlatON’s blockchain infrastructure, purportedly for the purposes of interfacing with city resident ID cards and monitoring driving behavior, among others. The report adds a statement from Chief Innovation Officer at Wanxiang, Vincent Wang, who shared more details: “Imagine a smart transit system that tracks and rewards responsible driving behavior, or a renewable power grid that incentivizes energy generation and trading, or even a myriad of urban services that can be validated, built, and offered at ease without the constraints of rigid data silos.”

  • Thu
    Jun
    27
    2019
    LK: How to measure progress in e-governance

    It is customary to assess aspects of the performance of a country using composite indices such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, the indicator of choice is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), published every two years by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

    Partly because of the complexity of the methodology, whereby the weights for different elements change with every iteration, and partly because some governments have begun to game the system, the rankings fluctuate significantly. Nepal, which ranked 150th in 2008, fell as far back as to the 165th spot by 2014. It came in at 117th in the most recent ranking of 2018. Bangladesh’s worst performance was in 2012 (150th). Its best performance was in the most recent ranking (115th).

  • Thu
    Jun
    27
    2019
    UG: 60 Government Agencies Take Part In e–Government Expo

    Over 60 government ministries, departments and agencies have taken part in the e – government excellence exhibition organized by National Information Technology Authority (NITA) in collaboration with Huawei technologies.

    A 2-day fair that began this morning is taking place at Garden City Roof Top and the general public is invited to attend.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2019
    IL: Providing energy for the smart city revolution

    Faced with mass urbanization, "smart cities" will increasingly harness technology and data to ensure efficient management of urban resources and assets for their citizens.

    More than two-thirds (68%) of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050, according to the United Nations. Combined with global population growth, another 2.5 billion people are forecast to make the world’s cities their home.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2019
    UG: Government Agencies Offering Online Services Set To Be Recognized

    As one way of deepening service delivery, government agencies offering online services are set to be recognized at the preliminary NITA e-government excellence awards.

    Arnold Mangeni the Director of information security at National Technology Authority (NITA-U) says this event intends to create awareness about services offered.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2019
    Indian Government to make Aadhaar people-friendly

    The Cabinet has approved the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in a step to make Aadhaar cards more citizen-centric.

    India’s Union Cabinet has approved ‘The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019’ to replace the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Ordinance promulgated by the President on 2 March this year.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2019
    VN: Enterprises need more Government support

    Đậu Anh Tuấn, director general of the Legal Department of Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, talks to Hải Quan (Customs) newspaper about Vietnamese enterprises’ need for more Government support.

    Q: What do you think about the current health of Vietnamese enterprises?

    A survey conducted in 2018 on the operation of Vietnamese enterprises by the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) showed that a high percentage of enterprises were optimistic about their business growth. The same assessment was also made by foreign chambers of commerce based in Việt Nam. Such comments are strong indications that Việt Nam’s economy has penetrated deeply into the world and has attracted many foreign investors.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2019
    PK: Gwadar to be transformed into smart port city: Bakhtyar

    Planning and Development Minister Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has underscored that Gwadar will be transformed into a developed and smart port city of international standards with effective urban strategies.

    He was chairing the Steering Committee meeting on Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan in Islamabad today.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2019
    New drive to put one million Kenyans on online job platforms

    The National government in collaboration with the Civil Society and the Private Sector has unveiled new projects under the Ajira Digital Programme to build and expand Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure across the country targeting over one million youth.

    According to Dr. Kennedy Ogola, the project which is part of the government’s efforts aimed at promoting new and flexible forms of employment such as micro-work and online contracting to create employment and grow the economy is also offering ICT training packages to selected youth across the country.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2019
    IR: E-government goal realized by 62.8%: official

    The goal of e-government has been realized by 62.8 percent in the country before the first Iranian month of Farvardin, which began on March 21, the IT executive council secretary announced, Mehr reported on Saturday.

    Reza Baqeri Asl said that 105 organizations have been monitored and their general score in different parts are: e-portal 84%, presence at web 66.9%, interaction services 70.44%, transaction service 70.22% and service integration 50.19 percent.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2019
    Nigeria Ranks 143 in e-Government Index

    Although Nigeria slipped two places in global e-Government development index to rank 143 out of 193, the Federal Government said it planned to lift the nation to the 50th position.

    The e-Government index measures the readiness of the members of the United Nations to offer services electronically. There are three important dimensions of the index, namely provision of online services, telecommunications connectivity and human capacity.

  • Mon
    Jun
    24
    2019
    Liberia vows to establish e-government system

    Liberia’s Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and Medici Land Governance (MLG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which focuses on land administration in the country.The MoU will lead to a pro bono pilot project that will explore the potential of digitizing existing government services and development of e-governance platforms in the country.

    According to a statement issued at the weekend, the signing of the MoU is to promote President Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), especially Pillar II which talks about the economy and job creation.

  • Mon
    Jun
    24
    2019
    MT: Public services to be digitized over the next few years

    150 digitization measures will be rolled out in a number of government services

    €40 million will be invested into the digitization of government services over the next three years including the gradual introduction of artificial intelligence and blockchain, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Monday.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2019
    Estonia: From AI judges to robot bartenders, is the post-Soviet state the dark horse of digital tech?

    Key points:

    • Estonia was one of the first countries to declare internet access to be a human right
    • 99 per cent of government services are available online 24/7
    • 50 new AI applications are set to go online within the public sector by 2020

    Walking through the fairy-tale streets of Estonia's capital Tallinn, it may seem hard to believe that this tiny nation is home to one of the most advanced e-governance systems in the world.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2019
    UG: NITA-U Takes E-Learning Services to Rural Schools

    Speaking to James Saaka, the Executive Director, NITA-U, the new Computer laboratory will enable students benefit from E-learning services installed by NITA Uganda in partnership with UNICEF. Among the services installed include Kolibri, an educational software that provides world class content for students, plus examination simulators for a smooth learning curve of all students at Ongongoja Secondary School. Other than providing cheap and affordable internet to all government institutions, the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has embarked on extending E-learning services especially to rural schools to foster academic excellence.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2019
    VN: HCM City to build civil status database

    Ho Chi Minh City plans to set up a database on civil status to store and manage basic information related to population management of all citizens by 2020, with total cost estimated at 260 billion VND (11.15 million USD).

    This will be part of the city’s common-use shared database system for smart-city development, Tran Vinh Tuyen, vice chairman of the municipal People’s Committee and head of the smart city management board, said at a recent meeting.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2019
    AE: Dubai: Why smart cities never sleep

    The rise of new global cities is irresistible, as they become the branded destinations and drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship, culture and talent hubs. The Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018 highlights this, attributing the growing importance of cities to their greater flexibility and ability to adapt to new trends and patterns – cities are nimble economic units where policy can be changed faster making them more attractive for talent, especially entrepreneurial talent. As the Dubai Smart City Accelerator launches its third edition, it’s clear that sustained innovation is key to smart city success in the Middle East.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2019
    TT: Expert: E-govt is good politics

    CRIMSON Logic senior vice-president Balagopal Nair yesterday said e-government was good politics.

    He gave a presentation at the Tech Hub Island Summit at the Hyatt, Port of Spain.

    Nair said the use of digital government in countries such as Singapore had improved the quality of services delivered to citizens, but observed the implementation of e-government across the world has not been even, referring to a survey of countries from 2003 to 2018, that showed several East Asian and Nordic countries are very advanced in implementation of e-government.

  • Fri
    Jun
    21
    2019
    IN: UP Government launches online single window clearance portal for seamless telecom infrastructure permissions across the state

    Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) organised a Telecom Infrastructure Development Workshop targeted to spread awareness among local authorities, Government bodies, Zila Parishad and Panchayats etc. The workshop highlighted the significance of telecom infrastructure for shaping ‘Digital Uttar Pradesh’. Further, UP Government during the workshop launched the Online Single Window Clearance Portal for extending seamless telecom infrastructure permissions across the state.

    The workshop emphasised on the implementation of Uttar Pradesh Right of Way (RoW) guidelines dated 15thJune 2018 issued by UP Government which is more or less aligned with RoW rules, 2016 notified by Government of India in order to deploy a robust telecom infrastructure across the state to unfold the socio-economic growth of the masses through Digitalisation.

  • Fri
    Jun
    21
    2019
    IN: Common service centres to restart Aadhaar-related work

    People in rural areas will soon be able to access Aadhaar-related services at the common service centres (CSC) following the UIDAI’s authorisation to these centres to resume such services. The CSC had earlier stopped providing Aadhaar-related services after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) withdrew authorisation from them following debates around data security of the 12-digit unique identifier.

    “UIDAI has authorised CSCs to start printing of Aadhaar cards. Users will be charged standard fees as prescribed by UIDAI. This work is expected to start in a week,” CSC e-Governance Services CEO Dinesh Tyagi said. There are 3.9 lakh village level entrepreneurs (VLE) that are running common service centres in rural areas across the country.

  • Fri
    Jun
    21
    2019
    IN: Smart cities mission risks ushering in Orwellian future

    The Smart Cities Mission was launched by the government in June 2015 with a goal to develop 100 smart cities by 2020 (the deadline has been revised to 2023 now). Though a “smart city” is not defined under the mission statement and guidelines, it includes certain core infrastructure elements essential for a smart city.

    It focuses on e-governance, information technology connectivity and digitalization. It envisages rapid exchange of information between citizens, government bodies and third-party service providers.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2019
    Public-private tensions in smart city collaboration

    Private startups can help governments alleviate the pressures of urbanisation and improve the quality of city life, but partnerships between the two sectors are not always straightforward

    The rise of smart cities is providing unprecedented opportunities for mutually beneficial public-private partnerships to provide new business opportunities, cost efficiencies, and greater access to specialist skills and expertise.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2019
    Kenya is the most ready for Artifical Intelligence in Africa, according to IDRC and Oxford Insights

    Kenya is the most prepared country for artificial intelligence in Africa, According to the 2019 Government AI Readiness Index published by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford Insights.

    Out of the 194 countries ranked in the world, 12 African countries are in the top100.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2019
    VN: Ministry issues ICT reference framework for smart city development

    The ICT (information and communication technology) reference framework for the development of smart cities (version 1.0) has been issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications as a basis for localities and businesses to develop smart city projects.

    The ICT reference framework is a set of functions to link smart regions, applications, and urban services to ensure consistency and synchronisation in smart city development, according to Decision 829/QĐ-BTTTT on the ICT reference framework issued on May 31 by the Ministry of Information and Communication.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2019
    Việt Nam needs legal framework for e-government

    Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, a standing member of the National Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Environment, talks to Vietnam News Agency about how to make best use of e-government to speed up administrative reform.

    Q: What are the advantages of the National e-Document Exchange Platform?

    The National e-Document Exchange Platform is a positive step towards a modern and new-look government

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2019
    NG: FG begins implementation of e-govt master plan

    The Federal Government through the Galaxy Backbone has launched a platform to support the e-government master plan initially approved by the previous Federal Executive Council.

    The official launch, was carried out recently in Abuja by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Gida Mustapha, the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita with the former Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, permanent secretaries of several ministries as well as the heads and representatives of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies in attendance.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2019
    As the continent digitizes rapidly, Africans need a bill of data rights to protect them online

    This week, hundreds of activists, technologists and policymakers are gathered in Tunis for RightsCon—the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. Among the items on the agenda will be a proposal for a Bill of Data Rights by our colleague Martin Tisné.

    Ahead of this, it’s important to explore what this could mean in the African context, and how a Bill of Data Rights could help to prevent governments and corporations from overstepping their boundaries by articulating the rights and freedoms of people in digital spaces. This is vital given the accelerating pace of technology adoption across Africa, from mobile money, the digital economy and online entertainment options, to biometric registrations for digital identity systems and voters’ rolls.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2019
    EC report: Romania ranks last in EU for digital public services

    Romania has the lowest performance among EU Member States when it comes to digital public services, the country having a score of 43.2 in the European Commission's Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2019. By comparison, the average EU score is 62.9.

    DESI is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. The index evaluates the EU countries on five criteria, namely connectivity, human capital, use of internet services, integration of digital technology, and digital public services.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2019
    ZA: How universities can learn from smart cities about connectivity

    The use of technology in the 21st century classroom is no longer a want but an essential part of education and learning. Nowadays universities exist as mini towns with the ever-growing connectivity demands. This as students expect to receive all their data and services wirelessly while professors and researchers need to be able to connect easily over the network.

    This is why universities need to get connectivity right, and there are a few parallels which can be drawn between their ambitions and those of a smart city, according to networking specialists Aruba.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2019
    Hungary's digital progress in line with EU average

    Hungary's digital economy and society have developed in line with the EU average over the past few years, the European Commission said in its latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report on Tuesday. Hungary ranks 23rd out of 28 EU member states overall.

    Hungary performs best, slightly above the EU average, in the broadband connectivity dimension, thanks to its widespread adoption of fast and ultrafast broadband and to its high coverage of next generation access (NGA) and ultrafast broadband infrastructure. Hungary ranks 14th in broadband internet access and 12th in 5G readiness, according to the report. Although fixed broadband coverage stagnated at around 94% of homes, fast broadband coverage increased to 87%. Well above half of homes subscribe to at least 30 Mbps (58%), above the EU average of 41%. In addition, Hungary continues to score well on ultrafast connectivity, mainly owing to its widespread cable networks: coverage stands at 82% (compared to 60% in the EU as a whole).

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2019
    US: New York: Syracuse Reaches for the Future with Smart City Plan

    The first steps in the Syracuse Surge include establishing an advanced public school and converting streetlights.

    Syracuse, N.Y., recently chose a smart city platform to operate its streetlights with a team that includes Cisco. "This smart investment immediately helps us achieve our vision of creating a growing city that embraces diversity and creates opportunity for all," said Mayor Ben Walsh in May, according to a news release.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2019
    Vietnam encourages Digital Transformation in Info & Comm

    A wide range of telecommunications, information and communications technologies and solutions were introduced at the Vietnam ICT COMM and Telefilm 2019.

    According to a press statement released by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), a wide range of telecommunications, information communications technologies, and solutions were introduced at the Vietnam ICT COMM and Telefilm 2019.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2019
    EU: Estonia leads emerging Europe in EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index

    Τhe European Commission has released the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

    Over the past year, all EU countries improved their digital performance. Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark scored the highest ratings in DESI 2019 and are among the global leaders in digitalisation. In emerging Europe, by far the highest scorer is Estonia, which ranks eighth out of the 28 EU member states. No other country in emerging Europe scores above the EU average.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2019
    Liberia to Digitize Government Services Using MLG’s Blockchain System

    Overstock.com Inc, in a press release on Monday, announced that its blockchain subsidiary, Medici Land Governance (MLG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Liberia’s Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, on the bid to digitize administrative services.

    The news today kickstarts a new Ppro Bono pilot project that will explore the possibilities likely to occur in the digitization of existing Liberian government services, as well as the establishment of e-government platforms.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2019
    Egypt to unveil 7 new platforms for public services by June 30, 2019

    By June 30, 2019, Egypt should have seven additional online platforms for government services. This was announced by the IT ministry which indicated that these platforms will provide access to various services like insurance, taxes, social housing, special needs, real estate registration, education, grants and marriage or divorce certificates.

    According to local media al-monitor, the government also plans to provide a smart card that citizens will use to pay for these government services that require payments.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2019
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: 3 yrs, just 1 project completed under Smart City Mission

    No major change visible in Ludhiana | Many infrastructural works yet to begin

    When it was announced that Ludhiana will be developed as a ‘smart city’ in January 2016, many residents had expected to see major changes in the city’s outlook. However, more than three years have passed but the Smart City Mission is moving at a snail’s pace.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2019
    IN: Put ‘smart cities’ back on agenda

    The concept of ‘Smart Cities’ shouldn’t be allowed to die. Our cities are currently cesspools of slums and garbage; the poor are being crushed in long commutes and forced to live in hovels

    In the high voltage, scalding Lok Sabha campaign we just witnessed, the one big casualty was ‘Smart Cities’. It was not there in the BJP’s election manifesto. It was absent from the oratorial deliveries of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even Rahul Gandhi and the Congress forgot to pull up the government on missing the ‘Smart Cities’ bus. NDA 1’s big-ticket project to transform the urban landscape was given a quiet burial.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2019
    VC: Internet services, particularly to the Grenadines, expected to improve with installation of subsea fibre optic cable

    The EC$60 million subsea fibre optic cable recently laid through the Grenadines, should as one of its benefits, significantly improve the quality of Internet services offered there.

    Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves indicated this at a media event to mark the end of the laying of the subsea fibre optic cable, completed under the project CARCIP (Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program), funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Government through a public, private partnership with Digicel (SVG) Ltd.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2019
    NG: We should support Open Data initiative

    Currently, the federal government is meeting with stakeholders on open data policy and e-government master plan which are veritable policies to curb corruption, open sectors to create opportunities for economic growth, investment, jobs, and information sharing.

    Open Data has gained traction in the global space in view of the awareness of citizens of their rights and the emergence of the Open Government Partnership(OGP) and digital revolution as well as the recognition of the economic benefits of Open Data.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Smart Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dive Brief:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fiber connectivity underlies a wide range of smart city applications

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2019
    Uzbekistan to develop payment systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2019
    BH: eNotary services launched

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2019
    Bahrain eSatisfied

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Der flächendeckende Ausbau breitbandiger Internetverbindungen in Deutschland kommt eher schleppend voran.

"Nach derzeitigem Stand sind im Haushaltsjahr 2009 bislang nur geringe Mittel in den Breitbandausbau geflossen", heißt es in der Antwort auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur dpa am Donnerstag vorlag. Nach Länderangaben gebe es inzwischen erhebliche konkrete Planungen und Ausschreibungen. Eine rasche Lösung des Problems sei aber nur möglich, wenn die Vielfalt von Anbietern und Technologien genutzt werde und alle Akteure aktiv mitwirkten. Die Linksfraktion kritisierte, dass 2,5 Millionen Haushalte noch keinen schnellen Internetzugang hätten.

Die Bundesregierung will bis Ende kommenden Jahres alle Haushalte in Deutschland mit den Verbindungen von wenigstens 1 Megabit pro Sekunde versorgen. Allerdings sind derzeit noch rund 2,5 Millionen Haushalte nicht mit Breitband ausgestattet. Die Zahlen gehen auf das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium zurück.

Die Telekom-Expertin der Linksfraktion, Sabine Zimmermann, kritisierte: "Die digitale Kluft hat sich in der Amtszeit der großen Koalition kaum verringert." Union und SPD hätten auf die Lösung des Marktes vertraut. Zimmermann fordert eine gesetzliche Verpflichtung, jedem Haushalt einen schnellen Internetanschluss anzubieten. Das CDU/FDP-regierte Baden-Württemberg verlangt in einer Bundesratsinitiative, ein Gesetz zu prüfen, um den Ausbau etwa über bestehende Leitungen zu beschleunigen.

Die Deutsche Telekom hatte im Juli erklärt, sie halte das Ziel des Ausbaus bis Ende 2010 für unrealistisch. Nötig seien technische Standardlösungen. Der Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien (BITKOM) sieht den Ausbau aus Kostengründen in Gefahr.

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