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  • Mon
    Jul
    15
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru City Corporation to conduct 3D digital twin drone survey in city

    The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) will soon appoint a consultant for the proposed 3D digital twin drone survey to be conducted in the city.

    The purpose of the drone survey is to create a comprehensive databank of the city that will assist the revenue, engineering, health, town planning, and other wings of the city corporation. Furthermore, the geographic information system (GIS)-based decision support system (DSS) will help the MCC improve basic facilities, provide ease of life to people, and increase the revenue of the city corporation.

  • Mon
    Jul
    15
    2024
    GB: Wales: Wrexham's plan for a 'smart city' scoops national award

    Wrexham Council has won a national award for its plans to develop the use of technology to help manage and improve the city centre.

    The council beat off tough competition from across Wales to win the Excellence in Plan Making award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

    The award recognises excellent practice in developing plans that will help shape the future of towns and cities – particularly plans that are unique and innovative.

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2024
    PK: For a smart population

    The intersection of technology and urban planning can help address Pakistan’s population growth and development challenges

    As we approach World Population Day on July 11, technological innovation is reshaping global population trends.

    Where does Pakistan stand in terms of healthcare, education and urban planning when it comes to technology to rewrite the narratives of population?

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2024
    US: Data tracking, AI and modernization: How the Social Security Administration has ditched its paper-based past

    Social Security Administration leaders say the “data rich” agency is undergoing cultural change with its adoption of SecurityStat and embrace of several AI tools.

    For more than two decades, the Social Security Administration has worked to shed its well-earned image as a “paper-based agency,” doing everything from shifting away from hard copy signatures to embarking on a large-scale modernization plan.

    Now armed with a robust artificial intelligence use case inventory and a splashy new data-tracking tool, SSA’s technology leaders feel especially bullish about where they stand in their digital journey.

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2024
    Meta holds workshop on digital transformation for govt partners in Pakistan

    Meta organised a workshop on Digital Transformation for government partners in Pakistan at the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication on Friday.

    Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Secretary IT Captain Muhammad Mahmood (retired), Additional Secretary Aisha Humera Moriani, Member IT Syed Junaid Imam, and DG International Coordination Syed Jawwad Ali Sherazi were present on the occasion.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    CN: Riding Hong Kong’s transformation

    As the world grapples with the impact of climate change, the need for sustainable urban development has never been more pressing, especially in the rapidly developing regions of Asia. This rapid urbanisation, if not managed properly, can exacerbate issues like pollution, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions – all of which contribute to climate change.

    The rise of "smart cities" offers a promising solution. By leveraging advanced technologies like the Internet of Things, big data analytics, and renewable energy, smart cities have the potential to significantly reduce a city’s environmental footprint while improving the quality of life for residents.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    The Evolution of Smart Cities: Transforming Urban Living

    Smart cities represent the future of urban living, leveraging technology to improve infrastructure, enhance quality of life, and ensure sustainable development. These cities utilize a range of technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and big data analytics, to optimize city operations and services. The goal is to create an environment where resources are managed efficiently, and residents experience a higher standard of living.

    In the transformation to a smart city, urban planners and policymakers focus on integrating various technological solutions to address urban challenges. For instance, smart traffic management systems use sensors and real-time data to reduce congestion, while smart grids enhance energy efficiency by optimizing power distribution.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    ZA: Municipalities must rely on software to deliver on their mandates

    What makes a good mayor? What makes a good municipality? For me, it is our ability to meet our constitutional obligations to serve the people of Thembisile Hani local municipality by providing services that are enduring and of a high quality — and able to impact our landscape positively.

    I would also define success on our part as when the poorest and most vulnerable among us are not only able to survive but live happily within this municipal region. But to attain this, I realised that we needed to do things differently than before.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Transforming Urban Planning with Automated Compliance Checking: A New Era

    The construction landscape is undergoing a paradigm shift, driven by technological advancements that are revolutionizing the planning phase of the construction lifecycle. One of the most transformative developments is the advent of automated compliance checking, which is reshaping urban planning by enhancing efficiency, reducing errors, and ensuring regulatory adherence. This new era of construction planning holds the promise of smarter, faster, and more efficient project execution, benefiting government agencies, architects, builders, and ultimately, the communities they serve.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Scindia Reviews Gwalior’s Future: 17 Ambitious Smart City Projects Discussed

    Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia reviewed 17 ambitious Smart City projects in Gwalior. Emphasizing the leadership of PM Modi and CM Mohan Yadav, Scindia outlined development plans and addressed airport quality concerns. The minister stressed addressing public grievances and ongoing improvements at Jabalpur and Gwalior airports.

    Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia convened a meeting on Saturday to evaluate the progress of Gwalior's Smart City project, asserting that the city's future is being meticulously shaped under the stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mohan Yadav. 'We reviewed and discussed 17 ambitious projects for Gwalior, incorporating numerous suggestions to refine our plans. Gwalior's evolution is steering ahead with an eye on honoring its historic and cultural legacy,' Scindia remarked post-meeting.

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2024
    China revs up smart city building with latest digital tech

    In late June, passengers traveling between Beijing Daxing International Airport and Yizhuang, a southern district of Beijing, were able to choose, if they like, the services provided by driverless robotaxis, with just a few clicks on their mobile phones.

    Although for security concerns, these robotaxis are operating under the supervision of safety drivers behind the wheels, this breakthrough in the commercialization of self-driving technology marks a significant step for Beijing's intelligent transportation.

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2024
    Gabon Draws Inspiration from Cameroon for its Smart City Project

    In recent years, Africa has witnessed the launch of numerous smart city projects aimed at bridging the technology gap affecting the continent.

    Brigadier General Bonjean Rodrigue Mbanza, Gabon's Minister of Digital Economy and New Information Technologies, made an official visit to Cameroon on Tuesday, July 2 to explore technologies for a Smart City project in Gabon. The visit aimed to examine existing technologies and draw inspiration to support the development of the project.

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2024
    KE: Kiambu: Governor Wamatangi injects Sh10 billion towards Thika Smart City

    The Kiambu county government is injecting Sh10 billion towards elevation of Thika to become an industrial smart city.

    In collaboration with the national administration the regional government will be allocating Sh1 billion annually for infrastructure development in support of the project which has been allocated 690 acres ceded by food processor Del Monte.

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2024
    VN: Hanoi to go green with electric buses by 2035

    The capital city of Hanoi is taking a significant step toward a more sustainable future for its public transportation system, with a July 4 approval of a plan to achieve a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035 via phasing out diesel vehicles in favour of electric ones.

    Between 2026 and 2030, Hanoi aims for a mix of electric buses (50%) and buses powered by cleaner burning fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) (50%). The estimated financial investment for this transition is 43 trillion VND (1.79 billion USD).

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2024
    The data storage behind smart and safe cities

    Whilst technological breakthroughs and the adoption of digital technologies have brought a new era of progress, it can sometimes be hard for the untrained eye to recognise cutting-edge innovations in everyday life. However, smart cities are a key field where new technologies, such as smart video, directly and visibly, raise living standards.

    Smart cities use information and communication technologies to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public and provide a better quality of local authority services. For example, advancements in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have enabled connected public transportation systems, which leverage real-time monitoring capabilities, as well as tracking the locations and routes of public vehicles. Not only does this speed up service times and reduce traffic congestion, it also cuts waiting times for passengers and keeps them informed.

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2024
    GR: Smart Nicosia just a click away

    Smart Nicosia, a project of innovative technologies and applications enriching the lives of residents and visitors alike, is now just a click away.

    The municipality invites everyone to discover the city’s vision and conveniences firsthand through its new user-friendly and accessible-to-all website.

  • Thu
    Jul
    11
    2024
    VN: Hanoi pilots smart transport operation system

    The Hanoi Transport Department on July 4 kicked off a pilot programme on a transport operation centre (TOC) with technological applications to mange the transport network in real-time.

    It is fully equipped to measure traffic, monitor violations, provide information, control smart traffic lights and peripheral equipment installed at two pilot intersections.

  • Thu
    Jul
    11
    2024
    IN: Government Says One Hundred Cities Completed 90% Of Its Total Development Projects

    The Government has said that one hundred cities have completed 90 per cent of its total development projects amounting to over one lakh 44 thousand crore rupees under Smart City Mission. The mission was launched in 2015 to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and decent quality of life to their citizens, clean and sustainable environment through application of smart solutions.

    The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said, the Mission has been getting multiple requests from some States and City government representatives, to grant some more time to complete the balance ten per cent projects.

  • Thu
    Jul
    11
    2024
    Thailand in efforts to become regional digital economy hub

    Thailand is pushing ahead with its ambition to become a regional digital economy hub as global technology giants seek a strategic destination to invest in data centers and cloud-related services, the country's Public Relations Department said on Wednesday.

    According to Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI), the Southeast Asian country has so far approved 37 projects involving data centers and cloud computing services, with a combined investment value of 98.53 billion baht (2.69 billion U.S. dollars).

  • Wed
    Jul
    10
    2024
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Simple steps not extravagance make a smart city

    Whenever I walk down the Fire Brigade steps in Shillong, most days, I mentally brace myself for the ordeal ahead as I head to Laitumkhrah. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the walks, despite the traffic, despite the crowding on sidewalks (which means that at times you have to get off the pavement and walk on the main road to avoid bumping into fellow pedestrians).

    What is truly stressful, not just for me, but for I think everyone else, is getting across the roads. It means dodging the traffic at several points including the place where four roads meet near the Seventh Day Adventist Church, with one rushing up from Nongrim and the Bethany Hospital side, another one-way past the Fire Bridge field, yet another coming after a merger ‘s side and the main road from Laitumkhrah. of the road from Jowai and one from St Edmunds.

  • Wed
    Jul
    10
    2024
    VN: Hanoi commits to develop advanced e-government services

    Hanoi People's Committee held a conference on June 28 to review the implementation of a project aimed at building an e-government and smart city, and to launch new digital platforms.

    Project 06, approved on January 6, 2022, focuses on developing applications for population data, digital identification, and electronic authentication. It aims to support the national digital transformation from 2022 to 2025, with a vision to 2030. As the capital, Hanoi has been entrusted with piloting several key initiatives before the nationwide implementation.

  • Tue
    Jul
    09
    2024
    AE: Dubai: Driving licenses and registrations now integrated into Samsung Wallet

    Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in cooperation with Samsung Gulf Electronics, announces the integration of driving licenses and vehicle registrations to Samsung Wallet.

    This partnership aligns with RTA's dedication to utilising technology to ensure an efficient transportation system, enhance driver experience, and achieve Dubai's vision of becoming the world's premier smart city.

  • Tue
    Jul
    09
    2024
    VN: Vingroup to build $1.3B smart city in outlying Hanoi district

    Conglomerate Vingroup is part of a consortium, the only bidder, seeking to build a VND33 trillion (US$1.3 billion) smart city in Hanoi’s outlying Dong Anh District.

    The Vingroup–Thai Son–Long Hai has registered to develop the smart city, which has yet been named.

    Thai Son is 99.8% owned by Vingroup’s property development arm Vinhomes.

  • Tue
    Jul
    09
    2024
    US: Defining Smart City Digital Twins

    A Q&A with two Georgia Tech experts in civil and environmental engineering and city infrastructure analytics.

    Two of those cities, Columbus and Warner Robins, Georgia, received the awards for projects that involve digital twins. But what, exactly, is a digital twin? And how can the technology be used to solve community problems?

    We talked with John Taylor, the Frederick Law Olmsted Professor and associate chair for graduate programs and research innovation in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Neda Mohammadi, city infrastructure analytics director in Georgia Tech's Network Dynamics Lab to get some answers. These are edited highlights from an interview.

  • Mon
    Jul
    08
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: Disaster mgmt app for swiftmitigation at micro level

    The Dakshina Kannada district administration has launched a disaster management application through the Mangaluru Smart City Limited, aimed at enhancing mitigation efforts at the micro level.

    This application helps in planning the necessary resources, such as earthmovers and boats, as soon as a distress call is received.

  • Mon
    Jul
    08
    2024
    How to develop a smarter city at the scale that’s right for you

    These three cities found a tech partner that helped them navigate their challenges, on time and at scale.

    As urbanisation continues apace, cities need connectivity with near-zero downtime to deliver the best possible experience to citizens.

    According to Deloitte’s 2023 research, city leaders are eager to digitise government services and enhance overall digital access for citizens. Yet they face numerous challenges. Many need either to  upgrade legacy systems, or to establish entirely new ones. Some need to integrate the two.

  • Mon
    Jul
    08
    2024
    How An Old Greek Airport Is Becoming A $14 Billion Tourism Project

    The largest smart city built from the ground up in Europe is well underway, but it’s not in the usual-suspect destinations like London or Paris. Instead, this fully sustainable city is just 20 minutes from the Greek capital of Athens along the Athenian Riviera coastline. Dubbed a “15-minute city,” a reference to the fact that everyone will be within 15 minutes from all corners of the development, this mixed-use development will be home to many firsts. This includes the first (and tallest) skyscraper in Greece, the largest shopping mall in the country and the biggest coastal park in Europe more than doubling the amount of green space in the capital.

  • Sun
    Jul
    07
    2024
    PH: Muntinlupa: Moving towards becoming a smart city

    The city’s vision for a tech-powered future is ambitious, but overcoming the challenges and building trust with its residents can unlock its potential to become a model for other Philippine cities looking to embrace technology for a brighter tomorrow.

    Muntinlupa City is poised for a significant transformation — a metamorphosis into a Smart City and under the leadership of Mayor Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon, the city is actively implementing projects designed to streamline government services, leverage data for informed decision-making and ultimately, create a more efficient and transparent governance system.

  • Sun
    Jul
    07
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Over 95% Smart City projects complete: CEO

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL), Dr Owais on Saturday said that over 95 percent of the work on Srinagar Smart City projects is complete, with only finishing touches remaining.

    Dr Owais said, “Over 95% of projects are complete, however, there is a finishing touch ongoing which will be completed very soon. Blacktopping of roads has also already been taken up and almost completed.”

  • Sun
    Jul
    07
    2024
    PH: Pampanga: San Fernando gears up for ‘tech-driven future

    The local government of San Fernando City in Pampanga province is setting its sights on becoming a “smart sustainable city” by harnessing the power of information and communication technology (ICT).

    This ambitious goal is outlined in a detailed plan on the city’s website, which highlights three key focus areas: ICT system development (e-services), ICT industry and community development, and ICT infrastructure development.

  • Sun
    Jul
    07
    2024
    Norway pioneers AI in urban planning: a game-changer for global smart city development

    In many ways, Norway stands at the forefront of innovative technology application, and its recent exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) in urban planning is no exception. A bold move by Norwegian city planners to utilize AI in enhancing the country’s urban development is making waves globally. A project, as audacious as it is groundbreaking, presents an intriguing case study for countries worldwide, igniting conversations about the nature of urban innovation in the age of AI.

  • Sat
    Jul
    06
    2024
    TH: Pattaya’s future rings in with 5G Smart City initiative

    Pattaya City and National Telecom Plc (NT) have embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration to develop the 5G Pattaya Smart City project. On Tuesday, Pattaya City Mayor Poramase Ngampichet and NT President Colonel Sapphachai Huwanan formalised this partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Pattaya City Hall.

    This initiative focuses on integrating advanced technologies such as 5G Internet, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance city management. A pivotal component of the project is the installation of Smart Poles across Pattaya City, aimed at boosting 5G Internet accessibility and improving the quality of life for both residents and visitors.

  • Sat
    Jul
    06
    2024
    Smart cities: the future lies in cooperation

    As part Nexus2050, organised at Luxexpo, presentations and a roundtable discussion were held on the theme of the Smart City on Thursday. It was an opportunity to discover cutting-edge projects on this theme.

    Today, the Smart City mainly involves the development of digital twins. These digital twins can be fed with a wealth of information to manage and anticipate certain elements, such as traffic or water levels. This is possible thanks to the relay of connected objects and sensors, but also thanks to a whole range of different sources of information that can enrich the analyses (such as meteorological data in the case of water levels).

  • Sat
    Jul
    06
    2024
    BR: Paraná: Curitiba: A smart city that works for its citizens

    The capital of Paraná state in southern Brazil was voted "Most Intelligent City in the World" last year at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Its mayor Rafael Greca explains why his town keeps racking up the accolades.

    Q: What makes Curitiba stand out from other cities?

    Our history of innovation dates back to the 1870s, when the Rebouças brothers, Brazil’s first black engineers, did some great projects in our region.

  • Sat
    Jul
    06
    2024
    CN: Shanghai updates city management with new smart system

    Shanghai is tackling city management challenges with a new smart system.

    A smart urban management project led by Shanghai Engineering Design Institute, the city's major infrastructure designer, will be launched soon after passing inspection.

    The platform, developed under a national key research plan on smart urban management, is being tested at 20 infrastructure sites in Shanghai.

  • Fri
    Jul
    05
    2024
    GR: Ellinikon: Construction Underway on €8 Billion 'Smart City'

    Construction has begun on a "smart city" three times the size of Monaco, which its developers hope will become a prototype for sustainable development across the world.

    Costing a total of €8.5 billion and covering an area of around 6.2 million square meters, Ellinikon is one of the largest urban development projects on the globe today. When finished, the project will combine thousands of permanent residences, shopping centers, and a commercial hub, all built surrounding a 600-acre public park. While framed by its developers as an paradigm of smart and sustainable urban planning, some experts have cast doubt on whether Ellinikon can meet these lofty aspirations.

  • Fri
    Jul
    05
    2024
    Riding the urbanisation wave: New urbanism with a people-focused and growth-driven approach

    Urban development projects are reshaping the future of local cities

    The urbanisation wave is sweeping the globe. 4.4 billion inhabitants, which form over 56 percent of the global population, live in urban areas today. It is forecasted to expand even more. By 2045, the urban population will increase by 1.5 times amounting to 6 billion.

    Urban-related challenges might vary in Cairo, Riyadh, New York, London, and Berlin, but we know one thing for sure, they have embraced urban development to the fullest with mega projects.

  • Fri
    Jul
    05
    2024
    VN: Hanoi: ‘Zero-dong’ resolution to promote online public services

    The Hanoi People’s Council has decided to exempt people from fees when conducting 82 administrative procedures online, believing that the move will encourage people to use online public services.

    Before the ‘zero-dong’ resolution was approved by the Hanoi People’s Council in July 2023, Nguyen Xuan Luu, director of the Hanoi Finance Department said in 2022, the total budget collection from fees and charges in Hanoi was VND9.72 trillion, but only VND36.5 billion was collected online. The majority of people (70 percent) still preferred offline administrative procedures.

  • Fri
    Jul
    05
    2024
    IN: Chandigarh: Integrated command centre gets third position in IMAF 2.0

    The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), Chandigarh, got third position in ICCC Maturity Assessment Framework (IMAF) 2.0 among all smart cities. It topped in cyber security category. This recognition came after an on-ground audit by the Quality Council of India (QCI).

    The award was presented by Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, during Smart Cities CEOs Conference on Data and Technology held today at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

  • Thu
    Jul
    04
    2024
    DE: Berlin: Siemensstadt Square: blueprint for the city of the future?

    Combining the real and the digital worlds, technology from Siemens Xcelerator portfolio will form the backbone of the new neighbourhood in Berlin Spandau.

    Siemens has announced it is investing €750m in the modernisation of Siemensstadt Square in Berlin to make it the "digital, sustainable, competitive city of the future".

  • Thu
    Jul
    04
    2024
    US: The Benefits of Smart Buildings for State and Local Government Campuses

    The Internet of Things improves the experience of both citizens and government workers. Although smart city technology has long been a focus for local governments, a great deal of energy and investment has been put into projects such as smart streetlights, transportation infrastructure and digital kiosks. Less heralded has been the smartification of the humble government office building, be it city hall, the headquarters of a state government agency or even a remote outpost.

  • Thu
    Jul
    04
    2024
    Urban Digital Twins: AI Comes To City Planning

    Urban digital twins are transforming how smart cities plan, operate and adapt to future challenges. Urban digital twins use real-time data, advanced analytics, and AI to help city planners visualize impacts, test solutions, and implement data-driven strategies for better services, infrastructure, and resource management.

    Imagine a city where technology and urban planning work in harmony to create an efficient, sustainable and citizen-centric environment—this is the vision of a smart city. Residents enjoy seamless public transportation, ample green spaces, enhanced public safety, inclusivity and interconnected services that anticipate their needs. With every aspect of daily life enhanced by intelligent solutions, smart cities offer a glimpse into a future where communities thrive in an environment carefully designed to promote convenience, well-being and a higher quality of life for everyone.

  • Thu
    Jul
    04
    2024
    GH: Dept Housing Minister highlights key role of urbanisation and smart cities in sustainable development

    The Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Dr Prince Hamid Armah has underscored the pivotal role of urbanisation and smart cities in driving Ghana's sustainable development.

    Addressing the audience at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday, June 26, he highlighted the government's renewed commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrialisation.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2024
    TW: Smart Cities, Connected Futures: Wi-Fi HaLow Mesh's Impact

    Smart cities use Wi-Fi HaLow Mesh for robust connectivity in current sensing, air quality, water, and gas metering, enabling real-time data analysis.

    In the era of smart cities, the integration of cutting-edge technologies is crucial for efficient urban management. From optimizing traffic flow to enhancing public safety, the deployment of innovative solutions is reshaping urban landscapes worldwide. One such advancement lies in the utilization of Wi-Fi HaLow Mesh technology, offering robust connectivity and scalability across diverse urban environments. Leveraging this technology, cities can revolutionize data collection and analysis, particularly in areas like current sensing, air quality monitoring, water metering, and gas metering.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2024
    PH: Cebu: Free WiFi to be installed in Mandaue’s public spaces

    MAYOR Jonas Cortes announced the installation of free WiFi in selected sites across Mandaue City during the "Istorya ta Bai: A Move for Good Governance and Transparency Forum" on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

    In partnership with Craft Shack Inc. and ARTBI Global Philippine Corporation, the City aims to provide free WiFi in government open spaces.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2024
    Indonesia to take notes from South Korea's smart governance

    Officials from the Domestic Policy Strategy Agency (BSKDN) of the Home Affairs Ministry embarked on a visit to South Korea to learn how to improve the implementation of smart governance at the national level.

    BSKDN head Yusharto Huntoyungo informed that the official visit is a strategic step aimed at exploring innovation and best practices pertaining to smart government implemented by the South Korean government.

  • Wed
    Jul
    03
    2024
    US: Governments Empower Citizens by Promoting Digital Rights

    Two local governments have taken steps to make residents aware of their digital rights. Experts argue that cities actually have a responsibility to do so.

    The rapid rise of digital services and smart city technology has elevated concerns about privacy in the digital age and government’s role, even as cities from California to Texas take steps to make constituents aware of their digital rights.

    Earlier this month, Long Beach, Calif., launched an improved version of its Digital Rights Platform, which shows constituents their data privacy and digital rights and information about how the city uses technologies while protecting digital rights.

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2024
    IT: 'One in five municipalities has started smart city projects'

    At congress organized by Q8 a 'roadmap for the government'

    Over one in five municipalities in Italy over the past year has promoted projects on smart cities showing "the will to actively participate in the digital revolution of cities", according to the congress "Smart City - Roadmap for the government", organized in Rome on Tuesday by Q8 Italia, an affiliate of Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI).

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2024
    QA: Digital solutions to ease work

    The Ministry of Municipality is implementing a number of projects and initiatives focusing on optimizing quality of life, prosperity, urban modernization, service excellence, and digital transformation in line with its strategy for 2024-30.

    The newly launched smart cities solutions project of the Ministry of Municipality is one of them. The first phase of the smart cities solutions project includes the implementation of a smart waste management system, a vehicle management and task distribution system, and a central operations command platform.

  • Tue
    Jul
    02
    2024
    ‘Living laboratory’: Japan’s ‘Woven City’ to get 1st residents — Toyota

    The ‘smart city’ will feature autonomous vehicles, robots, hydrogen power and, of course, a sprinkling of AI solutions for residents to play with.

    Less than four years after announcing plans to build a “smart city” near Mount Fuji in Japan, Toyota announced the city will welcome its first residents very soon.

    Called the “Woven City,” it has been dubbed a “living laboratory” to experiment with new technologies like hydrogen power, autonomous vehicles, robots, and artificial intelligence (AI)

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2024
    IT: Avellino: Testing of Future Vehicles at Borgo 4.0 in Lioni

    The testing of future vehicles on the Borgo 4.0 track has begun in the municipality of Lioni, in the province of Avellino. Autonomous, sustainable, and connected vehicles to next-generation infrastructures are being tested on the circuit built in Lioni as part of the Borgo 4.0 technological platform, a public-private partnership coordinated by the managing entity «Anfia Automotive» with 54 companies in the sector, three public research centers, five Campanian universities, and the CNR.

    From June to September, prototypes developed by companies will alternate to test what has been designed and developed in the laboratory so far. The first to hit the track was the new Fiat Professional E-Ducato, produced in Italy by Stellantis, for the F-Mobility Project. In the coming weeks, the testing phase will also involve a “City Logistic” service that will involve the electric Ducato to optimize courier deliveries, in relation to traffic and the goods to be delivered.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2024
    GB: Crafting User-Centric Urban Spaces: The Synergy of BIM, IoT, and Blockchain in Smart City Development

    The integration of BIM, IoT, and blockchain technologies in smart buildings and cities enhances urban living by optimizing data management, improving user experiences, and ensuring data security. Effective synergy between these technologies is crucial to meeting user expectations for comfort, cleanliness, security, and efficient space usage in urban environments.

    In the bustling landscape of urban development, the integration of digital construction technologies in smart buildings and smart cities is reshaping how urban environments cater to user expectations. A study by researchers at Birmingham City University and the University of Manchester explores the synergy between technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain, emphasizing their potential to meet the growing demands of building users.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2024
    IN: Haryana: 10,000 smart cameras to be installed in Gurugram

    With an aim to strengthen full-proof security here in Gurugram, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) will install 10,000 smart cameras across the city in the third phase of the CCTV surveillance project, officials said.

    Under this, 400 km of road will be covered and about Rs 422 crore will be spent on this project.

    This proposal will be placed in the GMDA board meeting to be held under the chairmanship of the Haryana Chief Minister. It will be taken forward after the CM's approval.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2024
    MY: Cybersecurity: Securing smart cities

    From optimising street lighting and traffic flow to managing public parking and camera surveillance, Internet of Things (IoT) powered sensors enable smarter, real-time responses and improved city services. However, this integration into a single infrastructure poses significant cybersecurity challenges.

    The vast volume of diverse data generated by the IoT sensors creates a space for the malicious activities of cybercriminals, necessitating a balance between advancing smart city initiatives and ensuring robust cybersecurity measures.

  • Mon
    Jul
    01
    2024
    QA: Minister of Municipality inaugurates first phase of smart cities solutions project

    HE Minister of Municipality Abdullah bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Attiyah on Sunday launched the first phase of the smart cities solutions project, which primarily includes the implementation of a smart waste management system, a vehicle management and task distribution system, and a central operations command platform.

    These initiatives are aligned with the ministry's strategy for 2024-2030, focusing on optimizing quality of life, prosperity, urban modernization, service excellence, and digital transformation.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2024
    KE: Roadmap to climate-resilient smart cities

    What you need to know:

    • Smart cities are urban settings planned technologically to improve quality of life and services, enhance security, and collect up-to-date data.
    • For urban centres to function efficiently in the coming years, experts urge that they be designed to withstand climate shocks.

    Climate change and the increasing urban populations are creating new demand for smart cities with capacity to provide efficient services while using resources sustainably.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2024
    IN: Haryana: 10,000 CCTVs in Gurugram road surveillance scheme Phase 3

    Approximately 2,000 locations in Gurugram will be equipped with around 10,000 cameras to cover the entire road length of about 400 kilometers, according to GMDA

    The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is set to roll out the third phase of its extensive CCTV coverage project, aiming to install 10,000 CCTV cameras along 400 kilometers of the main road network under their jurisdiction, officials said. This phase seeks to enhance the safety and security of residents by providing comprehensive surveillance across the Millennium City, covering main road networks, public places, and community areas, they added.

  • Sun
    Jun
    30
    2024
    Smart city revolution: How AI is transforming urban management

    Data centers leveraging AI technology are becoming the most valuable physical assets for municipalities, promising to manage soon driverless vehicles providing transportation, sanitation and healthcare services in smart cities

    Cities and organizations around the globe are reimagining how to manage their most valuable physical assets and spaces using AI. This technology offers powerful new methods to create more sustainable cities, maintain infrastructure and improve public spaces such as roads for residents.

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar police to introduce drone squads

    The police in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar are set to enhance surveillance capabilities with the integration of drone technology with the command control centre.

    The initiative is part of the safe city project under the Aurangabad Smart City Project, aimed at improving the city’s security and maintaining peace and harmony.

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2024
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: e-governance workshop for improved public services

    For giving a push to digitalisation, an e-governance assessment workshop was held under the World Bank and AIIB co-funded by Punjab Municipal Services Improvement Project (PMSIP) at Zone D office of Municipal Corporation (MC) on Wednesday.

    The workshop was held under the chairmanship of MC Commissioner Sandeep Rishi.

    Urban development and technology experts from World Bank, including Shashank Jayakumar, Navika Chaudhary, Graham Colclough from Scotland (through VC), Johnston Yoon from South Korea (through VC), conducted the workshop.

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2024
    Thailand crowns leading smart cities

    Rankings intended to raise awareness and spur innovation

    Phuket has been ranked as the top province-based smart city, while the Wang Chan Valley in Rayong province was named the leading city-based smart area in the country, according to the Thailand Smart City Competitiveness Index 2023.

    The index assessed 30 cities in 23 provinces to raise awareness among leaders and residents about the progress, strengths and weaknesses of smart city development, according to the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa).

  • Sat
    Jun
    29
    2024
    NA: Safeguarding Windhoek: Telecom Namibia and City Police Collaborate to Protect Infrastructure

    Curbing Copper Theft and Telecommunications Infrastructure Sabotage – Telecom Namibia engages City of Windhoek and City Police to Collaborate on Smart Policing

    Telecom Namibia CEO Dr. Stanley Shanapinda and management paid a courtesy visit to the City of Windhoek and City Police to discuss areas of collaboration aimed at enhancing safety and security, and the protection of telecommunications infrastructure in the City.

  • Fri
    Jun
    28
    2024
    Sun Singapore Launches AI-Driven Smart Parking System Powered by AMD

    AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that Sun Singapore Systems Pte. Ltd., the largest smart parking solutions provider in Singapore, is deploying a new AI-based smart parking solution, powered by AMD Zynq™ UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices. The intelligent solution improves the accuracy of vehicle license plate recognition and enables advanced features like parking spot vacancy detection, lane jam, accident detection, and parking violation enforcement.

    Sun Singapore's new AI-based smart parking system uses PlanetSpark’s EdgeAI Box X7, which is powered by FPGA-based AMD Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs. Aupera Technologies also helped design and develop FPGA firmware and AI vision solutions for accurate license plate reading. The resulting solution provides low latency, energy efficiency, and real-time AI inferencing at the edge. FPGAs provide the long lifecycle demanded by edge devices, with the hardware flexibility to adapt to changing AI models, algorithms and evolving demands and standards..

  • Fri
    Jun
    28
    2024
    CN: Hong Kong’s innovators are making waves. So why is it so slow with its smart city plans?

    No shortage of tech inventors and innovators in the city, but it is hard to commercialise their products

    Ronald Pong watched with dismay as some Hong Kong cabbies carried out undercover sting operations recently to expose Uber drivers who did not have permits to pick up passengers.

    The taxi drivers’ frustration with competition from the popular ride-hailing platform has festered for years, but the angry confrontation was also a sign of what was holding Hong Kong back in the global race to embrace technology.

  • Fri
    Jun
    28
    2024
    How Innovative Charging Station Software is Integrating with Broader Smart City Initiatives Featured

    Today’s urban centers are starting to look and feel different from the cities of the past. The “smart city” boom has transformed the way cities are structured and how people live in urban areas. As smart city urbanization continues to surge, the electric vehicle revolution is surging along with it. EV adoption has been a pivotal aspect in the ongoing transformation of cities, playing a critical role in sustainable mobility.

    The cornerstone of EV charging infrastructure is the software that runs the stations and keeps charging accessible to EV drivers. In smart cities, the meld of EV charging software and other smart technologies, such as renewable energy sources, smart tech grids, and IoT devices, contribute to the building of a cohesive, responsive, and ultimately sustainable urban environment.

  • Fri
    Jun
    28
    2024
    Phuket tops Thailand’s smart provinces: Digital agency

    Phuket ranks as Thailand’s most technologically advanced province among 23 smart provinces while Wangchan Valley in Rayong tops the list of 30 smart cities, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) announced on Wednesday (June 19).

    Depa’s Smart Cities Office released the ranking of 30 smart cities in 23 provinces for 2023 as part of its report, “Thailand Smart City Competitiveness Index (TSCCI) 2023”.

  • Thu
    Jun
    27
    2024
    IN: Panaji: After outcry, Goa CM says report on Smart City project will be ready soon

    After public outcry, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that a report on the Smart City project is being prepared which will have the details of the works completed and the actions taken against the project consultant and other persons.

    “A report on the Smart City project is being prepared. Whatever work has been done so far and the actions taken against a consultant and others will be reflected in this report. We will not spend additional money on works that have collapsed, and ask the contractors to complete them soon. The report will be ready very soon,” CM Sawant told mediapersons here.

  • Thu
    Jun
    27
    2024
    IN: Goa: Panaji: ‘Will submit Smart City report to govt’

    Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) is preparing a detailed report on Smart City Mission works in the city, and will soon submit it to govt.

    Sawant said he is “sympathetic to the hardships faced by the people”. “If you need better infrastructure, the people have to face hardships (now), so that over the next 25 years, they don’t have to face these hardships again.”

  • Thu
    Jun
    27
    2024
    TW: Kaohsiung’s Smart City Governance Achievements Expand Southward - A Successful Presentation at the 2nd Quarter 2024 Regular National Executive Board Meeting of the Vice Mayors’ League (VMLP) of the Philippines

    On June 18th 2024, Kaohsiung Vice Mayor Charles Lin was invited to represent the Kaohsiung City Government to attend the 2nd Quarter 2024 Regular National Executive Board Meeting of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) in Manila. He delivered a keynote speech entitled “People-Oriented Smart Cities: The Experience of Kaohsiung City,” highlighting Kaohsiung’s recent efforts and successes in developing a smart city and urban transformation. During the event, he exchanged insights on urban governance with Taguig City Vice Mayor Arvin Ian V. Alit, Malabon City Vice Mayor Ninong C. Dela Cruz, San Mariano-Isabela Vice Mayor Dean Anthony G. Domalanta, and 372 other vice mayor representatives from across the Philippines.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2024
    NG: Turning Lagos into a smart city economy

    Recently, the Lagos State Government berthed a Transport Policy to better coordinate its inter-modal transportation initiatives which are aimed at promoting organised public transportation, Adeyinka Aderibigbe writes

    The Sanwo-Olu administration deepened the first pillar of its THEMES+ Agenda, with the unveiling of the Lagos State Transport Policy (LTP).

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2024
    US: Florida: City of Santa Maria expands free Wi-Fi access

    The city of Santa Maria is expanding its free Wi-Fi access as part of a new initiative.

    As part of its Smart City, Safe City initiative, the City of Santa Maria now offers public WiFi internet access at its Grogan Park, 1155 West Rancho Verde. This provides more public internet access in low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods.

  • Wed
    Jun
    26
    2024
    Turkmenistan to explore possibilities of introducing 5G technology

    Turkmenistan will explore the possibilities of introducing 5G technology in the country.

    According to an official source, this proposal by Mammetkhan Chakiyev, Director of the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers, was approved by President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov at the next online meeting of the government.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2024
    MY: MOU on housing, urban planning, smart cities to be inked with China, says Nga

    Malaysia and China will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the fields of housing, urban planning, and smart cities, announced Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Nga said the exchange of the MOU between Malaysia's Ministry of Housing and Local Government and China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will be witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Li Qiang, during the Chinese premier's official three-day visit to the country from Tuesday to Thursday.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2024
    QA: Municipality Ministry completes digitalisation of 110 services

    The Ministry of Municipality has completed 110 services out of 400 services which are being developed under its digital transformation project in a bid to provide smart and automated services to the public and beneficiary companies.

    “The digital services cover all sectors including agriculture, food security, urban development, general services and community services,” said Director of the Information Systems Department at the Ministry of Municipality Hamda Abdel Aziz Al Maadeed.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2024
    IN: Punjab: 5 months on, Mohali’s touted CCTV project a non-starter

    After failing five times, the Punjab Police Housing Corporation had allotted the tender to Technosys Integrated Solutions Pvt Ltd; but with the installation work yet to even kick off, it won’t be completed before year-end

    The long-awaited project for installation of CCTV cameras to curb the rising road accidents in Mohali has yet to see the light of the day even five months after the Punjab Police Housing Corporation (PPHC) finally allotted the tender after five failed attempts.

  • Tue
    Jun
    25
    2024
    Whatever Happened to ‘Smart Cities’?

    They didn’t go away — it’s just more about the buildings in the cities now

    In May 2020, the smart city concept appeared to have been dead and buried when Sidewalk Labs ended its collaboration with the City of Toronto to create Quayside, a data-infused, sustainability-focused experiment in urban living.

    Killed by a combination of Sidewalk Labs’ opaque vision for the techno-neighborhood, conflicts about public funding of the built world over enhancing the natural environment, privacy concerns, and the 2-month-old COVID-19 pandemic, Quayside’s death seemed to herald the demise of the smart city. In December 2021, Alphabet folded Sidewalk Labs, its urban innovation arm, into Google.

  • Mon
    Jun
    24
    2024
    The Role of Construction in Urban Development: Building 15 Minute Smart Cities

    As cities continue to grow and become more complex, the need for efficient and sustainable urban development becomes increasingly important.

    One concept that has gained traction in recent years is the idea of building 15-minute smart cities.

  • Mon
    Jun
    24
    2024
    Advancing security in smart cities with facial recognition technology

    Being the catalysts of growth, smart cities are founded on a technology-powered infrastructure. Digitisation in global economies has led the way to a transformative shift to smart security, universal convenience, and accelerated advancements.

    By 2026, smart cities will be expected to generate an economic benefit of USD 20 trillion globally.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2024
    Greece is turning an abandoned airport into an $8 billion smart city. Take a look at Ellinikon.

    • Greece is building what's billed as Europe's largest and greenest smart city close to Athens.
    • Ellinikon's developers say they're trying to construct a "zip-code paradise."
    • At the center of the project is the Riviera Tower, set to become Greece's first skyscraper.

    Greece is building Europe's largest and greenest smart city in an $8 billion project that's been more than a decade in the making.

    Located on the site of a former Athens airport, Ellinikon is set to feature Greece's first skyscraper, a high-end mall, and a sports park.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2024
    Govt committed to transforming Pakistan into digital economy: Shaza

    Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja has said that the government is committed for digitalization and transforming Pakistan into Digital economy.

    She was talking to Global System for Mobile Communications Association's Head of Asia Pacific Julian Gorman who called on her in Islamabad.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2024
    QA: Katara Tech Forum discusses role of AI in digital transformation of smart cities

    The 19th edition of the Katara Tech Forum, organized by the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara), focused on the theme “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Driving Digital Transformation of Smart Cities.” The forum covered several topics related to the importance of information technology in enhancing efficiency, fostering innovation, and addressing associated challenges.

    Owner of Southtech Technology Solutions and Southtech Security Systems, Maryam Mohammed Majarrah emphasized the importance of comprehensively understanding artificial intelligence (AI) and its benefits in her presentation. She highlighted AI’s role in the digital transformation strategy for smart cities.

  • Sun
    Jun
    23
    2024
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Kurnool will be transformed into Smart City says Bharat

    Minister for Industries, Commerce and Food Processing TG Bharat said that he will transform Kurnool town into a smart city.

    He also said that measures will be taken for industrial development in Andhra Pradesh on par with Gujarat.

    Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, Bharat said that he has witnessed the problems being faced by the people during the election campaigning. People have submitted their grievances to him during that period.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2024
    Saudi Arabia begs China to help as it 'runs out of money' for huge new £1tn mega-city

    Construction has already begun on Neom, the city being built in the desert but money woes have arisen on the project.

    Saudi Arabia is urgently seeking investment from China for its ambitious Neom megacity project, which is at the heart of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 strategy.

    The plan aims to diversify the kingdom's economy away from fossil fuels and transform it into a global hub for innovation and technology.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2024
    Tanzania to become African digital cornerstone - Nape Nnauye

    Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Mr Nape Nnauye has reaffirmed Tanzania’s commitment to becoming a beacon of digital excellence in Africa and beyond.

    Addressing the Virtual Worlds Day in Geneva yesterday during the United Nations’ first Virtual Worlds Day event, the Minister highlighted the country’s impressive progress in digital innovation and transformation.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2024
    Bridging the Digital Divide: How 5G Will Transform Developing Nations

    The World Bank's report, "The Path to 5G in the Developing World," outlines the transformative potential of 5G technology in driving economic growth and digital transformation in developing nations. The article discusses the benefits of 5G across various sectors, the associated risks, and the policy measures needed for successful deployment.

    As the world races towards digital transformation, the fifth-generation mobile network, known as 5G, is set to revolutionize the way we live and work. The recent report by the World Bank, "The Path to 5G in the Developing World," sheds light on the immense potential of 5G technology to drive economic growth and innovation, especially in developing nations. This next-gen technology promises to deliver unprecedented speeds, ultra-low latency, and the ability to connect a million devices per square kilometer, making it a game-changer in the digital landscape.

  • Sat
    Jun
    22
    2024
    IN: Smart cities gear up for a transport revolution

    Integrating AI-powered traffic management systems, extending metro lines, and converting obsolete buildings into Electric Vehicle charging stations can support the transition

    What makes a city ‘smart’? The answer lies in innovative planning and designs, robust infrastructure and forward-thinking policies.

    The rapid pace of urbanisation and its consequent challenges have catalysed a deep transformation within the sphere of urban transport. An important aspect of shaping smart cities for the transport revolution is the strategic development of infrastructure. For example in a city like Mumbai, the expansion of the metro network is a key initiative aimed at addressing traffic congestion and pollution of the city. By extending metro lines to underserved areas and improving connectivity, the city reduces dependence on personal vehicles, promoting a shift towards public transit. This infrastructure is about adding routes and creating a web of connectivity that makes public transport a more viable and attractive option.

  • Fri
    Jun
    21
    2024
    Saudi Arabia is seeking billions in Chinese investment for Neom. But it comes with a massive risk.

    • Saudi Arabia is seeking investment for its Neom megacity project from China.
    • In recent years, China has signed various tech deals with Saudi Arabia.
    • But the US is warning of consequences if the Saudis draw too close to China.

    At a recent exhibition in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia showcased its futuristic vision for its planned Neom megacity.

  • Fri
    Jun
    21
    2024
    ZW: 3 smart cities proposal for Hwange District

    Plans are underway to establish at least three unique smart cities in Hwange District and work has already started, Engineer Andrew Muchechetere, group executive chairman of AMRE Investments has said.

    Addressing delegates at the 10th CEO Africa Roundtable conference yesterday, Eng Muchechetere emphasised the importance of developing a smart city in the district due to the availability of prime land.<

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2024
    CN: Shanghai: Fengxian's Digital Sea project set to launch initial phase

    Shanghai's "International Digital Sea" project, a smart digital city in Fengxian District, will soon launch its initial phase, offering a glimpse of future urban life.

    The project is the top priority in Fengxian New City, one of Shanghai's "five new cities." It covers about 1.4 square kilometers and is planned to be completed in seven phases over 10 years. It aims to create three digital cities – above ground, underground, and in the cloud.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2024
    KR: South Jeolla: Naju: LG CNS launches AI-driven smart farm platform

    LG CNS, an information technology service provider, announced on Thursday that it has established an intelligent platform for advanced automated agricultural production in the southern city of Naju.

    The smart farm project, spanning 543,000 square meters of fields, features an AI-driven platform that analyzes soil and meteorological data to optimize fertilizer usage and irrigation schedules, while also predicting pest outbreaks and recommending pesticides.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2024
    QA: Municipality Ministry introduces 13 new e-services for agricultural sector

    As part of its strategy to further enhance digital transformation, the Ministry of Municipality, represented by the Agricultural Affairs Department, has launched 13 new electronic services for the agricultural sector on its website. The initiative aims at simplifying procedures and saving the time and efforts of applicants.

    The new services include importing permits for fruits and vegetables, importing permits for plants and seedlings, importing permits for palm trees and offshoots, and importing permits for natural wood and plant parts.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2024
    Boldyn picks Airspan for private-5G smart-city project in Sunderland, UK

    Airspan Networks, with $95 million in fresh equity funding, has said it has been selected by Boldyn Networks to supply the private radio network (RAN) infrastructure for the city of Sunderland’s smart-city 5G project in the UK. The US vendor’s AirSpeed 1900 outdoor small cells have been incorporated already into existing street furniture around the city, it said.

    The open RAN units are providing “high-performance and high-capacity connectivity” across Sunderland, it said. UK-headquartered Boldyn Networks, which bought private networking specialist Edzcom from Spanish tower company Cellnex in March, amid a string of acquisitions, was appointed to manage networking elements in the Sunderland smart-city project in 2022, when it was still BAI Communications.

  • Thu
    Jun
    20
    2024
    ID: OIKN, Honeywell to work together to develop Nusantara as smart city

    The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) and US-based multinational company Honeywell agreed to cooperate in applying the smart city concept in the development of the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara in East Kalimantan.

    "This cooperation is expected to expedite the development of Nusantara as a smart city in accordance with the Smart City Blueprint of Nusantara," OIKN Deputy for Green and Digital Transformations Mohammed Ali Berawi noted in OIKN's statement cited in Jakarta on Wednesday.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2024
    BR: Rio de Janeiro partners with C40 to decarbonise road freight

    Initiative in Brazil’s second largest city leverages $10m commitment by the Climate Pledge to accelerate deployment of zero-tailpipe-emission electric trucks.

    The Climate Pledge, in collaboration with C40 Cities, has launched the Laneshift initiative for zero-tailpipe-emission freight vehicles in Rio de Janeiro.

    In Rio, the road transport sector is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), accounting for 36 per cent of the total. To reduce GHGs, Rio’s local authorities, including the Municipal Department of Transport and the Traffic Engineering Company (CET-Rio), are working in collaboration with C40 Cities and inviting transport logistic companies to focus on reducing emissions in the city’s Low Emission District. This central freight hub in downtown Rio accounts for nearly half of transportation GHG emissions in the city.

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2024
    In: Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi: Smart City Traffic Sys developed by IIT-BHU assistant prof, PhD student granted patent

    An innovative system - ‘Spatio-Temporal Traffic Data Reporting for Smart City Services,’ developed by associate professor in the Transportation Engineering Section of the Civil Engineering department of IIT (BHU) Varanasi Ankit Gupta and a PhD student at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea Sumit Mishra was granted a patent recently.

    Gupta, who also holds the prestigious Ministry of Roads Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Chair Professor and is active in research and consulting domain of road safety, traffic systems, pavement materials design and construction, said that the Smart City Traffic System is a network of interconnected modules designed to gather, analyse, and disseminate traffic data in real-time and provide accurate, real-time traffic information. What makes this system truly remarkable is its ability to generate insights based on either traffic sensor and crowdsourced data

  • Wed
    Jun
    19
    2024
    South Korea Plants Flag for Advanced Smart Cities in Central Asia

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT), which is officially accompanying President Yoon Suk-yeol on his state visit to three Central Asian countries – Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan – has agreed to expand existing construction and infrastructure cooperation with resource-rich Turkmenistan to include new areas such as new towns and smart cities. Additionally, they aim to strengthen collaboration in transportation sectors, including aviation and railways.

    Given Turkmenistan's abundant natural gas resources, which rank fourth in the world in reserves, it is expected to commission large-scale plant construction projects to expand production. Both countries are also signing various agreements to concretize this cooperation.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    TW: Experts Discuss Port City Smart Sustainability at 2024 Smart Harbors Forum

    Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC)’s Smart Port Vision Pavilion at this year’s 2024 Smart City Summit and Expo exhibition, held from March 21st to 23rd at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, reflected the exhibition’s digital x green transformation theme. The pavilion shared the results of the Taiwan ports’ Trans-SMART 2.0 Plan, introduced the joint TIPC Chunghwa Telecom 5G AIoT-based 24/7 Smart Harbor & Coastal Surveillance System Verification Project, presented new sensor technology for a 5G-integrated logistics network, and demonstrated a 24/7 IoT-based oil pollution surveillance system and an autonomous surface vehicle designed to collect and dispose of waste floating in harbor waters. These innovations would help to raise the effectiveness of port water area management and infuse new vitality into port city sustainability.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    NG: Ogun to Create Smart Cities

    The Ogun State Government has said that it is set to create smart cities through its regeneration schemes across all the urban centres in the state.

    Governor Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this on Thursday during the 2024 World Environment Day (WED), with the theme: "Achieving the Smart City Agenda Through Climate Change Resilience and Urban Afforestation", noted that climate change was a phenomenon which everyone should actively participate in for a safer society.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    How Today’s GIS Technology Enables the Energy Efficient Smart Cities of Tomorrow

    Fueling the future: with a high quality of life, smart cities will be sustainable, safe, economically dynamic and much more efficient, thanks to advanced digital technologies.

    Think about many of the greatest cities of antiquity, centers such as Babylon, Constantinople or Carthage. Now, juxtapose them with today’s significant metropolises, centers like New York, Tokyo or New Delhi. What do they all have in common? A single element that dictates the success of virtually every city, even in the modern age — geography of course! There can be little doubt that when it comes to the success of cities, location is king.

  • Tue
    Jun
    18
    2024
    Kigali Innovation City Project: Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, Africa50 sign fast-tracking Implementation Agreement

    Delivering a transformative tech community to Africa with the goal of delivering new skills and jobs that will impact positively and change lives is the premise on which, Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investor and asset manager announced the signing of an Implementation Agreement (IA) with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Government of Rwanda (GoR) for exclusive rights to develop, operate, and commercialise the 61-hectare Kigali Innovation City (KIC).

    The new smart city advances Africa50’s strategy to develop and fund first-of-its-kind infrastructure assets that deliver high impact while generating attractive returns. The smart city is expected to stimulate $150 million in ICT exports annually and attract over $300 million in foreign direct investment.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    KZ: Alatau Smart City to Implement Comprehensive Digitization and Automation

    Alatau will be a smart city, where digitization and automation will cover all necessary processes, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry Zhaslan Madiyev said during his working visit to the city on June 8, reported the ministry’s press service.

    President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has designated Alatau as a flagship project, aiming to build a completely new integrated metropolis that will become a leading international business hub.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    KR: Siheung City Embarks on Innovative AI Project for Improved Public Welfare Services

    Siheung City has embarked on an ambitious endeavor to revolutionize its public welfare services through the adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The city government was successfully chosen as the main organization to spearhead the ‘Gyeonggi Province AI Demonstration Support Project’ facilitated by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Institute of Science & Technology Promotion. This selection has secured the city a grant of 300 million South Korean won from provincial funds.

    Commencing this month and spanning across six months until December, Siheung City will engage in a palpable AI demonstration support initiative, aiming to innovate public services and provide solutions for social issues. Central to Siheung City’s strategy is the development of an AI customer service system focused on welfare, addressing constituents’ concerns and inquiries.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    Saudi Arabia's NEOM project unlikely to match Korean firms' expectations

    Korean companies may not be able to enjoy the benefits they have anticipated from Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project, as the Middle Eastern country appears to be scaling down the urban development project amid its prolonged financial difficulties, according to industry officials, Monday.

    Major construction firms in Korea initially sought to win large-scale orders for the project to overcome a recent slump in the domestic housing market.

  • Mon
    Jun
    17
    2024
    IN: Blueprint to reality: Impact on urban development

    In the shadow of India’s historic palaces and ancient bazaars, a new kind of monument is rising: The smart city. India's ambitious journey towards urban development, fueled by cutting-edge technology, is transforming age-old city landscapes into digital hubs equipped to handle the 21st century's demands. The surge of technology in urban planning, from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to smart grids, is not merely an addition but a necessity as urban populations explode and infrastructure demands soar.

    India, home to over 1.4 billion people, is urbanising at an unprecedented pace. By 2050, the urban population is expected to nearly double, bringing a slew of challenges from housing shortages to pollution crises. In response, the Indian government initiated the Smart Cities Mission in 2015, aiming to create 100 smart cities that are both sustainable and technologically advanced.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    Smart Bangladesh

    I visited Sylhet and Dhaka recently which gave me the opportunity to observe at close range how the environment in Bangladesh was conducive to bring to reality smart opportunities the 21st century brings to its doorstep.

    After all what are smart cities? Urban areas where technology and data collection are used to help improve quality of life and ensure sustainability and efficiency of city operations where information and communication technologies (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart technologies are used by local governments for transportation, energy conservation and infrastructure. The more a city incorporates these technologies to update its systems and structures the smarter the city becomes!

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu City to implement intelligent traffic management system from June 10

    Jammu City is set to implement the Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) from June 10, while Srinagar will follow soon after the completion of ongoing Smart City projects.

    The ITMS will enhance traffic management through features like Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Red Light Violation Detection and monitoring for infractions such as riding without a helmet, triple riding, not wearing seat belts, using mobile phones while driving, and wrong parking.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    PH: Smart institutions, smart leadership

    The advent of technology can no longer be undermined, specifically its major impact on various societies. To further elucidate this phenomenon, the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge and the Harvard Business School Executive Education have curated some of the basic output of their study, aptly themed "Leading in the Digital Era." It is very easy to just quote its findings in a Western context, which is constantly bolstered by the First World economy, which I do not intend to do in this column.

    But what I hope to convey and provoke in the minds of institutional heads and executives in this column is how to come up with a digital leadership framework based on our very own context as a developing country, and to muster every effort to climb from the bottom to a realistic level of advancement.

  • Sun
    Jun
    16
    2024
    VN: Hanoi to pilot smart traffic system

    The Hanoi Department of Transport's proposal to pilot a smart traffic system in the capital in the last half of the year has been approved, as part of the city's broader effort to gradually develop a smart transport network within its smart city framework.

    Under the pilot plan proposed by the Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel), a smart traffic management centre will be established at the municipal public transport management and operation centre at No.1 Kim Ma street, Ba Dinh district. Additionally, equipment will be installed at two pilot intersections on Pham Van Bach street in Cau Giay district.

  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2024
    VN: First platform complying with personal data protection regulations launched

    The Vietnam Data Security Joint Stock Company has unveiled the DataTrust platform, the first platform to comply with personal data protection regulations in the country.

    It was launched at the seminar 'Building Policies for Personal Data Protection' organised by the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi on June 5.

    DataTrust is the first digital platform in Vietnam to administer privacy rights in the fields of cybersecurity and safeguarding data.

  • Sat
    Jun
    15
    2024
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Smart City close to pushing all electric cables underground

    The process of converting overhead electrical networks to underground systems is nearing completion in Panaji and Ribandar, the Smart City Mission said.

    The project, called Scougen (smart conversion of overhead to underground electrical network) is designed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the power infrastructure, and the electricity department says it will specifically address the frequent power failures and upgrade outdated electrical equipment.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    MA: Casablanca Smart City 2024 Focuses on Citizen Participation and Sustainable Urban Development

    The inaugural day of the Casablanca Smart City 2024 event, organized by Casablanca Events & Animation, featured yesterday engaging discussions and workshops centered around the theme “From Smart Citizen to Smart Metropolis.”

    The event, aimed at professionals, provided a platform to showcase, exchange ideas, conduct strategic reflections, and propose concrete operational solutions to address the challenges of rapid metropolization, exacerbated issues such as water stress, energy consumption, scarcity and complexity of land, and the encroachment on agricultural land.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    IE: Dublin: Do you have what it takes to make the Docklands smarter?

    Smart Docklands, a project funded by Dublin City Council and Trinity’s Connect Research Centre, is looking for pilot projects to address local needs using tech.

    The Docklands have become somewhat of a microcosm for the rapid progress Dublin has seen since the 1990s, and today it features frequently in posters of the city thanks to iconic landmarks such as the Convention Centre, the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Today, it is also the centre for a smart cities initiative that has turned the neighbourhood into a testbed for urban innovation.

  • Fri
    Jun
    14
    2024
    US: Washington: Proposal to bring digital kiosks to Seattle streets raises debate: Public benefit or landscape clutter?

    A proposal to bring 30 interactive digital kiosks to downtown Seattle — in the hopes of enhancing public safety, wayfinding, Wi-Fi access, community engagement and more — spotlighted the potential of the devices while raising a number of questions and concerns during a Thursday meeting of the Seattle Design Commission.

    Will the kiosks targeting residents and tourists in the core of the city, and potentially in outer neighborhoods, provide a meaningful benefit to the public? Or will the large screens planted alongside sidewalks and roadways further clutter Seattle’s landscape with bright light and excessive advertising?

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Is fiber the key to smart cities?

    Distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) technology may be the next big innovation for smart city optimization.

    The increasing prevalence of interconnected technology has led to the rise of the smart city — a city that collects and uses data to optimize the management of resources, services, and other assets. The more data collected, the more efficient this management becomes. But the demand for data means a demand for data collection tools—sensors—and fiber may be one of the most powerful assets in the toolbox.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Disrupt-X and Watad Group sign MoU to transform Qatar's IoT landscape for smart cities and aviation

    This strategic partnership aims to enhance the adoption and integration of IoT solutions across Qatar, with a specific focus on transforming operations in the aviation sector and smart cities, boosting efficiency through innovative technology

    Disrupt-X, a leading developer and provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions platform, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Watad Group, a leading provider of technological and service solutions in Qatar. This strategic partnership aims to enhance the adoption and integration of IoT solutions across Qatar, with a specific focus on transforming operations in the aviation sector and smart cities, boosting efficiency through innovative technology.

  • Thu
    Jun
    13
    2024
    Smart Communities: Building Equitable Energy Resilience in Our Cities

    How do you define a smart city? If you’re an average urban resident, you believe it’s the use of electronics, devices and systems that collect and interpret digital data to improve resource efficiency and quality of life. While most utilities and technology providers would agree, the term “smart city” has evolved, and is born out of the technological advancements a given society has available or is developing at the time. Many resources and technologies intersect to deliver the current smart city experience — all tied together by one feature: data. Whether it be traffic pattern data informing street light timing and public transportation schedules or solar arrays powering local schools, hospitals and businesses, optimizing the quality of life for smart city residents requires secure, accessible data collection.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    Digital transformation is key to enhancing economic and social growth in Arab World

    A seminar titled ‘Smart Cities in the Arab World and Digital Transformation’ was hosted by the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance in Beirut

    The seminar ‘Smart Cities in the Arab World and Digital Transformation’ shed light on the numerous significant advancements currently witnessed by the Arab World. All of these developments are critical to the advancement of social and economic growth as well as have brought a significant change in the daily lives of citizens.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    VN: Da Nang, WB to promote cooperation in digital database

    The central city of Da Nang and the World Bank (WB) will be boosting cooperation in building digital database management as a crucial way towards full digitalisation and becoming a ‘smart’ city.

    Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ho Ky Minh asked the WB to support them in the use of digital database solutions for communities and businesses, during a working session.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    Thailand’s emerging innovative towards smart city development

    Envision a metropolis that not only embodies the concept of smartness but also intelligent and innovative sophistication. This city incorporates a flawless fusion of advanced technology, sustainable practices, and an enhanced quality of life. This futuristic paradigm is now the established vision for Thailand’s urban evolution. The nation’s Board of Investment is firmly committed to transforming Thailand into a dynamic nucleus of smart cities, these spaces intend to augment everyday life with progressive technology and eco-friendly solutions.

    The smart city Initiative transcends mere vision it is an action-oriented strategic plan in meticulous execution. Stimulated by attractive incentives, an audacious objective has been set to establish 105 smart cities across pivotal urban centres by 2027, positioning Thailand at the vanguard of this urban revolution in Asia.

  • Wed
    Jun
    12
    2024
    OM: Madayn launches smart mobility project in Knowledge Oasis Muscat

    Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), the tech arm of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has launched the ‘Smart Mobility’ project.

    The project, featuring electric scooter service for the employees working in various companies within KOM, was launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology and Salik Mobility.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    How Does Technology Impact South Africa’s Cities & Rural Communities?

    With urban populations set to explode during the coming years, urban areas are leveraging technology to best serve their inhabitants and transform themselves into smart cities. Progress has been made with the residential development of the Mooikloof Mega City in Gauteng, which was first announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2020 with a total project value of R84 billion. And, recently, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced a multidisciplinary team had developed the master plan for the Greater Lanseria smart city project, with the City of Johannesburg processing the necessary approvals for urban planning required for the planned development.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    IN: Role of Smart Cities in sustainable urban development

    The Smart City program in India is a giant leap towards sustainable urban development. By focusing on infrastructure improvements and fostering citizen participation, the program can achieve its full potential.

    Sustainability in today’s world is more than just a fleeting phenomenon; it signifies enduring practices that can thrive over time and be embedded in our practices. The notion of smart cities carries immense potential to invigorate, include, and enhance urban life. The initiation of India’s smart city program is commendable as it marks the outset of a journey toward positive transformation and alleviate urban living standards.

  • Tue
    Jun
    11
    2024
    MY: Johor: ITMAX’s unit appointed to operate smart parking in Iskandar Puteri for 15 years

    Smart city integrated system and solutions provider ITMAX System Bhd (KL:ITMAX) has been appointed by the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) as the operator of smart parking in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, for a period of 15 years.

    In an exchange filing on Tuesday, ITMAX said its 65%-owned subsidiary Southmax Sdn Bhd has secured a letter of appointment (LOA) to develop, manage and maintain 32,025 on-street parking bays at MBIP, starting June 1 this year until May 31, 2039.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    AI Implementation in Public Services

    Five international success stories demonstrate how AI can improve public sector services for customers

    The Government Tomorrow Forum, an international project founded by French government advisory company Gambit, recently surveyed 120 AI experts and conducted 15 interviews to find out the challenges for AI implementation in the public sphere. These five scalable AI use cases were most frequently mentioned by the participants.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    NG: Kwara Gov Launches SmartCity, llorin Master Plan To Generate Innovation In W’Africa

    The Kwara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, AbdulRasaq AbdulRahman, at the weekend unveiled the llorin SmartCity and City Master Plan.

    The carnival-like event came up at the Banquet Hall, opposite Kwara State Government House where the arrival of the Governor, AbdulRasaq AbdulRahman and his wife, Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRasaq heralded the unveiling of the entrepreneurship hub.

  • Mon
    Jun
    10
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: 250 more CCTV cams to keep eye on Godavari, trash spots

    The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has begun the second phase of installation of CCTV cameras recently with 250 cameras.

    Around 125 CCTV cameras will be installed at 60 black spots across the city where erring city residents tend to dump garbage. This initiative is part of measures to deter residents from dumping garbage at these black spots.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2024
    US: Florida: St. Petersburg: Local leaders work to create a smarter city

    St. Petersburg is already a smart city – an urban area utilizing new technologies to improve quality of life, enhance infrastructure and support a more responsive municipal government.

    Local leaders hope to build upon a burgeoning framework and collaboratively foster a smarter and more connected future. Over 40 business and municipal stakeholders gathered Wednesday at the Maritime and Defense Technology Hub to help them achieve that goal.

  • Sun
    Jun
    09
    2024
    US: New York: Broome County: Southern Tier officials tap Cornell expertise to envision smart cities

    Broome County is enlisting the expertise of Cornell researchers and other specialists to implement advanced “smart city” technology, aiming to potentially enhance flood warnings, provide real-time parking updates and optimize waste management.

    Those were some of the ideas discussed at the “What are Smart Cities?” forum hosted by the City of Binghamton’s Office of Economic Development and Cornell Engineering on May 16 in Binghamton. Forum attendees included municipal leaders, industry experts, nonprofit organizations, and academics from Cornell and SUNY Binghamton.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2024
    NG: Governor AbdulRazaq: Transforming Ilorin with new Master Plan, 20,000-hectare Smart City

    Governor AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, last Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of his administration in grand style as he unveiled the Ilorin Master Plan and the 20,000-hectare Ilorin Smart City project. The governor also commissioned the 4.7km Yebumot-Adeta Roundabout and Adeta-Oloje roads, which he named after two elder statesmen from the capital city — retired Major General Mohammed Abdullahi Adangba and prominent scholar Sheikh Yahya Murtadha Agodi.

    As Governor AbdulRasaq was commissioning projects in Ilorin, his deputy, Kayode Alabi was in the northern senatorial district of the state to commission the Jebba waterworks, ending the community’s longstanding thirst for state-owned clean water source.

  • Sat
    Jun
    08
    2024
    GR: What we know about The Ellinikon, Athens’ upcoming smart city

    With a team of international architects including Norman Foster, Kengo Kuma, and Bjarke Ingels, this is how construction is progressing on one of Europe’s most important urban regeneration projects.

    Ellinikon is currently one of the largest European urban redevelopment projects underway on the coastal part of Athens. With an estimated budget of 8 billion euros, the ambitious project will bring back to life the obsolete site of the Athens International Airport, which operated from 1938 to 2001, before a new one was inaugurated for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    US: Florida: Cameras using AI will make West Palm Beach a 'smart city.' Privacy is a top concern

    Above Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, sensors mounted on black poles are recording and tracking the movement of pedestrians, drivers and pests like raccoons.

    Posters with QR codes alongside the sensors direct residents to a website with information about a new project that could improve mobility, traffic efficiency and public safety.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    Smart Cities and EU Compliance: Data Governance and Sustainability

    Among the 10 leading smart cities in the world, as of 2024, seven were in Europe. That’s no coincidence.

    The European Union puts a lot of resources into the data infrastructure that supports smart city initiatives, from urban mobility to low emission zones to IoT-backed tourism.

    Specifically, the EU is working toward persistent, secure, and equitable ecosystems for the data that powers smart cities. In fact, the European strategy for data defines nine areas in which to pool equally accessible data: the Common European Data Spaces.

  • Fri
    Jun
    07
    2024
    OM: Muscat Municipality spotlights Smart City initiatives

    Muscat Municipality is participating in COMEX 2024 with a strong focus on its ongoing efforts to transform Muscat into a "Smart and Sustainable City," aligning with its comprehensive digital transformation strategy.

    Its booth features an extensive range of digital services designed to simplify and streamline transactions for citizens and residents. These services, part of a broader initiative to enhance electronic readiness and leverage modern information technologies, aim to eliminate the need for physical visits to administrative offices, thereby improving the overall quality of life in Muscat.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    MY: Perak: Preparing Ipoh to be Smart Regional City by 2030

    Ipoh City Council (MBI) wants to see Ipoh become a Smart Regional City by 2030.

    Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the city council had made it its mission to empower city management, encourage inclusivity towards becoming a smart city, with low-carbon emissions and a prosperous society.

    Rumaizi said all these were included in its Strategic Planning Plan 2021-2030 that was based on the National Sustainable Development Goals policy.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    IN: Haryana: Transforming Faridabad into a Smart City: A Blueprint for Sustainable Growth

    Comprehensive urban planning must address issues such as land use, transportation, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and social equity.

    Faridabad, a bustling city in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, has been on a trajectory of rapid urbanization. As it seeks to embrace the future, the concept of a smart city has emerged as a beacon of progress, offering a vision of urban development that is sustainable, technologically advanced, and inclusive. In this article, we explore the potential for Faridabad to transition into a smart city, focusing on the scope of real estate developments, ongoing projects, roadway initiatives, the significance of planning, and the integration of modern architecture.

  • Thu
    Jun
    06
    2024
    Smart city technologies expected to become $100 bn industry in 2024: Report

    Smart city technologies are expected to become a $100 billion industry in 2024 as more and more cities look for innovative solutions for urban challenges, a new report showed on Wednesday.

    According to data presented by Stocklytics.com, the market size of smart city technologies has increased by an impressive 140 per cent over the past five years. Smart cities use the Internet of Things (IoT) and various software, user interfaces, and communication networks to deliver connected, innovative solutions for urban challenges, from public and cybersecurity threats, traffic congestion and energy management to e-governance.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    Edge Computing is the Foundation for Scaled Smart Cities. How Can the Industry Accelerate Adoption?

    As cities globally accelerate their transformation into “smart cities,” the integration of a capable computing ecosystem to complement smart city initiatives has become an important part of smart city success. How critical will edge computing be in that ecosystem, and in the facilitation of today’s and tomorrow’s smart city projects, especially with where smart city development is at today?

    The recent IMD Smart City Index for 2024 gives a peak at global smart city progress, with Europe and Asia currently setting the standard for the most advanced smart cities. Cities like Zurich are staying at the forefront, with other cities like Oslo and Singapore not far behind; their projects shine a light on how far along smart cities are, and therefore how far along their computing needs are as well.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    NG: Abuja biometric smart card program to facilitate smart city digital transformation

    The CEO of the Havel Corporate Concept, an affiliate of Nigerian hardware and data protection firm ioSafe Nigeria, says July is the target release date of a road map for transforming Abuja into a smart city, which also includes a biometric smart card program.

    NAN News reports that Dr. Ahmed Badanga says the proposed Abuja Residents Smart Card Project would incorporate biometric data to enable the holders to access government, security, financial, and transportation services, and possibly to make payments. He wants to build “a reliable database of all residents of Abuja to support the proposed smart city,” to “enhance an effective and realistic ecosystem for planning, especially in the provision and delivery of social services and amenities.”<

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    Smart City and cybersecurity: the issue of urban mobility

    Although ultra-connected, today’s smart city suffers from a chronic cybersecurity shortfall in its urban mobility equipment. As players in the urban mobility sector become increasingly diverse, we focus on the growing frequency and intensity of cyberattacks that undermine a connected but vulnerable mobility fleet. First paper in a series of articles on cybersecurity issues in smart and connected cities.

    This morning in June 2023, in Olsztyn, Poland, the municipality is on alert: public transport ticket offices are at a standstill, traffic is slowing down on many of the city’s roads and the traffic light management system is operating in degraded mode. The day before, a cyberattack targeted the connected transport infrastructure of this Polish city, which presents itself as one of the most advanced smart cities in the country.

  • Wed
    Jun
    05
    2024
    AI-Empowerment: The potential uses for AI in local government

    Over the last two decades, local governments and authorities have faced increased obstacles and challenges that could be solved by using Artificial Intelligence (AI). But is this true? Could AI in local government change the game?

    Local Government plays an essential and pivotal role in modern society. Through service delivery, community development, social participation, emergency response, community representativeness and effective public administration, Local Government is more present in our lives than we might think, and it is there to ensure democratic governance, citizen

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    KR: Cities are people: How technology can breathe life into urban areas

    Experts at GovInsider’s Festival of Innovation highlighted that strategic smart city planning must address citizens’ needs and concerns.

    South Korea’s Songdo City is one of the smartest cities in the world, with sensors on the streets that monitor traffic flow and waste management. Yet, the city is empty for the most part as the population remains almost half of its desired target of 300,000.

    This shows that even though a city may be smart, it may not be liveable. Making a city both smart and liveable was the key challenge highlighted by speakers at several smart city panels at this year’s Festival of Innovation hosted by GovInsider.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    IE: Dublin gets drone strategy to oversee deployment in city

    Some of the areas for which drones are being deployed in Dublin include mapping, inspecting dangerous buildings and emergency response services.

    Dublin City Council (DCC) has published its first strategy on drone technology today (27 May) that will see the creation of a dedicated drones unit to oversee their use in emergency services and building inspections.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    ID: Nusantara: More than 50 LOI show interest in IKN smart city concept

    The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) stated that around 50 Letters of Intent (LOI) were received in connection with the development of IKN Smart City technology in East Kalimantan.

    "There are more than 50 LOI showing interest for smart city technology at IKN," OIKN's Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation, Mohammed Ali Berawi, remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    CN: Data management key to smart city success

    China's emphasis on promoting the development of smart cities and urban digital transformation is expected to bolster the innovative growth of the digital economy, help foster new quality productive forces and push forward the modernization of urban governance systems and capacity, officials and experts said.

    Noting that data serve as the foundation and core element of the digital economy, they called for more efforts to promote the exploitation and opening up of data, as well as the efficient circulation and use of data elements, while expanding the application scenarios for data in more key fields.

  • Tue
    Jun
    04
    2024
    CH: Geneva: Smart city leaders discuss human-centered urban development

    Global city leaders and experts met in Geneva, Tuesday, to discuss people-centered and climate-resilient urban development, highlighting the importance of aligning smart city initiatives with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, safeguarding human rights, enhancing social inclusion and advancing climate resilience strategies.

    At Smart City Leaders’ Talk, a high-level event co-organized by the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Global Cities Hub (GCH), multiple speakers including International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Deputy Secretary General Tomas Lamanauskas and Peggy Hicks, director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), talked about the role of international organizations in smart city development.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    GPT4o unlocks the next frontier for AI in cities

    With an ability to hear and understand the world in strikingly human ways, Clay Garner asks could this new AI frontier make our cities smarter, safer, and more human than ever before?

    We’ve just entered a new era of artificial intelligence for cities and residents – one where AI won’t just read and write, but will also see, hear, and understand the world around us in strikingly human ways.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    Greece to turn 6.2 million sq.m of land into Europe’s largest smart city: Ellinikon

    After years of delay, Greece is again on the path of giving a futuristic makeover to an unused airport and turning it into the “largest smart city” in Europe.

    The massive smart city project will be built on the former Ellinikon Airport site near Athens. Geographically, the defunct airport is located on the southern coast of Greece.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    JO: Amman stands at 128th globally in smart city index

    The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) has recently announced that Amman City has progressed seven ranks in the 2024 Smart City Observatory according to a study conducted by the academic institute IMD.

    Amman now stands at 128th place out of the 142 cities evaluated, making it the tenth highest-ranking city among its Arab counterparts.

  • Mon
    Jun
    03
    2024
    UAE's Presight AI Holding, Dell Technologies partner to boost digitalisation in MENA

    Two companies will collaborate on the development and deployment of Smart City solutions, according to a bourse filing

    Big data analytics company Presight AI Holding, a subsidiary of UAE's G42, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dell Technologies to accelerate digital transformation and innovation across various sectors in the Middle East through the integration of technology and big data analytics.

  • Sun
    Jun
    02
    2024
    VN: 100% of households to access fiber-optic cable services by 2025-end

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has decided that all 27 million Vietnamese households will be able to access fiber optic cable services in the 2024-2025 period.

    The information and communications infrastructure development planning in 2021-2030 approved by the Prime Minister in January 2024 focuses on digital infrastructure development. The telecommunications infrastructure is expected to transform digital infrastructure.

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