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Transformation Management
Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir ein "Digital Transformation Management Framework (DTMx)" zur Unterstützung der Planung, Erarbeitung und Umsetzung von Digitalisierungsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Digital Transformation Management Notation (DTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des DTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
An dem FuE-Projekt "DTMx" können noch weitere Kommunen oder Organisationen als Partner teilnehmen. Gerne kommen wir auch zu Ihnen und demonstrieren Ihnen den Einsatz des DTMx-Frameworks im Rahmen eines Workshops. Weiterlesen ...

Process Management
Im Rahmen unseres Prozessmanagements identifizieren, modellieren, dokumentatieren, prüfen, optimieren und implementieren wir eGovernment-Geschäftsprozesse mit dem Ziel, die Arbeitsabläufe hinsichtlich Produktivität, Kundenzufriedenheit, Produkt- und Service-Qualität, Zeitbedarf und Kosten zu verbessern. Weiterlesen ...
Die Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Government Process Management Notation (GPMN)" ist eine von uns entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Modellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Weiterlesen ... Unser "Standard Prozesskatalog" enthält mehr als 400 mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Weiterlesen ...
  • Sat
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    24
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: With 18 months to go, completing Smart City projects an uphill task

    Under the Smart City, the selected local body can devise projects worth ` 1,000 crore which should be implemented in five years.

    With the deadline for completing the Smart City Mission projects, which were allotted under the 100 Smart City programme of the Centre, going to end in 2020, it will be an uphill task for the Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd (CSML) and Kochi Corporation to complete the entire work within this time.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    US: California: Temecula's online search portal for public records is now available

    Temecula has a new online search portal for public records. Custom search forms allow the user to find the most relevant documents. In addition to agendas, minutes, resolutions and ordinances, development and improvement plans, along with other records are also available. Building permits and other records will be coming online soon. Users can search various fields or via a location pinpointed on a map.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    MyPay Launches its Government Digital Payments Platform

    Home-grown tech company Dapat Vista announced the official launch of its government e-payments service, MyPay.

    They first announced they foray into the market in January 2019 when they launched the beta version of their service, the company started out as a SMS service provider for various government departments and agencies since 2000.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    Reliance on e-services has become a security issue in Estonia as it pioneers eGovernment

    Estonia's president calls on state to develop cyber-security, cryptography capabilities after an earlier ID card crisis put half the population at risk of id theft.

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has announced that her country must develop its cyber-security and cryptography capabilities to support the development of e-state services, and avoid a repetition of Estonia’s 2017 ID card crisis which has exposed various institutional weaknesses.

  • Fri
    Aug
    23
    2019
    US: Public Safety is at the Heart of the Smart City Movement

    Cities, in collaboration with the private sector and technology providers, will be creating ecosystems of systems

    According to a report released by the UN in 2018, more than half of the world’s population lives in an urban area or city. This number is expected to rise to almost 70 percent in the next 30 years. While people move to cities for a variety of reasons, we all have one expectation in common: that we will be safe.

  • Thu
    Aug
    22
    2019
    What Role Does Mobility Play in Smart Cities?

    Urban transportation systems are undergoing an evolution by using mobility and IoT systems to optimize their processes.

    Mobility is both the means to and measure of a smart city. Defined by moving people and goods across an urban environment, increasing mobility is a critical objective for cities as they become more populated, congested and further strained by demands on aging infrastructure. Location data is the heartbeat of mobility in smart cities as it connects everything physical to digital. Smart mobility enables people and objects to live, move and interact faster, safer and in a more efficient way than ever before. Forward-thinking cities and governments are looking for advanced location technology to fuel invention and solutions to optimize their cities.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Call centre to handle citizens’ transport grievances

    After a one-and-a-half-year delay, the transport department is finally getting ready to bring an in-bound call centre. The last date to call for bids is August 13. A meeting was held on Tuesday with a few bidders and a five-member committee was formed to select from them.

    The call centre consists of an inbound call centre support, a project manager, infrastructure charges and centralised voice recording. The overall costs is estimated to be Rs 4,20,000. The centre will work from 9 am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It will also handle complaints received from various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    Digital quality of life: Australia tops rankings despite ‘third-world’ broadband

    Highly affordable mobile internet has propelled Australia to the top of a global ‘digital quality of life’ index despite the nation’s beleaguered broadband network delivering some of the world’s slowest internet speeds.

    Australia was ranked first out of 65 countries in the 2019 Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index released this week by internet privacy company Surfshark.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    3 “First Step” Smart City Projects You Can Begin in 2019

    You don't have to reinvent everything to start your smart city journey. Here are 3 “first-step” smart city projects you can begin in 2019.

    Studies show that by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s people will be living in cities. With rapid urbanization, the concept of the smart city has become more and more popular.

  • Wed
    Aug
    21
    2019
    IN: Soon, a single mobile app for all public services in Chandigarh

    BEL is already engaged by UT to develop its integrated control command centre (ICCC) in Sector 17 that will serve as a nerve centre to monitor traffic, water supply, sewerage and other public services.

    In a move to ease lives of city residents, Chandigarh will soon have a single mobile application for all major public services.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    Digital transformation will generate better opportunities for Vietnamese citizens

    Digital transformation is expected to increase labour productivity by 21% in 2020.

    The Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Dur Damn, said that digital transformation is an opportunity for Vietnam to create greater market value for its businesses, make organisations more efficient, and offer better opportunities for every citizen.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    US: Nevada: Las Vegas Is Getting a $7.5 Billion “Smart City”

    Autonomous cars, self-healing sidewalks and supertrees abound

    When you think eco-friendly and zero waste, your thoughts obviously turn to, well, not Las Vegas.

    That could change: Bleutech Park is a proposed $7.5 billion “digital infrastructure mini-city” in the Las Vegas Valley that promises to be a model of efficiency and technology.

  • Tue
    Aug
    20
    2019
    Vietnam sets up data bank of over 10,000 medicine for first time

    The Vietnam Drug Administration under the Ministry of Health yesterday launched the data bank Drugbank.vn with information of over 10,000 domestically circulated medicines.

    Moreover, the bank has data of 41 drug producers, distributors and pharmacists with practicing certificates and data which can aid users to look for information easily in computers or smart phones.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    Smart Cities: A Decade of Progress

    The last ten years have seen considerable progress in the field of interconnected municipal processes with more and more cities adopting Smart City technologies.

    In just a little over a decade, smartphones have effected profound changes in our lives. They’ve given people around the world new ways to communicate, connect and consume, and, as a result, they’re widely seen as indispensable.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat Smart City gets its DPR

    Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Pasighat Smart City is being prepared now, under the mission, in a bid to boost the cities renovation.

    Work to convert Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh into a smart city is picking up pace with the detailed project reports of the projects under the mission.

  • Mon
    Aug
    19
    2019
    IN: Goa: Labour dept goes ditigal, ends physical return filing

    As part of the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) outlined by the Union ministry of commerce and industry, Goa’s department of labour and employment has gone digital and eliminated the physical process of filing annual returns under 10 labour laws. The commissioner for labour and employment Jayant Tari said that firms will now have to file their returns and comply with labour laws in electronic format on the Goa Online website.

    “Therefore, all the employers, contractors, users and other concerned person are hereby directed to file their returns in respect of applicable acts and rules only through online system,” Tari said.

  • Sun
    Aug
    18
    2019
    PH: Cagayan: ‘Chinese venture on Fuga not risky’

    Officials of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) here allayed fears about the risk of allowing Chinese private investors to develop Fuga Island into a multibillion-dollar Smart City.

    The proposed project for Fuga Island is the “One Belt One Road Fuga Island New Smart City,” a master planned $2-billion development that will include a high-technology industrial park and a medical school, according to Sec. Raul Lambino, CEZA administrator and chief executive officer.

  • Sun
    Aug
    18
    2019
    Should Ghana Collaborate With Estonia To Speed Up Our E-Governance Initiative In Cost-Effective Fashion?

    One has often wondered why Ghana has not made our relationship with Estonia - such as it is - a top foreign policy objective. Estonia, after all, is a global leader in e-governance - and our country can gain a lot from collaborating with its enlightened leadership, in the quest to digitised our system.

    In the drive to enable Ghana grow and expand its e-governance ecosystem, the possibility of our country being ripped off by commercial partnerships formed between the high-level rent-seeking cabals in our system, and the unethical executives of foreign tech companies, should never be discounted. A classic example is the U. S.$72 millions spent on what eventually turned out to be useless software for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

  • Sat
    Aug
    17
    2019
    Myanmar Satellite-2 to provide better connectivity across country: official

    Myanmar Satellite-2, which was launched into space in French Guiana Wednesday, will provide better connectivity across Myanmar, even in remote areas, an official of Transports and Communications Ministry told Xinhua on Thursday.

    The Myanmar Sat-2 will provide faster connectivity and high-speed rates not only for mobile internet but also other communication networks across the country, said U Win Aung, chief engineer of Information Technology and Cyber Security Department under the ministry.

  • Sat
    Aug
    17
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat Smart City Project Gains Momentum

    Works on Pasighat Smart City in Arunachal Pradesh is getting momentum with the detailed project report (DPRs) of the projects under the mission is under preparation.

    Pasighat, the centurion town in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was included in the third smart cities list by the Centre in June 23, 2017 and the statement and guidelines have been framed for Smart City Mission.

  • Fri
    Aug
    16
    2019
    AU: Sydney to assemble citizen jury to help shape future city plan

    The Australian city is partnering with newDemocracy, a leading foundation working in citizen participation, to design and oversee the jury process.

    Sydney has sent out invitations to 15,000 random households in its hunt to involve “50 everyday people” in a citizens’ jury to feed into its new long-term plan, Sydney 2050.

  • Fri
    Aug
    16
    2019
    IN: IT Has Become Forefront Across All Departments Of Government: Padma Jaiswal, Secretary, Department Of Information Technology, Government Of Puducherry

    The imminent dignitaries attended were Padma Jaiswal, Secretary at Department of Information Technology in Government of Puducherry; Vidya Sagar Jagadam, IT Advisor to CM, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Rishikesh Patankar, Vice President at CSC e-Governance Services India & COO, CSC Academy.

    Propounding how severe the situation of Cyber Security is, Padma Jaiswal, Secretary at Department of Information Technology in Government of Puducherry says, “There are so many organized crimes happening as so many startups have dedicated systems to exploit the faults in the system. Cyber security hence has become the key necessity and so IT has become forefront across all departments of Government.”

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    Iraq sets sights on e-com opportunities: UNCTAD

    Iraq is laying the foundations for e-commerce after years of violence, government officials said during a dialogue on e-commerce and the digital economy late last month in Baghdad. The event started week-long consultations that are part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) assessment of the country’s readiness to engage in e-commerce.

    This is the first such exercise in a non-least developed country, according to an UNCTAD press release.

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    AU: Northern Territory: City of Darwin’s Smart Technology Framework to Ensure Community Safety and Privacy

    Darwin City Council has resolved to implement privacy and security best practice in the gathering, storage and analysis of data collected through its smart technology.

    Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said “The framework Council has agreed to establish will provide an overarching guide to the management of data gathered through our smart technologies and address data privacy, ethics and security.”

  • Thu
    Aug
    15
    2019
    IN: Punjab Launches Paperless Human Resource Management System

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar Wednesday said the provincial government has launched the largest paperless Human Resource Management (HRM) system in the history of the country.

    In a Tweet, he said all necessary details of around 400,000 teachers were available online and they would not have to move around offices for solution to their petty matters.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    RW: Experts push for private investments in public service digitisation projects

    Rwanda has been promoting ICTs as one of the enablers of socio-economic development and transformation, and part of the journey was to digitise public services.

    Many countries across the globe currently recognise the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in promoting government initiatives and driving services delivery.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    CU: E-government in Havana?

    How can we “participate in the construction of public policies” if they are not published? Are they secret?

    The electronic city, the intelligent city! Have we reached the future? We thus witness with amazement the increasing computerization of life in the cities. They are filling up with all kinds of sensors, GPS, cameras, which allow the public administration to monitor traffic, traffic lights, pollution, accidents, procedures, transactions…and also the citizens. These, in addition, carry their “smart” phone that makes it possible to know in real time where we are, when buses, trains, taxis arrive…we have access to infinite information, we communicate with everyone and enjoy e-commerce, e-banking, e-government….

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    Development Projects of Iran Regarding E-government

    On Friday, the head of the administration e-government development center said that about 23 priority projects have to be implemented by various organizations for promoting e-government in Iran. Some of the projects on the agenda include e-tax, e-signature, e-health, and smart identity, said Sharareh Bakhtjou.

    She explained that the projects would be completed by the end of March 2021. She added that the implementation of these projects would not only solve the problems of the citizens but also improve the e-government. She said that a working group comprising of our members was already formed for monitoring the activities of e-government.

  • Wed
    Aug
    14
    2019
    How smart city technologies are changing the world

    As technologies continue to advance across the globe, CSO Magazine evaluates the innovations smart cities have to offer

    Sidewalk Labs

    Owned by Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs is one of the most prominent smarty city-focused companies. The firm aims to improve urban living by addressing issues such as rising rent prices and environmental damage. “New technology can help, but people can’t afford to wait for digital advances to transform the urban environment. So we’re creating a new type of place to accelerate urban innovation and serve as a beacon for cities around the world,” the company claims. Debuting its technologies in Toronto, Canada, the company is working on a project on the Eastern Waterfront. Sidewalk Labs is working with Waterfront Toronto and the local community to improve mobility, housing and real estate, city services and public spaces by making them more safe, sustainable and efficient.

  • Tue
    Aug
    13
    2019
    IE: Forestry payment applications to go fully online

    The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is moving to a completely online forestry grant and premium system from January 1, 2020.

    Announced by Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, Andrew Doyle, it was revealed that the system will be open for use from this November for applications for 2020 forestry premium payments which are due to be paid in early January.

  • Mon
    Aug
    12
    2019
    US: Nevada: $7.5B smart city project announced in Las Vegas Valley

    Dive Brief:

    • Real estate investment trust Bleutech Park Properties announced plans for a $7.5 billion project in the Las Vegas Valley that will showcase a range of smart city technology, from autonomous vehicles to internet of things (IoT) devices to smart buildings with "self-healing concrete." The project will break ground in December and is projected to take six years to complete.
    • The mixed-use "mini-city" will include affordable workforce housing, offices, retail space, luxury housing, hotels and entertainment venues, according to a company announcement. It will rely on renewable energy from a variety of sources and showcase energy storage, waste-heat recovery, water purification, waste treatment and localized air cleaning.
    • The project is not affiliated with the city of Las Vegas and will not be within the city’s jurisdiction, city spokesman Jace Radke told Smart Cities Dive.

  • Mon
    Aug
    12
    2019
    Vietnam learns from Japanese experience in building an e-government

    A working delegation of the Government led by Minister and Chairman of the Government’s Office Mai Tien Dung attended a session in Tokyo, Japan on August 5 to seek experience in developing e-government.

    On behalf of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Director General of JICA Tokyo, Hiroyuki Kinomoto welcomed the Vietnamese delegation, saying that JICA wishes to share their knowledge and experience of Japan with Vietnamese experts, thereby contributing to improving the investment and business environment in Vietnam, as well as the development of an e-government in Vietnam.

  • Sun
    Aug
    11
    2019
    Philippines government introduces regulation to boost e-invoicing

    The Philippines government has announced introducing regulations to support convenient e-government public services, including e-invoicing adoption.

    Outlined in the Philippine Digital Transformation Strategy 2022, released in February 2019 by the government, the goal is to have fully integrated and deployed e-government systems by 2022. The DICT, the agency in promoting e-governance, is in charge of developing an integrated government portal, which will allow the public to access various government services online. The portal is still undergoing pilot testing, and will likely be implemented by the end of the year, supporting at least online services provided by major government agencies, the DICT secretary told Business World last week. The Department of Finance (DoF) will also undergo a digital transformation and has already developed a long-term strategy with the goal of improving online service to the public.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune Smart City project brought good footpaths; but falls short on other promises

    Initiative in Aundh, Baner, Balewadi (ABB) has failed on certain specific fronts - resident engagement, public transport and smart parking initiatives

    While there was much excitement when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Smart City Mission in Balewadi in 2016, many of the residents today feel that despite all the publicity razzmatazz, several things are missing from the big list of promised projects.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    NITDA outlines regulations for Nigeria’s ICT sector

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has outlined five new regulatory instruments for the improvement of the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Nigeria.

    Speaking on the development, the Director-General of NITDA, Isa Ibrahim, disclosed this at the second quarter public presentation of the regulatory instruments on Friday in Abuja.

  • Sat
    Aug
    10
    2019
    VN: Efforts to promote e-Government in Vietnam

    There has been a positive shift in the awareness of the progress made towards building a digital government, ensuring the links between IT and administrative reform.

    Over recent years, the Vietnamese government has pushed for the development of IT applications and an e-Government in the state agencies’ operation, aiming to better serve people and businesses.

  • Fri
    Aug
    09
    2019
    Thoughts on smart cities

    The era of smart cities is happening as we speak.

    Do an online search for ‘smart city’ and you’ll find a plethora of articles about it, as well as examples of cities around the world such as Barcelona, New York, Dubai and Singapore that are transforming through the use of smart technologies such as smart data, smart mobility and smart transportation.

  • Fri
    Aug
    09
    2019
    UG: How govt online portal is boosting service delivery

    Last month, National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) recognised and awarded government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) for playing a remarkable role in availing online government services to the public.

    Through NITA-U mandated by NITA-U Act 2009, Uganda government has since established an E-Government Portal which is www.gou.go.ug.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    US: California: Riverside County: Temecula launches new public records search portal

    The City of Temecula announced on Wednesday, July 31 a new online search portal for public records that they promised would make searching easier than ever.

    According to a press release issued by the city's Legislative Director, Randi Johl, custom search forms allow the user to find the most relevant documents. In addition to agendas, minutes, resolutions, and ordinances, development and improvement plans, along with other records are also available.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    EC: Quito to launch facial recognition for public surveillance under smart city project

    Ecuadorian capital Quito will launch public biometric facial recognition as part of the country’s first digital city program after an agreement was signed by the mayor and the government’s ICT ministry (Mintel), BNamericas reports.

    The digital city initiative will include digitization of national identity cards and passports for a public safety project using facial recognition technology, as well as digital platforms to monitor parking spaces, track bus routes and estimated arrival times, and emergency systems in highway tunnels.

  • Thu
    Aug
    08
    2019
    PH: Right time for smart cities

    It was awe-inspiring to see the updated blue-print of the New Clark City unveiled by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon during the Pre-SONA in July 1. Construction of the Phase 1A, which includes an athletics stadium that can seat 20,000 individuals, and an aquatics center with a seating capacity of 2,000 will be finished by October 15. This is just one of the many phases of this ambitious $14-billion and three-decade long project that will boast sustainable buildings cleverly designed to reduce water and energy usage for an eco-friendly and cost-efficient living.

    New Clark City boasts as the country’s first smart and resilient metropolis. But the concept of smart city is nothing new.

  • Wed
    Aug
    07
    2019
    Quito to become Ecuador's first digital city

    Ecuador’s ICT ministry (Mintel) has signed an agreement with the mayor of capital Quito to develop the country's first digital city program.

    According to minister Andrés Michelena, the project will include digitalizing national identity cards and passports as part of a public safety drive using facial recognition technology.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    UA: Zelensky issues decree to boost e-government services

    Paper pushers could face extinction in Ukraine very soon, thanks to a July 29 decree signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky to make all government services electronic and online.

    The decree specifies 11 steps for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to roll out such e-services for Ukrainians. It includes auditing all the country’s registers, making them work together, and putting up a single website for access to such services.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    ZA: Three levels of smart city growth

    Smart cities need the operational technology foundation of smart panels and transformers, the middle layer of connected devices with edge control self-management and the top layer of real-time insights that can optimise services.

    “When asked how we can create a smart city, we need people to understand that there are three levels to the technology,” explains Taru Madangombe, vice-president of power systems in southern Africa for Schneider Electric.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    Investors and start-ups highlight what's holding Israel's smart cities back

    A recent event highlighted the difficulty smart city technology companies have breaking into the urban space and getting the ear of municipalities.

    A contradiction between the words “smart” and “city” is impeding the progress of smart cities in Israel – this was the verdict of one investor participating in a recent smart city technology event hosted by accountancy and consulting firm, BDO Israel.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Probe sought into delay in e-governance programme

    The LDF councillors on Monday staged a protest by squatting on the floor of the council hall demanding a probe into the delay in implementing the e-governance programme even as the State government has convened a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

    Leaving his seat, the LDF leader K.J. Anotny, who raised the issue, sat on the floor as the council meeting progressed. He was followed by Poornima Narayan and Prathibha Ansari, the two standing committee chairpersons from the LDF.

  • Tue
    Aug
    06
    2019
    VN: Efforts to promote e-Government building

    Over recent years, the Party and Government have always paid great attention to developing the application of information and technology (IT) and building an e-Government in the State agencies’ operation, aiming to better serve people and businesses.

    Right from the beginning of 2019, the Prime Minister has required a breakthrough in e-Government building as well as the completion of mechanisms, implementing experiments and putting several basic information systems into operation. In addition, the Government has issued Resolution No.17/NQ-CP (Resolution 17) on a number of key tasks and solutions to develop e-Government during the 2019-2020 period, with orientations toward 2025. Under the drastic direction of the Government and the PM, along with efforts made by the ministries, agencies and localities as well as support from the international community and both domestic and foreign experts, Vietnam has gained positive results in implementing e-Government. Most importantly, there has been a positive shift in the awareness of e-Government and the implementation towards digital Government, economy and society, ensuring the links between IT and administrative reform.

  • Mon
    Aug
    05
    2019
    Making the smart city safe and secure

    According to UN projections, 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. As cities grow, municipal governments are investing in infrastructure and applications to improve operations, services for constituents, and the overall urban experience. Composed of the internet of things, "smart cities," aimed to optimize operations, present new security and privacy risks to city leaders and citizens alike.

  • Mon
    Aug
    05
    2019
    PK: National Highway Authority launches E-billing system

    National Highway Authority (NHA) has launched E-billing system to facilitate its contractors and ensure transparency.

    Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad on Monday, Communications Minister Murad Saeed said E-billing system is part of e-governance programme of the PTI government, which will help save time and eradicate the commission culture.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    KR: Busan City, Amazon Web Services sign a pact to develop smart city Initiatives

    Busan Metropolitan City and Amazon Web Services (AWS) signed an agreement on July 25 at Busan Cloud Innovation Center to develop smart city initiatives and strengthen innovation in the public sector.

    The agreement is aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation based on the success of the startup initiative made through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the city of Busan and AWS in March 2016.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    NG: Kaduna ranks highest in e-governance

    Kaduna State has emerged as the best state in an e-governance ranking carried out by the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, CIAPS.

    The research which was a joint project by the students of media and journalism and students of digital media saw Kaduna leading in Nigeria with 72 per cent, followed closely by Delta State with 70 per cent and Anambra State with 65.5 per cent.

  • Sun
    Aug
    04
    2019
    AE: RTA’s self-driving transport tests begin

    Winners to be selected next month

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to embark on the practical tests programme for selecting winners of the Leaders Category of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport in collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) this August. Conducting the tests follows a preparatory phase that took place in June and July 2019.

    The Challenge Awards are more than $5 million divided into three categories: Leaders of five companies from different countries, Startups and academia for university and college students.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    VN: Building e-government must also ensures people's privacy

    More than 400 international and local experts and enterprises yesterday gathered at a national conference on electronic government.

    They analysed challenges and offered solutions to help the development of the national public service port and an electronic one-stop information system.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    Global cities are increasingly becoming dependent on technology

    Cities around the world are increasingly becoming dependent on technology as according to a report by NLC. These trends are disrupting workplaces and companies need to be aware of the changes and seek to adapt in order to remain competitive.

    Smart cities - connected spaces where technology is integrated into business and social life - are growing. ABI’s Smart Cities Competitive Assessment report names Singapore as the world’s leading smart city, primarily due to innovations with driverless taxis and shuttles. Most other major capitals are following suite, developing automated and connected technologies. This leads to questions as to how the smart city is altering the way we work.

  • Sat
    Aug
    03
    2019
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad to soon get mobile app-based parking facility at 24 metro rail stations

    Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) launched 'Park Hyderabad' project, which is a paid parking facility with digital systems and mobile app at 24 Metro Rail stations across the city.

    Hyderabad is set to add another jewel to its crown as metro commuters in the city will soon be able to book parking spots with a mobile app. The new project will let commuters book parking spots using the cloud-based parking management system, and it integrates features like digital payments via a mobile app for parking. Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) launched ‘Park Hyderabad’ project, which is a paid parking facility with digital systems and mobile app at 24 Metro Rail stations across the city.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    AZ: Government issues over 20,000 e-signature certificates

    Provision of citizens with e-government services not only simplifies the access for social services, but also contributes to the transition to the digital government in the country.

    The National Certification Center issued 20,376 certificates of e-signature in the first half of 2019, said the Information Computing Center under Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    National ID cards planned for all Cayman residents

    Every person in Cayman could soon be required to carry a national identity card.

    Government is compiling a database of all individuals on the island with the aim of implementing a national ID scheme next year, Commerce Minister Joey Hew said Wednesday.

    He said each card would carry a unique chip and an identity number that would link to government’s database – which he referred to as a “register of natural persons”.

  • Fri
    Aug
    02
    2019
    VN: National seminar talks e-Government

    More than 400 domestic and foreign delegates discussed e-Government at a national seminar in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 26.

    They focused on such topics as digital transformation in State management, technological models and solutions, and administrative reform.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    PK: KP Govt Endeavours To Promote IT, E Governance: Kamran Bangash

    Special Assistant to the Chief Minister for Science and Technology, Kamran Bangash here Wednesday said establishment of performance management and reforms unit was welfare of people and to bring transparency in dispensation of official work.

    He said the unit would help ensure self accountability, bring improvement in service delivery and promotion of E- Governance in the province.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    NG: NITDA unveils data regulation framework

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Tuesday presented the implementation framework of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and the National Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) to stakeholders in the Information Technology Industry.

    According to the agency’s Director-General Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, represented by Director, E-government, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the NDPR was launched in January, while the NCCP was launched on May 17.

  • Thu
    Aug
    01
    2019
    TT: Making cities smarter starts with a plan

    THERE IS general agreement within the region that digital transformation is not only desirable; it’s both necessary and overdue.

    In his feature address at the launch of CANTO’s 2019 conference at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday, Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte cited forward looking quotes by Grenada PM Keith Mitchell and Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank, before adding his own solemn warning.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    SG: When a smart city is ruined by selfish, anti-social behaviour

    With near-daily headlines about some of them hitting and injuring pedestrians, others racing on roads at high speed and the rides even causing fires, you’d expect personal mobility device (PMD) riders to be trying a little more to stay out of trouble.

    Yet, it was no surprise that, on a jog just now, I easily found more reminders of the menace. A youngster sped down a road in a PMD at car speeds, another on a pavement honked at everyone to give way and yet another failed to slow down round a corner, nearly colliding into me.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    AE: AI Top Interest For Emirati Youth: Minister Of State For Artificial Intelligence

    Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, AI, said that modern technology has been increasingly grabbing the attention of the Emirati youth, a key indicator to the importance of enhancing their skills and knowledge on the tools and applications of artificial intelligence to help them create their own future.

    This came at the launch of the 2nd edition of the UAE AI Summer Camp on the July 22nd in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Qaiwain, which witnessed a wide participation of school students and university undergraduates from all over the country.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    Morocco embraces digital transformation, but pace is slow

    Morocco has set out an ambitious national strategy “Maroc Digital 2020” (Morocco Digital 2020) in a bid to boost the development of the digital economy sector, but several obstacles are still hindering its acceleration.

    The government’s Maroc Digital 2020, which is the continuity of the impetus created by the previous national strategy "Maroc Numeric 2013", seeks to reinforce the North African country’s position as a regional digital hub and enhance its digital skills and governance.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    Brazil launches new smart cities program

    After the national IoT plan, a digital transformation strategy and discussions around a 5G policy, the Brazilian government has launched a new smart cities program.

    An old program, launched in 2012 and called Cidades Digitais, aimed mostly to interconnect city-managed buildings with a fiber optic ring.

    Over 200 localities have received infrastructure and related initiatives under this program, which is being terminated.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    NL: Smart technology will transform Dutch neighbourhood

    A programme in the Netherlands is creating a smart neighbourhood as a pilot for how people could live in the future

    A neighbourhood in the Netherlands is to be transformed in a pilot project to design the urban environment in conjunction with new smart technologies for transport, health and energy.

    The locality, in Brandenvoort, will be a testing ground for new products, services and systems through the Brainport Smart District (BSD) project.

  • Wed
    Jul
    31
    2019
    US: Massachusetts: Boston mayor wants better management of ride-sharing services

    Mayor Martin Walsh says the city has to find ways to make ride-share part of sustainable and equitable transportation systems.

    Boston wants to bring in new legislation to further address congestion in the city by, for instance, imposing a per-mile fee on ride-hailing services which are travelling with no passengers during peak hours and making additional investment in public transit and infrastructure.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    US: Michigan: Ann Arbor: Autonomous Delivery Robots Find Place in Michigan Bike Lanes

    A company in Ann Arbor, Mich., is testing the hypothesis that full-sized autonomous vehicles are not the answer to making short-distance food or grocery deliveries, and is instead betting on small electric vehicles.

    Groceries, take-out dinners and other items could soon arrive via an autonomous robot in one Michigan city.

    An Ann Arbor-based company called Refraction AI has been testing its REV-1 autonomous delivery vehicles, which are about the size of a large wheelbarrow or cargo bike. The three-wheeled electric devices are designed to operate in bike lanes, or other areas at “the margins” of the roadway in the aim to stay out of the primary traffic flow.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    PH: ‘Very big’ improvement in telco services by 2020: Rio

    Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. on Tuesday said Filipinos will feel a big improvement in telecommunications (telco) services nationwide come 2020.

    “Our program for 2020 is that before the end of next year, our people will feel a very big improvement in our telecommunications services nationwide,” Rio said during ‘The Presser’ of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) attended by key clusters of the executive branch at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) building in Quezon City.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    IN: Goa: Panaji MLA seeks inquiry into role of Smart City Mission

    Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate on Tuesday demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant conduct a thorough inquiry into the functioning of the Smart City Mission, especially its chief executive officer (CEO) Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri.

    Monserrate, who took offence to the public works department (PWD) granting a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Smart City Mission to lay underground electricity cables in the state capital, said all such NOCs should be granted only through the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). He asked PWD minister Deepak Pauskar why his department had dealt the Smart City Mission and not the CCP.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    QA: Over 1.5 million transactions by MoI last month

    Over 1.5 million transactions were recorded by various departments of the General Directorate of Passports at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) last month within the framework of the services provided by the MoI to the general public.

    'The transactions completed by the General Directorate of Passports showed increase in the number of transactions as it reached to 1,556,867, said the Ministry of Interior on its official website.

  • Tue
    Jul
    30
    2019
    VN: PM requests e-Cabinet building be accelerated

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 23 demanded ministries, agencies and localities to speed up the e-Cabinet building and not let difficulties in terms of finance, connection or sharing hamper the work.

    He made the request at a teleconference between the National Committee on e-Government and the steering boards for e-Government and e-administration building of ministries, sectors and localities.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IE: E-licensing saves solicitors time and money – Clarke

    A free online register will shortly display all licensed premises in the country as the registration system moves online.

    Intoxicating liquor and club licences for pubs, hotels and restaurants will be viewable online eliminating the need to attend at a court office.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IN: Why crumbling Smart City Mission needs urgent intervention from PM Modi?

    The ambitious Smart City Mission was one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's key electoral promises in 2014. The scheme, launched on June 25, 2015, aimed to develop 100 cities across the country, making them citizen-friendly and sustainable.

    The total proposed investment in the selected cities under the scheme is over Rs. 2.05 lakh crore. But according to government data, a mere 33 per cent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects have been completed or are under implementation, utilising 25 per cent of the envisaged investment.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    PK: PITB-KPITB inked MoU to promote ICT services

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) was signed at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad.

    In order to promote bi-lateral cooperation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled services for the public and private sector in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Mon
    Jul
    29
    2019
    IN: AYUSH GRID to digitise healthcare delivery

    Ministry of AYUSH has conceptualised AYUSH GRID Project for digitising its healthcare delivery at all levels which will serve as IT backbone for the entire sector covering the healthcare systems Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy.

    AYUSH Grid is envisaged as an omnibus digital eco-system that would lead to all round development of the AYUSH sector in fields of healthcare delivery at all levels, research, education, schemes and various health programs.

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    Ahead in 5G, Korea leads in smart city innovation and exports

    In February during an event in Busan, President Moon Jae-in said smart cities incorporating leading technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things and big data analysis, will improve the quality of life by raising public safety and efficiency.

    “Transportation, accident prevention, administrative processes, medical services and child care services, which have historically operated independently, will be connected more organically and efficiently.” Moon said. “With consolidated safety management systems, disaster information - like that related to earthquakes and fires - will immediately be sent out by alert, and this will reduce firefighter response time by five minutes, while the crime rate will drop 25 percent and vehicular accidents will be reduced roughly 50 percent.”

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    PH: Ecija: Gapan ‘Smart City’

    This southernmost city of Nueva Ecija is aiming to become the province’s first “Smart City” with its plan to put up a command center that is fully-equipped with 250 sets of closed circuit television (CCTV) camera, said City Mayor Emerson “Emeng” Pascual.

    Pascual, the former Barangay Pambuan chairman-turned city mayor who won his second term unopposed which is a record first in the city’s political history, said the CCTV project is being funded by the city government at P49-million and is expected to help aid authorities in the traffic management and monitoring and in the maintenance of the city’s peace and order situation, including crime prevention and solution.

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    IN: Rural government officials to be trained in good governance

    The ISTM has also designed a curriculum for the programme.

    The Ministry of Rural Development, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), will hold a training programme for its officials on good governance. According to ministry officials, the ministry decided to hold the programme for its officials after it learnt of bad behaviour by the officials from complainants who had approached them over the bad conditions of roads built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    NG: Kano operates e-governance for efficiency – Ganduje

    Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that the determination of his administration to ensure e-governance is a foregone issue as the state cannot afford to be left behind in the scheme of things in a changing world.

    “We promised to move Kano to the next level and in doing so, we must be IT compliant. E-governance is the issue everywhere and we must adapt to this change so that our civil service can revolutionise service delivery,” the governor said.

  • Sun
    Jul
    28
    2019
    IN: Manipur: Permit for building construction to go online soon

    With the implementation of OBPS (Online Building Permission System) by September, getting permission for construction of buildings will be 'just a mouse click away', said Y Narmada Devi, Chief Town Planner/State Director for AMRUT & PMAY(U), Government of Manipur.

    She was speaking at a one day regional workshop on "Online Building Permission System" at City Convention Centre here today in the presence of MAHUD Minister Th Shyamkumar and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Shiv Das Meena.

  • Sat
    Jul
    27
    2019
    How innovation will boost China's smart megacities

    China has been making tremendous efforts to transform its top megacities into smart ones through innovation, government support and international cooperation, said current and former officials of Chinese and American cities at a summit on Wednesday.

    Air and water pollution, healthcare burdens, and demographic issues are among the primary challenges facing these heavily populated cities, said Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States.

  • Sat
    Jul
    27
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore tops the race of Smart City Project implementation

    Coimbatore, the city in Tamil Nadu has left all the states behind and has topped in the implementation of the Smart City mission project.

    As per the data submitted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the city has topped in the number of projects for which work has been started along with the number of projects which have already been completed.

  • Fri
    Jul
    26
    2019
    IN: Nagaland: System to make govt. employment profiles public

    A personal information management system (Pims), a web-enabled personnel management system of the Nagaland state government, will be making basic employment profiles public.

    The system is to track and record service details of government employees from the date of their joining the service until their retirement from service.

    The government publicity agency, the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), issued updates to the media on Thursday offering details about the system.

  • Fri
    Jul
    26
    2019
    Fijian gov't to maximize on e-services for those in rural areas

    The Fijian government will maximize the use of the Walesi platform for transmitting messages to reach the farthest in Fiji as it streamlines e-government services, local media reported on Friday.

    Fiji's Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said on Friday that there were plans to streamline e-government services through the establishment of network towers.

  • Fri
    Jul
    26
    2019
    Kazakhstan enters high performing list of countries in E-Government Survey 2018 of UN

    Kazakhstan is listed 39th in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018, the UN reported.

    Now the country has 6 projects of "smart city" including Smart Nur-Sultan, Smart Almaty, Smart Aqkol, Smart Petropavl, Smart Aktobe и Smart Karaganda.

  • Fri
    Jul
    26
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore tops Smart City project Implementation, in state

    Coimbatore appears to be topping the chart, in comparison to other cities in the state, with regards to Smart City implementation.

    In accordance with a data submitted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the city tops in the number of projects for which work has commenced as well as the number of projects which have been completed.

  • Thu
    Jul
    25
    2019
    Invest in the clever and connected smart cities of the future

    The “smart city” is no mere futuristic fantasy, but a work in progress. Chris Carter analyses the trend’s rapid development and explains how you can profit from it.

    The lights in the bedroom gradually brighten and you wake up feeling refreshed. You know you’ve slept well: the fitness and sleep tracker on your wrist says so. Downstairs in the kitchen, your refrigerator places an order for more orange juice just as you upend the last drop from the carton into your glass. The coffee-maker gurgles into action right on cue. After breakfast, the mirror in the bathroom bids you good morning and informs you that road-traffic sensors are reporting light traffic, while the leaves on the railway lines have been swept away. All trains are running on time. Oh, and the weather will be warm. So might the wardrobe suggest you wear summer clothes today? The sun is shining as you step outside. The car has charged overnight, when electricity is cheaper. It starts with a hum at the press of a button and you’re off on your way to work.

  • Thu
    Jul
    25
    2019
    VN: Digitalisation essential for good governance in social security institutions

    Information and communication technology resources are vital elements for governance in social security institutions, Ortiz D. Maribel, of the International Social Security Association, said.

    Maribel spoke at a workshop on good governance for better social security services held on Wednesday in HCM City.

  • Thu
    Jul
    25
    2019
    TH: DE minister to establish anti-fake news centre

    Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta has set out three policy fronts to pursue the Thailand 4.0 scheme.

    Buddhipongse said these fronts covered digital economy, digital society and digital security. The Digital Economy and Society Ministry will also set up a Fake News Center to combat fake news in the country.

  • Wed
    Jul
    24
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra CM directs NMSCDCL, NMC to speed up smart city projects

    Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday directed the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) and Nashik Municipal Corporation to speed up the projects under smart city and municipal corporation.

    The sources from NMC said that CM has directed the senior IAS officer and chairman of NMSCDCL Sitaram Kunte and the municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game to speed up all the projects under smart city and some projects under municipal corporation.

  • Wed
    Jul
    24
    2019
    VN: Smartphone use, internet access critical to building ‘smart’ HCM City

    To achieve smart-city status, at least 90 percent of residents in Ho Chi Minh City should be using a smartphone by 2022, a top official said at a communications conference held in the city on July 16.

    Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, said that smartphones were being used by only 60 percent of people in the city that leads the country’s telecommunications industry.

  • Wed
    Jul
    24
    2019
    VN: Minister wants HCMC to get smarter at ICT

    The government has spelled out what it expects Ho Chi Minh City to do in terms of information and communications technology to become a smart city.

    Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, speaking at a conference between his ministry and Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, said the city should use information and communication technology to boost economic growth and address socioeconomic problems.

  • Wed
    Jul
    24
    2019
    Over 65% of Brazilian rural schools lack internet access

    The digital divide between urban and rural schools in Brazil, captured in different studies throughout the years, has not changed. In fact, this gap might have even increased.

    According to the latest ICT Education study, carried out by the research arm of Brazil’s internet steering committee CGI, just 34% of the schools in rural areas had a computer connected to the internet at the end of 2018.

  • Tue
    Jul
    23
    2019
    IN: Facebook ties up with govt CSC programme to train rural women entrepreneurs

    Initiative will cover 250,000 entrepreneurs in 3,000 villages also seeks to educate them about privacy and security as first-time users

    Facebook has tied up with the government’s Common Service Centre Academy to provide digital marketing education to village entrepreneurs and teach first-time online users about privacy and security.

    CSC Academy and Facebook have jointly designed and developed a digital curriculum, and provide digital training to 250,000 rural entrepreneurs in more than 3,000 villages.

  • Tue
    Jul
    23
    2019
    How Government Agencies Achieve Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation isn’t about preserving how things are currently done. It’s about refocusing on why things are done and finding ways to do them better.

    There’s a growing pressure on government agencies to modernize IT in order to more effectively fulfill their missions. The first step is the most difficult – to let go of entrenched strategies.

    When agencies reproduce existing processes with new technologies, they miss the point of modernization. True transformation means realigning the agency workforce to its mission.

  • Tue
    Jul
    23
    2019
    Six ways that the IoT can benefit cities

    A new blueprint for internet of things adoption by municipalities lays out half a dozen areas where IoT can offer benefits to cities.

    The Municipal IoT Blueprint report comes via the Wireless SuperCluster of the Global City Teams Challenge, operating under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

  • Tue
    Jul
    23
    2019
    From Aadhaar cards to charging electric cars – Meet the Indian company that wants to do it all

    • Vakrangee, a listed company, has announced that it will be building 75,000 EV charging stations in India by March 2022.
    • The company was earlier involved in making voter ID cards and also Aadhar cards.
    • It has also had a troublesome past with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs ordering an investigation into the audit books of the company.

  • Mon
    Jul
    22
    2019
    VN: Project to upgrade tourism in HCMC finishes first phase

    The project ‘Upgrading the E-government System in the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Tourism’ by FPT HCM completed its first stage of improving the digital ISO system and supporting public administration tasks as well as document management for the digital information portal of the department.

    At the moment, FPT HCM is entering the second phase to better the document management task along with launching a mobile application. The stage is supposed to finish this September.

  • Mon
    Jul
    22
    2019
    Vietnam plans to become leading digital economy in Asean by 2030

    Vietnam plans to become leading digital economy in Asean by 2030

    Vietnam aims to become the leading digital country and economy in the Asean region by 2030 and allow testing of new technologies in the digital economy.

    This is one of the proposals in a draft project on national digital transformation by Vietnam’s Authority of Information Technology Application (AITA) under its Ministry of Information and Communications.

  • Mon
    Jul
    22
    2019
    US: Pennsylvania: Erie’s smart city program runs on your data. Is it safe?

    Other cities are working to balance technology and privacy, security concerns.

    The city of Erie is getting smarter.

    There are security cameras throughout the city, some capable of facial recognition or capturing vehicle license plates.

    Free public Wi-Fi is now available in Perry Square, and could soon be in the city’s designated federal Opportunity Zones to help spur development.

  • Mon
    Jul
    22
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu government adopts Blockchain technology for e-governance services

    TN state government takes on Blockchain technology to ease out citizen-centric delivery services.

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami recently announced new governance measures for better e-service delivery to the citizens, on behalf of Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA).

    The first initiative taken towards the same is named Zero knowledge proof identity based predictive Government Service Delivery. The application software used for issuing various certificates under this program will be suitably modified so that the document issued shall electronically hit the Makkal Number created by TNeGA.

  • Sun
    Jul
    21
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Kanpur: Slow progress of Smart City project: Minister pulls up admin

    Terming development of the ‘smart city’ project as disappointing, minister for urban development Suresh Khanna said that out of Rs 303 crore allocated for the project, only Rs 113 crore had so far been spent by the agencies. There was a need to complete the project on a warfooting.

    The minister, presiding over a review meeting here on Saturday, said Rs 2,311 crore ‘smart city’ project is aimed at providing basic facilities to the residents by the local bodies.

  • Sun
    Jul
    21
    2019
    Smart cities key to Earth's future as urbanisation balloons

    In 2006 the world experienced a unique phenomenon: for the first time in human history, the number of people living in urban areas equalled the number living in rural areas.

    This was due to what is often labelled as the “biggest mass-migration in history”, where the world’s population is moving en masse away from rural areas into urban areas.

  • Sun
    Jul
    21
    2019
    NG: Of indigenous technology, e-Governance and ease of doing business

    Recently, the digital media space was inundated with comments surrounding the efficacy of facial recognition technology in some cyber videos produced in China.

    It was indeed astonishing seeing how people performed mundane tasks such as electronic payments and facility access with relative ease. Simply put, technology simplifies seemingly arduous tasks, therefore it is no surprise that the most technologically advanced countries lead the global socio-economic progress charts.

  • Sat
    Jul
    20
    2019
    CN: Guangdong: Shenzhen adopts ‘Maslow model’ for smart city project

    This Chinese city has a grand vision to be the world’s role model for smart and safe cities.

    Walking on the streets of Shenzhen, few remnants of its past as a fishing village remains. Instead, the city is a concrete jungle of modern high rise buildings, 40 years after it was named as China’s first special economic zone.

  • Sat
    Jul
    20
    2019
    The future of smart cities in Europe

    Smart is increasingly becoming the “pre-fix” of cities when talking about the near future or even the present of the places where most of us live (or spend most of our lives).

    Mayors across the Globe, and even more across Europe, are announcing claims to promote the smartness of their cities, in opposition to a presumed “dumbness” of less developed areas. But, what is really a smart city? And are digital technologies (the always acknowledged building blocks of a smart city) enough to make a city really smart?

  • Fri
    Jul
    19
    2019
    GB: London’s New Smart City Feature

    The smart city concept basically entails having more digital technology around cities will ensure for a safer city. One major ongoing issue is traffic collisions. With the help of smart city systems, this issue could be decreased. A couple of methods of technology that cities have been commonly using to monitor speed enforcement are semi-stationary and mobile systems, according to vitronic.com. These have been regarded as solutions to establishing a safer city and keeping traffic collisions held to a minimum.

    One city that is trying to promote this concept is London. Thousands of cameras are already deployed around the city. In addition, the Metropolitan Police of London are soon going to be deploying a drone to oversee the road, as stated by theguardian.com. The drone will assist police by surveying the roads for dangerous drivers; once a threatening driver is spotted, police will be informed immediately.

  • Fri
    Jul
    19
    2019
    Whither Digital India? Most Indian MPs Not Responsive Over Email, Says New Study

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

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

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

  • Fri
    Jul
    19
    2019
    IN: Get OTP to your mobile, download key docs: TN CM

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

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

  • Fri
    Jul
    19
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu to Introduce Blockchain to Verify Transactions

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

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

  • Thu
    Jul
    18
    2019
    IN: TN government to unveil policy on AI, IoT, VR: M Manikandan

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

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

  • Thu
    Jul
    18
    2019
    Asia-Pacific: ‘Smart city projects need to be human-centric’

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

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

  • Thu
    Jul
    18
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: E-governance dept to study GIS-based land mapping tech

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

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

  • Wed
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    17
    2019
    AE: Govts and vendors collaboration needed to bring smart cities to life

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

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

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

  • Tue
    Jul
    16
    2019
    When Building Smart Cities, Don’t Forget the Neighborhood

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

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

  • Tue
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    16
    2019
    Smart Cities Are Built By Smart People Not Smart Things

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

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

  • Tue
    Jul
    16
    2019
    GM: GCCPC Trained Journalists on E-Government Consumer Protection Reporting

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

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

  • Tue
    Jul
    16
    2019
    Study shows despite quick start, Jordan's gov't e-service performance has slackened

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

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

  • Mon
    Jul
    15
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Commissioner calls for new privacy laws to address smart city risks

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

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

  • Mon
    Jul
    15
    2019
    National e-Governance Division to revamp management app for Indian Army

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

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

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

  • Mon
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    15
    2019
    ZW: Murewa: CICs turn communities into global village

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

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

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

  • Mon
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    15
    2019
    BD: Prioritising e-government procurement for vision 2021 and beyond

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

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

  • Mon
    Jul
    15
    2019
    AE: Abu Dhabi: 63 govt departments e-linked for faster services

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

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

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2019
    NG: Ogun: Governance And Resource Management

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

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2019
    AE: Digital transformation: A journey to bridge the digital divide

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

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

  • Sun
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    14
    2019
    IN: Odisha: Free Wi-Fi services across Smart City Bhubaneswar soon

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

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

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

  • Sun
    Jul
    14
    2019
    KH: Phnom Penh: City Hall launches bus app

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

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

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2019
    Seven new facts we learnt about mobile and internet use in Sri Lanka

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

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

  • Sat
    Jul
    13
    2019
    SA needs smart cities, just not what you envisage

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

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

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2019
    PH: Metro Manila partners for smart city projects

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

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

  • Fri
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    12
    2019
    IN: J&K to set up 44 digital villages as one-stop IT service solution

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

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

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2019
    IN: Budget 2019: Every village to get Internet connectivity under Bharat Net: FM Sitharaman

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

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

  • Fri
    Jul
    12
    2019
    CM: ECA Forge Partnership for Boosting Digital Economy

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

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

  • Thu
    Jul
    11
    2019
    IN: Smart City: Rs 2.05 lakh crore projects proposed in 100 cities, significant progress made, says Economic Survey

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

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

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

  • Thu
    Jul
    11
    2019
    PK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: E-governance introduced in Orakzai

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

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

  • Wed
    Jul
    10
    2019
    New Problems, New Solutions: The Rise of the Smart City

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

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

  • Tue
    Jul
    09
    2019
    PH: Mayor Zamora’s ‘smart city’ dream for San Juan gets a boost with Honasan as DICT Chief

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

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

  • Mon
    Jul
    08
    2019
    An app to reduce Indonesia’s traffic accidents

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

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

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

  • Mon
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    08
    2019
    Avalue developing AI-based traffic management systems for use across Taiwan

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

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

  • Mon
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    08
    2019
    Latin America needs more tech in government to counter graft

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

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

  • Sun
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    07
    2019
    Minister talks on plans to create ICT innovation clusters in Azerbaijan

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

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

  • Sun
    Jul
    07
    2019
    OM: Pact to develop tourism portals, online services

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

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

  • Sun
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    07
    2019
    Mass Deployments of IoT Solutions Is Rapidly Changing China - GSMA

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

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

  • Sun
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    07
    2019
    Telematics Data Helps Smart Cities Minimize Pollution, Gridlock and More

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

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

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

  • Sun
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    07
    2019
    IN: Tech leaders’ Budget Expectations: Focus on enhancing IT and digital infrastructure

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

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

  • Sat
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    06
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: University data information system to come up at MU

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

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

  • Sat
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    06
    2019
    Saudi achievements in digital transformation highlighted at Singapore forum

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

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

  • Sat
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    06
    2019
    VN: HCMC education authority launches educational service portal

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes, the best ideas are born in the midst of a crisis.

And perhaps that’s something that can be said about the transformation public libraries in Middlesex County have experienced over the last five years. During that time, they have gone from being, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution” to what they are today: Resource centres where community members can find assistance to solve a great variety of problems they may be facing in their lives.

In fact, county staff don’t call them simply libraries anymore; instead, they refer to them as “comprehensive community hubs.”

And the Strathroy Public Library was the first of its kind.

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“There’s no one definition of what a community hub is,” Said Lindsay Brock, CEO of the Middlesex County Library system and who has overseen the community hubs project.

“But for us, it’s that one stop place where people can access information, resources, help, government services . . . things that go beyond the traditional library mandate and extend into community and social services.”

The comprehensive community hubs project began in early 2011 in response to the closing of the Government Access Information Network (GAIN) Centre in Strathroy.

This organization, which operated for over a decade at the Kenwick Mall on Front Street, offered similar services to what Middlesex County community hubs do now: employment counselling, meeting space for social services, and public computers for job search and e-government services, among others.

While open, the GAIN Centre, which was run by the library board, assisted hundreds of people every month.

That’s why when in 2011 the provincial government announced it was cutting funding to Quad County, the organization that administered the provincial employment services at the GAIN Centre and allowed other partners to offer their services at low cost due to the sharing space available, the county decided to find solutions to keep those key resources available in the community.

“There was the fear that those services, which were based mainly in London where their headquarters were, were going to leave the county and we would lose that connection,” Brock said. “But because the library already had that connection . . . we saw the opportunity to transition those services to the library.

“But we needed more space to do that.”

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Losing the services offered by the GAIN Centre was seeing as a big blow to the municipality by many members of the community.

Proof of that was the decision of the Strathroy-Caradoc council at its March 7, 2011, meeting to invest more than $400,000 in the renovation of the public library to help with the transition of services from the GAIN Centre to the facility at 34 Frank St.

“We didn’t want any of these services to entrench back to urban centres like London; we wanted to make sure that we can offer all these services in our own municipality where people are comfortable, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why we did it,” said Strathroy-Caradoc Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden about the investment.

The library board then used some of the provincial funding it still had available and paid the more than $400,000 to complete the library’s renovation.

The project included the expansion of the building itself to create new offices that could be used for delivering social services, the addition of an enhanced reception desk, and a waiting area for clients and patrons.

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The renovated library re-opened in May of 2012 and since then, said Brock, the new community hub concept has flourished and avoided the creation of a vacuum in social services that would have negatively impacted the community.

“Transportation is a big barrier for people in the county, especially the farther away you get from London . . . And many of these services, if they weren’t in Strathroy, people would have to go there (London), which would be the closest,” she said.

Proof of this growth is also the increase in the number of partnerships the board has created with community and service groups since moving to Frank Street and the actual number of residents using the resources available, Brock added.

In February of 2016 alone, the library board estimates that close to 300 people accessed the services offered through the community hub just in the Strathroy branch. The board also logged almost 5,000 computer sessions there.

And given the success seen in Strathroy, county council has expanded the implementation of the community hub idea to other three branches in the county – Parkhill, Dorchester, whose branch is in the process of expansion, and Lucan – with a vision for a fifth hub in Glencoe by 2018.

“As long as our partners are on board, and they are still using the space, that indicates that there is that community need and that there are those clients who still need to be served in the county,” Brock said. “That’s the real indicator of our success.”

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Jonathan Juha

Quelle/Source: Strathroy Age Dispatch, 31.03.2016

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