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  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    SA: The Line Project: A Vision for the Future of Urban Living

    Saudi Arabia, the land of innovation and transportation, is moving towards a revolutionary urban development project that will redefine the city of living with poise and ultra luxurious features. Referred to as The Line Project, the great initiative is part of NEOM initiative of Saudi Arabia’s urban planning and sustainability model. This project aims to be a paradigm shift and improve the quality of living with various enhanced and progressive features. The Line Project is slowly and steadily transforming itself into a clear path of progress and moving towards its end goal. In this blog, we will try to learn more about this great innovation, will explore its vision and how it will impact the urbanisation landscape.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    US: New York: Will Binghamton Step Into the Future as a Smart City?

    In what is being called a bid to bridge the digital divide and embrace the concept of Smart Cities, sources report that Cornell University researchers recently presented their vision to municipal officials and practitioners in Binghamton.

    Sources claim that with the power of the "Internet of Things" (IoT), researchers hope to lay the foundation for a technologically advanced and interconnected city.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Smart City - Challenges and Complexities

    The promise of a Smart City is one that holds immense potential for urban development, technological innovation, and improved quality of life. However, in the case of Srinagar, this promise has been overshadowed by recent events that have revealed the glaring flaws in the implementation of the Smart City project. Srinagar has long struggled with infrastructural challenges exacerbated by its unique geography and climate.

    The Smart City initiative was meant to address these challenges by leveraging technology to enhance various aspects of urban living, from efficient transportation systems to sustainable waste management practices. However, the recent inundation of roads and streets in the city following heavy rainfall has laid bare the inadequacies of the project.

  • Mon
    May
    27
    2024
    IN: Karnataka: 350 e-buses for twin cities, Belagavi soon

    If everything goes according to plan, over 350 electric buses will be pressed into service soon on the roads of Hubballi-Dharwad and Belagavi.

    The North-Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), in order to provide better and luxurious service to its commuters, has floated a tender to get 350 e-buses on a gross cost contract (GCC) model, which is getting closed.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    CN: Shanghai launches information consumption festival to boost digital economy

    A month-long information consumption festival was launched in Shanghai on Friday by the municipal government in an effort to accelerate developing new-quality productive forces and build cutting-edge digital industry clusters with international competitiveness, according to official sources.

    "Information consumption is a new consumption model in the digital economy era that focuses on interaction and experience between producers and consumers, featuring greater stability and durability," said Wu Lijian, deputy director of the standing committee of Shanghai's Huangpu district's people's congress during the opening ceremony of the festival.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    The Ellinikon takes shape — what we know so far about greece's 15-minute smart city

    Deep Diving Into The Ellinikon Development In Athens

    The Ellinikon is making headlines as one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects currently underway in Athens, Greece. Rooted in the principles of a ’15-minute city,’ the €8 billion masterplan is spearheaded by LAMDA Development and offers a comprehensive 360-degree experience to its residents, tenants, guests, and employees. This transformation will revive the obsolete site of the Athens International Airport, which operated from 1938 until 2001, before the Marina was developed to host the Sailing Centre for Athens’ 2004 Summer Olympics.

  • Sun
    May
    26
    2024
    QA: Msheireb Properties, Schneider Electric to explore Smart City development at MDD

    Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable property developer, and Schneider Electric, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore enhancing the smart city capabilities of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD).

    Schneider Electric will conduct a three-month Proof of Concept (POC) project to showcase the capabilities of its Smart City Integration platforms.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    Smart Cities: Enhancing Urban Living through Technology

    Smart cities represent the future of urban living, utilizing technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs more effectively. These cities leverage data and technology to enhance everything from transportation and healthcare to energy use and public safety, offering a more sustainable and convenient lifestyle for their inhabitants.

    The backbone of a smart city is its integrated technology framework, which includes the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices connect various elements of the urban landscape—from traffic lights and cars to energy meters and building management systems—allowing for real-time data collection and analysis. This connectivity enables city officials to make informed decisions that boost efficiency and reduce costs.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    NG: Enugu government begins construction of 22,000-structure smart city

    Mr Eze said funds had already been made available for the city’s construction, as it would be the first smart city in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has begun the construction of an innovative and scientifically driven smart city with at least 22,000 structures.

    The Enugu State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lawrence Eze, disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Friday in Enugu.

  • Sat
    May
    25
    2024
    PK: Commission to be formed for national digitisation

    The government has decided to constitute a Commission to be chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for national digitisation in the country.

    This was stated by Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja, who further stated that the government will do legislation for national digitisation in the country as there is a paradigm shift and needs automation for increased transparency and infrastructure development.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    US: New York: Cornell researchers hope to turn Binghamton into a ‘smart city’

    Cornell University researchers presented information about Smart Cities to municipal officials and practitioners in Binghamton.

    Smart cities is helping communities across the state bridge the digital gap through ‘Internet of Things.’ Researchers explained Thursday that Internet of Things is something that helps devices communicate with each other. For example, an app that tells you a parking garage is full.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: ASBL founder pushes for development of happy smart cities

    Korupolu discussed several key points during the podcast, focusing on the current state of urban planning policies and their implementation.

    Ajitesh Korupolu, the founder and CEO of ASBL, emphasized the need for urban planning to prioritize the well-being and happiness of citizens. In a recent podcast, he asserted that cities should evolve with a “happiness-centric” approach to enhance residents’ quality of life.

  • Fri
    May
    24
    2024
    IN: Goa: Is Panjim chasing an impossible ‘Smart City’ dream?

    On April 1 this year, in response to the writ petitions, the Judges of the Bombay High Court at Goa took upon themselves to visit Panjim city and check the ground reality and the extent of the pollution and problems that residents of Panjim are facing.

    Referring to the report submitted by the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL), the division bench, comprising Justice Mahesh S Sonak and Justice Valmiki SA Menezes, in its order pointed out that the State government had issued directions that all the oangoing Smart City works will be completed by May 31 this year and it has to be complied with. The IPSCDL had agreed to complete all the works by the end of this month.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    Pasay City on the road to building first truly sustainable Eco City in PH

    Pasay City makes history as it announced the development of Pasay Eco City, the first truly sustainable eco city in the Philippines.

    “We have established, among other things, our grand vision that integrates economic prowess with being environmentally sound and sustainable—Pasay City as the first ever Eco City in the country,” proclaimed Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    Charting artificial intelligence urbanism in Southeast Asia

    We are living through an urban revolution in Southeast Asia as local governments and enterprises work together to implement secure, robust infrastructures to support an evolving smart city vision.

    While Singapore stands at the forefront of smart city development, having ranked 7th globally in IMD's 2023 Smart City Index, neighbouring Southeast Asian nations are also embarking on similar journeys – each at their own pace. The Philippines, for instance, has committed to six smart city projects across three cities. And, in Indonesia, the government aims to establish 100 smart cities by 2045.

  • Thu
    May
    23
    2024
    VN: Hanoi opens bidding for $1.3 bln smart city project

    The Hanoi government is seeking investors for a new urban area in the suburban district of Dong Anh to meet the unmatched housing demand of its residents.

    The Smart-Ecological Urban Area will cover 268 hectares in Tam Xa, Vinh Ngoc, and Xuan Canh communes, with a potential investment of VND33,093 billion ($1.3 billion), excluding costs of site clearance, resettlement, and land rental.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    EE: Tallinn pilots AI to increase road safety and efficiency

    As part of the Test in Tallinn smart city project, City of Tallinn is working with Hayden AI to pilot its automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platform.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and spatial analytics company Hayden AI is partnering with the City of Tallinn to pilot its automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platform.

    The pilot is part of the Estonian capital’s Test in Tallinn initiative, which aims to develop and implement smart city solutions for global markets.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    These Are The 7 Smartest Cities In The World

    These are the smartest cities in the world, according to data from the IMD Smart City Index 2024.

    • Smart cities integrate various aspects like transportation, energy, healthcare, and governance to create efficient urban environments.
    • Lausanne, Copenhagen, Singapore, Geneva, Canberra, Oslo, and Zurich are top-rated cities with impressive smart initiatives.
    • From eco-friendly transportation to innovative energy solutions, these cities are leading the way in sustainable urban development.

  • Wed
    May
    22
    2024
    US: Tennessee: Investing in connectivity: How Memphis is trying to be a model

    As Infrastructure Week 2024 continues, Blair Taylor, president of Memphis Tomorrow, shares the journey of Memphis from one of the country’s least connected cities to a model of equitable connectivity.

    In the heart of the American South, Memphis is both a repository of rich heritage and history, and a beacon of resilience, innovation, and community spirit.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    PH: Muntinlupa to upgrade police facilities as part of smart city plan

    The Muntinlupa City government held the groundbreaking ceremony to upgrade the facilities at the police headquarters as part of its smart city plan.

    Mayor Ruffy Biazon led the groundbreaking ceremony at the Philippine National Police-Muntinlupa headquarters in Barangay Tunasan.

    According to the World Economic Forum, “a smart city is one that uses technology to efficiently engage citizens and meet their needs.”

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    Indonesia's new capital Nusantara to become tech-enabled smart city

    Digital transformation will be a key pillar in building Indonesia’s new capital, Nusantara, and the focus will be developing high-capacity infrastructure, high-speed internet networks, and using the latest technology to support all activities in the archipelago.

    11,900 Indonesian civil servants are packing their bags right now. The plan? To move to a planned city on an island more than 1000 kilometres away by September – and kickstart one of the world’s most ambitious plans to relocate a capital city.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    IN: An overview of the Smart Cities Mission | Explained

    How are smart cities defined by the government? What are the two major aspects of the Smart Cities Mission? Why is the mission considered to be exclusionary to many? Did the SCM override the 74th Constitutional Amendment?

    The story so far: The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), a flagship programme of the NDA-1 government, has taken a back seat in this year’s list of poll promises and achievements.

  • Tue
    May
    21
    2024
    KR: MIC proposes pilot of digital university to facilitate life-long learning

    A virtual national conference on digital transformation in open education to encourage life-long learning and establish a learning society was held yesterday at 150 locations in Vietnam.

    In his speech, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son stressed that digital transformation is enthusiastically being carried out in education in hope of applying advanced technologies in the learning-teaching process as well as educational research so that the quality of these processes is improved. The ultimate aim of this digital transformation is to help all people access education and to form an open education foundation on digital platforms.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Smart City’s e-bus service set to transform public transportation

    All 100 e-buses to be operational within couple of days in Jammu Training of drivers completed, charging stations set up at Katra, Udhampur & Kathua

    In a significant move towards sustainable urban mobility, the Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) has finalised preparations to introduce 100 high-tech e-buses equipped with cutting-edge amenities. Each e-bus is outfitted with five CCTV cameras and charging points, ensuring seamless operations and enhanced passenger safety.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    Saudi Arabia's Neom is looking to fill 262 job vacancies. The roles show just how futuristic the megacity could be.

    • Saudi Arabia's sprawling megacity, Neom, is billed as a chance to live in the "new future."
    • Officials want to fill 262 vacancies. The unusual roles show what it will take to run the city.
    • The responsibilities for one role involve creating a cheetah management plan.

    Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with its ambitious plans for Neom, a futuristic metropolis spread across 26,500 km² in the northwestern region of Tabuk.

    First announced in 2017, Neom is the flagship project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 — an initiative to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy and reduce its reliance on oil revenues.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    SA: Revolutionising urban logistics: A deep dive into The Line’s innovative infrastructure

    We assess how The Line combines advanced logistics, environmental integration, and smart city solutions to craft the urban future

    The Line, part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious NEOM project, represents a revolutionary approach to urban development. Announced in 2021 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, this linear city aims to redefine modern living by prioritising human and environmental well-being over traditional urban sprawl and inefficient infrastructure.

  • Mon
    May
    20
    2024
    IN: Tripura to Begin E-attendance for Teachers and Students in Government Schools

    The Tripura government is set to implement an e-attendance system for both teachers and students across all 4,912 government schools. This initiative aims to enhance educational quality and the performance of teachers and students in the state.

    Under the Vidya Samiksha Kendra, this digital transformation seeks to instill transparency throughout the academic ecosystem and foster improved school operations. Originally launched by PM Modi in Gujarat in 2022, the Vidya Samiksha Kendra serves as a catalyst for educational enhancement, envisioned by the Union Education Ministry to augment existing educational capacities, thereby facilitating transformative educational outcomes.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    Bahrain’s residency cards to go hitech, get advanced biometric, security features

    The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) of Bahrain has teamed up with global technology leader Thales to comprehensively overhaul the country's ID card system, particularly the Central Population Registry (CPR) card.

    This strategic move aligns with the directives of Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Information and Communication Technology (MCICT), aimed at advancing the Kingdom of Bahrain's digital infrastructure.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    SA: Alfanar to inject $2.7bn to develop residential communities in NEOM

    In a bid to reshape the residential landscape in Saudi Arabia, Alfanar Global Development has announced that it will inject SR10 billion ($2.7 billion) to develop five residential communities in NEOM, the smart city currently under construction in the Kingdom.

    The announcement from Alfanar comes following an array of agreements inked by NEOM with investors for the first-phase construction of its residential communities to accommodate the growing workforce in the region.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    PH: Go Manila App: What is it, and should you use it?

    Go Manila App is a mobile app launched by the local government of the city of Manila in 2020 for people living in the city. It is supposed to provide seamless connectivity to its users and allow them to pay utility bills, fines, taxes, loans, etc., online. It was built under the administration of Mayor of Manila Francisco Moreno Domagoso. According to the city government, it is their first initiative to make the city of Manila an actual smart city of the 21st century.

    What is the Go Manila App?

    As mentioned before, the Go Manila App is a kind of citizen portal for the people living in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The reason behind creating this app was to improve the city and make it more like a smart city. A city that uses advanced technology and seamless connectivity to improve transportation, energy, public security, and health care.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Local self-government minister M B Rajesh reviews Smart City project

    Local self-government minister M B Rajesh conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Smart City project of Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML).

    The minister who visited Kochi on Saturday held discussions on the progress of projects including Intelligent City Surveillance System (ICSS) and Integrated Command Control Communication Centre (IC4), with CSML CEO Shaji V Nair and mayor M Anilkumar.

  • Sun
    May
    19
    2024
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Integrated command & control centre commences operations

    The integrated command and control centre (ICCC) of the city corporation has commenced full-scale operations. The centre, which was inaugurated in March, not only monitors the city through CCTV cameras but also provides facilities to access service details, receive accident alerts, and control them. It has consolidated all the city-related information.Additionally, a traffic control centre has been established at Nandavanam for this purpose.

    One of the primary functions of the traffic control centre is to manage traffic signals dynamically, adjusting them in response to real-time traffic congestion. This proactive approach to traffic management helps mitigate bottlenecks and ensure a smoother flow of vehicles. Additionally, the centre plays a crucial role in handling emergencies, coordinating with various departments to provide prompt and effective responses.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    US: Texas alliance aims to expand internet access across region

    NTXIA has re-launched the Internet for North Texas Coalition to prioritise broadband infrastructure and access, supporting digital equity for all residents.

    North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) has announced the re-launch of the “Internet for North Texas Coalition” (I4NTX) in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    NG: Organisation unveils projects to transform Abuja to smart city

    The Havel Corporate Concept, an affiliate of ioSafe Nigeria, has unveiled projects designed to transform Abuja into a smart city.

    The Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Dr Ahmed Badanga, unveiled the projects at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday.

    Badanga identified the projects as Abuja Smart City Project and Abuja Residents Smart Card Project.

  • Sat
    May
    18
    2024
    Data: The Cornerstone Of Smart Cities

    The concept of smart cities has roots going back as far as the 1960s and 1970s when the idea of using technology to improve the lives of citizens first emerged. However, it wasn't until the 1990s and early 2000s that the concept began to take its modern form, driven by the rapid advancement of the Internet, broadband connectivity and new technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), cloud computing and big data analytics.

    The term "smart city" itself gained popularity in the 2010s, as cities around the world started implementing technology-driven solutions to improve public services, enhance sustainability and make urban areas more livable and efficient.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    ID: Java: Magelang Promotes Electronic-Based Government System

    The City Government of Magelang, Central Java, socialized the map of the electronic-based government system (SPBE) in support of the 2022 "Smart City" implementation. explain this activity to support the implementation of "Smart City" 2022 and provide understanding to OPD on their respective roles. Development of the City of Magelang," he said quoted by Antara. The target of the socialization was 60 participants who were the heads of the OPD, sub-district heads, village heads, and BUMD directors in Magelang City where all participants were interested parties and had an important role in accelerating the implementation of SPBE towards transformation. digital in local government. Wikan conveyed the results of this socialization, among others, an action plan that is aligned and guided by the Magelang City SPBE plan map document for 2021-2026, and optimization of SPBE implementation in Magelang City. economical, and complete," he said. Mayor of Magelang Muchamad Nur Aziz is optimistic that the Magelang City Government can implement SPBE because it is a mandate of the bureaucratic reform law.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    AU: Victoria: Melbourne transforms city from “grey to green”

    The Australian city’s draft budget puts forward proposals to futher green the city, including nine new parks and open spaces and expansion of its tree canopy.

    The City of Melbourne will begin or progress work on nine new parks and open spaces across the municipality, through a proposed $29.5m investment in open space in the draft budget 2024-25.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    VN: Hanoi among the world’s 100 smartest cities

    Hanoi was ranked among the world’s 100 smartest cities, according to the 2024 Smart City Index. The index was produced by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory in collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO).

    This year, Hanoi ranked 97th, up 3 places compared to last year. This result is partly due to the city’s initial achievements in digital transformation. For the first time, municipal leaders used completely digital signatures on a shared software for the administrative system. All state agencies in the capital city have applied digital signatures. A number of shared information databases have been deployed to administrations at all levels to better serve internal operations and handle administrative procedures.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    Six Ways Technology is Playing a Major Role in Modern Urban Planning

    The idea of a “smart city” is one that is met with – charitably – mixed emotions from the general public. On the one hand, everyone wants their life to be more convenient, and the technologies offered by the most advanced cities around the world undoubtedly make everyday activities more convenient and seamless in day-to-day life. On the other hand, people often have a negative interaction with this kind of technology as they see it as unnecessarily invasive, no matter what it’s actually doing. Granted, that’s not to say they’re not always wrong, as checks for these tools are always necessary to ensure that cities are, in fact, acting within the law.

  • Fri
    May
    17
    2024
    How AI can enhance security and control energy wastage in smart cities

    Smart city conjures up images of futuristic urban landscapes with innovative technology, yet at their core, smart cities are about enhancing quality of life through the intelligent use of information and communication technologies, explains Andrea Sorri at Axis Communications.

    Cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai stand as recognised leaders in smart urban living, epitomising technological advancement. Meanwhile, Doha and Riyadh are steadily progressing towards becoming smart cities. Areas such as Doha’s Msheireb district showcase promising advancements, while Riyadh is poised for substantial growth, with plans to double its size over the next seven years through ambitious infrastructure projects totalling $1 trillion.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    US: North Carolina: Raleigh connects technology and city leaders with Smart Cities Conference and Expo

    The Raleigh Convention Center was a hub for both digital and human networks on Wednesday as the first day of sessions convened for the Spring 2024 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo.

    The 4-day event started Tuesday with workshops and an award reception at SAS. It will wrap up Friday afternoon with a tour of the new Downtown Cary Park, highlighting IoT (Internet of Things) applications in the park. More than 1,000 attendees and 200+ presenters are expected, with participants traveling from across North America, as well as the European Union and as far away as Ethiopia.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    Three ‘cities of the future’ that could change the way we live

    What will the cities of the future look like? Many architects have created visions of sustainable Utopias around the world - but what about the cities that could really be built? Around the world, projects are raising money (and beginning to build) some startlingly ambitious cities - from a Utopian city in an American desert to an AI-powered desert metropolis with its own ski resort in Saudi Arabia.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    NG: Ondo Government to build Diaspora Smart City in Akure to boost tourism

    The Government of Ondo State has concluded plans to build Diaspora Smart City in Akure, to turn the state to a tourists’ destination.

    The State Commissioner for Regional Integration and Diaspora Relations, Boye Ologbese, who disclosed this during a familiarisation tour of ministries of infrastructure and land and housing, said government will provide an enabling environment for the take off of the project.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    How ‘15-minute cities’ could save time, reduce emissions, and build community

    There are few experiences more soul-sucking than sitting in traffic. According to NPR, the average American lost nearly an hour a week to traffic congestion in 2022. Drivers lose an additional 17 hours per year hunting for parking, USA Today reports — and in the same survey, 34 percent of U.S. drivers said they had given up on a trip because of parking problems.

    By contrast: Picture living in a bustling neighborhood where all your friends, basic needs, and even your job are reachable by a quick walk or bike or bus ride. (Something many people experience, possibly for the first and last time, on college campuses.) In such a city, parking areas may have been reclaimed as urban greenways, chance encounters with neighbors might be more common, and small local businesses would proliferate and thrive.

  • Thu
    May
    16
    2024
    GB: Wales: Wrexham: Safety concerns raised over ‘smart’ benches plans

    Safety concerns have been raised after it was suggested women who run out of battery on their phones on nights out in Wrexham could be directed to use street benches to charge them.

    Wrexham Council is planning to install so-called “smart” benches, which use solar energy to power the battery of mobile devices, on the city’s High Street.

    Speaking during a meeting this week, an official from the local authority said they were partly being introduced to improve the safety of people visiting night-time venues.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: ‘Govt to spend Rs 150 cr on command and control centre’

    Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma’s recent statement about the government spending a massive amount of Rs 150 crore to install 150 closed circuit television cameras across the city as part of the Shillong Integrated Command and Control Centre (SICCC), has become the subject of online trolling with social media users pointing fingers at the huge expenditure and terming it as another scam in the making.

    Social media users pointed out that the government was spending almost Rs 50 lakh on each CCTV camera, forcing the Shillong Smart City Project to issue a clarification on Tuesday, denying charges of spending such a huge amount on mere installation of CCTV cameras.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    PH: When China’s Digital Silk Road meets Philippines’ digital transformation

    When Ferdinand Marcos Jr became president, he laid out a policy of immediate digitalization of vital government services to boost the ease of doing business and combat corruption. This was an important policy as the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department observed that digital transformation can be an important boost to the Philippines’ economic recovery in the post-pandemic period. Globally, digital transformation is nothing new as the ongoing process of digitalization has been shaping how countries do business and trade.

    The estimated value of the Philippines’ digital economy in 2020 is around $7.5 billion with a projected annual growth rate of 30%. There are also expectations that the sector will expand substantially between $28 billion and $40 billion in 2025. Robust public-private cooperation is essential to this growth. E-commerce leads the Philippine digital economy in terms of sector, followed by online media, transport and food and online travel.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    How South Korea’s Tech Hub Embraced the 15-Minute City

    Busan’s mayor is taking a collaborative approach to championing “happy proximity,” turning his city into a living laboratory for urban regeneration.

    Located in the southeast of the Korean peninsula, Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city and a economic, cultural and educational center. Its port, the largest in the country and the ninth largest in the world, has made Busan an international trading hub. Home to nearly 3.7 million people, Busan ranks just after Seoul in terms of population; its urban area, with around 8.65 million residents in 2021, ranks second nationally.

  • Wed
    May
    15
    2024
    CA: Pioneering Sustainable Urban Growth: Intelligent City's Blueprint For The Future City

    By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the global population will reside in urban areas. This shift signifies a transition to a predominantly urban economy. Cities will need to evolve and adapt to cater to their expanding populations.

    Urbanization presents opportunities for economic growth, enhanced living standards, and increased cultural diversity. Historical data underscores this trend: since 1950, the world’s urban population has surged from 751 million to 4.4 billion. This trajectory is expected to continue, potentially doubling the current urban population by 2050.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    The pivotal role of electronic components in driving smart city innovations

    Introduction

    As urbanization accelerates globally, smart city technologies play a crucial role. Advanced electronic components such as sensors, connectors, and microcontrollers allow smart cities to effectively address challenges in traffic, energy, and security. By optimizing urban operations, these technologies enhance efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability, significantly improving residents’ quality of life.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    CA: British Columbia: Vancouver spearheads use of digital credentials

    The City is working with a number of partners with the aim of modernising services to make it easier for businesses, homeowners and permit applicants.

    The City of Vancouver is spearheading the use of digital credentials to reduce the need for manual verification steps in permitting and licencing services.

    This work is being done in collaboration with Technical Safety British Columbia (BC), Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) and the Ministry of Citizens’ Services.

  • Tue
    May
    14
    2024
    VN: Hà Nội has 38 bus routes using electronic tickets

    Electronic bus tickets are one of the important solutions helping transform Hà Nội into a smart city, bringing many benefits to the city and public transport users.

    There are a total of 38 bus routes using electronic tickets under the pilot programme on the multi-modal ticket system for public transport in Hà Nội, said Nguyễn Phi Thường, director of the Hà Nội Department of Transport.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    PH: Baguio City accelerates Smart City status through Bitskwela debate

    Philippine-based education platform Bitskwela elevates Baguio's transformation to a Smart City through the "Bull or Bear: Philippine Web3 Debate," highlighting the potential of Web3 to drive technological-based governance, reforms, and innovations in the city and across local governments all over the country.

    Held at the University of the Cordilleras on March 15, 2024, Bitskwela's sixth Bull or Bear debate, themed "Web3 in Baguio," served as a melting pot for different stakeholders, enthusiasts, and students to engage in an open discussion on the pros and cons of blockchain-related technologies.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    IN: Haryana: Karnal garbage lifting agency asked to connect with integrated control centre

    The Karnal Municipal Corporation (KMC) has directed Sugam Swacchata Agency, which has been assigned door-to-door garbage collection and its processing, to integrate its system, including vehicles involved in waste lifting and transportation, with the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), an ambitious project of the Union Government under the Smart City Mission.

    The aim of this step is to enable real-time tracking of vehicles and the processing of solid waste management plant operations, grievance redressal, and monitoring of garbage vulnerable points.

  • Mon
    May
    13
    2024
    VN: Hanoi’s ambitions to be a sustainable smart city

    For the second consecutive year, Hanoi has been included in the list of the top 100 smartest cities in the world.

    As voted by the International Institute for Management Development in collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization, the April list ranked Hanoi at 97th, rising three spots from 2023.

    Researchers analysed data and surveyed 120 residents in each of the 142 cities worldwide to evaluate how the city's infrastructure and technology impacted overall performance and residents' quality of life.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    OM: ‘5-minute walk’ Sohar Smart City master plan revealed

    A master plan for the establishment of Sohar Smart City has been released by global architecture and design studio Hassell.

    It was appointed by Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning to design a master plan that will position Sohar as a centre of trade, commerce and innovation by 2040.

    Part of the broader Sohar Master Plan, the new city will capitalise on the economic growth resulting from the free port and arrival of an international rail link to Abu Dhabi. It will include over 19,000 new homes and 520,000sqm of office space, besides schools, mosques, hospitals and a new commuter railway station.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    VN: HCM City eyes driving smart urban development through digital data

    Ho Chi Minh City is aiming for a digital economy contributing about 25% and 40% to its gross regional domestic product (GRDP) by 2025 and 2030, respectively.

    Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee, stated that the local authorities have issued a scheme to transform the southern largest economic hub into a smart city, a digital transformation programme, a data governance strategy, and a research and development programme for artificial intelligence (AI) applications for 2020-2030.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    KW: ‘Sahel’ app introduces new electronic ration card renewal service

    In a recent announcement, Yousef Kazem, the official spokesman for the unified government application for electronic services (Sahel), revealed that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has introduced a new electronic service for renewing ration cards through the Sahel application.

    This initiative, according to Kazem, is a direct response to the directives issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Abdullah Al-Joaan, emphasizing the need to streamline procedures and enhance accessibility to ministry services, especially those catering to citizens. The goal is to expedite transactions and simplify processes, making them more accessible via the Sahel application.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    Reliable, affordable internet access still a challenge for many Nigerians – NIGCOMSAT

    The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, Engr. James Egerton-Idehen has disclosed that reliable and affordable internet access remains a challenge for many Nigerians.

    She disclosed this while delivering a lecture entitled “Championing Innovation: Digital Transformation and Economic Diversification in Nigeria”, on Saturday.

  • Sun
    May
    12
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Complete Smart City projects in time-bound manner: Chief Secretary

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo on Saturday conducted a whirlwind tour of Srinagar city to take on-spot appraisal of progress on execution of several Smart City works being executed there.

    Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL); Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; SSP, Srinagar; SP, City Traffic; VC LCMA; MD KPDCL; besides other officers concerned from civil and police administration accompanied the Chief Secretary.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2024
    PK: Digital transformation vital for economic progress: Ahsan Iqbal

    Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has termed connectivity, data centers, firewall protection, and smart governance vital for establishing a robust digital corridor to fueling economic growth and ensuring global competitiveness in the digital age.

    He was talking to a delegation of Huawei Pakistan led by its CEO Ethan Sun in Islamabad today.

    The Minister stressed on establishing a Digital Corridor, acknowledging Pakistan's role as a prime ground for digital economic expansion.

  • Sat
    May
    11
    2024
    ID: Kalimantan: OIKN inks grant agreement on Nusantara smart city with US

    The Nusantara City Capital Authority (OIKN) signed a grant agreement with the United States in order to realize Nusantara as a smart forest city.

    OIKN's Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation Mohammed Ali Berawi noted in the agency's statement here on Saturday that the construction of Nusantara City in East Kalimantan is a rare occurrence, as it pertains to moving the nation's capital.

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    GR: Athens deploys contactless payment on public transport

    Athens Urban Transport Organisation has partnered to create a fare collection system that simplifies commuting and makes public transportation more accessible.

    The Greek capital of Athens is rolling out multimodal, contactless payments to improve the public transport experience for both locals and tourists travelling in the city and the metropolitan area.

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    World’s top 6 smart cities!

    Smart cities worldwide have made significant progress in their initiatives, embracing innovative technologies to enhance sustainability, and reduce carbon emissions. With the United Nations projecting that 70% of the global population will be in urban areas by 2050, the need for smarter urban infrastructure is clear. Implementing smart technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), has not only improved citizens' quality of life, but also improved public safety.

    Here's a look at six leading smart cities around the globe:

  • Fri
    May
    10
    2024
    President Boakai Launches Liberia Digital Transformation Project, Targeting 10,000 Youths

    President Boakai has launched Liberia's Digital Transformation Project, targeting 10,000 youths nationwide. This initiative fulfills his commitment made during his first state of the nation address in January. He emphasized the importance of leveraging Information Communication Technology (ICT) to create jobs for Liberian youths. The goal is to empower 10,000 young people with digital skills within the first half of 2024.

    President Boakai expressed his excitement about leading Liberia's digital transformation, stating that adapting to the digital age is crucial for the country's progress. He highlighted ICT as a key player in Liberia's development, supporting various sectors and driving the nation's development agenda.

  • Thu
    May
    09
    2024
    Egypt launches gov't cloud computing data center

    Egypt has launched its first government data and cloud computing center.

    Inaugurated on April 28 by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the data hub will serve as a central repository for all ministry data.

    The facility will enable undefined artificial intelligence technology to be deployed across governmental operations including data analysis applications to help with decision-making, and will act as a centralized national data and disaster recovery center

  • Thu
    May
    09
    2024
    VN: Japanese leaders hold further talks to make North Hanoi Smart City a reality

    Japanese government agencies have held meetings with leaders of a consortium between Vietnam’s BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation to push progress on the North Hanoi Smart City project

    North Hanoi Smart City is on the list of key economic cooperation projects agreed during Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to Japan in 2023.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    GR: The Ellinikon: Europe’s Biggest Smart City Rises in Greece

    Along the coast of Athens, a vast complex of homes, hotels, marinas and more is taking shape

    On the southern coast of the Greek capital, a long-awaited plan to transform the city’s former airport into Europe’s largest smart city is finally gaining momentum.

    After a decade of delays, a vision for the Ellinikon emerges. The Marina Tower, soon to be Greece’s first skyscraper, is starting to rise. Iron skeletons of apartments are taking shape. Standing at the marina, overlooking the Saronic Gulf on one side and the tower on the other, it is possible to imagine the future city, which will have the open spaces, sustainable energy sources and abundant green spaces that Athens currently lacks.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    CN: Hong Kong Tech Boffins Look to Biometrics, AI for ‘Smart City’ Boost

    The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, marking their first collaboration. The partnership aims to enhance the efficiency and quality of public services, supporting the development of Hong Kong as a “Smart City.”

    The MoU focuses on the adoption of technologies in four primary areas: innovative immigration clearance modes, biometric identification and authentication, AI-assisted immigration applications, and collaborative robotics technology. This initiative is expected to improve the Immigration Department’s service levels by increasing staff efficiency and meeting growing public demand.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    KR: Fourth Smart City Comprehensive Plan Special Provisions on the Regulation of Corporate Land Use K-Smart City Export Support

    Smart city specialized complexes will be created in areas that are likely to grow into smart city industrial bases. On the 1st, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that the "4th Smart City Comprehensive Plan for 2024-2028", which includes such contents, was confirmed at the deliberation of the National Smart City Committee held on the 30th of last month.

    The Smart City Comprehensive Plan is the best legal plan in the smart city field established every five years under the Smart City Act. It will be established after deliberation by the National Smart City Committee, which consists of 24 members, including the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the vice ministers of related ministries, and private members.

  • Wed
    May
    08
    2024
    US: Texas: Digital kiosks would create obstacles for a walkable Dallas

    The potential revenue does not justify enormous obstruction on sidewalks

    In recent years, Dallas has endeavored to improve the walkability of our city. Leaders of our most populous urban districts, including Uptown, downtown, the Arts District and others have worked tirelessly to make their communities more walkable, safe for pedestrians and welcoming to improve the quality of life and the long-term economic strategy in each area.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    Transforming public transportation networks

    How cities are leveraging innovative approaches to enhance accessibility, efficiency, and user experience in public transport to build more inclusive cities.

    As cities grapple with increasing urbanisation and the need for sustainable transportation solutions, the intersection of technology and transit-centred design is playing a pivotal role in transforming public transport networks.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    KR: Smart city initiatives, Hangeul promotion take priority in Sejong's policy goals: mayor

    Administrative town seeks more global exchanges

    Sejong was established as an administrative town with the goal of achieving balanced regional development and addressing overcrowding in the metropolitan area surrounding Seoul.

    Now housing many government ministries and public agencies, as well as planned construction of a regional branch of the National Assembly, Sejong is aiming for a bigger vision of establishing itself as a smart city, according to Sejong Mayor Choi Min-ho.

  • Tue
    May
    07
    2024
    US: Texas: Digital kiosks on Dallas sidewalks – smart technology or just plain intrusive?

    Digital kiosks have been popping up across the country – in Denver, Atlanta, Miami, and Houston.

    "You can't be a smart city unless you have smart technology," said then-mayor Sylvester Turner when Houston introduced them in 2022.

    The city of Dallas says the signs can be used to provide free public wifi to an area, broadcast emergency alerts in real-time, and help direct visitors to the city's attractions and restaurants.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2024
    MT: Requiem for the Smart ‘internet city’: Offices make way for 1,000 flats

    40% of the project once billed as futuristic ‘internet city’ will be residential, while the rest will be a hospital, schools and hotels. Only 9% will be offices.

    Initially touted by the Gonzi administration as a digital hub that would employ 4,000 workers, Smart City is fast changing into a residential and commercial project.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2024
    NG: Future goes beyond 5G – NCC boss, Maida pushes for local talents

    The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has harped on the necessity of cultivating a cadre of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, experts capable of navigating the complexities of the digital era.

    The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Aminu Maida spoke at the 2nd West Africa Communications Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition in Lagos, where he emphasized the imperative of nurturing local talent to effectively address the evolving demands of the technology landscape.

  • Mon
    May
    06
    2024
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Vikramaditya promises smart city project for Mandi

    “My priority would be to provide every facility to the people of Mandi and make it the best parliamentary constituency in the county. I have come here to seek your blessings,” Vikramaditya said.

    Congress candidate from Mandi Vikramaditya Singh on Sunday promised to bring Mandi under the smart city project if he wins the election.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2024
    Nigerian Communications Commission Says Nurturing Local Talents to Handle Digital Economy

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is important to nurture a generation of Information and Communication Technology specialists equipped to handle the complexities of the digital economy.

    Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, made this known during the 2nd edition of the West African Telecoms Infrastructure Summit and Exhibition held in Lagos on Friday.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2024
    The Line redefined: Scaling down Saudi Arabia’s futuristic city

    How Neom's ambitious project is adapting to new realities amid economic shifts

    The Line, a centrepiece of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, is a reimagining of urban life. Announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in January 2021, the $500 billion mega-project aimed to construct a 170-kilometre linear city across the desert landscape of Neom, a planned area in northwest Saudi Arabia. Set to accommodate 1.5 million residents by 2030, The Line promised a futuristic blend of smart city technologies, sustainability, and high-speed transportation systems, all functioning within a car-free environment​.

  • Sun
    May
    05
    2024
    ID: IKN Will Prepare A Smart Transportation System With Security And Sustainability Principles

    The capital city of Nusantara (IKN) will be developed as a world-class capital that carries the concept of a smart city. The development of a smart city needs to be accompanied by the implementation of technology, which aims to increase the operational efficiency of cities, public services, and the quality of life of the community.

    Deputy for Green Transformation and Digital Authority of IKN, Prof. Mohammed Ali Berawi, said that the smart transportation system (ITS) is one of the features of a smart city that will be developed at IKN.

  • Sat
    May
    04
    2024
    VN: Hanoi among world’s 100 smartest cities

    The capital of Hanoi was named the world’s 97th smartest city, moving up three places from its ranking in 2023, according to the 2024 Smart City Index.

    The index was produced by the Swiss business school Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Centre’s Smart City Observatory in collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO). It listed 142 cities in all and graded them on the basis of how they use advanced technology to improve the lives of their citizens.

  • Sat
    May
    04
    2024
    GB: Wales: Smart benches which use solar power to charge phones planned for Wrexham city centre

    Street benches which can power your phone could soon be making their way to Wrexham city centre as part of a regeneration scheme.

    The so-called “smart” benches use solar power to charge the battery of mobile devices while you sit down.

    Similar seats have already been installed elsewhere in North Wales after they were placed in the villages of Llanfair Talhaiarn and Llangernywl in Conwy in 2019.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2024
    What role could generative AI play within tomorrow’s smart city?

    In the popular Halo franchise, the protagonist relies on a personal AI companion to provide information, make recommendations, and even execute tasks. What was once thought to be science fiction may soon be a reality in tomorrow’s smart cities, thanks to generative AI.

    “Now, a large part of the focus will be on generative AI,” says James Tan, Director of the Smart City Division of JTC Corporation, a statutory board that oversees sustainable industrial development in Singapore. To GovInsider, Tan wonders out loud if the time will come where JTC will need to develop personal AI applications to support facility managers and residents.

  • Fri
    May
    03
    2024
    PH: Laguna: Calamba: DOST, foreign partners help Carmona transform into 'smart city'

    The City of Carmona in nearby Cavite province is leveraging the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and international partners to advance its goal of becoming a “smart city.”

    This can be gleaned after the Carmona City government signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DOST's Innovation, Science, and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-based Development Program (iSTART).

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2024
    PH: Improved digital highway soon to link Cordillera areas

    The long-awaited “Baguio Broadband Network” that was promised by former Information and Communication Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan in 2020, may start serving the local government’s smart city program in May, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) said on Tuesday.

    Towers put up on Mt. Pulag and mountains in the towns of Kibungan, Kapangan and Bokod in Benguet province are also ready to use microwaves to transmit digital data once the Cordillera and Baguio receive their bandwidth allocation next month, said Allan Lao, DICT Cordillera technical operations chief, during the launch of the regional innovation exposition “CordiNNOVATION.”

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2024
    SA: Makkah Municipality uses strategies toward smart city transformation

    Makkah has reached the 52nd position in the global Smart City Index, the fifth in the Arab world, and the second in the Kingdom, after Riyadh

    The Holy Makkah Municipality, in cooperation with several relevant authorities, has taken steps to expand e-services and applications, and create infrastructure supportive of its smart city transformation plans and strategies, including establishing smart parks, multi-level parking lots, technology-operated facilities, and other measures that contribute toward achieving this comprehensive vision.

  • Thu
    May
    02
    2024
    UAE cities shine in global smart city rankings

    Abu Dhabi and Dubai secure impressive top 20 positions in IMD Smart City Index 2024

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made significant strides in smart city development, according to the latest IMD Smart City Index 2024. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi secured impressive positions within the top 20 ranked cities globally compared to 2023.

    Abu Dhabi climbed three spots to claim the 10th position while Dubai enjoyed a five-place jump, landing at the 12th rank. Notably, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two cities from the Middle East in the Top 20.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2024
    ZA: Cape Town’s Smart City Revolution: Building for the Future

    As the CEO of Blok, a leading player in Cape Town’s urban property development landscape, Jacques van Embden has witnessed first-hand the transformative power of technology in shaping the city’s future. Jacques explores this trend and how, in recent years, Cape Town has been at the forefront of the smart city revolution, leveraging data and innovation to enhance the lives of its citizens while promoting sustainable urban development and environmental conservation.

    At the heart of the smart city concept lies the notion of accessibility to information. Historically, understanding how citizens interact with their city was based largely on assumptions and intuition, given the sheer complexity that comes with trying to track the movements of millions of residents. But that’s starting to change thanks to the concept of the Smart City.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2024
    IT: Treviso: Smart City in Pieve di Soligo, protocol signed with WINDTRE

    WINDTRE and the municipality of Pieve di Soligo have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the transition towards the Smart City model.

    The objective of the collaboration is to identify development paths dedicated to the public administration to design and manage innovative solutions aimed at citizens and businesses with urban digitalisation initiatives, development of technological skills and the digital culture of the territory.

  • Wed
    May
    01
    2024
    AL: "Smart City" in Albania, Minister Balla signs the cooperation agreement in Abu Dhabi

    The Minister of the Interior, Taulant Balla, during his two-day official visit to Abu Dhabi, signed the agreement for the development of the "Smart City" project in several cities of Albania.

    This project aims to increase security in the community, protect life, private property, and monitor road traffic.

    This will be realized through a comprehensive technological solution system.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2024
    More smart city strategy deals in Saudi Arabia

    Two recent announcements from Saudi Arabia highlight the growing momentum in that country behind smart city development.

    Firstly, MVNO Virgin Mobile Saudi, owned by Dubai-headquartered digital services provider Beyond One, has become the preferred technology partner for Middle Eastern regional technology services company Hitek.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2024
    UN-Habitat to draft people-centred smart city regulations

    The forthcoming guidelines aim to inform the development of national and local smart city regulations, plans, and strategies and fill global “normative gaps”.

    UN-Habitat, the United Nations entity responsible for sustainable urbanisation, has begun drafting the first international guidelines on people-centred smart cities.

    Endorsed by all 193 Member States of the United Nations, the guidelines seek to fill global “normative gaps” in the domain of smart cities and digitalisation.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2024
    Singapore has been named the smartest city in Asia

    Singapore is the only Asian city among the top five smartest cities in the world in 2024.

    The index, produced by the Swiss business school Institute for Management Development (IMD), lists 142 cities in all, ranking them on the basis of how they use advanced technology for improvement in the lives of the citizens.

    The IMD said that its Smart City Index (SCI) “has now reached what can be considered as its stable configuration” following the methodological changes made in 2023.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2024
    VN: HCM City: Data sharing crucial for smart city development

    Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Duc Long said the decisive factor for smart city development will be data sharing.

    Smart City Asia 2024, an international forum and exhibition on smart urban area development, was held in HCM City recently which gathered 150 businesses.

    Vietnamese government officials have repeatedly affirmed that developing smart cities is a trend and is not a new matter in Vietnam. What the country needs to do is deploy the plan effectively long term for sustainable development.

  • Tue
    Apr
    30
    2024
    PH: Bulacan: Malolos commits to Smart City Roadmap

    The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) turned over the Smart City Roadmap Report to the City Government of Malolos as beneficiary for the pilot implementation of DAP's Linking Innovation Partners towards Accelerated Development in the Philippines Program.

    Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad received the Smart City Roadmap Report from DAP President and CEO Majah-Leah Ravago during the first Smart City Convention held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City on April 18, 2024.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2024
    MY: DBKL, Hangzhou ink LoI to focus on Smartup City Connect cooperation

    “This LoI will provide long-term benefits to both cities and will help further increase investment and provide ample opportunities for high technology exchange, especially in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the development of startup company ecosystems between Malaysia and the People's Republic of China.

    “This LoI will also open important prospects for entrepreneurs and communication technology players in both countries to continue to innovate and advance technology," she said in a statement.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2024
    Smart city tech continues to reshape urban development

    In 2023, the global installed base of individually controlled smart streetlights totalled 23.4 million units (excluding China). Berg Insight estimates the smart parking and smart waste sensor technology markets were at the same time 1.30 million and 1.25 million units respectively.

    Smart parking sensors refer to in-ground or surface-mounted parking occupancy detection sensors while smart waste sensor technology consists of fill-level sensor devices that may either be pre-integrated into bins and containers, for example as a smart bin offering, or retrofitted on existing collection points.

  • Mon
    Apr
    29
    2024
    PH: All within 15 minutes: Urban planning concept city to rise in Pasay

    For the modern urban dweller, 15 minutes is a lot of time.

    A lot of productive things can be done – a high-intensity, interval training (HITT) workout or run a 1.5-kilometer route, clearing your emails, meditating, catching up on the news, or preparing a quick smoothie – all within 15 minutes.

    But for the Metro Manila commuter, 15 minutes is barely enough to get from point A to point B. During rush hour, it is most likely that within this time, you still haven’t moved an inch.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2024
    What Does A City Need To Actually Be Called A Smart City?

    At first glance, it might seem difficult to come up with many similarities between Taipei and its Sister City, Atlanta.

    The Taiwanese capital has five metro lines that moves millions of people a day. Metro Atlanta’s daily rider numbers just hit 200,000. Despite carrying an endless stream of cars and motorcycles each day, Taipei’s roads are immaculate. Atlanta’s are seemingly always halfway sinking.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2024
    Connecting Communities: The Role of Technology in Building Smart Cities

    Smart cities are the future of urban living, and technology plays a crucial role in connecting communities and making cities more efficient, sustainable, and livable. From smart transportation systems to energy-efficient buildings, technology is transforming the way we live, work, and play in urban environments. In this article, we will explore the importance of technology in building smart cities and how it can help create a more connected and inclusive community.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2024
    Regenerative Economics to revolutionize urban development in developing countries: Experts

    The experts at a webinar on doughnut economics expressed that the concept of regenerative economics intended to revive the human-nature relationship to co-exist in harmony would revolutionize urban development in the developing countries.

    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, organized a special webinar on Doughnut Economics: From concept to practice, said a news release here Saturday.

  • Sun
    Apr
    28
    2024
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: E-challaning yet to be rolled out

    Synchronisation with Vahan app awaited

    The project of e-challaning of traffic offenders by way of sending SMS or e-mail under Amritsar Smart City project was yet to see the light of the day. It was a part of the Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) project established at the municipal corporation office.

    Under the project as many 1,114 high definitions CCTV cameras were to be installed at 409 intersections in the city. Till now, 1,037 cameras were installed, out of which 954 were operational at 376 chowks. Nevertheless, the project worth Rs 91 crore has already jumped several deadlines since its commencement in October 2022.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2024
    US: Georgia: International Spotlight Shines on Smart City Developments in Warner Robins

    For more than 80 years, the City of Warner Robins, Georgia was largely defined by its military community. The city, located 110 miles southeast of Atlanta, appeared on the map seemingly overnight after The Great Depression. A new railroad route helped attract what would become the prominent Robins Air Force Base. For much of its history, the motto “Trains, Planes, and Heroes” was the most accurate way to define the Middle Georgia community.

    Now Mayor LaRhonda Patrick wants to put Warner Robins on the map as a smart city.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2024
    Role of Network Cabling in Building Smart Cities of the Future

    As cities worldwide embrace the smart city revolution, a robust and future-ready network cabling infrastructure has emerged as the backbone enabling this transformation. From intelligent traffic management to e-governance services, the seamless connectivity and massive data throughput required for cutting-edge smart city applications rely heavily on the deployment of high-quality, high-bandwidth cabling networks.

    This article delves into the indispensable role of network cabling in powering smart cities. It explores its evolution, integration challenges, sustainability considerations, and the future of wired and wireless convergence.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2024
    PH: Cebu City partners with PLDT Enterprise to push digital goals

    The Cebu City government and PLDT Enterprise have strengthened their partnership to push for the city’s digital transformation goals.ransformation goals.

    The partnership will initially adopt the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Google Workplace (GWS) in the delivery of public services, accelerating the local government unit’s (LGU) commitment to advancing its processes through digital solutions.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2024
    Kenya signs deal with UN to boost development of smart city

    Kenya on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations that seeks to boost the development of Konza Technopolis, located about 70 km south of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

    UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya Stephen Jackson said the agreement will provide a raft of interrelationships with various UN agencies based in Nairobi.

  • Sat
    Apr
    27
    2024
    US: Wisconsin: Racine launches online road closure map

    The City of Racine announced Thursday the launch of an online map that provides the latest road closure information.

    The Road Closure Map is a tool aimed at helping drivers plan routes and avoid delays.

    To access the map, go to the Road Construction Website.

  • Fri
    Apr
    26
    2024
    IN: 'Smart Cities' to 'Livable Urban Spaces', Modi govt pivots as original mission stumbles

    A significant shortcoming of the Smart City Mission is its lack of engagement with the community, the key beneficiaries of any urban development initiative

    A decade after its inception under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been overshadowed by a new and more expansive initiative, 'The Ease of Living in Cities.'

  • Fri
    Apr
    26
    2024
    US: Trust vs trustworthiness: smart cities in the age of AI

    Cristian Capotescu and Gil Eyal, associate director and director of The Trust Collaboratory at Columbia University, explore the social dynamics of trust as it relates to the rollout of AI in cities.

    Cities today are at a technological crossroads. The rise of generative AI promises to reshape how urban residents inhabit, study, work, and conduct their daily lives in the city of the future. Municipal governments across the world recognise the enormous potential of AI. From Sao Paulo, Barcelona, and Paris to New York, cities are racing toward piloting AI-based technology based on large language models (LLMs) to guide residents through complex applications and city ordinances.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2024
    IN: Gujarat: Ahmedabad: City’s e-challan system being reviewed

    The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is taking a closer look at its e-challan system and a meeting was conducted to study the system by the Smart City Ahmedabad Development Limited (SCADL).

    A new process is being implemented to analyze traffic flow and issue e-challan. According to a senior AMC official, the new AI-powered analysis will include the number of vehicles passing through individual junctions.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2024
    US: Washington, D.C. Is Officially One Of The Smartest Cities In America

    Well, maybe not in the way you think, but Washington, D.C. has been ranked the #2 smartest city in America in terms of 'smart' technology being used to improve the quality of life of its residents. Well, according to top10.com, which ranked the top 10 cities in America that use ‘smart technology’ like artificial intelligence or the Internet of Things (IoT) to modernize and improve their existing infrastructure and public services as well as maximize potential for economic and social mobility.

  • Thu
    Apr
    25
    2024
    US: Florida: Longboat Key will implement smart city technology as part of pilot study

    Cameras around the island will give the town info on traffic counts and pedestrian safety while also showing public beach conditions.

    Can a city get smarter?

    With software available in today’s day and age, yes. The town of Longboat Key will soon finalize both internal and public-facing software to implement smart city technologies.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    AE: Dubai: Are city governments ready to embrace the AI revolution?

    Over the last decade, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a matter of strategic importance for many governments and businesses around the world. From guidelines for ethical AI adoptions, the growing adoption of generative AI and chat-bots and autonomous vehicles and flying taxis, the influence of this transformational technology continues to expand to various aspects of daily life.

    We however know this is just the beginning of AI. The full potential of AI for reshaping urban landscapes cannot be harnessed without a supportive government providing the right infrastructure and regulations, a co-operative and symbiotic relationship between public and private entities and a conducive AI start-up and scale-up ecosystem. The UAE, and particularly Dubai, stand out as a great textbook examples to draw inspiration from.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    SA: Madinah advances 11 ranks in the IMD Smart City Index 2024

    The index aims to balance economic and technical aspects, enhance human dimensions, and meet the population's needs

    Madinah: Madinah recorded an advancement of 11 ranks in the IMD Smart City Index issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in 2024, ranking 74th globally after ranking 85th in 2023.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    IN: Sustainable Practices And Smart Cities: IT's Path To A Cleaner Planet

    Flexible and adaptable IT infrastructures are becoming more and more necessary as cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things, amongst other technological advances, are growing in popularity

    The IT sector has grown to become a significant driver of global economic expansion, but it is not without its share of environmental issues, including carbon emissions, excessive energy consumption, and electronic waste. With the unprecedented rise in sales of smart devices, there has been a notable increase in e-waste in particular.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    SA: Smart City Initiatives: Leveraging AI to Transform Urban Life in Riyadh

    AI Elevates Urban Efficiency and Quality of Life

    In recent years, the transformative influence of generative artificial intelligence significantly impacted various sectors globally and dominated the tech scene. However, it’s underutilization is noticeable considering the abundant opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart city initiatives. Various entities have initiated efforts to harness this potential. Such endeavors are commendable, and it is hoped that with leadership from the National Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), in collaboration with related entities, quality initiatives will emerge in this field. The Generative AI Academy can play a substantial role, and SDAIA is expected to excel as usual.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    ID: Minister Of Communication And Information Says Apple Is Enthusiastic About Developing Smart City At IKN

    Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Budi Arie Setiadi said Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook enthusiastically welcomed President Joko Widodo's request for his company to be involved in smart city development in the capital city of Nusantara (IKN).

    "Mister Tim Cook is very enthusiastic about welcoming the request, because it is also suitable for his company regarding smart cities," Budi said, quoting Antara.

  • Wed
    Apr
    24
    2024
    NA: Windhoek embarks on smart city transformation

    Windhoek is setting its sights on becoming a smart city by 2027, leveraging technology to improve efficiency, sustainability and the overall quality of life for residents.

    This ambitious goal aligns with the city’s five-year strategic plan, Namibia’s Vision 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Initially, the target for achieving smart city status was 2022.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2024
    How to empower smart cities with 5G streetworks

    As 5G adoption continues to escalate, more municipalities worldwide are looking to harness the latest mobile technologies to power a range of smart city use cases. With possible benefits ranging from reduced energy usage and increased public safety, to more efficient city services and improved traffic flow, the prospects are tempting.

    Realising a true smart city vision, however, requires greater access to 5G service, increased bandwidth for data-hungry devices and always-on connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In order for mobile network operators (MNOs) to enable all of these capabilities, they need to densify their 5G networks, moving infrastructure closer to subscribers and IoT devices by installing smart small cell configurations at street level.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2024
    CN: Digital Policy Office set to be up by mid-year to drive Hong Kong’s digital economy and smart city progress

    On the cards is a plan to cultivate and retain digital talent through enhanced training, while attracting talents from outside Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan mentioned plans to promote the city's digital economy, including the establishment of the ‘Digital Policy Office’ by the middle of this year, on his blog on 14 April 2024.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2024
    VN: Hanoi gains, while HCM City loses ground in global smart city ranking

    Both Hanoi and HCM City received a rather poor scores of CCC in the Technology aspect, while in terms of Structures, the capital city Hanoi fared a little better than the southern economic center (CC compared to CCC).

    Hanoi earned the 97th position in a global smart city ranking, up three places compared to last year, while HCM City slid down two places to 105th.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2024
    US: Florida: Miami: AI And City Of Future

    Technology experts, government leaders, planners, industry visionaries, and the public came together last week during the 8th Annual Smart Cities Miami Conference, hosted by the University of Miami School of Architecture and Frost Institute for Data Science and Computing, and presenting sponsors Double C by Conconcreto and Broadway Malyan, to explore the impact of AI in smart city practices and how individuals, societies, and cultures adopt and adapt to emerging AI-driven technology in smart cities.

    The Lakeside Village Expo Center was filled with a buzzing energy, the glass walls lined with exhibitors including the School of Architecture's RAD LAB, showcasing the latest technology demos and startup innovations.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2024
    Integrating circular economy principles into the smart city landscape

    How innovative resource management can promote sustainable urban development

    A smart city has several dimensions: Environment, Mobility, Governance, Economy, People, and Living. Excelling across all of these dimensions leads to a successful, sustainable smart city. The conventional definition of smart cities limits it to a techno-centric model, where the primary means to manage the city’s resources better is by integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2024
    Revolutionizing City Streets with Autonomous Robotic Maintenance

    Urban landscapes are witnessing an extraordinary shift as they embrace the future with autonomous robots that are redefining street maintenance. Imaginations are turning into reality on city roads where these self-driving machines patch up potholes and expertly lay asphalt, setting a new standard for precision and efficiency in the process.

    Innovators such as Doosan Robotics and Hyundai are on the front lines of this movement, deploying autonomous robots that once required the toil of crews. Hyundai shone a spotlight on their Construction Xite tractor at CES 2024, a beacon of progress for driverless excavation and paving. Meanwhile, Doosan’s cobots demonstrate astonishing material-sorting abilities, a testament to the advanced problem-solving skills imbued by AI.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2024
    Which are the smartest cities in the world?

    The latest edition of the Institute of Management Development’s Smart City Index combines hard data and survey responses from citizens in 142 cities worldwide.

    The Swiss city of Zurich has retained the top spot for the fifth consecutive edition of the Institute of Management Development’s (IMD) Smart City Index, with Norwegian and Australian capitals, Oslo and Canberra, in second and third places, respectively.

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2024
    PH: Senator Gatchalian eyes digital transformation in schools to strengthen distance learning

    Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian is pushing for the digital transformation of the basic education sector to provide for the proper implementation of remote learning amid the extreme summer heat.

    “Kailangang paghandaan natin ang posibleng mas mainit pang panahon sa mga susunod na taon lalo na’t patuloy ang climate change at global warming,” Gatchalian said in a statement on Sunday, April 14.

    (We need to prepare for possibly even hotter weather in the coming years, especially as climate change and global warming continue.)

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2024
    VN: Training human resources crucial for digital transformation

    Vietnam is facing a significant shortage of human resources, both in quantity and quality, for occupations related to the information and communication technology sector. As the nation is promoting the National Digital Transformation Programme to 2025, Vietnam aims to develop digital government, economy and society, the need to fill this gap has become more urgent than ever.

    Vietnam has about 1.5 million workers in the information and communication technology field. The country currently has 168 universities and 520 vocational schools providing ICT training, with over 84,000 graduates annually.

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2024
    Navigating the future: Ethiopian digital economy foresight

    In the ever-evolving realm of global economics, Ethiopia stands at the precipice of a digital revolution that holds the power to reshape its economy. With a rapidly expanding population and an increasingly interconnected world, Ethiopia’s digital economy carries tremendous promise in unlocking unprecedented growth and addressing urgent challenges, such as unemployment. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that in 2023, Ethiopia’s population reached 126.5 million, with 58 percent falling within the 15-64 age group, which constitutes an active demographic for digital usage. Drawing inspiration from the remarkable transformations witnessed in countries like China, Japan, and South Korea, Ethiopia’s trajectory towards digital advancement appears poised to steer it towards prosperity and innovation.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2024
    ES: Alicante: Dénia getting closer to becoming a smart city

    The Councilor for Territory, Maria Josep Ripoll, gave a press conference this Friday to talk about the actions of the Dénia City Council in terms of lighting. The objective of these is to ensure that the town becomes a "smart city", or intelligent city, based on the investment in more ecological lighting that can be controlled in real time, adjusting it to the needs of each moment.

    To this end, a new 15-year contract has been established with the energy services company, SITELEC, which had already started working with the city council in March 2023. "It represents a saving on the energy bill for the municipal coffers of 558.599 euros ( in the previous year) and the modernization of public lighting," explained Ripoll, who highlighted that in this way the Sustainable Development Goals regarding CO2 emissions and light pollution of the 2030 urban agenda are also met.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2024
    NG: 20,065 hectares smart city project: AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq walking the talk

    During the 2024 budget presentation to the Kwara State House of Assembly, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq announced the SmartCity project, an offshoot of the Ilorin City Master Plan modelled after Sustainable Development Goal 11, which aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

    Building such cities requires foresight and long-term planning. Developing a master plan is crucial to sustainable development as it dictates the pattern of infrastructural development, policymaking, and resource distribution.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2024
    OM: Muscat improves position in Smart City rankings

    The capital, Muscat, has improved its performance in the world's Smart City Index by moving up eight points to 88 from 96 in the previous year, which was prepared by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

    The Index takes into account the economic and technological aspects of smart cities on the one hand and the “humane dimensions” of smart cities (quality of life, environment, and inclusiveness) on the other. The other GCC cities also improved rankings with Riyadh moving up to 25 from 31, Doha to 48 from 54, Dubai to 12 from 14, and Abu Dhabi to 10 from 13. The top ten smart cities are Zurich, Oslo, Canberra, Geneva, Singapore, Copenhagen, Lausanne, London, and Helsinki, apart from Abu Dhabi. A Smart City system is about the integration of all the utilities, infrastructure, and citizen services on a single platform and a unified dashboard for the efficient, reliable, and resilient operation of the city.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2024
    VN: Hanoi moves three notches up smart city rankings

    Hanoi has moved up three places from last year to reach 97th in the 2024 Smart City Index, as compiled by the International Institute for Management Development of Switzerland.

    In Asia alone, Hanoi ranks 20th out of 28 cities, behind several cities such as Bangkok (Thailand), Osaka (Japan), and above some cities such as Jakarta (Indonesia), and Mumbai (India).

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2024
    SA: Riyadh now 25th on smart city index, climbs 5 spots

    Index assesses health, mobility, governance, among others

    Riyadh climbed five spots in the International Institute for Management Development Smart City Index this year, now ranking 25th overall.

    The index assesses various structures such as health, mobility, and governance, according to the published report.

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2024
    Smart City Index 2024: Singapore Ranked 1st In Asia, 5th In The World

    Singapore has gained two places to become the only Asian city among the top five smartest cities in the world in 2024.

    The index, produced by the Swiss business school Institute for Management Development (IMD), lists 142 cities in all, ranking them on the basis of how they use advanced technology for improvement in the lives of the citizens.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2024
    NG: Kwara acquires 20,065 hectares for Ilorin SmartCity project

    The Kwara State Government has acquired land in both the Ilorin East and Ilorin South Local Government Areas of the state to site the New Ilorin SmartCity Estate.

    The land acquisition followed a stakeholders meeting held between the state government and the land owners.

    According to a statement by the Press Secretary of the State Geographic Information Service, Abdulrazaq Yusuf, and made available to PUNCH Online on Tuesday, the acquisition of the land was in the best interest of the people of the state and the entire nation.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2024
    How smart city technology is shaping cities

    Berg Insight’s report finds smart city technologies continue to shape the cities of tomorrow with demand for remotely managed infrastructure growing daily.

    Outside China, Europe has emerged as the leading smart city technology adopter while North America constitutes the second largest market, according to research. The Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions meanwhile constitute the fastest growing markets for smart city technology, fuelled by ambitious top-down initiatives and rapid urbanisation.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2024
    Sustainability: The Goal of Every Smart City

    It's indisputable that everyone is feeling the effects of global warming today. It's so prevalent worldwide that experts determine the world has only 11 years left before the damages of global warming become irreversible. The report was from 2019; it's 2024 now, and time is ticking closer to catastrophic environmental, economic, and social disasters.

    Global warming is one of the primary reasons every smart city aims to be sustainable. Many smart cities, such as Abu Dhabi, aim to go fully green by 2030. On the frontlines of this mission for smart city sustainability is AI expert and smart city developer Prasanth Sasidharan. This article covers his expertise in AI, transportation, and engineering, and the worldwide blueprint for sustainability in smart cities.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2024
    SDAIA Supports Saudi Arabia's Smart Cities Transformation, Contributing to the Rise of 5 Saudi Cities in 2024 IMD Smart Cities Index

    The digital transformation of smart cities in Saudi Arabia, supported by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) in collaboration with several government entities, has contributed to the advancement of five Saudi cities in the 2024 IMD Smart City Index, issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), compared to the 2023 report.

    Al-Khobar city joined the index for the first time this year, alongside Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, and Madinah. Riyadh maintained its third position among Arab cities, while Makkah ranked fifth, Jeddah sixth, and Madinah seventh. On the global scale of the index, Riyadh advanced 25 places compared to last year, Makkah maintained its 52nd position, Jeddah advanced one place to 55th, and Madinah jumped 11 places to 74th. Moreover, Al-Khobar secured the 99th position among 142 cities worldwide.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2024
    AE: Abu Dhabi ranked among the world's top 10 smartest cities

    Dubai climbs to 12th in IMD's global ranking of 124 cities

    Abu Dhabi has broken into the world's top 10 smartest cities in a new ranking as the emirate continues with its digital transformation agenda.

    The UAE capital climbed three places from last year to 10th in the Smart City Index 2024 compiled by Switzerland's International Institute for Management Development (IMD), which was released on Tuesday.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2024
    JP: Toyota's Smart City: £8 Billion Woven City's Futuristic Blueprint

    • Toyota's £8 Billion Investment: Toyota has announced an £8 billion investment to create Woven City, a futuristic smart city at the base of an active volcano, aiming to redefine urban living through advanced technology and sustainability.
    • Integration Challenges: The article explores the complexities of integrating smart technologies into urban environments, addressing issues such as privacy, data security, and the digital divide among residents.
    • Sustainability and Innovation: Woven City is designed to be a carbon-neutral ecosystem, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and featuring smart homes built with traditional Japanese techniques and modern robotics.
    • Living Laboratory: As a 'living laboratory', Woven City will test autonomous vehicles, AI-driven transport systems, and a digital operating system to manage urban infrastructure, setting new standards for smart city development.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2024
    CH: What makes Zurich a 'smarter' city than Geneva and Lausanne?

    A new global report ranks three Swiss cities among the world’s ‘smartest.’ What exactly does this mean?

    Choosing the ‘smartest’ city in the world is not an easy task, but a new study has done just that.

    And its findings show not only that Zurich took the number 1 spot, but also that Geneva and Lausanne are among the top 10 (in the 4th and 7th place, respectively) — an impressive result, considering that 142 cities were ranked.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2024
    Asian and European cities inspire action for improving urban quality of life

    The 2024 IMD Smart City Ranking finds European and Asian cities consistently and increasingly dominating the Top 20

    Zurich retained the top spot for the fifth consecutive edition of the Index, with Oslo in second place and Canberra in third. Geneva was fourth, and Singapore fifth.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2024
    Bridging the artificial intelligence trust gap in cities

    Retrieval-augmented generation is emerging as a way to help city halls get closer to more reliable, real-time generative AI usage, reports Clay Garner.

    A recent survey found that 96 per cent of mayors demonstrate at least some level of interest in leveraging artificial intelligence (AI). Yet, in their quest to supercharge government services with this technology, city leaders find themselves at the crossroads of transformative potential and serious challenges.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2024
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Will develop Nellore as No. 1 smart city: Narayana

    Nellore TDP MP candidate Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy, City TDP MLA candidate Dr P Narayana and Rural TDP MLA candidate Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy attended as chief guests at Nellore district Christians’ meeting held at Kasturba Kalaksheram in Nellore on Monday.

    Nellore TDP MP candidate Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy, City TDP MLA candidate Dr P Narayana and Rural TDP MLA candidate Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy attended as chief guests at Nellore district Christians’ meeting held at Kasturba Kalaksheram in Nellore on Monday.

  • Mon
    Apr
    15
    2024
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Prayagraj Smart City initiative: 48 govt primary schools to become ‘smart’

    As part of Project Phase-IV of Smart Schools, increase in the utilisation of ICT-based interventions planned

    Digital smart classrooms will be established in 48 schools of UP Basic Education Council running within its urban limits, in a move that could provide a fillip to teaching and learning initiatives at government-run primary schools of the district.

  • Mon
    Apr
    15
    2024
    Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic City Dream Faces Reality Check

    The Saudi Arabian government is expected to slow down the development of the Neom City project, a key initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This has diminished expectations for a construction boom in our industry.

    Bloomberg reported on the 8th, citing sources, "Saudi Arabia has scaled back the midterm goals for Neom City, the largest project in Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the economy away from oil dependence.”

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2024
    ZA: Government accelerates programme to connect citizens to internet

    Government intends to connect 1.5 million households in rural and township areas by the end of the year to the internet, enabled by Wi-Fi hotspots.

    Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mondli Gungubele, said government plans to connect 5.5 million households in rural and township areas to Wi-Fi hotspots in the next three to four years.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2024
    IN: Haryana: New Perspectives on AI-Based Road Maintenance in Gurgaon

    Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is set to revolutionize road maintenance in Haryana by implementing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. This groundbreaking initiative will be the first of its kind in the state, promising enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

    In its current state, GMDA manually conducts surveys and estimates for road repairs based on visual inspections. However, this traditional approach has limitations in terms of accuracy and time efficiency. By adopting AI technology, GMDA aims to overcome these challenges and reduce reliance on extensive manpower.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2024
    Public sector biometrics back national gains despite staggered adoption

    Government biometrics projects and approvals of digital ID technologies made up most of the top news stories on Biometric Update over the past week. National biometrics registration campaigns are yielding results in Ethiopia and Nigeria, a large U.S. contract has been won by Idemia Public Security and its partner, and Australia is limiting the number of companies that will be approved for its federal digital ID system, with IDverse and Mastercard among the likely beneficiaries. Yoti’s age estimation has not won a key approval from the U.S. government, yet, and sooner or later, UK’s borders are likely to need more biometric gear deployed. On the private sector side, NEC has been revealed as the facial recognition provider for a major sports initiative.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2024
    Explained: The new highway tolling system being implemented soon in India

    01/7Embracing the future of toll collection

    India is poised to transform its highway tolling system through the implementation of a new satellite-based toll collection system. This cutting-edge technology, spearheaded by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, is poised to replace the current FASTag system. The new system promises to enhance efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and provide a seamless travel experience for millions of commuters. By leveraging the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and GPS technology, the system will charge vehicles based on the actual distance traveled, marking a significant shift from the traditional toll booths. This article takes a deep dive into the complexities of the upcoming tolling system, its implementation, and the profound impact it will have on India’s transportation infrastructure.

How the cities of the future will look like and what its features would be no one really knows. But one thing for sure, it is going to need the basic utilities that are necessary to sustain life, and these are gas, electricity, mobility and safe water.

For us to easily remember these four utilities, I have come up with GEMS as a mnemonic device for it.

Depending on our backgrounds and perspectives, we would either agree or disagree that gas is part of energy or not, but as for me, I would favor gas as a separate category by itself, because it could be a renewable resource if it is produced as biogas. Besides, there are still many cities around the world wherein the providers of gas and electricity are one and the same utility companies.

In a manner of speaking, it could be said that using biogas should be mandatory, because it is a natural byproduct of solid wastes that are also a problem on its own. In other words, there is a need to create a demand for biogas so that its available supply could go somewhere, lest it becomes a risk to human life and property.

As of now, there is no data available that would show how much damage the methane in the air is doing to human health, but it is already known that the methane escaping from landfills is already causing a lot of respiratory diseases that is also probably contributing to the high mortality rate in the metropolis. Now and in the future, a city would definitely be dumb if the air is harmful, even if is complete with all the smart features.

It goes without saying that a city could not be considered smart if its sources of electrical power are not renewable. Some might say that a city could be considered smart if its power is stable and affordable, but these positive attributes would be negated if its carbon footprint is very high.

All these would go back to the quality of the air in a city, because again, a city could not be considered smart if the air becomes polluted as power is being produced. One thing for sure, solid waste management is a separate challenge by itself, but there are now technologies that would not just solve the garbage problem, it would also produce the gas and electricity that a city needs.

It was a smart idea to have electric railway cars (trams) in Manila many years ago, and it was a dumb move to do away with them.

It was also a smart idea to combine a power company and a tram operator into one, which has what the Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (MERALCO) was many years ago.

It could be said that it was a dumb move to do away with the tram service, but we seem to have rediscovered the extent of the dumbness many years later when the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) was established many years later, which was really nothing more than a network of elevated railway cars.

Seeing what happened in the past, it would be a good idea to have these trams in the smart cities of the future, provided of course that the source of power would be renewable.

To some extent, it could be said that having electric powered cars is a smart idea, and all smart cities should have these cars. Smart as it appears to be, if would actually be a dumb idea if these cars are plugged into electric charging stations that are not powered by renewable energy.

In contrast, it would be considered very smart if the source of the electricity that is being used in these charging stations would come from solar panels, for instance. What would even be smarter is for these electric cars to be powered by batteries that are already directly recharged by solar panels that are built into these cars. It may just be a matter of semantics, but it would be more accurate to call these vehicles solar powered cars.

Obviously, a city should not even think of proclaiming itself to be smart, if it would not have a sustainable supply of safe water. Although safe water would appear to be a separate challenge by itself, its availability in the future would largely be dependent also on the availability of cheap power.

In the future, the scarcity of safe water would force cities to filter used water so that these could again become potable. Not only that, these cities would have to resort to desalination. That would appear to be a smart idea, but that would only be so if the economics of doing it would be good. Otherwise, it would be a dumb idea to produce costly safe water because of very high costs of electricity.

Needless to say, a city would not be considered smart if it is not connected and is not automated. Of course the only way to do that would be to install so many networks of computers and sensors all over the city.

That might sound like a lot of expenses, but on the other hand, it would also mean a lot of savings, because these computers and sensors would be able to cut down on the costs of gas, electricity, mobility and safe water.

On top of that, the computer networks would also be able to ensure the efficient delivery of all citizen services that are required by a smart city. In closing, I would just end by saying that a city could not be considered smart if it is not green, and a city could not become green if it is not smart.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Ike Señeres

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