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  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2023
    The Line architect Peter Cook questions Saudi desert city’s buildability

    Peter Cook has questioned the buildability of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM ‘smart city’ development The Line - the controversial 170km desert project he is employed to work on

    The 86-year-old was talking as part of an event at the NEOM exhibition in Venice on Saturday (20 May) when he described the linear desert city – which is already under construction – as an ‘amazing absurdity’, adding that the scheme’s proposed 500m height was ‘stupid’.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2023
    Qatar’s robust digital infrastructure offers growth opportunities

    Qatar’s thriving digital infrastructure offers huge opportunities through innovation and technological advancements.

    By establishing a robust digital infrastructure and leveraging cutting-edge technology, the country aims to enhance economic and productivity growth.

    Speaking to The Peninsula , Mohamed Suhail, Head of Execution at Siemens Qatar said, “Qatar is moving to make itself a smart city with lot of initiatives especially focusing on sustainability. We have a lot of initiatives which are coming up and Qatar is going in the right direction.” Siemens has a lot of projects and solutions that we are providing from our side.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2023
    AI and Sustainable Urban Planning: Green Infrastructure and Smart City Solutions

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the way we live, work, and interact with our environment. One of the most promising applications of AI is in sustainable urban planning, where it can help cities become more efficient, resilient, and environmentally friendly. In this article, we will explore how AI is being used to develop green infrastructure and smart city solutions that can make our cities more sustainable and livable.

    Green infrastructure refers to the network of natural and semi-natural spaces that provide ecosystem services, such as clean air and water, climate regulation, and biodiversity conservation. Examples of green infrastructure include parks, forests, wetlands, green roofs, and urban agriculture. Green infrastructure is essential for sustainable urban development, as it can help mitigate the negative impacts of urbanization, such as air pollution, heat islands, and flooding.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2023
    The Future of Sustainable Cities: AI in Architectural Design and Urban Planning

    The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in architectural design and urban planning is becoming increasingly important as the world faces unprecedented challenges in sustainability, urbanization, and climate change. As cities continue to grow and evolve, the need for innovative and efficient solutions to address these issues is paramount. AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we design and plan our urban environments, leading to more sustainable, resilient, and livable cities for future generations.

    One of the key areas where AI can make a significant impact is in the design process itself. Traditionally, architects and designers have relied on their intuition, experience, and creativity to develop building concepts and layouts. However, this approach can be time-consuming and may not always lead to the most efficient or sustainable solutions. AI-powered design tools can help architects explore a vast array of design possibilities in a fraction of the time, allowing them to identify and optimize solutions that minimize energy consumption, reduce waste, and improve overall building performance.

  • Sat
    Jun
    03
    2023
    VN: Da Nang applies digital transformation to urban management

    With 43% of the population aged 18 and more owning electronic accounts on the public service portals, the central city of Da Nang is among the leading localities in Vietnam in digital transformation.

    Digital transformation is being promoted with the participation of all agencies, enterprises and residents.

    Digital economy accounts for 17% of the city’s Gross Regional Domestic Product in 2022. This has contributed to the city’s digital socio-economic recovery and development and created digital skills and habits for local people.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2023
    How to leverage digital tools to drive innovation in government

    The rapid evolution of digital technologies transformed the way governments function, making them more efficient, transparent and citizen-friendly. Rather than relying on crystal trophies, governments can leverage digital tools to drive innovation and streamline processes, benefiting the population they serve.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2023
    GB: West Midland: Birmingham: blueprint for a digital city

    Raj Mack, head of Digital Birmingham at Birmingham City Council, explains how the West Midlands city is building an international digital brand and reputation.

    SmartCitiesWorld (SCW): What have been your main areas for focus around digital innovation over the last 18 months and did the pandemic influence some of that direction?

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2023
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Smart City Mission in 7 cities behind schedule

    The ambitious Smart City Mission, aimed at transforming cities into technologically advanced urban landscapes, is facing hurdles as the pace of development remains disappointingly slow in several key cities.

    “Despite repeated instructions from the chief minister, progress on projects at seven out of the ten selected smart cities has fallen behind schedule, prompting the government to issue a notice to all concerned mission directors,” a senior official told The Pioneer on Wednesday.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2023
    Key Advantages of Smart City Technologies

    Smart technology can warn locals to take public transportation after hours. Public transportation riders may track the whereabouts of their bus or train and alter routes as necessary in many cities.

    Consider a city where technology has been developed to improve its standard of life. Technology is so smooth and effective that one rarely sees it. The commute is quicker and there is less crime in the area and in the air. A large number of towns throughout the world are dealing with this fact. Smart city technology makes it possible.

  • Fri
    Jun
    02
    2023
    BR: What is a smart city and how can it change urban life - Instituto Humanitas Unisinos

    Cities are undergoing rapid transformation around the world, driven by technological innovation and the search for more efficient and sustainable solutions. Among the terms increasingly found in urban vocabulary is the concept of “smart cityor “smart city.” But after all, what really defines a smart city And what are its characteristics?

    One smart city It is much more than a city with an advanced technological infrastructure. It is an integrated urban ecosystem Information and communication technology (Information and communication technology) and physical devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)The Internet of things) to improve the efficiency of city operations and services, while striving to communicate more effectively with citizens.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2023
    US: Georgia: Is Forsyth County ready to be a “Smart City?”

    The topic of smart city infrastructure sparked disagreement at the latest Board of Commissioners meeting.

    During a work session on Tuesday, May 23, a local digital infrastructure company, SmartPoint, approached the Board to ask for an encroachment agreement that would allow them to survey and analyze County right of way as part of a smart cities pilot project.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2023
    IN: Bihar: 25 e-toilets to come up in Bhagalpur civic wards

    Bhagalpur Smart City Limited (BSCL) will soon commission smart e-toilets in different municipal wards of Bhagalpur Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the Smart City Mission (SCM) project.

    Officials said installation of e-toilets at public places and creating awareness among the residents to use it is being done to promote the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The e-toilets are self-contained, self-cleaning, user-friendly, unmanned, automated and remotely monitored toilet pods installed in public places, which will operate on insertion of coins.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2023
    The ten smartest cities in the world

    A smart city or “smart city” is one that relies on information and communication technology (ICT) to provide a better life for its citizens. Thanks to the development and innovation it has to offer, it can improve energy supply services and make them more efficient, propose alternatives to the current emitters of CO₂ into the atmosphere, optimise healthcare and make it accessible to a greater number of people and plan vehicle traffic, among other measures.

    Each year, the IMD (International Institute for Management Development), an independent academic institution for business leaders, produces the IMD Smart City Index, the world’s leading ranking of the cities that are adopting a sustainable, efficient and inter-connected model of the future for the benefit of their inhabitants.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2023
    IN: Maharashtra: Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Exploring the city to understand ground realities

    The municipal commissioner G Sreekanth joined the Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Municipal Corporation (CSMC) on May 3 (Wednesday) and after a few days, he set a 100 days programme, on May 7. During the course of time, to get aware of the problems faced by the citizens and what are the ground realities, he opted for a novel way.

    According to sources, "In a frank and private conversation, on Thursday, the civic chief underlined that as he was the joint commissioner (SGST) here for the last couple of years, therefore, the city is not new to him.

  • Thu
    Jun
    01
    2023
    ID: Kadin holds expo to engage Chinese firms in smart city development

    The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) - China Committee (KIKT) has organized the Indonesia-China Smart City Technology & Investment Expo 2023 to encourage Chinese companies to participate in smart city development in Indonesia.

    "This event is expected to provide information about the development of smart cities and (the new capital) IKN Nusantara for stakeholders to invest in the country and open opportunities for local industry players in the international market," Head of the Expo’s Committee Ben Yura Rimba informed here on Wednesday.

  • Wed
    May
    31
    2023
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram to use intelligent tools for efficient Urban Mobility

    Thiruvananthapuram Smart City is making rapid advancements in traffic management with the establishment of the Traffic and Safety Command and Control Centre (TSCCC), integrating a range of real-time, intelligent systems and components, including Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS), Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), Auto Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR), and Red-Light Violation Detection (RLVD) System, for efficient urban mobility and road user safety.

    Thiruvananthapuram Smart City, a special purpose vehicle set up for the implementation of Smart City Mission of Government of India, is headed by Arun K Vijayan IAS, who is serving as its CEO. Madras Security Printers, a renowned e-governance and smart city ICT solutions provider, is integrating the key ICT components of the smart city, including smart traffic management systems.

  • Wed
    May
    31
    2023
    CN: Hebei: Xi's footprints in Xiong'an highlight 'miraculous' transformation of 'city of the future'

    Xiong'an the 'city of the future' advancing high-quality development after six years

    Standing in the middle of a massive construction site with a strong, gusty wind and constant construction noise in the background, Fu Xing, a mid-aged, bespectacled construction manager with a slight figure can barely be heard. Wearing his typical workman outfit ― a white hard hat and a blue vest, Fu tries to explain what is being built and its national significance. But around him, nothing really stands out about the project, except for the sheer size of the site.

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2023
    US: With smart cities, technology is not the problem

    It was true when the Smart Cities Connect conference began back in 2016, and it is still true today, technological solutions to many of the issues that plague cities — information access, air quality, traffic, energy management, to name a few — already exist. The real challenge that stops putting those fixes in place? The humans.

    That’s the message that Chelsea Collier, Editor at Large of Smart Cities Connect, said in an interview at the spring conference in Denver, Colorado. “Smart City technology is ready and available — that isn’t the issue. It is important smart city tech be designed and deployed thoughtfully, equitably, and in alignment with the community. That brings in challenges with people and processes,” said Collier. “It can be challenging to get people to embrace new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things.”

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2023
    Union Minister Puri terms smart cities as incubators for India’s urban future

    Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, emphasized the significant role of the 100 Smart Cities in fostering innovation and shaping the future of urban India. He underscored that the country’s urban landscape would heavily depend on the advancements nurtured within these smart cities.

    Minister Puri made these observations during a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which took place in Goa. The minister also provided updates on the progress of the smart cities mission, highlighting key developments.

  • Tue
    May
    30
    2023
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram Smart City Moves Ahead Incorporating Intelligent Tools for Efficient Urban Mobility

    Thiruvananthapuram Smart City is making rapid advancements in traffic management with the establishment of the Traffic and Safety Command and Control Centre (TSCCC), integrating a range of real-time, intelligent systems and components, including Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS), Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), Auto Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR), and Red-Light Violation Detection (RLVD) System, for efficient urban mobility and road user safety.

    Thiruvananthapuram Smart City, a special purpose vehicle set up for the implementation of Smart City Mission of Government of India, is headed by Arun K Vijayan IAS, who is serving as its CEO. Madras Security Printers, a renowned e-governance and smart city ICT solutions provider, is integrating the key ICT components of the smart city, including smart traffic management systems.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2023
    How Indonesia’s new national strategy aims to accelerate the growth of Southeast Asia’s largest AI ecosystem

    Indonesia plans to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) innovation with a new national strategy to nurture the AI ​​ecosystem. GovInsider speaks with the President of the Indonesian Artificial Intelligence Industry Research and Innovation Collaboration (KORIKA), Professor Hammam Riza, to learn more.

    From social media recommendation algorithms to generative AI that can power the next wave of digital innovation, AI has emerged as a cornerstone of digital technology in the contemporary era, with ever-expanding benefits for people.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2023
    IN: Haryana:CCTV cameras keep vigil on traffic violators in Karnal

    In the last 18 months, the Karnal police have issued 67,617 traffic challans after violations were captured through CCTV cameras installed at 63 points under the Karnal Smart City project’s Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) initiative. Challans amounting to Rs 9.99 crore have been issued to the violators from November 2021 to April 30 this year.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2023
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: National common mobility card to start in Bhopal soon

    Ahead of the start of metro rail, Bhopal City Link Limited (BCLL) will offer the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) in Bhopal. With the expected start of Bhopal and Indore metro in September, it is likely that the Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) would also offer NCMC.

    Simply put, cash left in a Delhi metro card could be utilised in Bhopal transport and vice versa. Broad idea is the open loop card would be usable at metro and bus transit along with toll, parking and other value merchant payments too.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2023
    EU: Cities collaborating for a digital future

    As technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, the way we live, work, and interact with our environment is constantly evolving. Now, more than ever, it is essential that city leaders come together to discuss and strategise how to harness the power of digital innovation to improve the quality of life for their residents.

    That is the goal of the Mayors’ Digital Assembly, the political advisory body that provides guidance to the Living-in.EU movement. On 15 June, the movement organises its first EU Mayors Digital Assembly in Brussels, in the framework of the Brussels Urban Summit 2023. Local, regional, and national policymakers will get together to share their views on what leadership decisions are needed to accompany a city and a region in its digital transformation, and how to ensure that people are placed in the centre of the process.

  • Mon
    May
    29
    2023
    Taiwan’s goal of resilient smart cities

    Taipei Youth for TURF Association and the role of youth in urban regeneration

    Resilient smart cities are cities that have the ability to absorb, recover, and prepare for future economic, environmental, social, and institutional shocks.

    One of the goals of Taiwan's 2050 net-zero emissions pathway is to promote resilient, smart cities through research and development in key areas such as urban development and regeneration. Taiwan’s goals are directly tied to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Importantly, one of the 17 SDGs is “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    Unlocking digital transformation goals for Indian enterprises with 5G

    Recently, India's Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 5G service, affirming that "India will lead the Industry 4.0 revolution with 5G at the helm." Commenting on this technology, certain experts predicted that by 2035, 5G will have a cumulative economic impact of US$ 1 trillion, and between 2025 and 2040, it could deliver an additional GDP of US$ 150 billion for the country. This aligns with India's vision of becoming a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2025.

    Over the past few years, we have witnessed an expedited Digital Transformation (DX) across the country. With the evolution of 2G, 3G, and 4G, technology has revolutionized the way enterprises operate, enabling them to enhance their productivity, increase their revenue, reduce their costs, and develop new digital services. Further expediting this progress is with the recent introduction of 5G technology, which is expected to shape the future of DX.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    KE: EU launches the Digital Transformation Centre to support Kenya’s transition towards a human-centered digital economy

    Germany, the European Union and Estonia launched the Digital Transformation Centre (DTC) to make Kenya’s digital transformation work for people and businesses.

    The centre was launched together with implementing partner Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) and the Government of Kenya, with Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy Eliud Owalo, and the chairpersons of the National Assembly and Senate ICT Committees.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    Vietnam to create network of 500 experts for digital transformation

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is forming a network of 500 experts in digital transformation this year, including 100 e-government experts.

    Developing human resources for digital transformation and equipping people with digital skills when moving activities to cyberspace are issues of great concern.

    In its report about results of the National Assembly’s Resolution 75 on human resources for digital transformation for state agencies and for digital skills for the public, MIC said it had instructed the National Digital Transformation Department to build a plan on improving digital transformation capability from the central to local governments.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    Boosting economic progress through digital transformation in Egypt

    Usama Elsayed, COO and Managing Director for MEA region, BPC, charts how digital transformation in Egypt is boosting economic progress and financial inclusion

    With a population of more than 100 million, Egypt is confronting significant demographic challenges in its labour market. The country strives to advance its economic development by implementing the National Sustainable Development Strategy (Egypt Vision 2030), aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Strategy (2030 Agenda), and adhering to the 2063 Agenda.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    AE: Dubai Roads launches an integrated institutional platform for designing and developing artificial intelligence solutions

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched an integrated institutional platform for the design and development of artificial intelligence and data science solutions, which are designed according to the best international standards, in cooperation with a number of leading international companies in this field. Innovative that promotes innovation and leadership in the authority’s various fields of work, such as predictive maintenance of roads and bridges, planning mass transit routes, crowd management, and others.

  • Sun
    May
    28
    2023
    Bahrain’s digital transformation efforts are on trac

    Bahrain is keeping abreast with modern technologies, which play a vital role in supporting the Kingdom’s comprehensive development.

    This was emphasised by Finance and National Economy Minister Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa as he highlighted the intiatives initiated by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, with the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2023
    IN: Odisha: Drones in Bhubaneswar for crime surveillance

    The drones in Bhubaneswar will be controlled by the Commissionerate police and will put a check on the youth or the persons who create chaos.

    The smart city of Bhubaneswar will soon account for much less number of crimes. Drones in Bhubaneswar will keep constant surveillance over anti-social activities, said reports.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2023
    This Malaysian city is green – and getting even greener

    Johor’s Iskandar Puteri still has some way to go before it can further reduce its carbon footprint and be as green it wants to be, but it is heading steadfastly in that direction.

    On Nov 22, 2017, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar officially proclaimed Iskandar Puteri as Johor’s second city after Johor Baru. This also made it the 14th city in Malaysia. The Johor Baru Central Municipal Council, which was established on March 1, 1978, was upgraded to the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) on Jan 1, 2001.

  • Sat
    May
    27
    2023
    US: It takes a champion to build a smart city

    Creating a smart city requires two C-words: “connection” and “champion.” Without a strong network of connected devices, you cannot install innovative, problem-solving Internet-of-things technology, nor can you develop programs to improve citizens’ lives without someone to champion them.

    That’s one of the key takeaways from the spring 2023 Smart Cities Connect conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado May 15-18, 2023.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2023
    IN: Goa CM Pramod Sawant flags off 20 more electric buses

    Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the electric buses were leading to reduction in carbon emission, and transforming public transport in the state

    Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday flagged off a batch of 20 electric buses, part of a larger order of 48 buses to be supplied before July this year under the Smart City Mission.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2023
    ZA: KwaZulu-Natal: Smart city planned for Ntshongweni, west of Durban

    At least R3bn has been committed towards plans to developing the first phase of an integrated smart city in Ntshongweni, west of Durban, which is expected to come to life by the end of 2024.

    This is according to Fundamentum Property Group CEO Carlos Correia, who was speaking during an oversight visit by Deputy President Paul Mashatile on Thursday.

    Correia said this development came years after the purchase of a substantial portion of land through Tongaat Hulett.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2023
    ZA: KwaZulu-Natal: New Durban smart city ‘progressing well’ says developer

    Developers of an R30 billion green smart city in outer west Durban say the first phase of construction is progressing well.

    The 2 000 hectare project is called Westown, with officials saying it will be the most sustainable development in the country.

    The first phase includes residential apartments, the retail high street of Westown Square and a hospital.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2023
    Which city will be tops for user-centric services?

    UserCentriCities has named the three finalists in the 2023 award that recognises the achievements made in developing user-centric services for citizens.

    Ghent, London and Rotterdam have been named the three finalists in the 2023 UserCentriCities Award.

    The award aims to raise awareness and recognise the achievements made by European cities and regions in developing user-centric services for their citizens.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2023
    US: Smart City Strategies Must Balance Progress and Privacy, Report Says

    The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation details ways that smart cities can protect citizen data.

    In recent years, cities all over the country have taken strides to modernize with emerging technologies that make communities smarter, safer and more connected. And with the rapid evolution of technology, they’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to smart city capabilities. But with data collection and Internet of Things (IoT) devices powering these innovations, there are always concerns about personal privacy.

  • Fri
    May
    26
    2023
    AU: New South Wales: Central Coast: How will Smart City planning affect us?

    The Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan outlines ways to maximise the potential of cities using the three pillars of smart investment, smart policy and smart technology.

    Central Coast Council’s adopted Economic Development Strategy references a number of initiatives relating to the Smart City Plan with which Council aligns, but what might that mean for our region?

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2023
    SA: NEOM announces new Oxagon port ‘open for business’

    ‘Port of NEOM’ is aimed at being the world’s most sustainable next-generation port

    Saudi Arabia’s gigaproject NEOM announced Wednesday that the primary northwest seaport located at Oxagon has been renamed as Port of NEOM.

    Port of NEOM, which was previously known as Duba Port, was transferred from Mawani to the smart city developer in 2022,

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2023
    PK: Balochistan Government to Transform Ziarat Valley into a Smart City

    The Balochistan government has announced that the Ziarat Valley, under the supervision of the Chief Minister, will be transformed into a modern smart city to attract tourists.

    In this regard, the government of Balochistan has established a development authority with the aim of promoting tourism and creating job opportunities for the local population.

  • Thu
    May
    25
    2023
    LK: Govt., UNDP put to road first set of 500,000 converted eTuk-Tuks

    • Five year project aims conversion of half a million three-wheelers from petrol to electrically operated modes of transport to promote low carbon e-mobility solution

    The first set of a planned 500,000 converted eTuk-Tuks was put to the road by the Government in partnership with the United National Development Program (UNDP) as part a drive to promote low carbon emobility solution.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: 70 Out Of 120 Smart City Projects Nearing Completion, Says Athar Aamir Khan

    The government announced on Monday that 70 out of a total of 120 smart city projects in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, are progressing rapidly and nearing completion.

    Athar Aamir Khan, CEO of Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) and Commissioner of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), stated during a press conference that all the smart city initiatives, which were prioritized due to the upcoming G-20 event, have either been completed or are close to completion.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Panic button for CCTV: ‘Smart city’ buses to ply in Srinagar soon GTN News

    Equipped with latest features like panic button and location system, 100 electric buses will soon ply on the roads as part of ‘Srinagar Smart City’ project.

    “The target of procuring 100 buses under the Srinagar Smart City project will be met very soon. In Srinagar district, we are moving towards a robust and reliable public transport system as there was no reliable transport system here in the past,” said Srinagar Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Aijaz Asad.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    ‘Aim for digital society’; ‘Kuwait 2035 Vision’ goals targeted

    Fitch Solutions, a credit ratings agency, stated that the technology company BMI recently determined the value of information and communication technology infrastructure projects in Kuwait at a value of USD 27.6 billion, as part of the bidding stages to implement the “New Kuwait 2035” vision, reports Al-Anba daily. It indicated that the long-term development plan for Kuwait aims at transforming the country into a digital society, and will lead to spending USD 17.6 billion on digital transformation between 2022 and 2027.

    In its report, the agency highlighted the importance of integrating advanced information and communication technology, such as the Internet, automation, cloud services, and smart city solutions in infrastructure projects. It stressed the importance of pursuing partnership between the public and private sectors in these areas, indicating that Kuwait hosted major companies in the field of technology, such as Oracle, Microsoft and Google Cloud. The report explained that the “Oracle” project in Kuwait, worth USD 250 million, aims to integrate and maintain the medical information system for military health care in the country, and to enhance medical services in the country.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    IN: Odisha: Two years on, e-parking system yet to see light of the day in Bhubaneswar

    The central smart parking system was installed at the Integrated City Operations and Management Centre (ICOMC) and was slated to provide real-time information on a particular parking slot booked for a particular vehicle.

    It has been two years since the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) installed sensors at 800 parking lots on the stretch between Sishu Bhawan Square and Vani Vihar, but the ambitious smart-parking project is yet to see light of the day.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    SA: Neom secures funding for Sindalah and shares vision for The Line

    With SAR 3bn in financing from the Riyad Bank, the island development of Sindalah marks the first Neom region to be successfully financed with bank debt.

    The Saudi Arabian greenfield development of Neom has signed an agreement with Riyad Bank for SAR 3bn in debt financing to help fund the development of its smart island development Sindalah. It marks the first Neom region to be successfully financed with bank debt.

  • Wed
    May
    24
    2023
    US: El Paso, Texas, Implements Networked Drone ID System

    The city implemented a system to identity and detect drone activity in restricted airspace or near critical infrastructure. The deployment comes well ahead of the FAA mandate that requires drones be equipped with remote identification capability.

    Remote identification systems (Remote ID) have steadily become a viable security asset for governments of all sizes, providing a means to identify and track drones near critical infrastructure or in restricted airspace.

  • Tue
    May
    23
    2023
    US: The next Austin? This booming city in Tennessee is about to take a leap into quantum networking.

    Chattanooga is hurtling forward with a 25-gig network for everyone and a major new business push behind so-called quantum networking

    Before it became the country's first "gig city," Chattanooga, Tenn., moved at a languid pace -- if it moved at all.

    "In the late '80s and early '90s, Chattanooga was a dying city of industrial companies leaving," said Mayor Tim Kelly, a Chattanooga native who was reluctant to come home after attending Columbia University in New York. "But I felt a sense of obligation [a car business in town owned by his family]. At the time, Chattanooga did not have a buzz."

  • Tue
    May
    23
    2023
    GB: North East England: Sunderland: blueprint for a connected city of the future

    Liz St Louis, director of smart cities at Sunderland City Council, explains how the city is leading the way in digital transformation and is determined to leave no one and nowhere behind.

    From education to housing, and healthcare to environment, the expectations of what a city must provide for its residents, businesses and visitors are ever-growing. In order to embed new technology to enable life enhancing improvements, an evolving infrastructure is vital. In Sunderland LoRaWaN and expanding public wifi networks are enabling digital transformation on a city-wide scale.

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    2023
    US: Georgia: Atlanta enters smart city deal to drive public works ability

    The agreement will put Rubicon’s smart city software at the heart of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works and will help its operations become fully digital.

    The City of Atlanta, Georgia, has partnered with Rubicon Technologies to help deliver efficiencies in its public works operations.

    The agreement will see Rubicon put its smart city software at the heart of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works. According to Rubicon, it will help the department enhance its operations to become a fully digital function, with a focus on route optimisation, digital route sheets, digital workflows, tracking exceptions in the field, improved routing for the City’s bulky waste pickup drivers, and street sweeping.

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    2023
    Digital transformation begins in Türkiye's Botanic Park

    The Bursa Metropolitan Municipality signed a protocol with major Turkish software firm HAVELSAN for digital transformation in the city's Botanic Park, which is one of the largest parks in Türkiye's northern province of Bursa.

    With the transformation, a wide-ranging work from smart irrigation systems to artificial intelligence-supported applications, will be implemented within the framework of the protocol.

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    2023
    Why Estonia became a model for digital transformation

    There aren't many news stories about Estonia, a tiny country in northern Europe. The Baltic Sea nation, which is only home to about 1.2 million people, is occasionally eclipsed by its larger eastern neighbour, Russia, despite having a smaller population.

    In a nation that suffered greatly under Soviet rule for many years, Estonia's borders are being directly affected by the war between Russia and Ukraine. In 1991, when Estonia declared its independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine was one of the first nations to do so. Since then, Estonia has been a steadfast ally of Ukraine.

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    2023
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: ‘Agra Smart City’ includes both medieval structures and modern systems

    From detecting stray cattle and clogged manholes to monitoring solid-waste disposal, the Agra Smart City is managed through a central command and control system that works with artificial intelligence

    A CCTV camera zooms in on a stray cow roaming the streets of Agra, in Uttar Pradesh. Immediately the system that works on artificial intelligence’s (AI’s) pattern recognition function captures that it is a cow, and an alert goes to a local animal ambulance that picks it up and deposits it at a gaushala (cow shelter).

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    2023
    What 10 American cities will look like in 2050, predicted by AI: DailyMail.com asks software to imagine future cities - and they are filled with flying cars, solar power and lush vegetation

    According to AI, the future is bright.

    DailyMail.com asked the image-generator Midjourney to imagine what 10 American cities will look like in 2050 using prompts from leading experts in 'smart city' developments.

    The prompts focused on how overcrowding, climate change and technological development are likely to change the cities of the future.

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    22
    2023
    The tech revolution of urban living: A closer look at smart cities

    Sustainable infrastructure and smart technology are typically being taken for granted in these future cities, and in some cases, designs incorporate elements that have yet to be invented. The world's urban landscape is undergoing a transformation as our planet's needs shift. Sustainable, smart, and futuristic cities are becoming more prevalent. A new breed of designers, planners, and architects are striving to create more sustainable and livable cities. Smart city concepts that look to the future generally incorporate advanced telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and global conservation.

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    2023
    LK: Technology-driven initiatives to improve efficiency and economy

    In today’s fast-paced world, adopting new technologies is vital for a nation’s progress. While Sri Lanka has made progress in various sectors, it is crucial to recognize the untapped potential of embracing innovative technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. By understanding the benefits of these advancements and taking proactive steps, Sri Lanka can unlock opportunities, transform key sectors, and improve citizens’ lives. This article explores the potential of embracing new technologies, showcases success stories from other countries, and emphasizes the need for Sri Lanka to prioritize technology-driven initiatives.

    IoT is the network of interconnected devices, objects, and systems that communicate and share information through the internet. These devices, equipped with sensors and connectivity, collect and exchange data, enabling them to make intelligent decisions and perform tasks autonomously. This technology allows us to connect everyday objects, such as appliances, vehicles, and infrastructure, to enhance efficiency, convenience, and safety.

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    Responsive cities

    As continuing urbanization places further pressure on infrastructure, space and the environment, the successful cities of tomorrow are likely to harness smart technology to become intuitive entities, able to respond quickly to the evolving behavioral patterns and needs of citizens.

    Cities are hubs of innovation and economic growth, but many are beset by strained infrastructure, polluted environments and growing social division. Pre-pandemic, research from the UN indicated that 68 percent of the world’s population were expected to live in urban areas by 2050, but changing attitudes to work and life are powering the big remote – urging individuals to reconsider their kinship with larger cities (1).

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    2023
    Beyond Tech: Prioritising water and food security in smart City Development

    Smart city projects dominate the development vision of economies across the world. In the Middle East, such developments are gaining momentum by the day. Therefore, a future where the word "smart" prefixes every city in the developing world is not too far away. However, at this juncture, the question remains: What are smart cities beyond their obvious technological underpinnings?

    By definition, smart cities are urban centres where infrastructure, such as power grids, water utilities, and traffic control, is connected via different information and communication technologies (ICT). In the Middle East, smart city developments must prioritise food and water networks due to long-standing scarcities. Due to systemic challenges, including but not limited to an arid climate, high soil salinity, unreliable rainfall, and desert conditions, the region has not made progress toward sustainable water and food security.

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    2023
    IN: Telangana: IIIT Hyderabad and Silicon Labs Launch Campus-wide Wi-SUN FAN 1.1 Network for Smart City Applications

    IIITH Smart City Living Lab in partnership with Silicon Labs, a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technologies, today launched a campus-wide Wi-SUN backbone Mesh network at IIITH Living Lab supporting Field Area Network (FAN) 1.1 Specification as a continuation to Phase 1 launch supporting FAN 1.0 back in Sept 2022, to establish a reliable, reachable communication network to enable research and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities easier. Wi-SUN is an open-standard protocol enabling interoperable solutions through open-source software with multi-layer security. Wi-SUN will enable utilities, municipalities, and other enterprises to deploy long-range, low-power wireless mesh networks connecting thousands of IoT nodes. The Wi-SUN network uses the unlicensed band with no additional network infra adds to the existing modes of sensor communications including Wi-Fi and LORA which allows sensors to connect easily to the cloud.

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    2023
    PH: Eastern Samar: Borongan’s Smart City potential evaluated

    Borongan City in Eastern Samar took a major step towards becoming a Smart City after the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in collaboration with the Isabela State University (ISU)-Cauayan Campus and Cauayan City government, conducted a Smart City Assessment and Roadmap Formulation from May 10 to 13.

    The three-day event aimed to harness smart and sustainable technologies and practices in the country.

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    2023
    SA: NEOM: One of the world's largest architectural projects to date - The Five-Minute City

    The ambitious project announced that construction will go ahead

    Arguably the world’s largest architectural project to date and initiative under NEOM, one of the Kingdom’s massive giga projects that intends to build what is called a smart city or more accurately, numerous cities, resorts and developments in the Tabuk Province, The Line is an architectural and design project unlike anything anyone has seen before. A linear smart city under the NEOM project, it is a 170-kilometer long Saudi skyscraper in the middle of the desert and is moving forward with help from UK firm Atkins commissioned to realize it.

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    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Infrastructure should improve citizens’ quality of life: LG

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated three Srinagar Smart City Projects and 25 Urban Local bodies (ULB) projects, today.

    Of the three Smart City Projects, Polo View has been transformed into Pedestrian-Oriented Shopping Street, Abi Guzar Shiv temple has been renovated and dedicated to the people and Smart Advanced Traffic Management vehicles have been included in the fleet for Srinagar Smart City.

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    20
    2023
    What role can blockchain play in developing smart cities and the IoT

    It’s believed that blockchain smart contracts can automate aspects of city management

    Smart cities are urban areas that use advanced technologies such as sensors, data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the quality of life for their citizens. As these kinds of cities grow and become smarter, managing the vast amounts of data generated by IoT devices raises concerns about privacy and security. Blockchain technology can provide a secure and transparent way to manage data and administrative processes and improve safety. It can play a significant role in developing smart cities and the IoT.

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    2023
    Challenges Faced By Smart Cities

    Digital Solutions For Smart Cities Challenges

    You might call Smart Cities urban cities, but they are one leg up above the average city when it comes to tackling the everyday challenges of managing a city using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. From traffic, waste, energy, and water management to smart lighting, smart parking, 24/7 public security, and much more.

    Services that used to be complex to execute or manage as a city becomes bigger and busier, smart cities are using networks of smart devices to automate the tasks involved.

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    2023
    Scotland launches UK’s first autonomous bus service

    Buses will travel up to 50mph on the 14-mile route that crosses the Forth Road Bridge and is made up of A-roads, motorways, bus lanes and private land.

    The UK’s first autonomous bus service, AB1, is launching in Scotland and will carry its first passengers on 15 May by the CavForth partnership.

    A fleet of five Alexander Dennis Enviro200AV vehicles will cover the new 14-mile route, in mixed traffic, at up to 50mph across the Forth Road Bridge from Ferrytoll Park & Ride in Fife to Edinburgh Park Transport Interchange.

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    19
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Smart City Project: Do We Really Need Bicycle and Pedestrian Tracks?

    While everyone these days talks about the Srinagar Smart City Project, most of the conversations I have had are negative, especially related to the transportation infrastructure. Although the Smart City mission covers a broad spectrum of issues, in this article, I will confine my arguments and discussion to transportation alone.

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    2023
    Houssam Abiad Explores How Smart Cities Can Use Technology To Drive Economic Development Through Innovation Districts And Digital Entrepreneurship Programs

    Innovation is often the key to achieving long-term economic prosperity. Smart cities integrate technology into urban planning to foster innovation and drive economic development. By leveraging advanced data collection tools, predictive analytics, machine learning algorithms, and other cutting-edge technologies, smart cities can create an open and inclusive environment that encourages businesses of all sizes to innovate. Former Deputy Lord Mayor for the City of Adelaide and City Management Expert Houssam Abiad explores how smart cities harness technology to unlock opportunities for investment and progress by providing a real-time platform for testing new ideas and products.

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    2023
    US: Smart Cities Depend on Edge Computing, but Securing It Remains a Challenge

    Local governments have options to deal with the rapid rate of adoption for edge devices.

    State and local governments are embracing edge computing in a big way. Spending on edge solutions worldwide is expected to be $208 billion in 2023, rising to $317 billion in 2026, according to IDC’s latest study.

    Several factors are contributing to this increased investment. At the state and local level, edge is the backbone of smart cities. For example, a Philadelphia district uses edge computing as part of a smart city initiative to gain real-time insights into air quality, transportation modes, weather and more.

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    2023
    China's 'city of the future' Xiongan and its innovation-driven growth

    Numerous skyscrapers under construction, modern neighborhood compounds filled with green and driverless buses crisscrossing on new asphalt roads are just a handful of the indicators reflecting the rise of the Xiongan New Area in north China's Hebei Province.

    A high-level, ecologically friendly modern metropolis featuring high-tech infrastructure, the Xiongan New Area is one of China's ambitious projects. So developed in the new area that no one would believe everything about this dream city was built from scratch just six years ago.

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    2023
    US: Georgia: Rubicon and City of Atlanta Enter Smart City Partnership to Deliver Efficiency in Public Works Operations

    Rubicon’s smart city product is now powering the City of Atlanta’s entire solid waste, recycling, and street-sweeping fleet of 150 vehicles, digitizing operations and driving greater efficiency

    Rubicon Technologies, Inc., a leading digital marketplace for waste and recycling and provider of innovative software-based products for businesses and governments worldwide, today announced that it has entered into a three-year smart city partnership with the City of Atlanta, Georgia (the “City”) to help enhance its residential waste and recycling services.

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    19
    2023
    The 10 “Smartest” Cities in the U.S.

    In today’s world, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. Cities and countries worldwide are actively using smart tech and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions to improve the quality of life for their citizens, enhance sustainability and efficiency, and foster greater economic growth and innovation.

    A truly “smart city” optimizes public safety and energy efficiency. But the reality is that across the U.S., not every megalopolis has the necessary infrastructure or environment to support “smartness.” In a recent study, ProptechOS, a real estate technology company, analyzed 100 cities across both Europe and the U.S. to determine which are best prepared for a tech-heavy future.

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    18
    2023
    PK: Punjab: Lahore: RUDA Partners with SCO for Communication and IoT Services in Chaharbagh Smart City Project

    Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) has partnered with Strategic Communications Organisation (SCO) to provide communication and Internet of Things (IoT) services for the Chaharbagh Smart City project. The MoU between RUDA and SCO includes services such as fiber optic installation, setting up command and control centers, and IoT solutions to ensure urban excellence in RUDA’s flagship residential project.

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    18
    2023
    C40 expands support for climate initiatives in Latin America

    The Climate Action Implementation programme will help Bogotá, Guadalajara, Lima, Medellín and Mexico City progress plans to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    C40 Cities has announced it is expanding support for five Latin American cities to develop ambitious climate action implementation plans.

    Running through to December 2025, the Climate Action Implementation (CAI) programme will help these cities on their way to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 and secure a greener future for more than 35 million residents in the region.

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    2023
    US: Texas: San Antonio: Wytec Incorporates AI/Blockchain in Support of Smart City 5G Initiatives

    Wytec and TRABUS Seek to Address Public Concerns With Pilot Project Partnership

    Wytec, a leading developer and integrator of 5G technologies, is seeking to advance its patented LPN-16 Small Cell technology by incorporating cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies into its patented LPN-16 Small Cell. Wytec aims to create a smarter, safer, and more efficient future for cities across the country. "Small Cells play a substantial role in supporting the massive growth for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications," confirms William Gray, President/CEO of Wytec.

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    2023
    Bangladesh Lays out its 2041 Vision to Become a Top Smart Regional Tech Hub

    Bangladesh is rapidly becoming a central regional tech hub, with a growing number of startups and a focus on digital innovation. With over 6,500 startups and over 300,000 new jobs created, the IT sector has contributed 1.3% to Bangladesh's GDP. It has already become South Asia's second-largest source of IT freelancers and is considered the region's second most promising technological hub.

    According to the President of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, Russel T. Ahmned, the country's IT-Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) sector could grow to $30 billion by 2031. To accelerate this growth, the government has approved building nine new high-tech parks; six more are currently under construction.

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    18
    2023
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Unplanned Smart City

    Shillong is supposed to be a smart city but the smart infrastructure is woefully missing. One of the first things visible in a planned city are recreation spaces. In Shillong the only recreation space for children is Lady Hydari Park. The Wards Lake has no space for kids to scamper around and tire themselves out. Kids and young adolescents should be physically active to expend their energies instead of being glued to their smart phones which is the case today and this has serious consequences. In most cities every locality has a public garden and recreation park where even the elderly can meet with their peers as they take their grandkids out to play. The elderly cannot be cooped up in their homes the whole day. They need to meet and interact with others on a range of issues. It helps them to trigger their thought processes and perhaps keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

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    18
    2023
    Webuild/SAJCO JV to build high-speed rail for Saudi ‘smart city’

    Webuild and its joint-venture partner Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Company (SAJCO) have signed a €1.4bn (£1bn) contract to design and build a new high-speed railway in Saudi Arabia.

    The contract is for 57 kilometers of a high-speed railway along the Red Sea coast in Neom, the proposed ‘smart’ city complex planned for Tabuk Province in north-western Saudi Arabia.

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    2023
    IN: Goa: Panaji: ‘Smart City works making state capital inaccessible to persons with disabilities’

    Panaji may have served as a model city for persons with disabilities (PwD) following the success of the Purple Fest a few months ago, however, in the aftermath of the ongoing Smart City works, members of the community feel otherwise. The disability rights’ association of Goa (DRAG) has written to the state disability commissioner to take cognizance of the places in Panaji that are inaccessible to the disabled as well as the elderly.

    “Lots of complaints have been received that many places are not accessible for persons with disabilities and we are surprised that Smart City is carrying out works without taking them into account,” said DRAG president, Avelyno D’sa.

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    2023
    IN: Karnataka polls: Vote, click and pedal away

    In order to encourage people to vote in large numbers, Hubballi-Dharawd Smart City Ltd has announced that it will provide a free recharge of Rs 100 for bicycle users.

    Under the Smart City project, a public bicycle sharing system has been introduced at 38 locations across Hubballi city by setting up bicycle docks. One has to get a smart card from the Smart City Limited to use these bicycles by paying certain fees fixed by the company. Now, many users swipe smart cards to use bicycles from the docks. Users need to download an app and register to use bicycles. Users are charged on an hourly basis. On May 10, this service will be free or users get Rs 100 recharge top-up amount.

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    17
    2023
    GB: Scottish cities progress plans to increase tree populations

    Thousands of trees have been planted across Aberdeen while Glasgow’s Clyde Climate Forest has received a £200,000 funding boost from the eight local councils.

    The Scottish cities of Aberdeen and Glasgow have made significant announcements in their aims to increase tree populations.

    Thousands of trees have been planted across Aberdeen as part of a plan to replenish and grow the city’s woods and other green areas, while Glasgow’s Clyde Climate Forest (CCF) has received a £200,000 funding boost from the eight local councils across the Glasgow City Region.

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    17
    2023
    KR: Seoul Smart City award aims to encourage growth of human-centered cities

    With less than a month remaining until the deadline for applications for the Seoul Smart City Prize, the city government is continuing to promote the international award, which acknowledges the self-improvement and innovation of human-centered candidate cities.

    According to the Digital Policy Bureau under the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Tuesday, applications for the award will continue until the end of this month. The authority started registering candidates in March. The assessment of candidates and the selection of winners is due by the end of July. The invitation, celebration and presentation of winners will take place at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in downtown Seoul in September.

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    17
    2023
    KR: Seoul launches metro app for non-nationals

    Seoul Subway provides location-based guidance, station directions, real-time timetable and helps users locate tourist destinations around metro stations.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is launching the country’s first-ever subway app exclusively for foreign residents and visitors.

    Seoul Subway provides customised services on Seoul Metro, including information on the entire subway lines of Seoul and the capital area, a real-time timetable, location-based guidance, and station directions.

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    16
    2023
    IN: Goa: Panjim: Smart City infrastructure not disabled- and senior citizen-friendly: DRAG

    Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Monday said that most of the infrastructure created in Panjim city under the Smart City Mission is not disabled and senior citizen-friendly.

    Addressing a press conference in Panaji, DRAG president Avelino de Sa said that it is observed that the core infrastructure elements in Smart City works do not include accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

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    16
    2023
    How Bangladesh Is Becoming A Big Regional Tech Hub

    Bangladesh has emerged as a potential tech hub in recent years, with a growing number of startups and an increasing focus on digital innovation. Already, the South Asian country has become the second-largest source for IT freelancers and is considered the region’s second most promising technological hub.

    Today, over 6,500 startups operate across the country, and the IT sector has created over 300,000 new jobs and contributed 1.3% to its GDP. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services President Russel T. Ahmned recently said his country’s IT-Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) sector could grow to $30 billion by 2031.

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    16
    2023
    US: Florida: Orlando: Digital Twins Emerge as the Latest Tool for Growing Cities Smarter

    Digital twins, centered on several core pieces of technology, including the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, are making a critical difference locally and nationally in the government technology landscape.

    Imagine having the capability to virtually visualize a world or concept before it exists, say simulating the impacts of new construction, changes to a core IT system or health-care design. For some government entities across the U.S., that time is now, and many believe that digital twins are the answer.

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    15
    2023
    NG: E-identity system vital to digital economy, says NIMC

    The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Abubakar , has said in order to advance digital infrastructure and promote financial inclusion a robust and secure e-identity system is important.

    He spoke at an event tagged, “CIO Club Africa Summit: Digital Economy and Nexus Between E-Identity, Connectivity and Financial Inclusion”, which was held in Lagos.

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    15
    2023
    Qatar moving towards digital transformation

    Digital technologies provide new and innovative ways for businesses to reach their sustainability goals. Qatar is moving towards digital technology and fostering innovative solutions to accelerate its digital transformation.

    Speaking to The Peninsula, Fida Khalil, Senior Vice President, Digital Industries, Siemens Qatar, said ”For this year our focus is on oil and gas and what is being done at the innovation level. We are having a strong focus on digital transformation and working with partners like Microsoft, Ooredoo and MCIT to see how we can bring value to the industrial sector. This is our focus for the coming months.”

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    15
    2023
    What happens when you give AI avatars the run of a virtual town?

    Answer: Shockingly, nothing out of the ordinary.

    What happens when you tell AIs to act like humans? Well, they act like humans, according to researchers from Stanford University and Google. The team wanted to know what would happen if they created a bunch of AI avatars and then put them together in a virtual town and told them to interact. So they did just that.

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    15
    2023
    US: Delaware Pushes Single Sign-On to Improve User Experience

    CIO Jason Clarke explains that with 80,000 registered users able to access more than 80 state applications with a single credential, Delaware is making digital government services easier and more secure for residents.

    Creating a single point of entry for citizens to access online government services is a bit of a Holy Grail for state IT agencies. Last fall, GovTech talked to CIOs from Nebraska and Missouri about where they are on the path toward a unified government identity. And at the NASCIO Midyear Conference this week, Delaware CIO Jason Clarke described his state’s user-centered approach to identity and access management.

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    14
    2023
    IN: Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to make digital health cards for children

    The Urban Development Department and Lucknow Smart City on Saturday launched "School Health Program", a State government statement read.

    The Urban Development Department and Lucknow Smart City on Saturday launched "School Health Program", a State government statement said on Saturday. Under the pilot project, the School Health Program has been started by Lucknow Smart City in three schools in Lucknow.

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    14
    2023
    Smart Cities, IoT, and Packetworx: Transforming the Philippines into a Modern Nation

    The concept of smart cities is gaining traction in the Philippines, as the country accelerates its efforts to modernize its infrastructure and improve the quality of life for its citizens. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabler of smart cities, and the country is making significant progress in deploying IoT solutions to improve various aspects of urban living, from traffic management to waste management.

    One company that is playing a pivotal role in the development of smart cities in the Philippines is Packetworx. The company specializes in providing end-to-end IoT solutions that enable smart city applications, such as intelligent lighting, smart parking, and air quality monitoring. Packetworx's IoT platform provides a scalable and secure infrastructure for connecting and managing IoT devices, enabling real-time data analytics and insights for decision-making.

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    14
    2023
    AE: Abu Dhabi takes lead in MENA’s smart city race: Study

    Abu Dhabi’s ranking is credited to the emirate’s infrastructure and digital services available to residents

    Abu Dhabi has been named the smartest city in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the year 2023 in the IMD Smart City Index released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

    The study, which IMD developed with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), surveyed 120 residents in 118 cities worldwide.

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    14
    2023
    MENA: Three ways Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar are leading the skills revolution

    Cutting-edge training programmes are thriving in Arab states, fuelled by collaboration between government, business and academic institutions.

    It’s crunch time: A reskilling revolution is crucial if we don’t want workers to be left behind by automation.

    The World Economic Forum predicts 1 billion jobs – a third of all jobs worldwide – will be transformed by technology by 2030. Inevitably, traditional sectors will be displaced as demand shifts to emerging tech including data analysis, generative AI and software development.

  • Sat
    May
    13
    2023
    US: Ohio: Cleveland plans major broadband internet expansion to narrow digital divide

    The plan calls for making $18-per-month home internet available to Clevelanders.

    Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration is tapping a local nonprofit and a national telecom firm to expand high-speed internet in Cleveland.

    Bibb is asking City Council to slate $20 million in federal stimulus funds for Digital C, the nonprofit wireless internet provider. That money would help Digital C expand its reach to offer $18-per-month high-speed internet to all Clevelanders.

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    13
    2023
    IN: Haryana: MET City: Reliance's Greenfield Smart City Witnesses Significant Investments And Growth In FY 2022-23

    Reliance Model Economic Township (MET) in Haryana had a successful FY 2022-23 and is emerging as North India's fastest-growing smart city.

    In the year, the city welcomed 450 companies and seven international brands. Additionally, over 2,000 residential plots were sold for individual homes, broadening the city's horizon, as per a release.

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    13
    2023
    IN: Punjab: Smart City Mission extended, held-up projects get a lifeline in Ludhiana

    An official extension to the Smart City Mission by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs till June 2024 has given a new lifeline to various projects in Ludhiana which are still under execution or yet to take off.

    The civic officials have been given instructions to complete the projects in given set of time at any cost. No new project is to be added in the list of the already locked projects.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2023
    US: California: Fremont: Transforming Urban Life with Technology

    Smart Cities leverage technology to optimize resources and infrastructure, such as transportation, energy, and water.

    The concept of a Smart City has gained traction over the last decade as cities worldwide strive to become more sustainable, efficient, and livable. Smart Cities use technology to improve the quality of life for residents, enhance economic opportunities, and promote environmental sustainability. This article will explore how Smart Cities are transforming urban life with technology.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2023
    CA: Mines are underground smart cities

    We connect to our wearable fitness trackers. We set our smart thermostats. We ask our voice assistants to set our smart appliances to pre-heat the oven just before we come home.

    Then, we step outside into public spaces that are increasingly connected through devices that allow us to receive instant information about bus schedules, traffic, health services, safety alerts, community news, and much more. The rate at which internet of things (IoT) technology is being developed and deployed in the world around us is astounding.

  • Fri
    May
    12
    2023
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Kanpur 10th in list of Smart Cities

    Kanpur has ranked 10th in the top 10 Smart Cities, the list of which was released recently by the Union ministry of housing and urban development under the Smart City Mission. Earlier, Kanpur ranked 14th in the list released in April.

    “In state ranking, Kanpur has secured the third place, while Agra (2nd in national rank) stood first and Varanasi (5th in nation) ranked second,” said municipal commissioner Shiv Sharanappa GN. He expressed happiness and satisfaction over the city’s 10th ranking in the country and hoped that Kanpur Nagar would further improve its ranking as the several ongoing projects will be completed soon.”

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    11
    2023
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal: Mayor reviews helpline complaints at call centre

    Bhopal Mayor Malti Rai, while reviewing the complaints received on the mayor helpline and their redressal weekly, discussed the pending complaints with the officials of the corporation on the phone and directed that the mayor should resolve the pending complaints of the helpline immediately and this arrangement should also be ensured.

    The complaints received daily through the mayor helpline should be resolved within 24 hours. During the review, Mayor Rai took feedback from many complainants on the telephone regarding complaints and their redressal.

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2023
    NG: Sanwo-Olu reaffirms commitment to 2030 Lagos Smart City vision

    Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday commended efforts of professional bodies and reaffirmed the commitment of his administration towards the 2030 Lagos Smart City vision.

    Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, made the remarks at the 2023 Lagos Architects Forum with the theme, “Lagos: An Evolving Organism.”

  • Thu
    May
    11
    2023
    NG: Lagos: Electrifying commuting

    Lagos State continues to play the role of trail blazer in the country, and sometimes in the sub-continent. While the state is still under the blaze of its new train display, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the delivery of a batch of electric trains, the first not only in the country but also in West Africa.

    “I am excited to announce the first set of electric buses in the Lagos Mass Transit Master Plan as part of our increased effort to modernise every sector of Lagos. Thanks to our partnership with @Oando PLC, Lagosians can expect a cleaner and greener public transportation in Lagos State,” said Governor Sanwo-Olu.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2023
    AE: Abu Dhabi tops Dubai as ‘smartest city’ in MENA region

    Abu Dhabi surpassed several international capitals to rank 13th globally out of the 141 cities included in the current ranking

    For the third consecutive year, Abu Dhabi ranked as the smartest city in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for 2023, according to the IMD Smart City Index released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland in collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2023
    IN: Bihar: Patna: 487 e-challans issued for traffic rule violations

    State transport commissioner B Kartikey Dhanji on Tuesday said the system of issuing automatic e-challan to traffic rule violators has been started by the Bihar Road Safety Council at the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC). "The challans are issued on violation of the traffic rules and a message is sent on the registered mobile number of the vehicle owner," he said.

    He added at least 487 violators have been issued e-challans since March 20, including 317 for traffic signal violations, 150 for wrong side driving and 20 for over-speeding.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2023
    AU: Smart cities vulnerable to cyberattacks

    As cities grow more advanced technologically, we must adapt to new security measures in order to keep up with digital threats, writes Paul Budde.

    A new set of guidelines has been issued by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) warning about the security risks posed by the use of 5G technology in so-called smart cities. The ASD’s concerns align with those of the Five Eyes security alliance, which has warned that the interconnected nature of a fully connected city makes it vulnerable to cyberattacks.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2023
    IN: Gujarat CM lauds Smart Cities Mission, says govt switching to renewable energy

    A three-day tour of several developmental projects in Surat, the city that has been ranked first in the implementation of Smart Cities Projects for three consecutive years, was organised by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) from April 16-18.

    Lauding the Smart City Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said that the implementation of the key developmental projects would benefit the people of the state largely.

  • Wed
    May
    10
    2023
    US: South Carolina: Myrtle Beach 'Smart City' moves forward as staff completes phase one

    Myrtle Beach City Council received an update from city staff on their plans to transform Myrtle Beach into a 'Smart City' on Tuesday.

    Essentially, a smart city is a technology-driven environment where electronic censors can collect data on people and infrastructure.

    The city has made progress in moving forward with becoming a 'Smart City'.

  • Tue
    May
    09
    2023
    China’s smart cities: 4 areas where AI, the IoT, big data and cloud computing are making a difference

    • Connected networks of sensors and communication devices make management of resources and services more efficient and effective
    • Cities are adopting advanced technologies and innovative approaches to urban planning and management

    At some new subway stations in Beijing, Guangzhou and a number of other Chinese cities, people no longer need to swipe a card or scan their phone to catch a train. The gate opens following a quick scan of their face, with the process taking less than two seconds.

  • Tue
    May
    09
    2023
    IN: Govt extends Smart City Mission deadline till June 2024

    The government has extended the deadline for its flagship Smart City Mission by one more year, till June 2024. Officials said several states have sought the extension of time to complete all the ongoing projects under this mission.

    The mission was launched on June 25, 2015 and 100 cities were selected for redevelopment through a two-stage competition from January 2016 to June 2018. Officials said on-ground project execution began at least 18 months post city selection as the process of setting up of specialised entities or special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and appointment of CEOs and other manpower took time.

  • Tue
    May
    09
    2023
    IoT, AI, and Smart Cities: The Perfect Trio for a More Connected Future

    How IoT and AI are revolutionizing urban living, and how smart cities can optimize urban processes, improve public safety, enhance sustainability, and improve the quality of life for residents, while addressing challenges such as data privacy and security, integration and interoperability, cost and infrastructure, and the digital divide.

    The world is rapidly urbanizing, and cities are facing unprecedented challenges in managing their infrastructure, resources, and services. In order to address these challenges, cities are turning to smart technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), to create more connected and efficient urban environments. In this blog post, we will explore how IoT, AI, and smart cities are coming together to shape the future of urban living.

  • Mon
    May
    08
    2023
    US: Modernizing to Build Trust in Government

    Machine learning and process automation help government agencies simplify and accelerate interactions with constituents, which strengthens the public’s trust, says Noel Loughrin, who worked in county government in Southern California for seven years before moving to the private sector. Loughrin is the strategic solutions manager for education and government with Laserfiche, a company that specializes in software for content management, process automation and data analytics.

  • Mon
    May
    08
    2023
    The importance of broadband to socioeconomic development

    Martin Creaner, director general of the World Broadband Association, says the digital divide discussion needs to move towards a more involved, longer-term connectivity plan.

    Although complex to truly quantify, the importance of broadband connectivity to socioeconomic development is undeniable. The global broadband subscription market alone was worth over $356bn by the end of 2021 and supports a wider ICT industry that typically accounts for between two per cent and seven per cent of a country’s overall GDP. The benefits of broadband, however, spread far beyond those that can be directly monetised.

  • Mon
    May
    08
    2023
    JO: Digital Transformation Will Improve Gov't Performance, Officials Say

    Officials from the public and private sectors have stressed the importance of digital transformation to improve the quality and management of government performance in light of current challenges.

    They made the remarks during the Tawasul Forum, which was launched by the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) on Saturday, under the title "Administrative Reform in the Digital Age."

  • Mon
    May
    08
    2023
    ZW: Smart energy solutions critical for smart cities: Dr Magombo

    The Permanent Secretary for Energy and Power Development, Dr Gloria Magombo has said there is a need to develop smart energy solutions as the country adopts and develops smart cities and rural communities.

    A smart city is a municipality, where digital technology and green-energy innovations are central to the provision of better services for residents and businesses.

    In Zimbabwe, the Smart City concept is expected to generate the much-needed investments expected to boost economic growth towards the targeted upper middle-income status by 2030.

  • Sun
    May
    07
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar smart city project violates master plan,says Tarigami

    CPI(M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami expressed concern about the ongoing smart city project in J&K's capital Srinagar, claiming that it was being carried out in violation of the city's official master plan.

    Tarigami said in a statement that with the announcement of the smart city project, Srinagar residents expected a better life with improved public services and governance. "However, the situation remains bleak because statutory policy documents such as the master plan, mobility plan, and other policy documents have been completely ignored while implementing smart city projects," he said.

  • Sun
    May
    07
    2023
    Italy’s route to innovation starts with smart cities

    Italy’s Digital Transformation is well underway as it strives to make its cities smarter. Telecommunications provider, TIM, which is based in the country, is contributing to this development. Supporting its plans is the European Investment Bank as it helps to advance urban regeneration, the redevelopment and energy efficiency of public buildings and the advancement of sustainable mobility in Florence.

    Smart cities lie at the heart of Italy’s digitisation process. The first Italy of smart and sustainable cities report, drawn up by the TIM Research Centre with the ‘Smart City’ and ‘Startup Intelligence’ Observatories of Politecnico di Milano and the CNR Department of Engineering, ICT and Technology for Energy and Transport, was recently presented in Rome.

  • Sun
    May
    07
    2023
    IN: Goa: Panjim smarting to be a smart City

    The concept of smart cities began as far back as the 1960s in the US. This first generation of smart city was delivered by technology providers to understand the implications of technology on daily life.

    This led to the second generation of smart city, which looked at how smart technologies and other innovations could create solutions to the problems of a city. The third generation of smart city took the control away from technology providers and city leaders creating a model that involved the public and enabled social inclusion and community engagement.

  • Sun
    May
    07
    2023
    CN: Hong Kong leaps into Top 20 of world’s smartest cities with increased use of tech for health services during Covid pandemic

    • City is ranked No 19, behind Singapore and Beijing, in global list topped by Zurich, Oslo and Canberra
    • Pandemic saw increased reliance on tech and residents learned to use smartphones in critical new ways

    Hong Kong leapt into the Top 20 of a global list of smart cities, thanks mainly to the increased use of technology in healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Sat
    May
    06
    2023
    IN: Chandigarh: Need Practitioners To 'Think Like City', Ceos From Smart Cities Told

    There is a need for urban leaders and practitioners to 'think like a city' and understand the larger picture through the use of data and technology to be able to cater to the 'expanding' urban population of the future.

    This was stated by Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director of the Smart Cities Mission, here on Thursday.

    Kumar was addressing the Smart Cities' CEOs' conference on data and technology organised by the Chandigarh Smart City Ltd (CSCL) in coordination with Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which was attended by around 200 delegates from 100 smart cities.

  • Sat
    May
    06
    2023
    Improving the competitiveness of U.S. smart cities and counties

    In my last article in this journal, “Building smart cities and counties with the Infrastructure Act,” I recommended that the funding available from the Infrastructure Act presented an opportunity for U.S. city and county jurisdictions to ramp up their smart city/smart county programs. At that time I noted that historically the U.S. lags far behind the rest of the world in the rankings and the infusion of federal funding could help the U.S. to catch up with jurisdictions internationally. Sadly, a recent analysis of smart city rankings from a variety of sources shows that the U.S. is lagging even further behind than we were a year ago. The most recent rankings released—the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) rankings for 2023—proves the point.

  • Sat
    May
    06
    2023
    GB: Northern Ireland: Weaver's Cross regeneration site to be Belfast's new 'Smart City Centre'

    Plans to turn the Weaver’s Cross regeneration site into the Belfast 'Smart City Centre' have emerged from City Hall.

    Elected representatives at a recent Belfast City Council committee meeting heard an update from officers on the Belfast Smart District programme, including details on the commencement of a first phase “to leverage and maximise innovation opportunities for the city, communities and businesses building on the new Weavers Cross regeneration”.

  • Sat
    May
    06
    2023
    US: Smart City - What early adopters get wrong

    Long-term smart city success is more likely when leaders take the time to establish data and tech governance frameworks with community input, one expert says.

    Slow and steady may be the key to smart city success.

    Cities often feel pressured to be early adopters of technologies, which could lead to innovation initiatives falling flat, said Madelyn Sanfilippo, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences.

  • Sat
    May
    06
    2023
    How Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Us Build The Next Generation Of Smart Cities

    Cities are getting smarter, and in some pockets of the world, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are helping local authorities to develop innovative urban solutions that can bring multiple benefits to residents and the environment.

    The more recent mainstream adoption of AI and IoT technology has enabled urban and city planners to develop innovative models that are helping reshape the way people live, work and move in cities.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    List of the smartest African Cities in 2023

    • Business Insider Africa and the Africa Collective initiative it supports present the list of the smartest African cities in 2023.
    • This list is courtesy of the IMD Smart City Index, which ranks 141 cities worldwide based on perceptions of residents regarding the structures and technology available in their cities, with weight given to perceptions from the last three years. 
    • The perceptions are evaluated over two pillars, Structures, and Technology, which are further evaluated over five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities, and governance, and the cities are divided into four groups based on their Human Development Index (HDI) scores.

    Smart cities are the future of urban living. By integrating technology into every aspect of urban life, these cities can create a more efficient, sustainable, and livable environment for their residents. From transportation to public safety to waste management, smart city technology can make a significant impact on urban life.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    GH: Let’s transformation Tema into a smart city – President of Celltel Network Limited

    President of Celltel Networks Limited has revealed that Tema is a wealthy city in its own right; “it has the largest harbour in the country, a well-planned city, industries, the majority of quality workers in Ghana, and the Greenwich, among others".

    Dr. Prince Kofi Kludjeson who is Celltel Networks Limited President indicated that his company was discussing with officials how to effectively change Tema into a smart city, stating that very ancient structures might be transformed into modern ones and that every home must have wifi and other modern stuff.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi: Smart City projects turn Kashi into ‘Brand Banaras’

    Under the Smart City project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashi has undergone a complete makeover. In order to make Kashi ‘smart’ and improve basic facilities, the work of equipping it with advanced technology is going on continuously. So far, 51 projects worth Rs. 1,017.69 crore have been completed since 2018, while three projects worth Rs. 329 crore are in progress. The undergoing projects are likely to be completed by March 2024, ahead of the parliamentary elections.

    The work of equipping the city with advanced technology to improve basic facilities is being done continuously. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself monitors every scheme to make this millennia-old city smart and modern even while preserving its ancient glory.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    TH: Smart cities listen to their citizens

    Thailand has embraced the agenda of smart cities, with promises of hope for better urban futures. It is not always clear what is meant by a "smart city" but the agenda in Thailand is presented as being founded on seven core pillars -- Environment, Economy, Mobility, Governance, Living, People and Energy, with promises to improve people's quality of life, reduce inequality, and create prosperity, security, and sustainability.

    Importantly, the Smart Governance pillar offers "to make governance fair and transparent, and also encouraging people's participation". These are commitments that are much needed in Thailand, but the planning process of smart cities appears to exclude the majority of urban citizens and is a long way from being transparent or accountable, and with no meaningful participation in how cities are shaped or for whose benefit.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    US: For a California County, Modernization Means an End to Siloes

    As Merced County, Calif., embarks on a multiple-year digital transformation journey to better serve constituents, evolving the permitting process involves the unification of previously siloed systems.

    Merced County, Calif., has started the journey toward modernizing its online permitting processes.

    This transformation was kick-started with a 10-year contract with the software company Accela to help create a one-stop, simplified permitting process.

  • Fri
    May
    05
    2023
    US: California: San Francisco Looks to Improve Accessibility Through Tech, Data

    Across the city of San Francisco government, teams are working in collaborative ways to improve accessibility to government services and resources to better support people with disabilities.

    A collaborative approach across San Francisco government is helping better serve constituents with disabilities by improving accessibility of — and with — technology.

    Government agencies are increasingly working to make digital services more inclusive for all constituents, focusing on online accessibility through a variety of tools.

  • Thu
    May
    04
    2023
    US: Tennessee: Chattanooga ranks as a top city for EV industry, study says

    The Chattanooga region is one of the three best sites in the United States to attract new electric vehicle equipment manufacturing and jobs as a national company cites the Scenic City's low operating costs.

    Of 30 metros nationally that The Boyd Co. names as poised to woo such new investment, operating costs are the lowest in the Chattanooga area. The metro's total annual cost was put at $43,727 per employee for a 150,000-square-foot EV manufacturing facility employing 500 workers, with the location consultant calling the region the best in the central/southern U.S.

  • Thu
    May
    04
    2023
    Azerbaijan, Romania to conduct joint research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence

    The State Service of Special Communication and Information Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics (ICI Bucharest) of Romania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation, News.az reports.

    The memorandum, inked by Head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Lieutenant-General Ilgar Musayev and General Director of ICI Bucharest Adrian Victor Vevera, envisages conduct of joint research in the field of cybersecurity policy and development strategy, cyber diplomacy, cloud security, the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity in smart city concepts, "Big Data", blockchain application in top-level domain systems, artificial and augmented intelligence.

  • Thu
    May
    04
    2023
    APAC: Paving the way towards an equitable digital future

    The Asia Pacific (Apac) region is the most digitally divided in the world, with more than two billion people not having access to digital technologies, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

    So, what are tech companies and telcos doing to realise a digitally inclusive society in the region?

  • Thu
    May
    04
    2023
    Smart city market to be worth more than $300bn by 2032

    Research from Guidehuse Insights contends smart city innovation will be driven by the intersection of social, environmental, and economic urban challenges.

    The global smart city technology market is expected to grow from approximately $121.1bn in annual revenue in 2023 to $301.2bn by 2032 at a compound annual growth rate of 10.7 per cent.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: All Smart City Projects To Be Completed Soon: CEO Smart City Limited

    CEO Srinagar Smart City Limited, Athar Aamir Khan on Tuesday said that the works going on in Srinagar City will be completed well before the G-20 summit.

    “Many projects have been prioritized for the G-20 summit and almost all of these projects are about to complete. There are different timelines for different projects and the government is trying to ensure that the projects are completed well before the G-20 summit,” CEO Srinagar Smart City Limited told reporters.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    Turkmenistan confirms its readiness to expand international co-op in field of digitalization

    Turkmenistan is ready to expand international cooperation in the field of digitalization and green technologies.

    This was stated by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, speaking at the 70th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe dedicated to digital and green transformation.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: HRTC purchases 15 e-buses with Dharamsala Smart City funds

    The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) will now run the electric buses planned for the city under the Smart City project. In all, 15 e-buses purchased by the HRTC using the Smart City funds are yet to be flagged off by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

    The CM was to flag off these buses on April 19, but could not come to Dharamsala due to bad weather conditions.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    ZW: 'Embrace smart cities concept'

    Zimbabweans have been urged to embrace the concept of smart cities to help fight climate change.

    The call was made by the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZNGSA) during a Financing Smart Cities and Rural Connect conference in Bulawayo yesterday.

    A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient using digital solutions for the benefit of its inhabitants and business.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    C40 Cities: How to bring nature back to the cities

    City mayors unveil a rewilding guide for cities, based on research by C40 Cities and Arup, which aims to reverse biodiversity loss and tackle climate change.

    Transformational change in urban areas is needed to reverse biodiversity loss and tackle climate change, according to new research on “urban rewilding” by C40 and Arup.

    London mayor and C40 chair Sadiq Khan and Montréal mayor and C40 vice chair Valérie Plante met in London to discuss city collaboration on climate and other issues. In addition, they convened a roundtable of experts to explore opportunities to bring back nature to cities.

  • Wed
    May
    03
    2023
    GB: WeLink: How to drive digital transformation in the public sector without digging up streets #techUKDigitalPS

    Natalie Duffield, CEO, WeLink explains why the 60GHz band of wireless connectivity can be the catalyst for change as part of the Digital Transformation in the Public Sector Week. #techUKDigitalPS Digital transformation is changing the way we live and work in previously unimaginable ways and the public sector is no exception. The use of technology can help to improve public services, increase efficiency and reduce costs. We believe 60GHz Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is a key technology that has a vital role to play in driving this transformation. It can be the catalyst for change.

  • Tue
    May
    02
    2023
    ‘Smart’ Tech Is Coming to a City Near You

    Will real-time sensors and data offer new solutions to the challenges cities face, or just exacerbate existing inequalities?

    If you own an internet-connected “smart” device, chances are it knows a lot about your home life.

    If you raid the pantry at 2 a.m. for a snack, your smart lights can tell. That’s because they track every time they’re switched on and off.

  • Tue
    May
    02
    2023
    IN: Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation starts electric bus service connecting GIFT City

    The State-operated e-buses will provide ease of connectivity at an affordable cost for over 20,000 people working in GIFT City

    In a bid to provide green connectivity between Ahmedabad city, Gandhinagar and the smart city Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), the State-run Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has introduced electric buses for the commuters.

    At present, the buses are plying on three routes, namely Narol to GIFT City, Shantipura-SG Highway to GIFT City, and Gandhinagar Pathikashram to GIFT City, a statement said.

  • Tue
    May
    02
    2023
    US: CISA Releases Advice for Defending Smart Cities

    The federal agency, which is housed in the Department of Homeland Security, and allies released a guide to help communities plan for resiliency, defense and risk minimization when considering smart city initiatives.

    Smart cities promise cost-savings and efficient operations, but they introduce cyber risks as well.

    In conjunction with its federal and international partners, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a new guide to help communities think through and control for cyber risks that come with advancing smart city technology. Profit-seeking or espionage-focused cyber attackers may be tempted to target smart cities to steal the valuable data these systems collect and transmit on residents, government and businesses, or they may try to attack the technology to disrupt important services.

  • Tue
    May
    02
    2023
    AE: Dubai’s Smart City Plan – Does Crypto Play a Role?

    Introduction

    Dubai, known for its ambitious and innovative projects, is now setting its sights on becoming one of the world’s smartest cities through its comprehensive Dubai Smart City Plan. With a focus on using technology to improve the lives of its residents and visitors, there has been speculation about the potential role of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in the city’s future. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Dubai’s Smart City Plan and explore how cryptocurrency could play a role in achieving this vision.

  • Mon
    May
    01
    2023
    IN: Punjab: Unique Identification number on properties in Ludhiana: Installation of to begin next month

    After a delay of almost eight years, the project to install unique identification number plates on 4.5 lakh properties of the city has been initiated. The work orders of the ₹5.4 crore project have been issued by the municipal corporation and a 12-month deadline has been set for completion of the project.

    The tenders were opened for technical evaluation in February and the work is expected to start next month.

  • Mon
    May
    01
    2023
    SA: The Saudi crown prince wants to build a trillion-dollar utopia in the desert. His deals with China reveal a darker vision.

    • By 2040 Saudi Arabia is aiming to build a futuristic city in the desert called NEOM.
    • It's part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's modernizing vision of the country.
    • But analysts believe that Chinese tech could be used to place residents under total surveillance.

    Plans for the trillion-dollar Saudi Arabian desert city of NEOM are taking shape, and prospective residents are being promised an experience like something from a sci-fi movie.

  • Mon
    May
    01
    2023
    The Pivotal Role Of Mobile Apps In Digital India

    The phrase “Empowering Digital India with Apps” has recently gained popularity as a word to describe the transition. It has changed government, but it additionally impacted other fields and industries. Most businesses are connecting with their target audience in novel and creative ways as a result of the advent of new internet and mobile solutions to capture their attention and, at the same time, broaden their reach.

  • Sun
    Apr
    30
    2023
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: CEEW, MC discuss adoption of e-autos

    A team of Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) met Municipal Corporation officials and discussed the issue of public transportation in the city. The officials of the Amritsar Smart City Limited, led by Smart City CEO-cum-Commissioner Municipal Corporation Sandeep Rishi and in-charge of Rejuvenation of Auto Rickshaws in Amritsar through Holistic Intervention (Raahi Yojana) Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh attended the meeting.

    The team from the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) from Delhi comprised Arvinder Harikumar, Chris Tresa, Bhanu Sharma, Riya Paul and Vandana.

  • Sun
    Apr
    30
    2023
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: 300 CCTV cameras to be installed in select locations

    The civic body will install 300 cameras across the city, in addition to the 1,400 already installed, to monitor 100 locations under the Smart City Mission. The cameras will have direct connection with the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) at the MC zone D office, Sarabha Nagar.

    Officials said that sites have been finalised and required infrastructure has been installed at over 70% locations. Officials are working on developing a network to link the cameras with the ICCC and police control room. They are already monitoring vehicle movement in almost all the main chowks of the city and are working on developing a system to issue online challans for violations like dumping of waste, encroachment etc.

The Public Works Department's customer service drive has received yet another shot in the arm with the unveiling of a project to implement an electronic billing system for water utilities.

The Water Services Department under Public Works will be collaborating with local IT solutions provider ZNet Technologies on the installation and maintenance of the eBilling Integrated System (eBIS). The system will enable workers responsible for reading water meters to issue utility bills to the respective consumers on site, thus improving on the efficacy of current billing procedures. The department hopes to improve its service delivery by facilitating the middleman process in data gathering and reducing response time.

At present, the Water Services Department has to regularly deploy a team to collect meter readings and return to base to report and process their amassed data before utility bills can be sent out.

ZNet Technologies manager Lim Soon Bee said the workers will be equipped with a rugged portable computer for site visits, and that they will be able to print physical bills on the fly.

"Information will be stored in the device, and will be sent directly to the eBIS at the office for storage," he said.

He predicted that the new system, the installation of which is due to be completed within nine months' time, would assist the department greatly in its tasks.

"We will be working closely with the Water Services Department to modify their workflow, but also making some changes to (eBIS) to suit them better," said Lim.

The new service will be made available in all four administrative districts.

A ceremony to observe the inauguration of the eBIS project was held yesterday afternoon at the Ministry of Development. The guest of honour, the Permanent Secretary of Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Development Brahim Ismail, was present to witness the contract signing between senior representatives from ZNet Technologies, acting director-general of the Public Works Department Mohamad Zin Awg Salleh and acting director of Water Services

Abu Hanipah Talip. So far eBis is the fourth in a series of e-government projects embraced by the Public Works Department. Previously ZNet Technologies won a tender to supply the aforementioned department the Project Management Information System Enterprise (PROMISe) in 2005.

Autor(en)/Author(s): Fei Phoon

Quelle/Source: Brunei Direct, 08.03.2007

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