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Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
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  • Sun
    Dec
    08
    2019
    IN: e-Governance connecting Nagaland, Estonia: Envoy

    A year after Nagaland Government signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with e-Governance Academy of Estonia during the e-Naga Summit 2018 to provide advisory and technical knowledge for setting up e-Governance Academy of Nagaland, the Estonian Ambassador to India, Katrin Kivi, Saturday assured to measure the implementation of MoU in the state.

    Speaking at the during the 5th e-Naga Summit at RCEMPA Jotsoma here, the Ambassador said that Estonian experts have been taking part in the e-Naga Summit for the fourth year in a row and exuded confidence that the cooperation would be carried forward and new ideas would emerge from the regular visits and interactions between Estonia and Nagaland. The 5th e-Naga Summit is being organized by the department of IT&C Nagaland on the theme “Towards Making the State of Nagaland a leader in e-Democracy and Digital Society”.

  • Sun
    Dec
    08
    2019
    UK Partners To Assist Ghana To Build Digital Base Map

    Mr Iain Walker, the United Kingdom (UK) Ambassador to Ghana has said his country’s partners, such as Ordnance Survey, the world-leading mapping agency will support Ghana to build a digital base map.

    He said the map would help create a new digitized land registry system, the first of its kind in Ghana, to clarify land ownership, and realize the many associated benefits.

  • Sun
    Dec
    08
    2019
    China's Hangzhou pilots blockchain tech in e-government service

    Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, on Sunday piloted the Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN) on the AI-powered City Brain platform for the city's Xiacheng District, in a bid to improve its e-government services.

    Co-launched by the State Information Center, China Unionpay and China Mobile, the BSN is a nationwide infrastructure platform of blockchain-based service that crosses the public network, as well as multiple regions and organizations.

  • Sun
    Dec
    08
    2019
    IN: Nagaland: 30 WiFi hotspots installed at Kohima town

    State government Saturday launched 30 WiFi hotspots in Kohima under the Smart City project (phase-I), at Regional Centre for Excellence in Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA) Jotsoma. The WiFi service was launched by advisor Urban development and Municipal Affairs Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire.

    The WiFi hotspots will be available for free for a period of three months after which it will be charged at a minimal cost. Each user will be provided free WiFi service for one hour in a day.

  • Sat
    Dec
    07
    2019
    Barbados to Invest in the Modernization of the Public Sector

    Barbados will invest in the modernization of the public sector by increasing the effectiveness of the government to improve the competitiveness of the country’s economy with a loan of US$40 million approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

    This project aims to achieve greater use of digital channels by individuals and companies to access public services; greater efficiency in public sector administration; and the strengthening of public sector skills to operate in a digital economy.

  • Sat
    Dec
    07
    2019
    PH: Pampanga: San Fernando, Smart partner for free public Wi-Fi

    A fast and free fiber-powered public wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) access for Fernandinos is coming very soon in the City Hall of San Fernando and Old Public Market in Barangay Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando.

    This, after Mayor Edwin Santiago and PLDT chairman and chief operating officer Manuel V. Pangilinan signed a memorandum of agreement on November 29, at Heroes Hall for the installation of a carrier-grade Wi-Fi in the said areas.

  • Sat
    Dec
    07
    2019
    How IoT Will Play an Basic Role in Web site web site visitors Administration for Trim Cities

    Modern technology and urbanization have resulted in a lot of significant developments out there. The smart cities are the new name for the cities equipped with the latest technology. A smart city is a place where the people live a well-organized and sorted out life with the assistance of information and communication technology. Here’s how…

    As much as date technology and urbanization cling resulted in so much of foremost trends on the market. The dapper cities are the unusual title for the cities equipped with the latest technology. A dapper city is a space the attach the folk live a dapper and sorted out lifestyles with the help of records and communication technology. Right here’s how IoT will play a really critical role in web site visitors management for dapper cities.

  • Fri
    Dec
    06
    2019
    Government of Belize pushing forward with E-governance agenda

    оdау, thе Gоvеrnmеnt оf Веlіzе (GОВ) hеld а wоrkѕhор іn соllаbоrаtіоn wіth thе Іntеr-Аmеrісаn Dеvеlорmеnt Ваnk tо dіѕсuѕѕ іtѕ Е-Gоvеrnmеnt аgеndа, whісh аіmѕ tо mаkе gоvеrnmеnt ѕеrvісеѕ ассеѕѕіblе оnlіnе.

    Тhе wоrkѕhор gаthеrеd bоth рublіс аnd рrіvаtе ѕесtоr еntіtіеѕ аѕ wеll аѕ ѕресіаl соnѕultаntѕ frоm thе ІDВ аt thе Rаdіѕѕоn Fоrt Gеоrgе Ноtеl аnd Маrіnа fоr рrеѕеntаtіоnѕ аnd dіаlоguе ѕеѕѕіоnѕ gеаrеd tоwаrdѕ dеvеlоріng а rоаd mар.

  • Fri
    Dec
    06
    2019
    VN: E-government information sharing and monitoring system makes debut

    Vietnam’s E-Government Information Sharing and Monitoring System made its debut on November 29, as part of the activities under the Vietnam Information Security Day 2019.

    Launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to serve e-government development in Vietnam, the system will help monitor and analyse information from which to share and give early warnings to the relevant ministries, agencies and localities to ensure network security for e-government.

  • Fri
    Dec
    06
    2019
    Idemia to supply biometric ID cards to Morocco for online services and transactions

    The new biometric national ID smartcard for Morocco will be supplied by Idemia, which announced the deal to supply the e-ID cards for authentication to online services in support of the development of the country’s digital economy.

    Under the contract signed with Morocco’s Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (National Security Government Department – “DGSN”), Idemia will provide the cards for use with online services and transactions, along with a platform for secured digital identity online services. This will enable government agencies and private online service providers to tap into the new digital identity system to provide Moroccans with user-friendly, fast, and secure access that safeguards the privacy of their personal data on the e-ID cards, according to the announcement.

  • Fri
    Dec
    06
    2019
    GB: England: Greater Manchester: Salford to launch region’s first smart city accelerator

    Salford, in Greater Manchester, will launch the region’s first smart city accelerator in early spring 2020.

    Sponsored by MediaCityUK–the country’s largest digital and creative cluster outside of London–the accelerator will be aimed at innovation companies which are looking to develop and demonstrate smart solutions for both build and environmental management.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    BH: Key meeting mulls strategies to 'transform into digital economy'

    Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, chaired the 14th meeting of the committee yesterday. In light of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s directives regarding digital economy and artificial intelligence (AI), the committee reviewed a report on the requirements of the readiness index, laws, policies, strategies, procedures, infrastructure and human resources.

    The committee also reviewed e-Government and Committee for Information suggestions to develop a national strategy and establish frameworks for governance of this important area, in addition to reviewing proposals in the field of developing legislation, training, and academic programmes to support emerging institutions to invest in the field of AI. The committee highlighted the role played by the Information and eGovernment Authority in enhancing cybersecurity and implementing the relevant decisions.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    Biometric smart cards with Next Biometrics’ fingerprint tech tested for African e-government project

    An e-government project by an African country is entering the testing phase for biometric smart cards featuring technology jointly developed by Next Biometrics and information security company Softlock.

    The biometric smart cards leverage large-area, flexible fingerprint sensors from Next and an operating system, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and biometric applets from Softlock. Softlock provides Tactilis with the operating system for its biometric cards.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    How to survive and thrive in China's smart cities

    China has become the world's largest market for smart city projects, which the Chinese government greatly supports.

    Where do the opportunities lie?

    Generally, the smart city is made up of three parts: one, the base or foundation that includes optical cables, 5G network, data centre and others; two, the big data level that includes cloud computing; and three, the application level that includes virtual reality, self-driving technology, e-government and others. Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity are integrated into all three parts.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    AU: Central Queensland: Rocky recognised as Smart City leader

    It’s official: the success of the Rockhampton Region is going global.

    The region was recognised with an Asia-Pacific Leading Smart City Award at a recent international conference in China.

    Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said Council’s commitment to embracing a digital future and building a Smart Regional Centre was clearly paying off.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    Cisco sets up smart city solutions demo center in Taiwan

    US-based Cisco Systems has teamed up with eight Taiwanese strategic partners to set up a demonstration center for smart city applications and solutions in northern Taiwan, seeking to join forces with the Taoyuan City Government, Taoyuan Aerotropolis and Asia Silicon Valley Development Project to build an IoT R&D cluster in the country.

    The center will showcase diverse smart solutions in security, energy conservation, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, architecture, transportation, environmental monitoring and conferencing presented by the partners, JetIT, LANtel Telecommunication, Synergies Intelligent Systems, e-Formula Technologies, Delta Electronics, MiTAC Information Technology, The Syscom Group, and HuaCom Systems.

  • Thu
    Dec
    05
    2019
    Estonia and Ukraine to develop e-states together

    Collaborations between digital enterprises and the public sector to jointly develop e-governance between Estonia and Ukraine were launched on Tuesday with a series of events called a 'Digital Society Sandbox'.

    The events were initiated by President Kersti Kaljulaid and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, and kicked off in Tallinn during Zelensky's one-day visit to Estonia.

  • Wed
    Dec
    04
    2019
    Milan tops Italian smart city ranking for 6th straight year

    Milan (Lombardy) has been voted the leading Italian smart city for the sixth consecutive year, according to the ICityRank survey of 107 cities conducted by FPA, a Digital360 company. Lombardy's capital topped the economic and sustainable mobility indicators but fared less well in e-government and environmental protection. Second and third-placed Florence and Bologna closed the gap thanks to good results in social quality, digital transformation and e-government capacity, with Bergamo and Turin rounding out the top 5.

  • Tue
    Dec
    03
    2019
    Singapore has gained global attention by announcing a new, revised national AI plan

    Over the past two years, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has seen a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy as a prerequisite for digital competitiveness and a key pillar of national governance. Last week, Singapore has gained global attention by announcing a new, revised national AI plan.

    Singapore, together with the UAE, was one of the first countries to declare, back in 2017, a regional AI plan. The latest one, launched on the last day of last week’s FinTech Festival in Singapore by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, is comprehensive and zero-in on some clear national targets. It also leverages investments in education, technology development, infrastructure and entrepreneurship already made by the government.

  • Tue
    Dec
    03
    2019
    Croatia's Apis IT opens 49 mln euro shared services centre

    Croatian state-controlled information and communications company Apis IT said it has opened a 362 million kuna ($54 million/49 million euro) shared services centre, aiming to support the digitalisation of the Croatian public sector.

    The new facility is a so-called government cloud, or an information infrastructure that will unite enormous amount of state administration data, thus making the management and handling of this data easier, with the ultimate goal of creating a paperless state, Apis IT said in a statement on Monday.

  • Tue
    Dec
    03
    2019
    US: Missouri: Cass County: Upgrades Are Making Peculiar, Mo., into a Smart Small City

    Peculiar, which is a bedroom community in the Kansas City metro area, has partnered with Comcast for high-speed broadband communications to support a number of city and community operations.

    Smart cities are not just big cities. Smaller municipalities are also venturing into fiber communications infrastructure that support smart city work like improved operations, faster Internet speeds and other projects.

  • Mon
    Dec
    02
    2019
    PK: Punjab: Muzaffargarh To Become A Smart City Soon

    The city will soon emerge as a smart city after installation of surveillance system by modern cameras with enhanced zooming quality.

    Initially modern cameras being installed at ten points in the city, DPO Sadiq Ali Dogar told newsmen after inaugurating command and control room at city police station under the smart city project here Monday.

  • Sun
    Dec
    01
    2019
    Can China outsmart the United States in the race to build smart cities in Southeast Asia?

    • Region is at the heart of the geopolitical rivalry between the two economic giants, experts say
    • Both have committed to regional partnerships but US is struggling to make its mark

  • Sun
    Dec
    01
    2019
    SG: Passwords may be passe as biometrics gain support

    Difficulty in remembering complex passwords a growing concern, says cyber-security expert

    Using passwords to protect online systems could soon be a thing of the past as other security measures - including biometrics authentication - are gaining favour among tech players.

    Speaking to The Sunday Times on Wednesday, Microsoft's cybersecurity field chief technology officer Diana Kelley said the industry has become increasingly concerned over the difficulty that people face in remembering and designing complex passwords.

  • Sat
    Nov
    30
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Cubbon Park to get a revamp under Smart City project

    This has been on the cards since 2017; plan includes reviving the lotus pond, building walkways

    Cubbon Park — one of the city’s main lung space which has been in the news after permission was given to raze a building on its premises to make way for a High Court annexe — is set for a revamp under the Smart City project.

  • Sat
    Nov
    30
    2019
    Vietnam establishing new blockchain friendly regulations

    Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam aims to establish a regulatory framework and policies tackling blockchain in an effort for the development of smart cities. The announcement occurred at the annual conference held on Nov. 8, 2019, in Ho Chi Minh City.  People’s Committee Vice Chairman Trần Vĩnh Tuyến declared that science and technology projects that can help solve difficulties of the city and smart urban development would be prioritized, particularly projects using artificial intelligence (AI).

    Vietnam can potentially become one of the blockchain hubs in the Southeast Asian region, which can, in return, attract foreign investments, according to Forbes magazine.

  • Sat
    Nov
    30
    2019
    PK: Federal govt eyes E-governance System for better output

    The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is moving towards E-governance to improve the system.

    Talking to the media persons in Sialkot on Saturday, Dr Firdous said that the governance system of provincial governments will also be improved to achieve the desired objective.

  • Sat
    Nov
    30
    2019
    KKMM to expand Kembara Digital Malaysia programme

    The Kembara Digital Malaysia (KDM) Programme, which is the platform of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) Malaysia and government departments and agencies to help the people in facing numerous digital era challenges, is to be expanded nationwide, next year.

    Its deputy Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith said this was following the implementation of the programme in Ipoh, Perak in July and Kuala Pilah, today.

  • Fri
    Nov
    29
    2019
    GB: East Yorkshire: Inside Hull City Council’s ambitious plan to become one of the world’s smartest cities

    Mike Kenworthy, assistant director of digital and ICT, joined Hull City Council several months ago with a remit of modernising the IT internally within the council as well as developing the digital strategy for the city as a whole.

    This meant working with partners across the city on areas such as regeneration, economic development as well as improving life for citizens.

  • Fri
    Nov
    29
    2019
    7 Technological Advancements That Make Singapore a Smart City

    Singapore seems to live in 2119. This smart nation is the one to look to for a sneak peek into the future.

    While the rest of the world is living in 2019, Singapore seems to be in 2119. The city’s sci-fi views perfectly depict that Singapore is targeting to become a smart nation.

  • Fri
    Nov
    29
    2019
    FI: What makes Helsinki such a 'smart' city?

    Helsinki is consistently rated among the most livable cities in the world, but it is also the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism. What sets the capital of Finland apart from its peers?

    It all boils down to three factors, according to the Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori: education, transparency and doing away with bureaucracy.

  • Thu
    Nov
    28
    2019
    Smart city growth to depend on data governance: PwC report

    Dive Brief:

    • The growth of smart cities will depend on data governance, and many cities are finding resistance to smart initiatives because of poor data management plans, according to a new report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
    • The report outlines a "seven layer model" to data management: categories, consent, collection, anonymization, storage, access and monetization. Public and private firms that work with publicly-collected data as part of a smart initiative need to address all seven to ensure public buy-in.
    • A key part of the model is designing a plan that "offers individuals an easy way to understand who will do what with their data, along with clear benefits to them." That, as well as anonymization and secure storage, can help assure residents they will be protected.

  • Thu
    Nov
    28
    2019
    SE: Stockholm wins world smart city award

    Stockholm has claimed the Smart City 2019 award for its GrowSmarter project at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

    The Swedish capital was commended for its ‘innovation, openness and connectivity’ and efforts to improve living conditions for residents.

    GrowSmarter brings together the public and private sectors to integrate 12 smart city solutions across energy, infrastructure and mobility.

  • Thu
    Nov
    28
    2019
    NG: Chinese tech firm shows interest in Lagos smart city project

    In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, the Lagos state government said.

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s plan to transform Lagos into a smart city received a boost as leading technology companies in China expressed their willingness in partnering the State towards achieving the goal.

    At separate meetings with the management teams of Ehang and Huawei, Sanwo-Olu assured the tech giants of the readiness of Lagos to take its rightful place in the comity of megacities by providing key technology and infrastructure required.

  • Thu
    Nov
    28
    2019
    BD: Secretary: Govt to bring 90% services online by 2021

    Currently, 40% of the government offices are online, Senior Secretary Zeaul Alam said

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division’s Senior Secretary N M Zeaul Alam has said the government is aiming to bring more than 90% of the services online by 2021.

    Currently, 40% of the government offices are online, he mentioned.

  • Thu
    Nov
    28
    2019
    Singapore launches new AI strategy

    Singapore has long served as a bastion of technological advancement, and is undoubtedly one of the most connected and innovative countries in the world.

    The state-nation has been a strong advocate of emerging and disruptive technologies over the last number of years, and it has just launched a new pioneering strategy for AI.

    Singapore has made no secret of its ambitions to become the smartest country and revealed details of its ‘Smart Nation’ agenda a number of years ago.

  • Wed
    Nov
    27
    2019
    MY: MyEG partners with Philippines’ Land Bank for online services

    MYEG Philippines Inc is partnering the Philippines’ Land Bank to launch its first phase of digital e-government services in the Philippines.

    In a statement today, MyEG Services Bhd said the commencement of online services by its unit in partnership, will bring “added convenience to the people of the Philippines in transacting with the government”.

  • Wed
    Nov
    27
    2019
    4 small US cities earn top 'smart city' marks

    Dive Brief:

    • Following a preview scorecard released in September, Leading Cities and Bright Cities have unveiled their full smart city rating of 500 U.S. cities on Tuesday at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
    • No cities scored an A+ or an A, but four small cities scored an A-: Centennial, CO; Newton, MA; Pleasanton, CA; and San Ramon, CA. "These cities demonstrate that bigger is not always better," the organizations wrote in a press release.
    • The ratings use cities' open data to evaluate performance against 32 indicators across 10 dimensions: governance, economy, education, entrepreneurship, environment, health, mobility, security, technology and urbanization.

  • Wed
    Nov
    27
    2019
    KZ: Head of State familiarizes with Digital Center in Nur-Sultan

    Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited the Digital Center, a digital public service center, in the Kazakh capital, Kazinform has learnt from the Akorda’s press service.

    During the visit, the President of Kazakhstan surveyed the services of e-Government delivered to the citizens and guests of the country there.

  • Wed
    Nov
    27
    2019
    The future of data centres in Africa

    Data centre growth around the world is booming and business is on the cusp of a revolution, said Sanjay Kumar Sainani, SVP & CTO of Huawei’s Global Data Center Business.

    Sainani, who has 30 years of experience with data centres, said that there are a few major trends emerging specifically in the segment of data centre facilities.

  • Tue
    Nov
    26
    2019
    IN: Amritsar smart city misses deadline for installing solar panels

    The ₹10.40-crore rooftop solar panel project was scheduled to be completed by October 30. The ASCL officials, however, now expect to complete the project by December this year.

    The Amritsar Smart City Limited (ASCL) has missed the first deadline of installing solar panel project as only 35% of solar panels could be installed atop government buildings since its inception in March.

  • Tue
    Nov
    26
    2019
    E-residency: How would it work in Ukraine?

    Ministry of Digital Transformation has put forward the idea of ​​creating an e-residency program that will allow foreign entrepreneurs to remotely establish and run their business in Ukraine.

    The main advantages for electronic residents would be low taxes (5% of business capital for an individual entrepreneur and 18% of net profit for legal entities) and the absence of paperwork. In their try to introduce the new system, officials are guided by the similar experience of Estonia. And in the spring of 2020 they plan to launch a pilot project, which will bring the first revenues to the state treasury.

  • Mon
    Nov
    25
    2019
    NG: Korea hands over $8.5 e-government training centre to Nigerian govt

    The Government of the Republic of Korea through its aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KICOA), has handed over a renovated and equipped training centre for the training of public servants on e-Government in Nigeria.

    The handover ceremony was conducted at the e-Government Training Centre (ETC) which is located within the premises of the Public Servant Institute of Nigeria (PSIN).

  • Mon
    Nov
    25
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune Smart City to deploy digital technology for sanitation

    On the occasion of World Toilet Day on Monday, the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), a global, business-led partnership for digital solutions for sanitation, reiterated its commitment to deploy technologies to re-think sanitation services in cities.

    Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director and CEO, TBC, said a road map to improve sanitisation has been prepared with Pune Smart City as its first city with pilot projects and digital sanitation.

  • Mon
    Nov
    25
    2019
    Smart Cities in the Philippines: A Citizen-Centric Goal

    All eyes are set on the developments made in Central Luzon as the first phase of the construction of the country’s first “smart city” is now in full swing. This long-sighted planned community, called the New Clark City, is envisioned to cater to the reoccurring problems of the national capital — the congested roads, excessive flooding, the high costs of utilities, overcrowding, and more importantly, the lack of resiliency to natural disasters.

    This year, the Global Peace Index of the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) revealed that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, especially because of its high exposure to natural hazards, such as typhoons, landslides, floods, and droughts, as well as its heavy reliance to its climate-sensitive natural resources.

  • Sun
    Nov
    24
    2019
    Smart Cities seem inevitable – but how smart is the cybersecurity protecting them?

    The world is becoming ever more connected with each passing day.

    While smart devices within smart homes are now an accepted and ingrained part of society, the idea of smart cities remains a somewhat maverick concept, full of potential pitfalls which require extensive contingency plans – which are inevitable, and vital. Spend on smart cities currently stands around £81 billion, and in the not-so-distant-future we will live in cities and societies that are totally connected to the internet, with entire infrastructures dependent on remaining connected.

  • Sun
    Nov
    24
    2019
    TR: Number of e-government users reaches 44 million

    Almost 44 million people, more than half of Turkey's population, use the online government portal e-Devlet (e-State), according to the Digital Transformation Office head Ali Taha Koç.

    Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Koç said the portal has seen user numbers grow over the years. It was visited by more than 44.5 million users so far in 2019, compared to just 6,990 in 2008, when it was launched.

  • Sat
    Nov
    23
    2019
    US: The Era of Car-Clogged City Streets Is Over

    As cities become denser, the old rationale of designing them around automobiles must give way to a new use of streets that includes walking and micro-mobile solutions. The result: greater efficiency, equity and safety.

    The federal government spends more than $45 billion on automotive transportation annually. Add in state and local spending, and costs top $175 billion every year. At the same time, the public health costs of deaths connected to automobile-related crashes and emissions amount to an additional $900 billion. And that excludes the costs related to the 4.5 million people injured in automobile crashes every year.

  • Sat
    Nov
    23
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Agra smart city health lab to conduct 700 tests for up to 80 % lower rates

    Equipped with advanced machines, a central health laboratory developed under the Agra smart city project with an investment of Rs 4.80 crore officially started working on Saturday. Mayor Naveen Jain inaugurated the facility and dedicated it for better health care of the people of Agra. He also got his blood test conducted at the laboratory and received the result within two minutes.

    The centralised lab developed inside the Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) premises has adequate facilities to conduct 700 different types of tests. The lab has a capacity to generate 1,800 test reports in an hour.

  • Fri
    Nov
    22
    2019
    Citizen orientation: Citizens as ‘customers’ of government agencies

    For years, enterprises have invested in cloud-enabled digital innovation. Businesses reap the rewards in terms of business agility, efficiency, cost savings and improved customer experience. People who have enjoyed the benefits of digital innovation now have high expectations for all their interactions, as they no longer differentiate who they are dealing with, be it their bank, a retailer, or a government agency. They expect fast and frictionless interactions with all of their service providers, including their local government.

    People-centric services are one of the most important trends in digital transformation in government organizations across the Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) region. The Hong Kong Special Administration Region government is committed to providing personalized and digitalized services to its citizens. The city has made a lot of progress since the launch of the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint in 2017.

  • Fri
    Nov
    22
    2019
    CY: Millions in technology projects for public service

    Technology projects worth millions aiming to upgrade the negative image of Cyprus’ public service are in the pipeline as part of intensified government efforts to digitise the sector.

    That’s why the Ministry of Transport’s Electronic Communications Action Plan has its IT Services Department focusing on several projects estimated to cost over €200 million.

  • Fri
    Nov
    22
    2019
    US: Digital Cities 2019: Winners Gear Up for a New Decade

    The winners of this year’s Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government are those making smart investments in technologies from infrastructure and citizen engagement to data storage and cybersecurity.

    This past year could be dubbed “the year of the refresh” for the winners of the 2019 Digital Cities Survey, presented by the Center for Digital Government.*

    The IT leaders and elected officials of these top cities have braced themselves for the next decade by leveraging vendor solutions, identifying infrastructure upgrades and making government-wide changes to philosophy. Many of these initiatives were implemented during the past year, but other winners have thrived on existing foundations in IT operations.

  • Fri
    Nov
    22
    2019
    IN: People’s participation in Smart City projects limited to digital literates: World Economic Forum

    While the mission promotes citizen participation, limited involvement can skew opinions

    People’s participation in Central government’s Smart City Mission (SCM) worth ₹2,05,018 crore is limited to digital literates, potentially skewing opinions, observed a World Economic Forum (WEC) paper.

    WEC recently published acommunity paper titled ‘Transforming Infrastructure: frameworks for bringing the fourth industrial revolution to infrastructure’ which has cited the analysis of SCM policy framework. “SCM promoted city-specific local solutions prepared in consultation with the city residents to meet the nation’s diversity challenge. While SCM promoted citizen participation, it was limited to digital literates, potentially skewing opinions” it observed.

  • Fri
    Nov
    22
    2019
    GB: Scottish cities may become first smart cities with 100% IoT coverage

    Smart cities are emerging slowly as municipalities begin to add features to help enable internet of things (IoT) connectivity for public transportation, insights into traffic situations and expanding network coverage for Wi-Fi and 5G.

    Now, Boston Networks is close to 100% expansion of IoT coverage to Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Coverage of 99.7% has been achieved in Glasgow and 95% in Edinburgh, offering public and private sector organizations access to smart technologies in order to improve time efficiencies and provide data insights.

  • Thu
    Nov
    21
    2019
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam: '₹100 crore will be released for Smart City projects soon'

    Kishan Reddy is all praise for the GVMC’s City Operations Centre

    Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy visited the City Operations Centre of the GVMC on Wednesday and was all praise for the project.

    The Minister assured that adequate funds would be released by the Centre for the ‘Smart City’ projects. “In addition to the ₹400 crore already released, an additional ₹100 crore would be released soon for the ‘Smart City’ projects,” Mr. G. Kishan Reddy said.

  • Thu
    Nov
    21
    2019
    IN: Goa: Panaji: CCTV cameras soon in all govt departments

    Following a number of requests received from its departments and organisations, the government has decided to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all its departments and organisations, in order to bring transparency in the administration and for controlling corruption.

    A tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of the CCTV cameras in the government departments, corporations and institutions has already been floated by the Info-Tech Corporation of Goa Ltd (ITG), with November 17 as the last date for online submission of bids.

  • Thu
    Nov
    21
    2019
    BS: The Government Kicks Off its Digital Transformation to Strengthen Competitiveness Workshop

    Nassau, Bahamas - Acting Prime Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and the Minister of State in the Ministry for Grand Bahama Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson attended the Official Opening of the Kick Off Workshop of the Government Digital Transformation to Strengthen Competitiveness organized by the Office of the Prime Minister Department of Transformation and Digitalization in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank at the British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

  • Thu
    Nov
    21
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Agra: First panic button launched at Soor Sadan crossing Deepak Lavania

    Agra Smart City Private Limited has launched the first panic button in the city at Soor Sadan crossing on Wednesday for rapid assistance in the case of emergencies.

    ASCL aims to install a total of 43 panic buttons in the city within a month. These red buttons are connected to the smart city command and control centre to offer immediate help in the case of emergencies. The command centre would alert the nearby police station for rapid action.

  • Thu
    Nov
    21
    2019
    Kuwait keen on digital transformation to build society based on smart e-services

    Seventh e-Government Forum underway, under the Prime Minister’s patronage

    NoufEXPO launched the seventh e-Government Forum and its accompanying technology exhibition under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah on Tuesday under the slogan ‘Modern trends of smart government’ in the Al-Baraka Ballroom of Crowne Plaza hotel.

  • Wed
    Nov
    20
    2019
    TH: State mulls e-payment platform to beef up tax

    The government plans to develop a new e-payment system that works similar to Alipay, the third-party mobile and online payment platform of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, to draw more merchants to participate in the tax system.

    The new e-payment system aligns with the digital government development roadmap (2020-2022) that calls for all government agencies to become fully digitalised by 2022, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

  • Wed
    Nov
    20
    2019
    US: Colorado: U.S. Military Launches AV, Smart City Pilot at Fort Carson

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is leading an autonomous vehicle pilot project at Fort Carson in Colorado as part of a partnership with the nonprofit group US Ignite.

    Smart city technologies aren't just for cities. Military installations may also be ideal settings for environmental sensors that comprise a great deal of smart cities work, as well as for next-generation transportation technology options like self-driving vehicles.

  • Tue
    Nov
    19
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Only one tree axed for Balewadi smart city road plan, 12 replanted: contractor

    The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) officials faced opposition from residents over reports of tree cutting by the contractor working on the Dassera chowk to Laxmimata Mandir road project. The trees line the median of the road.

    On Tuesday, Baner Balewadi Pashan Residents Association (BBPRA) and Vasundhara Abhiyan, a non-governmental organisation working for biodiversity conservation and restoration of hills, met Balewadi corporator Amol Balwadkar and raise concerns related to tree cutting for new concrete road from Laxmi Mata temple to Balewadi (the road section next to Elite Empire Society). The smart city consultant, a member of Patil Constructions, the contractor, was also present.

  • Tue
    Nov
    19
    2019
    Government officials bringing broadband and high-speed internet to all citizens

    Across the US, government officials are working to bring the internet to all corners and communities. Broadband internet is key in improving the lives of citizens through better education, social engagement, and governance. States like Arizona, Missouri, and Oregon are all trying to get broadband to their most rural areas in hopes of helping all of the US come online.

    It’s difficult and costly to deliver broadband or high-speed internet to rural communities. Furthermore, there’s no way to generate enough revenue to make it worth the effort for private sector companies.

  • Tue
    Nov
    19
    2019
    NG: Inadequate infrastructure, power hinder e-government processes

    Stakeholders in the telecommunications industry have identified inadequate fibre infrastructure, electricity and excessive regulations as impediments to electronic governance.

    Speaking at Nigeria eGovernment Conference 2019, organised by DigiServe in Lagos, they said Africa still lagged behind with 37 per cent penetration in e-government process execution.

  • Mon
    Nov
    18
    2019
    VN: Blockchain technology vital in building smart city

    HCM City plans to develop a regulatory framework and policies associated with blockchain technology to minimise potential risks in building a smart city, a top city official has said.

    Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, said: “The city will give top priorities to projects that apply science and technology, especially the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in solving the city’s problems and for smart urban development.”

  • Mon
    Nov
    18
    2019
    US: Arkansas: Fort Smith Sanitation Department testing ‘smart city solution’

    The City of Fort Smith Sanitation Department has launched a six-month pilot program that promises to bring a “smart city solution” to residential and commercial waste management and recycling services.

    The city launched a pilot program with Atlanta-based Rubicon Oct. 28. The RUBICONSmartCity platform includes a smartphone-based mobile app, a plug-in device, and a web-based portal, according to press information. The technology will allow the city to collect real-time service confirmations, provide GPS vehicle tracking and enable documentation of driver issues or the inability to successfully complete a pick-up.

  • Mon
    Nov
    18
    2019
    EU: Speeding up the transition towards sustainable cities

    An EU initiative has been demonstrating energy- efficient refurbishment, mobility and integrated infrastructure solutions to help Europe get smarter and greener.

    In a rapidly urbanising world, the concept of smart cities is increasingly being used across Europe to improve the quality of life for citizens. Thanks to several EU-funded projects, such as MAtchUP, Sharing Cities and REMOURBAN, various steps have been taken in energy, mobility and ICT sectors to create more liveable and sustainable cities.

  • Sun
    Nov
    17
    2019
    AE: Dubai Municipality and Silicon Oasis launch first lab to test sustainability initiatives and projects

    CEO of DSOA says smart cities will rely on big data analysis, AI applications, and geographic and spatial information systems

    Dubai Municipality (DM) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory authority for the emirate's free zone technology park Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), to set up the first laboratory of its kind that develops and implements geospatial infrastructure; enhances cooperative frameworks in sustainability; and tests new ideas for DM's sustainability projects.

  • Sun
    Nov
    17
    2019
    QA: Over 1.53 million transactions at General Directorate of Passports

    Over 1.53 million transactions were recorded in September 2019 by various departments of the General Directorate of Passports at the Ministry of Interior.

    The departments affiliated with the General Directorate of Passports include Expatriates Affairs Department, Search and Follow up Department, Border Passports Department, Airport Passports Department and Unified Services Department among others.

  • Sun
    Nov
    17
    2019
    Vietnamese social networks expect 90 million users amid competition with Facebook

    Vietnamese-made social networks are set to have 90 million users by the end of 2020, the communications minister said on Friday, as the government kept pushing hard to break the foreign monopoly in Vietnam.

    Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng told the National Assembly (NA) that the ambitious number – given that the country’s population was 96.2 million in 2019 – could be reached with “public support in preferring Vietnamese products”.

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    CN: Blockchain-based smart city ID system aims to realize connectivity, data sharing

    The launch ceremony of China‘s independently developed ID system for cities based on blockchain technology as part of smart city infrastructure. Zhang Chao, director of the Zhongguancun Industry & Information Research Institute of Two-dimensional Code Technology, publishes the system on November 4, 2019 in Shijiazhuang, North China‘s Hebei Province.

    An independently developed identification (ID) system for cities as part of China‘s smart city infrastructure will be based on blockchain technology, according to an announcement on Sunday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    IN: Nagaland launches website for ILP ahead of Hornbill fest

    Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday launched a portal to provide Inner Line Permits (ILP) - a move that is aimed to help lakhs of tourists who flock to the state for the Hornbill festival. Nagaland is the second state after Arunachal Pradesh to have an online facility for ILP.

    The permit is required by tourists to visit Nagaland. Dimapur is the only district in the state which is not under the purview of ILP.

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    ZW: MPs To Receive Tablets Before Year End

    As the govt intensifies it is Electronic Government (e-government) drive, the parliament clerk has said MPs will receive tablets before this month ends.

    Addressing a pre-budget seminar in Vic Falls early this week the parly clerk said: You will have the tablets before we close this Parliament session. Our suppliers are expecting to have the tablets on 26 November and immediately thereafter we will give to members

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    IN: Nagaland: Race to Smart City: Kohima does a clean sweep with ‘plastic banks’

    Now, dispose your plastic trash at the ‘plastic banks’ that have been set up at 4 critical locations in the hilly capital of Nagaland; 10 more likely to come up soon

    Following the state's total ban on single-use plastic items in October, the Kohima Smart City Mission on Friday creatively installed 'plastic banks' across ‘critical locations' of the state capital with the hope to instill in minds the need to segregate and recycle plastic waste.

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Smart City Mission team inspects project sites

    A team from Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd (CSML), which is implementing the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission projects here, conducted a site inspection on Friday to review the progress of the projects under mission.

    The team was accompanied by officials of Project Management Consultant which is supporting CSML in overall implementation of the projects.

  • Sat
    Nov
    16
    2019
    AE: Tech transformation: Is Dubai closer to achieving its smart city ambitions?

    As Dubai’s ambitious smart city strategy rapidly takes shape, industry players opine on the pace of change and challenges to adoption

    The tech exhibition, which draws participants from across the world, has become a platform for the emirate to showcase the progress of its ambitious ‘smart city’ strategy with government entities among the key exhibitors. The Smart Dubai strategic plan aims to transform all government services and make them digital and paperless. It includes 100 initiatives under six key pillars: transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning.

  • Fri
    Nov
    15
    2019
    Bahrain readies for AI boom with World Economic Forum

    AI predicted to contribute $320bn to Middle East GDP by 2030, says KPMG

    Guidelines developed by the World Economic Forum into how governments should procure artificial intelligence "present us an opportunity to learn and utilise how we should acquire and deploy" the technology, Ali Al Qaed, chief executive of Bahrain's Information and eGovernment Agency.

  • Fri
    Nov
    15
    2019
    Vietnam eyes rise in global e-governance index

    Vietnam targets climbing 10-15 places in the U.N.’s E-Government Development Index global rankings and breaking into the top four in Southeast Asia by 2025.

    The Ministry of Information and Communications said in an order on Thursday that it would help other government agencies and local administrations improve their e-governance.

    It hopes to develop e-government in a manner that people can avail government's services and information anytime and anywhere they need.

  • Fri
    Nov
    15
    2019
    Partnership Develops Smart Utilities and Cities

    Itron and Cisco offer reliable connectivity, robust security, and proven applications for utilities and cities implementing smart solutions.

    Smart utilities and cities require robust infrastructure solutions and networks to operate on. With Itron and Cisco, utilities can leverage the power of industrial IoT (IIoT) networks to gain more insight into their distribution networks, while using a broad range of proven applications to increase operational efficiency and customer service.

  • Thu
    Nov
    14
    2019
    A Tale of Two Smart City Models: One for People, the Other Profit

    A new report from Public Services International points to the dangers of ‘corporate-led’ smart city initiatives and insists that these technological paradigms must be designed for people rather than profit. Over the last two decades, ‘smart city’ technologies have revolutionized the way business gets done in and around City Hall.

  • Thu
    Nov
    14
    2019
    How Governments Use AI To Create Better Experiences For Citizens

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up a new frontier by combining human creativity with technology to drive progress in our society and bring governments closer to their constituents.

    According to the 2018 United Nations (UN) e-Government Survey all 193 Member States have e-government systems in place, at different maturity levels, to deliver digital services and experiences to citizens.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Huawei to back development of AI platform in Serbia

    Serbia's government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei for the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) platform, it said.​

    The development of an AI platform will be financed with a $13 million (11.7 million euro) grant from the Chinese International Cooperation Development Agency, and as part of it, Huawei will provide cloud infrastructure to the Kragujevac State Data Center, the Serbian government said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Smart city sustainability opportunities missed, report finds

    A new report has identified a widespread lack of smart city policies implementing sustainability and protecting the environment.

    The Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) ‘Strategy to reality: getting smart cities to deliver for the environment’ report examines the degree to which smart city initiatives capitalise on opportunities to maximise sustainability. Researchers found a widening discrepancy between the growing pressure on cities to implement environmentally sound policies and the proportion of smart city activity which is focused around sustainable issues.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Azerbaijan's achievements in digitalization named at International Banking Forum in Baku

    Azerbaijan’s banking sector can be assessed as healthy in many indicators, Vusal Gasimli, executive director of Azerbaijan’s Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, said at the IV International Banking Forum in Baku, Trend reports Nov. 6 from the event.

    Gasimli noted that assessment of capitalization, liquidity, capital adequacy and the loan portfolio of Azerbaijani banks meets most international standards.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Swiss digital ID progresses amid questions of control

    Call it a Swiss digital ID reboot.

    That would seem to describe the ongoing situation in Switzerland, where authorities are again making a push toward constructing a national digital ID program designed in large part to enable secure authentication for public and private web services. But questions of who will control it — the national government, or a consortium of private companies — could further delay digital ID progress.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    TZ: Let paperless parliament improve efficiency

    As the 17th parliamentary sitting got underway yesterday, lawmakers were seen using tablets.

    Reports from the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Stephen Kigaigai, had it that the House decided to go high-tech as a means of reducing use of paper in its businesses. This explains why Members of Parliament were seen using tablets.

  • Wed
    Nov
    13
    2019
    US: Smart City IoT Project Launches for New York City DoT

    Transition Networks, a provider of IoT and edge connectivity solutions, recently announced the start of an intelligent transportation project with New York City’s transportation agency to connect, power and manage traffic data via its hardened TAA-compliant, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) switches. This application is designed to deploy intelligent transportation infrastructure citywide and reinforce the relevance and timeliness of Transition Networks’ strategy of developing Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

    Transition Networks’ PoE solution will connect and power cameras and sensors at over 10,000 traffic intersections that collect this vital information. In addition, key features on the Transition Networks’ switches reportedly will save the agency time and costs associated with maintenance. Currently, if a device stops working at an intersection, the agency must take multiple actions to repair. These lane closures cause significant stress and traffic delays for motorists.

  • Tue
    Nov
    12
    2019
    Digital technology injects vitality, strength into China's governance

    Sitting in front of a computer in his office, Huang Jinhuo, who runs a machinery company in east China's Fujian Province, completed the filing of an export tax rebate with just a few clicks of his mouse.

    Once the application is verified, the drawback will be transferred to the company's account in two or three days. Previously, such a process used to take at least a month and a lot of legwork.

  • Tue
    Nov
    12
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow Smart City officials to visit Raipur

    Officials from Lucknow Smart City Limited (LSCL) will be on a tour to state capital on Wednesday to study the transformation of Anand Samaj Library by Raipur Smart City Limited (RSCL).

    Official sources informed that two of the officials of LSCL are impressed with the facelift of the historic public library, Anand Samaj Library in Raipur and they are going to tour the state capital.

  • Tue
    Nov
    12
    2019
    IN: Telangana: Gangula tells Karimnagar officials to Speed up ‘Smart City’ works

    Kamalakar instructs officials to issue show cause notices to illegal occupants, clear unauthorised structures

    BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar on Tuesday instructed officials to complete the Smart City works on fast track mode.

  • Mon
    Nov
    11
    2019
    Qatar keeps pace with technological advancements

    The Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom 2019), which concluded on Friday, stood out for launching a number of key services and signing agreements for some strategic projects. Among the highlights were a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up the Qatar National Laboratory for Technology Vetting (Common Criteria Vetting Lab), a first in the GCC and Arab states and a boost to cybersecurity in the country. The state-of-the-art technology lab aims to test security products for functionality and vet information and communications technology products, while enhancing the security standards in the country. In line with Qatar’s National Cybersecurity Strategy, the focus will be on several product categories for different sectors including oil and gas, IoT, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

  • Mon
    Nov
    11
    2019
    Citizens must be involved in creating smarter digital cities

    The construction and infrastructure sector is often criticised for not clearly and in an accessible way illustrating the tangible benefits of its work to citizens. In my experience this is a charge that could be laid at the door of construction’s growing number of digital advocates, who come together at conferences and workshops and are so excited by the tech that they forget about its impact on those whose lives it affects the most.

    So, it was a breath of fresh air to hear Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence advisory firm and incubator, speaking at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore, say passionately “It’s never the right way to start with the technology – you should always start with the problem.” Khanna repeatedly urged her audience to focus on citizens and the benefits of digital technology on real people’s lives and making them better for longer.

  • Mon
    Nov
    11
    2019
    Cities are missing smart environmental opportunities, says new EIC report

    The report, Strategy to reality: Getting smart cities to deliver for the environment, finds that cities face huge challenges to deliver their environmental ambitions. Cities that have recorded 2020 emissions targets though the Carbon Disclosure Project are on average still 47% short of meeting those targets. The report also looks at city recycling rates and air pollution.

    There is a disconnect between cities’ environmental policies and their smart city strategies, according to the report. Of 12 cities analysed, while all had comprehensive environmental strategies, aside from smart energy management initiatives, cites only on average had one other smart environmental initiative.

  • Mon
    Nov
    11
    2019
    PK: CDA’s e-governance project in a limbo

    The long-awaited initiative of E-governance in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has again come to halt due to ongoing inquiry in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for non-completion of project in stipulated time-period.

    The E-governance project initiated in 2006 with cost of Rs175 million to involve citizens in the policy process, illustrating government transparency and accountability and quick disposal of public complaints, may take another year to get fully operational in the CDA.

  • Mon
    Nov
    11
    2019
    Financial Action Task Force publishes guidelines on digital IDs

    Last week, the multi-government Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published guidance on digital payments and the use of IDs for customer due diligence (CDD). The draft report includes recommendations for anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorist financing (CTF), know your customer (KYC), and financial inclusion rules.

    The FATF notes that digital payments are growing by 12.7% every year, with over 700 billion transactions predicted annually by 2020. Similarly, digital ID systems are evolving rapidly and often go hand in hand with regulated electronic payments. The group has now issued guidelines for authorities on combining the two.

  • Sun
    Nov
    10
    2019
    NA: Environment ministry launches online application system

    The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism last week launched the online application system for environmental clearance.

    As one of the 10 ministries that were identified in the e-government transformation during 2014-2018, one of the key functions of the ministry is to go electronic.

  • Sun
    Nov
    10
    2019
    Open source to drive digital transformation in Saudi Arabia

    Red Hat is delivering a wave of cutting-edge solutions to redefine the country’s global competitiveness

    Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has released breakthrough research unearthing the nexus between the innovative propensity of enterprise open source software and digital transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). These findings are backed by increased global adoption of open source solutions as cost-effective, flexible, reliable, secure, and alternative foundational systems to drive innovation and digital transformation.

  • Sat
    Nov
    09
    2019
    AE: Dubai Silicon Oasis and Intel launch new phase of the Innovation Center to pioneer Middle East’s Digital Transformation

    Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, and Intel, the Silicon Valley-headquartered tech giant, today announced the launch of the new phase of “Intel Innovation Center” that is directly aligned with the “Project Mustakbal”, an initiative that was revealed by Intel during the event and seeks to further accelerate the Middle East’s game-changing digital transformation.

    Hosted at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), DSOA’s wholly owned tech incubation center, Intel Innovation Center is set to become a hub for future technological development in the region that will feature artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Video analytics and Autonomous Driving. The center’s offerings will span three categories: Market-ready Solutions, Intel Select Solutions and Intel Technology Showcase Demos.

  • Sat
    Nov
    09
    2019
    CN: Guangdong: Shenzhen wants to use technology to become a 'socialist model city'

    A Shenzhen official says the city's big data approach to governance shows a contrast to Hong Kong's "mindset"

    Shenzhen is experimenting with a “party and technology” development model as it aims to become a “socialist model city.”

    The city, which is known for its technology industry, was told by Beijing in August to find “the best modern governance practices that promote high quality and sustainable development so it can be held up as an example of civilized society of law and order where people enjoy a high degree of satisfaction.”

  • Fri
    Nov
    08
    2019
    Five cities leading the smart city charge

    On the path to a smart city future, a handful of population centers are showing its potential.

    By 2050, the UN predicts that 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. The influx of citizens moving to cities accelerates urbanization around the world, and many nations are looking to adopt smart city concepts to coincide with this unprecedented growth.

  • Fri
    Nov
    08
    2019
    South Korea is promoting AI

    President Moon Jae-in will place more significance on promoting Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the goal of establishing it as a core nation industry.

    During a visit to the Developer’s View conference at COEX, Monday, Moon emphasized the need to build an “AI powerhouse” as the next phase to being an “IT powerhouse” to take the worldwide lead in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To that extend, the administration will proclaim a national roadmap for promoting the AI segment with comprehensive support actions within the year, rendering to Cheong Wa Dae Monday.

  • Fri
    Nov
    08
    2019
    Smart cities, smarter approaches: How to build trust into connected urban spaces?

    Our cities are changing.

    Every new infrastructure project now brings new examples of smart technologies being used to connect our urban environments: whether it’s the City of Westminster’s SmartPark parking system, or the proposed facial-recognition entry at London’s next tallest skyscraper.

    However, with such developments, how do we ensure citizens can trust digital services and secure the personal data collected by smart devices?

  • Fri
    Nov
    08
    2019
    US: Maryland: Baltimore: IKE Smart City Kiosk Added to Federal Hill

    A new Interactive Kiosk Experience (IKE) by IKE Smart City was installed this week on the new sidewalk in front of Cross Street Market at Light St. and E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The installation of IKEs around Downtown is a collaboration between Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore City officials, and IKE Smart City.

    Additional Baltimore IKE locations include Pratt and Light Plaza, Power Plant, E. Pratt St. and Commerce St., Charles St. and Saratoga St., E. Pratt St. and Market Pl., Cathedral St. and Mulberry St., and Camden Yards at Paca St.

  • Fri
    Nov
    08
    2019
    How can regulators create smart cities that are more liveable?

    The best way to build smart cities is to consult those that will be living in them.

    Regulators and businesses are already spending plenty of money to build smart cities that are convenient and comfortable, but the question is whether or not they are more liveable.

  • Thu
    Nov
    07
    2019
    QA: 21 new e-services launched for maritime transport sector

    A total of 21 new electronic services to serve the maritime transport sector, particularly large vessels with a capacity of more than 200 tonnes, were launched yesterday by HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti.

    Qatar Airways Group chief executive and Qatar National Tourism Council secretary-general HE Akbar al-Baker attended the launch ceremony on the sidelines of the ongoing Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom) at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

  • Thu
    Nov
    07
    2019
    TH: Prayut urges quick digital transition

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered all state agencies to apply big data and speed up transforming their operations to become fully digitalised over the next three years.

    In his keynote speech at a seminar titled "Digital Government: Significant mechanism to drive the country's development" on Wednesday at the Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), Gen Prayut said state agencies need to accelerate the digitalisation of their working processes according to the digital government development roadmap (2020-2022) that calls for all government agencies to become fully digitalised by 2022.

  • Thu
    Nov
    07
    2019
    Africa: Smart Cities to Drive Urbanisation - Kagame

    The concept of Smart Cities will play a critical role in driving Africa's urban revolution and urbanisation, President Paul Kagame has said.

    Kagame was speaking in Doha, Qatar at the Smart City Expo organised to showcase the latest smart technologies and innovations advancing the urban future.

  • Wed
    Nov
    06
    2019
    Smart City: How IoT Creates Intelligent Built Environments

    IoT coupled with 5G are the key foundations onto which the smart city will be built. From transport to personalised services, a data-rich environment is taking shape

    The smart city has been in development for the past decade. Smart City 1.0 consisted of sensor components including smart meters and intelligent lighting etc., offering advanced control, but little connectivity. Smart City 2.0 evolves these systems to deliver personalised services to everyone, as they move through the city space.

  • Wed
    Nov
    06
    2019
    US: Wi-Fi Hot Spot Initiative Put on Hold in Vance County, N.C.

    Though the county high-speed broadband initiative remains on track, public Wi-Fi hot spots for citizens to connect to for free while out and about town aren’t likely to happen on the same timetable.

    The Vance County, N.C., technology committee opted to table a free public wi-fi initiative on Monday, as the city isn’t in the financial position to partner with the county for the downtown portion, County Manager Jordan McMillen said.

  • Wed
    Nov
    06
    2019
    RW: Smart Cities are About People Not Computers – Kagame

    President Paul Kagame has told participants at a high tech forum and exhibition in Qatar, that successful smart cities should be human centered, rather than being computer based.

    Kagame is attending the Qatar Information Technology Conference and Exhibition QITCOM2019 that was hosted by the Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

  • Wed
    Nov
    06
    2019
    ‘Why Nigeria’s eGovt drive is slow’

    Nigeria’s electronic governance (eGovt) drive is said to be slow because of hydra-headed challenges.

    These challenges, including lack of adequate Information Technology (IT) infrastructure; epileptic power/electricity supply; reduced budgetary allocation for ICT, lack of trained and qualified personnel, and the resistance to change by public servants and other related issues, have impacted negatively on the pace of eGovt growth.

  • Wed
    Nov
    06
    2019
    VN: Digital payments to bring Da Nang 72 million USD

    Increased use of digital payments has the potential to add 72 million USD annually to central Da Nang city’s economy, according to the latest study from Visa, “Cashless Cities: Realising the Benefits of Digital Payments".

    Conducted by Roubini ThoughtLab, a leading economics and evidence-based research firm, and commissioned by Visa, one of the world’s leader in digital payments, the study examines the economic impact of increasing the use of digital payments in major cities around the world.

  • Tue
    Nov
    05
    2019
    NCC: Nigeria to leverage 122.9m Internet connections for e-governance

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said its current push to deepen Internet penetration would help the country achieve seamless e-governance. With 122.9 million active Internet subscriptions as at August, the commission said the government is now poised to take its services to online, bearing in mind that the citizens are also online.

    Electronic governance or e-governance is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services between government- to-citizen (G2C), government-to-business (G2B) government-to-government (G2G), government- to-employees (G2E) as well as back-office processes and interactions within the entire government framework. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who stated this at an e-government forum held in Lagos, said Internet connection is at the heart of e-governance in any country.

  • Tue
    Nov
    05
    2019
    IN: Getting smart

    The Indian government's flagship initiative for making Smart Cities is an integrated approach to upgrade a city in all its interconnected aspects. The Smart City Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting programme by the government with the aim to develop 100 smart cities across the country in order to make them both citizen-friendly and sustainable. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is entrusted with the responsibility to implement this mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.

  • Tue
    Nov
    05
    2019
    US: How Cities Fulfill the Demand for Public Wi-Fi

    City Wi-Fi projects can help spur smart city development and boost economic activity.

    As more cities contemplate smart city plans, they must first must meet a basic demand: internet access. Municipalities are providing free public Wi-Fi as they roll out smart city programs, taking advantage of fiber required to power the Internet of Things to provide public Wi-Fi access.

  • Tue
    Nov
    05
    2019
    NG: Fowler justifies deployment of online solution for tax administration

    Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, yesterday said deployment of online solutions by FIRS is to make tax payment and administration convenient, transparent and efficient. To this end, Fowler urged taxpayers to make use of the solutions in paying their taxes.

    He spoke yesterday in Abuja when he received in audience Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), on courtesy visit. Members of AYF on the visit commended Fowler for what they called “unprecedented record in the history of tax administration in FIRS and in Nigeria.

  • Tue
    Nov
    05
    2019
    ZA: SITA ‘cloudifying’ government departments

    The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has become another government department to migrate its cloud workload onto the State IT Agency’s (SITA’s) government cloud platform.

    This is according to acting SITA CEO Ntutule Tshenye, saying the government private cloud ecosystem (GPCE) is something that SITA prides itself on.

  • Mon
    Nov
    04
    2019
    UK lags in Capgemini e-gov rankings for Europe

    The UK remains well behind the leaders in Europe’s e-government league, according to the latest benchmarking exercise by global consultancy Capgemini.

    It has given Britain an overall score 61% against ratings above 80% for the leading pack of Estonia, Austria, Latvia, Malta and Lithuania.

  • Mon
    Nov
    04
    2019
    NG: Internet Access Key to e-Government Growth Says Experts

    Experts that participated at a one-day conference held in Lagos, have said Nigeria needs unhindered internet access to grow e-Government initiatives.

    Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) who was represented by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Henry Nkemadu, said: “To achieve e-Government across MDAs, there is need to increase the number of fibre connectivity deployment from the current 42,000km to 127,000km. Nigeria needs additional 30,000km of fibre infrastructure, aside the expectations from operators to expand fibre development.

  • Mon
    Nov
    04
    2019
    South Korea to promote AI sector as core industry

    President Moon Jae-in will place more importance on promoting Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the aim of establishing it as a core nation industry.

    During a visit to the Developer's View conference at COEX, Monday, Moon underlined the need to build an "AI powerhouse" as the next step to being an "IT powerhouse" to take the global lead in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To that end, the administration will announce a national roadmap for promoting the AI sector with comprehensive support measures within the year, according to Cheong Wa Dae Monday.

  • Sun
    Nov
    03
    2019
    NG: Danbatta proffers solutions to maximiz e-government initiatives

    • The introduction of e-government applications has been beneficial to governments around the world in several ways
    • In Nigeria, the federal government has used the initiative to deepen its digital and online presence to enhance its operations
    • However, a key official in the government, says more needs to be done to maximize the use of e-government

  • Sun
    Nov
    03
    2019
    NG: Broadband penetration key to e-govt services, says NCC

    The Executive Vice- Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, says the ability of the government to provide electronic services to citizens is hinged on the availability of pervasive broadband penetration.

    Danbatta made this known in a keynote address delivered at the maiden edition of the Nigeria e-Government Conference organised by DigiServe Networks in Lagos.

  • Sun
    Nov
    03
    2019
    ‘How Nigerians can enjoy e-governance’

    Marketing Communications expert, Jenkins Alumona, has stated that the deployment of e-governance and other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in will be only be functional when ordinary Nigerians can benefit from such. Alumona, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outcomes Limited Group, said this at the inaugural edition of The Nigeria e-Government Conference in Lagos on Thursday.

    Speaking on a sub-theme of the conference, “Government Service Delivery in the Information Age: Citizens’ Expectations”, Alumona explained that the non-availability of critical infrastructure such as electricity greatly hinders majority of Nigerians from participating in the e-governance process and limits the progress of the initiative.

  • Sun
    Nov
    03
    2019
    AE: Etisalat Digital, DMCC to roll out 5G-led smart services at Dubai's JLT

    Residential and business neighbourhood to be transformed through installation of smart systems across various utilities

    Etisalat Digital has partnered with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to transform Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) into a smart and sustainable district powered by 5G networks, with both organisations committing to a comprehensive roll out of smart services across the residential and business district.

  • Sun
    Nov
    03
    2019
    KR: Experts, officials to discuss 'smart city' legislation in Seoul

    Legal experts and public officials from around Asia will come to Korea for the annual Asian Legislative Experts Symposium (ALES), held at The Plaza Seoul hotel on Oct. 30, to discuss legislative issues in "smart city" projects, according to the Ministry of Government Legislation, Sunday.

    Co-hosted by the ministry and the Korea Legislation Research Institute, the conference provides a platform for Asian countries to share their legislative expertise and experience.

  • Sat
    Nov
    02
    2019
    NG: Govt too slow in adopting ICT – Ex-NCC boss

    Former Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ernest Ndukwe, has said the three tiers of government in Nigeria are slow in adopting Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

    Addressing Nigeria eGovernment 2019 Conference in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Powering Governance with Information and Communication Technology,’ Ndukwe said Nigeria should embrace new technologies like other developing countries of the world.

  • Sat
    Nov
    02
    2019
    QA: MoTC unveils ambitious plans to build an integrated digital society

    In his speeches and public comments, Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has stressed the importance of investing in human development. As citizens and residents form one of Qatar’s most valuable resources, it is imperative to provide the skills necessary to prepare the digital transformation of the economy and enable them to contribute to future development.

    Out of its strategic vision of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has for years been implementing initiatives and programs aimed at building an integrated digital society and enhancing the digital skills of the Qatari people. The aim is to enable people of all social categories to contribute to the country’s economic and cultural development through safe and efficient use of technology, and provide the Qatari market with a qualified labor force capable of implementing and dealing with smart city solutions.

  • Sat
    Nov
    02
    2019
    IN: Gujarat: Surat: 53 Smart City works worth Rs 1,200 crore completed in two years

    Surat Smart City Development Limited (SSCDL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up by Surat Municipal Corporation for implementation of developmental projects, has completed 53 works worth Rs1,204. 22 crore in two years of the total 76 schemes worth Rs2,988.55 crores envisioned.

    Furthermore, 21 projects worth Rs,1704 crore are under different stages of implementation, placing Surat in top place with regard to smart city development projects in the country.

  • Sat
    Nov
    02
    2019
    TR: Smart City Planning Applications of Konya Metropolitan Municipality

    Union of Municipalities of Turkey (TBB) and National Smart City Planning, Implementation by Example Smart Strategy and Action Plan as discussed in "Smart Cities" conference was held.

    At the “Smart Cities” meeting held in Ankara where metropolitan municipalities, provincial municipalities and district municipalities with a population above a certain number were invited to the “Smart Cities”, Secretary General of UMT Birol Ekici, Deputy Director General of Geographical Information Systems Ministry of Environment and Urbanization Hüseyin Bayraktar and Ministry of Interior Information Processing Department President Osman Hacıbektaşoğlu.

  • Fri
    Nov
    01
    2019
    Da Nang City in Vietnam goes for smart city development

    Da Nang city in central Vietnam has announced that its smart city project is going to contribute towards socio-economic development of the city and will usher in an era of technology-based city management.

    Speaking at the Smart City Summit 2019 held in Da Nang, the city’s Chairman, Huynh Duc Tho, said that a smart city development plan for 2018-2025 has already been approved and is expected to be completed around 2030. He added that the Summit is a good opportunity for the city’s agencies and domestic and foreign experts to discuss the models, solutions, technologies, and policies to successfully build a smart city.

  • Fri
    Nov
    01
    2019
    Vietnam’s 5G subscriptions projected to hit 6.3 million in 2025: Cisco

    The number of 5G subscriptions in Vietnam is forecast to reach 6.3 million in 2025, according to a report on 5G development in Southeast Asia by the network equipment maker Cisco.

    Vietnam and Singapore are expected to be the first countries in the region to roll out the latest wireless communications technology in 2020-2021.

  • Fri
    Nov
    01
    2019
    IN: Escalating Smart Cities with ‘Green’ Initiatives

    “Otis has developed and is accelerating additional efforts across the organization to expand the use of internal service apps being developed by field teams around the world. These new tools enable our field employees to be more efficient, source information faster, develop even stronger ties with the customer and see a problem before it becomes one”, asserted Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts below:

    Otis has a 125-year legacy in India. In 1892, it installed the first elevator in Kolkata’s Raj Bhavan. The company formally set up operations in India in 1953 (over 60 years ago). Every customer is important to us. To ensure easy access to each of our customers, Otis has over 80 service centers servicing 300 cities – the largest service network in the country today.

  • Fri
    Nov
    01
    2019
    US: Schenectady, N.Y., Details New Smart City Planning

    By the end of next year, Schenectady, N.Y., will have spent millions of dollars toward laying the groundwork and putting in place the technology to make Schenectady a Smart City, according to Mayor Gary McCarthy, who presented financial information about the program earlier this week.

    The document projects that by the end of 2020 that outlay will eclipse the $5 million the city has so far earmarked for the initiative coupled with grants it has secured to cover the cost of everything from fiber optic cables to cameras and other required hardware.

  • Fri
    Nov
    01
    2019
    Inclusive Smart Cities: Moving from Technology-Centric to Citizen-Centric Smart Cities

    A Q&A with Deloitte’s Dan Berner and Kathleen O’Dell.

    As urban populations grow increasingly diverse, many cities are turning to technology and smart city solutions to build more livable environments and improve the delivery of public services. However, smart city design and implementation challenges, coupled with the digital divide between different population segments, might unintentionally leave some communities behind. This is forcing some cities to confront the question: How can digital solutions advance, rather than impede, inclusion?

  • Thu
    Oct
    31
    2019
    US: 4 city leaders explain how the meaning of 'smart city' has evolved

    Elected officials have constantly refined their definition of "smart," and several running for election in November have their own thoughts on what it means.

    Harvesting stormwater, using behavioral economics to inform policy and installing solar panels are just some of the smart city initiatives that mayoral candidates across the country are running on in advance of the Nov. 5 elections.

  • Thu
    Oct
    31
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh Smart City heading for e-governance project

    Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) has commenced e-governance project, in order to provide 27 online citizen services in the city.

    The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for Chandigarh Smart City project has signed an agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the implementation of e-governance services. The project is planned towards completion within a year. The project aims to minimise manual intervention, ensure transparency, 24×7 access to online citizen services and public grievances by eliminating the need of visiting the Government offices.

  • Thu
    Oct
    31
    2019
    VN: E-government and smart city construction boosted nationwide

    As many regions in Vietnam are now on their way to enthusiastically establish their own smart city and e-government models, certain difficulties have been identified and required timely sensible solutions.

    Resolution No.52 issued on September 27, 2019 by the Politburo on policies to actively participate in Industry 4.0 clearly states that until 2025, there will be at least three smart cities in the three key economic regions in the North, Central, and the South, with the further aim of having a chain of smart cities in these regions, closely connecting to other smart cities in the world.

  • Wed
    Oct
    30
    2019
    How Smart Are Smart Cities? Balancing Innovation With Privacy

    The more connected IoT devices a smart city employs, the greater the risk to individual privacy. Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs is an example of how smart city technology brings new security challenges.

    The next generation of urban infrastructure is on the horizon. As the technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT) become increasingly prolific, we can soon expect to see local authorities relying on it to improve living, working and traveling conditions in myriad ways. Everything from road traffic to municipal services could be more efficiently managed, and environmental issues from noise levels to air pollution improved.

  • Wed
    Oct
    30
    2019
    US: Terbine Opens World’s Largest System of IoT Data to Smart Cities Players

    Cities, companies, universities and non-profits working on smart city projects can access trove of categorized and indexed sensor data from over 50 countries

    Terbine announced today in conjunction with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that it is opening its enormous system of IoT data feeds to organizations involved with smart city research and pilot projects. Created over an intensive multi-year process, the Terbine Exchange now offers sensor data sources that include electricity, water, wastewater, air quality, vehicular counts and movements from land/air/sea and many others.

  • Wed
    Oct
    30
    2019
    Smart cities must be cyber-smart cities

    Andrew Lee, ESET Government Affairs Liaison looks into how cities turn to IoT to address long-standing urban problems, what are the risks of leaving cybersecurity behind at the planning phase?

    You’ve probably heard the term “smart cities” – that is, the idea that extensive use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to monitor energy, utilities and transportation infrastructure can lead to cost savings, reduction of environmental impact and faster fault resolution.

  • Wed
    Oct
    30
    2019
    High-speed government network launched in Oman

    The Ministry of Technology and Communication in Oman together with Oman Broadband and Ooredoo has launched the high-speed Oman Government Network (OGN) in Muscat.

    This is an integrated and safe government network that meets the future demands of e.oman projects, like the G-Cloud, the official Oman eGovernment services portal, the National Data Center and other e.oman infrastructure projects.

  • Tue
    Oct
    29
    2019
    Jumptuit Announces the Launch of Jumptuit Smart City: Smarter Data for Smart Cities

    Smart City and Regional Development Begins With Data Not Technology

    Jumptuit, Inc., announces the launch of Jumptuit Smart City, delivering smarter data services to all sectors of smart cities through Jumptuit's Regulated Contributory Data Streaming Service.

    Jumptuit Smart City is part of The Jumptuit Group encompassing a broad spectrum of data that impacts Smart Citizen and Smart Business services in all sectors including healthcare, education, residential and commercial buildings, transportation and logistics, finance, insurance, energy, utilities and government.

  • Tue
    Oct
    29
    2019
    US: How the federal government can promote sustainable smart cities

    As citizens adapt to changing environments, the government has a responsibility to advocate for traditionally underserved populations.

    While many of us might picture flying cars, bullet trains and billboards that recognize us as we pass by, most smart city technology will be far less flashy than depicted in popular culture. That doesn't mean these urban areas will be any less exciting or life changing.

    The reality? Most smart city initiatives are already underway and promote an important quality embedded within their design: sustainability.

  • Tue
    Oct
    29
    2019
    BD: E-governance is the way forward

    This plan could not have come any sooner

    One of the best initiatives that the government has taken over the last decade is Digital Bangladesh -- an initiative which plans to bring technologies with the specific aim to make the lives of the people of this country easier and better.

    And, to a great extent, this dream of a Digital Bangladesh has been pushed closer and closer to reality, be it through greater internet penetration or the construction of Hi-Tech Parks across the nation.

  • Tue
    Oct
    29
    2019
    The exciting future of digital development in Sweden

    The exciting future of digital development in Sweden is explored here, with a focus on the potential of artificial intelligence

    According to the Government of Sweden, digital policy is about promoting and utilising the opportunities that digitalisation offers. Also, it incorporates regulation of electronic and digital communications, network and information security, for example, plus digital infrastructure and broadband access. This important area of public policy in Sweden also concerns e-government issues, such as using digital policy to ensure the activities of government agencies are more efficient and to simplify how the public makes contact with them, for example, using electronic signatures and open data.(1)

  • Mon
    Oct
    28
    2019
    BD: E-Governance Service Starts Journey

    ‘One Pay’ ‘One Service’ and ‘One Shop’ in one platform

    Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said, “The name of Bangladesh will be added to the list of top 50 countries in the United Nations’ (UN) e-governance development index by the next five years expanding and developing its digital services.

    He came up with the remarks while addressing the program on the launching of e-government master plan report and A2i’s three citizen services at the city’s ICT tower yesterday.

  • Mon
    Oct
    28
    2019
    BD: Govt launches three online platforms

    Three digital one-stop platforms -- Eksheba, Ekpay and Ekshop -- to enable people to get different government services and pay utility bills and fees were launched yesterday.

    Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the platforms in a ceremony organised by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division at the ICT Tower in Dhaka.

    The platforms were developed by the Access to Information (a2i) programme under the ICT division.

  • Mon
    Oct
    28
    2019
    ‘Smart Cities’ Are Poised to Change Health, Safety, and Everything in Between

    The future of modern cities is anchored in data.

    In 1999, a new device called a “smart phone” was just starting to hit the market—and it was a revelation. Smart phones, from the Simon Personal Communicator, launched by IBM in 1994, to the Blackberry, to the Apple iPhone, effectively changed the way we receive and distribute information. With smart phones, users could store several gigs worth of files in their pocket, communicate quickly through text and predictive typing, and access breaking news at the click of a button.

  • Sun
    Oct
    27
    2019
    The time for cities to get smart is now

    Unprecedented urbanization is compelling cities to fundamentally reimagine and transform for the future – and fast. According to the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, roughly half of the world’s population lives in cities today and that figure is expected to increase to 68% by 2050.

    You don’t have to be a city planner to imagine the impact of urbanization on infrastructure, systems and resources. There are undoubtedly risks – increased pollution, poverty, crime and cost of living, among others. But cities that take steps now to get smart and prepare can make way for economic growth, efficiency and a better quality of life for citizens.

  • Sun
    Oct
    27
    2019
    Smart cities must pay more attention to the people who live in them

    Around 68% of the global population might live in urban areas by 2050. Smart cities will likely be a part of this future, promising to make our lives more convenient, more secure and more sustainable.

    Mostly, the stakeholders of smart city projects are politicians, consultants, academics and tech companies. However, the most important group of stakeholders is often missing: the ordinary citizens that will have to live in these transformed cities.

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

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

“Human interaction increases bias and also increases the temptation for bribery. So for us, who are against any evil of corruption in any form we prefer having online services,” she says.

Nakalema a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, in United Kingdom also says this will increase accountability in all aspects.

“You will account for whatever you receive without bias.”

According to Transparency International’s 2018 corruption perception index, Uganda is ranked 149 in terms of public sector corruption out of 180 countries.

Ranked 180 and 178, Somalia and South Sudan top other African countries in corruption tendencies. On a scale of 100, these two countries score 10 and 13 respectively. Col Nakalema in pink jacket talking to exhibitors yesterday

Neighbors Kenya are ranked 144th with Tanzania 99th.

Nakalema commended National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) for spear heading Uganda’s digital transformation.

Apparently, the Government of Uganda through NITA-U, is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project.

Particularly, it intends to connect all major towns across the country including Government Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so to scale down administrative costs and enhance communications services as well.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Dedan Kimathi

Quelle/Source: Chimp Reports, 22.06.2019

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