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Transformation Management
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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Process Management
Im Rahmen unseres Prozessmanagements identifizieren, modellieren, dokumentatieren, prüfen, optimieren und implementieren wir eGovernment-Geschäftsprozesse mit dem Ziel, die Arbeitsabläufe hinsichtlich Produktivität, Kundenzufriedenheit, Produkt- und Service-Qualität, Zeitbedarf und Kosten zu verbessern. Weiterlesen ...
Die Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Government Process Management Notation (GPMN)" ist eine von uns entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Modellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Weiterlesen ... Unser "Standard Prozesskatalog" enthält mehr als 400 mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Weiterlesen ...
  • Tue
    Jan
    21
    2020
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart City project: City slum girls make a difference

    Braving all odds and setting an example for others, girls from the slum areas of the Capital city have started making bigger strides in exhibiting exemplary leadership quality in various fields.

    While Jasmin Nissa, a Plus III first-year student of Biju Patnaik College from Science Park Basti has become an SPO (special police officer) by the Commissionerate of Police recently, Lipsa Nayak, from Niladrivihar Rickshaw Colony Basti (B) a community leader and a field coordinator of the Socially Smart Bhubaneswar project, has been nominated as a member to the six-member Biodiversity Management Committee of BMC.

  • Mon
    Jan
    20
    2020
    Kingston Snowplow Tracker Now Online, Part of Smart City Pilot with Bell

    Some City of Kingston snowplows can now be tracked online, thanks to a nine-month Smart City pilot with Bell.

    Residents can visit CityofKingston.ca/Snow and see the tracker offering data of when the last time roads were snowplowed. The “last plow completed” data notes a range from “less than 4 hours ago” to “16 to 24 hours ago”, shown in different colours on a Google Map.

  • Mon
    Jan
    20
    2020
    MyEG rolls out tax monitoring system to 30 more cities in Indonesia

    My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) announced today that its Indonesian associate PT Cartenz Inti Utama has secured additional government mandates to roll out its tax monitoring system to 30 more cities, marking an expansion to the programme that is already actively underway in Jakarta.

    It did not disclose the value of the contract.

  • Sun
    Jan
    19
    2020
    China can boost Asean’s smart-city dreams but, first, it needs to earn some trust in Southeast Asia

    • China has a lot to offer the ambitious Asean Smart City Network project and has pledged to share its experience and technology
    • But the rise of anti-China sentiment in Asean over South China Sea tensions and unpopular Mekong dam projects may hinder cooperation

  • Sun
    Jan
    19
    2020
    AE: TRA foresees the development of smart government services with government partners

    The Executive Team for Online Services Index (OSI), an indicator of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, held its twenty-sixth meeting, under the slogan “Together towards the first place”. The meeting, which is the first for 2020, was held at TRA Dubai office, headed by H.E. Salem Al Housani, Acting Deputy Director General for Information and e-Government Sector and Head of the National OSI Executive Team, and attended by members of sub-teams representing various local government entities in the UAE.

    This meeting aims to review the team’s highlights for 2019, and the level of achievement in standard initiatives. It also included a session for innovation and future foresight.

  • Sat
    Jan
    18
    2020
    PK: E-employment Project In GB To Provide Employment Opportunities To Youth; CM GB

    Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafiz-ur-Rehman Sunday said that the Chief Minister's e-employment project has been started to provide employment opportunities to the youth.

    Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Women Development Directorate and the Chief Minister's Employment Scheme, Gilgit-Baltistan, he said, more than 70 years of development have taken place in the last four years, adding, providing e-jobs is a challenge for the government, even in developed countries, it is not possible to provide government employment to everyone. Beware of people who make false promises to give government jobs to everyone in elections, he informed.

  • Fri
    Jan
    17
    2020
    E-commerce in Bangladesh: Where are we headed?

    E-commerce involves buying and selling of products and services by businesses and consumers through an electronic medium. Broadly, e-commerce is classified into four categories: business to business or B2B (Cisco), business to consumer or B2C (Amazon), consumer to consumer or C2C (eBay) and Business-to-Government (B2G).

    Business-to-business e-commerce involves agreements between the businesses and businesses. Distribution management, inventory management, channel management, supplier management and payment management are some of the areas in which B2B applications are widely used. In Bangladesh, bgmea.com.bd, bizbangladesh.com are examples of B2B platforms.

  • Fri
    Jan
    17
    2020
    VN wants to work with Japan in developing e-government: PM

    Vietnam is developing an e-government and cyber security and the country wants to work with its reliable partner Japan in these fields, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

    While receiving Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi in Hanoi on Thursday, PM Phuc said the Vietnam-Japan partnership is developing while political trust has been enhanced in many aspects.

  • Fri
    Jan
    17
    2020
    IN: Meghalaya govt all set to implement Smart City projects

    The Meghalaya government is all set to implement the Smart City projects worth Rs 160 crore with construction of a market complex at Laitumkhrah in Shillong.

    Urban affairs minister Hamletson Dohling said under the Smart City Mission, the Government would construct a new market complex at Laitumkhrah at a cost of Rs 30 crore.

  • Thu
    Jan
    16
    2020
    BD: PM urges no unverified digital content sharing

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the need for filtering the harmful digital contents properly, urging the people not to share anything on internet or social media without verification.

    ‘Digital technologies are creating a scope in one hand, while many problems arise for it on the other hand. Many unnecessary links appear while going to use mobile phone or internet … So, arrangements will have to be made to filter harmful digital contents properly,’ she said.

  • Thu
    Jan
    16
    2020
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: E-Cabinet to promote paperless culture in governance: CM Rawat

    The Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat formally initiated the e- cabinet at state secretariat on Wednesday.

    The objective of the e— cabinet is to promote the culture of paperless work in offices and develop institutional memory. The CM said that the new system would not only reduce the use of paper but also help in easily getting the decisions of cabinet taken earlier. He said that e cabinet is an important decision in the direction of e—governance and transparency.

  • Thu
    Jan
    16
    2020
    IN: Gujarat: ‘36,000km fibre network by March’

    To provide high-speed internet connectivity to thousands of villagers, the Gujarat government aims to lay 36,000 kilometres of optical fibre across the state by March 2020, in the second phase of the Centre’s ambitious BharatNet initiative. The first phase saw 16,000km of optical fibre laid to provide broadband connectivity to 6,400 gram panchayats.

    “An optical fibre network of 36,000km will be laid in Gujarat in the second phase, or ‘BharatNet 2’. Some 20,000km of fibre has been laid. We aim to finish the remaining 16,000km by March 2020,” said Dharmendra Sharma, director, technical and infrastructure (ITS), Gujarat Fibre Grid Network Ltd (GFGNL).

  • Thu
    Jan
    16
    2020
    IN: Bihar to come up with two 'Smart Centres'

    Pilot projects to start on two stretches of Ranchi, inclusive of features like Integrated Traffic Management system, good quality CCTV surveillance and variable message signboards.

    In a recent development for Smart City initiative in Bihar, the states capital Ranchi is soon to have two stretches of smart centres which will have smart features like integrated traffic management system, better CCTV surveillance and variable message signboards.

  • Thu
    Jan
    16
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart City: Srinagar to have large electronic display panels for advt

    With Srinagar having been brought under the Smart City project, it is soon going to have new smart electronic display hoardings to attract the advertisers.

    Apart from displaying advertisements, these dynamic large video panels would also display weather updates and information about availability of parking slots in different parts of the city.

  • Wed
    Jan
    15
    2020
    SG: Smart cities aren’t smart without trust

    Innovation can bring astounding benefits but anything digital can be hacked, and anything connected to it then becomes vulnerable

    Singapore's Smart Nation initiative is on its way towards transforming how its inhabitants live, work and play as business and government organisations launch initiatives in preparation for Internet of Things (IoT) and the newly connected world.

  • Wed
    Jan
    15
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City Project: Centre lauds Tumakuru, but State to probe quality

    It is being seen as a model for six other smart city projects under way in State

    The smart city project at Tumakuru, which has been mired in controversy over allegations of sub-standard works, is finding itself in a paradox of sorts. While the allegation has led to setting up of a probe committee, comprising mostly irrigation experts, it is now being seen as a model for six other smart city projects under way in the State.

  • Wed
    Jan
    15
    2020
    VG: Stakeholder meetings commence for roll-out of e-Government laws

    Government has commenced stakeholder meetings to review multiple e-Government legislations which are soon expected to be implemented in the British Virgin Islands.

    A government-commissioned media release dated January 7 said the series of meetings, which began on January 6, is being conducted through a collaboration between government and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    PH: Benguet: Beneco backs smart city lighting project

    Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) expressed support on the planned conduct of a public bidding for the maintenance, operation and upgrading of its street lights under the Smart City lighting project of Baguio City.

    Beneco general manager Gerardo Versoza, in his communication to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, requested for the city to forward to Beneco the approved terms of reference (TOR) for the project for the cooperative to have time to study and come up with a final position.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    IN: Unified portal for all Tamil Nadu govt services soon

    The state government has planned to roll out a common portal for all government services, including Tangedco, civic services, kavalan, digi-cop, traffic police, viewing of FIR, and lost document reporting. The government will soon float tenders for launching the portal, which can also be accessed through an exclusive mobile app to be developed for the purpose.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    MY: Penang hawkers go cashless with Touch ‘n Go eWallet

    Merchant stalls in key heritage streets around George Town, Penang, are now equipped with Touch ‘n Go eWallet that officially enables Penangites to experience and enjoy cashless transactions at various bazaars and night markets.

    Officiated by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Touch ‘n Go eWallet will be available across stalls and hawker joints in George Town such as Chowrasta Market, Armenian Street, Nagore Street and areas in Pulau Tikus and Tanjung Tokong. The eWallet users will be able to shop by simply scanning the QR code of the merchants without the need to deal with bulky wallets or change.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    JP: Toyota to start work next year on “prototype city of the future”

    The head of Japanese carmaker Toyota has given more details about his company’s plan to build a “prototype city of the future” on the site of a former car factory at the foot of Mount Fuji.

    Some 2,000 people will live on the 70ha site, which will host a hydrogen-powered town designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    CA: Ontario: Three Lessons From Toronto's Smart-City Negotiations

    Cities around the world have been paying very close attention to Sidewalk Labs’ efforts to win approval for a smart-city development in Canada’s largest city.

    After months of negotiations with the tri-government agency responsible for the Toronto project, and an initial plan that was met with significant pushback on issues around real estate, intellectual property, data privacy and community engagement, the Google sister company has produced a new, more limited proposal that addresses Torontonians’ major qualms about the Quayside project.

  • Tue
    Jan
    14
    2020
    KR: Seoul Smart City Platform and Seoul Homegrown Startups to Be Showcased at CES

    Home to a Digital Open Government, AI Made Humanlike Voices, Braille Enabled Kiosks, Spatial Recognizing Parking Aides, Tactile Mouse Rings and Gadgets Beyond

    Seoul Business Agency (SBA) announces that Seoul Metropolitan Government will join home grown startups at the CES 2020 Seoul Pavilion located in the startup area of Eureka Park in Hall G, Sands Expo Convention Center, themed Seoul Smart City & Smart Life, which encapsulates the city’s desire to make its citizen’s lives more convenient with smart technologies implemented by the government, to showcase exemplary open government services with its Seoul Smart City Platform amongst 20 other technological innovations.

  • Mon
    Jan
    13
    2020
    TR: E-govt services prove popular, reach more than 45 million people

    E-Devlet, Turkey's online portal for government services, has boosted the number of users in 11 years since its launch and reached a user base of 45,072,811 people. The government aims to increase this number to more than 53 million within the next three years.

    Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan, whose ministry oversees the operation of the portal, said they already exceeded their goal of 45 million for 2019 and want to increase it to reach out to more of the 82 million people living in Turkey. Turhan told Anadolu Agency (AA) Monday that they offered more than 5,000 online services to citizens in the portal. The portal receives a daily average of 12.4 million visits and last year, it received a total of 3.8 billion visits. A new genealogy service allowing users to inquire about their ancestors was among the most popular sections of the portal and attracted more than 51 million visitors, including single and repeated visits. The most popular service, however, is social security benefit inquiries, especially those allowing employees to calculate the days remaining until their retirement age based on the premiums they have paid. This service was followed in popularity with a database allowing users to inquire into legal cases where they are the plaintiff or defendant.

  • Sun
    Jan
    12
    2020
    Ethiopia launches electronic customs processing platform for traders

    The Government of Ethiopia launches an electronic platform that will enhance efficiency in trade logistics landscape of the country by speeding the customs process for importers and exporters.

    Labelled, Ethiopia Electronic Single Window Service, is launched on Saturday in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. It is said will reduce the 44 days hectic long paper work process for importers and exporters to 15 days. Gradually, it is also expected to cut the 15 days to three working days.

  • Sun
    Jan
    12
    2020
    IN: New Mobile App Soon For Citizens To Report Traffic Violators In Odisha

    After series of reformative steps to ensure seamless traffic management through the amended Motor Vehicles Act-2019, Odisha government is presently mulling to tighten noose on traffic violation through public participation.

    As per reports, a mobile application has already been designed through which any responsible citizen who downloads it can send pictures and videos of traffic violation to the police department for necessary action against the violators.

  • Sat
    Jan
    11
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: #VinitasPune: Can’t We Do Better With Sarasbaug, Smart City?

    The most sought after public garden, the Sarasbaug, where thousands of Puneites throng every day, is a manifestation of all that’s sloppy with the civic authorities that manage it.

    This year too, the evening was jam-packed with people, carrying an aura of merriment and hope. I was one of the very many and having visited Sarasbaug, after a long time, found some glaring ugliness that speaks of the inefficiency and callousness of the Municipal Corporation in managing one of the top end and most popular public gardens of Pune.

  • Sat
    Jan
    11
    2020
    GB: York to ban cars in the centre by 2023

    “Non-essential” private cars are set to be restricted from York’s centre to meet climate ambitions and cut congestion and pollution.

    Councillors in the UK’s City of York have voted to ban private cars from the city centre by 2023 to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

  • Sat
    Jan
    11
    2020
    IE: Some links to government websites aren't directing to the right places. Here's why

    The Taoiseach has said that the “user experience” for people using government websites will “improve over time”, despite many links that appear in search engines not leading to the correct page.

    The issue has been one faced by people seeking to be directed to a specific government department webpage, only to be redirected instead to the home page of that site after clicking through on a search engine such as Google.

  • Sat
    Jan
    11
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: DC inaugurates e-rickshaw service in Srinagar

    Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, on Saturday inaugurated e-rickshaw service here. RTO Kashmir Ikramullah Tak was also present on the occasion.

    Shahid Iqbal urged the manufacturer of these e-rickshaws to prepare a DPR of setting up its manufacturing unit in Kashmir and submit the same. He said setting up of the unit would generate employment for the youth of the valley.

  • Fri
    Jan
    10
    2020
    MY: Touch ‘n Go in eWallet push at Penang hawkers, wet markets

    Cashless payments are now available at some wet markets and hawker centres in Penang as Touch ‘n Go eWallet began rolling out its services to small business owners here.

    TNG Digital Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Ignatius Ong said the service wants to be inclusive and accessible by making the payment system available at wet markets, night markets, hawker stalls and bazaars.

  • Fri
    Jan
    10
    2020
    UAE e-government portal crowdsourcing drive draws 34,000 contributors

    The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) says the number of participants over two years in its crowdsourcing campaign to develop the UAE government portal (u.ae) exceeded 34,000. The initiative drew more than 17,300 contributors in 2019, it added. Contributions included comments and suggestions about the overall content of the portal.

    TRA published a survey to facilitate participation in the campaign. The campaign went through several phases, starting by inviting the public to suggest new topics for the portal, receiving suggestions and inquiries, and listing and analysing suggestions.

  • Fri
    Jan
    10
    2020
    IN: To boost artificial intelligence adoption, Telangana pairs industry, academia

    The Telangana government on Thursday declared 2020 as the year of artificial intelligence (AI) and inked nine memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with IT players and educational institutions to develop various use cases as well as conduct research on the application of AI and creation of talent pool in this area.

    Intel, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and IIIT- Hyderabad jointly inked a pact with the government for setting up a research centre in applied AI in healthcare and mobility.

  • Fri
    Jan
    10
    2020
    Cabinet sanctions Digital India, worth INR 113,000

    This program has been envisaged by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and will impact the ministry of communications & IT, ministry of rural development, ministry of human resource development, ministry of health and others.

    The union cabinet has approved sanctions for Digital India, a campaign intended to transform the nation into digital empowered society and knowledge economy, with a cost of Rs 113,000 crore.

  • Fri
    Jan
    10
    2020
    The apps you need in Bahrain

    When BlackBerry released its first smartphones back in 2002, all it offered was just enough juice in the battery to make calls for up to 30 minutes a day.

    But to do that, one had to keep the phone in the charging dock for more than 10 hours! And it weighs 1.1 kilograms! Martin Cooper of Motorola when made the first mobile phone call on 3 April 1973 that was the weight of the device he used. Dimensions were 23X13X4.45 cm.

  • Thu
    Jan
    09
    2020
    ICT to remain prominent under new Uruguay govt

    Uruguay’s government transition is going smoothly and no sharp policy shifts are expected, which bodes well for the IT market.

    “There shouldn’t be any abrupt change [for the country’s ICT market]. And neither for Uruguay. Most programs in place are state initiatives and continuity is usually respected,” Nicolás Jodal, CEO of Uruguayan IT multinational GeneXus told BNamericas.

  • Thu
    Jan
    09
    2020
    Israeli start-up aims to create parking ticket-free cities

    The founders want to use their military engineering experience to create smart cities, in which free spaces can be easily identified and paid for, saving drivers time and avoiding fines.

    From Tel Aviv to New York, the painful hunt for city center parking spots can prove enough to enrage even the most patient drivers among us.

  • Wed
    Jan
    08
    2020
    PK: Smart Integrated City Control Centre Nankana Sahib: Punjab government approves supplementary grant

    The Punjab government on Tuesday approved the supplementary grant for the Smart Integrated City Control Centre for district Nanakana Sahib besides lifting ban on hiring the technical cadre officials in special branch.

    The approval was given in the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Cabinet for Finance chaired by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat and it was attended by Punjab Industry and Commerce Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, Advisor to Chief Minister Dr Salman Shah, Punjab Chief Secretary Azam Suleman, Planning and Development Chairman Hamid Yaqood Sheikh and other officials of departments concern.

  • Wed
    Jan
    08
    2020
    Smart Cities seem inevitable – but how smart is the cyber security protecting them?

    The world is becoming ever more connected with each passing day, and 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 perils which require extensive contingency plans – but they are inevitable. In fact, spend on smart cities currently stands around £81 billion. However, 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.

  • Wed
    Jan
    08
    2020
    NG: ‘What Lagos will do with technology in 2020’

    • Begins new state GIS mapping by March
    • To have laid 3000 metro-fibre by year-end
    • Deploys 2000 CCTV cameras for security, smart city project
    If the promise of the Lagos State government is anything to go by, the year 2020, which started running today, holds greater promises for the over 21 million residents.

  • Tue
    Jan
    07
    2020
    Cyber threats to Digital Pakistan

    Heavy reliance on computers and the internet has altered the life of a common man in a number of ways. It is perceived that the world which is apparently so large has dwindled to a number of devices and gadgets. The use of technology is a common practice as from communicating through e-mail to carrying out transactions electronically, going to places for study to e-learning and flourishing businesses through e-business, everything comes under one thing. And for now, even governments, militaries, and national security organisations are dependent on computer networks.

  • Tue
    Jan
    07
    2020
    Towards the smart cities of 2025

    From tech trends to behavioural shifts and new ways to make smart cities economically sustainable, Matthew James Bailey explores what the next five years could look like.

    The drive for smarter cities is growing exponentially as municipalities tackle critical challenges in areas such as public and environmental health, safety and security, mobility and more.

  • Mon
    Jan
    06
    2020
    IN: Biometric access for employees at 48 airports soon, Govt

    Employees working at 48 airports — including the biggest ones in Metros — will soon have biometric-based access at these high-security zones. Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday launched the Biometric-enabled “centralised access control system” (CACS) and e-BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) project training module here to enhance security and ease of doing business at airports.

    “Covering 43 Airports of Airports Authority of India (AAI) and 5 joint venture airports at present, the CACS project is aimed to digitise employee movement process. This multi-layered security system encompasses the uniqueness of airport entry permit (AEP) users, biometric authentication in addition to PIN-based identity verification through contactless smart card technology, which manages access of personnel along with RFID based automated vehicle access control system according to the region, terminal, zone, and gate access privileges,” the ministry said in a statement.

  • Mon
    Jan
    06
    2020
    This Was the Decade That the City Became the App Store

    In 1964, scientists in the Galápagos Islands fed radio transmitters wrapped in chunks of food to a bunch of giant tortoises. As the animals slept, wandered, and mated, their behaviors pinged back to the research team’s receivers in the form of radio signals.

    This early use of telemetry, or the transmission of computer information over long ranges, proved that biologists could observe, make inferences about, and even influence their subjects remotely. In her 2019 tome The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, the Harvard scholar Shoshanna Zuboff writes that the tortoise experiment was also a prelude for the kind of data-collection technology that has become ubiquitous in human society. And in the 2010s, it began to transform the shape of modern cities.

  • Sun
    Jan
    05
    2020
    Bhopal, Jabalpur & Sagar smart city to get India smart city empowering award

    Union ministry of housing and urban affairs to confer awards under different categories on January 10, 2020

    Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has declared three smart cities of MP a winner under various categories of India smart city empowering awards.

    Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL), Jabalpur and Sagar smart cities will receive awards under different categories on January 10, 2020.

  • Sun
    Jan
    05
    2020
    CA: Alberta: St. Albert: Next generation technology ahead for Smart City

    City to begin consultations for Smart City 4.0 plan in 2020 that will incorporate "newly emergent technologies"

    St. Albert will begin work on the next major revision to its Smart City master plan in 2020, which will put emphasis on “next-generation” technology.

    During a budget meeting in November, St. Albert chief administrative officer Kevin Scoble compared the upcoming revision to upgrading your phone.

  • Sat
    Jan
    04
    2020
    JP: Chiba Prefecture: Kashiwanoha accepts AI, IoT, and other demonstration experiments throughout the city–creating a problem-solving city

    “Kashiwanoha Smart City” in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, is about to become a place for demonstration experiments utilizing the entire city. Promoted by Mitsui Fudosan, Kashiwanoha Urban Design Center and Kashiwa City. The University of Tokyo (University of Tokyo), Chiba University, and others also joined and started as a demonstration platform called “Innovation Field Kashiwanoha” in collaboration with civil society.

    Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City was launched with the opening of the Tsukuba Express in 2005 as a flagship project for the smart city strategy. It features a compact cityscape with houses, commercial facilities, offices, hotels, hospitals, universities, parks, etc., within a radius of about 3 km.

  • Sat
    Jan
    04
    2020
    CSC e-Governance India restarts Aadhaar registration work

    CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd, a special purpose vehicle under Meity, on Friday restarted Aadhaar registration and other related works which it plans to expand across the country next week.

    CSC SPV has signed an agreement with Aadhaar custodian, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), to roll out Aadhaar enrolment, make corrections and changes in the profile of the unique ID holders within its premises.

  • Sat
    Jan
    04
    2020
    IN: Expedite e-office implementation: Singh to states, UTs

    Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday appealed to all states and Union territories to expedite implementation of e-office or digitisation of government work.

    During a review meeting of the Ministry of Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions, Singh discussed various initiatives towards digitisation and e-governance.

    "The minister also appealed to the state governments to expedite the implementation of e-office in their respective states/Union territories," a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

  • Sat
    Jan
    04
    2020
    Bahrain's AI success 'focus of conference'

    Bahrain has participated in the 17th conference for ministers responsible for higher education and scientific research in the Arab world, which was under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The conference was entitled “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education: Challenges and bets”.

    The Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi headed the Bahraini delegation The conference reached a number of recommendations, including working to develop general policies and implementation plans to enhance the use of AI in several fields such as education and scientific research, it aimed to prepare teachers to work on AI education and support applying AI education.

  • Fri
    Jan
    03
    2020
    ZA: Smart City Dubai is a good example for SA on how to improve efficiencies

    The Smart City Dubai example offers South Africa how to improve efficiencies for both tourists and locals by reducing costs, red-tape via unnecessary paper work and wasted hours.

    Earlier this year President Cyril Ramaphosa bore the brunt of a South African backlash after his State of the Nation Address when he announced it was time for South Africa to consider building a smart city.

  • Fri
    Jan
    03
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Coming up next, common Namma Bengaluru app for all services

    Set to be launched in the city on January 15, the app being developed by BBMP will have links to various government departments

    Not happy about the need to download apps of individual agencies for redressal of issues related to the city? Come January 15, there will be one common Namma Bengaluru app, which can be used for solutions to any civic issues.

  • Fri
    Jan
    03
    2020
    Kenyan mobile money transactions rise to Kshs 1.7 trillion

    Kenyans have made 661.6 million transactions value at 1.7 trillion shillings through mobile money transactions between July and September.

    According to a Communications Authority first quarter report for financial year 2019/2020 the increase of mobile money services was driven by increased access to mobile network signal and exciting product offers by the telecos that pushed mobile penetration to 112 percent.

  • Fri
    Jan
    03
    2020
    How Smart Cities Use IoT-Based Parking Solutions

    The increasing number of vehicles on the road, along with the mismanagement of available parking space, leads to parking-related problems; thankfully, smart parking systems offer solutions.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives.

    Through the wealth of apps available to us on smartphones and other devices, AI shows us the fastest route while driving, helps us find the lowest gas prices on the same trip, and can even point out attractions we might like along the way. Data-backed fitness devices give us important stats on our activity level and help fine-tune our daily routine for optimal health benefits.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    IN: PLuS Alliance to help Pune become a smart city

    The PLuS Alliance - a partnership between Arizona State University (ASU), King's College London (KCL) and University of New South Wales Sydney(UNSW) -- has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), to advance research, education and outreach projects that address pressing urbanisation challenges to make it a smart city.

    "Collaboration is key if we are to find effective solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation - and to the sustainable and inclusive development Pune Smart City Development Corporation aspires to," UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said in a statement.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    IN: Govt launches index to rank states, UTs on good governance parameters

    The Good Governance Index will provide quantifiable data to compare the state of governance in all states and Union territories

    A good governance index (GGI) was launched on Wednesday by the central government to assess the state of governance in the country, according to a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry.

    The objectives of GGI are to provide quantifiable data to compare the state of governance in all states and Union territories, enable them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for improving governance and shift to result oriented approaches and administration, the statement said.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    IN: Integrated Health Information Platform launched in Manipur

    Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) was recently launched in Manipur.

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar Singh launched the programme in presence of Principal Secretary (Health) Vumlunmang Vaulnum and Director (Health Services) Dr K Rajo Singh at the South Block of the State Secretariat here.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    Bahrain iGA launches ePayment services via Sadad

    The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) has launched a host of new ePayment services in cooperation with the private sector, the latest being self-payment kiosks in partnership with leading payment channel, Sadad.

    This is in line with its commitment to provide a range of digital platforms and payment channels to the public, and streamline government transactions, said the statement from iGA.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    VN: Government Office reviews 2019 work and set 2020 tasks

    Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình has asked the Government Office to be more proactive next year in following and grasping the real-life situation as well as hot and sensitive issues which attract public attention in order to advise and give recommendations to the Government for prompt reactions in social and economic direction and administration.

    Speaking at a conference reviewing the Government Office’s work in 2019 and implementing the 2020 tasks in Hà Nội on Wednesday, Bình said innovation, creativity and pioneering in action were highlights of the office officials in 2019.

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    G2C e-Governance & e-Frauds: A Perspective for Digital Pakistan Policy

    e-Governance, sometimes referred as e-government, online-government or digital government, is the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to assist in the transformation of government structures and operations for cooperative and integrated service delivery for citizens and government agencies. e-Governance involves using ICT tools to improve the delivery of government services to citizens, businesses, and other government agencies. e-Governance encompasses a wide range of activities and actors, these include government-to-government (G2G), government-to-business (G2B), and government-to-citizen (G2C).

  • Thu
    Jan
    02
    2020
    5G: A new stage in civilization development amid global competition

    The format of the next-generation cellular networks, which is commonly known as 5G, is considered by a vast majority of experts as one of the “key technologies in the decades to come.” It is seen as a major element in ensuring the leading positions of a country at a new stage of the race for the most favorable national development status. What are the political features of this phase of technology rivalry?

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plans to approve the final version of the 5G standard by early next year. However, experts throughout the globe have been developing the “general principles and properties” of the fifth-generation cellular communication technologies for more than five years. The current fourth-generation technology guarantees maximum data transfer rate at about 150 Mbit/s. 5G promises speeds of more than 1 Gbit / s. By the middle of this year, “China, South Korea, Japan, and most EU countries had chosen the frequency spectrum that will be used in fifth-generation networks.” A heated debate has been under way in the United States, which has already held several frequency auctions for 5G .According to Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, who oversees the development of digital technologies in the Russian Federation, the launch of 5G is “a matter of survival if we do not want to lose technological leadership”.

  • Wed
    Jan
    01
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal: Funds will not be an issue in Smart City projects, says Chief Secretary S R Mohanti

    CS visits sites, reviews projects’ development

    Chief Secretary S R Mohanti reviewed the works being carried out under Smart City project and said that the project would take development of Bhopal to new heights.

    The CS, while visiting the sites, assured Bhopal Smart City development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) on Tuesday that there will be no shortage of funds. He also instructed the officials to complete the projects within the allotted time.

  • Wed
    Jan
    01
    2020
    Digital Pakistan Vision does not take on digital literacy skill set building: Dawn contributor

    In her commentary, the writer says that while the Digital Pakistan Vision tackles exclusion due to poor infrastructure, the policy lags behind on individual access and accessibility to technological environments.

    In the Digital Pakistan Vision launched recently, Tania Aidrus, the head of the initiative, laid out the strategic pillars of the vision, namely - infrastructure, e-governance, digital skills and training, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Wed
    Jan
    01
    2020
    NG: Smart city: Huge investment in data essential – Experts

    To ensure a sustainable development of futuristic smart city anywhere in the country, government at all levels have been urged to invest massively in data infrastructure necessary to deliver services.

    According to experts in built environment, it is impossible to have smart cities without huge investments in geospatial data.

    Leading the call, Rector, Federal School of Survey, Oyo, Dr. Dupe Nihinlola, stated that smart city required substantial funding for its creation and maintenance, adding that its function was within computing infrastructure and collection of large quantity of data to create an environment for efficiency and conservation.

  • Wed
    Jan
    01
    2020
    NG: Lagos automates vehicle inspection, demands traffic law enforcement

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service will now discharge its statutory duties with the use of technology.

    He noted that the digital initiatives would complement other electronic services introduced in the transportation sector to boost the state’s capacity to become a smart city and transform the economy.

  • Tue
    Dec
    31
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Mobile app launched for rural local body elections in Thanjavur

    The app provides information about the upcoming polls for voters, candidates and polling officials in the district

    The District e-Governance Society has created a mobile application -- Thanjavur Elections -- to provide information about the elections to rural local bodies in the district. The app, in Tamil, has three separate sections -- for voters, candidates and polling officials.

  • Tue
    Dec
    31
    2019
    PK: Punjab: Training Workshop On E-Governance At University of Agriculture Faisalabad

    University of Agriculture Faisalabad’s Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ashraf (HI, SI) gives away UAF memento to DG Research Punjab Dr Abid Memood during the inaugural session of a training workshop for Research Wing officers of Ayub Agriculture Research Institute (AARI).

    Training workshop on E-governance  for the officials of Department of Agriculture Punjab was kicked off at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The workshop was arranged by office of research, innovation and commercialization, UAF in collaboration with Ayub Agriculture Research Institute.

  • Tue
    Dec
    31
    2019
    Smart Cities Are the Need of the Hour

    Smart technology is challenging, convincing and converting the human ecosystem in a million different ways. Let’s go back a century, technology was emerging to support us, provide aid and thus follow us. Soon an altered technology started walking along with us and not long-ago technology has started ruling our lives. Smart technology today drives Smartphones, Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Grids, Smart Homes and now Smart Infrastructure as well.

    A smart city is the development of a region or a city using information and communication technologies to enhance the performance and quality of urban services such as energy, connectivity, transportation, utilities, and others. A smart city is developed when ‘smart’ technologies are installed to change the nature and economics of the surrounding infrastructure. The cloud-based applications collect and manage data in real-time to help the enterprises and residents make better decisions that improve the quality of life.

  • Tue
    Dec
    31
    2019
    Kenya's mobile penetration rises in Q3: report

    Increased access to mobile network signals and exciting products offered by telcom operators continue to drive consumers to own more than one SIM card to take advantage of the diverse services pushing Kenya's mobile penetration to 112 percent, a report released Monday by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) shows.

    The Sector Statistics Report covering July-September 2019 shows mobile subscriptions are on the upward trajectory, standing at 53.2 million.

  • Mon
    Dec
    30
    2019
    Five ‘holistic’ tech trends set to shape smart cities in 2020

    ABI Research’s analysts have identified 35 trends that will shape the technology market and lead to cities developing advanced urban strategies over the next 12 months.

    In 2020, the concepts of digital twins, urban modelling, resilience, circularity, smart urban spaces, and electric micro-mobility and micro-transit will define the character of smart cities of the future, a new study finds.

  • Mon
    Dec
    30
    2019
    US: Pennsylvania: How Carnegie Mellon helped transform Pittsburgh into a smart city playground

    Innovations include smart trash cans, traffic lights, and snow plows

    In Pittsburgh, public trash cans aren’t just collecting litter—they’re also gathering data. This summer, the city completed installation of 1,200 smart garbage cans that use sensors to alert sanitation workers when they’re almost full. The city expects them to cut hours spent on litter collection by 66%, while reducing the carbon emissions from garbage trucks and freeing up workers to do other work, such as patching roads. The trash cans are part of a larger effort to transform the former Rust Belt manufacturing center into a tech and entrepreneurship hub that acts as “a model of what the new economy and environmental standards should look like,” says Santiago Garces, director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance.

  • Mon
    Dec
    30
    2019
    US: Washington: Seattle launches dashboard to track city progress

    Performance Seattle provides data visualisations to help citizens track progress across seven priority areas.

    The City of Seattle has launched a new centralised dashboard where residents can track progress across seven key areas.

    Performance Seattle, which provides visualisations of city data, was created to help the city demonstrate accountability to residents, reduce data silos within city government and make data more accurate and real-time through automation.

  • Sun
    Dec
    29
    2019
    IN: Soon you can share knowledge with AI-powered data repository

    Will help individuals, industry and academia in studies, training and research.

    The ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) is working on a project to develop a platform that will act as a repository of all publicly shareable data, information, tools, literature, etc. It will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to aid individuals, industry and academia to conduct studies, training or research for developing commercial and non-commercial solutions devoted to socio-economic well being.

  • Sun
    Dec
    29
    2019
    PK: Cyber insecurity

    Existing laws on cyber security need a rethink to fight against crimes involving identity theft

    Numerous data breaches have taken place in Pakistan in recent years, which point towards the need for the country to rethink its cyber security strategy in the fight against identity theft. Pakistan needs to place the development of robust data protection and cyber crime laws at the centre of a broader cyber security strategy that brings the rights of citizens to the forefront.

  • Sat
    Dec
    28
    2019
    KR: Seoul bolsters its smart city infrastructure with IoT network

    The Metropolitan Government is planning to deploy a city-wide Internet of Things network as part of its plan to create one of the world’s first hyper-connected cities by 2022.

    The Metropolitan Government of Seoul in South Korea is planning to deploy an enterprise-grade city-wide Internet of Things network.

    It is part of a larger plan by the city to increase its connectivity offerings and create one of the world’s first hyper-connected cities by 2022.

  • Sat
    Dec
    28
    2019
    10 predictions for smart city priorities in 2020

    IoT projects will slow down and cities will have to decide if 5G is best for vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, IDC says.

    Over the next decade of smart cities work, there will be fewer IoT projects, more citizen input, and more communication between cars and infrastructure, according to the smart cities team at IDC.

    City leaders will build digital trust in new technology by setting clear data-use policies as the first step in the technology procurement process.

  • Fri
    Dec
    27
    2019
    Smart city trend tracker: The top stories on SmartCitiesWorld in 2019

    We round up our main takeaways from smart city developments in 2019. We’d love to hear yours.

    As ever, 2019 has been another fascinating year in the development of smart cities around the world. Sometimes it can feel as if progress is painfully slow while occasionally you worry that things are ploughing ahead a little too fast before the groundwork is in place.

    Reflecting on the year’s biggest stories and trends provides an interesting insight into the general direction of travel as well as the things to look out for in the coming year.

  • Thu
    Dec
    26
    2019
    Australia making progress on its smart city development

    The smart city movement in Australia is entering a more actionable phase. According to a new report, an increasing number of local government and private bodies are now actively engaged in pilot projects, with most of these pilots focused on data analytics and science.

    The study, conducted by KPMG, is based on data collected in the Smart City Series, a set of surveys conducted across major Australian cities. Information was gathered from a variety for stakeholders in the smart city domain, ranging from different levels of government to industry leaders, academics and local communities.

  • Wed
    Dec
    25
    2019
    China dreams of becoming an AI utopia, pushing beyond surveillance and into education and health care

    • This is the fourth instalment in a four-part series examining the brewing US-China war over the development and deployment of artificial intelligence technology
    • China has had success with AI and surveillance, but when it comes to social issues such as education, health care and agriculture, there is still a ways to go

    For China, the advent of artificial intelligence is meant to be the silver bullet that unlocks further economic growth and helps solve deep-rooted social problems, such as the uneven distribution of resources in education and health care.

  • Wed
    Dec
    25
    2019
    TR: New Smart Solutions for Istanbul Transportation

    New Smart Solutions for Istanbul Transportation, “New Generation Vehicles” session was held within the scope of Ulaşım Sustainable Transportation Congress in of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Assoc. Dr. Eda Beyazit in thin facilitated (moderator) session held in smart mobility in Turkey, autonomous vehicles, touched on topics such as new transportation technologies. In the session, the different dimensions of an innovative transportation were discussed and the opportunities they created for Istanbul were discussed.

    Oturum New Generation Vehicles oturum session was held within the scope of Ulaşım Sustainable Transportation Congress in of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Assoc. Dr. Berrin Benli from Novusens Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Prof. Dr. Eda Beyazıt İnce. Dr. Nejat Tuncay, Assoc. Dr. Nihan Akyelken took part as a speaker. After the session, Burçin Açan from Zorlu Energy, Kerem Deveci from Devecitech and Gökşen Atalay from Duckt participated as participants.

  • Wed
    Dec
    25
    2019
    NG: Lagos State Government creates solutions for smart city

    The Lagos State Government and experts in the technology ecosystem are now in partnership to come up with solutions that will help to achieve the smart city plans of the state. Stakeholders recently showed up at a 2-day summit called Art of Technology 1.0 and themed “Bridging the Gap” in Lagos to look at how AI and other technologies can be used to end societal issues.

  • Wed
    Dec
    25
    2019
    Africa: The era of the Smart City has begun, and connectivity is essential to its success

    According to Vino Govender: Executive for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisition and Strategy at Dark Fibre Africa, reliable and low-latency fibre connectivity underpin the success of the Smart City.

    Across Africa, rural populations continue to migrate into the cities, seeking out work, education and better lives. It’s a steady influx of individuals that puts increasing pressure on ageing infrastructure and creaking systems that already battle with the weight of a growing population. Already, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with that number expected to reach 80% by 2050.

  • Tue
    Dec
    24
    2019
    VN: HCM City plans to integrate online public services with national portal

    HCM City plans to integrate half of its online public services on its new national public service portal by 2020 in an attempt to further simplify administrative procedures, the city’s People’s Committee has said.

    The integration of the public service portal between the city and the nation targets standardising administrative procedure; integrating data to reflect recommendations of citizens and enterprises and common problems in administrative procedures; and connecting the city's central service portal with the national public service portal.

  • Tue
    Dec
    24
    2019
    Residents can now use more services through UAE Pass

    Users can submit, sign documents digitally without visting service centres via single app

    More government and private sector services have been added to the UAE Pass, allowing users to digitally sign and verify documents without visiting service centres, officials announced on Tuesday.

  • Tue
    Dec
    24
    2019
    NG: Finance Ministry launches electronic records management project

    Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, on Monday in Abuja, unveiled an Electronic Records Management (ERM) platform for the tracking of incoming and outgoing mails and letters from and to the Ministry.

    A statement by Hassan Dodo, Director of Information, Ministry of Finance, stated that the launch was in furtherance of the current administration’s commitment to digitize all government’s platforms and the Ministry’s commitment towards improving service delivery to the citizenry.

  • Tue
    Dec
    24
    2019
    Nigeria, UK partner to achieve 70% Broadband penetration in 5 years

    The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM on behalf of the Federal Government inaugurated the Nigerian National Broadband Plan Committee (2020-2025) Committee at the Transorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

    Inaugurating the Committee which comprises members from the private and public sectors, the Minister stated that the work of the committee will go a long way in supporting National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy of Nigeria which include critical role for Federal, States and Local government in the country.

  • Mon
    Dec
    23
    2019
    A decade of smart city projects: What worked and what didn't

    Cities have learned that residents offer an important real-world reality check on tech-centric and data-driven work.

    The idea of smart cities was not on anyone's radar back in 2005, but New Orleans got a head start on data-driven decision making thanks to Hurricane Katrina.

    After Katrina hit and the city's levees failed, the city started using data to improve and speed-up decision making to support the city's recovery.

  • Mon
    Dec
    23
    2019
    BH: Meeting focuses on improving 'delivery of various e-Services'
    Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Ali AlQaed chaired a Government Service Centre Evaluation Committee (Taqyeem) meeting, which reviewed the evaluation of government service centres and different ways to improve performances.

    In attendance was Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Energy Studies, and Taqyeem Vice-Chairman Dr Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. Mr AlQaed praised the efforts of the committee in developing the performance of government centres, expressing his hope for continued improvement.

  • Sun
    Dec
    22
    2019
    MY: Celcom launches security based 5G smart city solution in Langkawi

    • Working together with Langkawi police and city council to launch 4K video cameras
    • Celcom to expand 5G use cases on island to cargo, fleet management and other use

    With the aim of enhancing daily operations for local businesses and authorities, as well as enriching the digital lifestyles of consumers in Langkawi, Celcom Axiata Bhd’s ongoing 5G journey sees the deployment of its 5G Safety and Security Smart City solutions in Langkawi, today.

  • Sun
    Dec
    22
    2019
    AE: AIM 2020 to address challenge of funding for smart city solutions

    The UAE Ministry of Economy has announced the 10th edition of its Annual Investment Meeting to be held on 24-26 March, 2020, under the theme “Investing for the Future: Shaping the Global Investment Strategies.”

    The event will bring government leaders and officials, economic experts, global investors, entrepreneurs, and experts from more than 140 countries to Dubai for the event held under the patronage of of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

  • Sun
    Dec
    22
    2019
    IOT: The Internet of Everything

    You’ve probably come across the Internet of Things (IoT), but have you come across the Internet of Everything (IoE)? And, perhaps you’re wondering what is the difference between them? In many ways, there is no difference. Perhaps the biggest difference is the way they are visualized conceptually. But let’s start with some definitions.

    Wikipedia tells us that the Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. It really started with smart plugs and devices like that and has grown.

  • Sat
    Dec
    21
    2019
    From the City as a Service to The City as a License

    What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, the Politecnico di Torino and SCUT.

  • Sat
    Dec
    21
    2019
    AE: Dubai establishes itself as the Digital Capital of the Middle East

    Dubai is one of the world’s first cities to launch an all-encompassing Smart City plan

    With a series of remarkable achievements in smart transformation in 2019, Dubai has emerged as the undisputed Digital Capital of the Middle East, a status endorsed by leading global reports on smart cities, Smart Dubai has revealed.

    Over the year, the emirate has significantly expanded its technical capabilities and widened its smart transformation efforts to cover all operations and services of Dubai Government. A host of recent global reports have ranked Dubai ahead of major international cities in the field of smart transformation.

  • Sat
    Dec
    21
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore Corpn. ranks first in State in Smart Cities project implementation

    The civic body has so far completed 18 projects worth ₹ 72.67 crore

    Coimbatore Corporation ranks first among the 11 urban local bodies in the State in implementing projects taken up under the Central Government-funded Smart Cities Mission programme.

    At a State-level review meeting, held in Chennai on Friday, which saw officials from the 11 municipal corporations participate, Coimbatore Corporation ranked first, said the civic body sources. Though the third-ranked Greater Chennai Corporation had also completed as many projects as the Coimbatore Corporation – 18 – the latter ranked first because it had no project that needed either approval or preparation of detailed project report.

  • Sat
    Dec
    21
    2019
    Key Benefits of Big Data for Developing Smart Cities

    With rapid innovation taking place in the technological fields like- AI, IoT, data analytics, smart cities have been one of the fast-paced developments to occur using the above-stated technologies.

    So, what exactly is a smart city? A smart city refers to an urban area that is well-equipped with basic infrastructure for providing its citizens a quality lifestyle.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    Saudi e-Government Program covers 86% of public sector

    The ministry has provided more than 27 electronic services through its website

    The Saudi Ministry of Civil Service announced the completion of linking the databases of 90 public entities through e-Government Program (Yesser), achieving am 86% coverage of the public sector.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    TW: CHT, Thai peer sign smart city MOU

    Following its success in Vietnam, Chunghwa Telecom is teaming up with state-owned CAT Telecom of Thailand to develop smart city-related applications

    Chunghwa Telecom Co (CHT, 中華電信), the nation’s biggest telecom operator, yesterday said that it has inked a memorandum of understanding with CAT Telecom PCL to develop smart city services in Thailand as part of renewed efforts to explore new revenue sources in emerging Southeast Asian markets.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    CA: City of Ottawa announces data-sharing plan with Google’s Waze app

    Ottawa will join other major North American cities in sharing traffic data with Google’s Waze app, the city announced Thursday.

    Waze provides drivers with crowd-sourced, real-time information to help avoid construction, accidents and other delays on the road.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    Resisting E-Governance in Nigeria

    With the introduction and implementation of a growing number of IT-based transparency enhancement platforms and tools in Nigeria, the country is gradually catching up with the world on e-governance thanks to which governance and organized private sector business are increasingly becoming transparent.

    Though still below standard in terms of efficiency and coverage, things like personal biometric identification system, e-platforms for Treasury Single Account (TSA) and Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) management among other platforms and tools have the potential, if sustained, to practically eliminate systematic corruption in governance and public service delivery sectors in the country.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    IN: Punjab govt offices to adopt e-office from Jan: CM

    Taking forward Punjab’s digital revolution, chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday announced that all Punjab government entities will start working on e-office from the next month. He further announced that all documents issued by Sewa Kendras will be pushed to the Digilocker of citizens to enable them to access these anywhere and anytime.

    Chairing a meeting of the board of governors (BoG) of Punjab State e-Governance Society (PSeGS), the Capt reviewed various innovative projects being undertaken by the Society.

  • Fri
    Dec
    20
    2019
    Kenya ready for Artificial Intelligence but where is the data?

    None of 15 government content categories analysed has data in machine-readable formats, stalling push for automation

    Lack of access to free, up-to-date and machine-readable government data stands in the way of Kenya tapping into opportunities brought by artificial intelligence, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals.

    The country tops Africa and ranks 52 globally out of 194 countries on the government’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in public services but only manages positions seven in the continent and 78 out of 94 globally in availability of government data, according to two key reports.

  • Thu
    Dec
    19
    2019
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City projects in Hubballi school and hospital nominated for national awards

    Notwithstanding criticism for the slow pace at which several ‘Smart City’ projects in the twin cities are being implemented, two initiatives – one in the health sector and the other in the field of education – have been recognised by the Union ministry of urban development.

    Officials of the Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Ltd (HDSCL) confirmed that they had been officially intimated from the coordinator of the award programme. The Hubballi Lamington School, where HDSCL undertook initiatives leveraging technology for learning, will compete with Jabalpur Smart City Ltd and Lovely Professional University in education, Chintaguppi Hospital in Hubballi is vying with the Kochin Smart City Ltd in the domain of health.

  • Thu
    Dec
    19
    2019
    New Open-Source CoE to be launched by Wipro and Oman’s Ministry of Tech & Communication

    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company and the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC), a government authority of the Sultanate of Oman, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a Center of Excellence (CoE) for open source.

    The MoU was signed by Dr. Salim bin Sultan Alruzaiqi, Chief Executive Officer, MTC and Sanjeev Tayal, Vice President and Business Head, Middle East, Wipro Limited. Under this MoU, Wipro and MTC will collaborate to build, deploy and sustain the CoE as well as accelerate adoption of open source technologies in the public and private sectors of Oman and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

  • Thu
    Dec
    19
    2019
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart city gets digital kiosk

    Have you lost your phone and want to make an emergency call or looking to charge your phone on the road? Well, the digital kiosk in the the smart city of Bhubaneswar will solve all your problems now.

    The kiosk, which was developed by five engineering student-turned entrepreneurs, is called Human Interactive Interface Systems — HII-Systems or HII Bhubaneswar. It is equipped with a 55 inch display screen and is a combination of a smart digital kiosk and a digital billboard.

  • Thu
    Dec
    19
    2019
    NG: 100 firms get data protection non-compliance notice

    The Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency will be issuing non-compliance notices to 100 Nigerian companies who failed for comply with certain processes of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation of the agency.

    The Desk Officer, e-Government Development and Regulation Department at NITDA, Femi Daniel, told The Punch correspondent on Tuesday that the companies, which operates in the financial technology sector, aviation and betting sectors, had failed to submit their initial data audit.

  • Thu
    Dec
    19
    2019
    AU: Queensland: Palaszczuk Government set to deliver better internet in Townsville

    The Palaszczuk Government will connect state-owned optical fibre to the North Queensland Regional Data Centre to provide better internet for up to half a million people.

    Innovation Minister Kate Jones today announced the government would provide $350,000 to Townsville City Council to connect the NQRDC to the QCN Fibre network to create the jobs of the future in North Queensland.

  • Wed
    Dec
    18
    2019
    IN: Futuristic Smart City for Sustainable Livelihood

    “As a part of the Green City initiative, we have requested each and every councillors to plant a sapling in their wards, which we have mandated to construct public green spaces for citizens with eco-friendly materials. This initiative is a way forward to enhance sustainable living for the citizens. These open spaces are called ‘Neighbourhood Parks’”, asserted an enthusiastic Secretary, Port Blair Municipal Council, Suneel Anchipaka in a conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts as under:

    Q: Port Blair is one of the first cities which has been chosen by the Government of India under its Smart City Mission mandate. Can you please give us an overview about the key projects that has been initiated so far? Also, what reason or accountability you feel is responsible for the slow rolling out of the Smart City mission in Port Blair?

  • Wed
    Dec
    18
    2019
    VN: National public service portal formally launched

    The introduction ceremony for the national public service portal was held on December 9 in Hanoi, with the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. This portal serves as an electronic link between the government and citizens, businesses nationwide.

    According to the Government Office, in the last 9 months, it cooperated with related ministries & sectors, and local authorities to standardize and upgrade necessary databases for administrative procedures regarding citizens and businesses in order to integrate them for the services launched on the portal.

  • Wed
    Dec
    18
    2019
    China’s Smart Cities Are Magnets For Economic Growth And Environmental Stewardship

    It’s almost as if the community was dreamed up as part of a movie set. But the Suzhou Industrial Park is real and part of a cooperative effort with Singapore. It is a carefully planned area on 27 square miles that a quarter-century earlier had been farmland. Dozens of Fortune 500 companies have invested billions into hundreds of cutting-edge projects.

    China is known as a developing country. But in reality, it is more developed than many western countries. The Suzhou Industrial Park is sustainable and high tech, which has attracted trailblazing companies ranging from Samsung to Siemens to Philips. Others from around the world have since followed and use it as a base from which to produce and to export their goods.

  • Wed
    Dec
    18
    2019
    IN: To govern smart cities, data is no more than a tool

    Data helps. But to pin all hopes on technological solutions, as the smart city project is doing, is not wise

    What does it mean to be a smart city? While priorities, projects, and methods might change, the smart city has come to mean widespread use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in urban governance and the promotion of economic growth. Further, smart cities promote the extensive collection and analysis of data in order to make cities more efficient and, purportedly, more equitable. At a more ideological level, smart cities seek to “depoliticise” urban governance, arguing that a more scientific approach — using data and digital technologies — can achieve this.

  • Tue
    Dec
    17
    2019
    Introducing e-government to help Ukraine integrate with EU

    Despite numerous structural obstacles, the government’s goal of implementing electronic government services will help Ukraine integrate with the European Union.

    That’s what panelists concluded during the discussion “Digital Future and Electronic Democracy” at the KyivPost’s Tiger Conference on Dec. 10. Currently, the Ukrainian government aims to provide state services through a centralized mobile application that any citizen can use.

  • Tue
    Dec
    17
    2019
    ES: New initiative to consolidate Valencia as a smart city

    The City Council of Valencia has launched Connecta VLCi project which aims to consolidate Valencia as a Smart City. The objective of the project is to provide 194 municipal buildings with the artificial intelligence needed to improve the public services they offer. Its implementation is possible thanks to 50% co-funding by the Ministry of Economy and Business.

    Intelligent services for satisfied customers and sustainable governance

    Connecta VLCi previews the installation of internal and external environmental sensors in sports buildings, museums and monuments, markets and municipal schools. They will allow control of atmospheric and light pollution, temperature and humidity, and the consumption of energy and water, which shall ultimately lead to important financial savings. In addition, the installation of sensors will make it possible to start an environmental awareness platform in a hundred schools and a platform for people who sell in the municipal markets to offer their products online.

  • Tue
    Dec
    17
    2019
    China’s Shenzhen launches blockchain service for government certificate applications

    Yesterday, the Shenzhen government launched a blockchain electronic certificate application platform based on the ‘i Shenzhen’ app, Xinhua reported. The platform features 24 commonly used electronic certificates enabling citizens to apply for various licenses via the app and to avoid carrying paper documents.

    It will support online and offline licenses, authorization to obtain permits, no-criminal record certificate and birth registration, among many others.

  • Tue
    Dec
    17
    2019
    G2C e-Governance & e-Frauds: A Perspective for Digital Pakistan Policy

    e-Governance, sometimes referred as e-government, online-government or digital government, is the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to assist in the transformation of government structures and operations for cooperative and integrated service delivery for citizens and government agencies. e-Governance involves using ICT tools to improve the delivery of government services to citizens, businesses, and other government agencies. e-Governance encompasses a wide range of activities and actors, these include government-to-government (G2G), government-to-business (G2B), and government-to-citizen (G2C).

  • Mon
    Dec
    16
    2019
    IN: Progressive Strategy Transforming Andaman to Mega-city

    “IT inventions are the bedrocks are the base of smart cities development. Andaman has a submarine under-cable project underway, and by June 2020, the lack of connectivity may be a thing of the past. We are in the process of bringing about Rs 20,000 crores of investment to the islands from private stakeholders in the next 4 years, and Rs 30000 crores till 2025”, asserted an optimistic Chetan B Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration in a tete-a-tete with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts below:

    As the bureaucratic chief of Andaman and Nicobar Island, please elaborate to us of the key strengths of the Union Territory, over its mainland counterparts or states.

  • Mon
    Dec
    16
    2019
    PK: KP CM launches E-governance for contractors, firms

    KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has formally launched the E-governance for contractors and firms that would benefit as many as 7000 contractors of the province. Provincial Minister for C&W Akbar Ayub Khan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Communication & Works and other concerned attended the meeting. Under this initiative, the facility of online registration would be available for 24 hours throughout the week.

  • Mon
    Dec
    16
    2019
    ‘Digital’ Pakistan

    Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Digital Pakistan Vision at the Prime Minister's Secretariat, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that digitalization is critical for the benefit of the people as it would assist the government to bring a meaningful change in the life of the common man. This, he further contended, would reduce the paper in use by the federal government with an obvious positive impact on environment as well as provide opportunities to women to contribute to this sector and cash in on more jobs in the economy.

  • Mon
    Dec
    16
    2019
    CA: Can smart cities help their residents without hurting their privacy?

    • Data is driving the world's most powerful tech companies - but it will also shape cities of the future
    • In Canada, the Sidewalk Labs smart city experiment has drawn criticism
    • So how do we establish data governance that meaningfully involves citizens for the good of all?

    We live in a world where information has been transformed into one of the world’s most precious commodities. Data is a significant driver of our economies and the backbone of the world’s most powerful technology companies.

  • Sun
    Dec
    15
    2019
    Tania Aidrus seeks ideas for PM Imran’s Digital Pakistan initiative

    Tania Aidrus, the former Google executive who is leading Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Digital Pakistan initiative, says she is overwhelmed by the support she is receiving.

    The former Google executive, in a tweet, asked people to share their “ideas and input” on the five priorities of Digital Pakistan on email.

  • Sun
    Dec
    15
    2019
    AE: RTA signs MoU to develop digital plates

    The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Reviver Auto Accessories Trading Company -- the Regional Office of the American Reviver Auto Company -- which will see the development of digital vehicle number plates.

    The plates are fitted with features such as monitoring traffic congestions, and licensing-related matters as well as road safety and security.

  • Sun
    Dec
    15
    2019
    PK: Peshawar: CM launches e-registration system for contractors, companies

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan formally inaugurated e-registration of contractors and companies in the province under the Department of Communications and Construction.

    The project will benefit about 7,000 contractors across the province, who will be facilitated 24 hours in online registration a week.

  • Sat
    Dec
    14
    2019
    TZ: Will a Mega-Dar es Salaam also be a ‘Smart City’ come 2030?

    Dar es Salaam is projected to become a megacity by 2030, only ten years from now. The United Nations defines a megacity as a city which has a population of at least ten million people. Currently, there are 37 megacities in the world, including Shanghai, Tokyo, Lagos, Kinshasa, and Mumbai. Today, it is a necessity for a megacity to also be a smart-city. How is Dar es Salaam prepared to become mega-smart?

    The typical high populations of megacities come with many challenges that require innovative solutions to everyday problems – and that is where technology comes in. There are different perspectives on the meaning of a smart city. Some are more technology centric and others are more human focused.

  • Fri
    Dec
    13
    2019
    GB: Internet ‘playground’ trials new tech to deliver smart cities

    The internet is ready for an upgrade. That’s according to UK researchers who are setting up an “internet playground” to try out new kinds of internet infrastructure on a national scale.

    They believe an improved internet could make a wide variety of new applications possible, from robotic surgery conducted from hundreds of miles away to musical duets performed by singers on different continents.

  • Fri
    Dec
    13
    2019
    CA: Web-based parking management system requires no capital outlay

    Canadian smart city technology company LocoMobi World Inc. has released a low-cost web-based vehicle access and parking management software system that requires no additional hardware, cameras or control equipment.

    LocoMobi World’s vision for its new CondoPark-Lite product was to develop an affordable, safe and easy parking access control system for tenants and visitors of commercial and residential buildings, as well as gated communities, without the requirement of hefty capital equipment expenditures. CondoPark-Lite’s ‘Call When Here’ feature allows tenants and visitors to access the property by simply speed-dialling the gate/door call number from within their vehicle. Access will only be granted if the driver or visitor’s phone number is registered and active at the time they call.

  • Thu
    Dec
    12
    2019
    NG: Smart City: Sanwo-Olu launches N250M tech start ups funds

    Lagos State Government has launched a N250 million seed capital for the development of innovation, technology start-ups as well as young innovators in the state in pushing their entrepreneurial skills to the next level.

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who launched the funds on Thursday, also announced the setting up of Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) to be chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, with $687,000 start-up funds for investment in research and development of tech-focused solutions across the six pillars, T.H.EM.E.S, of his administration’s development agenda.

  • Thu
    Dec
    12
    2019
    PK: Govt’s next focus on digitization having achieved economic stability: PM

    Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said that having achieved the economic stability, the government would now fully focus on the digitization of the government functioning to curb corruption, introduce digital payments and ease out public difficulties besides bringing transparency.

    Addressing the launching ceremony of Digital Pakistan initiative here, the Prime Minister said his government should have started the program far earlier but during the first year, all of its focus remained on stabilizing the national economy that had been achieved finally.

  • Thu
    Dec
    12
    2019
    PM Imran Khan launches ‘Digital Pakistan’ program

    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the ‘Digital Pakistan’ program, an initiative aimed at introducing the latest technologies for public welfare, ARY News reported.

    Addressing the inauguration ceremony held at PM Office in Islamabad, the premier said ‘Digital Pakistan’ campaign is a part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s digitisation programme aimed at introducing the latest technologies for public welfare.

  • Wed
    Dec
    11
    2019
    Estonia optimistic about digital future after e-government drive

    Tiny Baltic state has become a world leader in offering state services online

    The hordes of stag and hen parties downing cheap booze in Estonia’s capital Tallinn may not know it, but they are enjoying their pre-marriage celebration in a technologically trailblazing country.

    In the past two decades, the tiny north Europe country has become a pioneer of converting public services into online solutions for its citizens.

  • Wed
    Dec
    11
    2019
    LC: Government to improve e-services

    As part of the Digital Transformation Project, the Department of Public Service has embarked on an ICT Evolution Project which forms part of a road map to implement government services online.

    The project facilitates and accelerates the e-government agenda to focus on connecting people, in essence, allowing the public service, citizens and businesses to interact and share information.

  • Tue
    Dec
    10
    2019
    AU: The government is hyping digitalized services, but ignoring a history of e-government failures

    In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a "roadmap" for what will supposedly be achieved in the future.

    You can look on the bright side. Use phrases such as "ontology of capabilities", and disregard a number of crashes, traffic jams, protests and policy detours.

  • Tue
    Dec
    10
    2019
    US: AI Use Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

    Artificial intelligence is expected to help in cybersecurity and citizen-facing digital services, according to a report.

    For most state governments, the use of artificial intelligence is more of an aspiration than a reality, according to a survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

    In August 2019, the Center for Digital Government and NASCIO, with support from IBM, surveyed CIOs’ motivations, plans and deterrents for AI adoption. The survey, “Delivering on Digital Government: Achieving the Promise of Artificial Intelligence,” yielded responses from 45 states. The primary respondents were CIOs and their deputies, CTOs and selected agency heads.

  • Tue
    Dec
    10
    2019
    GB: Scottish citizens want local councils to embrace digital tech and build smarter cities

    Eight in 10 (83 per cent) Scottish citizens believe their local councils should embrace a wider range of digital technologies, according to new research commissioned by Capita on behalf of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN).

    The research explores the attitudes of Scottish citizens to increased digitisation and to the internet of things (IoT), finding that 69 per cent of Scottish residents said digital access to local government services influences where they choose to live. Overall, the research shows people living in Scotland are keen to see more digitisation, underlining the importance of fast, reliable connectivity to enable the use of IoT and ‘smart’ technologies throughout the country.

  • Tue
    Dec
    10
    2019
    Over 4.8m register for Ghana card

    More than 4.8 million people have registered for the Ghana card since the rollout of the revamped National Identification System (NIS) project by government, Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) has revealed.

    Prof Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah said the registrants are from the Greater Accra, Volta, Oti, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper East, Upper West, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.

  • Mon
    Dec
    09
    2019
    Digital India: Robust and agile technology is a must

    The cloud has made sophisticated enterprise applications like enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management more affordable for SMEs, not to mention that SaaS has been fueling the ongoing start-up revolution in the country.

    One of the main agendas of Digital India has been to establish an effective e-governance infrastructure. This is being targeted with Aadhaar, a unique biometric digital identity allotted to more than 1.2 billion Indians. Meanwhile, a growing number of software applications backed by the cloud have created one of the world’s fastest growing fintech markets in India, empowering everybody from street hawkers to large MNCs. Such services have been made possible in every corner of the nation by the adoption of the cloud that best protects and utilises the data of 1.3 billion Indians. The cloud has made sophisticated enterprise applications like enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management more affordable for SMEs, not to mention that SaaS has been fueling the ongoing start-up revolution in the country.

  • Mon
    Dec
    09
    2019
    Smart Cities Should Reach Out To The Citizens In Their Preferred Choice: Avaya

    There are a lot of silos of an app, but are they really integrated. Are they really connected in the citizens' want?

    Information sharing and quick information sharing are two key takeaways from data sharing which everyone wants.

    This is there in the corporate world and not on government sites. There are solutions that are currently being deployed that are paving the way the government works.

  • 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.

More than 80 countries have introduced one-stop shops—one-door or single-window service delivery outlets, community or citizen information and service centres, e-government web portals—to reduce corruption by simplifying public service delivery processes and making them citizen-friendly.

Around the world, these are reducing corruption and introducing greater service delivery efficiency. For example, as a result of service centres in India, citizens reported 50 percent less chance of encountering a demand for bribe. In Georgia, citizen satisfaction with regard to public services shot up to 92 percent from 10 percent.

And in Bangladesh, Union Digital Centres (UDCs) are one-stop shops serving rural citizens. These are a hallmark achievement of the government’s Digital Bangladesh vision, which envisages using them to provide all public and private services to rural citizens.

A Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) research report in 2017 found that corruption has reduced as a result of UDCs because “chances of becoming victims of corruption” have been minimised.

The most popular public services in UDCs today are birth registration, citizen certificates, and registration for migrant workers. Some increasingly popular private services include mobile financial services, insurance, computer and vocational training.

New research evidence for Bangladesh Priorities by the Copenhagen Consensus and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) indicates that for each and every taka spent, UDCs are generating a double return to society through the delivery of three key services: online birth registration, exam registration and the social safety net program (SSNP).

The benefits of SSNP were estimated using both the present (ongoing pilot) and future (scaled up) scenarios. If SSNP is indeed scaled up using the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system and UDCs are allowed to use this to target the right beneficiaries, this can triple benefits for every taka spent.

In terms of their institutional design, there are differences in the way that one-stop shops operate from one country to another. In Bhutan and India, for example, they are providing public services such as birth certificates, license registration, and social safety net programs through a single-door policy. And one-stop shops in Vietnam are providing administrative services such as business registration, notarisation and confirmation and public information generally.

Here in Bangladesh, the design of UDCs uses a micro-enterprise model which is run under a public-private partnership (PPP) modality. What this means is that UDCs are “micro” because of their small size and they are de jure run by two entrepreneurs—one male and one female. The entrepreneurial role arises from the ability to partner with different private-sector actors and also with public-sector organisations to provide services at an affordable cost.

Because UDCs in Bangladesh are not restricted to government services only, they incorporate private services in the spirit of micro-entrepreneurship which is driven by a PPP arrangement.

The findings from the latest Bangladesh Priorities research commissioned by Copenhagen Consensus and BIGD give good cause to argue that the upcoming budget for FY2019-20 should allocate money to be spent on cultivating a sense of social entrepreneurial ownership by UDC entrepreneurs, and keeping them focused squarely on serving rural citizens.

Doing so requires enabling the relevant agencies—Cabinet Division, Local Government Division and a2i—to work on multiple ends: a recruitment plan for UDC entrepreneurs, profit-sharing mechanisms and organising behavioural change communication programs, as well as “matching” exercises to allow all UDCs to seek out the most relevant private-sector partners to serve their village community.

The budget for FY2019-20 can allocate money to support designing and disseminating a database which can help to identify new services, or scaling up successful ones such as computer training and SSNP outreach, and generating new income sources for UDC entrepreneurs. There is a Digital Centre Management System (DCMS) which needs to be made publicly accessible and used for identifying demand-driven services.

In particular, a new UDC census before the Eighth Five Year Plan would enable UDCs to fulfil their potential as a government one-stop shop. It is envisaged that UDCs will be tailored under the next five-year plan to ultimately follow Singapore’s “No Wrong Door Policy,” where any government application is available.

UDCs can be made responsible for receiving and sanctioning/rejecting government applications. Entrepreneurs can collect clearances from government offices through an IT network without the citizen having to run around different offices, undertaking multiple visits and incurring costs.

All UDCs should be able to redirect any citizen application to the right government agency and ensure that the latter responds to the applicant. In cases where the application involves more than one agency, UDCs receiving the application will coordinate a single, consolidated response to the citizen.

Such integration of processes would benefit rural citizens and make UDCs an even smarter investment priority.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Hasanuzzaman

Quelle/Source: The Daily Star, 06.05.2019

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