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Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
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  • Sun
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    2020
    First public trial of ‘self-driving’ scooters launches in the US

    A fleet of 100 remote-controlled scooters is being piloted at the city-owned Curiosity Lab technology testing ground in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. It is understood to be the first trial of its type on public roads.

    Citizens will be able to hail a scooter via an app and the vehicle will be automatically returned to a base when the ride is over. Go X created the scooter and ride-hailing app, while Tortoise developed the remote repositioning system.

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    2020
    PH: DOF launching OF Bank, E-Invoicing project in Q3

    Even with a national health crisis now besetting the country, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday that the government is ready to launch this year two digital-based programs aimed at improving tax compliance and expanding financial inclusion, especially among Filipino migrant workers.

    In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said that one of these initiatives – the Electronic Receipt and Invoicing, and Electronic Sales Reporting System or E-Invoicing – will be possibly launched by the third quarter to provide better and faster services to taxpayers.

  • Sun
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    31
    2020
    COVID-19 catalyst for Africa’s digital transformation

    Stating that COVID-19 crisis has become the single biggest catalyst for digital transformation, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, Amani Abou-Zeid, has urged solidarity and partnership for Africa’s digitization.

    The AU Commissioner made the remarks during the virtual e-governance conference organized by Estonian e-Governance Academy under the theme “Giant Leaps Start with Small Steps,” according to an AU statement on Saturday.

  • Sun
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    2020
    The Need for Pakistan’s Digitalisation Policy

    Change is the only constant and one has to keep evolving through new trends in order to compete with the changing dynamics of the world. There is no denying the fact that any country’s economic growth is now directly linked to one factor i.e., adoption of information and communications technology. The adoption of digitalisation is the new reality where majority of population has access to mobile phones and internet than to basic necessities of life. Digitalisation is not a choice, it is the need of the hour, therefore, the governments are now determining their policies and strategies for digitalising every sector, to promote and strengthen their socio-economic fabric.

    Keeping in view the current scenario, the COVID-19 has had a major impact on almost all socio-economic sectors, the digital world has never been more important than it is today, Digitalisation is the new normal where consumers are buying everything online whether it is to buy groceries and essentials or to socialise and virtually reach with friends and family. During this critical time, many of these adoptions will persist long even after the situation has stabilised.

  • Sun
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    2020
    MT: A technology-enabled and empowered recovery

    Malta has over the last years invested heavily in IT and technology

    Technology is one of four pillars, the others being transformation, transition and talent, that should serve as the foundation of a renewed and focused vision for Malta’s economy. Going digital is no longer simply part of how an economy functions – it is the economy.

    The reality of COVID-19 has brought to the fore our reliance on technology. Remote working is now a reality for many; online education is the norm for students; web-based meetings have replaced the need for commuting and travelling; and webinars have replaced events. Despite all of this, there is still much more that needs to be done as a country to truly become an entrenched digital economy and society.

  • Sun
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    2020
    UG: UCC set to deploy free public WiFi hotspots at 5 border points

    The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) through its projects department called the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) has launched a call for business plan proposals under a grant to cater for public WiFi hotspots at five border points across the country.

    In line with the RCDF III program thematic area of Broadband Connectivity and Access, UCC has set aside these funds for the financial year 2019/20 to be utilized under a collaborative grant framework between UCC/RCDF and a suitable partner to establish and operate five public WiFi hotspots.

  • Sat
    May
    30
    2020
    Coronavirus edges Greece closer to e-governance

    The coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerize its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU's worst digital laggards, experts say.

    After recording its first coronavirus death on March 12, Athens took unprecedented measures totally at odds with its previous love affair with paperwork and red tape.

    Diomidis Spinellis, head of the department of management science and technology at the Athens university of Economics, says that the COVID-19 crisis "accelerated" Greece's digital turn -- though critics say the country has a long way to go.

  • Sat
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    30
    2020
    Data must stay in VN, says minister

    The digital economy’s data must stay in Việt Nam instead of being stored elsewhere by foreign players, said Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng at a ceremony to promote cloud computing and digitalisation held in Hà Nội yesterday.

    The minister said cloud computing will play a key role in the future’s digital infrastructure and must be a top investment priority in Việt Nam’s digitalisation strategy and socio-economic development.

  • Sat
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    30
    2020
    Digitalization via domestic cloud computing platform promoted in Vietnam

    The Ministry of Information and Communications yesterday officially launched a campaign in Hanoi to boost the use of domestic cloud computing services for the digitalization process in Vietnam.

    In his speech in the event, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung insisted that it is critical for Vietnam to create necessary infrastructure and master the platforms for the digitalization process in each field and industry.

    Having a large population of around 100 million citizens, Vietnam is a lucrative market regarding cloud computing services. There is an increasing demand on such platforms as distance learning, distance health check, teleworking, video conference, e-paper, cyber security, and hence the need for cloud storage.

  • Fri
    May
    29
    2020
    CY: Digital Nomads: Studying in Famagusta, the smart city without Uber

    Last week, Uche, a Nigerian studying in Ukraine shared his story. He answered the question of what to consider when deciding what country to study.

    For Victor in  this week’s Digital Nomad, deciding to study in Cyprus came down to one reason: resumption time.

    Victor tells me: “I had admission offers all over. From the US to the UK as well as the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. But at the time, there was the ASUU 6 months strike which meant I had to look for a quick alternative.”

  • Fri
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    29
    2020
    EU: Digital Citizenship Is The Future Of Every City

    Discover how digital citizenship platforms can help resolve local issues

    With all the rights it affords us to gain, digital citizenship has become an integral part of the whole paradigm of being a citizen in the 21st century. Through the development of information technology and the future leap to ultra-fast 5G networks, the integration of the individual within this system becomes crucial for him to be able to become not only fully socially engaged, but also become better involved with the government’s institutions (both local and national) and the broader political and societal processes.

  • Fri
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    29
    2020
    US: Smart projects not a priority for most government CIOs, CTOs: report

    Dive Brief:

    • Most city and county leaders do not consider "smart cities" and their corresponding technology solutions to be among their most pressing issues, according to a CompTIA Public Technology Institute (PTI) survey of CIOs, CTOs and related tech staff within local and state government. The survey was conducted in early 2020 before the new coronavirus (COVID-19), but "if the survey instrument was administered today, local government CIOs would most likely feel less optimistic about technology budgets, workforce development, and operational priorities," the report writes.

  • Fri
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    29
    2020
    US: Missouri: Kansas City Launches Open Streets Permitting

    Using a collaborative, fast-paced development process, the city’s public works created a way for residents to open up neighborhood streets for safe and healthy exercising while maintaining social distancing.

    Like many other communities, the city of Kansas City, Mo., has faced significant challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 24, 2020, Kansas City entered into a stay-at-home order that required city staff to work remotely through an emergency telecommuting program, institute social distancing requirements, close down operations of non-essential businesses and even implement rules around outdoor activities such as the closing of dog parks and playgrounds, while keeping public health and safety at the forefront of every decision.

  • Thu
    May
    28
    2020
    TT: Living digitally

    In an address to the Roadmap Recovery Team, the Prime Minister admitted that the country has been underperforming and failing to utilise technology as a means to accelerate development. It was at this meeting that he accepted a recommendation for the adoption of a unique e-identity card for every citizen.

    The idea came from Michael Annisette, general secretary of NATUC and president of the SWWTU. I must admit that during my many years of encounters with this union leader I have found Mr Annisette one of the best-read and strategically astute activists in his field. He possesses an intuitive and probing mind with the ability to fashion creative solutions, while others remain stuck in outdated dogma and rhetoric. So I was not surprised that such a recommendation would come from this gentleman.

  • Thu
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    28
    2020
    US: Talking Headways Podcast: The Digital City

    This week we’re joined by Germaine Halegoua, a professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas, to talk about her book, The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place. In our discussion, Halegoua talks about how people use digital media to relate to cities — whether that’s images on Instagram or through Google Maps. We also talk about how data exchange can be exploitative and how the use of internet infrastructure as a commodity rather than a utility affects equity. And finally there’s a discussion about smart cities and how they try to create top down culture.

  • Thu
    May
    28
    2020
    Tomovska: Serbia one of the most successful countries in the word in digitization

    Serbia is one of the most developed countries in the world in terms of digitization, said Marta Arsovska Tomovska from the Prime Minister’s Office today.

    “Serbia had a vision which is being fulfilled in the current government’s mandate. In other countries, this process lasts between 10 and 15 years,” Tomovska told Tanjug at the conference “Digital Cooperation: Transforming Governments”, organized by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and UNDP.

  • Thu
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    28
    2020
    Why does Serbia need to up its digitization?

    Serbia is the second-fastest growing economy in Europe after Hungary. A lot is being done in the country to increase the living standard of people and match the day-to-day reality of Serbian people to the Western European one.

    The country’s top business people and entrepreneurs gathered recently at the Kopaonik Business Forum to discuss the future of the country, its economic potential, and future strategies. This gathering is often referred to as Serbia’s Davos. This is where all the major discussions around the topic of economic development are made and where the agenda for the future of the country is created.

  • Thu
    May
    28
    2020
    BS: Government improves E-Government

    The Government of The Bahamas has increased the use of e-platforms, particularly since the worldwide pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

    In a statement issued by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, with oversight of Electronic Communication, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson on Tuesday, May 19, said, “This Government has tremendously increased the use of E-Government platforms and Initiatives since coming to office and particularly in response to COVID-19. We have made a firm commitment to embarking upon the latest technology taking into account our country’s unique situation.”

  • Wed
    May
    27
    2020
    US: Colorado: Town of Estes Park launches new website

    New look, same web address

    The Town of Estes Park has launched a new website at www.estes.org after months of advance preparation.

    The new site was constructed by Town staff and is hosted free-of-charge within the Colorado.gov web portal, managed by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) and Colorado Interactive. The new www.estes.org features a dynamic homepage and landing pages, user-friendly format and simple navigation to help users access Town government information.

  • Wed
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    27
    2020
    IN: Cyclone Amphan LIVE Tracker: How to track the super cyclone

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE Tracker: Here are some websites that will help you track the super cyclone and monitor its movement live as it reaches the targeted locations on today.

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE Tracker:

    Super Cyclone Amphan weakened into a severe cyclonic storm earlier today as it moved towards the coast triggering rainfall in some parts of West Bengal and Odisha. Cyclone Amphan is expected to weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm around today afternoon as it moves north-northeastwards over the Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatia Islands. Several areas including Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Khurda districts of Odisha have witnessed heavy rainfall and wind speed on Tuesday.

  • Wed
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    27
    2020
    ‘Nigeria complying with ITU standards on ICT deployment’

    The Federal Government has said that Nigeria was complying with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards in the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at all levels of applications.

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, stated this via a Skype message on the commemoration of the World Telecommunications Information and Society Day Celebration (WTISD-20).

  • Wed
    May
    27
    2020
    The rise of the Australian smart city

    Moreton Bay Regional Council in South-East Queensland is one of the smart cities that is part of the Global Smart Community and City Alliance (GSC3). In all, some 25 cities formed part of this Alliance, which is no longer active.

    It is amazing to see the progress that Moreton Bay has made over the last two years. At the start of the GSC3 activities back in 2015, they were significantly behind cities such as Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle and Ipswich, however, they are now there right up with the national smart city leaders.

  • Wed
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    27
    2020
    US: Cities Are Inching Toward Fully Electric Police Vehicles

    Tacoma, Wash., is taking a step forward with its fleet electrification, investing in 34 hybrid-electric police vehicles. While the move signals a willingness to adopt new technology, some barriers to electrification remain.

    Some of the most visible, and heavily used, city vehicles are inching toward electric power.

    In Tacoma, Wash., the police department plans to introduce electric-hybrid police cars into its fleet, signaling a move toward reducing greenhouse gases, fuel costs and expanding the application vehicles among city fleets.

  • Wed
    May
    27
    2020
    Most Vietnamese happy with admin services, survey finds

    Nearly 85 percent of Vietnamese people and businesses are satisfied with administrative services provided by state agencies, a new report says.

    Just 1.4 percent feel civil servants cause them difficulties and an even lower, 0.5 percent, have been asked to pay bribes to fast track their procedures, according to the Public Administration Reform (PAR) Index 2019 released Tuesday by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • Wed
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    27
    2020
    CY: Up to €30m freed up for urgent e-govt

    Substantial government funds are now allocated to support the rapid development of e-government, Deputy Minister of research, innovation and digital policy Kyriacos Kokkinos told the Cyprus Mail in an interview.

    “Thanks to the pipeline of €350 million euros made available, the ministry will be able to implement 160 e-government services (considerably more than the 50 deemed essential). A budget of €20 to 30 million has been allocated for these services.”

  • Wed
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    27
    2020
    IN: West Bengal: Kolkata Police deploys hi-tech surveillance equipment to secure the city

    The Kolkata Police Department is deploying over 800 Fixed and PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) surveillance cameras across the city. These cameras help in tracking vehicles and check for loopholes in the traffic management system on a real time basis round the clock. It is being used for crowd control and management and identifying miscreants in public rallies and demonstrations. Additionally, the hi-tech surveillance has helped them optimise bandwidth and overall storage requirements of the mass video produced 24X7. This, in return, will help them track, monitor, and analyse the video feed for detecting criminal activities, traffic violations, and road conditions whenever needed.

  • Tue
    May
    26
    2020
    US: Smart cities - better world, says A-to-Be

    Smart city adoption in the US has been sluggish, thinks Jason Wall of A-to-Be USA. But there is still time to learn lessons from the European experience...

    US cities lag behind Europe regarding the implementation of smart cities. Culturally, between America’s complicated procurement system, and lack of experience with public private partnerships (P3), cities have not had the right structure to implement all of the technologies the world has to offer.

  • Tue
    May
    26
    2020
    US: Pennsylvania: Pandemic a 'test-run' for city resiliency, says Philadelphia's smart-city director

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people across the U.S. to shift virtually every aspect of their lives, including work, school and health care. But Philadelphia smart city director Emily Yates said the COVID-19 pandemic is also an opportunity to measure how resilient cities are and gauge their readiness for future crises.

    Yates, speaking on a webinar dedicated to Philadelphia’s “smart city” efforts last week, said that difficulties exacerbated by the pandemic — like poor access to health care, unreliable public transit or inequitable access to resources like internet, food and recreation — are likely to grow under the threat of climate change and a changing economy that relies on affordable, high-speed internet.

  • Tue
    May
    26
    2020
    China injects big in developing new generation AI-techs

    China highly values artificial intelligence (AI) development and injects big in developing a new generation of AI technologies, an official from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said at Tuesday's press conference.

    China has initiated two batches of key projects on new generation AI technologies, with the investment amounting to 1 billion yuan (about 140.7 million U.S. dollars), said Qin Yong, director-general of the Department of High and New Technology of the MOST.

  • Tue
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    26
    2020
    US: Washington: Seattle: Tech in the Time of Coronavirus

    Greetings from Seattle.

    PitchBook is a tech company headquartered in a tech city, and as proud as we Seattleites are of the innovation happening around us, the coronavirus outbreak has been humbling.

    The appeal of living in a “smart city,” where technology and infrastructure are intertwined, has taken on a brand-new meaning—the smartest things we can do right now are wash our hands and work from home.

  • Tue
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    26
    2020
    IN: Integrated Living Developments Will See Demand Post Covid-19

    A well-designed smart city requires visionary planning, where one can anticipate the city’s future needs and put in place systems and infrastructure before the city requires it.

    The impact of coronavirus has been hugely disruptive. Where governments around the globe are still accessing its impact, at an individual level 1.3 billion population of the country are trying to understand the effect the pandemic will leave. Already, there has been a huge shift in our approach to work and lifestyle. Our consumption pattern is witnessing a significant shift. Old routines have given way to new habits. Once the current pandemic is over, life in cities as we know it will change and; the changes that will come around will be long-term.

  • Mon
    May
    25
    2020
    As Singapore goes all in on 5G, the possibilities could be limitless

    A telco alliance and the biggest telco in Singapore is set to create a city-wide 5G network for the first time. We explore the potential benefits coming to the city, and how they might improve the work and lives of marketers in Singapore and beyond.

    While the news was likely buried beneath coronavirus across the globe, one development may go some way to ensuring that, when Singapore emerges from its lockdown, its status as a business and technology hotspot will have been elevated even further.

  • Mon
    May
    25
    2020
    Biometrics support financial services efficiency in Malawi, Nigeria and Ghana as UNHCR ramps up in Niger

    The biometrics business continues as normal in parts of Africa. A new ePassport agency opens in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, despite closed borders and social distancing requirements. Idemia appoints a new East Africa sales director, soon after its good news in Kenya. Nigeria connects more bank accounts to national IDs, Malawi strikes off over 4,000 potential ‘ghost pensioners,’ and at the humanitarian end of the spectrum, the UNHCR is continuing its biometric registration work as it faces tens of thousands of refugees arriving in Niger.

  • Mon
    May
    25
    2020
    How Smart City Planning Could Slow Future Pandemics

    The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to rethink how cities are designed—and make them better equipped to stop disease from spreading.

    The cities of the world are sick. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people living in metropolitan areas have been among the worst hit, unable to socially distance effectively and sometimes plagued with preexisting conditions that their cities helped create. Many municipalities weren’t built with highly transmissible infectious disease—or human health—in front of mind, and the toll of Covid-19 is making that oversight all too clear. “We’re on an urban planet. The global economy is living and dying by what happens in cities,” says Jason Corburn, who studies urban health at UC Berkeley. “We’ve got to pay attention.”

  • Mon
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    25
    2020
    EU: Cities are becoming digital, thanks to the urban data platforms that enable it

    A new study covering eighty European cities and their efforts to exploit data to monitor and improve city infrastructure shows an increasing use of data in cities. Improving city operations, enhancing environmental sustainability, informing decision-making and a wish to spur innovation and new services are mentioned by cities as main reasons for setting up urban data platforms.

    Urban data platforms (UDPs) enable digital technologies to integrate data flows via open standards within and across city systems used by both the public and private sector. For example, platforms can share raw data streams or show 3-D visualizations of how underground piping, bus lines, thermal grids, environmental data and a wide range of other information is connected.

  • Mon
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    25
    2020
    IN: Haryana: Lockdown brings Karnal Smart City project to halt

    The Karnal Smart City project has come to a standstill due to the ongoing Covid pandemic lockdown. Around 30 projects costing around Rs 450 crore could not be commenced as their tenders were not processed due to the lockdown.

    To call the tender, permission of the board of directors (BoD) has to be obtained, but the meeting of BoD could not be held due to the lockdown.

  • Mon
    May
    25
    2020
    NG: Ministry seeks collaboration for data protection

    The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has called for more collaboration in the areas of data protection and privacy assessment in the country.

    A statement by the ministry made this known during an online meeting with Data Analytics Privacy Technology Limited led by its Executive Director/Partner, Ambassador Segun Olugbile.

  • Mon
    May
    25
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: IoT-based war room for Mangaluru Smart City provided by Madras Security Printers

    Originally set up by MSP as an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for the administration of Mangaluru Smart City, a year ago, the advanced IT infrastructure, is being used as the central point for monitoring quarantine, managing field force from various government departments, tracking the movement of people using Geographic Information System, real-time and predictive analytics, and telemedicine, among others.

    Commenting about the smart pandemic operations, Mr. Arul Prathan, Director, MSP, said that the company set up the ICCC for Mangaluru Smart City in 2019 and has been under the contract to support various administrative operations related to healthcare, traffic, solid waste management, among others. With the outbreak of Corona, the Dakshina Kannada District Administration has entrusted us with the mandate to convert ICCC into COVID War Room.

  • Sun
    May
    24
    2020
    Omantel builds the smart future of Oman

    Decades back when Oman had first embarked on its development journey; heavy trucks loaded with tonnes of construction materials journeyed around the country to transform the nation into a modern country.

    Today, the scene has changed dramatically as the modern world lies beneath the network and cables that transmit data and the innovative ICT solutions that reshape our lives to become smarter.

  • Sun
    May
    24
    2020
    UAE PASS to be sole digital identity to access government services in Dubai

    The UAE PASS will soon become the only digital identity for all residents of Dubai, including citizens and expats, to access government services within the emirate as well as other parts of the country.

    The announcement was recently made by Smart Dubai following the decision was issued by the Strategic Affairs Council – part of The Executive Council of Dubai.

  • Sun
    May
    24
    2020
    GB: Smart Cities: Living in intelligent spaces

    As communications networks expand and the built environment becomes intelligent, how will smart cities provide new ways of living and working?

    While the smart city has been developing for decades, it’s only recently that it has started to come into its own. Pervasive connectivity, where every object in the built environment has intelligence and – more crucially – can ‘talk’ to each other, is about to see massive expansion. The twin technologies of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) will deliver cities that are live environments we can all move through, where every aspect of city life is impacted by high-speed data connectivity.

  • Sun
    May
    24
    2020
    AU: Victoria: Geelong's plans to be a "smart city"

    Geelong locals are being invited to have their say on the use of smart technology in the region.

    The City of Greater Geelong is looking to develop a Smart City Framework using digital technology, data and innovative practices to improve the livability, sustainability, collaboration and economic opportunities in the city.

  • Sun
    May
    24
    2020
    ZW: Government to install CCTVs in cities

    The Government will install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) in all the cities' Central Business Districts (CBDs) as part of its safe city initiative, a Cabinet Minister has said.

    Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere said Harare CBD is now covered with CCTV and the programme would be rolled out in other cities with Bulawayo being the next.

  • Sat
    May
    23
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Jabalpur: Smart City BoD meeting discusses new devpt works

    An important meeting of the Board of Directors (BoD) of Jabalpur Smart City Limited was organised on Friday. Collector and Chairman of the company, Bharat Yadav chaired the meeting. Operators, living outside the city, attended the meeting through video conferencing and held detailed discussion on the agenda. During the meeting, the BoD approved operation of the newly-constructed cultural theatre at Bhawartal garden.

    Besides, they also gave consent for development of Ranital pond, phase two development works of the cultural theatre and LED plan for smart lights in the city. Apart from that the directors also sought detailed information regarding ongoing projects under Smart City Mission and gave needed directions. J K Kapoor, nominated director of the Central Government, O P Agrawal and Shivanand Swami independent directors, Meenakshi Singh Additional Commissioner, N P Malaviya Engineer-in-Chief and Neeraj Nikhar also expressed their views.

  • Sat
    May
    23
    2020
    Cambodia is launching a blockchain network for the country’s payment system

    Cambodia is launching a distributed ledger technology network for the country's payment system and cutting down the use of the US dollar.

    Cambodia is launching a blockchain network for the country’s payment system. The new distributed ledger technology network is aimed at boosting the use of the local fiat currency and cutting down the US dollar use. It will facilitate real-time payments, and the country hopes to bring down the cost of payments drastically. The payment system will have several benefits, but the main goal is to reduce the use of US dollar.

  • Sat
    May
    23
    2020
    South Korean city will use blockchain technology to verify and protect the digital identities of self-driving vehicles.

    In South Korea, the government of Sejong City is developing an identification and verification platform for autonomous vehicles using the blockchain technology.

    Sejong City in South Korea is developing an identification and verification platform for autonomous vehicles using the blockchain technology. In a bid to give data credibility, Sejong City will use blockchain to protect the data generated by the self-driving vehicles. According to a report by South Korean outlet Aju Business Daily, the Sejong City government will turn to blockchain technology to verify and guard digital identities of the self-driving vehicles.

  • Sat
    May
    23
    2020
    Minister welcomes new internet cable connecting Somalia with 23 countries in Africa, Middle East and Europe

    Somalia Minister for Post, Telecom, and Technology, Abdi Ashur Hassan, has praised the 2Africa subsea cable initiative, which will be one of the world's largest subsea cable projects that will interconnect Europe, the Middle East, and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa.

    The 2Africa cable is an initiative of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC. Dalkom Somalia, which has a landing station in Mogadishu, is one the shareholders of WIOCC and Dalkom's CEO is the Chairman of WIOCC Board of Directors.

  • Sat
    May
    23
    2020
    South Korean city employing blockchain to man self-driving vehicles

    A city in in South Korea is developing an identification and verification platform for autonomous vehicles on the blockchain. Sejong City will use blockchain to protect the data generated by the self-driving vehicles, in a bid to give data credibility.

    The Sejong City government will turn to blockchain technology to verify and protect digital identities of the self-driving vehicles, according to a report by South Korean outlet Aju Business Daily. It has partnered with the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Internet and Security Agency. The budget for the project stands at 1 billion won ($817,000) and it’s expected to commence in 2021.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    VN: Contest for AI implementation launched in HCMC

    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Science and Technology yesterday cooperated with HCMC Department of Information and Communications, Vietnam National University – HCMC, and the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development (NATEC) to formally launch the competition ‘HCMC AI-driven Innovation Project 2020’ (HAI-2020).

    Participants in this contest are individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations with innovation projects that implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) in production, trade, transport, finance, healthcare, education, agriculture, and social services.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    IN: Pune Municipal Corporation to develop dashboard on availability of medical beds at covid-19 hospitals

    The civic body is in talks with empanelled hospitals to create a central monitoring mechanism, a dashboard, making information on bed accessible to the public through its website.

    After getting feedback from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune over covid-19 patients being sent scurrying between hospitals for admission due to non-availability of beds, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is now gearing up to develop a dashboard which will carry all the information on the availability of beds for covid-19 patients in different hospitals across the civic body.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    South Korea to focus on 5G, AI in post-COVID economic recovery

    • South Korea’s 5G & AI ambitions got a further vote of confidence from the government
    • Post-COVID-19 recovery plans to lean heavily on AI & wireless telecommunications technology to provide economic stimulus
    • Artificial intelligence & 5G technology is already being heavily trialed within the Korean republic

    As the global economy continues to slow down amidst fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, organizations are looking towards governments who can stimulate growth potential and create job opportunities once COVID-19 is truly in remission.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    IN: IETE Inaugurates Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

    The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) inaugurated Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security. During the occasion, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC), PMO, Government of India, was the chief guest at the inaugural function.

    While speaking at the inauguration of the ‘Centre of Excellence: Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Security’, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. Rajesh Pant said, “Cyber Security has become very important during COVID-19. We are passing through a very serious situation at the moment. This timely step by ‘The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers’ (IETE) India will have full support from my Department.”

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    IN: Gujarat: Why is #DholeraSmartCity trending on Twitter? Netizens slams Modi government for his promises, check tweets

    People started mocking the Modi government and with that the centre was yet again slammed for not fulfilling the ambitious promise of hundred smart cities.

    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi made many promises when he became the country’s Prime Minister for the first time in 2014 and from those promises one of them was to build 100 smart cities across the country. On the same claim, the BJP managed to form the government. Then again, the centre became the government. But the promise of making 100 smart cities just became a dream and let’s leave aside the hundred smart cities but how can one not talk about the Dholera city of Gujarat, which was going to be developed as a smart city and was going to turn into an air fort. On Thursday night, #DholeraSmartCity started trending on Twitter.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    IN: Odisha links Covid-19 healthcare infra to GIS mapping

    In a bid to give access to the people on covid-19-related facilities available in the state, the IT department has linked the complete covid-19 healthcare infrastructure to GIS mapping. The mapping of the entire infrastructure will enable people to know about quarantine centres, covid hospitals and testing facilities in the state.

    “The IT department has linked the complete covid-19 healthcare infrastructure, including covid-19 hospital and testing facilities, quarantine facilities, and positive cases with the GIS-based information system for the proper management of covid-19," Odisha IT secretary Manoj Mishra told ETGovernment.

  • Fri
    May
    22
    2020
    The Future of Smart Cities

    Smart cities aren’t exactly reality yet, but they’re becoming reality. So, what’s a smart city?

    Just think The Jetsons.

    In 1962, The Jetsons cartoon came on the scene and gave us an idyllic world enabled by technology. Things like video chat, holograms, jet packs, 3D printed food, and smartwatches were science fiction at the time. These things are all reality today. While the vision for a truly “smart city” might seem like science fiction to some, it’s fast becoming reality.

  • Thu
    May
    21
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: What can Bhopal expect from lockdown 4.0?

    Even as the district administration waits for state government’s directives on lockdown 4.0, there is a possibility that ‘red zone’ Bhopal would see some relaxations in the coming days. Strict restrictions were imposed in the state capital even during the otherwise relaxed lockdown 3.0.

    Gradual resumption of construction activities could be one major step towards normalising life in the city, which of late had become so used to digging up of roads for laying of sewage lines, Narmada and Kolar pipelines, Metro Work, Smart City works till they came to a grinding halt in last week of March. “Resumption of construction activities outside the red zone in the city will infuse life in Bhopal, and if properly done it is not going to be that risky either,” said an official of the district administration.

  • Thu
    May
    21
    2020
    IN: 12 smart kiosks for random Covid-19 screening in Goa

    To ramp up testing for Covid-19, 12 walk-in sample collection kiosks have been erected across the state for random population-based screening. They have been set up by the Goa government with assistance from Wipro GE Healthcare as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and have begun operations at industrial estates in Verna and Mapusa, and at border locations in Dodamarg, Keri and Patradevi.

    Health minister Vishwajit Rane said the smart kiosks have been introduced to ensure the safety of both, healthcare staff and other citizens. “They will go a long way in controlling the spread of of Covid-19 in Goa,” he said.

  • Thu
    May
    21
    2020
    Thais lifestyles change towards ‘New Normal’ in Smart Cities

    Deputy Prime Minsiter Gen Prawit has urged Smart City projects to support New Normal lifestyles after the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting equality, inclusivity, health, safety, and sustainability.

    Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has chaired the first National Smart City Steering Committee this year at Government House, where he acknowledged the appointment of committee members, and development progress in 2018-2019.

  • Thu
    May
    21
    2020
    US: Nevada: The city of Las Vegas and NTT to further expand the smart cities project

    The city of Las Vegas and NTT Corporation (NTT) announced the Accelerate Smart project has expanded to include two new locations – the city’s Community Healing Garden and a portion of Las Vegas Boulevard at South Main Street and East St. Louis Avenue.

    As part of the partnership, NTT and the city plan to further expand the smart cities project to Bob Baskin Park, Rotary Park, Stupak Park and Ethel Pearson Park this summer before adding six additional parks by the end of 2020.

  • Thu
    May
    21
    2020
    IN: Bihar: Bhagalpur Smart City uses innovative technological initiatives to fight COVID19

    Use of IEC and technology for guiding and spreading awareness has been the cornerstone for BSCLs support to the city in fight against COVID-19

    Bhagalpur Smart City has been supporting the city administration in combating COVID-19 using various initiatives. The key initiatives taken up by BSCL include use of technology for spreading awareness; innovative IEC measures for sharing experience during lock-down periods; establishment of shelters for vulnerable population and distribution of supplies and food and other protection measures such as sanitizer preparation and distribution, mask and gloves distribution, disinfection tunnel and so on.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: ‘Nearly 3 lakh e-passes issued in a week’

    Figure accounts for 50% of the applications submitted by individuals, industries

    Around three lakh e-passes for movement during the COVID-19 lockdown have been issued in the last one week, after the introduction of the Tamil Nadu e-pass system (https://tnepass.tnega.org/), according to the government.

    The figure accounts for 50% of the applications submitted by individuals and industries. About six lakh applications have been processed, of which 4.5 lakh are from individuals and the rest from industries.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    US: Civic Technology and E-Government

    On May 7th, 2020, I listened to Greg Hermann, the Deputy City Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo speak to my Web Technologies for Planning course. He spoke about his personal career experience and the role of technology in public planning and governance, especially in civic technology and public engagement.

    Civic technology connects users and residents to their community. One notable benefit to civic tech is the involvement of civic pride and the adoption of various local features in the city. One example Greg Hermann presented is the Adopt-a-Hydrant program of the City of Boston. Citizens can sign up to claim responsibility for a local fire hydrant and shovel out any snow to keep it accessible to emergency fire services. This program allows Boston residents to feel more connected and engaged in their community while providing a free service that saves the city time and money instead of sending public employees to clear the snow around the buried hydrants.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    KN: General public updated on Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy for 2020-2022

    Ophelia Blanchard, E-Government Coordinator in the Department of Information Technology outlined several areas within the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2022 noting that they are relevant to the Federation during COVID-19 and beyond.

    “The need to strengthen the broadband infrastructure – as we note that, internet connectivity is a critical resource right now. Without that internet connectivity we would not be able to do work from home and even able to render this broadband live so we applaud the telecoms companies’ within St. Kitts and Nevis – Flow, Digicel, the Cable – for coming onboard and seeking to extend and build and strengthen our internet capacities throughout the different communities,” said Ms. Blanchard during the May 11 edition of the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    Digitalization is the way forward and out of COVID crisis

    Fully integrated public services and full compliance with data privacy rules is the way to build a secure and broad-based digital society.

    The coronavirus has accelerated the application of digital technologies. Big jumps in digital activity have been reported in countries that have imposed the strictest lockdowns. Remote working, online teaching, medical assistance, commerce, and teleconferencing have become a “new normal.” There are no proven guidelines as to how to act in these trying times. Digital infrastructure, however, allows us to observe the most important treatment available today—social distancing.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    QA: General Authority of Customs launches its new website

    The General Authority of Customs announced the launch of its new website, as part of its efforts to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its electronic services and bring it closer to the public. The site includes the establishment of three main portals, which are business, individuals, travelers, and clearance companies, with the aim of ensuring easy access to the information and procedures required for each category in addition to developing the search engine to include all the contents of the site as well as listing all customs and legal procedures, legislations and customs tariffs, and the services of the commission (services provided to the public, statistics, electronic purchases, employee self-services) and others.

  • Wed
    May
    20
    2020
    NG: FG seeks Stakeholders Collaboration on Data Protection, Privacy

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Musa Istifanus has called for more collaboration on data protection and privacy assessment in the country.

    He stated this during an online meeting between the Ministry and Data Analytics Privacy Technology Limited (DAPT) led by its Executive Director/Partner, Ambassador Segun Olugbile held on Zoom Webinar platform from 11am to 12noon, Monday, May 11, 2020.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    EE: An innovation competition hopes to find smart city solutions in Tallinn

    The city of Tallinn and the Tehnopol Science and Business Park have announced a Tallinnovation innovation competition to find smart city solutions; the size of the innovation fund in 2020 is €50,000.

    Tehnopol, the largest research and business park in Estonia, said in a statement that the organisers hope to support new smart city solutions that “will make the city of Tallinn more modern, more people-friendly, more cost-efficient and more open”.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    South Korea announces major projects and goals of its “New Deal”

    Initiative mainly based on AI, healthcare data, and untact industry

    The South Korean government announced three projects and 10 tasks on May 7 for the “South Korean New Deal,” including AI-based remote learning, healthcare data usage, and an increase in “untact” healthcare pilot projects. The announcement included plans for reforming the economy and creating jobs to adjust to rapidly changing social and economic conditions amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, with a focus on the untact and digital areas.

    Commenting on the South Korean New Deal at a second meeting of the central emergency headquarters for economic measures on May 7, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-ki explained, “It focuses on digitally based projects and impactful, large-scale innovation projects that have a major synergy effect with private investment and are directly tied to improvements in productivity and competitiveness in all areas of the economy.”

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart City projects resume in Madurai

    In place of migrants, workers have been brought from Madurai villages

    After a long gap since the imposition of lockdown, work has resumed at major projects under the Smart Cities Mission of the Central government on Monday. Work has started on a low scale - at Periyar bus stand and multi-level car parking facility near Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

    City Engineer S. Arasu said work had begun on a few projects with available workers who were staying near construction sites. “We have resumed work by following rules laid down by the government. The workers are given face masks and hand washing facilities have been provided on the site. Officials have been instructed to screen the workers and strictly enforce personal distancing,” he said.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    VN: Updated application for urban planning in HCMC activated

    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Planning and Architecture has just finished updating the application ‘HCMC Urban Planning Information’ and launched a new application named ‘Planning Management in HCMC’ online as well as in app stores.

    As a part of the project ‘Transforming HCMC into a smart city in the period from 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025’, approved by HCMC People’s Committee in Decision No.6179/2017, HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture has developed a series of IT applications based on the Geographic Information System (GIS) platform to better publicize and manage planning information of the city.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Div Com Reviews Status Of Smart City Project

    Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P.K Pole today reviewed the status of Srinagar Smart City Project here at a meeting of senior officers of concerned departments.

    The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, VC SDA, Commissioner SMC, Director Urban Local Bodies, VC LAWDA, Chief Engineer, PWD, Kashmir, RTO Kashmir, SSP Traffic City, Chief Town Planner, Representatives of INTACH and other concerned.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    IN: Aarogya Setu: Personal data to be deleted in 180 days

    The government released an “Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol” outlining that personal data from the application can only be used for health purposes and must be permanently deleted after a maximum of 180 days.

    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Monday released an “Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol” outlining that personal data from the application can only be used for health purposes and must be permanently deleted after a maximum of 180 days “unless a specific recommendation… is made” by the empowered group on technology.

  • Tue
    May
    19
    2020
    VN: Online administrative procedures benefit Da Nang

    Online administrative procedures have resulted in reduced waiting times and improved services. By doing so this has helped prevent the spread of COVID-19. The coastal city of Danang has been at the forefront of this new trend. Statistics showed that the number of online administrative procedures in Danang has seen an increase of 20 to 40% from the beginning of the year. This is a bright spot in the innovation of administrative work and building e-government at a local level.

  • Mon
    May
    18
    2020
    AE: Department of Municipalities and Transport adds 13 New Services to its SmartHub digital platform

    Department of Municipalities and Transport has introduced 13 new services to its SmartHub digital platform, as part of its ongoing efforts to boost Abu Dhabi’s position in the global smart cities’ rankings.

    The 13 services fall under the vision of the Emirate’s wise leadership and Abu Dhabi government’s strategy to upgrade work systems to provide citizens and residents with advanced and easily accessible channels.

  • Mon
    May
    18
    2020
    CA: Ontario: CCLA calls end of Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs project ‘victory for privacy’

    The controversial Quayside project, a smart city plan being developed by Sidewalk Labs, has come to an end amidst “economic uncertainty” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), which raised alarm bells over privacy rights since the project was launched, has called Sidewalk Labs’ decision to pull out of Toronto a “victory for privacy and democracy …”

  • Mon
    May
    18
    2020
    COVID-19 is killing our simple love of the IoT and that’s great

    Companies in recent weeks have been surveying the economic devastation and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and pulling their projects. On Thursday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs was the latest to throw in the towel, announcing it was pulling out of the Toronto smart city project after three years and the installation of a 30-person office. Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctorow in a blog post blamed the decision on the “unprecedented economic uncertainty” around the world and in the Toronto real estate market in particular.

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about Japan’s NTT DoCoMo halting the deployment of its NB-IoT network because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, companies are pulling back on products. Examples include SiriusXM shutting down its smart connected car device, Automatic, and the abrupt about-face from smart hub maker Wink, which is now charging a subscription fee (see story below).

  • Sun
    May
    17
    2020
    PK: Govt’s top civil service reformer unveils reform agenda

    Government’s top adviser on civil service reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain unveiled the variety of changes being made in the country’s bureaucratic structures and systems from civil servants’ induction, recruitment, training, performance, promotion, compensation and retirement to institution building, devolution, accountability and service delivery.

    Dr Hussain shared with The News details of the Imran Khan government’s vision on civil service reforms to improve government’s performance for the progress and prosperity of the country and its people. The salary raise to government servants will be given on the basis of performance, present pension system is being changed to defined contribution mechanism, CSS system is being overhauled, specialists or non-cadres officers are being given more opportunities to grow and serve better, more posts in grade 17 and above are being created, e-governance is being introduced to cut lower staff etc.

  • Sun
    May
    17
    2020
    PK: Personal data protection as a rights issue

    The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), has once again revealed its intentions to establish a legal framework to protect personal data privacy and allowing citizens, among others, the right to access their data from the authorities.

    But there is scepticism over whether the ministry can establish a Personal Data Protection authority which is compatible with international best practices and satisfies the concerns of all stakeholders.

  • Sat
    May
    16
    2020
    South Korea to Develop an Identity Platform on the Blockchain for Autonomous Vehicles

    South Korea’s smart city Sejong will be establishing a blockchain-based identity verification platform for self-driving vehicles.

    The government of South Korea’s planned city Sejong — which is the country’s testing ground for major smart city solutions — announced Friday that it will be establishing a blockchain-based platform for storing and verifying the digital identities of self-driving vehicles.

    An Asian news outlet, Aju Business Daily, reported that South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT along with the country’s internet technology watchdog, Korea Internet & Security Agency, will be leading the development of the identity management and verification platform.

  • Sat
    May
    16
    2020
    What Can We Learn From the Failed Smart-City Development Project in Canada?

    It was not just a mess, but an obvious mess.

    On May 7, the Google company Sidewalk Labs announced that it was withdrawing from its partnership with Waterfront Toronto, and its plans to create a smart-city neighbourhood called Quayside.

    The surprise announcement — attributed by Sidewalk Labs CEO Daniel L. Doctoroff to “unprecedented economic uncertainty” produced by the current COVID-19 pandemic — brings to a close one of the most bizarre and ill-conceived policy debacles we’ve ever come across.

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    Tanzania, Malawi prepare to reap benefits of digital economy

    UNCTAD has assessed the state of play in the two countries and identified policy actions required to harness e-commerce for development.

    Tanzania is well-positioned to integrate into the global digital economy, thanks to its growing economy and a rapidly developing innovation ecosystem, a new UNCTAD assessment says.

    The assessment of the country’s readiness to engage in e-commerce has revealed its potential to become a leading contender in online trade in east Africa, especially on mobile finance and digital payment fronts.

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    VN: National postal code Vpostcode formally launched

    The Ministry of Information and Communications yesterday organized a grand opening ceremony for the postal code platform Vpostcode in Hanoi. This is the only official digital postal code system of Vietnam.

    Vpostcode platform, at the address of vpostcode.vn, was developed by Vietnam Post under the instruction of the Ministry of Information and Communications to boost the growth of e-commerce and establish a common system for the digitalization process in the postal field.

    This platform, built from a 3x3 grid map, is based on the digital map of Vietnam as well as the existing national postal code in order to provide information about any location in the nation.

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    CA: Ontario: Alphabet’s Dream of a Smart City in Toronto Is Over

    Alphabet Inc.’s ambitious dream to create a city of the future on Toronto’s waterfront is over. Millions of dollars and years of lobbying weren’t enough, and the tech giant’s urban planning unit, Sidewalk Labs, officially shuttered the project on Thursday.

    The stated reason was the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on real estate prices. Without the ability to profitably sell office space and homes in the development, the project wasn’t viable, Sidewalk Labs Chief Executive Officer Dan Doctoroff said in a blog post.

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    CA: Ontario: Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs cans Toronto smart city project

    It's no longer financially viable, says the urban design business.

    The Alphabet-owned urban design business Sidewalk Labs on Friday revealed that it would no longer be pursuing its smart city plans to transform Toronto's eastern waterfront into what it had dubbed as a "global model for combining cutting-edge technology and great urban design to dramatically improve quality of life".

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    ZA: Gauteng e-government dept embraces virtual amid lockdown

    The use of video-conferencing and virtual meeting platforms have proved to be a key value-add for how the Department of e-Government intends to carry out its functions in future.

    This is the word from Gauteng finance MEC and e-government department head Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, stating how her department is navigating the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • Fri
    May
    15
    2020
    US: Utah Launches COVID-19 Chatbot

    Plus, IBM’s Call for Code content has now named three winners with projects related to the crisis, a new economic tracker is visualizing the impact of the ongoing crisis in real time, and more.

    Utah has launched a new chatbot to help residents find COVID-19 information on the state’s website, Utah.gov.

    The bot was launched by the Utah Department of Technology Services, and it’s called Porter. Porter — which is really an automated text support tool — can also help visitors to Utah.gov with routine COVID-19 questions, thereby enabling human customer service agents to focus on more complex inquiries.

  • Thu
    May
    14
    2020
    CA: Ontario: Coronavirus: Google ends plans for smart city in Toronto

    Google's sister firm Sidewalk Labs has scrapped a plan to build a smart city in Canada, citing complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    For several years it had pursued ambitions to build a digital-first city in Toronto "from the internet up".

    Chief executive Dan Doctoroff blamed "unprecedented economic uncertainty" for abandoning the plan.

  • Thu
    May
    14
    2020
    CN: Hong Kong launches subsidy scheme for early deployment of 5G

    Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has launched a Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G. The Scheme is open for application from today to 30 November 2020, on a first-come-first-served basis. The Scheme aims to encourage various sectors to deploy 5G technology early to boost innovation and smart city applications.

    Under this scheme, Hong Kong’s government will subsidise 50 percent of the actual cost directly relevant to the deployment of 5G technology in an approved project, subject to a cap of GD 500,000. Around 100 qualified projects will be subsidized, the OFCA also said.

  • Thu
    May
    14
    2020
    SA: Zain KSA partners with AliBaba to launch cloud services

    Zain KSA has launched “Zain Cloud” service dedicated to businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and government sectors in partnership with AliBaba Cloud, one the world’s largest cloud computing companies.

    Chief Business and Wholesale Officer at Zain KSA Eng. Saad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan explained that Zain KSA Cloud is distinguished as a public locally based cloud in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is easy and completely secure, and is compatible with the Kingdom’s data protection requirements.

  • Thu
    May
    14
    2020
    GB: Poor data is killing the smart city dream

    Cisco’s UK smart city chief blasts those “patting themselves on the back” for releasing messy data

    The promise of ‘smart communities’ powered by intermingling technologies hasn’t come to fruition due to the awful and fragmented nature of data at disposal to developers, according to Cisco's IoT chief.

    Stu Higgins, head of smart cities and IoT for the UK public sector, argued this week that while data might be more freely available than ever before, the data itself is in a poor condition and might not be in the right state to be taken advantage by computers and algorithms.

  • Thu
    May
    14
    2020
    CA: Ontario: Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs abandons Toronto smart-city project

    Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs is walking away from building a smart-city development in Toronto after two and a half years of controversy over its origins, overreach, and privacy and financial implications.

    The Alphabet Inc. subsidiary won the right to plan a community called Quayside on the downtown Toronto lakeshore in 2017, hoping to build a 12-acre neighbourhood “from the internet up.” In partnership with the tripartite government agency Waterfront Toronto, the New York urban-planning firm imagined a place filled with new technologies such as heated sidewalks, robotic garbage systems, and, crucially, sensors to learn about how people move about cities in ways that could inspire even more innovations.

  • Wed
    May
    13
    2020
    VN: HCM City weighs plans for economic recovery

    HCM City authorities are seeking opinions from experts and enterprises on the best ways to revive the economy, a top city official said yesterday at a seminar.

    Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, secretary of HCM City Party Committee, said: “Việt Nam and HCM City in particular need to open the economy and tourism under specific conditions. The biggest challenge is how to control the risk of infection of more than six million foreign tourists who could enter Việt Nam by the end of the year.”

  • Wed
    May
    13
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Smart City work to start in zones of no containment

    The Madurai Corporation will resume Smart City projects, which were stalled due to Covid-19 lockdown, in non-containment zones on Wednesday. However, it will take some time before the work catches pace. Contractors are likely to face headwind due to labour unavailability and difficulty in transportation of materials required for construction.

    City engineer S Arasu told TOI that the work will resume with the available men and material at the site and within the district.

  • Wed
    May
    13
    2020
    TH: Funding for state cloud approved

    The cabinet on Tuesday approved 4.75 billion baht to finance the Government Data Center and Cloud (GDCC) service between 2020 and 2022.

    Rachada Dhanadirek, the deputy government spokesman, said the GDCC is the central cloud system to be used by government agencies, ensuring safety and serving as a big data facility for state agencies when disasters occur.

  • Wed
    May
    13
    2020
    AE: New Abu Dhabi Pay allows you to pay for e-government services in one place

    What you need to know about the new payment platform

    A new digital platform has launched in Abu Dhabi to help you pay for a number of government services on one place.

    Abu Dhabi Pay, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Government Services ecosystem TAMM, intends to make steps towards ‘digital sustainability’ and make it easier for residents to pay for services and bills.

  • Wed
    May
    13
    2020
    OPINION: Accelerating SA’s digital service delivery strategy is urgent

    The South African government’s handling of its response to COVID-19 is highly commendable. If anything, its response has highlighted the very real need to improve access and connectivity for citizens across all levels of our society. It has shown that accelerating South Africa’s digital service delivery strategy is becoming an increasingly urgent aspect of just how to embrace doing things differently.

    INFRASTRUCTURE AND UNIVERSAL ACCESS

    The National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) published in 2012 states that by 2030, ICT will underpin the development of a dynamic and connected information society and a vibrant knowledge economy that is more inclusive and prosperous. A seamless information infrastructure will be universally available and accessible and will meet the needs of citizens, business and the public sector, providing access to the creation and consumption of a wide range of converged services required for effective economic and social participation – at a cost and quality at least equal to South Africa's main peers and competitors.

  • Tue
    May
    12
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Kalyan Dombivali Smart City sets up war room to fight COVID-19

    The command center is being used to monitor the movement of people and vehicles, including ambulances and disinfection services, and help maintain law and order in the twin cities. It is also equipped with a dashboard which provides the latest information on all known confirmed cases in the city

    NEC India has helped Kalyan Dombivali Smart City (SKDCL) by quickly setting up an emergency war room cum command center at KDMC Commissioner’s office to combat the spread of coronavirus in the city.

  • Tue
    May
    12
    2020
    CN: Tech infrastructure critical to Hong Kong smart city development

    Hong Kong’s development of its technology infrastructure will be a key factor in its development as a smart city by 2030, according to 47% of executives who were polled in a survey commissioned by KPMG.

    The survey, “Future Hong Kong 2030”, analyses the steps to help optimise Hong Kong’s development as a smart city and was published by KPMG China. It was undertaken by YouGov.

  • Tue
    May
    12
    2020
    AE: Abu Dhabi launches digital payment platform for all government services

    ‘Abu Dhabi Pay’ available through TAMM portal, aims to accelerate e-government services

    Payments for all types of government services will now be made available online through ‘Abu Dhabi Pay’, as the emirate looks to accelerate its digital transformation.

    The platform, launched by the Department of Government Support, will be accessible through the TAMM portal, offering customers a secure and standardised way of making digital payments for all government services across different channels. Customers will also benefit from multiple safe payment options, one time payments for multi party services and a unified experience across all government channels.

  • Tue
    May
    12
    2020
    IN: Today’s cities are built on bricks and cement. The cities of tomorrow are built on data.

    If you live in a city, chances are, you are quite familiar with these scenarios: it takes you 40 minutes to travel five kilometres, you stand in long queues to simply get cash out of an ATM and the only way you can effectively follow social distancing is by locking yourself indoors because there is no way you can keep six feet distance from people out on the streets. These are only some of the unique challenges of mass urbanisation; or, everyday life as you know it.

    In 2018, United Nations recorded that 55% of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and this is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. India already has 34% of its population occupying urban areas. And every year, this percentage increases. However, a looming question remains – how will these urban cities effectively support basic needs of this ever-growing population while also ensuring sustainable opportunities, growth, and resources for everyone , and more so today, in terms of ensuring safety during this pandemic.

  • Mon
    May
    11
    2020
    Province’s First E-Government Blockchain Goes Live in China’s Richest Region Anhui

    The first e-government blockchain platform has launched in Anhui, the 8th most populous province in China with over 62 million people. Anhui is also part of China’s Yangtze River Delta Region, home to Shanghai and hub of the country’s global economic prominence. The new system will roll out several services, reports Sohu.com.

    As part of the Yangtze River Delta Region, Anhui belongs to the world’s sixth-largest economic center. The local government aims to build a broad system that can integrate data across regions and departments to improve business collaborations.

  • Mon
    May
    11
    2020
    Strong digital system is helping the UAE during crisis

    Telecom workers have been the unrecognised soldiers deployed in the field, who work behind the scenes

    Wherever Covid-19 has spread, doctors and health workers have been the first line of defence. Their selfless service must be recognised first.

    However, it is fair to say that many other sectors are also supporting the health sector in this fierce battle. The foremost among them is the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector. Telecom workers have been the unrecognised soldiers deployed in the field, who work behind the scenes. They work day and night to secure the communication infrastructure and the digital environment to ensure continuity of services and communication remotely.

  • Mon
    May
    11
    2020
    US: Nevada: Virginia city outfits school buses with Wi-Fi for remote students

    Dive Brief:

    • Hopewell City Public Schools in Hopewell, VA has plans to retrofit 31 school buses with wireless routers to provide Wi-Fi access to roughly 1,000 students who don’t have reliable internet access at home during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
    • The buses will be deployed within a few weeks to densely populated areas of the city, the school district's supervisor of information technology Kris Reed told Smart Cities Dive. The wireless signal from the parked buses can reach homes within about 300 feet, or the length of a football field, he said.
    • The school district is partnering with technology company Kajeet to install the wireless routers. The initiative costs about $29,000, and nearly half of the cost has been funded by grants, according to Reed.

  • Mon
    May
    11
    2020
    South Korea unveils the first global projects under its Network Cooperation Program

    South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) has selected the first cohort of projects for its K-City Network Global Cooperation Program.

    This includes supporting the development of plans for Indonesia’s new capital city, which will move from Jakarta due to overcrowding-related issues such as congestion and pollution and because of flooding threats due to subsidence.

    The K-City Network Global Cooperation Program aims to foster government-to-government (G2G) smart city collaboration and enable South Korea to share its experience and technologies around the world.

  • Sun
    May
    10
    2020
    PK: Civil Service Reform

    The introduction of the Civil Servants Rules 2020 by the PTI government are a manifestation of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s promise of bringing reforms in the bureaucracy. Many notable professionals have said for decades that the bureaucratic system in Pakistan is in need of a serious overhaul, in order to make it responsive to the many challenges of governance faced by the country. Advisor to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, Dr Ishrat Hussain, has plenty of ideas on the subject of bringing change in public administration, but political constraints mean that the process may require more time and effort to come in full swing.

  • Sun
    May
    10
    2020
    Palestine Monetary Authority: Starting to Provide Electronic Payment Services in Palestine This will Enable Citizens to Complete their Financial Transactions without Using Cash

    Palestine Monetary Authority issued today instructions to operate and provide electronic payment services, which include both e-wallet and prepaid cards.

    The instructions are aimed at controlling the work and regulation of the provision of electronic payment services in Palestine, particularly the electronic wallet and payment cards services, which will be launched after the completion of the license of the first electronic payment services companies in Palestine, which will launch their services soon, and that work is underway to license other companies in the coming period.

  • Sun
    May
    10
    2020
    VN: HCMC’s 'city within city' lacks precedent, legal framework

    A HCMC master plan to build an “innovative urban area” en route to becoming a smart city looks likely to remain on paper.

    This area, in the making since 2017, would combine three of the southern metropolis’s eastern districts into one innovative hub. City authorities had said then that the plan would generate a bright future for both local residents and businesses. It would encompass the hi-tech park in District 9, the university precinct in Thu Duc District and the new urban area and financial center on the Thu Thiem Peninsula in District 2.

  • Sat
    May
    09
    2020
    US: Experts: Smart City Work Should Stay the Course Amid Crisis

    The novel coronavirus pandemic will test cities long after it dissipates — especially where revenue is concerned. But for now, officials must choose between advancing efficiency and maintaining the status quo.

    The smart city and sustainability projects that make communities more efficient and resilient are more necessary than ever, advocates argue, but other priorities are competeing for the limited resources that could move them forward.

  • Sat
    May
    09
    2020
    IN: L&T to offer smart technology solutions to help 20 cities combat coronavirus

    Smart technology solutions from L&T are helping city administrations like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Prayagraj, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and others in tracking patients, containing the spread of the virus, monitoring quarantined people and controlling crowding by police personnel

    • Ties up with over 20 city administrations to fight COVID-19 with smart solutions
    • To install fever detection thermal cameras at public places in Mumbai
    • Drone surveillance to manage crowds in various cities
    • AI-powered system to track vehicle owners driving beyond restricted areas
    • COVID Contact Centres, Command & Control Centers and City Operations Centers in smart cities

  • Sat
    May
    09
    2020
    India’s technology policy needs a refresh

    India is on the cusp of a digital revolution. There are more than, more than, more than US$30 million in digital payment transactions processed through the indigenous Unified Payment Interface per month and about providing digital platform services. India has adopted digitalisation in all spheres, but technology policy and infrastructure are slipping behind this growth.

    The telecom industry that is building the requisite digital backbone for India is struggling. The sector once witnessed fierce competition with ten mobile operators but has now consolidated to . Mobile operators will pay more than US$20 billion to the government after a long litigated regulatory fee settlement issue. This leaves most operators with nothing to invest in 5G and other future technologies.

  • Sat
    May
    09
    2020
    AE: AI proven to be invaluable technology during pandemic

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have proven to be a key factor in helping residents and businesses across the UAE adapt to the new reality of functioning during a pandemic, with experts noting that the rate of adoption of the technology will only accelerate in the coming years.

    Jackson Liu, head of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe region at BIGO Technology, told Khaleej Times that AI has been applied widely across the UAE during the Covid-19 outbreak to enhance connectivity such as with chatbots to improve customer service, as well as increasing the efficiency and intelligence of video conferencing platforms and more.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    US: Massachusetts: Boston Constructs Telehealth-Capable Facility in Seven Days

    Boston officials realized COVID-19 could overwhelm even the high-class hospital system of their local area, so they created a new facility, Boston Hope, with help from state and private partners.

    In response to COVID-19, a 1,000-bed facility with telehealth services was established within a week in Boston, thanks to a partnership between local, state and private entities.

    The facility, called Boston Hope, is split into two 500-bed halves: one for COVID-19 patients, who otherwise might overload local hospitals, and one for the unsheltered population, a group at high risk of infection. The project, which began construction in early April, was a joint effort between the city of Boston, the state of Massachusetts and the Boston-based nonprofit Partners HealthCare. The latter entity operates the facility, which is housed within the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    US: Cloud Architecture Offers Security to Cities

    Local governments can employ the tool to guard against cyber attacks and protect citizens’ privacy.

    Digital structures are needed to protect government information and operations. A group participating in a National Institute of Standards of Technology challenge is offering a secure cloud-based platform that can improve the digital and actual health of a city and protect its information.

    For several years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, known as NIST, has hosted the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), a public-private partnership meant to encourage collaboration and standards development. The GCTC includes more than 200 projects directed at advancing the ability of cities to operate safely and effectively in the digital age. NIST is currently drafting related framework standards for cities or local governments to use.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    US: Spencer, Massachusetts to Monitor Road Conditions and Improve Public Safety with CIMCON NearSky Platform

    Streetlight conversion will expand to include additional smart city elements leading to brighter and safer streets

    CIMCON, the leading global provider of smart city technologies, announced that Spencer, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 12,000 people, is planning to add road condition monitoring as part of its recent LED streetlight conversion project. Town officials are undertaking this initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines, and reduce costs associated with ineffective road monitoring and maintenance.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam Smart City operates 24x7 in three shifts to manage COVID 19

    The Smart City Operations Centre of Visakhapatnam operates 24x7 in three shifts to manage COVID 19. Following tasks are performed in this centre:

    Announcement of cautionary measures and information related to COVID 19 through Public Announcements Systems installed across 90 locations in the city.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    Interest in smart street lighting triples in US cities

    The largest 314 cities in the US are converting to LED, according to the Northeast Group, which projects that the country will invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade.

    The largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled, according to a report.

    The Northeast Group also reports that the US is projected to invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade.

  • Fri
    May
    08
    2020
    US: Massachusetts town integrates road condition monitoring with smart street light deployment

    The US town of Spencer is working with smart city technology provider Cimcon on the initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines and reduce costs.

    The US town of Spencer in Massachusetts is planning to integrate road condition monitoring with its recent LED street light conversion project.

    Town officials are working with smart city technology provider Cimcon to undertake the initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines, and reduce costs associated with ineffective road monitoring and maintenance.

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    VG: Gov’t now accepting payments through remote processing

    With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting regular operational hours in the British Virgin Islands, government is now accepting payments for services via remote processing.

    The Office of the Premier said in a media release on Tuesday that the remote payment options will allow for the receipt of payments while protecting both the customers and public officers from COVID-19.

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    ASEAN Smart Cities: Balancing 5G And Geopolitics – Analysis

    With the ASEAN Smart Cities Network now in its second year, how have ASEAN’s smart city ambitions progressed and how can these hubs be smartened up going forward? How should ASEAN balance the use of 5G amid its geopolitical tensions?

    The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) is now in its second year running. Yet smart city goals, such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), have been overshadowed by concerns of geopolitical tensions — mainly due to the technologies, such as 5G, and standards of governance involved — and could require finetuning in a post-pandemic world.

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    IN: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation converts bus into Mobile Fever Clinic

    Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has converted one of its buses into a Mobile Fever Clinic, in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The move has been taken by the state government to ensure sufficient availability of basic medical facilities for people as the country deals to contain the spread of coronavirus.

    The bus was flagged off on Wednesday, according to the KSRTC, the cost of this clinic construction on a bus is Rs 50,000.

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Work for Shivamogaa smart city resumes after lockdown relaxation

    Shivamogga (Karnataka) [India], April 30 (ANI): Work for Shivamogga smart city has resumed after the government provided relaxation during the lockdown period.

    Chetan, a private construction contractor said: "We are maintaining social distance. Work started only after DCP passed the order allowing it to resume."

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    China’s internet-related industries grow fast amid epidemic

    China has seen a boom in internet-related industries and the digital economy amid the COVID-19 epidemic, a report on China’s internet development showed.

    Users of internet applications such as online shopping, online videos, online education, e-government services and online payment had grown significantly during the epidemic, according to the report released Tuesday by the China Internet Network Information Center.

  • Thu
    May
    07
    2020
    KH: Ministry to prepare the country for digitalisation

    The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications urged a working group to draft a digital government policy framework in line with digital economy policy.

    Minister Chea Vandeth said on Tuesday during a meeting at the ministry that it is working on drafting the framework to further study trends at the regional and global level, and collect input from key experts who have expertise in the preparation of such policies.

  • Wed
    May
    06
    2020
    US: Florida: Florida Atlantic University Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission

    Studying the way people move and interact can play an important role in understanding how an infection might spread during a pandemic and the types of practices, such as social distancing, that could help. A unique project developed by researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in collaboration with the City of West Palm Beach will create new opportunities to tackle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by enabling cutting-edge computational epidemiology.

    The work builds on the “Mobility Intelligence Project” (MIP), an existing collaboration between the two partners. MIP is a first-of-its-kind mobility sensing, analytics, and recommendation system developed by FAU’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Originally designed to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and play in downtown West Palm Beach, MIP is being retooled to enable the simulation of virus transmission based on realistic, contextualized models – models that rely on how people actually move and interact within the city.

  • Wed
    May
    06
    2020
    IN: Tripura: Agartala: First in NE India, mobile kiosk to collect Covid-19 sample

    In a major step to tame the coronavirus, a mobile Covid-19 sample collection kiosk has been designed under the Agartala Smart City project and if successful, more such kiosks would be developed, top officials said on Wednesday.

    The newly designed mobile kiosk, first in the eastern and north east India, was handed over to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of West Tripura district on Tuesday and it already started collection of samples of the people.

  • Wed
    May
    06
    2020
    IN: Looking into possibility of building smart cities along Delhi-Mumbai Expressway: Nitin Gadkari

    The Rs 1 lakh crore flagship Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project is scheduled to be completed within three years and and expected to cut down the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai to just 12 hours.

    The government is looking into the possibility of building smart cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway that is being built on a new alignment, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. However, a final decision on this will be taken by the Finance Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office, he said.

  • Wed
    May
    06
    2020
    Exploring the privacy gray areas in smart city technologies

    Is the pandemic highlighting just how powerful (and invasive) smart city technology will be?

    • Data-powered ‘smart cities’ provide rich insights into social trends
    • Insights from surveillance tech and sensors are being used to track the impact of the coronavirus
    • Of course, this carries some big implications on privacy

    Smart cities rely on the collective intelligence derived from the technologies embedded into the framework and services of its future-forward metropolis

  • Tue
    May
    05
    2020
    IN: How Smart Cities are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic

    Smart cities are leveraging their smart solutions in responding to this emergency situation. Here's how.

    The 100 smart cities mission program, initiated by the Government of India, envisioned the participating cities adopting smart solutions to improve citizen service delivery and consequently their quality of living. As part of their smart city plans, many cities have focused on leveraging technology in the areas of citizen engagement, traffic management, safety & security, emergency response, healthcare management, etc. For ensuring a coordinated management of these various components, the cities have set up integrated command and control centres (ICCC). Presently, around 451 cities have operational ICCCs which has been set up under the 100 smart cities mission.

  • Tue
    May
    05
    2020
    IN: Tripura: Agartala Smart City hands over Mobile COVID-19 sample collection kiosk to CMO

    The kiosk ensures protection to the sample collecting doctor & prevents wastage of personal protection equipment (PPE).

    Agartala Smart City has designed and handed over a Mobile COVID-19 sample collection kiosk to the city's Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The kiosk ensures protection to the sample collecting doctor & prevents wastage of personal protection equipment (PPE). This initiative is a major step by Agartala in the fight against Covid-19.

  • Tue
    May
    05
    2020
    GB: Derbyshire: Superfast full-fibre broadband set to give Derby's economy a massive boost

    It could mean more than £500 million to the city

    Superfast full-fibre broadband will give Derby's economy a massive boost, a new study says.

    The city could be set for an economic windfall of more than £500 million once the technology is installed.

  • Tue
    May
    05
    2020
    Direct transfers via Aadhaar saving India from queues, panic during COVID19: Arvind Gupta

    Direct money transfers via Aadhaar and the interoperable software layers called India Stack to India's financially vulnerable population have "saved" the country from long queues and panic during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and "justified a 10x return on investment on the India Stack", Arvind Gupta, former CEO of MyGov and founder, Digital India Foundation, told IANS in a video interview.

    As of April 22, the Indian government paid out Rs 31,235 crore in financial assistance to more than 330 million Indians, according to publicly available data.

  • Tue
    May
    05
    2020
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: With Agra Model gone bust, UP govt clueless on new strategy to stem rising number of Covid-19 cases

    Residents of Agra's Covid-19 hotspots will be tested at home and a mobile unit will ensure door-to-door collection of samples.

    In light of the rising number of novel coronavirus patients in Agra, the much-touted 'Agra model' appears to have gone bust. The state leadership is worried about the worsening Covid-19 outbreak in Agra, but apart from the appointment of a nodal officer to oversee the lockdown protocols, there has hardly been any improvement in the state of affairs.

  • Mon
    May
    04
    2020
    Smart City: Command-and-control platform aims to help cities better use their data to tackle Covid-19

    Quantela’s Coronavirus Emergency Response platform also includes an app that enables citizens to contribute to as well as access critical information.

    Smart city platform provider Quantela has launched a command-and-control centre for crisis management during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Coronavirus Emergency Response (CoVER) platform is designed to enable cities around the world to boost their ability to monitor, predict and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes an app that enables citizens to contribute to as well as access critical information.

  • Mon
    May
    04
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: BBMP launches app to help citizens in containment zones

    According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, a containment zone is an area of 100 meters radius around the premises of a COVID-19 positive case which will be sealed for 28 days.

    The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru’s local civic body, has developed a mobile application exclusively for residents living in containment zones that have been sealed due to coronavirus. Named ‘BBMP Contains,’ the app aims to be a platform for grievance redressal and to help the authorities monitor surveillance mechanisms in these areas.

  • Mon
    May
    04
    2020
    EU: Smart thermal: Using technology to enhance situational awareness & data-driven operations

    The idea of what a smart city is, and the technology that will be used to create it, is constantly changing.

    Smart cities are regarded as an ecosystem of technologies driven by data and analytics to manage assets and resources efficiently. The idea of what a smart city is, and the technology that will be used to create it, is constantly changing. We’re now seeing the idea of smart city solutions come to the fore, where localities can rapidly shape and customise user-specific applications to enhance public safety.

  • Mon
    May
    04
    2020
    IN: Odisha: Now, Garuda drones to disinfect Rourkela, two others

    Drone-as-a-Service (DAAS) provider Garuda Aerospace has bagged four more drone based sanitisation orders including Rourkela Smart City Ltd, Odisha and corporate group Godrej, said a top company official.

    He also said Garuda Aerospace will also focus on the facility management sector for disinfecting the premises in their portfolio for future.

  • Mon
    May
    04
    2020
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi Smart City engages Chennai-based firm to spray sanitizer through drones

    The Drone team first visits the area planned to be sanitized for the day and makes a quick visual survey of the terrain, buildings and surroundings and chalks out a flight path to be followed by the Drone.

    Varanasi Smart City has engaged 'Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, a Chennai Based company for spraying of sanitizer in the selected areas of Varanasi City under Smart Cities Mission. In view of limited options for transportation during the lockdown period, these drones were specially airlifted from Chennai through Air-India Cargo flights with special permission from Ministry of Civil Aviation. A total of the seven-member team with two drones was made operational and trial runs were completed on 17th April 2020.

  • Sun
    May
    03
    2020
    Pilot Version of the Digital Currency of China to be Tested in Four Cities

    Overview:

    • China takes a step ahead in introducing its application for national digital currency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
    • The digital Yuan to be tested in the four cities of China.

    China moves ahead in introducing its digital currency, Yuan. Ling Zhang, the executive director of M&A, Global Fiat at cryptocurrency exchange has shared its images on social networking sites on April 14th.

  • Sun
    May
    03
    2020
    Bahrain starts virtual mall with 100 stores for shoppers

    Several major brands are set to participate in the virtual service

    Bahrain's Ministry of Industry has launched a virtual mall to enable shops to continue serving their customers during the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak.

    Launched by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the mall.bh website, which officially opened on Thursday April 23, features a range of products from more than 100 companies operating in the kingdom including fashion, homeware and electronics.

  • Sun
    May
    03
    2020
    NG: Ministry to engage youths on digital skills amid COVID-19 lockdown

    The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has launched a slew of online training initiatives and programmes to engage the youth during the COVID-19 lockdown. Through its digital skills online training, its Youth Innovation Series, Webinars and E-Sports initiatives the Youth and Sports Ministry is delivering opportunities to the youth and Nigerians.

    The IBM, in partnership with the ministry, three weeks ago started the online digital skills training with over 7,000 youth participating with the chance to get IBM badges. The new addition is the Webinars set to start next week. It will be thrice weekly webinars to further increase online interaction and study in areas of interest to the youth.

  • Sun
    May
    03
    2020
    FI: Smart mobility solutions complete successful trials in Helsinki

    Over the past three years the Finnish capital has been experimenting with different approaches to smart mobility

    Since 2018 the local government of the Finnish capital of Helsinki has been conducting tests and trials of a wide range of smart mobility solutions – and their experiment has finally reached its successful conclusion.

    The Last Mile project was meant to deliver on the wishes of local authorities and citizens for a smarter and more integrated transport network by conducting a series of trial runs for different services that could one day be implemented in full across the urban area.

  • Sun
    May
    03
    2020
    AE: Dubai launches remote payment services to facilitate real estate registration process

    Payment services through the Dubai Pay portal constitute sales of all kinds, including buying and selling, mortgaging, grants, and usufruct

    Dubai Land Department (DLD), in cooperation with Smart Dubai and the Department of Finance (DOF), launched remote payment services to facilitate the process of real estate registration through the Dubai Pay portal. This step is part of the precautionary measures taken by DLD to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the health and safety of its customers.

  • Sat
    May
    02
    2020
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: Smart city works resume in phased manner

    The Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) resumed work on its projects on Friday after receiving the go-ahead from chief minister Trivendra Rawat. Renovation work at Paltan Bazaar will be the first project to be taken up, followed by others in a phased manner, said officials.

    Talking to TOI, DSCL chief executive officer Ashish Srivastava said, “Smart city projects have been resumed with the aim of completing them within the targeted time. We will monitor the projects regularly to ensure the work is done efficiently.”

  • Sat
    May
    02
    2020
    COVID-19 and the Future of Smart Cities

    Hard times breed innovation and ingenuity. Take 19th century London, where a series of cholera outbreaks taught the city to send its poop downstream. Today, COVID-19 could catalyze a wave of smart city upgrades as governments turn to digital infrastructure to guard against future crises.&

    Cities moving from containment to recovery offer a glimpse of what could come. In Wuhan, China, factory operators register workers’ temperature daily. Returning employees are working alongside more robots than when they left. And to get on a train, residents display app-based “health codes” ranking them by infection risk levels.

  • Sat
    May
    02
    2020
    IoT: Staying connected in a crisis: How emerging technology and data can reduce the impact of a pandemic

    The world is facing a once in a generation crisis, its scale matched only by the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920. Citizens face huge restrictions on the way they live their lives, cut off from loved ones and their livelihoods threatened. Meanwhile governments the world over battle with huge challenges trying to project and plan for the scale of the crisis, hoping to save as many lives as possible.

    From a technology standpoint, the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how we’re overcoming social isolation using technology, as well as how it’s helping to reduce the scale of the tragedy and save lives.

  • Sat
    May
    02
    2020
    From Smart City to Smart Society

    In 1950, 746 Million people lived in cities but just one hundred years later in 2050, this is anticipated to surpass 6 Billion – some 66% of the world’s population. In this increasingly urban, data-driven and hybrid world that integrates the physical and the virtual, the concept of ‘smartness’ comes to the fore. The vision of a ‘smart city’ has been in existence for many years but it is only recently that advances in technology have enabled tangible progress towards its real-world actualization. I believe this is also critical to the successful implementation of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGS).

    So, what does a smart city mean to you?

  • Sat
    May
    02
    2020
    MX: Italian architect Stefano Boeri designs green ‘smart forest city’ for Cancun

    Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed a green ‘smart forest city’ for Mexico’s resort destination of Cancun. In addition to being planted with millions of trees and shrubs to help reduce its carbon footprint, it will also be a hub for climate change innovation.

    Nestled on the white sands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun appeals to several kinds of travellers. Families, honeymooners and “spring-breakers” from North America typically flock there for its its world-class beach resorts, Mayan ruins and hedonistic nightlife.

  • Fri
    May
    01
    2020
    IN: 10 Uttar-Pradesh cities fight Covid-19 war ‘smartly’, and how!

    Covid-19 pandemic is no less than a war. And what’s coming in handy in the fight against the deadly virus is the ‘war room’ set up in each UP district to manage different tasks on a real-time basis.

    While all the districts are handling the crisis in a best possible manner, 10 UP cities are managing the pandemic smartly — all thanks to paraphernalia, including the Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC), they got under the Smart City project.

  • Fri
    May
    01
    2020
    US: Smart City Strategies to Fight COVID-19 in Dense Urban Areas

    COVID-19 continues to shut down the largest cities in the world, and while the healthcare industry, first responders, governments, banks, businesses, and entire populations continue to grapple with flattening the curve, technology companies are innovating new solutions.

    There are vast amounts of data generated within cities today, and even more will be generated in the future as the IoT world continues to evolve and grow. Quantela, a digital technology solutions company, has identified effective use of data, informing the public, and empowering the field teams as a one of the key tools to combat the spread of the virus.

  • Fri
    May
    01
    2020
    AU: NEC Signs Smart City MoU with Government of New South Wales

    NEC will be embarking on a new smart city project in collaboration with the government of New South Wales (NSW). The initiative entails a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between the two parties and the NEC Corporation’s NEC Australia subsidiary.

    The MoU specifically details plans for a Digital Safer and Smarter City environment, which will be realized with NEC’s entire technology portfolio. To that end, the company will be outfitting NSW with biometric, 5G, and IoT capabilities, while the project itself will have five key areas of focus, including Public Safety, Aviation, Health, Transportation, and Digital Government.

TSTT and Huawei lead the charge

Communication solutions provider TSTT is currently working hand-in-hand with the government towards achieving the vision of a digitally transformed government by 2022.

Partnered with information and communications technology (ICT) multi-national Huawei, TSTT is on-course to attain the many laudable and essential goals outlined in the third phase of the National ICT Plan (2018–2022). This comprehensive five-year plan is geared towards enabling digital technologies for national development as an e-government as well as a sector for economic diversification

Thus far, TSTT e-Tender platform has already been adopted by a growing number of government ministries and state entities – as well as the local, regional and international private sector – to improve their efficiency and transparency of procurement processes by use of world class technology, industry-leading security and cloud-based architecture.

At the Huawei Digital Transformation ‘Smart T&T – Today–2030’ Summit which was held at the Hyatt Regency earlier this year, TSTT’s general manager enterprise services, Ian Galt, recommitted TSTT’s unwavering support for national development while highlighting some of the company’s innovative solutions which would enable the government to successfully achieve its digital transformation vision within the stipulated timeframe to create a "smart TT."

Galt noted that TSTT’s state of the art data centre allows the company to provide governments and companies with services such as disaster recovery as a services (DRaaS), backend as a service (BaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), virtual data centres, machines and the hosting of private servers. With these strategic investments, TSTT is well equipped to offer its complete suite of cloud services which Galt describes as a “win-win” for the government as it negates the need to spend capital expense to duplicate services already established and available. He added that this seamlessly aligns with the National ICT Plan’s goal of leveraging ICT to increase government efficiency, reduce cost and free up resources to invest elsewhere.

“TSTT wants to work with you to achieve the vision of a digital economy, a digital government and a happy, prosperous, empowered, safe society. We are ideally positioned to deliver an unparalleled degree of digital access, combined with a suite of customer solutions to administer the type and level of service needed by your ministries and agencies via our resilient, robust and expansive infrastructure. As the next decade unfolds, I trust that the public sector in TT will be provided and empowered with technologically advanced tools needed to be able to provide world class public services, and to be recognised and appreciated as a world class and progressive public sector,” Galt said in his address to the Minister in the Ministry of Education, Lovell Francis, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Claudelle McKellar, and Huawei executives.

In Francis’ presentation on digitising the education system, he credited both organisations for recognising that ICT and education were central to our national progress over the immediate, short and long term.

“The ICT landscape has already changed and we have to adapt quickly. These digital changes will positively transform the organisation and its functionality of education. We’ve had a lot of assistance from our friends at Huawei and TSTT who have been walking with us through this. By year’s end or early next year, we will have an educational institution that is in alignment with the technological innovations happening across the world. This gives our students a chance to learn at a level which we want them to learn to develop their careers and entrepreneurial activities,” he explained.

Huawei regional chief technology officer, Luis Guillot, and McKellar together agreed that the implementation of ICTs throughout all government agencies, the private sector and the homes of citizens would in fact solve problems and astutely serve the public in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Quelle/Source: Trinidad News, 12.09.2019

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