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  • Mon
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    2020
    LK: Richardson Technologies Ltd. embarks on long-awaited Smart City Project in Colombo

    Move follows successful conclusion to Court action by unsuccessful bidder Sierra Construction

    Richardson Technologies Ltd. (RTPL) is now going ahead with the long awaited Smart City project in the Colombo municipality areas following the successful conclusion to Court action by the unsuccessful bidder.

    The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) called for tenders from interested parties to submit offers for the Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of LED Smart Street Lighting Systems for the city of Colombo, on a Private Public Partnership basis with zero capital cost to the CMC.

  • Mon
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    13
    2020
    MO: UM, NKOIL ink deal on collaboration in smart city development

    The public University of Macau (UM) and state-owned Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Co. Ltd. (NKOIL) have signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement, according to a UM statement on Friday.

    Through the agreement, both parties hope to promote the commercialisation of research results, cultivate talent, and jointly create a smart city in Macao, said the statement released through the Macao Government Information Bureau (GCS).

  • Mon
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    13
    2020
    Nigeria shows biometric flexibility, slow progress on voter registers continues across Africa

    Biometric voting, and the registration required, are once again proving problematic in several African countries. Somalia will miss its target of a November election as it has been unable to put into place election infrastructure or register its people. In Ghana, the plan to populate a new biometric register is continuing to spark controversy with legal challenges and observers deployed to registration centers. Meanwhile Lagos is attempting video conferencing to verify identity and perform liveness checks on its pensioners, and Gambia releases a progress report on its ID issuance.

  • Mon
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    13
    2020
    IN: Covid-19 is Accelerating Digital Transformation in Healthcare

    The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the healthcare system not only in India but worldwide. The unabated crisis has led to huge demand from the existing infrastructure which has further exposed vulnerabilities of the healthcare and pharmaceutical supply chains. There is a huge demand and supply gap for healthcare facilities and increasing demand for health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Gaia, a Mumbai-based tech company that works on smart city services is also working with hospitals across some of the major Indian cities, is striving to bridge the gap in the healthcare sector with smart technology solutions. In an exclusive interaction with CXOToday, Amrita Chowdhury, Director and Co-founder, Gaia, explains some of the critical challenges in the healthcare system and how the company with the help of technology is helping healthcare sector during the pandemic.

  • Sun
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    12
    2020
    PH: Gov’t to prohibit online sales of ‘sin’ products

    The Department of Finance (DOF) wants to prohibit online sales of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to curb underage smokers and drinkers as well as for tax compliance purposes.

    Following the proliferation of merchants selling cigarettes and alcoholic drinks on e-commerce platforms, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the government will impose a ban against the sale of liquors and cigarettes online.

  • Sun
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    12
    2020
    Aggregating Indian Smart Cities with Technology

    “Honeywell has rapidly innovated to extend the capabilities of our Smart and Safe City technology deployments to support customer needs. Our Command and Control Centers are being used as the nerve center for operations to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in specific cities. We have also developed and deployed city-specific dashboards, portals and citizen applications to engage with citizens. Authorities can communicate necessary information in a consistent manner, and citizens can get the official view of a city’s status, reducing their need to go to different sources to gather information which at times may also be conflicting”: asserts Akshay Bellare, President Honeywell in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW Businessworld.

  • Sat
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    11
    2020
    5 years of Digital India – How far have we come?

    The Digital India programme has witnessed a consistent upward growth trajectory, achieving numerous milestones and dotted with major milestones and flagship initiatives.

    Information technology and communication technologies have huge potential to provide new opportunities and challenges for developing economies. Since the wave of liberalisation in the 1990’s, India has harnessed technologies along with vast economic reforms to open up Indian markets to global businesses and investments. However, in the recent past, the Indian leadership’s focus on amplifying digitisation has deepened and they have begun to acknowledge the potential to transform India into a true technology leader.

  • Sat
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    11
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Pension applications to be accepted only online

    ‘Now only a few districts are filing applications online’

    The State government has decided to accept applications for old-age pensions (OAP) under eight schemes only online.

    In a communication to the Director (Social Security Schemes) in the Commissionerate of Revenue Administration, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) said only a few districts were filing applications online.

  • Sat
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    11
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Education as Substantial Public Interest and the Inherent Inequalities of Online Education

    With online education becoming a new trend amid the coronavirus pandemic, its ability to become democratic and egalitarian in terms of its dissemination is highly debatable.

    The Kerala High Court passed an interim order on June 3, 2020, which restrained a private school from charging an additional fee for online classes from students of third standard and LKG by observing that the ‘Right to Education is sacrosanct in the Constitution of India’. The High Court made special references to the fact that education shall not be denied under any circumstance to any child in the recent context of the suicide by a Dalit student named Devika who couldn’t attend online classes which commenced on June 1. The court referred to the incident as ‘heart burning’. The Court hence asked the State to make adequate arrangements for learning which are inclusive of all.

  • Sat
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    11
    2020
    Cyprus must get connected before it’s too late

    As Cyprus needs to get connected to keep up with the rest of the world when it comes to digitalising the economy, authorities have decided to step in to boost the country’s fast internet infrastructure.

    After ranked among the bottom five EU countries in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), for another year, the Deputy Ministry of Innovation decided the state must cover the investment gap in laying the groundwork for fast internet connections.

  • Sat
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    11
    2020
    VN: 5G creates innovation opportunities for all economic sectors

    The development of 5G in Vietnam will be the foundation for innovation for all economic sectors in the country, said Nguyen Phong Nha, deputy general director of the Authority of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

    The development of 5G in Vietnam will be the foundation for innovation for all economic sectors in the country, said Nguyen Phong Nha, deputy general director of the Authority of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

  • Fri
    Jul
    10
    2020
    PH: Distance learning and the great ‘divide’

    Recent reports show that of the 28 million students targeted for K-12 public and private schools, only 15.9 million had enrolled by the end of the month-long online enrollment. This meant that it was 12 million short of the target set by the Department of Education. We can infer several reasons for this decrease, namely, family upheavals caused by the pandemic, uncertainty with the unfamiliar terrain of “distance learning,” and the great “divide” between families living in the urban and rural areas, the latter, preferring the traditional system.

    COVID-19 did not give enough time for school authorities to shift gears to a new delivery system. We were still busy ensuring that “no pupil is left behind,” thus focusing on reaching drop-outs by motivating them to return to formal schooling through economic assistance as well as challenging catch-up learning packages. This alternative learning approach must now shift to the design of distance learning schemes.

  • Fri
    Jul
    10
    2020
    IN: 20 useful government apps you must have

    India’s ban on 59 Chinese apps apps has caused a huge furore and created a sizeable dent in the Chinese digital space.

    While India could have imposed a ban on foreign apps a long time ago in the pursuit of being self-dependent, or ‘atmanirbhar’, the move even though late is welcome.

    This now brings back into focus a variety of advanced apps within India that can replace foreign apps. Take, for instance, the apps listed below that can make your life much easier!

  • Fri
    Jul
    10
    2020
    MyPay to offer eWallet and digital financing in partnership with Bank Islam and FassPay

    MyPay, the eGovernment service platform by Dapat Vista (M) Sdn Bhd will soon offer digital payments, digital financing and eWallet features. They have just announced a collaboration with the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) and Fass Payment Solutions Sdn Bhd (Fasspay).

    Dapat Vista which previously allowed PTPTN borrowers to check on their education loan status via SMS at 15888 has recently transitioned the feature to MyPay mobile payment system. According to PTPTN Chief Executive Encik Ahmad Dasuki Abdul Majid, the venture between the two parties has helped to encourage consistent payment and deposits among PTPTN borrowers and SSPN depositors.

  • Fri
    Jul
    10
    2020
    ZW: Coronavirus & the missed ICT opportunity

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen the introduction of restrictions in movement, gatherings, introduction of quarantines and closures of educational establishments among other measures implemented to contain the virus in Zimbabwe. This crisis has brought to the fore the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in businesses, healthcare, education and public services.

    Due to COVID-19 Zimbabweans are embracing the digital life; with activities ranging from online entertainment, increased use of real-time online broadcasts via platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to online meetings and even parliament sessions via platforms such as Zoom. The Ministry of Information has also been very active disseminating COVID-19 related information via online platforms and Facebook groups.

  • Thu
    Jul
    09
    2020
    Governments Increase Smart City Investments to Combat COVID-19, Reignite Growth

    Technology is increasingly being deployed at all levels of government around the world to combat COVID-19. While ARC sees significant headwinds affecting smart city markets over the next couple of years due to decreased tax revenue, reduced workforce, and more, many cities, states, and countries are forging ahead with large increases in technology investment both to combat COVID-19 and reignite economic growth in beleaguered cities. While ARC expects many smart cities related markets to decline in 2020, this increased investment in technology will provide an impetus for growth and quick recovery. Here are some examples of what’s happening around the world right now.

  • Thu
    Jul
    09
    2020
    European Digital Strategy and the Global Race for Digital Sovereignty

    “Data has become a matter of geopolitics and geoeconomics”

    On the January 29, 2020, the European Commission (EC) released the “Commission Work Programme 2020″. Under the second priority, “A Europe fit for the digital age” – the EC announced its intention to put forward for consultation a rich array of strategic documents outlining Europe’s digital strategy, writes Secure Chorus founder Elisabetta Zaccaria.

  • Thu
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    09
    2020
    Massive IoT Initiative: Securing the Smart City

    According to Microsoft, one particular type of project accounts for close to one quarter of all global IoT initiatives: smart-city projects. In a 451 Research report from February 2020, analyst Johan Vermij notes that escalating interest in smart cities has led to the current situation, in which smart cities now comprise 23 percent of IoT projects on a worldwide basis—making them what Vermij describes as the “number one IoT vertical.” In fact, in Microsoft’s fourth year of the company’s “IoT in Action” events in Amsterdam earlier this year, the tech firm gave smart cities the dedicated focus for the first time.

    As hyperconnected smart cities have become increasingly key to whether urban areas function smoothly or not, researchers have investigated the role of smart IoT edge devices and edge computing. One study on edge-computing-enabled smart cities—written by senior members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—stated that edge technology is “viable for realizing real-time smart cities advancements.” Yet after deriving five parameters—context awareness, scalability, sustainability, caching, and security—for rigorous evaluation, the researchers determined that “security has considerable importance among the other factors and thus must be implemented in the design of smart applications.”

  • Wed
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    08
    2020
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia: The Smarter, Faster Way to Give the People What They Want

    Philadelphia is using data-matching to cut down on the number of forms that assistance program applicants have to fill out. The innovative work focuses on the end users, not the bureaucracy.

    More than 40 million U.S. workers — one out of every four — have filed unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic struck in mid-March, a historic surge accompanied by a flood of requests for state, local and federal benefits for everything from food assistance to income support to housing aid to health-care coverage. Many of these applicants are filing for these services for the first time and struggling with a daunting, overloaded application system.

  • Tue
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    07
    2020
    TRA to shutdown 2G network across UAE by 2022

    UAE service providers will provide support to groups that may be affected by the shutdown

    UAE telecom regulator Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that 2G network (GSM) across the country will be shut down by the end of 2022.

    UAE service providers will provide support to groups that may be affected by the shutdown, TRA suggested, official news agency WAM reported.

  • Tue
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    07
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Kochi Corporation may finally get a functional e-governance system

    Council meeting today to discuss matter of tasking IKM with implementation

    After putting up with long queues at the civic body office and an arduous wait of several years, city residents might finally be able to access online services of the Kochi Corporation a few months from now.

  • Tue
    Jul
    07
    2020
    Rajnath launches web portal to issue NOCs for projects in Indian waters

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday launched a web portal for issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) to entities that are undertaking power projects and activities related to research, survey, exploration and exploitation in the Indian territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, according to an official statement. “The online system will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals.

    The Ministry has earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey,” the statement said. Singh, along with Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, launched the web portal in the presence of Army Chief General M M Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, and Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria. According to rules of the United Nations, all areas extending up to 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline are its territorial waters (TW). All areas extending up to 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline are its exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

  • Tue
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    07
    2020
    CG: 1Rivet to help Congo build a digital platform for public services

    U.S. IT consulting firm 1Rivet, which specializes in the development of digital platforms, will help the Republic of Congo build a digital platform for public services. This follows a meeting on June 25 between Léon Juste Ibombo (pictured), the Congolese minister of telecommunications and digital economy, and Charlie Clavelli, the company’s chief operating officer and managing partner.

    The project aligns with the government’s ambition to set an e-government platform under the Vision Congo digital 2025 strategy. According to Léon Juste Ibombo, who sees digitization as an opportunity that will increase the government’s revenues, this multimodal platform will stimulate the digital transformation of the whole country, which “has the infrastructure but lacks the necessary platforms.”

  • Tue
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    07
    2020
    KY: National ID cards to be issued in 2021

    The ID cards and requisite population register will enable government entities to check basic information - from immigration status to vehicle ownership - at source, rather than residents having to provide information that the government already holds.

    National identification cards could be rolled out within the next 12 months, with a population database coming online before the end of the year.

  • Mon
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    06
    2020
    US: Social Justice, Broadband Top Priorities for Smart Cities

    Smart city leaders from Houston, New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, discussed their vision for tomorrow's cities following widespread disruptions brought on by the pandemic, economic hardships and social unrest.

    Issues around equity, access to broadband and the broader social ills related to racism are finding a stronger foothold in smart city strategies.

  • Sun
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    05
    2020
    MT: Moving towards a digital nation

    Over the years, emerging technologies have fuelled innovation and transformed entire industries.

    While there are significant opportunities to be realised by exploiting these technologies to innovate and create new sources of value, this digitalisation has put pressure on companies to reflect on their current strategy and explore new business opportunities systematically and at early stages.

  • Sun
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    05
    2020
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Get building plan approvals in Chandigarh at the click of a mouse from July 15

    All building plans – new construction and modification in the old, will be submitted on the web portal – www.obps.chd.gov.in; expected to bring down processing time from several months to 25 days.

    Come July 15, building plan approvals can be sought online in Chandigarh. While the process currently takes several months, the new online facility is expected to cut the approval time to 25 days.

  • Sun
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    05
    2020
    How Nepal can make its cities smart

    There are benefits of moving towards smart cities even if it is partial and applied only to selected services such as traffic and parking.

    In the past two decades, the concept of smart city has been gaining popularity globally. While several cities such as Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Barcelona, Chicago and Hong Kong have been implementing elements of smart city planning and design concepts, some city planners and civic leaders are also speaking about the benefits of adopting smart city notions for Nepal.

  • Sun
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    05
    2020
    Life after COVID-19: How and why smart cities need to focus on sustainability

    Vanessa Koh from BCB Blockchain outlines the need to look into overall sustainability as we look to recuperate from ongoing global pandemic

    COVID-19 has brought new insights into the long-term sustainability of our smart cities and frenzy urban lifestyle. While countries around the world are investing in boosting their healthcare sector and keeping their essential system running, the ongoing pandemic has got the majority questioning the new normal.

  • Sat
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    04
    2020
    IN: West Bengal: Gorkhaland Territorial Administration to launch e-governance

    Scheme to deal with problem of 'missing files'

    The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is embracing e-governance to do away with the age-old bureaucratic practice of maintaining files, a system that was riddled with the problem of “missing files”.

    Anit Thapa, the chairman, board of administrators, GTA, said in a written statement: “To promote transparency, convenience, efficiency, accountability, data security and data integrity in governance, we have decided to take steps to start moving towards the e-governance platform in all GTA offices.”

  • Sat
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    04
    2020
    IN: Odisha call centre to ensure good governance, seamless delivery of services

    Aligned with the objectives of ‘Mo Sarkar’ and 5Ts, the call centre is envisaged to act as a Government to Citizen interface and directly connect beneficiaries of different programmes.

    In a bid to strengthen e-governance and bridge communication gap for effective and seamless implementation of Government schemes and delivery of services, the district administration launched a call centre on the collectorate premises at Sundargarh town on Thursday evening. Aligned with the objectives of ‘Mo Sarkar’ and 5Ts, the call centre is envisaged to act as a Government to Citizen interface and directly connect beneficiaries of different programmes.

  • Sat
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    04
    2020
    PK: Need to introduce efficiency in government transactions

    Long queues, never-ending waiting time, bureaucratic red tape and officials waiting for their palms to be greased – these are some of the attributes that can be associated every time we want to renew our license, get new electricity/gas connections and other administrative transactions involving the government. Inefficiencies and delays dominate government transactions. If we are to improve our economy, starting from this front will give us a head-start.

    Our economy had experienced its heyday, occasional, only to fall again. This rise and fall will continue to occur while dream of a stable growth always elusive until or unless the structural issues are fixed instead of curing the symptoms. While there are many issues that need structural adjustment, a good point to begin these reforms is improving the processes and procedures that define the relationship between a government and a common man. Billions of rupees are wasted due to bottlenecks and administrative hindrances (deliberate and unintentional).

  • Sat
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    04
    2020
    IN: Smart cities: Why pandemic response can't rely heavily on high-tech platforms, apps

    The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world's smart cities to a halt and is exposing the fault lines in human habits and habitations. More than 99 million people living in India 100 smart cities, especially those living in the densely populated informal settlements and slums, with dreadful combination of poverty and inadequacies in access to water and sanitation and poor waste management, are facing the wrath of this pandemic.

    The Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission (SCM) aims to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in 100 selected cities.

  • Sat
    Jul
    04
    2020
    Japan’s NTT, NEC to form a ‘5G alliance’

    NTT Corp. and NEC Corp. officially announced Thursday a capital and business partnership for the purpose of jointly developing fifth-generation large-capacity, ultrahigh-speed mobile communications services, or 5G.

    NTT will acquire a 4.8% stake in NEC for ¥64.4 billion. This alliance will allow the companies to catch up in the 5G market where foreign companies have taken a great lead.

    NEC will allocate new shares to NTT in July and transfer a portion of its own shares to the company. By doing so, NTT will become the third-largest shareholder of NEC.

  • Fri
    Jul
    03
    2020
    TH: Pattaya reveals drone-powered strategy for smart city

    Pattaya has unveiled a five-year roadmap for its technological transformation into a 'smart city', creating a hub for economic, investment, and tourism activity.

    The 'Neo Pattaya' strategy is designed to create new opportunities for all Pattaya residents, as well as improving its environment and serving its multicultural community.

  • Fri
    Jul
    03
    2020
    Zambia Has Good Foundation to Use Digital Tools for Economic Transformation

    The Zambia Digital Economy Diagnostic, a new report developed by the World Bank, finds that Zambia is making significant strides towards the use of digital tools to achieve the social and economic transformation goals set forth in its Vision 2030.

    The report commends Zambia’s rapid expansion of mobile network access and the progress made in digitizing government services through SMART Zambia.

  • Fri
    Jul
    03
    2020
    KZ: PM holds meeting of Commission on Digital Transformation

    According to the United Nations ranking, Kazakhstan is currently ranking 39 in the E-Government Development Index, 26 in Online Service Index and 40 in Global Cybersecurity Index.

    Today, Kazakhstan is one of the leading countries in terms of Internet accessibility – the cost per one gigabyte in the country amounts to US$0.49, the population coverage stands at 84.2 percent, whereas, for example, in Ukraine these figures are US$0.51/62.5 percent of population coverage, in China – US$9.89/61.2 percent, and in the United States – US$12.37/87.3 percent.

  • Fri
    Jul
    03
    2020
    Future and importance of Cloud Solutions for Smart Cities in India

    As an individual our daily activities like Personal E-mailing, Facebook, Google, and many other applications are enabled through cloud. Our work environments have been slowly migrating to Cloud over years now.

    We have been aware of the many advantages of Cloud Solution for some time now. As an individual our daily activities like Personal E-mailing, Facebook, Google, and many other applications are enabled through cloud. Our work environments have been slowly migrating to Cloud over years now. SOHO, SMB’s, MSME’s moved to Cloud applications like Office 360 and others. Trends like BYOD, 4G Penetrations accelerated Cloud adoptions even in larger organizations. The Current Covid-19 new normal of Work from Home (WFH) or Work from anywhere (WFA) will be become base of inflection point in this technology. Owing to this new normal, efficient data management, low entry barrier, unlimited future upgrades, lower maintenance cost individuals, 4G/5G enterprises, governments will be adopting sooner or later.

  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2020
    BH: School results to be released electronically

    Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi has announced that school results will be released electronically, after their official approval. He said that the decision not to distribute paper results and certificates as usual is in line with the Education Ministry’s keenness to implement the precautionary measures taken by the Kingdom to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially social distancing, as well as its efforts to transition to electronic services.

    The Minister indicated that the results will be available on the educational portal edunet.bh for all school levels, adding that third intermediate and secondary school students will also be able to receive their certificates via their Microsoft365 accounts. Graduation and good conduct certificates will also be e-mailed to secondary education graduates, the Minister added.

  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2020
    Zambia making progress to use of digital tools for economic transformation

    The report commends Zambia’s rapid expansion of mobile network access and the progress made in digitizing government services through SMART Zambia.

    The Zambia Digital Economy Diagnostic, a new report developed by the World Bank, finds that Zambia is making significant strides towards the use of digital tools to achieve the social and economic transformation goals set forth in its Vision 2030.

  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2020
    GB: South West England: 5G project will put Dorset at forefront of 'connectivity revolution'

    Dorset will be at the forefront of a ‘5G connectivity revolution’ as a project has been backed by government funding.

    The smart place pilot project has been allocated £1million by Dorset LEP from the government’s local growth fund to BCP Council, who have increased the funding to £1.3million.

  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2020
    MYEG Philippines launches contact tracing app “MYeGUARD”

    As the effects of the global pandemic, COVID-19 has brought a “new normal” to the government, businesses and citizens around the globe.

    Apart from implementing restrictive measures, community quarantine and work from home orders, the government and most businesses are starting to adapt and transform their current models by promoting contactless transactions as part of the “new normal”.

  • Wed
    Jul
    01
    2020
    US: Federal Broadband Policy Often Ignores Communities of Color

    Federal broadband programs tend to assist rural areas because rural areas often lack a broadband option. A new report indicates this policy approach has unfortunate implications for non-white citizens without Internet.

    A new National Digital Inclusion Alliance report argues that the federal government’s policy framework for broadband funding is “structurally racist, discriminating against unconnected Black Americans and other communities of color.”

  • Wed
    Jul
    01
    2020
    US: This Ohio city’s plan to get more people to buy electric cars worked

    Columbus, Ohio, exceeded its goal of more than 3,200 new BEVs and plug-in hybrids.

    In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won a nationwide Department of Transportation challenge and was named America's first smart city. This contest was not just for bragging rights, like some kind of Mensa for municipalities; the award came with $40 million in DOT funding for testing better transportation policies, with an additional $10 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. As part of Smart Columbus' plans to make moving around more safely more sustainable, the foundation asked the city to increase adoption of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids through an electrification program. And it succeeded.

  • Tue
    Jun
    30
    2020
    HR: Supetar launches e-services municipal platform

    Over the course of a year, Supetar has managed to substantially boost its smart city capabilities

    Smart municipal services have been all the rage for cities across Europe during the last few months. The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns and suspension of face-to-face meetings and exchanges forced many cities to quickly adopt new technologies and to turn their attention to improving their already existing offers.

  • Mon
    Jun
    29
    2020
    Digital currency: Italy follows China’s lead

    The Italian Banking Association says its members are willing to pilot a new version of the euro

    Italy is joining China and other countries in embracing the concept of digital currency.

    The Italian Banking Association (ABI) says its members are willing to pilot a digital version of the euro.

  • Mon
    Jun
    29
    2020
    Digital government in Africa: promoting inclusivity and sustainability

    This paper discusses the benefits of digital government to developing countries and strives to explain why these benefits are experienced more at an individual level rather than at an aggregate level. The main reasons identified include digital divides, lack of optimal digital skills, gaps in the regulatory framework, and a lack of market competition and absence of accountable institutions. For developing countries to reap the benefits of digital government and undertake more inclusive and sustainable growth, these barriers to digital government must be overcome. We recommend measures for more inclusivity and sustainability of digital government projects.

  • Mon
    Jun
    29
    2020
    Blue Ocean projects in Smart Cities to come up in Rural India

    Smart Cities concept was mooted by this government and happening in the country. Spurt in real estate development in two and three tier cities are eminent. Smart Cities for accommodation and business will soon huge Blue Ocean projects. Such townships shall have self sufficient zonal classifications for retail, business and residential. Rural areas and three tier cities , gram penchants and Taluka level developments. Small villages with better connectivity or on the edge of national high ways or state borders are coming up very quickly.

    These homes and casbas are coming under affordable housing and qualify for all the incentives besides Smart City advantages mooted by Government. A paradigm shift from cities to Rural India is seen on horizon as huge migration took place in last three months in the country. State government having figures now, going to invest huge funds in rural infrastructure and communications.

  • Sun
    Jun
    28
    2020
    ZW: Mnangagwa's govt sets surveillance cameras in cities

    Zimbabwe is planning to link its proposed National Data Centre with databases and information from the country's key economic players and state institutions as the country prepares for the creation of smart cities equipped with surveillance technologies, The Standard has learnt.

    This is part of an ambitious Smart Zimbabwe blueprint expected to transform urban areas into smart cities that use information and communication technologies (ICT) to increase efficiency and drive economic growth, according to a government master plan seen by this newspaper.

  • Sun
    Jun
    28
    2020
    PH: Go: Agencies’ faster digital transformation a must

    Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on the government to hasten its digital transformation of government agencies in order that Filipinos may find it easier to access their basic services online.

    Go said the coronavirus crisis continues to highlight the need to invest in technology and promote e-governance practices to improve efficiency in the delivery of public goods and services.

  • Sun
    Jun
    28
    2020
    MT: Transitioning into the digital transformation

    The enabling role of technology was always known, however the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it at the core of our being and functioning. As companies moved to the cloud and remote working became the norm, AI and big data was used by health authorities, apps were designed to support social distancing and public health and technology is being seen as a key pillar of an economic revival strategy. Malta has been investing heavily over the past 25 years and the public sector has played a key role in the creation of a fully-fledged economic sector.

    Today, the sector accounts for around nine per cent of GDP and employs over 10,000 people. Not only does it constitute a sector in itself but, more importantly, it is a key enabler for other sectors including professional services, remote gaming and financial services. Going forward, the government needs to ensure that the digital sector does not only remain an enabler but truly becomes a core and central tenant of our society and economy.

  • Sat
    Jun
    27
    2020
    AI, Big Data accelerate Bahrain's COVID fight

    Enlisting Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in COVID-19 fight has helped Bahrain ‘save precious time’ and combat the pandemic in a better way, said a top iGA official. The advanced technologies helped Kingdom easing the burden on medical staff and allowed them to focus on active cases that require treatment and thorough observation.

    Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, said this during a webinar on the ‘Future Vision of Digital Government Through the Lens of COVID-19’ organised by Saudi Arabia’s eGovernment Programme ‘YESSER’ and the World Bank.

  • Sat
    Jun
    27
    2020
    IN: Command and Control Rooms Turn War Rooms Digital Responses to the Pandemic City

    As the world reimagines new ways of working, interacting, schooling, shopping and entertainment with the help of digital technologies; the Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCCs) have already turned into War Rooms fighting the challenges posed by the pandemic city.

    “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life”. This is what Jane Addams, the famed Progressive Era sociologist/philosopher and Noble Prize winner said in 1892. Her observations were in the context of the early industrial city of Chicago during the 1890s reeling under chronic health crises, poor living conditions for major sections of the working populations, stark inequalities, squalor, misery, and death.

  • Sat
    Jun
    27
    2020
    IN: Jammu Smart City Project: Board of Directors 6th meeting approves several works

    The Board of Directors of Jammu Smart City Project sixth meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma.The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner Jammu (Chief Executive Officer, Jammu Smart City), Sushma Chauhan; Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B), Des Raj; Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti, Sanjeev Chadda; Chief Engineer JPDCL, Gurmeet Singh; VC JDA, Babila Rakwal, besides other senior functionaries of JMC, JSCL and Project Management Consultancy (PMC). The CEO (DC) gave a detailed powerpoint presentation on the works taken up and completed so far besides future work plan for the smart city projects.She also presented agenda points before the members for discussion and approvals of various projects under smart city. The agendas which were thoroughly discussed in the meeting included approval for issuance of letter of award (LoA) for Two (02) projects i.e. vertical garden on the columns between Dogra chowk to K.C. chowk below flyover and improvement of ten (10) junctions in Jammu - Phase-1.It was informed that the project approach is to bring about an overall aesthetic improvement below the flyover along with adding some greenery to give respite from pollution. The proposal involves covering the flyover columns with a vertical garden/ bio wall system to beautify the entire stretch. It will consist of a framework for holding the bio wall pots and shall comprise drip irrigation too.

  • Sat
    Jun
    27
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: E-pass agency under pressure

    The 12-day lockdown imposed in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts from Friday is giving the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency a tough time. Problems for the agency, which is working with one-third staff, have multiplied as companies and individuals have made multiple requests for passes.

    “Each organization is supposed to make only one application. In that they can include names of even 5,000 people, if those many are permitted to work. Instead, several companies are submitting multiple applications, even hundreds in a few cases, and that has choked the whole system,” a senior official with the agency told TOI.

  • Sat
    Jun
    27
    2020
    PH: All gov't agencies must go digital to better serve public -- Bong Go

    Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is calling for the swifter digital transformation of government agencies so Filipinos may find it easier to access various basic government services online. The senator said that the COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the need to invest in technology and promote E-governance practices to improve efficiency in the delivery of public goods and services.

    “Gamit ang teknolohiya, dapat maging mas mabilis, maayos, maaasahan at komprehensibo ang serbisyong ibinibigay ng gobyerno sa tao. Lalo na sa panahon ngayon, magmalasakit tayo at pagaanin ang hirap na pinapasan ng ating mga kababayan,” he explained.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    Ukrainian local authorities step up for open local government

    The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a webinar “Open Government Partnership Going Local in Ukraine”, co-organised with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC), on 16 June 2020. The aim of the online event was to promote the engagement of Ukrainian local authorities in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Local Programme and to provide them with practical recommendations and guidance, not only in the preparation of their applications, but also in aligning their policies with contemporary open local government principles.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    Graduates in Bahrain asked to use eServices

    eServices allow graduates to complete all procedures without having to physically visit service centers and offices

    School and university graduates are invited to finalise their graduation requirements through a bundle of eServices offered via the national portal, bahrain.bh.

    Information and eGovernment Authority deputy chief executive of electronic transformation Dr Zakareya Al Khajah said the eServices allow graduates to complete all procedures without having to physically visit service centers and offices.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Only fresh e-passes valid during Chennai’s complete lockdown, says government

    Existing e-passes suspended; ID cards sufficient for employees of exempted sectors

    E-passes issued earlier for movement within the Greater Chennai police limits stand suspended from June 19 to 30, the Tamil Nadu e-Government Agency (TNeGA) said on Thursday. Those with e-passes in permitted sectors such as essential goods manufacturing, continuous processing industries and essential services “should apply for fresh passes.”

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    Saudi Arabia can turn crisis into opportunity with digital shift transformation

    The renowned physicist Albert Einstein once said: “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity,” and the ongoing crisis is no exception.

    The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been a test of resilience for companies and governments alike. Supply chains have crumbled, and almost entire sectors of the global economy have all but grinded to a painful halt. Even the most essential things we have all taken for granted, such as schools for our children to learn from and the supermarkets from which we purchase food, are undergoing a complete transformation. They’re actively being replaced by 21st-century manifestations of themselves, like virtual classes and delivery services.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Trichy Corporation resumes Smart City Project operations

    The work at Trichy’s Puthur fish market was stalled for over 70 days and with the labour crisis looming large the Trichy Corporation plans to extend the project deadline

    With the Tamil Nadu government easing its Covid-19 lockdown curbs in non-contaminated zones, the smart city project work at Trichy Corporation has resumed operations at Trichy’s Puthur fish market. The project sanctioned under the Smart Cities Mission looks to develop a new commercial complex in Trichy by demolishing Puthur vegetable market on the Thennur road.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    IN: Bengaluru Smart City Squad to monitor people in quarantine

    The squads and vehicles were launched by BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar and Mayor M Goutham Kumar on Thursday, after a meeting with Health Department officials earlier in the day.

    The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the state Health Department have formed 50 squads to ensure that all those under home quarantine stay indoors and do not violate norms. The Smart City teams have also been tasked with tracking people who have tested positive after being shifted from institutional quarantine. Normally, it takes 20 hours to track a person, but these teams will have to cut down on time, based on available logistics.

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    IoT Security - How bad is it?

    Dr. George Antoniou returns as a guest to talk with host George Rettas, president and CEO of Task Force 7 Radio and Task Force 7 Technologies.

    Dr. Antoniou is the associate professor of cyber security management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, where his research interests include leadership, developing effective information, security policies, cloud security, IoT security, blockchain identity, access management, and cyber education and awareness.

    The topic of this episode is Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2020
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Chandigarh: Two important smart city projects stalled after officials, labour get stuck in containment zones

    The legacy mining at dumping ground, which began in December last year, will be completed at a cost of Rs 34 crore.

    Two projects of Chandigarh Smart City have been hit as labour and officials are caught up in containment areas in different states.

    The project concerning public bike sharing, which was scheduled to begin during summers, will not be able to commence anytime soon, while the work of legacy mining is being carried out laggardly due to the shortage of labour and machinery, officials said.

  • Thu
    Jun
    25
    2020
    US: How San Rafael, California, Built a Wi-Fi Network During a Pandemic

    Officials in the San Rafael tech shop were able to build a mesh Wi-Fi network to connect students in the dense Canal Neighborhood with the help of volunteer expertise and funding from across sectors.

    San Rafael, Calif., is in the process of launching a new mesh Wi-Fi network for one of its most densely populated neighborhoods, doing so as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. The overarching goal is to ensure that residents there — particularly students — are able to get online.

  • Thu
    Jun
    25
    2020
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Chandigarh Smart city signs agreement with BEL for setting up integrated command, control centre

    According to the officials, BEL will implement the system in 18 months’ time.

    Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for implementing the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) in the UT.

    The project that will cost Rs 295 crore, includes civil construction of Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) Complex including buildings for ICCC, SCADA systems (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) of utility services and Police Command Center (PCCC).

  • Thu
    Jun
    25
    2020
    Singapore, Shenzhen push smart city partnership with SMB hub

    Singapore and the Chinese city ink multiple MOU to ease cross-border access to market opportunities, including "mutual recognition" of both cities' digital identity regimes and plans to launch an SMB platform -- operational next month -- to connect buyers and sellers between Asean and China.

    Singapore and the Chinese city of Shenzhen have pushed forward with several smart city initiatives that include the launch of an Asian SME (small and midsize enterprise) hub to connect businesses and facilitate transactions between Asean and China. Eight Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) have been signed with the aim to drive digital connectivity as well as ease cross-border access to market opportunities in Southeast Asia and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  • Thu
    Jun
    25
    2020
    VN: Technology key to success for HCM City's smart transport system

    After two years of applying technology to traffic management, HCM City’s goal to develop a smart transport system, one of the key components of its smart city project, has achieved success.

    Solutions have been applied for various traffic problems in the city. For example, to address safe traffic flow across the Sài Gòn River Tunnel, experts have proposed extending the timing of traffic signals at nearby intersections and providing traffic police officers to help regulate vehicle flow.

  • Wed
    Jun
    24
    2020
    What is the future for smart cities after COVID-19?

    Around the world, national and municipal governments have been deploying smart city technology in the fight against the coronavirus, using it to track the spread of the pandemic and support the implementation of medical strategies. As well as demonstrating the value of smart technologies, these new applications are helping shape the future of smart cities.

    The pandemic led existing digital infrastructure to be deployed in innovative ways writes Oxford Business Group (OBG).

  • Wed
    Jun
    24
    2020
    BeAware app limiting spread of Covid-19 in Bahrain

    Limiting the spread of Covid-19 and ensuring public safety are some of the highlighted benefits of Bahrain’s ‘BeAware’ mobile application.

    In a short video released yesterday, the Health Ministry explains the app’s contribution in limiting the spread of the coronavirus in Bahrain, along with the contact tracing procedure.

    The four-minute video also features citizens and residents speaking on their experiences with the application.

  • Wed
    Jun
    24
    2020
    US: Nevada: Las Vegas Expands Smart City Project with NTT

    The collaboration is growing from addressing traffic congestion and wrong-way driving to real-time alerts on safety conditions and maintenance issues.

    Las Vegas has often been viewed as one of the more mature smart cities in the U.S., and it recently expanded its efforts to become a technology mecca that actually helps improve residents’ lives with its innovative solutions.

  • Wed
    Jun
    24
    2020
    IN: CBIC launches e-office application under Modi Government’s Mission Mode Project; app ensures work without contact

    In its bid to leverage technology for a ‘Faceless, Contactless and Paperless’ indirect tax administration, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has launched an e-Office application in over 500 CGST and Customs offices across India, a government release said

    The application will be crucial at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has been on the rise ensuring that e-Office would help avoid contact with physical files, thereby preventing possible transmission of any virus.

  • Tue
    Jun
    23
    2020
    Outsight taps Velodyne Lidar sensing technology for smart cities monitoring

    Velodyne Lidar Inc. has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Outsight, a provider of monitoring services for smart cities. Outsight uses Velodyne Lidar sensing technology in its 3D camera that helps businesses and governments improve the analysis and management of people flow and assets in large crowded environments, according to a press release.

    Velodyne's lidar sensors enable Outsight's 3D camera to capture 3D data and track people and objects in a way that preserves anonymity and trust. The autonomous system merges lidar data capture with RGB color data and an embedded artificial intelligence processing unit to create a premises-wide, detailed situational understanding of facilities, such as airports, shopping malls and train stations.

  • Tue
    Jun
    23
    2020
    US: The Time Is Now: Invest in Technology Modernization

    The pandemic and its sweeping effects took governments by surprise. But when the next crisis hits, there will be no excuse to be unprepared. Here’s the groundwork information technology leaders should put in place now.

    No one could have predicted the impact of a pandemic on people, the economy, and governments of all sizes. The people impact is well-documented with COVID-19 infection numbers and worst of all, deaths being reported daily. Time will reveal the impact of shelter in place and social distancing practices on our mental and physical health. Economic impacts are also well documented as unemployment reached record highs in the shortest amount of time in our history. Time will also tell how the structural underpinnings of the economy are affected and changed forever. As for governments, the impacts of COVID-19 happened quickly but are also developing over time. The initial impacts of moving quickly to remote work, stressing government services, and exposing technology deficiencies will soon manifest into long-term structural budget issues that will not fade away anytime soon. Governments that need to modernize technology infrastructure and applications to be ready for the next pandemic will require a significant investment of public dollars. Will governments be ready to invest as their resources tighten and competition for dollars becomes even more fierce?

  • Tue
    Jun
    23
    2020
    CY: Government should focus on digitalisation not new hires in public sector

    If there is one thing we doggedly refuse to learn from past experience is the need to keep the public payroll under control. We have very quickly forgotten what happened in 2012/13 when the state, having lost access to the markets, had to borrow money from a semi-governmental organisation to pay public employees their 13th salaries. The situation eventually became manageable by imposing pay and pension cuts which were all eventually lifted.

    It is not only the generous pay and pensions that have been restored, the government has also reverted to the continual hiring of public employees, oblivious to the risks this poses. The number of employees in the broad public sector increased by 2.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the corresponding period of last year. This represented 1,527 more workers, which might not seem a very big number if the public sector were not already overstaffed.

  • Tue
    Jun
    23
    2020
    Cyprus dragging its feet in digital transformation

    Cyprus needs to get connected after being ranked among the bottom five EU countries in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published by the European Commission.

    Despite having improved its score in all five areas covered by the Index, Cyprus still performed poorly compared to the EU average coming 24th out of 28 member states (including the UK).

  • Tue
    Jun
    23
    2020
    Edge AI for smart city maand camera based vision

    iWave Systems has launched an artificial intelligence processor that can support convolutional neural networks (CNNs), based around a Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA.

    “Edge AI devices are expected to run complex neural networks and deep learning algorithms whilst maintaining latency, power efficiency and accuracy. These devices are finding their way into smart security, autonomous driving, robotics and medical imaging,” according to IWave.

  • Mon
    Jun
    22
    2020
    China's Digital Currency Will Be First To Launch Worldwide: 'It's Going To Be Seamless'

    KEY POINTS

    • Analysts predict that China's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) will be the first to launch in the world
    • China's speed in deploying projects at a national level should not be understated
    • When CBDC launches, China can incentivize partners to use it

    China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) could be the first such currency to launch internationally, bypassing the U.S. dollar.

  • Mon
    Jun
    22
    2020
    MENA: Fintech and smart cities: the future?

    How does a mobile-first, digital banking industry interact with future smart cities? We look to the Middle East to find out

    Technology is developing at an incredible rate, and at every turn.

    Smart or digital technologies are no longer used in isolation. Rather networks, connectivity and digital ecosystems are driving change for consumers and industries alike.

  • Mon
    Jun
    22
    2020
    Securing critical infrastructure in the smart city

    Smart cities are the future, but ensuring the safety of their citizens, data and access to services should be considered up front — not after the fact.

    By 2023, governments will likely spend up to $189 billion globally on smart city initiatives. The benefits of smart city initiatives include addressing population growth in urban areas, reducing resource depletion, cost savings, climate change, more accurate services to citizens and organizations, and more efficient transportation — all of which far outweigh the cons or risks of a connected city.

  • Mon
    Jun
    22
    2020
    IN: Smart Cities Mission: 24 projects of Rs 1065 crore under progress in Jammu and Kashmir

    The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that 24 smart city projects of worth Rs 1065 crore under progress while the tendre for 42 developmental works costing Rs 1213 crore have been floated.

    Giving breakup about these projects, the official spokesperson told The Dispatch that 182 projects including 86 for Jammu city and 96 for Srinagar are proposed under Smart Cities Mission.

  • Sun
    Jun
    21
    2020
    Biometric payment card timelines move up, tech giants pause facial recognition sales to U.S. police

    Anticipation for mass market biometric credit and debit cards continues to build, with market conditions aligning and major announcements expected in the second half of the year. Broader adoption of facial recognition also seemed to be a major theme for the week in biometrics news, before the technology’s use by law enforcement in the U.S. hijacked the topic. If the changes announced this week are not accompanied by meaningful policy change, however, they are not likely to significantly impact the market.

    Zwipe CEO Andre Løvestam and HSBC Group COO and CTO Ritesh Jain discussed the evolution of payment cards in the context of COVID-19 at a recent Group Futurista online conference. Biometric card prices are dropping rapidly, and with consumers wanting both reduced contact with shared services and more contactless payment security, the conditions for mass market launch seem to be aligning for both supply and demand. Commercialization could even be this year, according to Fingerprint Cards CEO Christian Fredrikson. Speaking during a Corporate Day presentation, Fredrikson said contactless payments growth is accelerating, which was echoed by the Zwipe Chief in a separate presentation for investors.<

  • Sun
    Jun
    21
    2020
    IBM To Work On DLT-Based E-Pension System For Teachers In Bangladesh

    Tech giant IBM will help a Bangladesh government agency in harnessing the power of blockchain by modernizing the country's digital pension system.

    Tech conglomerate IBM has joined the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Bangladesh’s IT government agency, in an initiative to build a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) digital pension system for teachers, the firm said in a blog post on 12 June.

  • Sun
    Jun
    21
    2020
    AE: RTA completes 80 digital, 4th Industrial Revolution projects

    Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI, 13th June, 2020 (WAM) -- Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, praised the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to launch the e-Government initiative 20 years ago.

    He pointed out that the subsequent projects and smart transformation of Dubai into a city that delivers services via advanced smart applications has proved effective, not only in Dubai but across the UAE. Thanks to that drive, it was possible for government departments to ensure business continuity and deliver high-quality services during the lockdown forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sat
    Jun
    20
    2020
    GB: Agenda: We should follow Estonia’s lead in the digital revolution

    Befor Covid-19, the Scottish Government was active in fostering existing and new relationships with our Nordic and Baltic neighbours. Now that the world has been turned upside down by the horror of this pandemic, connections with these smaller northern nations seem all the more important in terms of what we can learn from their individual responses to the crisis.

    Estonia is a case in point, a small nation state with a population of 1.3million, with one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU and one of the highest standards of living in the world. This success is in no small part due to its digitisation and e-governance revolution since becoming independent in the 1990s, adding leading digital nation status to its many accolades.

  • Sat
    Jun
    20
    2020
    IN: All North Eastern States to have e-office: Dr. Jitendra Singh

    Proposes a Joint Steering Committee to take the e-office project forward

    Union Minister of State for Personnel, PG and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh today advised to set up e-office in all 8 North Eastern States in a stipulated timeframe. Addressing a webinar on the subject attended by Chief Ministers and IT Ministers of the region, Dr. Singh said that the e-office project will fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” and will ensure ease of administration, transparency and citizen-centric delivery mechanism. He said that e-office project is also a cardinal pillar of Digital India and so far 55 Ministries in Government of India has implemented the same.Referring to the Shillong Declaration, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that promotion of e-office and quality of its services were the key takeaways and now the time has come to fulfill this ambitious target. The Minister has assured all technical and financial support to achieve the e-office mission to be implemented right from Civil Secretariat to District level in all the States.Dr. Jitendra Singh also announced a Joint Steering Committee to be chaired by Secretary DoNER to take the e-office project forward. Representatives from ARPG, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, NIC, NEC and all the 8 North Eastern States will be the part of the Committee to suggest measures and implement the e-office project.Dr. Singh said that the progress of e-Office in 75 Central Ministries/ Departments enabled the creation of a digital central secretariat which ensured that work from home was possible in the COVID-19 lockdown period.

  • Sat
    Jun
    20
    2020
    IN: Kerala: TCS backs out of Kochi corporation's e-governance system

    Kochi corpn. Secretary seeks govt. help to secure data

    With Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) making it clear that it will provide no further support to the botched e-governance system in the Kochi Corporation, a new software will now have to be implemented to replace the existing one entirely, sending the nearly ₹5 crore that the civic body paid to TCS down the drain.

    Corporation Secretary R. Rahul has in a letter to the Principal Secretary, Local Self-Government Department (LSGD), asked for urgent support from the IT Mission or Information Kerala Mission (IKM) to secure the data considering the imminent danger of data loss from the existing system. “The corporation has no technical expertise to manage the system nor any capability for taking data backup. Data backup has not been done recently,” the letter notes. Data loss can happen at any time due to malware, power failure, or mechanical damage, and it can be detrimental to the public.

  • Sat
    Jun
    20
    2020
    IN: Now, corporation seeks Kerala govt’s help in protecting data

    After the failure of the e-governance project of Kochi corporation, the local body authorities have approached the state government requesting help for protecting data.

    In the backdrop of TCS, the implementing agency of the local body’s e-governance project, repeatedly informing the corporation that the firm has already wound up the project, the civic body authorities have requested the state government to give instructions on how to go ahead with the project.

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    Cyprus 5th worst-performing EU country of digital index

    Cyprus ranks 24th out of 28 EU countries as per the 2020 edition of DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index) published by the European Commission on Thursday.

    The annual Digital Economy and Society Index measures the progress of EU Member States in their steps towards a digital economy and society, on the basis of Eurostat data as well as specialised studies and collection methods. The DESI 2020 reports are based on 2019 data.

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    Bell Canada launches 5G services in five cities

    Canadian telecommunications operator Bell announced the launch of its commercial 5G service in the country.

    In a release, the carrier said that the 5G service is already available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

    Bell also said its initial 5G service will expand to more cities across the country in the coming months.

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    IN: Arunachal: All offices of state govt will start functioning as e-office by 2022- Pema Khandu

    Khandu said that the process for digitalization of governance in the state began in 2016 through a Cabinet decision.

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today informed that by the year 2022, all offices of the state government including those in the districts will start functioning as e-offices.

    Joining an online workshop on e-Office for North Eastern states here this afternoon, Khandu said that the process for digitalization of governance in the state began in 2016 through a Cabinet decision, which has been appreciated by the people as transparency and accountability of the departments has been made possible.

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    Importance of digital economy further highlighted amid COVID-19 pandemic: Chinese premier

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital economy in restoring economic and social development, creating more jobs and improving people's well-being, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.

    Li make the remarks in a congratulatory message to the opening ceremony of the 2020 China-ASEAN Year of Digital Economy Cooperation (DEC).

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    VN: Ministry introduces corporate governance platform

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) debuted the corporate governance platform 1Office at a ceremony in Hanoi on June 12.

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) debuted the corporate governance platform 1Office at a ceremony in Hanoi on June 12.

    1Office is one of the Made-in-Vietnam platforms introduced to enterprises in the national digital transformation process.

  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2020
    KR: Honduras seeks S. Korea's cooperation in e-gov't project: Cheong Wa Dae

    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez expressed hope Friday for partnerships with South Korea on his country's e-government efforts and various other projects including environmentally friendly cars, speaking over the phone with President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae said.

    The two had 25-minute phone talks at the request of Hernandez. He told Moon that the Central American country is pushing for a major transition to digital phases in government work, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.

  • Thu
    Jun
    18
    2020
    Asia set to emerge as ‘epicentre’ for AI growth

    Governments emerging as AI innovation drivers or leaders

    Supportive government framework and policies are expected to enable Asia Pacific to emerge as the global epicentre for the growth of artificial intelligence (AI).

    Several countries across the region are focusing on leveraging AI, enhancing productivity and competitiveness. Though the key objectives of different government entities may vary from each other, all of them want to leverage their strengths to emerge either as AI innovation drivers or leaders.

  • Thu
    Jun
    18
    2020
    Thailand soars ahead with 5G rollout in Southeast Asia

    • With the pandemic interfering with 5G rollout plans in ASEAN, Thailand took the surprising lead with commercial 5G networks introduced before their neighbors
    • COVID-19 helped accelerate commercial 5G rollouts, kicking off with hospitals in major cities around Thailand
    • The top network operators are now introducing 5G in other commercial districts including shopping malls and the financial district

    2020 was looking like the year 5G exploded across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Southeast Asia in particular.

  • Thu
    Jun
    18
    2020
    6G, European internet, censorship: EU Parliament sets out vision for digital services

    New research outlines trends for the coming decade and an action plan with some controversial recommendations to inform the decisions of policymakers around the upcoming Digital Services Act

    The European Parliament has published research outlining technology trends for the next decade, such as 6G, autonomous transport and personalised healthcare, along with recommendations to enable European countries to be at the forefront of digital, including the creation of a regional internet.

  • Thu
    Jun
    18
    2020
    My EG services unit to provide contact tracing app in Jakarta

    My EG Services Bhd’s indirect associate company, PT Cartenz Inti Utama has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jakarta Smart City Management Unit on June 5 to provide and implement a contact tracing application in Jakarta to monitor the COVID-19 spread.

    In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, the e-government solutions and services provider said the MoU is valid for one year from the date of signing and may be further extended by mutual agreement.

  • Thu
    Jun
    18
    2020
    IN: Gujarat: Ahmedabad: City is No. 1 in Smart City project implementation

    The smart city project of Ahmedabad has again being rated the best smart city project in implementation. The special purpose vehicle, Smart City Ahmedabad Development Limited, maintained it first position in terms of execution.

    According to AMC officials, the SPV secured 81.37 marks out of 100 and was the first among all the cities in the county. The officials said that the SPV, even during the lockdown, ensured that the implementation was going on without any hindrance.

  • Wed
    Jun
    17
    2020
    Mobility Revolution

    How to promote sustainable mobility with services and tools, for people and businesses.

    Anyone who lives in a city wants to see reductions in pollution, respect for the environment, more fluid mobility, an increase in urban spaces, a drop in accidents, lower costs and more opportunities to receive accurate information on traffic and public transportation. All of these figure among the goals of sustainable mobility, a modern, smart and advanced way of conceiving of transport and mobility.

  • Wed
    Jun
    17
    2020
    US: Broadband Not Enough to Close Health-Care Gap

    Federal funding for broadband intended to expand telehealth will go a long way toward getting more people the care they need, but communities must create strategies tailored to their needs to make the most of it.

    U.S. senators want to make $2 billion available to communities, including urban cities, to facilitate deployment of broadband and telehealth together. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is lobbying — along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Angus King Jr., I-Maine, and John Boozman, R-Ark. — to allocate this money to the next COVID-19 relief bill for broadband expansion. The goal is to append the funds to the amount that’s currently controlled by the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. In Congress, representatives are pushing for $86 billion for high-speed broadband as part of a five-year infrastructure investment.

  • Tue
    Jun
    16
    2020
    KrattAI: Estonia's National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

    KrattAI is the vision of how public services should digitally work in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

    In Estonia, there are around 30 Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions deployed in the Estonian public sector that were identified as active as of the beginning of June 2020. The Baltic nation aims to have at least 50 AI use cases by the end of 2020.

    And that is just the beginning. Estonia's AI strategy is the next stage of digital public services, all part of e-Estonia. What is most interesting about it, is that its vision sounds as if it was taken from a science fiction script. Yet, it is all almost around the corner. In 2020, Estonia is working toward realizing its AI Strategy vision, called KrattAI.

  • Tue
    Jun
    16
    2020
    US: Reopening Government Offices After COVID-19

    State and local agencies face a host of challenges as they prepare to restart business. With the help of tech, knowing how to plan for short- and long-term needs, post pandemic, can make the difference.

    As state and local governments plan for their COVID-19 return to work in the coming months, major questions remain. In the short term, how do you prepare for the gradual return of employees to your office spaces? And, in the long term, how will you manage your real estate and workplaces and serve your mission when government budgets are strained?

  • Tue
    Jun
    16
    2020
    US: Is a ‘Broadband Revolution’ Brewing in Rural Mississippi?

    In 2018, Mississippi ranked near the bottom of the country in terms of broadband access. Today, evidence suggests a 2019 law could forever change the status quo of high-speed Internet in rural Mississippi.

    Mississippi is now seeing how legislation can swing open the door for rural broadband expansion.

    In January 2019, former Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, removing a 1942 regulation that prevented electric cooperatives from offering anything other than electricity to their members.

  • Mon
    Jun
    15
    2020
    US: Expanding Internet Access Improves Health Outcomes

    ‘Double-burdened counties’ have both poor health outcomes and low broadband penetration, making connectivity a priority. High-speed Internet creates access to telehealth services for preventive and critical care.

    “Social determinants of health” is a hot topic among government and health system executives. The phrase usually refers to basic food, housing and transportation disparities that can lead adjoining ZIP codes to have drastically different life expectancies. But could lack of broadband Internet access also be considered a social determinant of health? Many rural health advocates say yes, and they are trying to do something about it by pushing for the infrastructure to enable telehealth programs and remote patient monitoring.

  • Mon
    Jun
    15
    2020
    MyEG launches Covid-19 one-stop portal

    MYEG Services Bhd (MYEG) which offers car insurance renewal and other e-government services officially unveiled its one-stop portal for COVID-19 screening.

    This one-stop portal serves to accelerate the testing of workers in Malaysia and schedule COVID-19 screening for their workforce in conjunction with the Social Security Organisation’s (“SOCSO”) Prihatin Screening Programme.

  • Sun
    Jun
    14
    2020
    Government To Launch “Ghana.Gov” E-Government Platform On 8th June

    The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is scheduled to formally an online portal called Ghana.Gov.gh to support digital transactions on June 8th.

    The Ghana.Gov portal will serve as a National Digital Payment Platform to enhance government’s digitisation agenda.

  • Sun
    Jun
    14
    2020
    PK: Government to constitute 'Data Protection Authority'

    The government has decided to constitute "Data Protection Authority" that will work to curb the misuse of data and protect the personal information of the citizens.

    The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommun-ication has drafted "Personal Data Protection Bill, 2020" and sought feedback from all stakeholders by June 15, proposing up to 25 million rupees fine for those who processes or cause to be processed, disseminates or discloses personal data and sensitive data in violation of any of the provisions of the proposed legislation. The proposed legislation was drafted back in 2018 but delayed due to one or the other reason.

  • Sun
    Jun
    14
    2020
    IN: Odisha: BMC launches ‘Sachetak’ app on Covid

    To fight Covid-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has developed a mobile phone application, ‘Sachetak’, exclusively for the co-morbid and elderly citizens of the city. The app has been developed by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited.

    After downloading the app, the users can register using their mobile phone numbers and OTPs. Once registered, users would be required to provide basic information about them such as age, occupation, Ward of residence, co-morbidity or existing diseases, any type or surgery, etc., caregiver and doctor details.

  • Sun
    Jun
    14
    2020
    COVID-19 To Accelerate Smart City Tech Adoption

    Many technologies eyed in helping governments get through the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses safely back to work will likely be used far into the future.

    As cities shift from full lockdown, experts are calling for smart city tech to be at the forefront of reopening plans, to ensure people maintain social distancing while returning to a ‘normal’ way of life.

  • Sun
    Jun
    14
    2020
    IN: Aarogya Setu app, a swift digital response against coronavirus

    India's own contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, has been a timely move and the fact that it has become the most downloaded app in the recent times is a testimony to citizens innate belief in the power of technology to inform, guide and protect them from unwanted consequences in these times of public health emergency.

    Amidst rising symptomatic cases and fatalities from COVID-19, India like many other countries around the world, entered into lockdown starting March 25, 2020. Lockdown has been a strategic move on the demand side to slow the infection rate in larger populace and on the supply side to ensure that health systems' capacity is not overburdened - a delayed decision on lockdown has cost many lives in European nations and the US.

  • Sat
    Jun
    13
    2020
    Nigeria already on global map of digitally competitive nations – NITDA

    The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA ), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi believes that Nigeria has found a place on the global map of digitally competitive nations following President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-designation of Ministry of Communications into the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

    Speaking during a virtual webinar panel discussions where he delved on the topic; ‘The Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian Youth’, he stated that with the recent government initiative to making Nigeria a leading digital economy, NITDA had refocused its effort in the implementation of the National Digital Economy Strategy.

  • Sat
    Jun
    13
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Kochi corporation council meet fails to resolve e-governance issue

    With the Kochi corporation council meet held on Friday failing to take decisions on issues related to e-governance, safety-related concerns would continue to bother Kochiites while accessing the portal.

    As the council couldn't give approval for renewal of the secure socket layer (SSL), a security technology for the online data of the local body which expired in March, the corporation's valuable is still prone to hacking.

  • Fri
    Jun
    12
    2020
    Vietnam aims to make 5G service universal by 2030

    The Vietnamese government has approved a national digital transformation program, aiming to have digital economy account for 20 percent of the country’s GDP by 2025 and make 5G mobile network service universal by 2030, local media reported on Thursday.

    The country also targets to be among the world’s top 35 countries in Global Innovation Index by 2025, local Tap chi Tai chinh (Finance Magazine) cited the National Digital Transformation Program until 2025 with a Vision to 2030 as reporting.

  • Fri
    Jun
    12
    2020
    Vietnam spells out ambitious e-governance targets

    The government aims to provide certain online public services on multiple platforms including phones and process most government documents online by 2030.

    A government program to turn Vietnam into a digital nation approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday, wants, by 2025, 80 percent of level 4 public services - which allow online fee payment - to be provided on several platforms, and 90 percent of documents at ministry and province levels and 80 percent at the district level to be processed online.

  • Fri
    Jun
    12
    2020
    VN: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) launches smart operation center

    Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha yesterday chaired the ceremony to officially launch the smart operation center of the ministry.

    In the ceremony, Minister Tran Hong Ha stated that his ministry has carried out the e-government establishment and digital transformation projects since 2016.

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) is focusing on creating a legal corridor for the successful development of an e-government, with the document system for legal principles being finished. It has also operated an online public service portal for ministry-related tasks.

  • Fri
    Jun
    12
    2020
    China’s bear hug for the blockchain

    Beijing is convinced that innovation technology and infrastructure development hold the key to 'national rejuvenation'

    As the world confronts the profound social, economic and political challenges that have emerged in the wake of Covid-19, Beijing has unleashed digital innovations that hold profound implications for the future of international trade, global governance, and geopolitics.

    On April 25, in the midst of battling the pandemic, China’s government established the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem, the Blockchain Service Network (BSN), and its central bank introduced “digital yuan” pilot programs across four cities – making the People’s Republic the world’s first major economy to issue a national digital currency.

  • Thu
    Jun
    11
    2020
    We need edge computing to power the smart cities of tomorrow

    Edge computing will be a backbone technology for tomorrow's smart cities.

    • The edge computing market is poised to hit US$9 billion by 2024, based on a report by MarketsandMarkets
    • Edge computing is emerging as a solution to smart city challenges

  • Thu
    Jun
    11
    2020
    Japan passes ‘super cities’ bill to reduce delays in technology roll-outs

    Japan’s parliament has passed an updated bill to pave the way for the creation of ‘super cities’ which use artificial intelligence, big data and other advanced technologies to improve mobility, disaster preparedness, healthcare and education.

    The bill, which amends the National Strategic Special Zones Law, aims to remove regulatory hurdles and complexity which can delay or prevent the roll-out of smart city applications. Restrictions lifted due to the coronavirus pandemic could speed the bill’s adoption. For example, in April, Japan’s health ministry eased rules to allow first-time patients to receive medical examinations and prescriptions online or via telephone.

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    IN: Work from Home in Government: A Cybersecurity challenge amidst COVID Pandemic

    “Government employees may have to Work from Home”, “Government planning 15-day Work from Home for its employees”, “Work from Home to be new normal in government offices” – these are a few of the many headlines reported by various print and web-based news agencies as the Government of India prepares itself for a long stand-off with the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Dr Yudhishthira Sapru, Senior Consultant, Chandigarh’s State eGovernance Mission, National eGovernance Division (NeGD), MeitY, Government of India

    In the era of Digital India, almost all government organizations have IT resources which they use for public services. Various Central Ministries are already fully or partially using the eOffice platform (an online platform developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for electronic processing of files). A few State Governments have also some solution in place to process government files electronically. Others are also preparing themselves for a work from home (WFH) culture by taking their IT applications and processes out of the secured government environment.

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    IN: COVID-19: Jammu DC launches mobile applications to keep systematic records of all passengers arriving at railway station

    To keep systematic records of all passengers arriving at Jammu railway station and to inform them about results of COVID-19 tests DC Jammu, Sushma Chauhan has formally launched IT enabled solutions with mobile applications. This enables officials manning entire process to do their job with ease and precision, along with SMS based service for intimation of test results.

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    Oman placing emphasis on innovation to boost prosperity Oman placing emphasis on innovation to boost prosperity

    With Oman undoubtedly at the forefront of Digital Transformation, Intelligent CIO discusses the country’s digital development with Vlad Postelnicu, Director Alliances and Strategic Partnerships, Software AG, and Firas Saifan, Managing Director, Technologies Strategies Middle East (TSME).

    Q: What has been the impact of Digital Transformation in Oman?

    Oman has been at the forefront of Digital Transformation as one of the key initiatives for the country in line with its Vision 2040 and e.Oman 2030 (Digital Oman Strategy) that lays emphasis on Digital Transformation and innovation to boost the economy and prosperity of the society. The e.oman strategy focuses on IT industrial development in order to enable the society and individuals and enhance eGovernment and eServices in the next five years.

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    NG: Need for faster implementation of new national broadband plan

    One major thing identified by stakeholders in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry that will impact both the sector and the economy as a whole will be the faster implementation of the New National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020-2025).

    Indeed, a notable achievement of the sector in the last one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in the ICT sector is the draft of the broadband plan, championed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami with the support of the Prof. Umar Danbatta-led Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    US: Texas: City of Pasadena deploys mobile smart city solution

    Mayor Jeff Wagner said that giving citizens the opportunity to receive information relating to Covid-19 or other emergency situations directly on their mobile phones is paramount.

    The City of Pasadena in Texas is deploying Phunware’s smart city mobile solution to increase engagement with citizens and address critical challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and other emergency situations.

    Phunware’s multiscreen-as-a service (MaaS) smart city solution aims to help city officials quickly identify, locate and engage employees, citizens, first-responders, volunteers and local businesses.

  • Wed
    Jun
    10
    2020
    Portugal’s TOMI smart city displays go touchless

    The user need to read the QR Code on the screens with a smartphone to explore all the contents (news, events, points of interest, public services, transport) or even take a photo.

    Portugal-based smart city solutions company TOMI has launched a new way to interact with the smart city digital displays. The user need to read the QR Code on the screens with a smartphone and can explore all the contents (news, events, points of interest, public services, transport) or even take a photo.

  • Tue
    Jun
    09
    2020
    GB: Tyne and Wear: National recognition for Sunderland’s digital transformation

    Sunderland City Council is celebrating the announcement of not one, but two nominations for digital leadership and city-wide digital transformation, placing Sunderland firmly in the top ten leading smart cities across the UK.

    Already confirmed as one of the Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) List, today’s shortlist nomination means that Sunderland City Council’s Chief Executive, Patrick Melia, has made it into the top 10 in the Digital Leader of the Year 2020 category, and the city has been shortlisted for Smart City of the Year 2020.

  • Tue
    Jun
    09
    2020
    ZA: Smart cities in the time of physical distancing

    In the past weeks, we have been experiencing a new way of living, working, and thinking. When the State of Disaster was announced as the Covid-19 crisis hit South Africa, a new set of rules began to form, and with it a new set of questions and challenges.

    South Africans may have understood what needed to be done, but we also understood one rule would be almost impossible for the majority of our country - “social distancing” or, as we prefer, physical distancing - and the disparity between those who can, and those who cannot.

  • Mon
    Jun
    08
    2020
    JP: Tokyo government to pilot 5G smart poles

    Smart poles could support 5G, Wi-Fi, street lighting and other applications

    Japanese company Sumitomo Corporation has inked an agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for the preliminary installation and verification of smart poles being carried out by the government.

    Together with NEC Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation intends to install two types of smart poles in the Nishi-shinjuku area of Tokyo by the end of this month.

  • Mon
    Jun
    08
    2020
    US: Next Chapter for Smart Cities Is Practical, Equitable

    The smart cities movement has evolved from sensors on light poles aimed at improving traffic flow to connected platforms that are practical, efficient and equitable for government, businesses and residents.

    Like so many American cities these days, Pittsburgh finds itself suffering from significant growth in traffic and road congestion. By 2017, drivers were spending an extra 81 hours commuting to work each year. To ease the problem, the city worked with Carnegie Mellon University to build a traffic signal system that ran on artificial intelligence instead of relying on pre-programmed signal cycles.

  • Sun
    Jun
    07
    2020
    EU: Building chains of trust in public sector

    Public sector IT is about trust, and IT consultancy OpenSky reports an increased interest in deploying blockchain to meet this need

    As a technology, blockchain has been quietly maturing for some years now; quietly at least in the sense that work is under way to demonstrate useful applications in surprising places, because the fuss around the distributed ledger technology itself is anything but quiet.

  • Sun
    Jun
    07
    2020
    NG: NITDA unveils draft national outsourcing strategy

    The National Information Technology Development Agency has unveiled the draft national outsourcing strategy for Nigeria.

    The draft strategy was unveiled on Thursday during an online workshop.

    The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said the strategy would ensure effective implementation of the national digital economy policy and strategy of the Federal Government.

  • Sun
    Jun
    07
    2020
    QA: Registration of multiple lease contracts in one certificate allowed

    Individuals and institutions are now allowed to register multiple lease contracts in one certificate online, according to updated terms and conditions on real estate lease contract registration published by Qatar e-Government Portal Hukoomi. A grace period of two months for registration of lease contract has also been granted to them.

    Individuals and institutions may submit a request to the Registration of Real Estate Lease Contracts Office at the different municipalities for real estate contracts between the lessor and the lessee for registration, said Hukoomi on its portal.

  • Sun
    Jun
    07
    2020
    OM: Virtual global symposium on Smart Cities Without Borders fro June 10

    The Smart Cities Platform is organising a symposium called the Smart Cities Without Borders on June 10-11 which is part of a virtual event entitled “Challenges and Opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

    The Omani Smart City Platform is a digital platform for knowledge exchange and to drive smart city initiatives in Oman.

    The aim of the platform is to provide an environment for the exchange of information, cooperation and communication between stakeholders in smart cities.

  • Sat
    Jun
    06
    2020
    JP: Osaka Pref. launches virus tracing, warning system using personal emails

    The Osaka Prefectural Government on May 29 launched a system for people to register their email addresses at shops and other locales they visit, enabling it to warn them if they have potentially come into contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus.

    Shops, event organizers and other facilities post a QR code issued by the "Osaka COVID-19 Tracing System" at the entrance. Visitors can then read the code with their smartphones and register their email addresses online. Registrants will then be informed by email if someone else who has been in the same spot on the same day tests positive for the virus, depending on the infection risk and conditions at the facility. A total of 2,586 people had registered with the system as of 4 p.m. on May 29.

  • Sat
    Jun
    06
    2020
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation launches ‘Covid-Sachetak’ app in fight against coronavirus

    The app is currently available for download on the Google Play and Apple stores, while one can also use it on www.sachetakapp.in.

    Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday launched ‘Covid-Sachetak’ app to help senior citizens, pregnant women and people with comorbidities in the City in their need.

    Developed by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), the app will work as one-stop solution for providing various services such as fixing an appointment with doctors nearby, home delivery of essential items and medicines, updates about Covid-19 and details of quarantine centres in the City among others.

  • Sat
    Jun
    06
    2020
    IN: Ravi Shankar Prasad launches AI portal; programme for youth to build the skills

    “India must be a leading country in the development of Artificial Intelligence in the world, leveraging upon its vast Internet savvy population and data it is creating. India’s AI approach should be of inclusion and empowerment of human being by supplementing growth and development rather than making human beings less relevant,” Prasad said.

    With the aim to aid the development of solutions based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the government has launched a dedicated portal for Artificial Intelligence www.ai.gov.in. The platform will act as a one stop digital platform for AI related developments in India, sharing of resources details of startups, investment funds in AI, companies and educational institutions related to AI in India.

  • Sat
    Jun
    06
    2020
    Smart Cities and eGovernance Trends in India

    Smart Cities Mission, an initiative launched in 2015, aims at creating the next generation cities in India. These cities would not just have an easy-to-access infrastructure but also be technologically advanced in government-citizen interaction. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Radio-frequency identification (RFID), cloud computing, and many more would be used by the government to offer ‘smarter’ solutions. It would ease the resource-deficit burden of the country by empowering the government to do much more with less.

    And when cities are becoming smarter, the traditional methods of governing would not suffice. That’s why the government is taking new eGovernance initiatives that are laced with the latest technologies. Digital transformation in government is here and each government agency is taking required steps to ensure smooth eGovernance.

  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2020
    IN: Haryana: Karnal smart city undertakes key initiatives to fight Covid-19

    Karnal undertakes key initiatives to fight COVID 19. Besides augmentation of Medical Infrastructure it has ensured availability of medical infrastructure including 1, 577 PPE kits; 13, 348 masks N-95; 66, 076 three-layer masks; 1, 873 litre of sanitizers; 434 VTM; 2, 580 sodium hydrochloride; 295, 805 gloves; 05 thermal scanners; 125 no. of isolation wards for COVID patients; 1, 000 additional beds for quarantine; 92 D type & 36 B type oxygen cylinder availability and 50 functional ventilators up to April 15.

    PPEs are the most essential equipment for the doctors and frontline workers for combating COVID-19 pandemic. In PPE kit manufacturing plant, more than 300 kits are manufactured every day.

  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2020
    IN: National Pension System: PFRDA allows paperless Aadhaar-based KYC for NPS account opening

    Pension fund regulator PFRDA yesterday said it has allowed Aadhaar-based paperless KYC process for onboarding of new subscribers under the National Pension System (NPS). The PFRDA went on to add it has permitted e-NPS/Points of Presence facilities to use offline Aadhaar of prospective subscribers with their consent for opening NPS accounts. The Aadhaar-based offline paperless KYC verification eliminates the need to provide a physical copy of the 12-digit identifier. Under the new process, an applicant can download the password-protected Aadhaar XML file by accessing the UIDAI portal through eNPS and share the same for his KYC.

    "The process enables immediate activation of NPS account due to instant KYC verification and also facilitates the immediate deposit of NPS contribution by the subscriber," PFRDA said.

  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2020
    CN: Guangdong: Shenzhen tops in online governance

    Shenzhen ranked the first among the 32 major Chinese cities selected in an online governance service competition after an evaluation by the e-governance office of the State Council on Tuesday.

    It also topped the rankings last year, when the evaluation was done.

    The ranking is based on the city government's performance in five areas related to online governance service — efficacy, maturity, completeness, coverage and accuracy.

  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2020
    US: Building Digital Government That Can Withstand Surges

    The COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed many state unemployment insurance websites. While some fared better than others, all governments can take advantage of things like cloud technology to prepare for the next storm.

    The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the economy. Between late March and early April, 22 million Americans filed for unemployment. Unfortunately, many faced significant challenges and delays seeking benefits because many state government websites crashed, and call centers were overwhelmed, due to the surge in demand.

  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2020
    NG: Lagos introduces Campus Network for MDAs for e-governance

    Lagos State government on Thursday said it has re-invigorated its e-governance operations, with the innovation of the LASG Campus Network, an enterprise infrastructure that connects thousands of computers from all MDAs within and around the secretariat for e-governance operations.

    The State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Hakeem Fahm, disclosed this at the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the one year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu- led administration at JJT Park, Alausa, Ikeja.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    New online help service unveiled in Bahrain

    The drive is in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad to provide assistance to Bahraini families affected by the pandemic and alleviate their financial burdens during this exceptional situation.

    A new online service allowing people affected by Covid-19 to register through national platform Bahrain.bh has been launched.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    NG: We Must Prepare for Post COVID-19 Era – DG NITDA

    The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has urged Nigerian technology experts to get ready for new innovations and ideas for post-COVID-19 pandemic era, particularly to fast-track the recovery and sustainable development of the country.

    The Director General, who is also the Chief Information Technology Officer of Nigeria, made this call as a Panel discussion during the Africa Tech Leaders Webinar Series organised by Digital Jewels with the theme: ‘COVID-19 Pandemic: The Africa Leaders’ Outlook’, on Tuesday.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    AE: Dubai to allow 100% government staff to be back in office from June 14

    50% employees allowed in offices by May 31

    Government offices in Dubai will be allowed to function at full, 100 per cent of their capacity, it has been confirmed.

    The decision was announced on Twitter by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of the Executive Council.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    US: Estonia Already Lives Online - Why Can’t the United States?

    Using secure identification, people there can bank, apply for government assistance, file for sick leave, order prescriptions, and get medical care—all online.

    For one corner of the world, life during the coronavirus pandemic has stayed shockingly the same. Like much of the globe, people there are dealing with cabin fever, a lack of physical contact, and collective grief, for both the loved ones they’ve lost and a way of life they may never see again. But they’re exempt from the crashing halt of state services, the bumbling distribution of relief funds, the pillars of government groaning under the weight of performing their basic business amid the pandemic.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    IN: E-stamps for judicial uses introduced in Puducherry

    The e-stamp system will ensure that only Puducherry court fees stamp papers, printed or issued by the Puducherry government can be used in respect of all original, appellate, revisional, review litigations arising out of the jurisdictional limits of the Union Territory.

    In a major e-governance initiative, the government has launched an e-stamp system for payment of court fees in the jurisdictional limits of the Union Territory.

  • Thu
    Jun
    04
    2020
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Corp fails on providing e-governance

    Even while the state government is planning to empower all local bodies in Kerala with more and more online services from July 1, Kochi corporation is unable to provide any online services. The tussle between the civic body and TCS, the agency which has been instructed with implementation of the corporation’s e-governance project, has resulted in stalling even a few online services available with the local body for the past couple of months.

    Government has started measures for implementing Integrated Local Governance Management System, which is a comprehensive software system for providing e-governance services, in all local bodies from July 1. Government started the move in the wake of restrictions as part of Covid- control measures. But, corporation authorities haven’t started any steps to facilitate the services. “We haven’t got any information regarding starting new services,” an official with the corporation said.

  • Wed
    Jun
    03
    2020
    China's online gov't service platform has 339 mln users

    China's national integrated online government service platform has around 339 million registered users, according to a recent report.

    Of the country's 904 million netizens, about one in three has become user of the platform, said the report, based on a third-party assessment of the online government-service capabilities of provincial-level governments and major cities.

    The e-government service office of the General Office of the State Council entrusted the e-government service research center of the National Academy of Governance to compile the report.

  • Wed
    Jun
    03
    2020
    Brazil reaches internet milestone for rural areas

    For the first time since surveys on internet access began, more than half of the rural population in Brazil is now connected to the internet.

    The milestone represents opportunities for companies providing connection and services over the internet, such as OTTs, platforms for e-government, and e-commerce facilitations.

"Wir können alles außer Hochdeutsch." Die PR-Experten des südwestlichsten Bundeslandes liegen langsam richtig mit ihrer Behauptung, denn nun nutzen rund 60 Prozent der Baden-Württemberger über zehn Jahren einen Computer. Damit beschäftigen sich etwa 6 Millionen Bürger dort mit einem Computer, teilt das Statistische Landesamt in Stuttgart mit. Jeder zweite Einwohner habe einen Zugang zum Internet. Unter den Surfern waren 57 Prozent Männer.

Insbesondere bei jungen Leuten sind Computer und Internet weit verbreitet: 94 Prozent der 16- bis 24-Jährigen und 88 Prozent der 25- bis 34-Jährigen Beschäftigten bedienten sich zu Hause, am Arbeitsplatz, in der Schule oder bei der Berufsausbildung des Computers. Die Beliebtheit der Technik sinkt mit zunehmendem Alter: Bei den 55-bis 65-Jährigen etwa nutzten etwa 50 Prozent den Computer, bei den über 65-Jährigen waren es nur noch 16 Prozent. Fast alle Schüler ab 15 Jahren arbeiten laut der Behörde am Computer; 90 Prozent der Schüler und 97 Prozent der Studierenden nutzen das Internet.

Dass Computer und Internet zum Alltag von Jugendlichen gehören, ermittelte jüngst auch das Münchner Instituts für Jugendforschung. Nach ihrer Studie können drei Viertel aller 13- bis 24-Jährigen bundesweit zu Hause auf einen PC zugreifen.

Quelle: Heise online

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