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Transformation Management
Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
An dem FuE-Projekt "CTMS" können noch weitere Kommunen oder Organisationen als Partner teilnehmen. Gerne kommen wir auch zu Ihnen und demonstrieren Ihnen den Einsatz der CTMS-Suite im Rahmen eines Workshops. Weiterlesen ...

Process Management
Im Rahmen unseres Prozessmanagements identifizieren, modellieren, dokumentatieren, prüfen, optimieren und implementieren wir eGovernment-Geschäftsprozesse mit dem Ziel, die Arbeitsabläufe hinsichtlich Produktivität, Kundenzufriedenheit, Produkt- und Service-Qualität, Zeitbedarf und Kosten zu verbessern. Weiterlesen ...
Die Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Government Process Management Notation (GPMN)" ist eine von uns entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Modellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Weiterlesen ... Unser "Standard Prozesskatalog" enthält mehr als 400 mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Weiterlesen ...
  • Sun
    Oct
    20
    2019
    EU: Smart city projects share policy recommendations in Brussels

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the first three Smart Cities and Communities projects GrowSmarter, Remourban and Triangulum, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, hosted a joint session and shared a policy paper to summarize the experiences and the knowledge gained within the project's five years of smart city implementations.

    The goal of this joint session was to present major outcomes and to share lessons learnt from five years of smart city projects in different European regions, focusing on technical as well as political aspects of creating smart cities.

  • Sun
    Oct
    20
    2019
    AE: The I.T. secret behind Dubai Police’s success in 999 calls

    Dubai Police calls to 901 and 999 handled efficiently thanks to technology like AML

    Have you ever wondered how Dubai Police works so efficiently in the emirate when a distressed call comes through.

    On Sunday morning, the UAE Mobile Government aimed the spotlight on Dubai Police and explained how they are notified when a distress call is made to 901 or 999.

  • Sun
    Oct
    20
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Govt to start telemedicine service in Srinagar

    Government is introducing telemedicine service in the capital district of Srinagar and consultations with concerned agencies are currently underway.

    The proposed service is a part of the Srinagar Smart City project one important component of which is introduction of smart healthcare in Srinagar.

    Under the proposed service all hospitals and health institutions in the district will be connected to each other through a trusted and round-the-clock satellite-based networking channel and enable remote clinical services like diagnosis and monitoring of patients.

  • Sun
    Oct
    20
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Finally, Rs 10 cr sanctioned for digitization of Civil Sectt record

    Finally, Governor’s Administration has paid required seriousness towards much-needed digitization of Civil Secretariat record by sanctioning an amount of Rs 10 crore and fixing deadline of December 2021 for the completion of the project. Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) has been directed to furnish monthly progress report both financial as well as physical to the Information Technology Department for placement before the Chief Secretary.

    EXCELSIOR on September 17, 2019 had exclusively highlighted continuous slackness on the part of the Government in implementing the decision regarding digitization of record of all the departments in the Civil Secretariat.

  • Sat
    Oct
    19
    2019
    For Kenya, Smart Cities will Remain a Pipe Dream

    Kenya has been hailed as a “progressive” country spearheading sectors in technology such as mobile money payments. This perception has seen foreign companies set up their African base in Nairobi to cash in on the technology trends. Companies such as Bolt, Uber and Glovo have seen their decision to set up in Nairobi pay dividends.

    In many reports, Kenya has been hailed as one of the cities in Africa that could transform into a smart city. One of the reasons is the digitization of payments using mobile money. The country has been on a torpid journey to create Konza Technocity, another digitally-driven city.

  • Sat
    Oct
    19
    2019
    Smart City Dreams of China Tech

    One thing that brings most global tech companies together regardless of their claimed area of expertise is that they are all in the business of data. That Google, Facebook and Amazon know everything about us comes as no surprise given their all-encompassing businesses, but in China, even the seemingly niche companies find innovative ways to mine user data and use it for fulfilling their futuristic fixations and not least making oodles of money.

    Didi Chuxing, Meituan-Dianping, Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and Xiaomi all have ascendancy over different sectors of Chinese tech. Didi dominates mobility; Meituan is the king of food delivery; Alibaba owns e-commerce and has stakes in a plethora of Chinese and foreign upstarts; Tencent does social media, gaming and excessive investing; Baidu rules search and aspires to lead the AI race; while Huawei churns out smartphones and telecom infrastructure. While extremely different in direction and ethos, somehow these companies all have a common dream of putting their massive databases, compiled in extremely divergent ways, to use in smart cities.

  • Sat
    Oct
    19
    2019
    It seems like every city wants to be “smart” - But not all of them are succeeding

    A huge survey of more than 100 cities looks at how efforts to connect urban centers are going—and how citizens themselves feel about them.

    Cities are fast becoming “smart,” and the impact on people’s lives can be immense. Singapore’s smart traffic cameras restrict traffic depending on volume and ease the commute of thousands of passengers every day. In Kaunas, Lithuania, the cost of parking is automatically deducted from the bank accounts of drivers when they park their cars. In many cities, the timing of public buses is announced at each stop with almost perfect accuracy. And free Wi-Fi is now accessible across entire cities, including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ramallah, Palestine.

  • Fri
    Oct
    18
    2019
    AE: Why data is the foundation of an exciting digital future

    Investment in tech enabling smart cities in Middle East, Africa expected to hit $2.3B mark by 2021

    Data will soon prove to be invaluable to organisations across the UAE, especially as they look to invest in technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, to become more efficient, while improving upon their sustainability.

    Experts at the conclusion of Gitex Technology Week 2019, noted that data, collected and then properly analysed, will be the building block for organisations as they roll out their digitisation initiatives.

  • Fri
    Oct
    18
    2019
    PH: Isabela: Cauayan redefines ‘smart city’ in agri setting

    The local government of Cauayan, Isabela, defines its own “smart city” sans highly urbanized metropolis with autonomous cars roaming the streets.

    The northern Luzon city of Cauayan in Isabela, one of the country’s premier agro-industrial hubs, is also one of the Philippines’ first smart cities. It has its own citizen app, a unified electronic payment system across the town, and free Wi-Fi in its barangays to help the local government deliver its services to citizens more efficiently.

  • Fri
    Oct
    18
    2019
    US: Government Interest in Continuous Intelligence and AI on the Rise

    AI research at US agencies includes work on autonomous systems, predictive maintenance, smart cities technology, and more.

    The US government sees a need for increased emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. To address this, the federal government plans to spend almost $1 billion in nondefense artificial intelligence research and development in fiscal 2020, according to a supplemental report to the president’s budget request.

  • Fri
    Oct
    18
    2019
    NG: Nasarawa: Gov Inaugurates Free ICT Training For Workers

    Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State yesterday, inaugurated a three months training on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for workers to enhance e-governance in the state.

    Sule, while inaugurating the training in Lafia, noted that it had become imperative in order for the state to be in tune with global best practice.

  • Thu
    Oct
    17
    2019
    Smart Waste Management

    IoT can greatly optimize collection services and reduce operational costs for cities, transitioning waste management into data-driven collection processes.

    Waste collection is an essential city service, yet existing waste management systems are resource-intensive, inefficient, and outdated. The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to greatly optimize collection services and reduce operational costs for cities. 

  • Thu
    Oct
    17
    2019
    BG: Vratsa on its way to becoming an innovative and smart city

    The first digital hub in the region is to be established in the Bulgarian city

    The city of Vratsa is located in Northwestern Bulgaria, the slowest growing region in the country and in Europe. Here, unemployment rates are traditionally high and job and development opportunities are predominantly in the service sectors.

  • Thu
    Oct
    17
    2019
    KE: County Signs MOU for Establishment of ICT Infrastructure

    The county government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm Comservice Kenya Ltd and Ahadi Africa Digital Project for the establishment of communication hubs within the county.

    The ICT and e-Government executive, George Lutomia asked the technical team to immediately embark on the work that will see learning institutions, urban areas and public offices connected to Wi-Fi and internet.

  • Thu
    Oct
    17
    2019
    VN: How governments can manage the risks of digitalisation without hindering innovation

    The United States Embassy in Hà Nội yesterday held a discussion on data mobilisation and how authorities can manage the risks of digitalisation without hindering innovation.

    The speaker of the event, Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF's Center for Data Innovation, said in the past 10 years, the world had been shifting to a data-based economy.

  • Wed
    Oct
    16
    2019
    US: Virginia IT Faces Criticism Amid Service Model Transition

    Everyone seems to acknowledge that Virginia's IT department faced an uphill battle transitioning to a new multi-supplier service model, but a recent audit raises multiple critical concerns.

    Legislators and the majority of agency heads in Virginia have expressed dissatisfaction with the services of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). But state CIO Nelson Moe maintains that critics should consider the time it requires to implement a multi-supplier service model, especially after a disastrous stint with a single uncooperative supplier, Northrop Grumman.

  • Wed
    Oct
    16
    2019
    Going Electric: What You Need to Know About EV Fleet Management

    Fleet adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is on the rise. With government targets to cut carbon emissions, the continued push to reduce fleet costs, and the increasing choice and affordability of EVs, this trend will only continue.

    Key factors to consider in an EV adoption strategy

    Through looking at the maximum range a vehicle completes in one day, you are able to choose what kind of EV you require. Range anxiety is often cited as one of the main reasons fleets have not yet switched to EVs, as they do not want their drivers to be stranded without access to charging facilities. Analyzing the maximum distance driven by a vehicle provides an immediate pass/fail gate when considering an electric vehicle.

  • Wed
    Oct
    16
    2019
    US Army Uses Smart Cities to See If IoT is Ready for Battle

    The Army is examining how IoT and smart city tech can be used in combat situations.

    Smart cities could help the military perform better on the battlefield. The Army Research Laboratories (ARL) is studying smart city infrastructure to see how it might improve the military’s capabilities in dense urban environments. It’s part of their exploration of the latest spin-off of the IoT, the IoBT, or the internet of battlefield things. They want to see how the IoBT can use sensors and other IoT technology and are doing so by testing a long-range, wide-area network (LoRaWAN).

  • Wed
    Oct
    16
    2019
    US: Engaging community is key for smart-city development, officials say

    Local officials who install “smart” technologies and develop policy initiatives without first assessing the actual needs and concerns of their residents miss the point of building internet-connected cities, several government and non-profit technology officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at the Smart Cities Connect Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, Jordan Davis, the director of Smart Columbus, the nonprofit agency that promotes Columbus, Ohio‘s “smart city” program, said that early community outreach is critical to develop trust between government and the denizens unfamiliar with new technologies being deployed in their neighborhoods. Without that engagement, residents could assume that officials are covering up details of what the tech does, or not believe that they benefit from their adoption.

  • Tue
    Oct
    15
    2019
    TW: Taipei City to draft rules to allay smart machine fears: Ko

    Vending machines that scan student ID cards might be aimed at collecting data, a councilor said, but the city said they only scan card numbers

    Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that he would ask the Taipei Department of Information Technology to draft a special regulation to protect personal information, after smart vending machines placed on school campuses in the city sparked privacy concerns.

  • Tue
    Oct
    15
    2019
    U.S. can't crack top 10 in survey of 'smartest' cities

    A new index ranking the 102 “smartest” cities in the world, based on interviews with residents about how technologically advanced their infrastructures and municipal services are, contains just nine cities in the United States — all of which landed outside the top 10.

    San Francisco came in at No. 12 on the IMD Smart City Index 2019, the inaugural edition of a survey conducted by the Swiss International Institute for Management Development and Singapore University for Technology and Design. Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, Denver and Seattle all cracked the top 40, while Chicago and Philadelphia placed at 53rd and 54th, respectively.

  • Tue
    Oct
    15
    2019
    GI: A digital future without barriers

    It’s no secret that citizens do not enjoy having to visit to Government counters to conduct their administrative business. People work during Government business hours and businesses need to prioritise their time to be productive. Unfortunately, having to go to the ETB, tax office, licensing dept is a still an extremely cumbersome chore that can take up valuable amounts of your time.

    This is why eGovernment can be a game changer for Gibraltar.

  • Tue
    Oct
    15
    2019
    AE: MoF launches government e-service fees platform and strategic partnerships map at GITEX

    This is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transition from an e-government to smart government.

    As part of its strategy to enhance efficiency and performance through leading-edge information technology solutions, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) launched the Government e-Service Fees platform and a Strategic Partnerships Map at GITEX Technology Week 2019. These initiatives underscore the ministry's commitment to further improve its services and adopt best practices in digital transformation. This is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transition from an e-government to smart government.

  • Tue
    Oct
    15
    2019
    Vietnam cities embrace smart technology

    In efforts to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), cities and provinces in Vietnam are pushing smart city programmes, combining technology with internet-connected devices to enhance municipal management and economy.

    Smart cities, with new technologies and integration based on sensor collection and analysis of data, are expected to drive economic, environmental and social benefits in many cities and provinces in Vietnam – optimising traffic flows in real time, reducing energy consumption and automating waste management.

  • Mon
    Oct
    14
    2019
    VN: Smart city challenges Gov’t and localities

    In efforts to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), cities and provinces in Việt Nam are pushing smart city programmes, combining technology with internet-connected devices to enhance municipal management and economy.

    Smart cities, with new technologies and integration based on sensor collection and analysis of data, are expected to drive economic, environmental and social benefits in many cities and provinces in Việt Nam – optimising traffic flows in real time, reducing energy consumption and automating waste management.

  • Mon
    Oct
    14
    2019
    Turning digital: challenges and perspectives for science and research in the EU

    The internet and digital technologies are already transforming the EU member states’ knowledge and operation systems. During last five years the turn has come to science, research and innovation with a new concept of free access to all kind of research (called “open access”). The Baltic States science community has to take this challenge seriously.

    Most states in Europe, as well as in the world, are witnessing a serious increase both in the amount of science information produced and research data for use in social development. There are already billions of managed data in digital devices and services for personal and professional needs, as well as data through the science digitized literature.

  • Mon
    Oct
    14
    2019
    ZA: e-Gov irregular expenditure under fire

    The Democratic Alliance has said that it is “unacceptable” that the Department of e-Government incurred irregular expenditure of R31,9-million for the 2018/2019 financial year.

    “According to the annual report for e-Government this irregular expenditure occurred as the department did not follow the required procurement processes,” says Adriana Randall, DA shadow MEC for Finance and e-Government. “Furthermore, the annual report indicates that some of the irregular expenditure relates to instances where the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes were not followed.

  • Mon
    Oct
    14
    2019
    Work kicks off on $4.2 billion smart city in Vietnam’s Hanoi

    Work has started on Hanoi’s first smart city project in Dong Anh district, with an investment capital of more than $4.2 billion.

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, leaders of ministries, branches and Japanese officials attended the event to mark the beginning of construction on Sunday.

  • Sun
    Oct
    13
    2019
    Smart city ranking focuses on citizens’ perceptions

    A new ranking focuses on how citizens perceive the priorities and effectiveness of smart city initiatives.

    A new ranking from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities ‘smart’.

  • Sat
    Oct
    12
    2019
    The role of 5G in bringing the reality of smart cities closer

    5G is expected to have an impact on many industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.

    It will enable the creation of a connected infrastructure, such as smart electrical grids that will be able to monitor and analyse energy consumption, smart streetlights with gunshot detectors to improve police threat response, and connected traffic lights across the city to facilitate a seamless flow of traffic. 5G is a key element in making smart cities a reality and, in the shorter term, it will transform the way we travel around cities.

  • Fri
    Oct
    11
    2019
    MM: Government begins electronic birth registration in Mon State

    The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) began rolling out an electronic birth registration system in Mon State on Thursday.

    The system is part of the Mobile Birth and Death Registration (MBDR) project carried out by the government, UNICEF and Telenor Group.

    The CSO utilises an electronic platform, known as the Vital Registration E-Platform, to document and archive birth and death records.

  • Fri
    Oct
    11
    2019
    No US cities make top 10 of global smart city ranking

    Dive Brief:

    • The IMD World Competitiveness Center partnered with the Singapore University of Technology and Design to release an index ranking 102 global smart cities. The rankings are based on residents' perceptions of issues related to structures and technology applications available to them in their city.
    • The top five global cities are Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva and Copenhagen. Nine U.S. cities made the list; the highest ranking one is San Francisco at No. 12. It is then followed by a bevy of U.S. cities further down the list: Washington, DC (31); Boston (32); Denver (33); Seattle (34); Los Angeles (35); New York City (38); Chicago (53); and Philadelphia (54).
    • The index notes that being a globally recognized smart city now is critical to attract investment and talent. This is the first edition of the index and it took the partners two years of work to compile. Researchers hope to expand the scope of topics studied as well as the number of cities included in future editions.

  • Thu
    Oct
    10
    2019
    PK: Punjab: Lahore to be made smart city: CM Buzdar

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Thursday claimed that Lahore will be made a smart city by 2025.

    Talking to a delegation led by Chief Executive Officer Huawei Pakistan Saif Chi, who called him at his office, CM Buzdar welcomed the technical assistance of Huawei in the establishment of Safe City Authority and hoped that it will also extend cooperation in the digitization of Punjab.

  • Thu
    Oct
    10
    2019
    US: The Dos and Don'ts of Community Broadband Network Planning

    Rural areas face substantial risks in their efforts to provide high-speed Internet to citizens who live in remote places. Here's what local leaders should consider as they plan to expand broadband.

    The essential point at the Nevada Broadband Workshop in Reno last Friday was this: Communities that want broadband should produce a plan that’s as comprehensive as possible.

  • Thu
    Oct
    10
    2019
    Digital Twin Technology Can Make Smart Cities Even Smarter

    As technologies like the Internet of Things, virtual reality and augmented reality mature, city planners can build virtual replicas of urban infrastructure to better respond to local energy and environmental changes.

    Imagine the potential benefits of having a nearly complete digital replica of a city — a virtual model of its roads, buildings and public spaces — combined with real-time information feeds from sensors and other data sources. Residents could visualize the impact of new construction before breaking ground. First responders could run computer simulations to prepare for potential emergency scenarios. And city planners could better analyze and respond to local energy and environmental changes.

  • Wed
    Oct
    09
    2019
    IN: Nagaland: Implementation of Kohima Smart City projects in full swing

    Chief Minister Nephiu Rio today informed that Kohima was selected as one of the 100 smart cities on September 20, 2016 and implementation of projects have begun in full swing.

    Currently Kohima is ranked 1st among the 10 North East Smart Cities.

    Under this project, along with the smart cities in the country the “100 days Smart City Special Initiative Campaign on Sanitation” was launched with special focus on awareness creation on plastic pollution and waste management with special emphasis on waste segregation and moving towards the practice of Zero Waste.

  • Wed
    Oct
    09
    2019
    Preliminary smart city study results show investment pays off, if the digital innovation is managed properly

    The study looked at 100 metro centers around the globe and found smart city initiatives produce economic, financial and social benefits. However, cyber-risks also grow, making the need for proper management more important.

    Preliminary results of the “2019 Smart City Research Initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City” show most of the 100 metro centers evaluated worldwide experienced positive economic, financial and social impacts from their investments. Cyber-risks could also increase if the digital innovation associated with these investments is not managed properly; particularly surrounding financial and payment systems.

  • Wed
    Oct
    09
    2019
    PH: DTI taps e-payment platforms for biz name registration

    It will now be easier for sole proprietors to register their business names.

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has partnered with online payment platforms GCash, PayMaya and LinkBiz to enable businesses to transact with the agency online.

  • Tue
    Oct
    08
    2019
    Australia slips down digital rankings

    We've dropped from 9th most competitive to 14th.

    Australian business is falling behind its competitors in digital preparedness in a global survey of economies that found the nation dropped from 9th most competitive in 2015 to 14th this year.

    The ranking, produced by the Switzerland based IMD World Competitiveness Centre, found Australian businesses rated 45 for digital agility out of the 63 countries surveyed.

  • Tue
    Oct
    08
    2019
    News Emerging Europe largely absent from World Competitiveness Ranking

    Few of emerging Europe’s countries feature in the 2019 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, with the globe’s top five remain unchanged (US, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland).

    Estonia ranked 29th, followed by Lithuania (30th) and Slovenia (32nd). Slovakia (47th), Croatia (51st) and Ukraine (60th) are the other countries in the emerging Europe region to feature.

  • Tue
    Oct
    08
    2019
    EU: €30 Million Triangulum sustainable cities project reaches completion

    The findings from the Manchester pilot will be used to develop smart city quarters in other cities around the world.

    Participating cities in the €30 million Triangulum project are beginning to share the first results from the future smart cities programme, which is drawing to a close after five years.

  • Tue
    Oct
    08
    2019
    EE: Doctors criticize death registry e-service

    Family Physicians' Association of Estonia (Eesti Perearstide Selts) have criticised the implementation of the digital registering of deaths, saying the service does not work.

    On Jul. 1 an e-service was introduced so that relatives of the deceased would no longer have to register a death at a government office. Instead, the government office could electronically take the document directly from the health care facility or hospital.

  • Mon
    Oct
    07
    2019
    TZ: Minister issues ultimatum on e-procurement

    Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango has directed heads of public institutions, which are yet to join in the Tanzania National e-Procurement System (TANePS) to do so before December 31.

    Dr Mpango warned that those institutions that will fail to join in the system will be forced to vacate their offices.

  • Mon
    Oct
    07
    2019
    AE: 33 Sharjah Government Departments To Unveil Digital Launches At GITEX Technology Week

    The Sharjah Department of e-Government has announced that 33 government departments will participate in the 39th GITEX Technology Week from 6th-10th October, at Dubai World Trade Centre.

    The departments are participating in line with Sharjah e-Government's determination to support digital transformation and develop processes and systems across government entities in the emirate.

  • Mon
    Oct
    07
    2019
    Central Africa: Calls For ‘Digital Transformations Here And Now’ In The Air

    No more talking shops, no more feet-dragging! Now is the time to invest line-hook-and-sinker in the tools of digital transformations, as levers of Central Africa’s economic diversification or miss the 4th industrial revolution and remain in the hall of the least advanced subregion in Africa.

    These are reverberations from government officials, senior state functionaries, digital transition policy experts and strategists, private sector representatives and young start-uppers following a five-day content-packed conference convened by the subregional office for Central Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.

  • Mon
    Oct
    07
    2019
    TR: Marmara Region: Bursa Smart City Project Works Fruits

    Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, which focuses on 'smart urbanism' investments in the projects that will carry Bursa in the future, has started to reap the fruits of its activities in this field. The Welfare Fund of the United Kingdom provided an 2 million pound grant to the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality's Smart City and Urban Transformation theme 3,2 within the scope of the “Cities of the Future” program.

    Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, which has determined the steps that emphasize smart urbanism from transportation to infrastructure, from environment to superstructure investments, became the first Metropolitan Municipality to establish Smart Urbanism and Innovation Department by signing a first in this field. In order to solve the problems of the city, to increase the quality of life of the citizens and to use resources efficiently and efficiently, Bursa has started the journey of “Smart City Bursa“. With this vision, work has been started as of July 2018 as part of the Ref Cities of the Future ”program of the UK Welfare Fund.

  • Sun
    Oct
    06
    2019
    IN: Smart City project funds lying idle in Odisha

    With a bulk of `376 crore, sanctioned for smart city projects lying idle, the Rourkela Smart City Ltd (RSCL) is under fire for its casual approach.

    Failure of RSCL to implement development projects under the Smart City Mission has come in for criticism again with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on September 25 shooting off separate letters to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri seeking their intervention to expedite the pending projects.

  • Sun
    Oct
    06
    2019
    Who will pay for ASEAN’s smart cities?

    A smart city is an urban area that uses technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data to efficiently manage its assets, ultimately enhancing its residents’ quality of life.

    Reduced congestion, pollution control and better energy efficiency are just some of the many advantages of living in a smart city – and ASEAN has 26 of them now under its ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) pilot cities initiative.

  • Sat
    Oct
    05
    2019
    PH: DTI inks deals with e-payment platforms

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has signed three separate agreements with electronic-payment (e-payment) platforms PayMaya, GCash and Link.Biz on offering payment options for those wishing to apply for or renew their business names.

    “Long queues and inefficient and slow services will soon be a thing of the past in government. At DTI, we are constantly improving our frontline services to become [on a] par with international standards. Our agreement with e-payment platforms completes our business name registration system, as we are now able to provide our citizens the convenience of having to transact with [the] DTI through their mobile phones in the comfort of their homes, or wherever they are, 24/7,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

  • Fri
    Oct
    04
    2019
    IN: Competing digitally

    India's efforts for coming at par with developed countries in terms of digital advancements have earned it not only the people's praise for convenience to easy access to the internet, but the recognition has been a global one as India rises four places in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 (WDCR ) and sits at rank 44.

    The most remarkable advancement in 2019 was in the technology sub-factor level, where India held the first position in telecommunications investment. This ranking measures the capacity and readiness of 63 nations to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and society at large.

  • Fri
    Oct
    04
    2019
    Thailand falls one place in digital index

    Thailand slipped one place to 40th in the World Digital Competitiveness Index 2019, partly because of a lack of public access to digital public services and subpar participation in public decision-making.

    The rankings, which cover 63 countries, were released on Thursday. The index was commissioned by the IMD World Competitiveness Center, a think tank under the IMD business school in Switzerland and Singapore.

  • Fri
    Oct
    04
    2019
    No city is fully prepared for the disruption of AI

    A new ranking reveals that Singapore, London and New York are marginally better prepared but governments and private sector institutions around the world need to do more.

    Singapore is the city best prepared to deal with the disruptions that artificial intelligence (AI) could bring but no city is truly ready, according to a new global study by management consultancy, Oliver Wyman. It is calling for significant improvements to be made by governments and private sector institutions to fully prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Thu
    Oct
    03
    2019
    Ireland ranks highly for adoption of digital technologies

    State moves up one place to 19th out of 63 economies in new IMD rankings

    The Republic has moved up one place to 19th in a global ranking for adopting digital technologies.

    The US tops the list followed by Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, with the top five places unchanged from last year.

  • Wed
    Oct
    02
    2019
    Bahrain government's cloud move will cut IT costs by 90 per cent, top official says

    Information and eGovernment Authority says most services will migrate to the cloud by mid-2020

    Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) says government spending on IT infrastructure will fall by up to 90 per cent as it looks to migrate all services to the cloud by mid-2020.

    “Most of the services will run on serverless mode, saving huge capex spent on establishing local servers and infrastructure… we will achieve savings [of] between 60 to 90 per cent,” Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, chief executive of iGA, told The National.

  • Wed
    Oct
    02
    2019
    KW: Expats to renew residence online very soon

    Finally, more than 3 million expatriates working in the private sector can renew their residency electronically, in a step towards the completion of technical services and the application of e-government, to eliminate the paperwork and reduce the congestion in the corridors of ministries reports Al Qabas

    The Ministry of Interior, is preparing to launch a new system to renew the residencies of Article 18 for civil sector workers, in October, in order to serve more than 3 million expatriates in the country.

  • Wed
    Oct
    02
    2019
    IN: Smart Cities 2.0 may cover all cities in the country

    Official reports jump in utilisation of funds in the past three months

    After having chosen 100 cities in a phased manner, the Union government is now mulling expanding the Smart Cities Mission to all 4,000 cities in the country.

    The Mission is touted as a move to make governance citizen-friendly and cost effective, build better infrastructure, develop open spaces and expand housing to all, among other things.

  • Wed
    Oct
    02
    2019
    Building the smart city: why most cities are interested but few are ready

    Fifty kilometres east of Tokyo we built a model community. A 1,000 home neighbourhood where everything looks pretty normal but where everyday life is infused with technology that makes it one of the most sustainable and resilient places to live on this planet — truly a smart city.

    Fujisawa is powered by a solar smart grid, giving the neighbourhood the ability to run off-grid for up to seven days and the town’s carbon emissions are 70 per cent lower than the average community of its size. The roof of the community centre is a public space that sits above the tsunami flood line and, in the event of a natural disaster, the park benches convert to barbecue grills. The entire town is a virtual gated community with blanket 24-7 video surveillance coverage, allowing children to play safely, while their parents watch from their smart phones.

  • Tue
    Oct
    01
    2019
    IN: Smart City: Uttar Pradesh civic bodies to get ₹50 crore per year

    Municipal Corporations of Ayodhya, Mathura-Vrindavan, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Firozbad and Shahjahanpur will be given ₹50 crore per year for the next five years under the Smart City mission

    The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to provide ₹50 crore to seven municipal corporations for the next five years under the Smart City project.

  • Tue
    Oct
    01
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur: E-register to end duplicate licence menace

    Having multiple licences issued in different states would soon be a thing of the past, as the Union transport ministry is coming up with e-register where data from entire country would be available. The move is aimed at curbing the menace of duplicate/ multiple licences.

    “Now, if you’re having a licence issued in a city of Maharashtra and apply for another one from any other state, it will be immediately detected in computer system as entire data has been compiled in an e-register. In India, over 30% drivers are having duplicate or multiple licences. In several cases it has been detected that some people had secured licence from another state after their ‘original’ licence was confiscated by authorities. The new system would curb such practice. With stricter monitoring and hike in penalties, there’s 20% jump in number of licence seekers,” Gadkari told TOI in an exclusive chat.

  • Tue
    Oct
    01
    2019
    Leading Pakistan into the Digital Age

    Digitization is transforming in Pakistan’s services sector. The shift is most prominent in the domains of e-commerce, fintech, and e-government, where new ventures and approaches to deliver services are gaining momentum. Specifically, the market size of e-commerce has grown significantly in Pakistan over the last few years. Economic experts forecast that Pakistan’s e-commerce sales are projected to cross the one billion dollars mark by 2020 as compared to $622 million recorded in 2017. Leading Pakistan into the Digital Age.

    At the forefront of this e-commerce, buzz stands Daraz, leading the industry with worthy contenders such as Yayvo, Aliexpress, and Goto.

  • Mon
    Sep
    30
    2019
    Digitization in Asia: The Critical Role of Cities

    The growth of urban areas in Asia-Pacific has exploded over the past few decades — between 1980 and 2010, the population living in the region’s cities grew by more than 1 billion, and by 2050, the region’s urban population will reach 3.2 billion.

    Unsurprisingly, digital-related growth and investment are highly concentrated in the region’s major cities, which are playing an ever-important role in shaping and controlling digital innovation. In the process, they are also helping tackle digital governance challenges, as the report Cities as Epicenters of Digitalization, presented at the 2019 Singapore Summit, shows.

  • Sun
    Sep
    29
    2019
    Smart City Initiatives-Bangladesh starts on Sept 24

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Bangladesh Section, is going to organise “Smart City Initiatives- Bangladesh” in capital’s Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on Sept 24-25.

    IEEE is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 4,23,000 members in over 160 countries around the world. IEB, the support partner of the “Smart City Initiatives- Bangladesh”, is the most prestigious National Professional Organization of the country.

  • Sat
    Sep
    28
    2019
    HCM City becomes first locality in Vietnam to get 5G service

    The Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) announced on September 21 that it has started providing 5G service and put into operation the infrastructure of Internet of Things (IoT) in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Major General Hoang Son, Deputy General Director of Viettel Group said that after more than 3 months of making the first test call on the 5G platform, Viettel officially broadcasted 5G network on a trial basis in ward 12 of District 10, HCM City, enabling people to directly experience 5G technology.

  • Sat
    Sep
    28
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: AURIC: Aurangabad Industrial City

    Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi inaugurated the Aurangabad Industrial City, AURIC on the 7th of September 2019. During his speech, he called out the strategic importance of the project by stating that “AURIC is already be- coming a new smart city but will also become the center of our country’s industrial activity. It is also an important part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Several big companies have already started production and in the near future many more companies will follow. This will generate employment opportunities for lakhs of young people.”

  • Sat
    Sep
    28
    2019
    MY: Sarawak: Kuching: ‘Bandung a great smart city model’

    Bandung serves as the best model for Kuching in its transformation into becoming a smart city.

    The highland city of Indonesia, about a couple of hours’ drive away from Jakarta, was declared a smart city four years ago, said Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

  • Fri
    Sep
    27
    2019
    Project Haystack Turns Data into Useful Information for Smart Cities

    If the age of digitization has provided us with anything, it is data. Millions of data points from millions of sensors connected to an increasingly wide range of systems and applications. Turning all this data into useful information, however, can be a challenge. Data comes in widely varying formats, with different vendors handling and expressing data in different ways. Different protocols also have different ways of expressing data, and the lack of a single standard protocol in the world of smart cities and building automation compounds the issue.

  • Fri
    Sep
    27
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Need to make smart city mission citizen-centric felt

    There is a need to transform Indias smart city mission into a 'citizen-centric system' like in many foreign countries to ensure greater public participation, former secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development M Ramachandran said on Friday. Inaugurating the 'Smart City Workshop: Sustainable Urban Development' here, he said the purpose of a smart city was improve the quality of life of its people.

    He said such an endeavour should provide clean environment, jobs and and safety. Ramachandran said the public transport systems in the country were inadequate and providing smart transport solutions was a big challenge to the government and policy-makers.

  • Thu
    Sep
    26
    2019
    Bahrain’s iGA highlights eKYC project at tech week

    The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) presented an overview of the Electronic Know Your Customer (eKYC) project during a panel discussion at the 4th Bahrain Smart Cities Summit, held as part of Bahrain Tech Week 2019.

    The event was held under the patronage of Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning, on September 15 and 16 with the participation of a number of government entities and private sector companies.

  • Thu
    Sep
    26
    2019
    IN: Plans afoot to shift files to E-office system in Jammu & Kashmir

    Works on for the post-October 30 scenario when the UT status of J&K and Ladakh comes into effect.

    As teams of Union ministries and departments are queuing up to visit Srinagar, hectic consultations are on at the Centre to manage the administrative shift post October 30, when the union territory status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh comes into effect.

  • Thu
    Sep
    26
    2019
    IN: Delhi Police Launch New App 'Tatpar' Containing Links to Numerous Mobile Applications

    The Delhi Police has launched a new app called 'Tatpar' which provides a range of integrated services with a single touch. The app contains links to all important websites, mobile applications and helpline numbers of Delhi Police apart from 50 other services.

    The app was launched by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at a grand event at India Gate. Delhi Police spokesperson Anil Mittal told IANS: "Delhi Police has started 50 public services on the digital platform. All thse have been integrated in the Tatpar app. You will just need to download it."

  • Thu
    Sep
    26
    2019
    MM: Govt to focus on supporting growth of digital economy, telecoms infrastructure

    A senior government official says that the government is set to focus on supporting the digital economy next year.

    Deputy Director General of Posts and Telecommunications U Than Thun Aung said this in his speech during the Myanmar Connect 2019 Conference on Tuesday.

    U Than Thun Aung said regulatory areas that will be the focus next year to support digital economy include regulation balancing, customer stratification, consumer protection, cyber security, support for the digital economy, regional integration, and social media and spam.

  • Wed
    Sep
    25
    2019
    GB: Scotland: Edinburgh’s free public wifi provider rebrands with ‘smart cities’ focus

    The company which provides a free public WiFi service for Edinburgh’s city centre has rebranded with a ‘smart cities’ focus.

    As of this week, IntechnologyWiFi has changed its name to IntechnologySmartCities to reflect its expanding expertise in helping local authorities deliver enhanced public services.

    The company was founded in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in 2013 as a provider of free public WiFi to increase digital inclusion and support the growth of the digital economy.

  • Wed
    Sep
    25
    2019
    A people-centric ‘Digital India’

    Governance is a societal function; technology can empower stakeholders, but its adoption will still be mediated by existing social structures. Technology should account for stakeholders and social structures by design.

    It is time to examine the promise of ‘Digital India’. The focus on digital services seen in states like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and cities like Chennai suggest that governance of the future will be built on extensive use of technology and the internet. As these plans take off, and the basic digital infrastructure for urban governance is put in place, it is critical to evaluate the ways in which these initiatives encounter social structures, so that these are incorporated in design.

  • Wed
    Sep
    25
    2019
    IN: Odisha: ECoR Implemented E-Office System In Office Working

    As a part of digital initiative and with an aim to go paperless in office working with promoting Green Railways and also improving transparency & efficiency of the existing official work system, East Coast Railway (ECoR) has started e-office System which will be a part of National e-governance programme of the government.

    ECoR General Manager Vidya Bhushan inaugurated the NIC e-Office System at its headquarters today in presence of Additional General Manager Sudhir Kumar and all Principal Heads of the Departments.

  • Wed
    Sep
    25
    2019
    AE: Ministry of Health and Prevention launches the first blockchain-based system

    • The sophisticated platform to create unhackable & unchangeable distinctive imprint of digital data
    • The unmatched system reduces operational costs and paper transactions, upgrades the digital security of national data

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched the first blockchain-based system to save and share assessment information of health professionals, including doctors, pharmacists and technicians, with local licensing health authorities.

  • Tue
    Sep
    24
    2019
    IN: Punjab to have new cadre for e-governance implementation

    Will extend technical guidance for programmes, initiatives

    The Punjab government will have a special information technology cadre for effective implementation of its e-governance initiatives as part of the ‘Digital Punjab’ mission.

    A decision in this regard was taken on Monday by the State Cabinet at a meeting here that was presided over by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

  • Tue
    Sep
    24
    2019
    National identity management registers 37m Nigerians

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Monday said the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) has registered 37 million Nigerians.

    The SGF spoke in Abuja at the maiden National Identity Day with the theme: Assured Digital Identity for All.

  • Mon
    Sep
    23
    2019
    Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

    Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these seemingly simple things can be a serious challenge.

    But imagine a city equipped with technology that enables the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes, helping them to live more independently whether indoors or in a public place. That's the promise of so-called smart cities, which use things like internet-connected devices and artificial intelligence to improve services and the quality of life for their residents.

  • Sun
    Sep
    22
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Now, KSEB to provide internet also; Free connection for BPL families

    In addition to power connection, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) will also offer internet connection from now on. KSEB is planning to implement the scheme within six months.

    The project named Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON) will be jointly implemented by the IT Mission and KSEB. Once internet connection through the widespread network connection of KSEB is realised, a huge leap in the e-governance sector is expected.

  • Sun
    Sep
    22
    2019
    IR: E-Commerce Development Center to launch electronic signature next month

    E-Commerce Development Center of Iran will launch electronic signature system for order registration process in the next Iranian calendar month (starts on September 23), the chairman of the center announced in a press conference held at the place of the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade on Sunday.

    Elaborating on the activities of E-Commerce Development Center, Ali Rahbari said this center is active in three sectors of e-commerce, e-government, and electronic certificate.

  • Sun
    Sep
    22
    2019
    IN: Odisha: BSCL urges engineers to be innovative

    On Engineer’s Day, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) engineers were to come up with innovative approach so that the projects would be implemented quicker and in cost-effective manner.

    Observing the birth anniversary of the noted engineer Mokshagundam Vishweshwariya, Sunday, in its office premises at BMC Bhawani Mall, BSCL recalled the contributions of one of the greatest engineers, India has ever produced.

  • Sat
    Sep
    21
    2019
    UA: Kyiv: Yalta European Strategy Conference: President Kaljulaid: Estonia has shown the path to successful e-government

    Ukraine’s new administration wants to make state services available on smartphones, and there is one country in particular it can learn from.

    In less than three decades, Estonia, a Baltic nation of 1.3 million, has transformed from a Soviet-occupied communist country to one of the world’s leading digital states.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    US: Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts

    The solution to the digital divide is not more broadband, but persuading non-users to join the Internet society

    The “digital divide” is back in the news, with both Democratic presidential candidates and incumbent government officials promising billions to provide high-speed Internet to millions of Americans in rural areas who don’t currently have access to it at home.

    The digital divide, however, is not exclusively or even most significantly a rural problem. Due to inaccurate coverage maps, it is difficult to know where specifically access is lacking. But we know from regular Census Bureau surveys that three times as many households in urban areas remain unconnected as in rural areas. And regardless of geography, access isn’t the main reason these homes are without Internet service. The vast majority of U.S. homes without broadband service could have it today, but they don’t want it. The real problem is convincing those who are offline of the value of being part of our digital life.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    Report card: US cities far from 'smart' status

    Dive Brief:

    • U.S. cities must make significant progress in collaboration and leadership to attain the status of "smart city," according to a rating released Thursday through a partnership between Leading Cities and Bright Cities.
    • The rating evaluated 24 U.S. cities — those involved in the now-shuttered 100 Resilient Cities program — on 45 indicators across 10 dimensions of a smart city: governance, economy, education, entrepreneurship, environment, health, mobility, security, technology and energy. None of the cities scored higher than a B+.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    IN: Smart cities: TiE Delhi-NCR suggests physical sandboxes to test ideas

    There is an opportunity in solutions that involve Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Blockchain, and geospatial technologies

    No one doubts that start-ups can play a critical role in India's smart cities mission. They bring in innovation, at times at a cost larger companies can't. In India's 100 Smart Cities programme, some of the start-ups are bidding directly while many others are working with bigger system integrators to deliver the work. Thus far, they are playing a role in areas such as solid waste management, digital door number, augmented reality, bill board management, and robotic cleaning of manholes among others. There is an opportunity in solutions that involve Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Blockchain, and geospatial technologies.

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    IN: Government launches faceless e-assessment scheme to end tax terrorism, corruption

    • As per the details of the notification, only in a select few cases, personal representation can be demanded by the Income Tax Department, from October 1.
    • The department has been running a pilot in select cities to test the feasibility of the new system of tax assessment for the last few years.
    • Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the scheme will be rolled out from October 8, which is also 'Vijayadashami".

  • Fri
    Sep
    20
    2019
    The digital security of Europe

    A clear trend can be seen for our digital future: What can be connected will be connected. But companies and societies do not network within traditional, analogous borders.

    Machines are also increasingly being connected to one another. The Internet of Things is growing faster and faster. These developments give us a unique opportunity to bring the citizens of Europe closer together. And we must not let this opportunity pass us by. At the same time, the digital networks are and will become an increasingly attractive target for criminal or state-controlled cyber-attacks. Deutsche Telekom’s systems have reported up to 70 million different attacks on a single day this year. A new, sad record! And a leap compared to the figures of 2018! Thanks to our efforts, these attacks are not getting through, but the number is vertiginous.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    ZA: Why national progress is not immune to digital transformation

    Technology is a platform on which collective human progress is built, transforming the fundamentals of commerce and production, and the ways we work and live. As an accelerator of development, it is also highly disruptive, redefining jobs and skills while also reshaping industries.

    Given the reach of digital technology and the change it promises, there is a need to shepherd these exciting technologies without diminishing its energy and potential - a role that nicely aligns with government priorities.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    NG: FG Insists on Practical Skills for e-Government Processes

    The federal government through the Ministry of Communications, has stressed the need for all government officials to take the issue of e-Government initiative from theoretical to practical approach, in order to ensure strategic implementation of all government online processes.

    This, the government explained, would be in tandem with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

  • Thu
    Sep
    19
    2019
    TT’s national ICT plan

    TSTT and Huawei lead the charge

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

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

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    IN: Smart City Projects Worth Rs 50,000 crore To Be Completed By June 2020

    In order to fast-track the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), the government will award tenders worth over Rs 2 lakh crore by March next year, as well as finish smart city projects worth Rs 50,000 crore by June 2020, which also marks 5 years of the launch of the mission. Sources said the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will issue tenders for all the projects under the SCM by March 2020. It has already started work in this direction and ministry officials are coordinating with respective cities.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    Digital twin concept spreads into smart city environments

    According to the latest research from ABI Research, the installed base of digital twin and city modelling deployments is expected to grow from just a handful of early implementations in 2019 to more than 500 by 2025.

    “Originally developed for industrial systems, the digital twin concept is now spreading to the smart cities environment,” says Dominique Bonte, vice president for End Markets at ABI Research. “However, it won’t be a single Uber-like digital twin for an entire city but rather an aggregation and integration of domain-specific digital twins for systems like smart buildings, traffic infrastructure, energy grids, and water management.”

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    China Smart City Tech in Line with that of the U.S.

    A firsthand look at connected technology in China, which despite the two countries’ vastly different political structures is developing along much the same path as it is in U.S. states and localities.

    On the last day of May, I boarded a 13-hour flight to Beijing, not completely certain about what to expect over the next month. This was the beginning of my Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellowship. Over the next 28 days, I would travel to seven cities, meet with more than 100 people, and become fully immersed in a different culture.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    NG: We’ll transform e-government to achieve next level agenda – Pantami

    Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has reiterated the need to take e-government from theoretical to practical approach by government officials to ensure its strategic implementation in line with the next level agenda of President Muhaamadu Buhari’s administration.

    He stated this during a meeting with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) led by its Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    National Living Lab Smart Cities: ‘Municipalities need to talk to residents about digitisation of public spaces’.

    Good ideas are pouring in which are set to improve the city. Usually these are combined with the availability of digital information that is passed on very promptly so residents can move around their city or town more easily. Physically or digitally. Think about, for example, the online services for citizens’ affairs. Passport application? This can be done by applying for it digitally. Rubbish bin full? Then a sensor tells the municipality to send a truck to empty it. Is there a lot of traffic because of an event in a stadium? Then the traffic department can control the traffic lights in advance in such a way that the cars are able to move around more quickly. Is there a traffic jam somewhere? Sensors in the road surface tell the traffic department that the speed on adjoining roads must be reduced in order to prevent them from clogging up as well.

  • Wed
    Sep
    18
    2019
    South Korean investors unveil smart urban area plans for Long An Province

    With its excellent geographical location for trade and economic development and the potential to become the country’s leading agricultural hub, Long An Province is ideal for developing a smart urban area, according to experts.

    Lê Thành, director of the Institute of Organic Agricultural Economics, said as a gateway connecting HCM City and the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta and with its excellent transport system, it has everything required to become an agricultural - industrial smart urban area.

  • Tue
    Sep
    17
    2019
    First 5G-powered smart city ‘proving ground’ opens in US

    The reality of smart cities gets a little closer with the launch of a 5G-enabled testbed.

    Enhancing urban services such as energy, transportation, and utilities with ICT, the concept of the smart city — rooted in real, fast-emerging technology and 5G connectivity — is a tangible one.

  • Tue
    Sep
    17
    2019
    RW: Criminal record clearance goes digital

    The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has started issuing criminal record clearance certificates through online, effectively beginning the process to phase out the current system that has stimulated public complaints in the recent past.

    The new platform was launched on Monday amidst optimism that it would ease the process of accessing the document—often required to secure various services such as visas, passports and public sector jobs—and help decongest the premises of public prosecution.

  • Mon
    Sep
    16
    2019
    NG: Minister sasy E-Government approach must be practical

    The Minister said that the government officials must ensure that the country reaps the expected result for it’s socio-economic development by creating digital jobs.

    The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, has reiterated the need for government officials to take the issue of E-Government from theoretical to practical approach to ensure effective implementation E-Government, in line with the next level agenda of Mr. President.

  • Mon
    Sep
    16
    2019
    Top 10 Sustainable Cities US

    Business Chief investigates the 10 most sustainable cities in the US, based on WalletHub’s rankings of 26 different ‘green indicators’.

    10. Portland, Oregon

    The largest city in Oregon, Portland is a modern cultural mecca, which translates into city planning initiatives that support its environmentally conscious populace. Known for its high number of cycle lanes and footpaths, the city boasts extensive public transportation investment and over 92,000 acres of green space. According to the Green City Times, the city generates a significant portion of its electricity from renewable energy (mostly hydroelectric), and is on track to reach 100% renewable sources by 2035.

  • Sat
    Sep
    14
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad: Modi opens 1st greenfield industrial smart city

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the 10,000-acre Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), the country's first greenfield industrial smart city and part of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, near here.

    He also inaugurated the Auric Hall, a six-storey building which will be both monitoring and administrative nerve centre for smart city, and launched the Auric chatbot that will help anyone get their problems addressed by the city administration.

  • Sat
    Sep
    14
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur tops smart city ranking, stays ahead of Ahmedabad

    Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has once again retained its top position in ranking of Smart Cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has declared the ranking of Smart cities in the country on Friday. Nagpur Smart City obtained this position after strong and healthy competition over four months.

    Nagpur with 364.47 points topped the chart while Ahmedabad was adjudged second with 362.34 points only. Nagpur has 2.13 points more then Ahmedabad.

  • Fri
    Sep
    13
    2019
    TZ: E-Government Projected to Increase Service Efficiency

    Tanzania will now have an electronic government authority that will enhance efficiency of electronic government services to the public provided by the e-government agency.

    Members of Parliament approved the e-Government Bill 2019 here on Wednesday to enact the authority which will coordinate, oversee and promote electronic government initiatives and enforce policies, regulations, laws, standards and guidelines related to public institutions.

  • Fri
    Sep
    13
    2019
    5G-enabled smart cities bring opportunities for pultruded composites

    A recent report explores the utility of radio frequency-transparent pultruded composite materials for integrating 5G mobile networks into urban infrastructure.

    Transparency to radio frequency (RF) signals is reported to be an emerging factor in favor of composites adoption in urban infrastructure, according to a recently released industry report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA, Frankfurt, Germany). The report, “An expanded role for pultruded composites in 5G cities,” outlines how the rollout of 5G mobile networks in cities will drive increased adoption of composite materials in urban infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    AE: Passengers in Dubai can now enjoy free Wifi in Dubai taxis as part of ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative

    Tech Taxi service will enable passengers to communicate with taxi driver in any language

    Passengers in Dubai will soon be able to enjoy free Wifi internet connection offering host of digital services inlcuding the latest currency exchange rate.

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the implementation of ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative to drive the digitisation of taxi services in Dubai. It involves providing free WiFi internet in Dubai taxis and a package of digital services to taxi riders. The digital services supports the smart city drive, which recently saw the launch of the e-hailing taxi service ‘Hala’ in conjunction with Careem.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune IoT plan: City data exchange and use case development key to success

    The top priority for the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) is to see the data sets from all the departments - IoT and related environment (CCTV, drone, social media, departmental data) are pooled and this cross functional data is leveraged for different functions

    Pune has deployed over 1000 IoT devices (including 1500 CCTV cameras, which are quasi IoT devices), connected with the integrated command and control centre (ICCC). The data feeds are regularly relayed from the sensors. Going ahead the many use cases will need to be explored. Pune is working with IISc and IIT Kanpur for use case development, for example, the availability of parking spaces in the city can be easily identified from sensor data; traffic movements in the city can be tracked and appropriate actions relating to reducing congestion can also be taken based on data relayed from the sensors.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow Municipal Corporation score low in smart city project execution

    After performing poorly in Swachh Bharat ranking, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) faced another embarrassment, when it was ranked 45th among 100 cities across the country in the execution of smart city projects.

    This was revealed in an evaluation report recently released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). Even in the state, the city stood third after Kanpur (all-India 3rd rank) and Varanasi (all-India 11th rank) out of eight cities evaluated by the ministry. Lucknow was among 100 cities in the country and eight in the state selected under the smart city mission of the central government in 2015. The ranking was based on the progress of projects initiated through funds received under the smart city schemes. In swachhta campaign, the city scored 122 rank in 402 cities.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    CN: Ping An invests in smart cities as it transitions into tech

    Ping An Insurance Group, China’s largest insurer by market value, has set its eyes on the country’s smart city projects to bolster its transformation into a technology-driven financial conglomerate while taking on established technology giants.

    Mature technologies used to build a smart city will be fully developed and expanded to various mainland cities next year as the company looks to secure a front-runner position in the segment nationwide, said Yu Ning, head of Ping An’s technology entrepreneurs division, in an interview with South China Morning Post.

  • Thu
    Sep
    12
    2019
    GB: London ranked top city for Generation Z

    The UK capital stood out from other cities in areas such as social entrepreneurship, co-working spaces, education, artificial intelligence and concerts.

    London has been named the number one city for Generation Z, according to a new study that explores which cities around the world are meeting their needs and making themselves attractive destinations to appeal to tomorrow’s talent.

  • Wed
    Sep
    11
    2019
    Kuwait pitches plan over Gulf EGOV system

    Kuwait on Wednesday submitted an idea over how to go about compiling reports on the progress of establishing an e-government (eGOV) system in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

    The Kuwaiti proposal calls for more interaction among concerned bodies in the GCC as member states work on setting up an integrated eGOV system, said Dr. Walid Al-Hasawi, an advisor at the Gulf state's Central Agency for Information Technology.

  • Wed
    Sep
    11
    2019
    A smart city should serve its users, not mine their data

    The concept of the “Internet of things” refers to the spread of Internet connectivity to everyday devices: phones, tablets, alarm clocks, cars, thermostats. And in the Internet of things, you — a human being — are a thing. You’re surrounded by sensors that try to infer facts about you, and you’re surrounded by actuators that make things happen to chivvy you along or stop you from proceeding. The intelligence, judgment, self-knowledge and sentiment that are unique to human experience — and impossible to simulate in the statistical inference systems we call “artificial intelligence” — are jettisoned by the system as unquantifiable irrelevancies. The system doesn’t ask you how you feel or what you want: it tries to guess based on what you’re doing.

    A smart city of the sort that Sidewalk Labs proposes turns this surveillance-and-inference system into a pervasive straitjacket that wraps around everyone who sets foot on the public street. Indeed, the smart city might even be making observations about you while you’re in your home, from the sensors in your mattress to the sensors in your toilet.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    Australia and Vietnam to collaborate on e-government and digital transformation

    The Australian Government has joined forces with Vietnam in an agreement that will allow each country to share their “digital transformation experience”.

    On behalf of the Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Vietnam Office of the Government in Hanoi.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    TZ: Sansibar: Dr Shein urges ICT use to get e-Parliament benefits

    Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein yesterday called on members of the Commonwealth to invest heavily in promoting the use and teaching of ICT in local communities in order to reap optimal benefits of introducing e-Parliament.

    Dr Shein made the remarks when opening of the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region conference taking place in the Isles.

  • Tue
    Sep
    10
    2019
    RW: Criminal Record Certificates to Be Issued Online

    Members of the public will effective from next week access criminal record certificates through an online platform, the Prosecutor General has confirmed, in a response to public concerns that the current process is complex.

    The criminal record certificate is an official document issued to an individual to state their criminal record. Whether the individual holds a criminal record or not, the status is documented on the certificate.

  • Mon
    Sep
    09
    2019
    Here's one way a blockchain could deliver a smarter city

    The traditional way of banking as most of us know it sees a bank maintain a private ledger that contains the account balance of each of its customers and a record of any transactions. Over many decades, this has resulted in the creation of all-powerful banking behemoths that have huge insight into our spending habits. Today, they can make use of artificial intelligence techniques to predict our future financial and purchasing decisions.

    Back in 2008, a paper describing a new digital currency called Bitcoin quietly surfaced on the internet. This system turned traditional banking on its head, and replaced the centrally controlled private ledger with a decentralised public ledger. This system, in which an identical copy of the ledger is maintained by each participant in the network, made everyone collectively the bank.

  • Mon
    Sep
    09
    2019
    Nigerias new communications minister sets ambitious targets

    The new minister wants the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to end the sale of pre-registered, unregistered and partially-registered SIM cards; stem the tide of illegal deduction of the data of subscribers and work towards the downward review of the cost of data; and ensure compliance with the maximum 2% Call Drop Rate directive to telecom operators.

    The NCC is not the only establishment that got the marching order from the new minister Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. He has also set targets for the CEOs of other parastatals under the federal ministry of communications.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow: 16 days on, smart city centre not fully functional

    The city will have to wait for some more time for the smart city command and control centre to be fully functional.

    According to officials, it will take around 14 more days before the complaints of electricity, water supply, parking availability at markets, bus stands and multi-variable sign boards are installed.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    Smart cities require smart foundations

    Parsons Transportation Planning Director Hamid Iravani says planners should focus on what has always worked for their cities

    Modern Times, a 1936 Charlie Chaplin film, shows its star being fed his lunch by an automated machine. The result is a comical yet effective way of conveying the message that automation only makes a system smarter when the foundation of that system is already smart. Conversely, if the basic framework is inefficient, automation exacerbates the inefficiencies.

  • Sun
    Sep
    08
    2019
    IN: Govt. focusing on improved telecom connectivity in Northeast

    As Amit Shah is set to make his first visit to the Northeast next month after taking over as Union Home Minister, the land-locked region where development has been hampered by connectivity issues is set to get more focus. 08.09.2019 00:16:14 Shah will chair the North Eastern Council (NEC) meet in Guwahati on September 8 where the progress and status of the ongoing and upcoming development projects will be assessed.

  • Sat
    Sep
    07
    2019
    IN: Digital transformation planned in Madhya Pradesh transport sector: Rajput

    The Madhya Pradesh government is planning several digital transformation measures, including setting up automated driving tracks in every districts besides GPS based command and control centres, its Transport minister Govind Rajput said on Saturday. He said various digitised services like smart card based driving licence and vehicle registration as well as online tax payment etc have started.

    "We are going to take several measures for digital transformation in the coming days. We are setting up automated driving tracks in every district, command-cum-control centre to track public transport vehicles, automated fitness centre etc," he told reporters at a press conference here. Rajput informed that, in a function in Delhi on Thursday, the state's Transport Department was awarded the platinum SKOCH Award for 'promoting digital transformation by ICT (information and communication technology) tools in Madhya Pradesh Transport Services'.

  • Sat
    Sep
    07
    2019
    BH: More professionals rushing to master Blockchain skills

    Blockchain Technology has gained more momentum among the professionals in the Kingdom with a new edition of Blockchain Certification Programmes, it is learnt. Many from different Bahraini entities are showing huge interest to undergo courses in Blockchain Technology. This came as a latest batch of Certified Blockchain Experts completed their training, at the Blockchain Centre of Excellence, organised by Thinksmart, a leading ICT training provider and an exclusive and strategic partner of the Blockchain Council.

    Certified Blockchain Expert is an ideal start for anyone who wants to gain a thorough understanding of Blockchain Concept, Cryptocurrency, Data Mining, Data Security, Smart Contracts etc, Thinksmart said in a statement issued. The successful completion of training provides delegates with Certification from the International Organisation for Blockchain Research “The Blockchain Council”. The training is supported by Tamkeen for Bahrainis. Senior officials from large organisations in the Kingdom that include University of Bahrain, Information and eGovernment Authority, Ernst and Young, Bahrain Bourse, Oracle System, HSBC and others took part in the training, which was held for three full days.

  • Fri
    Sep
    06
    2019
    US: Smart Cities

    What do C-IQ, Co-creation, and microgreens have in common?

    As cities develop, they create a name for themselves; the Golden Gate City (San Francisco), the Windy City (Chicago) the Big Apple (New York City), The City of Angels (Los Angeles) and my personal favorite, the Emerald City (Seattle). These names reflect a part of the identity that separates the city from others and makes them unique.

  • Thu
    Sep
    05
    2019
    IN: The new era of digital identification

    India is experiencing rapid digitization and so is the process of digital identification and customer onboarding.

    The recently passed Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be paving the way for the next-generation of digital identification in our country. Biometric information of every individual is unique, so much so that it has always served as a gold standard for identification with the highest level of accuracy and a strong security.

  • Thu
    Sep
    05
    2019
    Exclusive Interview with Barry Lowry, Government of Ireland: Ireland and its digital governance journey

    Enhancing the “MyGovID" electronic accounts of the people and focusing on Open Data are part of its current initiatives.

    Learnings from other countries, their policies and plans about technology and innovation provides a wide scope of knowledge.

    Exploring their best practises, hearing of exisiting expertise they have tapped and initiatives they are currently embarked on are great resources for other countries to adapt and adopt.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    AU: ‘We are paying more for less’: How the slow and expensive NBN is failing the nation

    Australia ranks last for affordable broadband internet among developed nations, and experts say it’s yet more evidence that the taxpayer-funded National Broadband Network (NBN) is failing to deliver for consumers and the economy.

    Rankings compiled by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and released this week revealed that Australia places 36th – last – when it comes to broadband affordability in OECD nations.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    ICT strategy to contribute $13.33bln to Saudi Arabia's GDP in five years

    The sector also aims at achieving 50% growth of the IT sector and raising the Saudi workforce to 50% by 2023

    The strategic goals of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, include increasing the ICT sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) by SR 50 billion over the coming five years, according to Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of information and communications technology.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    NG: Government must be proactive on e-governance for efficiency – Alasoadura

    Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura has said that government must take proactive measure to ensure that it was not left behind in the use of technology in governance purposes as e-governance has become essential for public sector productivity and efficiency.

    Speaking while declaring open the “Nigeria Public Sector Productivity and Innovation Summit”, in Abuja, the Minister said Government has made progress in providing essential and social services to the people, using electronic and digital tools and processes.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    US: Realizing the Potential of Disruptive Technologies

    Whether it’s e-scooters or driverless cars, cities face the daunting challenge of balancing innovation with public expectations of safety in the streets. The solution can be found with adaptive regulations.

    Electric scooters dominate the streets of our cities, used for nearly 40 million trips across the country just last year alone. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to emerge as formidable alternatives to cash and credit, with companies like Square boasting nearly $125 million in sales. And autonomous cars are making their debut as soon as this month in New York City and California.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart city corporation appoints 'Swachta Mitra' to promote zero garbage project in Pune

    The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) in association with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched ‘Zero Waste Project’ under area based development project of the smart city. The organisers of the project have decided to deploy 30 Swachta Mitras for creating awareness about the initiative, a statement issued by PSCDCL said.

    The areas including Aundh, Baner, Balewadi, Pashan, Bopodi and Sutarwadi will be studied in this initiative. The data collection process for the implementation of this initiative has started. The programme will cover around 90,000 households.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    Artificial Intelligence is Accelerating the Transformation of Smart Cities

    Smart cities are built around IoT

    Artificial Intelligence is a technology whose time has come and it is making the most out of it. Perhaps most people get to here AI in relations to robots but this technology extends far and wide. Coupled with the Internet of Things (IoT), AI is transforming cities into smart ecosystems.

  • Wed
    Sep
    04
    2019
    PH: Smart cities

    Is the Philippines ready for smart cities? Last week, I had the privilege to speak at the 8th Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) congress, and the theme was “The Rise of Smart Cities and Communities.” I delivered a presentation about smart mobility, which was my article last week. Today, I will describe the broader concept of smart cities.

    Basically, smart cities harness information and communications technology and integrate it with development planning to deliver more efficient and high-quality urban services that ultimately enhance the quality of life in the city. Smart cities are driven by big data collected by various technologies. The data is transformed into programs and systems that improve how we live in our cities. Citizen-centric — this makes big data ideal because part of it comes from the information gathered from the city’s residents, so smart programs and systems can be tailored to address their needs.

  • Tue
    Sep
    03
    2019
    Digital security for the internet of things in smart cities severely lagging

    The internet of things (IoT) is key to smart cities in order to make them more intelligent, efficient and sustainable. However, digital security investments in smart cities are struggling to keep pace, leaving the potential for future vulnerabilities to the IoT ecosystem, according to a new report from ABI Research.

    Smart city security spending coming from financial, information and communication technologies (ICT) and defense industries will account for 56% of the projected $135 billion in total cybersecurity critical infrastructure in 2024, ABI Research forecasts. The remaining 44% of the spending will be split between energy, healthcare, public security, transport, and water and waste sectors. This spending will leave IoT woefully underfunded and vulnerable to cyberattacks.

  • Tue
    Sep
    03
    2019
    Ensure privacy and security in e-governance: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam

    Governor P Sathasivam has called for stringent measures to ensure privacy and security in e-governance initiatives.

    Governor P Sathasivam has called for stringent measures to ensure privacy and security in e-governance initiatives. “Who knows, tomorrow’s wars may be fought not with missiles, but with bugs and viruses designed to bring society to a standstill. The increasing demand to ensure Aadhaar linking for social media accounts so as to avoid disinformation campaigns is also to be seen in such a perspective,” he said.

  • Mon
    Sep
    02
    2019
    MENA region: Data and AI keys to smart city progress: Huawei

    The MENA region’s population growth is one of the highest globally, and today’s urban environments are under pressure to accommodate more people in smarter ways. This means more than just providing adequate housing. A growing city must take into account the extra pressure on utilities, roads and transport, and other facilities. One recent report notes that the total value of active infrastructure projects in the GCC alone has reached a staggering $1.14 trillion in 2019.

    During this historic period of infrastructure planning, it is crucial that such investments are intelligent investments primed for a digital world. Ambitious plans like the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy—aimed at converting 25 percent of mobility means into driverless mobility means by 2030—are setting a clear vision for both the public and private sectors.

  • Mon
    Sep
    02
    2019
    QA: Ministry of Culture and Sports completes development of electronic services

    The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced that it completed the development of the electronic services provided to the public through the Hukoomi portal, making them available to the ministry's website users as well as via its application on smart devices.

    Director of Information Technology Department at the ministry Bassam Al Yafi'e said the digital transformation of the services provided to the public comes in line with Qatar E-Government 2020 Strategy which aims to make all individuals and businesses benefit from electronic communication with government agencies that always strive to provide more transparent and effective services.

  • Sun
    Sep
    01
    2019
    NP: Kathmandu Valley to get four smart cities in five years

    Kathmandu Valley Development Authority has planned to improve upon the existing urban space into four ‘smart cities’ and moving fast to make it a reality on the ground level.

    The Authority is all geared up to turn the capital city of Nepal into a smart city of international standard full of modern facilities and other amenities to give a high-class experience to city dwellers, visitors and tourists.

  • Sun
    Sep
    01
    2019
    How Fybr is Helping Shape the Smart City

    Providing modern data and algorithms to provide solutions for everything from smart city transportation and lighting to agricultural and energy management, Fybr has created a platform for our connected world.

    We spoke with CEO Bob Glatz and Chief Engineering Officer Bret Beringer about the solutions provided by the company, how they deal with cybersecurity threats, and interesting ways the platform can be utilized.

  • Sat
    Aug
    31
    2019
    IN: Security and Interoperability is key to the success of Smart Cities in India

    Security and interoperability of Smart Cities in India are the key components of the success of Government of India's agenda of 100 Smart Cities.

    Security and interoperability of Smart Cities in India are the key components of the success of Government of India's agenda of 100 Smart Cities.

    The Smart City initiative by the Government of India is under various stages of development. According to various industry reports, by 2050, there will be a considerable population in India living in cities and two factors which are crucial for a sustainable smart city would be security and inter-operatibility of various platforms.

  • Fri
    Aug
    30
    2019
    The UAE is the first in government electronic and mobile services maturity index

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been ranked first in the Arab region in Government Electronic and Mobile Services (GEMS) Maturity Index, according to a report issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). This indicator is a measuring tool of progress at the national level in achieving transition to digital services

    GEMS Maturity Index measures the maturity of government services provided through online portals and smart Apps in the Arab countries. It seeks to bridge the gap of most international indicators, in terms of identifying the service development, usability and user satisfaction.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    Taiwan and Thailand to collaborate on smart city development

    The System Integration Promotion Alliance (SIPA), a program from Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), recently brought a delegation composed of smart city and IoT companies to Bangkok.

    The group attended the Smart City Industry Forum and the Taiwan-Thailand Industrial Collaboration Summit (TTICS) among other activities.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochiites’ wait for corporation’s online services gets longer

    Disputes over sharing of data and its integration delayed the project

    Ever tried downloading the birth certificate of your child from the website of the Kochi Corporation? Or attempted to pay property tax or secure building permit online?

    You can get all these jobs done online elsewhere in the State but not from the Kochi Corporation, one of the biggest civic bodies in the State.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    Smart cities vulnerable to IoT-based cyber attacks

    As cities race to install internet-of-things networks to enable smart city development, they are making insufficient investment in digital security, according to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research.

    Over half of the $135 billion projected to be spent protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks in 2024 will go to the financial, IT and defense sectors. The rest will be split among energy, health care, public security, transportation and water and waste sectors, "leaving them woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks," ABI Research officials said.

  • Thu
    Aug
    29
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu government keen to give Internet connectivity to all houses

    The State government was moving in the direction of providing Internet connectivity for all houses in order to provide services of various departments at their doorsteps, R.B. Udhayakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management and Information Technology, said on Wednesday.

    Inaugurating the Centre for Applied Research and Data Sciences at Indian Institute of Management Tiruchi (IIM-T), established under collaboration with Tamil Nadu e-governance agency, he said the government considers bandwidth connectivity as important as food, shelter and clothing. He said the tie-up would pave way for better quality of service through the e-seva centres. IT applications would gradually be incorporated into all departments.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    CA: Smart cities dumb down privacy concerns

    Will Sidewalk Labs be kicked to the curb in Toronto? Dave Lewis takes a closer look at the controversies surrounding the Google-backed initiative

    Smart cities are all the rage these days. From Singapore, Dubai, and Toronto, these so-called digital utopias are catching all of the headlines.

    One such project in Toronto, Canada, has been faced with pushback. The smart city initiative, run by Sidewalk Labs and backed by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been generating a lot of concern here in Canada from a privacy perspective.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    UAE gets 31st rank in global Digital Quality of Life (DQL) study

    The investigation was carried out in 65 countries.

    Goddy Ray, DQL research lead at Surfshark believes that our lives are profoundly affected by our digital well-being as over half of the population is using the internet. By conducting this survey, DQL wanted to understand what matters most for people in the digital sphere and compare digital experiences around the world.

  • Wed
    Aug
    28
    2019
    ZA: E-government MEC pushes for youth skills boost

    Gauteng finance MEC and head of the Department of e-Government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, has called on ICT companies to step up efforts to upskill youths in the province.

    This comes as the e-government department, in partnership with Altron, has introduced the Soweto-leg of its socio-economic development (SED) programme and workforce management institute.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    Smart city report

    Smart cities’ are harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT) to make more intelligent, efficient, and sustainable transport and other services. However, digital security investments in smart cities are severely lagging thus seeding the future vulnerabilities of the IoT ecosystem, it is claimed.

    The Financial, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and defence industries will account for more than half, 56pc of the US$135 billion projected total cyber security spend in critical infrastructure in 2024, finds the market advisory firm ABI Research. The remaining 44pc of the 2024 spend will be split between the energy, healthcare, public security, transport and ‘water and waste’ sectors – leaving them woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to the research report.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    US: New Smart City Challenge Will Transform Mobility, Improve Lives

    Parsons Wants to Shorten Commute Times and Improve Mobility and Safety at Intersections

    Parsons Corporation and its partners proudly announce the first Smart Cities Challenge — titled Transforming Intersections — that will significantly increase mobility around cities and reduce the amount of time citizens spend at red lights.

  • Tue
    Aug
    27
    2019
    US: Taxpayer First Act: Improving identity verification and modernizing the IRS

    With citizens' PII at risk, some federal agencies like the IRS are moving away from knowledge-based verification. It's time for them all to follow suit.

    Reducing costs and efficiently serving customers online is an objective of most organizations. This is also true for most federal agencies, but since the first website was created, federal agencies have faced the constant challenge of verifying the identities of their online users. Large-scale breaches have put citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII) up for sale on the dark web, increasing the challenges of identity verification. How can you be certain who is accessing a website and transacting business?

  • Mon
    Aug
    26
    2019
    US: Ohio: Columbus to launch publicly managed single payment platform across transportation modes

    Siemens Mobility and Bytemark to provide new technology that will integrate into expanding Smart Columbus Operating System.

    Siemens Mobility and Bytemark will be working together to provide a common payment solution for Columbus, Ohio’s Smart Columbus trip planning app, a publicly operated platform single-account, single-payment system that allows public and private mobility service to be paid using a single account-based payment system.

Wenn Stefan Jung seinen Laptop in einer der zahlreichen Amtsstuben zwischen Berlin, Hamburg oder München aufklappt, schlägt ihm meistens Skepsis entgegen. «Wir würden ja gerne unsere Verwaltung ins Internet bringen, aber es mangelt an praxistauglichen Lösungen», hört der 31-jährige E-Government-Pionier dann häufig von seinen Gesprächspartnern. «Die Stimmung ändert sich aber gleich, sobald wir zeigen, wie viel Verwaltungsaufwand und öffentliche Gelder sie mit unserer Software einsparen können», sagt der Geschäftsführer der Berliner Public One GmbH. Das im März 2000 gegründete Beratungsunternehmen Public One ist bislang das einzige in ganz Deutschland, das sich auf so genannte E-Government-Lösungen spezialisiert hat. Seine Kunden sind Städte und Gemeinden, Ministerien und öffentliche Betriebe. Für sie erstellt das neunköpfige Unternehmen aus Berlin Mitte Computer-Plattformen für den Einkauf und die Vergabe von Aufträgen.

Die Stadt Magdeburg zum Beispiel wird demnächst mit dem Know-how aus Berlin einen Großteil ihrer öffentlichen Aufträge über das Internet ausschreiben. «Interessierte Lieferanten können ihre Angebote dann vom Bürocomputer aus per Mausclick abgeben. Diese werden elektronisch erfasst, ausgewertet und automatisch für eine Auftragsvergabe vorgeschlagen», erklärt Co-Geschäftsführer Max von Bismarck (27), der zuvor schon einen der ersten europäischen Internet-Einkaufsplätze für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen aufgebaut hat. «Die elektronische Vergabe erspart den Verwaltungen viel Aufwand.»

Ein dreimonatiger Pilotversuch, den Public One Ende vergangenen Jahres mit der Verwaltung in Magdeburg durchgeführt hatte, erbrachte Einsparungen von bis zu 80 Prozent allein bei den Kosten für Veröffentlichungen und Kopien für das Ausschreibungsverfahren. Dieses habe außerdem von zehn auf zwei Tage verkürzt werden können, sagt von Bismarck.

Mit ihrem Pilotprojekt liegen die Berliner auch europaweit im Trend. Denn nach einer Anfang 2001 in Kraft getretenen Richtlinie der EU müssen die Kommunen bis 2005 sämtliche öffentlichen Ausschreibungen auch auf elektronischem Wege ermöglichen.

Ein Jahr lang tüftelten Jung und von Bismarck an ihrem Geschäftskonzept, das im Berliner Businessplan-Wettbewerb 2001 ausgezeichnet wurde. Sie lasen aktuelle Studien zum Thema E-Government, besuchten Verwaltungsmessen und Behörden-Fachtagungen. «Anschließend führten wir Interviews mit 50 Verwaltungen, um ihren Bedarf an E-Government herauszufinden und den technischen Vorbereitungsstand der Behörten herauszufinden», berichtet Diplom-Ökonom Jung. Die komplexen Software-Projekte führen die Berater von Public One zusammen mit dem Münchener Softwarehaus Healy Hudson AG durch, das als Marktführer für Software im Bereich der elektronischen Vergabe gilt. Trotz der langen Anlaufphase schreibt Public One bereits schwarze Zahlen. Der Umsatz habe im Jahr 2001 «um 300 Prozent gesteigert» werden können, sagen die Geschäftsführer. Genauere Zahlen wollen sie nicht verraten. Als nächstes Projekt soll auch bei einem Hamburger Stadtbetrieb eine elektronischen Verwaltungs-Plattform eingeführt werden. Bis zum Herbst soll sie funktionieren und online geschaltet werden.

Autor: Burkhard Schmidt

Quelle: Berliner Morgenpost , 29. Juli 2002

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