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  • Wed
    Oct
    27
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Private company offers to set up charging stations for electric vehicles

    A city-based private firm offered setting up of electric charging stations in Nashik city free of cost.

    A delegation of the officials from the company CEO Sumant More met the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) and offered setting up of the electric charging stations free of cost if they get spaces by the civic body in the city.

  • Wed
    Oct
    27
    2021
    US: Smart Cities Connect: Virginia’s Stafford County Secures Smart Test Bed Through Partnerships

    The local government’s collaboration with state, regional and nonprofit organizations boosts cybersecurity.

    Stafford County, Va., CTO Mike Cannon has a unique opportunity to help build a downtown from the ground up.

    The rapidly growing jurisdiction contains a county seat, also called Stafford, and several years ago, the local government began planning a smart community in the heart of it. In doing so, the county has maintained cybersecurity as a top priority, Cannon said Tuesday during a panel at the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

  • Wed
    Oct
    27
    2021
    Digital Technology Estimated to Earn Vietnam $74 Billion by 2030

    Digital technology could potentially bring over US$74 billion to Vietnam by 2030, with the most beneficial sectors including manufacturing, agriculture and food, and education training. The information was unveiled in a report on the potential of Vietnam’s digital economy, which was presented at a workshop held in Hanoi, earlier this week.

    The report showed that Vietnam has many opportunities to benefit from the digital economy. Accordingly, the young, educated, and tech-savvy population accounts for 70% of its citizens under 35 years old. The literacy rate in the 15-35 age group is over 98%, higher than the average global rate of 91%. About 70% of the population uses smartphones. Vietnam also has the second-fastest-growing Internet economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. The government has collaborated with private players to organise online training and capacity-building programmes in technology, e-commerce applications, and digital transformation for domestic businesses. Officials claimed that the government plans to build and implement more programmes to support innovation in local enterprises.

  • Wed
    Oct
    27
    2021
    VN: Da Nang leads localities nationwide in digital transformation index

    The central city of Da Nang topped the Digital Transformation Index (DTI) rankings in 2020 for localities nationwide in all three key pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society, according to the DTI 2020 Report, which was released at a conference in Hanoi on October 19.

    The report was based on four major sources - data from reports of ministries, ministry-level agencies, Government-run agencies and centrally-run cities and provinces in 2020; data collected from people, entrepreneurs, State officials and public servants; experts’ assessments on digital transformation and information technology; and evaluation collected through the Internet under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communications.

  • Wed
    Oct
    27
    2021
    The Philippines to Push Further on Digital Readiness and Accelerate Digital Transformation

    In a recent discussion hosted by an international research organisation based in the Philippines called Digital Readiness PH: Fostering a Digital Empowerment Agenda, the country’s telecom service provider’s Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Head of Corporate Communications announced the company is investing $2.1 billion in capital expenditure this year to expand the country’s digital infrastructure.

    If the Philippines government intends to boost digital infrastructure and promote economic resiliency, it is mentioned that the government must adopt and consider the private sector’s initiative in infrastructure investment to improve internet connectivity and lower costs.

  • Tue
    Oct
    26
    2021
    5G at the heart of Thailand's future

    Ultrafast network key to digital push

    5G technology is turning Thailand around with the value of 5G-driven business and services expected to hit 650 billion baht by 2030, and the ultrafast internet service playing an instrumental role in the push for S-curve industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area, say key figures in state and private sectors.

    They shared their views yesterday at a seminar entitled "EEC Future: 5G -- the driver of Thailand's competitiveness on the global stage", organised by business newspaper Krungthep Turakij.

  • Tue
    Oct
    26
    2021
    PH: Bataan: Orani: Building a digital-first community

    The Municipality of Orani in Bataan has tapped PayMaya to start building its “digital-first community.”

    Citizens can now enjoy the convenience of paying their taxes and other government fees at the Orani Municipal Hall via PayMaya QR and using any credit, debit, prepaid card, and other e-wallets through PayMaya One—PayMaya’s all-in-one Android-based payment device.

    Soon, taxpayers can also pay via the local government’s website equipped with PayMaya’s online payment gateway, PayMaya Checkout. Citizens and businesses alike will also be able to settle their dues using payment links with the PayMaya Digital Invoice, which the local government will directly send to their registered email accounts.

  • Tue
    Oct
    26
    2021
    US: Central Ohio Sees Itself as ‘Lab’ for Connected Vehicles

    At the heart of the Beta District in Central Ohio is the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile “living lab” to test and deploy transportation technology. The corridor was officially unveiled last month.

    Central Ohio continues to reassert itself as a destination for transportation innovation. The region is home to the Beta District, a coordinated network of transportation tech testing and deployment opportunities.

  • Tue
    Oct
    26
    2021
    AE: Department of Municipality and Transport partners with Microsoft to drive SMART City initiatives across Abu Dhabi

    The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and Microsoft have announced a new collaboration with Microsoft-UAE during GITEX 2021 Technology Week, around the SMART City framework, to facilitate several key initiatives in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enables DMT and Microsoft to work together to realise the Department's ambition to make Abu Dhabi one of the world smartest cities by leveraging Microsoft’s local data centres, which offer enterprise-class performance, agility, security and privacy measures. Microsoft is bringing its extensive global knowledge and experience with its wide selection of innovative solutions to continue its overall contribution to the UAE’s digitisation journey.

  • Mon
    Oct
    25
    2021
    IN: Assam: IIT-Guwahati, Ministry of Communications Collaborate on 5G Infrastructure

    The Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati (IIT-Guwahati) has submitted a proposal to the Minister of State (MoS) for Communications to set up a Centre of Excellence in Advanced Communication on campus to aid the study and development of next-generation communication systems. The proposal comes after the Minister visited the Institute and lauded the infrastructure and research on communications, connectivity, and other related areas. The Minister requested IIT-Guwahati provide support for 5G Communications and other vital technologies. He also met with the regional telecommunication officials at the Institute and discussed the enhancement of connectivity and services to the region. A recent survey noted that India is likely to have 330 million 5G users by the end of 2026. Also, by this time, 5G subscriptions could reach 3.5 billion, accounting for around 40% of all mobile subscriptions. India has the biggest rise in the intention to upgrade, with 67% of users expressing an intention to take up 5G once it is available - an increase of 14 percentage points over 2019.

  • Mon
    Oct
    25
    2021
    NG: Rising to the new reality of digital postal services

    E-commerce stands at the forefront as the driver of innovation in the postal services because competition in the e-commerce market provides positive incentives for all market players, parcel carriers and retailers, and tends to spur the development of new delivery solutions.

    Modern developments in the global postal industry show that technology plays a pivotal role in postal services. It acts as an enabler and a driver for better services for consumers. The future impact of emerging technologies and innovations portends more viable growth and positive benefits for postal services and consumers.

  • Mon
    Oct
    25
    2021
    OM: Pact inked for integrated cloud contact centre

    The Ministry of Social Development and Omantel have signed an agreement under which Omantel will set up a centre for cloud services for the ministry.

    Dr Laila Ahmed Al Najjar, Minister of Social Development and Talal bin Said Al Mamari, CEO, Omantel signed the agreement.

    As per the agreement, Omantel will set up an integrated contact centre for cloud communications to provide IT solutions and services within a secure, high-quality, and flexible cloud environment.

  • Mon
    Oct
    25
    2021
    Vietnam Witnesses Rapid Growth in ICT

    Vietnam is evolving robustly in information technology and telecommunications (ICT) and devising a strategy to grow further, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) Information Technology Department, Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, noted recently. The country has surpassed many IT powerhouses in this field and ranks second globally in phone production and export, accounting for 13.3% of the global market share. It has been also placed among the top countries in electronics export and game production, the official stated at an event held on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021.

    According to a report, at the event, representatives from enterprises discussed Vietnam’s role in global technology and the supply chain, e-commerce policies, and domestic enterprises’ innovation capacity. Vietnam’s strong awareness and determination towards digital transformation have been seen from the central to local levels. The country has issued the National Digital Transformation Programme till 2025, with a vision to 2030, which features three main pillars: e-government, digital economy, and digital society.

  • Mon
    Oct
    25
    2021
    CN: Deployment of 5G in New Beijing Amusement Park

    Within four square kilometres fully covered by 5G technology at an amusement park in Beijing, mobile networks can support tens of thousands of users at the same time, with extensive indoor digital systems and macrocells.

    In the amusement park, there are many high-end user groups. From user traffic data, the 5G offload ratio has reached almost 50%. The number of 5G users and 5G traffic has reached a very high level. From cloud gaming, playing ultra-HD videos, to other online services, they can meet their users’ requirements and guarantee meeting the users’ needs during peak time.

  • Sun
    Oct
    24
    2021
    AE: Dubai-Government Workshop to showcase latest services at GITEX Technology Week 2021

    The Dubai-Government Workshop (DGW), is set to join the GITEX Technology Week on October 17 to 21 at the Dubai World Trade Center as part of the Digital Dubai Pavilion. During this event, DGW will showcase its latest services, updates on new initiatives and innovations, as well as introduce its advanced solutions aimed at enhancing customer experience and improving the government service sector in the Emirate of Dubai and in the UAE.

    Through its participation in this major event, DGW seeks to inform the public about the progress made in providing an easy and smooth experience for all customers through integrating technological innovations that ensure safety procedures in preparation for the post-pandemic phase.

  • Sun
    Oct
    24
    2021
    UAE at the forefront of digital technology and connectivity

    Etisalat Group’s strong results are an outcome of our sincere efforts to drive growth and generate efficiencies despite unprecedented challenges in certain markets, thanks to the flexibility and agility in our efficient business model to deliver growth and a robust performance, said Hatem Dowidar, Group CEO, Etisalat, in an email interview ahead of the GITEX Global 2021, which will open Today.

    He said, “This was positively reflected in the financial results of the group with a market value of $58 billion and revenues touching Dhs26.4 billion with a Year on Year (YoY) increase of 3.2 per cent and consolidated net profit after federal royalty amounting to Dhs4.7 billion.”

  • Sun
    Oct
    24
    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi Government showcases 100 digital initiatives at GITEX Technology Week 2021

    GITEX Technology Week 2021 is a global platform for innovation, cooperation and future foresight

    Under the theme "Government of The Future", the Abu Dhabi Government is participating in GITEX Technology Week 2021 for the tenth time and is showcasing 100 innovative digital initiatives and projects with the aim of creating a unique experience for all visitors through a unified platform for all government entities.

    31 government and academic entities are present at the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion, and their participation comes as the UAE celebrates its 50th anniversary, as the nation celebrates its remarkable journey over the last 50 years and begins preparing for the next 50.

  • Sun
    Oct
    24
    2021
    AE: Dubai: Gitex 2021: New innovations in self-driving transportation, smart parking to be unveiled by RTA

    Users will be able to automatically renew parking tickets and pay fees over WhatsApp instead of the current SMS messages

    Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will unveil technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) in cycling tracks to count the number of users and measure their compliance with the safety procedures at Gitex this year.

    Moreover, the RTA will introduce technology that will allow users to automatically renew their parking tickets and pay parking fees over WhatsApp instead of the current SMS messages.

  • Sat
    Oct
    23
    2021
    AE: DLD highlights most prominent digital services during GITEX Technology Week 2021

    • Sultan Butti bin Mejren: DLD is one of the first entities to adopt technology and artificial intelligence, and the globally first government entity to implement blockchain technology.

    Dubai Land Department (DLD) is preparing to showcase its most prominent digital services through its participation in the 41st edition of GITEX Technology Week, one of the largest technology exhibitions in the world being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 17 – 21 October.

  • Sat
    Oct
    23
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Network upgrade supports smart city applications

    Shanghai will push smart city applications, like autonomous driving, 4K broadcasting and intelligent logistics and warehousing, with infrastructure construction of a citywide fiber network, industry officials said on Friday.

    Compared with traditional mobile networks, the fifth-generation fixed network (F5G) delivers fiber technology and upgraded bandwidth of 1 to 5 gigabytes per second and much lower latency.

  • Sat
    Oct
    23
    2021
    CN: Smart City Expo Shanghai to showcase development of smart cities

    Smart City Expo Shanghai, an expo focusing on innovation and solutions for the development of smart cities, will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong New Area in October next year.

    The expo will display new concepts, technologies and products for smart senior care, infrastructure, urban management and service, new manufacturing industry, information service, smart transportation, smart community, smart retail and smart medical treatment fields.

  • Sat
    Oct
    23
    2021
    ZA: E-Joburg portal will make it easier for ratepayers

    The launched kicked off with the smart online bill management service for residential customers, government, companies and managing agents.

    In an effort to improve access to municipal customer services, the City of Johannesburg has launched its e-Joburg portal on October 6.

    The portal, introduced by Executive Mayor Mpho Moerane and MMC of Finance Matshidiso Mfikoe, is set to deliver municipal services in a more convenient way for customers, and reduce the time and manual work load on the City’s resources.

  • Fri
    Oct
    22
    2021
    Asean Economic Community gets set for the digital era

    Asean members are accelerating efforts to upgrade the digital economy within the bloc to brave digital challenges brought about by the pandemic.

    Trade Negotiations Department director-general Auramon Supthaweethum, who plans to attend the upcoming 20th Asean Economic Community (AEC) Council meeting on Oct 18 via video conference, says the council wants to talk with Asean's digital ministers to exchange views on creating greater synergies between relevant sectors to prepare the region for the digital era.

  • Fri
    Oct
    22
    2021
    Vietnam evolving rapidly in ICT: Official

    Vietnam is evolving robustly in information technology and telecommunications (ICT) and devising a strategy to grow further, said Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)’ Information Technology Department, on October 14.

    Vietnam has surpassed many IT powerhouses in this field, he told the Virtual Talk: Why Vietnam held on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021. The country ranked second globally in phone production and export, accounting for 13.3 percent of the global market share, he said, adding that it has been also placed high in electronics export and game production,

  • Fri
    Oct
    22
    2021
    Vietnam commits to national, regional digital transformation

    As co-host of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021, Vietnam has marked 50 years of ITU Telecom events and aims for inclusive tech-driven prosperity.

    Previously known as ITU Telecom World, the event changed its name to ITU Digital World under the initiative of the Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications.

  • Fri
    Oct
    22
    2021
    Thailand developing ‘TAT Coin’ and digital tourism transformation plan

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to come up with a private digital company to support the country’s digital transformation in the next 6 months. The key missions of this company are to develop digital infrastructure for tourism, create big data for the industry, and launch utility tokens under ‘TAT Coin’ or non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that cannot be used for trading.

    With a goal of generating approximately 2.4 trillion baht from high-spending travelers by 2023, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the authority would be limited to a 40% share so it would not be considered a state enterprise. While another 40% share of ownership will be held by strategic partners in digital fields, and another 20% will be shared by key tourism associations.

  • Fri
    Oct
    22
    2021
    VN: Digital transformation requires changes in not only technology but also mindset: minister

    Digital transformation comes with both the transformation of technologies and changes in mindset, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said in his closing remarks at the ITU Digital World 2021 on October 14 evening.

    The minister highlighted the world’s shared goal and mission of connecting people by 2030, noting that it is almost impossible as nearly half of the global population remains offline.

  • Thu
    Oct
    21
    2021
    NG: Why Govt, Universities Must Work Together to Drive Reforms–BPSR

    There is need for both the government and universities in the country to work together towards implementing critical reforms that will boost service delivery not only in the public service, but across Nigerian Ivory Towers, says Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi.

    Arabi, the Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), stated this when he received a delegation of the Postgraduate Representative Council of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

  • Thu
    Oct
    21
    2021
    MY: MoU signed between MY E.G. Services Berhad (MYEG) and Institute of Industrial Internet & IoT, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)

    MY E.G. Services Berhad (MYEG) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Institute of Industrial Internet & IoT, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) of China for the international extension of China's national blockchain network, Xinghuo Blockchain Infrastructure and Facility ("Xinghuo BIF"), by introducing backbone and supernodes outside China to be known as Zetrix.

    Mr. Wong Thean Soon, Group Managing Director of MY E.G. Services Berhad; YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham Bin Baba, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation of Malaysia; Dato’ Dr. Norraesah Binti Haji Mohamad, Executive Chairman of MY E.G. Services Berhad; Ms. Li Haihua, Deputy Director of Institute of Industrial Internet & Internet of Things (IoT), China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT); and Ms. Wang Zhiqin, Deputy Director of China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT)

  • Thu
    Oct
    21
    2021
    NG: Enhancing Government Service Delivery with Technology

    Emma Okonji writes on the need for increased technology adoption in governance in order to make government services more accessible to citizens and to boost revenue generation for government

    Government across all levels have a lot of services to offer to the citizens but slow in technology adoption that will enhance citizen’s access to government service delivery, thus creating a wide access gap between government and the people.

  • Thu
    Oct
    21
    2021
    Deciphering Estonia: how does it lead in digital transformation?

    When the epidemic hit Europe, many EU countries came to a halt, but only Estonia could calmly deal with external challenges and crises, and maintain the daily operations of public and private sectors. Looking into the key factors, it can be attributed to Estonia's digital transformation, starting as early as the early '90s.

    The 2021 Taiwan Innovation Expo (TIE) invited Estonia to share the Baltic country's thoughts on promoting digital transformation and development. Fusionmedium served as the media partner of the event. Estonia was once rated as "the world's most advanced digital society" by the well-known technology magazine "WIRED".

  • Thu
    Oct
    21
    2021
    GB: Digital transformation project set to improve UX for millions of Yorkshire Water customers

    • The new digital platform has resulted in a substantial reduction in customers needing to get in contact with Yorkshire Water
    • A wealth of new research data will be used to further improve customer experiences
    • Significant improvements in the way customers pay bills, report issues, and access financial support.

    Yorkshire Water recently undertook a project to improve its services for more than five million customers as part of its digital transformation.

  • Wed
    Oct
    20
    2021
    iCore® Smart IoT Urban Pole & iCore® Smart IoT Street Pole Recognised in Australia’s International Good Design Awards

    This innovation is a breakaway from traditional thinking of how lighting poles are constructed. It's a change in form & function, totally transforming the pole This is a smart and elegant design with multi-function capability. The design's modularity and potential for customisation are very strong features as is the capacity to hide all wiring internally.” — The Good Design Awards Jury

    ‘iCore® Smart IoT Urban Pole’ and ‘iCore® Smart IoT Street Pole’ Recognised in Australia’s International Good Design Awards for Design Excellence.

  • Wed
    Oct
    20
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Smart city pay-and-park project gets delayed again

    he Smart City parking project has been further delayed as the contractor is unwilling to start operation of the parking spaces.

    The contractor concerned has sought a three-year extension in the contract period from the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) due to Covid pandemic even though the latter has given a 15-month extension.

  • Wed
    Oct
    20
    2021
    AE: “Dubai Electricity” offers gifts to customers of smart services

    Attending the 41st session of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) “GITEX Technology Week” offers its customers the chance to win valuable prizes, updating their data from September 1 to October 20, or activating the automated tariff feature, or the official website (www.dewa.gov.ae), its smart application, or smart transaction by charging electric vehicles at the power “Green Charger” stations with more than 300 stations in Dubai.

    Saeed Mohammed Al Dyer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, stressed the seriousness of the power to motivate customers to use fast smart services and innovative digital solutions with the latest technologies and destructive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • Wed
    Oct
    20
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Poor performance sends Bhubaneswar down the ranking

    Five years after it topped the Smart City challenge, Bhubaneswar today is one of the most sluggish in terms of key parameters such as project completion and spending.

    Only 24 per cent projects have been fully completed under the Smart City programme which kicked off in 2016 with great fanfare. Just about 31 per cent projects (by value) in Bhubaneswar are still in tendering stage posing serious question mark on their implementation on time, reveal data generated from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • Tue
    Oct
    19
    2021
    Nigerian Communications Commission working to deepen broadband penetration – Danbatta

    The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, has said the commission is working with stakeholders to deepen penetration of broadband infrastructure and services in Nigeria.

    Danbatta said this at the Third Edition of ‘The Nigeria e-Government Summit 2021’ held in Lagos.

  • Tue
    Oct
    19
    2021
    Vietnam a good example in digital transformation: ITU official

    Vietnam has made progresses in development of information and communication technology (ICT), especially the creativity of applications that Vietnam is developing, said General Secretary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Zhao Houlin.

    In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency, Zhao said Vietnam's remarkable achievements in ITC development, including its national strategy for digital transformation, make the country an excellent example for the region and developing countries in the world.

  • Tue
    Oct
    19
    2021
    China isn't the AI juggernaut the West fears

    Compared with the US, UK, Germany, and India, a smaller proportion of China's papers are on machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics

    The opening scene of a brief online documentary by Chinese state-run media channel CGTN shows jaywalkers in Shenzhen getting captured on video, identified, and then shamed publicly in real-time. The report is supposed to highlight the country’s prowess in artificial intelligence, yet it reveals a lesser-known truth: China’s AI isn’t so much a tool of world domination as a narrowly deployed means of domestic control.

  • Tue
    Oct
    19
    2021
    Several US organisations are teaming up to create the largest national smart city network

    Smart city development has just received a new boost in the United States with the formation of the National Smart Coalition Partnership. This national network, one of the largest in the country, represents an opportunity to raise funds as well as a new way for the different states involved to move forward through cooperation.

    Last week several regional smart city development organisations in the United States announced that they were coming together to form the National Smart Coalition Partnership (NSCP), one of the largest major networks of this type in the country. Consisting of companies, universities and more than 100 local governments, the members will come together to address common challenges facing cities on issues of connectivity, cybersecurity, transportation, environment or resilience.

  • Mon
    Oct
    18
    2021
    The Security Challenge Of Protecting Smart Cities

    As we continue to move forward in the Industry 4.0 era of greater connectivity between the physical and digital, the promise and development of smart cities become a more likely vision. While the term may have differing definitions, the term “smart city” usually connotes creating a public/private infrastructure to orchestrate the integration of transportation, energy, water resources, waste collections, smart-building technologies, and security technologies and services in a central location.

    In the past several years, cities have migrated from analog to digital and have become increasingly “smarter.” A smart city uses digital technologies for information and communication technologies to enhance quality and performance of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. A smart city is indeed a laboratory for applied innovation. A smart city and its accompanying ecosystem can influence and impact the industrial verticals including transportation, energy, power generation, and agriculture.

  • Mon
    Oct
    18
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Trichy gets 100 battery-powered waste collection vehicles, 2 road sweepers

    The Trichy Corporation on Sunday launched 100 new battery-powered waste collection vehicles and two automated road sweeping trucks to strengthen the solid waste management in the city. The vehicles were purchased at a cost of Rs 2.20 crore with the Smart City Mission fund.

    The battery-powered waste collection vehicles have a narrow body meant for waste door-to-door waste collection in the narrow residential streets. The rechargeable vehicles have the capacity to collect a maximum of 500 kg of domestic waste each. The infrastructure to recharge the vehicles was facilitated at the micro compost centres (MCC) of the civic body. Once fully charged, the vehicles can be operated for 100km.

  • Mon
    Oct
    18
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Trichy: 4 yrs on, only 15 of 60 smart city projects over

    Four years after being selected under the smart cities mission, Trichy corporation has been lacking the pace to complete the projects approved and funded under the programme. With only 15 proposals completed and launched for public use, the urban local body has 45 more to complete of which work is yet to commence on at least three infrastructure projects. Many of the proposals have failed to get commissioned before the assured deadline.

    Trichy city was selected for the programme in June 2017 based on the Smart City Proposal (SCP) submitted to the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA). While other cities that were selected along with the civic body have achieved desirable progress in executing the work, several proposals including Uyyakondan riverfront development, Chathiram bus stand, multi-level car parking and heritage tourism development remain incomplete for a few years now. Two years after Thillai Nayagam ghats on Odathurai road were demolished by the civic body for a smart makeover, the proposal that was supposed to be completed in six months remains incomplete. The same is the case of Purathana park redevelopment on Butterworth road. Two years on, not even half the civil work in the park is completed.

  • Mon
    Oct
    18
    2021
    IN: Make Smart City Project conducive for mentally ill patients: social workers

    The theme for the World Mental Health Day 2021: 'mental health in an unequal world' is quite relevant in the local context wherein the shortcomings are quite glaring, according to social workers involved in running homes for the mentally ill.

    While the number of people susceptible to mental illness has witnessed a rise during COVID-19 pandemic period, the services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted, they point out.

  • Sun
    Oct
    17
    2021
    MT: Industry 4.0’s myriad of opportunities

    Industrial processes are being transformed by leveraging digital technologies

    ‘Industry 4.0’ refers to the fourth industrial revolution brought about by the transformation enabled by various digital technologies when applied primarily to manufacturing and industrial processes.

  • Sun
    Oct
    17
    2021
    Ghana Ranks 89th in the World in Digital Quality of Life Index 2021

    The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Ghana 89th among 110 countries. Covering 90% of the global population, the DQL study is conducted by the cybersecurity company Surfshark and evaluates countries based on a set of five fundamental digital wellbeing pillars. Joining the study for the first time, Ghana displays comparatively low results in internet affordability (106th), internet quality (99th), e-infrastructure (99th), e-security (78th), and e-government (83rd).

    Regionally, Ghana ranks 2nd in Western Africa, surpassing Senegal, Mali, and Côte D’Ivoire. Nigeria ranks 1st in the region, but Ghana outperforms the country in internet affordability and e-government. Additionally, broadband internet is four times faster and two times more affordable in Ghana than in Nigeria. However, Ghana still ranks on the lower end of the internet affordability index. People in Ghana have to work almost 21 hours to afford the cheapest broadband internet package, 3.5 more than the global average.

  • Sun
    Oct
    17
    2021
    Nigerian Communications Commission seeks more investment in broadband infrastructure

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called for more investments in broadband infrastructure in the country to enable egovernment. The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta, made the call at the Nigeria e-Government Summit 2021.

    To achieve this, the EVC also called for increased collaboration of all stakeholders in order to remove barriers to investment which include multiple taxation and regulation, arbitrary pricing of bottleneck resources such as Right-of-Way (RoW), timeconsuming and unfriendly approval processes.

  • Sun
    Oct
    17
    2021
    IN: Jharkhand: Ranchi: Second phase e-auction process begins for Smart City

    In a move to pump equities in Jharkhand’s market, the Government of Jharkhand has started the process of second phase e-auction of various types of plots in ABD area of Ranchi Smart City.

    This time NIT has been published for the e-auction of 218 acres of land comprising a total of 42 plots, in which there are types of plots like institutional, commercial, mixed use, public and semi-public and others.

  • Sat
    Oct
    16
    2021
    Speeding Up Digital Transformation with Taiwan Excellence

    Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Information Service Industry Association (CISA) invited six companies to present their latest innovations and shared the trend of AI solutions during the Taiwan Excellence’s forum.

    The pandemic has heightened the focus on digital transformation. Not only in terms of economic activities, but also in terms of our daily lives. By speeding up digital transformation, corporations will achieve growth and profitability.

  • Sat
    Oct
    16
    2021
    Blockchain technology crucial for Ghana’s digital transformation

    Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, National Cybersecurity Advisor, has underscored the need for Ghana to incorporate blockchain into its technology ecosystem.

    He said blockchain technology had a superior security mechanism and was crucial for the country's digital transformation.

    Dr Antwi-Boasiako said this at the 4th Ghana Blockchain Virtual Conference held in Accra on the theme, “Mainstreaming Blockchain for Digital Transformation.”

  • Sat
    Oct
    16
    2021
    Google earmarks US$1bn for digital transformation in Africa

    American multinational technology company Google has earmarked US$1 billion for digital transformation in Africa.

    It made the announcement during the maiden edition of the Google for Africa event on Wednesday.

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a US$1-billion investment in Africa over five years covering a range of initiatives, such as improving connectivity and investing in start-ups.

  • Fri
    Oct
    15
    2021
    US: What Challenges Still Lie Ahead for Healthcare’s Digital Transformation?

    For healthcare systems to see success in digital health interventions, they must address these concerns.

    The way people shop, do their banking and run their businesses have evolved immensely with the rise of mobile device usage and better network connectivity.

    In healthcare, however, widespread digital advancements are still lagging behind other industries. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated change in many aspects, but a total digital overhaul that could transform care delivery for patients and providers remains a work-in-progress.

  • Fri
    Oct
    15
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: ‘Smart City’ projects reviewed once again

    As completion of the ‘Smart City’ projects before the onset of northeast monsoon, which is likely to set in over the district in mid-October, is getting delayed, one more review meeting was conducted here on Friday.

    Participating in the meeting, Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, who inspected a few projects, said the contractors involved in the ‘Smart City’ projects, had been asked to finish the ongoing works before onset of northeast monsoon by involving additional labourers while ensuring their safety.

  • Fri
    Oct
    15
    2021
    ZA: DTIC approves R50m grant funding for smart city in Limpopo

    The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has approved R50-million in grant funding towards an estimated R1.5-billion smart city, which will integrate business, retail, commercial, industrial, hospitality and residential land uses that fulfil all requirements of a town in Nkunzama village, Limpopo.

    This is according to Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina, speaking during the official launch of the Nkuna City project by the Masingita Group of Companies in Nkunzana village.

  • Thu
    Oct
    14
    2021
    Microsoft is securing the future of smart cities

    The term ‘smart city’ is usually used to denote an urban area where technology and data are used to improve services for its citizens. These ambitious projects can sometimes falter, particularly when city leaders get caught up in the technology and lose sight of delivering positive impact for people.

    “Smart cities begin with people, not technology,” says Jeremy Goldberg, worldwide public sector director of critical infrastructure at Microsoft. “For smart cities to succeed we need to be a little less concerned with adopting technology for technology’s sake and instead focus more on the impact it can have on real people.”

  • Thu
    Oct
    14
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Smart city project turning into a curse for residents of Ludhiana: AAP

    Aam Aadmi party "slammed" the "shoddy work" being done by the government in the name of the Smart City Project in Ludhiana.

    AAP Punjab spokesperson Ahbaab Singh Grewal said that this project is turning into a nightmare for residents of the area "As even after spending several hundred crore, the facilities built or being built are causing severe problems", he said.

  • Thu
    Oct
    14
    2021
    Intracom Telecom undertakes Smart City project in Serbia

    Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems, and solutions vendor announced a Smart City project in Belgrade, Serbia, focusing on monitoring the city’s air pollution and improving the overall air quality.

    The Greek telecom firm said in a press release that together with its partner Ecomaks Solutions, it has undertaken the implementation of this multi-year project, while first results are expected before the end of the year.

  • Thu
    Oct
    14
    2021
    US: Smart Cities Groups Band Together to Form National Coalition

    The National Smart Coalitions Partnership was formed by regional smart city organizations from Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona and Florida with the goal of furthering collaborations across the country.

    The spirit of collaboration in the smart city movement has taken a new step with the formation of the National Smart Coalitions Partnership (NSCP).

  • Wed
    Oct
    13
    2021
    US: 'Smart cities' groups just formed a mega-group

    A group of technology-focused economic development organizations from around the country announced Monday that they have joined together to create a new national partnership for promoting the development of “smart cities” and “smart regions.”

    The new “National Smart Coalitions Partnership” will see regional and statewide organizations based in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Texas and the Kansas City metro area formally share their best government technology-focused practices and ideas with each other via virtual monthly meetings. The group will also seek to bridge gaps between state, local and regional civic technology efforts, said Tyler Svitak, executive director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance.

  • Wed
    Oct
    13
    2021
    MY: Johor: Pengerang: Smart city plan making headway

    The Pengerang Smart City Action Plan 2030 is currently being drawn up to ensure sustainable development in the municipality.

    Pengerang Municipal Council (MPP) president Fizwan Mohd Rashidi said a research proposal for the action plan was presented to Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib during the latter’s working visit to Pengerang.

  • Wed
    Oct
    13
    2021
    Guterres promotes ‘enormous’ benefits of greener cities

    For the UN Secretary-General, the benefits of making cities more environmentally friendly are “enormous”, and include reduced climate risk, more jobs, and better health and well-being.

    “City leadership in using green materials and constructing energy-efficient, resilient buildings powered by renewable energy, is essential to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” said António Guterres in his message for World Habitat Day, marked on Monday.

  • Wed
    Oct
    13
    2021
    Data centre deal for new Saudi city

    Two Saudi companies have been given a green light to develop data centres in one of Saudi Arabia’s newest – and possibly smartest – cities.

    Permission was given by The General Authority of Competition in Saudi Arabia for the companies – Neom and FAS Energy – to develop and operate data centres in a planned Saudi city, also called, by no coincidence, Neom.

  • Wed
    Oct
    13
    2021
    Cities aren't quite ready for blockchain, CIOs say

    Cryptocurrencies — and blockchain, the decentralized distributed-ledger technology that powers them — are more popular than ever in mayor’s offices around the country. But technology officials, in cities like Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose, California, still have unanswered questions about how the technology applies to their local governments.

    Though public blockchains — which provide a mostly tamper-proof method of keeping records without the need for a trusted third party — have existed for more than a decade, Miami Chief Information Officer Mike Sarasti said he only recently began taking them seriously. Sarasti told StateScoop that until 2021, he had mentally cast aside the technology as a “generic smart-city” sales pitch, most often encountered through cold emails or events held by blockchain enthusiasts within Miami’s budding technology sector.

  • Tue
    Oct
    12
    2021
    BD: Implementation of e-government has revolutionized the country: Palak

    The State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said that the implementation of e-government has revolutionized the country.

    He said 52,000 websites, 7 million free text subscriptions in Corona, digital education platform, more than 1.3 million dependable export earnings, 333, 999 BD police, virtual courts, 4 crore e-documents, and 8,000 docs, including use of e-office management system in Corona. Through the Prime Minister’s participation in the meeting of the Cabinet ECNEC, etc., all e-government has been made possible.

  • Tue
    Oct
    12
    2021
    IN: Uttarakhand: E-pass sufficient for Char Dham pilgrims; tourists don't need to enroll on Smart City portal

    The Uttarakhand government on Monday decided that the e-pass issued either by the Char Dham Devasthanam Board would be sufficient for the devotees coming to the Char Dham shrines and they would not be required be register themselves on the Smart City portal. Till now, the pilgrims had to complete both the formalities to come to the state for the Char Dham yatra.

    Moreover, as per the latest SOP issued by the Uttarakhand government, the Covid curfew has been extended in the state till October 19. For Char Dham yatra, it mentions that those who have spent 15 days after the double dose of vaccination can get their e-pass and undertake the yatra. However, those pilgrims who have not been administered the first or second dose of vaccination would be required to produce an RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT/RAT Covid negative report (not before 72 hours of the arrival time).

  • Tue
    Oct
    12
    2021
    MY: Smart cities: It’s now or never

    The promise of smart cities has been an ongoing conversation in the nation’s digitalisation agenda for some time now as new technologies are constantly being integrated into communities, especially post the Covid-19 pandemic.

    However, concrete efforts have yet to be launched due to an assortment of reasons which include the time and resources needed to build efficient smart cities.

  • Tue
    Oct
    12
    2021
    Mesh Networks as the Secret Sauce to Bridging the Digital Divide

    Primary devices and sheer volume of data have fundamentally shifted since we first became accustomed to online communication. As we turn the page again and look toward the next generation of connectivity on our smartphones, vehicles and more, wireless mesh networks are becoming an increasingly leveraged way to bridge the digital divide. By utilizing existing devices all around us as cell towers, this type of network can be exploited to expand coverage at a scale that can be substantially greater than conventional wireless networks alone.

    In addition, by using multiple nodes for signal access, data isn’t obstructed or bottlenecked in the same way it might be on a single router or point of presence. In utilizing nodes as decentralized transfer points, mesh networks are able to bring connectivity to people in distant, costly or rigorous scenarios across the globe - making them key to closing the digital divide.

  • Mon
    Oct
    11
    2021
    APAC: 5G deployments to drive global mobile network drive test equipment market to $522.5 million by 2025: Frost & Sullivan

    Driven by commercial 5G network deployments despite the pandemic, the global mobile network drive test equipment market is projected to reach $522.5 million by 2025, from $253.2 million in 2020, growing at a 15.6% CAGR, according to a report by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

    The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, led by China, is expected to be the fastest-growing market for mobile network drive test equipment on account of smart city initiatives and 5G deployments. North America is expected to exhibit the second-fastest growth rate, followed by Europe and the Rest of World (RoW) due to limited deployment of 5G, and the technology being in the infancy stage, as per the report.

  • Sun
    Oct
    10
    2021
    UG: Keeping Pace with Technology

    Through Business Process Outsourcing and Innovation the country aims to increase penetration and widen access of ICT, one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda

    As any steadily progressive nation aspires, Uganda is building a reliable and efficient Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector to remain at par with the global digital transformation.

  • Sun
    Oct
    10
    2021
    Indonesia officially launches electronic stamps

    Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has officially launched an electronic seal with a nominal value of 10,000 rupiahs (0.70 U.S. dollars) per stamp which can give legal certainty to electronic documents.

    According to the minister, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the application of digital technology, including in transactions using no papers.

  • Sun
    Oct
    10
    2021
    Digital transformation in Malta: Cloud services and cyber security

    Google Cloud, in collaboration with digital native company Amagis Capital, held an event on the 17th of September 2021 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. This event, titled 'Cyber security & Cloud Services', was dedicated to CXO and technical functions dealing with Cloud and security topics.

    Opening the event was Chiara Caroti, Google Cloud's Head of Corporate and Digital Native for Italy and Malta, and Nicolò Moschi, Malta Territory Lead at Google Cloud.

  • Sat
    Oct
    09
    2021
    MY: Information Department moves towards digital transformation to remain relevant

    The Information Department, despite being more than a century old, remains relevant as a medium to deliver authentic and up-to-date information on government policies and initiatives to the public.

    From using wayang pacak, or open-air cinema, as a medium to convey information, the Info Dept was now moving towards digital transformation to keep pace with changing times.

  • Sat
    Oct
    09
    2021
    GH: Staff of GRA to access IT training through E-learning

    Augustine Sefa, Deputy Commissioner, Training and Development at Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has said staff of the Authority would from November 2022 receive information technology training through an e-learning platform.

    Mr Sefa who was speaking at the official commencement of the GRA’s IT training centre in Tema said E-learning which was a feature of the centre would enable all its staff across the country to access the needed IT training without having to travel to Accra with its associated financial burden and inconveniences.

  • Sat
    Oct
    09
    2021
    PK: President calls for promoting online education

    President Dr Arif Alvi Friday said that having lost some of the time already, Pakistan was ready to jump on the bandwagon to exhibit its potential in the technology sector. “There is so much vibrancy around. While we think we have lost some of the time, I hope we are still ready to jump on that bandwagon and show the world what we are like,” the president said.

    He was addressing the launching ceremony of a working paper “Energising the Tech Investment Ecosystem in Pakistan” issued by the Center for Digital Transformation which pointed out the issues impeding Pakistan’s advancement in technological sector and recommended the ways forward. The president reiterated his call for promoting the online education what he said was far more cost effective and could also lead to the enhancement of the enrollment. He said the knowledge was available in the cloud but the country had not yet adopted the required tools, though some of the progress had been achieved by experimenting the online learning during COVID pandemic.

  • Fri
    Oct
    08
    2021
    5G critical to India’s digital transformation: Mavenir global chief

    S-based Mavenir, a telecom software provider, is eyeing OpenRAN or open radio-access network as a disrupter in telecom space as it brings a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and leveraging its inherent strengths for the fifth generation (5G) networks worldwide. The company serves nearly 50% of the world's telephony subscribers through more than 250 telecom carrier partners. In an interaction with ETTelecom's Muntazir Abbas, Mavenir's president and global chief executive Pardeep Kohli talks on India's telecom sector, Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), upcoming 5G networks and plans to use recent $500 million investment. Edited excerpts:

  • Fri
    Oct
    08
    2021
    AU: Government unveils digital identity bill

    For state govt, private sector expansion.

    The government has published an exposure draft of its long-awaited bill for the expansion of the country’s federated digital identity system to state and territory governments and the private sector.

    The exposure draft, which is open for feedback until October 27, follows two previous rounds of public consultation over the last 12 months comes as the government prepares to introduce the legislation into parliament.

  • Fri
    Oct
    08
    2021
    Brazil ranks seven in digital transformation in public service

    Brazil ranked seven on the World Bank list assessing the current state of digital transformation in the public service across 198 economies. The result was released by the federal government on Thursday, Agencia Brasil reports.

    According to the bank’s GovTech Maturity Index 2020, the country stood ahead of all other nations in the American continent, including the US and Canada.

  • Fri
    Oct
    08
    2021
    IN: Bihar: Smart city projects gather pace at Biharsharif, finally

    Work on projects approved by the board of directors of Biharsharif Smart City Limited (BSCL) at a meeting held by its chairman-cum-principal secretary of urban development and housing department, Anand Kishore, in March this year started recently.

    Biharsharif municipal commissioner Anshul Aggarwal, who is also the managing director of Biharsharif Smart City Project (BSCP), said groundworks on projects worth Rs 102 core under integrated control and command centre (ICCC) and road over covered drains from Bhattu Seth to Laheri police station worth Rs 120 crore were underway, while the bidding processes for the construction of a flyover near Bharaopar worth Rs 72 crore, sewerage and drains worth Rs 254 crore and rejuvenation of several ponds worth Rs 86 crore would be completed soon.

  • Fri
    Oct
    08
    2021
    US: Digital twins emerge as ‘ultimate tool’ for resilient cities

    In the last year alone, cities worldwide have faced historic flooding, fires and extreme heat – all on top of a global pandemic.

    This, and a growing urgency to address the climate crisis, has forced urban leaders to face up to the need to act and invest in tools that bolster resilience. One such tool coming to the fore is the digital twin – a data-driven virtual replica of buildings, infrastructure and other physical assets.

  • Thu
    Oct
    07
    2021
    Australia’s slide in digital competitiveness

    Australia’s digital competitiveness is in decline, dropping five places to 20th in a ranking of 64 countries, with its key weaknesses being business agility along with digital skills and training.

    It is the third year in a row that Australia has fallen in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR) rankings with only Poland and Bulgaria falling harder.

  • Thu
    Oct
    07
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur: Smart City project, ICLEI finish Natural Asset Map of 3 gardens under pilot project

    he city is likely to get its first Natural Asset Map (NAM) with details of individual trees across town very soon. The Smart City Project, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) have already prepared NAM of three gardens, with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) likely to do the same for the entire city in the next stage.

    CEO of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) Buveneswari S said in a press conference on Wednesday that inauguration of Natural Asset Map of the city will be done on October 3 as part of the three-day ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

  • Thu
    Oct
    07
    2021
    PK: Digital transformation: government first!

    While successive governments in Pakistan have talked a good game on public sector reforms, they more or less lacked a coherent strategy. Background discussions indicate that “technology” can be the pivot through which the much-needed reforms can be introduced to the public realm. This is not to minimize the role of political will and systemic resistance to reforms, but digital transformation can assist government departments in better fulfilling their mandates. Some examples are already there.

    For instance, if it wasn’t for NADRA’s tech-based operational efficiencies, citizens would have a hard time getting identity documents issued or verified. Ongoing Covid-19 vaccinations wouldn’t be a smooth experience if NCOC hadn’t used available technology platforms. NITB’s City Islamabad App has brought much convenience. Driving-license issuance in ICT and Punjab is now less hassle-prone due to technology. Provincial IT Boards have also done some good work on public record digitisation.

  • Thu
    Oct
    07
    2021
    Digital innovation empowers China’s governance efficiency

    As digital technology is being fully integrated into the production and life of humankind, China is stepping up efforts to improve its digital governance to create better lives for all.

    At an expo titled “the Light of Internet,” various types of cutting-edge digital technologies and products empowering digital governance and promoting inclusive development were showcased to the audience. The expo was held as part of the 2021 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, which concluded on Tuesday in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang Province.

  • Wed
    Oct
    06
    2021
    US: Qualcomm launches IoT-as-a-Service

    As digital transformation ecosystem members converge at the 3rd annual Smart Cities Accelerate event in San Diego, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is detailing the growth and vision of the Qualcomm oT Services Suite. In less than one year after the offering launch, the unique offering is defining more than 30 smart verticals and introduces an enhanced platform to support the latest IoT as-a-Service (IoTaaS) applications. This growth exemplifies how Qualcomm Technologies is critical to enabling the global digital transformation of industries with a differentiated approach that leverages the growing number of smart devices that make up the connected intelligent edge.

  • Wed
    Oct
    06
    2021
    TT: Bacchus: State cannot transform T&T by itself

    The State cannot transform T&T by itself, Digital Transformation Minister Hassell Bacchus has said.

    Bacchus made the statement while speaking at a virtual event hosted by RBC Royal Bank T&T.

    He said his ministry is not “a panacea to get us where we want to go” but represents a specific focus of the Government and its intent to “get us where we want to be.”

  • Wed
    Oct
    06
    2021
    US: Magic Johnson talks up smart cities technology as tool to close inner-city digital divide

    Can streetlights help end the digital divide in cities?

    Maybe they can if they’re smart. Qualcomm showed off streetlights at its San Diego campus on Monday that not only dim, brighten and flash red as pedestrians approach crosswalks but also serve as Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • Wed
    Oct
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Integrated Command and Control Centre coming up in Jammu under Smart Cities Mission

    An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) is being established in Jammu city under the Smart Cities Mission to create an IT-based monitoring system bringing various smart services and solutions under one umbrella, officials said on Tuesday.

    The Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) recently signed a contract agreement with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for setting up the ICCC for Jammu city at a cost of Rs 53 crore, they said.

  • Tue
    Oct
    05
    2021
    How 5G will change the future of smart cities in Australia

    Smart cities are here, and they are getting smarter by the day with the support of 5G.

    5G is the fifth generation of mobile technology and next progression in mobile networks. The technology is designed to meet the continuing growth in data and connectivity in our society, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and tomorrow’s innovations.

    As the roll out of 5G infrastructure continues across Australia, there is a growing opportunity for councils to develop smart city strategies that leverage the 5G network to expand the usage of data, sensors, and other smart devices to improve city operations and, ultimately, the lives of citizens.

  • Tue
    Oct
    05
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Hubballi: Smart City works to be dedicated to the public soon

    Several projects have already been completed, says Shettar

    The former Chief Minister and MLA Jagadish Shettar said on Tuesday that several of the works taken up in the twin cities under the Smart City Scheme have already been completed and they will be dedicated to the public soon.

  • Tue
    Oct
    05
    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi’s Miral launches new strategy to accelerate data-driven digital transformation

    With the implementation of the strategy, Miral will expand its present investment in big data and predictive data analytics.

    Abu Dhabi based Miral has launched its decision analytics strategy called the Noor Initiative which is in line with its digital transformation plan for Yas Island.

  • Mon
    Oct
    04
    2021
    Asia Pacifi: Advancing Your Data, Digitalization Strategy Through the Cloud

    Deployed well, data can empower tactical initiatives, streamline operations, clarify strategies across the organization, and help meet the fluid expectations of customers. But breaking with the past and pivoting towards a data-driven future is often easier said than done.

    What strategies and approaches have worked for Asia Pacific firms in their journey to successful digitalization and deriving more value from their data? At a virtual event with Snowflake and CDOTrends, participants discussed their data strategies, the impact of the ongoing pandemic on digitalization, and why the cloud is perfect for facilitating data-centric initiatives and capabilities.

  • Mon
    Oct
    04
    2021
    GB: Providing trusted and flexible digital healthcare

    Digital transformation and innovation will be key for facilitating a flexible healthcare model, but it is crucial that we go about adopting new technologies carefully and compliantly.

    The healthcare sector was met with several key challenges at the onset of the pandemic. Hospitals and clinics found themselves at peak capacity which led to appointments being delayed or cancelled. Due to strict national lockdowns and social distancing rules, many patients were unable to attend physical consultations and increased infection risk meant doctors were often unable to move freely around hospitals to deliver care. At the same time, resource constraints meant many healthcare workers were mobilised to work in unfamiliar environments – and needed rapid access to changing guidance to perform their duties.

  • Sun
    Oct
    03
    2021
    New South African smart city planned in unexpected location

    The ANC has been working on plans for a new South African smart city between Port St Johns and Margate on the Wild Coast, reports the Sunday Times.

    Minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma presented the plan at the ANC’s national executive committee lekgotla earlier this month.

  • Sun
    Oct
    03
    2021
    Blockchain will transform government services, and that’s just the beginning

    Governments will not only use blockchain for fundamental services such as identity and voting but as a framework for economic growth.

    Governments are tasked with bringing fair and efficient services to the public. Unfortunately, providing transparency and accountability often results in a reduction in efficiency and effectiveness or vice versa. Governments are usually forced to choose to improve one at the cost of the other. On rare occasions, technology comes along that enables governments to improve fairness and efficiency.

  • Sun
    Oct
    03
    2021
    South Africa’s new Lanseria mega smart city plan and what it will look like

    President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his 2021 state of the nation address that the Lanseria Smart City, the first new city to be built in a democratic South Africa, is now a reality in the making. Plans for the Lanseria Smart City – first known as Cradle City – started in 2007 with the idea of creating South Africa’s first city built around an airport.

  • Sun
    Oct
    03
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: E-Rickshaw To Hit Srinagar Roads Soon

    aking serious note of unavailability of public transport in Habba Kadal area, Regional Transport Officer (RTO) on Saturday announced the inauguration of eco friendly electronic auto rickshaw service in Srinagar.

    RTO Kashmir, Sajid Yehaya said that the chargeable battery driven auto rickshaw service will be inaugurated on trial basis within a few days. In its first phase, the auto rickshaws will be operational on the routes – connecting Habba-kadal with civil lines area and Habba-Kadal to old city with Rs lowest fare per passenger.

  • Sat
    Oct
    02
    2021
    PK: Punjab: Lahore: 10 Steps To Turn Your City Into A Smart City

    Technology undoubtedly advances year after year transforming the daily life of each individual, but at the same time so are cities. By this we refer to the idea of “Smart City”, smart cities that integrate technology to improve urban management and the quality of life of citizens.

    We at Skymarketing, know that to understand and develop each city, depending on the technology used, the environment and its relationship with citizens, it will be totally different. Therefore, the impact that technology is having together with the urbanization process is making it increasingly necessary to convert our cities into smart cities.

  • Sat
    Oct
    02
    2021
    AU: How 5G will change smart cities

    Smart cities are here, and they are getting smarter by the day via the use of 5G.

    5G is the fifth generation of mobile technology and next progression in mobile networks. The technology is designed to meet the continuing growth in data and connectivity in our society, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and tomorrow’s innovations.

  • Sat
    Oct
    02
    2021
    SG: The smart city of the future

    Picture this: hot-pink driverless electric vehicles, stuffed to the brim with food deliveries, cruising along our highways.

    That's the image painted by So Yong Heng, oversea market representative of Neolix, the company that manufactures said four-wheelers, at a recent demonstration with foodpanda. And the wheels are being set in motion. A trial will take place at National University of Singapore's UTown from mid-October, says Miro Banovic, operations and innovation lead at foodpanda, which is partnering Neolix to roll out this modern-day food-delivery initiative.

  • Sat
    Oct
    02
    2021
    CN: Hong Kong: Enhancing connectivity, mobility, and collaboration with smart city tech

    • Smart city is a marketing term used to define the use of technology, and in particular, data collection, to improve how cities function
    • We should not be implementing technology for technology’s sake, but rather have an open dialogue with the public to ensure that what we do, what we invest in, and how we build is uniquely tied to the needs of our citizens
  • Sat
    Oct
    02
    2021
    US: Smart Cities Security Concerns and Safety Issues: 5G, MEC and Security Risks

    Smart cities could transform urban living for the better. However, in order to mitigate the risks of cyber threats that can be exacerbated by inadequately secured and mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies, government officials should be aware of smart cities security concerns associated with their supporting infrastructure.

    What is a smart city?

    A smart city is an urban area that uses technologies and networking to help improve local services and infrastructure management. For example, a smart city can harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), MEC and faster networking, such as 4G LTE and 5G, to reduce operational costs and provide better, faster services and information-sharing.

  • Fri
    Oct
    01
    2021
    AE: Dubai earns UN recognition as ‘role model’ for smart, sustainable city

    The assessment of Dubai by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction focused on 10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient

    Dubai has earned the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s recognition as a Role Model for a smart, sustainable, and resilient city.

  • Fri
    Oct
    01
    2021
    NG: Lagos Smart City: LASG to leverage on technology ― Sanwo-Olu

    Lagos State government on Thursday said it will leverage on technology and innovation in its quest of becoming a smart city of relevance.

    This was as it noted that the main goal of the smart city plan is to optimise city functions and promote economic growth while also improving the quality of life of citizens by using smart technologies and data analysis.

  • Fri
    Oct
    01
    2021
    The listed companies break down their strategies to promote the smart seal in Spanish cities

    Smart Cities are the strategic focus of an imperative need: to orient urban life and culture towards sustainability. Perhaps the perfect city does not exist. But the belief that has been installed among political, business and social leaders – emphasized from the World Economic Forum (WEF) – is that it is necessary to tend towards perfection; towards the challenge of conceiving and designing smart capitals. Because, as they recall from the OECD, if drastic measures are not taken, economic and demographic growth will have an unprecedented environmental and social impact. Given that the majority of the population will be concentrated in large cities, it is essential to overcome the challenge of the more than 2 billion additional inhabitants by 2050. The economic recovery, in the heat of the vaccination campaigns against Covid-19, have revived the dynamics of cities, explains The Economist. Very especially, that of the great capitals of the industrialized powers. In which the demands for services, lines of business and the sale and rental of real estate proliferate again. “The boost in the GDP of these nations goes hand in hand with the rebirth of their main urban centers”, in which the regeneration of employment “starts to boil” at a good pace.

  • Thu
    Sep
    30
    2021
    US: FDA announces new ‘Office of Digital Transformation’

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the reorganization of the agency’s information technology, data management and cybersecurity functions into the new Office of Digital Transformation (ODT).

    According to acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D., “Good data management, built into all of our work, ultimately helps us meet and advance the FDA’s mission to ensure safe and effective products for American families.”

  • Thu
    Sep
    30
    2021
    GB: Newcastle launches website to showcase smart city innovation

    Key aims of the site are to strengthen the UK city’s innovation community by creating new partnerships and commercial opportunities and provide a resource for sharing ideas and insight.

    Newcastle City Council has launched a website to showcase the smart and sustainable developments taking place in the UK city.

    The site aims to strengthen the city’s innovation community by creating new partnerships and commercial opportunities.

  • Thu
    Sep
    30
    2021
    ES: #eCity Malaga initiative for a smart, sustainable and digital city

    Málaga TechPark, Málaga City Council and Endesa, with the support of the Andalucian Government, have started the path to promote the #eCityMálaga initiative in the Malaga technology park.

    It focuses on a smart city model at the forefront of innovation in renewable energy, sustainable transport, efficient building, open data and digital infrastructure.

  • Wed
    Sep
    29
    2021
    CA: Ontarians are getting digital ID this fall: All you need to know

    After an increasing number of Canadians and businesses moved online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, three-quarters of the population feels it’s important to have a secure and privacy-enhancing digital ID to safely make transactions online.

    Moreover, a survey from Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) has revealed that the majority of Canadians believe it is important for federal and provincial governments to move quickly on enabling digital ID in a safe and secure manner.

  • Wed
    Sep
    29
    2021
    How digital transformation impacted CIO and CTO roles

    Transposit announced results from a recent research study about the evolving roles of the CIO and CTO, as well as the extent of and attitudes towards adoption of DevOps practices in enterprises.

    Conducted in July 2021, findings from 415 CIOs and CTOs at medium and large enterprises reveal that these top executive roles have converged at the same time as both positions have taken on significantly increased responsibility for business strategy.

  • Wed
    Sep
    29
    2021
    FR: The impact of technology on the development of smart urban mobility in Paris

    Everything on application thanks to new technologies

    Artificial intelligence now allows us to manage everything in real time . Car traffic, pollution rates, business hours: everything is focused on applications. They allow us to manage our lives saving time and money. If, for example, you need to get to the Gare de Lyon car park without going in circles, all you have to do is connect to the appropriate application. By choosing the date and time, you will find the ideal location for your car. It is with this kind of connected tool that smart urban mobility is now developing in Paris.

  • Wed
    Sep
    29
    2021
    Sajid Javid calls for the UK to ‘level up’ digital health inequalities

    In a keynote speech during London Tech Week, the health and social secretary said full digitalisation would allow more time to be spent on patient care.

    Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said the UK must “level up” digital health inequalities to ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care.

  • Tue
    Sep
    28
    2021
    How will artificial intelligence power the cities of tomorrow?

    Achieving a decarbonised future will require efficiency-boosting measures that AI can help to identify and implement.

    Artificial intelligence is taking the stage as smart cities become not just an idea for the future, but a present reality. Advanced technologies are at the forefront of this change, driving valuable strategies and optimising the industry across all operations. These technologies are quickly becoming the solution for fulfilling smart city and clean city initiatives, as well as net-zero commitments.

  • Tue
    Sep
    28
    2021
    PDO ties up with National Energy Centre for Oman smart city project

    Partnership comes in line with Oman vision 2040 to achieve smart, sustainable and vibrant cities

    Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has announced that it has joined hands with National Energy Centre, a specialist in Internet of Things (IoT) projects, for the development and implementation of a smart city pilot project in its Ras Al Hamra residential and leisure community.

    The sultanate's biggest oil and gas producer, PDO said its collaboration with NEC will help enhance and promote the exchange of expertise in relation to smart cities in areas such as smart water metering, street lighting, urban water management, smart energy metering and irrigation.

  • Tue
    Sep
    28
    2021
    ITU: Bridging digital divide by 2030

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced today the launch of the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition to foster meaningful connectivity and digital transformation in the world’s hardest-to-connect countries.

    These include the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States – groups facing specific development challenges and designated for priority assistance in pursuit of the United Nations-backed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

  • Tue
    Sep
    28
    2021
    NG: Collaborative Partnership to Equip Youths with Digital Skills

    Sigma Pensions and Junior Achievement Nigeria recently partnered to equip 100 youths with digital skills. Chiemelie Ezeobi and Nume Ekeghe report that the five-day digital boot camp was organised to add value and improve their employability while creating businesses and, by extension grow the economy

    For Sigma Pensions, in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), the recent five-day digital boot camp held in Abuja aimed to add value and improve employability while creating businesses and, by extension, grow the economy.

  • Mon
    Sep
    27
    2021
    ZW: Community information centres to promote e-agriculture: Potraz

    Community information centres (CIC) being commissioned in various parts of the country can promote e-agriculture, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has said.

    In his speech at the commissioning of the Rafingora CIC on Friday, Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said: “Rafingora is a predominantly farming community and the benefits that this centre will bring to the farmers are enormous.

  • Mon
    Sep
    27
    2021
    RW: Kagame: Digital cooperation should go beyond access to broadband

    Digital cooperation ought to go beyond ensuring access to broadband to close the gap in aspects such as the adoption of affordable devices and services, accessible content and digital literacy, President Paul Kagame has said.

    President Kagame was speaking while chairing the Annual Meeting of Broadband Commission alongside co-chair Carlos Slim and co-vice chairs Audrey Azoulay (Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Houlin Zhao (Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union).

  • Mon
    Sep
    27
    2021
    Chinese and Italian academicians share views on smart cities

    Smart cities should of course have smart technologies, but it is essential new tech should be human-centered, according to Italian and Chinese participants at a recent forum hosted by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, with full support from elite Italian school Politcnico di Torino.

    "A modern city can be facilitated by many new technologies, but it needs to be aware of bigger issues such as climate change and data privacy," said Michele Geraci, a professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and former undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry Economic Development.

  • Mon
    Sep
    27
    2021
    GB: Scotland: Aberdeen event creates digital bridge to smart cities of the future

    Plans for the annual Aberdeen-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Gateway are taking shape as the organisers celebrate the success of their smart city-themed Aberdeen-Norway event.

    The link-up between the Granite City and UAE will take place over two days, on November 3 and 4.

    It has been held every year since 2018, although the 2020 edition had to be held virtually because of Covid-19.

  • Sun
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Unlocking innovation in digital payments to make India’s merchant digital

    India saw a whopping 25.5 billion digital transactions in 2020 alone. Every business is going digital one way or another. However, much of the potential is still untapped.

    We're living in the era of a digital revolution that is touching all aspects of our interactions. Money handling including payments are more secure, convenient, contactless, and invisible. From tapping a card, scanning a QR code, to using a smartwatch to pay, there's an increasing consumer preference for digital payments.

  • Sun
    Sep
    26
    2021
    JM: Ready for digital transformation?

    I recently visited the US, and while checking in at the airport to return home, I observed several Jamaicans being denied boarding by the agent because of insufficient documentation. The critical documentations that were absent was either the approved travel authorisation or evidence of a negative COVID-19 antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Both are required. What was revealing about travelling was the level of digital transformation that has taken place as a consequence of the pandemic.

    Digital transformation is the adoption of digital technologies to transform services or businesses or replacing outdated digital technologies with upgraded technology. We have already witnessed the impact of digital transformation on education, with emergency online teaching and learning taking place since March 2020.

  • Sun
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Indian Institute of Management Indore to implement Indore Model to develop Kanpur Smart City

    With an aim to develop Kanpur as an international industrial hub on the lines of smart city, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Indore and Kanpur Smart City Limited (KSCL), Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) and Kanpur Police Commissionerate signed an MoU on September 3, officials said.

    According to the MoU, the stakeholders have been inspired by the Indore Model and will be implementing a similar model for Indore. With this, Kanpur will be developed into an international industrial hub. Also, the works will also focus on improving the quality of life for residents. The organisations developing the city will also pay attention to decongesting public spaces and reorganising street vendors from unauthorised areas to improve the road traffic movement, added the officials.

  • Sun
    Sep
    26
    2021
    A Smart City in the Desert? Egypt Is Building a New Capital

    A new administrative building will run the country and house 6.5 million residents.

    Egypt has plans to build a new smart capital that will be the country's new administrative hub and house more than 6.5 million residents, according to ZD Net. The city will deal with Egypt's constant population boom.

    Egypt adds about two million people a year to its population, according to Reuters. By 2050, the country's population is expected to reach 150 million, up from just over 100 million today. Cairo is already overcrowded, so a new city will be required to house all these new people.

  • Sun
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Ukraine is the latest country to legalize bitcoin as the cryptocurrency slowly goes global

    Key Points

    • In a nearly unanimous vote, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law that legalizes and regulates cryptocurrency.
    • The bill was set in motion in 2020 – and now heads to the desk of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
    • Until today, dealing in crypto in Ukraine has existed in a legal gray area.

  • Sat
    Sep
    25
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Smart City buildings not smart enough?

    Su Venkatesan pointed out the buildings constructed at the Periyar bus stand and multi-level car parking centre near Meenkashi Amman temple have not obtained approval from the DTCP.

    The buildings, constructed as part of various Smart City projects in Madurai, lack the approval of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning, claimed the elected representatives in the district.

  • Sat
    Sep
    25
    2021
    US: Texas: San Antonio is getting serious about data governance

    The City of San Antonio on Friday officially adopted a new, comprehensive data-management strategy to better share information between the city’s 43 agencies and the public, as well as make more data-driven decisions, IT leaders told StateScoop.

    The city’s new strategy, called the “Data Informed Government Program,” establishes for the first time in San Antonio a written authority on where, how and what data is used throughout the city, city Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dillard said. That premise is to ensure that different agencies hold the same core values around data governance — including privacy, security, integrity and sovereignty — and that they aren’t holding back information that could potentially be valuable for other city staff to learn from.

  • Sat
    Sep
    25
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Advisory meetings will be held to rectify flaws in Smart City projects, says Madurai MP

    After attending the Smart City Advisory Forum (SCAF) meeting on Monday, its Co-chairman and Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan said that a series of five advisory meetings, with officials from different departments, will be conducted soon, to rectify flaws in some of the Smart City Mission projects here and come up with solutions.

    While addressing the media after the meeting, Mr. Venkatesan pointed out that under Smart City Mission, several cities across the country had undertaken about 80-90 smaller projects, but in Madurai, 14 bigger budget projects were undertaken.

  • Sat
    Sep
    25
    2021
    US: New York: Phase II Schenectady’s ‘smart city’ project

    On Thursday, the City of Schenectady and National Grid kicked off Phase two of an innovative project that will transform neighbors into a “smart city” through advanced technology deployed on National Grid’s streetlight infrastructure.

    The City has partnered with National Grid in advanced LED streetlights and expanding public access to Wi-fi in neighborhoods.

  • Fri
    Sep
    24
    2021
    State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030

    Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism. It will set up a governance framework based on an annual cooperation mechanism with Member States to reach the 2030 Digital Decade targets at Union level in the areas of digital skills, digital infrastructures, digitalisation of businesses and public services. It also aims to identify and implement large-scale digital projects involving the Commission and the Member States.

  • Fri
    Sep
    24
    2021
    Japan’s betting on autonomous cars – for a unique reason

    Autonomous cars, commonly known as self-driving cars, aren’t new in Japan — nor the automotive industry.

    But whilst the rest of the developed world is pushing for autonomous vehicles largely for reasons of safety and convenience for people in general, Japan’s a little different.

    It’s to compensate for its aging population.

  • Fri
    Sep
    24
    2021
    Edmark City unveils Nigeria’s first blockchain-fuelled smart city

    Edmark City Development Company Limited has marked a significant milestone in its unrelenting efforts to create and build a space for a happy community in Nigeria with the Grand Breaking Ceremony of Edmark City; Nigeria’s first ever block-chain fuelled smarty city development.

    At the formal announcement of the event held at Edmark Podium, Ikeja several key stakeholders spoke extensively about this new milestone which yearns to be one of a kind amidst outstanding structures in Lagos.

  • Fri
    Sep
    24
    2021
    British Virgin Islands tells UNESCO Caribbean needs digital, balanced recovery from COVID

    The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has called for a digital and balanced recovery in the Caribbean from the COVID-19 pandemic, at a virtual dialogue on work and life in the region, organised by UNESCO and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on September 9.

    During the dialogue’s High-Level Panel, Special Envoy of the Premier Benito Wheatley made remarks on the importance of balancing the social, economic and digital aspects of recovery in the Caribbean.

  • Thu
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Four Vietnamese digital transformation projects receive Australian funding

    The Australian Government has announced a grant of nearly 1.4 million AUD (around 1 million USD) for four Vietnamese high-tech application projects in the field of digital transformation, through the Aus4Innovation Programme.

    The funding is made within the framework of the Innovation Partnership Grants under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aus4Innovation Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam.

  • Thu
    Sep
    23
    2021
    EU digital Covid certificates to be made available to Irish citizens north of the border

    Irish citizens who received Covid-19 vaccinations in Northern Ireland and other non-EU countries will be able to obtain a digital Covid certificate online from later this week.

    The Republic's government is creating an online portal after the initial roll-out of the EU digital Covid certificates began in July.

    The portal is expected to go live later this week, RTÉ said.

  • Thu
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Internet Connectivity Grows In Africa, But Only Reaches 20 Percent Of Population

    Several African governments have tried to curb internet availability for political reasons.

    When the undersea fiber optic cables landed on Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa in June 2009 from the United Arab Emirates, John Thuo, 35, never imagined it meant doom to his cybercafé business.

    Thuo, a computer science graduate from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, operated an internet café at an apartment on Jogoo Road on the outskirts of Nairobi.

  • Thu
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Nokia and ATU to Speed Up Digital Transformation and the Knowledge Economy in Africa

    Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) to drive digital transformation and the knowledge economy for socio-economic development across the continent.

    The two parties will leverage the power of telecommunications, including 5G networks, to connect the unconnected and identify innovative use cases, as well as business models.

  • Wed
    Sep
    22
    2021
    ZA: ANC to build a ‘smart city’ — that’s an indisputable oxymoron

    Instead of highfalutin proposals like building a ‘smart city’, Cyril and Co should figure out how to build toilets

    There’s a theory about why Dubai looks the way it does, namely, like a hundred shiny suppositories pointed at the sun.

    In a nutshell, it’s all about who got to Arabia’s oil first, which history and rising damp in Miami tell us was the US. (The British Empire, believing that industry would forever be powered by weak tea, failed to dispatch the necessary bribes and gunboats in time.)

  • Wed
    Sep
    22
    2021
    NG: Lagos transport’s e-payment system boosts smart city credentials but pitfalls remain

    “These monies are very important, if you lose N200 for 10 days in one month, you already lost N2,000 to the government.”

    On a recent afternoon in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, scores of commuters waited at the bus station for the arrival of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses to convey them to their destinations. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter joined in the wait, the aim being to ascertain the ease of commute for Lagosians. About an hour and a half later, one of the buses arrived.

  • Wed
    Sep
    22
    2021
    Saudi Arabia approves law to protect personal data

    President of Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi said in a statement that the law would help accelerate the process of digital transformation and create an information-based society.

    The Saudi Cabinet has approved the Personal Data Protection Law that aims to reinforce respect for individuals' privacy and contribute to the creation of a data-based digital economy.

  • Wed
    Sep
    22
    2021
    NG: Federal Government plans to digitalise public sector, improve business processes through technologies

    The Federal Government has planned to digitise the public sector to transform the economy and improve business processes through the integration of digital technologies.

    Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, who stated this at the Digitisation Hangout With Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) and Technology/Industry Ecosystem Players, yesterday, in Abuja, noted that digital transformation in the public service is a key part of strategy for developing the indigenous digital economy. He added that the measure will fundamentally transform the way the public sector operates, creates value and delivers services to customers.

  • Tue
    Sep
    21
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Citywide digital upgrades set to enhance connectivity of all citizens

    Digital upgrades are occurring regularly in Shanghai, covering anti-epidemic initiatives, retail and delivery, job seeking, taxi-hailing and customs services.

    The various services and applications are part of the city's blueprint to boost digital transformation and upgrade the economy, covering artificial intelligence and eSports industry development. The umbrella blueprint will also bridge the digital divide for the elderly and disabled, providing convenient and barrier-free digital services to all citizens.

  • Tue
    Sep
    21
    2021
    Digital transformation or digital evolution?

    Digital transformation (like so many other phrases coined by the IT industry such as Industry 4.0, big data, cloud, internet of things et al) is not the best or most accurate phrase to have been coined as it can lead to ambiguity, principally because of the word ‘digital,’ writes Jason Chester, Director of Global Channel Programs, InfinityQS.

    In a nutshell, digital transformation is the process of leveraging digitisation to transform business outcomes. So, what is the difference?

  • Tue
    Sep
    21
    2021
    The leadership of the United Arab Emirates in innovation has made it a model for digital transformation

    Hatham Dovitar, CEO of Etisalat Group, said, “The mobile phone industry today has become a key contributor to supporting and accelerating economic growth, promoting jobs and improving communities.” A model for digital transformation.

    This came when Dovidar participated in the fourth edition of the “Mobile 360-Eurasia” conference organized by the “GSMA” Global Mobile Networks Association in Moscow this year.

  • Mon
    Sep
    20
    2021
    The Second Half of the Huawei African Smart Cities Summit

    The second half of the fourth annual African Smart Cities Summit was met with much enthusiasm. Attendees seemed to be enjoying the virtual nature of the summit, this being the first time that it has been run fully digitally. The first half of the day proved to be full of interesting insights, initiatives, and hopeful discussions about Africa’s slow but inexorable march towards digital transformation and smart cities.

    The third session on smart mobility for sustainability started with the chairman, Founder of the Mobility Centre for Africa and Mzansi Aerospace Technologies, Victor Radebe, warmly introducing the first speaker, Sasheen Rajkumar the Project Engineer at The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL). He would be talking about road development for smarter infrastructure. This discussion would include the challenges and opportunities associated with transport systems and operations, infrastructure, and logistics management in support of industrial and sustainable development.

  • Mon
    Sep
    20
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Digital applications to drive transformation of Changning District

    Ten key digital and smart applications were presented in downtown Shanghai on Tuesday to provide brand-new economic, life and social governance experiences.

    The applications were presented in Changning District at a digital transformation promotion meeting as pilot projects to be promoted across the city. They are expected to speed up digital transformation and improve people's daily lives.

  • Sun
    Sep
    19
    2021
    EE: This country moved its government online. Here’s why that wouldn’t fly in the U.S.

    In tiny Estonia, babies get digital IDs at birth, tax time is easy, and e-voting is real. But there are lots of reasons why the U.S. can’t follow its lead.

    In three decades since regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia has taken government from “click here” to one-click to, in some cases, zero-click operation. Citizens can file their national taxes online in minutes, zip through signing up for services without dealing with paper forms, and even vote online thanks to digital identities created for them within minutes of their birth.

  • Sun
    Sep
    19
    2021
    AI in the UAE

    From Siri to Amazon to Tesla, artificial intelligence is moving forward at full tilt. Artificial intelligence includes various technologies, including fairly basic robotic instruments to profound learning networks that can yield significant and dependable insights. AI encompasses anything and everything from smartphone assistance to consumer-client interactions to deep fakes.

    Governments worldwide are implementing further technical developments to improve operation and service quality. One of these is artificial intelligence. AI will significantly impact education, science, agriculture, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, marketing, security, transportation, and finance. As innovative as it may sound, AI comes with several obstacles and risks, such as managing human behaviours and privacy, as well as automation that will force humans out of many of today’s jobs.

  • Sat
    Sep
    18
    2021
    BD: Boithok needs more time to become accessible to public

    Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Financial Institutions Division and the Prime Minister’s Office has been using Boithok partly for their virtual meetings

    Highlights

    • On 23 April State-Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak first disclosed Boithok
    • Currently, only public organisations can use it
    • It can host maximum 60 participants in a meeting
    • It cannot host more than 30-35 meetings simultaneously
    • The developers now working to increase the number of meetings and participants

  • Sat
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Egypt to upgrade internet for 60 million people in major digital transformation drive

    H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has announced plans to provide more than 60 million people in rural areas with high-speed internet under an ambitious drive to unlock new pathways for economic growth.

    Speaking at the Egypt - International Cooperation Forum (Egypt-ICF) in Cairo, H.E. Talaat said the initiative is part of a nationwide effort to develop the digital economy and drive job creation.

  • Sat
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Digital payments are at the heart of disruption across industries

    Every business can agree that, despite the challenging circumstances, COVID-19 also brought with it an overwhelming real-time use case for digital services.

    Despite many of these solutions being around for several years, entire industries across every geography were caught digitally unprepared when the virus arrived, putting them in an urgent predicament as the crisis unfolded. How do you continue to efficiently transact with customers when they can't reach you in person and you're not set up to accept payments online?

Vom 21. bis 22. November findet die 26. Datenschutzfachtagung (DAFTA) in Köln statt. Als Referenten werden unter anderem der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz, Dr. Joachim Jacob, Vertreter der Bundesdatenschutzbehörden sowie aus Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft erwartet. An den Diskussionsforen werden auch Vertreter der im Bundestag vertretenen Parteien teilnehmen. In dem Rahmen soll auch der datenschutzfreundlichste Internetauftritt prämiert werden. Aus den Einsendungen werden durch ein Gremium von Datenschutzexperten fünf in die engere Wahl gezogene Bewerber zu einer Kurzpräsentation ihres Internetauftritts vor dem Plenum der Tagung eingeladen. Die Teilnehmer der DAFTA stimmen über die Vergabe der Preise ab.

Die 26. DAFTA steht unter dem Motto Datenschutz -- Nutzen für Betrieb, Behörde und Betroffene. Sie will dem Praktiker nützliche Hilfestellungen bei der Bewältigung der aktuellen datenschutzrechtlichen Probleme liefern. Die Referate befassen sich mit der Evaluierung der EG-Datenschutzrichtlinie, dem Nutzen des Datenschutzes unter Kostenaspekten, der vom Bundesinnenministerium in Auftrag gegebenen Folgenabschätzung zum Datenschutzaudit und dem unternehmerischen Interesse am Datenschutz. Themen in den Foren sind unter anderen a href="http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/hod-05.06.02-001/" target="_blank">E-Government -- Neue Schnittstellen zwischen Staat und Wirtschaft und Mehr Vertrauen in die Sicherheit des Internet.

Die Fachforen wollen Hilfestellungen für die datenschutzgerechte Gestaltung von Web-Services und Web-Portalen, die Umsetzung des neuen Sozialdatenschutzrechts, den Drittlandtransfer sowie die Sicherheit im Internet und im Unternehmen bieten, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des Veranstalters, der Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherung (GDD). Die Teilnahme kostet für GDD-Mitglieder 800 Euro, für Nichtmitglieder 870 Euro und für Studenten 180 Euro.

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