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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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’.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
  • Sa
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    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.

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    Okt
    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.

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    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.

  • Fr
    Okt
    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Mi
    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.

  • Mi
    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.

  • Mi
    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.

  • Di
    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.

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    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.

  • Di
    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.

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    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.

  • Mo
    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.

  • Mo
    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).

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    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.

  • Mo
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • So
    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.

  • So
    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.

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    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.

  • Sa
    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.

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    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.

  • Sa
    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.

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    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.

  • Fr
    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.

  • Fr
    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.

  • Fr
    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.

  • Fr
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Mi
    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.)

  • Mi
    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.

  • Mi
    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.

  • Mi
    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.

  • Di
    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.

  • Di
    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?

  • Di
    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.

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    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.

  • Mo
    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.

  • So
    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.

  • So
    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.

  • Sa
    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

  • Sa
    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.

  • Sa
    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?

  • Sa
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Perspectives on China-Africa digital innovation partnership for post-pandemic recovery and inclusive development in Africa

    At a recently held China-Africa Internet Development and Cooperation Forum, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Deng Li laid bare China’s proposal for the China-Africa Partnership Plan on Digital Innovation, which covers a wide range of areas previously highlighted by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 in 2020 where he stressed that China will explore broader cooperation with Africa in such new business forms as digital economy, smart city, and 5G.

    This year’s forum is akin to a follow up on the pronouncement of the Chinese leader last year and a demonstration of the significance the Chinese side places on the proposed areas of cooperation with Africa.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Western Australia government establishes AU$500m digital capability fund for IT upgrades

    40% of WA's new digital fund will be dedicated to future health IT projects.

    Western Australia has handed down its 2021-22 state budget, revealing it will establish a AU$500 million digital capability fund for upgrading legacy IT systems and streamlining government services.

    To be doled out over four years, the fund is aimed at progressing the government's digital transformation agenda and follows the same timeline as the state government's 2021-25 digital strategy that was released back in June.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    MY: Cyberjaya’s new masterplan set to weave, interlock its disparate parts

    • Home to over 140k innovators/creators forming the innovative grid powering nation
    • Masterplan created with eye to ensure 3 tech clusters able to synergise with each other
    • Turning Cyberjaya into an ecosystem is critical, there is strength in proximity
    • Anticipated to generate over US$60.36 bil to GDP, create more than 87,000 jobs

    Cyberjaya is a Malaysian city that has certainly changed in the 24 years of its existence. On the surface, the city which is in the state of Selangor, has indeed grown more bustling and popular. Regular visitors may be able to point out the growing number of malls and eateries, and for the non-tech enthusiast, the city’s 24-hour bookstore and lovely parks are good reasons to drop in.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Bahrain plans multimillion-dollar data hub

    A new multimillion-dollar regional data centre is set to be built in Bahrain to promote collective digital transformation across the Arab world, Arab News reported.

    The hub’s aim will be to help evolving local economies and enrich the lives of common people in the Arab world.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Bangladesh next global big tech destination for e-health: World Bank

    Bangladesh’s strong political support for digital health strategy has influenced the rapid proliferation of e-health initiatives in the country, says a World Bank report released Wednesday

    Bangladesh is expected to be the next destination for global big tech investments in facilitating digital health services, thanks to the country's "strong tracking record in e-health policies and practices", says the World Bank.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    Resilient Smart Cities Need Surveillance Video Data

    COVID-19 introduced new uses cases (beyond safety and security) for video surveillance technologies employed in smart cities.

    COVID-19 taught us that cities have continuously played a critical role in the management and containment of crises. As noted in a report by Cities Today, the post-COVID road forward requires a change in municipal mindsets — from building “smart cities” to building “resilient cities.” As we begin to focus on what life could look like after a pandemic of this proportion, we’re taking our learnings on resiliency to better prepare ourselves and our communities for the future.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    South Korean smart city project expands use of facial biometrics

    Jeju Island in South Korea is rolling out its biometric identity verification system that may be adopted by all companies participating in the island’s smart city initiative.

    The solution, of which the digital onboarding and facial recognition technology will be supplied by a company called FacePhi, will be implemented in collaboration with City Labs and aims to make the Korean island province an example of the use of a decentralized digital identity based on blockchain.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    Total cooperation for ASEAN smart cities

    Brunei Darussalam with its ASEAN neighbours support the development of smart and sustainable cities in the region by utilising technology, to tackle the opportunities and issues caused by rapid urbanisation, thereby improving the lives of ASEAN citizens.

    This was said by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Ir Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof in a pre-recorded video aired live during the ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum in Seoul, Korea yesterday.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    UK India Business Council to collaborate with Uttar Pradesh Govt to modernise state’s security mechanism

    In a bid to strengthen the state’s security mechanism, the UK India Business Council will work in collaboration with the government of Uttar Pradesh to modernise and upgrade the security forces involving use of cutting-edge technology, such as drones and predictive policing.

    A roundtable conference as a follow up of the event that took place on April 22 was held on Tuesday in which the State Government of UP outlined its Homeland Security (HLS) requirements and also understood conditions under which UK firms look to invest in India.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Kochi corporation to issue birth & death certificates online from today

    In a landmark decision, Kochi corporation authorities have decided to issue birth, death and marriage certificates online from Tuesday.

    The certificates pertaining to the births, deaths and marriages from Tuesday will be issued online on a trial basis for a couple of days before officially launching the service.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    FacePhi Provides Onboarding Tech for Decentralized ID Project in South Korea

    FacePhi’s facial recognition technology will be featured in an innovative decentralized identity project in South Korea. The project is being carried out in collaboration with City Labs, which has been asked to turn the island of Jeju into a smart city with a unified identity framework.

    Once the smart city is up and running, Jeju residents and visitors will be able to create and store a secure digital identity in a wallet on their mobile device. The IDs will be based on blockchain technology, and could be presented as proof of identity at any businesses or establishment that is part of the smart city. For example, people could use the IDs to board public transit, access government services, or to gain entry to some private establishments.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    US: National Grid Requires Liability Insurance for Smart Cities

    Part of the agreement between National Grid and cities in Upstate New York that have signed up for the Smart Street Lighting Program is each must have $5 million in liability insurance for the new LED light fixtures.

    The long road to action on locally-owned smart-tech LED street lights through the state Smart Street Lighting NY program is heading into the final stretch for a number of north country municipalities.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    Cyprus researcher CYENS creates a digital twin of Nicosia

    At CYENS, the Research Centre of Excellence in Cyprus (formerly RISE), a team is at work creating a digital twin of the city of Nicosia.

    “The digital twin offers the city of Nicosia a fantastic management tool,” explains Dr Olga Shvarova, Chief Innovation Officer at CYENS. “We are working with the Smart City initiative of Nicosia which is helping to provide the infrastructure we need.”

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    Pakistan lets citizens apply for national IDs from their smartphone

    Citizens of Pakistan can now apply for a national ID card using a mobile app that enables them to scan the documents needed to support their application and verify their identity with their fingerprint and a photograph of their face from their smartphone.

    The Pak-ID mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices and has been launched by Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to allow Pakistani citizens — including those living abroad —  to complete their application remotely and without needing to visit a registration office.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    MY: Trackless trams may be future of Cyberjaya’s public transport

    Automated rapid transit system to undergo 3-month pilot run by January 2022

    A trackless automated rapid transit (ART) could feature in Cyberjaya as the next generation of the city’s public transport system soon.

    Sepang Municipal Council president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain has confirmed to The Vibes that the ART system will undergo a three-month pilot run by January 2022.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    AE: Digital Next Leadership Series in Abu Dhabi to highlight the ‘Future of Data’

    Abu Dhabi Digital Authority will host a one-day event featuring industry experts discussing the role of governments in shaping the future of data

    The role of governments worldwide in shaping the future of data will be the key discussion point when the third virtual session of the ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ is held with global industry experts and leaders getting together on Wednesday, 8th September.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    JP: Focusing on mobility, Toyota looks to lead the world in smart city technology

    With its ambitious project to build Woven City — a fully-connected, human-centered city at the base of Mount Fuji — Toyota Motor Corp. aims to become a world leader in smart city technology.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a rethink of how people move and live, and has reinforced the need to create technology that supports “happy, healthy” human life, says Toyota Chief Digital Officer James Kuffner.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    JP: Toyota looks to lead world in smart city tech with focus on mobility

    Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming to become a world leader in smart city technology with its ambitious project to build Woven City, a fully-connected, human-centered city at the base of Mt. Fuji.

    The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rethink of how people move and live, and reinforced the need to create technology that supports "happy, healthy" human life, Toyota Chief Digital Officer James Kuffner said.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    IN: Lack of coordination hits smart road works in Kerala

    Officials raise issue at a meet chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan; sources allege work on stretches under PWD & road fund board lagging.

    Lack of coordination among various government departments including PWD, KSEB and KWA has hit the ambitious smart road works in the capital as part of the Smart City Mission project. On Saturday, a meeting of the Smart City project chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, reviewed the works.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    IN: Odisha needs to focus on smart solutions

    As the Local Self Government Day was celebrated in the State on August 31, Odisha needs to focus at a much greater scale on improving its towns and cities on modern lines.

    The cities and towns are facing multiple challenges and the authorities need look to overcome them by mobilising smart solutions in all municipal bodies. It would be a welcome development if a sustainable urbanisation strategy is adopted that would provide much needed resource to manage urbanisation, including its main cities like Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    MY: Autonomous trackless trams for up to 307 passengers to commence testing in Cyberjaya from January

    A trackless tram system, known as an automated rapid transit (ART) system will run in Cyberjaya as a pilot programme for a period of three months from January 2022, a report by The Vibes quoted Sepang municipal council president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain as saying.

    The pilot running of the ART will be conducted along Persiaran Rimba Permai and Persiaran Bestari as a test of the trackless trams’ capabilities, as well as to demonstrate the use of green technology, the municipal council president said. This trackless tram can accommodate up to 307 passengers at once, travel at a top speed of 70 km/h and can be operated both manually with a driver or autonomously, said Hamid.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    Vietnam ranks eighth in IPv6 adoption worldwide

    Vietnam’s Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) adoption rate reached 45 percent, ranking second in ASEAN and eighth globally, up two places from 2020, according to the Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC).

    In Vietnam, 34 million mobile and 11 million Internet subscribers are using IPv6 services, and the figures have been on the rise over the past two years.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    National initiative to nurture digital technology awareness in Southern region

    The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) together with the Ministry of Technology, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL), telecommunications partners and industry partners recently launched a two-day national forum to create awareness about the national digital transformation agenda, which also engages regional partners.

    The Southern Region Roadshow was the second of the five regional cluster development programmes commenced by ICTA. The first Regional Development Roadshow was organised in June focusing on the Northern Region. There will be three more Roadshows in the Western, Eastern, and Central Regions scheduled to unfold in the next few months, ICTA said in a media release.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    India to Set Up Cyber Labs for Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law

    Under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) plans to establish cyber labs for the ‘Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics’. The government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi and the National Law Institute University (NLIU) in Bhopal to set up these cyber labs.

    The goal of this programme is to provide police officers, state cyber cells, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judicial officers with the skills to deal with cyber forensics cases efficiently and effectively as per the Indian Cyber Law. According to a press release, it aims to adopt the best global practices, standards, and guidelines. The NeGD, in collaboration with NLIU-Bhopal, is offering a nine-month online postgraduate (PG) diploma to 1,000 Officials through its learning management system (LMS). This programme enables users to learn on the go-anywhere and anytime. The first batch started last November with a total of 579 participants approved for the course.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    IE: Let’s learn to be ‘digital-first’ in our classrooms and lecture halls

    Over the last 18 months, teachers and students across the country have embraced technology at unprecedented speed. Despite some initial challenges, this experience has given us a glimpse into the potential of the ‘digital classroom’ and how technology can enhance teaching and learning for years to come.

    Prior to the pandemic, the importance of ICT (information and communications technologies) in education had been growing on the radar of government and industry with the last Digital Strategy for Schools a step in the right direction for driving technology use in the classroom.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    Government Schools in Assam, India Get AI-Based Attendance Management System

    A “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” central public sector enterprise (CPSE) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-based attendance system for government schools across Assam. 48,000 government schools in Assam will benefit from the technology, a news report informed.

    In a statement, the CPSE noted that, in four months, it completed deploying an AI-based identification system for capturing attendance and management of the SDMIS (student database management information system) for government schools in Assam. The system covers 48,000 schools in all 33 districts. The organisation has configured, customised, and deployed the AI-based identification system to record attendance across all elementary, secondary, and higher secondary schools, it added.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    Public Service Solution App Champions Vietnam’s Youth Digital Citizen Challenge 2021

    An app providing solutions for the improvement of public administration services has won the Youth Digital Citizen Challenge 2021 launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Hanoi, the Hanoi Students’ Association, and the Hanoi Youth Palace. The UNDP is committed to supporting an inclusive and people-centred digital journey. The youth of Vietnam have the skills, knowledge, innovation, and devotion to supporting local governments in this process, helping the country to achieve its targets and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    IN: West Bengal: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta to create hybrid classes, go digital in a year

    The concept has become popular amid the Covid pandemic as it can help avoid large assemblies on campuses

    IIM Calcutta has decided to create hybrid classes, allowing some students to attend the lectures in person, while the others will have the sessions live-streamed to them.

    Students will take turns in attending in-person classes.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    VN: PM highlights promoting cooperation in digital transformation at global summit

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh delivered a speech at the 2021 Global Trade in Services Summit via video on September 2 evening, highlighting the promotion of cooperation in digital transformation given the current context.

    The PM said that in the context that countries are suffering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and resource depletion, promoting international cooperation in the field of digital technology is the key to helping countries transform their growth models, better exploit resources, promote flows of capital, goods and services, thereby creating a new driving force for economic growth, and ensuring sustainable, inclusive and comprehensive development.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    In the middle of pandemic, digital transformation is needed toward future-ready Philippines

    When the pandemic limited the ways we normally live, digital transactions, remote work and online learning, among others, were adopted. This abrupt change was much-needed to navigate our lives in the new normal.

    But to achieve a true digital transformation, there is still much work to be done toward a future-ready Philippines.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    AU: Digital Transformation Agency offloads COVIDSafe, other projects in shake-up

    The Digital Transformation Agency has confirmed it will move several high value technology projects to other agencies, including management of the controversial COVIDSafe app, as part of sweeping machinery of government changes.

    The offload is part of a shift for the one-time delivery agency to one focused on policy development, and follows a significant budget cut and portfolio move this year.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    ZA: MANCOSA launches School of Information and Digital Technology to address demand for tech skills

    In response to the overwhelming demand for contemporary, fit-for-purpose digital and IT education offerings, MANCOSA (a proud member of the Honoris United Universities network) launched the School of Information and Digital Technology (SIDT) on September 1.

    The rapid growth of information and digital technologies, perpetuated through the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has the ability to bring about widespread change for the better.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    Unlocking Citizen-centric Smart Cities in Asia

    Asia’s city leaders are among the world’s most forward-thinking when it comes to smart cities. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region is set to account for 40% of the global smart city spending, or $800 billion by 2025 and 80% of all economic activities is expected to shift to cities in the years to come.

    Rapid urbanization, demographic shifts, climate change and advancements in technology have all been drivers for disruption for a need for smarter cities. This transformation has been further accelerated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed vulnerabilities, but also prompted cities to seek out new technologies to help them deal with COVID-related disruptions.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    Technologies Driving the Future of Smart Mobility

    By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban settings, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This poses some significant challenges for local authorities and city planners, as they strive to balance a good, safe quality of life for local inhabitants and commuters with carbon reduction targets and available funding.

    Technology offers a big part of the solution – especially where this supports smarter and more coordinated means of managing infrastructure and its capacity, and when it enables advantageous collaborations between the multiple infrastructure and service providers as well as public-private partnerships across an urban region.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    Local U.S. Government as Data-driven Community Platform

    Data, technology and Customer Experience (CX) are among the trends shaping the future of local governments, a new report shows. “The Future of Local Government” report states that because the public interacts with local governments the most, those agencies are best poised to make a for constituents and businesses.

    The report states that game-changing technology will be central to forging local government organisations that are digitally enabled, data-driven and effectively serving the remarkably diverse array of stakeholders they serve across their localities and communities.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    EG: South Korea launches online intellectual property management system in EGPO with $2.9m

    Egypt has become one of main partners for South Korea’s development cooperation for following five years starting from 2021 to 2025, Ambassador Hong

    The Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO), in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has announced the launching of the new online Intellectual Property Management System on Wednesday with financing worth $2.9m.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    Nigerian Communications Commission pulls govt agencies to e-Governance summit

    The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and its sister agencies like Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and Galaxy Backbone among others are preparing heavily to support 2021 Nigeria e-Government Summit scheduled to hold in Lagos this month.

    The reason is to create more awareness in e-Government adoption at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    Vietnam advised to speed up digital transformation for socio-economic development

    Vietnam will need to do more if it wants to become a digital powerhouse as envisioned in the socio-economic development strategy adopted by the Party in February 2021, said a report of the World Bank.

    In its latest edition of Taking Stock – the World Bank’s biannual update on Vietnam’s economic performance, the WB stressed that Vietnam needs to ensure the development of a digitally skilled labour force, the emergence of a dynamic and agile local private sector, and good but secure access to information.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    Japan launches digital agency to upgrade IT system

    Japan launched a new agency on Wednesday to upgrade and overhaul of the country's digital systems.

    The agency is located in central Tokyo, and has about 600 staff members. About 200 people have joined from the private sector.

    The new authority will have wide-ranging powers, including the right to advise ministries and other agencies. It will oversee and control the government's information systems. It will be responsible for calculating and allocating related budgets.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    NG: Kwara: 60,000 youths to benefit from Offa One Innovation Hub

    No fewer than 60,000 indigenes of Offa and its environs in Offa Local Government Area in Kwara State are to benefit from the One Innovation Hub established by the Offa Descendants Union (ODU).

    Speaking at the sideline of unveiling of the project in Offa, ODU National President, Funsho Oladipo, said part of the goals is to train 60,000 students/participants from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state to meet its smart city project by 2030.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    US: Tennessee: Chattanooga to Explore Smart City Research with NSF Funds

    Using a National Science Foundation grant, the city will expand on its connected transportation test bed.

    Chattanooga, Tenn., has already carved out a place for itself as a smart city focused on providing broadband connectivity to all of its residents and a pioneer in testing pedestrian safety and other smart transportation technologies.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    GB: Perth is first Scottish city to have a full fibre network

    Perth has become the first Scottish city to have a full fibre network.

    The 12-mile system covers city centre locations including schools, council buildings, sheltered housing complexes and Perth Community Fire Station.

    The rollout was achieved two months ahead of schedule and will mean faster internet connections benefiting businesses and Fair City residents working from home.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    RW: Digital transformation and productivity

    Since the late 1980s, the digital revolution has transformed the economy and society. First came the development of a connected economy, characterised by mass take-up of the Internet and the roll-out of broadband networks. This was followed by the development of a digital economy via the increasing use of digital platforms as business models for the supply of goods and services. Now the movement is towards a digitalised economy whose production and consumption models are based on the incorporation of digital technologies in all economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    US: Smart City Technology Improves Community Safety Efforts in 2021 and Beyond

    City leaders can make investments in smart streetlights and sensors to enhance community safety and well-being.

    Cities are a living ecosystem with constantly evolving needs. 2020 was a clear example of this. The coronavirus pandemic tremendously challenged national, state and city government leaders around the world.

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