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  • Fr
    Jan
    21
    2022
    GB: North East England: BAI Communications partners with Mavenia to realise Sunderland’s smart city project

    Building the future of networks with cloud-native software that works in any cloud and transforms the way the world connects Mavenia, a network infrastructure provider, Global telecommunications infrastructure provider BAI Communications (BAI) has announced that it will leverage Mavenia’s MAVedge solution to launch a smart city project for the Sunderland City Council in the Northern United Kingdom (UK).

    BAI Communications will build a new network centred on 5G to accelerate the adoption of transformative digital services for sectors such as manufacturing, logistics, education and social care. The initial goal is to deploy a 5G private network in the city centre, which could evolve into a neutral host network.

  • Fr
    Jan
    21
    2022
    US: Digitizing Vehicle Titles Is the Way Forward for States

    Especially as autonomous vehicles become more common on city streets, it's in everyone's interest for states to offer fully digital e-titles to decrease costs, streamline processing and reduce fraud risk.

    Buying and selling a vehicle has always been somewhat complicated. Unlike most goods that consumers purchase, vehicles come with a title — a legal document issued by a state that details the vehicle’s unique identifying information. Many states only offer titles as paper documents, but some offer e-titles, a digital version of these ownership documents, and more states should follow.

  • Do
    Jan
    20
    2022
    Powering the future: energy partnerships for sustainable smart cities

    The vertical relationship between energy utilities and their customers is giving way to partnership and innovation, as citizens take an increasingly prominent role in the leadership of the energy transition

    Cities, with their concentration of services, economic opportunity, mobility and social interaction, have proved endlessly attractive to humans.

  • Do
    Jan
    20
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar Smart City wins two SKOCH Awards for e-governance

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City has done it again. It has bagged the prestigious SKOCH Awards in two categories, for which announcement was made in November 2021.

    While the Bhubaneswar Smart City has won the award under Urban Governance Category for unified city portal Bhubaneswar.Me, it has won the Ease of Doing Business award for the Building Plan Approval System (BPAS) for it’s citizen-driven service and utility.

  • Do
    Jan
    20
    2022
    How citizen developers can address digital transformation demand

    Digital transformation is no longer optional, regardless of which industry a business operates in. In 2019, nearly 70% of companies cited digital transformation as their top IT priority, and McKinsey estimates that COVID-19 has sped up digital adoption by seven years, meaning it’s now even more of a business imperative. Agility and the ability to drive innovation are critical for organisations to stay relevant, however, most are struggling to keep up with the accelerating pace of digital transformation. Nine out of 10 businesses have faced at least one barrier in their digital transformation efforts, with 86% of IT decision makers citing a lack of developers as their biggest challenge.

  • Do
    Jan
    20
    2022
    Digital transformation will empower governments: UAE Minister

    Digital will empower governments to take leapfrogs in tackling challenges and seizing opportunities across all sectors, said Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumy, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and the Future.

    Speaking on Wednesday at the ‘Digitalization and new skills’ forum, organised by TIM Group with the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, she said that the pace of technological advancements and digital transformation is accelerating drastically. “Today, we are witnessing years’ worth of digital transformationa happening in a matter of months, and the world is likely to experience more technological changes in the next 10 years than it did in the past 100 years.”

  • Do
    Jan
    20
    2022
    OM: RO170mn to boost digital transformation

    The sultanate will invest RO170mn over the next few years in the Digital Transformation Programme, which aims to enhance national competencies, Oman News Agency reported on Wednesday.

    The programme, being implemented from 2021 to 2025, is carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, and will include investments in improving processes, re-engineering government services and improving digital infrastructure.

  • Mi
    Jan
    19
    2022
    Building smart cities: the importance of cloud storage

    David Friend, co-founder and CEO of Wasabi, discusses the importance of cloud storage for building smart cities

    When it comes to new possibilities unlocked by AI and advanced analytics, little beats the concept of ‘smart cities’ when it comes to capturing our collective imaginations. In essence, the promise of the smart city is that through the use of AI and advanced analytics, entire cities can improve their provision of essential public services such as transport, maintenance, and sanitation.

  • Mi
    Jan
    19
    2022
    Digital transformation and smart city projects fuel India's IoT market

    India offers multiple opportunities for internet of things providers, and the country’s IoT ecosystem is expected to continue growing to offer entire new streams of revenue.

    The Indian internet of things (IoT) market is forecast to reach $9.28bn by 2025, driven by pandemic-triggered changes in enterprise behaviour and verticals’ focus on automation, a new study finds.

  • Mi
    Jan
    19
    2022
    US: 3 Business Opportunities in the Booming World of Smart Cities

    Panelists at CES discussed the future of smart cities and the related business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

    Entrepreneurs are making cities smarter and more sustainable, and there's still time for more founders to get in on this very important work.

  • Mi
    Jan
    19
    2022
    Sunderland’s year as the UK’s smartest city

    Dynamic. Healthy. Vibrant. Since being named the UK’s smartest city at the Digital Leaders 100 List 2020, Sunderland has continued on an upward trajectory in the development of digital capabilities across the city.

    2021 has seen momentum gather and our journey has paved the way for the evolution of ‘Sunderland Our Smart City Programme’, a programme committed to arming our city with the digital capabilities to improve the economy and quality of life via digital access, support, and education.

  • Di
    Jan
    18
    2022
    GB: North East England: Sunderland smart city to use Open RAN architecture solution

    A planned smart city digital infrastructure in Sunderland will involve the use of Open RAN (radio access network) technology, it has been announced.

    Network solutions provider Mavenir has said its MAVedge system, which comprises its 5G OpenRAN and 5G Packet Core solutions, will power the infrastructure, to be provided to Sunderland City Council under a recently announced deal with BAI Communications.

  • Di
    Jan
    18
    2022
    For Contact Centers, How Does Digital Transformation Appear In 2022?

    AI and Automation are leading-edge, intuitive technologies for digital contact centers that eliminate mundane tasks and speed up resolutions of customer queries.

    In today’s modern world, the latest digital technology has transformed every sphere of work and learning from conventional to technical. Digital transformation can be observed in contact centers wherein the application of the cloud-based approach has significantly improved the customer experience severalfold. Modernization solutions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) enable organizations to transform a call center into an engagement center with intelligent insights to enhance efficiency. The global contact center intelligence market size was valued at USD 1.07 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5% from 2020 to 2027.

  • Di
    Jan
    18
    2022
    US: Overcome 5G Challenges to Power the Next Great Smart City

    5G is the missing link that can provide the necessary bandwidth and wireless connection to the cloud for new smart city projects.

    Current statistics predict that the volume of data generated will amount to 181 zettabytes by 2025, more than six times the amount that was processed in 2018. However, the 4G networks are a bottleneck for moving this data to the cloud. 5G increases mobile bandwidth by at least a factor of 100 which will allow data created by smart vehicles (think Teslas, buses, trucks), municipal surveillance cameras, traffic signals and sensors, emergency vehicle communications, and hundreds of other data sources to reach the cloud.

  • Di
    Jan
    18
    2022
    The role of IoT in future-ready smart cities

    The use of IoT technology at city-scale is becoming a rising trend, giving birth to a generation of modern areas known as “smart cities.”

    In recent years, more and more countries have begun incorporating this technology into their infrastructures. So far, IoT has been used to elevate crucial systems that affect citizens’ daily lives, such as healthcare, public transportation, workplace, waste management, and energy distribution.

  • Mo
    Jan
    17
    2022
    TT: Minister: Digitised vaccination cards will make fakes useless

    Digitised vaccination cards which will be coming soon will have security features that fake cards wouldn’t have and the fakes will eventually be rendered useless.

    Digital Transformation Minister Hassel Bacchus confirmed this yesterday replying to recent Guardian Media queries on the digitisation of vaccination cards.

  • Mo
    Jan
    17
    2022
    Advantech promotes first smart hospital project in Vietnam

    On January 8, 2022, Advantech Vietnam signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Thai Hoa General Hospital in the southern province of Ninh Thuan to implement the "iHospital" project applying digital transformation on the largest scale to date to build Vietnam’s very first smart hospital.

    Accordingly, Advantech Vietnam and Intel will take care of system design, providing "iHospital" solution, integrating smart medical devices customised to the needs of the investor.

  • Mo
    Jan
    17
    2022
    Digital transformation goes mainstream in Vietnam

    Vietnam’s determination to ride the global trend of digital transformation is seen in leaders’ pronouncements, general awareness among the population and actions on the ground.

    Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said: “It is necessary to promote national digital transformation, develop the digital economy and society to create breakthroughs in improving productivity, efficiency and competitiveness of the economy.”

  • Mo
    Jan
    17
    2022
    US: Smart projects for smart people

    Three sustainable initiatives for our homes, neighborhoods and cities

    Here are some smart initiatives that are favorable to us and to our surroundings. They regard the potential green areas in your neighborhood, how you can understand and improve the transportation in your city and how you can benefit from the photovoltaic revolution. Other examples will follow in other articles.

  • Mo
    Jan
    17
    2022
    GB: North East England: Sunderland continues on its mission to become smart city frontrunner

    The north of England city is working with BAI and Mavenir to build a city-centre 5G private network to accelerate the adoption of digital services and unlock innovation.

    Network software provider Mavenir is partnering with infrastructure provider BAI Communications to deliver the UK city of Sunderland’s smart city project.

  • So
    Jan
    16
    2022
    GCC: CIOs and CTOs target digital transformation as biggest priority

    GCC CIOs and CTOs’ number one target is digital transform according to Rimini Street survey.

    Rimini Street, a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced the Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) States’ IT spending habits in their The 2022 IT Buyer Sentiment Survey.

  • So
    Jan
    16
    2022
    GR: Digital platform eases dealings with government bureaucracy

    Every adult citizen avoided up to sixty visits to public administration offices in 2021 by logging to the gov.gr digital portal.

    Last year, the integrated public administration systems either provided digital services to the citizens or exchanged information with each other 566,962,980 times, according to the data of the interoperability center of the General Secretariat of Public Administration Information Systems of the Ministry of Digital Governance.

  • So
    Jan
    16
    2022
    VN: Population database to be optimized for national digital transformation

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a decision approving a project on developing the application of population database, e-identification and e-authentication for national digital transformation in the 2022-2025 period with a vision to 2030.

    Under the scheme, national population database, e-identification and e-authentication system as well as citizen ID cards with electronic chips will be used flexibly and creatively to serve administrative procedures and online public services supply, socio-economic expansion, digital citizens development, the completion of the ecosystem on connecting, exploiting and enriching population data, and the directions by leaders at all levels.

  • Sa
    Jan
    15
    2022
    US: Birmingham, Michigan, Pursues Digital Transformation

    The Oakland County municipality selects GovPilot as provider of cloud-based government management software to streamline operations and constituent services

    A transition from paper to digital processes is underway in Birmingham, Michigan where local officials have sought greater efficiency in municipal operations and constituent services. The city recently partnered with GovPilot, a Hoboken, New Jersey based provider of cloud-based government management software.

  • Sa
    Jan
    15
    2022
    US: Nevada: Smart park pilot launched in Las Vegas

    Clark County, Nevada, is partnering with NTT to deploy the pilot at Sunset Park that will initially focus on park occupancy and notification, and vehicle counting.

    Clark County, Nevada, is partnering with NTT to deploy a smart park pilot in one of Las Vegas Valley’s largest and most popular parks.

    The project at Sunset Park will focus on two specific use cases: park occupancy and notification; and vehicle counting.

  • Sa
    Jan
    15
    2022
    ZW: Bulawayo City Council smart city project on

    The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) will this year expedite the implementation of its smart city programme which it hopes to complete by 2024.

    This strategy, which was boosted by the visit of BCC officials to Dubai towards the end of last year, entails implementation of various development projects across various economic sectors.

  • Sa
    Jan
    15
    2022
    Why Your Government Agency Needs a Multi-Cloud Strategy: Embracing a Cloud-Smart Approach

    Public sector organizations have been going through digital transformation for a number of years now, but in the past 20 months we have seen many accelerate their digital journey. Advances in technology around mobility, cloud, and cyber have helped government and educational agencies meet the new expectations of employees and constituents. From navigating the new world of hybrid remote work to deploying modern apps in record time while strengthening cybersecurity, cloud adoption has allowed these agencies to become more agile and resilient, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

    Over the last two years it has become apparent that a single cloud will not provide all the capabilities required for any large enterprise environment. As a matter of fact, in a 2020 Forrester survey of Government IT leaders, 56% planned on increasing the amount of clouds used in their environment over the next 3 years. So multi-cloud is real and growing. It's no secret that the flexibility that comes with leveraging a multi-cloud approach is excellent - but it also comes with complexity that can force trade-offs between moving fast and managing risk.

  • Fr
    Jan
    14
    2022
    US: Technological Advances Shaping the Future of Public Sector

    “Smart city and smart region initiatives are springing up around the country, intending to build digitally connected surroundings that will assist local and regional governments in providing more effective programs and services.”

    Governments that want to serve their residents in the digital age must keep up with the expectations of their tech-savvy voters. Governments must use new technology to react to citizen demand for 24-hour digital information services and deliver additional services and activities that benefit constituents. While technology can assist governments and government agencies become more effective, updating technology takes time.

  • Fr
    Jan
    14
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar Smart City wins two SKOCH Awards for e-governance

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City has bagged the prestigious SKOCH Awards in two categories bringing to fore excellent e-governance management in Odisha’s capital city.

    While the Bhubaneswar Smart City has won the award under Urban Governance Category for unified city portal Bhubaneswar.Me, it has won the Ease of Doing Business award for the Building Plan Approval System (BPAS) for its citizen-driven service and utility.

  • Fr
    Jan
    14
    2022
    US: How are smart cities using vehicle data?

    Report contends growing ubiquity of connected vehicles will streamline data processing and make predictive analytics economically viable for urban planners.

    Almost two thirds of municipal smart city and transportation decision leaders (62 per cent) are using vehicle data for traffic management, zoning and urban planning, as well as the monitoring of road usage and capacity.

  • Fr
    Jan
    14
    2022
    US: Otonomo Research Shows that Smart City Demand for Vehicle Data is Expected to Increase

    • Traffic Management and Event Planning are the current primary use cases
    • Reliance on legacy data sources prevents smart cities from becoming smarter

    Otonomo Technologies Ltd. (Otonomo) (Nasdaq: OTMO), a leading mobility intelligence provider, today announced it has published a new research report titled “What 50 Smart Cities Say About Using Vehicle Data.”

  • Do
    Jan
    13
    2022
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia naval yard uses artificial intelligence to analyse traffic patterns

    The 1,200-acre former military base has been redeveloped into a mixed-use campus led by Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the historic shipyard.

    Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) plans to deploy a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform in support of a pilot project to analyse traffic patterns and provide analytics within the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

  • Do
    Jan
    13
    2022
    IN: Trends and Challenges for Smart Transportation in 2022

    Here are the top trends in intelligent and smart transportation to realize India's vision of digital first society.

    The United Nations highlights that India’s urban population will nearly double between 2018 and 2050, from 461 to 877 million. With the influx of additional people from rural areas, it is crucial to consider intelligent and sustainable city planning, which will significantly contribute to the development of the urbanized region in various large cities.

  • Do
    Jan
    13
    2022
    CN: Hong Kong: Master Plan for a Smart City

    Hong Kong was accelerating plans to roll out the Government’s Smart City Blueprint long before the COVID-19 pandemic. First introduced in 2017, the blueprint aims to improve all aspects of Hong Kong citizens’ daily lives by using technology and data.

    The blueprint sets out 76 initiatives in six smart areas to develop the city’s digital infrastructure. These include “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, “Smart Environment”, “Smart People”, “Smart Government” and “Smart Economy”. The city has started to experience some of the major benefits stemming from these developments during the last three years, including the introduction of free Wi-Fi hotspots, the Faster Payment System (FPS), and the “iAM Smart” platform.

  • Do
    Jan
    13
    2022
    eleven-x’s New Smart Car Parking System to Help Improve Parking Operations

    Cities, colleges, and private businesses will benefit from the eXactpark solution, from eleven-x, which will give real-time parking data to optimize revenues and offer new capabilities.

    Smart Parking is one of the most widely used and rapidly expanding Smart City solutions worldwide. Airports, universities, shopping malls, and public garages are just a few examples of businesses that have begun to see the value of automated parking technology. eleven-x, a leading provider of wireless IoT solutions, introduces eXactpark, its newest sensor-based smart parking solution. This game-changing creative solution will assist municipalities, campuses, and private businesses in increasing revenue, lowering costs, and providing a positive driving experience. The patent-pending, real-time stall occupancy sensor from eleven-x’s is a critical enabler for better understanding how parking assets are used and providing new capabilities to improve operations.

  • Do
    Jan
    13
    2022
    Smart City Initiatives to Spur Deployment of Adaptive Traffic Control System

    The evolving need for real time monitoring of dynamic traffic is propelling the deployment of new technologies. State-of-the art technologies are being developed, tested, and piloted for the smooth management of vehicular traffic especially in urban areas. The drive for adaptive traffic control systems stems from the rise in investments in smart city initiatives in emerging economies.

    Technological strides are expanding the horizon in the adaptive traffic control system market. The system is rapidly learning. Developers and vendors in the adaptive traffic control system market are leveraging user friendly interfaces to attract customers. More prominently, in recent years, the incorporation of machine learning algorithms has helped them carve out new customer propositions. Advancements in the AI technologies has contributed to increased competence in real-time traffic data analysis. Couples with AI, the incorporation of novel sensors has set the tone for innovation in the adaptive traffic control system market.

  • Mi
    Jan
    12
    2022
    EE: Tallinn sets goal of people-centred, sustainable city for 2022

    To help achieve its aims, the Estonian capital will divide public space and street space in favour of sustainable ways of moving around and by planning a greener and more active urban space.

    The Estonian capital of Tallinn has set itself a new year goal of “spatial creation” to build a more people-centred and sustainable city.

    As part of its plan to achieve this, it will divide public space and street space in favour of sustainable ways of moving around and by planning a greener and more active urban space.

  • Mi
    Jan
    12
    2022
    EE: Tartu, Tallinn to introduce smart city solutions at Dubai Expo

    The cities of Tartu and Tallinn will organize an entrepreneurship seminar entitled "Creating cities of the future with the help of tech-innovation" aimed at smart urban space solutions in the Estonian pavilion of the Dubai Expo on Jan. 10.

    During the seminar, a delegation from the city of Tartu, which includes entrepreneurs, representatives of the business sector and Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, will visit the Dubai Expo. The delegation will be led by Mayor Urmas Klaas, the Tartu city government said.

  • Mi
    Jan
    12
    2022
    10 Ways Computer Vision is Used in Smart Cities in 2022

    For smart city planning and growth, city management organisations must go beyond short-term goals and resort to technology, such as computer vision

    Smart cities use a mix of low-power sensors, cameras, and AI algorithms to continuously monitor the city’s efficiency. Governments benefit greatly from the use of computer vision and other related technologies. These technologies allow city administrators to easily integrate and manage assets. As the ‘eyes’ of the city, computer vision plays an important role in smart city management. The following are some of the most important computer vision applications for smart cities:

  • Mi
    Jan
    12
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart City Project: Roll out of E-Buses, E-Auto Rickshaws reviewed by Div Com Jammu

    Discusses operationalization of J&K Taxi Aggregator Rules, 2020

    On the directions of the office of Lieutenant Governor, J&K; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer; who is also the chairman of Board of Directors for JSCL; today held a meeting with concerned officers to review the status of tendering of E Rikshaw and operationalisation of E Buses in Jammu City under the Smart City Project.

    The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Officer JSCL, Avny Lavasa; Additional CEO JSCL, Joint Commissioner, Transport Department; RTO Jammu, Nodal Officer Mumkin Scheme under Mission Youth; besides representatives of electric vehicle manufacturers.

  • Mi
    Jan
    12
    2022
    TH: Ideas for Smart Cities, Quality of Life & Crime Prevention

    Building a “Smart City” is feasible with the help of advanced technologies. Leading countries around the world have already developed such cities by connecting various systems and devices over databases. Social inequalities reduce as smart cities offer efficient transport systems, energy management, and public services, including healthcare services. Also available in smart cities are smart homes, smart factories, smart agriculture, etc.

    Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), which hosted the Rule of Law and Development Program (RoLD Program), recently organised the 10th Public Forum on the Rule of Law and Development: Resilient Leaders in Action. The event brought together figures from various age groups and backgrounds to explore means to curb inequalities and injustices in Thai society. Experts proposed solutions and recommendations for the joint development of smart cities.

  • Di
    Jan
    11
    2022
    Smart cities are losing their luster - here's why

    In February, the Toyota Motor Company broke ground on what it calls Woven City, a built-from-scratch futuristic urban center on 175 acres in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Woven City is a reference to the way the project plans to weave together cars, robots, data and computers to create a city that the builders say is highly efficient, pollution free and sustainable.

    The new city will be carbon neutral, Toyota says. Autonomous cars will run on non-polluting green hydrogen, while solar and wind provide other energy needs. And sensors embedded throughout Woven City will gather a range of metrics and process them with artificial intelligence to help the city constantly become cleaner and run more smoothly.

  • Di
    Jan
    11
    2022
    Securing Smart Cities: What You Need to Know

    Due to urbanization, which involves a complex set of economic, demographic, social, cultural, technological, and environmental processes, governments are developing smart cities to address some of the challenges unique to urban areas. This development occurs through the transmission of data using wireless technology and the cloud.

    Smart cities are powered by technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Each technology works together to collect and contextualize massive amounts of data that can be used to improve the components and systems running within a city. Smart cities may also utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology for certain systems. This article will focus primarily on IoT, the vast network of connected physical devices that’s making cities smart.

  • Di
    Jan
    11
    2022
    Revitalizing Our Cities: Four Covid Digital Learnings

    We have been writing, convening and thinking much for the last two years about Covid-induced or accelerated consequences for our cities and towns. As I listened to the Barcelona Smart City Expo session on Revitalizing Our Cities as a Cisco partner, it helped me solidify the meaningful lessons smart city leaders should consider from our recent experiences as a collective society. These lessons also include how to re-launch economies via technology and innovation, social progress and comprehensively constructed initiatives.

  • Di
    Jan
    11
    2022
    Tata Communications, Zain KSA to offer smart city solutions to Saudi Arabia

    Tata Communications and Zain KSA have entered into a strategic engagement to fuel digital transformation journeys of enterprises and government organisations in Saudi Arabia. With this collaboration the combined ecosystems will deliver solutions and platforms to remodel cities with smart street lighting, smart waste management, connected workplace, healthcare and connected cars.

    The project to bring smart street lighting solution is for one of the key cities in the kingdom. Tata Communications IoT ecosystem will provide the hardware, platform, application and insights while Zain KSA will expand the footprint with its business-to-business (B2B) offerings through joint projects related to software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and global contact centres, as well as the application of smart transport and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions enabling smart waste handling, smart metering and other smart city use cases.

  • Di
    Jan
    11
    2022
    MY: Connecting a Future of Smart Cities with 5G

    Smart cities have long teased the promise of a more connected, high-tech world. The vision is one of driverless electric vehicles smoothly navigating the streets, while responsive lamp posts cast the perfect light on spotless urban environments maintained by smart connected waste management.

    Thanks to the emergence of 5G technology, that once-distant dream might be closer than some of us think.

  • Mo
    Jan
    10
    2022
    PH: BIR puts Taxpayer FIRST in modernization efforts, launches more ePayment channels

    Aligned with its Digital Transformation (DX) Program, the Bureau of Internal Revenue launched its people-centric campaign titled Taxpayer FIRST—Fast, Innovative, Reliable, Secure, and Technology-driven developments for better taxpayer services during the virtual event held via Zoom and Facebook live last December 10, 2021.

    In collaboration with banking institutions and long-time development partner, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the BIR officially announced during the said event its wider and better electronic payment (ePayment) channels accessible to taxpayers 24/7.

  • Mo
    Jan
    10
    2022
    UA: Number of users of Diia app exceeds 13 million Ukrainians, 72 state services available online - Fedorov

    The number of Diia application users has exceeded 13 million and continues to grow rapidly, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said.

    "We have just passed the mark of 13 million unique Diia users. In 2021 we have grown more than five times. Now the daily growth of new users is plus 50,000-70,000. This is an insane growth rate even for any technology business," the minister wrote on his telegram channel on Sunday evening.

  • Mo
    Jan
    10
    2022
    Africa must get up to speed on cyber diplomacy

    On 17 January, African diplomats meet their global counterparts in New York to thrash out the details of a proposed new United Nations (UN) treaty to tackle cybercrime. It will be an opportunity for the African delegates to highlight growing digital threats and determine how to define, investigate and prosecute what is in effect a borderless crime.

    Existing treaties such as the Budapest Convention or the African Union (AU) Convention on Cybercrime and Personal Data Protection (the Malabo Convention) are considered by some states to be useful if somewhat limited regional instruments. Russia has been among the countries arguing for a UN-wide convention, with cyberspace increasingly becoming a theatre of geopolitical competition.

  • So
    Jan
    09
    2022
    Canada’s smart tech future: Open cities or opaque surveillance?

    New research shows that police forces across Canada are building extensive digital surveillance hubs without any public engagement. Smart city projects use very similar technologies with the same dangers, yet here residents and municipalities are increasingly implementing Open Smart City principles to avoid potential harms and strengthen public oversight. The police should not be exempt from democratic accountability and the same principles can be applied to them to rebuild it.

    People around the world are recognizing the potential of emerging “smart” technologies—those technologies that use machine learning, artificial intelligence and large-scale data analysis—to provide more efficient and effective services. However, there is also significant potential for them to cause harm around privacy, discrimination, transparency, and the corporate capture of what are publicly and democratically controlled tools of government.

  • So
    Jan
    09
    2022
    How Digital Twins are revolutionizing Manufacturing and Smart Cities

    What if we tell you that the age of AI is bringing your imagination to reality? The human mind works in fabulous and astonishing ways. Sometimes, when we close our eyes, we see, feel, touch, and experience our ideas clearly and accurately. However, the calculations, logistics, and mistakes take time and resources to translate this concept into reality. The Digital Twin technology is the technology of the future, and it will take us there faster, so we can minimize loss & damage – it will take us there virtually first.

  • So
    Jan
    09
    2022
    Digital know-how along China's Belt and Road Initiative will set future global tech standards

    China is investing heavily in digital connectivity along the BRI

    China’s growing technological expertise along its digital silk road is expected to set benchmarks for the rest of the world to follow, according to analysts.

    President Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) started down the digital silk road long before the rest of the world began talking about connected smart cities and technology driven solutions.

  • Sa
    Jan
    08
    2022
    KR: Voice AI will call to check Seoul citizens after Covid-19 vaccination

    Seoul Metropolitan Government expects AI-powered Vaccine Care Call service to dramatically reduce workload of public health centres and allow rapid response to treating side effects.

    In a bid to reduce the workload of public medical centres, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has introduced an artificial intelligence-based service “Vaccine Care Call” to monitor reported signs of side effects after Covid-19 vaccination.

  • Sa
    Jan
    08
    2022
    Rwanda: Green City Kigali: inside Africa's first sustainable city

    Green City Kigali, a multi billion dollar project, is set to become Africa's first green city and Rwanda's pilot towards sustainable urbanisation.

    By 2060, the share of Africa's population residing in urban areas will be 60 percent - up from 36 percent in 2010. This process of urbanisation is set to put more pressure on basic infrastructure, including housing, sanitation and healthcare among others. The situation is being exacerbated by climate change, which has occasioned flooding and dry spells in equal measure.

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    2022
    Taiwan plans 'smart' task force for Slovakia in 2022

    Win-win initiative leverages Taiwan's tech strengths and helps trade partners build a supply chain based on metaverse-enabled Taiwan Smart Experience Center

    Taiwan is building a "smart city solution" task force for Slovakia to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for its smart city projects. It will also, in the near future, help trade partners develop industrial upgrades, said a top official of a Taipei-based trade association.

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    Jan
    07
    2022
    US: California city Santa Clarita uses fuel cell technology to keep intersection running

    Santa Clarita has installed the back-up power system to help keep one of its busiest intersections running during power outages such as those caused by extreme weather.

    The city of Santa Clarita in California is partnering with traffic management specialist Western Systems to install a long-lasting hydrogen fuel cell back-up power system at a critical intersection.

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    Jan
    07
    2022
    Nigerian Communications Commission to build N1bn digital park in Oyo

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the construction of a N1 billion Digital Park in Ibadan, Oyo State.

    Professor Adeolu Akande, Chairman of the Commission, made this disclosure during a meeting with youth leaders across the state at an end of the year session in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

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    Jan
    07
    2022
    IoT in the Asia Pacific Region is Predicted to Reach US$143.8 Billion by 2023

    The growth of IoT in the Asia Pacific region is propelled by rising government initiatives in smart cities by countries including India, China, Japan, and others.

    IoT in the Asia Pacific was valued at US$69.3 billion in 2018 and is predicted to expand to US$143.8 billion by 2023 at over 12.4% CAGR from 2019 to 2023. The Asia Pacific is estimated to be one of the major markets for the growth of the IoT market. The Asia Pacific grows owing to factors such as increasing internet penetration, growing adoption of cloud-based services among small and medium enterprises, and government policies to promote digitalization and smart city developments. Additionally, the introduction of high-speed networking technologies has been the major factor driving the market. Moreover, the increasing interest of multinational players in the region and rising demand from developing economies such as India and China are also estimated to drive the growth of the market.

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    Jan
    07
    2022
    MO: AI-Powered Applications to Convert Macao into a Smart City

    The University of Macau (UM), to help develop Macao into a smart city and also in the diversification of the local economy with technological advancements, is creating numerous novel applications on the basis of artificial intelligence technology. This includes unmanned marine vessels, self-driving buses, image forgery detection, industrial robots, and software for smart tourism.

    One of these projects is the self-driving project shouldered by the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City (University of Macau) and its associates from Macao and mainland China. The scientists were led by Professor Xu Chengzhong, dean of UM’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

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    06
    2022
    PK: Punjab: 10 Essential Features That Make Lahore Smart City Investment Fruitful

    Introduction:

    Lahore Smart City LSC is one of the dynamic yet innovative additions in the field of housing projects of Lahore. It has acted as a blessing for the investors with forecasted sights regarding their future residential projects.

    It is one of the most gorgeous yet smartly established residential projects that have implanted the features for upcoming generations. Future Development Holdings Pvt Ltd and Habib Rafique Pvt. Ltd. (HRL) laid the foundations of this versatile housing society.

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    06
    2022
    AZ: Turkish ASELSAN wants to join "Smart City" concept in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh

    The Turkish ASELSAN company wants to join the "Smart City" concept in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region, which was announced by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev after the second Karabakh war and make contribution, head of the board and director general of the company Haluk Gorgun said in an interview with Azerbaijan’s Xalq newspaper, Trend reports on Dec. 29.

    Gorgun said that ASELSAN develops and designs the programs based on network and data that can be used in city management in all spheres, beginning from transport and healthcare and ending with payment systems.

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    06
    2022
    VN: Da Nang, FPT boost ‘smart city’ project

    The central city and IT giant FPT Group have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on digital transforming in 2021-25, accelerating the ‘smart city’ project in 2030.

    The MoU, signed on December 28, was developed from the cooperation deal between FPT and Da Nang in 2018-20 in boosting the digitalisation process and putting the city on the list of ASEAN smart city network in 2030.

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    06
    2022
    CN: Beijing: Sensoro Launches Innovative ESG Solutions Serving Smart City Development

    Recently, SENSORO, an IoT and artificial intelligence unicorn company from China, announced the release of a new ESG solution brand named "SENSORO SOLUTION". The program aims at climate monitoring, ecological protection, livelihood improvement, animal welfare, garbage classification and other applications. Its smart city benchmark case has been built in Yichang, Hubei Province. SENSORO is relying on its independent research and development capabilities in the AIoT field to implement the modern service concept of sustainable development, which contributes to the digital and intelligent development of China's urban and rural areas.

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    05
    2022
    Successful Urban Mobility Depends on Sustainability

    City planners are repeatedly reimagining urban transportation. Baron Haussmann transformed a medieval Paris into the city we know today with his grands boulevards in the 19th century. Around the same time, London pioneered the first underground railway, a name that graces the city’s metro to this day. Robert Moses broke up New York City neighborhoods with his highways, foreshadowing the automobile’s disruption of America’s urban fabric in the 20th century.

    Today, the world’s metropolises are at a new inflection point. As the race to net zero gains momentum, cities are moving to make their transportation networks greener and healthier. With evidence proliferating about the threat of climate change and transportation generating 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it’s clear that the future of mobility depends upon sustainability. That means investing in modern, efficient public transit networks, accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, and making streets safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    05
    2022
    BH: 95% of digital transformation for ID Card services completed

    The National Portal, bahrain.bh now provides 32 eServices for ID cards and civil records, which meets 95% of the government’s digital transformation target, said Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Acting Chief Executive and Deputy CE for Electronic Transformation, Dr. Zakariya Ahmed Alkhaja. The digital transformation move is in line with the vision and directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and the support of the Minister of Interior, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

    Al Khaja said that the digital transformation process began gradually, accelerating over the past few years to offer citizens and residents a comprehensive range of ID card and civil records eServices without the need for them to visit service centers. The number of online ID card transactions in 2021 was 361,276, from an overall total of 578,689.

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    05
    2022
    Foreign investors told to invest in Philippine digital transformation

    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is urging foreign investors to take advantage of investment opportunities in the Philippines amid the country’s rapid digital transformation.

    BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the introduction of new technology and knowledge transfer would boost the competitiveness of local banks and expand access to new markets through partnerships and tie-ups.

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    05
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Jhansi gets its first set of battery-operated buses

    The city got its first set of battery-operated buses on Tuesday with twenty more buses to follow in the coming days. The initiative for providing these buses was taken under the ongoing Smart City project.

    The buses were flagged off with much fanfare from the electronic recharging point at Kochabhawar area by Jhansi MP, Anurag Sharma in presence of mayor, Ram Teerath Singhal and MLA Ravi Sharma.

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    04
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: First Batch Of 90 Electric Buses Launched In Bengaluru, To Provide Connectivity To Metro Stations

    Funded under the Bengaluru Smart City Scheme, the first batch of 90 electric buses were flagged-off by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

    These new electric buses will be operated as metro feeder services for first and last-mile connectivity.

    Out of 90 buses, 40 have been delivered and the rest will be delivered by January 2022. They will be operated from Yeshwantpur, K.R. Puram and Kengeri depots.

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    04
    2022
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Kakinada smart city to get 13 Urban Public Health Centres

    Kakinada Municipal Corporation Commissioner Swapnil Dinakar on Monday said that 13 new Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHC) would be set in the Kakinada smart city in East Godavari district.

    On Monday, Mr. Swapnil inspected the construction of the eight UPHCs in the city. Each UPHC is equipped with a mini ward, minor operation theatre, conference room, dressing room, labour room, lab, pharmacy and two operation theatres.

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    04
    2022
    IN: Karnataka rolls out e-buses for public transportation

    The e-buses have been supplied by JBM Auto Ltd and will run under the metro feeder services as part of the Smart City initiative

    Karnataka on Monday rolled out electric buses for public transportation for the first time in the state. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai flagged off the buses. The e-buses have been supplied by JBM Auto Ltd and will run under the metro feeder services as part of the Smart City initiative. It will have features like Real-Time Passenger Information System to update location of the bus.

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    03
    2022
    Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore enters into partnership agreement with SP Group on smart city planning in Singapore

    Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd. (CEO Christopher Teo, hereinafter “TMLS”), the Singapore subsidiary of Tokio Marine Holdings (Group CEO Satoru Komiya), has entered into a business partnership agreement with SP Group, which is leading the upcoming smart city project in Tengah precinct in Singapore.

    1. Background and purpose

    Since 2014, Singapore has been implementing digital technology and data solutions to solve various social issues under the Smart Nation initiative and has been ranked first in the IMD Smart City Index for three consecutive years from 2019 to 2021.

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    03
    2022
    JM: Smart cities to boost crime fighting

    Jamaica’s runaway crime rate has served as impetus for the full transformation of Kingston into a smart city, fuelling high expectations that heavy investments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) will deliver positive results.

    “Smart cities will help with crime. It will help with the identification of criminals, will prevent the movement of criminals, [and] will track vehicles inside of areas and spaces where crime is heavy,” Director of Grid Modernization at the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Hugh Hamilton, touted in a Gleaner interview recently.

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    03
    2022
    KR: Busan: Samsung establishes smart home demonstration zone in southern port city

    Samsung Electronics has visualized a demonstration town cluster of 56 smart homes equipped with 15 kinds of connected home appliances including a refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, and an organic light-emitting diode display TV. Using the electronics maker's smart home hub system, residents of the smart home cluster can wirelessly control home appliances and receive communal notifications.

    The smart home demonstration zone was established as a pilot demonstration project for Eco-Delta City, an 11.8-square kilometer-wide smart home town that is the size of about one and a half football fields, that will be built in the southern port city of Busan by 2023. The smart home cluster being built by K-Water, the state water resources company, will house 30,000 smart homes that will be interconnected using Samsung's "SmartThings," the company's smart home network system. A smart city is an integrated web of devices and networks that allows citizens to enjoy a convenient life by solving traffic, environmental issues and facility inefficiency using advanced information and communication technology (ICT).

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    03
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: Big Brother to watch those burning trash, littering roads

    The garbage disposal violators and those who set it on fire will now be under CCTV vigil. The civic body is ready with its integrated command and control centre (ICCC) under the Smart City mission wherein cameras installed under the safe city project will be connected.

    The ICCC is expected to be inaugurated in the coming week.

    The officials said they would keep a tab on solid waste violators and those who harm the public property, like damage and encroachment of roads. “Over 300 new cameras are to be installed and these will also be connected with the ICCC,” the officials added.

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    2022
    MY: Revitalising Cyberjaya into a global tech hub

    As Malaysia’s pioneer technology hub, Cyberjaya needs little introduction. In the 24 years since its inception, the city has emerged as the capital of Malaysia’s tech community and is a sought-after address for established tech names and ambitious start-ups. Over the past two decades, Cyberjaya has played a leading role in advancing information technology and tech adoption in Malaysia — driving the rise in the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in tech as well as catalysing an exciting start-up scene.

    But that is not the end of the story. Cyberview Sdn Bhd, a government-owned company mandated to drive investments into Cyberjaya, recently unveiled a new master plan that is poised to attract some of the best-in-class tech players to this smart city, thus positioning its transformation into a vibrant and exciting global tech hub.

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    02
    2022
    India is well placed to achieve digital leader status: Nitin Seth

    Digital is a mega-trend, but it is a large and complex change that is not easy to manage. In his new book, Nitin Seth answers key questions on how to win in the digital age.

    Nitin Seth is the author of the book “Winning In The Digital Age,” a Penguin Random House published bestseller. In the book, Nitin brings clarity to the digital transformation process, breaking it down into seven building blocks and presenting how best to master them. The book is also a practitioner’s guide for professionals and students alike on how they can realize the amazing opportunities the Digital Age offers and achieve their true potential. Excerpts:

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    02
    2022
    IM: Digital help - Caribbean public sector institutions get support for digital development

    The e-Governance Academy for the Caribean, a subsidiary of Estonian non-profit foundation e-Governance Academy, has established a subsidiary in Jamaica that will support digital development in the Caribbean.

    The e-Governance Academy already shares Estonia's digital governance experience with the Jamaican Government and some organisations in Cuba, and advises the Dominica Government on creating an e-governance strategy.

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    02
    2022
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: GVMC completed 47 projects, says smart city corporation chairman

    23 more are in the pipeline and MLCP is being constructed at Siripuram Junction’ Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) Chairman G. Venkateswara Rao said that as part of Smart City initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has completed as many as 47 projects, including the recently built VMRDA Park and Multi-Level Car Parking Project (MLCP) at Jagadamba centre, and as many as 23 more projects are in the pipeline. He said that another MLCP is also being constructed at Siripuram Junction and is scheduled to be completed within two years.

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    02
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Trichy’s smart city projects ready

    Minister for municipal administration, urban and water supply K N Nehru on Saturday inspected Chathiram bus terminus, which has been renovated under the smart cities mission programme.

    Chief minister M K Stalin will inaugurate the bus terminus, which is in the final leg of redevelopment at a cost of Rs 18.80 crore, along with other infrastructure projects on December 30.

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    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: How Mathura’s smart city challenge is more than just brick and mortar

    There are many reasons for my close familiarity with Mathura-Vrindavan, a holy district of Uttar Pradesh, a pot brimming with colour, music and swirling dance forms of Krishna, a land where women do have a relatively upper hand within families due to what they describe as ‘Radha power’ irrespective of the stench of patriarchy all around the state.

    Being excited to have been reading about its smart city initiatives through newspapers, a chance to visit after two years of pandemic woes could not be missed. I couldn’t wait to reach there, but the visit left me disappointed despite road widening, multi-level parking and flustered yet dutiful policemen spooking intemperate traffic round the clock. The city seems to be ignored, misunderstood and exploding with adamant visitors and dictating locals. If pilgrimage is considered tourism, visitors to the place are livelihood generating factories for locals as well as conservators of cultural heritage, but are they treated with care, respect and safety that they deserve?

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    01
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad's climate action plan to come up by 2023

    The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation (ASCDCL) have hired World Resources Institute, India (WRI) to prepare the city's climate action plan.

    An action plan for Aurangabad in Maharashtra will be formulated by 2023 to prepare the city to handle climate risks and vulnerabilities and one of the programme's key components will be reduction in emission of greenhouse gases, civic officials said on Thursday.

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    Jan
    01
    2022
    Digital transformation a priority for Jamaica Customs

    The growth in e-commerce and the present COVID-19 pandemic have presented opportunities for the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to “leap forward” with its digital transformation programme, as the customs and border regulatory agency is now rolling out a number of initiatives to make trade easier.

    At the heart of this digital transformation, CEO of JCA Velma Ricketts Walker pointed out, is a need to improve the customer experience, change customer behaviour including a “line culture” and improve trust in the clearing system.

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    01
    2022
    Việt Nam targets further digital transformation in 2022

    The new year will be one of promoting digital transformation across all industries on a national scale. It will be the first year of implementing new strategies on digital infrastructure, data, technology industry and technology enterprise.

    Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng made the prediction at a conference held on Wednesday.

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    01
    2022
    First 'smart village' in Azerbaijan's Karabakh almost complete - minister

    The first "smart village" in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region almost ready, Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov said at the scientific-practical conference entitled "Karabakh: New Panorama of South Caucasus Opening to the World", Trend reports on Dec. 24.

    The minister stressed that the creation of the Araz Valley industrial park and the Aghdam industrial park in the region will have a great impact on development of agriculture.

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    2021
    Smart Transportation Market by Latest Opportunities and Growth Projection to 2024

    North America is projected to dominate the smart transportation market by 2024 due to rapid deployment of smart transportation solutions, which offer features such as real-time traffic information, parking assistance, adaptive traffic signal control, electronic toll collection, and real-time information for public transit systems.

    The IoT-enabled transport services are also widely being leveraged for smart parking solutions, telematics solutions, ticket management, security and surveillance, and passenger information systems. Moreover, due to the smart city revolution, the government of various countries are investing huge funds in the smart city initiatives, which assist in developing connected vehicle technologies, smart infrastructure, and optimizing traffic patterns thereby making transport systems more efficient and reliable. For instance, in 2017, the Indian government invested USD 15 billion for the development of smart infrastructure and management services under the smart city initiative.

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    2021
    3 Things the Government Can Do To Make Smart Cities Sustainable

    Making a smart city sustainable requires building a holistic city that has robust digitization, good governance, intelligent infrastructure, and a decent quality of life for citizens.

    UK Cities that have implemented smart city projects include Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Manchester, Milton Keynes, London and Peterborough.

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    2021
    GH: Volta River Authority to Digitise Operations Next Year - CEO

    The Volta River Authority (VRA) plans to digitise most of its operations from next year to improve efficiency and profitability.

    It said the power generation space was now very competitive with a lot of independent power producers however, the authority believed that leveraging on technology by introducing programmes such as the internet and artificial intelligence would enable it to lead its competitors

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    2021
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi Smart City gets Rs 325Cr gifts from PM

    he Varanasi Smart City received gifts worth Rs. 325.35 crore from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated and laid the foundation of other multiple projects in Varanasi on Thursday.

    According to spokesperson of Varanasi Smart City, Shakambhari Nandan Sonthalia, the PM gifted many projects, including redevelopment of Beniabagh Park and construction of basement parking, redevelopment work of five wards, development and beautification work of two ponds, installation of advance surveillance cameras, and urban revitalization of road and junction improvement phase-1.

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    2021
    NG: Ocean City debuts as ‘First Smart Green Island City’ off Lagos coast

    Luxury property investors with appetite for high livability index will have their attention turned to Nigeria’s first green smart city, Ocean City Lagos, Nigeria’s newest island. Already billed as “Jewel of the Atlantic”, the 308-hectare man-made island, reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean, has the look of the country’s smartest community as the world’s next 5G-driven destination, in addition to being the site of Nigeria’s next iconic landmark, Africa’s tallest skyscraper, a definite eye-popper when completed.

    Ocean City Lagos’ combination of lavish futuristic offerings and pristine charm, the latter making it the direct opposite of the choked Lekki Residential Scheme 1, Ikoyi and Victoria Island neighbourhoods.

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    2021
    The role of video and sensor tech in smart cities

    With smart city and building technology on the rise, to make our urban infrastructures data-driven, efficient and more liveable, there has been a focus on the place of video technology. Peter Greener, the Key Account Manager at Milestone Systems reports that the uses of video and sensor tech go beyond security. Its efficiency for other purposes is growing, mainly due to new infrastructures and pressure on city services.

    Investing in video and sensor technology

    When developers invest in video and sensor technology for their smart buildings and cities, they have the potential to achieve so much more than simply protecting their assets.

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    2021
    AU: South Australia: Free high-speed wifi rolled out across Adelaide

    The $4.8m project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and City of Adelaide as part of the $699m Adelaide City Deal, which aims to create an innovative and vibrant city.

    Australian Government, City of Adelaide and TPG Telecom are partnering to deliver a high speed wifi service across the city under the Adelaide City Deal.

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    2021
    GB: Scotland: Edinburgh smart streetlighting upgrade nears completion

    Since the end of 2018, the Scottish capital has upgraded more than 55,000 lanterns with energy-efficient LED lights, which it is estimated will generate savings of £54m over 20 years.

    A three-year citywide project to upgrade Edinburgh’s streetlights is nearing completion.

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    2021
    Are biometrics providers using smart cities to advance digital ID?

    Biometrics providers and other large private entities are supplying technologies to smart city projects to create and use digital IDs, according to a report from the Northeastern University School of Law and the Immigrant Defense Project. The groups are worried about the consequences of this arrangement, and possible increases in inequality and surveillance.

    The 54-page report on ‘Smart-City Digital ID Projects: Reinforcing Inequality and Increasing Surveillance through Corporate “Solutions”’ argues that companies providing biometrics for law enforcement or national ID projects are prone to technological solutionism and likely to fail to meet community needs.

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    MY: Selangor: Shah Alam: 2024 target for i-City’s driverless bus service

    Urban development i-City in Shah Alam is looking to start a fully autonomous bus service.

    The driverless bus service is expected to start in 2024 once the LRT3 project is completed and operational.

    The automated shuttle is to enhance i-City’s smart city status as a transit-oriented development and provide greater connectivity to the various public transportation points.

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    2021
    Cities can expand Taiwan’s role

    As Taiwan’s international space remains constrained, formal government-to-government cooperation is often infeasible. Consequently, the utilization of alternative channels of international engagement, such as track II diplomacy or subnational diplomacy, remains key for Taiwan’s idiosyncratic, people-oriented strategy for global engagement.

    On the quinquennial of the New Southbound Policy, and amid a newfound openness between Taiwan and Europe, it is timely to revisit the question of international subjectivity of Taiwanese cities and consider the role they can play in the nation’s quest to expand its international space.

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    29
    2021
    IN: Government to showcase Bengaluru as model city: Karnataka CM Bommai

    Bommai said, in addition to Smart City Mission, the funds released to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palik (BBMP) and other departments were being used to provide necessary infrastructure.

    Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has stated that enough measures are being taken to showcase the Bengaluru city as a model one and the sam would be replicated for other important cities in the State.

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    2021
    IN: Leveraging Technology for the Next-Gen Smart City

    Life in the 21st century has changed rapidly. With the onset of the pandemic and work-from-home (WFH) culture, digitisation has quickly progressed in cities and towns. The government is using technology to optimise civic body operations, digitise civic services, ensuring a smarter lifestyle for the citizens, writes Sudhindhra Holla, Director, Axis Communications, India & SAARC.

    According to the National Commission on Population (NCP) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the urban population of India will rise from 377 million in 2011 to 594 million in 2036, showcasing a whopping growth of 39 percent. As population increases in urban cities, it becomes more complex to administer and ensure security to all citizens. Additionally, with the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown nationwide, adherence to social distancing norms and guidelines has also become critical. Thus, the government has realised the importance of leveraging technology to make cities smarter and safer. The command-and-control centres which were earlier used for traffic management are now being used to monitor citizens so that they adhere to the lockdown guidelines and to keep a check on waterlogging in the city during monsoons. Technology has been playing a key role to ensure a smarter way of living.

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    2021
    US: Arizona: Smart city organization to put North American HQ in Scottsdale

    United Cities, a global program in partnership with several United Nations agencies, announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Caliber Cos. to develop its North American headquarters and innovation hub on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale.

    United Cities North America, the branch that will be based in Arizona, is focused on bringing the UN’s sustainable development goal 11, which is centered around creating inclusive, safe, sustainable and resilient cities, to North America.

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    2021
    China Is Making Its Cities ‘Smarter.’ Can it Make Them Wiser?

    Since 2012, China has embraced the concept of “smart cities” in a bid to improve governance and urban officials’ decision-making, but more tech isn't always the answer.

    The concept of a “smart” city — in which digital technologies like data are collected and used to improve urban planning and resident well-being — can be traced back to at least the 1970s, with the publication of the first urban big data project: “A Cluster Analysis of Los Angeles.”

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    2021
    US: Texas: Georgetown to build $75m citywide fibre optic network

    Ubiquity’s open-access model means the fibre is available to multiple tenants, including any local and national cable and internet service providers, as well as 5G wireless cell sites.

    Ubiquity, a private infrastructure investment firm, will break ground on a $75m city-wide open-access fibre optic network in Georgetown, Texas, in early 2022.

    The first customers are scheduled to come online in the summer of 2022, while the full build-out will be completed over a two-to-three-year period and cover most of the city.

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    2021
    IN: Kerala: Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd sets up digital LED screens at public places

    In a move aimed at revenue generation, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) is setting up digital LED screens and walls at public places in the central area of Thiruvananthapuram city.

    At present, five information kiosks and five LED screens are being installed in smart bus shelters constructed as part of the Smart City project. The information kiosks are coming up at Gandhi Park, KSRTC bus terminal, Thiruvananthapuram corporation, Museum East gate and Planetarium.

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    2021
    Spanish municipality optimises traffic management and public safety with Hikvision smart city solution

    To speed up journey times and maximise road safety and security for residents, commuters, and local businesses, the municipality of Tres Cantos in Spain has deployed an innovative smart city solution from security and AI pioneer Hikvision.

    Smart cities

    Wikipedia describes smart cities as “urban areas that use data insights to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently”. Other key benefits of smart cities include better traffic management and planning, real-time responses to road-traffic incidents, enhanced engagement between citizens and local government organisations, and improved security for local people and businesses.

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    2021
    PH: Baguio: Next generation smart city

    I have a lot of fond memories of Baguio throughout my childhood days. My family would frequently visit the summer capital specially during our annual holy week break. Travel during those days was painstakingly long. I remember taking up to 10 hours of driving one way to and from Baguio. By 1997, we have lessened our plans to go to the City of Pines as the traffic around the city started to become unbearable.

    Baguio has further deteriorated in recent years due to high number of tourists. Air pollution is already at a critical level, on the level of Beijing, China. Wastewater system is also becoming a problem, as the lack of sewage treatment plants of existing structures have contributed to record breaking coliform level to their rivers and sewer system. Not to mention flooding during heavy downpours. Baguio city have really taken its toll due to the rapid growth and commercialization without a proper master plan.

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    2021
    PL: Rzeszow: Smart parking system, smart city component, now available

    On Friday, at a press conference in the Rzeszów city hall, the completion of this investment, which was carried out by Asseco Data Systems, was announced.

    As emphasized at the conference, Rzeszów is the first Polish city to introduce hybrid monitoring of the state of free parking spaces.

    As Konrad Fijołek, the president of Rzeszów, said, the introduction of this system is a special moment for him.

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    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Free e-charging for public till December 31 at SCTL stations

    The charging stations installed under Smart City project are now open to the public. The facility will be free for a limited period. The public charging infrastructure would be free till December 31. From Jan 1, 2022, the fee to charge at this parking charging station would be Rs 10per unit.

    Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) has successfully completed the installation of two Bharat stage AC001 chargers at Gandhi Park. These chargers have been successfully running for the past one year and were exclusively used by 30 beneficiaries (selected from Trivandrum Municipal Corporation) who were given electric autorickshaws to promote electric mobility.

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    2021
    Saudi Arabia showcases smart city NEOM in its first roadshow in London

    Saudi Arabia’s smart city NEOM has hosted its first UK roadshow event in London to promote investment opportunities.

    It was attended by over 250 leaders from the country’s business, financial, environmental and political circles.

    Launched by Saudi’s ambassador to the UK, the Discover NEOM event included presentations, panels and an exhibition of NEOM in film and images, paving the way to direct meetings with the project’s CEO and industry leaders.

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    TH: EEC smart city projects set to draw close to B100bn

    Smart city development in three provinces of the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is projected to draw as much as 100 billion baht over the next five years, helping upgrade the livelihood of residents there, according to the EEC Office.

    According to Pojanee Artarotpinyo, the EEC Office's deputy secretary-general, the Board of Investment (BoI) has already approved three smart city development plans: at Wang Chan Valley in Rayong, Muang district of Chachoengsao, and Saen Suk municipality in Chon Buri.

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    2021
    TW: City of Kaohsiung warming up for 2022 SCSE and vowed to shape Kaohsiung into a key player of global Smart City

    The Kaohsiung City Government held a smart application results announcements and presentations at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Hall on the 15th, and at the same time kicked off the 2022 Smart City Summit & Expo in Kaohsiung, according to Institute for Information Industry. Minister Kung Ming-Hsin of National Development Council stated that the two major factors of international cooperation with Taiwan are semiconductors and smart cities. Kaohsiung is on the global trend. At present, TSMC, semiconductor equipment and materials manufacturers have successively entered Kaohsiung, which was unimaginable a year and a half ago. Kaohsiung plays a very important role in the promotion of smart cities. It has become a hub for Taiwan's output in smart cities. It not only replicates the successful model to Southeast Asian countries, but also moves forward in Europe and the world.

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    Smart city projects to look out for in 2022

    Cities Today talks to innovation leaders about what they achieved this year and what they’re looking forward to in 2022.

    Q: What achievement are you most proud of in 2021?

    Andrew Collinge, Advisor, Digital Dubai

    Keeping going! It has been another year in which collaboration and progress have been hard won. It is for this reason that I am most proud of the work done on the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance open data policy. One of five initial policies, our group of colleagues across the globe in Japan, the US, Australia, Europe, and South America drew on deep experience, backed up by generosity of thought, constructive challenge and collaborative spirit.

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    2021
    Nigeria’s First Green Smart City Promises New Premium Living Standards

    The Nigerian luxury property sector, Saturday, received a new entrant, Ocean City Lagos, appropriately named “Jewel of the Atlantic”.

    Conceived to set new standards in high-end living, Ocean City Lagos, Nigeria’s newest man-made island, is located off the Lagos coast of the Atlantic Ocean, offering a luscious eco-tourism landscape sprinkled with the continent’s hippest residential neighbourhoods, mixed-use space with high-end shops, restaurants, public parks, centres for sports, arts and entertainment, medical innovation.

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    2021
    Cybersecurity Risks Around Smart City Development

    Around the world, many societies are embracing innovative technologies more than ever before to provide enhanced ecosystems for cities and better efficiency for residents. This includes a mixture of residential, industrial, commercial, retail and public-sector bodies alongside greenways, parks and the public realm. Ultimately, the aim is to transform the delivery of public services through a citizen-centric approach, which will result in greater efficiencies and more responsive services that drive inclusive growth.

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    2021
    Da Nang wins Viet Nam Smart City Award 2021

    Da Nang was honoured with the Viet Nam Smart City Award 2021 at the national awards ceremony held the capital city of Ha Noi on Saturday. This is the second time that Da Nang has won this prestigious award.

    In addition to the aforementioned noticeable award, Da Nang picked up three other prizes in the categories: smart management, smart health and smart, green and clean environmental management.

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    2021
    PH: ‘Full digitalization in government transactions to prevent corruption’

    Full digitalization for government transactions will prevent corruption and cybersecurity-related issues, the tandem of Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo Lacson and running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, maintained.

    Lacson and Sotto supported the futuristic programs implemented by their ally, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, in the country’s summer capital.

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    2021
    BE: Nokia Brings IoT and AI to Bear on Vehicle-Based Noise Pollution in Genk Smart City Trial Program

    Following the announcement of a waste-management trial in Melbourne, Genk is to get Scene Analytics to crack down on vehicle noise.

    Nokia has announced a trial smart city program designed to combat vehicle-based noise pollution in the Belgian city of Genk — by analyzing audio and video using its machine learning analytics platform.

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    2021
    BR: Paraná: Curitiba will test unprecedented 5G smart grid technology

    Curitiba will test a technology smart grid first 5G by the end of the first quarter of 2022. It will be the only capital and city with more than 500 thousand inhabitants in Brazil to participate in the process.

    The capital of Paraná was chosen to be part of the Conecta 5G pilot project, launched on Thursday night (16) by the Ministry of Communications and the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI).

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    2021
    The amazing car-free '10-minute city' in South Korea where residents can walk to all the amenities in a flash, from swimming pools to cinemas

    • The new 504,000-square-metre development is named 'Project H1' and will be located in Seoul
    • The 'smart city' - designed by Unstudio - will feature eight residential blocks and co-working office spaces
    • Residents can avail of amenities like a cinema, a library and a shopping mall, as well as wellness facilities

    Renderings have been released of an incredible new '10-minute city', where 'all the conveniences of the city' will be within a 10-minute stroll from residents' homes.

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    2021
    Thailand’s ‘smart cities’ dream will first focus on environment and smart power

    Thailand is working to develop smart cities to stimulate the economy and improve people’s quality of life, Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said at the virtual "Thailand Move On: Reshaping Smart City Landscape" forum.

    The forum, organised by Nation TV, kicked off on December 15.

    The development of smart cities is part of the government’s 20-year Thailand 4.0 strategy.

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    2021
    Emerging Technologies And Smart Cities

    Smart cities are coming soon. The latest research indicates that the global smart cities market size is poised to grow at a CAGR of 20.5% and is estimated to reach $2.5 trillion by 2025. Investments in digital transformation and smart city deployments are also steadily trending upward; Statista estimates that by 2025 the global investment in direct digital transformation will reach $6.8 trillion and by 2022 40% of cities will use digital space-planning tools. Numerous international organizations have published reports, frameworks, strategic roadmaps and playbooks to guide key stakeholders in their quest to design and build urban living for future generations. Business leaders and government officials must embark on a digital transformation in order to build smart cities and offer their citizens an improved quality of life. There are numerous factors that drive the successful deployment of smart cities, but emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, 5G and 6G networks and edge computing are considered essential.

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    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Officials told to plan development of Ongole as Smart City

    Prakasam district Collector Pravin Kumar on Friday directed officials to prepare plans for the holistic development of the Ongole Assembly constituency including the development of Ongole town as a Smart City.

    The Collector organised a special review meeting on the development of the Ongole constituency with the officials on Friday.

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    2021
    IN: Haryana Chief Minister inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) of Karnal Smart City

    Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), the 'nerve centre' and a key component of Karnal Smart City project, recently, in the presence of Nishant Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, who is also the CEO of Karnal Smart city, Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of Police, and other senior government officials.

    With the inauguration of ICCC, a slew of smart traffic management systems in the city went alive. Over 500 CCTV cameras at various locations now enable the functioning of advanced systems such as adaptive traffic control, automatic number plate recognition, detection of red-light violation and speed-violation.

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    2021
    IL: Robots to build smart homes

    Hundreds of Israeli real estate startups have raised $3.5 billion. Sensors embedded in concrete, walls that monitor temperature, windows showing ads, hands-free cranes? All in a day's work.

    Let's take a little trip into the future. The PropTech trend is gaining strength globally and in Israel. PropTech is an umbrella term for innovative technologies in the real estate field: planning and building, construction materials, project management tools, property maintenance, marketing and sales, and more. It includes any technology that serves real estate companies, their suppliers, or the end clients.

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    2021
    KR: Seoul: Firm Plans To Build Car-Free City Where Everything Is Within 10 Minutes Walking Distance

    Plans for a new car-free '10-minute city' where everything is within walking distance have been unveiled for Seoul in South Korea.

    Designed by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio, the 504,000 square metre development titled 'Project H1' will be situated at a former industrial site near the mountains in the South Korean capital.

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    2021
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: 5 yrs on, Smart City projects in limbo

    Even after more than five years of the launching of the ‘Smart City Mission’ by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, no significant project has seen the light of day in the city so far.

    The Centre had chosen the holy city under the Smart City project on September 20, 2016. Major announcements related to multi-core projects were made during all these years.

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    2021
    Alliance formed to create sustainable smart cities in Japan

    Dassault Systèmes and NTT Communications will use virtual twin technology and big data to explore solutions to challenges related to sustainability and resilience in multiple domains including energy.

    Dassault Systèmes and NTT Communications have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of offering a scalable smart city platform that can be used to address urban challenges in Japan.

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    2021
    Report: Singapore is the “smartest” city in the world

    The world’s smartest city is not London, Paris, New York, or Tokyo.

    A report commissioned by the Switzerland–based Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University for Technology and Design’s (SUTD) named Singapore as the world’s “smartest” city.

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    2021
    US: Zyter’s Smart Agriculture Solution Offers Farmers Real-Time Insights

    Farmers are set to gain more intelligent insights into the granular condition of their soil thanks to a new product from smart agriculture vendor Zyter.

    The Maryland-based company’s Smart Agriculture solution gathers soil data and atmospheric analysis from IoT sensors beneath the ground.

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    2021
    CN: Suzhou and Shenzhen: making waves with smart city strategy

    Wang Bin, smart city solution director at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, details how the implementation of new technology has helped transform the Chinese cities of Suzhou and Shenzhen into two of the world’s leading smart city environments.

    A distance of 900 miles isn’t the only thing that separates the Chinese cities of Suzhou and Shenzhen. These are cities that have grown in vastly different ways throughout their respective histories, with Suzhou an ancient town known for its canals (earning it the nickname ‘Venice of the East’) and UNESCO-recognised Classical Gardens, while Shenzhen’s rapid technology-led growth in the last 40 years makes the city more akin to San Jose or Mountain View. Despite their differences, these cities share one critical thing: smart technology strategies to make them smarter, more sustainable and more liveable.

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    SA: NEOM: Get to know the smart city that will implement the first ‘flying vehicle’ service

    Saudi Arabia wants to take its “smart city” project to another level, because after the announcement of the creation of a smart city in 2017 with an estimated investment of $ 500,000, ‘Neom’ would become the “spearhead” of the technology worldwide, and with a view to reaching that goal, the country has announced an alliance with the startup Volocopter to implement the first customized transport service with eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft).

    The agreement was concluded and signed between Nadhmi Al-Nasr, executive director of the NEOM project, and Christian Bauer, responsible for commercial affairs at Volocopter. This first agreement contemplates the design, implementation and operation of an air taxi service that “will be fully integrated with the general multimodal public transport system and zero emissions in Neom,” they explain in a statement.

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    2021
    Cybersecurity: a lifelong journey for smart cities

    Gianni Minetti, CEO of Paradox Engineering, explains why cities must ensure security is built into their solutions from their very inception not added at a later stage of development.

    The Maryland Health Department in the US is reportedly the latest victim of cyberattacks hitting governments, public bodies and cities. If measuring it as a country, cybercrime would be the world’s third-largest economy after the US and China, inflicting damages to public and private organisations for several trillion US dollars every year.

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    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Kanpur to soon get smart parking spaces with the facility of digital payments for citizens

    Parking to become more convenient in the city with the help of this new facility

    Kanpur Municipal Corporation and Smart City Limited are together working on the development of smart parking spaces in the city. As per reports, Commissioner Dr. Raj Shekhar inspected three out of the 43 such parking lots being set up across the district, under the Smart City Project. This scheme will propel a digital revamp for the city's parking infrastructure through the introduction of a mobile application, equipped with umpteen options for digital payments.

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    2021
    Public-private collaboration will define a new era for smart cities

    This was one of the clear messages to come out of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Urban Transformation Summit, an initiative which aimed to forge a path for more sustainable and inclusive cities.

    A new global initiative has underscored the requirement for increased public-private collaboration to support the development of more sustainable and inclusive cities.

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    IN: Bihar: ‘Smart’ bus stops in Patna likely to be ready by January next year

    Though a bit late, two more smart city projects are nearing completion in the city. Modern bus stops and innovative 3D wall paintings and statues under the area-based development (ABD) plan will be ready by January next year, a Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) official said.

    Of 10 smart bus stops, nine have been set up in the city. Real-time transit data like route numbers and information on buses with their estimated arrival time will be displayed at these bus stops being developed with an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crore. These bus stops will also have comfortable seating and better lighting facilities as well as dustbin cans, shade to protect from sunlight and rain and smart display for advertisements. There will also be Wi-Fi and closed-circuit television camera facilities at these bus stops in future.

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    2021
    CN: University of Hong Kong urban planners release findings on landmark smart city data project

    A landmark smart city data project has paved the way for cities to solve complex transport problems and shown how passenger trip data can be successfully and securely shared between government and commercially sensitive private service providers.

    A future collaborative environment where transport operators and payment providers share their data to provide insight into the territory-wide demand for and quality of public transport took several steps closer to reality today, with the publication of the Final Report of the Inter-modal Transport Data-Sharing programme.

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    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai to get carbon credit framework

    It will facilitate reduction in emission by civic infrastructure projects, let Corpn. trade carbon credits

    The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and Chennai Smart City Ltd. will set up a carbon credit framework, facilitating the reduction in emission by civic infrastructure projects.

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    2021
    Japanese Firm Nippon Koei to test self-driving cars in Smart City near Hanoi, Vietnam

    Japanese engineering consulting firm Nippon Koei will start an experiment of automated vehicles in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

    The experiment will take place at a large-scale redevelopment area in suburban Hanoi, in collaboration with a subsidiary of Ecopark Group, a major real estate developer in Vietnam and a local tech company which is engaged in the development of self-driving cars. The companies aim to improve access to the center of the city and to participate in the smart city development. The experiment is scheduled to end on December 14th, with an aim of launching a commercial service by the end of 2023.

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    VN: Smart and sustainable cities to attract quality FDI

    While sustainable smart cities are considered a solution to sustain international business investments, for Vietnam experts have advised local cities and provinces to prioritise building them to attract FDI. According to the World Bank, Vietnam is amongst the fastest-growing economies globally, with an average GDP growth rate of 6.31 percent from 2000 to 2020, adding that it has been an attractive destination for international businesses for the last 30 years due to its rapid economic reforms, rich resources and high population.

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    VN: RoK real estate firm develops smart city in Hung Yen

    Vice Chairman of Hung Yen provincial People's Committee Nguyen Hung Nam on December 13 handed over a decision on establishing a clean industrial park, and an cooperation agreement on smart city development to the Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH) of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the framework of the Vietnam - Korea Business Forum.

    The forum, which was held in both face-to-face and online forms by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK and tthe Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) on the occasion of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s ongoing official visit to the RoK, attracted representatives from 500 enterprises of the two nations.

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    2021
    Thales signs MoU to develop digital identity, smart cities in Saudi Arabia

    France’s Thales has signed a memorandum of understanding with stc (Saudi Telecom Company) to collaborated on a broad range of technologies including digital identity solutions, e-SIMs, national security technologies, smart cities, IoT, payment solutions and 5G satellites, reports Arab News.

    stc has the twin objectives of providing its customers which span mobile, internet and landline with cybersecurity solutions and close collaboration between the companies to improve digital skills training in these technologies at the stc academy.

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    ZW: ‘Devolution to drive smart city concept’

    Government has allocated $43 billion under devolution for next year to local authorities towards the upgrading of infrastructure to meet the ongoing development agenda of smart cities, and no city or town should lag behind as the country moves to achieve an upper middle income economy by 2030, President Mnangagwa said yesterday.

    The President, who was officially opening a new-look Kudzanai Long Distance Bus Terminus in Gweru, said devolution funds were enough for local authorities to modernise and embrace the smart city concept, with the Government taking over the development of major national projects such as roads and other infrastructure.

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    MX: Mexico City: Unintelligent cities: poor mobility

    Mexico City is the fifth most inhabited city in the world and, according to the United Nations (UN), the city with the highest percentage of traffic congestion. We are far from being a smart city or smart city. I’m not surprised that Mexicans spend an average of 432 hours a year in traffic — the equivalent of 18 days — according to a study conducted by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). If we bring together all the users of public transport, just because they are stopped in traffic, they lose 69,000 million pesos a year in productivity; for those who use a car, the figure is 25,000 million pesos per year. I do not like to drive and I do not have a car, not only because of appointments for vehicular procedures, but it is a much more complex issue called mobility.

    When I speak of mobility, I mean the ease with which people travel to meet their needs, taking into account all that this implies. The only thing that could solve mobility problems in Mexico would be to transform its cities into smart spaces.

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    First Fully 5G City in Kazakhstan to Be Founded in Turkistan

    The first 5G city, sponsored by Kcell, one of the country’s largest mobile network operators, and Ericsson, Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, will be set up in Turkistan – the capital of the Turkic world, reports inbusiness.kz.

    With their strategic agreement, Kcell and Ericsson intend to accelerate the development of 5G technologies in the country.

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    ZW: Government committed to smart cities agenda

    President Mnangagwa has said Government has allocated $43 billion in devolution funds to local authorities to upgrade infrastructure to meet the ongoing development agenda of creating smart cities.

    Government approved the smart cities concept last year in line with the vision of having an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

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    2021
    South Korea launching facial recognition CCTV pilot to trace COVID cases

    South Korea is planning to add facial recognition to the technology arsenal of its contact-tracing initiative, with the hope of saving numerous hours of labor and speed up notifications of potential exposure to COVID-19, according to Thomson Reuters.

    Bucheon, a city of more than 800,000 at the edge of Seoul, has been granted Won 1.6 billion (US$1.35 million) from the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and contributed an additional Won 500 million ($ million) of its budget to develop the facial recognition system for tracking the movements and contact of infected people on footage from 10,820 CCTV cameras. The system can reportedly track the paths of up to ten people in between five and ten minutes.

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    Vietnam's rise in digital transformation

    Digital transformation in the economy is expected to contribute significantly to the policy of improving efficiency in Vietnam.

    According to the World Bank, the use of digital platforms, e-commerce sites, social networks and specialized applications in Vietnam has increased sharply in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, from 48% businesses in June 2020 to 73% in January 2021. During the same period, the rate of enterprises investing in digital solutions - such as installing equipment and software for business operations - quadrupled from 5% to 21%.

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    Digital transformation to be the focus of socio-economic development in Vietnam, says its PM

    Digital transformation will be the focus to effectively control the pandemic and restore socio-economic development over the next two years, Vietnam Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh has confirmed.

    He made the remark while attending the third edition of a national forum on the development of Vietnamese digital enterprises in Hanoi on Saturday (Dec 11)

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    PH: Digital transformation partnership for economic recovery

    "The private sector has always been a valuable and reliable partner to the government."

    Digital transformation, connectivity, power and energy, and good governance are among the interconnected essentials that must play in sync to successfully pull out of this protracted state of crisis and start a momentum of sustained prosperity.

    The eagerness to get out of this pandemic rut was palpable from all the government, industry, academe, and civil society thought leaders that shared their analyses and strategic solutions during the deep discussions in the sessions of the 2021 Pilipinas Conference organized by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi).

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    TH: Reskilling staff necessary for digital transformation, say experts

    Improving employees’ hard and soft skills is necessary to digitally transform organisations, experts said at the “Synergising Digital Leadership with People Leadership to Achieve Breakthroughs in 2022" webinar on Thursday.

    Studies conducted by several institutions worldwide show that 70 per cent of organisations failed to achieve digital transformation because their staff was not ready for the change.

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    VN: Why has Da Nang taken the lead in digital transformation?

    Since 2010, Da Nang has identified information and communication technology as one of the three strategic breakthroughs in socio-economic development.

    The central city of Da Nang topped the Digital Transformation Index (DTI) rankings in 2020 for localities nationwide in all three key pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society, according to the DTI 2020 Report released several days ago by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

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    AE: Dubai becomes world’s first paperless government, saves over 336 million papers

    Dubai Crown Prince announces realisation of Dubai Paperless Strategy launched in 2018

    Dubai has become the world’s first paperless government after the on-time realisation of the Dubai Paperless Strategy that was launched in 2018, it was announced on Saturday.

    The announcement was carried in a tweet by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.

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    IN: Goa: Panjim set to miss deadline for proposed ICCC implementation

    The capital city of Panjim is set to miss its deadline for the implementation of the proposed Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), which was to be launched on Monday, December 13.

    Part of the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) Goa Intelligent City Management System (GGICMS) set up, Goa is trailing behind other States where Smart Cities have already had such ICCCs up and running.

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