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  • Do
    Jul
    29
    2021
    Singapore neglecting smart nation roots in COVID-19 fumble

    Just weeks after championing its vision of an "endemic norm", Singapore takes a big step backwards reinstating COVID-19 restrictions amidst a current outbreak, when it should instead be tapping its technological gains to steer its population confidently forward.

    For years it has pushed an ambitious plan to lead the global stage with its unabashed adoption of technology, but Singapore now appears to have forgotten its smart nation roots amidst a current COVID-19 outbreak. In managing the spread, the government could have leveraged the strides it made in using data and technology--instead, it has chosen simply to revert to tighter restrictions that may erode public confidence and have long-term impact on local businesses

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    29
    2021
    US: Nevada: How Vegas built an LTE network in 45 days, and what it might do next

    In December, at the height of the pandemic, the city of Las Vegas lit up a fixed wireless network covering 65 square miles and offering download speeds up to 35 Mbit/s. The city's initial goal was to connect homebound students to their teachers in cases where they might not have a home Internet connection.

    Now, as pandemic restrictions ease, the city and its network vendors are looking for ways to expand and improve the network in ways that would position Las Vegas as a "smart city."

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    Jul
    29
    2021
    US: In modernization, security is a barrier and an incentive

    Dive Brief:

    • Three-quarters of government IT decision-makers cite migrating and managing data from legacy systems to the cloud as a challenge, but 60% think it is important to modernize IT infrastructure to improve efficiency and security, according to an IBM survey released Friday.
    • Half of respondents cited performance issues as a barrier to cloud migration, 38% said training users on new systems slowed modernization and 26% blamed bandwidth costs as a concern. Morning Consult collected responses from more than 500 government IT decision-makers on behalf of IBM.
    • "Jumping in without a plan, without an understanding [of] how they want to go about it, leads to failures, which leads to folks not wanting to modernize," Sanjay Sardar, Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and IT Modernization at SAIC and a former federal CIO, told CIO Dive.

  • Do
    Jul
    29
    2021
    IN: AI-Driven Public Interest Technologies: Employing Open Government Data To Achieve It – Analysis

    As exhibited at the Government of India’s inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference, RAISE 2020, there is a growing recognition that AI poses to significantly accelerate progress towards achieving improved developmental and socioeconomic outcomes. In fact, studies published by Nature and the McKinsey Global Institute demonstrate that AI could enable improvements in 100+ targets across the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This progress is generally thought to be from AI-driven technological interventions.

    However, the potential of AI-driven ‘public interest’ technologies — such as in fields like agriculture, health, and education — depends largely on the availability of suitable datasets. Refined datasets are required to train autonomous algorithms (what we refer to as AI) that in turn power enhanced analytics, perception, decision-making, and prediction technologies. The more extensive and high-quality the data that is fed to a model, the more accurate, effective, and impactful an AI-enabled technology can become.

  • Do
    Jul
    29
    2021
    Infrastructure development, digitalisation key areas of growth in the Philippines

    The Philippines has increasingly caught the eye of Singapore businesses in recent years, thanks to its growing middle-class, young population and skilled workforce.

    Indeed, even in the midst of Covid-19, Koufu expanded its Supertea and R&B Tea brands in the Philippines in August 2020, via a franchise with Philippine F&B group Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures.

  • Mi
    Jul
    28
    2021
    Services Australia battling large-scale transformation and an APS IT talent shortfall

    The super agency has eight large transformation programs underway that the rest of the Commonwealth hopes to re-use, but the Community and Public Sector Union would argue Services Australia staff are being left behind amid the bureaucracy.

    Services Australia is currently undertaking eight major transformation programs, focusing on reusing capability that the agency's CEO of transformation projects Charles McHardie has touted will provide consistency, ease of use for staff, and cost savings.

  • Mi
    Jul
    28
    2021
    AU: Queensland: Grant for farm safety app invests in our agricultural future

    Queensland’s agriculture industry will have a new workplace health and safety tool thanks to a Digital Transformation Grant as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative (CHRRUP) would use its $38,500 grant to develop the SafeStation app, which is custom-made for agriculture being used mostly by clients in Central Queensland.

  • Mi
    Jul
    28
    2021
    US: AT&T, JBG Smith disclose plans for at-scale 5G smart city

    AT&T on Tuesday said it signed a letter of intent with real-estate owner and developer JBG Smith to build the first at-scale 5G smart city in the U.S.

    A definitive agreement is expected in the coming weeks.

    The 5G smart city is planned for the Washington, D.C., area, in National Landing – described as central location of three neighborhoods including Pentagon City, Crystal City and Potomac Yard (and home to Amazon’s second headquarters).

  • Di
    Jul
    27
    2021
    US: North Carolina town deploys smart city technology to improve safety

    The $2m project is the result of a matched federal grant between the US Department of Transportation and Cary, and is the first of its kind in the US state.

    The town of Cary has embarked on a £2m project to upgrade its traffic control system with the latest IoT, smart cities technology to improve safety, maximise responsiveness and efficiency of traffic for all users.

  • Di
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    27
    2021
    Malaysia announces strategy to advance digital economy

    The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on July 19 announced its Digital Investments Future5 (DIF5) Strategy, a plan focusing on five key thrusts aimed at attracting investments and advancing Malaysia’s digital economy in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL).

    In a statement, it the DIF5 Strategy’s targets by 2025 include 50 billion RM investments in the digital economy; attracting 50 Fortune500 tech companies to land and expand in Malaysia; the establishment of five Unicorns; and the creation of 50,000 high-value jobs in MSC Malaysia.

  • Di
    Jul
    27
    2021
    Malaysia looks to attract nearly 12 billion USD to digital economy

    Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) - the lead agency of digital transformation in Malaysia, has unveiled its five-year plan which sets a target of attracting 50 billion ringgit (about 11.84 billion USD) to the country’s digital economy.

    In a statement, MDEC said that the five-year initiative, which will run from 2021 to 2025, aims to ensure high quality digital investments as the Southeast Asian country seeks to unlock new drivers of growth in the digital economy.

  • Di
    Jul
    27
    2021
    Egypt, Singapore discuss strengthening CIT cooperation

    Two countries previously signed agreement establishing partnerships to spread public awareness on AI, transfer knowledge

    Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with Singapore’s Ambassador in Cairo Dominic Goh, to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in communications and information technology (CIT).

    During the meeting, Talaat reviewed Egypt’s digital strategy and efforts to achieve digital transformation. Part of these official efforts include building Egyptian citizens by providing training programmes in the field of CIT.

  • Mo
    Jul
    26
    2021
    The West looks on as Africa opts for China’s Digital Silk Road programme

    Senegal is set to become the first African country to replicate the Chinese model of implementing local domestic servers and data centres, a move aimed at strengthening the country’s digital sovereignty.

    In late June Senegal announced plans to move all of its government data and digital platforms to a new national data centre. The restructuring of the centre will cost €70m and will be funded by a loan from the Chinese government. Chinese technology company Huawei will be providing material support.

  • Mo
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    26
    2021
    NG: Kashifu: Driving innovative adoption of the digital economy

    The past year has witnessed a multitude of accomplishments.

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is the apex regulator of Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

    Created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development in the country, the agency derives its mandate from the NITDA Development Act (2007).

  • Mo
    Jul
    26
    2021
    India one of the most vulnerable, least prepared countries for automation

    In particular, India ranks fifth highest in terms of the impact from automation and ninth in terms of their level preparedness for this impact

    India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are most at risk and least prepared for the coming wave of automation, while Japan, Singapore and Australia are the most prepared within the Asia Pacific region, according to a latest report by Deloitte and Autodesk Foundation. Close to half of all businesses intend to increase their adoption of robotic process automation over the next year, with Covid-19 greatly accelerating the process across the world, according to the report 'The Future of Work is Now: Is APAC Ready?'.

  • Mo
    Jul
    26
    2021
    AU: Demand for digital skills soars, as employers struggle to attract new talent and retain top performers

    Demand for workers with digital skills is soaring, with DevOps professionals leading the way, as COVID-19 has fast-tracked the digitisation of the workforce and exacerbated a skills gap in Australia.

    That’s according to research from recruitment agency Robert Half, conducted in partnership with labour market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.

  • So
    Jul
    25
    2021
    KE: Chamas can now provide internet services to communities

    Network limited to a subcounty, and a community will be issued with a 10-year license.

    In Summary

    • Communities can now organise themselves in such a model so as to supply and provide internet services through community networks.
    • The advantage of an Internet Network that is set up this way is that it has collective ownership, helps in the growth of local economies, and promotes local content development.

  • So
    Jul
    25
    2021
    T&T’s digitisation gains momentum

    Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley believes the new Ministry of Digital Transformation and a drive towards technology will create new opportunities for businesses. He spoke about the importance of using technology to transform the public service and the economy in an interview last Thursday on Brighter Morning with Bhoe Live, hosted by Dr Bhoe Tewarie on MultiCultural Television (MCTV) and U97.5FM.

    Days earlier, Dr Rowley had announced the creation of a dedicated Ministry of Digital Transformation—a portfolio previously part of a ministry that also included Public Administration—and put Hassel Bacchus at the helm.

  • Sa
    Jul
    24
    2021
    India becomes the Fourth Country to Roll out Blockchain-powered Educational Documents

    The Government of Maharashtra, in partnership with LegitDoc, a local tech-startup, is carrying out the world’s largest blockchain-powered educational credentialing system by issuing nearly 1 million digital diploma certificates

    LegitDoc, a blockchain startup, is helping the Government of Maharashtra implement the world’s largest blockchain-powered educational credentialing system by issuing nearly 1 million tamper-proof diploma certificates.

  • Sa
    Jul
    24
    2021
    IN: Rajasthan: Jaipur: 9 big projects completed under Smart City Mission

    Jaipur Smart City Limited (JSCL) has completed around nine major projects till now spending Rs 142 crore while 15 major projects are still underway for which around Rs 277 crore will be spent.

    Rajasthan on Thursday secured first place among 36 states and union territories in online ranking under Smart City Mission.

  • Sa
    Jul
    24
    2021
    Stumbling blocks to ASEAN-China smart city cooperation

    China is moving full speed ahead in the race for global technology leadership having promoted artificial intelligence, expanded venture capital and funded start-ups worldwide. ASEAN countries have seen a surge in Chinese capital flows through massive infrastructure projects that have significant smart city elements, including Forest City Johor Bahru, New Clark City, New Manila Bay City of Pearl and Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor. China has also shown a great interest in the region’s newly planned township projects, including the Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan and New Yangon City.

  • Fr
    Jul
    23
    2021
    AE: Dubai Digital's first meeting discusses plans for Dubai's digital transformation

    Dubai Digital Authority (DDA) has held the first meeting with the four affiliated entities under its umbrella to discuss the unified vision for Dubai’s comprehensive digital transformation.

    Hosted at the Dubai Statistics Centre, the meeting, chaired by Hamad Al Mansoori, Director-General of DDA, was attended by Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Dubai Electronic Security Centre; Arif Obaid Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Dubai Statistics Centre; Younus Al Nasser, CEO of Dubai Data Establishment, and Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment.

  • Fr
    Jul
    23
    2021
    IN: Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu: Silvassa Smart City starts survey to understand the problems of public transport

    Silvassa is firmly committed to making our transport services like buses, auto rickshaws COVID-safe in this difficult situation. By participating in the 'Transport4All Challenge' an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Silvassa Smart City will improve public transport service to better meet the mobility needs of citizens, especially during this pandemic.

    Citizens are the core of this challenge. They can help define the problems of public transport in the city and develop solutions through feedback. Silvassa Smart City is conducting a survey to get citizen information about their experience about public transport and the issues faced by them while commuting.

  • Fr
    Jul
    23
    2021
    Awards recognise smart city progress made by North America municipalities

    Projects ranging from the use of AI and machine learning to inspect roadways to a housing rights challenge were among those highlighted as making “unprecedented progress”.

    Solutions that address digital equity, accessibility and civic engagement are among those recognised in the IDC Government Insights fourth annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA).

  • Fr
    Jul
    23
    2021
    Atos, Ooredoo ink cybersecurity deal for Qatar's Smart City programme

    As Ooredoo’s security partner in Qatar, Atos will provide its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service powered by its AIsaac platform

    Atos and Doha-based telco Ooredoo have announced key cybersecurity partnership to deliver threat detection and response services to Qatar Smart Program ‘TASMU.’

    The initiative will be driven by the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MOTC) and will ultimately support the Qatar National Vision 2030.

  • Do
    Jul
    22
    2021
    As cities fill tech gaps, power of smart cities unleashes, report finds

    Governing Smart Cities, a report released yesterday by the World Economic Forum, provides a benchmark for the ethical and responsible use of smart city technologies by looking into the inner workings of 36 Pioneer Cities. The authors of the report seek to help city leaders identify gaps, protect long-term interests and keep up with the pace of technology.

    According to the report, cities of all sizes, geographies and levels of development have serious governance gaps, such as the failure to designate a person accountable for cybersecurity or to assess privacy risks when procuring new technology systems. However, leaders can close these gaps and protect long-term interests by acting now.

  • Do
    Jul
    22
    2021
    Broadband development crucial for the South Pacific region

    Demand for broadband and data-based services is growing in the South Pacific, improving both economic and social conditions in the region, writes Paul Budde.

    Australia has a special relationship with our South Pacific neighbours and we have a responsibility to collaborate with them and assist them, especially in the fields of information technology and telecommunications. Therefore, I would like to share this information with you that BuddeComm has prepared for this region.

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    Jul
    22
    2021
    CN:; Western Yunnan: Baoshan to be pilot zone for smart digitalization

    Shanghai's northeast industrial bases in northern Baoshan District will become pilot zones for intelligent applications and the digital transformation of old industries.

    The Nanda and Wusong areas, once the city's iron-steel bases, will be developed into the Nanda Future Smart City and Wusong Innovation City, the Baoshan government said on Thursday.

  • Do
    Jul
    22
    2021
    Smart City Drone Delivery: DroneUp in Ontario, CA “Community, Connectivity, and Convenience”

    Drone service provider DroneUp announced that it has completed the first smart city drone delivery in Ontario, California.

    Ontario, CA has developed Brookfield Properties at New Haven, a masterplan community – one of the developments defining Ontario as one of the most progressive cities in the U.S.  The plan provides residents with life-enhancing technologies which include robot carts, e-scooters, and smart hubs.  Clearly, these are services that communities value: New Haven is the fastest growing community in California, and the 5th fastest growing in the U.S.

  • Do
    Jul
    22
    2021
    VG: Government launches online work permit system

    A few minor connection glitches were not enough to disrupt a virtual launch of the government’s online work permit system on Monday, July 12.

    The first of several expected elements of an e-government platform, the work permit system has been years in the making. The system allows employees to apply for work permits without having to visit the departments of Immigration and Labour until payments are to be made, Chief Immigration Officer Ian Penn said.

  • Mi
    Jul
    21
    2021
    Mortgage Services, Registration Now Accessible Online in Kazakhstan

    Mortgage services are now available in the real estate government database online in Kazakhstan. This was announced in July by Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Space Industry Bagdat Mussin.

    People now can apply for a mortgage online without going to the banks and collecting documents offline. The project has been launched in cooperation with the Freedom Finance Bank since July 1. Digitized homebuying is the next step, starting with the registration of rights and ending with the registration of withdrawal from the pledge in August.

  • Mi
    Jul
    21
    2021
    TT: De Nobriga: New ministry to encourage public to think digital

    The newly established Ministry of Digital Transformation is expected to accelerate the country’s transformation process post covid19 with the target to enhance the efficiency of government operations.

    On Monday the Prime Minister announced the split of the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation into two ministries. Allyson West will continue to head the Public Administration Ministry and Hassel Bacchus, who served as a minister under the previous ministry, has been appointed as Minister of Digital Transformation.

  • Mi
    Jul
    21
    2021
    CN: How can Hong Kong be a smart city when offices are stuck in the past?

    I refer to Avisekh Biswas’ letter (“Time for Hong Kong to go from ‘Asia’s world city’ to world’s smart city”, July 12) and concur with the stated remarks. The challenge with Hong Kong becoming a “smart city” is not with the private sector but the government’s intent of operating as if it is the 20th century.

    Consider that numerous government departments still require the submission of paper forms and that such forms and associated documents must be “chopped”. This is all on the pretence that this makes the documents “official”.

  • Mi
    Jul
    21
    2021
    Global cities urged to form policies to ensure responsible use of tech

    World Economic Forum (WEF) report on technology governance follows the creation of the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance

    The need to focus on policies for responsible and ethical use of technology is growing as cities across the world adjust to the post-pandemic normal, the World Economic Forum said in its first report on the state of technology governance in cities.

    Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation and the adoption of technology-led city services, according to the Governing Smart Cities report released on Tuesday. However, nearly all the cities surveyed have critical policy gaps related to their governance of smart city technologies.

  • Di
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    20
    2021
    CA: Ontario: Mississauga ranked as one the most intelligent cities on earth

    Mississauga can give itself a pat on the collective back after being named one of the most intelligent cities on Earth.

    Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) recognizes seven cities that are models of economic, social and cultural development in the digital age. Mississauga was one of three Canadian cities to earn recognition, along with Winnipeg and Langley Twp., B.C.

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    20
    2021
    IN: 'Integrated communication, action & forward-thinking are 3 pillars of dentsu Smart City'

    dentsu international Media Brands COO Haresh Nayak & Indeed Smart City VP & Smart City specialist Ajay Singh share how agency capabilities are being added on to for a robust business model

    As the Indian Smart Cities Mission entered its sixth-year last month, dentsu India announced the launch of ‘Indeed Smart City’ in the country under its CSR advisory & implementation arm - Indeed. The purpose of the initiative -- led by dentsu international, Media Brands COO Haresh Nayak along with Indeed Smart City VP & Smart City specialist Ajay Singh -- is to support India’s aspirations for economic modernisation by contributing to area-based development, information & communications technology, and other facets of overall smart city development. The duo recently chatted with exchange4media about the initiative and its goals elaborating how it seamlessly integrates the existing dentsu India skills into a new mission.

  • Di
    Jul
    20
    2021
    KH: Conference on ‘smart cities’ being created across nation

    The government has been discussing plans to turn three of the Kingdom’s cities into “smart cities”, more environmentally friendly urban hubs that improve the standard of living for locals and make them more attractive to tourists.

    Minister of Civil Service Prum Sokha noted that a smart city is not just defined by its incorporation of digital advances, but also by the increasing of its livability. The minister spoke at yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Virtual Conference on Smart City Planning.

  • Di
    Jul
    20
    2021
    Australian Cities Get Smarter But at What Cost?

    Across Australia, state capitals and large cities are undergoing a transformation towards a smart city model. Smart cities aim to be more sustainable, make citizens’ lives easier and safer, and use resources more efficiently.

    In Sydney, the multi-billion dollar metro project recently saw the delivery of 22 automated and driverless metro trains alongside eight new stations. Further north in Queensland, the Cairns Regional Council has installed a network of smart environmental sensors that measure and track high nutrient, sediment, and chemical traces in urban waterways. The smart sensors for part of the Reducing Urban Impacts on the Great Barrier Reef project, which aims to right some of the wrongs the marine Park has suffered in the last few decades.

  • Mo
    Jul
    19
    2021
    AU: Victorian government sets aside AU$35m to build a digital twin of the state

    The Victorian government believes establishing Digital Twin Victoria will help planners, engineers, and builders improve the way they approach future planning projects.

    The Victorian government has announced it will fork out just shy of AU$35 million to build a digital twin of Victoria to help it improve the way it approaches future urban planning projects.

  • Mo
    Jul
    19
    2021
    AU: Planning Victoria’s Digital Transformation

    The Andrews Labor Government is positioning the state as a leader in planning and digital innovation, announcing a record $35.2 million to deliver Digital Twin Victoria – a data-based digital replica of our state.

    Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced Digital Twin Victoria, which will transform planning and unlock efficiencies from the start to finish of infrastructure projects, helping to drive the state’s economic recovery.

  • Mo
    Jul
    19
    2021
    One data Indonesia policy and e-government implementation require the support from technology providers like Huawei

    All stakeholders believe that implementing e-government (SPBE) will be key to efficient, high-quality, transparent, and accountable public services by making use of efficiently integrated data from both central and regional governments.

    The belief was affirmed at the second day of the Satu Data Indonesia WebSummit on e-government for national economic recovery. The WebSummit, held virtually and saw 1,400 participants in attendance, presented Chief of Presidential Staff General TNI Purn. Dr. Moeldoko, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas Dr. Ir. H. Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform H. Tjahjo Kumolo, SH., and Indonesian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia Drs. Djauhari Oratmangun as keynote speakers.

  • Mo
    Jul
    19
    2021
    The story of Estonia’s rise in the digital world

    Estonia, a country in the Scandinavian region, is not very well known to the people of the world. You will not find the country in the list of countries that are regularly heard in the international media for various reasons. It may even be that today, for the first time, you find out that there is a country in the world called ‘Estonia’! Whatever it is, even if you don’t know Estonia, there is no harm in it. But in the future, the name of this small country will be heard loudly in the technology dependent world. There are not many days left when Estonia will become a role model for many countries in the world. The success story of a country that started out empty-handed and established itself as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world today will be much discussed in the days to come. In a small country with more than half of its total area covered by remote jungles, its citizens are shaking up the technology world with the ever-evolving concept of start-ups.

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    18
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: LG Launches 'mySrinagar' Mobile App

    Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday launched the 'mySrinagar' mobile app -- a one-stop solution catering to the needs of residents and tourists by integrating all available e-services offered by various departments and tourism-related information "in both offline and online modes".

    An official spokesman said the 'mySrinagar' mobile app also has emergency helpline service.

  • So
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    18
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Lt Governor e-Inaugurates multiple projects of Srinagar Smart City

    In a yet another move to transform the Cities of J&K and making them more vibrant, citizen-friendly, and modern, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today e-inaugurated multiple projects of Srinagar Smart City including Variable Message Displays (VMDs) installed across the city, besides dedicating the new Surface Car Parking at Residency Road, Srinagar to the public.

    The Lt Governor also launched the ‘mySrinagar’ Mobile App, which will be a one stop solution catering to the needs of citizens and tourists in Srinagar. The app integrates all available e-services offered by various departments, tourism related information in both offline and online mode and emergency helpline services at finger tips of users.

  • Sa
    Jul
    17
    2021
    US: Lacuna Raises $16M, Aims to Muscle Up City Mobility Programs

    As cities look beyond the pandemic, a Silicon Valley startup secures funding as it helps local officials better manage scooters, deliveries and other challenges. Data modeling combined with open source technology is key.

    The pandemic battered public transit, squeezed ride-sharing operations and, in some cases, clogged roads with e-commerce delivery trucks, lifelines of retail amid a wave of store closures. Now as cities bounce back, a 3-year-old Silicon Valley company called Lacuna Technologies aims to use $16 million worth of fresh capital to help those local governments manage the emerging realities of post-COVID transportation.

  • Sa
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    17
    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh has prepped for disaster control using technology, says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday that Madhya Pradesh has made the best arrangements for disaster control by using state-of-theart technology.

    “Team Madhya Pradesh is ready to deal with situations of all kinds of disasters like flood, earthquake, fire, accident etc,” the chief minister asserted.

  • Sa
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    17
    2021
    IN: CEO Jammu & Kashmir e-Governance Agency shares J&K’s growth story during National Smart Cities Conclave

    Amit Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Jammu & Kashmir e-Governance Agency (CEO, JaKeGA) today shared the growth story of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir over the past few years while addressing the virtual gathering in the National Smart Cities Conclave as a Keynote Speaker in the Inaugural Session alongwith other prominent speakers from all across the nation. This exclusive Virtual Conclave at the National Level was organised by GovConnect in collaboration with Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation.

    CEO, JaKeGA shared lot of important aspects related to growth which has taken place all across J&K especially with the usage of e-Governance tools during the inaugural session “Smart Sustainable & Resilient Cities – Towards Improving Quality of Living” wherein he also shared that a historically important Project is going to be launched very soon known as “Digital Village Centres” (DVC) through which a direct connectivity shall be established between the top offices led by LG, J&K Office and the Gram Sabhas (Panchayats) across UT which are located at the grass-root level with the usage of latest MPLS network and related technologies.

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    2021
    US: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How Government Approaches Innovation

    State and local government innovation offices are neither ubiquitous nor standardized. GT talked to veterans of four such agencies to get insight on best practices, lessons learned and what’s ahead.

    As recently as a decade ago, it would have been rare — if not entirely unheard of — to find a state or local government in the U.S. that had a robust office dedicated solely to innovation work. While such innovation offices are a bit more common now, they’re still far from wholly standard, and as a result there is quite a bit of variance between those that do exist.

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    17
    2021
    KE: President Kenyatta reiterates Govt commitment to the completion of Konza technopolis

    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday commissioned two key projects at the Konza Technopolis, signaling the Government’s commitment to the completion of the country’s first smart city.

    The President, who was on an inspection tour of infrastructure projects implemented by the Government and partners at the technopolis, inaugurated an eight-storey headquarters of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA).

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    Jul
    16
    2021
    With its latest Indeed Smart City solution, dentsu India aims to help government bodies in reinventing India’s cities

    How dentsu India’s Indeed Smart City project will play a role in building better infrastructure in India

    • Dentsu India’s Indeed Smart City project aims to provide smart technological solutions to government bodies and private entities.
    • Two of dentsu India’s projects are already up and running.
    • We catch up with Ajay Singh as the Vice President of Smart City, dentsu India and Haresh Nayak, COO, dentsu international, Media Brands to find out all about it.

  • Fr
    Jul
    16
    2021
    US: Harmonizing Government IT Will Take More Than Money

    A U.S. House hearing last week heard testimony from experts who underlined the disconnect between federal, state and local IT as well as how leadership can stall efforts to improve digital user experience and cybersecurity.

    Memories of vital government operations hamstrung by technology failures during the pandemic remained fresh in mind for U.S. House Representatives and witnesses who recently convened to discuss modernizing state and local government IT systems and critical services.

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    2021
    PK: Punjab: Smart City project made operational in Dera Ghazi Khan

    Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has said Smart City project in Dera Ghazi Khan district will bring peace, control crime and maintain law and order.

    The chief minister congratulated DG Khan DPO Omar Saeed and praised his performance in making Smart City project operational. The chief minister said the project would bring peace and maintain law and order in the district. He said in modern times it is not possible to improve service delivery without effective use of information technology and DPO Omar Saeed Malik is one of the professional officers who maintain high standards of policing as per the requirements of modern times.

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    2021
    QA: Tasmu Platform to operate smart solutions in healthcare, agriculture, food security

    The recently-launched Tasmu Platform will operate several smart solutions, including those in the healthcare and agriculture sectors, as well as in food security, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced on Wednesday.

    The launch of Tasmu highlighted that the ‘Virtual Consultation’ is a healthcare smart solution developed in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health to ensure that with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the local community could access medical advice, diagnoses, and prescriptions from the comfort and safety of their homes.

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    2021
    CN: Guangdong: Shenzhen passes first local law to protect personal data

    Shenzhen in Guangdong province has approved China's first local law on data management, as the nation continues stepping up efforts to protect personal information.

    Details of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Data Regulations were published by the municipal people's congress on Tuesday. The legislation was passed on June 29 and will take effect on Jan 1.

    "The regulations clearly define personal data processing activities and effectively strengthen personal data protection," said Liu Jiachen, head of the city's government services and data management bureau.

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    2021
    IN: Pune: Pimpri Chinchwad: ‘PCMC Smart city work to be done in 7 months’

    The civic body, which currently ranks 22, claims only 40% of these projects remain, and their work will be fast-tracked

    Civic officials have claimed the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Smart City Project (SCP) has only 40 per cent of its development projects remaining and these will happen over the next seven months. The declaration comes on the heels of the Centre deciding to wind up its Smart City Mission (SCM) and clarifying that projects will not be extended beyond on March 31, 2022.

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    2021
    Doing Digital or Doing Digital Well? Transformation for the Long Game

    The four keys to winning the digital transformation race are: people, technology, data and creativity. Knowing how to leverage these is the difference between "doing digital" and doing digital well.

    When the starting shot goes off at a road race, a small group of runners will usually fire onto the course, pushing to get to the head of the pack as quickly as possible. Behind them, the more level-paced runners roll out their race strategy phase by phase, recognizing the need to speed or slow down to stay in contention. The race to digital transformation is somewhat similar.

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    15
    2021
    TH: Digital project targets four Central provinces

    The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has worked with four Central plains provinces to promote digital adoption to improve their living conditions, particularly during the pandemic.

    The four provinces are Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Suphan Buri.

    Governors of these provinces and relevant agencies pledged their full support and cooperation for the project.

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    14
    2021
    ZA: Putting the 'e' in e-government

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers many potential benefits, not least of which is providing local government with access to a wide new range of tools and solutions – from cloud and Internet of Things, to big data and advanced analytics – which it can leverage to improve the services it delivers to citizens.

    With the significant push towards digital transformation, inspired at least in part by the pandemic-driven switch to remote working, there are a number of technologies and solutions being considered – or already leveraged – by local government to help improve service delivery.

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    14
    2021
    Nigeria has third most developed Internet ecosystem in Africa – Report

    “Internet Exchange Points (IXP) are critical to improving internet access and lowering connectivity costs in the continent," the report states.

    Nigeria has the third most developed Internet ecosystem in Africa, a new report has shown.

    The report by Internet society, a global nonprofit organisation promoting the development and use of the Internet, said Nigeria ranks just below South Africa and Kenya.

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    2021
    Bloomberg partners with selected cities to build back better

    Three-year grants will fund innovation teams, or “i-teams,” to help mayors leverage data and digital technologies to enhance public services and create new value for communities.

    Six global cities are to share grants and technical assistance totalling $17m aimed at accelerating their digital transformation to help improve the lives of residents and boost recovery from the global pandemic.

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    2021
    MY: Data centre infrastructure to bolster country’s digital economy

    The evolution of economic activity and technology offers enormous challenges and an opportunity for data centres

    The establishment of data centre hubs and cloud service providers will continue to be the driving force behind the rise of the country’s digital economy, according to AIMS Data Centre CEO Chiew Kok Hin.

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    14
    2021
    MY: 5G rollout in 3 cities by year-end

    Digital Nasional says initial rollout covers KL, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, followed by 5 major cities and districts in 5 states by 2022

    The national fifth generation (5G) network will be launched by the end of 2021 beginning with Kuala Lumpur (KL), Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, according to Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB).

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    Jul
    13
    2021
    MOU inked to build net zero carbon digital building solution in Singapore

    Envision Digital and ST Engineering have agreed to jointly build an end-to-end net zero carbon urban infrastructure solution for Singapore’s public and commercial sectors, as a contribution to the city’s Energy Reset Initiative under the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which pushes for greener and sustainable commercial and industrial buildings.

    In an MOU signed recently, both companies  have committed six months to build cloud-based, Integrated Net Zero Carbon Digital Building Suite that connects and facilitates real-time data flows across ST Engineering’s smart digital building solutions. These include connected IoT sensors for smart lighting and indoor daylight harvesting, integrated security management systems, smart car park platforms, advanced crowd detection systems and data-driven facility management systems.

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    2021
    Why 5G is key to Europe’s economic recovery

    One of the most significant lessons learnt during the pandemic is that digital connectivity is a lifeline for society. It can also drive our economic recovery, build resilience, and enable our green transition. Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group’s Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer, explains why we need faster development in 5G if we are ‘to build back better’ and ensure Europe remains competitive.

    Q: How has the pandemic changed our relationship with online technologies?

    We spoke to people from across Europe, with the help of Friends of Europe, to understand their experiences with technology during the pandemic. Many described connectivity as ‘essential’, as digital technologies were the only way to stay informed, connected, keep working, access crucial public services and healthcare, and study. It’s incredible to realise how schools responded by transferring lessons online, and how small businesses pivoted to provide online services. In early 2020, how many of us regularly used video conferencing technologies?

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    13
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Vaccination awareness in Smart City through Dynamic Messaging Signboard

    Through Dynamic Messaging Signboard (DMS) the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited has also started giving messages on vaccination. The Smart City is creating awareness through DMS in 27 locations working and displaying message to make people of the Smart City.

    It can be noted here that the Capital City Bhubaneswar is going to achieve a unique position in vaccination across the nation as it plans to vaccinate all its citizens very soon.

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    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Admin nonchalance + Nagpurians’ ignorance = No Smart City laurel

    The results of India Smart Cities Award Contest were announced last week. Despite its selection for development as one of the 100 Smart cities in country, Nagpur hasn’t found recognition in any category. In a series starting today, TOI tries to understand where the city is lacking and how it can climb the ladder of success

    Smart Cities are meant to leverage the benefits of technology to simplify, improve and automate routine governance processes to better the quality of life with optimization of resources. Even after half a decade of its selection to be developed as one of the 100 Smart cities in the country, Nagpur is nowhere near achieving the coveted status.

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    Jul
    12
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore city gets 3-star ranking in smart city assessment

    The ClimateSmart Cities Assessment by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has awarded 1,105 out of 2,800 marks to the city. The mark equals three stars out of five.

    The Ministry had assessed cities that had implemented projects under the Smart Cities Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation on urban planning, energy and green buildings, mobility and air quality, water management and waste management.

  • Mo
    Jul
    12
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur: Give proper compensation to Smart city PAPs: Nitin Gadkari

    Union transport minister and city MP Nitin Gadkari on Saturday asked the Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) to give proper compensation to project-affected people (PAPs) under the Smart City area in east Nagpur.

    Gadkari on Saturday evening convened a review meeting of NSSCDCL, which was attended by mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B, Smart City CEO Buvneshwari S, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Mohan Mate, MLC Pravin Datke and collector Ravindra Thakare among others.

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    Jul
    12
    2021
    BD: Japan wants to develop smart city in Bangladesh

    Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki said that his country was keen to work together with Bangladesh to develop smart city.

    ‘We are contributing in many areas including infrastructure development in Bangladesh and Japan is now interested to develop smart city,’ he said during a bilateral meeting with state minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the latter’s office at ICT Division in Dhaka on Sunday.

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    Jul
    12
    2021
    Egypt’s NAC is integrated smart city, has no market competition: ACUD Spokesperson

    Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (NAC) is an integrated smart city, according to Khaled El-Husseini, spokesperson for the Administrative Capital for Urban Development company (ACUD).

    El-Husseini also said that it is being set up with an integrated technological infrastructure according to the latest international standards. It also has a large number of integrated health, educational, residential, commercial, and administrative projects.

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    2021
    CN: Hong Kong: Why digitalised spatial information is important for smart city

    In recent years, cities around the world have been focusing on transit-oriented development (TOD), which uses public transportation to complement diversified land use, such as commercial, residential, leisure, hotel and so on. By doing so, citizens are encouraged to choose public transportation when commuting to work, reduce dependence on private cars, and also support sustainable development. Hong Kong's urban planning often concentrates around MTR stations, it has achieved outstanding results. Hong Kong is ranked the third according to the TOD assessment of 14 cities in the world by the World Bank.

    Is there any room for improvement? Previous studies mostly focused on MTR stations and the surrounding areas. The first runner-up of this year’s Esri Young Scholars Award, Cheng Chi Chiu, David from Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong expanded the scope to review Hong Kong from a regional level. He looked for development opportunities that we might have missed.

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    2021
    IN: Freight Smart Cities to focus on urban freight system and meet future demands

    The Logistics Division of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has unveiled plans for the ‘Freight Smart Cities’ on Friday, July 2. It also launched a website and a handbook focusing on measures to improve the urban freight system.

    Freight Smart Cities- Managing the movement of goods

    Freight, in simple language, means goods or cargo. These may be carried or transported by a ship, train, truck, or airplane.

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    2021
    A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China’s Rise in AI

    Chinese entrants swept all five categories, featuring technologies to improve civic life. But the advances could also be tools for surveillance.

    Four years ago, rganizers created the international AI City Challenge to spur the development of artificial intelligence for real-world scenarios like counting cars traveling through intersections or spotting accidents on freeways.

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    2021
    US: Ohio: As Smart Columbus transitions after grant, region advancing autonomous vehicles

    Imagine taking your family around Downtown Columbus to COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and the Smart Columbus Experience Center. Instead of the hassle of finding multiple parking spaces or walking along busy roadways, what if a self-driving electric car was your chauffeur?

    From December 2018 to September 2019, more than 16,000 people didn’t have to use their imagination to experience the future of urban transportation. Smart Circuit on the Scioto Mile was launched as an autonomous vehicle pilot by DriveOhio and Smart Columbus to give visitors and residents a taste of how self-driving technology can improve people’s lives.

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    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad shortlisted for freight smart city development

    The city has made it to the list of 75 cities shortlisted from across the country that has been shortlisted to be developed as freight smart city.

    Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) commissioner and Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (ASCDCL) CEO Astik Kumar Pandey said the administration will reach out to the different stakeholders in the freight system — like the transporters’ associations and technical institutions — to prepare a comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) that would include the urban mobility plan along with the freight mobility plan under the guidance of the Centre and state government.

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    11
    2021
    India Smart Cities Awards 2020: UP best smart state, Surat, Indore best cities

    The northern state won for shortlisting seven more cities to transform into smart cities.

    Uttar Pradesh is the top performer among all Indian states in rankings given by the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission project, followed by Madhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the Union government said on Friday, releasing the results of the India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC) 2020.

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    10
    2021
    Thailand's Digital Transformation Boosts Data Industry

    Enhancing the competitiveness of the local business environment and enabling a transparent government to provide its citizens with equitable access to public services and their data by utilising digital technology are central to Thailand’s national development plan, “Thailand 4.0”.

    The advancements made by Thailand in implementing its digital government policy will spearhead the digitalization of the private sector and enhance the access of both citizens and businesses to public sector data to drive the country’s overall economic competitiveness.

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    10
    2021
    GCC: How can digital government services seize opportunities to accelerate trust

    GCC governments must build data management trust, develop data governance policies, engage with end-users to ensure they are continuously informed, and drive sustained digital service delivery improvements.

    Inspired by broad impactful possibilities in a new connected world, recent events have witnessed governments pursue comprehensive and accelerated strategies geared toward digital transformation. As the influence and impact of emerging technologies continue to unfold, the need to remain at the forefront of change is becoming ever more apparent – decisive action without deviation a topmost priority.

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    10
    2021
    MY: Four things to know about the govt’s new 4IR policy

    A new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) policy was launched by the government yesterday, aimed at accelerating and equipping Malaysian industries and society to navigate through the rapidly evolving digital and technological realms.

    The policy is aimed to leverage on the synergy of the physical, biological, and digital worlds to elevate the country’s over-all value based on four policy thrusts; to equip the rakyat with 4IR knowledge and skill sets, to forge a connected nation through digital infrastructure development, to future proof regulations to be agile with technological changes, and to accelerate 4IR technology innovation and adoption.

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    10
    2021
    Australia should bet on digital engagement with Southeast Asia

    As competition between the United States and China intensifies, Southeast Asia is becoming the key competitive arena. Australia’s engagement with the region is not only a matter of being a good neighbour; it’s a strategic imperative.

    In November 2020, the government announced more than $500 million to support Australia’s Southeast Asian neighbours in a wide range of development goals, including in infrastructure, maritime resources and public health. While the commitment is welcome, it’s designed to provide immediate assistance—within a three- to four-year timeframe—and is far from meeting the long-term needs of this complex region of more than 670 million people.

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    Jul
    09
    2021
    KH: Australia backs Sihanoukville’s smart city development

    Australia has thrown its support behind the smart city development in Preah Sihanouk. This statement was made on a Facebook post of the Australian Embassy on June 30.

    In the recent “Smart City Initiative Prioritisation Workshop” organized by Australia’s flagship AU$ 49 million Investing in Infrastructure (3i) programme, with the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration, the Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy, Mr. Anthony Samson, said, “The smart city project selection is a crucial step in our smart city cooperation, as well as in Australia’s efforts

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    09
    2021
    IN: Envisioning the post-pandemic smart city

    Six years ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government started a journey of urban development based on the belief that a select set of cities across the country could be ‘transformed’ and made smart, after they were chosen through a competition among the States. The Centre would support the chosen projects and others would learn from them.

    The idea of a transformation is indicated in BJP’s manifesto for the 2014 election, where, in a reference to the squalor that has traditionally marked cities and towns, the party declared that they should “no longer remain a reflection of poverty and bottlenecks. Rather they should become symbols of efficiency, speed and scale”. This racy vision laid the foundation for a programme to create 100 smart cities.

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    09
    2021
    IN: Gujarat: Surat adjudged the best climate-smart city in India

    The Diamond City is not just the ‘smartest’ city in India, but it is also officially now the best in climate and environment among 126 cities of the country. The recent announcement by the union urban affairs ministry shows that Surat has the highest five-star ratings under the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0.

    The ratings were under Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity and Waste Management categories and four-star ratings under Energy and Green Buildings, Mobility and Air Quality, and Water Management categories with an overall rating of four stars. While Surat has bagged the top rank, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar too managed to grab top 10 slots in the country.

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    Jul
    09
    2021
    IN: Aurangabad Municipal Corporation to invest a share of Rs 100 crore in Smart City Mission

    The union Government approved development works valuing Rs 1,000 crore under the Smart City Mission. In terms of funding, the union Government will put in 50 percent share, while the State Government and the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will have to invest 25 pc share (each). Accordingly, the cash-strapped AMC has to put in Rs 250 crore, but due to poor financial condition, it has decided to invest a share of Rs 100 crore by March 2022, confirmed the municipal commissioner A K Pandey.

    The Smart City Mission was launched in the city in 2015. Under the mission, the union Government and the State Government released an aid of Rs 430 crore, so far. However, the union Government has clarified that it will further release an aid of Rs 320 crore only if the AMC puts its share in the project.

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    2021
    TW: Tackling the Greatest Challenges of Urbanization: Taiwan Shares Its Innovative and Successful Smart City Practices at 2021 MWC Barcelona

    According to BloombergNEF's recent study, the need for smarter and greener cities is greater than ever since the focus of city officials has honed in on net-zero carbon goals and COVID-19 impacts. To address worsening pollution, public health, security, and other issues, digital technology can help create more sustainable cities. Examples of such issues and technological solutions were discussed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona. With support from Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan has implemented 223 Smart City projects which make use of various technologies and innovative solutions to improve important aspects of communities, including governance, healthcare, transportation, agriculture and more.

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    2021
    ZA: Smart city: Automation of electrical and mechanical building systems

    In South Africa, major metros are investigating the potential that smart city automation technologies have for meeting the needs of an increasingly urbanised population writes Yuri Ramsamy, the product marketing specialist building products at ABB.

    A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional transport and modern ICT communication infrastructure fuel boost sustainable economic development, quality of life and equitable management of natural resources.

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    2021
    PK: Chinese envoy offers cooperation to turn Islamabad into smart city

    Ambassador of China, Nong Rong on Wednesday offered his country’s cooperation for exploring initiatives to transform Islamabad into a smart city with introduction of automation, in su-pervision and management.

    The envoy made the offer in a meeting with Capital Development Authority’s chairman, Aamer Ali Ah-med.

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    2021
    IN: Jacobs picked for ‘smart city’ masterplans

    Jacobs has been appointed to produce the masterplans and preliminary designs for three greenfield industrial ‘smart cities’ in South India.

    The work is for a project run by the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (NICDC) aimed at reimagining industrial cities and creating new global manufacturing and investment zones with world-class road, rail, water, power and social infrastructure.

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    2021
    US: New York: Poughkeepsie: How Uncharted Power is exploring the future of “smart” cities

    As bipartisan infrastructure deal in Washington, D.C., gets back on track, just over 300 miles away in Poughkeepsie, New York, technology company Uncharted Power is exploring the future of connected cities using the "internet of things" and sidewalk paver systems.

    "I think that they are a testament to the reality that it will in many ways be the smaller cities that will be the leaders and rethinking their infrastructure and rethinking the way we want to live in this world," Uncharted Power founder and CEO Jessica O. Matthews told CBSN on Tuesday.

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    07
    2021
    Jeju, South Korea's island paradise, also is a high-tech testbed

    The island of Jeju, a laid-back tourist getaway 60 miles off the southern coast South Korea's mainland, is becoming known for smart city and green energy projects that are leading the way in the high-tech nation.

    "Jeju's smart city infrastructure, experience, and achievements are ahead of any other Korean city," Gov. Won Hee-ryong said in a recent interview with UPI and other media.

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    07
    2021
    Armenia and Iran mull creation of a joint smart city

    Armenia and Iran will explore the opportunities to create a joint smart city.

    The issue was discussed during a meeting between Armenia’s acting Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan and an Iranian delegation led by Mehdi Eliassi, Vice President for Science and Technology, which also comprised Deputy Minister of Communications, Chairman of the Information Technology Organization Amir Nazemi Ashani, members of the Iranian Parliament, representatives of a number of large Iranian companies.

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    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Bangalore: More pedal power to the City

    An eight-km track is being created for cyclists as part of the Smart City Project

    Cycle enthusiasts can now look forward to pedaling in Cubbon Park as a new cycle track is being laid for around eight kilometres on the Cubbon Park premises. This track will come up as part of the Smart City Project.

    Sources in the Horticulture Department said that once the cycle track was laid, cyclists would have a smooth ride around the park without the fear of being hit by vehicles.

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    06
    2021
    US: Ohio: Columbus: America’s ‘Smart City’ Didn’t Get Much Smarter

    Columbus, Ohio, won a $50 million grant five years ago to use tech to solve old problems. But technical hurdles, bureaucracy, and the pandemic dashed many plans.

    In 2016, Columbus, Ohio, beat out 77 other small and midsize US cities for a pot of $50 million that was meant to reshape its future. The Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge was the first competition of its kind, conceived as a down payment to jump-start one city’s adaptation to the new technologies that were suddenly everywhere. Ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft were ascendant, car-sharing companies like Car2Go were raising their national profile, and autonomous vehicles seemed to be right around the corner.

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    06
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore: Erode Corporation completes 16 smart city projects

    The finished projects were worth ₹ 277.50 crore

    With the Erode Corporation completing 16 works under the Smart City Mission so far at ₹ 277.50 crore, District Collector H. Krishnanunni inspected other works being carried out at ₹ 205.09 crore here on Monday.

    The Corporation was selected in Phase IV of the Smart Cities Mission by the Ministry of Urban Development in 2018 and 42 projects worth ₹ 933 crore were proposed for implementation over a period of time. So far, 16 projects worth ₹ 277.50 crores were completed while 10 projects worth ₹ 537.63 crore were being executed. Work is yet to begin for another nine projects worth ₹ 117.87 crore.

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    05
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: Six years on, Smart City projects move at a snail’s pace in city

    No full time CEO, contract of consultants not renewed

    Six years down the line and even after expiry of the first phase of five-year duration of ‘Smart City mission’ (FY 2015-16 to 2019-20), the Ludhiana city as it stands at present does not have even a semblance of being anything like it was supposed to be, though it had the distinction of being selected among the first 20 cities to be developed as smart cities under the centrally-sponsored scheme.

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    05
    2021
    US: Louisiana: New Orleans Launches Its AI-Powered, Textable 311 Chatbot

    The Big Easy isn’t the only city using chatbots to bridge equity gaps and provide more residents with the answers they seek on a 24/7 basis. Smarter chatbots are finding their places in public service.

    New Orleans has launched an artificial intelligence-powered 311 chatbot to deliver faster answers to a wider range of residents. Dubbed “Jazz,” the bot is reachable via text and at the city website. It is expected to provide 24/7 services to a city that, by Census Bureau counts, numbered 390,000 in July 2019.

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    05
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: E-governance to soon become reality at Aurangabad Municipal Corporation

    The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been developing a holistic e-governance platform that will help citizens in accessing different essential services, including delivery of birth and death certificate along with online payment of water tax and property tax.

    Also, the AMC has embarked upon creating a digitized record of properties among other civic records using Geographic Information System (GIS) survey covering 170 sqkm area.

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    05
    2021
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla secures 16th place in ‘climate smart city’ ratings

    Of 125 participating cities, Dharamsala on 90th position

    Shimla and Dharamsala, two smart cities of the state, have secured 16th and 90th positions, respectively, in the Climate Smart City Assessment Framework (CSCAF). As many as 125 cities had participated in the assessment.

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    05
    2021
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima ranks among top 10 ‘smart cities’ in India

    Kohima smart city has ranked 10th out of the 100 smart cities in India, and has been certified as “enabled”, in the Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF) 2.0, officials said on June 27.

    According to a report of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs, during the sixth anniversary celebration of Smart City Mission, AMRUT and PMAY (Urban) on June 25, Kohima was announced as the only smart city in the Northeast region to make it to the top 10. Kohima shares the 10th position with two other cities of Raipur and Thane, according to a press release issued by Avelu Ruho, joint CEO Kohima Smart City Development Limited.

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    04
    2021
    How Saudi Arabia is building cyber resilience while accelerating digital transformation

    With the Internet claims an ever-greater share of daily life, opportunities for cybercrime have increased greatly

    The internet is home to some extremely malevolent behavior. A range of bad actors is intent on stealing people’s money, information and identities, and on crippling essential services.

    Of the countless entities and individuals targeted, some of the more prominent are Saudi Aramco, Bangladesh Bank, Colonial Pipeline, the Democratic Party of the US, and the UK’s House of Commons. In 2015, the self-proclaimed Yemen Cyber Army attacked the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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    04
    2021
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada get 4-star ranking in smart city assessment

    Smart City awards were given across the themes of social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water, and urban mobility.

    Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam are among the nine cities in Andhra Pradesh which were given four-star ranking in the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the CSCAF results on Friday. A total of 126 cities, including 100 smart cities and 26 other with a population of over five lakh, participated in the assessment, who first edition took place in September 2020. The participating cities were analysed on five key parameters with 28 indicators

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    04
    2021
    IE: Limerick to light the way for sustainable cities in EU

    Along with Trondheim in Norway, Limerick is one of two ‘lighthouse cities’ piloting +CityxChange, which aims to revolutionise how cities make and use energy

    As the world wakes up to climate change realities, Limerick is becoming a “lighthouse city”, according to Rosie Webb, head of urban innovation at Limerick City and County Council.

    In 2018, the city won €6.5 million in funding spread over five years, as part of a new EU smart cities project.

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    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Jabalpur is third best performer in India, bags two awards

    Jabalpur has bagged two awards under the Smart Cities mission’s India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC) 2020.

    In the best performing cities category, Jabalpur is awarded 3rd position, whereas Indore ranks first. And apart from the overall performance, it ranks 7th in data assessment and usage in city planning.

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    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Smart City internship win-win for youth, urban planners

    Bengaluru is not just a smart city in the making, in terms of function or infrastructure, but is getting smarter in its recognition of young talent as well.

    As part of the Smart City programme, to draw young talent and seek better ideas to improve Bengaluru, the government has been taking engineering graduates into government agencies for engineering, architecture, IT and urban planning projects on a three-month internship programme. It is also giving them a stipend of Rs 25,000 a month, along with a certificate and citation, which will help them get government or private jobs.

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    04
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Smart City tag still eludes Berhampur

    The Silk City has not yet been upgraded to a Smart City as promised to it by the government. Recently, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has begun a survey for building smart roads in the city.

    The civic body’s budget meeting for 2021-22 Thursday approved an expenditure of Rs 20 crore for this project. It’s proposed that 20 smart roads will be built in some select lines in 40 wards of BeMC.

    The earlier elected council had decided to convert the Silk City into a Smart City. All preparations for this had been completed in accordance with the guidelines of the government of India.

  • So
    Jul
    04
    2021
    Smart cities are the future, but they might threaten privacy

    You might have heard the term “smart city” before — a futuristic, utopian idea that we might see implemented in the foreseeable future. Indeed, some metropolises — like Singapore, Seoul, Amsterdam, Oslo and Tokyo — are already on their way to becoming “smart.”

    So, what makes a city smart? That label is still quite abstract and might entail different meanings, but if you go the boring route and actually Google it, you’ll come across this unified definition: an interconnected urban area that utilizes various sensors and other methods to collect data and use it to improve its operations.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    Belize’s Digitized Transport System

    The Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System has been discussed in the media for a number of years to date. The project was designed in collaboration with The Republic of China (Taiwan) with the aim of centralizing Belize’s Transport System and streamlining a number of services, including driver and vehicle licenses, vehicular registrations, traffic tickets, and revenue collection through the digitization of records and implementation of new auditing measures.

    This week that vision came to fruition when the Ambassador of Taiwan, H.E. David Kuan-Chou Chen, handed over a new transport system at a ceremony held in Orange Walk which was attended by the Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, Hon. Kevin Bernard, and Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    IN: Uttar Pradesh At State Level, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) And Surat (Gujarat) At City Level Bag Top Positions Under Smart Cities Mission Ranking

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) organised an online event on Friday (25 June) to commemorate six years of the three transformative Urban Missions vis. Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), which were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015.

    On this occasion, the Smart City awards results for 2020 were declared. These awards were given across social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water, urban mobility. Some interesting themes were added this year for the sustainable business model of ICCC and innovation award, especially in COVID Management.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    US: The Digital Infrastructure We Need — and How to Pay for It

    State and local leaders should prod Washington for the funding that can close the digital divide, protect utilities from cyber criminals, build smart cities and shape incentives for high-tech manufacturing.

    Until this month, the idea of congressional action to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in the nation’s digital infrastructure seemed like a long shot. But two weeks ago, after a month of Beltway bickering over “hard, tangible” vs. “soft, social” infrastructure, the Senate swiftly passed a separate, massive bill to fund and promote information technology investments in an effort to counter Chinese ascendency. House committees are now deliberating that package, and there is talk about piecemeal counterproposals.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    VN: Every citizen to have QR Code by 2025 in an effort to develop digital Government

    Every citizen in Vietnam will have a digital identity with a QR Code by 2025 in an effort to promote the development of digital Government.

    This will enable citizens, enterprises and other organisations to participate in the operation of Government agencies to improve transparency and service quality as well as improving social values.

    This was a key point in the e-Government development strategy towards building a digital Government in the 2021-25 period approved early this week.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    IN: Haryana: More areas included in Karnal Smart City project

    Under area-based development plan, project was earlier limited to 720 acres

    With an aim to develop ing more areas under the Smart City Mission, Karnal Smart City Ltd. (KSCL), a company looking after the Karnal Smart City project, will cover the whole city under the project, instead of the area-based development (ABD) plan.

    Earlier, under the ABD plan, the project was limited to 720 acres, which included areas around Clock Tower Chowk, Kunjpura Road, bus stand, Model Town and the Mughal Canal market.

  • Sa
    Jul
    03
    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Sagar gets 2nd position in 100 smart cities

    Sagar city has also been named among the 100 smart cities being built in the country. Sagar has once again brought glory to Madhya Pradesh. In fact, this time round was three and Sagar has been ranked second in the entire country in this category of cities. Let us tell you that Dehradun has been ranked first in this category and Sagar has finished second in the tough competition. Urban Administration Minister Bhupendra Singh and Collector Sagar have congratulated Smart City Limited Sagar and the citizens of the city. Let me tell you that Madhya Pradesh has been ranked second in the country in the India Smart City Contest-2020. Five smart cities of MP have won a total of eleven awards in different categories in the competition.

  • Fr
    Jul
    02
    2021
    IN: Center celebrating the 6th anniversary of smart city missions

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) will hold an online event on Friday from the launch of three innovative city missions: Smart City Mission (SCM), AMRUT and Pradan Mantriawas. To commemorate the 6th year, Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015.

    According to the ministry’s official announcement, the three plans are part of a visionary agenda for urban revitalization and designed as part of a multi-layered strategy to meet the aspirations of 40% of India’s urban population. it was done.

  • Fr
    Jul
    02
    2021
    IN: Thiruvananthapuram: Smart city: Subway project at East Fort to be scrapped

    Thiruvananthapuram: The subway proposed at East Fort under the integrated transit node of smart city project is likely to be abandoned. In a review meeting convened by mayor Arya Rajendran here on Thursday, feasibility of the project was pointed out. Town planning department has already raised queries regarding the need for a subway as well as a foot overbridge (FOB) at East Fort. The civic body is tying up with private partners to construct a FoB at East Fort. Besides this issue, the vulnerability of the area due to waterlogging and flash floods was also discussed which further led to officials flagging the possibility of flooding in the subway.

    Although the project report had taken care of maximum flood level, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) pointed out that the periodic cleaning of Amayizhanjan and Pazhavangadi canals which often swell and overflow during showers cannot be included in the scope of work. The pumping system was also integrated in the project however in the incidence of heavy flooding, the operational capacity will have to be ascertained, it was cited in the meeting.

  • Fr
    Jul
    02
    2021
    South Korea’s brilliant decentralized approach to citizen identity management

    Decentralized identity as a form of identity management by a country? Sounds odd, but it actually should be the future of identity management. Here’s why.

    Blockchain technology, once known as almost the exclusive domain of techies and crypto enthusiasts, has been under the microscope of the Korean government over the last half-decade. This is not because of cryptocurrencies; rather, it is the fact that the technology itself promises a treasure trove of practical uses across multiple industries, both private or public.

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    Jul
    01
    2021
    A Project to Spread Korea's Smart City Models: K-City Network Global Cooperation Program to Commence Soon

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on June 23 that this year’s K-City Network Global Cooperation Program would be initiated in 11 selected out of 39 applicant countries.

    The program based on intergovernmental cooperation is to help cities adopt South Korea’s smart city models and provide relevant support. The program started last year, when 12 cities in the 11 countries, including Indonesia and Peru, were selected.

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    Jul
    01
    2021
    Industrialists see potential to create 13 “smart cities” in Mexico

    The Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin) has identified potential in 13 Mexican cities to implement a “smart cities” model.

    Concamin has selected Aguascalientes, Cuernavaca, León and Pachuca (in the center), Coatzacoalcos, Chetumal, Mérida, Oaxaca, Salina Cruz and Tuxtla Gutiérrez (in the southeast), Xalapa (in the east), Morelia (in the west) and Mexicali (in the north).

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    Jul
    01
    2021
    CY: Copper powers smart city revolution

    As municipalities across Cyprus announce plans to become “smart cities”, we take a deep dive into this new model, and specifically what this means for the future of mineral exploration and investment.

    Although the term “smart city” has become a buzzword in city planning departments over the past few years, it is often little understood.

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    Jul
    01
    2021
    US: Iowa: Rural Broadband Research Project to Explore the Connected Farm

    The National Science Foundation, US Ignite and other partners announced the launch of a wireless communications testbed in rural central Iowa to explore expanding broadband access to rural America and other innovations.

    A new broadband testbed in Iowa will explore not only how to improve access and reduce costs for Internet connectivity in rural America, but will also help to develop innovations for digitally connected farms.

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    Jul
    01
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Smart City: Mayor Arya Rajendran to hold review meet today

    Mayor Arya Rajendran will hold a review meeting to discuss the smart city projects that have been stuck for more than a month owing to the Covid-19 situation. The corporation will be keen on giving a new impetus to the projects that have missed the timelines owing to different reasons.

    Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL), which had planned to launch the work on the Smart Road project in the city, had been forced earlier to put off the work owing to a directive from the District Collector banning any kind of road cutting till May 2 in the wake of Assembly elections. The Smart Roads project had to go through a series of hurdles, starting with a delay in clearance from the public works department and then tender excess issue with participating firms quoting exorbitant rates for the work.

  • Mi
    Jun
    30
    2021
    ID: Indosat Ooredoo launches commercial 5G in Solo city

    • Launches firstly in Solo city, Indonesia as part of a revitalisation campaign
    • Aimed at helping SMEs get back on feet before launching in other cities

    Indonsian telco Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo) has announced the launch of its first commercial 5G services in the city of Solo.

    The new 5G services offers Indosat Ooredoo's consumer and business customers access to enhanced mobile broadband internet, empowering the city’s economic recovery and digital transformation, the company said in a statement.

  • Mi
    Jun
    30
    2021
    AU: Sensors in public spaces can help create cities that are both smart and sociable

    How are smart cities meant to meet citizen needs? Big data from a network of sensors can give managers and planners a real-time, big-picture overview of traffic flows, public transport patronage, and water and power use. However, the needs of people in the city must be met at both the meta and micro levels.

    To do this we need site-specific and real-time information on how people use and value public spaces. Smart technology can collect this information from public spaces. This involves asking questions such as who is using it, how, why and for how long?

  • Mi
    Jun
    30
    2021
    AU: 'Smart' street furniture: public service or advertising and surveillance tool?

    Smart street furniture – powered and digitally networked furniture that collects and generates data – is arriving in Australia.

    It comes in a variety of forms, including benches, kiosks, light poles and bus stops. Early examples in Australia include ChillOUT Hubs installed by Georges River Council in the Sydney suburbs of Kogarah, Hurstville and Mortdale, and information kiosks and smart light poles in the City of Newcastle as part of its Smart City Strategy.

  • Di
    Jun
    29
    2021
    Fastly’s appointment to the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency cloud marketplace underscores commitment to serving the Australian public sector

    Fastly, a global edge cloud platform provider, today announced it has been appointed to the cloud marketplace (CMP) managed by the Australian Government's Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), reducing barriers to working with government departments and agencies.

    The CMP is a digital sourcing arrangement for cloud services and cloud consulting. The CMP can be used by federal, state and territory governments in Australia, as well as Australian higher education providers and other organisations.

  • Di
    Jun
    29
    2021
    Urban networks: Cities should cooperate globally to pool resources, share ideas and explore the best ways to address common challenges

    Cities should cooperate globally to pool resources, share ideas and explore the best ways to address common challenges

    We are used to seeing global governance and big tech companies as the main components of innovation and industrial transformation. However, the role of cities is also crucial if we want to ensure that the transformation process is inclusive, balanced and centered on the quality of life of citizens. After all, it is in the cities that barriers to the flow of elements such as knowledge, technology, talent and capital are broken down and the integration of science and technology with economic and social governance is facilitated.

  • Di
    Jun
    29
    2021
    CN: AI conference in Shanghai to center on cities’ digital transformation

    The 2021 World Artificial Intelligence Conference is scheduled to be held from July 8 to 10. A press conference on June 21 released some information on the event.

    Launched on both vertical channels and physically in Shanghai, the conference will center on “AI empowering digital transformation of cities”, aiming to discuss the cutting-edge progress of AI technology innovation and industrial landing, widely disseminate the concept and value of urban digital transformation, and promote industry governance and a global consensus.

  • Di
    Jun
    29
    2021
    GovTech Singapore launches Digital Academy to raise digital competencies in the public sector

    Beyond in-person or virtual lectures, the Academy will provide instructor-led workshops, tech talks, exchanges with communities of practice, hackathons, and offers for on-the-job training.

    The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech Singapore) has introduced a new platform designed to raise the digital competencies of all public service leaders and officers, particularly those in ICT.

  • Di
    Jun
    29
    2021
    US: How Mid-Sized Governments are Changing Their Approach to Modernization with Technology

    COVID-19 forced mid-sized local governments to quickly accelerate digital transformation. Now, they’re poised to use the lessons of the pandemic to transform their technology.

    There’s a lot of ground to cover. Mobile devices, cloud services, advanced automation, and sophisticated sensors give cities, counties, and other agencies tools to transform back-end systems and front-end user experiences. Meanwhile, they’re dealing with tight budgets and uncertainties about the best route to take.

  • Mo
    Jun
    28
    2021
    EU: How connectivity can help bridge the digital trust gap

    Digital transformation is having a profound and irreversible impact on our lives, societies and economies at large. Through very high capacity networks, Gigabit connectivity, 5G and emerging data-driven technologies – like AI and IoT – play a crucial part in a new wave of digital services, productivity and growth. As the world becomes more closely connected and digitized, a new sense of vulnerability arises. Trust in democratic processes, governments and corporations is being challenged by disinformation, privacy incidents, ransomware attacks and data breaches. In 2020, the data breach crisis escalated, as more records were compromised in 12 months than in the previous 15 years combined.

  • Mo
    Jun
    28
    2021
    An Ode To Digital Health: The U.S. Government Is Investing $80 Million To Create A New Public Health Informatics & Technology Program

    “Digital health” is the new buzzword/term in healthcare. The concept itself has proven to be quite useful, as was especially demonstrated during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which demanded new innovation and technology amidst the chaos of social distancing and quarantine. Over the past decade, the idea of digital health has transformed from simple patient-portals and rudimentary EMR systems to a more vast ecosystem, ranging from healthcare devices, telehealth services, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, and robust data-science. Indeed, many of these new innovations are revolutionizing the way healthcare is being delivered.

    The U.S. government has continued to recognize the role of digital health and innovation in healthcare as an integral part of successful healthcare infrastructure.  In fact, entities such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Digital Health Center of Excellence (DHCoE) reiterate the government’s commitment to digital health, and “marks the beginning of a comprehensive approach to digital health technology, setting the stage for advancing and realizing the potential of digital health.” The organization aims to empower “digital health stakeholders to advance health care by fostering responsible and high-quality digital health innovation…” and ultimately serve “patients, developers, health care providers, researchers, industry, payers, other government agencies, international regulatory bodies, CDRH, and other centers within the FDA.”

  • Mo
    Jun
    28
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad walking on path of modernisation due to ‘Smart City’

    The Central government introduced Smart City scheme in 2015 for providing infrastructure facilities and amenities and setting an example of how an ideal city should be. Historic Aurangabad was included in the scheme in 2016. For three initial years, the scheme progressed at a snail’s pace. However, in the last two years, the scheme accelerated like a metro train. One by one, projects are being completed. Smart City bus, Safari Park, e-governance system and Master System Integration (MSI) projects are contributing a lot in the city’s development. The city has received Rs 441 crore from the central and state governments. An amount of Rs 346 crore has been spent out of it. The Central and state governments allocated funds to the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (ASCDCL) as per plan. The ASCDCL Board could do various works for development. The MSI project taken up in the beginning of the scheme, will gain momentum now. Works like installing 750 CCTV cameras, 50 display boards, zebra crossing, cat’s eye, boards displaying traffic rules, traffic signals, direction boards at various places, building command control room to watch CCTV cameras have been completed under the scheme by spending Rs 176 crore. A project like Safari Park which was necessary for the city was taken up under the Smart City. A total of 150 android base E-ticketing machines have been purchased. Tender was issued for Rs 42-crore e-governance project under the Smart City scheme realising that the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) lags in providing online services. Love Aurangabad, Love Khadki boards were fixed at various places for beautifying the city. Historical gates were repaired under the scheme. Clock tower at Shahganj is being repaired.

  • Mo
    Jun
    28
    2021
    CN: Hong Kong’s smart city ambitions being hurt by public mistrust of government, China Conference analysts say

    Public mistrust of the government threatens Hong Kong’s long-term ambitions to become a smart city, according to panellists of the annual China Conference organised by the Post, who highlighted the importance of improving communication with residents to avoid future misunderstandings.

    Analysts on Thursday pointed to privacy fears surrounding the launch of the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app “Leave Home Safe” as an example of how public confidence was impeding Hong Kong’s technological rise.

  • Mo
    Jun
    28
    2021
    NP: Experts rally businesses on digital disruption to cushion COVID-19 effect

    Business and organisations have been urged to take full advantage of the evolving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) landscape and embrace digital technology capable of positively disrupting their business model to survive the challenges posed by COVID-19.

    Experts in the technology space, who made this advice, said that the pandemic had wiped away so much gain for business growth, but had also created immense opportunities for organisations to explore ICT for survival.

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    Jun
    27
    2021
    PK: Healthcare at your fingertips

    Covid-19 has accelerated a global push towards digital delivery of essential services, especially in telemedicine

    Many countries have seen a boom in digital transformation following the pandemic. One of the areas that saw this transformation was telemedicine healthcare - medical services delivered through digital and other means. The main reason was to continue to provide healthcare remotely and safely during the pandemic. However, experts worldwide now believe that although Covid-19 may have given a rise to telemedicine, this practice may be here to stay.

  • So
    Jun
    27
    2021
    IN: Gujarat: Surat climbs to top among smart cities

    Diamond City Surat expedited execution and management of various projects under the Smart Cities Mission to catapult itself to the top position among top 20 smart cities in the country. Earlier the city was ranked fourth in the ranking declared by the union ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    “We were placed fourth, while Ahmedabad was in sixth position among a total of 100 cities identified for the ranking. The rankings are revised after monitoring overall performances including execution, management, financial aspects on a regular basis,” a Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) officer told TOI.

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    Jun
    27
    2021
    IN: Odisha: Smart City Bhubaneswar Tops In Citizen Perception Survey On Ease Of Living

    Smart City Bhubaneswar has done it again! It has come as the fourth-ranked city among the top 10 Livable Capital Cities in the entire nation.

    Interestingly, Temple City has topped in the Citizen Perception Survey with the highest score of 94.8 out of 100, said an official press release.

    As per the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE’s) Ease of Living Index Report, 2020, Bengaluru is the Top-1 Livable Capital City in India followed by Chennai, Shimla and Bhubaneswar.

  • Sa
    Jun
    26
    2021
    IN: Jammu & Kashmir: National Digital Transformation Conclave; JaKeGA determined to cover last mile user: CEO

    Chief Executive Officer, Jammu & Kashmir eGovernance Agency (JaKeGA), Amit Sharma today vowed to cover the last mile-user as a part of mission to bring about digital transformation with the usage of e-Governance tools.

    This was mentioned by CEO JaKeGA, while delivering a virtual keynote address during One-Day National Digital Transformation Conclave organised by the Electronics & Information Technology Department, Government of Odisha in collaboration with GovConnect Group.

  • Fr
    Jun
    25
    2021
    FI: University of Helsinki: Legal expertise needed to create the smart city of the future

    Smart technology offers new business opportunities and better services to citizens. However, its adoption in the urban environment involves legal balancing, since no relevant case law yet exists.

    “For example, collecting data on the mobility of people helps us to better plan public transport. We can also increase people’s sense of security at bus stops or other similar locations by installing smart systems which sound an alarm if someone is assaulted. Development has many positive aspects, but the question is how we can put it all into practice while also safeguarding privacy,” says Päivi Korpisaari, professor of communication law.

  • Fr
    Jun
    25
    2021
    US: Ohio: Smart Columbus Experiment Comes to a Close, Taking New Form

    As the Smart Columbus project closes out its five-year run, the city is preparing for a new smart city future, building on the projects, successes and lessons learned to begin exploring innovations around renewable energy and closing the digital divide.

    A five-year project to grow mobility innovation in Columbus, Ohio, may have come to an end, but the spirit and work remains.

  • Fr
    Jun
    25
    2021
    BN: 5G experience at MYCE

    A showcase on 5G is being held by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam(AITI) at their booth at the Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 until June 20 from 9am to 6pm.

    The showcase is part of efforts to raise awareness on 5G’s economic impact and opportunity with the emergence of various 5G applications. According to AITI, the showcase will demonstrate the three characteristics of 5G:

  • Fr
    Jun
    25
    2021
    AU: Victoria: Greater Geelong City supports smart farming technology trial

    The City of Greater Geelong’s Internet of Things (IoT) network is helping a clever technology trial take place in the paddocks at Marcus Oldham Farm Management College.

    In-ground sensors are being used to monitor soil moisture and temperature in wheat trials, to assist with making decisions about crop nutrition, protection and yield.

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    Jun
    24
    2021
    IN: Sikkim: Namchi, the ‘Sky-High City’ becomes ‘Smart City’ with Videonetics AI powered unified solution

    Situated at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level, Namchi (means Sky High) is one of the famous and biggest tourist destinations in Sikkim, a state of northeast India.

    Surrounded by the spectacular view of the mountains, emerald, and green forest, Namchi is well-known for its old monasteries, sacred temples, and annual festivals such as Namchi Mahotsav.

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    Jun
    24
    2021
    GR: Microsoft helps Athens become a smart city

    The municipality has collaborated with ATCOM and Microsoft to launch Project Athena

    On 15 June, the Municipality of Athens revealed that the Greek capital will soon become a “smart city” thanks to the launch of “Project Athena”. Named after the goddess Sophia and Athens, the new initiative will use technology and innovation to overcome urban challenges.

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    Jun
    24
    2021
    US: What “smart city” means for 2021: How digital twins, AI and other innovations drive smart transformation

    As U.S. cities feel the strain of urban growth—rents rising faster than incomes, more than half a million people homeless, persistent racial and social equity issues—some are making much-needed strides. They are becoming what McKinsey Global Institute defines as a “smart city,” a place where technology and data are used to enable better decisions that improve quality of life.

    A critical condition for any city has been an understanding of the physical location that determines what it is and what it can become. That is why the anchor of urban planning systems is the science and practice of geography. For the past generation, city agencies have adopted geographic information systems (GIS), initially as systems of record for property management, infrastructure, transit, and public safety. Over the past decade, they built on this foundation with embedded sensors, mobile devices, high-speed wireless connectivity, exponential data and advanced analytics.

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    Jun
    24
    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Devendra Singh Tomar ‘Believes in and Has the Vision To Transform Gwalior Into a Smart City’

    According to the Indian constitution, the central government is responsible for looking at the overall development of the nation as a whole, whereas the state government is responsible for the specific region for which they have been appointed.

    "India needs political leaders who can see the big picture, who can understand the economy and its environmental support system."

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    Jun
    24
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nagpur smart city offers to issue traffic challans, take 30% share of fine

    If a senior official of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) is to be believed, the corporation has offered its services to the city traffic police in issuing challan to traffic violators at a cost of 30% share in the fine amount imposed on violators.

    The Nagpur traffic police refused to accept the proposal. The decision has developed a tussle of sort between the NSSCDCL and the traffic department. The department feels that issuing challan is not a problem, recovery of fine is. “If the NSSCDCL, as it claims, starts issuing more challan than the traffic department, who will go to each and every houses to collect the fines,” said a traffic official.

  • Mi
    Jun
    23
    2021
    US: Ohio: At challenge's conclusion, Smart Columbus to continue its work

    Dive Brief:

    • With its federal grant funding period now over, the Smart Columbus organization in Columbus, Ohio, announced Tuesday it will continue its work as a "collaborative innovation lab" to use technology to address societal problems in the region.
    • Now, the city of Columbus will sustain several of the group's initiatives that had been pioneered after winning the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) inaugural Smart City Challenge. The projects slated to continue are multimodal trip-planning app Pivot; parking payment app ParkColumbus; smart mobility hubs; the connected vehicle environment; and the Smart Columbus operating system.
    • Officials said Smart Columbus will now focus on ways technology can help benefit the region, including through mobility, sustainability and digitalization. Research from Ohio State University found the implementation of USDOT's grant funding generated an estimated gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $173.39 million and generated or induced 2,366 jobs in the city and its surrounding area.

  • Mi
    Jun
    23
    2021
    US: Cloud Computing, IoT Driving Healthcare Digital Transformations

    Ninety-three percent of organizations already have a healthcare digital transformation strategy or are in the process of creating one, according to BDO’s Healthcare Digital Transformation Survey.

    Additionally, 60 percent of healthcare organizations are adding new digital projects, while 42 percent of organizations are accelerating some or all of their existing digital transformation plans.

  • Mi
    Jun
    23
    2021
    The G7 must address China’s digital authoritarianism

    This weekend’s annual G7 summit sees the UK host the leaders of the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada in Cornwall. When the grouping was founded in 1975 it consisted of the world’s ‘seven largest economies’. With its ongoing exclusion of China, that is certainly no longer true.

    Today one might more accurately call the group the world’s most influential democracies – it might also be thought of as the West’s steering committee – and there are good reasons for such a group to exist. There are many topics relevant to the world’s rising autocratic power on which the world’s leading democratic nations should be eager to swap notes.

  • Mi
    Jun
    23
    2021
    Jamaica, Cayman Islands mull digital ID for more government services, PhilSys scaling up

    Authorities in Jamaica are considering linking the national identification number (NIN) to the taxpayer’s registration number (TRN) once pending digital ID legislation has been okayed, according to the Jamaica Observer. The National Identification and Registration Act (NIRA) is awaiting parliamentary approval.

    Warren Vernon, project director for the National Identification System (NIDS) was quoted as saying such a move would be for the good of the general population as the TRN is more widely used by citizens than even passports.

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