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  • Fr
    Jun
    18
    2021
    AU: Govt seeks input on digital ID expansion plans

    Consultation moves forward with position paper release.

    The federal government has provided the most comprehensive look at planned legislation for the expansion of its federated digital identity scheme to state and territory governments and the private sector to date.

    The Digital Transformation Agency on Thursday released a position paper [pdf] for consultation ahead of the planned introduction of the legislation, dubbed the ‘Trusted Digital Identity Bill’, to parliament in “late 2021”.

  • Fr
    Jun
    18
    2021
    VN: Race for digital transformation: now or never

    The rules of the game in the future will be "quick fish eats slow fish". Even “giants,” without timely performing digital transformation, may lose ground to “rookies” that are young and agile in the 4.0 technological revolution.

    "With the current working method, it is very difficult for our company to effectively control the performance of sales staff," said Jung In Jeong, sales director of Miwon Vietnam. When employees quit, they take a large number of customers with them, which greatly affects the company. Miwon has had to seek a software that helps both manage and support activities. So far, the firm has a huge distribution network, with 200 level 1 agents and tens of thousands of retail outlets across 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam.

  • Fr
    Jun
    18
    2021
    VN: Contest launched to find digital transformation solutions for 10 areas

    The contest to find national digital transformation solutions, called Viet Solutions 2021, focuses on 10 'hot' areas such as healthcare, education, finance - banking, and agriculture.

    On June 10, the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with Viettel Group launched for the third time a competition called Viet Solutions 2021 to find solutions to promote national digital transformation.

  • Do
    Jun
    17
    2021
    VN: HCMC boosting digital transformation process via new consultation center

    Ho Chi Minh City is building its Support and Consultation Center for Digital Transformation (DXCenter), which is estimated to be in operation in the third quarter this year. SGGP Newspaper conducted an interview with Director of Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) Lam Nguyen Hai Long about the center’s operation and its expected benefits to individuals, businesses sited in the city. Reporting the progress of the DXCenter construction project in the downtown area, assigned to the HCMC departments of Information-Communications and Science-Technology, Director Lam Nguyen Hai Long said that in April 2021, the municipal authorities requested QTSC to collaborate with the two mentioned departments in establishing DXCenter.

  • Do
    Jun
    17
    2021
    Empowering citizens: Where next for the GovTech tidal wave?

    To improve access to information, local and national governments around the world are investing in technology – part of the so-termed ‘GovTech’ wave. This includes, in PwC’s summation, using digital to deliver new and better ways to enable citizens to engage in their communities and receive the public services they need.

    As a concept, ‘government technology’ concerns the application of information technology’s role in national and local governments. This is a rapidly changing landscape, driven by technological innovation and identified need. A new report charts the key movements within the sector.

  • Do
    Jun
    17
    2021
    Australia to open digital ID system to private sector with consultation on new legislation

    The Digital Identity Legislation is hoping to ensure privacy safeguards are in place, such as limiting access to biometric information, but it will include the ability for users to consent to their biometric information being accessed for fraud or security investigations.

    Legislation will enter Parliament later this year that will allow non-government entities to provide digital identification services to Australians.

  • Mi
    Jun
    16
    2021
    KR: Busan port operator to demonstrate blockchain-based smart logistics system

    South Korea's main maritime gateway will demonstrate a blockchain-based smart logistics system that would speed up the transporting process for freight containers. The system will group container trucks by ships so that cranes would pick up cargo boxes in order. It will reduce labor costs and the time taken to load containers onto a ship.

    Blockchain is a virtual ledger technology that is virtually unhackable. It is ideal for the management of logistics information and financial records. Busan Port located in the southern city of Busan was selected in a government project to develop core technologies and an unmanned smart logistics system using autonomous equipment in July 2020.

  • Di
    Jun
    15
    2021
    IoT and Blockchain: The Future of Smart Cities

    The first smart cities are already being created, and soon, every one of us can be called smart citizens. Our lives will change, and a mass of new advantages will emerge: fluid and efficient operations of public transportation and competently distributed traffic, low crime rates, process automation, service quality improvement, and much more.

    Blockchain for the Privacy of Data Collection

    Existing smart city concepts include within themselves a variety of equipment with sensors for collecting data. This could be driverless transportation, drones for the delivery of goods, city cameras for monitoring, automated stoplights, and any other equipment for that matter. This makes the collection of personal data an inevitable fact, which is why it is necessary to prevent this data from being accessed by unwanted third parties.

  • Di
    Jun
    15
    2021
    A hydrogen-fuelled city – a practical reality for the UK or a pipe dream?

    Hydrogen can act as a key player in decarbonising cities.

    Occupying only two per cent of the world’s landmass but consuming over two-thirds of the world’s energy and accounting for more than 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions, our cities leave an enormous footprint. Now, more than ever before, we need smart energy solutions that work for these cosmopolitan environments which are sustainable for the future - especially when we consider energy demand is only set to grow in the build up to 2050 net zero goals.

  • Di
    Jun
    15
    2021
    GB: England: ‘Silicon Stoke’ prospectus sets out city’s digital ambitions

    A new prospectus setting out the ambitions for the digital transformation of Stoke-on-Trent has been launched by the council to help secure partnerships and investment into the city.

    The prospectus, called ‘Silicon Stoke’, was outlined by Stoke-on-Trent City Council leaders to government ministers, business leaders, voluntary sector organisations and health partners.

  • Di
    Jun
    15
    2021
    IN: How industrial smart cities can boost economic growth?

    Hareet Shukla, MD, Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL), on how industrialisation leads to urbanisation

    It is beyond doubt that a nation’s progress and economic growth are interlinked with industrial and technological advancements. Since the second half of 1700s when the first machines established the need for organised industries in Europe and in 1850 in India, we have come a long way.

    A great deal has been learnt and implemented to make industries more efficient. This includes having industrial areas, special economic zones, etc. Machines and manufacturing units have proved to play a pivotal role to meet rising domestic and foreign consumption demand in sync with the burgeoning population.

  • Mo
    Jun
    14
    2021
    VN: Digital policy framework launched

    The government has launched a 15-year policy framework for the Kingdom’s evolving digital socioeconomic environment to pave the way for a thriving digital economy, as a new engine of economic growth.

    The Cambodia Digital Economy and Social Policy Framework 2021-2035 is expected to inject fresh momentum into the Kingdom’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector and calibrate the pace of its development to leapfrog into the digital era, as a promising new source of opportunities to boost productivity, efficiency and economic competitiveness.

  • Mo
    Jun
    14
    2021
    VN: HCM City to set up centre to support companies’ digital transformation

    The Quang Trung Software City Development Co in HCM City is collaborating with the city Departments of Information and Communications and Science and Technology to set up a centre for supporting businesses achieve digital transformation, it says on its website.

    DXCenter, to be established in the city’s downtown, will link various components of the digital economy to support digital adoption and efforts to boost digital transformation.

  • So
    Jun
    13
    2021
    US: How Technology Can Transform Government Services

    • Government investment in technology will go a long way to improve the lives of citizens and anyone who interacts with government officials or offices.
    • Technology can streamline certain processes that may otherwise take weeks to complete.
    • Governments that invest in technology can also save a lot of money by decreasing human errors and increasing overall efficiency.

    When you think about customer experience (CX), you usually don’t think about interacting with the government. If anything, interactions with the government seem to lack customer experience. Waiting in long lines at the DMV, frustrating interactions with the IRS, or using government websites that seem like they are always crashing are all just the opposite of a good customer experience.

  • So
    Jun
    13
    2021
    Middle East: Artificial intelligence, 4 tips to get buy-in from non-technical executives

    In 2020, a McKinsey global study found that half the world’s companies have implemented artificial intelligence to some degree. In the Middle East, PwC puts the potential revenue boost of smart solutions at around US$320 billion, with the UAE alone expected to see an impact of almost 14% of 2030 GDP.

    This is to be expected. Following the uncertainties of the past year, AI opens doors to resilience and agility, and futureproofs businesses against fluctuating market conditions. Earlier this year, Accenture released the 2021 edition of its Innovation Maturity Index report, which measures the progressiveness of companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with respect to their leverage of technologies such as AI. So-called “Innovation Champions”, enterprises deeply embroiled in digital transformation and sound governance experienced 42% higher productivity and 27% higher profitability than their less advanced peers.

  • So
    Jun
    13
    2021
    VN: Cross-border e-commerce expected to present broader foreign market access

    With borders closed and travel restricted since early last year, e-commerce has proved itself to be a game changer, setting the scene for Vietnamese exporters to gain broader access to foreign markets.

    Given that Hai Duong’s flagship Thanh Ha lychees are being officially sold on Lazada and Sendo, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is closely coordinating with the provincial People’s Committee and other local agencies to connect lychee growers with around 200 importers from various major markets overseas via virtual platforms, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said.

  • So
    Jun
    13
    2021
    JP: Developing smart cities critical to sustainable development

    Today, many people are talking about ‘smart cities’ in the world. In fact, pilot projects are going on in some places while in advanced regions concrete projects are being implemented. As Japan has tackled smart-city development for more than 10 years, I am pleased to share with a receptive Jamaican audience Japan’s experience of developing smart cities for future reference of smart-city development in Jamaica.

  • Sa
    Jun
    12
    2021
    Malaysia laying right foundation for nation's long-term digital transformation, says Nokia

    Malaysia is laying the right foundation for the nation's long-term digital transformation, according to Finnish telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company Nokia Corp.

    In a statement, Nokia head of South East Asia Daniel Jaeger said the National Digital Network (Jendela) initiative will be a critical component in narrowing the digital divide across the nation.

  • Sa
    Jun
    12
    2021
    BD: Robi, DNCC sign deal 'to build a smart Dhaka'

    Robi Axiata and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Thursday "to build a smart Dhaka."

    DNCC Chief Town Planner Maqsud Hashem and Robi Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed signed the MoU at Nagar Bhaban in Gulshan.

    Under the agreement, initially, there are plans to set up active network infrastructure in 100 lampposts of DNCC as per the policy of the regulatory body and build smart city surveillance or digital surveillance systems for the safety of the citizens.

  • Sa
    Jun
    12
    2021
    Ukraine, EU launch dialogue on cyber security

    Ukraine and the European Union launched the cybersecurity and digital transformation dialogue.

    The first round of the dialogue was held on June 3, Ukrinform reports with reference to the of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    ''Ukraine and the EU reaffirmed their commitment to global, open, stable and secure cyberspace where the rule of law is fully respected, where the same rights that individuals have offline are also protected online, and where the security, economic growth, prosperity, and integrity of free and democratic societies is promoted and preserved. The EU expressed its solidarity with and support to Ukraine, which is facing cyber-attacks that seek to undermine its key infrastructure,” reads the statement.

  • Sa
    Jun
    12
    2021
    Uganda Secures $200 million to Accelerate Digital Transformation and Inclusiveness

    The World Bank approved $200 million financing to expand access to high-speed and affordable internet, improve efficiency of digitally enabled public service delivery, and strengthen digital inclusion in Uganda.

    The new Uganda Digital Acceleration Project-GovNet (UDAP-GovNet) will support the extension of 1,000 km of the national backbone fiber infrastructure, an additional 500 km of fiber optic network links between towns, mobile broadband connections for 900 government administrative units and service centers in underserved areas, and 828 Wi-Fi hotspots in select locations to support access to online services among rural and peri-urban, underserved and unserved communities.

  • Fr
    Jun
    11
    2021
    What will post-pandemic smart cities look like?

    The pandemic is likely to accelerate new IoT initiatives and opportunities for smart innovation. Phil Beecher, President and CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, looks at the smart city technologies that we can expect to see in the future

    Over half (56.2%) of the global population now lives in cities, according to the UN Population Division. By 2050, it’s estimated that around three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. Africa and Asia – which already have urban populations bigger in total than those in Europe, Latin America or North America – have been increasing their share of urban dwellers the most in the last 70 years [1].

  • Fr
    Jun
    11
    2021
    MY: Selangor: Sepang switches to online parking system

    Sepang Municipal Council’s (MPSepang) parking system is now digitalised in line with Selangor government’s efforts to turn the municipality into a smart city.

    The council is moving away from prepaid parking scratch cards to an online system called GoPayy from June 15.

    All businesses previously selling scratch cards have been recruited as GoPayy agents.

  • Fr
    Jun
    11
    2021
    GB: England: London: How and why the Docklands Light Railway is harnessing IoT tech

    The industrial internet of things (IIoT) will have an important role in defining the future of cities. In the transport sector, IIoT will be used to understand how transport networks dovetail with passengers in real time, with the global passenger information system market expected to reach $63bn by 2030.

    How does it work in the real world? WeMaintain is responsible for the maintenance of all lifts and escalators on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of the London rail division of Transport for London (TfL). Since it opened in 1987, it has been extended almost constantly, and now reaches as far north as Stratford, through the City of London financial district, and east to London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal. Much of the service is automated, and in the 2019/20 financial year there were 116.8 million passenger journeys.

  • Fr
    Jun
    11
    2021
    MY: 27 Group launches digital transformation and ventures subsidiary

    Malaysia is experiencing a broad-based digitalisation drive across government and business, and management consultancy 27 Group is aiming to support this process through its new transformation subsidiary – 27 Digital.

    Launched in the first quarter of this year, the new outfit is charting out the high-impact areas of Malaysia’s digitalising economy – spanning business transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship, smart city development and agricultural technology (agritech).

  • Do
    Jun
    10
    2021
    AE: Dubai set to evaluate digital services to enhance smart city status

    Sheikh Mohammed says best and worst of 1,300 digital services provided by ministries and federal government agencies will be revealed in September

    Hundreds of digital services being offered by government entities in Dubai are to be evaluated as the emirate seeks to enhance its reputation as a smart city.

    Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Wednesday directed the start of a comprehensive evaluation process for more than 1,300 digital services provided by ministries and federal government agencies.

  • Do
    Jun
    10
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Smart City projects resume amidst lockdown

    Work on multi-level parking lot in Thampanoor and renovation of Connemara market have already begun

    The various works related to the Smart City project in the Thiruvananthapuram city Corporation which had come to a grinding halt yet again due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown have restarted on the ground, with smaller projects where COVID protocols can be maintained being taken up first.

  • Do
    Jun
    10
    2021
    KR: HanmiGlobal Lands Project Management Order for Smart City Construction in Saudi Arabia

    HanmiGlobal, a construction project management (PM) company, announced on June 1 that it has won a PM order for the Neom Smart City project in Saudi Arabia.

    To be built in northwestern Saudi Arabia, Neom City is a high-tech new city 43 times the size of Seoul. It is a mega-sized project on which Saudi Arabia will spend more than 500 trillion won to rev up the Saudi Arabian economy.

  • Do
    Jun
    10
    2021
    US: Will legislation propel the smart city movement?

    Can the U.S. legislature kickstart a national “smart city” movement?  After all, smarter and more sustainable communities hold the promise of boosting local economies and supporting American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

    Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., last month reintroduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act, proposing federal spending of $1.1 billion over five years to provide assistance and coordinate resources for local governments interested in pushing a smart-city agenda. Notable is its focus on cybersecurity and urban-innovation skills development.

  • Do
    Jun
    10
    2021
    US: Texas: Arlington to get fiber optic broadband network as leaders eye ‘smart city’ services

    Arlington neighborhoods may have quicker, more reliable internet connections under an agreement to build a citywide fiber optic broadband network.

    The city tapped international developer SiFi Networks to build, operate and maintain a network that can support multiple service providers offering broadband speed plans ranging from 100 megabytes to 1 gigabit. The company expects to install 10.2 million linear feet of cable near as many as 172,000 residences and businesses, according to city documents.

  • Mi
    Jun
    09
    2021
    SA: Zain KSA is the fastest in 5G and data performance in Riyadh

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is emerging with its digital face more than ever before, in a clear affirmation of the digital transformation path that it is going through in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its main goals for an ambitious nation, a prosperous society, and a vibrant economy. The capital, Riyadh, stands out in this most beautiful form of transformation, as it recently ranked first among world capitals in its (5G) network service speed at a rate of 317.3 Mbps, ahead of capitals such as Tokyo and Dublin, ​​according to the report issued by Open Signal for the period from January to March 2021.

  • Mi
    Jun
    09
    2021
    GB: Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial

    The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route.

    The UK city of Cambridge is running an autonomous passenger shuttle trial alongside other traffic.

    The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route.

  • Mi
    Jun
    09
    2021
    KR: Seoul sets up education centres to close digital divide

    The government is increasing the number of education centres so anyone can learn how to use digital devices, such as smartphones and kiosks, in their daily lives.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is boosting the number of Digital Literacy Education Centres in the South Korean capital in a bid to narrow the digital divide.

    Until mid-June 2021, SMG will increase the number of education centres by eight to 14 so anyone can learn how to use digital devices, such as smartphones and kiosks, in their daily lives.

  • Mi
    Jun
    09
    2021
    IN: Telangana gearing up for digital land survey

    Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Tuesday held a preliminary meeting with various companies to take up digital land survey in the state.

    Seventeen companies participated in the discussion. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to hold a meeting with these companies shortly on the issue

  • Di
    Jun
    08
    2021
    MY: Towards a Green Economy

    Gamuda Bhd group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling talks about the group’s journey towards zero-carbon, and why the transition has to be a collective effort on the part of all stakeholders.

    In recent years, countries around the world, led by the US, the European Union (EU) and China, have accelerated their transition to the green economy to tackle the devastating effects of climate change. As these countries rev up their commitments to transforming to low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive economies, it will be only a matter of time before it becomes imperative for other countries and economic sectors to follow suit, particularly if it is a prerequisite to doing business.

  • Di
    Jun
    08
    2021
    IN: Punjav: Ludhiana: Smart City: Panel gives nod to projects

    A meeting of the city-level technical committee of Ludhiana Smart City Limited was held to give approval to the reports regarding various upcoming projects under the Smart City Mission projects. The meeting was headed by MC Commissioner-cum-CEO of Ludhiana Smart City Limited Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal.

    A discussion was held on the upcoming projects like installation of gym equipment at parks in eight wards of Zone A and B, development of ESI Road under Smart City Mission, installation of facade lighting at statues of martyrs and freedom fighters, installation of static compactors, upgrade of sports infrastructure, installation of legacy waste screening machines and reclamation of land by scientifically processing of the legacy waste, upgrade of road items to reduce accident severity project, retrofitting of Leisure Valley, enhancement of streetlights projects and others.

  • Di
    Jun
    08
    2021
    An archetype for innovation in regional Australia

    As regional communities around Australia begin their journeys towards creating a smart and innovative environment for residents to live, work and play in, it’s important that they stop to consider exactly what being a “smart community” means in the regional context.

    The most expansive and inclusive thing we can do for the community is build a digital foundation. However, there is a monumental challenge that lies in the implementation of the traditional layers of connectivity infrastructure.

  • Di
    Jun
    08
    2021
    Kerlink, Cloud Energy to build IoT solutions for rural Vietnam

    Kerlink  is teaming up with Vietnamese IoT startup Cloud Energy in building new solutions to meet demand for IoT services in rural areas around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), expanding on their earlier collaboration on smart-building and energy-management projects in the city of nearly 9 million people.

    The two companies recently developed and deployed a fully wireless LoRaWAN network to monitor and manage a 900 kWp solar-power installation on a mushroom farm 80 km from the city. The installation of the wireless solar-power system was chosen by NG Investment for its superior advantages: stability of data reading, ability to connect to different inverter brands and the cost savings on investment and maintenance.

  • Mo
    Jun
    07
    2021
    Passport – A Smart City Parking Platform

    In the opening scene of the original Blade Runner from 1982, we’re introduced to a dystopian Los Angeles skyline filled with massive oil refineries perpetually spewing balls of fire into the air, generating an endless smog that covers the dark city of concrete skyscrapers and dim lights for miles. The year? 2019. So the screenwriters pretty much got it right on the money.

    As populations rise and cities continue to gobble up more land across the globe, the number of megacities is projected to grow. Definitions differ based on what constitutes a city and how many people should live in a city to be labeled as a megacity. But according to the United Nations, which defines a megacity as a city with a population at least 10 million people, there are at least 33 megacities around the world. Ten additional cities will gain megacity status by 2030.

  • Mo
    Jun
    07
    2021
    US: Arizona: The smart city that Bill Gates will build in the desert

    If we look back, it is curious to see how most of the modern technology that constitutes people’s daily lives was created at the end of the last 20th century. Between the late 70s and early 80s, we saw the emergence of two companies that focused the entire computer career and two big names associated with them. On the one hand Steve Jobs’s Apple, and Bill Gates’s Microsoft on the other. And both with the idea of ​​a gigantic ultramodern environment in motion.

    A smart city in the middle of the desert

    The last great work of Jobs, sadly deceased in 2011 at just 56 years old, is what will ultimately become his legacy and testimony: Apple Park, the company’s new campus where the Apple offices will be housed. And of course, the masterpiece of Steve Jobs could not be but another extension of those principles that the co-founder of the company established: a gigantic continuous building in the shape of a glass ring and round spaces in which things like cables or pipes they cannot even be seen reflected in the enormous glass ring that covers it.

  • So
    Jun
    06
    2021
    India Will See Breakthrough Application of AI

    India will see the breakthrough application of artificial intelligence (AI) in various areas including the National Language Translation Mission, said Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani.

    Nilekani said this during a fireside chat with Ajay Sawhney, secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and Debjani Ghosh, president of IT industry body Nasscom.

  • So
    Jun
    06
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: COVID-19 surge: Soon centralised real-time dashboard to give data on bed allotment

    This will allow anyone to see bed availability in all districts outside Bengaluru Urban

    The Karnataka government is all set to bring all COVID-19 war rooms in the districts on the same platform in order to facilitate real time dashboard which can give data on bed availability and to ensure a more transparent bed allotment system. This is apart from the existing CHBMS (COVID+ Hospital Bed Management System) in Bengaluru.

  • So
    Jun
    06
    2021
    How Covid-19 is changing the healthcare landscape in the UAE

    Health insurers report a big jump in policyholders using telehealth compared to pre-pandemic levels

    Health insurers in the UAE have reported that a big jump in policyholders using telehealth services during the ongoing coronavirus crisis compared to pre-pandemic levels.

    According to new research from global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated telehealth usage across the UAE, with virtual health services "here to stay".

  • So
    Jun
    06
    2021
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Chandigarh smart city project: Commuters to get real time traffic alerts with DMS screens at light points

    The 40 selected traffic light points will be equipped with the Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS), which automatically gives priority to the direction with heavy traffic, while allowing maximum green signal once.

    At least 80 Dynamic Messaging Sign (DMS) screens along with security cameras are being installed at 40 traffic light junctions throughout Chandigarh.

  • Sa
    Jun
    05
    2021
    How China Seized The Initiative On Blockchain And Digital Currency – Analysis

    Global information networks are undergoing unprecedented innovation, driven in large part by the emergence of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and 5G. Unfortunately for the United States, two other critical, but underappreciated, components of tomorrow’s internet—blockchain and digital currency—are at risk of being controlled largely outside of the West’s influence. Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China has positioned itself to become the global leader in these closely intertwined, linchpin technologies that will be fundamental to tomorrow’s financial and information infrastructures.

    Since late 2019, Beijing’s senior leadership has promoted the advancement of blockchain and digital currency in China, and the government has been moving aggressively to make its vision a reality. In October 2019, a call by General Secretary Xi Jinping for intensified blockchain research triggered a 30% surge in the price of bitcoin, which is based on blockchain technology’s original concept.

  • Sa
    Jun
    05
    2021
    AE: Dubai approves plan to establish first dedicated 3D printing zone

    Dubai Executive Council gives green light to plan for 3D printing zone which will be located at the Expo 2020 Dubai venue

    Dubai has announced plans to establish the first specialised 3D printing zone to further support the development of the technology in the UAE.

    The plan was approved at a meeting of the Executive Council chairman by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • Sa
    Jun
    05
    2021
    AE: How Abu Dhabi is aiming to accelerate digital economy capabilities

    Abu Dhabi links up with Amazon Web Services for plan to launch of cloud technology region in the first half of 2022

    An Amazon Web Services region is being created in Abu Dhabi next year as part of the emirate's efforts to attract investments that build technology capabilities.

    Abu Dhabi Investment Office said Abu Dhabi’s digital economy will be boosted through the launch of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region in the first half of 2022 which aims to accelerate cloud adoption and empower organisations to innovate faster.

  • Sa
    Jun
    05
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Taopu Smart City aims for carbon neutrality

    Taopu Smart City in Shanghai's northwest downtown will become a pilot zone to achieve carbon neutrality, officials told a forum over the weekend.

    The smart city, being developed on what was once one of Shanghai's most polluted industrial sites, will explore a new energy-saving and green development path, the management committee of the region said.

    The blueprint and architecture style designs have been completed for the smart city. It will feature scientific innovation and ecological remediation, Ying Mingde, executive vice director of the development and construction office of the smart city told the third session of the Shanghai Top Forum.

  • Sa
    Jun
    05
    2021
    What is a Smart City? Here is what you need to know About Smart City

    Smart cities are often visualized as collections of skyscrapers and hover cars zooming around. They’re also visualized as a cross between minority report and the Jetsons. However, the term ‘smart city’ isn’t really clearly defined. Some say that a smart city’s goal is to reduce waste, improve efficiency, and improve economic inequality. However, others say that the term is too loosely defined and no one knows what smart cities are.

  • Fr
    Jun
    04
    2021
    ID: Digitization can help push sharia economy development: VP

    Digitization can play an important role in developing sharia economy and finance in Indonesia because it could arrest a decline in the sale of halal products, boost certification of such products, and enable social fund transactions, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

    "Digitization can play a significant role in, among other things, holding the pace of the decline in the sales of halal industrial products, accelerating online audit mechanisms in applying for halal certificates, and encouraging an increase in the value of sharia (economy),” Amin said.

  • Fr
    Jun
    04
    2021
    Digital Transformation Core to Boosting Zimbabwe’s Economy, Improving Services

    The  Zimbabwe Digital Economy Diagnostic, a new report developed by the World Bank, finds that its digital financial services are the strongest foundation for the further development of the digital economy in the country.

    Among Zimbabwe’s key strengths is the widely used digital payment system, through which 96 percent of all transactions in the country are transacted, and which Government uses extensively for its core business.

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    2021
    ID: Bappenas readies strategy to boost digital transformation

    The National Development Planning Ministry/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) is drafting a strategy to drive digital transformation to boost the utilization of digital technology and bolster growth of a sustainable and low-carbon economy (green economy).

    The strategy contained in the Major Project of Digital Transformation also confirms the commitment of ministries and institutions to support the acceleration of expanded and increased access to digital infrastructures, utilization of resources in strategic sectors, and the enablers of digital transformation under the principles of digital sovereignty and self-reliance.

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    04
    2021
    NG: Cybersecurity key to digital economy — DG NITDA

    Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has said that cybersecurity is critical in a digital economy as it would secure Nigeria’s cyber space and build the confidence of the citizenry.

    Abdullahi made this known during a Webinar in commemoration of the agency’s 20th anniversary organised by Digital Jewel with the theme: “Cyber Risk and Cybersecurity” for Cloud Governance and Security, Cybersecurity Trends, Threats and Failsafe measures.

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    Jun
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    2021
    US: Utah DOT pilots Blyncsy's AI-powered road maintenance technology

    If you drive past potholes and faded lane dividers on your morning commute to work, chances are you'll continue to see such road blemishes until someone alerts the local department of transportation to the problem by filing a complaint. Utah-based startup Blyncsy wants to help governments be a bit more preemptive than that.

    The movement and data intelligence company is launching an AI-powered technology, called Payver, that will use crowd-sourced video data to give transport agencies up-to-date information on which roads require maintenance and improvements. Blyncsy is offering this service to governments at a reduced cost and with no long-term commitment.

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    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi boosts digital economy capabilities with the launch of AWS

    Abu Dhabi’s digital economy will be boosted through the launch of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud infrastructure region in the UAE, as part of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office’s (ADIO) efforts to attract investments that build technology capabilities.

    The arrival of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region in the first half of 2022 will accelerate cloud adoption and empower organisations to innovate faster. It will further enhance the access organisations have to advanced technologies from the world’s leading cloud services provider, helping them to innovate and digitally transform across Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE.

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    2021
    IN: Geographic Information Systems: Applying GIS to fight the pandemic better

    Esri India is using dashboards, maps and geographic information systems (GIS) to help government agencies monitor the Covid-19 situation

    One of the underlying technologies in several of the daily digital services people use today is geographic information systems (GIS). More recently, it has been helping governments tackle Covid-19 for over a year. “In three days time when Covid hit India for the first time, we helped several states establish a control room/dashboard for monitoring the pandemic spread and containment,” says Agendra Kumar, MD, Esri India. Today, National Disaster Management Authority, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka, Ladakh and several other state governments use Esri India’s technology in tackling and monitoring Covid-19.

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    2021
    Everything You Need to Know About the Fantom Blockchain-Based Digital Transformation of the Afghanistan Ministry of Industry and Commerce

    “IT infrastructure” is a central truss for any government plans in the 21st century. The lack of this infrastructure would bring about cracks in government agencies thereby resulting in opacity, inefficiency, and lack of checks on fraud.

    In March 2021, the Afghanistan government announced its plan to overhaul and upgrade the nation’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce IT infrastructure. Through collaboration with the Fantom Foundation, it said it intends to digitize archives, establish a digital Central Business Registry (CBR), and integrate a range of blockchain solutions to increase efficiency, eliminate fraud, and bring transparency to its national operations.

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    2021
    China's e-government service reaches 809 million people

    China's national e-government platform, www.gjzwfw.gov.cn, had 809 million registered users by the end of 2020, said a report released by the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Wednesday.

    In a total of 30 provincial-level regions, the platform has incorporated government services down to the village level, said the report released by the e-government research center of the party school. It evaluated the integrated e-government performance of provincial-level regions and major cities.

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    2021
    GB: Scotland: Aberdeen must focus its future on digital skills, connected communities and transforming services for all citizens

    Aberdeen and the north east finds itself at an economic crossroads.

    Key sectors have absorbed huge damage due to Covid-19. Now is the opportunity to reassess and build for the future.

    The Aberdeen Economic Policy Panel has already focused its mind on a “clear route-map for change”.

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    2021
    US: Virginia Partnership Cuts Ribbon on Smart City Testbed

    The Virginia Smart Community Testbed in Stafford County will test emerging technologies in real-world settings. The project is a partnership between the county and the Center for Innovative Technology.

    A new testbed to explore Internet of Things (IoT) deployment using 5G communications and other technologies has launched in Virginia.

    The Virginia Smart Community Testbed is a partnership between Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to test emerging technologies in real-world settings. The project began in 2019 as a plan to “build a ‘smart’ community in Stafford,” according to a CIT press release. More than 15 commercial partners are also part of the partnership.

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    2021
    US: Sidewalk Labs launches parking sensor

    Alphabet-owned urban tech company Sidewalk Labs has launched a new sensor to help cities improve parking and kerb management.

    Pebble provides real-time data about parking space availability, with a dashboard to give municipalities, operators and real estate developers an understanding of historical parking patterns.

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    2021
    AE: Dubai: Accelerated Digital Transformation promotes data economy growth worldwide

    A New Report In Collaboration between DFF & Dubai Economy

    The data economy is on track to become one of the largest economic sectors globally, according to a new report published by Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) in collaboration with Dubai Economy. The publication, titled ‘New Data Economy’, maps the future of data in the UAE and worldwide.

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    2021
    How Smart Cities are influencing the Growth of the Smart Grid Sensors Market?

    Electricity distribution has become a vital aspect in many countries and regions. The global populace is expanding at a rapid pace and this aspect proves to be a prominent factor for the need for electricity supply. The profound need for electricity generation has snowballed into a large requirement for distributors and grids.

    The equipment required for electricity distribution is developing technologically. These equipments increase the convenience factor. Smart grids are one of them. Thus, based on all these factors, the smart grid sensors market will bring tremendous growth opportunities.

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    2021
    CZ: Pilsen to upgrade public transport with a smart tram

    The Czech city aims to develop a fully autonomous tram by 2027

    On 25 May, the City of Pilsen announced its plans to create a living laboratory and a centre for smart mobility by 2027. This living laboratory will be developed with the aim of testing various models of smart transport in a real environment.

    Taking this further, Pilsen signed a memorandum of cooperation with several organisations to develop the city’s first smart tram. With its development, Pilsen seeks to become the first smart city of its kind in the Czech Republic.

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    2021
    Vietnam’s digital transformation solutions win Stevie Awards

    Two digital transformation solutions of Vietnam have won prizes of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for “Innovation in B2B Products & Services”.

    The two winners, akaSAFE - an information security solution on cloud computing and FPT.eContract - an electronic contract solution, of the FPT group respectively secured silver and bronze in the category.

    akaSAFE designs information security on cloud computing tailored to the specific characteristics of each business while checking and assessing security through each visit to the Cloud in real time.

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    2021
    Now the pandemic requires accelerating the digital transformation of the public sector

    According to the latest development report digital which the United Nations has just published, the region shows progress in this regard. “The pandemic Covid-19 has presented policymakers at all levels of government with unprecedented challenges in responding to the critical needs of their countries. The results of the 2020 Survey are encouraging and show a significant acceptance of digital services in different geographic regions, countries and cities. Data-centric and e-participation approaches have been improved, and the focus on digital capacity building has increased. However, progress faces new and existing challenges and risks, such as cybersecurity and data privacy. Some considerations are especially urgent or important in developing countries, including countries in special situations. These include the lack of digital infrastructures, sustainable E-Government platforms, and limited resources to implement digital government policies. Although E-Government has reached sophistication in leading countries, digitization is still relatively new on the national agendas of some countries ” express Liu Zhenmin Undersecretary General Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations.

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    2021
    Connected ‘smart city’ in Thailand encompasses kiosks, street lighting, Wi-Fi, parking

    A "smart city" in Thailand supported by a single communications network supports kiosks, outdoor Wi-Fi, street lighting, parking and more, according to a press release.

    The 5G Open RAN Smart City in Ban Chang, Thailand is able to support use cases across industrial robots, factory automation, remote telemedicine, aviation, logistics and agriculture.

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    2021
    When it comes to edge computing, it’s all relative

    Acording to Forrester’s new report, if you’re confused about what “edge computing” really is, it could be due to marketing and hype.

    According to ForresterNow’s report, The Four Edges of Edge Computing, there are four types of edge computing, but there is no hard, fast split between them. Also, the way vendors use this term makes it difficult to identify subtle differences.

    “We like to draw clear boundaries as analysts, but in reality, real life is much more difficult,” said Brian Hopkins, vice president and report author of Forrester’s Emerging Tech Portfolio. I am. “Edges are best thought of as a broad category of related solutions that have something in common and attract different vendors, rather than strictly physically dividing the network. The four edges always describe the edge. It’s a client response that you have to do because different vendors use the term in different ways. ”

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    2021
    Songdo, the smart city created from scratch by South Korea inspired by New York and Venice

    Sure you have seen thousands of movies where the famous cities of the future have appeared, but have you ever thought that they can also be built in real life? One of them is Songdo, it is 65 kilometers from Seoul (South Korea) and its construction was inspired by New York and Venice.

    In 2003, the construction of this city began on an artificial island that was going to cost 40,000 million dollars. The design was at the hands of the famous architect Kohn Pedersen Fox, while the companies Gale International and POSCO E&C with the collaboration of the public entity of the metropolitan city of Incheon were in charge of implementing the advanced infrastructure and the development of the construction. Finally, the work was completed in 2015 despite the fact that in 2009 the first inhabitants began to live.

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    2021
    Bahrain Car Parks Company to launch Mobile Payments with BenefitPay

    BenefitPay, Bahrain Car Parks Company, Bahrain, Mobile Payment Bahrain Car Parks Company announces the launch of its Mobile Payment Portal for use at its flagship mixed-use multi-storey building ‘the Terminal’ in partnership with BenefitPay and Scheidt & Bachmann, the German company dealing in smart parking solutions.

    The advanced contactless parking payment system creates a stress-free parking experience for customers visiting the Terminal in the busy area of Block 338 in Adliya, a major cultural and dining destination in Bahrain. Partnering with BenefitPay allows contactless payment where consumers can transact without the use of cash or cards, completely electronically, securely, and immediately.

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    2021
    GB: GDS focus on joining up services, identities and data

    The Government Digital Service (GDS) will focus on joining up services, identities and data over the next three years, its chief executive Tom Read has said

    In a blog on GDS’s strategy from 2021 to 2024, Read outlined five goals for the service with three concerned with joining up. One is to set up a single digital identity system covering all departments that will learn from the experience of GOV.UK Verify, which was recently extended to April 2023.

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    2021
    US: Florida: Jacksonville: Broadband needs to be part of the city’s infrastructure

    Infrastructure projects are immensely popular with the American people. In March, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law with $343 million earmarked for Jacksonville/Duval infrastructure projects. And a substantially larger federal infrastructure-targeted bill is making its way through Congress now.

    So why are our City leaders considering a $1 billion 30-year gas tax bill for infrastructure when the federal money is already starting to flow to Jacksonville, signaling that we have entered a new FDR-like era?

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    30
    2021
    ‘Mobility As A Service’ Concept Promises To Revolutionize Transport Accessibility

    Not everybody may have heard of the term ‘Mobility as a Service’ or MaaS, as it is referred to in the transport sector but if you’ve taken an Uber of late or even a regular taxi, there may be some familiarity with the basic concept.

    However, MaaS involves a lot more than just app-based ridesharing. It represents a completely new way of thinking about mobility and transportation, closely aligned to the genesis of the modern-day smart city.

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    2021
    US: Tech ecosystem to help electric utilities go digital

    “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile,” said the car ad tag line. Well, this is not your father’s electric utility.

    The traditional electric utility is a simple ABC construct: The electricity is generated in one place (A) and sent down a wire (B) to the customer (C). In today’s electric world, power is generated from many sources and wires carry the current to and from diverse points, switching in fractions of seconds.

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    2021
    How Cities Can Take Action to Drive the Energy Transition

    The dominance of fossil fuels in the urban energy supply puts cities on the frontline of climate change. Cities account for about 75% of global primary energy use and are responsible for 70 per cent of energy related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making them key actors in both national and global efforts to transition to a net-zero future.

    Cities can catalyse the shift to a low-carbon future

    A new report published today by IRENA, outlines ways in which cities can catalyse the shift to a low-carbon future – in turn supporting regional and national governments with the achievement of sustainable energy targets and the realisation of global climate objectives. Cities can be target setters, planners and regulators. They are often owners and thus operators of municipal infrastructure. Cities are always direct consumers of energy and therefore aggregators of demand, and can be facilitators and financiers of renewable energy projects.

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    29
    2021
    Mavenir to Launch 5G Open RAN Smart City in Thailand with Partners

    Mavenir this week announced that it’s working with National Telecom (NT), a state-owned telecommunications company, 5GCT, a local partner and Cisco Thailand to launch the first 5G Open RAN Smart City in Ban Chang, Thailand.

    The launch of the 5G Smart City creates synergies between public and private sectors for a fully functional smart city. The city of Ban Chang, is connected to a motorway linking Thailand’s two largest cities: Pattaya and Bangkok. The location is within close proximity to U-Tapao International Airport, Map Ta Phut Industrial Zone and the new master planned Ban Chang Smart City that are strategically important infrastructure for the Digital Economy in Thailand and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

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    2021
    GY: More street cameras, staffing of forensic lab. among plans to tackle crime

    Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, on Friday, expressed concern with the crime situation in the country, assuring that the government has taken steps to tackle the problem that has caused disquiet among citizens.

    During a press conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Dr Jagdeo said “there is a whole plan being rolled out to tackle crime.”

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    29
    2021
    ES: Alicante Town Hall Installs 156 New Cameras In The City

    Alicante Town Hall began the installation on Friday 21, of a total of 156 cameras, in forty different locations in the city, that will aid with the recognition of license plates and traffic regulation, designed to improve mobility within the city.

    José Ramón González, the Traffic Councillor has insisted that the cameras are not being installed with the intention of imposing fines, and that they are a part of “one more step” within the project ‘Alicante Se Mueve: Being Smart’.

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    2021
    US: Georgia: Atlanta installs fiber for 'smart city' corridor

    Atlanta has installed fiber-optic cable for a new “smart city” corridor to connect dozens of neighborhoods with an advanced communications network, according to a Thursday announcement from a vendor working with the city.

    The “Atlanta BeltLine” project, which aims to connect 45 neighborhoods with trails, streetcars and parks, is now home to more than 15 miles of fiber-optic cable that will be used for residential, business and public-safety infrastructure, according to Ex2 Technology, a company that worked with the city and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. — the region’s economic development agency — to lay the fiber.

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    28
    2021
    US: How Smart Cities Can Build EV Charging Infrastructure For The Road Ahead

    EV Connect CEO, Jordan Ramer, has led finance, business, and product strategy at companies in clean energy, transportation, and efficiency.

    The many smart city initiatives either already underway or planned worldwide should include EV charging in their plans. While we do not yet have the fully autonomous vehicles smart city visionaries imagined, conventional EV charging is being deployed in cities everywhere. Today's EV charging is still hands-on. These deployments often place the burden of knowledge and expertise on nontechnical managers and administrators. Smart, electrified cities, however, require ample charging for both residents and commuters. As the CEO of a company that offers EV charging management solutions, I believe that infrastructure should be at the core of smart city planning, not a complicated add-on to be dealt with later.

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    28
    2021
    EU: Replicable Open-Source Solutions for Public Service Delivery

    Our world is changing. Transformations to mobility patterns, pressing air quality issues, and growing flood risks present new challenges for European cities. Now, however, thanks to digitization and data, cities can tackle these challenges together. Rather than reinventing the wheel or going down the traditional software vendor route with all its associated issues, cities can improve local services by co-developing and replicating digital solutions based on open-source software.

    Improving Public Service Delivery with Data-Driven Solutions

    When the Covid-19 pandemic ripped through Europe last spring, governments had to act fast. With populations confined to their homes, digital solutions were the obvious way forward. But as hospitals started filling up, there was little time for lengthy procurement processes or expensive software development.

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    28
    2021
    Vietnam holds vast potential for blockchain and AI

    • Experts believe it’s the right time to promote research, development, and application of blockchain technology in Vietnam
    • Vietnam has set off in pursuit of a ten-year plan to become a middle power in the AI field.

    While Singapore has been the ‘poster child’ leading the region’s digital wave, Vietnam’s digital push has been much under the radar. On top of the Vietnamese government’s digital-related initiatives – experts reckon the potential for blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) development within the nation remains untapped.

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    28
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Qingpu district to prioritize digital transformation and growth

    Qingpu district will promote development of digital economy in its newest round of upgrades to support Shanghai's international digital hub construction.

    In the next five years, Qingpu will fully promote digital transformation in fields such as industrial development, daily life and urban management, authorities said.

    In terms of industrial development, the digital economy has been made a top priority. Qingpu will build itself into a digital hub in the Yangtze River Delta region, and accelerate construction of a "digital artery" along the G50 expressway. A host of digital and information industry platforms and clusters, such as Beidou West Hongqiao Base, Shixi Software Information Park and Huawei Research and Development Center, have been built along this east-west expressway.

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    28
    2021
    MY: Accelerating digital transformation of public sector

    Censof Holdings Bhd is collaborating with Microsoft as one of its partners to advance the digital transformation of Malaysia’s key industries, including the public sector.

    Under the collaboration Censof will be working together with Microsoft for its Government Resource Planning (GRP) system, which will run on Microsoft Azure.

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    27
    2021
    The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Korea Invests $20 Billion In Its Smart City Ecosystem

    “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” Andy Grove

    Koreans seem to believe that they are an entire country built around Andy Grove’s dictum that only the paranoid survive. Koreans use a phrase to try and talk themselves out of that - the odd sounding “the fine is fine” is constantly deployed to convince people to be satisfied with what they have. But people can’t help laughing when explaining the meaning of that phrase “we are never satisfied, we always want to do better.” One area in which Koreans are organized to do extraordinarily well is technology, with smart cities as a robust leading edge. “Either we maintain our lead in technology or we disappear,” as one executive told me.

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    27
    2021
    Launch of Innovate Cities to Drive New Era of Smart City Innovation and Commercialization While Protecting Canadians' Privacy

    Innovate Cities’ new model for data governance ensures expert oversight and public accountability at every stage of the process to build and keep the trust of communities

    Today marks the official launch of Innovate Cities, a not-for-profit network of innovators dedicated to creating more inclusive, livable and sustainable cities. Innovate Cities is a first-of-its-kind, helping to drive Canadian smart city innovation and commercialization by providing innovators with the tools they need to connect, create and scale - all while protecting every citizen’s privacy.

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    27
    2021
    IN: Rajasthan secured the second position in Smart City Ratings.

    Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, and Jaipur have secured the 8th, 11th, 29th and 36th rank among the 100 smart cities of the country.

    Amidst the pandemic gloom, Rajasthan ensured a sight of hope after the state stood second among the 36 states and Union territories in the country in the implementation of the Smart City projects.

    As per the latest ratings released by the Union government, four Rajasthan cities feature in the smart city mission list. In the online ranking, four state cities including Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, and Jaipur have secured the 8th, 11th, 29th, and 36th rank among the 100 smart cities of the country.

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    27
    2021
    IN: Towards a ‘smart’ sarkar: Covid demands a new model of citizen-focussed governance

    Several catchy buzzwords have described Modi government’s initiatives over the last seven years. Startup India, Stand Up India, Skill India, the list is long and well-publicised. One such flagship project has been the Smart Cities Mission to set up 100 technologically wired urban centres. Yet as the brutal second wave of coronavirus tears through India, some ‘smart’ cities are turning out to be not-so-smart.

    Panjim, Goa is a designated smart city that has seen a jaw-dropping administrative collapse. Small, scenic, a tourist hub set amid busy waterways, it could have been the ideal urban showpiece. But what has happened instead? In the midst of a health emergency public squabbles have broken out between health minister and chief minister, a curfew was only patchily implemented with bars and casinos remaining open, promoting citizen indiscipline. At Goa Medical College hospital on city outskirts, over consecutive days, patients kept losing their lives because, bizarrely, a tractor trolley bearing oxygen cylinders could not be properly manoeuvred into position. Oxygen supply was delivered through creaky pipelines and constantly fluctuated.

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    27
    2021
    15-Minute City: Utopia or Reality?

    The idea entails phasing out vehicles and creating a 15-minute city in an effort to encourage more self-sufficient urban communities with grocery shops, parks, cafes, sports facilities, health centers, schools, and even workplaces just a walk or bike-ride away.

    The 15-minute city was popularized by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hindalco who used it in her election campaign. The idea entails phasing out vehicles and creating a 15-minute city in an effort to encourage more self-sufficient urban communities with grocery shops, parks, cafes, sports facilities, health centers, schools and even workplaces just a walk or bike-ride away. Mayor Anne Hindalco termed it as “ville du quart d’heure” – the quarter-hour city – that will offer Parisians what they need on a daily basis at or near their doorstep. The idea aims at an ecological transformation of the capital city of Paris into a collection of neighborhoods. The larger aim is to reduce pollution and stress, creating socially and economically mixed districts to improve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors.

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    2021
    Asia's big digital transformation

    Post-pandemic and over the long term, much of the digital shift towards the 'contact-free' economy is irreversible

    Roundtable panellists:

    • Yash Patodia, partner and portfolio manager, Wellington Management;
    • Fan Cheuk Wan, chief investment officer, Asia Private Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC;
    • Julie Koo, managing director head of Citi Investment Management Sales, APAC Citi Private Bank

    Moderator: Genevieve Cua, wealth editor, The Business Times

    ASIA is widely expected to pick up speed as a global economic powerhouse, post-pandemic. We ask the experts for their views on the likely impact Asia tech would make on digital transformation, and their strongest investible ideas.

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    2021
    What is the Best Network Type for Your Critical IoT Operations?

    Several technology options exist for deploying IoT solutions focused on critical needs. These principally fall into two low-power wide area (LPWA) network classifications: licensed 4G and 5G cellular, and non-cellular LPWA.

    The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has defined cellular LPWA network standards offering various IoT approaches. In the case of 4G, connectivity choices include narrownand IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M, while 5G promises New Radio IoT (NR-IoT). Commonly adopted technologies in the non-cellular category include Sigfox and LoRa. It is necessary for user organisations to assess key drivers and operational requirements before deciding on cellular or non-cellular networks.

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    2021
    IN: Digital Transformation: Driven By Education, Supported By Tech

    "Distance learning is typically an extension to a traditional in-person course, with key videos and resources made available online. However, putting lecture videos online is not enough"

    Digital education is no longer an exciting future or a goal but is expected by students and essential for success. It’s time to reconsider the old syllabus, rethink the 10-year plans, and embrace the opportunity for change. But this is not about starting from scratch, cost-saving, or efficiencies, this is about meeting the expectations and the new learning needs of today’s students.

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    2021
    The epidemic pushes CIOs towards digital transformation, study says

    Adobe conducted a survey in partnership with Fortune with more than 500 CIOs from the United States (200) and EMEA (150) and APAC (156) regions to better understand how the role of the CIO has evolved .

    The study shows that these executives are at the center of almost every major business initiative, with 90% of US CIOs (75% in EMEA and 85% in APAC) saying they feel under pressure to digitally transform their businesses . With vaccine delivery, companies are turning to CIOs to ensure that employees can work productively and safely anywhere.

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    25
    2021
    PG: ICT to focus on digital transformation

    The Government, through the Ministry of Information and Technology, has embarked on key policy initiatives for ICT sector to focus on digital transformation.

    Secretary of ICT Department Steven Matainaho, representing his minister Timothy Masiu, said that under the theme for this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day “Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times”, ICT is a very unique tool to PNG.

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    25
    2021
    Sudan Invites Bitcoin SV to Learn about Blockchain Technology

    Sudan may well be transitioning into the technological hub of Africa.

    The Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Transformation of Sudan has invited Bitcoin SV (BSV) to its country to learn more about blockchain technology and how it can help the African nation enter the global digital economy. The Republic of the Sudan has a long history of armed conflict, which was exacerbated by an authoritarian president who was in power for 30 years. It has debilitated the country and has prevented economic and technological growth. As Sudan transitions to a democracy, it has started its campaign for digital transformation with government on blockchain.

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    25
    2021
    QA: 2,177 transactions of land transport licensing completed in Q1 this year

    As many as 2177 transactions related to land transport licensing were completed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the first quarter of this year.

    Out of total 2177 transactions, 1394 transactions are of land transport activities, 561 are related to limousine business activities and 222 are related to car rental business activities.

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    2021
    IN: Haryana: Lockdown puts brakes on Karnal Smart City projects

    Several projects of the Karnal Smart City flagship programme of the Union Government have come to a halt due to the shortage of labour and non-availability of construction material owing to the ongoing Covid lockdown.

    Some of the projects had come to a standstill just after they started, while some were in the tender process and work on a couple of projects was yet to start. Three projects costing around Rs 15 crore, including beautification of spaces under seven flyovers on the national highway-44, redevelopment of Karan Lake as a tourist hub, and beautification of western Yamuna Canal bank are the major projects which have been stopped.

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    PH: Pasay City introduces 'Electronic Mamamayan ID' through its first-ever smart city ecosystem

    Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano launched the city’s “Electronic Mamamayan Identification Card” which can be used in contract tracing, commerce, as a city ID, and an e-wallet for the distribution of financial aid.

    “It is with great pride that I introduce to you today our first-ever smart city ecosystem that will help improve our lives as we step up to globalization,” the mayor said in a video message late Sunday night (May 16).

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    IN: Rajasthan Ranks 2nd in Country in Implementing Smart City Projects

    Rajasthan has stood second among the 36 states and Union territories in the country in implementation of the Smart City projects with four of its cities making the mark in the mission.

    In the online ranking accorded by the Union government, four Rajasthan cities, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer and Jaipur have secured the 8th , 11th, 29th and 36th rank among the 100 smart cities of the country, the state government said Monday in a statement.

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    2021
    Saudi Arabia’s Brand New Futuristic City 'The Line'– Analysis

    In 2017, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, announced the launch of the nation’s futuristic and fully automated business zone, NEOM. This hi-tech business hub, to be located in the Tabuk province in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia along the Red Sea coast, is to be established at a cost of US $500 billion (INR 37.5 lakh crore). The region has been selected in view of its relatively mild climate. Most of Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with extremely oppressive day temperatures of above 45° Celsius. The project’s total area is slated to be 26,500 square kilometre and will link Jordan and Egypt via Saudi territory. The project is expected to generate 380,000 jobs and contribute US $48 billion (INR 36,000 crore) to the kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

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    Smart Cities to serve as an economic engine for Saudi Arabia

    There will be more than 26 smart cities across the world by 2025

    The smart city market will grow over $2.46 trillion in 2025, presenting significant opportunities for solution providers operating within the smart city space, according to a recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan.

    The research and consultancy firm also noted that the coming decade will see a widespread uptake of smart city solutions, especially in medium-sized cities and cities in developing nations.

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    AE; Abu Dhabi, Singapore ally to accelerate smart city drive

    Abu Dhabi and Singapore aim to accelerate smart city development to sustainably improve quality of life, operational efficiency and competitiveness

    Abu Dhabi and Singapore are expanding ties to accelerate smart city innovations in the two countries.

    The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and IPI Singapore - a subsidiary of ESG – have jointly launched an innovation call to advance the smart city agenda.

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    VN: During digital transformation, cybersecurity and protection must be a key focus and must be protected

    Digital transformation and cyber security and safety are two aspects of a development trend, he told a teleconference with localities on May 14 aimed at bolstering their capacity in managing and implement digital transformation and information safety.

    Vietnam needs to foster rapid and sustainable digital transformation but at the same time must ensure cyber security and safety, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung has emphasised.

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    2021
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Covid-19: GPS tracking of ambulances for quick transfer of patients to hospitals

    Putting technology to use for better COVID management and quick transfer of patients to the Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH) and COVID Care Centres (CCC), the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started GPS tracking of ambulances.

    While the city authorities have a fleet of 64 ambulances under the COVID management programme, 40 has already become GPS enabled and the rest will be fitted with the tracking devices very soon, a senior official said. Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is looking after the technological up-gradation part of the ambulances engaged on COVID duty, the official said.

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    2021
    Smarter Solutions with 5G – What You Should Know About Smart Cities

    A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services become more efficient by integrating digital and telecommunications technologies. Its residents and businesses benefit from this improved efficiency. Developing a smart city that enhances both quality of life and sustainable development requires a combination of new technologies.

    Smart cities take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to collect real-time data to understand the demand patterns of consumers and then responding with adequate and more effective solutions. An overall notion of an ecosystem for digital cities is supported by several ICT frameworks that connect a wide variety of devices, appliances, communication gateways, and data centers.

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    2021
    Smart City Startups to generate over $100Bn in next five years

    According to AksjeBloggen.com Smart City startup revenues worldwide are expected to reach $110.7bn by 2025. Asian, European, and American Smart City Startups individually are to expect three-digit revenue growth.

    What is a Smart City?

    Smart cities are designed to serve the growing population by improving safety, sustainability, and mobility.

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    2021
    Identity Malta sees surge in government e-service activity

    Throughout 2020, Identity Malta issued 34,157 new e-ID cards, of which 10,697 (31%) were issued in the new card format, the agency said in a statement.

    Identity Malta had all hands-on deck during the global pandemic, in order to ensure that clients’ needs were seen to. In fact, the Agency issued 133 emergency travel documents and processed 568 urgent passport requests last year.

    Throughout the pandemic, Identity Malta noticed a surge in government e-service activity, activating 76,754 new eID virtual accounts, which is an increase of 87% over 2019. Furthermore, the Agency responded to clients’ request to reset their virtual eID passwords, with 139,464 passwords being reset in 2020.

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    2021
    How digital payment systems can boost Bangladesh's push to meet the SDGs

    • Bangladesh's strongly performing economy is being driven by the ready-made garments (RMG) sector.
    • Receiving payment digitally has multiple benefits for the sector's 4 million workers.
    • The UN's Better Than Cash Alliance and the newly established ILO Global Centre on Digital Wages for Decent Work are working to remove barriers to digital payment.

    As we grapple with the challenges presented by the pandemic, Bangladesh continues to clock impressive growth and is in fact an outlier in the global economic scenario. Its gross domestic product (GDP) grew an estimated 5.2% in 2020 and is likely to grow 6.8% this year. In comparison, the global economy shrank 3.5%. Among Bangladesh’s neighbours, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India are facing GDP contractions.

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    2021
    How Does IoT Accelerate Your Company’s Digital Journey? The Competitive Advantage of IoT

    Summary:

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our world in powerful ways, and companies in many types of industries stand to benefit greatly through improved, data-driven decision-making, and accelerated business processes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at IoT and its potential for enhancing competitive advantage. We’ll also offer advice for companies as they embark on their digital transformation through IoT, including what to look for in a solutions integrator partner.

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    2021
    FR: Basque Coast launches second electric bus rapid transit line

    Keolis will run the 10km line on behalf of Basque Country Public Transport Authority and it will link Tarnos to Bayonne in south-west France, carrying around 90,000 passengers per month.

    Keolis has launched a second 100 per cent electric bus rapid transit (e-BRT) line on the Chronoplus transport network on the Basque Coast in the south-west of France.

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    2021
    When it comes to edge computing, it's all relative

    If you're confused by what "edge computing" actually is, marketing and hype could be to blame, according to a new Forrester report.

    According to a ForresterNow report, "The Four Edges of Edge Computing," there are four types of edge computing but there are no hard and fast divisions between them. Also, the way vendors are using the term makes it hard to discern the subtle differences.

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    2021
    E-governance and digital transformation must be spearheaded by government, says Estonian president

    The homeland of Skype and Bolt has Europe’s highest number of technology start-ups per capita

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the benefits of e-government and e-residency in Estonia. Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

    Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Estonia is a northern European country that has risen to become a formidable force in the digital world, both in the public and private sectors. It has the highest number of technology start-ups per capita of any European country, having bred companies such as video communication service Skype and e-hailing platform Bolt (formerly Taxify).

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    2021
    Digital laggard Japan catches up with law against stamping forms

    Suga gets serious on a signature policy to speed benefits payments

    Japan has taken its latest step to bring government at all levels further into the digital age, stung by the experience of last year's slow rollout of economic stimulus payments.

    The parliament on Wednesday enacted six laws to promote electronic government, with steps such as ending a widely criticized source of bureaucratic inefficiency -- the use of seals to sign documents.

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    US: Nevada: Blockchains idea finally makes legislative debut

    Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposal to create a committee to study the concept of ‘innovation zones’ received its first hearing Tuesday.

    The five-member Senate committee on legislative operations and elections gave little indication of their feelings about the underlying concept of allowing private companies to establish a new form of government in undeveloped areas of Nevada, a proposal the governor himself has inextricably linked with a company called Blockchains LLC.

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    AU: Budget 2021: AI, skills, and tax breaks

    Plus plenty of money for government services.

    The government has revealed its broad plans to support Australian technology and innovation in the 2021-22 budget with tax incentives, the introduction of a digital cadetship program, and big spending on government services.

    In his speech on Tuesday night, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the past year helped the government better understand our reliance on technology.

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    2021
    Vietnam determinedly accelerates national digital transformation process

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh yesterday had a meeting with the Ministry of Information and Communications on the status of the national digital transformation process and prospects of the ICT industry in Vietnam.

    Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung reported that the total revenue of the ICT industry in 2020 was around US$130 billion, with a contribution of $5 billion to the national budget.

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    2021
    BS: Govt Targets 40 Online Services By Year’S End

    • Aiming to add new one every six-eight weeks
    • Targeting 20-fold increase to 100,000 users
    • Unveils ‘one-stop shop’ for e-government

    The government is aiming to make 40 public services available online by year-end through adding an additional one to its portal every six-eight weeks, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.

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    BS: ‘More Efficient’ E-Cabinet Set To Launch Today

    The Minnis government will today use its “e-Cabinet” system for the first time in a bid to make the top decision-making body “more efficient and effective” a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.

    Senator Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for finance, while addressing the launch of the government’s “one-stop shop” online portal for accessing government services, said: “Tomorrow [today], for the first time, we will use the e-Cabinet platform which makes it more convenient for the Cabinet to function.

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    2021
    New research on how COVID-19 is boosting digital transformation

    There has also been a major overhaul of IT strategies to meet challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

    Equinix has announced the findings of its annual study on the views of IT decision-makers regarding the largest technology trends affecting businesses worldwide.

    The survey covered 2,600 IT decision-makers from diverse enterprises across 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA regions, and focused largely on the impact of COVID-19 on digital infrastructure plans.

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    2021
    Digital transformation: 4 ways to build in security

    How wisely have you integrated security practices into your digital transformation plan? Consider these four strategies

    With benefits from automating processes, streamlining work, and gaining better visibility into your organizational data, there’s no disputing the value of digital transformation.

    But just because it’s essential doesn’t mean it’s easy. Change is hard, and successful digital transformation takes a village – from the IT partners and internal staff who help implement the tools to executives communicating the efforts to the team members interfacing with the new technology each day.

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    2021
    House of Digitisation: an interactive platform for SMEs in Lower Austria

    Located in Tulln, the project will be completed by 2023

    In Tulln, Lower Austria, the opening ceremony for the ground-breaking project “House of Digitisation” took place on Monday, 10 May 2021. The "House of Digitisation " is a component of Lower Austria's digitisation strategy.

    The first part of the project is an interactive platform with personalised services that would allow businesses to connect. The building that is being constructed will allow the continuation of this networking between Lower Austrian companies with research and educational institutions and it will also become a meeting place for people interested in digital technology.

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    2021
    Digital Transformation: Building a Plan to Move Past COVID

    Digital transformation offers companies the benefits of improved productivity, innovation, and reduced business process costs.

    But achieving digital transformation is difficult. Digital transformation isn’t a single thing. There are many options — where to begin?

    A whitepaper from Deloitte identifies three areas of investments where businesses can expect to see the biggest paybacks.

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    2021
    CN: Shanghai pressing ahead in digital transformation

    Shanghai is speeding up digital transformation to improve people’s daily lives, with shorter hospital waiting time, smarter parking, bus routes with artificial intelligence and simplified digital services designed for elderly people.

    With upgraded digital infrastructure such as 5G, cloud and AI, Shanghai is answering public concerns, bridging digital gaps and optimizing user experiences, city officials said.

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    2021
    Smart grid tech: The dark horse of India’s smart city race

    In a message to graduating college students worldwide in 2017, Bill Gates identified energy as one of the three fields he would consider if he himself were a graduating student then. This was because “making energy clean, affordable and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change”.

    And just as predicted, a rise in the usage of renewable and clean energy sources has been observed globally and as of March 2021, 24% of India’s electricity generation capacity is from renewable energy sources which amounts to 91 GW (excluding hydroelectric stations) out of the total 377GW. This has been set to reach 175GW by 2022 and 450GW by 2030. Consequently, the applications of clean energy sources have also been growing with applications not only to domestic and industrial use but also in upcoming sectors such as electric vehicles.

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    ES: Why València is a leader in smart city KPIs

    Every day our city faces a diverse range of complex challenges, some internal in nature and some exogenous, such as those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that have highlighted the urgent need to be adequately prepared to mitigate the impacts of pandemics and other future threats.

    The transformation of València as a safe and sustainable coexistence space, and attractive and socially equitable economic hub, is an enormously complex task that requires the collaboration of a large number of actors. Citizens, companies, associations and institutions are all key actors in this “Smart Sustainable City” model that seeks, from a global perspective, to improve efficiency, people’s lives, our environment, social inclusion, sustainability, and resilience to external threats.

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    AE: New study shows digital preparedness helped organizations adapt to COVID-19

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has recently released the results of an in-depth study of how the relationship between technology, business and people evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EIU heard from business leaders across eight distinct industries about the challenges and opportunities the disruption created for organizations and how digital initiatives shifted to confront a new reality.

    “Every company is a digital company in the post pandemic era and the past year has fundamentally changed the way businesses must evolve in the new normal,”said Ihsan Anabtawi, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, Microsoft UAE. “ The research with EIU unveils an in-depth analysis on how the relationships between technology, businesses and individuals have evolved. This means we will have to invest in people and their capacity in creating new solutions that meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy.”

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    2021
    UK security agency issues guidance on smart city cyber risks

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency, has published recommendations on how to secure smart cities.

    The Connected Places: Cyber Security Principles report says that while technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, CCTV and smart traffic lights offer benefits to citizens and cities, they are also targets for cyber-attacks due to the critical functions they provide and sensitive data they process.

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    IN: Pandemic Disruption ensured fast transformation with Digitalization

    “The IT sector has grown exponentially in the last two decades, providing close to 4.5 million direct and 10 million indirect jobs within the country. As per estimates, the sector’s revenue is currently at about $194 billion which is expected to reach $350 billion by 2025, creating many more jobs in the process. Even in the middle of the pandemic, leading companies in this sector continue hiring in large numbers across experience and job levels. Overall, the sector is expected to witness a 12% increase in hiring this year ”, asserted Jyoti Arora, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy), Government of India in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW Businessworld. Excerpts Below:

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    2021
    IN: Punjab: Patiala: Get births, deaths registered from private hospitals

    City residents can now get births and deaths registered from private hospitals. Municipal Corporation officials said the state government had started an initiative from May 1 wherein the registration for births and deaths can be done from respective private hospitals.

    According to officials, until now, people were required to apply for a certificate from the MC in case of any death or birth.

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    2021
    IE: Minister Ossian Smyth plans to introduce digital driving licences

    We could soon be able to store our permits on our smartphones, according to the Minister of State for eGovernment

    Digital driving licences could be made available as part of efforts to take advantage of the number of citizens using online government services.

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    2021
    Tajik government taps blockchain firm for e-government infrastructure

    A new public-private partnership between the Fantom Foundation and the Tajik Ministry of Industry of New Technologies will see the two roll out a range of blockchain-based solutions across nationwide IT infrastructure.

    President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon is pursuing an ambitious integration of blockchain technology into his government's ongoing modernization drive.

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    2021
    AE: Dubai International Financial Centre Courts adopts digital authentication of documents

    Electronic seal ‘Ethaq’ ensures authenticity of documents using UAE PASS

    The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts has acquired the qualified electronic seal solution Ethaq, a paperless initiative that enables digital authenticity of documents with the support of UAE PASS, the secure national digital identity platform for the UAE.

    Ethaq certificate is powered by Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) and its Root Certificate Authority. It recognises the DIFC Courts as the first Dubai entity to acquire the entirely paperless certificate that enables court documents to be electronically signed, issued, and authenticated.

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    2021
    Estonia opens new e-resident ID-card collection points in four countries

    The Estonian e-residency programme is opening ID-card collection points in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand to accommodate for the increase in the e-residency applicants.

    According to the e-residency programme, the new locations are meeting rising demands from local entrepreneurs that are seeking to scale their businesses internationally and expand into the European market.

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    NG: Lagos: Sanwo-Olu promises to connect 100 schools to internet in May

    Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday said the state government would connect no fewer than 100 schools to internet by the end of May.

    Sanwo-Olu said this during the inauguration of Lagos State Schools Infrastructure Projects and four school buildings.

    He said that the state government had started to roll out fibre optics across state-owned schools to aid learning through high-speed internet connectivity.

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    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi and Singapore join forces to accelerate smart city development

    Singaporean companies will submit solutions to address challenges identified by Abu Dhabi entities

    Abu Dhabi Investment Office joined forces with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), a government agency championing enterprise development, and its subsidiary IPI Singapore to accelerate smart city development in the emirate.

    Under the agreement, Singaporean companies will submit solutions to address challenges outlined by the Abu Dhabi-based entities.

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    2021
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: Smart City Startup challenge for start-ups

    Smart City Living Labs at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, in association with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and The Smart City Mission have launched a Smart City Start-up challenge.

    The programme is envisioned to support and scale start-ups that are building sustainable, inclusive and innovative solutions for smart cities. The month-long programme gives selected start-ups an opportunity to pitch to smart city technology MNCs, smart city officials and the winner will get an equity-free grant of Rs 10 lakh for further development.

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    2021
    Africa: Public sector urged to digitally transform civil service

    Public sector institutions in Africa need to redefine how they operate by creating digital transformation plans, according to ICT sector executives, who say this will drive effective modernisation of civil service.

    They say public sector institutions in Africa are characterised by legacy ICT infrastructure that needs urgent upgrading to match global trends in response to the impact of COVID-19.

    The pandemic, they say, has compelled the public sector to reimagine service delivery in a post-lockdown era, and to invest more in technology.

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    QA: UDC, Huawei sign MoU to deploy smart city solutions

    United Development Company (UDC), a leading Qatari public shareholding company and the master developer of The PearlQatar and Gewan Island, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei Technologies L.L.C, one of the world’s leading ICT solutions providers, to enhance The Pearl-Qatar’s smart city features and deploy innovative technologies at UDC’s newest development under construction, Gewan Island, in a total investment of QR17m.

    The MoU was signed by Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President, CEO and Member of the Board and Fan Tao, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Qatar (Huawei Technologies LLC) in the presence of senior officials from UDC and Huawei Technologies LLC.

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    NG: Lagos and the smart city project

    By using modern technology to revolutionize several facets of their economy, many countries are presently enjoying profound global interests and investments. In Africa, Rwanda and Ethiopia are prominent examples of countries that are substantially investing in digital artifacts to achieve a correspondent value in their natural and human endowments.

    It is thus not surprising that in Lagos State, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led government is keen on making Lagos the fortress of digital enterprise, an urban hub of innovation and commerce and a fertile market for imperial investment. With a well-designed roadmap, the administration has been working hard to improve the efficiency of services and eliminate redundancies in major sectors as a sure way to make Lagos livable and more productive.

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    US: Texas: Houston City Council to vote on installing 75 to 125 digital kiosks around the city

    The Houston City Council is expected to vote on a proposal to install anywhere from 75 to 125 digital kiosks throughout the city Wednesday.

    The Ike Smart City kiosks will connect visitors to events, local businesses and services near them, including mass transit and free Wi-Fi.

    All kiosks would be installed in the city's rights-of-way.

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    US: Virginia: Adwait Nadkarni is trying to keep ‘smart cities’ from becoming really dumb

    As most of us weigh the conveniences and challenges of Internet-connected “smart houses,” Adwait Nadkarni is thinking on a higher level altogether.

    Nadkarni, an assistant professor in William & Mary’s Department of Computer Science, is thinking about smart cities.

    “Smart-city technology is becoming more and more prevalent,” Nadkarni said. “We are seeing cases like New York, which has released a public wifi system, where the city now is your service provider, your ISP.”

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    Managing the smart city generation gap

    Recognising that one size doesn’t fit all and knowing how to take advantage of the benefits of cross-generational teams, are critical to a healthy and productive workplace.

    With five generations in the workplace at the same time, each bringing different types of skills and expectations. managing age-diverse teams is becoming a skillset in itself.

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    NG: Lagos govt calls for e-governance to effectively serve citizens

    Lagos State government has enjoined governments at all levels to adopt e-governance in order to effectively serve the citizens, disclosing that the state implemented a 3,000 km of Fibre Metro Network connection in the Year 2020 and an additional 3,000km in the Year 2021 across Lagos.

    The State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Hakeem Popoola Fahm, made this call, on Tuesday, during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the 2nd Year in the office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration held at Alausa, Lagos, saying the implementation was part of the comprehensive Smart City Programme that seeks to provide a 24-hour driven economy.

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    US: Prediction: Future Cities Will be Filtered Through the 15-Minute Framework

    White picket fences, a dog, two children, and a daily commute into the office. The American dream has been a driving force behind the way our cities are built—and how much time we spend behind the wheel. The pandemic exposed that this regular commute was, at large, unnecessary for individuals and businesses to succeed. As our worlds became more confined and localized, we also had the time to pause and think about how the post-pandemic world could be better.

    The 15-minute city is a concept created by Carlos Moreno that advocates the creation of a city of neighborhoods where people find everything they need in terms of work, retail, and leisure all within 15 minutes of their home. “Many people never visited shops close to their homes before because they were busy. They didn’t know their neighbors or the parks nearby,” explained Moreno, Professor at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. “The pandemic made us discover this. We have rediscovered locality and this has improved quality of life.”

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    IN: Jammu Smart City Project: DivCom Directs For Tenders Of High Street At Residency Road

    Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Raghav Langer today chaired the 9th Board of Directors meeting of Jammu Smart City Project.

    The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu,(Director JSCL) Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; Commissioner JMC, Avny Lawasa, (Chief Executive Officer, Jammu Smart City); Additional CEO, JSCL, Hitesh Gupta; VC JDA, Rohit Khajuria, Chief Engineers of PWD, Irrigation & Flood Control, Director Tourism, Director Floriculture, besides senior functionaries of Project Management Consultancy (PMC) and other board members.

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    IN: Haryana: Soon, doctor-on-call service for Covid patients in Faridabad

    The Faridabad administration will soon launch a doctor-on-call service and mobile application and set up a call centre to provide medical assistance and support to Covid patients in home isolation. It will also be ensured that suspected patients get their Covid test reports within a day.

    The directions in this regard were issued by Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, who today reviewed the situation and measures being taken by the district administration to check the spread of Covid-19.

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    PH: Electronic governance

    There is a saying that if you are in business and you are not doing e-commerce, then you are not in business at all.

    Perhaps we could transpose that saying to say that if you are in governance and you are not doing e-governance, then you are not in governance at all.

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    VN: HCMC aims for ‘smart city’ status by 2025

    HCMC authorities will continue to resolve flooding and traffic congestion, build major transport works, and streamline administrative procedures to reach “smart city” status by 2030, a city official has said.

    Speaking at a recent city People’s Council meeting, Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the city People’s Committee, said that two transport projects worth more than VND12 trillion (US$521.8 million) have been approved.

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    2021
    US: Texas: Houston council to consider plan to erect up to 125 digital sidewalk kiosks for share of ad revenue

    City Council on Wednesday will consider a plan to install up to 125 interactive digital kiosks around the city, a proposal that has drawn support from city officials who tout the advertising revenue benefits and opposition from some who equate the kiosks to sidewalk billboards.

    If approved by council, the city would have Ohio-based IKE Smart City LLC install at least 75 kiosks within the next three years, focusing on commercial areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. The kiosks, which are designed to resemble massive smart phones, would display dining, transit, event and lodging options and provide free Wi-fi and 911 access, among other features.

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    2021
    KR: LG Uplus works on 5G-connected smart system to ease container bottleneck in port

    South Korea's mobile carrier LG Uplus will set up a 5G-connected smart port system that will accelerate the digital transformation of Busan Port. The mobile carrier will add remote control features for container cranes to allow operators to monitor and examine open-air storage yards from different angles using cameras and stack containers efficiently with minimized idle spaces.

    A container crane, also known as a container handling gantry crane, is a gargantuan structure that hulks over docks. It picks up and carries containers from a ship to a storage yard and vice versa. A crane normally has a cockpit on top so that an operator can maneuver it while looking through windshields placed at the sides and the bottom of the small cubicle. Because of the limited viewing angle, it is hard for a crane operator to stack more than three containers.

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