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  • Do
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    13
    2021
    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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    13
    2021
    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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    13
    2021
    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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    13
    2021
    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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    13
    2021
    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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    12
    2021
    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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    12
    2021
    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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    12
    2021
    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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    12
    2021
    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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    11
    2021
    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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    11
    2021
    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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    11
    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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    10
    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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    10
    2021
    Ireland ‘leading’ Europe in developing digital green cert for travelling between countries, Minister says

    Ireland is “leading” Europe on developing a digital green certificate for travelling between countries, Minister of State for eGovernment and public procurement Ossian Smyth has claimed.

    Smyth, who is set to take on additional responsibilities as Minister of State for Communications, told the Sunday Independent that the EU documents will work with domestic vaccination certificates, expected in coming months.

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    10
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: The Workplace: 'I learned how government works in my BTech internship'

    A young engineer interned with the Smart City project in Pune under a government internship scheme launched in 2020.

    As the whole world was facing the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, I was searching for jobs, internships and programmes – whatever I could find to get experience. At some point, looking at the situation, I began to lose hope of getting a job with a reputed information technology (IT) company. Sitting at home, my routine was to browse websites for jobs or internships all day. Browsing, I came across an online article about the government’s The Urban Learning Internship Programme (TULIP) started by the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA).

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    09
    2021
    EU: Starting small and flourishing: the digitalisation of SMEs

    The question remains: how can we make Europe fit for the Digital Decade?

    Did you know that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form 99% of all businesses in the European Union? Undeniably, Europe’s economy and societies depend heavily on SMEs. It is no different for Malta. Such enterprises not only integrate technological solutions but, time and over again, have proven to be fertile ground for the development of new and innovative technology. This is why SMEs must be at the heart of Europe’s industrial and digital strategies.

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    09
    2021
    Vietnam’s digital economy to hit US$52 billion by 2025

    Vietnam’s digital economy will likely reach US$52 billion in value by 2025, according to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company.

    With the gross merchandise value (GMV) of its internet economy accounting for over 5% of the country's GDP in 2019, Vietnam is emerging as the most digital of all economies in the region, the report said.

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    09
    2021
    Indonesia Prioritizes Accelerating Digital Transformation in ICT Field

    Accelerating digital transformation is among the priority programs in the information and communication technology (ICT) field, as targeted by President Joko Widodo during his second term, stated Philip Gobang, communication and informatics minister’s special staff.

    "Five areas elicit attention in managing digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic," Gobang remarked while addressing a webinar and workshop on "Encouraging the Creation and Innovation of Flobamora MSMEs" organized in Maumere, Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday.

  • So
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    09
    2021
    ZA: Bridging the digital divide in public education is a collective effort

    In March 2020 SA faced an unprecedented challenge as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. With the imposition of a nationwide lockdown, almost every human endeavour switched from being physical to virtual. For many the conversion was effortless. For others, however, the switch to a predominantly digital world only served to further deepen prevailing divides.

    As a corporate social investment (CSI) practitioner with a keen interest in facilitating the active economic participation of people through education, I am constantly struck by the frustratingly slow pace of meaningful change in many South Africans’ lives. Notwithstanding the grave socioeconomic implications of certain Covid-19 decisions, the pandemic provides an opportunity for meaningful engagement around innovative options to bring about much-needed, broader societal transformation.

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    09
    2021
    ZA: Digital transformation could give built environment industry a solid foundation

    Innovative tools are needed to realise the construction of SA’s first 5G-ready smart city

    Before Covid-19 relegated most of society to the confines of their homes, the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) sought to bring digital transformation to the masses beyond online classes and work-from-home. Across businesses, digital transformation became the new buzz phrase, describing the potential of technology to rebuild entire industries.

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    08
    2021
    US: California: Santa Barbara approves automated license plate readers

    More than two dozen new cameras with the ability to automatically capture photos of vehicle license plates will be installed across Santa Maria in the upcoming weeks.

    The installation comes after the Santa Maria City Council approved a request for updated camera technology from the Santa Maria Police Department.

    In a 4-1 decision during a meeting April 20, council members voted in favor of acquiring 31 Automated License Plate Reader cameras from Flock Safety. The new technology will cost the city around $240,000 to implement and will be installed on street poles, street lights and attached to police vehicles. Gloria Soto, the councilwoman from district three, voted against the measure but did not provide an explanation.

  • Sa
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    08
    2021
    IN: Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level

    As a part of their transformational journeys, cities are strengthening their geospatial infrastructure to unleash the power of spatial analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the quality of life for their citizens and strengthen resilience.

    Globally cities are accelerating their efforts to harness technology convergence for smart solutions to automate decision-making and scale urban experience to the next level. As a part of their transformational journeys, cities are strengthening their geospatial infrastructure to unleash the power of spatial analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the quality of life for their citizens and strengthen resilience.

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    08
    2021
    PK: KP accelerates digitalization of deptt to enhance efficiency

    Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Kamran Bangash has said that the government has accelerated digitization process in all departments which will be an important step towards digital Pakistan initiative.

    He said that government is implementing digitization process in the province to improve good governance.

  • Sa
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    08
    2021
    GCC: How sustainable urban development can lead to smart city environments

    Cities represent 54 per cent of the world’s population today, a figure which will grow to 70 per cent by 2050

    By 2025, the population of the GCC is predicted to reach 57 million, with an additional 14 million people expected to call the region home by 2050. Traditional urban environments are typically not designed to accommodate a growing population, particularly in terms of infrastructure and sustainability. That is why the region’s move towards smart city environments is more important than ever before, and why the service industry must step up to play its role in the transition.

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    07
    2021
    CA: Ontario to create Data Authority to securely house provincial information

    As the province overhauls its data infrastructure, Ontario is putting the call out to public organizations and businesses to help it create a new provincial data authority.

    Ontario is putting extra focus on ensuring that information collected is “private, secure, anonymous and cannot identify people individually,” according to Finance and Data Transformation Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, who on Friday announced the latest step in the province’s digital transformation strategy.

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    07
    2021
    Digital Transformation Needed to Decarbonise

    Major advances in energy sources, electric transport and heating will not be enough to reach net-zero by 2050, unless our cities and innovations are digitally interconnected for real impact.

    That was the key finding from a World Economic Forum report from two industry-leading CEOs, who believe smart, digital tech can connect urban areas, buildings, and operations to optimise emission and waste management while providing governments with the data needed to maximise emission reduction.

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    07
    2021
    Romania’s authority for digitalization launched the Centralized Software Platform for Digital Identification project

    The PSCID project – Centralized Software Platform for Digital Identification – was launched on April 28 during an event organized by the Romanian Digitalization Authority (ADR).

    The interim president of the Romanian Digitalization Authority (ADR), Octavian Oprea, emphasized the benefits of this project: “Today we are taking another step towards digitalizing the administration and accessing public e-government services. Electronic identity is one of the strategic pillars of ADR and digital transformation. The development of the digital identification platform will involve its interconnection with databases that have so far evolved insular. Because we wanted to keep the focus on the citizen, as the main beneficiary of the digitization processes, in the elaboration of the PSCID project we focused on security, federalization and centralization. #LogincuPSCID, as the gateway and first security point for e-government services, will have strong and secure ways of electronic identification and authentication. Thus, we will increase the citizen’s trust in e-government services.”

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    06
    2021
    EU: Could Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Offer the EU a Benchmark for Digital Investment Packages?

    Though it has been less than a year since the European Commission first unveiled its historic, €750 billion recovery package of loans and grants to lift the European Union out of a COVID-induced economic crisis, the narrative surrounding the “Next Generation EU” plan has shifted in the run-up to a deadline for EU member states to submit their national recovery plans for approval at the end of this month.

    When the Commission first presented its stimulus plan last May, analysts and media outlets hailed the EU’s “groundbreaking stimulus” and its ‘Hamiltonian’ willingness to finally break its “bond taboo.” More recent coverage of Next Generation EU, however, has focused on growing concern over bureaucratic and legal hurdles to the disbursement of funds. On the other side of the Atlantic, and in contrast to the concerns being voiced in Europe, a new administration in the United States has used its first few months in office to push through a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” immediately followed by a $2 trillion infrastructure spending package now under consideration by Congress.

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    06
    2021
    MENA: How digital lean can help governments improve their services

    Lean operations can bring tremendous value to government – helping them better understand citizens and deliver more effective service. Four Principles explains how the tech-driven agility transforming the private sector could reform government as well.

    Buzzwords: ‘Lean’ and ‘Agile’ have been floating around the business world for a few years now, pushing for change in the approach to work. Gone are the days of yearly plans, budgets and reviews, or drawn out product and service development cycles – Agile working features short sprints, where solutions are built and tested in Lean fashion in response to customer needs.

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    06
    2021
    Belarus ranks among top 40 countries in e-government readiness

    Prospects of Belarus' digital future were discussed today in Minsk at an international forum in the field of telecommunications. Our country is in the top 40 in the world ranking of readiness for e-government. And by the level of e-services development our country is 32nd among 200 countries. A new step towards the digital transformation will be the introduction of ID-cards, which will open a simple and easy access to e-services for Belarusians, e.g. obtaining certificates literally in one click. Experts believe that e-government enables a new era of communication between the state, the citizen and business. And Belarus is making serious steps towards digital changes.

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    06
    2021
    RS: Online training of public servants successfully introduced

    The National Academy for Public Administration and the Council of Europe reflecet on professional development of public servantes in the time of pandemic

    The transition of professional development into online format shows the digital transformation of the public administration, whilst the results achieved by the National Academy during last year show that the Academy is ready for type of endeavours. This was one of the message of the conference on “Professional development of public servants in time of pandemic – challenges and lessons learned” organised by the National Academy with the support of the Council of Europe Programme “Human Resources Management in Local Self-Governments – phase 2”, whose goal is to improve the work of employees in local self-governments, as well as their continuous professional development.

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    05
    2021
    39 countries pay keen attention to Korean-style smart city

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on April 27 that a total of 111 cases have been received from 39 countries in international competitions for the "K-City Network Global Cooperation Program."

    This program is designed to help South Korean companies develop plans by discovering overseas smart city businesses and supporting South Korean companies' overseas expansion.

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    05
    2021
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: Upgrade health infra under Smart City mission, minister urged

    One of the directors of Ludhiana Smart City Limited and chairman of the IIA Punjab chapter Sanjay Goel has written to the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs to uplift the health infrastructure under the Smart City mission.

    “Keeping in mind the current scenario as well as last one-year happenings due to Covid-19, our upcoming Smart City SPVs/board must first work on smart health infrastructure in respective city as only smart health can produce smart citizens for upcoming smart cities,” Goel said.

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    04
    2021
    CA: Alberta: City of Calgary announces data-sharing partnership with Waze

    Today, the City of Calgary announced a no-cost data-sharing partnership with the GPS navigation software app and Google subsidiary Waze as part of the Waze for Cities Data program.

    Designed in 2014 as a free, two-way data share program of publicly available traffic information, Waze for Cities Data, formerly known as the Connected Citizens Program, is meant to help create deeper traffic insights and safer roads.

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    04
    2021
    AU: Western Australia: Where climate change and digital transformation meet, opportunity emerge

    Recent weather events in Western Australia served to further emphasise the fact our climate is changing. It’s also adding to the awakening that businesses, and importantly, customers are taking notice and speaking up about our changing environment. As a business community, it’s our duty to listen.

    As the need for organisations to continue the acceleration of their transformation and innovation agendas, there’s pressing need to find a way to combine technology and sustainability without stifling growth. This is unleashing a whole new stream of innovation.

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    04
    2021
    Korean gov’t draws 111 applications from 39 countries for smart city program

    A global cooperation project for smart city construction led by the South Korean government has attracted enthusiastic participation from many countries around the globe.

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday that it received 111 applications from 39 countries for the K-City Network, a global smart city partnership program, from February 18 to April 20. The number of applications increased 38.8 percent or 31 and the number of applicant countries rose from last year.

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    03
    2021
    China’s 14th Five-Year Plan is Digital Huawei, Alibaba and Tencent

    • The fourth Digital China Summit showcases the latest developments and applications of digital technologies including blockchain, 5G, AI and big data under the theme of “Stimulating new dynamics of data factors and embarking on a new journey for digital China.”
    • Tech giants such as Huawei, Alibaba and Tencent have brought to the summit their cutting-edge products, and participants are gathering here to pool wisdom on the improvement of e-governance and the construction of a smarter society.
    • China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) highlights the development of the digital economy by promoting its deep integration with the real economy and building digital industrial clusters with international competitiveness, which will spur high-quality growth.

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    03
    2021
    IN: Make smart cities sustainable, too

    As cities become smart, there is a demand to focus on the ‘green’ aspects

    As the world evolved, there has been a lot of thrust on rapid urbanisation and development. Growing awareness and alarming concerns over global warming have emphasised on the need for more sustainable urbanisation. There is a dire need to bring in ‘conscious consumerism’ decisions to have a positive economic, social, and environmental impact to build a successful economy. To create this, the government of India had announced the ‘National Smart Cities Mission’ to develop 100 smart cities across the country, making them citizen-friendly, tech-savvy and sustainable. The tech-advances deployed, it was hoped at the time, would bring the best global practices to Indian cities and orient these towards sustainability.

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    03
    2021
    PK: Digitising parliament

    Govts worldwide have opted to incorporate e-governance slowly to minimise the threat this poses to cyber-security

    President Arif Alvi has asked all stakeholders to complete the digitisation of parliamentary operations by January 2023. This came at a meeting of the President’s Initiative for Cyber Efficient Parliament (PICEP) earlier this week. The process was undertaken in November last year, and was initially supposed to be completed by June 2021. The president must be credited for the initiative, which will hopefully be followed through to completion. The project will allow the state to expand into e-governance and achieve greater transparency and accessibility, as has been the aim by governments worldwide.

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    03
    2021
    ES: Seville: Municipal administrative procedures, via the Internet next year

    Since the confinement and due to the coronavirus pandemic, a large part of the municipal administrative procedures they had to be done via the Internet. This greatly accelerated the procedures of this type and what is wanted is that digitization advances and all the procedures of the city council, among others, are thus by 2021. With these improvements it is possible to save time and reduce travel.

    The total investment is around 15 million euros, which will begin to be spent throughout this year with numerous tenders.

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    02
    2021
    Summit on digital development opens in east China

    The fourth Digital China Summit kicked off on Sunday in Fuzhou, capital of east China's Fujian Province, exhibiting breakthroughs in the information sector and innovations in digital transformation.

    Themed "stimulating new dynamics of data factors and embarking on a new journey for digital China," the summit aims to provide a platform for exchanges in digital technology and industry cooperation.

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    02
    2021
    CN: Macao: Smart Print 3D towards Smart City

    With the aim of facilitating the development of Macao as a Smart City, a research project named “Smart Print 3D” had been undertaken by a team of scholars and industrial specialists (from Macao and overseas). This project was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) under the research funding called “Smart City” granted in 2019. 3D printing had been provided for the public to use for two months which enabled the collection of pertinent data for investigating how advanced technology such as 3D printing can be made more accessible to the general public in Macao as well as for determining the potential impact of this technology on the tourism industry. Despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, which made the evaluation of its potential on tourism impossible, the project’s results pertaining to the local community awareness has been promising.

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    02
    2021
    Singapore to get an all new eco city

    An all-new eco smart city is now coming up in Singapore. Also known as a forest town, this new place is going to be nature’s true haven. The new city is aimed at improving the health and well-being of residents, paving the way for a better future.

    The eco-city is going to be car-free, and its construction is taking place in Tengah, in the West Region. It is going to have five residential districts with 42000 homes, and help to reduce carbon emissions in the city. The forest town, as it is being often referred to used to be a military hub, with brick making factories all around. All that's going to change when the new smart city is going to be built. In its new avatar, the forest town is going to be an example of good and clean living.

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    01
    2021
    IN: 700 electric buses to soon ply across 14 major cities of UP, including Lucknow & Kanpur!

    More buses will be added to the fleet in the coming weeks and the routes will be upgraded to make buses run faster.

    In a bid to bring down the pollution levels, especially in the capital city, the UP government is planning to operate 700 electric buses in 14 major cities in the state. According to an official, efforts are being implemented at a rapid pace to execute the project. Previously, electric buses were plying on roads across seven cities in the state, including Lucknow but now the government intends to expand this service to seven more cities. The spokesman further said that more buses will be added to the fleet in the coming weeks and the routes will be upgraded to make buses run faster.

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    01
    2021
    IN: Punjab and Haryana: Chandigarh: Now, access e-governance services on mobile application

    UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today launched a mobile application, “I’m Chandigarh”, to help citizens access various services under the implementation of e-governance services project in Chandigarh.

    "The app will provide online delivery of services to minimise movement and physical interaction with government offices, faster application submission, online payment facility, tracking, monitoring, 24X7 access to services, timely resolution of issues and increased transparency." — KK Yadav, Municipal Commissioner.

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    01
    2021
    Saudi Arabia could see Virgin Hyperloop commercial pilot by 2024, says CEO

    Josh Giegel says Saudi Arabia is a 'big market' for futuristic transport ambitions

    Virgin Hyperloop is targeting 2024 for the launch of its first commercial pilot systems, said the company’s new CEO.

    “We will deploy the working system and afterwards the passenger systems will shortly come into play in the late 2020s,” Josh Giegel, co-founder, told Arabian Business, adding that the first route may be launched in Saudi Arabia as “it’s a big market for us.”

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    01
    2021
    CN: City to become a world-leading smart city

    Shanghai will be the world’s first “fiber network-powered smart city” with high-speed network coverage citywide, helping to establish it as a smart city and boost digital transformation, officials said on Friday.

    Compared with mobile 5G broadband networks, F5G, or the fifth-generation fixed network, brings fiber technology and upgraded bandwidth to 1 to 5 gigabytes per second. The fiber network offers advantages such as low latency, fast access, cloud and smart operation, said China Mobile’s Shanghai branch, which operates the F5G network.

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    01
    2021
    VN: Digital transformation a must for technical infrastructure sector

    Digital transformation has become a critical need for technical infrastructure enterprises to survive in the fourth industrial revolution, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, speakers said at a recent seminar in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Nguyen Van Dang, director of the Gia Dinh Water Supply Joint-Stock Company under the Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO), said that digital technologies improve administrative methods and production activities, helping to better serve customers.

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    01
    2021
    Vietnam accelerates digital transformation drive

    Ministries, agencies and localities will continue with digital transformation programmes for the new period in the near future.

    The Prime Minister has agreed with the policy of building and developing e-Government, with stepping up administrative reform on the back of advanced technologies while improving openness, transparency and placing the people and businesses at the centre.

  • Fr
    Apr
    30
    2021
    Smart City models often overlook one key component – the people in them

    Numerous cities around the world want to become ‘smart’ cities. One main objective of smart cities is to collect data to improve and develop services. As a result, many vendors are also keen to get to the smart city business. These projects are network, infrastructure and big data intensive. So how does this benefit ordinary people? Any value to individuals and their privacy seem to have a lower priority, although the ultimate target should surely be to improve the lives of residents.

    Smart city concepts started to trend some years ago and are increasing in popularity. 5G and Edge also are seen as essential technology boosts for those projects, and that’s why network vendors and carriers are involved in most projects. Smart cities are seen as a good reason to build technology infrastructure to collect, transfer and analyze all that data.

  • Fr
    Apr
    30
    2021
    China's journey down the digital highway

    The 4th Digital China Summit, which is scheduled to be held on April 25-26 in Fuzhou, Fujian province, is another manifestation of China's rapid journey down the digital highway to transform its economy and society by creating win-win opportunities for all.

    Under the theme of "New Potential for Data and New Journey of Digital China," the summit will boost communication on theories, experiences and practices of e-governance and the digital economy. It will also promote cooperation with global partners in the development of Digital China and the Digital Silk Road.

  • Fr
    Apr
    30
    2021
    Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City lead Vietnam e-business index 2021

    The trend of e-commerce development differs between slow-growing regions and developed regions.

    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City continue to lead Vietnam e-business index 2021 (EBI 2021), according to the latest report released on April 20 by the Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM) in Hanoi.

  • Fr
    Apr
    30
    2021
    Smart cities to fuel growth of Asia-Pacific IoT market

    Increasing government focus on such initiatives is driving demand for digital IoT solutions in areas such as e-government, smart traffic management and smart power grids.

    Smart cities spending is expected to propel growth of Asia-Pacific’s Internet of Things (IoT) market to reach nearly $437bn in revenue by 2026, new analysis finds.

    This is up from just under $97bn in 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.52 per cent and is being driven by growing investments in 4G/LTE and 5G, reduced IoT sensor costs, and government support.

  • Do
    Apr
    29
    2021
    ES: Carmina Ballester: My team and I work to leave the next generations a city of which they can feel prouder

    An interview with the Mayor of Onda, in Spain

    Q: Madam Mayor, how would you describe Onda in your own words?

    Onda is an ancient city open to the Mediterranean, full of talent and culture. A healthy, sustainable city with the best quality of life. A city of solidarity, fairness and social and economic opportunities for all.

  • Do
    Apr
    29
    2021
    IN: Haryana: GMDA plans 4 smart city projects by next March

    The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) proposed four smart city projects for the current financial year worth Rs 69 crore. The projects include smart water management, implementation of phase two of CCTV-based public safety and adaptive traffic management across the city for implementation of adaptive traffic light control system and connectivity at bus shelters and government buildings on optical fibre network. The cost of the projects will be Rs 19 crore, Rs 30 crore, Rs 10 crore and Rs 10 crore, respectively.

    All projects have been approved at the recently held authority meeting and the metropolitan authority has now sought public feedback on them.

  • Do
    Apr
    29
    2021
    Mitsubishi taps phone location data for Indonesia smart city

    Trading house invests in Tokyo startup that analyzes flows of people

    Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. will use smartphone location data in urban development, with a partner's technology to be first introduced in a smart city project in Indonesia.

    Mitsubishi has entered into a capital and business partnership with unerry, a Tokyo-based marketing consultancy. The size of the investment and ownership ratio have not been disclosed, but Mitsubishi is expected to become the largest shareholder with the exception of those involved in the startup's founding.

  • Do
    Apr
    29
    2021
    Bangladesh drops to 82nd in Internet index among 120 countries

    Bangladesh suffered a drop in the 'Inclusive Internet Index 2021' among 120 countries compared to its position in 2020, according to a latest global report.

    The country has ranked 82nd on the list this time while it ranked 79th in 2020, showed the index report, commissioned by Facebook and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

  • Mi
    Apr
    28
    2021
    IN: Soon, single number call centre for plaints in Punjab

    Citizen services to be made online through sewa kendras

    The state is all set to have a unified statewide single number call centre to address all citizen-centric grievances by the end of the month.

    Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed that the process to standardise the redress mechanism be expedited, with instructions for bringing all 500 citizen services in the state online through the sewa kendras this year. He approved the recruitment of 503 personnel at various levels to give the necessary push for the process.

  • Mi
    Apr
    28
    2021
    US: Biden Appointments Signal Major Changes In Digital Operations and Acquisition

    Early signs suggest federal agencies may be on the cusp of a significant leap forward.

    Generally speaking, the governing team being assembled by the Biden administration has been marked by calm competence and a lack of major controversy. There are always appointments that spark debate, but overall, the transition has been relatively free of drama. At the same time, we are witnessing another less-noticed but significant transition that might be called the accession of the digital transformers.

  • Mi
    Apr
    28
    2021
    Hasan: Digitization helps maintain Bangladesh’s GDP growth

    Use of ICT and mobile banking has boosted the rural economy in the country, the minister says

    Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said Bangladesh was ranked third globally in maintaining the positive GDP growth rate amid Covid-19 situation, thanks to mainly implementation of Digital Bangladesh.

    “Only 20 countries across the world have been able to keep up positive GDP growth rate amid the pandemic situation and Bangladesh is one of them. As per the growth rate 5.4%, the country was ranked third last year,” he said.

  • Di
    Apr
    27
    2021
    TW: Challenges in Evaluating the Progress of Smart Cities

    In one prominent international ranking of how well municipalities have developed themselves into smart cities, Taipei is positioned in eighth place, while in another it is 26th. One survey gives Taipei its highest score for environmental policies, and another considers it one of its lowest.

    The discrepancy reflects the arbitrary nature of these indices and the imprecision with which the term “smart city” tends to be discussed. Debates about communities have been turned into a technological competition, mostly concerned with products best able to extract value on the margins of society.

  • Di
    Apr
    27
    2021
    Tax revenue from Estonia’s e-residents’ companies grows steadily

    In 2020, companies set up in Estonia by e-residents delivered nearly €17.5 million in taxes, constituting a one-third increase, compared with 2019.

    This result marks a record for the annual direct economic impact of the Estonian e-residency programme that was launched in 2014. Over the course of six years, the e-residency programme has cumulatively bolstered the national budget by approximately €54 million, the programme said in a statement.

  • Di
    Apr
    27
    2021
    US: OMB, OPM to set up new hiring assessment line of business as part of IT modernization push

    On the surface, the difference between the Biden administration and the three previous ones’ focus on IT modernization may seem like $1 billion — the amount Congress approved for the Technology Modernization Fund as part of the American Rescue Plan.

    But taking a step back and digging beneath the TMF’s pot of gold, you’ll see how the last 15 years of this journey toward IT modernization is culminating under the Biden administration’s purview.

  • Di
    Apr
    27
    2021
    PK: President Alvi embraces the digital age, goes paperless

    The National Information Technology Board (NITB) on Monday announced the digitization of the President’s office. It said that the files in the office of the incumbent President, Dr Arif Alvi have been moved to “E-office”, as part of an effort by the NITB to strengthen the national digital ecosystem. The NITB hailed the move as the achievement of a digital milestone.

    E-office, an app developed by the NITB aims to cater to the need for effectiveness and transparency in the Governmental processes and services delivery mechanisms. A digital workplace solution – the app can update and share files with other relevant users and eventually store them with proper references. It is helping the Government departments to go paperless and improve internal efficiencies through electronic administration by replacing the existing method of manual handling of files and documents with an efficient electronic system.

  • Mo
    Apr
    26
    2021
    DICT boosts e-governance, e-services to improve PH’s ease of doing business

    To improve ease of doing business in the Philippines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is committed to strengthening its e-governance and e-services initiatives that cater to the local business sector.

    In the Doing Business 2020 report by the World Bank, the Philippines climbed to the 95th spot with 62.8 points from its 124th spot with 57.68 points in 2019. The 2021 report by the World Bank is expected to be released in the coming months.

  • Mo
    Apr
    26
    2021
    Surge in e-doc demand spurs Ditto Thailand

    The pandemic has been driving demand for electronic document management, resulting in five- to six-fold growth last year as organisations geared up for remote work and searched for cost savings, says Ditto Thailand, a document and data management service provider.

    The company, which filed last year for an initial public offering (IPO) that was approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, aims to list on the Market for Alternative Investment (MAI).

  • Mo
    Apr
    26
    2021
    NG: Sanwo-Olu Promises Support for Digital Switch Over in Lagos

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu says his administration would support the Digital Switch Over (DSO) being embarked by the country, saying it would enhanced job creation and content development.

    Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged that the DSO would be of immense benefits to residents said Lagos State would be providing publicity support for the rollout.

  • Mo
    Apr
    26
    2021
    GH: Ho And Other Parts Of Volta Region Enjoys Community WIFI

    The Volta regional capital, Ho, and some principal areas in the region are witnessing the installation of community WIFI services by Bluetown Company Limited, a hi-tech telecos entity to foster digitization and internet connectivity in rural Ghana.

    Mr. Brian Tsikpor, Director, Corporate Affairs, Bluetown briefing the Ghana News Agency in their entry into the Volta space said the Company was poised to deploy affordable and cheaper internet connectivity beyond the reach of the major telcos.

  • So
    Apr
    25
    2021
    GH: CISCM lauds government for promoting e-governance

    The Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management (CISCM) has lauded government’s efforts at promoting electronic governance (E-egovernance) to enhance Ghana’s industrial revolution.

    “As a nation, I am happy to observe that we are heading in the right direction, particularly with the systematic implementation of E-Governance that is the prime-mover of our quest to be part of the fourth industrial revolution,” the President of the CISCM, Mr Richard Obeng Okrah said in Accra.

  • So
    Apr
    25
    2021
    PH: Digital transformation in government

    Earlier this week, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed a joint memorandum circular (JMC) enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to automate their Business Processing and Licensing Systems (BPLS) and setup an electronic Business One-Stop Shop (eBoss) by June 17 this year.

    With an eBoss in place in every LGU, business permit applications may be submitted online, the requisite fees may be paid through digital means, and electronic versions of permits, licenses, and clearances will be issued.

  • So
    Apr
    25
    2021
    The promise of 5G in the Middle East

    Huawei has a strong foothold in the GCC 5G market

    Huawei has maintained its lead in global 5G deployments with a 31 per cent market share as of 2020, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group. As of the end of last year, Huawei had deployed more than 140 commercial 5G networks in 59 countries and regions with the number of 5G subscribers on its infrastructure exceeding 220 million worldwide.

    The Middle East has emerged as a global 5G trailblazer. In just 19 months, the number of 5G users has exceeded two million, a milestone that took the previous 4G technology twice as long.

  • Sa
    Apr
    24
    2021
    VN: Digital academy takes shape

    The initial ecosystem for a digital school is taking shape at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT).

    Dozens of students, lecturers and officers now can carry out nearly all activities: using motorbike parking service, keeping track of class schedules, checking exam scores and paying for meals with smartphones.

  • Sa
    Apr
    24
    2021
    PK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: E-transfer Policy Formally Launched In Higher Education Deptt

    In another step forward towards digital governance, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formally launched e-transfer policy in Higher education Department on Friday.

    E-transfer policy system was formally inaugurated by Special Assistant to KP CM on Information, Kamran Bangash here in Education Secretariat. Besides, Secretary Higher Education, Daud Khan, other higher authorities of the department were also present on the occasion.

  • Sa
    Apr
    24
    2021
    The 5 elements Latin American digital agendas should contain

    All Latin American countries should consider five key elements for their respective digital transformation agendas, according to an expert.

    Countries should focus on a strong institution, a set of concrete objectives, financial resources, technology tools, and human talent, Miguel Porrúa, e-government specialist and digital cluster coordinator at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), told BNamericas.

  • Fr
    Apr
    23
    2021
    The Line - Walkability, livability behind Saudi eco-city design could be blueprint for all

    The principles of walkability and livability behind THE LINE, Saudi Arabia's revolutionary zero carbon city project, could be a blueprint for urban design, said Florian Lennert, head of mobility in NEOM, a planned Saudi city.

    "We face the need of globalization to build new cities for 3 billion people for the next 30 to 40 years. There are places around the world that are thinking about city design, and THE LINE could be a blueprint," Lennert told Xinhua in a recent interview.

  • Fr
    Apr
    23
    2021
    Edge computing: Revving 2021 up for your 5G future

    Last year as the world leaned upon digital platforms for connection, the power and absolute necessity of technology became 100% clear - let's call it the 2020 vision. This year, the evolution of those digital technologies carries renewed weight in edge computing. Edge continues to serve as the thread that sews the seams of our high-tech lives together today - and reinforces the fabric of our 5G-charged futures.

    Better, faster connections are more important than ever as we continue to make our homes smart hubs for all our worldly needs – whether that’s smart TVs, personal assistants or security. It was no surprise that innovative smart home devices stood out at this year’s virtual CES exhibition. From robot vacuums hoovers to smart lights built with seniors’ carers in mind and poo-analysing toilets that provide personalised health recommendations, it didn’t disappoint. The trend places human benefit at the heart of technology, in the centre of homes.

  • Fr
    Apr
    23
    2021
    US: New York City chooses three e-scooter providers for pilot Bronx project

    NYC DOT and e-scooter companies Bird, Lime and Veo, will work with local communities to site e-scooter parking corrals and educate the public about the pilot.

    New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected three companies for the city’s first electric scooter pilot in eastern Bronx. DOT has also unveiled its plans for new bike lanes to enhance safety and mobility.

  • Fr
    Apr
    23
    2021
    US: Many Thought COVID Would Derail Smart Cities Work — It Didn’t

    On the second day of the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, private- and public-sector tech officials discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic shifted smart city efforts and initiatives and positioned them for the future.

    Smart city technologies to support efforts like fleet management or remote work may have been a tough sell at times in the pre-pandemic world, but not so much anymore. Those familiar with the space say new technologies and partnerships are helping navigate the unprecedented times.

  • Fr
    Apr
    23
    2021
    Smart Parking Solutions to Record CAGR of 9% and Increase in Revenue by 2028

    Smart Parking Solutions Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028

    Advancements in internet of things technology is opening gateways to new opportunities for smart parking solution developers to explore. Innovations in ubiquitous computing coupled with the developments in cloud platforms are opening up new avenues for smart parking solutions companies to venture into. The rising popularity of data-driven operations and the benefits associated with it are causing an increase in the adoption of parking software around the world.

  • Do
    Apr
    22
    2021
    US: Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh: Smart infrastructure projects are changing the way traffic flows.

    It was in the early 2000s when Jim Misener, chair of the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee, first started to watch short-range communication come into form and the emerging ability for cars to “talk” to surrounding infrastructure. “Smart cities” had not yet become a common term.

    Misener said the technology peaked SAE International’s interest, and the organization, which develops global standards, quickly set to work creating a set of standards to shape the way cities deploy smart infrastructure.

  • Do
    Apr
    22
    2021
    ADB proposes $67m smart city in Vietnam

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has proposed to invest $67.3 million to develop a smart and energy efficient city project (SEECP) in Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

    The investment will be spent on developing smart city infrastructure, lighting systems with smart technology and public buildings, according to press reports. The project will include smart lighting and smart building.

    The project's funding will come from an official development assistance (ODA) loan of $32.9m from ADB, another ODA loan of $7.07m from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and a $7.07m grant and the rest from the state budget.

  • Do
    Apr
    22
    2021
    Unique ID Strategy for OECS Countries Prepared to Strengthen Cross-Border Movement

    NRD Companies, a global IT and consulting group specializing in e-governance, has finished developing an action plan for implementing a unique ID system in four Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The OECS unique ID System seeks to facilitate cross-border movement of people and goods and refine e-governance systems.

    The new strategy outlines the necessary steps for the development of a single unique identifier issued to all citizens and residents of the OECS Member States. This will strengthen the civil registry processes and the issuance of national ID cards. The OECS unique ID System will also enhance citizens’ identification when travelling throughout the OECS Economic Union Area (EUA), which is important for granting indefinite stay entry at the official border and securing access to essential public services like education and health care throughout the economic union Member States.

  • Do
    Apr
    22
    2021
    AU: Queensland: Woombye: Data to drive smarter decision making

    Real time data on people movement, water use and ambient temperatures is now being captured in Woombye to help Sunshine Coast Council improve its delivery of services and facilities into the future.

    Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said 10 sensors had been installed on poles along Blackall Street for the Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) pilot project which is part of council’s Smart City Framework.

  • Mi
    Apr
    21
    2021
    IE: Dublin City University rolls out e-scooter scheme on its campuses

    Pilot scheme to monitor scooter safety will be open to 18,000 students and 2,000 staff

    Dublin City University is launching a shared scooter scheme that will allow staff, students and companies located on its campuses to get around more easily.

    The electric scooters are being made available as part of a research pilot project intended to monitor how artificial intelligence and computer vision can improve safety for both riders and pedestrians. The initiative will also consider how e-scooters could be used to replace other modes of transport.

  • Mi
    Apr
    21
    2021
    This is how we create the age-friendly smart city

    Senior citizens need help and encouragement to remain active as they age in their own communities. Given the choice, that’s what most would prefer. The smart city can provide the digital infrastructure for them to find and tailor the local neighbourhood information they need to achieve this.

    Australia has a growing population of older adults, the majority living in cities. The challenge, then, is to ensure city environments meet their needs and personal goals.

  • Mi
    Apr
    21
    2021
    US: Smart Cities Connect Opens With Calls for Digital Equity

    The eighth annual Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo opened with a panel discussion around digital equity and the need for all communities to expand access to broadband as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

    Broadband connectivity and digital equity have been themes and goals echoed among smart city leaders for years — with varying degrees of fulfillment — but a new sense of urgency is taking over the conversation.

  • Di
    Apr
    20
    2021
    The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets

    Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. Around 50% of Africa’s 3G networks and 70% of its 4G networks are built by Huawei.

    The Clean Network initiative was the central Trump administration policy aimed at curbing the expansion of Chinese technology infrastructure but has only found success in getting European countries to agree to use non-Chinese infrastructure in expanding telecom networks. Countries such as the United Kingdom (UK), Czech Republic, and Poland, as well as telecom companies such as Orange and Telstra, notably signed on to the initiative.

  • Di
    Apr
    20
    2021
    Panama Borrows $330 Million for Digital Transformation

    Panama has borrowed US$330 million in loan from Latin American development bank, CAF, for financing its massive ICT program designed to bring about digital transformation in all economic sectors.

    The Central American country is hoping to become what it calls a “digital infrastructure hub” and has already launched initiatives to build 5G networks and enact laws to regulate financial technology (fintech) and cybercrime.

  • Di
    Apr
    20
    2021
    Belarus counts on UN-Habitat's support for smart cities projects

    Belarus is counting on UN-Habitat's support for smart cities projects, Belarusian Ambassador to Kenya, the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat) Pavel Vzyatkin said during an online-meeting with UN‐Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The Belarusian ambassador highlighted the important role of UN-Habitat in promoting urban green infrastructure technologies and achieving sustainable development goals. He said that Belarus has started implementing a number of smart city projects and is counting on UN-Habitat's support in this regard.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    MY: Access to mobile phone, computer increased to 98.6%: Stats Dept

    More Malaysian users have opted for internet services related to e-Learning, e-Health, e-Government, e-Commerce and e-Entertainment in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Access to mobile phone and computer by households also increased to 98.6 per cent and 77.6 per cent respectively in 2020, according to the Department of Statistics.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    The Digital India

    The covid-19 pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for the digital future of India.

    What is Digital India Mission?

    We as individuals have switched to a virtual model of work and society is being empowered by the methods of digitisation (which has become the need of the hour during pandemic times), the world has shrunk at our fingertips. The Indian Government found it necessary to make the government services available to all its citizens electronically.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    IN: Goa: Months after reminder, govt websites yet to be updated

    Despite two circulars issued by the department of information and technology (IT), most government and semi-autonomous departments continue to ignore the directives to update their websites. The lackadaisical approach of several government departments not only exposes the government’s tall claims about e-governance but also denies citizens’ access to essential information during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Aside from some of the information being outdated, some of the government department websites are non-functional. Websites for the directorate of urban development, information and publicity and fisheries were either down or redirected to other portals.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    MY: DoSM: Internet access usage increased to 91.7pc in 2020

    The percentage of households having access to the Internet has increased to 91.7 per cent in 2020 from 90.1 per cent in 2019, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) today.

    Chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin said access to mobile phones and computers also increased to 98.6 per cent and 77.6 per cent, respectively, in 2020.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    Bangladesh e-Gov CIRT signs agreement with Cyber Wales in the United Kingdom

    The state-run Bangladesh e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT) and Cyber Wales in the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence Day.

    The MoU will help reinforce the bilateral relations in various fields including economic, investment, protection against cyber-attacks and advisory, and pave the way for further cooperation with BGD e-GOV CIRT and Cyber Wales.

  • Mo
    Apr
    19
    2021
    AE: digital|11 April, 2021 Sharjah's department of e-government partners with EVOTEQ

    To deploy stronger critical infrastructure protection capabilities

    Department of eGovernment (DeG), the government entity supporting the digital transformation vision of Sharjah, has signed an agreement with EVOTEQ, a digital transformations solutions provider for leading enterprises and governments through their digitization journeys to help secure smart cities and the critical infrastructures of the emirate.

    Under the terms of the agreement, EVOTEQ is set to deploy its global experience and expertise in cyberspace to assist DeG in providing local government entities with cyber defensive and offensive capabilities. Such specialist capabilities will enable public sectors to address cybersecurity issues in their networks and prevent any breaches.

  • So
    Apr
    18
    2021
    How digitalization can lead to a greener planet

    At present, we’re dealing with major disruptions to our daily lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people being forced to stay at home. Digital technologies help ensure continuity during these disastrous events by enabling the transition to an age of knowledge and productivity. It sounds so obvious and simple, yet digitalization is often overlooked. What’s more, it’s commonly misinterpreted and misapplied. Digitalization means more than just making the conversion from analog to digital. It implies leveraging digitized data to impact how things get done.

    Equally important, environmental sustainability can be achieved via digitalization. As digital technologies become more integrated, we and the planet benefit. Maybe digitalization won’t save us, but it will have a fundamental impact. Digitalization isn’t an option anymore. It’s a necessity. Our planet needs to be taken care of and there’s no question of delay or postponing. If you’re curious to know how digital transformation can lead to a greener planet, please continue reading.

  • So
    Apr
    18
    2021
    Indian Government’s Initiatives to Boost Big Data Education

    The Indian government has been proactively taking initiatives to boost big data education in India. Taking cognizance of the imperativeness of big data, the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education have taken relevant steps that can foster big data and artificial intelligence in higher education. These steps have been formulated to sustain and accelerate the digital transformation process across India. Meanwhile, several initiatives have been started, to support the education of big data and data analytics.

    The Ministry of Science and Technology under the Big Data Initiatives Division has started a Big Data Initiatives Programme, under which financial aid will be provided to support the research and development of big data across India. Financial aid will also be provided for support to establish a Center for Excellence in Big data analytics, predictive technologies, cybersecurity, etc. Additionally, the programme supports national level conferences/workshops/seminars/brainstorming sessions, etc financially and will support the In-house programmes for Faculty and UG/PG/Doctoral students. The programme focuses to enhance the 5V i.e. Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity, of big data education amongst students.

  • So
    Apr
    18
    2021
    IN: Kerala: SCTL, Trida to share revenue for three Thiruvananthapuram smart city projects

    Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and Thiruvananthapuram development authority (Trida) will share the revenue generated from three smart city projects being implemented at Palayam and Chalai.

    The state government has approved the revenue sharing model between SCTL and Trida in developing the three projects — rehabilitation block at Palayam (on M block and waste dump site) as part of Palayam market redevelopment, multi-level car parking complex (behind Saphalyam complex) and warehousing complex at Attakulangara, Chalai. These projects are being implemented using smart city mission funds.

  • Sa
    Apr
    17
    2021
    NG: The Anambra Broadband Initiative

    Anambra State scored a remarkable feat on March 30 by becoming the first state in Nigeria to bring together eminent stakeholders in a conference to singularly address the obstacles facing broadband deployment and expansion in the country. The well-attended conference rallied stakeholders and investors to Anambra State’s readiness and willingness to expand broadband infrastructure for accelerated socioeconomic development of the State celebrated as “The Light of the Nation”.

    Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, takes pride of place as the first leader in South-East Nigeria to implement the waiver of the per linear meter Right of Way (RoW) charges as opposed to the N145 per linear meter recommended by the National Economic Council.

  • Sa
    Apr
    17
    2021
    NZ: Hamilton makes 'smart city' list

    Hamilton has been ranked in the top 50 Smart City Governments in the world.

    It has come in at 21st, ahead of the only other New Zealand cities ranked, with Wellington at 33rd and Christchurch at 43rd.

    More than 230 municipalities submitted entries to make the list, with Hamilton applying for the first time this year.

  • Sa
    Apr
    17
    2021
    BZ: Taiwan to help Belize fully digitize

    To strengthen the close and cordial relations between Belize and Taiwan, the ambassadors of both nations met with ministers of each other’s government to discuss bond-strengthening measures and intentions for further cooperation.

    The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency, David K.C. Chien, met with the Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, Hon. Kevin Bernard, to discuss initiatives to pave the way for a modern, digital era in Belize. The ministry in Belize aspires to achieve 95% digitization of services. Together, the officials of the two countries discussed means for building e-governance in Belize and also how Taiwan could help Belize achieve such a goal. Those in the meeting showed particular interest in providing internet access to rural communities.

  • Sa
    Apr
    17
    2021
    Libyan government launches ‘‘Hakomitna’’ an interactive e-platform for communication with Libyan people

    The Libyan government has launched ‘‘Hakomitna’’ (our government), an interactive electronic platform for communication between the government and the entire Libyan people.

    The platform was launched Minister of State for Communication and Political Affairs, Walid Al-Lafi, which he said was a pioneering experiment to bring citizens closer to, and interact with, the government’s political, economic, service and humanitarian activities.

  • Fr
    Apr
    16
    2021
    NZ: Hamilton ahead of Wellington in list of world’s top smart cities

    Hamilton City Council has been ranked 21st in the 2021 Top 50 Smart City Governments by Eden Strategy Institute. Hamilton is New Zealand’s highest placed council, ahead of Wellington (33rd) and Christchurch (43rd).

    More than 230 municipalities submitted entries to make the list, with Hamilton applying for the first time this year.

  • Fr
    Apr
    16
    2021
    US: Accessible city planning starts with unbiased data insight

    New tech in cities can sometimes do more harm than good. Considering inclusive datasets is an essential part of the process for cities to realize benefits, writes Humanising Autonomy CEO Maya Pindeus.

    Our cities are becoming more digital. The intention is to make life easier for the people who inhabit them — but is it working out like that?

  • Fr
    Apr
    16
    2021
    MY: Blueprint for smart city living

    Federal Territories Ministry has launched a blueprint to guide local authorities in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan towards better efficiency in their service as well as to achieve a smart city status by 2030.

    Its minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said MySmart Wilayah 2030 would outline 25 policies encompassing seven major components: smart governance, smart economy, smart living, smart environment, smart people, smart mobility and smart infrastructure.

  • Fr
    Apr
    16
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad smart city taking a toll on large no. of trees: Greens

    Environment activists in Aurangabad claimed that the roots of a large number of trees planted in the Cantonment area of Aurangabad were damaged during the digging work under Smart City Mission.

    The Smart City Mission in its reply said that the work was “important” and the ground level staff had ensured “minimum damage” to the trees during the digging work.

  • Do
    Apr
    15
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Mayor discusses Smart City initiatives with CCI

    Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Chander Mohan Gupta and Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma visited Chamber House and discussed the development initiatives taken up in Jammu city with Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) office bearers, here today.

    President CCI Arun Gupta along with other office bearers welcomed the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and held threadbare discussion on the development needed for the city especially with regard to business community.

  • Do
    Apr
    15
    2021
    JP: Toyota is building a 175-acre smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji – here’s a sneak preview

    The "Woven City" will eventually be home to 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists, according to the company.

    • Toyota just started construction on a 175-acre smart city at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.
    • The "Woven City" is expected to be a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and AI.
    • The first residents will be a group of about 360 inventors, young families, and senior citizens.

  • Do
    Apr
    15
    2021
    LK: Citizen Centric Digital Government being set up: President

    In his address to the audience at the virtual event inaugurating Sri Lanka Internet Day 2021 held on the 6th and 7th of April, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledged to set up a Citizen Centric Digital Government for the convenience of Sri Lanka’s citizens.

    Stressing on the fact that a technology based society pillar cannot be overlooked, the president stated that Citizen Service Centres will soon adopt new technology for public service delivery.

  • Mi
    Apr
    14
    2021
    US: Starbase, Texas: Can Elon Musk really create his own city near SpaceX’s Gulf Coast launchpad?

    The SpaceX CEO is hardly the first entrepreneur to think about forming a city.

    The secluded Texas beachside community of Boca Chica Village was once a haven for retirees, snowbirds and outdoorsy people who enjoyed dirt biking, fishing or lounging near the water.

    Today, traffic backs up the lone highway out of the unincorporated area that’s now home to only about half a dozen residents — and SpaceX’s Starship facility. During the day, selfie-seeking tourists line the road for photos with the stainless steel spaceship under development. At night, excavators plow the earth at the busy construction site. Before test launches, residents receive a notice suggesting they temporarily evacuate for safety.

  • Mi
    Apr
    14
    2021
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla: 60 CCTV cameras to check traffic violations in Shimla

    Sites have been identified in Shimla for installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for real-time surveillance of traffic and a command and control centre of the police is being set up.

    An amount of Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned under the smart city project and 60 critical, vantage and significant places have been selected for the high-definition cameras with automatic number reading, said SP, Shimla, Mohit Chawala.

  • Mi
    Apr
    14
    2021
    IN: The right platform for governance

    Platform governance can usher in an era of decentralised and personalised government services

    In its Gandhian conception, the decentralisation of political and economic power is fundamental to a democracy which is based on individual freedoms and initiatives. Gandhi’s vision of such decentralisation also saw individuals actively participating in the government. Nearly seven decades later, perhaps digital technologies can actually deliver on this vision of decentralised government which enables individual participation and engagement. True decentralisation of government means moving from a fragmented and complex system guarded by gatekeepers and legacy processes to transparent, responsive, flexible and user-friendly platforms.

  • Di
    Apr
    13
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Panel submits report on smart city projects

    A panel appointed by divisional commissioner Radhakrishna Game, who is the head of the high court appointed committee on Godavari pollution, recently conducted the survey of the smart city projects and submitted its report to the commissioner.

    The panel has environment experts Prajakta Baste, environmentalist Rajesh Pandit, Nishikant Pagare and representative from National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). It has suggested that the work of mechanical gate below Holkar bridge in the river Godavari be stopped.

  • Di
    Apr
    13
    2021
    Japan’s Smart City Initiatives Will Play Key Role In Its Digitization And Economic Revival

    For a country that has traditionally been attached to paper bureaucracy, Japan is finding Covid-19 is highlighting the importance of digitization to radically transform and modernize public services, from education to health, in order to adapt to the changed circumstances the pandemic has wrought.

    Despite a global reputation for impressive technological progress, Japan’s public sector – and a good portion of its private sector – has been slow to embrace the digital era, even as the country’s citizens become keenly aware of the need for the rollout of extensive digital policies.

  • Di
    Apr
    13
    2021
    ID: Jakarta: Car Regency is preparing to implement Smart City

    The Karo Regency is ready to offer various smart city solutions for the people in Qo Regency in collaboration with the government, which aims to improve public services.

    One of the solutions that will be implemented is the QLU Community Reporting Application which can be a bridge between the government and the people of Caro Regency.

  • Di
    Apr
    13
    2021
    US: States Push for Broadband as American Jobs Plan Gains Steam

    As President Biden works with Congress to make his $100 billion Internet plan a reality, state lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand broadband access to communities in need.

    An infusion of federal money to expand broadband throughout the country could soon be headed to communities in need if Congress passes President Biden’s $100 billion Internet plan. The question is what do states do until then?

  • Di
    Apr
    13
    2021
    Smart city growth creates biometrics opportunity

    Smart city development is a growing market, especially within the realm of security, innovation and public health. Biometrics are due to play a key role; the global access control market alone, which largely includes biometric technology for smart cities, is projected to grow from USD 8.6 billion in 2020 to USD 12.8 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 8.2%, according to MarketsandMarkets.

  • Mo
    Apr
    12
    2021
    MY: How smart are our cities?

    Imagine a city where citizens can monitor in real time the location of buses or trains and authorities can do real-time surveillance of roads or traffic conditions. Officers are deployed immediately to fix broken traffic lights, potholes or broken pipes. Most processes, whether it is paying for parking or applying for licences, can be done online. And roads and new developments are built only after proper data analysis.

    This is an ideal that smart cities around the world aim to reach. In general, smart cities use technology to improve the quality of life of their dwellers, develop a safe environment and increase economic opportunities for them.

  • Mo
    Apr
    12
    2021
    Australia Stops Being a MaaS Laggard

    The smart city concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has had a relatively slow take-up in Australia, probably because of the country size and population density.

    Australians rely on their vehicles to travel longer distances, and public transport infrastructure lags far behind Europe’s. Ridesharing companies gained some traction but mainly at the expense of established taxi operators.

  • Mo
    Apr
    12
    2021
    KR: Seoul’s multifunctional smart poles will charge drones and electric vehicles

    Last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it would install “smart poles” (S-Poles) that not only act as street facilities (i.e., street lights, traffic lights, security lights, CCTV) but also smart infrastructure based on smart urban technology (i.e., public Wi-Fi, smart CCTV, IoT, smart crosswalk).

    The city of Seoul, South Korea, has already installed 26 new S-Poles in 6 areas, including Seoul Plaza, Sungnyemun Gate, Cheonggyecheon Stream and more. Each S-Pole has customized functions reflecting the characteristics of the site. They also enhance urban scenery and improve the safety, welfare, and convenience of citizens.

  • So
    Apr
    11
    2021
    US: The $100 Billion National Broadband Plan for America

    The new Administration in the USA laid out a $100 billion proposal for broadband investment as part of its $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Under the proposal, the plan is to provide national broadband coverage. The Administration will use better competition measures, such as price transparency, the use of public utility infrastructure, and subsidies for low-income households to achieve its goals.

    Of course, we will have to wait and see if this policy will indeed be implemented, but there seems to be a significant level of support for it.

  • So
    Apr
    11
    2021
    AE: Abu Dhabi ranks high in global technology, big data index

    Abu Dhabi was moving towards the future with an ambitious vision that reinforces a culture of excellence in society

    Abu Dhabi has been ranked 11th in the Global Technology Index based on the World Digital Competitiveness Yearbook 2020 released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), represented by the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD), and the Department of Government Support – Abu Dhabi (DGS), represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA).

  • So
    Apr
    11
    2021
    Southeast Asia: Graymatics on How the Use of AI in the Smart Cities Scheme Can Help Create a Safer Society

    The rate of violent crimes in Southeast Asia has decreased dramatically since 2009, with this drop in crime may in part be attributed to Southeast Asia’s growing interest in Smart Cities projects. This is where urban areas use digital and telecommunication technologies to create a safer and more efficient city for inhabitants.

    Abhijit Shanbhag is CEO of Graymatics, a cognitive media processing company, providing AI-powered solutions for multiple sectors including security and surveillance, digital marketing, telecommunications and IoT. He believes that many more cities can and should improve their safety and efficiency by engaging in Smart Cities projects, and here shares how the use of AI in the Smart Cities scheme can help to create a safer society.

  • So
    Apr
    11
    2021
    VN: Deputy minister discusses artificial intelligence strategy with HCMC leaders

    Deputy minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy discussed implementation of the national strategy on research, development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) from now to 2030 with HCM City leaders on Friday.

    His ministry drafted the strategy with a focus on transport, logistics, tourism, e-commerce, telecommunications, education, urban management, social management, and public administration, he said.

  • Sa
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Bihar: Projects worth Rs 225cr OK’d for Biharsharif Smart City

    The board of directors (BOD) of Biharsharif Smart City Limited (BSCL), in its meeting on Thursday, approved seven projects worth Rs225 crore. The meeting was presided over by its chairman and principal secretary of urban development and housing department Anand Kishore.

    The projects include a flyover near Bharaopar at an expenditure of Rs72.77 crore. Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam will construct it. The Bharaopar roundabout is one of the most congested localities in Biharsharif.

  • Sa
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Jharkhand: Bokaro Steel Plant Township in quest to become a smart city

    The Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) management has constituted a six-member task force to prepare a blueprint for converting the BSL Township into a smart city. Spread over 17,000 acres, the BSL Township is also known as Bokaro Steel City.

    The committee has also been directed to come up with a blueprint for using nearly 40 dilapidated buildings, which were once used as schools, health centres, supermarkets and clubs. These buildings are lying unused for more than a decade.

  • Sa
    Apr
    10
    2021
    TW: Digital development needs priority

    The organizational structure of the government must be updated in response to social, political and economic changes so it can lead society to keep up with the trends of the time.

    Now that the Internet has developed into a major social sphere, and digital technology is an inseparable part of industry and society, the Executive Yuan’s decision to establish a digital development ministry is necessary and correct.

  • Sa
    Apr
    10
    2021
    IN: Manipur government prioritizes e-office for smooth governance

    Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has stressed the need to implement e-governance, thereby allowing officials to perform their duties from any place at any point in time.

    The chief minister said that this will greatly aid in the implementation of efficient and smooth governance in the state.

    The state government even distributed laptops to its officials recently for this purpose.

  • Sa
    Apr
    10
    2021
    Local authorities around the world have their eye on implementing digital IDs

    Expect a big push this year.

    Countries and companies around the world are stepping up efforts to introduce digital IDs.

    The main concerns around such projects are people’s privacy and security, as a digital identity is made up of information such as a person’s name, date of birth, social security number, their electronic transactions, medical history, etc., that are linked to identifiers like email addresses and domain names.

  • Fr
    Apr
    09
    2021
    CN: How Hong Kong’s smart city ambitions can go beyond bright ideas

    Stimulating creativity through contests is only the first step in the innovation value chain; creative execution is equally important

    Hong Kong’s first City I&T Grand Challenge has started inviting submissions. The HK$500 million contest aims to draw creative I&T solutions from all sectors to improve quality of life with the use of data and advanced technology, such as 5G and blockchain

  • Fr
    Apr
    09
    2021
    Pandemic accelerated rise of smart cities

    The pandemic has changed the way governments approach smart cities – likely permanently – a new report shows.

    ESI ThoughtLab’s “Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World,” released March 30, reviewed 167 cities worldwide and found that 81% of respondents said the pandemic and its repercussions were the biggest disruptions not only of 2020 but also in recent memory. Changes wrought this last year have prompted 69% to say they are reconsidering urban planning as a result, and more than two-thirds said smart city programs are crucial to the future.

  • Fr
    Apr
    09
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Corporation to roll out more e-mobility projects in Capital soon

    The project, proposed in the 2021-22 corporation budget, will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh.

    The city corporation plans to set an example for the public by using environment-friendly vehicles. To reduce air pollution, the corporation will soon roll out a project to provide aid to councillors for purchasing e-scooters. The corporation will work with public sector financial institutions to provide the funds to officials.

  • Fr
    Apr
    09
    2021
    MY: Perak: Ipoh city council’s complaints app to start April 30

    Ipoh City Council (MBI) has launched a new app-based complaints handling system, which will kick off on April 30.

    Perak local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi said the MyAduan MBI app would make it easier for people to lodge complaints on council-related issues or problems.

    She said the app could be accessed 24 hours a day and was part of MBI’s Smart City initiative.

  • Fr
    Apr
    09
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Smart Aadhar Seva Kendra launched in Chandra Bhaga Community hall of JMC

    The department of IT, GoJK, in collaboration with Jammu Smart City Ltd, and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India has set up a smart Aadhar Seva Kendra in Chandra Bhaga Community hall of Jammu Municipal Corporation.

    Aadhaar Seva Kendra offers a single stop destination for Aadhaar enrolment and update services to residents in a state-of-the-art environment. Smart Chip, a company empaneled by UIDAI and approved by IT department, has established the Aadhaar Seva Kendra in 1700 sq ft area at a cost of INR 40 Lacs at Chandrabagh Hall, Canal Road Jammu for the benefits of the citizens of the State.

  • Do
    Apr
    08
    2021
    IN: The future is technology

    Technology is the key to making India a five trillion dollar economy,” said Dr Bipin Kumar in his inaugural speech of the Technological Development Conclave held at Delhi.

    Reinstating the point, renowned physician and former Cabinet Minister, Government of India, CP Thakur, said that the youth should be equipped for the new India. He also emphasised the need for unlearning and relearning to make them major contributors to the Indian GDP.

  • Do
    Apr
    08
    2021
    China’s controversial face biometrics standards co-authored by Dahua, Hikvision, Yitu: IPVM

    Critics raise alarm on China’s domestic surveillance practices

    Leading Chinese biometrics and security camera providers helped to craft standards for ethnicity-based identification, according to an IPVM report detailing the use of ethnicity tracking by Chinese public surveillance systems that use face biometrics.

    IPVM specifically identifies surveillance camera manufacturers Unikview, Dahua, and Hikvision as co-authors of China’s controversial GA/T1400.3-2017 public surveillance standards, an especially worrisome development given China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority. Within this biometric standard, IPVM found an ethnicity identifier code that includes skin color and other distinguishing features.

  • Do
    Apr
    08
    2021
    Cleaner, More Convenient and Prosperous Cities: The Hidden Benefits of Smart Parking Systems

    As urban areas around the world continue to grow, transportation and mobility systems are undergoing major transformations, from the adoption of traffic rerouting and other control systems to the modernization of parking options.

    Evolving parking ecosystems are increasingly part of smart community planning and budgeting, as well as environmental improvement programs to reduce congestion, air and noise pollution, and to generally make cities more livable.

  • Do
    Apr
    08
    2021
    US: Utah's New Mobile ID Pilot Might Be the Future of Digital ID

    Officials involved in the project say it's the first in the U.S. to use a new international standard meant to make mobile IDs interoperable. So in the next year, Utah's pilot project just might show everyone the future.

    Utah’s new mobile driver’s license pilot project just might be the future of digital IDs in the U.S.

    The state’s newly announced program is the first in the U.S., officials say, to fully comply with a new standard for digital IDs currently going through the adoption process at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Should that standard become widely adopted, like standards that govern the creation of physical driver’s licenses, it would create an ecosystem where mobile IDs share similar features no matter where they’re issued, and can therefore be easily accepted almost anywhere.

  • Do
    Apr
    08
    2021
    Singapore takes top spot in ranking of smart city govts, praised for ‘sterling’ Covid-19 response, digital initiatives

    Singapore has eclipsed London to take top spot in a biennial study that ranks the top 50 smart city governments in the world.

    The Republic took the honours due to factors such as its technology infrastructure, digital initiatives and its “sterling” response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    However, the authors of the report noted that “there always remains more to be done”, such as in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among the migrant worker population.

  • Mi
    Apr
    07
    2021
    US: E-government and social media: How American politics have been impacted by the internet

    There is unlimited information at our fingertips; we are constantly being bombarded with news articles, updates from political officials and misinformation. For better or worse, the fast-changing nature of politics can be attributed to the internet and social media. The development of e-government, better communication between officials and constituents and a larger network for campaigning have all fostered a political environment that is more inclusive but riddled with misinformation — decreasing American political efficacy.

    One of the biggest changes in politics is the development of e-government — a tool that has existed nearly as long as the internet has. This aims to increase the effectiveness of government while making government services more widely available to citizens. Although e-government has effectively provided millions with open-source data, government programs and assistance, its inclusivity is limited because of unequal access to the internet.

  • Mi
    Apr
    07
    2021
    Is Italy Ready For Smart Cities?
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    The Silicon Valley Model may not be adaptable to every country, but it may still serve as an example for the future.

    In the cartoon Futurama, New York City was an idealized version of the cities of the future: hyperlinked and highly technological with robots fully integrated into society. While we still don’t have flying taxis and tele-transportation solutions, innovation has nevertheless begun to impact modern society with the development of smart cities. Silicon Valley, a once sleepy area just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, now runs on technological innovation and as a result, it powers the same advancements at a global level. The strategic research and development arsenals within companies like Google, Facebook and Apple have allowed Silicon Valley to consolidate regional wealth and cultivate entirely interdependent economies, making it one of the most expensive places in the world to live. It may not have been the city that cartoons envisioned but it is undoubtedly shaping the world to come.

  • Mi
    Apr
    07
    2021
    MYEG moves into healthcare

    Malaysian e-government service provider My EG Services is to make a push into healthcare services.

    The e-government services provided by MYEG Group include the renewal of foreign workers’ work permits; renewal of motor vehicle road tax; computerised theory test for drivers’ licences; transfer of vehicle ownership as well as various information searches, payments and applications to numerous Malaysian government agencies

  • Mi
    Apr
    07
    2021
    IE: The digital cities of tomorrow will need enhanced connectivity

    Dell Technologies’ Jeff McCann talks about the importance of building a proper technology infrastructure to create functioning digital cities.

    Over the past few months, we’ve seen the world transform in countless ways. An acceleration in the pace of digital transformation has changed how we live, work and do business. It’s clear that our cities will be affected in the long term, which is why it’s critical to reflect on how emerging technologies can shape the future of our cities as Ireland looks to recover and rebuild.

  • Mi
    Apr
    07
    2021
    VN: E-Government building promoted for sake of people, businesses

    Many information systems serving as the foundation for e-Government have been put into use recently, and ministries, sectors, and localities are pushing ahead with digital transformation to further improve service quality for the sake of people and businesses.

    Building an e-Government towards a digital Government, a digital economy, and a digital society is an inexorable trend. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc identified the view that e-Government development must ensure the linking of IT applications with administrative reform while improving transparency and centring on people and businesses.

  • Di
    Apr
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: MP reviews progress on Jammu Smart City project
    N

    Member Parliament Jammu-Poonch Constituency, Jugal Kishore Sharma today chaired the meeting of City Level Advisory Forum for Jammu Smart City Project, here at Jammu.

    The meeting was attended by Mayor JMC, Chander Mohan Gupta; Deputy Mayor, Purnima Sharma; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; CEO Smart City Jammu, Avny Lavasa; VC JDA, Babila Rakwal, besides Corporators and officers of various concerned departments.

  • Di
    Apr
    06
    2021
    Smart Aerotropolis, Taoyuan – Taiwan’s Smart City Of The Future

    Taoyuan, the gateway to Taiwan, has the largest airport in the nation in Taoyuan International Airport.

    As such, Taoyuan was this year a co-organizer of the Smart City Summit and Expo, hosting a Bilateral Gov x Biz Webinars with the City of Prague in the Czech Republic, Nigeria's International Trade Facilitation Association and the City of Medellín, Colombia, for cross-border networking.

  • Di
    Apr
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: GMC explores for ‘Online Registration’ in OPD

    The Government Medical College, Jammu & Associated Hospitals has started working to implement ‘National Digital Health Mission’ program of Government of India wherein ‘e-Hospitals’ will provide various online services to the patients such as onlilne OPD appointment, viewing of lab reports, status of availability of blood in blood banks etc. The same is being planned to be rolled out in GMC and AHs Jammu.

    Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal Government Medical College Jammu today chaired a meeting regarding the roll out of On Line Registration System (ORS) and Implementation of Hospital Information Management System (e-Hospital).

  • Di
    Apr
    06
    2021
    The Bahamas strengthens its cybersecurity capacity

    The Bahamas has launched a project with ITU to set up a national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) to help protect the small island country’s critical digital infrastructure and data.

    The National Cybersecurity Project, started in January and officially launched in February at national level, aims to help assess current Bahamian capabilities in this rapidly evolving field, as well as develop its National Cybersecurity Strategy.

  • Di
    Apr
    06
    2021
    US: Why cities need to get smart about maintenance

    New methods of financing can open up much needed investment in infrastructure.

    In industrial facilities, the importance of preventive maintenance is well-understood. Sure, you could save a few bucks by skipping scheduled part inspections and replacements — but those parts would break sooner as a result, putting an expensive dent in your factory’s output. Instead of sparing the oil can, plant managers know it’s better to invest upfront, and keep their machinery in prime condition.

  • Mo
    Apr
    05
    2021
    Bangladesh in 2071 - Envisioning a smart future through innovation

    The global community could hardly imagine the currently turbulent progress largely defined by technological revolution only 100 years ago. However, by this time, Bangladesh is no stranger to this new wave of technological advances and newer market forces. Industry 4.0 is knocking on the door, and by 2071, in the centennial of the country’s birth; we can expect some paradigm shift in terms of innovation.

    Nobody is sure where it would go in the remote future. Bangladesh might become a super industrialised concrete jungle; it can adopt green architecture, ensure complete food security; or it can emerge as a completely networked, hyperconnected society by realising the internet of things and many more.

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