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  • Do
    Jan
    21
    2021
    US: Columbia: Tennessee City Works to Plan Upgrade of Online Systems

    The Columbia, Tenn., city finance department is now seeking $65,000 in funding to upgrade its finance and accounting software with vendor E-Government Solutions, which comes after a year’s worth of work.

    Columbia, Tenn., City Council now has a new board and new agenda to begin its 2021 round of meetings, beginning with the swearing in of three new members.

    On Tuesday, each council member was sworn in as part of a special-called meeting.

  • Do
    Jan
    21
    2021
    VN: Regulation on coordination in building e-Government and e-court signed

    The Government Office and the Supreme People's Court signed a regulation on coordination in the building of e-Government and e-courts to serve the direction, administration and reform of administrative procedures, at a ceremony in Hanoi, on January 12.

    Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Nguyen Hoa Binh and Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung presidedover the ceremony.

  • Do
    Jan
    21
    2021
    Myanmar to launch digital land database

    Myanmar will launch an online land database soon, said Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun.

    The online land database will be introduced to provide transparency regarding land ownership, said the minister during a webinar on a ‘New Way of Working with Government’ organised by Myanmar’s British Chamber of Commerce.

  • Do
    Jan
    21
    2021
    Saudi Arabia Plans to Build Smart Cities Network

    Prince Mohammed bin Salman the Saudi Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEOM promised to build a network of smart cities, in which there will be no cars or roads. This smart city network is called ”The Line”.

    Bin Salman explained by 2050, a billion people would be displaced due to rising CO2 emissions and sea levels. And that currently, 90% of people are breathing polluted air. As well, the infrastructure will cost $100 billion to $200 billion.

  • Do
    Jan
    21
    2021
    Unlocking Smart City Value and Adoption

    Nobody knows what tomorrow’s smart cities will look like. However, some things are clear:

    • Connected devices will change the economics of collecting and acting upon data.
    • The data contains enormous potential.
    • Smart cities will improve quality of life while reducing costs.

    Still, given this perspective, we must ask, if all this is so evident, why isn’t smart city adoption happening quicker? What is holding the floodgates back?

  • Mi
    Jan
    20
    2021
    KY: Request issued for rollout of National ID card

    The government has taken the first step in its planned rollout this year of a national identification system, as it issued a request for proposals to develop the programme. The e-Government team in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure is looking for a suitable company to create the “suite of services and technology required” to implement a National ID Card, officials said in a release.

    This will be a government-issued, photo-identification card that will hold the individual holder’s current Cayman immigration status and people will be able to use the wallet-sized card for daily interactions with government. It will also include digital identity and digital signature features that will allow holders to confirm their identity online or sign documents digitally.

  • Mi
    Jan
    20
    2021
    ICT industry has largest export surplus in Vietnamese economy

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) yesterday held its 2020 summary and 2021 mission meeting. At the moment, Vietnam stands at the second position in the world as to mobile phone and parts manufacturing, and the tenth position regarding electronic parts production. It was able to surpass many developed nations like the US, Germany, Singapore.

    In his opening speech, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung stated that never before has the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry played such an essential role like it is at this moment, when digital transformation is actively contributing to helping human beings moving from the real to the virtual life.

  • Mi
    Jan
    20
    2021
    Thailand’s EEC on track with digital innovation hub goal

    Thailand's high-tech Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), established in May 2018, is the cornerstone for the country’s Industry 4.0 vision to become a fully developed nation by 2035.

    The 13,000sqkm EEC stretches south and east of Bangkok and covers three provinces with a total population of three million. It aims to be the gateway to Southeast Asia (SEA) and a global digital innovation hub.

  • Mi
    Jan
    20
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: Congress protests against stopping Smart City projects

    The Congress staged a dharna in front of Mangaluru City Corporation on Tuesday protesting against Mangaluru Smart City Ltd. stopping works on various projects taken up in the city under the Smart City mission.

    Speaking on the occasion, former Minister B. Ramanath Rai said that the Congress had toiled hard to get smart city projects to Mangaluru. But the BJP has failed to implement the projects sanctioned. Leader of the Opposition in the city corporation council Abdul Rauf said that the city corporation led by the BJP and the MSCL has not taken people into confidence while taking the projects under the mission.

  • Mi
    Jan
    20
    2021
    AU: Western Australia: Smart app to aid parking

    Wyndham council has introduced a Smart Parking app to help drivers in the Werribee city centre find a car park.

    The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android smartphones, gives drivers information such as the best available areas to park and the number of available parking spaces in each area.

  • Di
    Jan
    19
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: MP reviews progress of smart city projects

    Madurai MP Su Venkatesan on Monday inspected the smart city projects in the city which are in various stages of progress. He inspected the revamped park around the King Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, development work of heritage sites like Vilakkuthoon, Pathu Thoon and smart street scaping of Masi streets.

  • Di
    Jan
    19
    2021
    US: Experts: Closing the Digital Divide Will Take More than Satellites

    With the recent successes of Elon Musk's company SpaceX, satellite Internet has become a "sexy" new technology. Experts, though, advise against thinking that it is the sole solution to besting the digital divide.

    Although satellite Internet technology has advanced far beyond its initial capabilities, some experts have advised that the emerging broadband solution still has limitations that local and state stakeholders should consider.

  • Di
    Jan
    19
    2021
    KY: Gov’t begins work on introducing national ID cards

    The Cayman Islands government has issued a request for proposals for technology and services required to implement national ID cards for all residents, which authorities expect to begin issuing later this year.

    According to a press release on Monday, the e-government team in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure is finalising its preparations to develop and roll out the National Identity programme.

  • Di
    Jan
    19
    2021
    India Smart Cities Award Contest 2020: Indore in top 4, beats 96 cities

    In a contest organised by the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under the Smart cities Mission, Indore has managed to remain in the top four slot and goes into the final stage of selection process for the India Smart Cities Award Contest 2020. One hundred cities took part in the contest.

    Indore Smart City’s nine projects have been selected for as many as seven categories of the awards out of 12 categories. The Smart City had participated for all the 12 categories and had sent in 20 projects for the nomination out of which nine were selected. The Smart City Official said for the 2019 awards, Indore Smart City had won the award for River Front Development category beating other cities. Officials said that the categories in which Smart City do not get selected are Governance, Social Aspects, Urban Environment, Urban Mobility and Water.

  • Mo
    Jan
    18
    2021
    IN: After downtime complaints, govt asks IT dept to upgrade Goa Online servers

    After receiving flak from users that the state’s single window e-governance platform, Goa Online, frequently crashes and is unavailable, the industries department has asked the department of information technology to upgrade the servers of State Data Center (SDC), which hosts the portal.

    “It has been observed by the business, citizen and government users alike that the Goa Online has unusually high instances of downtime and interruption in connection causing a lot of frustration for the users,” industries secretary J Ashok Kumar said.

  • Mo
    Jan
    18
    2021
    EU: MEPs need to listen to more voices on artificial intelligence

    The European Parliament’s committee exploring AI needs to give the floor to civil society. Big Tech has had enough influence.

    When the European Parliament established the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), many in the labour movement thought that, finally, the voices of workers, consumers and citizens would be heard.

  • Mo
    Jan
    18
    2021
    TH: Smart-City: The World of our Making

    The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a timely demonstration of the extent to which digital technology could become fully entrenched in a city, as a means to support public health precautions and maintain effective infection control.

    Sensor connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have been used to facilitate the screening for and tracking of infections while also enabling the delivery of contactless services in the new normal of people’s daily lives.

  • Mo
    Jan
    18
    2021
    No cars, no roads, no traffic, Saudi Arabia unveils The Line city of the future at Neom

    The 100 percent pedestrianised city is set to create 380,000 jobs at the Neom giga project and has been launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

    A totally-pedestrianised city is set to create 380,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched ‘The Line’, the latest piece in the futuristic jigsaw that is the Neom $500 billion giga project.

  • So
    Jan
    17
    2021
    MY: Our smart cities have a long way to go to catch up

    The Covid-19 pandemic has exerted a heavy toll on the economy. Very few sectors have emerged unscathed. The tourism sector, which brought in much revenue to the country, suffers the most.

    Air travel has almost grounded to a halt. Hotels are reeling from the drop in occupancy. We need new avenues to drive the economy.

    The health sector holds promise. Even with vaccines available, negotiating the complexities of public health will no longer be the same.

  • So
    Jan
    17
    2021
    Smart-City Living marks another Milestone for Thailand 4.0

    As Thailand marches towards its goal of sustainable development under the Thailand 4.0 model, the smart-city concept is front and centre in the country’s action plan.

    By leveraging cutting-edge ICT technology and new generation platforms – including cloud-base products which enable on-demand computing mobile, AI, and big data analytics -- Thailand’s smart-city plan centres on providing innovative services to citizens, businesses and tourists in the form of social, business and environmental solutions.

  • So
    Jan
    17
    2021
    GB: York could be 'global pioneer' of smart transport

    York could become a global pioneer of 'smart city' transport, according to a Yorkshire hi-tech start-up firm.

    Leeds-based Slingshot Simulations is leading a government-backed project to generate 3D models of York, Leeds and Hull and the areas around them - with the aim of improving their transport networks.

  • Sa
    Jan
    16
    2021
    TGI Initiates Smart City Pilot in Yucatan, Mexico

    TGI SOLAR POWER GROUP INC. (OTC PINK:TSPG) ("TGI"), a diversified technology company, announced today that it has initiated SMART CITY Pilot Project in Mexico and had a Groundbreaking and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a New TGI Community - Taak-Bal ADVENT CITY in Yucatan, Mexico. This project is going to be treated as a pilot project, where we can implement all the technologies available to TGI - either owned, acquired or outsourced. This project is going to take about 36 months to develop, and total estimated cost of is expected to be in excess $220MM, not including additional capital from affiliates and outsourced services, that should bring the total above $1B.

  • Sa
    Jan
    16
    2021
    Are Innovation Districts the Foundation for Smart City Development?

    Smart cities and networked neighbourhoods are starting to move out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world as technology continues improving.

    Innovations are changing the way we look at everything, from traffic and transportation to infrastructure. Innovation districts are becoming more common as well. What are innovation districts, and will they prove to be the foundation for smart city development and advanced technology?

  • Sa
    Jan
    16
    2021
    The path to post-pandemic smart cities

    Market forecasts paint a rosy picture of smart city investment, but many municipalities are slashing budgets, laying off workers and cutting services as the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. To adapt to the budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, smart city efforts must be more strategic, said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of Government Insights and Smart Cities at IDC Government Insights.

    “We have to be really strategic with our plan and our investing because we just aren’t going to have any wiggle room in terms of money,” Yesner said. “Then the question becomes what are the foundational tools that you need to start to think about for resiliency -- and let’s take away contingency planning, disaster recovery, backup plans, redundant data centers, having a readiness response, a risk management response. I think that’s all what everyone thinks of when they think of business continuity. You have plans to continue operations if there’s an emergency. What does that mean in light of COVID?”

  • Sa
    Jan
    16
    2021
    IN: West Bengal: Kolkata: New Town to get smart park with Wi-Fi, work benches

    The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is setting up a smart plaza off the main arterial road close to Biswa Bangla Gate at Narkelbagan More. A garden is being developed that will have features like laptop tables and benches for people to work in an open air, Wi-Fi facilities and gazebos.

    Officials said that the smart plaza is being developed from where the smart street ends. “The idea behind the place is that people can spend quality leisure time and can also do their work in the open air without the need to confine themselves inside houses. The initiative is a part of developing New Town as a green smart city,” said Jan official.

  • Fr
    Jan
    15
    2021
    Digital rights in 2021: Perspectives from Kenya

    In the coming years, many will be watching to see whether mobile network operators will manage to retain the 2.8 million new mobile money subscribers with affordable fees.

    Kenya has among Africa’s highest levels of mobile penetration. It is lauded for adopting technology in both private and public uses, from mobile money to e-government services. It was, therefore, not unexpected that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the country turned to digital technologies to help people ease into new forms of working and learning. A raft of policy and legal measures for contactless transactions were put in place. These included directives for cost-free mobile money person-to-person transactions for transactions below Ksh. 1,000, and cost-free bank-to-mobile wallet transfers. Amendments to various laws also legitimised electronic signatures and the Judiciary developed rules on e-service, e-filing, e-payment and e-proceedings. Many of these measures were introduced shortly after Kenya confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, when a lockdown was imminent. They were, therefore, aimed at not only supporting a digital society with cashless transactions, but also cushioning low-income earners whose livelihoods were affected by reduced movement.

  • Fr
    Jan
    15
    2021
    US: Philadelphia issues RFP to measure its digital divide

    The City of Philadelphia has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to rapidly quantify the number of households that are without internet connectivity or relying on unstable, low-bandwidth options.

    The RFP, issued with non-profit the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, seeks to enable the city to benchmark its progress on closing the digital divide and inform the next phase of policy, programme and budget decisions.

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2021
    COVID-19 expected to drive adoption of city digital twins

    The need to increase resilience and optimise asset and resource management in light of COVID-19 will be among the key drivers for the growth of city digital twins over the next five years, according to ABI Research. The global tech market advisory firm anticipates that the number of urban digital twins will exceed 500 by 2025, and that implementation will expand beyond limited pilots to widespread multi-purpose deployments.

    Dominique Bonte, Vice President, End Markets at ABI Research, said: “Real-time 3D models of cities’ built environment allow scenario analysis through the simulation of the potential impact of natural disasters like flooding, [adoption of] generative design principles for new city developments [which optimise] energy savings and solar capacity, and saving costs by operating cities more efficiently and effectively.”

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2021
    Vietnam to complete forming digital government in 2030

    The Prime Minister has approved the national strategy regarding the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) until 2030, including developing a digital government and digital economy in Vietnam.

    The national strategy generally aims at actively taking advantages of all possible opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 to master cutting edge technologies and then apply them into socio-economic aspects. This is supposed to boost or renovate growth models in the nations, as well as a digital economy later.

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2021
    How AI-Powered Virtual Agents Can Upgrade Municipal Services

    When people talk about "local government," many of them complain too often about slow, ponderous, inaccessible and frustrating bureaucracies that are difficult to work with. That impression is only growing as residents and consumers become more sophisticated about technology, digital commerce and the convenience they provide in other aspects of their lives. Many government agencies at a local and state level are working to reverse this negative impression by adopting technology to improve services and drive efficiencies through automation of common tasks rather than hiring additional government employees.

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2021
    CN: Zhejiang sets up City Brain industrial alliance

    East China's Zhejiang province set up a City Brain industrial alliance in its capital city of Hangzhou on Dec 31, 2020, local media outlets reported.

    The alliance aims to establish theories and a standard system for the City Brain in order to promote industrial innovation and coordination, talent training, inter-industry cooperation, and practical application.

  • Do
    Jan
    14
    2021
    IT: Florence will get a state-of-the-art mobility management room

    Centralizing this urban aspect is the first step of the Smart City strategy

    Yesterday, 6 January, officials from Florence presented a plan for the construction of a Smart City Control Room, which will combine all the public services and stakeholders concerned with the different aspects of mobility in the Italian city in one place.

    The new centre will be located in a repurposed building located next to the former Leopolda Station which will host the offices of the local Major Infrastructures and Mobility Department.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2021
    China Builds the World’s First Integrated Quantum Communication Network

    Chinese scientists have established the world’s first integrated quantum communication network, combining over 700 optical fibers on the ground with two ground-to-satellite links to achieve quantum key distribution over a total distance of 4,600 kilometers for users across the country. The team, led by Jianwei Pan, Yuao Chen, Chengzhi Peng from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, reported in Nature their latest advances towards the global, practical application of such a network for future communications.

    Unlike conventional encryption, quantum communication is considered unhackable and therefore the future of secure information transfer for banks, power grids and other sectors. The core of quantum communication is quantum key distribution (QKD), which uses the quantum states of particles — e.g. photons — to form a string of zeros and ones, while any eavesdropping between the sender and the receiver will change this string or key and be noticed immediately. So far, the most common QKD technology uses optical fibers for transmissions over several hundred kilometers, with high stability but considerable channel loss. Another major QKD technology uses the free space between satellites and ground stations for thousand-kilometer-level transmissions. In 2016, China launched the world’s first quantum communication satellite (QUESS, or Mozi/Micius) and achieved QKD with two ground stations which are 2,600 km apart. In 2017, an over 2,000-km-long optical fiber network was completed for QKD between Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Mi
    Jan
    13
    2021
    IN: Telangana: Centre’s Smart City funds for Warangal released

    No amount is diverted for any purpose other than the intended one: Arvind Kumar

    The State government has asserted that total funds released by the Central government under the Smart Cities project have been released to Warangal and there is no diversion whatsoever of funds.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2021
    SG: Proposed changes to electronic transactions law

    Digitalising important documents like a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could soon be on the cards, under proposed changes to the law that governs electronic transactions.

    As part of its broader digitalisation journey, the Government seeks to digitalise an LPA which allows an appointed person to make medical and financial decisions on another's behalf should the latter lose mental capacity.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2021
    Bahrain achieve 10th Sustainable Development Goal to reduce inequality

    Providing an effective virtual gateway to government information, presenting numerous accessible online services, and ultimately making life easier for its citizens and foreign residents. These are among the major goals the Kingdom of Bahrain has fulfilled so far as part of its full commitment to make inroads into ensuring a better and more sustainable future for all.

    As a result, Bahrain has achieved the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number ten which aims at reducing inequality by adopting the “No One is Left Behind” motto in providing government services, notably via the Bahraini E-Government National Portal (hereafter, BE-GNP), where English and Arabic are used to offer services to Bahrainis and residents alike.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2021
    VN: National Strategy on Fourth Industrial Revolution issued

    The Prime Minister has issued the National Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution by 2030 to fulfil goals set in the Politburo’s Resolution 52-NQ/TW that outlines policies guiding Vietnam’s active involvement in the revolution.

    The strategy’s objectives are to take full advantage of opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution; fundamentally master and widely apply new advanced technologies in different social and economic aspects; gradually develop new technologies in support of renewing Vietnam’s growth model and promoting economic restructuring in tandem with the implementation of strategic breakthroughs and national modernisation; and accelerate growth of the digital economy.

  • Di
    Jan
    12
    2021
    How Smart Cities Can Defend Against Pandemics

    COVID-19 has disrupted the way we go on about our daily lives. With vaccines on the way, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel yet the toll on our public health and economy have been major. In 2021, leaders and citizens alike will reflect on lessons learned throughout the pandemic to see what can be done in the future to slow the spread of disease.

    IoT has proven to be a unique defense against the viral spread, with smart cities helping to track data and keep citizens informed. Keep reading to learn about smart cities’ defense against pandemics, such as contactless payment, disease tracking, and more.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2021
    MO: About 100,000 local residents already registered in new e-government platform

    Some 100,000 local residents have already joined the new joint single account platform launched by the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) on January 1 of this year.

    The new account aggregates various public services provided by different government entities and allows residents to submit their proof of life to the Social Security Fund, Social Welfare Bureau and Pension Fund without needing to go personally to the service counters, even residents who are abroad.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2021
    IN: e-governance & e-file non-starters in Assam

    The State government has long been talking of e-governance and e-file, but nothing tangible has been done towards that end as yet.

    For a reality check, this reporter visited the website of the Chief Minister – cm.assam.gov.in.

    Similar online visits to those of other departments exposed the poorly managed departmental websites in Assam.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2021
    IN: Karnataka to use blockchain for property registration

    Each property holder will be given a property card akin to an ATM card, which can be accessed through a PIN

    Property registration in Karnataka is all set to become more secure and hassle-free, with the state government developing a system based on blockchain technology for online property documentation.

  • Mo
    Jan
    11
    2021
    Oman Arab Bank launches service for tourism through its digital channels

    Oman Arab Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has launched a new service through its digital channels. The new development will allow entities in the tourism industry to directly pay their fees to the Ministry’s account.

    Khalid Khalaf Al Awfi, Assistant General Manager for Financial & Administrative Affairs, at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism said, “The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism continuously seeks to facilitate and develop procedures for investors within the tourism and hotel establishments by digitising relevant processes, together with private sector institutions. Through our partnership with Oman Arab Bank, we will see the provision of a suitable technical solution that links the payment of tourism fees via the Bank’s digital platforms, which is also in line with national e-government strategy.”

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2021
    AE: The Dubai Police app now alerts drivers to road closures and accidents

    The smartapp will alert road users so they can find alternative routes…

    Dubai Police have launched a new feature on their smartphone app, which will alert road users when there has been a serious accident or there are temporary road closures.

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2021
    RO: Transylvania: Sibiu gets ready to greet its first smart street

    The upgrade works on the path will make it more cycling and public transport friendly and will contribute to the Romanian city’s climate ambitions

    On December 30, the Mayor of Sibiu Astrid Fodor signed the contract for the execution of works on Calea Dumbrăvii, the section between Mihai Viteazu Boulevard and Ludoș Street which will eventually turn out to be the city’s first smart street. The agreement was signed with the company SC Terra Building SRL Sibiu, represented by Bacilă Stefan Mihai, general manager, which won the contract following a procurement procedure.

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2021
    IN: Telangana setting benchmarks with AI-driven govtech projects

    Declaring 2020 as the Year of AI, the State led several initiatives with applications ranging sectors such as healthcare, e-governance, agriculture, surveillance and many more

    Telangana government has been a frontrunner in adopting and encouraging emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) across India. Over the years, the State has emerged as a test bed for innovation, which led to companies choosing the city to set up their innovation labs.

  • So
    Jan
    10
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Wafks Board take objection to Smart City office

    Maharashtra State Board of Wakfs (MSBW) took an objection to constructing the office of Smart City in a building near Aam Khaas ground.

    It may be noted that the Central and State Government sanctioned Rs 500 crore under the Smart City Project. Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Ltd decided to construct its head office in an old building located near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Centre in survey no 210 near Aam Khaas ground from the fund. The tendering process was finalised.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2021
    PK: PMRU collects data of issues put on KP Citizens Portal

    Since 2018 the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Performance, Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) has been able to accumulate a vast and organized data base of the most recurring and acute problem in issues faced by the citizens in the province through the portal and other E-Governance initiatives.

    The KP Citizen portal App currently connects more than 1700 offices in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Since last 19 months, more than 237,000 complaints have been lodged through this app predominantly against four departments which include Local Government/ Municipal Services, Education, Health, Law & Order / Police. The PMRU also maintains a complete log of the process/ actions taken by various offices on each complaint / task assigned to departments in district administration.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2021
    IN: Govt working on Alexa, Google Assistant-like chatbots to deliver public services

    As per reports, the Government on Friday invited bids to develop a voice assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • The Indian government could be working on platforms similar to Alexa and Google Assistant to deliver e-governance services.
    • Government on Friday invited bids to develop a voice assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. 
    • The report states that the National E-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT has invited proposals to build the conversational platform.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2021
    CN: Hong Kong Launches New Digital Identity Platform ‘iAM Smart’

    The SFC, HKMA, IA and MPFA are encouraging FIs to adopt iAM Smart in their businesses for customer authentication, document signing, and remote onboarding.

    Hong Kong’s OGCIO (Office of the Government Chief Information Officer) has announced the launch of iAM Smart, which provides all Hong Kong residents with a single digital identity and authentication method to conduct government and commercial transactions online.

  • Sa
    Jan
    09
    2021
    NG: Lagos to replace all streetlights, deploys smart led lighting across the state

    The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangements to execute a Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement with LEDCo Limited.

    The Lagos State Government says it will replace all streetlights with smart LED lighting across the metropolis, as it gets set to take another giant step in actualizing its vision for a greater Lagos.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2021
    IN: Govt plans chat bot like Alexa, Google Voice to deliver public services

    The artificial intelligence-based conversational platform is expected to interact with the public in multiple languages, analyse sentiments and intent, collect and analyse data to give personalised experience to users.

    The government on Friday invited bids to develop a chat bot or voice assistance application like Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant to deliver e-governance services to the public. The artificial intelligence-based conversational platform is expected to interact with the public in multiple languages, analyse sentiments and intent, collect and analyse data to give personalised experience to users.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2021
    VN: HCMC implementing digital applications for sustainable growth

    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is carrying out the digital transformation process in order to make management tasks more transparent, to better support trading, and to more effectively help its residents access necessary information.

    HCMC has digitalize its many databases for more efficient state work. Related documents in public services are now managed digitally. Administrative files and reports are processed and stored systematically, making it easier for further analysis, statistics preparation, and conclusion provision. This, in turn, speed up wise decision making.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: ‘District administration completely failed at Smart City works’ - Abdul Rauf

    Opposition leader Abdul Rauf of Mangaluru City Corporation said, “The district administration has completely failed in undertaking Smart City works.”

    Addressing media here on Friday January 1, he said, “It has been two years since Smart City works began. Two months ago, roads in the city were closed for concretisation without any prior intimation which caused lot of trouble to the public. Now the works have been completely stopped, which again is a pain to the public. The district administration has completely failed. There is no quality in the work.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2021
    Egypt's public e-bills grew 250%

    New government services that have become available online

    Egypt’s public e-bills grew 250% to reach EGP 4 billion per month in 2020, up from EGP 1 billion last year, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said in a December 30th emailed statement.

    He attributed the jump to the new government services that have become available online to encourage citizens to use e-payment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Fr
    Jan
    08
    2021
    IN: Chandigarh: Data for governance policy gets Punjab cabinet nod

    Punjab cabinet on Wednesday approved the Punjab State Data Policy (PSDP) to track progress and to provide citizens access to services.

    An official spokesperson said the PSDP would be instrumental in leveraging data and technology to optimize service delivery and citizens’ access and participation through user friendly and secure e-governance systems. The data would be efficaciously utilized for evidence-based policy making and programme decision making.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2021
    Egypt's e-government receipts increase up to EGP 4bn monthly during COVID-19

    Egypt's e-government receipts jumped in 2020, from EGP 1bn to EGP 4bn per month following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The significant jump reflected an annual growth of 250%, highlighting strength of the country's electronic payment (e-payment) and collection system, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2021
    Rapid digitization transforms socio-cultural, economic landscape of Pakistan

    The increasing digitization of life has brought about drastic transformation in socio-cultural and economic landscape of Pakistan during the last two decades with exponential growth in use of electronic gadgets and tools of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

    The electronic gadgets have become a commonplace phenomenon of everyday life in almost every household even in the remotest parts of the country. Therefore, if anything happens worth watching or reading in any part of the globe, it does not go unnoticed on social media. Similarly, the trending (the stuff of your choice) that appears on the screen keeps the viewer mentally engaged for hours.

  • Do
    Jan
    07
    2021
    IN: IAF Chief Launches E-Governance Portal To Promote Paperless Office

    Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria launched an e-governance portal for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday in order to promote a paperless office, an official statement said.

    The launch of e-governance in IAF marks a paradigm shift from the current method of correspondence, filing and documentation to a digital one, the statement said.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2021
    CN: Hong Kong’s new iAM Smart app set to launch, allowing residents access to 20 public services

    Residents will be able to book inoculations and receive Covid-19 test results, register to vote, renew car licences, and pay taxes and utility bills on a new digital platform set to launch on Wednesday under the latest government initiative to turn Hong Kong into a smart city.

    The one-stop-shop iAM Smart platform, which cost HK$60mil (RM31.24mil), will allow Hongkongers to freely use a single digital identity and authentication to conduct government and commercial transactions online, automatically fill in personal details on electronic forms and handle statutory documents and procedures.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2021
    US: Are Smart Cities Still A Smart Bet Amid ‘Urban Flight’ And The Pandemic?

    The pandemic has pressured corporate top lines — and as a result, leaves less money to go around to fund innovation, especially for tech-focused firms. So-called “smart-city” initiatives might be a casualty, especially if it’s perceived that people are leaving urban areas for the ‘burbs. In other words, to mangle a line from “Field of Dreams”: “Why build it if they won’t come?”

    Anecdotally, there are some indications that at least some companies are pulling in at least some of their ambitions to create the “cities of the future” marked by connected devices, green infrastructure and of course, seamless payments. But some evidence doesn’t herald a wholesale shift.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2021
    PK: Balochistan: No step in Gwadar against people’s desire: CM

    Rubbishing the opposition’s politicking on steps proposed under “security apparatus” for Gwadar city, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Wednesday assured that no strategy would be enforced there without consultation and against people’s desire.

    The chief minister, in a video statement, said that outside Gwadar City, there were some areas which could not be humanely checked or controlled owing to their inaccessibility, so a “temporary fencing mechanism” was proposed under Gwadar Smart City project.

  • Mi
    Jan
    06
    2021
    Israel launches innovation program to improve 5G networks

    Israel has launched a program to develop advanced communications applications in order to expand and improve the country's 5G infrastructure, Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) said Wednesday.

    The program includes five pilot projects scheduled to be carried out by five chosen companies.

    The first project includes the deployment of private 5G networks at Israel Chemicals' (ICL) Dead Sea Works potash plant and Mekorot national water company to augment coverage by private organizations.

  • Di
    Jan
    05
    2021
    IN: How Haryana Govt. shifting to paperless e-offices

    All the Deputy Commissioners in Haryana announced that they have completely shifted to e-Office module developed by NIC, Government of India. This shift has already been implemented at the CM office, Chief Secretary’s office and the Finance Department in the state.

    The plan to move to paperless offices was mooted by the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, to build an efficient file movement system. e-Office is one of the flagship initiatives of the Haryana government and has the potential to effect long-lasting changes in the governance system.

  • Di
    Jan
    05
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad: AMC lauded citizens for paying property tax online during pandemic

    The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is pinning hope that its online tax-payers would let it down by depositing property taxes in large number by March-end. Meanwhile, the civic officials lauded the citizens for genuinely paying their property tax online during the pandemic situation.

    The city was reeling under the threat of Coronavirus since March. The AMC was busy in taking appropriate measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the jurisdiction. The situation started to unlock since August, and it had created an impact on the tax collection during the financial year 2020-21. Henceforth, the development works were either put on hold or cancelled due to paucity of funds, on a large scale.

  • Di
    Jan
    05
    2021
    VN: Vietnam can’t keep up with its own meteoric digital transformation

    • Despite only a brief internet history, Vietnam has embraced its digitization as few countries have – and now it is having trouble keeping up

    Vietnam just marked the 23rd year since the country officially became part of the global internet network, with an ‘Internet Day 2020’ on December 16 that explored the country’s digital journey from post-war backwater enclave to one of the fastest-growing digital economies in Southeast Asia (SEA).

  • Di
    Jan
    05
    2021
    NG: FCTA to implement FG’s e-Government Master Plan from 2021

    The FCTA has concluded plans to implement the Federal Government’s e-Government Master Plan in January 2021.

    The FCTA recently announced that its Administration Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department (RCSI) has concluded plans to implement the Federal Government’s e-Government Master Plan in January 2021.

    This was disclosed by the Acting Director of the Department, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, in a briefing with reporters, on Monday, in Abuja.

  • Mo
    Jan
    04
    2021
    Bahrain ranked 19th in the world with ‘best’ Internet services

    The International Internet Society, a non-profit organisation that sets standards and Internet policies in the world, has ranked Bahrain as 19th country in the world with the best Internet services.

    The Kingdom’s classification was based on the feedback of the society’s branch in Bahrain, and the speed of its “Internet growth” in particular, as well as its reliability, sustainability and ability to meet the requirements of data preservation and exchange.

  • Mo
    Jan
    04
    2021
    PH: Regulatory compliance ecosystem

    There are various measures in bringing about transformation in the way government can enhance the regulatory compliance ecosystem. Over the years, the following measures have been undertaken: capacity building and training of government employees, enlightened leadership, incentivizing good performance of bureaucrats, sanctioning below par performance, organizational structure changes, designating champions, oversight by civil society, streamlining of procedures, and anti-red tape legislation. To effect transformation in the delivery of public service towards enhancing the regulatory system, the synergy and combination of these various measures are required.

  • Mo
    Jan
    04
    2021
    IN: Karnataka: Throwback to the Future: Journey from a Garden City to the Epicenter of Digitalization

    Bengaluru has been most successful in latching on to the global IT boom, transforming the metro from a Pensioners' Paradise and a Garden City to a high-tech IT conurbation within a few decades.

    Bengaluru, the capital of India's southern state of Karnataka. For the rest of the world, it may be the country's version of Silicon Valley and a bustling South Asian economic hub. For many, it is still the Garden City, with memories of weekend hangouts at Bangalore Club and Cubbon Park, shopping at Brigade Road or Commercial Street, savouring delicious South Indian cuisines and of course, the celebration of all festivals with the vibrance of the rich Indian heritage.

  • Mo
    Jan
    04
    2021
    TW: Kaohsiung City aims to become the New Southbound gateway by building its 5G Smart City

    On December 25, under the announcement of Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chi-Mai, the Kaohsiung Smart City Committee was established. The committee is composed of leaders from the government, industry, universities, research institutes and Institute for Information Industry including Digital Minister Audrey Tang from the Executive Yuan, Lee-Feng Chien Board Member of the Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan, and senior executives from AWS, Microsoft, Siemens, IBM, ASE Group, Advantech, ChungHwa Telecom, FET, III among others.

    Chairperson Dr. Kung Ming-Hsin of the National Development Council specifically expressed his support. He said that the living environment in Kaohsiung is similar to that of the new southbound countries and it is easier to establish contact with the southbound market. Dr. Kung further suggested that as smart cities enter the 5G era, it would create new opportunities for innovative smart applications and systems. Kaohsiung can offer its unique environment and industrial setup as a preferred POC test field and transforms into a gateway for export to new southbound countries.

  • So
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    03
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad: Smart city bus service facing loss due to low response from passengers

    he city bus service, which was launched under the central government''s smart city scheme, is sustaining loss due to lack of commuters. Currently, there are only 30 buses plying in the city. The cost per kilometre goes up to around Rs 65. The daily income is Rs 20 per km and the loss is Rs 45. Although various projects have been implemented for the last few days to increase revenue, they are not meeting the expectation.

    On January 23, 2019, 100 new buses were purchased from the Smart City Scheme in the city. Ninety buses started plying in the city. But in March 2020, the city bus service was closed due to Covid-19. Later, the bus service resumed from November 5. Initially, only 30 buses were started. However, two months later, the buses are still running empty as they are getting very little response from passengers. The per kilometre loss of buses running at present has reached Rs 45 per km. Hence smart city management has not started the remaining buses. It is planned to start 20 more buses from January 1. After seeing the response of these buses in the new year, it is planned to start 40 buses in the next phase. Buses will be started depending on the route on which the response of the passengers will be received.

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    03
    2021
    Singer Akon Plans $6 Billion Futuristic City In Senegal

    Senegalese-born American singer Akon is planning to build a smart city in Senegal. The project, which is estimated to cost about $6 billion, will be built on a 2,000-acre futuristic metropolis. The smart city, called “Real-Life” Wakanda, will contain an artificial-intelligence data center, a stadium, a hospital, offices, condos, and a luxury resort. Residents in the city will be paying for any service via the singer’s cryptocurrency called Akoin.

    The project will be heavily funded by a Kenyan entrepreneur who has had a history of the alleged fraud.

  • So
    Jan
    03
    2021
    MY: 5G to facilitate boom in smart buildings

    Smart buildings are no longer a futuristic dream. With the emergence of 5G and the array of technological solutions in the market, the reality of a smart city is closer than it seems. But baby steps are needed to reach that potential and a good place to start is by normalising smart buildings.

    A smart building is one in which systems are connected to automate and improve the productivity and efficiency of the building. It is something that is already happening today but on a limited scale.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: AI will help ministries, policy-makers: DoPT Secy Bhalla reveals e-HRMS report on Good Governance Day

    Union Home Secretary and Secretary, DoPT, A.K. Bhalla released the progress report of e-HRMS launched by the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Jitendra Singh on 25th December 2017, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances issued on Friday, 25th December 2020. The Electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) launched by MoS Jitendra Singh had 25 applications of 5 modules of the system.

    Speaking after the release of the e-brochure, Secretary Bhalla said it will become a good and effective tool for all the Ministries in times to come. He said that the application of artificial intelligence tools will greatly help in policy-making and in the handling of matters related to personnel, adding that there is a need to popularise the e-HRMS in other Ministries for its use in a comprehensive manner.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Aurangabad: ASCDCL invite tenders to implement E-Governance, GIS in city

    To improve efficiency, transparency and accountability in the functioning of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and enhance the quality of services offered to citizens, the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Limited (ASCDCL) has invited tenders from competent and experienced agencies to implement and execute E-Governance System and Geographic Information System (GIS) in the city, today. The projects will help transform AMC into a citizens-friendly organisation, it is hoped.

    As reported earlier, the AMC administrator A K Pandey worked on these projects for their implementations for a long time. These systems will increase the AMC revenue and help civic officials make necessary changes (correct the wrong information uploaded in the past) regarding properties, levy correct property tax and recover it accordingly.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: Telangana: Mahbubnagar stands next to GHMC in implementing e-office system

    By implementing e-office system for the past three years from 2017, Mahbubnagar has emerged as the first district, after GHMC, to have adopted paperless e-office governance system in the State.

    Thanks to District Collector S Venkat Rao, under whose guidance the district administration had taken early initiatives to implement e-governance system in the district. Officials right from village, mandal and district-level are working on e-governance system and conducting all official file management and files processing through online using e-governance system in the district.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: 40 Good Governance Reforms initiated by Haryana Govt this year: CM

    Marking the celebrations of Good Governance Day, on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and great freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya here, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that during this year, more than 40 Good Governance Reforms were initiated by the State Government to realise Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision of minimum government and maximum governance.

    He said that in the year 2021, more such Good Governance reforms will be initiated to ensure delivery of citizen-centric services to the people of the state in a time-bound and hassle-free manner.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: e-HRMS system will become effective tool for all ministries

    Union Home Secretary A K Bhalla on Friday said the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) will become a good and effective tool for all ministries in times to come.

    Releasing a progress report of the system, he said that application of artificial intelligence tools will greatly help in policy making and in handling of matters related to personnel.

    Bhalla said that there is a need to popularise the system in other ministries for its use in comprehensive manner, a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    IN: 'E-Sampada mobile app to bring uniformity in system across country'

    The minister said that E-Sampada is developed to simplify processes and bring uniformity in system across India.

    The Ministry of Urban Affairs on Friday launched a new Web Portal and Mobile App, e-Sampada which provides a single window for all these services including allotment for over one lakh government residential accommodations, office space allotment to government organisations in 28 cities and venues like 5, Ashoka Road for social functions.

  • Sa
    Jan
    02
    2021
    Top 5 Indian Government Android Apps of 2020

    No doubt, Android is one of the leading mobile operating platforms in the world. There is absolutely no competition from any other company ever since Microsoft abandoned Windows Mobile. You will not find any other smartphones with competing operating platform. You can extend the functionality of Android smartphones with the help of apps. India has gone digital long back with the introduction of Digital India and the growth has increased ever since the eruption of COVID-19. We have several India-centric apps to enhance the lifestyle of the people. The Modi-led Government in India has taken an initiative to create awareness among people regarding the usage of e-Governance apps. The department of IT has developed several apps for the benefit of the people, which enhances the lifestyle of the citizens. In this article, we will examine the Top 5 Indian Government Android Apps of 2020, which has been exclusively developed to enhance the lifestyle.

  • Fr
    Jan
    01
    2021
    IN: How safe are you, online?

    The shift to online education during the pandemic has highlighted the need to incorporate cybersecurity in the curriculum

    Using computers and Internet technologies without understanding the basics of cybersecurity is akin to driving a car without seatbelts. Though Information Technology as a discipline has been popular for decades, cybersecurity as a structured curriculum is a relatively recent phenomenon.

  • Fr
    Jan
    01
    2021
    IN: Common Service Centre (CSC) to offer cyber security, CAD, 3D printing courses to rural youth

    The two new programmes which we have added to our bouquet of courses are aimed at students, self-employed and rural people who want to enhance their skills to achieve growth in life. These courses are also aimed at enhancing skills of our village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs), said CSC Managing Director Dinesh Tyagi

    State-run e-governance services arm CSC SPV will offer cyber security, CAD and 3D printing courses to rural youth in collaboration with French institute Ecole Superieure Robert de Sorbon, a statement said. The courses will be offered at CSC Academy centres across India.

  • Fr
    Jan
    01
    2021
    IN: Karnataka Government launches 'Mission 2022' to push key Smart City projects

    In a move to fast track the ongoing smart city projects in the state capital before 2021-22 financial year end, the Karnataka government on Wednesday announced the launch of Bengaluru Mission 2022 to ensure timely progress and completion of 35 ongoing projects in Bengaluru in the next two years.

    The move is in line with the Centre’s deadline to complete the first phase of smart city projects across the country by FY22. However, with the current Covid-19 pandemic outbreak the Centre has extended the project deadline by five months.

  • Fr
    Jan
    01
    2021
    5 Reason Series: How Mobile Applications For Accounting Help Indian MSMEs Stay On Top Of Their Business

    Currently, India has roughly 700 million internet users across the country. However, despite the huge number, digital adaptation by small businesses is very less. While the big businesses are entirely dependent upon accounting software, those in the MSME sector still do their accounting on paper.

    Most MSMEs are still unstructured and hire accountants for their daily entries. To be more organized, small businesses need to adopt modern and faster techniques of accounting. To this end, many mobile apps have been designed to make it easier for MSMEs to go digital in their bookkeeping. Digital accounting methods have numerous benefits such as:

  • Fr
    Jan
    01
    2021
    SW China to release opportunities in smart city governance with upcoming event in Chengdu

    Chengdu Will organize an event on smart city governance 29 December. Based on “releasing the value of data, empowering smart governance”, the event is the final installment of the 2020 Chengdu New Economy Double Thousand Project.

    Representatives of experts, investment institutions and renowned enterprises will gather in the capital city Sichuan ProvinceBoth on-site and through online channels, and in-depth discussions on how city governance, and how smart cities empower trends and opportunities in governance.

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    31
    2020
    PH: Solon sees need for digital textbooks

    A measure filed in the House of Representatives seeks to facilitate the digital transformation of students’ textbooks.

    “It is no secret that textbooks in public elementary and high schools are limited in number and, as result, our students are forced to share or borrow from one another,” said Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, author of House Bill (HB) No.8020.

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    31
    2020
    CN: LikeLib2.0 Technical Features, Redefining Public Chain

    Based on the country's strategy to promote the development of blockchain, LikeLib2.0 focuses on the core issues of blockchain applications in various fields, take typical blockchain applications as an important breakthrough, promote breakthroughs in key application technologies of blockchain, and study blockchain service architecture, data Key technologies such as access technology, hybrid storage, data source, cross-chain and sharding, blockchain and IoT intelligent system integration, and develop a basic platform for blockchain services, in blockchain education and training, e-government, supply chain, and carry out application demonstrations in key areas such as finance to open up the innovation chain, application chain and value chain, thus providing common and secure blockchain basic support capabilities.

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    31
    2020
    AE: Dubai: DEWA achieves savings of $77.5m through use of smart services

    More than seven million transactions conducted from January to September this year, which helped reduce carbon emissions by 24,000 tonnes

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has said that it has successfully completed more than seven million smart transactions from January to September this year, which has helped reduce carbon emissions by more than 24,000 tonnes.

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    30
    2020
    Smart cities hold strong potential to assist in destination recovery

    Smart city solutions could hold the key to accelerating and managing visitor growth during and post-COVID-19, as well as ensuring destination attractiveness for future generations.

    Smart cities are created with primary objectives in mind such as attracting and retaining business investment, increasing sustainability and improving the life of locals and workers. However, this use of data and technology in metropolitan areas can also improve the experience of tourists and create convenience for local governments during and post-COVID-19, inspiring repeat visits and positive WOM (word-of-mouth marketing) from visitors, whilst minimizing the negative impact that sudden increases in tourism can bring for urban areas.

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    30
    2020
    IN: Launching of FRUITS Portal – an initiative of e-Governance Department, Government of Karnataka

    A function was organized on 22 December 2020 at NABARD, Karnataka Regional Office, wherein the “FRUITS” (Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System) Portal, a project of e-Governance, Government of Karnataka was inaugurated.

    Delivering the key note address, Ms. A. Manimekhalai, Executive Director, Canara Bank, observed that Karnataka State Government has always been in the forefront of technical initiatives to improve the ease of Banking as can be seen from the various initiatives like BHOOMI Package, Debt Waiver Portal and currently, the FRUITS Portal. The FRUITS Portal is integrated to the BHOOMI Package of the Karnataka State for fetching and validating the land details. One other important facility of this Portal is online creation of charge by which visit of farmers to Sub-Registrar Office is avoided. She thanked the Karnataka State Government and NABARD for identifying our Bank for launching the pilot project and assured that they will take all necessary steps to make the Project, a success.

  • Mi
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    30
    2020
    IN: How Government IT Solutions are getting transformed with Artificial Intelligence

    Government departments have huge collections of data. In a few of these departments, data had been accumulated over tens of decades. Most of this data which has accumulated is lying in paper records scattered across different offices. However, in the last decade both at central and state governments, several e-Governance projects have been undertaken. Very few IT companies can successfully deliver eGovernance projects and one of them is Suparna Systems. The company has blended big-data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in its delivery.

    Suparna Systems is a bootstrapped software company founded by Satish Kumar who left the high-paying job of Silicon Valley California to pursue the dream of entrepreneurship. This entrepreneur has an exceptional track record of delivering highly successful eGovernance projects. The work of transparent toggling of mobile applications between online and offline mode has been widely adopted in the delivery of services in rural areas where typically telecom signals are poor. His work on online citizen services delivery has inspired many cities and government departments to go online and provided a template for successful implementations.

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    30
    2020
    SA: 'E' becomes the Letter of the Year!

    After all, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to have a few upsides! Since COVID-19 entered our lives, everything has changed. We can see these changes on various levels. The pandemic has, perhaps, been a curse in Saudi Arabia, as in many other regions, but it has also presented many opportunities. It is a curse in the sense that it limits our physical options. On the other hand, it has prompted advancements in our virtual capabilities. Who would expect that ‘E’ would be the letter of 2020?

    Saudi Arabia has strategic plans and goals to resolve this crisis as it comes to an end. A vital example that has blossomed many times faster than anticipated is the E-government Program, which was launched in 2003. It is built on electronic services as opposed to paper documents with the intention of making life easier, services faster and platforms more developed.

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    30
    2020
    Uzbekistan and South Korea to cooperate in development of e-government, digital economy

    The Ministry for Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan and Ministry of Public Administration and Security of South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding on establishment of the bilateral group of experts for cooperation in e-government and digital economy.

    The document was signed by Minister for Information Technologies and Communications Shukhrat Sadikov and Minister of Public Administration and Security Chin Young.

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    29
    2020
    Smart city trends and why we should be concerned about privacy

    Information is fed into data banks which is then swiftly analyzed, providing city planners with intel needed to make smart decisions

    As we move further into the 21st century’s third decade, smart city innovations and implementations are happening all over the globe. We might not be at a smart city a la The Jetsons level yet, but plenty of advancements earlier pop culture imagined are starting to appear.

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    29
    2020
    US: California: L.A. Metro Launches ‘Metro Micro’ On-Demand Service

    The newly launched service introduces on-demand, shared rides in two Los Angeles neighborhoods, providing Uber-like service for $1 a ride. The service will grow to nine zones by summer 2021.

    One of the largest transit organizations in the country has launched what is billed as the most ambitious on-demand transit service, cementing the belief that public transportation must include a buffet of travel options to serve the changing ways Americans move through their urban areas.

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    29
    2020
    VN: Mekong Delta promotes digital transformation in agriculture

    A workshop on digital transformation and supply chain in agriculture took place in Cao Lanh city in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on December 21 on the sidelines of the 2020 Mekong Connect Forum.

    The event was intended to seek ways to help products and services made in the Mekong Delta enter the global supply chain.

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    29
    2020
    NG: NIPC to implement its Single Window Investors’ Portal in 2021 –Official

    The Nigerian Investments Promotion Commission (NIPC) has said that its Single Window Investors Portal (SWIP) that aimed to facilitate business and investments in the country would be available by the first quarter of 2021.

    Mr Sabo Isiaku, Head of Corporate Services Division, NIPC, disclosed this on Monday, in Abuja, at the NIPC Media Retreat organised for Commerce and Industry Correspondents’ Association of Nigeria (CICAN).

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    28
    2020
    Postman bot set to deliver the mail in Japanese trial

    The field-test in the Kanagawa Prefecture fits within Japan’s wider Action Plan of the Growth Strategy to explore the role of low-speed and compact autonomous robots.

    A robotic postman is set to deliver letters and parcels to residents of Fujisawa after a field test of an automated home delivery service was launched in the Japanese town.

  • Mo
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    28
    2020
    Role of digital ID heightened in many sectors, Economist panelists say

    The Economist and Onfido host digital identity forum

    Thought leaders from the private- and public sector convened on December 8 and 9 for a two-day Economist event sponsored by Onfido to discuss the rapid shift to a contactless world. On the agenda were sessions on digital banking and finance, digital democracy, security, and data privacy, as well as the future of the travel industry, and the role digital ID and biometric authentication will play in each area. Panelists addressed various challenges facing both public- and private sectors and how to stay ahead of the technological curve in a rapidly changing “winner-takes-all” paradigm.

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    28
    2020
    What Are the Benefits of the Smart Parking System?

    Smart parking has long been an integral part of the smart city concept. However, why aren’t many big cities in a hurry to implement these technologies locally? In most cases, the matter is in technical, bureaucratic, legal, and financial difficulties, however, there is also a lack of understanding of the significant advantages and opportunities for return on investment.

    In this article, we decided to pay attention to the most promising advantages of a real-time parking management system, and thereby give you the opportunity to think about developing this innovation for your city one more time.

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    28
    2020
    Emerging need of Professionals for Smart Cities

    The global rapid urbanization is evident by the rise in the number of megacities. Most of these are located in Asia and Africa. Currently, 22 out of 33 cities with a population of over 10 million are in Africa and Asia.

    According to the World Bank, in the last five years, the total urban population of the world went to 56 % in 2019 from 47 % in 2013. By 2040, more than 10 to 11 billion additional urban dwellers are projected to be added to the world population living in urban areas. Africa and Asia together are expected to account for 86 percent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next three decades (UN DESA 2014). Urban growth has become inevitable, even fundamental, in the process of sustaining and nurturing economic opportunities across the world. The developed countries have higher urbanization levels (77.7% in 2011) compared with developing countries (46.5% in 2000). The urbanization level has almost stabilized in developed countries, while Africa and Asian countries are urbanizing at a phenomenally high rate, with 39.6% and 45% population living in urban areas (UN DESA 2012).

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    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Project-opening spree likely before municipal elections

    Some of the long delayed projects including Ginnori arch bridge, Sadar Manzil (restoration work), Smart Park and Smart Road projects are likely to be opened to the public, ahead of soon to be announced municipal corporation polls. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is expected to inaugurate these projects in the third week of December, according to sources.

    The completion of these projects comes less than two months after BMC commissioner KVS Chaudary put the delayed projects on fast track map. Contractors were pulled up for delay and committees were formed to clear all pending issues.

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    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City holds orientation programme on empowering children in need

    A day-long orientation programme on “Empowering Children in Need of Care & Protection” was Saturday organised by Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority Srinagar. The programme was held at SKICC.

    Justice Ali Mohammed Magray, Chairman Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

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    2020
    AE: Dubai: DEWA launches phase 3 of Rammas as part of its AI roadmap

    As part of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) roadmap, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched phase 3 of Rammas, its virtual AI employee, for customers to obtain additional services such as Easy Pay, DEWA Store offers and participate in the Customer Happiness Index. Project builders, including consultants and contractors, can track their applications for NOC certificates, water and electricity services, general technical services, and many more.

    Rammas provides multiple services and answers enquiries in English and Arabic. It is available round the clock on DEWA’s smart app and website, as well as its Facebook page, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, robots, and WhatsApp Business platform on 04 601 9999.

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    2020
    IN: New Delhi Municipal Council gives free tablets to 811 students

    To help students access their online classes easily, especially those studying in classes X and XII, New Delhi Municipal Council recently distributed free tablets with preloaded education content to 811 students.

    The pilot project was launched with four schools, Atal Adarsh Vidyalaya-Havelock Square, Atal Adarsh Balika Vidyalaya-Gole Market, Navyug School-Sarojini Nagar and Navyug School, Peshwa Road, New Delhi. The civic agency is also providing monthly internet packs of Rs 200 to these students for accessing unlimited data.

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    2020
    IN: Odisha: ‘Harnessing Digital Initiatives for Better Service Delivery to Masses’

    As an enabler, digital technology has proved its role in optimising various processes, thereby improving overall efficiency in various fields. The Government of Odisha has also leveraged technology on various components of e governance including agriculture, education, mining, and MSME. With many novel initiatives and innovative technology, the government is trying to improve service delivery, says Manoj Kumar Mishra, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of Odisha & Chairman, Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), Odisha, in conversation with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN).

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    2020
    93% of Cyprus households have internet access

    Ιnternet access in Cyprus households increased to 92.8% from 89.6% in 2019, according to official data released Friday.

    According to the survey on information and communication technologies, 90.5% of people aged 16-74 use the internet at least once a week.

    The percentage is higher for those aged 16–24 with 99.6% using the internet at least once a week.

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    IN: Creating Smart, Sustainable, Accessible and Liveable Cities

    Rising population and incessant urbanization can be seen as the core issues to all the unsolved prime concerns of the world in the 21st Century. Long back, Thomas Malthus and Paul R. Ehrlich had already talked about the skyrocketing population which is accompanied by disease, crime and poverty. Today, world is not only concerned about the growing population but also the growing mega cities. About five decades ago, New York and Tokyo were the world’s only megacities with over 10 million residents but now there are more than 33 such cities around the globe.

    Not lagging far behind, India is a home to five such megacities where two more cities i.e. Ahmedabad and Hyderabad will join the league soon, as it is projected, that India will add another 416 million urban dwellers to cities by 2050.

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    2020
    Serbia inaugurates 30 mln euro data centre in Kragujevac

    Serbia officially opened a 30 million euro ($37 million) data centre in Kragujevac to back the development of e-government and ensure safe storage of data, the government said on Friday.

    The data centre, spreading on an area of ​​14,000 square metres, was built in a year and a half and will house Serbia's first platform for artificial intelligence, which will be available to the government, universities, technology parks and startups, the government said in a statement.

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    2020
    5 ways smart infrastructure shapes communities for the better

    From improved transportation to data-driven decisions, smart cities are using technology to raise the bar for the world of tomorrow.

    Global spending on smart city technologies is expected to see a 22.7% increase by 2025, according to a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan. But even as the push to create smart cities gains momentum, attention has been heavily focused on setbacks in the process or gaps between the haves and have-nots — not the successes fueled by smart city projects.

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    2020
    US: COVID-19: The Ultimate Stress Test for Major Government Systems

    Crashing state unemployment websites. Overwhelmed call centers. Millions out of work. Cloud technologies stepped up to the plate as the public sector worked to get citizens what they needed during the pandemic.

    What happens when the demand on a piece of technology multiplies again and again in the span of several days? The COVID-19 pandemic has given us many answers.

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    2020
    NG: Oyo kickstarts first phase of e-governance

    As part of his administration’s commitment towards the actualisation of e-governance model in the state, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Thursday, 17 December, 18, inaugurated 1,108 computer systems meant to facilitate the first phase of the model.

    The governor, who commissioned the systems inside the Department of Information Communication Technology office of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Ibadan, stated that the measure would fast-track the processes and activities of government through ICT.

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    25
    2020
    Singapore citizens can now access gov services with their face

    • Singaporeans can now scan their face to log into SingPass, as well as send an SMS one-time password to another SingPass user’s mobile number

    Biometric security measures keep gaining in popularity as use cases pop up in all manner of sectors, with the latest in Singapore being the addition of facial recognition verification to access online governmental services via SingPass, the official e-government account for Singapore citizens.

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    2020
    SG: Log in to e-services by scanning your face, sending SMS to children for SingPass verification

    Users logging in to government e-services with SingPass can now verify their identities more easily by scanning their faces or sending a one-time password over SMS to a trusted family member or friend.

    The new two-factor authentication (2FA) options, rolled out yesterday in Singapore, are aimed at helping the less tech-savvy connect securely to e-government services.

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    2020
    VN: Expanded internet access required to boost digital transformation

    The Vietnam Internet Association hosted Internet Day 2020 on December 16, marking the 23rd year since Vietnam became part of the global internet network.

    With the theme “Digital Transformation in Vietnam: From Aspiration to Reality”, the event’s discussions centred around Cloud Computing, 5G Services, e-Payment and Mobile Money, Blockchain, Free and Open-source Software (FOSS), and “Make-in-Vietnam” digital technologies, among others.

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    2020
    TR: Calf Support Application Payments Can Be Made Via E-Government

    In order to protect our country and our citizens from the Coronavirus (Covid19) epidemic and to prevent the spread of the epidemic, Calf Support Application payments started to be made via e-government.

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which declared 2020 as the year of digitalization, gathered all the works and transactions for farmers, citizens and companies under a single roof on the "e-agriculture" portal. Now, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has taken another step to reduce the density in provincial and district directorates against the coronavirus epidemic that has affected the whole world.

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    2020
    Futuristic Smart Cities: Are they Guarded against Cybersecurity Threats?

    As cities get smarter through connected networks, they become more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

    The umbrella term of a smart city is more than a concept, it is a dream. The smart city is a space where everything is connected to each other and is highly dependent on technologies. However, the issue here is that smart cities are short of security measures. When everything is interlinked, the stretch to encrypt and protect the city from cyberattacks falls behind putting people’s personal information at risk.

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    2020
    GB: Northern Ireland: Belfast launches Climate Plan with stark carbon warning

    Northern Irish capital has released a Resilience Strategy comprising 30 programmes which will focus on resilience for children, climate and connectivity.

    Belfast has launched its first climate plan as it looks to build resilience after warning the city will use up its share of the carbon budget within nine years.

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    23
    2020
    AE: Partner’s Portal Gives Access To 80 Services

    Smart Dubai has officially launched ‘Partner’s Portal’, which is a new tool that is available on the Smart Dubai website, that gives partner’s in government and private sectors a single platform to seamlessly access more than 80 of its services.

    ‘Partner’s Portal’ allows users to access all of the Smart Dubai services they are subscribed to, as well as to browse additional services they would like to avail. This can be done with a single login and eliminates the need to remember multiple URLs, usernames, and passwords.

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    23
    2020
    CN: Jiangsu: Changshu: JD Partners with NVIDIA to Build World’s First Smart City with Smart Deliveries

    On Dec. 15, GPU inventor NVIDIA announced at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) that it will work with Chinese retail giant JD.com to build the first smart city with the world’s first level-4 smart delivery vehicle application.

    The project is operating in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, a top 5 county-level city with the highest GDP in China. JD plans to put 100 smart delivery robots into operation in the city by the end of this year to facilitate the smart city construction.

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    IN: Karnataka: Udupi: Detailed Smart City project report for Rs 130 crore ready

    Udupi has created its own niche in the international arena. Udupi where Lord Krishna has established himself, is a tourism hub for holy places. Udupi-Manipal has been on the fast track of development, and use of modern technology becomes very important to make them smarter.

    Preparations are afoot to develop Udupi, a tourist spot, Manipal, which is an educational hub, and Malpe, which has a leading port of Karnataka, under the Smart City concept. Preparations are underway to make this happen. Now, detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared and preparations are being made to place the proposal before the state government for the approval of the project.

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    2020
    These three countries are in the lead to be Africa’s e-hub after the free trade agreement

    Come Jan. 1, Africa will be home to the largest free trade area in the world. Although the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), doesn’t go so far as to create a common market or customs union like the European Union, it represents a major step in that direction. That trend presents an opportunity for a forward-thinking first-mover nation to follow Estonia’s example in Europe and become the e-Residency pioneer for Africa.

    Given the country’s tiny population, post-Soviet Estonia could never hope to enjoy economic influence in Europe like that of Germany and France, or even smaller nations like Sweden and Czechia. To remain competitive in an increasingly integrated Europe, Estonia focused on developing transformative, technology-driven government services.

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    2020
    KR: LG CNS signs an export contract with Indonesia’s e-government

    Selected as the operator of a 100 billion won Indonesian national tax administrative system builder

    LG CNS has been selected as the operator of the Indonesian Core Tax Administration System (CTAS).

    It is the largest single contract to build a system among all e-government export projects worth 100 billion won ($92.5 million). This project is expected to be a successful case of digital transformation (DX) exports as it will apply cutting-edge IT technologies such as cloud and big data.

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    22
    2020
    OM: e-tender for Muscat Municipality projects launched

    Companies wishing to submit tenders for projects announced by Muscat Municipality can now access online, instead of going to their offices to do so.

    Called Isnad (Arabic for ‘support’), the e-tendering system has been launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology and the Tender Board, and is expected to provide multiple benefits in terms of facilitating and simplifying tendering.

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    2020
    BN: A closer look at e-government initiatives

    The E-Government National Centre (EGNC) is implementing the National Information Hub (NIH) to serve as a platform for information integration among government agencies in support of the sharing information initiative. Through the NIH’s Single Repository, common and uncommon data can be obtained from trusted sources and supported by back-end system of government departments or agencies in need. The NIH project was among the initiatives under the EGNC highlighted during a working visit by Legislative Council (LegCo) members to the centre yesterday.

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    NG: Smart cities to be established in Abuja, other states – Pantami

    The minister says privately developed smart estates will soon open in the Nigerian capital.

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said his ministry will work with the Federal Capital Territory Administration and some state governments to set up ‘smart cities’ in major cities.

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    2020
    AE: Smart Dubai Introduces ‘Partners Portal’ to Grant Partners Easy Access to more than 80 Services

    Smart Dubai has announced the launched of its latest platform titled ‘Partners Portal’. Available on the Smart Dubai website, the new tool offers Smart Dubai’s partners in both the government and private sectors a single platform to seamlessly access more than 80 of its services.

    The Portal allows users to access all of the Smart Dubai services they are subscribed to – as well as to browse additional services they would like to avail – with a single login, eliminating the need to remember multiple URLs, usernames, and passwords. Furthermore, the platform gives users direct access to dashboards of various Smart Dubai services, providing detailed insight and analysis into various sectors from a single, streamlined display.

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    EE: eGA co-founds digital governance academy for Asia-Pacific region

    The Estonian e-Governance Academy and Japanese think tank Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd (MURC) have established a joint venture to provide digital transformation services for governments in Japan and the Asian region. The name of the new enterprise is Digital Governance Academy Asia-Pacific or D-GAP.

    The D-GAP will use the knowledge accumulated in Estonia to provide high-quality training, survey and consulting services to meet the diverse needs related to the digital government in Japan and overseas.

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    2020
    European Commission Agrees on €7.5 Billion Budget for Digital Europe: Goal is to improve Europe’s Competitiveness in the Global Digital Economy

    The European Commission (EC) has come to an agreement on the €7.5 billion budget for the Digital Europe program. The goal is to “improve Europe’s competitiveness in the global digital economy and achieve technological sovereignty.” The EC said it seeks to support the digital transformation that will “guarantee high-quality public services benefiting citizens and businesses.”

    The political agreement was reached today (December 14, 2020) with formal approval by the European Parliament and Council anticipated to take place soon with the program starting in January 2021. The budget will span a time period from 2021 to 2o27.

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    2020
    Croatian Project Involving 100,000 Chargers for E-Cars Being Prepared

    As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes on the 13th of December, 2020, the Association of Electric Car Drivers, "Circuit/Strujni krug", has embarked on a Croatian project to install 100,000 chargers for e-cars on light poles along city car parks. It is estimated that this Croatian project could come with a shiny price tag of up to 150 million euros, and they expect that it could be realised over a period of three years.

    Electric cars are becoming more and more popular on roads around the world every year, so the global charger infrastructure must be adapted for them. Back in pre-pandemic 2019, 730 fully electric vehicles were registered here in Croatia, and given the recent award of incentives for their purchase, it is expected that this number will increase far above 1000 by the end of this year.

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    2020
    US: How IoT can help cities survive the holiday 'shipmageddon'

    The sooner delivery services begin tapping available technologies, the sooner we can reduce chronic issues like holiday congestion and shipping delays.

    COVID-19 is disrupting so many facets of our lives, including the way we will celebrate this holiday season. Online shopping, which has consistently grown over the last several years, has surged during the pandemic and promises to peak at over $189 billion in online holiday spend this year.

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    IN: Punjab: Expedite Smart City projects, Ludhiana MC Commissioner tells officials

    A meeting was convened at the Zone D-MC office, under the chairmanship of Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, MC Commissioner and CEO, Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL), to review the progress of different projects under the Smart City Mission. The CEO-LSCL deliberated each project in detail and directed officials to expedite the works.

    Sabharwal said: “As on date, 10 projects are under execution. Some of the main projects are ROB-RUB Across the Pakhowal Rail Road Crossing, Retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar Market, Development of Malhar Road as Smart Road, Sidhwan Canal Waterfront (Phase I), Carcass Utilisation Plant, Canal-based Water Supply project for the ABD Area and the Rooftop Solar System.”

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    National Data Centre in Assam to fulfil PM's digital NE India vision

    In a major initiative, a National Data Centre (NDC) would be set up at Amingaon near Guwahati at a cost of INR 350 crore to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modis dream of ‘Digital North Eastern India’ – Vision 2022, officials said on Friday.

    An Assam government official said that the NDC with its cutting-edge Information Communication Technology (ICT) Cloud platform and data repository comes as a great digital boon for the eight northeastern states — Arunachal, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

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    IN: Delhi: February deadline for putting all citizen services online

    Delhi government has set February 2021 as the deadline for making all remaining citizen services related to transport, revenue, labour, social welfare, and food and supplies departments online.

    Many citizen services, which were available at physical counters, have started going online since 2015. Of the 439 government-to-citizen services, 365 are already online. The move will ensure ease of use, speed, security, convenience and flexibility, said a source.

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    PH: More LGUs are Now Using MYQR “Scan & GO” Contact Tracing App

    For the past few months, the government has been dealing with challenges in implementing an efficient way to do contact tracing for citizens who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive. Establishments ask their customers to provide their contact details through forms that are given on entrance doors, which causes heavy crowd getting bottlenecked, forgetting the physical distance rule. Not to mention that high inaccuracy as this is done manual and with no means of verifying if the customer information provided is true and correct.

    MYEG PHILIPPINES, INC. (MYEG PH), a market leader in electronic solutions championing government services online automation, has been providing eGovernment services in both Malaysia and the Philippines for the last 18 years through its technology platform encompassing internet, automation, big data and electronic payments.

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    IN: Kerala: New optical fibre cable to Lakshadweep from Kochi gets approval

    Reports said the project will cost around Rs 1,072 crore including operational expenses for five years which will be funded by Universal Service Obligation Fund.

    The submarine optical fibre cable connectivity between Kochi and Lakshadweep Islands, approval for which was given by the Union cabinet on Thursday, is expected to improve the telecommunication facility in the Lakshadweep Islands.

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    IN: 2927 Court complexes across country have been connected by a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) as against target of 2992 under e-Courts Project

    As many as 2927 Court complexes across India have been connected so far by a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) under e-Courts Project. It has led to completion of 97.86 % sites out of 2992 sites conceived to be connected with high speed WAN under the project. Department of Justice (DoJ) along with BSNL is working relentlessly on connecting the remaining sites. Under e-Courts Project, one of the largest digital networks of the world was conceived by Department of Justice along with the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India to connect the 2992 court complexes located all over India by a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) via different modes of connectivity such as Optical Fiber Cable (OFC), Radio Frequency (RF), Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) etc. In May 2018 the mandate of providing Managed MPLS VPN services to all these sites was entrusted to the BSNL, which has pan India presence with latest state-of-the-art technology and high-end telecom infrastructure and transmission equipment. The BSNL also has presence at all corners of India, including NE region, J&K, Uttarakhand, A&N Islands, etc.

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    2020
    China’s Personal Information Protection Law: Privacy Compliance Considerations from an IT Perspective

    While China’s Personal Information Protection Law may still be at the draft stage, we discuss how businesses (based in China and those engaged in commercial interactions with people living in China) should prepare ahead to ensure data privacy compliance.

    With measures to ensure privacy getting prioritized worldwide, many countries have framed relevant laws and regulations on personal information protection. China too released its draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which just closed its seeking-opinion period on November 19, 2020.

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    MY: Penang: Becoming a smart city the best bet for George Town

    Established as an entrepôt in 1786 by the East India Company’s Francis Light, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia. Today, it is the capital of Penang.

    The city of George Town includes the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, a high-tech manufacturing hub called the “Silicon Valley of the East”.

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    IN: Uttar Pradesh: KMC to construct new sports complex in Kanpur

    Under its Smart City project, Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon construct a new sports complex at the Palika stadium.

    Divisional commissioner Raj Shekhar along with municipal commissioner Akshay Tripathi and deputy director sports Mudrika Pathak on Friday inspected the ground where the sports complex is to be constructed. He asked the administration to provide good facilities for sports activities for the public at all appropriate places in the city.

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    2020
    Saudi education ministry launches new portal with added features

    Saudi Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh on Tuesday launched an improved version of the ministry’s education portal.

    It features diverse services and options for all visitors including people with disabilities. The portal includes the option of submitting proposals and complaints.

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    18
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    CN: High-tech Shanghai wins World Smart City Award

    Shanghai has won the World Smart City Award 2020 in an international competition recognizing pioneering projects that make cities livable, sustainable and economically viable.

    The Smart City Expo World Congress, an international summit about urban life and technological revolution, recognized Shanghai’s achievements in areas such as digital infrastructure construction, e-government and 5G deployment during its annual awards ceremony held online from Nov 17 to 18.

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    Can Smart Cities Fulfil Their Potential?

    Today, a little over half of the world’s population resides in cities, a proportion that the United Nations expects will rise to 68 percent by 2050. “Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90 percent of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa,” the UN found in 2018. Such a transformational shift introduces key structural challenges for cities to ensure that they continue to remain habitable and sustainable. With that in mind, many now point to smart cities as offering a number of solutions to these challenges.

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    IN: Telangana: No funds accorded to smart city in Warangal by state govt.: Kishan Reddy

    Union Minister Kishan Reddy said that the state government has not released a single penny under smart city project to Warangal. "The state government should grant Rs 83 crore for Warangal smart city project and not even a single penny has been sanctioned," he said.

    Kishan Reddy said that they have chalked out a plan for the development works worth Rs 575 crore in the first phase. "Proposals for the development of the project were put up for about Rs 2,740 crore under the smart city," the minister told the media while he was on a visit to Warangal.

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    17
    2020
    VN: Higher level of cyber security needed for national digital transformation

    The Government has asked the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to prioritize mastering the ecosystem for Vietnamese cyber security products in order to best serve demands arisen from the process to establish an e-government, smart city, and essential national databases, as well as carrying out the national digital transformation.

    In the recent Vietnam Information Security Day 2020, themed ‘Cyber Security – Key Factor in the National Digital Transformation’, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung stated that the mission of the Vietnamese cyber security team is to protect the national prosperity in the cyber environment via mastering the ecosystem for online security products and creating a strong sustainable cyber security industry.

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    Any City Can Be A Connected Smart City If IOT-As-A-Service Model Evolves, Says Qualcomm

    Today we live in a world where everything around us is smart -- whether it is smartphones, smart TVs or even smart homes where everything is connected digitally.

    And slowly, we’re progressing to a world where our entire cities are smart, connected on a deeper level.

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    Czech cities expect massive 5G benefits for smart development

    Pilot safety projects are in the works in Pilsen and Bilina

    Several Czech cities are working on the implementation of 5G networks for the acceleration of smart technologies. Among them, especially worth mentioning are Pilsen and Bílina, where the technology will benefit the safety of inhabitants.

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    2020
    IDC Saudi Arabia Government Congress examines the progress of the Kingdom's digital transformation journey

    With more than 200 senior executives, government leaders, and digital transformation (DX) experts participating online, the event -- which took place on Monday, December 7 -- took a deep dive into the Kingdom's innovative DX journey and examined the progress of its National Transformation Program (NTP)

    With the giant leaps Saudi Arabia is taking in its drive towards digitalization, International Data Corporation (IDC) this week hosted the virtual edition of its IDC Saudi Arabia Government Congress 2021. With more than 200 senior executives, government leaders, and digital transformation (DX) experts participating online, the event — which took place on Monday, December 7 — took a deep dive into the Kingdom's innovative DX journey and examined the progress of its National Transformation Program (NTP).

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    Smart healthcare: Taiwan is dedicated to developing AI-assisted ophthalmology patrol services to care for eyes of the elderly and diabetic patients living in rural areas

    Diabetic patients have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, and regular checkups are required every year to reduce the risk of blindness

    According to the Diabetes Atlas report published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) at the end of 2019, the number of diabetic patients around the world reached 460 million in 2019 and is expected to rise to 570 million by 2030. According to Taiwan Diabetes Yearbook 2019 published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of Taiwan, the aging population, and changes in lifestyles and dietary patterns led to the increase in the number of diabetic patients to over 2.3 million in 2019 with the prevalence rate of over 11%.

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    US: California: 15 South Bay cities join forces to launch high-speed fibre network

    The new South Bay Fiber Network (SBFN) has been launched through a 15-city municipal partnership forged by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG).

    The network enables the municipalities and other public agencies in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County to access a secure 1-gigabyte (GB) network for US$1,000 per month, which is calculated to be around half the cost of typical commercial rates in the area as well as being faster.

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