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  • Mo
    Sep
    27
    2021
    ZW: Community information centres to promote e-agriculture: Potraz

    Community information centres (CIC) being commissioned in various parts of the country can promote e-agriculture, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has said.

    In his speech at the commissioning of the Rafingora CIC on Friday, Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said: “Rafingora is a predominantly farming community and the benefits that this centre will bring to the farmers are enormous.

  • Mo
    Sep
    27
    2021
    RW: Kagame: Digital cooperation should go beyond access to broadband

    Digital cooperation ought to go beyond ensuring access to broadband to close the gap in aspects such as the adoption of affordable devices and services, accessible content and digital literacy, President Paul Kagame has said.

    President Kagame was speaking while chairing the Annual Meeting of Broadband Commission alongside co-chair Carlos Slim and co-vice chairs Audrey Azoulay (Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Houlin Zhao (Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union).

  • Mo
    Sep
    27
    2021
    Chinese and Italian academicians share views on smart cities

    Smart cities should of course have smart technologies, but it is essential new tech should be human-centered, according to Italian and Chinese participants at a recent forum hosted by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, with full support from elite Italian school Politcnico di Torino.

    "A modern city can be facilitated by many new technologies, but it needs to be aware of bigger issues such as climate change and data privacy," said Michele Geraci, a professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and former undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry Economic Development.

  • Mo
    Sep
    27
    2021
    GB: Scotland: Aberdeen event creates digital bridge to smart cities of the future

    Plans for the annual Aberdeen-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Gateway are taking shape as the organisers celebrate the success of their smart city-themed Aberdeen-Norway event.

    The link-up between the Granite City and UAE will take place over two days, on November 3 and 4.

    It has been held every year since 2018, although the 2020 edition had to be held virtually because of Covid-19.

  • So
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Unlocking innovation in digital payments to make India’s merchant digital

    India saw a whopping 25.5 billion digital transactions in 2020 alone. Every business is going digital one way or another. However, much of the potential is still untapped.

    We're living in the era of a digital revolution that is touching all aspects of our interactions. Money handling including payments are more secure, convenient, contactless, and invisible. From tapping a card, scanning a QR code, to using a smartwatch to pay, there's an increasing consumer preference for digital payments.

  • So
    Sep
    26
    2021
    JM: Ready for digital transformation?

    I recently visited the US, and while checking in at the airport to return home, I observed several Jamaicans being denied boarding by the agent because of insufficient documentation. The critical documentations that were absent was either the approved travel authorisation or evidence of a negative COVID-19 antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Both are required. What was revealing about travelling was the level of digital transformation that has taken place as a consequence of the pandemic.

    Digital transformation is the adoption of digital technologies to transform services or businesses or replacing outdated digital technologies with upgraded technology. We have already witnessed the impact of digital transformation on education, with emergency online teaching and learning taking place since March 2020.

  • So
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Indian Institute of Management Indore to implement Indore Model to develop Kanpur Smart City

    With an aim to develop Kanpur as an international industrial hub on the lines of smart city, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Indore and Kanpur Smart City Limited (KSCL), Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) and Kanpur Police Commissionerate signed an MoU on September 3, officials said.

    According to the MoU, the stakeholders have been inspired by the Indore Model and will be implementing a similar model for Indore. With this, Kanpur will be developed into an international industrial hub. Also, the works will also focus on improving the quality of life for residents. The organisations developing the city will also pay attention to decongesting public spaces and reorganising street vendors from unauthorised areas to improve the road traffic movement, added the officials.

  • So
    Sep
    26
    2021
    A Smart City in the Desert? Egypt Is Building a New Capital

    A new administrative building will run the country and house 6.5 million residents.

    Egypt has plans to build a new smart capital that will be the country's new administrative hub and house more than 6.5 million residents, according to ZD Net. The city will deal with Egypt's constant population boom.

    Egypt adds about two million people a year to its population, according to Reuters. By 2050, the country's population is expected to reach 150 million, up from just over 100 million today. Cairo is already overcrowded, so a new city will be required to house all these new people.

  • So
    Sep
    26
    2021
    Ukraine is the latest country to legalize bitcoin as the cryptocurrency slowly goes global

    Key Points

    • In a nearly unanimous vote, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law that legalizes and regulates cryptocurrency.
    • The bill was set in motion in 2020 – and now heads to the desk of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
    • Until today, dealing in crypto in Ukraine has existed in a legal gray area.

  • Sa
    Sep
    25
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Smart City buildings not smart enough?

    Su Venkatesan pointed out the buildings constructed at the Periyar bus stand and multi-level car parking centre near Meenkashi Amman temple have not obtained approval from the DTCP.

    The buildings, constructed as part of various Smart City projects in Madurai, lack the approval of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning, claimed the elected representatives in the district.

  • Sa
    Sep
    25
    2021
    US: Texas: San Antonio is getting serious about data governance

    The City of San Antonio on Friday officially adopted a new, comprehensive data-management strategy to better share information between the city’s 43 agencies and the public, as well as make more data-driven decisions, IT leaders told StateScoop.

    The city’s new strategy, called the “Data Informed Government Program,” establishes for the first time in San Antonio a written authority on where, how and what data is used throughout the city, city Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dillard said. That premise is to ensure that different agencies hold the same core values around data governance — including privacy, security, integrity and sovereignty — and that they aren’t holding back information that could potentially be valuable for other city staff to learn from.

  • Sa
    Sep
    25
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Madurai: Advisory meetings will be held to rectify flaws in Smart City projects, says Madurai MP

    After attending the Smart City Advisory Forum (SCAF) meeting on Monday, its Co-chairman and Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan said that a series of five advisory meetings, with officials from different departments, will be conducted soon, to rectify flaws in some of the Smart City Mission projects here and come up with solutions.

    While addressing the media after the meeting, Mr. Venkatesan pointed out that under Smart City Mission, several cities across the country had undertaken about 80-90 smaller projects, but in Madurai, 14 bigger budget projects were undertaken.

  • Sa
    Sep
    25
    2021
    US: New York: Phase II Schenectady’s ‘smart city’ project

    On Thursday, the City of Schenectady and National Grid kicked off Phase two of an innovative project that will transform neighbors into a “smart city” through advanced technology deployed on National Grid’s streetlight infrastructure.

    The City has partnered with National Grid in advanced LED streetlights and expanding public access to Wi-fi in neighborhoods.

  • Fr
    Sep
    24
    2021
    State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030

    Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism. It will set up a governance framework based on an annual cooperation mechanism with Member States to reach the 2030 Digital Decade targets at Union level in the areas of digital skills, digital infrastructures, digitalisation of businesses and public services. It also aims to identify and implement large-scale digital projects involving the Commission and the Member States.

  • Fr
    Sep
    24
    2021
    Japan’s betting on autonomous cars – for a unique reason

    Autonomous cars, commonly known as self-driving cars, aren’t new in Japan — nor the automotive industry.

    But whilst the rest of the developed world is pushing for autonomous vehicles largely for reasons of safety and convenience for people in general, Japan’s a little different.

    It’s to compensate for its aging population.

  • Fr
    Sep
    24
    2021
    Edmark City unveils Nigeria’s first blockchain-fuelled smart city

    Edmark City Development Company Limited has marked a significant milestone in its unrelenting efforts to create and build a space for a happy community in Nigeria with the Grand Breaking Ceremony of Edmark City; Nigeria’s first ever block-chain fuelled smarty city development.

    At the formal announcement of the event held at Edmark Podium, Ikeja several key stakeholders spoke extensively about this new milestone which yearns to be one of a kind amidst outstanding structures in Lagos.

  • Fr
    Sep
    24
    2021
    British Virgin Islands tells UNESCO Caribbean needs digital, balanced recovery from COVID

    The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has called for a digital and balanced recovery in the Caribbean from the COVID-19 pandemic, at a virtual dialogue on work and life in the region, organised by UNESCO and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on September 9.

    During the dialogue’s High-Level Panel, Special Envoy of the Premier Benito Wheatley made remarks on the importance of balancing the social, economic and digital aspects of recovery in the Caribbean.

  • Do
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Four Vietnamese digital transformation projects receive Australian funding

    The Australian Government has announced a grant of nearly 1.4 million AUD (around 1 million USD) for four Vietnamese high-tech application projects in the field of digital transformation, through the Aus4Innovation Programme.

    The funding is made within the framework of the Innovation Partnership Grants under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aus4Innovation Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam.

  • Do
    Sep
    23
    2021
    EU digital Covid certificates to be made available to Irish citizens north of the border

    Irish citizens who received Covid-19 vaccinations in Northern Ireland and other non-EU countries will be able to obtain a digital Covid certificate online from later this week.

    The Republic's government is creating an online portal after the initial roll-out of the EU digital Covid certificates began in July.

    The portal is expected to go live later this week, RTÉ said.

  • Do
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Internet Connectivity Grows In Africa, But Only Reaches 20 Percent Of Population

    Several African governments have tried to curb internet availability for political reasons.

    When the undersea fiber optic cables landed on Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa in June 2009 from the United Arab Emirates, John Thuo, 35, never imagined it meant doom to his cybercafé business.

    Thuo, a computer science graduate from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, operated an internet café at an apartment on Jogoo Road on the outskirts of Nairobi.

  • Do
    Sep
    23
    2021
    Nokia and ATU to Speed Up Digital Transformation and the Knowledge Economy in Africa

    Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) to drive digital transformation and the knowledge economy for socio-economic development across the continent.

    The two parties will leverage the power of telecommunications, including 5G networks, to connect the unconnected and identify innovative use cases, as well as business models.

  • Mi
    Sep
    22
    2021
    ZA: ANC to build a ‘smart city’ — that’s an indisputable oxymoron

    Instead of highfalutin proposals like building a ‘smart city’, Cyril and Co should figure out how to build toilets

    There’s a theory about why Dubai looks the way it does, namely, like a hundred shiny suppositories pointed at the sun.

    In a nutshell, it’s all about who got to Arabia’s oil first, which history and rising damp in Miami tell us was the US. (The British Empire, believing that industry would forever be powered by weak tea, failed to dispatch the necessary bribes and gunboats in time.)

  • Mi
    Sep
    22
    2021
    NG: Lagos transport’s e-payment system boosts smart city credentials but pitfalls remain

    “These monies are very important, if you lose N200 for 10 days in one month, you already lost N2,000 to the government.”

    On a recent afternoon in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, scores of commuters waited at the bus station for the arrival of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses to convey them to their destinations. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter joined in the wait, the aim being to ascertain the ease of commute for Lagosians. About an hour and a half later, one of the buses arrived.

  • Mi
    Sep
    22
    2021
    Saudi Arabia approves law to protect personal data

    President of Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi said in a statement that the law would help accelerate the process of digital transformation and create an information-based society.

    The Saudi Cabinet has approved the Personal Data Protection Law that aims to reinforce respect for individuals' privacy and contribute to the creation of a data-based digital economy.

  • Mi
    Sep
    22
    2021
    NG: Federal Government plans to digitalise public sector, improve business processes through technologies

    The Federal Government has planned to digitise the public sector to transform the economy and improve business processes through the integration of digital technologies.

    Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, who stated this at the Digitisation Hangout With Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) and Technology/Industry Ecosystem Players, yesterday, in Abuja, noted that digital transformation in the public service is a key part of strategy for developing the indigenous digital economy. He added that the measure will fundamentally transform the way the public sector operates, creates value and delivers services to customers.

  • Di
    Sep
    21
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Citywide digital upgrades set to enhance connectivity of all citizens

    Digital upgrades are occurring regularly in Shanghai, covering anti-epidemic initiatives, retail and delivery, job seeking, taxi-hailing and customs services.

    The various services and applications are part of the city's blueprint to boost digital transformation and upgrade the economy, covering artificial intelligence and eSports industry development. The umbrella blueprint will also bridge the digital divide for the elderly and disabled, providing convenient and barrier-free digital services to all citizens.

  • Di
    Sep
    21
    2021
    Digital transformation or digital evolution?

    Digital transformation (like so many other phrases coined by the IT industry such as Industry 4.0, big data, cloud, internet of things et al) is not the best or most accurate phrase to have been coined as it can lead to ambiguity, principally because of the word ‘digital,’ writes Jason Chester, Director of Global Channel Programs, InfinityQS.

    In a nutshell, digital transformation is the process of leveraging digitisation to transform business outcomes. So, what is the difference?

  • Di
    Sep
    21
    2021
    The leadership of the United Arab Emirates in innovation has made it a model for digital transformation

    Hatham Dovitar, CEO of Etisalat Group, said, “The mobile phone industry today has become a key contributor to supporting and accelerating economic growth, promoting jobs and improving communities.” A model for digital transformation.

    This came when Dovidar participated in the fourth edition of the “Mobile 360-Eurasia” conference organized by the “GSMA” Global Mobile Networks Association in Moscow this year.

  • Mo
    Sep
    20
    2021
    The Second Half of the Huawei African Smart Cities Summit

    The second half of the fourth annual African Smart Cities Summit was met with much enthusiasm. Attendees seemed to be enjoying the virtual nature of the summit, this being the first time that it has been run fully digitally. The first half of the day proved to be full of interesting insights, initiatives, and hopeful discussions about Africa’s slow but inexorable march towards digital transformation and smart cities.

    The third session on smart mobility for sustainability started with the chairman, Founder of the Mobility Centre for Africa and Mzansi Aerospace Technologies, Victor Radebe, warmly introducing the first speaker, Sasheen Rajkumar the Project Engineer at The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL). He would be talking about road development for smarter infrastructure. This discussion would include the challenges and opportunities associated with transport systems and operations, infrastructure, and logistics management in support of industrial and sustainable development.

  • Mo
    Sep
    20
    2021
    CN: Shanghai: Digital applications to drive transformation of Changning District

    Ten key digital and smart applications were presented in downtown Shanghai on Tuesday to provide brand-new economic, life and social governance experiences.

    The applications were presented in Changning District at a digital transformation promotion meeting as pilot projects to be promoted across the city. They are expected to speed up digital transformation and improve people's daily lives.

  • So
    Sep
    19
    2021
    EE: This country moved its government online. Here’s why that wouldn’t fly in the U.S.

    In tiny Estonia, babies get digital IDs at birth, tax time is easy, and e-voting is real. But there are lots of reasons why the U.S. can’t follow its lead.

    In three decades since regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia has taken government from “click here” to one-click to, in some cases, zero-click operation. Citizens can file their national taxes online in minutes, zip through signing up for services without dealing with paper forms, and even vote online thanks to digital identities created for them within minutes of their birth.

  • So
    Sep
    19
    2021
    AI in the UAE

    From Siri to Amazon to Tesla, artificial intelligence is moving forward at full tilt. Artificial intelligence includes various technologies, including fairly basic robotic instruments to profound learning networks that can yield significant and dependable insights. AI encompasses anything and everything from smartphone assistance to consumer-client interactions to deep fakes.

    Governments worldwide are implementing further technical developments to improve operation and service quality. One of these is artificial intelligence. AI will significantly impact education, science, agriculture, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, marketing, security, transportation, and finance. As innovative as it may sound, AI comes with several obstacles and risks, such as managing human behaviours and privacy, as well as automation that will force humans out of many of today’s jobs.

  • Sa
    Sep
    18
    2021
    BD: Boithok needs more time to become accessible to public

    Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Financial Institutions Division and the Prime Minister’s Office has been using Boithok partly for their virtual meetings

    Highlights

    • On 23 April State-Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak first disclosed Boithok
    • Currently, only public organisations can use it
    • It can host maximum 60 participants in a meeting
    • It cannot host more than 30-35 meetings simultaneously
    • The developers now working to increase the number of meetings and participants

  • Sa
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Egypt to upgrade internet for 60 million people in major digital transformation drive

    H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has announced plans to provide more than 60 million people in rural areas with high-speed internet under an ambitious drive to unlock new pathways for economic growth.

    Speaking at the Egypt - International Cooperation Forum (Egypt-ICF) in Cairo, H.E. Talaat said the initiative is part of a nationwide effort to develop the digital economy and drive job creation.

  • Sa
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Digital payments are at the heart of disruption across industries

    Every business can agree that, despite the challenging circumstances, COVID-19 also brought with it an overwhelming real-time use case for digital services.

    Despite many of these solutions being around for several years, entire industries across every geography were caught digitally unprepared when the virus arrived, putting them in an urgent predicament as the crisis unfolded. How do you continue to efficiently transact with customers when they can't reach you in person and you're not set up to accept payments online?

  • Sa
    Sep
    18
    2021
    Perspectives on China-Africa digital innovation partnership for post-pandemic recovery and inclusive development in Africa

    At a recently held China-Africa Internet Development and Cooperation Forum, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Deng Li laid bare China’s proposal for the China-Africa Partnership Plan on Digital Innovation, which covers a wide range of areas previously highlighted by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 in 2020 where he stressed that China will explore broader cooperation with Africa in such new business forms as digital economy, smart city, and 5G.

    This year’s forum is akin to a follow up on the pronouncement of the Chinese leader last year and a demonstration of the significance the Chinese side places on the proposed areas of cooperation with Africa.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Western Australia government establishes AU$500m digital capability fund for IT upgrades

    40% of WA's new digital fund will be dedicated to future health IT projects.

    Western Australia has handed down its 2021-22 state budget, revealing it will establish a AU$500 million digital capability fund for upgrading legacy IT systems and streamlining government services.

    To be doled out over four years, the fund is aimed at progressing the government's digital transformation agenda and follows the same timeline as the state government's 2021-25 digital strategy that was released back in June.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    MY: Cyberjaya’s new masterplan set to weave, interlock its disparate parts

    • Home to over 140k innovators/creators forming the innovative grid powering nation
    • Masterplan created with eye to ensure 3 tech clusters able to synergise with each other
    • Turning Cyberjaya into an ecosystem is critical, there is strength in proximity
    • Anticipated to generate over US$60.36 bil to GDP, create more than 87,000 jobs

    Cyberjaya is a Malaysian city that has certainly changed in the 24 years of its existence. On the surface, the city which is in the state of Selangor, has indeed grown more bustling and popular. Regular visitors may be able to point out the growing number of malls and eateries, and for the non-tech enthusiast, the city’s 24-hour bookstore and lovely parks are good reasons to drop in.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Bahrain plans multimillion-dollar data hub

    A new multimillion-dollar regional data centre is set to be built in Bahrain to promote collective digital transformation across the Arab world, Arab News reported.

    The hub’s aim will be to help evolving local economies and enrich the lives of common people in the Arab world.

  • Fr
    Sep
    17
    2021
    Bangladesh next global big tech destination for e-health: World Bank

    Bangladesh’s strong political support for digital health strategy has influenced the rapid proliferation of e-health initiatives in the country, says a World Bank report released Wednesday

    Bangladesh is expected to be the next destination for global big tech investments in facilitating digital health services, thanks to the country's "strong tracking record in e-health policies and practices", says the World Bank.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    Resilient Smart Cities Need Surveillance Video Data

    COVID-19 introduced new uses cases (beyond safety and security) for video surveillance technologies employed in smart cities.

    COVID-19 taught us that cities have continuously played a critical role in the management and containment of crises. As noted in a report by Cities Today, the post-COVID road forward requires a change in municipal mindsets — from building “smart cities” to building “resilient cities.” As we begin to focus on what life could look like after a pandemic of this proportion, we’re taking our learnings on resiliency to better prepare ourselves and our communities for the future.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    South Korean smart city project expands use of facial biometrics

    Jeju Island in South Korea is rolling out its biometric identity verification system that may be adopted by all companies participating in the island’s smart city initiative.

    The solution, of which the digital onboarding and facial recognition technology will be supplied by a company called FacePhi, will be implemented in collaboration with City Labs and aims to make the Korean island province an example of the use of a decentralized digital identity based on blockchain.

  • Do
    Sep
    16
    2021
    Total cooperation for ASEAN smart cities

    Brunei Darussalam with its ASEAN neighbours support the development of smart and sustainable cities in the region by utilising technology, to tackle the opportunities and issues caused by rapid urbanisation, thereby improving the lives of ASEAN citizens.

    This was said by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Ir Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof in a pre-recorded video aired live during the ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum in Seoul, Korea yesterday.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    UK India Business Council to collaborate with Uttar Pradesh Govt to modernise state’s security mechanism

    In a bid to strengthen the state’s security mechanism, the UK India Business Council will work in collaboration with the government of Uttar Pradesh to modernise and upgrade the security forces involving use of cutting-edge technology, such as drones and predictive policing.

    A roundtable conference as a follow up of the event that took place on April 22 was held on Tuesday in which the State Government of UP outlined its Homeland Security (HLS) requirements and also understood conditions under which UK firms look to invest in India.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    IN: Kerala: Kochi corporation to issue birth & death certificates online from today

    In a landmark decision, Kochi corporation authorities have decided to issue birth, death and marriage certificates online from Tuesday.

    The certificates pertaining to the births, deaths and marriages from Tuesday will be issued online on a trial basis for a couple of days before officially launching the service.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    FacePhi Provides Onboarding Tech for Decentralized ID Project in South Korea

    FacePhi’s facial recognition technology will be featured in an innovative decentralized identity project in South Korea. The project is being carried out in collaboration with City Labs, which has been asked to turn the island of Jeju into a smart city with a unified identity framework.

    Once the smart city is up and running, Jeju residents and visitors will be able to create and store a secure digital identity in a wallet on their mobile device. The IDs will be based on blockchain technology, and could be presented as proof of identity at any businesses or establishment that is part of the smart city. For example, people could use the IDs to board public transit, access government services, or to gain entry to some private establishments.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    US: National Grid Requires Liability Insurance for Smart Cities

    Part of the agreement between National Grid and cities in Upstate New York that have signed up for the Smart Street Lighting Program is each must have $5 million in liability insurance for the new LED light fixtures.

    The long road to action on locally-owned smart-tech LED street lights through the state Smart Street Lighting NY program is heading into the final stretch for a number of north country municipalities.

  • Mi
    Sep
    15
    2021
    Cyprus researcher CYENS creates a digital twin of Nicosia

    At CYENS, the Research Centre of Excellence in Cyprus (formerly RISE), a team is at work creating a digital twin of the city of Nicosia.

    “The digital twin offers the city of Nicosia a fantastic management tool,” explains Dr Olga Shvarova, Chief Innovation Officer at CYENS. “We are working with the Smart City initiative of Nicosia which is helping to provide the infrastructure we need.”

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    Pakistan lets citizens apply for national IDs from their smartphone

    Citizens of Pakistan can now apply for a national ID card using a mobile app that enables them to scan the documents needed to support their application and verify their identity with their fingerprint and a photograph of their face from their smartphone.

    The Pak-ID mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices and has been launched by Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to allow Pakistani citizens — including those living abroad —  to complete their application remotely and without needing to visit a registration office.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    MY: Trackless trams may be future of Cyberjaya’s public transport

    Automated rapid transit system to undergo 3-month pilot run by January 2022

    A trackless automated rapid transit (ART) could feature in Cyberjaya as the next generation of the city’s public transport system soon.

    Sepang Municipal Council president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain has confirmed to The Vibes that the ART system will undergo a three-month pilot run by January 2022.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    AE: Digital Next Leadership Series in Abu Dhabi to highlight the ‘Future of Data’

    Abu Dhabi Digital Authority will host a one-day event featuring industry experts discussing the role of governments in shaping the future of data

    The role of governments worldwide in shaping the future of data will be the key discussion point when the third virtual session of the ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ is held with global industry experts and leaders getting together on Wednesday, 8th September.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    JP: Focusing on mobility, Toyota looks to lead the world in smart city technology

    With its ambitious project to build Woven City — a fully-connected, human-centered city at the base of Mount Fuji — Toyota Motor Corp. aims to become a world leader in smart city technology.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a rethink of how people move and live, and has reinforced the need to create technology that supports “happy, healthy” human life, says Toyota Chief Digital Officer James Kuffner.

  • Di
    Sep
    14
    2021
    JP: Toyota looks to lead world in smart city tech with focus on mobility

    Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming to become a world leader in smart city technology with its ambitious project to build Woven City, a fully-connected, human-centered city at the base of Mt. Fuji.

    The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rethink of how people move and live, and reinforced the need to create technology that supports "happy, healthy" human life, Toyota Chief Digital Officer James Kuffner said.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    IN: Lack of coordination hits smart road works in Kerala

    Officials raise issue at a meet chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan; sources allege work on stretches under PWD & road fund board lagging.

    Lack of coordination among various government departments including PWD, KSEB and KWA has hit the ambitious smart road works in the capital as part of the Smart City Mission project. On Saturday, a meeting of the Smart City project chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, reviewed the works.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    IN: Odisha needs to focus on smart solutions

    As the Local Self Government Day was celebrated in the State on August 31, Odisha needs to focus at a much greater scale on improving its towns and cities on modern lines.

    The cities and towns are facing multiple challenges and the authorities need look to overcome them by mobilising smart solutions in all municipal bodies. It would be a welcome development if a sustainable urbanisation strategy is adopted that would provide much needed resource to manage urbanisation, including its main cities like Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    MY: Autonomous trackless trams for up to 307 passengers to commence testing in Cyberjaya from January

    A trackless tram system, known as an automated rapid transit (ART) system will run in Cyberjaya as a pilot programme for a period of three months from January 2022, a report by The Vibes quoted Sepang municipal council president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain as saying.

    The pilot running of the ART will be conducted along Persiaran Rimba Permai and Persiaran Bestari as a test of the trackless trams’ capabilities, as well as to demonstrate the use of green technology, the municipal council president said. This trackless tram can accommodate up to 307 passengers at once, travel at a top speed of 70 km/h and can be operated both manually with a driver or autonomously, said Hamid.

  • Mo
    Sep
    13
    2021
    Vietnam ranks eighth in IPv6 adoption worldwide

    Vietnam’s Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) adoption rate reached 45 percent, ranking second in ASEAN and eighth globally, up two places from 2020, according to the Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC).

    In Vietnam, 34 million mobile and 11 million Internet subscribers are using IPv6 services, and the figures have been on the rise over the past two years.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    National initiative to nurture digital technology awareness in Southern region

    The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) together with the Ministry of Technology, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL), telecommunications partners and industry partners recently launched a two-day national forum to create awareness about the national digital transformation agenda, which also engages regional partners.

    The Southern Region Roadshow was the second of the five regional cluster development programmes commenced by ICTA. The first Regional Development Roadshow was organised in June focusing on the Northern Region. There will be three more Roadshows in the Western, Eastern, and Central Regions scheduled to unfold in the next few months, ICTA said in a media release.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    India to Set Up Cyber Labs for Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law

    Under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) plans to establish cyber labs for the ‘Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics’. The government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi and the National Law Institute University (NLIU) in Bhopal to set up these cyber labs.

    The goal of this programme is to provide police officers, state cyber cells, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judicial officers with the skills to deal with cyber forensics cases efficiently and effectively as per the Indian Cyber Law. According to a press release, it aims to adopt the best global practices, standards, and guidelines. The NeGD, in collaboration with NLIU-Bhopal, is offering a nine-month online postgraduate (PG) diploma to 1,000 Officials through its learning management system (LMS). This programme enables users to learn on the go-anywhere and anytime. The first batch started last November with a total of 579 participants approved for the course.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    IE: Let’s learn to be ‘digital-first’ in our classrooms and lecture halls

    Over the last 18 months, teachers and students across the country have embraced technology at unprecedented speed. Despite some initial challenges, this experience has given us a glimpse into the potential of the ‘digital classroom’ and how technology can enhance teaching and learning for years to come.

    Prior to the pandemic, the importance of ICT (information and communications technologies) in education had been growing on the radar of government and industry with the last Digital Strategy for Schools a step in the right direction for driving technology use in the classroom.

  • So
    Sep
    12
    2021
    Government Schools in Assam, India Get AI-Based Attendance Management System

    A “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” central public sector enterprise (CPSE) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-based attendance system for government schools across Assam. 48,000 government schools in Assam will benefit from the technology, a news report informed.

    In a statement, the CPSE noted that, in four months, it completed deploying an AI-based identification system for capturing attendance and management of the SDMIS (student database management information system) for government schools in Assam. The system covers 48,000 schools in all 33 districts. The organisation has configured, customised, and deployed the AI-based identification system to record attendance across all elementary, secondary, and higher secondary schools, it added.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    Public Service Solution App Champions Vietnam’s Youth Digital Citizen Challenge 2021

    An app providing solutions for the improvement of public administration services has won the Youth Digital Citizen Challenge 2021 launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Hanoi, the Hanoi Students’ Association, and the Hanoi Youth Palace. The UNDP is committed to supporting an inclusive and people-centred digital journey. The youth of Vietnam have the skills, knowledge, innovation, and devotion to supporting local governments in this process, helping the country to achieve its targets and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    IN: West Bengal: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta to create hybrid classes, go digital in a year

    The concept has become popular amid the Covid pandemic as it can help avoid large assemblies on campuses

    IIM Calcutta has decided to create hybrid classes, allowing some students to attend the lectures in person, while the others will have the sessions live-streamed to them.

    Students will take turns in attending in-person classes.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    VN: PM highlights promoting cooperation in digital transformation at global summit

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh delivered a speech at the 2021 Global Trade in Services Summit via video on September 2 evening, highlighting the promotion of cooperation in digital transformation given the current context.

    The PM said that in the context that countries are suffering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and resource depletion, promoting international cooperation in the field of digital technology is the key to helping countries transform their growth models, better exploit resources, promote flows of capital, goods and services, thereby creating a new driving force for economic growth, and ensuring sustainable, inclusive and comprehensive development.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    In the middle of pandemic, digital transformation is needed toward future-ready Philippines

    When the pandemic limited the ways we normally live, digital transactions, remote work and online learning, among others, were adopted. This abrupt change was much-needed to navigate our lives in the new normal.

    But to achieve a true digital transformation, there is still much work to be done toward a future-ready Philippines.

  • Sa
    Sep
    11
    2021
    AU: Digital Transformation Agency offloads COVIDSafe, other projects in shake-up

    The Digital Transformation Agency has confirmed it will move several high value technology projects to other agencies, including management of the controversial COVIDSafe app, as part of sweeping machinery of government changes.

    The offload is part of a shift for the one-time delivery agency to one focused on policy development, and follows a significant budget cut and portfolio move this year.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    ZA: MANCOSA launches School of Information and Digital Technology to address demand for tech skills

    In response to the overwhelming demand for contemporary, fit-for-purpose digital and IT education offerings, MANCOSA (a proud member of the Honoris United Universities network) launched the School of Information and Digital Technology (SIDT) on September 1.

    The rapid growth of information and digital technologies, perpetuated through the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has the ability to bring about widespread change for the better.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    Unlocking Citizen-centric Smart Cities in Asia

    Asia’s city leaders are among the world’s most forward-thinking when it comes to smart cities. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region is set to account for 40% of the global smart city spending, or $800 billion by 2025 and 80% of all economic activities is expected to shift to cities in the years to come.

    Rapid urbanization, demographic shifts, climate change and advancements in technology have all been drivers for disruption for a need for smarter cities. This transformation has been further accelerated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed vulnerabilities, but also prompted cities to seek out new technologies to help them deal with COVID-related disruptions.

  • Fr
    Sep
    10
    2021
    Technologies Driving the Future of Smart Mobility

    By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban settings, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This poses some significant challenges for local authorities and city planners, as they strive to balance a good, safe quality of life for local inhabitants and commuters with carbon reduction targets and available funding.

    Technology offers a big part of the solution – especially where this supports smarter and more coordinated means of managing infrastructure and its capacity, and when it enables advantageous collaborations between the multiple infrastructure and service providers as well as public-private partnerships across an urban region.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    Local U.S. Government as Data-driven Community Platform

    Data, technology and Customer Experience (CX) are among the trends shaping the future of local governments, a new report shows. “The Future of Local Government” report states that because the public interacts with local governments the most, those agencies are best poised to make a for constituents and businesses.

    The report states that game-changing technology will be central to forging local government organisations that are digitally enabled, data-driven and effectively serving the remarkably diverse array of stakeholders they serve across their localities and communities.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    EG: South Korea launches online intellectual property management system in EGPO with $2.9m

    Egypt has become one of main partners for South Korea’s development cooperation for following five years starting from 2021 to 2025, Ambassador Hong

    The Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO), in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has announced the launching of the new online Intellectual Property Management System on Wednesday with financing worth $2.9m.

  • Do
    Sep
    09
    2021
    Nigerian Communications Commission pulls govt agencies to e-Governance summit

    The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and its sister agencies like Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and Galaxy Backbone among others are preparing heavily to support 2021 Nigeria e-Government Summit scheduled to hold in Lagos this month.

    The reason is to create more awareness in e-Government adoption at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    Vietnam advised to speed up digital transformation for socio-economic development

    Vietnam will need to do more if it wants to become a digital powerhouse as envisioned in the socio-economic development strategy adopted by the Party in February 2021, said a report of the World Bank.

    In its latest edition of Taking Stock – the World Bank’s biannual update on Vietnam’s economic performance, the WB stressed that Vietnam needs to ensure the development of a digitally skilled labour force, the emergence of a dynamic and agile local private sector, and good but secure access to information.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    Japan launches digital agency to upgrade IT system

    Japan launched a new agency on Wednesday to upgrade and overhaul of the country's digital systems.

    The agency is located in central Tokyo, and has about 600 staff members. About 200 people have joined from the private sector.

    The new authority will have wide-ranging powers, including the right to advise ministries and other agencies. It will oversee and control the government's information systems. It will be responsible for calculating and allocating related budgets.

  • Mi
    Sep
    08
    2021
    NG: Kwara: 60,000 youths to benefit from Offa One Innovation Hub

    No fewer than 60,000 indigenes of Offa and its environs in Offa Local Government Area in Kwara State are to benefit from the One Innovation Hub established by the Offa Descendants Union (ODU).

    Speaking at the sideline of unveiling of the project in Offa, ODU National President, Funsho Oladipo, said part of the goals is to train 60,000 students/participants from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state to meet its smart city project by 2030.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    US: Tennessee: Chattanooga to Explore Smart City Research with NSF Funds

    Using a National Science Foundation grant, the city will expand on its connected transportation test bed.

    Chattanooga, Tenn., has already carved out a place for itself as a smart city focused on providing broadband connectivity to all of its residents and a pioneer in testing pedestrian safety and other smart transportation technologies.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    GB: Perth is first Scottish city to have a full fibre network

    Perth has become the first Scottish city to have a full fibre network.

    The 12-mile system covers city centre locations including schools, council buildings, sheltered housing complexes and Perth Community Fire Station.

    The rollout was achieved two months ahead of schedule and will mean faster internet connections benefiting businesses and Fair City residents working from home.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    RW: Digital transformation and productivity

    Since the late 1980s, the digital revolution has transformed the economy and society. First came the development of a connected economy, characterised by mass take-up of the Internet and the roll-out of broadband networks. This was followed by the development of a digital economy via the increasing use of digital platforms as business models for the supply of goods and services. Now the movement is towards a digitalised economy whose production and consumption models are based on the incorporation of digital technologies in all economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    US: Smart City Technology Improves Community Safety Efforts in 2021 and Beyond

    City leaders can make investments in smart streetlights and sensors to enhance community safety and well-being.

    Cities are a living ecosystem with constantly evolving needs. 2020 was a clear example of this. The coronavirus pandemic tremendously challenged national, state and city government leaders around the world.

  • Di
    Sep
    07
    2021
    NG: Kwara: Offa community to train 60,000 youth under smart city project

    Indigenes of Offa town in the Offa local government area of Kwara State, under the aegis of Offa Descendants Union (ODU), have commissioned a technology innovation hub to meet its smart city project by 2030.

    Speaking at the unveiling of the project in Offa at the weekend, the national president of the ODU, Dr Funsho Oladipo, said part of the goals is to train 60,000 students/participants from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.

  • Mo
    Sep
    06
    2021
    QA: Online learning tools to continue post-pandemic: Dr. Sheikha Aisha

    The year 2020 has been a remarkably difficult year, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted lives and livelihoods. Now as organisations embark on the road to recovery, family businesses however have been under duress to transform their business models and adapt to a constantly evolving digital world. With an increased focus on customer experience, most family businesses have taken significant measures to update their existing legacy systems and are already reaping the benefits of a digitally efficient operating model.

    Speaking at the Forbes Middle East Family Business Summit 2021, Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani, Founder and Chairperson of Al Faleh Educational Holding, highlighted the digital initiatives adopted by businesses to bounce back stronger from the pandemic.

  • Mo
    Sep
    06
    2021
    US: Ohio: Columbus: Cities can play a key role in the transition to electric vehicles

    A push for EVs in Columbus, Ohio, offers a glimpse of what transportation electrification could look like on the ground.

    Over the past five years, the number of electric vehicles (EVs) in Columbus, Ohio, has increased by around 500 percent, thanks to an ambitious program that harnessed the collective resources of the local government, business, and nonprofit communities.

  • Mo
    Sep
    06
    2021
    China proposes China-Africa partnership plan on digital innovation

    Deng Li, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, has announced China's proposals for the China-Africa Partnership Plan on Digital Innovation at the China-Africa Internet Development and Cooperation Forum.

    A statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the forum, hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, was attended by ministerial-level officials from African countries and the African Union Commission in charge of digital and telecommunications affairs, diplomatic envoys to China, Chinese and African scholars and entrepreneurs.

  • Mo
    Sep
    06
    2021
    PH: Future cities

    How the cities of the future will look like and what its features would be no one really knows. But one thing for sure, it is going to need the basic utilities that are necessary to sustain life, and these are gas, electricity, mobility and safe water.

    For us to easily remember these four utilities, I have come up with GEMS as a mnemonic device for it.

  • Mo
    Sep
    06
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Smart City: Several New Projects Approved

    Several new projects were approved under Jammu Smart City here at the 10th Board of Directors meeting of Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) chaired by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer; alongwith Additional Director General of Police, (Director JSCL) Mukesh Singh.

    Among others the meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; Commissioner JMC, (Chief Executive Officer, Jammu Smart City) Avny Lawasa; Addition CEO, JSCL, Hitesh Gupta; VC JDA, Pankaj Malhotra, besides Chief Engineers of PWD, Jal Shakti, Irrigation & Flood Control, Directors of Tourism, Floriculture, School Education, Youth Services & Sports, senior functionaries of Project Management Consultancy (PMC) and other board members.

  • So
    Sep
    05
    2021
    PK: Punjab: Lahore Smart City: An Ideal Place to Start a Better Life

    Lahore Smart City is the second-best Location in Pakistan, giving you the major living goals. It provides you a wonderful site, the best modern living standard, splendid architecture, and designs. It is one of the finest places to live in Lahore, Pakistan.

    The ultimate objective of this smart real estate Lahore project is to build and develop the best art of living, which focuses on giving everyone a luxurious lifestyle and contributing to the economy.

  • So
    Sep
    05
    2021
    PH: Public service goes digital in Makati

    Mayor Abby Binay ties up with Cisco to roll out more digitalization programs

    From the time she was elected mayor of Makati in 2016, Abigail Binay has envisioned to transform the city—home to about 600,000 residents and a premier central business district with a daytime population of a few million people—into a “smart” city.

    By this time, Binay thinks she is halfway through the digital roadmap. The fiber optic infrastructure for connectivity has been put in place since 2017, allowing the city to provide free internet to students.

  • So
    Sep
    05
    2021
    US: Wisconsin: As part of 'Smart City' effort, Racine to test autonomous Badger shuttles

    Autonomous shuttles could be making test runs in and around Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus as early as fall after partners on the project selected Perrone Robotics Inc. to participate in the research.

    The ultimate goal is to have autonomous cars running either bus or on-demand vehicle service in Racine, said Mayor Cory Mason. The city, Gateway Tech and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory are collaborating and funding the research.

  • So
    Sep
    05
    2021
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Indian Institute of Management-Indore To Help Decongest Kanpur, Improve Quality Of Life With 'smart' Solutions

    The Indian Institute of Management-Indore and Kanpur civic bodies on Friday entered into an agreement to develop this Uttar Pradesh city under the 'Smart City' initiative, officials said.

    The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IIM-Indore, Kanpur Smart City Limited (KSCL), Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) and Kanpur Police Commissionerate, they said.

  • So
    Sep
    05
    2021
    CA: $54 million Telus partnership brings fibre-optic internet to Spruce Grove, Alberta

    The joint investment will connect most of the city with Telus’ PureFibre network

    Spruce Grove, Alberta has partnered with west-coast telecom giant Telus to equip the city with a high-speed fibre optic internet network.

    Through a $54 million joint investment, over 90 percent of homes and businesses in Spruce Grove are expected to gain access to Telus’ PureFibre network by the end of 2023.

  • Sa
    Sep
    04
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Municipal Corporation signs Memorandum of Understanding with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University under Smart City Project

    Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) to serve as a foundation for developing highly informed quality landscape projects across Jammu city.

    Avny Lavasa, Commissioner JMC and Chief Executive Officer Jammu Smart City Limited and Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Registrar, SMVDU signed the MoU.

  • Sa
    Sep
    04
    2021
    US: Ohio: Columbus completes Smart City Challenge, looks to the future as collaborative innovation lab

    Building on the recent successful conclusion of the Smart City Challenge (SCC), the City of Columbus has announced it is looking forward and Smart Columbus will become a collaborative innovation lab as it continues the development of new innovations to benefit its residents.

    The SCC was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to evaluate a holistic approach to using new technologies to improve transportation performance, and how that approach could be integrated with other smart city domains, including public services, health, safety and energy. Columbus was named the SCC winner in 2016.

  • Sa
    Sep
    04
    2021
    Taiwan Combines Human, Artificial Intelligence for Agricultural Transformation

    Agricultural production is always prone to weather conditions, making the supply-demand imbalance the biggest pain point for farmers over the years. The improvements in agricultural production technology have helped farmers secure yield stability and quality in fruit and vegetable crops.

    However, the oversupply often causes a sharp fall in the prices of agricultural products, leaving farmers with nowhere to sell and a large number of fruits and vegetables to rot in the fields. In the end, they have to endure major crops and profit losses.

  • Sa
    Sep
    04
    2021
    IN: Haryana: With help of special cameras, cops to issue e-challan to violators for jumping red light at 25 points in Gurugram

    There are 25 points in the city now where jumping a red light will lead to a challan being issued against the offending vehicle, even if a traffic police marshall is nowhere in sight.

    The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the Gurugram traffic police have installed red light violation detection cameras (RLVD) that monitor these crossings 24/7, and a system now automatically generates the challan and alerts the vehicle owner via text message.

  • Fr
    Sep
    03
    2021
    US law enforcement biometrics systems face upgrade opportunity, challenges

    Recent policy moves by the Executive Branch of America’s government have opened up an opportunity for biometrics capabilities, some of which are ancient by industry standards, to be finally upgraded, the ‘Facing the Future: Biometrics for Law Enforcement’ webinar, sponsored by Intel and Red Hat. The discussion, while referring regularly to police biometrics, was often more generally about the adoption of biometrics by government agencies.

    Moderated by GovExec Media President Constance Sayers, the panel included RedHat Law Enforcement Solution Advisor Brian Buzzell, GAO Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Kevin Walsh, and Marios Savvides, a professor of AI and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of its CyLab Biometrics Center.

  • Fr
    Sep
    03
    2021
    DK: Copenhagen named world’s safest city as per Economist Intelligence Unit report

    Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has been named the safest city in the world. It has achieved this distinction by surpassing Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka which have topped the previous years. Canada’s Toronto is at number two and Singapore is at number three. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the list of 60 safest cities in the world under the Safe Cities Index-2021.

    Delhi is ranked 48th and Mumbai 50th among the top 50 cities. In the last index, Delhi was ranked 52nd and Mumbai 45th. A comprehensive study of cities around the world was conducted for the index. The EIU had set out 76 parameters to provide a clear picture of global urban security. These included digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental safety. All the cities have been given different scores out of 100 in these five parameters. In view of Corona, the issue of environmental protection was included for the first time this year.

  • Fr
    Sep
    03
    2021
    Huawei to help Pakistani gov't develop world's largest riverfront smart city

    Chinese tech giant Huawei and Pakistan's eastern Punjab province's urban development project Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the world's largest riverfront safe and smart city.

    Under the MoU, both sides will join hands to revive the dying Ravi River into a safe and smart green city with all the latest safe and smart city technologies. The memorandum reaffirms an existing one-year healthy relationship between both entities, a handout shared by Huawei Pakistan said on Thursday.

  • Fr
    Sep
    03
    2021
    US: Florida’s Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Taps Fujitsu Fiber Broadband Build-out

    Florida’s Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) has selected Fujitsu Communications to plan, design and deploy a broadband network expansion to be part of a neighborhood revitalization for promoting long-term business growth on the Florida coast.

    FPUA is a public utility that has provided electric, water, wastewater and natural gas services to the City of Fort Pierce and surrounding areas since 1972. Starting in the early 2000s, FPUA began offering dedicated internet to large businesses and anchor institutions through its FPUAnet division. In 2018, the FPUA Board approved an initiative to become a smart city by providing high-speed internet to all parcels within the city. This initiative provided the opportunity for a community partnership to deploy into Lincoln Park, one of the city’s revitalization zones.

  • Do
    Sep
    02
    2021
    ZA: University of Pretoria creates city digital twin to improve metro management

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has created the Hatfield Digital Twin City, which it plans to use to improve service delivery with the help of smart technology.

    To manage the expansion of cities and megacities in this era of technological disruption, rapid urbanisation and climate change, new ideas and approaches to city management are being implemented worldwide, notably the smart city and the digital twin city.

  • Do
    Sep
    02
    2021
    Huawei, RUDA join hands to develop Safe/Smart City in Pakistan

    Huawei Pakistan and Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding MoU to join hands to revive the dying Ravi river into Safe/Smart Green City with all the latest Safe/Smart city technologies.

    The memorandum reaffirms an existing one-year healthy relationship between both entities.

  • Do
    Sep
    02
    2021
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Smart City Project: Work to create vertical garden in full swing

    Development work is in full swing for the development of Jammu and Srinagar as smart cities.

    The capital cities Jammu and Srinagar have been chosen under Smart City Projects and different works are going on under the project.

  • Do
    Sep
    02
    2021
    Digital transformation initiative will pilot smart city OS in Mauritius

    The initiative is part of a digital transformation programme by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Accenture to pilot projects in six countries across Asia and Africa.

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has announced pilot programmes to support digital transformation (DX) in six countries across Asia and Africa.

    As Japan’s central governmental organisation providing economic and social aid for developing nations, Jica is prioritising the application of digital technologies to address development challenges.

  • Mi
    Sep
    01
    2021
    BD: Bridging digital governance gap

    When information and communications technology (ICT) has made inroads into almost every sphere of human activity, governance cannot be an exception. However, unlike in the sphere of trade and commerce, the challenges of digital governance do not lie simply in storing and transmitting data generated from day-to-day office work digitally. The real challenge is bringing about changes in the age-old work culture of the humongous bureaucracy. This is because, with digitisation, information not only can pass instantly within the government offices, it also becomes accessible just with a keystroke by clients seeking service from the government. This is about openness, which comes up against the long-nurtured mindset of guardedness about official information. Even so, given the political will to effect the necessary changes is there, it will not be a big deal to get around the remaining inertia in the administrative-work culture. The good news is that the government has meanwhile made much headway in this direction. Thus the progress made over the past years in digital government has been duly recognised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) as it has ranked Bangladesh 119th among 193 nations. The ranking is the outcome of the surveys the UN body carries out every two years. The grading has been done in the shape of E-Governance Development Index (EGDI), which reflects the modest progress Bangladesh has made over the past years in e-governance through its initiatives to increase efficiency and capacity in the area of delivering public service.

  • Mi
    Sep
    01
    2021
    Kenya to build Africa’s First ICT Accessibility Standard to promote Digital Inclusion of People with Disabilities

    A national ICT Accessibility Standard is set to be developed in Kenya. This is thanks to inABLE, a nonprofit organisation that empowers the blind and visually impaired with computer assistive technology, partnering with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

    A first in Africa, the development and eventual enactment of a National ICT Accessibility Standard will promote the digital inclusion of people with disabilities (PWDs) and older persons. This will help make public and private sector digital products and services (including websites, mobile applications among others) more accessible and usable by all Kenyan citizens.

  • Mi
    Sep
    01
    2021
    A timely appraisal of China’s Critical Information Infrastructure Protection regime

    Forefront features

    The State Council of the People's Republic of China announced, on August 17, 2021, that it had passed a Regulation on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (“Regulation”). Particularly, the Regulation, formulated in accordance with the Cyber Security Law, is intended to ensure the security of critical information infrastructure (“CII”) as well as to maintain cybersecurity of China where CIIs are.

  • Mi
    Sep
    01
    2021
    IN: Sikkim : UDD Secretary Reviews Project Status, Initiated Under ‘Smart City Mission’

    Recently, the Urban Development Department reviewed the status of projects under Smart City Mission in the conference hall of Namchi Smart City Limited (NSCL).

    Chaired by UDD Secretary Cum State Mission Director (Namchi Smart City Limited), Mr M. T. Sherpa, the meeting inspected various on-going project sites in and around Namchi.

  • Di
    Aug
    31
    2021
    US: Pilot Brings Digital Skills Training to South Carolina Seniors

    A pilot project led by the South Carolina Department of Aging and Palmetto Care Connections aims to teach seniors the digital skills they need to combat social isolation and access telehealth services.

    A project led by the South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA) and Palmetto Care Connections (PCC) is looking to reduce the digital divide among seniors by teaching them necessary skills for the digital age — like how to access digital tools, from emails to telehealth.

  • Di
    Aug
    31
    2021
    US: University of Wisconsin-Madison, city of Racine award Perrone Robotics new AV shuttle contract

    Delivery will advance Smart City Mobility in Racine and other municipalities with Perrone’s autonomous vehicle solutions.

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has awarded a contract to Perrone Robotics, Inc., to deliver an electric low speed vehicle (LSV) shuttle integrated with the company's TONY® retrofit kit.

    The shuttle, nicknamed "The Badger," is part of an effort to pioneer and integrate autonomous vehicle shuttles into public transportation systems in Racine, Wisc. It will be used across student, faculty and guest transit operations.

  • Di
    Aug
    31
    2021
    US: Can Private 911 Apps Help Improve Emergency Response?

    A company called Rescu says it can enable people to get quicker help in emergencies — and help governments improve 911 services. The tool joins other efforts at upgrading dispatch tech in this increasingly mobile age.

    As public agencies strive to upgrade technology in a national push, a San Diego-based company is positioning its new app as a way to help take pressure off hardworking emergency dispatchers.

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    Aug
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    2021
    AU: DTA ditches digital ‘transparency’ dashboard

    The federal government has shut down its Performance Dashboard, used to improve digital services and provide transparency to the public, as part of a significant restructuring of its digital agency.

    The Performance Dashboard was launched in late 2016 as a way to promote “government transparency and help drive the ongoing improvement of government services”, with departments and agencies voluntarily uploading data on how their digital initiatives rank in terms of the Digital Delivery Standard.

  • Di
    Aug
    31
    2021
    US: Will the Infrastructure Bill Fix America's Broadband Issues?

    If the federal infrastructure bill makes it through the House of Representatives and receives President Joe Biden's signature, $65 billion will go to broadband. What does that really mean, though, for America's future?

    In modern U.S. politics, there are no guarantees. Despite bipartisan support for the $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill, the bill faces political hurdles among the Democratic members of the House of Representatives.

  • Mo
    Aug
    30
    2021
    BD: Women more into mobile internet

    They diversified the use of internet services amid pandemic, survey finds

    Women in Bangladesh have increased and diversified their use of mobile internet services ever since the Covid-19 outbreak began as social distancing restrictions in particular have led to a rise in video calls, social media use and viewing of online videos, according to a survey.

  • Mo
    Aug
    30
    2021
    Bangladesh ranks 119th in e-government index but UN report hails authorities' efforts

    Bangladesh has ranked 119th among 193 countries in the UN E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 2020, according to a new report.

    Earlier, the country held a similar position in the EGDI published in 2018.

    Bangladesh, however, emerged as one of the leaders in e-government development among the LDCs, according to the latest report.

  • Mo
    Aug
    30
    2021
    It’s time for Vietnam to begin pilot study on cryptocurrency: expert

    The Prime Minister has assigned the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) to study and try to use a cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology as a part of a strategy on e-government in 2021-2025.

    The space for cryptocurrency is huge and those who stay outside will lose great opportunities. Vietnam should build up a national blockchain network and issue a cryptocurrency managed by SBV, according to David Tran, a Vietnamese scholar working in the US.

  • Mo
    Aug
    30
    2021
    The digital strategies of Latin American governments

    Several Latin American countries have unveiled new digital development agendas during 2021 for the coming years.

    The most recent case was Mexico, which three years after the start of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government, created a framework for its digital strategy.

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    Aug
    29
    2021
    IN: Pune: Citizens not on board with Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation smart work

    10 out of 25 Smart City displays not working; officials quickly blame interrupted power supply

    It seems like Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is falling short of ‘smartness’. Its Variable Message Display (VMD) boards — currently used to spread social messages — installed under the smart city initiative are not in a working condition.

  • So
    Aug
    29
    2021
    NG: Ogun State: Mowe: Realtor To Invest In Smart City Housing Project

    A realtor, Mr. Emmanuel Oyelowo said, his company would combine skilled professionals in structural design and real estate management to boost the real estate investment in the country.

    This, he said, would be done through affordable housing to enable individuals and investors with the process of securing home ownership dreams to pursue their Investment desire.

  • So
    Aug
    29
    2021
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar: Virtual meet held to discuss smart city projects

    Discussions were held on issues and challenges pertaining to the smart city projects which are currently under implementation during a virtual meeting convened by Itanagar Capital Region Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom with various stakeholders here on Saturday.

    Participating in the discussion, MLA Techi Kaso said, “Cooperation of denizens is a must for development in any form to take place and hence utmost transparency should be maintained while implementing the projects.”

  • So
    Aug
    29
    2021
    ZA: Huawei And The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies Kick Off Women4Tech Digital Skills Training Programme

    Huawei South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, has officially launched the Women4Tech digital skills training programme, with an attendance of 107 women entrepreneurs. This initiative aims to help women advance their skills and use new technologies to grow, improve, and digitise their businesses.

    The programme aims to help tech-forward women entrepreneurs with three specific technological skillsets: cloud computing, digital marketing, and introduction to app development. Aside from the training, the attended will also be afforded a networking opportunity with other successful women entrepreneurs, including an award-winning woman app developer within the Huawei Mobile App ecosystem.

  • Sa
    Aug
    28
    2021
    China Rolls Out Critical Information Infrastructure Security Protection Regulations

    China’s State Council on August 17 released the Critical Information Infrastructure Security Protection Regulations (“Regulations”) effective September 1, a key administrative regulation in the implementation of the 2016 Cybersecurity Law (“CSL”) which provided that critical information infrastructure (“CII”) shall be given priority protection against cybersecurity risks and threats at home and abroad (Article 5). The Regulations, finalized from a 2017 draft, clarify the definition of CII, the authorities-in-charge of CII security protection, determination of CII, obligations of a CII Operator (“CIIO”), CII security support and promotion, and legal liability.

  • Sa
    Aug
    28
    2021
    IN: e-RUPI: How purpose-specific vouchers can accelerate the growth of MSMEs

    Synopsis

    These are pre-paid digital vouchers which are directly delivered to the phones of beneficiaries.

    The launch of e-RUPI brings India another step closer to digital governance. A person and purpose-specific digital payment solution will enable leakage-proof delivery of benefits extended by sponsors. e-RUPI is likely to transform the economic landscape of India, MSME and the rural segment, which largely remains outside the formal financial fold, is likely to be the key beneficiary of this digital solution.

  • Sa
    Aug
    28
    2021
    Turkey rolls out strategic artificial intelligence road map

    Turkey is drawing a road map for its strategy in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), which can be defined as the realization of actions such as making decisions, discovering meaning and learning in dynamic environments specific to intelligent creatures, by a computer or a computer-controlled machine. Accordingly, the Presidential Circular on the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for 2021-2025 was published Friday in the Official Gazette.

    The document was prepared by the Presidency’s Digital Transformation Office and the Industry and Technology Ministry in line with the 11th Development Plan.

  • Sa
    Aug
    28
    2021
    VN: COVID-19 pandemic pushes business online

    As Vietnamese enterprises are facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online trading is considered a "tool" to help them turn the situation around, and at the same time opening up many opportunities for businesses to join the global supply chain.

    Viettel Post Joint Stock Corporation (Viettel Post) is an example. It has promptly seized the opportunity to successfully deploy the Voso.vn e-commerce platform with the goal of "promoting Vietnamese agricultural products, turning farm produce into specialties."

  • Sa
    Aug
    28
    2021
    Pakistan Ranks 153rd in E-Govt Development Index: Reasons & Suggestions

    In the 2020 UN E-Government Development Index (EGDI) report, Pakistan was placed at 153rd spot among the total of 193 countries surveyed in the report. For Pakistan, it marks a decline in ranking, in contrast, with the report published in 2018 [148th].

    Earlier, UN EGDI was the only measuring index for e-government development but now encompasses elements of digital government development of member nations by placing them across three different indicators including Online Services Index (OSI), Human Capital Index (HCI), and Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII).

  • Fr
    Aug
    27
    2021
    47% of smart city projects done across India; Tamil Nadu leads states, Delhi cities: Study

    In the six years since the Smart Cities Mission was launched to redevelop 100 cities across the country, just about 47% of projects have been completed, a new study by the think-tank Observer Research Foundation said.

    “The progress of the Mission has been best in the states of Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat,” the report said. “Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, and Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat figure repeatedly among the best performers on different criteria.”

  • Fr
    Aug
    27
    2021
    Digital Libraries to Ease Learning in the Philippines

    As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, most governments have temporarily closed all educational institutions. These nationwide closures have impacted 90 per cent of the world’s student population. Localised closures in other countries have affected millions of additional learners.

    Consequently, there is an unprecedented shift toward distance learning. Institutes are rushing to move their courses online; students are flocking to e-books and e-learning, and researchers are relying heavily on electronic journals.

  • Fr
    Aug
    27
    2021
    Indian Government Makes Digital Maps Publicly Accessible through Online Portals

    The Ministry of Science and Technology released three online applications that make government maps available to the public for the first time. The Survey of India (SOI) GEO Spatial Data Dissemination Portal, SOI’s Sarthi: WEB GIS Application, and the MANCHITRAN Enterprise Geoportal of National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) were inaugurated.

    According to a press release, the online portals are rich repositories of maps and functionalities, which will provide easy access and make the geospatial data generated out of public funds available to government and private users. Among others, the portals provide a range of digital maps, including digital geographical maps, railway and political maps, digital geographical road maps, digital geographical physical maps of India, and open series map scale.

  • Fr
    Aug
    27
    2021
    Saudi university, digital transformation unit sign deal to activate cutting-edge tech in digital economy

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Digital Transformation Unit to develop exploratory projects and empower emerging technologies.

    The deal seeks to build beneficial ties between the two institutions as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Emerging technologies covered under the agreement include 5G technology, drones, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, robotics and more.

  • Fr
    Aug
    27
    2021
    TT: Arima eyes digital transformation, city status as borough turns 133

    With just under one year at the helm, Arima mayor Cagney Casimire said his community has an opportunity to "adopt and adapt," and "pivot with optimism, as it seeks to embrace the digital age."

    The Borough of Arima celebrated its 133rd anniversary on Thursday.

    Casimire, in a message to Arima burgesses, said he "takes great pride in the borough (and describes) our space as quaint and idyllic.

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    Aug
    26
    2021
    UN launches strategy for digital transformation of peacekeeping

    The Organization and its 12 peacekeeping missions around the world must fully embrace new technology in the face of ever-changing challenges, the UN chief said on Wednesday as he outlined to the Security Council his Strategy for the Digital Transformation of UN Peacekeeping.

    New technologies are changing the character and nature of conflict, with an “indelible impact” on civilians, Secretary-General António Guterres told the ministerial-level open debate on technology and peacekeeping – a highlight of India’s turn as Council President this month.

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    Aug
    26
    2021
    VN: Thanh Hoa works to promote e-commerce, digital transformation

    The central province of Thanh Hoa are applying measures to boost the development of e-commerce and speed up digital transformation to catch up with the current trend of the domestic and global economy.

    With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the implementation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Vietnamese and global economies are growing towards digital economy.

    Experts held that digital transformation and e-commerce will boom in 2021, creating a new momentum for economic growth.

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    Aug
    26
    2021
    Vietnam promotes safe use of digital platforms

    The Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a directive on promoting the development and use of safe and healthy digital platforms.

    The directive is also expected to contribute to creating digital trust and ensuring the safety of Vietnam's cyberspace.

    Over the past times, digital platforms have made important contributions to the national digital transformation, and the development of the digital economy and digital society. However, information and data leakage on digital platforms still occurs on an increasingly large scale.

  • Do
    Aug
    26
    2021
    US: Wisconsin: Faster internet coming to Eau Claire with new fiber optic network

    Faster internet will be coming to Eau Claire because of a new fiber optic network.

    Tuesday night, the Eau Claire City Council unanimously voted 11 to 0 in favor of a memorandum of understanding with TDS Telecom, a Madison-based broadband company.

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    Aug
    25
    2021
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Sagar: Smart City getting smarter with each passing day

    It has added many feathers to its camp for outstanding performance, says CEO Rahul Singh Rajput.

    Smart City Limited has been working for development of the district for three years, says Rahul Singh Rajput, chief executive officer.

    In these years, it has completed 18 projects and work is on for more than 48 projects.

  • Mi
    Aug
    25
    2021
    US: Infrastructure Bill Could Greatly Expand Smart City Projects

    The $1 trillion infrastructure bill moving through Congress has the potential to be a game-changer for cities as they consider projects in areas like broadband connectivity and other urban technology projects.

    Urban technology advocates are closely watching the development of a major piece of infrastructure legislation as it makes its way through Congress, anticipating a rapid expansion in connectivity, electric vehicle adoption, transit improvements and more, should the measure pass.

  • Mi
    Aug
    25
    2021
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Corporation erects 49 smart poles to provide free Wi-Fi to public in city

    Chennaiites can now freely access Wi-Fi internet services at 49 locations where smart poles have been installed as part of the Smart City project, the Greater Chennai Corporation announced on Tuesday.

    An official release from the Corporation said that the public would be allowed to access free net for 30 minutes at a speed of 2 Mbps after logging in using their mobile number and entering the OTP sent on their phones.

  • Mi
    Aug
    25
    2021
    US: Hexagon: Infrastructure bill foresees safe, efficient, connected communities

    Congress will continue to weigh provisions of a $1 trillion infrastructure package in late September while the private sector begins assessing how it might cash in on public projects for roads, bridges and broadband as well as smart transportation and electric vehicles.

    One provision sets aside $500 million in grants for smart community projects to improve transportation efficiency and safety. A separate resolution in Congress also calls for setting transportation priorities on achieving zero traffic deaths in the U.S. compared to more than 42,000 in 2020 alone.

  • Mi
    Aug
    25
    2021
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Exposed Online

    Citizen Services portal unsafe, could lead to theft of credentials, say IT experts; PMC IT official confident civic sites secure, says will rectify this ‘one mistake’

    Cyberattacks on government agencies emphasise the vulnerability and risks attached to the highly sensitive information stored, what it highlights even more is how exposed and easily accessible our personal information and data is to criminals. In an alarming revelation, a city-based software professional, who accessed the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Citizen Services portal — wherein citizens avail services after providing personal and valuable data — has marked it unsafe. The PMC’s massive data of citizens is a goldmine for hackers and a massive alarm for people, if breached. This verily reminds one of the ransomware attack on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Project a few months ago that led to the encrypting of all files and application systems of 27 servers leading to a loss of Rs 5 crore.

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    Aug
    24
    2021
    US: Texas: Pilot in Austin to Offer Early Look at Edge Computing at Scale

    The infrastructure that will be required to enable all the things 5G promises to enable, from pervasive VR and AR to autonomous vehicles, goes well beyond new antennas on rooftops and cell towers. It will need new fiber lines, computing, storage, networking equipment, sensors, cooling systems, power, enclosures, physical security… you get the idea.

    Keith Rutledge, general manager of Compass Datacenters’ EdgePoint business, likened the scale of the buildout of infrastructure to support the digital future we’ve been promised for years to that of the electrification of the United States in the first half of last century.

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    Aug
    24
    2021
    Is the future of Artificial Intelligence really on the Edge?

    The next evolution in AI technology will be driven by a cloud-edge hybrid model making selective use of both cloud and edge resources to maximize the value delivered by AI while staying within latency, cost, security and privacy constraints.

    In everyday parlance, the phrase “on the edge” usually denotes extremes of some kind. But in the context of Artificial Intelligence and Edge computing, “AI on the edge” is starting to become the norm rather than the exception. Edge AI is garnering attention partly due to the recent advances in edge compute capability and increasingly lightweight AI algorithms. But the real need for edge AI has risen from the changing dynamics of human-machine interactions and user engagement models.

  • Di
    Aug
    24
    2021
    AU: Minister announces accreditation of first private digital identity provider

    OCR Labs has been named as one of Australia’s first ‘entirely private’ accredited digital identity service providers.

    Stuart Robert, minister for employment, workforce, skills, small and family business, announced that the Australian-based business was the first to be accredited through the government’s Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF).

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    Aug
    23
    2021
    AE: Your Search is Over

    Revolutionary tech to help the UAE Government with business operations, finding lost property and digitising documents

    Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, mandated on March 1 to implement a paperless strategy in Dubai to go green and create a Smart City.

  • Mo
    Aug
    23
    2021
    To build a smart nation, Singapore must be hyperconnected

    Today, there are more people and businesses proliferating technologies at unprecedented rates; however, it is also being done at rates faster than many cities can react. As we reach Industry 4.0, how we live must be made smarter. Hence, the gauntlet has been laid down for urban leaders to innovate and, if necessary, disrupt to solve perennial urban challenges.

    Already a global forerunner in smart city initiatives Singapore believes that technological disruption is a global force to be both confronted and harnessed. This is what drives its Smart Nation ambitions, aimed at transitioning the nation to the next industrial phase.

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    Aug
    22
    2021
    IN: Lakshadweep gets satellite connectivity of high capacity

    In a bid to provide a fillip to connectivity facilities in the Lakshadweep archipelago, BSNL on Saturday launched a high capacity satellite-based connectivity facility for the islands. Lakshadweep administration claimed that with the launch of the project, islanders will have better accessibility towards various broadband services and e-governance initiatives of the Lakshadweep administration.

    The administration, in a statement, said that BSNL has now installed and commissioned new hardware which will allow 1,500 Mbps capacity. “With this, Lakshadweep’s bandwidth is set to increase by 70%, taking the available bandwidth to 1.71 Gbps. The increased bandwidth will translate into better telecom services, with lesser call drops and fewer call congestion. The improved data services will benefit islanders as well as tourists visiting the islands. Further, it will allow Lakshadweep administration to provide services electronically, and students will also have greater learning platforms online,” the administration said.

  • So
    Aug
    22
    2021
    AU: Victoria: Melbourne to use AI tech to keep streets clean

    The City of Melbourne and Finland-based multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company have conducted a trial using the tech company’s Scene Analytics artificial intelligence (AI) technology to develop a deeper understanding of waste disposal behaviour.

    This will help the city tackle the issue of waste dumping more efficiently and keep laneways even cleaner, safer and free of garbage. To reduce the frequency of waste contractor visits to busy areas, the City of Melbourne has offered residents and businesses subscription-based access to the large-capacity compactor facilities. With the compactor in place, Council wanted to understand how the service was being utilised and how to mitigate illegal waste dumping, which can create safety and hygiene issues in the area.

  • So
    Aug
    22
    2021
    NG: FG Trains Kano Council Members On e-Governance, Digital Transformation

    The federal government has kick-started a pioneer programme to train members of Kano executive council on e-governance and digital transformation.

    This, it said, is to develop the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).

    The programme was initiated to give special training to top government officials in the state on modern technology adoption, in order to improve their performances at all levels while delivering services to the general public.

  • Sa
    Aug
    21
    2021
    Digital Twins for City Infrastructure Planning in the U.S.

    U.S. cities can expect to save $280 billion by 2030 with the deployment and use of digital twins, according to a new report. A digital twin is a simulated model of a physical process, product or service that can increase efficiency.

    A digital twin uses the best available models, sensor information, and input data to mirror and predict activities/performance over the life of its corresponding physical twin. According to research, this technology is the ultimate tool for urban planners and city governments to design and build their infrastructure in a cost-effective way.

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    Aug
    21
    2021
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: Khandu launches SWAN, digital connectivity to districts HQs

    A Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt of India funded scheme, Arunachal SWAN (ArSWAN) envisages establishing 184 SWAN Point of Presence (PoPs) in the state.

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday launched the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) providing secure digital connectivity to all district headquarters and local administrative centres across the state.

  • Sa
    Aug
    21
    2021
    NG: FG Trains Kano EXCO Members On e-Governance, Digital Transformation

    In its fulfilment to enable the development of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the federal government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, under the leadership of honourable minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has kick-started a pioneer programme to train members of Kano executive council on e-governance and digital transformation.

    The programme was initiated to give special training to the top government officials in the state on modern technology adoption, in order to improve their performances at all levels while delivering services to the general public.

  • Fr
    Aug
    20
    2021
    Blockchain use is about more than NFTs and dogecoin. It’s about you

    Blockchain use can save lives, build smart cities and boost data privacy. But before it can do any of that, it has to step out the shadow of dodgy cryptocurrencies and multi-million digital art deals.

    Blockchains keep confounding tech-watchers. In a way, blockchain use is bigger than ever before. At the same time, it is as underrated and misunderstood as it was in 2008 when the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto published their groundbreaking paper on bitcoin, kicking off the cryptocurrency revolution. The use of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, has only intensified matters this new decade.

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