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Transformation Management
Im Rahmen eines aktuellen FuE-Projektes entwickeln wir eine "City Transformation Management Suite (CTMS)" zur Unterstützung der Planung und Umsetzung von Transformationsstrategien im kommunalen Bereich. Weiterlesen ... Unsere neue Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "City Transformation Management Notation (CTMN)" bildet neben zahlreichen Vorlagen und Musterbeispielen einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des CTMx-Frameworks. Weiterlesen ...
An dem FuE-Projekt "CTMS" können noch weitere Kommunen oder Organisationen als Partner teilnehmen. Gerne kommen wir auch zu Ihnen und demonstrieren Ihnen den Einsatz der CTMS-Suite im Rahmen eines Workshops. Weiterlesen ...

Process Management
Im Rahmen unseres Prozessmanagements identifizieren, modellieren, dokumentatieren, prüfen, optimieren und implementieren wir eGovernment-Geschäftsprozesse mit dem Ziel, die Arbeitsabläufe hinsichtlich Produktivität, Kundenzufriedenheit, Produkt- und Service-Qualität, Zeitbedarf und Kosten zu verbessern. Weiterlesen ...
Die Hands-on-Bildkartennotation "Government Process Management Notation (GPMN)" ist eine von uns entwickelte fachspezifische Variante von BPMN zur Modellierung von Geschäftsprozessen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Weiterlesen ... Unser "Standard Prozesskatalog" enthält mehr als 400 mit GPMN und BPMN modellierte und dokumentierte Muster- und Benchmarking-Prozesse aus allen Verwaltungsebenen (Bund, Länder und Kommunen). Weiterlesen ...
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    2019
    A Tale of Two Smart City Models: One for People, the Other Profit

    A new report from Public Services International points to the dangers of ‘corporate-led’ smart city initiatives and insists that these technological paradigms must be designed for people rather than profit. Over the last two decades, ‘smart city’ technologies have revolutionized the way business gets done in and around City Hall.

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    Nov
    14
    2019
    How Governments Use AI To Create Better Experiences For Citizens

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up a new frontier by combining human creativity with technology to drive progress in our society and bring governments closer to their constituents.

    According to the 2018 United Nations (UN) e-Government Survey all 193 Member States have e-government systems in place, at different maturity levels, to deliver digital services and experiences to citizens.

  • Mi
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Huawei to back development of AI platform in Serbia

    Serbia's government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei for the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) platform, it said.​

    The development of an AI platform will be financed with a $13 million (11.7 million euro) grant from the Chinese International Cooperation Development Agency, and as part of it, Huawei will provide cloud infrastructure to the Kragujevac State Data Center, the Serbian government said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Mi
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Smart city sustainability opportunities missed, report finds

    A new report has identified a widespread lack of smart city policies implementing sustainability and protecting the environment.

    The Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) ‘Strategy to reality: getting smart cities to deliver for the environment’ report examines the degree to which smart city initiatives capitalise on opportunities to maximise sustainability. Researchers found a widening discrepancy between the growing pressure on cities to implement environmentally sound policies and the proportion of smart city activity which is focused around sustainable issues.

  • Mi
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Azerbaijan's achievements in digitalization named at International Banking Forum in Baku

    Azerbaijan’s banking sector can be assessed as healthy in many indicators, Vusal Gasimli, executive director of Azerbaijan’s Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, said at the IV International Banking Forum in Baku, Trend reports Nov. 6 from the event.

    Gasimli noted that assessment of capitalization, liquidity, capital adequacy and the loan portfolio of Azerbaijani banks meets most international standards.

  • Mi
    Nov
    13
    2019
    Swiss digital ID progresses amid questions of control

    Call it a Swiss digital ID reboot.

    That would seem to describe the ongoing situation in Switzerland, where authorities are again making a push toward constructing a national digital ID program designed in large part to enable secure authentication for public and private web services. But questions of who will control it — the national government, or a consortium of private companies — could further delay digital ID progress.

  • Mi
    Nov
    13
    2019
    TZ: Let paperless parliament improve efficiency

    As the 17th parliamentary sitting got underway yesterday, lawmakers were seen using tablets.

    Reports from the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Stephen Kigaigai, had it that the House decided to go high-tech as a means of reducing use of paper in its businesses. This explains why Members of Parliament were seen using tablets.

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    Nov
    13
    2019
    US: Smart City IoT Project Launches for New York City DoT

    Transition Networks, a provider of IoT and edge connectivity solutions, recently announced the start of an intelligent transportation project with New York City’s transportation agency to connect, power and manage traffic data via its hardened TAA-compliant, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) switches. This application is designed to deploy intelligent transportation infrastructure citywide and reinforce the relevance and timeliness of Transition Networks’ strategy of developing Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

    Transition Networks’ PoE solution will connect and power cameras and sensors at over 10,000 traffic intersections that collect this vital information. In addition, key features on the Transition Networks’ switches reportedly will save the agency time and costs associated with maintenance. Currently, if a device stops working at an intersection, the agency must take multiple actions to repair. These lane closures cause significant stress and traffic delays for motorists.

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    Nov
    12
    2019
    Digital technology injects vitality, strength into China's governance

    Sitting in front of a computer in his office, Huang Jinhuo, who runs a machinery company in east China's Fujian Province, completed the filing of an export tax rebate with just a few clicks of his mouse.

    Once the application is verified, the drawback will be transferred to the company's account in two or three days. Previously, such a process used to take at least a month and a lot of legwork.

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    Nov
    12
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow Smart City officials to visit Raipur

    Officials from Lucknow Smart City Limited (LSCL) will be on a tour to state capital on Wednesday to study the transformation of Anand Samaj Library by Raipur Smart City Limited (RSCL).

    Official sources informed that two of the officials of LSCL are impressed with the facelift of the historic public library, Anand Samaj Library in Raipur and they are going to tour the state capital.

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    Nov
    12
    2019
    IN: Telangana: Gangula tells Karimnagar officials to Speed up ‘Smart City’ works

    Kamalakar instructs officials to issue show cause notices to illegal occupants, clear unauthorised structures

    BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar on Tuesday instructed officials to complete the Smart City works on fast track mode.

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    Nov
    11
    2019
    Qatar keeps pace with technological advancements

    The Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom 2019), which concluded on Friday, stood out for launching a number of key services and signing agreements for some strategic projects. Among the highlights were a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up the Qatar National Laboratory for Technology Vetting (Common Criteria Vetting Lab), a first in the GCC and Arab states and a boost to cybersecurity in the country. The state-of-the-art technology lab aims to test security products for functionality and vet information and communications technology products, while enhancing the security standards in the country. In line with Qatar’s National Cybersecurity Strategy, the focus will be on several product categories for different sectors including oil and gas, IoT, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

  • Mo
    Nov
    11
    2019
    Citizens must be involved in creating smarter digital cities

    The construction and infrastructure sector is often criticised for not clearly and in an accessible way illustrating the tangible benefits of its work to citizens. In my experience this is a charge that could be laid at the door of construction’s growing number of digital advocates, who come together at conferences and workshops and are so excited by the tech that they forget about its impact on those whose lives it affects the most.

    So, it was a breath of fresh air to hear Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence advisory firm and incubator, speaking at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore, say passionately “It’s never the right way to start with the technology – you should always start with the problem.” Khanna repeatedly urged her audience to focus on citizens and the benefits of digital technology on real people’s lives and making them better for longer.

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    Nov
    11
    2019
    Cities are missing smart environmental opportunities, says new EIC report

    The report, Strategy to reality: Getting smart cities to deliver for the environment, finds that cities face huge challenges to deliver their environmental ambitions. Cities that have recorded 2020 emissions targets though the Carbon Disclosure Project are on average still 47% short of meeting those targets. The report also looks at city recycling rates and air pollution.

    There is a disconnect between cities’ environmental policies and their smart city strategies, according to the report. Of 12 cities analysed, while all had comprehensive environmental strategies, aside from smart energy management initiatives, cites only on average had one other smart environmental initiative.

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    Nov
    11
    2019
    PK: CDA’s e-governance project in a limbo

    The long-awaited initiative of E-governance in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has again come to halt due to ongoing inquiry in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for non-completion of project in stipulated time-period.

    The E-governance project initiated in 2006 with cost of Rs175 million to involve citizens in the policy process, illustrating government transparency and accountability and quick disposal of public complaints, may take another year to get fully operational in the CDA.

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    Nov
    11
    2019
    Financial Action Task Force publishes guidelines on digital IDs

    Last week, the multi-government Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published guidance on digital payments and the use of IDs for customer due diligence (CDD). The draft report includes recommendations for anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorist financing (CTF), know your customer (KYC), and financial inclusion rules.

    The FATF notes that digital payments are growing by 12.7% every year, with over 700 billion transactions predicted annually by 2020. Similarly, digital ID systems are evolving rapidly and often go hand in hand with regulated electronic payments. The group has now issued guidelines for authorities on combining the two.

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    Nov
    10
    2019
    NA: Environment ministry launches online application system

    The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism last week launched the online application system for environmental clearance.

    As one of the 10 ministries that were identified in the e-government transformation during 2014-2018, one of the key functions of the ministry is to go electronic.

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    Nov
    10
    2019
    Open source to drive digital transformation in Saudi Arabia

    Red Hat is delivering a wave of cutting-edge solutions to redefine the country’s global competitiveness

    Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has released breakthrough research unearthing the nexus between the innovative propensity of enterprise open source software and digital transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). These findings are backed by increased global adoption of open source solutions as cost-effective, flexible, reliable, secure, and alternative foundational systems to drive innovation and digital transformation.

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    Nov
    09
    2019
    AE: Dubai Silicon Oasis and Intel launch new phase of the Innovation Center to pioneer Middle East’s Digital Transformation

    Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, and Intel, the Silicon Valley-headquartered tech giant, today announced the launch of the new phase of “Intel Innovation Center” that is directly aligned with the “Project Mustakbal”, an initiative that was revealed by Intel during the event and seeks to further accelerate the Middle East’s game-changing digital transformation.

    Hosted at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), DSOA’s wholly owned tech incubation center, Intel Innovation Center is set to become a hub for future technological development in the region that will feature artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Video analytics and Autonomous Driving. The center’s offerings will span three categories: Market-ready Solutions, Intel Select Solutions and Intel Technology Showcase Demos.

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    Nov
    09
    2019
    CN: Guangdong: Shenzhen wants to use technology to become a 'socialist model city'

    A Shenzhen official says the city's big data approach to governance shows a contrast to Hong Kong's "mindset"

    Shenzhen is experimenting with a “party and technology” development model as it aims to become a “socialist model city.”

    The city, which is known for its technology industry, was told by Beijing in August to find “the best modern governance practices that promote high quality and sustainable development so it can be held up as an example of civilized society of law and order where people enjoy a high degree of satisfaction.”

  • Fr
    Nov
    08
    2019
    Five cities leading the smart city charge

    On the path to a smart city future, a handful of population centers are showing its potential.

    By 2050, the UN predicts that 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. The influx of citizens moving to cities accelerates urbanization around the world, and many nations are looking to adopt smart city concepts to coincide with this unprecedented growth.

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    Nov
    08
    2019
    South Korea is promoting AI

    President Moon Jae-in will place more significance on promoting Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the goal of establishing it as a core nation industry.

    During a visit to the Developer’s View conference at COEX, Monday, Moon emphasized the need to build an “AI powerhouse” as the next phase to being an “IT powerhouse” to take the worldwide lead in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To that extend, the administration will proclaim a national roadmap for promoting the AI segment with comprehensive support actions within the year, rendering to Cheong Wa Dae Monday.

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    Nov
    08
    2019
    Smart cities, smarter approaches: How to build trust into connected urban spaces?

    Our cities are changing.

    Every new infrastructure project now brings new examples of smart technologies being used to connect our urban environments: whether it’s the City of Westminster’s SmartPark parking system, or the proposed facial-recognition entry at London’s next tallest skyscraper.

    However, with such developments, how do we ensure citizens can trust digital services and secure the personal data collected by smart devices?

  • Fr
    Nov
    08
    2019
    US: Maryland: Baltimore: IKE Smart City Kiosk Added to Federal Hill

    A new Interactive Kiosk Experience (IKE) by IKE Smart City was installed this week on the new sidewalk in front of Cross Street Market at Light St. and E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The installation of IKEs around Downtown is a collaboration between Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore City officials, and IKE Smart City.

    Additional Baltimore IKE locations include Pratt and Light Plaza, Power Plant, E. Pratt St. and Commerce St., Charles St. and Saratoga St., E. Pratt St. and Market Pl., Cathedral St. and Mulberry St., and Camden Yards at Paca St.

  • Fr
    Nov
    08
    2019
    How can regulators create smart cities that are more liveable?

    The best way to build smart cities is to consult those that will be living in them.

    Regulators and businesses are already spending plenty of money to build smart cities that are convenient and comfortable, but the question is whether or not they are more liveable.

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    Nov
    07
    2019
    QA: 21 new e-services launched for maritime transport sector

    A total of 21 new electronic services to serve the maritime transport sector, particularly large vessels with a capacity of more than 200 tonnes, were launched yesterday by HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti.

    Qatar Airways Group chief executive and Qatar National Tourism Council secretary-general HE Akbar al-Baker attended the launch ceremony on the sidelines of the ongoing Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom) at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

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    Nov
    07
    2019
    TH: Prayut urges quick digital transition

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered all state agencies to apply big data and speed up transforming their operations to become fully digitalised over the next three years.

    In his keynote speech at a seminar titled "Digital Government: Significant mechanism to drive the country's development" on Wednesday at the Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), Gen Prayut said state agencies need to accelerate the digitalisation of their working processes according to the digital government development roadmap (2020-2022) that calls for all government agencies to become fully digitalised by 2022.

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    Nov
    07
    2019
    Africa: Smart Cities to Drive Urbanisation - Kagame

    The concept of Smart Cities will play a critical role in driving Africa's urban revolution and urbanisation, President Paul Kagame has said.

    Kagame was speaking in Doha, Qatar at the Smart City Expo organised to showcase the latest smart technologies and innovations advancing the urban future.

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    Nov
    06
    2019
    Smart City: How IoT Creates Intelligent Built Environments

    IoT coupled with 5G are the key foundations onto which the smart city will be built. From transport to personalised services, a data-rich environment is taking shape

    The smart city has been in development for the past decade. Smart City 1.0 consisted of sensor components including smart meters and intelligent lighting etc., offering advanced control, but little connectivity. Smart City 2.0 evolves these systems to deliver personalised services to everyone, as they move through the city space.

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    Nov
    06
    2019
    US: Wi-Fi Hot Spot Initiative Put on Hold in Vance County, N.C.

    Though the county high-speed broadband initiative remains on track, public Wi-Fi hot spots for citizens to connect to for free while out and about town aren’t likely to happen on the same timetable.

    The Vance County, N.C., technology committee opted to table a free public wi-fi initiative on Monday, as the city isn’t in the financial position to partner with the county for the downtown portion, County Manager Jordan McMillen said.

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    Nov
    06
    2019
    RW: Smart Cities are About People Not Computers – Kagame

    President Paul Kagame has told participants at a high tech forum and exhibition in Qatar, that successful smart cities should be human centered, rather than being computer based.

    Kagame is attending the Qatar Information Technology Conference and Exhibition QITCOM2019 that was hosted by the Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

  • Mi
    Nov
    06
    2019
    ‘Why Nigeria’s eGovt drive is slow’

    Nigeria’s electronic governance (eGovt) drive is said to be slow because of hydra-headed challenges.

    These challenges, including lack of adequate Information Technology (IT) infrastructure; epileptic power/electricity supply; reduced budgetary allocation for ICT, lack of trained and qualified personnel, and the resistance to change by public servants and other related issues, have impacted negatively on the pace of eGovt growth.

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    Nov
    06
    2019
    VN: Digital payments to bring Da Nang 72 million USD

    Increased use of digital payments has the potential to add 72 million USD annually to central Da Nang city’s economy, according to the latest study from Visa, “Cashless Cities: Realising the Benefits of Digital Payments".

    Conducted by Roubini ThoughtLab, a leading economics and evidence-based research firm, and commissioned by Visa, one of the world’s leader in digital payments, the study examines the economic impact of increasing the use of digital payments in major cities around the world.

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    Nov
    05
    2019
    NCC: Nigeria to leverage 122.9m Internet connections for e-governance

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said its current push to deepen Internet penetration would help the country achieve seamless e-governance. With 122.9 million active Internet subscriptions as at August, the commission said the government is now poised to take its services to online, bearing in mind that the citizens are also online.

    Electronic governance or e-governance is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services between government- to-citizen (G2C), government-to-business (G2B) government-to-government (G2G), government- to-employees (G2E) as well as back-office processes and interactions within the entire government framework. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who stated this at an e-government forum held in Lagos, said Internet connection is at the heart of e-governance in any country.

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    Nov
    05
    2019
    IN: Getting smart

    The Indian government's flagship initiative for making Smart Cities is an integrated approach to upgrade a city in all its interconnected aspects. The Smart City Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting programme by the government with the aim to develop 100 smart cities across the country in order to make them both citizen-friendly and sustainable. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is entrusted with the responsibility to implement this mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.

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    Nov
    05
    2019
    US: How Cities Fulfill the Demand for Public Wi-Fi

    City Wi-Fi projects can help spur smart city development and boost economic activity.

    As more cities contemplate smart city plans, they must first must meet a basic demand: internet access. Municipalities are providing free public Wi-Fi as they roll out smart city programs, taking advantage of fiber required to power the Internet of Things to provide public Wi-Fi access.

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    Nov
    05
    2019
    NG: Fowler justifies deployment of online solution for tax administration

    Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, yesterday said deployment of online solutions by FIRS is to make tax payment and administration convenient, transparent and efficient. To this end, Fowler urged taxpayers to make use of the solutions in paying their taxes.

    He spoke yesterday in Abuja when he received in audience Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), on courtesy visit. Members of AYF on the visit commended Fowler for what they called “unprecedented record in the history of tax administration in FIRS and in Nigeria.

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    Nov
    05
    2019
    ZA: SITA ‘cloudifying’ government departments

    The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has become another government department to migrate its cloud workload onto the State IT Agency’s (SITA’s) government cloud platform.

    This is according to acting SITA CEO Ntutule Tshenye, saying the government private cloud ecosystem (GPCE) is something that SITA prides itself on.

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    Nov
    04
    2019
    UK lags in Capgemini e-gov rankings for Europe

    The UK remains well behind the leaders in Europe’s e-government league, according to the latest benchmarking exercise by global consultancy Capgemini.

    It has given Britain an overall score 61% against ratings above 80% for the leading pack of Estonia, Austria, Latvia, Malta and Lithuania.

  • Mo
    Nov
    04
    2019
    NG: Internet Access Key to e-Government Growth Says Experts

    Experts that participated at a one-day conference held in Lagos, have said Nigeria needs unhindered internet access to grow e-Government initiatives.

    Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) who was represented by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Henry Nkemadu, said: “To achieve e-Government across MDAs, there is need to increase the number of fibre connectivity deployment from the current 42,000km to 127,000km. Nigeria needs additional 30,000km of fibre infrastructure, aside the expectations from operators to expand fibre development.

  • Mo
    Nov
    04
    2019
    South Korea to promote AI sector as core industry

    President Moon Jae-in will place more importance on promoting Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the aim of establishing it as a core nation industry.

    During a visit to the Developer's View conference at COEX, Monday, Moon underlined the need to build an "AI powerhouse" as the next step to being an "IT powerhouse" to take the global lead in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To that end, the administration will announce a national roadmap for promoting the AI sector with comprehensive support measures within the year, according to Cheong Wa Dae Monday.

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    Nov
    03
    2019
    NG: Danbatta proffers solutions to maximiz e-government initiatives

    • The introduction of e-government applications has been beneficial to governments around the world in several ways
    • In Nigeria, the federal government has used the initiative to deepen its digital and online presence to enhance its operations
    • However, a key official in the government, says more needs to be done to maximize the use of e-government

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    Nov
    03
    2019
    NG: Broadband penetration key to e-govt services, says NCC

    The Executive Vice- Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, says the ability of the government to provide electronic services to citizens is hinged on the availability of pervasive broadband penetration.

    Danbatta made this known in a keynote address delivered at the maiden edition of the Nigeria e-Government Conference organised by DigiServe Networks in Lagos.

  • So
    Nov
    03
    2019
    ‘How Nigerians can enjoy e-governance’

    Marketing Communications expert, Jenkins Alumona, has stated that the deployment of e-governance and other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in will be only be functional when ordinary Nigerians can benefit from such. Alumona, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outcomes Limited Group, said this at the inaugural edition of The Nigeria e-Government Conference in Lagos on Thursday.

    Speaking on a sub-theme of the conference, “Government Service Delivery in the Information Age: Citizens’ Expectations”, Alumona explained that the non-availability of critical infrastructure such as electricity greatly hinders majority of Nigerians from participating in the e-governance process and limits the progress of the initiative.

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    Nov
    03
    2019
    AE: Etisalat Digital, DMCC to roll out 5G-led smart services at Dubai's JLT

    Residential and business neighbourhood to be transformed through installation of smart systems across various utilities

    Etisalat Digital has partnered with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to transform Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) into a smart and sustainable district powered by 5G networks, with both organisations committing to a comprehensive roll out of smart services across the residential and business district.

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    Nov
    03
    2019
    KR: Experts, officials to discuss 'smart city' legislation in Seoul

    Legal experts and public officials from around Asia will come to Korea for the annual Asian Legislative Experts Symposium (ALES), held at The Plaza Seoul hotel on Oct. 30, to discuss legislative issues in "smart city" projects, according to the Ministry of Government Legislation, Sunday.

    Co-hosted by the ministry and the Korea Legislation Research Institute, the conference provides a platform for Asian countries to share their legislative expertise and experience.

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    Nov
    02
    2019
    NG: Govt too slow in adopting ICT – Ex-NCC boss

    Former Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ernest Ndukwe, has said the three tiers of government in Nigeria are slow in adopting Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

    Addressing Nigeria eGovernment 2019 Conference in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Powering Governance with Information and Communication Technology,’ Ndukwe said Nigeria should embrace new technologies like other developing countries of the world.

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    Nov
    02
    2019
    QA: MoTC unveils ambitious plans to build an integrated digital society

    In his speeches and public comments, Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has stressed the importance of investing in human development. As citizens and residents form one of Qatar’s most valuable resources, it is imperative to provide the skills necessary to prepare the digital transformation of the economy and enable them to contribute to future development.

    Out of its strategic vision of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has for years been implementing initiatives and programs aimed at building an integrated digital society and enhancing the digital skills of the Qatari people. The aim is to enable people of all social categories to contribute to the country’s economic and cultural development through safe and efficient use of technology, and provide the Qatari market with a qualified labor force capable of implementing and dealing with smart city solutions.

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    Nov
    02
    2019
    IN: Gujarat: Surat: 53 Smart City works worth Rs 1,200 crore completed in two years

    Surat Smart City Development Limited (SSCDL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up by Surat Municipal Corporation for implementation of developmental projects, has completed 53 works worth Rs1,204. 22 crore in two years of the total 76 schemes worth Rs2,988.55 crores envisioned.

    Furthermore, 21 projects worth Rs,1704 crore are under different stages of implementation, placing Surat in top place with regard to smart city development projects in the country.

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    Nov
    02
    2019
    TR: Smart City Planning Applications of Konya Metropolitan Municipality

    Union of Municipalities of Turkey (TBB) and National Smart City Planning, Implementation by Example Smart Strategy and Action Plan as discussed in "Smart Cities" conference was held.

    At the “Smart Cities” meeting held in Ankara where metropolitan municipalities, provincial municipalities and district municipalities with a population above a certain number were invited to the “Smart Cities”, Secretary General of UMT Birol Ekici, Deputy Director General of Geographical Information Systems Ministry of Environment and Urbanization Hüseyin Bayraktar and Ministry of Interior Information Processing Department President Osman Hacıbektaşoğlu.

  • Fr
    Nov
    01
    2019
    Da Nang City in Vietnam goes for smart city development

    Da Nang city in central Vietnam has announced that its smart city project is going to contribute towards socio-economic development of the city and will usher in an era of technology-based city management.

    Speaking at the Smart City Summit 2019 held in Da Nang, the city’s Chairman, Huynh Duc Tho, said that a smart city development plan for 2018-2025 has already been approved and is expected to be completed around 2030. He added that the Summit is a good opportunity for the city’s agencies and domestic and foreign experts to discuss the models, solutions, technologies, and policies to successfully build a smart city.

  • Fr
    Nov
    01
    2019
    Vietnam’s 5G subscriptions projected to hit 6.3 million in 2025: Cisco

    The number of 5G subscriptions in Vietnam is forecast to reach 6.3 million in 2025, according to a report on 5G development in Southeast Asia by the network equipment maker Cisco.

    Vietnam and Singapore are expected to be the first countries in the region to roll out the latest wireless communications technology in 2020-2021.

  • Fr
    Nov
    01
    2019
    IN: Escalating Smart Cities with ‘Green’ Initiatives

    “Otis has developed and is accelerating additional efforts across the organization to expand the use of internal service apps being developed by field teams around the world. These new tools enable our field employees to be more efficient, source information faster, develop even stronger ties with the customer and see a problem before it becomes one”, asserted Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India in conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW SmartCitiesWorld. Excerpts below:

    Otis has a 125-year legacy in India. In 1892, it installed the first elevator in Kolkata’s Raj Bhavan. The company formally set up operations in India in 1953 (over 60 years ago). Every customer is important to us. To ensure easy access to each of our customers, Otis has over 80 service centers servicing 300 cities – the largest service network in the country today.

  • Fr
    Nov
    01
    2019
    US: Schenectady, N.Y., Details New Smart City Planning

    By the end of next year, Schenectady, N.Y., will have spent millions of dollars toward laying the groundwork and putting in place the technology to make Schenectady a Smart City, according to Mayor Gary McCarthy, who presented financial information about the program earlier this week.

    The document projects that by the end of 2020 that outlay will eclipse the $5 million the city has so far earmarked for the initiative coupled with grants it has secured to cover the cost of everything from fiber optic cables to cameras and other required hardware.

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    Inclusive Smart Cities: Moving from Technology-Centric to Citizen-Centric Smart Cities

    A Q&A with Deloitte’s Dan Berner and Kathleen O’Dell.

    As urban populations grow increasingly diverse, many cities are turning to technology and smart city solutions to build more livable environments and improve the delivery of public services. However, smart city design and implementation challenges, coupled with the digital divide between different population segments, might unintentionally leave some communities behind. This is forcing some cities to confront the question: How can digital solutions advance, rather than impede, inclusion?

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    US: 4 city leaders explain how the meaning of 'smart city' has evolved

    Elected officials have constantly refined their definition of "smart," and several running for election in November have their own thoughts on what it means.

    Harvesting stormwater, using behavioral economics to inform policy and installing solar panels are just some of the smart city initiatives that mayoral candidates across the country are running on in advance of the Nov. 5 elections.

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    IN: Chandigarh Smart City heading for e-governance project

    Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) has commenced e-governance project, in order to provide 27 online citizen services in the city.

    The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for Chandigarh Smart City project has signed an agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the implementation of e-governance services. The project is planned towards completion within a year. The project aims to minimise manual intervention, ensure transparency, 24×7 access to online citizen services and public grievances by eliminating the need of visiting the Government offices.

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    VN: E-government and smart city construction boosted nationwide

    As many regions in Vietnam are now on their way to enthusiastically establish their own smart city and e-government models, certain difficulties have been identified and required timely sensible solutions.

    Resolution No.52 issued on September 27, 2019 by the Politburo on policies to actively participate in Industry 4.0 clearly states that until 2025, there will be at least three smart cities in the three key economic regions in the North, Central, and the South, with the further aim of having a chain of smart cities in these regions, closely connecting to other smart cities in the world.

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    How Smart Are Smart Cities? Balancing Innovation With Privacy

    The more connected IoT devices a smart city employs, the greater the risk to individual privacy. Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs is an example of how smart city technology brings new security challenges.

    The next generation of urban infrastructure is on the horizon. As the technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT) become increasingly prolific, we can soon expect to see local authorities relying on it to improve living, working and traveling conditions in myriad ways. Everything from road traffic to municipal services could be more efficiently managed, and environmental issues from noise levels to air pollution improved.

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    US: Terbine Opens World’s Largest System of IoT Data to Smart Cities Players

    Cities, companies, universities and non-profits working on smart city projects can access trove of categorized and indexed sensor data from over 50 countries

    Terbine announced today in conjunction with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that it is opening its enormous system of IoT data feeds to organizations involved with smart city research and pilot projects. Created over an intensive multi-year process, the Terbine Exchange now offers sensor data sources that include electricity, water, wastewater, air quality, vehicular counts and movements from land/air/sea and many others.

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    Smart cities must be cyber-smart cities

    Andrew Lee, ESET Government Affairs Liaison looks into how cities turn to IoT to address long-standing urban problems, what are the risks of leaving cybersecurity behind at the planning phase?

    You’ve probably heard the term “smart cities” – that is, the idea that extensive use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to monitor energy, utilities and transportation infrastructure can lead to cost savings, reduction of environmental impact and faster fault resolution.

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    High-speed government network launched in Oman

    The Ministry of Technology and Communication in Oman together with Oman Broadband and Ooredoo has launched the high-speed Oman Government Network (OGN) in Muscat.

    This is an integrated and safe government network that meets the future demands of e.oman projects, like the G-Cloud, the official Oman eGovernment services portal, the National Data Center and other e.oman infrastructure projects.

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    2019
    Jumptuit Announces the Launch of Jumptuit Smart City: Smarter Data for Smart Cities

    Smart City and Regional Development Begins With Data Not Technology

    Jumptuit, Inc., announces the launch of Jumptuit Smart City, delivering smarter data services to all sectors of smart cities through Jumptuit's Regulated Contributory Data Streaming Service.

    Jumptuit Smart City is part of The Jumptuit Group encompassing a broad spectrum of data that impacts Smart Citizen and Smart Business services in all sectors including healthcare, education, residential and commercial buildings, transportation and logistics, finance, insurance, energy, utilities and government.

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    US: How the federal government can promote sustainable smart cities

    As citizens adapt to changing environments, the government has a responsibility to advocate for traditionally underserved populations.

    While many of us might picture flying cars, bullet trains and billboards that recognize us as we pass by, most smart city technology will be far less flashy than depicted in popular culture. That doesn't mean these urban areas will be any less exciting or life changing.

    The reality? Most smart city initiatives are already underway and promote an important quality embedded within their design: sustainability.

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    BD: E-governance is the way forward

    This plan could not have come any sooner

    One of the best initiatives that the government has taken over the last decade is Digital Bangladesh -- an initiative which plans to bring technologies with the specific aim to make the lives of the people of this country easier and better.

    And, to a great extent, this dream of a Digital Bangladesh has been pushed closer and closer to reality, be it through greater internet penetration or the construction of Hi-Tech Parks across the nation.

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    The exciting future of digital development in Sweden

    The exciting future of digital development in Sweden is explored here, with a focus on the potential of artificial intelligence

    According to the Government of Sweden, digital policy is about promoting and utilising the opportunities that digitalisation offers. Also, it incorporates regulation of electronic and digital communications, network and information security, for example, plus digital infrastructure and broadband access. This important area of public policy in Sweden also concerns e-government issues, such as using digital policy to ensure the activities of government agencies are more efficient and to simplify how the public makes contact with them, for example, using electronic signatures and open data.(1)

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    BD: E-Governance Service Starts Journey

    ‘One Pay’ ‘One Service’ and ‘One Shop’ in one platform

    Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said, “The name of Bangladesh will be added to the list of top 50 countries in the United Nations’ (UN) e-governance development index by the next five years expanding and developing its digital services.

    He came up with the remarks while addressing the program on the launching of e-government master plan report and A2i’s three citizen services at the city’s ICT tower yesterday.

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    BD: Govt launches three online platforms

    Three digital one-stop platforms -- Eksheba, Ekpay and Ekshop -- to enable people to get different government services and pay utility bills and fees were launched yesterday.

    Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the platforms in a ceremony organised by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division at the ICT Tower in Dhaka.

    The platforms were developed by the Access to Information (a2i) programme under the ICT division.

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    ‘Smart Cities’ Are Poised to Change Health, Safety, and Everything in Between

    The future of modern cities is anchored in data.

    In 1999, a new device called a “smart phone” was just starting to hit the market—and it was a revelation. Smart phones, from the Simon Personal Communicator, launched by IBM in 1994, to the Blackberry, to the Apple iPhone, effectively changed the way we receive and distribute information. With smart phones, users could store several gigs worth of files in their pocket, communicate quickly through text and predictive typing, and access breaking news at the click of a button.

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    The time for cities to get smart is now

    Unprecedented urbanization is compelling cities to fundamentally reimagine and transform for the future – and fast. According to the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, roughly half of the world’s population lives in cities today and that figure is expected to increase to 68% by 2050.

    You don’t have to be a city planner to imagine the impact of urbanization on infrastructure, systems and resources. There are undoubtedly risks – increased pollution, poverty, crime and cost of living, among others. But cities that take steps now to get smart and prepare can make way for economic growth, efficiency and a better quality of life for citizens.

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    Smart cities must pay more attention to the people who live in them

    Around 68% of the global population might live in urban areas by 2050. Smart cities will likely be a part of this future, promising to make our lives more convenient, more secure and more sustainable.

    Mostly, the stakeholders of smart city projects are politicians, consultants, academics and tech companies. However, the most important group of stakeholders is often missing: the ordinary citizens that will have to live in these transformed cities.

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    Smart Cities Will Need to Put People First – Not Technology – in Order to Survive

    Smart cities are going to have to put the people living there first if they're hoping to innovate.

    Smart cities are the future, but as modern infrastructure advances, it's finding itself at a crossroads with the actual people that live there.

    Modern cities are facing a wealth of problems, from climate change to housing costs to traffic to unemployment. Historically these issues have been tackled using politics and community incentives, but now, they're being tackled with new smart city tech. Things like ride-sharing or home-sharing, connected public transport, et cetera.

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    This is what a smart city should do for its people

    We are living through interesting times. As Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for most people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges facing humanity.

    One thing is certain: we live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are the new engines of growth in the global economy, responsible for 80% of global GDP.

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    NG: Lagos to procure 3000km optical fibre for ICT integration

    The Lagos State Government is set to acquire a 3000km fibre cable to enable the provision of WiFi connectivity to ease business transactions in the state, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Aramide Adeyoye, has said.

    Adeyoye who made this known during a chat with journalists at the “2019 West Africa Digital Construction Conference,” held at Radisson Blu, Hotel, Ikeja Lagos, opined that the development was in line with the smart city dream of Lagos.

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    LK: SLT paves the way “Towards a digital nation” by partnering INFOTEL 2019

    Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading broadband and digital services provider in Sri Lanka was proud to announce that it will be partnering the much awaited national ICT expo, INFOTEL 2019 which will be conducted at the BMICH from 1st to 3rd November 2019. Running for the 27th consecutive year, the theme of this year’s expo is “Towards a digital nation”.

    INFOTEL provides the ideal platform where ICT knowledge and experience as well as futuristic ICT solutions can be shared with business leaders, professionals, students, educationalists and many others, creating an ideal environment for the generation of global business opportunities as well as opportunities for expediting the country’s economic development. Having conducted the first INFOTEL expo nearly three decades ago, today, its scope and reach has expanded greatly. This year’s INFOTEL expo will cover areas such as ICT education, training and career guidance, software solutions, hardware and digital devices as well as digital lifestyles and smart city concepts, mobile computing, systems integration, computer gaming, cloud computing and emerging technologies such as IoTs, robotics etc. SLT will be partnering with the INFOTEL 2019 as the Principal Sponsor

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    IN: Modi govt vowed 100 smart cities in 5 yrs. Nine months to deadline, only 30% funds released

    A large number of Smart City projects are still under implementation, while full complement of approvals and mobilisation of resources are yet to happen.

    It may be recalled that development of smart cities was considered a key player in the direction of comprehensively developing physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure of cities, all important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investments to the city, thereby setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development.

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    IN: ‘Internet of things to be a game changer’

    Asia’s Largest LoRaWAN conference, The Things Conference India 2019 commenced at Hyderabad on Friday.

    Asia’s Largest LoRaWAN conference, The Things Conference India 2019 commenced at Hyderabad on Friday. Focused on IoT and LoRaWAN, and bringing together global leaders and government bodies, this two-day global conference drives India to become a smart nation at a low cost. The effort is on finding ways to make internet of things affordable and sustainable and it is going to be a game changer, say experts.

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    SI: Novo Mesto: Becoming A Smart City Is Not A Goal; It’s A Lifestyle

    Novo Mesto is a small Slovenian city located on scenic bend of the River Krka. Settled in prehistoric times, the city has always been smart about the way it manages its resources. The idea of keeping the air, water and soil clean for future generations is deeply ingrained in the collective mindset. Citizens and tourists can jump into the river for a swim right from the town’s main square.

    “We’re not the first or the last people to live on this planet,” says the city’s deputy mayor, Bostjan Grobler. “Becoming a smart city is not a goal. Keeping our people and environment healthy in order to provide sustainable jobs and attractive living spaces is our goal. Technology helps us achieve that.”

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    NG: Kwara to spend N100m on state library, e-learning, innovation hub

    Kwara state government will spend at least N100m to renovate the state Library complex and use it as a launchpad for e-learning and temporary headquarters for the state’s innovation hub, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said late Wednesday.

    He said the renovation work would begin very soon as part of his efforts to reposition the education sector in the state and prepare the youths for a brighter future built on innovative skills and opportunities to be among the best in the country.

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    Vietnam’s plans for smart city projects

    Vietnam is pushing for smart city programmes to improve municipal management and boost the economy.

    Vietnam’s cities and provinces are pushing for smart city programmes and combining technology with internet-connected devices to enhance municipal management and boost the economy.

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    Are Smart Cities the Pathway to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Adoption?

    At the recent Blockchain LIVE 2019 hosted annually in London, I had the pleasure of giving a talk on Next Generation Infrastructure: Building a Future for Smart Cities. What exactly is a “smart city?” The term refers to an overall blueprint for city designs of the future. Already half the world’s population lives in a city, which is expected to grow to sixty-five percent in the next five years. Tackling that growth takes more than just simple urban planning. The goal of smart cities is to incorporate technology as an infrastructure to alleviate many of these complexities. Green energy, forms of transportation, water and pollution management, universal identification (ID), wireless Internet systems, and promotion of local commerce are examples of current of smart city initiatives.

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    ‘Start with the impact, not the tech’: Hitachi Vantara’s smart city approach

    Smart cities leverage technology built into the city’s infrastructure to manage resources more efficiently. This can include anything from smart waste management to energy supply to transport. But one thing they all have in common is their dependence on a stream of citizen-generated data, gathered from internet of things (IoT) devices, to inform smarter decisions.

    Smart city technologies have been implemented around the world, such as Barcelona, Dubai and Milton Keynes. These projects usually involve working with another organisation to assist in their planning and implementation. One of the leading players in this area is Hitachi Vantara, which works with local governments and municipalities around the world to bring their smart city projects to fruition.

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    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City Limited 4th BoD meeting: Smart Infrastructure and facilities forthcoming

    The 4th Board of Directors (BoD) meeting of the Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) saw approval of several proposals for building smart infrastructure and facilities for the citizens, providing them hassle-free access to public services. Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department, chaired the meeting.

    During the meeting, extensive discussions were held on all proposals and put before CEO Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary for approval. A number of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) were approved for execution whereas several others were accepted in principle and asked to be put before the board after re-evaluation and value-addition.

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    GB: Overcoming obstacles to digital transformation

    In the UK, there is an increasing number of government transformation programmes underway, designed to manage the introduction of new technology and associated changes. Whether it’s an online portal for tax returns, chatbot apps for customer interactions or large-scale smart city services, technology is now a vital part of public life. Today, there are at least 19 such digital transformation programmes in operation, together costing the taxpayer almost £38 billion.

    Despite the UK Government’s clear commitment to using technology to improve services and save money, it’s accepted that squeezed public sector budgets and complex requirements make adopting digital technologies on a large-scale difficult. Compounding the complexity in this highly regulated world, any tech initiative must be trusted, secure and reliable.

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    A city can only be as smart as its citizens

    As technology revolutionises the way we live, work and travel, Smarter Tomorrow 2019 provides a forum to consider how smart cities should evolve: along with technological innovation, cities also need to plan for the social experimentation that will lead to the necessary regulatory reform

    In recent years, the idea of a ‘smart city’ has shifted from science fiction to meaningless buzzword to – finally – something that is becoming reality for many. Our towns and cities are becoming more intelligent and connected every day.

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    Building a ‘nervous system’ for smart cities

    Smart cities are no longer a utopian dream of the future. Thanks to a slew of innovative and game-changing technologies, they are already active and growing quickly.

    Smart cities could be described as the junction between three main areas, namely digital transformation, environmental sustainability and economic performance. They can be described as a framework made up of connected technologies, designed to address the challenges of rapid urbanisation and promote more sustainable, smarter practices.

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    Pakistan ripe for digital transformation

    Technology has reduced distances and connected people across continents, turning the world into a true global village. In today’s world, nearly all of us wake up and instinctively reach out for our smartphones to check our email and social media updates, grab news bites, and engage in conversations. Many of us call the cab to work, get the previous day’s closing numbers, look for updates from our favourite brands, send or receive money, read a page or two from our favourite book, and a lot more all through our cell phones. The tech marvels we could not imagine ever coming out of the science fiction and into the real world are more than commonplace today.

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    ZW: Infrastructure Master Plan Gets Approval

    Cabinet yesterday approved an integrated National Infrastructure Development Master Plan that will ensure that development of the country's infrastructure and utilities will be done in a coordinated manner in line with Government's policy.

    Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the plan would be achieved primarily through the formulation of an integrated national infrastructural development master plan covering requirements of various sectors of the economy.

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    BH: 'Artificial Intelligence a major priority of eGovt Programme'

    Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Mohammed Ali AlQaed said that the speech of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the opening of the second session of the fifth Legislative Term of the Shura and Representatives councils, was a reaffirmation of the institutionalisation of democratic life under the reform process lead by HM the King and with the support of the government of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister, and the supervision of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

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    ZW: Government To Introduce e-Cabinet Next Year

    During the 36th Cabinet Matrix held yesterday, the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa briefed the Cabinet regarding progress on moving towards a paperless eCabinet system that will change the way cabinet meetings are held.

    The eCabinet will be accompanied by an “Executive Electronic Dashboard” allowing for the monitoring of priority government programmes in realtime. Both innovations are part of the much talked about eGovernment program which also includes ICT-based security and communication tools allowing citizens to engage with their government.

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    SG: Singapore-China collaboration on smart, sustainable cities brings opportunities for local firms: Heng Swee Keat

    As Singapore and China work together on creating smart, sustainable cities, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has called on Singapore companies to seize the opportunities that come with it.

    These could be in areas such as urban planning and design, as well as on the technology front.

    Mr Heng made the comments to the media on Wednesday (Oct 16) during his first visit to Tianjin Eco-City – the second government-to-government project between Singapore and China.

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    IN: Maharashtra: NEC bags Kalyan-Dombivli smart city project

    NEC Technologies India (NECTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has announced that it has been selected by Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) as the master system integrator for the smart city project in the twin cities. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and NECTI is also contracted to provide operation and maintenance of the systems for the following five years.

    Under the project, NECTI will implement a broad range of smart city solutions, including a smart city operations center, environmental and flood sensors, as well as an intelligent traffic management system incorporating AI-based video analytics. The contract with KDMC also covers the integration of the smart city operations center with other existing systems, such as the intelligent transport management system, parking management system and geographic information system.

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    US: States Transition from Cloud-First to Cloud-Smart Strategy

    At the NASCIO Annual Conference, Arkansas Chief Information Officer Yessica Jones explained how her state’s data center consolidation has set the stage for making smart choices about what’s going to the cloud.

    A theme among tech leaders at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference was that states are now moving from cloud first to “cloud smart.” Like many states, Arkansas, having completed its data center consolidation, is now evaluating what is ideal to move to the cloud and what is better left on-premises.

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    5G Technology makes its way to Laos

    The Vietnamese military-run medium cluster Viettel plans to roll out 5G technology in Laos by year-end. this is often Vietnam’s third overseas launch of the service.

    The country aims to expand this list to four Southeast Asian nations.

    Viettel, that is that the Vietnam’s largest mobile carrier, has been testing 5G in Union of Burma and Asian country through native arms since summer, and in its domestic market since last month, seeking to supply cheap service.

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    Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum Launches ‘Toward Digital Jordan’ Committee

    HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global), launched ‘Toward Digital Jordan’ Committee, one of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum (TAG-KF) committees.

    The Committee which includes a host of experts in information and communication technology aims at finding the appropriate means for transforming the Jordanian community into a knowledge-based society in addition to boosting economy and developing services offered to citizens.

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    DE: Lower Saxony: Emden: The Digital Transformation of Small Utilities in Germany

    A municipal utility is more than a service company: it is part of a city’s identity, core of what is often called the municipal corporation, an important power player.

    The Germany town of Emden sits at the edge of the North Sea. This community of 50,000 people has been operating as a town for over 800 years. Today, it is home to a shipbuilding wharf, an automotive plant, and a university. Emden is surrounded by water and endless flat land with windmill farms and biogas plants. Unfortunately, many young people are not convinced that Emden is the sexiest place they ever wanted to live in. Like many European regions, Emden is fighting demographic change and the exodus of young people, while larger cities fight collapse because of inflow.

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    Solve real-world challenges with IoT for smart cities

    IoT devices can improve the quality of life for citizens of smart cities in many ways, whether the devices save lives, manage noise pollution or decrease response time to natural disasters.

    When IT pros from around the world come together to solve a problem with IoT for smart cities, everyone learns something new. Itron's Smart City Challenge drew on the IoT expertise of tech startups from more than 20 countries to help the cities of London and Glasgow solve difficult challenges.

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    Digital transformation projects speed up Middle East organization innovation

    AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, has revealed customer validation of business advantage for industrial and capital intensive organizations globally who leverage digital transformation projects.

    While finance, insurance, health and retail sectors have rapidly harnessed the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data to meet the changing needs of their customers, the industrial world has been slower in adopting new technologies.

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    IN: How e-Procurement is making businesses easier, explains Sanjay Puri of C1 India

    e-Procurement is an automation software for the procurement process which empowers users to easily make purchases. In simpler terms, e-Procurement is the process of procuring goods and services online using the internet.

    E-Procurement is the process of procuring goods and services online using the internet. Sanjay Puri, CEO of C1 India, in an email interview with Zee Business online explains how e-Procurement is helping scale up businesses.

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    IN: Uttarakhand: State machinery prepares for e-cabinet meeting

    Taking an intitiave towards enhancing e-governance in the state, the Uttarakhand Government has decided to gradually make the Cabinet meetings paperless.

    A training programme was held at the Secretariat on Monday to provide all relevant information related to e-cabinet to the Ministers.

    Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the Cabinet meeting slated to be held in November will be held as an e-cabinet meeting.

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    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Digitization of Civil Sectt record

    A long awaited step has finally been taken, again by the Governor’s administration by showing the administrative will to arrange to protect, conserve, retrieve and maintain the records of all the departments and offices functioning in and from the Civil Secretariat by properly digitizing it. It is not only the need of the hour but looking to the specifically different situation the state is placed in, protecting and securing the official records was very much vital. It was beyond comprehension as to why the successive Governments were adopting lackadaisical approach towards such an important issue so far. The yawning gap between the routine of issuing directives followed by reminders and fresh directives from the Committee of Secretaries and implementation mechanism, to be fair, reveals the levels of core effectiveness of directives from ‘higher levels’ in Jammu and Kashmir.

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    Speedy public service: How can Indonesia realize it?

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo remarked that the speed of service is the key to bureaucratic reform as one of the national priorities agenda for his next term during his speech in the Indonesia Vision event last July in Bogor, West Java.

    He strongly emphasized that institutions without a reforming action would be eliminated and he himself would monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of institutions to improve the current public service speed.

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    Somaliland to Metamorphose to Full e-Government Functionality

    In an effort to keep up to systemic ultra-modern communication, the government of Somaliland is going electronic.

    In being set to establish the E-Government technology program (Somaliland e-Government) in upgrading the state communication system, the telecommunications and technology minister detailed the methodology at an extraordinary 43rd council of Cabinet Ministers meeting at the Presidency under the chairmanship of the Head of State H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi.

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    Let’s make digital transformation enduring legacy for Nigeria — Danabatta, Envoy task Pantami

    The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta has challenged the minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami and President Muhammadu Buhari to see the 70% broadband penetration target set by federal government as a legacy they can bequeath to Nigerians.

    He specifically reminded the minister of the need for the minister to double efforts in deploying 120km of optic fibre infrastructure across the country from a little under 50,000km presently in place to close the yawning gap.

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    Overview of data protection laws in Africa

    Data protection law has been gaining ground in Africa over the past 20 years. Today, out of 54 countries, 25 have passed data protection laws, the latest countries being Uganda, Nigeria and Egypt. Other countries have introduced data protection bills which are under discussion or waiting to be on the legislative agenda.

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    Development of digital sphere in Belarus discussed today at Palace of Independence

    One of the proposed initiatives is creating a new educational institution that will train personnel for the specialized companies. At the meeting, the President noted that terms “computerization” and “digitalization” should be understood by all Belarusians. The urgent issue is the introduction of e-government. This technology will be set up by 2020.

    The university's main goal will be training the personnel. BSU, BSUIR and the High-Tech Park will create the platform for training extra-class specialists! The HTP residents can be the key sponsors!. Such a university will prepare employees for specific tasks. The President supported the initiative as the university can be an excellent platform to improve the entire education system.

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    EU: Smart city projects share policy recommendations in Brussels

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the first three Smart Cities and Communities projects GrowSmarter, Remourban and Triangulum, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, hosted a joint session and shared a policy paper to summarize the experiences and the knowledge gained within the project's five years of smart city implementations.

    The goal of this joint session was to present major outcomes and to share lessons learnt from five years of smart city projects in different European regions, focusing on technical as well as political aspects of creating smart cities.

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    2019
    AE: The I.T. secret behind Dubai Police’s success in 999 calls

    Dubai Police calls to 901 and 999 handled efficiently thanks to technology like AML

    Have you ever wondered how Dubai Police works so efficiently in the emirate when a distressed call comes through.

    On Sunday morning, the UAE Mobile Government aimed the spotlight on Dubai Police and explained how they are notified when a distress call is made to 901 or 999.

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    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Govt to start telemedicine service in Srinagar

    Government is introducing telemedicine service in the capital district of Srinagar and consultations with concerned agencies are currently underway.

    The proposed service is a part of the Srinagar Smart City project one important component of which is introduction of smart healthcare in Srinagar.

    Under the proposed service all hospitals and health institutions in the district will be connected to each other through a trusted and round-the-clock satellite-based networking channel and enable remote clinical services like diagnosis and monitoring of patients.

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    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Finally, Rs 10 cr sanctioned for digitization of Civil Sectt record

    Finally, Governor’s Administration has paid required seriousness towards much-needed digitization of Civil Secretariat record by sanctioning an amount of Rs 10 crore and fixing deadline of December 2021 for the completion of the project. Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) has been directed to furnish monthly progress report both financial as well as physical to the Information Technology Department for placement before the Chief Secretary.

    EXCELSIOR on September 17, 2019 had exclusively highlighted continuous slackness on the part of the Government in implementing the decision regarding digitization of record of all the departments in the Civil Secretariat.

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    2019
    For Kenya, Smart Cities will Remain a Pipe Dream

    Kenya has been hailed as a “progressive” country spearheading sectors in technology such as mobile money payments. This perception has seen foreign companies set up their African base in Nairobi to cash in on the technology trends. Companies such as Bolt, Uber and Glovo have seen their decision to set up in Nairobi pay dividends.

    In many reports, Kenya has been hailed as one of the cities in Africa that could transform into a smart city. One of the reasons is the digitization of payments using mobile money. The country has been on a torpid journey to create Konza Technocity, another digitally-driven city.

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    2019
    Smart City Dreams of China Tech

    One thing that brings most global tech companies together regardless of their claimed area of expertise is that they are all in the business of data. That Google, Facebook and Amazon know everything about us comes as no surprise given their all-encompassing businesses, but in China, even the seemingly niche companies find innovative ways to mine user data and use it for fulfilling their futuristic fixations and not least making oodles of money.

    Didi Chuxing, Meituan-Dianping, Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and Xiaomi all have ascendancy over different sectors of Chinese tech. Didi dominates mobility; Meituan is the king of food delivery; Alibaba owns e-commerce and has stakes in a plethora of Chinese and foreign upstarts; Tencent does social media, gaming and excessive investing; Baidu rules search and aspires to lead the AI race; while Huawei churns out smartphones and telecom infrastructure. While extremely different in direction and ethos, somehow these companies all have a common dream of putting their massive databases, compiled in extremely divergent ways, to use in smart cities.

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    2019
    It seems like every city wants to be “smart” - But not all of them are succeeding

    A huge survey of more than 100 cities looks at how efforts to connect urban centers are going—and how citizens themselves feel about them.

    Cities are fast becoming “smart,” and the impact on people’s lives can be immense. Singapore’s smart traffic cameras restrict traffic depending on volume and ease the commute of thousands of passengers every day. In Kaunas, Lithuania, the cost of parking is automatically deducted from the bank accounts of drivers when they park their cars. In many cities, the timing of public buses is announced at each stop with almost perfect accuracy. And free Wi-Fi is now accessible across entire cities, including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ramallah, Palestine.

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    2019
    AE: Why data is the foundation of an exciting digital future

    Investment in tech enabling smart cities in Middle East, Africa expected to hit $2.3B mark by 2021

    Data will soon prove to be invaluable to organisations across the UAE, especially as they look to invest in technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, to become more efficient, while improving upon their sustainability.

    Experts at the conclusion of Gitex Technology Week 2019, noted that data, collected and then properly analysed, will be the building block for organisations as they roll out their digitisation initiatives.

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    2019
    PH: Isabela: Cauayan redefines ‘smart city’ in agri setting

    The local government of Cauayan, Isabela, defines its own “smart city” sans highly urbanized metropolis with autonomous cars roaming the streets.

    The northern Luzon city of Cauayan in Isabela, one of the country’s premier agro-industrial hubs, is also one of the Philippines’ first smart cities. It has its own citizen app, a unified electronic payment system across the town, and free Wi-Fi in its barangays to help the local government deliver its services to citizens more efficiently.

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    2019
    US: Government Interest in Continuous Intelligence and AI on the Rise

    AI research at US agencies includes work on autonomous systems, predictive maintenance, smart cities technology, and more.

    The US government sees a need for increased emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. To address this, the federal government plans to spend almost $1 billion in nondefense artificial intelligence research and development in fiscal 2020, according to a supplemental report to the president’s budget request.

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    2019
    NG: Nasarawa: Gov Inaugurates Free ICT Training For Workers

    Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State yesterday, inaugurated a three months training on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for workers to enhance e-governance in the state.

    Sule, while inaugurating the training in Lafia, noted that it had become imperative in order for the state to be in tune with global best practice.

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    2019
    Smart Waste Management

    IoT can greatly optimize collection services and reduce operational costs for cities, transitioning waste management into data-driven collection processes.

    Waste collection is an essential city service, yet existing waste management systems are resource-intensive, inefficient, and outdated. The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to greatly optimize collection services and reduce operational costs for cities. 

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    2019
    BG: Vratsa on its way to becoming an innovative and smart city

    The first digital hub in the region is to be established in the Bulgarian city

    The city of Vratsa is located in Northwestern Bulgaria, the slowest growing region in the country and in Europe. Here, unemployment rates are traditionally high and job and development opportunities are predominantly in the service sectors.

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    2019
    KE: County Signs MOU for Establishment of ICT Infrastructure

    The county government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm Comservice Kenya Ltd and Ahadi Africa Digital Project for the establishment of communication hubs within the county.

    The ICT and e-Government executive, George Lutomia asked the technical team to immediately embark on the work that will see learning institutions, urban areas and public offices connected to Wi-Fi and internet.

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    2019
    VN: How governments can manage the risks of digitalisation without hindering innovation

    The United States Embassy in Hà Nội yesterday held a discussion on data mobilisation and how authorities can manage the risks of digitalisation without hindering innovation.

    The speaker of the event, Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF's Center for Data Innovation, said in the past 10 years, the world had been shifting to a data-based economy.

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    2019
    US: Virginia IT Faces Criticism Amid Service Model Transition

    Everyone seems to acknowledge that Virginia's IT department faced an uphill battle transitioning to a new multi-supplier service model, but a recent audit raises multiple critical concerns.

    Legislators and the majority of agency heads in Virginia have expressed dissatisfaction with the services of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). But state CIO Nelson Moe maintains that critics should consider the time it requires to implement a multi-supplier service model, especially after a disastrous stint with a single uncooperative supplier, Northrop Grumman.

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    2019
    Going Electric: What You Need to Know About EV Fleet Management

    Fleet adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is on the rise. With government targets to cut carbon emissions, the continued push to reduce fleet costs, and the increasing choice and affordability of EVs, this trend will only continue.

    Key factors to consider in an EV adoption strategy

    Through looking at the maximum range a vehicle completes in one day, you are able to choose what kind of EV you require. Range anxiety is often cited as one of the main reasons fleets have not yet switched to EVs, as they do not want their drivers to be stranded without access to charging facilities. Analyzing the maximum distance driven by a vehicle provides an immediate pass/fail gate when considering an electric vehicle.

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    2019
    US Army Uses Smart Cities to See If IoT is Ready for Battle

    The Army is examining how IoT and smart city tech can be used in combat situations.

    Smart cities could help the military perform better on the battlefield. The Army Research Laboratories (ARL) is studying smart city infrastructure to see how it might improve the military’s capabilities in dense urban environments. It’s part of their exploration of the latest spin-off of the IoT, the IoBT, or the internet of battlefield things. They want to see how the IoBT can use sensors and other IoT technology and are doing so by testing a long-range, wide-area network (LoRaWAN).

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    2019
    US: Engaging community is key for smart-city development, officials say

    Local officials who install “smart” technologies and develop policy initiatives without first assessing the actual needs and concerns of their residents miss the point of building internet-connected cities, several government and non-profit technology officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at the Smart Cities Connect Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, Jordan Davis, the director of Smart Columbus, the nonprofit agency that promotes Columbus, Ohio‘s “smart city” program, said that early community outreach is critical to develop trust between government and the denizens unfamiliar with new technologies being deployed in their neighborhoods. Without that engagement, residents could assume that officials are covering up details of what the tech does, or not believe that they benefit from their adoption.

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    2019
    TW: Taipei City to draft rules to allay smart machine fears: Ko

    Vending machines that scan student ID cards might be aimed at collecting data, a councilor said, but the city said they only scan card numbers

    Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that he would ask the Taipei Department of Information Technology to draft a special regulation to protect personal information, after smart vending machines placed on school campuses in the city sparked privacy concerns.

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    U.S. can't crack top 10 in survey of 'smartest' cities

    A new index ranking the 102 “smartest” cities in the world, based on interviews with residents about how technologically advanced their infrastructures and municipal services are, contains just nine cities in the United States — all of which landed outside the top 10.

    San Francisco came in at No. 12 on the IMD Smart City Index 2019, the inaugural edition of a survey conducted by the Swiss International Institute for Management Development and Singapore University for Technology and Design. Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, Denver and Seattle all cracked the top 40, while Chicago and Philadelphia placed at 53rd and 54th, respectively.

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    GI: A digital future without barriers

    It’s no secret that citizens do not enjoy having to visit to Government counters to conduct their administrative business. People work during Government business hours and businesses need to prioritise their time to be productive. Unfortunately, having to go to the ETB, tax office, licensing dept is a still an extremely cumbersome chore that can take up valuable amounts of your time.

    This is why eGovernment can be a game changer for Gibraltar.

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    2019
    AE: MoF launches government e-service fees platform and strategic partnerships map at GITEX

    This is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transition from an e-government to smart government.

    As part of its strategy to enhance efficiency and performance through leading-edge information technology solutions, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) launched the Government e-Service Fees platform and a Strategic Partnerships Map at GITEX Technology Week 2019. These initiatives underscore the ministry's commitment to further improve its services and adopt best practices in digital transformation. This is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transition from an e-government to smart government.

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    2019
    Vietnam cities embrace smart technology

    In efforts to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), cities and provinces in Vietnam are pushing smart city programmes, combining technology with internet-connected devices to enhance municipal management and economy.

    Smart cities, with new technologies and integration based on sensor collection and analysis of data, are expected to drive economic, environmental and social benefits in many cities and provinces in Vietnam – optimising traffic flows in real time, reducing energy consumption and automating waste management.

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    2019
    VN: Smart city challenges Gov’t and localities

    In efforts to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), cities and provinces in Việt Nam are pushing smart city programmes, combining technology with internet-connected devices to enhance municipal management and economy.

    Smart cities, with new technologies and integration based on sensor collection and analysis of data, are expected to drive economic, environmental and social benefits in many cities and provinces in Việt Nam – optimising traffic flows in real time, reducing energy consumption and automating waste management.

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    2019
    Turning digital: challenges and perspectives for science and research in the EU

    The internet and digital technologies are already transforming the EU member states’ knowledge and operation systems. During last five years the turn has come to science, research and innovation with a new concept of free access to all kind of research (called “open access”). The Baltic States science community has to take this challenge seriously.

    Most states in Europe, as well as in the world, are witnessing a serious increase both in the amount of science information produced and research data for use in social development. There are already billions of managed data in digital devices and services for personal and professional needs, as well as data through the science digitized literature.

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    ZA: e-Gov irregular expenditure under fire

    The Democratic Alliance has said that it is “unacceptable” that the Department of e-Government incurred irregular expenditure of R31,9-million for the 2018/2019 financial year.

    “According to the annual report for e-Government this irregular expenditure occurred as the department did not follow the required procurement processes,” says Adriana Randall, DA shadow MEC for Finance and e-Government. “Furthermore, the annual report indicates that some of the irregular expenditure relates to instances where the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes were not followed.

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    2019
    Work kicks off on $4.2 billion smart city in Vietnam’s Hanoi

    Work has started on Hanoi’s first smart city project in Dong Anh district, with an investment capital of more than $4.2 billion.

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, leaders of ministries, branches and Japanese officials attended the event to mark the beginning of construction on Sunday.

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    2019
    Smart city ranking focuses on citizens’ perceptions

    A new ranking focuses on how citizens perceive the priorities and effectiveness of smart city initiatives.

    A new ranking from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities ‘smart’.

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    2019
    The role of 5G in bringing the reality of smart cities closer

    5G is expected to have an impact on many industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.

    It will enable the creation of a connected infrastructure, such as smart electrical grids that will be able to monitor and analyse energy consumption, smart streetlights with gunshot detectors to improve police threat response, and connected traffic lights across the city to facilitate a seamless flow of traffic. 5G is a key element in making smart cities a reality and, in the shorter term, it will transform the way we travel around cities.

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    2019
    MM: Government begins electronic birth registration in Mon State

    The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) began rolling out an electronic birth registration system in Mon State on Thursday.

    The system is part of the Mobile Birth and Death Registration (MBDR) project carried out by the government, UNICEF and Telenor Group.

    The CSO utilises an electronic platform, known as the Vital Registration E-Platform, to document and archive birth and death records.

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    2019
    No US cities make top 10 of global smart city ranking

    Dive Brief:

    • The IMD World Competitiveness Center partnered with the Singapore University of Technology and Design to release an index ranking 102 global smart cities. The rankings are based on residents' perceptions of issues related to structures and technology applications available to them in their city.
    • The top five global cities are Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva and Copenhagen. Nine U.S. cities made the list; the highest ranking one is San Francisco at No. 12. It is then followed by a bevy of U.S. cities further down the list: Washington, DC (31); Boston (32); Denver (33); Seattle (34); Los Angeles (35); New York City (38); Chicago (53); and Philadelphia (54).
    • The index notes that being a globally recognized smart city now is critical to attract investment and talent. This is the first edition of the index and it took the partners two years of work to compile. Researchers hope to expand the scope of topics studied as well as the number of cities included in future editions.

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    2019
    PK: Punjab: Lahore to be made smart city: CM Buzdar

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Thursday claimed that Lahore will be made a smart city by 2025.

    Talking to a delegation led by Chief Executive Officer Huawei Pakistan Saif Chi, who called him at his office, CM Buzdar welcomed the technical assistance of Huawei in the establishment of Safe City Authority and hoped that it will also extend cooperation in the digitization of Punjab.

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    US: The Dos and Don'ts of Community Broadband Network Planning

    Rural areas face substantial risks in their efforts to provide high-speed Internet to citizens who live in remote places. Here's what local leaders should consider as they plan to expand broadband.

    The essential point at the Nevada Broadband Workshop in Reno last Friday was this: Communities that want broadband should produce a plan that’s as comprehensive as possible.

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    Digital Twin Technology Can Make Smart Cities Even Smarter

    As technologies like the Internet of Things, virtual reality and augmented reality mature, city planners can build virtual replicas of urban infrastructure to better respond to local energy and environmental changes.

    Imagine the potential benefits of having a nearly complete digital replica of a city — a virtual model of its roads, buildings and public spaces — combined with real-time information feeds from sensors and other data sources. Residents could visualize the impact of new construction before breaking ground. First responders could run computer simulations to prepare for potential emergency scenarios. And city planners could better analyze and respond to local energy and environmental changes.

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    2019
    IN: Nagaland: Implementation of Kohima Smart City projects in full swing

    Chief Minister Nephiu Rio today informed that Kohima was selected as one of the 100 smart cities on September 20, 2016 and implementation of projects have begun in full swing.

    Currently Kohima is ranked 1st among the 10 North East Smart Cities.

    Under this project, along with the smart cities in the country the “100 days Smart City Special Initiative Campaign on Sanitation” was launched with special focus on awareness creation on plastic pollution and waste management with special emphasis on waste segregation and moving towards the practice of Zero Waste.

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    Preliminary smart city study results show investment pays off, if the digital innovation is managed properly

    The study looked at 100 metro centers around the globe and found smart city initiatives produce economic, financial and social benefits. However, cyber-risks also grow, making the need for proper management more important.

    Preliminary results of the “2019 Smart City Research Initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City” show most of the 100 metro centers evaluated worldwide experienced positive economic, financial and social impacts from their investments. Cyber-risks could also increase if the digital innovation associated with these investments is not managed properly; particularly surrounding financial and payment systems.

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    PH: DTI taps e-payment platforms for biz name registration

    It will now be easier for sole proprietors to register their business names.

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has partnered with online payment platforms GCash, PayMaya and LinkBiz to enable businesses to transact with the agency online.

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    Australia slips down digital rankings

    We've dropped from 9th most competitive to 14th.

    Australian business is falling behind its competitors in digital preparedness in a global survey of economies that found the nation dropped from 9th most competitive in 2015 to 14th this year.

    The ranking, produced by the Switzerland based IMD World Competitiveness Centre, found Australian businesses rated 45 for digital agility out of the 63 countries surveyed.

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    News Emerging Europe largely absent from World Competitiveness Ranking

    Few of emerging Europe’s countries feature in the 2019 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, with the globe’s top five remain unchanged (US, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland).

    Estonia ranked 29th, followed by Lithuania (30th) and Slovenia (32nd). Slovakia (47th), Croatia (51st) and Ukraine (60th) are the other countries in the emerging Europe region to feature.

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    EU: €30 Million Triangulum sustainable cities project reaches completion

    The findings from the Manchester pilot will be used to develop smart city quarters in other cities around the world.

    Participating cities in the €30 million Triangulum project are beginning to share the first results from the future smart cities programme, which is drawing to a close after five years.

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    EE: Doctors criticize death registry e-service

    Family Physicians' Association of Estonia (Eesti Perearstide Selts) have criticised the implementation of the digital registering of deaths, saying the service does not work.

    On Jul. 1 an e-service was introduced so that relatives of the deceased would no longer have to register a death at a government office. Instead, the government office could electronically take the document directly from the health care facility or hospital.

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    TZ: Minister issues ultimatum on e-procurement

    Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango has directed heads of public institutions, which are yet to join in the Tanzania National e-Procurement System (TANePS) to do so before December 31.

    Dr Mpango warned that those institutions that will fail to join in the system will be forced to vacate their offices.

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    AE: 33 Sharjah Government Departments To Unveil Digital Launches At GITEX Technology Week

    The Sharjah Department of e-Government has announced that 33 government departments will participate in the 39th GITEX Technology Week from 6th-10th October, at Dubai World Trade Centre.

    The departments are participating in line with Sharjah e-Government's determination to support digital transformation and develop processes and systems across government entities in the emirate.

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