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  • Do
    Feb
    21
    2019
    South Korea mayor says he wants 'smart cities' in the North

    The mayor of South Korea's second-largest city wants to bring North Korea into the 21st century.

    Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don, a member of the country's ruling Democratic Party, is proposing a "North Korea development bank" and an inter-Korea "smart city" cooperation project, Seoul Pyongyang News reported Thursday.

  • Do
    Feb
    21
    2019
    IN: AYUSH Ministry Launches Web Portal ‘E-Aushadi’ For Online Licensing Matters

    Union Ministry of AYUSH launched the e-AUSHADHI website on Wednesday (13 February) to facilitate the online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs and related matters.

    This portal is expected to promote increased transparency, improved information management facility, improved data usability and increased accountability in the AYUSH medicine ecosystem in the country.

  • Do
    Feb
    21
    2019
    IN: Two-and-a-half years after its launch, states match centre’s expenditure on this online platform

    After initial hiccups, States now account for half of the total procurements done through the government's own online platform for public procurement - GeM.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to bring transparency in public procurement has been a big success. The online marketplace created for the purpose has seen huge volumes from both the central and state government departments with states accounting for a half of the total purchases made through the online marketplace GeM.

  • Do
    Feb
    21
    2019
    SA: SAMA inaugrates ‘Tanfeeth’ Program to link govt systems with banks

    The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) launched on Thursday the "Tanfeeth" program that aims to provide direct link between the technological systems of government and banks operating in the Kingdom. The program is set to provide integration between them.

    SAMA clarified that it seeks through "Tanfeeth" program to promote the level of cooperation with government agencies to overcome difficulties and obstacles that may face the joint work between SAMA and other entities.

  • Mi
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart City to get award for digital payment

    The Smart City Bhubaneswar has been chosen as the best digital payment innovator-2018 by the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA). The award is given for initiatives facilitating digital payment for services that the citizens avail. In August last year, 72 smart cities participated in Smart Cities Digital Payment Awards, 2018.

    There were three categories of award, including Best Digital Payment Adopter, Best Digital Payment Innovator and Fastest Smart City Focusing on Digital Payments.

  • Mi
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: Data Analytics Versus Data Localisation

    Where technology has overcome the physical boundaries of country borders, the government need not create limiting boundaries

    With the burgeoning penetration of the Internet – some estimate e-commerce to soon go past $38 billion. Data is the new currency of wealth and power. Its consumption will also account for more than 50 per cent of telco revenues.

  • Mi
    Feb
    20
    2019
    IN: 'Swachh JNU' mobile app relaunched

    The Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity on Wednesday relaunched "Swachh JNU" mobile app with additional features aimed at seeking students help in dealing with alarming rise of pollution level inside the campus. This free of cost application works on smart phones which is a commonly used gadget by everyone today. This would be a real-time monitoring and reporting system, which would help the entire university community at large, said an official of JNU. This is one among the many initiatives the University has taken to bring efficiency, transparency and overall JNU community welfare. IIRS/ISRO has coordinated this program in collaboration with many other national institutions. This is the first time that such an App is being used in any University system in the country, said in the official.

  • Mi
    Feb
    20
    2019
    Tunisia receives €40 million support from Germany for an E-government program

    Germany provided €40 million to Tunisia for an E-government program, according to a communique published on February 12, 2019, by Tunisia’s ministry of development, investment and international cooperation.

    “The modernization of the administration, a key theme of major reforms, is being implemented by the government”, said Zied Ladhari (photo), Tunisia’s minister of development, investment and international cooperation, indicating that a timeline would be set to conclude technical talks between the various institutions involved and the German partner.

  • Di
    Feb
    19
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Chalai & Manaveeyam chosen for smart road project in pilot phase

    Smart road project, as part of the Smart city scheme, will be first implemented at Chalai and Manaveeyam.

    Smart city Thiruvananthapuram limited (SCTL) recently held a meeting with road owners and utility providers to reach consensus on the arrangement of water lines, sewer lines, storm water drains, electric lines (HT and LT) and optical fibre cables (OFC). The plan is to convert all roads under area-based development (ABD) into smart roads. SCTL has identified 72.5km roads covering nine wards in ABD area.

  • Di
    Feb
    19
    2019
    Pakistan Citizen Portal highlighted at World Government Summit

    Pakistan Citizen Portal App was selected amongst the top three apps out of over 4600 entries for an award at the World Government Summit on Monday.

    Reports revealed that the application from Pakistan secured a spot in the top three, from 87 participating countries with over 4,646 entries at the World Government Summit in Dubai in the category of Best Mobile Government Apps.

  • Mo
    Feb
    18
    2019
    Namibian parliament goes digital

    Namibia is set to transform into a paperless parliament, as per e-government and e-parliament policies, from Wednesday 13 February 2019

    Peter Katjavivi, the Namibian speaker of parliament, has announced that the parliament has already made arrangements with its sister parliament, the Parliament of Finland, concerning the development.

  • So
    Feb
    17
    2019
    AE: UK learning from UAE e-government model: UK Minister

    Zahawi hailed the innovation culture the UAE government is keen on establishing.

    The United Kingdom is seeking to grow the number of UK universities in the UAE as well as to learn from the UAE e-government programme model, according to Nadhim Zahawi, Member of Parliament and Minister Responsible for Special Education Needs in UK.

  • Sa
    Feb
    16
    2019
    IN: Kerala: ‘E-governance in education to ease things for students’

    While addressing the gathering he also expressed his grief by noting much of the time of the students gets wasted in completing procedures and lining up to buy and fill up application forms.

    “The greatest revolution of our times has been the knowledge explosion, which has changed many of our concepts about education,” said Governor P Sathasivam while inaugurating the e-governance and e-learning system at St Albert’s College, Ernakulam, on Friday.

  • Sa
    Feb
    16
    2019
    VN: Hanoi works with international smart cities and business to build e-government and smart city by 2025

    Hanoi’s authority has exchanged experience with the world’s leading smart city authorities as well as IT corporations

    Hanoi has developed a strategy and roadmap to build smart city by 2025, along with the project titled “The smart city ICT architecture for Hanoi”. Hanoi is developing this smart city with the goal of building an e-government.

  • Sa
    Feb
    16
    2019
    EU: Cities and regions contribute to the development of artificial intelligence

    Ethical guidelines and legislative proposals at European level are urgently needed to ensure that the major socio-economic transformations triggered by artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to a better quality of life for European citizens, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) states in an opinion drafted by Jan Trei (EE/EPP), Mayor of Viimsi Rural Municipality.

    In a recent communication the European Commission sets out a European initiative on AI, aiming to boost the EU's technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy and to prepare for socio-economic changes it is bringing. However, EU's cities and regions regret that the proposed measures are not enough binding and ambitious and do not cover the public sector at local and regional level.

  • Fr
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digital transformation of Arab world uncovered in Digital Arabia Network [#DAN] MENA Roadshow

    Lebanese startup scene attracted 10% of investment deals in MENA region in 2018

    The Digital Arabia Network (DAN), in partnership with the Beirut Digital District (BDD), hosted a MENA Roadshow on February 6, 2019, in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon. The results of DAN’s first year project were unveiled, highlighting digital transformations across the Arab world, in innovation, education, business, media and research.

  • Fr
    Feb
    15
    2019
    US: Public Records Belong to the Public

    There’s no reason for the federal government to profit from access to court documents.

    One bright spot of the Trump era is a greater public understanding of the rule of law and the institutions and individuals who sustain it.

    But concerned citizens who wish to keep up with court cases — not to mention journalists covering them — face a barrier: the byzantine and overly expensive Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, more commonly known as Pacer.

  • Fr
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digitilization, Its Impacts and Challenges in Lebanon

    Although digitization in Lebanon generally fares well compared to other countries in the MENA region, this system has not yet been fully embraced by most sectors in the country.

    A report released by the Digital Arabia Network Mapping Project showed that Lebanon has 143 digital actors, the highest number of which, 67, belonging to the business and innovation industries.

  • Do
    Feb
    14
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Digital Transformation - People, process, then technology

    Second annual Beyond Digital Transformation in Sudbury talks tech for the sake of human lives

    The digital transformation is not as much about tech, as it is about people.

    The overlying theme at the second annual Beyond Digital Transformation conference was on how it is transforming mining for the greater good of the people that work in it.

  • Do
    Feb
    14
    2019
    Canadians are rightly worried about invasion of privacy in smart cities

    The Conversation) In January 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan argued that privacy concerns about the smart city proposed for Toronto's waterfront should not be allowed to ' reverse 25 years of good, solid work and 40 years of dreaming on the Toronto waterfront.'

    But a recent survey suggests that Canadians have strong concerns about giving up on 50 years of struggle for privacy rights so that Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs , can establish a smart city in Toronto.

  • Do
    Feb
    14
    2019
    BS: Stakeholders participate in meetings with e-Governance Academy regarding digitization of government services

    In keeping with its thrust towards E-government, the Bahamas Government is hosting meetings with local stakeholders and representatives of e-Governance Academy, Estonia, from February 4-8, 2019.

    The meetings are intended to provide participants with an overview of the impact of digitization on Estonia and the advantages for The Bahamas. It is expected that eventually the Academy will propose the way forward for e-government transformation for The Bahamas.

  • Do
    Feb
    14
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for Bell, IBM smart city research

    Bell Canada and IBM Canada Ltd. are teaming up with the Toronto-area city of Markham, Ont., to test a new generation of systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding.

    The six-month research program that starts in April will combine Bell’s broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various parts of the city of 355,000 residents, northeast of Toronto.

  • Do
    Feb
    14
    2019
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore: Water table of Smart City areas to be increased

    Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) would not only erect attractive buildings and launch smart services but it would also recharge underground water level in the areas falling under Smart City project. ISCDL is going to set up modular type of rain water harvesting system to increase underground water level at cost of Rs 6.75 crore.

    “We have invited tenders for the purpose,” said ISCDL chief executive officer Rohan Saxena. ISCDL has invited for construction of modular type rain harvesting system/storm water management using copolymer based cross wave technology. Saxena said they have identified government buildings where this system would be installed.

  • Mi
    Feb
    13
    2019
    TN: Malta wants to boost its IT cooperation with Tunisia

    On February 4, 2019, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (photo), president of the Republic of Malta, during her official visit in Tunisia in the framework of the joint Tunisia-Malta committee expressed her will to see a boost in the cooperation between the two countries, in the IT sector notably. According to Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Malta currently experienced dynamism in various IT segments like the Blockchain; an experience and know-how that could be shared with other countries such as Tunisia.

    In 2014, the European commission's CORDIS presented Malta as one of the IT markets whose development is growing faster than in Europe. The country recorded above-average performances in the E-governance.

  • Mi
    Feb
    13
    2019
    JO: King calls for transparency in appointing gov’t employees

    His Majesty chairs part of Cabinet meeting

    His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday highlighted the importance for appointments in the government to be based on competence and expertise, and to be transparent and just.

    King Abdullah, during a visit to the Prime Ministry where he chaired part of a Cabinet meeting, directed the government to explain its decisions to citizens and to reconsider any appointment that was not based on transparent and fair procedures, according to a Royal Court statement.

  • Mi
    Feb
    13
    2019
    KZ: Expert Council on Digitisation discusses e-government, developing startup culture

    The International Expert Council on Digitisation discussed at its Jan. 31 meeting international practices in digital development, the role of e-government as well as how to nurture young talent and develop a startup culture.

    The gathering also discussed economic sustainability in developing technology and the impact of innovation ecosystems on education and employment.

  • Mi
    Feb
    13
    2019
    DSTI Sierra Leone signs a new partnership with e-Governance Academy of Estonia

    The Government of Sierra Leone wants to use technology to transform Sierra Leone into an innovation nation; in this regard, its Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI Sierra Leone) has secured a new partnership with the e-Governance Academy of Estonia (eGA). The eGA is a global leader for digital transformation for central and local governments.

    DSTI Sierra Leone and eGA have signed a three-year MoU to establish technical collaboration on e-governance for public service delivery and administration in Sierra Leone.

  • Mi
    Feb
    13
    2019
    Smart cities: how can the UK overcome barriers to adoption?

    Although there has been investment in smart technology in a number of cities in the past few years, the UK is still lagging behind world-leaders such as Singapore. Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, discusses how the UK can overcome barriers to adoption

    In its most basic terms, a smart city is a municipality which incorporates technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), GPS tracking and the Internet of Things (IoT), into its physical infrastructure in order to improve public services, make its citizens safer and improve overall quality of life.

  • Di
    Feb
    12
    2019
    News New software aims to bring transparency to Ukrainian civil service

    The Ukrainian National Civil Service Agency (NACS) has signed 1.5 million US dollar contract for the supply and installation of a Human Resources (and Payroll) Management Information System (HRMIS) for Ukrainian public administration institutions.

    The HRMIS is a modern software that combines and automates a number of HR functions and analytical tools, such as storing employee data, managing payrolls, recruitment, and benefits administration. Importantly, it also provides public access to open data related to the headcount and payroll of public administration institutions.

  • Di
    Feb
    12
    2019
    European company law: going digital

    A revision of European company law means that establishing and setting up a business could become cheaper and easier.

    An new set of rules to facilitate the digital operation of business procedures under new European company law has been provisionally agreed by EU co-legislators. The new rules aim to save businesses time and money, while increasing safeguards against fraud and abusive behaviour through online identity checks.

  • Di
    Feb
    12
    2019
    US: Philadelphia establishes SmartCityPHL roadmap, advisory committee

    Dive Brief:

    • The City of Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology officially established a SmartCityPHL advisory committee and unveiled its SmartCityPHL Roadmap on Monday.
    • The smart city roadmap highlights three core strategies: building a strong foundation of policy and infrastructure; creating a strategic process for engagement and partnership; and supporting and sustaining implementation of projects and programs with funding.
    • The SmartCityPHL initiative was originally established in 2017 and has been supported by a $200,000 investment from the Knight Foundation, which serves as a key partner on the city's placemaking and engagement projects.

  • Mo
    Feb
    11
    2019
    CA: The public service’s digital literacy problem

    Digital skills can no longer be seen as just an “IT” thing in government. A baseline level of digital literacy is need for every public servant.

    Let’s take a step back in time 20 years to 1999. Personal computers were becoming more powerful and affordable, and increasingly a common part of work, school, and home life. The Internet as we know it was barely 10 years old. Web pages were starting to populate the World Wide Web at a dizzying rate. Governments were getting into the Internet scene, and Canada was kicking off its Government On-Line initiative, making available online 130 of its most commonly used services, spending $880 million to do it.

  • Mo
    Feb
    11
    2019
    UG: KCCA, S.Korean Software Firm Sign MoU to Implement Smart City Projects

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korean software development firm, SR Post Inc. that will facilitate the implementation of KCCA’s Smart City initiatives.

    The MOU was signed between the Acting Executive Director of KCCA, Eng Andrew Kitaka and the chief executive of SR Post, Changyong Oh at City Hall in Kampala.

  • Mo
    Feb
    11
    2019
    Smart City expertise to be provided to KSA development by Orange Business Services

    Al Widyan Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Widyan Co), part of one of the largest publicly listed property developers in KSA, has awarded a Smart City consulting contract to Orange Business Services for a new seven million square metre real estate development (Al Widyan) in Riyadh’s northern growth corridor.

    Under the contract, Orange consultants will define the Smart City services, ICT infrastructure engineering guidelines, the operating model for the development, and the business strategy and options for the open access network.

  • So
    Feb
    10
    2019
    CN: Baidu Ramps Up ‘Smart City’ Projects With Second AI Cloud Computing Center

    China's Baidu is planning to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) cloud computing center in the country as the company continues to push through with its "smart city" projects.

    According to Xinhua, the Chinese tech giant is looking to expand its AI programs by building a cloud computing center in Baoding, Hebei Province. The project aims to cater to the residents of the Xiongan New Area as well as other regions in the northern part of the country.

  • So
    Feb
    10
    2019
    IN: Globalisation 4.0: World wakes up to the promise of India

    IMF, in its world economic outlook, has forecast India to touch a growth rate of 7.5% in 2019. India’s innovative, creative and economic potential would be realised.

    A GROWTH STORY TO TELL

    Today, as the world’s largest annual gathering of social and political influencers from the world of business, Davos acts as a primer of change, facilitating dialogue amongst international leaders and visionaries. Quickly emerging as a platform to ideate, innovate and drive change at a global scale and throw in the big ideas and the occasional Google moonshots too. With over 2,500 attendees, the context for “trickle-nomics” for the future is influenced here—with multifaceted takeaways, for both international and domestic addresses.

  • So
    Feb
    10
    2019
    BH: iGA implementing projects as part of Vision 2030

    he Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Mohamed Ali AlQaed has announced a series of key projects achieved in the past year (2018), which had mainly and effectively contributed in implementing the Fiscal Balance Programme amongst government’s action plans.

    Mr AlQaed stressed that the Authority pays great attention to implement government directives under the supervision and leadership of Government Executive Committee chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa - the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister – along with directives of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) - chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak AlKhalifa, Deputy Prime Minister – as well as support of Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla AlKhalifa – Minister of Interior – in raising the efficiency of public services, delivering them with the highest quality standards, speed and accuracy – meeting needs of individuals and entities as well as raising the level of customer satisfaction on delivered services.

  • So
    Feb
    10
    2019
    African Countries Should Rethink How They Use E-government Platforms

    More and more governments around the world are turning to electronic methods to deliver services and communicate with citizens via the internet.

    These e-government systems, as they are known, allow people to do a number of things. They can pay for their utilities, or settle their fines. They can register new businesses or vehicles. They are also able to get information from government agencies through emails, SMS messages, and mobile apps.

  • Sa
    Feb
    09
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Hardships unavoidable in implementation of Smart city project, says Minister

    Tamil Nadu Minister for Cooperation ‘Sellur’ K. Raju on Saturday said that some hardship to the public was unavoidable during the rebuilding of Periyar bus stand in Madurai under the Smart Cities Mission.

    Addressing media during the inauguration of a park at Ramanasri Garden in Kovalan Nagar, he said that the public will gladly accept these hardships keeping in mind the development of the city in the long run.

  • Sa
    Feb
    09
    2019
    Italy Takes A Step Forward Regarding Blockchain Developments

    Italy is making some serious headway with regard to its plans concerning blockchain technology. The country recently launched its first blockchain technology regulation, according to TPI News – an Italian media.

    Approved by the Committee of Constitutional Affairs & Public Works of the Italian Senate, this regulation marks an attempt to integrate blockchain technology into the economy of the country.

  • Fr
    Feb
    15
    2019
    Digital transformation of Arab world uncovered in Digital Arabia Network [#DAN] MENA Roadshow

    Lebanese startup scene attracted 10% of investment deals in MENA region in 2018

    The Digital Arabia Network (DAN), in partnership with the Beirut Digital District (BDD), hosted a MENA Roadshow on February 6, 2019, in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon. The results of DAN’s first year project were unveiled, highlighting digital transformations across the Arab world, in innovation, education, business, media and research.

  • Fr
    Feb
    08
    2019
    VN: Shared database becomes key to digital-government development in HCMC

    Instruction No.16 issued on May 4, 2017 by the Prime Minister about increasing the ability to approach Industry 4.0 has produced decisive effects on the construction of a digital government in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), with the priority on constructing the digital connection infrastructure, building a strategy for digitization, creating smart administration, developing the digital technology industry.

    The existing e-government in HCMC is still quite incoherent and lacks interoperability. Thanks to Instruction No.16, HCMC can become more active in forming a new and more advantageous government model – the digital government – in order to better operate and manage the to-be smart HCMC in the near future.

  • Fr
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Lebanon's new IT minister to adopt e-government

    The newly appointed Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Affairs Adel Afiouni said Friday that the priority of his ministry is to create an electronic government in Lebanon, according to Voice of Lebanon radio channel.

    "We need to approve new legislations for the creation of electronic government in Lebanon," Afiouni said.

  • Fr
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Is Minority Report a vision of the future for smart cities?

    John Underkoffler, a design assistant on Minority Report, discusses how smart cities can be designed to benefit residents in the future.

    TechRepublic's James Sanders spoke with Oblong Industries John Underkoffler about how smart cities can be designed to benefit residents in the future.The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

  • Fr
    Feb
    08
    2019
    Tanzania poised become the first total e-govt country in East Africa

    Tanzania is poised to become the first total e-government country in the entire East Africa region, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance, Dr Laurean Ndumbaro has observed.

    He said the e-government in government organisation has improved standard and quality in delivery of public services, adding that working through e-government in internally administration transactions, communications and interrelationships for easy information flow and transfer offers considerable opportunity to increase government capacity.

  • Do
    Feb
    07
    2019
    PM says Nepal has moved towards digitisation and e-governance

    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the country has already moved ahead towards digital Nepal, e-governance and paperless technology.

    Inaugurating the High Definition (HD) broadcasting of four channels of Nepal Television on the occasion of 34th anniversary of the state run TV station today, Prime Minister said that agriculture, industry, tourism, infrastructure development, energy, education and health sectors of Nepal would be modernised.

  • Do
    Feb
    07
    2019
    GB: For e-government to flourish, policy-making must change

    If digital government is to succeed, policy staff can no longer reign supreme. They must work as part of multidisciplinary, user-centred teams.

    It is difficult to say when exactly a government becomes “digital.” As a public servant, you could try looking at the UN’s e-Government survey, perhaps, or examine the health of your flagship technology projects. If you are a policy-maker, you know it’s working when your job changes. And if your job isn’t changing, the chances are you are getting in the way of the development of digital government.

  • Mi
    Feb
    06
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh: e-governance in Smart City soon

    All civic services to go online; tenders invited for the project

    For the convenience of residents, e-governance will be introduced in the city, making all civic services such as fire NOC, booking of community halls, birth and death certificate and building plan approval available online.

    This was informed at a meeting chaired by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore.

  • Mi
    Feb
    06
    2019
    Smart Cities Aren’t Sexy, But We Need Them

    The term “smart city” elicits a wild vision of the world of tomorrow: flying cars, floating homes, transportation tunnels, and pretty much anything else you remember from The Jetsons or Futurama. However, the reality of smart cities is hardly the sci-fi innovation it sounds like. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need them more than ever.

    Between increasing populations, inefficient transportation, and dangerous weather conditions, the cities of today face a wide range of serious problems, many of which can be addressed through technology. However, solving these problems takes more than an IT task force and a paltry budget. You need common sense advancements that actively improve the lives of citizens on a daily basis.

  • Di
    Feb
    05
    2019
    US: Washington D.C.: A Better Experience for Citizens in the US Capital

    Washington, D.C. is the capital of the US, the 20th most-populous city in the country with less than 1 million residents, but 20 million visitors each year. Local e-government innovation is alive and well, with a movement to make daily life easier, the streets cleaner, and citizens more generally content.

    With an influx of commuters from the surrounding suburb each weekday, and security measures which are as extreme as any in the country, and possibly in the world, to defend against terrorist threats and attacks (Washington hosts 177 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit, lobbying groups, and professional associations, including the World Bank) the management of parked cars on the streets has taken on a new level of complexity, including a towing operation that may not be the most popular service provided by local government.

  • Mo
    Feb
    04
    2019
    The Africa of my Dreams : Smart Cities & Urban Development

    Characterised by discord, lawlessness, noise, high levels of pollution among other metrics; navigating oneself in most African cities has been a well-documented nightmare that the media and academic writers have written about; time and again. Owing to rapid African population growth and urbanisation, today’s cities have become critical centres of civilisation. Statistics by the world bank show that whilst 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas 80% of global outputs (by value), measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), are produced in urbanised areas.

  • Mo
    Feb
    04
    2019
    ZW: Smart cities first phase requires $1,5 billion

    ZIMBABWE needs $1,5 billion to roll out the first phase of the smart cities programme which is aimed at improving transport networks, energy efficiency and urban management, a Cabinet Minister has said.

    The smart cities concept was proposed early last year as a means to decongest the country's urban centres using information and communications technology (ICTs).

  • Mo
    Feb
    04
    2019
    AE: Ministry Of Health Launches Smart App About Pharmacovigilance

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) has launched "UAE RADR", a first-of-its-kind smart app on pharmacovigilance.

    The launch falls within the framework of the UAE Vision 2021, National Agenda Indicators in health and preventative services, the transformation from e-Government to smart government, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ministry said in a press release today.

  • Mo
    Feb
    04
    2019
    MM: Mandalay moves closer to e-government with data centre

    The Mandalay regional government has launched a data centre as part of its efforts to implement an e-government system.

    “With this system, people will be able to observe the government’s performance and access government services more easily and quickly,” said Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung during the launch of the centre last Thursday.

  • So
    Feb
    03
    2019
    Ratas speaks on Estonian e-state experience at World Economic Forum

    Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) attended the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos this week, where he spoke to heads of state and government as well as to business representatives about the Estonian experience with its e-state and e-government.

    Mr Ratas met with the CEOs of Apple, Accenture, BenevolentAI, Booking.com, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, Facebook, Investor AB, Koc Holding, Proteus Digital Health, Paypal and Uber Technologies. According to a government press release, the main topic of discussion was the potential for further cooperation.

  • So
    Feb
    03
    2019
    Time for Pakistan to gear up towards Fin-Tech

    The most heated topic nowadays is “Fin-Tech” which is revolutionizing the financial world by unbarring new doors for many businesses. The word “Fin-Tech” is not new; it describes the use of technology to deliver financial services and products to consumers. This could be anything related to finance like banking, insurance, investment, commerce, etc. Fin-tech is changing the world of finance for consumers in countless ways. For example, without physically visiting a bank, you can now open a bank account over the internet. You can also link the account to your smartphone and use it to monitor your transactions. You can even turn your smartphone into a “digital wallet” and use it to pay for things using money in your account. The unlimited use of internet on devices like smartphones and tablets has accelerated the speed of this change greatly in recent years.

  • So
    Feb
    03
    2019
    BE: Citizen participation via smartphone takes off with "Brussels By Us" pilot project

    Brussels residents and visitors will soon be able to share their opinions and recommendations on the city in three of the capital’s districts through the application "Brussels By Us." The Regional State Secretary for Digital Transition Bianca Debaets (CD&V), the Computer Center for the Brussels Region (CIRB) and VUB university’s SMIT research laboratory presented Friday their citizen participation project.

    The Northern District, the pedestrian sector and the university U-Square site, on the Ixelles barracks grounds, are the three districts elected for testing. Each site has its own features, public and challenges.

  • Sa
    Feb
    02
    2019
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Taking baby steps toward ‘smart’ services

    The Union government sanctioned the Smart City Project for Dharamsala in 2015. More than three years have passed, but it is yet to get off the ground.

    However, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur laid the foundation stones of various developmental projects worth Rs 145.43 crore under the Dharamsala Smart City Project. Though the foundation stones have been laid, the tender process for many projects including major investment projects such as construction of smart roads worth Rs 84 crore and construction of integrated command centre worth Rs 24 crore is yet to be initiated. Though the tender process has been initiated for other projects, it is yet to be finalised.

  • Sa
    Feb
    02
    2019
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: ‘Smart’ Shimla, Dharamsala? A long way to go...

    Almost four years after the announcement, projects under the Smart City Mission are yet to see the light of day

    First Dharamsala and then Shimla — both cities were brought under the National Smart City Mission. The prior selection of Dharamshala had triggered a row among the then ruling Congress, Opposition BJP and the CPM.

    Almost four years down the line, neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur talk much about the much-hyped Smart City projects.

  • Fr
    Feb
    01
    2019
    ET: Government to soon migrate toward the national backbone infrastructure

    In Ethiopia, the government will soon migrate toward the national backbone to take advantage of the enhanced internet capabilities necessary for its E-government services.

    The innovation and technology minister Getahun Mekuria (photo) announced this on January 22, 2019, during a workshop organized in Addis Ababa on investments made by the country to improve its national telecom infrastructure. The new backbone toward which the government will migrate will replace WoredaNet which is no more suited for the government’s internet needs.

  • Fr
    Feb
    01
    2019
    EU: Collaboration promotes smart city and mobility innovation

    A new agreement has been reached to accelerate innovation in the smart cities and smart mobility industries in Europe.

    Europcar Mobility Group, a key player in the field of mobility in Europe, announced the partnership between its Mobility Lab and smart city startup incubator Plug and Play Technology Center.

    The partnership aims to identify and fund next-generation mobility solutions.

  • Fr
    Feb
    01
    2019
    IN: eCourts services now available through CSCs

    eCourts services have now been successfully rolled out through SMS, email, web, mobile app, etc

    Court case information such as judicial proceedings/decisions, case registration, cause list, case status, daily orders, and final judgments of all computerized district and subordinate courts of the country will now be available across all Common Service Centers in the country. The Government of India had initiated second phase of the eCourts project as one of the National e-Governance projects, in August, 2015 with an outlay of Rs 1670 crore. As on date, 16845 district and subordinate courts have been IT enabled.

  • Fr
    Feb
    01
    2019
    Philippines digital economy: Left behind

    Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to hear the views of the top executives of some of the country’s leading tech disruptors on the current state of our preparedness to take full advantage of the benefits of the digital economy. This was a follow-up of the conference recently organized by the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation on digital future during which the imperative to address the broadband infrastructure requirements was one of the major conclusions.

    What I heard was frankly quite dismaying. While they were all able to function within the confines of the current state of our digital infrastructure, it comes at significant costs and at less than the intended quality of service. More industries are increasing their reliance on the internet, but connectivity issues hamper advancement.

  • Do
    Jan
    31
    2019
    PK: Despite the push towards being a smart city, only 40% Traffic Signals in Islamabad are functional

    While continuous efforts are being made to make Islamabad a smart city after Lahore, authorities seem to be failing at the very basic step of ensuring traffic regulations. A senior official of the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) said that only 40 percent of traffic signals installed in the federal capital at different intersections are in working condition while talking to the national newswire agency APP last Friday.

    According to the official, despite repeated requests to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from the ITP; there are total 83 signals across the capital, out of which only 33 signals are working, while the remaining 50 signals (roughly 60 percent) are not functioning correctly.

  • Do
    Jan
    31
    2019
    ZM: E-health cards: That’s way to go

    When President Edgar Lungu addressed the second session of the 12th National Assembly on September 15, 2017, he emphasised the important role information and communications technology (ICT) plays in Zambia’s socio-economic development.

    In a nutshell, it is ICT that has brought about electronic governance or e-governance.

  • Do
    Jan
    31
    2019
    ZA: Smart cities 2.0

    Cities of the future are smart – but what is it going to take for us to get there?

    A city can be considered smart when three conditions are met: investments are being made in human and social capital; money is being spent to improve traditional infrastructure; and, finally, disruptive technologies are implemented to fuel sustainable economic growth and promote a high quality of life.

  • Do
    Jan
    31
    2019
    MyEG says it has complied with MyCC’s requirements

    MY E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG) says it will appeal the RM9.34 million penalty imposed by the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC), because it has already conformed to the changes required by the anti-competition watchdog.

    MyCC slapped the penalty on the e-government services provider for abusing its dominant position in the provision of services related to online foreign worker permit renewals.

  • Mi
    Jan
    30
    2019
    NG: Expert wants govt. to promote digital services for broadband usage

    A software developer, Mr Bola Agboola, has urged government at all levels to promote the kind of digital services that will give room for more usage of broadband.

    Agboola, who is also the Managing-Director of Ximalog Global Solution, made the call in an interview with Newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

    The Broadband penetration is measured by the number of subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

  • Di
    Jan
    29
    2019
    IN: How Can Smart Cities be Built on ‘Dumb’ Development Plans?

    Our daily experience tells us that Indian cities are not well-planned. They are designed for failure. We can see a real life failure happening in slow motion right now.

    In 2016, Maharashtra State Road Development Corp Ltd (MSRDC) declared their intent to develop 71 villages along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway into a special planning area (SPA). Accordingly, MSRDC was designated as the planning authority and it created a development plan for this SPA. It is a classic case of a plan designed for failure. You may download it from the MRSRDC website.

  • Di
    Jan
    29
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Digitizing Departmental official records

    A much desired move which is commendable though initiated a bit late but decidedly not having missed the boat, is the Governor’s Administration going the whole hog to digitize official records of the Governmentdepartments. This need, laced with both austerity measures as well as preserving and retrieving process of such records, had been long felt and otherwise conveyed too by ‘Excelsior’ many a time, has now been realised and the issue decided to be addressed. This exercise will go, in its own right, in contributing, in whatever measure, towards saving Governmental money otherwise being spent on physically manually lifting such records , loading in trucks and transporting from and to the twin capitals on Darbar move rotation process. In no other State of the country is this regressive, time consuming and an outdated practice in vogue to transport official records and files in scores of trucks and other vehicles along with “shifting of capitals” excepting in Jammu and Kashmir. It could have been once a necessity or an affordable Royal luxury as the Departments, records as also Government employees, were all very much small in manageable number and thus economically affordable but not now when the size as well as the cost of governance has increased tremendously especially when analysed in context of the State being parched of earning reasonably enough revenues due to “host of reasons”.

  • Di
    Jan
    29
    2019
    PK: Artificial Intelligence and E-Governance

    The launch of an encompassing e-governance app Citizen’s Portal Pakistan on October 28th, 2018 was a welcoming call. The platform provides citizens with an alternative platform to file their complaints to Prime Minister’s office, which then directly relays those complaints to relevant bureaucracies either through the office of Prime Minister for capital territories or through the office of Provincial Chief Secretaries. It covers a range of various governance related complaints such as Municipal Services, Health, Transport Services, Communications, Law and Order, Human Rights, Energy Supply and Management, Disaster Management, Taxation and etc.

  • Di
    Jan
    29
    2019
    ME: "Digitalization and Development of Modern, Digital State One of Government's Major Priorities"

    The draft law on electronic administration seeks to improve the ambience in which public administration will be at the service of citizens and businesses, by which citizens and businesspeople will communicate with public administration at any time and from any place. This was announced at a roundtable organized by the Ministry of Public Administration on the occasion of a public hearing on the Draft Law on Electronic Administration. At the Round Table, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration Dejan Abazovic and Head of the Directorate for Interoperability of Registries and Regulatory Affairs, Bojana Bajić, spoke.

  • Mo
    Jan
    28
    2019
    Brunei marches ahead in e-governance, education

    Darussalam was included in the findings of a number of studies released towards the end of last year.

    One such study was the United Nations e-Government Survey 2018, in which Brunei rose 24 places to rank 59th among 193 countries.

    As was reported on December 24, 2018 the country scored high in the Online Service Index (OSI) and high e—Participation Index (EPI), improving from 0.50 to 0.75 points.

  • Mo
    Jan
    28
    2019
    Kazakhstan ranked 39th in UN E-Government survey

    Kazakhstan was ranked 39th in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018 with a very high level of E-Government Development Index. Kazakhstan’s E-Gov online service provided 30 million Government services in 2018, while the number of registered users exceeded 8.5 million people. Healthcare services are the most popular service on the website as Kazakh citizens used this service 70,000 times in just four months. The Government also focuses to create conditions for business development. Half of the 165 Government services provided exclusively online are licenses and permitting documents including subsidy permits. The Government is planning to add another 140 services online.

  • Mo
    Jan
    28
    2019
    QA: MOTC launches mobile app offering 25 services

    In a bid to bring its services closer to the users, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC), launched yesterday its application for cellphones and smart devices, aiming to help users access and execute the e-services they need easier and faster. The app also include valuable information about the Ministry, as well as its events.

    At the launch, MOTC revealed that 25 new e-services are now available in the field of maritime transport affairs, relating specifically to small and large vessels.

  • Mo
    Jan
    28
    2019
    IR: Resisting modern technologies an outdated approach: Rouhani

    Speaking in a meeting with the minister, deputies and managers of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Monday, Hassan Rouhani stressed, “having a proper understanding of modern technologies and creating culture of using it is the only way to address issues related to technology."

    “Opposing people’s demands is not religiously and legally right,” he said, adding, “modern technologies have many advantages and limited risks, and we cannot separate people’s lives from developments in technology and communication."

  • So
    Jan
    27
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: App to monitor, address three basic issues: Minister

    The Information Technology Department and the Tamil Nadu e-governance agency were developing an ‘app’ to exclusively monitor and address three basic issues of drinking water, roads and street lights, Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan said.

    After distributing welfare assistance to beneficiaries at a function here on Saturday, he said the app would be first introduced in Ramanathapuram Assembly constituency as a pilot project and would be extended to other Assembly constituencies in the State later.

  • So
    Jan
    27
    2019
    LK: Medicines Regulator launches digitisation project phase 1

    The first phase of the digitalisation project of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) was launched at the NMRA recently.

    Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne was the chief guest.

    The project was initiated in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. Epic Technology Group was the service provider. The new system – a pioneering transformational e-government solution, will enable the NMRA’s divisions to bring down processing time significantly.

  • So
    Jan
    27
    2019
    IN: Meghalaya: Centre assures early release of funds for Shillong smart city

    Union Minister for Urban Development HS Puri on Saturday assured that pending funds for Smart City Shillong will soon be released.

    His assurance came when Meghalaya Minister for Health and Information A L Hek and Minister for Urban Affairs Hamlet Dohling met him and reiterated the demand. Shillong was announced as the 100th Smart City of India in June last year.

  • Sa
    Jan
    26
    2019
    MyPay and Orion jump on e-govt bandwagon

    New players are entering the e-government services business fast and furiously.

    This has certainly been a lucrative venture, going by the business that MyEG Services Bhd has built and the earnings secured.

    While MyEG had enjoyed an almost monopolistic position in the market, the landscape seems to be one that is opening up.

  • Sa
    Jan
    26
    2019
    GH: Tanzania delegation to understudy NLA's transformational agenda

    An eight-member delegation from Tanzania, led by Mr Amon A. Mpanju, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, is in the country to understudy the transformational agenda of the National Lotteries Authority.

    The visit forms part of the efforts by the Tanzanian Government to restructure and transform its Lottery industry and operations.

  • Fr
    Jan
    25
    2019
    Moroccan PM Calls for Speeding National E-Integration

    Morocco’s Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani called for establishing a national e-strategy which promotes the integration of digital technology for the African country to catch up with world countries, after its rank slid in the latest United Nations e-government survey.

    In the UN E-Government Survey 2018, Morocco ranked the 110th out of 193 countries vetted worldwide. Before, Morocco ranked 85th.

  • Do
    Jan
    24
    2019
    US: Ohio: Inside the Wi-Fi project illuminating Cincinnati's 'Smart Cincy' vision

    Move over, Columbus. Ohio has a new smart city on the rise.

    In January 2018, the city of Cincinnati released a request for proposals (RFP) for a partner to deliver free, high-speed Wi-Fi along the city's 3.6-mile streetcar route and adjacent areas. After a search for the "most advantageous proposals from the most qualified respondents," Cincinnati wrapped up the year by launching a partnership with telecom company Cincinnati Bell to build, operate and maintain this project.

    The partnership is anticipated to not only bridge a digital divide in the city, but to also help Cincinnati realize its "Smart Cincy" vision. While neighboring metro hub Columbus may have put Ohio on the smart city map, Cincinnati is entering the space with uniquely catered innovations and initiatives.

  • Do
    Jan
    24
    2019
    US: Missouri: Kansas City's Chief Innovation Officer on Smart Cities and Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation is more than just a buzzword, and it's got some real-life enterprise support. A report by Tech Pro Research found that 70 percent of companies either have a digital transformation strategy in place or are working on one. Further, IT digital transformation budgets increased from 2016 to 2017 for 53 percent of survey respondents.

    Digital transformation projects that succeed are usually an enterprise-wide effort “best served by a leader with broad organizational purview,” according to the latest “State of Digital Transformation” report by Altimeter, a Prophet company. CIOs mostly own or sponsor digital transformation initiatives (28 percent), with CEOs increasingly playing a leadership role (23 percent). Why are companies transforming digitally? Growth opportunities (51 percent) and increased competitive pressure (41 percent) are the top reasons, according to recent Altimeter research.

  • Do
    Jan
    24
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Kewal Kumar Sharma calls for making online public services more effective, user friendly

    Reviews functioning of e- service for building permissions

    Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today called for making the online public services more effective by adding latest technological tools for the ease of users. The Advisor was speaking at a meeting of the senior functionaries of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Information Technology department, convened to review the provision of the online services including Online Building permissions besides online birth and death certificates available for the public. The meeting was attended by Secretary, Information Technology, Saugat Biswas, Secretary, H&UDD, Anil Gupta, Additional Secretary, H&UDD, Mohammad Mumtaz Ali Choudhary, State Informatics Officer, Abhay Kumar and other concerned officers. The Advisor was briefed about the present process of online building permissions and was informed that the online portal of H&UDD requires adding of some more features and shifting the portal to cloud server to make it more efficient and user friendly. The Advisor sought recommendations from the concerned departments regarding shifting of the H&UDD online portal server. The Advisor asked the concerned officers to study the online services being provided by other states like Delhi where huge amount of work has been done in this regard. He was also briefed about the existing servers not linked with cloud.

  • Mi
    Jan
    23
    2019
    US: Louisiana Enters the Era of the Digital Driver's License

    About 77,000 Louisiana motorists have downloaded the license app since the statewide launch of LA Wallet in July 2018. While law enforcement accepts the DDL as a form of identity, the retail sector remains wary.

    Drivers in Louisiana may want to leave their driver’s license at home, as long as they remember to take along their phone as they head out the door.

  • Mi
    Jan
    23
    2019
    IN: Online experiences and the government: What to expect when they converge

    The government has a clear vision laid out for the digital future of India and it aims to provide improved governance that leads to inclusive growth, better job opportunities, and access to basic services for all citizens.

    With digital transformation taking over every sphere, it is no surprise that the government has taken it upon themselves to keep up. From standing in lines for hours to get one's voter ID or PAN card to applying for any of these documents online and receiving them at one's doorstep, the government has come a long way.

  • Mi
    Jan
    23
    2019
    US: Nevada: Las Vegas is Thinking of Using the Blockchain for Service Delivery

    Recent reports claim that the city leaders in Las Vegas want to integrate the blockchain into their service delivery.

    They hope that this will help them improve service delivery for city dwellers. This does make a lot of sense. In fact, the city recently launched an innovation district and it wants to be more than a famous tourist destination.

  • Di
    Jan
    22
    2019
    KZ: Biometric parameters can replace electronic signatures for receiving some public services

    Chairman of the Board of the State Corporation “Government for Citizens” Ablaykhan Ospanov told about the use of biometrics in new developments of the Public Service Centers at the press conference following the Government meeting.

    According to him, the biometric parameters of Kazakhstanis, which are provided voluntarily, can replace the digital signature when receiving a number of public services.

  • Di
    Jan
    22
    2019
    Kazakh PM instructs to improve quality of public services in electronic format

    Jan. 15 at the Government meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the development of e-government and the provision of public services were considered.

    In the Address to the People of Kazakhstan “Growing Welfare of Kazakh Citizens: Increase in Incomes and Quality of Life,” the Head of State commissioned to switch 90% of all public services to electronic format by 2020.

  • Di
    Jan
    22
    2019
    AI elements to be used by eGov.kz

    Artificial intelligence components will be implemented in eGov.kz portal of Kazakhstan, Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev said at the Governmental meeting in Astana today.

    "Kazakhstan ranks the 39th in the UN E-Government Development Index in 2018. Meanwhile, by the level of maturity, our e-government system stands at eGov2.0 stage. Under the Digital Kazakhstan programme we are now taking measures to move to eGov3.0 level which has already been reached by the Republic of Korea, Australia, Singapore, Great Britain, Denmark, and Sweden. What does characterize eGov3.0 system? First of all, the implementation of elements of artificial intelligence, pro-active services, the internet of things etc." said the Minister.

  • Di
    Jan
    22
    2019
    LK: NMRA together with Epic Technology Group launch Phase 1 of Document and Workflow Management System

    The first phase of the digitalization project of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority was launched at an event held at the NMRA in the presence of the Minister of Health Hon. Rajitha Senaratne. The project was initiated in partnership with Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka where the tech giant Epic Technology Group was selected as the service provider.The new system – a pioneering transformational e-government solution, is expected to enable the NMRA’s divisions to bring down processing time significantly.

    The initiative came with the review of the current system as being inefficient by the NMRA team headed by the Chairman of NMRA Prof. Asita de Silva and CEO/DG Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe with Shriyananda Rathnayake, Programme Manager of ICTA, supporting closely.The new System is based on Epic Technology Group’s DoxPro Enterprise Content Management Platform, which aims to lower the cost of operations and save thousands of labour hours spent annually on regulatory process, and thereby enable the NMRA to achieve regulatory excellence through its end to end Information-as-a-service model.

  • Mo
    Jan
    21
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai develops ethical AI toolkit

    Smart Dubai has released guidelines for organisations for the ethical use of AI.

    The ‘Ethical AI Toolkit' has been created to encourage organisations to develop AI services that prioritize fairness, transparency and accountability.

    The guidelines have been developed by Smart Dubai because the smart government entity says there is a need for initial guidelines while regulations are being developed, so that AI development can go ahead without stifling innovation.

  • Mo
    Jan
    21
    2019
    IN: How to unlock potential of smart cities? Visualiasation solutions have an answer

    With a geographic spread that spans across 3.287 million km, the fragmented public information system is a real challenge for the government, service providers, and other parties involved.

    Smart city in India is no more a buzzword as we have already seen live implementations across the country. Close on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 100 smart cities vision, we have multiple examples across the country today from Park Street in Kolkata, which is completely wi-fi enabled, to Bhubaneshwar, showcasing a rapid urbanisation of infrastructure and even the President's Estate, which is completely a connected smart community in itself. India is progressing rapidly in making its cities smart and secure.

  • So
    Jan
    20
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra’s first greenfield Smart Industrial City – AURIC attracts a record Rs. 3,600 cr investment from global investors

    Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), one of the India’s first Greenfield Industrial Smart Cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), has attracted a record investment of Rs. 3,600 crore (Rs. 36 billion) as of 31 December 2018 from investors. Planned to perfection across an area of 10,000 acres in Maharashtra State (on the outskirts of Aurangabad), AURIC has allotted 50 plots comprising 507,164 sq. mt. thereby creating 2,000 direct employment opportunities.

    Infrastructure packages of Rs. 7,947 crore (Rs. 79.47 bn) has been approved by the Government of India to help AURIC offer high-value, sustainable infrastructure that will support long-term economic vitality, a high quality of life, and a knowledge-based ecosystem with breakthrough innovation and efficiency.

  • Sa
    Jan
    19
    2019
    ID: Four years on, Ahok's 'Smart City' legacy lives on

    Is Jakarta, a city with 9.6 million people, a smart city?

    For six Jakarta administration officials and 80 expert staff members tasked with running the Jakarta Smart City (JSC) program, launched four years ago by former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the answer is a resounding yes.

  • Fr
    Jan
    18
    2019
    The technology driving Africa’s Smart Cities

    Around the world, cities are exploring how they can best make use of technology to improve quality of life for their citizens, run public services more effectively and provide businesses with a springboard for growth. The various applications of Smart City technology are numerous, from managing a city’s waste or road networks to making citizens safer or improving sustainability.

    It’s time that we start to embrace that in Africa. We’ve already started, with deployments across Africa with the City of Tshwane and Western Cape in South Africa setting examples for municipalities across the country to follow. It’s great to see that there is government level support too, with municipalities going digital in their efforts to boost service delivery.

  • Do
    Jan
    17
    2019
    Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil

    In 2017, ArchDaily Brazil reported that Smart City Laguna would become the first “smart city” in Brazil. With its inauguration scheduled for that same year, the venture opened with 1,800 units in its first phase, and in its final phase, 7,065 units divided between residential, commercial and technological uses.

    Located in the Croatá district of São Gonçalo do Amarante, the first Brazilian smart city occupies 815 acres directly connected to the federal highway BR-22, which crosses the states of Ceará, Piauí, and Maranhão, starting in Fortaleza towards Marabá, in Pará. Its location has economic reasons: the proximity to Pecém Harbor, in Fortaleza, the Pecém Steel Company (CSP) and the Transnordestina Railroad make Croatá a strategic hub that has been recently occupied by technological companies, becoming a “digital belt” a little over 50 kilometers from the state’s capital.

  • Mi
    Jan
    16
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart Cities Mission: Uyyakondan riverfront development begins in Trichy

    The Trichy Corporation on Sunday launched preliminary work for riverfront development on a section of the Uyyakondan canal banks here.

    The civic body -- through a Namakkal based construction agency -- will provide recreational amenities in around 2.6km stretch of the total 8.7km length of the irrigation canal in city limits.

  • Di
    Jan
    15
    2019
    LK: Public procurement guidelines now in the President’s court

    Sri Lanka’s much awaited public procurement guidelines with necessary amendments to the relevant gazette have been forwarded to President Maithripala Sirisena enabling him to present it in Parliament via the leader of the house in accordance with the Constitution, a top official disclosed.

    Sri Lanka’s National Procurement Commission (NPC) which was formed after the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and passed in Parliament in 2015 has devised a new set of procurement guidelines to usher in more transparent, fair, equitable, competitive and cost effective public procurement process, replacing the earlier guidelines.

  • Mo
    Jan
    14
    2019
    IN: Odisha: Young IAS probationers of 2018 batch visit Bhubaneswar Smart City Office and project sites

    A team comprising 17 young probationers of 2018 Batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration , which is on a study tour-cum Bharat Darshan, arrived here in the city to visit the office of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and see some of the key projects of BSCL.

    The young IAS probationers were briefed about the various projects under the Area Based Development, Pan City Programmes, making Bhubaneswar Socially Smart. After the brief on various projects by General Manager BSCL Saroj Kumar Swain and Technology Officer Asit Rajhans, the probationers also saw the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) or the command and control centre for the city. They also visited sites for gathering field experience at Adaptive Traffic Signalling System at Rupali Square, Smart Janpath near Sishu Bhawan Square, Bus Queue Shelters, Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) station near Sishu Bhawan Square and Mo Bus Service.

  • So
    Jan
    13
    2019
    AE: Smart City Services at Silicon Park Reach Advanced Level of Completion

    Smart Services to be delivered by du in Partnership with Orange Business Services

    Smart living is set to become a reality soon as du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), announced that it is well on schedule to deliver smart city services at Silicon Park, Dubai's first integrated smart city project taking shape at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

  • Sa
    Jan
    12
    2019
    PK: Planning complete for making first IT city in Karachi

    All the planning is complete for making the first IT city in Karachi, said Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

    Addressing a session on ‘Digital Business Networks and How to attract Foreign IT Companies to Invest in Pakistan’ on Friday, he said, “We have completed all the planning and are soon going to decide the land where the project will be executed. We are in talks with Korea to build IT City in Karachi.”

  • Do
    Jan
    10
    2019
    MyPay aims to be one-stop e-government service platform

    In 2019, Malaysians have another online platform to access government services and make payments online thanks to a new service called MyPay.

    Developed by Dapat Vista Sdn Bhd, MyPay aims to offer a one-stop platform for all queries and payments related to government agencies. Five key areas of services that MyPay covers include information check-up (such as licence expiry and election location), student loan checking and payment, local council and police summons, assessment and quit rent, and insolvency.

  • Mi
    Jan
    09
    2019
    Digitising Cambodia’s economic future

    In March 2018, the Cambodian government announced its plan to be ready to transform into a digital economy by 2023. A digital economy is one in which economic processes and activities are based on digital technologies (electronic systems and devices that generate, store or process data). The digitisation of the economy drives innovation and fuels job opportunities and economic growth.

    Cambodia’s economy grew at an estimated rate of 7.1 per cent in 2018, driven primarily by robust expansion in domestic consumption and exports. Despite this positive outlook, there are internal and external risks that may affect Cambodia’s future growth. These include the potential withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything But Arms trade preferences, unpredictable spillover effects of the ongoing trade frictions between the United States and China, and vulnerabilities in Cambodia’s financial sector related to the construction and real estate sectors.

  • Di
    Jan
    08
    2019
    IN: Where Are the Smart Cities, Mr Modi?

    The Modi government has stopped talking about the progress of the smart cities project; it is focusing on showing development in sectoral terms.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his euphoric ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (speech from the heart) broadcast on All India Radio on December 30, focused on the ‘positivity’ to be made viral as proclivity in the coming days. But where will this positivity emanate from? It perhaps should come from the worksheet of his 55-month rule in the country. However, in reality, it has been a very sorry state of affairs, where promises like ‘smart cities’ have been forgotten as easily as they were made.

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    08
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Advisor Sharma e-inaugurates ESDM

    Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today stressed on introduction of IT courses intune with the market requirements to increase employability of youth.

    The Advisor was speaking at a function organized by Department of Information Technology to e-inaugurate employment-linked Skill Development initiative – Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) programme here today. The participating Training Partners were connected through video conference during e-inauguration.

  • Mo
    Jan
    07
    2019
    IN: Digitalisation is the bridge between hope and possibilities

    The year 2018 has seen the government partner companies and universities to explore AI, IoT, and Big Data based solutions.

    India’s growth story is hard to ignore. Looking back at the year gone by, we see that India has not just leapfrogged but pole-vaulted in the technology space—and this can be put down to India’s success in navigating the road from digital transformation to digital innovation.

  • So
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    06
    2019
    IN: Jalandhar to have Punjab's first Integrated Command and Control Centre

    In a step towards making Jalandhar a Smart City, work on first of its kind Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) in Punjab has been started. Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the project at local police lines.

    The project would come up at a cost of Rs 116 crore under which 1250 CCTV cameras would be installed at 250 locations in the city.

  • So
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    06
    2019
    IN: Take part in national challenge programme, CBSE tells schools

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in a recently issued circular, has asked all schools affiliated to the board to participate in an online National Challenge Programme, ‘Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology’.

    The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and IT, in collaboration with Intel India, has launched the programme to inculcate and sustain the spirit of innovation in youth.

  • Sa
    Jan
    05
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Secretary IT reviews JDA Automation and Digitization

    Secretary Information Technology, Saugat Biswas today alongwith the Vice Chairman, Jammu Development Authority (JDA), Pawan Rathore reviewed the execution of the “Automation of JDA Project” at Jammu.

    The project being executed by the Information Technology Department was commenced in 2018. The project will provide a seamless online interface between Jammu Development Authority and citizens. The software solutions will reduce human interface in recording, processing, storing, retrieval and management of information for the service operations of JDA. The project will provide various online e-services like application for building permission, allotment of notified assets, registration/transfer/ mortgage possession/ of property, permission to sub-let/ renew lease of property, addition and deletion of name in lease deed/ grant of no dues/ online RTI/ online payments etc. besides various backend online services for the internal working of Jammu Development Authority. The project will also digitize all files and records of the JDA and make JDA a paperless organization.

  • Sa
    Jan
    05
    2019
    VN: IT essential to improve insurance services

    Deputy director of Việt Nam Social Security’s Information Technology Centre, Nguyễn Hoàng Phương, speaks to Voice of Việt Nam (VOV) about the necessity of applying IT to streamline administrative procedures.

    Q: Together with speeding up administrative reform, Việt Nam Social Security (VSS) has actively applied information technology (IT) in modernising social security management. Could you share some of the sector’s achievements in this task?

  • Fr
    Jan
    04
    2019
    How Estonia’s paperless e-government serves as a model for other nations

    Estonians can access about 99% of public services online through an encrypted digital ID.

    • A new report from The Associated Press outlines Estonia's most recent advancements in its digital government.
    • Estonia allows its citizens to vote, obtains medical data and register business documents online.
    • Given security concerns and other complications, it remains unclear whether nations like the U.S. could implement similar systems.

  • Fr
    Jan
    04
    2019
    Vietnam aims to leap by 5-7 places in business environment improvement rankings in 2019

    The Government plans to drastically boost the improvement of the business environment, targeting to put Vietnam's business environment and competitiveness into the ASEAN top 4.

    The target was announced at a national teleconference between the Government and 63 provinces and cities nationwide in Hanoi on December 28, under the draft Resolution on continuing to carry out the main solutions to improve the business environment and national competitiveness in 2019, towards 2021, as presented at the conference.

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    03
    2019
    Taiwan aims to launch digital ID in 2020: premier

    aiwan's government is aiming to launch electronic national identify cards (new eID) in 2020 to facilitate access to e-government services, simplify administrative processes and improve efficiency and transparency, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said on Thursday.

    Lai instructed the Cabinet members to ensure completion of digital infrastructure and foundational services necessary to enable a smart government after he was briefed on the project at the weekly Cabinet meeting by National Development Council chief Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶).

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    03
    2019
    US: Texas: City Of Fort Worth Kicks Off Digital Transformation In Unlikely Place

    For many municipal governments, digital transformation means implementing a citizen-focused e-government initiative. For others, the transformation centers on the modernization of legacy systems.

    In the case of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, digital transformation started with its business processes.

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    Jan
    02
    2019
    IN: SoOLEGAL to provide digital legal services

    SoOLEGAL, a proprietary e-governance technology platform for the legal sector envisioned, designed and developed by New Delhi-based Sun Integrated Technologies and Applications (SITA) has registered users from nearly 200 plus cities from across India.

    The company in a statement said, "It is the first to deliver digital services to lawyers in remote regions of Leh-Ladakh and the platform has been welcomed by the Leh-Ladakh Bar Association."

  • Mi
    Jan
    02
    2019
    EG: 20 e-government services to be provided in 2019

    The government plans to provide 20 e-government services in 2019. The electronic services are set to be introduced through five outlets, including Egypt's Post and the government's digital gate.

    The unified card dubbed "Miza", which is set to be issued by the Central Bank of Egypt, is also one of the ways the government is walking through to turn to an electronic system, where all governmental services willbe provided online in the future.

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    01
    2019
    IN: Khattar launches 485 schemes of 37 depts under 'Digital Haryana' initiative

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Tuesday launched 485 schemes and services of 37 departments under the 'Digital Haryana' initiative.

    He said through the medium of e-governance, people could be provided with good governance.

    On 94th birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 'Good Governance' programmes were organised in the state and the chief minister inaugurated 22 'Antyodya Saral Kendras' for all district headquarters from Karnal.

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    01
    2019
    MY: Buying opportunities after selldown of e-government service providers

    The selldown of companies that had bagged government concession projects, following the decision last week to scrap the RM3.5 billion national immigration control system (SKIN) project, has given rise to buying opportunities, say market observers.

    The affected company include Prestariang Bhd (which holds a 70% stake in SKIN), MyEG Services Bhd and Scicom (MSC) Bhd.

  • Mo
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    31
    2018
    VN: Project to build Da Lat into smart city announced

    The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong hosted a ceremony on December 25 to announce the project “Building Da Lat into a Smart City” in the 2018-2025 period.

    This was one of activities celebrating the 125th establishment anniversary of Da Lat city.

    Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan Van Da said the project’s objective is to build Da Lat into a smart city by applying information-telecommunication technology and other means in a bid to improve the lives of local residents, better the operation efficiency of the municipal administration, promote the city’s comprehensive and sustainable socio-economic development and enhance its competitiveness edge.

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    30
    2018
    IN: How PM Modi's Smart City Mission fared in 2018; here are important points

    As the year 2018 is drawing to a close in a week, now it is time to assess how the Smart City Mission, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government's ambitious scheme to develop 100 Smart Cities launched on June 25, 2016, has progressed over the year.

    Since the launch of the mission, 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in 100 cities and 534 projects worth Rs 10,116 crore have been completed, according to a Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation statement.

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    30
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune’s Smart City model flawed, says NGO report

    A report by the Vishakhapatnam-based Laya Foundation and the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change said the city’s Smart City’s model is flawed and needs more civic engagement and adherence to sustainability. Most notably, there are serious lacunae in the manner of the execution of the Smart City project, the project leads said.

    “The Pune Smart City Development Corporation is executing the project, and not the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). If the PMC had executed it, the public would have a better chance at presenting their views, and be taken into confidence while implementing the schemes. But the PSCDCL is a company, which is held by a lot of private investors as well, besides the PMC and others. This is not good for civic engagement. Besides, 75% of the funds are being spent for projects only in the Baner-Balewadi-Aundh area, and the rest for so-called city-wide projects,” said Priyadarshini Karve.

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    29
    2018
    MY: Sarawak’s drive towards electronic payments

    A slide, a touch and a beep: such is the easydoings of electronic payments in today’s era of effortless payments.

    Accelerating consumer’s migration to electronic payments (e-payments) in its move to realise cost savings and benefits has become a part of thw government’s agenda to increase the efficiency of the nation’s payment systems.

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    29
    2018
    Vietnamese e-commerce sees impressive results

    The past four years have seen a busy journey for the e-commerce market in the Southeast Asian region.

    A report from Google and Temasek showed the proportion of e-commerce sector in the internet economy was up to 32 per cent in the region this year.

    The Vietnamese market in particular, the size of the sector is about US$2.8 billion, with annual growth of 87 per cent.

  • Fr
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    28
    2018
    IN: Pune: Work on Phase-2 of smart city plan set to begin

    The preliminary work of the second phase of the Smart City project is likely to begin soon, guardian minister Girish Bapat said on Friday.

    He convened a meeting of the advisory forum of the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) and he told the authorities to speed up the work of the first phase of the project. Bapat said preparations for the second phase were expected to begin in the next couple of months.

  • Fr
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    28
    2018
    CZ: The city of Prostějov with a Smart development strategy

    Read more about the principles behind the new strategy for sustainable development and efficient public management in the Czech city

    The City of Prostějov is located in the district of Prostějov, Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic, in the historical region of Moravia. It has a population of 43,859 (Czech Statistical Office, 2017). A centre of the fashion industry with rich historical heritage, it has set the objective of becoming a smart city, whereby ensuring the sustainable development and efficient management of the city of Prostějov. This ambition of local authorities is summarized in dedicated open-access Manual, issued in August 2018, which reflects the comprehensive strategy, sets ambitious goals and oversees long-term challenges before the intelligent urban development.

  • Fr
    Dez
    28
    2018
    Ukrainian drivers opened access to personal electronic office

    Current information is available online.

    With his help everyone will be able to get actual information about your auto and driver’s license check and pay an administrative offence, to know the history of any car for VIN code and recorded in the electronic queue in the service centers of the Ministry of internal Affairs.

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    27
    2018
    India’s Hubballi Dharwad Smart City gets new IoT enabled systems

    The Hubballi-Dharwad twin cities form the largest metropolitan area in the state of Karnataka after the capital Bengaluru

    India’s Hubballi Dharwad Smart City will soon have Internet of Things (IoT) enabled systems such as a city wide surveillance system and an ICT-based solid waste management system by mid-2019.

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    27
    2018
    eIndia–Documenting India’s digital revolution

    With the governance in India steadily acquiring an improved version of administration and service delivery, the change in the system has been expedited by the power of digitisation. Bringing innovators, visionaries, policymakers and the industry giants at one platform, summits like eINDIA have laid the foundation of knowledge-sharing for collective growth, writes Sandeep Datta of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Sam Pitroda, the key architect of telecommunication revolution in India, once told an audience in 2016 that even in this Digital India effort, every government department still uses manual system. Even the department of Information Technology does not use electronic system! “They all want budget, computers, but do not want to change. If you really want to benefit from Digital India, you have to first change your mindset,” he said while delivering a speech on “Digital India and National Development”.

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    27
    2018
    MM: New technology to make Mandalay ‘a safe city’

    The Mandalay government will use modern technology to ensure the safety of the public and to improve law enforcement, a senior regional official said.

    U Zarni Aung, regional minister for Electrical Power and Construction, said a combined team of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), the police and other agencies has been formed to start the process.

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    26
    2018
    How Digitization Can Help SMEs In India?

    SMEs in India contribute to around one-third of the country’s GDP- Gross Domestic Product. SMEs and MSMEs in India play a crucial role in India’s development and employ over 110.9 million people. In addition, many government schemes such as Start-up India, Digital India, E-Governance, etc. are also helping the MSME sector in India.

    These government schemes are helping in empowering the SMEs in India by helping in improve their operational efficiency and customer reach. With the advent of technology, improved infrastructure, and online transactions, a newer market is open for the SMEs in India. This is opening new opportunities for the MSME sector in India.

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    26
    2018
    IN: Puducherry empowering citizens digitally

    Puducherry is in the process to evolve from E-Governance to Digital Governance and building digital capacities, achieve the digital dividend for each and every citizen through digital literacy accessibility for all, says Padma Jaiswal, Secretary, Directorate of Information Technology, Government of Puducherry, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

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    26
    2018
    India’s big leap into the digital future

    In July 2015, the Government of India embarked on an ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme to transform the country into a “digitally empowered society and knowledge economy”. For the past four years, this flagship programme is being driven by three important visions, writes Vivek Ratnakar of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Digital infrastructure as a core utility to every citizen,” “Governance and services on demand” and “Digital empowerment of citizens,” are these three visions. According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Digital India initiative is a war against touts and middlemen. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology. The network of about 300,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) built under this initiative act as access points for delivery of digital services, ensuring that “the advantages of technology are not restricted to a select few but are there for all sections of society”. For Misbah Hashmi, who hails from Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, the CSC near her home has changed her life forever. “

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    25
    2018
    Vietnam’s e-commerce forecast to boom

    Vietnam’s e-commerce market is predicted to boom in the near future, given that 53 percent of the population uses the internet and nearly 54 million people use smartphones.

    Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s E-Commerce and Information Technology Agency showed 70 percent of purchases via social media were made on Facebook this year, up slightly from 2017.

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    25
    2018
    Cuba's President Ratifies Commitment to E-Government

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel ratified Monday e-government as a priority for strengthening ties with the population and boosting Cuba''s socioeconomic development.

    The President, speaking at the National Assembly of People's Power's Service Attention Commission, stressed that this kind of management represents a key component of society's computerization, along with electronic commerce.

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    25
    2018
    ‘Over 5m Iranians have e-documents’

    Over 5 million Iranians have got electronic documents up to now, the head of Information Technology Organization of Iran (ITO) Amir Nazemi announced on his Twitter account, Mehr reported on Monday.

    Until December 16, 5.138 million citizens benefited from e-government services, he said.

    Through registration of smart card for gasoline the electronic documents are activated for citizens, he explained.

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    24
    2018
    South Korea City Announces the Development of a Blockchain-Enabled Virtual Power Plant

    According to a recent report from the Yonhap news outlet, a South Korean local government will be spending 4 billion Korean won (approximately $3.5 million) to build and deploy a blockchain-enabled virtual power plant. This project was proposed by the city administration of Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, and will involve partnerships with a slew of organizations including Busan City Gas, the Korean Industrial Complex Corporation, Nuri Telecom, and the Pusan National University.

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    24
    2018
    EU bank to further finance Belgian smart cities

    An extended partnership has been signed between the European Investment Bank and Belgian bank, Belfius, to finance €400 million of smart city initiatives throughout Belgium.

    The new programme, Smart Cities, Climate Action & Circular Economy II, will help local authorities, inter-municipal groupings and non-commercial organisations in the social and education sectors in Belgium to implement their smart and sustainable projects by granting finance on favourable terms.

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    23
    2018
    US: Nevada: Las Vegas Partners with NTT to Study IoT Impact on Transportation

    The city and telecom giant will install an array of sensors in a 30-block area of downtown Las Vegas to study how big data and predictive analytics can prevent travel problems before they happen.

    Wrong-way driving or even a broken window in downtown Las Vegas will receive an extra set of detection and analysis as the city deploys a network of video, audio and other sensors to gather detailed information related to transportation and public safety.

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    22
    2018
    GH: Cyber Security Authority to be Established in 2019

    Government has promised to set up a National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA) to oversee the protection of the country's critical national information infrastructure in line with global trends and best practices next year.

    The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) was working with the World Bank to deploy a secured network across government institutions to help improve protection of data in public sector institutions.

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    21
    2018
    Ukraine, EU sign agreement on e-governance

    The European Union and Ukraine signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of e-governance on Thursday, December 13, the Mission of Ukraine to the EU has reported on its Facebook page.

    "Head of the State Agency for E-Governance of Ukraine Oleksandr Ryzhenko and Director-General [of the Directorate-General] for Informatics at the European Commission Gertrud Ingestad have signed an Administrative Arrangement on cooperation in the field of e-government development. For the first time, Ukraine will have access to the EU's ISA² program, which deals with the development of common standards for the provision of electronic services," the statement reads.

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    21
    2018
    PK: Implementing change

    Most of us believed, and some still believe, that a third political force would introduce a new model of governance in Pakistan – a model focused on institutional reforms and human development. But the 100-day performance of the PTI speaks less of any real change and more of far-fetched dreams.

    The divide between what the PTI promised in its election manifesto and what is happening on the ground may have been created by many contributing factors – some inherited from the previous governments and some born out of sheer absurdity and ignorance. Whatever the underlying cause of economic chaos and bureaucratic inertia, the government has to own the system and take measured steps to stop the downward spiral.

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    20
    2018
    The Impact of Blockchain

    It’s not an understatement to say that blockchain is probably the most disruptive technology in the modern digital economy. It may also be the most controversial. As the most transformative technology in recent history, blockchain will both enable new industry applications and modernize many antiquated ones. While centralized, highly available systems—from mainframe to modern public or private cloud—power the world’s institutions and have proven able to cope with millions of transactions, blockchain offers an alternate future. With it comes the promise of decentralization, which raises hopes of democratization and stokes the fears of many monopolized institutions.

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    20
    2018
    ZA: Govt e-Job site goes live

    To ease the archaic manner in which to apply for public sector jobs, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has introduced a Web-based solution to its recruitment processes.

    Dubbed e-Job, the DPSA's new recruitment Web site means applicants are now able to fill out a digital Z83 form as well as upload all relevant employment documentation online.

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    20
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Belagavi: Separate office for execution of Smart City projects - Khader

    The state government has decided to set up a separate office for execution of ‘Smart City’ project.

    During question hour in Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa made the suggestion that officials, who are handling Smart City projects, were multi-tasking and therefore they were going on behind schedule. Housing and urban development minister U T Khader, in reply, said that he would take steps to set up separate office exclusively for ‘Smart City’ projects.

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    20
    2018
    ZM: “E-governance to end fraud”

    Smart Zambia National Coordinator Martine Mtonga says implementation of E-governance system will help eliminate fraudulent activities and enhance transparency on the part of the government.

    Dr Mtonga says through E- governance, government services will be availed to all citizens in a convenient and transparent manner.

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    19
    2018
    IN: Over Rs 90 crore spent on smart cities in Karnataka: Minister

    Karnataka Minister for Urban Development and Housing U T Khader on Wednesday said Rs 91.34 crore has so far been spent on seven cities in the state that have been selected under the Smart City project.

    The central and the state governments have each earmarked Rs 886 crore for the project.

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    19
    2018
    ZA: #RecruitmentFocus: Applying for government jobs made easier online

    Job seekers will soon be able to apply for government jobs through the e-Recruitment system that was launched by Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo

    Addressing the launch on Wednesday, the Minister said the e-Recruitment system is being phased in starting with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), which is expected to go live on Wednesday and it will be speedily rolled out to the whole public service.

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    19
    2018
    OM: Now, track cash in transit in real time

    A new digital system will allow users to track the transportation of cash in Oman in real time.

    Introduced by local security provider Security and Safety Services, the Information Technology system allows users to track vehicles transporting cash, their speed, or if there is a breakdown, among offering other financial, human resource, and project management benefits.

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