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  • Tue
    Nov
    29
    2022
    Declaration on digital rights and principles: EU values and citizens at the centre of digital transformation

    Interinstitutional declaration on digital rights and principles for the digital decade: Member States, Parliament and Commission concluded the negotiations on EU values in the digital world.

    Member States, the European parliament, and the Commission negotiated the European declaration on digital rights and principles for the digital decade. The declaration aims to promote European values within the digital transformation, putting people at the centre, with digital technology benefiting all individuals, businesses, and society as a whole.

  • Tue
    Nov
    29
    2022
    Roadmap on Digital Transformation for Uganda Launched

    The ministry of ICT & National Guidance, UNDP and Centenary Technology Services (Cente-Tech), have started the process that will define Uganda's long term roadmap on digital transformation.

    Cente-Tech's Chief Technology Officer, Peter Kahiigi, said during a meeting of various stakeholders that digital transformation is accelerating in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Tue
    Nov
    29
    2022
    Ministers underscore digital transformation achievements in Saudi Arabia

    The DGA announced the measurement of digital transformation coinciding with the launch of the first edition of the Digital Government Forum in Riyadh, which comes within the framework of the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to continue the journey of digital transformation

    Government agencies in Saudi Arabia have made great progress in the digital transformation measurement 2022, reaching 80.96% compared to 69.39% in the previous year, the Digital Government Authority (DGA) revealed on its official Twitter account.

  • Tue
    Nov
    29
    2022
    5 Benefits Of Digital Transformation In Government Services

    While the private sector races towards Digital Transformation, the public sector isn’t lagging behind as it realizes the need to keep up with the new ways of working and the increased demands for streamlined, efficient and hassle free services. With an eye on better citizen experience, government sectors can make the best use of public funds and place them towards digital solutions.

    So what exactly is Digital Transformation in government services?

  • Mon
    Nov
    28
    2022
    Vietnamese museums apply digital transformation to attract visitors

    A museum cares for and displays a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance.

    However, museums have faced many difficulties in attracting visitors for a long time, especially after the period of the Covid-19 epidemic. Recently, many museums are finding new methods including digital transformation to draw people to museums.

    Local museums are able to provide a sense of community and place by celebrating a collective heritage, contributing to the protection and promotion of the value of the cultural and historical heritage of the nation.

  • Mon
    Nov
    28
    2022
    PH: House to speed up digital transformation framework

    ANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives will step up efforts to provide a “legal framework” for the digital transformation of government and private transactions to “foster economic recovery and spur growth.”

    Speaker Martin Romualdez gave the assurance, saying the House committee on trade and industry has already approved a consolidated version of the proposed Internet Transaction Act or E-Commerce Law, which is among the 20 priority measures President Marcos mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

  • Mon
    Nov
    28
    2022
    Its on People: The Undeniable Cultural Impact in a Digital Transformation - Transition or How Culture Impacts the Digital Transformation

    The rate of digital transformations across organizations is known to have been accelerated by the recent times and context in which we have been living. The demand for digital solutions and the reliance on IT to maintain business continuity, optimize operations and promote innovation is stronger than ever. Hence, cultural aspects of transformations cannot be hidden, unseen or even unheard.

    As there may be a tendency to look at such transitions merely from a technical or technological point of view, cultural aspects represent a big part of it. A cultural shift must take place at the same time organizations are trying hard to implement a fast adaptation, fast response culture to the challenges and rhythm imposed by the present context/era.

  • Sun
    Nov
    27
    2022
    Galaxy Backbone’s Shared Services Centre to Enhance Nigeria’s Digitization Drive

    The chairman of Tata group, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, is on record as having said that “Going digital is no longer an option, it is the default”. When we consider how the world is evolving almost at the speed of light, we can confirm these words as valid and ones that everyone must digest and understand its implications for the benefit of everyone.

    Nigeria has, indeed, gone digital, having made giant strides and bold steps that have been taken by this current government to enhance digital transformation. However, there is still a lot of ground to cover, a lot of room to bring in public and private sector organisations, communities and individuals to bridge the digital divide and enhance the gains of digitization. This, underscores critical importance of the National Shared Services Centre (NSSC), powered by Nigeria’s Digital Infrastructure Company, Galaxy Backbone (GBB).

  • Sun
    Nov
    27
    2022
    Cars, sensors and the IoT in the smart city

    Forget the smart home. Smart TVs, fridges and light bulbs might make our lives more convenient by a small margin, but arguably, the true potential of sensors and related IoT technology lies in smart cities and cars. These could change the way most humans live for the better, improving resource efficiency and overcoming many of the problems cities face. After all, 56% of the world’s population lives in cities now and this is set to continue rising.

    But are the sensors and technology behind smart cars and cities ready for showtime? Let’s run through their capabilities before going on to answer this question.

  • Sun
    Nov
    27
    2022
    This South African app wants to help fix your city

    Acumen Software's My Smart City platform hopes to help South Africans resolve service delivery issues quickly and efficiently, CEO Joao Zoio tells TechCentral's TC|Daily. Joao Zoio is a man on a mission. As CEO of Acumen Software, he is overseeing the development of My Smart City, a platform that integrates with municipalities to try to resolve service delivery issues quickly and efficiently.

    The platform, available on the Web or via smartphone apps, allows residents to log issues that need attention, from potholes to broken streetlights.

  • Sun
    Nov
    27
    2022
    ‘Smart’ 15-minute city for Cyprus? They must be joking

    We are used to businesses whining in Cyprus. Sometimes it’s justified and sometimes it’s not, but overall, there is often a mentality that we should not ever sympathise with them.

    Not all enterprises are part of ‘big business’. Someone might be supporting their whole family from a small specialised shop, which was a point made by businesses along the upper part of Makarios avenue during a recent discussion at the House over road changes affecting their custom.

  • Sun
    Nov
    27
    2022
    IN: Meghalaya: Shillong: Smart City project pipe dream?

    More than four years have passed since it was announced that Shillong will become the 100th and last city to be part of the Smart City project; but till date, it has not seen any major progress. Not even a single project under this initiative has been commissioned in Meghalaya.

    Under the project, the government plans to construct smart roads and improve several junctions in different parts of the city. Only recently, a tender was floated for the project.

  • Sat
    Nov
    26
    2022
    US: Florida: Orlando reveals digital twin at international expo in Spain

    Officials worked with Unity to create virtual copy of Orlando

    The City Beautiful has embarked on a first-of-its-kind project, and it’s now being showcased in Barcelona at the Smart City World Expo Congress.

    The Orlando Economic Partnership worked with software developer Unity to create a ‘Digital Twin’ for the region.

  • Fri
    Nov
    25
    2022
    EU: How IoT can enable sustainable choices in cities

    Moshe Gazit, director of business development at Thinkz, explains how IoT data in the hands of citizens can promote more sustainable choices, and introduces a new clean air routing tool that will be free-to-use in cities following its launch into Europe.

    Q: What makes this such an important time for cities to be able to connect with their citizens? How is Thinkz supporting that work?

    The idea behind what Thinkz is doing is to connect IoT to people, and connect IoTs to one another for the sake of people. The reason it’s so important to do so is because cities are getting bigger – there are more people coming to live in cities. We believe that someone coming to a city who is able to manage themselves better helps city operations without city management needing to provide everything. By transforming IoT data into useful information and putting it in the hands of people, cities become better places to be and it creates a better urban experience.

  • Fri
    Nov
    25
    2022
    Why satellite data is key to smarter, sustainable cities

    An IoT sensor is great for collecting data on the state of air quality from the moment it is deployed but that data tells us nothing about what happened previously to create the current environmental conditions.

    If data is to truly help us build more sustainable, safer, healthier and greener cities, we need technologies that enable us to understand what has happened in the past and predict how a situation might evolve in the future. It isn’t a lack of datasets standing in the way of doing this but rather knowing how to use the ones that already exist.

  • Thu
    Nov
    24
    2022
    Nutanix empowers channel ecosystem to drive digital transformation in Saudi Arabia’s public sector

    Nutanix, a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, has reiterated its commitment to helping public sector organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embrace the power of hybrid multicloud as part of their digital transformation initiatives. The company is developing and empowering its channel ecosystem to become true ‘Champions of Nutanix’ and help government agencies sort through the complexities of cloud adoption and deliver the applications, networks, cloud services, storage solutions and other IT components that they need.

    Saeed Nader, Channel Sales Manager - Saudi Arabia Public Sector at Nutanix says, “Nutanix as a company very much supports Vision 2030 that promotes digital transformation in the Kingdom. In the age of the hybrid workplace, cloud computing is a key pillar of any digital transformation strategy. As per the Saudi findings of the fourth Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index, 81% of respondents in Saudi Arabia agreed that multicloud was the ideal IT operating model as it enables them to strike a balance between cost, complexity, speed, and scale of operations and generate more revenue. However, far fewer reported having deployed it as they face inter-cloud security, mobility, management, and skillset challenges as they embark on infrastructure change. This is true for both, the public as well as the private sector.”

  • Wed
    Nov
    23
    2022
    Smart Cities And 5G: Taking It to the Next Level

    Singapore’s planned eco-smart city Tengah aims to use artificial intelligence to support smart energy management. Fukuoka, Japan, is drawing on sensor data to build models that can help monitor water use. San Diego, California, uses an app to connect, coordinate, and manage service requests. Vienna, Austria’s WienBot, a chatbot that provides answers to a range of user questions, continuously learns from its “conversations” to capture the public’s most frequently-asked questions—of particular importance during the COVID pandemic.

    These global examples of how smart cities are using technology are ever-growing. But with all this innovative application comes the potential for bottle necks that can slow down operations, diminish the ability to scale solutions, and impede the development of the smart city ecosystem.

  • Wed
    Nov
    23
    2022
    Building A Strong Foundation: Infrastructure and Smart Cities

    Smart cities require smart infrastructure. Whether it’s sustainability, quality of life, economic growth—or all three— infrastructure needs to be the starting point for any smart city strategy. Consider the following:

  • Wed
    Nov
    23
    2022
    IN: “Karnataka needs smart mobility”

    Double-decker buses thronged Bengaluru city during the 70s and 80s. It was the city’s glory and had been an efficient mode of public transportation. A.V. Surya Sen, Director (IT), Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), giving details on the reintroduction of the buses, said, “Double decker buses are the most efficient way of carrying people in the same place. Previously, BMTC had double-decker and trolley buses. There are products that increase your efficiency and that’s why we are re-introducing it in Bengaluru.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    22
    2022
    Which global cities are prepared for the future?

    A global study of 200 cities by ThoughtLab analyses how cities are future-proofing their urban environments and provides a blueprint for going forward.

    Social, economic, and environmental disruptions, heightened by the pandemic, are changing the expectations and behaviours of citizens, requiring urban leaders around the world to develop action plans to become future-ready.

  • Tue
    Nov
    22
    2022
    KR: LG CNS draws a blueprint for a smart city in Indonesia

    On November 14, LG CNS signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nusantara Capital City Authority of Indonesia for the Nusantara Smart City Cooperation Project in Indonesia.

    The signing ceremony was attended by officials such as LG CNS CEO Young-seop Kim and Minister of Nusantara Capital City Authority Bambang Susantono.

  • Mon
    Nov
    21
    2022
    VN: Ba Ria-Vung Tau developing smart cities to better serve people

    Practicality, efficiency, and closer links between the government and the people to better serve individuals and businesses are the basic goals within Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s Smart City project.

    In the first phase, the Smart City Operations Centre of Vung Tau City will pilot a number of smart city services. Practical effects have already been seen in the field of tourism.

  • Mon
    Nov
    21
    2022
    IN: District library will be digitalized under smart city programme: Karimnagar Mayor

    Karimnagar Mayor Y Sunil Rao informed that in order to provide modern facilities to students and job aspirants preparing for competitive examinations, they have decided to digitalize the district library under smart city programme. Besides digitalization, the library would also be linked with big libraries. For the purpose, an amount of Rs 9 crore was allocated from smart city funds.

    While Rs 7 was earmarked for the construction of new library building (G 5), digitalization and linking library with other libraries would be taken up with Rs 2 crore.

  • Mon
    Nov
    21
    2022
    Kenya's smart city woos Chinese investors to boost technology sector

    An official from Konza Technopolis, Kenya's smart city, said here Monday that the technology hub is seeking to attract Chinese investors to boost the country's technology sector.

    Lucas Omollo, the manager of ICT (information and communications technology) and Smart City Solutions in Konza Technopolis, said Chinese technology firm Huawei has already completed the construction of a data center in the smart city.

  • Sun
    Nov
    20
    2022
    A smart city in the making

    The Smart City Expo World Congress will take place in Barcelona on 15-17 November, and several Luxembourg representatives will be present. Here are some of their visions of smarter urban design.

    In its Smart City Strategy Index (SCSI) 2019, global consulting firm Roland Berger analysed 153 cities worldwide, ranking Vienna as number one. The Austrian capital scored a total 74 points out of 100. London took second place (73 points), while third place (72 points) went to St. Albert, Canada, which has a population comparable to that of Luxembourg City.

  • Sun
    Nov
    20
    2022
    For Smart Cities, you need intelligent roads, smart parking and innovative mobility solutions

    The Smart City idea aids the administration in enhancing economic efficiency, sustainability of the environment, a better quality of life, education, security, and transportation. Using smart city technology, residents may engage with civic infrastructure while comprehensively monitoring the city and optimising services to be more effective. It decreases total expenses, waste, and resource consumption as a result.

    The best aspect is that it raises the level of liveability, urban services, and workplace conditions! Additionally, the idea of a ‘Smart City’ fosters more fantastic communication between the public and the local government!

  • Sun
    Nov
    20
    2022
    ZW: Smart cities to generate investment, boost economic growth

    As the country adopts the Smart City concept, three pilot projects to kick-start the process have been identified as those places are transformed into digital and green energy smart cities.

    The Smart City concept is expected to generate the much-needed investments expected to boost economic growth towards the targeted upper middle-income status by 2030.

  • Sun
    Nov
    20
    2022
    Kenya-Korea tie to foster use of smart technology in housing project

    The government is seeking to explore more viable collaborations that tie up digital possibilities

    In Summary

    • President William Ruto had announced that his government will construct 200,000 houses annually under the affordable housing programme.
    • Real estate industry's contribution to Kenya's economic growth stood at 6.7% as of December 2021, making it an important player in the country’s GDP.

  • Sat
    Nov
    19
    2022
    The solution for smart cities goes beyond the internet itself

    Many things have been said about smart cities in the last few years. In fact, we can find various definitions of it just by looking into different perspectives such as applications and infrastructure. The reality is that this concept keeps changing and evolving as well as the problems to tackle and the technology to do so.

    The definition that may be more suitable for this matter is the one that points out cities using ICTs and telecommunications infrastructure to improve the efficiency and quality of their citizens. In the end, these last two terms are the ones that rule the success of a Smart city.

  • Sat
    Nov
    19
    2022
    TH: Prime Minister urges Asean digital cooperation

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging Asean nations to work together to further develop the region’s fast-growing digital economy, which is expected to be worth more than US$360 billion (13.32 trillion baht) by the end of this year.

    The prime minister made the call at the Asean Business and Investment Summit (Abis) 2022, which he attended via videoconference on Thursday.

  • Sat
    Nov
    19
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Ujjain: Kanthal-Gopal Mandir road to be developed as no-vehicle zone

    The preliminary study conducted by Smart City Ujjain to build a no-vehicle zone from Kanthal to Satigati via Gopal Mandir road has been cleared.

    Mayor Mukesh Tatwal along with additional commissioner and Smart City CEO Ashish Pathak and the technical team inspected Kanthal to Gopal Mandir road to make Street for People (no vehicle zone) and directed that the work plan for the road should be prepared soon. In this sequence, a preliminary study of the route from Kanthal to Gopal Mandir has been done by Smart City. Preliminary study revealed that Kanthal, Sati Gate, Gopal Mandir is situated in the old city of Ujjain where the main commercial market of the city is also operated, the route starts from Gopal Mandir historical site in the west which is Kanthal Square in the east. The existing site is mixed.

  • Fri
    Nov
    18
    2022
    CA: TCS, UofT team up with plan to create ‘urban data sets’ for smart cities

    It takes data to build a smart city, for without it, there is no way online programs and services designed to help residents could be developed. Consulting firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) notes that municipalities around the world have access to huge sources of urban data with the potential to improve the citizen experience – from sensors on bridges and other IoT sources, to new online databases of public information.

    However, it adds, “one of the biggest smart city challenges is harnessing insights from urban data not properly governed or managed, making it unusable.”

  • Fri
    Nov
    18
    2022
    NG: Urban Renewal Policies: A Catalyst for Smart Cities Development

    All over the World and in recent times, urban renewal and smart cities development has been in the front burner and evidently leading key discussions in the global real estate development conferences, seminars and webinars. As governments all of the economies of the World keep thinking on how to provide quality living for its citizens through urban renewal and smart cities development, urban renewal policies and by extension, smart cities developments have become an important part of government development policies aimed at engendering quality living for its fast-growing population. As long as the World population keeps growing in a geometrical trend, it will take strong urban renewal policies to engender sustainable housing and urban development.

    Urban renewal entails the gradual redevelopment of areas with little or no property values with the primary objective of creating new and modern infrastructures that will engender development through strong and economically viable private sector participation, and generate revenue to the government through tax payment to the government. Most government urban renewal efforts have negative implications on the existing structures; in a bid to bring in development to an area, old structures must give way for the new ones especially in the area of road construction which is a very key element of urban renewal.

  • Fri
    Nov
    18
    2022
    Thailand designates 15 more ‘Smart City’ locations

    The government’s smart city committee has listed 15 additional places for Smart City development, where some 20 billion baht in private investment is expected to help improve the livelihoods of villagers.

    Thailand’s Smart City Steering Committee has designated 15 more locations across 14 provinces for Smart City development, bringing the total number of Smart City campaigns across the country to 30 locations in 23 provinces.

  • Fri
    Nov
    18
    2022
    CA: Calgary: Smart city story: Live chat pilot program

    Live chat improves customer service in Planning & Development

    The City of Calgary offers many services to Calgarians and customers. Effectively delivering those services while creating an efficient and enjoyable customer experience was at the forefront of the new Planning & Development online chat tool.

    This feature allows a homeowner or business owner to connect with a City of Calgary planning service technician for information about the Land Use Bylaw, the Licence Bylaw, and the application and permitting process.

  • Thu
    Nov
    17
    2022
    CN: Zhejiang: Tongxiang: Wuzhen: Host town's internet-based economy develops rapidly

    As the permanent site of the World Internet Conference, Wuzhen is a town famous for not only its 1,000-year-old history but for its modernity fueled by the digital economy and improved access to the internet and intelligent services.

    With the support of internet technology, Wuzhen has seen rapid development of its digital economy enterprises. From 2014 to 2022, the number of digital economy enterprises increased from 12 to more than 1,000.

  • Thu
    Nov
    17
    2022
    US: New York City Tech Office Unveils Plan to Enhance Digital Literacy

    New York City Office of Technology and Innovation recently released its strategic plan that looks to improve the city’s overall posture in the technology space — starting with an effort to improve technical literacy.

    The New York City Office of Technology and Innovation's (OTI) new strategic plan, released in October, outlines the city’s forthcoming approach to technology advancement with a notable emphasis on improving the technical skills of constituents and staff alike.

  • Thu
    Nov
    17
    2022
    KE: Ministry of ICT Launches Free WiFi in Nairobi

    The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) on Wednesday, November 9, launched free WiFi at Nairobi's City Market to facilitate e-commerce.

    ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo noted that the free public WiFi will be strong enough to handle transactions within the market and a circumference of a few metres around it.

  • Thu
    Nov
    17
    2022
    US: California: Long Beach launches Smart City Initiative program to look at tech needs

    The program will help city officials decide how to invest in technology based on community needs.

    Some Long Beach residents are struggling to thrive in the digital age without proper technological training, an issue city officials are looking to address with the newly launched Smart City Initiative, officials announced this week.

  • Wed
    Nov
    16
    2022
    QA: Ministry signs deal to develop 400 smart services for public

    The Ministry of Municipality has signed an agreement with Oracle to develop about 400 services through digital transformation in a bid to provide proactive smart self-services to the public and beneficiaries of all sectors.

    The targeted 400 services out of the ministry’s total services will be developed in six packages over two years.

  • Wed
    Nov
    16
    2022
    Why the creation of smart cities requires real-time data processing

    To manage the rising urbanisation of smart cities, city planners and managers must turn to real-time data processing

    By 2030 it is expected that 28% of people worldwide will live in a city with at least one million inhabitants, according to a report on urbanisation by the Government Office for Science. In England alone, 82.9% of the population lived in an urban area in 2019, which is increasing all the time. To manage these levels of urbanisation, city planners and managers are turning to modern technologies and cutting-edge networks, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to support ‘smart city’ solutions.

  • Wed
    Nov
    16
    2022
    AE: All public parking machines across Dubai now digital

    RTA Dubai App surged from 20,000 to 45,000 transactions per day this year

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed the automation and renovation of public parking machines across the city, with touch screens and issuance of e-ticket and text messages sent to mobile phones using the mParking system.

    RTA said in a press statement on Tuesday that going automated in line with meeting “the needs of the Smart City initiative and Dubai Paperless Strategy.”

  • Wed
    Nov
    16
    2022
    IN: Haryana: MET City: Smart city coming up near Gurugram; all you need to know

    MET City is a Japan Industrial Township (JIT) and houses four leading Japanese companies in its integrated industrial township.

    "Model Economic Township Limited (MET City), a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is developing a world class Greenfield Smart City near Gurugram, Haryana," billionaire Mukesh Ambani's firm said in a statement.

    One of the four Japanese companies that are to be situated in a smart city being developed by an arm of Reliance Industries Ltd near Gurugram, has done ground-breaking for a medical devices unit.

  • Tue
    Nov
    15
    2022
    AE: Why digitisation is key to staying competitive

    Investment and innovation in digital infrastructure is transforming the way we live. It is also driving growth and development across sectors.

    Economies around the world realise this and are vying for digital technology, talent and infrastructure in the pursuit of socio-economic progress.

    The message is clear: if you want to stay competitive, digitise.

  • Tue
    Nov
    15
    2022
    US: California: How Carlsbad Improved Data Sharing Across Local Government

    The city took inventory of its data, built a data library and provided resources to analyze information.

    It’s safe to say that government at any level — local, state or federal — has many moving parts. Siloed data streams and a lack of effective communication between departments can cause havoc from the standpoint of data governance.

  • Tue
    Nov
    15
    2022
    US: Massachusetts: Cambridge: Experts Discuss the Future of Technology in Cities in STS Panel

    A group of former mayors and professors discussed the future of cities at a panel hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society on Friday afternoon.

    The panel focused on the concept of the “smart city” — a city that uses technology to solve city issues and improve communication between city leaders and their constituents — and the implications of integrating new technologies into city planning.

  • Mon
    Nov
    14
    2022
    AU: Why a ‘Living Security’ Approach Is Needed for Smart Cities To Thrive

    As smart cities continue to evolve and shape the world around us, Australia is taking steps to ensure it keeps up with advancing technology through its constant development of smart cities.

    Smart cities use purpose-built technology and data to make better decisions, optimise efficiency and create a greater quality of life for their citizens. Specifically, these cities are looking to use the data and technology to; improve the cost of living, create safer areas, enable better healthcare, monitor and support the environment and save time.

  • Mon
    Nov
    14
    2022
    How to develop smart-cities in Vietnam: expert

    Dr Nguyen Nhat Quang, deputy chair of VINASA’s (Vietnam Software & IT services) founding council, said a smart city is not a design that can be copied, but should be seen as an effective way to develop and run cities.

    Quang, who is a member of a group of experts – assistants to the National Committee on Digital Transformation, talked to VietNamNet about the plan on collecting tolls from vehicles entering certain areas of Hanoi to prevent the number of vehicles and ease traffic congestion.

  • Mon
    Nov
    14
    2022
    Digital Skills Gap in Africa

    According to a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), it revealed that some 230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa will require some level of digital skills by 2030.

    Forbes also predicts that 85% of jobs that will be available in 2030 haven’t yet been invented, as the work humans do will continually shift due to the fact that most jobs will become obsolete due to the emergence of new ones.

  • Mon
    Nov
    14
    2022
    IN: How AI helps shape traffic law and order in Chandigarh

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been shaping the law and order situation of Chandigarh traffic lately and also giving a boost to law enforcement agencies, which are not only able to detect vehicles involved in crimes but those that are stolen as well.

    At least 600 high resolution CCTV cameras monitored through Police Command and Control Centre (PCCC), Sector 17, are empowered with multiple sensors which can detect traffic violations along with video recording of vehicles during the day as well as night.

  • Sun
    Nov
    13
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart City to install new traffic signal system in Nagpur

    The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) is all set to install a new traffic signal system in Nagpur. The Smart City Company will implement the Rs5.36 crore project in the city before May 2023.

    The project is meant to upgrade signals at 33 junctions on two major stretches — Wardha Road and Central Avenue, said NSSCDCL Chief Executive Officer Chinmay Gotmare, according to a media report.

  • Sun
    Nov
    13
    2022
    IN: PARKOSi App: One-stop solution to parking management; successfully organizes crowded public parking zones this Chhath Puja

    KARLOSi Technologies, a leading innovator in the field of parking management has come up with PARKOSi App which is a mobile application that allows users to find parking spaces digitally and track their vehicle at any point. Recently, during the occasion of Chhath Puja, PARKOSi in support with the local administration and the Chhath Puja Samiti successfully managed public parking zones. PARKOSi Team helped organize crowded parking spots and more than 2000 vehicles were parked at Patna College Ground, Patna.

    Provisions for easy entry and exit were made for public convenience. The App has been designed to be user-friendly and easy to use, with features like adding multiple locations and viewing parking sites by city. PARKOSi also added a feature allowing users to book their parking spots in advance to avoid availability hassle.

  • Sun
    Nov
    13
    2022
    PH: Converge to boost Davao internet connectivity

    Broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has committed to improve internet connectivity in Davao City by linking it to an international cable system that will be activated in 2024.

    Converge CEO and co-founder Dennis Anthony Uy said his company would boost and expand its network infrastructure in Davao to support its push to become a digital city.

    Uy told Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte that Converge would keep on investing in Davao City, especially as the firm builds up its international bandwidth.

  • Sun
    Nov
    13
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Install CCTV, demand citizens of Govindnagar, Karmayoginagar area

    The activits of Shiv Sena, Satkarya Foundation, Senior Citizens Association from Govind Nagar area in the city have demanded that CCTV be put up to ensure safety and security of people. The submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner rquesting him to direct the Nashik Smart City authority to do the needful.

    The requested the Police Commissioner Jayant Naiknavare to recommend to Smart City to install CCTVs in Govindnagar and Karmayoginagar areas. They also demanded that I cards be given to senior citizens. The letter submitted to the police commissioner also drew attention of the police authority to resolve the issue of traffic jams and take measures for road safety to prevent accidents in their area. A delegation of Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), Satkarya Foundation and Jyeshtha Nagarik Sangh met the Police commissioner to draw his attention.

  • Sat
    Nov
    12
    2022
    JO: JSCA launches smart cities initiative

    The Jordan Smart Cities Association (JSCA) on Wednesday launched an initiative to establish three sustainable cities in the northern, central and southern regions.

    The launch took place during workshops featuring the attendance of the Honorary President of the Association HRH Prince Nayef Bin Asem aimed at promoting the establishment of smart cities and energy storage in Arab countries.

  • Sat
    Nov
    12
    2022
    ZW: Government rolls out massive street lighting programme nationwide

    A massive street lighting programme has been rolled out countrywide with a pilot project being carried out in Harare where the installation of more than 1 200 new lights is currently underway.

    The project, which will be cascaded to all the country’s cities, towns and growth points, is a product of President Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement policy as well as his “Zimbabwe is Open for Business” mantra.

  • Sat
    Nov
    12
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi and Dubai 'well positioned' to quickly achieve advanced smart city status

    Abu Dhabi and Dubai are “well positioned” to be at the forefront of becoming full-fledged smart cities, with several initiatives, particularly those involving 6G technologies, being tabled to help the transition to a futuristic digital economy, a top researcher at the Technology Innovation Institute said.

    Both emirates have launched several programmes to advance research and development into the upcoming sixth generation of wireless networks, which is attracting top players globally, said Thierry Lestable, executive director of the AI and Digital Science Research Centre at Abu Dhabi's TII.

  • Sat
    Nov
    12
    2022
    GB: Four smart-city ideas that could make London more sustainable from 15-minute neighbourhoods to vertical farms

    In the fight against climate change, much attention is placed on greening our energy-production methods, which can feel a world away for city dwellers who might never have seen the inside of a power plant.

    But when we look closer, just around us, we realise that the cities we live in are actually a major driver of energy demand, from the electricity needed to power buildings, to the food trucked in to be cooked in restaurants.

  • Fri
    Nov
    11
    2022
    VN: How intelligent lights make cities smarter, safer and greener

    Smart cities around the world are modernising urban areas in incredibly innovative ways. In Vietnam, developing smart cities is expected to address population growth in the country's major urban centres.

    According to a 2019 report by the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, the country has seen 6.4 million people migrate to big cities where they can find better jobs and earn more income.

  • Fri
    Nov
    11
    2022
    Estonian company launches next-gen autonomous shuttle

    Called MiCa, the vehicle developed by Auve Tech, is equipped with seven lidar sensors and 10 cameras and has been designed for use in all weather conditions.

    Estonian tech company Auve Tech is launching a next-generation self-driving shuttle that allows driving in various weather and traffic conditions.

    ch has already agreed a strategic collaboration with SoftBank subsidiary Boldly to develop a Japanese-specification model of the vehicle, with a view to having it running on public roads by the end of 2023.

  • Fri
    Nov
    11
    2022
    PK: Smart City Concept And Challenges In The Real Estate Industry

    Smart City Concept:

    A Smart City is usually an urban development based on information and communication technology and the internet of things (IoT) to manage resources and assets effectively.

    It incorporates the citizens’ data that is processed to analyze, monitor, and control the operators, such as traffic management, access control, appliance management, etc.

  • Fri
    Nov
    11
    2022
    How all-optical network infrastructure can re-shape smart cities

    Network has become the fifth lifeline of smart society; as cities are becoming both digital and smart, communication is the fifth core infrastructure network after water, electricity, gas, and transportation. The advancement of digital technologies and industries determines how smart cities can be, while the communications networks that underpin them have become a core part of how cities can operate and deliver services.

    All-optical infrastructure can define what cities are able to achieve as they strive to become more intelligent and better connected. As such, more than 150 countries around the world have released fibre strategies or internet initiatives, promising to make network infrastructure widely available to the public. Governments are providing tax preferences or subsidies to rapidly build backbone networks, expand network coverage, bridge the digital divide, and promote national economic development.

  • Fri
    Nov
    11
    2022
    AU: NSW program a finalist in world smart city awards

    The NSW government’s Smart Western City Program is a finalist in the World Smart City Awards. Victor Dominello

    The international awards recognise innovative city strategies and projects designed to make cities more sustainable and inclusive.

    This year, judges received 337 proposals from 60 countries.

  • Thu
    Nov
    10
    2022
    AU: Wireless technology helps reinvigorate smart city focus

    Nathan McGregor, senior vice president, Asia Pacific at Cradlepoint discusses smart cities and the opportunities of IoT

    For many years now, we’ve heard predictions that cities would become technological hubs of sci-fi proportions. While few urban areas have transformed themselves into anything as cinematic as Blade Runner, and The Jetsons lifestyle still seems a way off, a wave of advancements and pioneering applications are breathing new life into the Smart City concept.

  • Thu
    Nov
    10
    2022
    NG: Improved traffic management: A case for a smart city

    Smart Cities are not exactly new phenomena. Yet for many cities across the globe, the implementation of smart cities remains largely in the experimental stages. Others have blazed ahead and achieved great success. Smart cities have been used to solve issues relating to public administration, environmental and waste management, utilities, security, contactless payments, and healthcare. Barcelona, Singapore, Zurich (Switzerland), and Oslo (Norway) now sit comfortably atop the 2021 IMD-SUTD Smart City Index (SCI). Ranked 115th globally out of 118 countries in the SCI, Lagos for its part has only begun to skim the benefits of inroads into smart city technology. But for all its promise, the myriad infrastructural challenges typically associated with a developing nation’s commercial nerve center, hold the city firmly in its vice. Still, there is nowhere to go but up.

  • Thu
    Nov
    10
    2022
    JO: Amman: Cabinet hears brief on new, smart city project

    In a Wednesday session headed by Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, the Cabinet heard a briefing from Dar Al Handasah on the new city project, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

    The project aims to accommodate the increasing population, especially in Amman and Zarqa.

    If approved, the new city project will be built in Amman on land owned by the state treasury, with a total area of 277,000 dunums, 40 kilometres away from the centre of the capital, 33 kilometres from Queen Alia International Airport and 26 kilometres from Zarqa.

  • Thu
    Nov
    10
    2022
    Inside Saudi Arabia’s New Futuristic City

    For a while, Saudi Arabia has been constructing and promoting a new futuristic city that defies the odds. The city’s name is ‘Neom,‘which stands for “new future.” It’s sustainable, controversial, and design-forward. It’s a “smart city” where technology and innovation collide. The city, is backed by $500 billion over the coming years. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia manages the project. And it guarantees a “world-class” quality of life.

    Here’s an inside look at what we know about Neom.

  • Thu
    Nov
    10
    2022
    Digitalisation leads Qatar’s journey into the future

    The global digital transformation market size, which stood at $737 billion in 2020, is projected to reach over $3.5 trillion by 2028 Digitalisation has been sweeping the globe as the forerunner of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, increasing business efficiency and cutting down operational time. As information and communications technology seeps into daily life, organisations have integrated digital transformation into functional areas. The global digital transformation market size, which stood at $737 billion in 2020, is projected to reach over $3.5 trillion by 2028, a compound annual growth rate of 22.1% during the forecast period.[1]

  • Wed
    Nov
    09
    2022
    Digital twins: Modelling the future and the metaverse

    As an extension of digital twins, the metaverse will rely on data to make improvements to trial models

    Digital twins have been used for several years to model projects in a virtual world before committing money and resources to build them physically. They are commonly used for tasks ranging from modeling manufacturing processes to simulating behaviors to try and prevent failures in systems and cities. They’re now being called the “building blocks of the metaverse”.

  • Wed
    Nov
    09
    2022
    TH: Smart cities – why citizen experience is the key to success

    Smart cities present a more connected, efficient vision for the future – they are more innovative and use technology and data in ways that enable them to be cleaner, more sustainable and offer citizens a variety of automated services. From environmental monitoring to automated traffic management and digital payment capabilities, rapid technological advancements are enabling cities to create limitless potential that will shape the future of urban centres.

    The shift toward creating smarter cities is completely transforming urban planning as governments around the world look to accelerate smart city development. Research shows the global smart cities market is growing so rapidly that it is expected to exceed US$2.5 trillion as early as 2025 – more than double the estimated US$1 trillion in 2020. And although the economic pressures of the pandemic have stalled some smart city developments – at least temporarily – some of the world’s biggest tech companies continue to invest heavily in smart city projects.

  • Wed
    Nov
    09
    2022
    SA: This future city will not have any cars, streets: How people will commute without cars, bikes

    The concept of a smart city is talked about frequently and it's mostly about connectivity in various aspects, one very relevant of which is transport. Saudi Arabia is planning to take this concept and fuse it with something straight out of Blade Runner. The country has plans to erect a city in a straight line across a length of 170 km, called The Line. The 'smart linear city' in Neom, Tabuk will be designed to have no cars, no streets or carbon emissions.

    The Line will be a $500 billion project and the city's plans anticipate a population of 9 million. As of October 2022, excavation work has started along the entire length of the project. While it is extremely fascinating, the project faces criticism over its impact on the environment and the current population of the area, as well as doubts about its technological and economic viability.

  • Wed
    Nov
    09
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Davanagere Smart City Limited awarded for best safety

    The release state that Davangere is the only city in Karnataka to win the award in this category.

    Effective implementation of safety and security system and maintenance of records has resulted in Davanagere Smart City Limited to bagging the “Award of Excellence in Urban Transport”, a release from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs read.

  • Wed
    Nov
    09
    2022
    AZ: Baku, Helsinki eye cooperation dev’t in smart industry & smart city sectors

    Baku and Helsinki have discussed the development of cooperation with Finnish companies with experience in the smart industry and smart city sectors, Azernews reports.

    The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijan’s Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov and a delegation led by Finnish Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of State for external economic relations Nina Vaskunlahti.

  • Tue
    Nov
    08
    2022
    US: Honeywell, Accelerator for America Launch Smart City Program

    The idea behind the program is for cities to work with Honeywell and Accelerator for America to expand smart city efforts to "support safer, more efficient, resilient and equitable communities."

    In an effort to help cities develop individualized smart city plans, Honeywell and Accelerator for America have launched a “Smart City Accelerator Program.”

  • Tue
    Nov
    08
    2022
    JP: Tokyo Olympics athlete village to become smart city

    The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ village in the heart of the metropolis will be transformed as first smart city by 2024. comprising residential and commercial space and powered by hydrogen energy as a primary source.

    This as the metropolitan government advances efforts towards their goal of a decarbonised society with net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

  • Tue
    Nov
    08
    2022
    Smart Cities 2.0: Smart, sustainable, resilient, and secure

    A few years ago, pre-Covid-19, there appeared to be an arms race beginning around smart cities. They had to be smarter and seemingly ever more ‘glossy’, driven by a need for sensors and data.

    Then, as climate change became more evident, cities had to be sustainable, and of course, post-pandemic, more resilient. Now, in the wake of the fallout from the Ukraine-Russia conflict, they also need to be secure. So: smart, sustainable, resilient, and secure.

  • Tue
    Nov
    08
    2022
    Accelerating Malaysia’S Smart Cities Aspirations

    Have you ever sat in traffic and wondered why a road that was usually free-flowing is now congested all the time?

    Or ended up being late for an urgent appointment because you couldn’t find a parking spot?

    Worried about walking back to your car after work because the streets were completely dark?

    These are some of the common challenges that city dwellers face as workplaces, offices and schools reopen their doors and are once again impacting their way of life.

  • Mon
    Nov
    07
    2022
    How One Indonesian City Went Beyond Apps To Solve Problems

    Living in a smart city means intelligent integration of all facets of urban life. After a shaky start, Indonesia is testing a new system to get it right.

    Smart cities are a clever idea but the trick is in the execution.

    Take Indonesia, for example. Finance minister Sri Mulyani complained this year how there are too many government apps – 24,000 – and they were a waste of money.

  • Mon
    Nov
    07
    2022
    NG: Wisdom Kwati Smart City launches Hiltop Smart City

    Wisdom Kwati Smart City has announced the launch of a new multi-million project called Hilltop Smart City to tackle housing deficit and expand to various locations within Nigeria.

    The new project was officially unveiled in a groundbreaking ceremony in Abuja on October 13.

  • Mon
    Nov
    07
    2022
    AE: RTA to use emotional AI to assess Dubai Tram drivers in real time

    Drivers to be assessed using smart device, arm band to avoid accidents, enhance safety

    In a first-of-its-kind Tram Driver Monitoring system in the world, Dubai Tram drivers will be assessed in real time using artificial intelligence to prevent accidents and enhance safety of passengers.

    With ‘Safety and Environmental Sustainability’ being one of the key strategic goals, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in partnership with Keolis MHI and VirtuE Therapy and Research has implemented the third phase of trials of the use of AI Technology to assess Tram Drivers in real time and ensure passenger safety.

  • Mon
    Nov
    07
    2022
    US: Illinois: Net-zero Smart Neighbourhoods planned for Chicago metro area

    Nicor Gas and Southern Company are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build the smart communities, which will use a combination of renewable, electric and natural gas technologies.

    Nicor Gas and Southern Company are announcing a new partnership with the Fox Valley and Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliates to create Smart Neighbourhood communities in the Chicagoland (Chicago metropolitan) area.

  • Mon
    Nov
    07
    2022
    Africa: A controversial truth: the pros and cons of a 5G future

    The latest agreements between Saudi Arabia and South Africa, as the continent’s gateway, bode well for Africa in the fields of technological advancement and green energy alternatives, but Africa and the world’s 5G plans are set to come under fire at United Nations COP 27

    With Saudi’s smart city, The Line, setting the pace as part of the Neom Mega City Project, and South Africa’s aspirations for three smart cities – Pretoria’s Mooikloof Mega City, the Eastern Cape’s African Coastal Smart City and Lanseria Smart City (interfacing Gauteng and Madiberg municipalities) – already well underway in the planning stages, things are looking rosy for South Africa’s chances for keeping up with world developments.

  • Sun
    Nov
    06
    2022
    BR: Paraná: Curitiba is elected one of the seven Smartest Communities in the World

    Curitiba received this Thursday (27/10) the trophy of one of the seven Smartest Communities in the World, according to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Award, being, for the second consecutive year, the only city in South America selected for the Top 7. The award was presented during the IFC Global Summit 2022, at the Ohio State House, seat of the Ohio State Government (Ohio, USA).

    “I say and repeat that innovation is only valid if it is an instrument of social transformation and equal opportunities. Based on this, we have built, in recent years, a work carried out by many hands that today is crowned in this worldwide recognition of, once again, being among the seven Smartest Communities in the world. We form an intelligent, creative, resilient ecosystem, with humanity, sustainability and the use of technology in favor of citizens”, celebrated Mayor Rafael Greca.

  • Sun
    Nov
    06
    2022
    PT: Algarve has “great” potential to be a “smart destination”

    A new study about the Algarve reveals that the region should take advantage of the “great potential” it has in terms of digital connectivity with tourists to become a ‘smart destination’.

    “There is great potential here in terms of connectivity with tourists. To ensure that, as soon as they arrive at the destination, we can accompany them, know where they are, what their preferences are, and to communicate a personalised tourist offer to provide experiences according to their profile”, said Rui Gidro, 'partner' of Deloitte, the company responsible for the study commissioned by the Algarve Tourism Region, within the scope of the project “Algarve Smart Region”.

  • Sun
    Nov
    06
    2022
    NP: Bangalore turning smart, green and vibrant; will Kathmandu follow suit?

    As a saying goes: “Wars are much easier to start than to finish.”

    This comes true for Bengaluru Smart City Limited Project as developing a Smart City is “not easy as defined” — meaning, that are challenges!

    “Yes, there are challenges. But we are steadily moving ahead despite hindrances,” P Rajendra Cholan, Managing Director of the Bengaluru Smart City, told an interaction with a delegation of Nepali journalists, who visited India’s “Silicon Valley” recently.

  • Sat
    Nov
    05
    2022
    KR: Busan City and Eternal Co. Ltd. come together to make Busan the world’s most secure smart city with ‘VEIN-X’

    'VEIN-X' is a security solution using finger veins that go beyond fingerprint and IRIS-based authentication.

    On the 28th of Oct, a convention was held right after the 'Blockchain Week in Busan (BWB) 2022. Both Busan Metropolitan City Mayor, Park Hyung-joon and Eternal Eternal Co.,Ltd CEO, Park Hyung-Joon signed the MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) agreement to cooperate in making BUSAN City the world’s strongest secured city leaping beyond a Smart City.

  • Sat
    Nov
    05
    2022
    AU: How safety is becoming one of the most critical smart city applications

    To help identify and act on current and potential future public safety threats, smart city technology is a critical resource for leaders of city councils.

    Modern safety applications, powered by Industrial IoT (IIoT) infrastructure, utilise correlated sensor data from devices like flood monitoring sensors, pole tilt sensors, traffic monitoring sensors and air quality devices to identify trends and predict imminent danger, enabling cities to respond more effectively to ensure community safety.

  • Fri
    Nov
    04
    2022
    "MDES - depa" drive 8 major digital projects, accelerating Thailand with "DIGITAL INFINITY" concept

    The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) held a press conference on the launch of eight major digital-driven projects initiated under the "DIGITAL INFINITY" concept to empower digital manpower and drive development of the digital industry. They are expected to help enhance adoption of digital technologies and innovations, and readiness in digital infrastructure and ecosystem in preparation for the country's thriving digital economy and society. depa sets a goal to generate economic impact no less than 320 billion baht with digital skills of more than 6.2 million Thais who are expected to be leveled up after participating in the eight digital-inspired projects. The ministry and depa also announced preparation for "HACKaTHAILAND 2023: DIGITAL INFINITY" scheduled for late 2023.

  • Fri
    Nov
    04
    2022
    MENA: A quantum shift in city design thinking is on the horizon

    Farah Naz and Martin Angus of AECOM Middle East speak to Gavin Davids about why it is essential that ESG strategies become intertwined with the planning and development of smart cities

    The concepts of smart cities and sustainability are often intertwined, as it is impossible to consider one without the other. By their very nature, smart cities involve the implementation of eco-friendly projects that improve the quality of life for residents and communities, while still respecting the environment.

  • Fri
    Nov
    04
    2022
    VN: Blockchain a key player in digital era

    Blockchain tech is accelerating as a key factor for national development, contributing to accelerating Vietnam’s digital transformation process as it applies to different industries and business arenas.

    At the Vietnam Blockchain Summit on October 19, which saw the participation of 150 foreign delegates from more than 30 economies around the world, Truong Gia Binh, chairman of FPT Corporation, said blockchain has outstanding characteristics and qualities of anti-forgery, transparency, and decentralisation.

  • Fri
    Nov
    04
    2022
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Yogi govt sets June 2023 deadline to complete 10 smart cities in UP

    The Uttar Pradesh government has asked divisional commissioners to ensure that the 10 smart cities in the state are completed by June 2023.

    The Yogi Adityanath government has set a June 2023 deadline to complete the work of 10 smart cities of Uttar Pradesh. If the projects approved by the Central Government are not completed on time, explanation will be sought from the respective officers responsible for the projects.

  • Thu
    Nov
    03
    2022
    CN: Smart poles are key to smart city evolution

    Back in March 2020, the Hong Kong SAR Government had plans to deploy some 400 multi-functional smart lampposts (smart poles) over a three-year programme, and with a view to promoting smart city development in Hong Kong and supporting 5G mobile network implementation.

    Around the same period, Shenzhen announced plans to deploy 4,526 smart poles in 2020, rising to 24,00 by 2022.

  • Thu
    Nov
    03
    2022
    ZA: Dubai-based URB reveal designs for Africa’s largest sustainable city

    Self-sufficient city

    • 17 KM2
    • $20 Billion USD
    • Eastern region of South Africa
    • 150,000 residents
    • 40,000 residential units

    Dubai-based URB have unveiled plans to develop Africa’s largest sustainable city known as THE PARKS. The city will provide the world’s highest standard for sustainable living for 150,000 residents. The city will also produce 100% of its energy, water & food on site to become a self-sufficient destination.

  • Thu
    Nov
    03
    2022
    ASEAN countries betting on adoption of cloud services

    As ASEAN nations are quickening digital transformation to achieve their new missions for the digital age, various agencies and tech titans are building new plans to meet regional growing needs.

    “Going onto the cloud is like a young person leaving home for the first time. It is full of freedom, excitement and anxiety. It is also full of risks, fear and uncertainties.” The words came from Chan Cheow Hoe, chief digital technology officer at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, at the AWS Public Sector Summit earlier this month.

  • Wed
    Nov
    02
    2022
    AU: Victoria: Ararat now better connected with free public WiFi

    Residents, businesses and visitors in Ararat now have access to free public WiFi and a ‘smarter city’, helping to bridge the digital gap by ensuring everyone has access to free internet.

    Fast, free public WiFi and high-speed smart city fibre connectivity has been launched in Ararat, thanks in part to a $1.56 million grant through a Victorian Government initiative to improve connectivity in regional Victoria.

  • Wed
    Nov
    02
    2022
    GB: Northern England: How smart city technology is transforming Sunderland

    From smart education to smart bins, projects led by BAI Communications and Sunderland City Council show how digital technology can enhance everyday life

    Sunderland City Council, in partnership with BAI Communications (BAI), is developing pioneering new use cases for smart city technology and digital infrastructure, as it works towards its ambition to become the UK’s most advanced smart city and put the North East at the forefront of digital innovation.

  • Wed
    Nov
    02
    2022
    Smart roads for the UAE's future

    The benefits of harnessing technology to enhance road networks in the country are countless

    Nobody likes being stuck in traffic. An underrated, if quotidian, pleasure of urban life, particularly in cities reliant on cars, is to not be caught in a snarl. Time is saved, efficiency is achieved and anywhere in the world, a smooth ride is better altogether for stress levels of people stuck in a car, driving or not – not least of all for ambulance drivers and those unfortunately in them. As any urban database will attest, the benefits of roads without congestion add up significantly.

  • Wed
    Nov
    02
    2022
    US: Digital twins need more than infrastructure data, expert says

    Real-time, bi-directional data can help cities determine not just what residents are doing – but why, according to the Smart Cities Council.

    Before smart cities explore digital twin capabilities, they must figure out how to treat their data as a citywide asset, one expert says.

  • Tue
    Nov
    01
    2022
    CN: Cross-border data flow to empower Hong Kong digital drivetrain

    Since his appointment as Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mr. John Lee has emphasized the importance of transforming Hong Kong into a smart city that improves life for Hong Kong citizens. The latest policy address is no exception. It stipulates the urgency for “open[ing]-up” of data—meaning that the HKSAR Government encourages private and public enterprises to utilize data as an innovation driver. Chief among Mr. Lee’s policies is a commitment to explore ways to facilitate data transfer from the Mainland to Hong Kong to promote the coordinated development of smart cities within the Greater Bay Area.

  • Tue
    Nov
    01
    2022
    IE: Future-proof: How close are we to having smart cities?

    As semiconductors and data continue to reshape our lives, smart infrastructure, where tech meets the material world, is rebuilding our environment - Jason Walsh asks what comes next?

    When the computer revolution really started to pick up steam in the 1970s it was quite common to hear predictions of how central processing units (CPUs) would revolutionise and re-shape everything around us, from factories to buildings, and even the towns and cities that we lived in. The predictions were not quite wrong – robotics certainly transformed manufacturing, for example – but the time scale was slightly off.

  • Tue
    Nov
    01
    2022
    AE: Dubai traces a digital path towards a smart future

    The Digital Dubai initiative represents a vision to recreate the traditional top-bottom city management model into one that is representative and sustainable

    The Dubai Digital Authority (Digital Dubai) is a recognition of the power of data to improve lives and create economic benefits. Data is the foundation for the smart city Dubai aspires to be and the emergent digital economy the country is fostering. Established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the authority oversees Dubai’s information technology, data, digital transformation and cybersecurity. The authority is the umbrella body for Dubai Electronic Security Center, Dubai Statistics Center, Dubai Data Establishment and Smart Dubai Government Establishment.

  • Tue
    Nov
    01
    2022
    US: Florida: Coral Gables Spurs Smart City Growth with a Digital Twin

    A small Florida city supports initiatives with the help of a living model.

    Coral Gables, Fla., has a remarkable tool used to spur smart city growth: an online digital twin, accessible to the public.

    Established with the assistance of Amazon Web Services, the digital twin collects data in real time and allows web visitors to explore Coral Gables through an interactive satellite map.

  • Mon
    Oct
    31
    2022
    Think global, act local to transform our planet

    With urbanization here to stay, our future lies in our cities. The Philippines’ urban population is projected to double by 2050, while Southeast Asia’s urbanization rate is at an all-time high.

    While cities lie at the forefront of climate change, accounting for over 70 percent of global carbon emissions, they can also catalyze change as hubs for innovation, offering solutions for a sustainable future.

  • Mon
    Oct
    31
    2022
    GB: Scottish council uses IoT to digitally transform towns

    Aberdeenshire Council will trial six smart technologies in partnership with North that will provide access to real-time data insights in areas such as air quality, buildings, social housing, water monitoring and waste.

    A new project will see Aberdeenshire Council trial six smart technologies in partnership with IoT and solutions provider North, as part of the company’s IoT Accelerator Pack programme.

  • Mon
    Oct
    31
    2022
    Smarter cities, smarter future

    Smart cities will make lives easier now and in the future

    The idea of a ‘smart city’ has theoretically existed for thousands of years, tracing back to ancient Rome where new technologies were applied through a complex interconnected urban system, which constructed its public transport systems and distributed energy sources. Once the aqueducts, water drainage systems, and paved roads were put in place, the lives of citizens were transformed.

    Over the last 1,500 years technology has advanced so rapidly that we are now witnessing a digital (opens in new tab) age, with innovations such as driverless cars, intelligent traffic systems, and delivery bots. The evolution of technology advancement is seeing great progress, yet we need to understand that empires are not built in a day.

  • Mon
    Oct
    31
    2022
    Sunderland City Council: Sunderland – the UK’s leading smart city (Local Digital Capital case study)

    To coincide with the publication of our 2022 Local Digital Capital Index report, a tool designed to aid discussions and decisions in strengthening local tech ecosystems across the UK, we asked the techUK community to provide case studies to celebrate the contributions made by the tech sector to drive forward levelling up, digital adoption, develop digital skills, connect people, and harness R&D in the UK’s nations and regions.

    This case study is focused on digital infrastructure.

  • Sun
    Oct
    30
    2022
    VN: Digital transformation creates impetus to develop Da Nang into a smart city

    The Political Bureau's Resolution to build and develop Da Nang until 2030 with vision to 2045, will change Da Nang into a smart city and connect it with the network of smart cities in Vietnam and ASEAN by 2030. To realize this goal, Da Nang worked out a digital transformation project, defining digital transformation as an impetus to develop itself into a modern, livable, and smart eco-city.

    The initial success of Da Nang’s digital transformation is thanks to the apps and channels that facilitate people and businesses. Many apps have proved to be effective, including multi-service platform, Danang Smart City, giventake app, and Chatbot app, providing consultation on administrative procedures and public service.

  • Sun
    Oct
    30
    2022
    Azerbaijan pioneers smart cities run completely on renewable energy

    As countries in Europe loosen their grip on Russia, as a result of their invasion of Ukraine – Azerbaijan has stepped in to supply natural gas to the continent. The country is pioneering the concept of smart cities, that is run completely on renewable energy.

    Amidst South Africa’s energy crisis, what are the lessons that can be learned from the small nation that is a major player in the global energy market?

  • Sat
    Oct
    29
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Panvel: PMC launches dedicated website for business license

    The Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched a dedicated website www.tradepanvelmc.org for businessmen for getting licenses online. It was launched on October 18 at Adya Krantiveer Vasudev Balwant Phadke Auditorium by the municipal commissioner Ganesh Deshmukh while Deputy Commissioner Ganesh Shete, Deputy Commissioner Kailas Gawde, Deputy Commissioner Sachin Pawar, Assistant Commissioner Dr Vaibhav Vidhate, Swachh Bharat Municipal Corporation Brand Ambassador Sagar Mhatre, among others were present.

  • Sat
    Oct
    29
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Over 65% Smart City works completed in Belagavi

    Officials have completed around 65% of the planned works in Smart City, and utilised over 89% of the funds released in Belagavi.

    Belagavi Smart City Limited has utilised ₹761.21 crore on 103 works. Belagavi was among the cities listed under the Smart Cities mission in the first list in 2016. A total of ₹930 crore was approved for Belagavi. Of this, ₹854 crore were released. Officials had planned 103 separate works, out of which 67 are complete and 36 are in different stages of completion.

  • Sat
    Oct
    29
    2022
    CN: Beijing E-Town pulls out all the stops to attract top businesses

    The Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, also known as Beijing E-Town, has been ramping up efforts to foster strategically important industrial clusters that represent the latest in the science and technology world. The goal is to build itself into a hub of high-tech industries with international influence.

    Beijing E-Town saw its gross industrial output value reach close to 600 billion yuan ($86 billion) in 2021, ranking first in the city.

  • Sat
    Oct
    29
    2022
    MT: Smart City villas: heights reduced from 2009 plans

    A 38,000 square-metre plot of land between Fort St Rocco and the Xgħajra coastline will be taken up by 69 villa developments – altogether the size of five football grounds.

    The plans submitted by Smart City last week for its villa development will include 11,200sq.m of roads and 17,800sq.m for public areas, promenades and landscaping around the fort.

  • Fri
    Oct
    28
    2022
    NG: Leveraging Technology To Make Lagos A Smart City - Techuncode, Vatebra Hub

    Lagos state is one of the cities around the world that has attained the status of a mega city.

    However, like other mega cities of the world, Lagos is faced with many challenges such as poor waste management, transport problems, insecurity and food crises.

    Consequently, it needs to transform from a mega city to a smart city status wherein everything works seamlessly. To achieve this, Lagos needs to leverage technology to transform to a smart city.

  • Fri
    Oct
    28
    2022
    AE: Digital Dubai turns to synthetic data to drive digitisation

    It is launching a Synthetic Data Implementation Framework which seeks to increase opportunities to share high-value data, while protecting the sensitive information it contains.

    Digital Dubai is aiming to make use of synthetic data to help drive digitisation of the city and Dubai’s economy.

    It claims to be the first city in the world to launch a Synthetic Data Implementation Framework, designed to promote and facilitate the use of synthetic data.

  • Thu
    Oct
    27
    2022
    IN: Smart cities leading the battle against climate change

    India, which was once a country of millions of self-sustaining villages, today is one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing countries. More than 34% of the country’s population is living in urban areas with the numbers growing constantly and it won’t be long before the majority of the population would be living in urban areas. It is also expected that India is going to take over China as the most populated country in the world in 2023. India is also one of the most critically impacted countries by climate change. The recent flood-like situations in Bengaluru and Jaipur have shown us how dangerous the wrath of nature can be. It is very critical that the master plans of the cities are upgraded as per the rapidly evolving requirements of the particulate region.

    Traditional Indian cities are overcrowded and unplanned. The infrastructure in these cities is inefficient and under tremendous pressure. In most cases, the infrastructure has been designed to meet the immediate needs of the people without much concern for the environment. All these factors combined have caused serious damage to the environment in the country and contributed heavily to global climate change. Things, however, are changing now. Due to increased awareness and large-scale government interventions, the situation has started improving.

  • Thu
    Oct
    27
    2022
    US: No Internet, Now What? A New York Village Plans for the Worst

    Lynbrook, N.Y.'s Internet Outage Continuity Plan takes an in-depth look at how the local government can maintain critical services — even in the face of a six-month-long Internet outage.

    A New York village is planning for the possibility of a major Internet outage — the kind that could last six months.

    “There will be a time when an outage occurs due to a major solar flare, terrorism or human error, lasting weeks or months on a regional or national level,” Lynbrook Village Administrator John Giordano told Government Technology.

  • Thu
    Oct
    27
    2022
    AU: Queensland: Digital boost for South East Queensland a good start

    While southeast Queensland is being given a large-scale digital boost, the funding might have better served smaller infrastructure projects.

    Earlier this year, the Federal Government announced the South East Queensland (SEQ) City Deal (the Deal). With my interest in smart city developments, I had a good look at this plan.

  • Wed
    Oct
    26
    2022
    EU: How smart cities are only getting smarter

    The future of smart cities promises to look vastly different than the present − and it's clear that coming years will bring more mind-blowing advancements to a town near you. From London and Paris to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Barcelona, Europe consistently remains home to many of the world's most technically-advanced cities. But given the dawn of exponential technologies such as 5G high-speed connectivity (capable of rapidly transmitting and processing huge volumes of real-time data) and quantum computing  that is able to crunch numbers many times faster than modern supercomputers, tomorrow's growing smart cities promise to get even smarter.

    Backed by the potential of machine learning where equipment learns and gets smarter with each interaction – which is itself poised to be a $96.7 billion business by 20251 – breakthroughs are set to further multiply here soon.

  • Wed
    Oct
    26
    2022
    US: Honeywell Launches Smart City Accelerator Program

    Honeywell and Accelerator for America have announced the launch of the Honeywell Smart City Accelerator Program to help cities plan their futures and fund what they are calling “transformational initiatives.” Honeywell is engaging with five US cities to provide support on their smart city strategic planning. The cities are Cleveland, Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas City, Missouri, San Diego, and Waterloo, Iowa.

    Through the Smart City Accelerator, each city will receive technical support from Honeywell and Accelerator to develop a Smart City Strategic Plan. Each strategic plan will align stakeholders, define priorities, and identify high-impact and inclusive initiatives that they say will improve residents’ quality of life in areas such as climate resilience, public safety, operational efficiency and improved service delivery. Each city will also receive support in applying for federal grants to support the implementation of identified projects.

  • Wed
    Oct
    26
    2022
    GB: Interactive map reveals the technologies that could power our cities

    A new interactive map reveals the technologies that could one day power our cities – and help countries reach net zero targets.

    Created by EON, the map shows multiple smart innovations, including landing pads for drone deliveries, hydrogen-fuelled buses and a football stadium powered by wind and solar energy.

  • Wed
    Oct
    26
    2022
    US: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia piloting smart loading zones with Sidewalk Labs tech

    Dive Brief:

    • The city of Philadelphia is kicking off a smart loading zones pilot project, which was slated to begin Monday. It aims to improve curb safety, efficiency and reliability for delivery drivers; manage increased loading activity; and minimize unsafe and illegal parking.
    • The six-month pilot focuses on 21 locations in the Center City area. The pilot is set to run through spring 2023, with plans for an evaluation report next fall.
    • “Overall, the project aims to identify how loading zones play into the larger picture of Philadelphia’s traffic and streets usage,” Deputy Managing Director for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Mike Carroll said when the project was announced.

  • Wed
    Oct
    26
    2022
    US: West-Virginia: Huntington city officials in planning phase of broadband project

    Huntington city officials are in the planning phase of the new “Smart City” project.

    City council approved a governing board to oversee the work.

    Founded as an industrial city, there is a lot about Huntington city officials are hoping to upgrade.

    “We want to lay 183 miles of fiber throughout the entire city, which will completely blanket the city in fiber-optic cable,” said project manager Cory Dennison.

  • Tue
    Oct
    25
    2022
    IN: J&K: Jammu and Srinagar to get 200 electric buses with cutting edge technology

    TATA Motors Ltd and Chalo Mobility Pvt. Ltd has entered into a strategic collaboration to provide the twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir with a fleet of 200 electric buses. The collaboration is aimed to establish an environmentally, socially and financially sustainable network of public transport in the union territory.

    The officials of the union territory informed that the agreement was signed between the firms in the presence of Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta and Principal Secretary of Housing Urban and Development Department (HU&DD) Dheeraj Gupta.

  • Tue
    Oct
    25
    2022
    Thailand dreams big digital dreams with its brand new ‘Digital Infinity’ strategy

    Thailand is set to launch an ambitious digital roadmap that will propel its digital industry forward, empower workers and position it at the forefront of the global digital revolution.

    The strategic plan comprising eight projects under the “Digital Infinity” concept is being launched jointly by the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa).

  • Tue
    Oct
    25
    2022
    MY: Selangor welcomes smart city aspirations and SME digitalisation

    The Selangor state government recently held its seventh edition of the Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC), themed “Sustainable Digitalisation Towards a Net-Zero Future”.

    Organised by the Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec), the four-day convention covered two important areas of interest — Selangor’s aspirations towards becoming a smart city and current trends in the digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Tue
    Oct
    25
    2022
    IN: 5G will enhance delivery of schemes: centre to states

    However, a key component to employing 5G in governmental scheme delivery is acquainting the government officials across ministries and states on usage. An expert group led by the National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training along telecom ministry, academics from IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Raipur etc besides industry partners have come together to develop training programmes for the same.

    5G has huge utility for delivery of government schemes and services from traffic monitoring to mobile rural clinics, remote patient monitoring, smart classrooms, crop pest control, unmanned railway crossing sensors to driverless trains, the Centre has said in a recent communication to all states.

  • Tue
    Oct
    25
    2022
    US: Georgia: Peachtree Corners: Smart City USA

    The leading smart city in America boasts smart buildings, connected roadways, sensors, cameras, high-speed connectivity and more

    The city of tomorrow has arrived.

    Or more accurately, it has been created in Peachtree Corners, a city 20 miles north of Atlanta.

    As the leading Smart City in America, Peachtree is the ultimate land of interconnected devices.

  • Mon
    Oct
    24
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Smart City, but is everything under control?

    Integrated Command and Control Centre of BSCL was to be ready by August. Latest is it will take one more month to go live

    The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) of Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) is yet to start operation. The centre that is supposed to bring 14 different departments under one roof was expected to become functional in August.

  • Mon
    Oct
    24
    2022
    GB: Why full fiber connectivity is vital in supporting 5G rollouts and smart city developments

    An assessment of the UK's progress in developing smart cities.

    Digital transformation has jumped forward five to seven years with the events of the last 12 months. While 2020 was a difficult year for many reasons, it has provided some signs of encouragement when it comes to the development of smart cities. The Government’s plans to equip 20 percent of the UK with gigabit connectivity by 2025 may seem a tad ambitious, but that’s not to say the UK is standing still. Businesses up and down the UK have had to think in a digital-first way in order to function effectively through the pandemic. The steps taken to enable remote working and to futureproof operations will serve the public sector well as third parties look to provide the supporting network architecture for smart cities.

  • Sun
    Oct
    23
    2022
    IN: Here’s why PM Narendra Modi 'does not talk about' Smart City project anymore

    Launched in 2015, the Smart City project was expected to conclude in 2020. This large scale urban infrastructure renewal and retrofitting initiative was meant to make Indian cities – 100 of them were chosen – climate change resilient and sustainable. Housing, electricity, water, waste management, efficient transport and robust digitalization were all planned, along with better governance.

    Project implementation did not occur as planned, and the project was extended to 2023. Considering all the data available till March 2022, Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), assessed the progress on the project, to find that it had flopped. Seven Years of Smart Cities Mission in India: A Review details the scale of the flop, visible even to those who did not keep track of data, given how frequently cities have flooded in rains in recent years.

  • Sun
    Oct
    23
    2022
    The curious case of Nepal’s reluctance to use electronic voting machines

    The first Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, held in 2008, were an important milestone in Nepal’s political history for they let the people’s representatives write the country’s primary law on their own. But, for Neil Kantha Uprety, an election commissioner then, they were more important because they let the public use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the first time.

    “That was a pilot project, and that proved successful,” Uprety says, “We were excited about its prospects in Nepal.”

  • Sat
    Oct
    22
    2022
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: Smart wireless network comes to IIIT Hyd campus

    Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Networks) is an open-standards-based technology designed to meet the needs of smart-city operations. Despite slower communication speeds than Wi-Fi, it outperforms the latter in terms of longer reachability, stable connection in the face of obstacles, and lower power consumption

    The Smart City Living Lab at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad has collaborated with one of its corporate partners Silicon Labs to launch a campus-wide Wi-SUN network to enable research and solutions for IoT-based smart cities. This is the first of its kind in India.

  • Sat
    Oct
    22
    2022
    US: Iowa: Waterloo receiving help to build smart city

    Waterloo is one of five cities in the country to be chosen for a program to become a “smart city” through Honeywell and Accelerator for America.

    A smart city is defined as a city that uses technology to provide services and solve city problems for its residents.

    Through the program, Waterloo will receive technical support from the organizations to develop a Smart City strategic plan. The plan will align key stakeholders, define priorities and identify high-impact and inclusive initiatives that advance residents’ quality of life in areas such as climate resiliency, public safety, operational efficiency and improved service delivery, according to the organizations.

  • Sat
    Oct
    22
    2022
    New smart cities can’t escape the same old problems

    It takes more than garbage-collecting robots to build a great place to live.

    There’s nothing like that new city smell.

    The idea of wiping the slate clean and building a community from scratch is so appealing that around 150 of them are in the works globally. They range from Egypt’s aseptic New Administrative Capital to Mexico’s attempt to fuse the urban and natural worlds in its Smart Forest City. Even plucky Innisfil is planning a new town centre called The Orbit that could house 150,000 people.

  • Fri
    Oct
    21
    2022
    SA: Honeywell seals smart city development pact with Saudi's KAFD

    The strategic MoU is aimed at supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 objectives related to smart city development and advances technology adoption to create energy efficient, intelligent buildings, said the statement from Honeywell

    Global technology company Honeywell today (October 13) signed a MoU with King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) for implementing its innovative solutions to optimize operations and help create a sustainable smart city experience at the prime business and lifestyle destination in Saudi Arabia.

  • Fri
    Oct
    21
    2022
    AU: Queensland: Toowoomba smart parking project ready for stage two

    Toowoomba Regional Council’s CBD Smart Parking Project is progressing to the next phase, following the successful commissioning of 194 new smart parking meters across the city centre.

    Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) parking regulation team will continue to assist parking users with the new system, but will also move to ensure a higher level of compliance with payment and time limits, ensuring users continue to park safely and lawfully.

  • Fri
    Oct
    21
    2022
    AE: PwC Middle East in MoU with G42, launches digital twins report

    According to Gartner, digital twins are one of the most strategic technology trends for 2022, and have been recognised by public organisations as an effective tool for urban planning and management

    PwC Middle East has demonstrated its reimagination of digital services, with the launch of its latest digital twins report and signing of strategic agreement with one of the leading UAE entities, G42 at Gitex Global.

  • Thu
    Oct
    20
    2022
    GCC: Smart cities will require forward-focused data management

    More integration and data-sharing is likely to occur as confidence grows in smart cities, and as governments’ digital transformation programs reach maturity says Fred Crehan, Area Vice President, Emerging Markets at Confluent

    Ambition has become the defining trait of GCC countries. In a world fraught with environmental and resource challenges, governments here have turned to the concept of smart cities as a template for society-first infrastructure. The Line, part of Saudi Arabia’s US $500bn Neom project, is touted by its developers as the “future of urban living” and is being built to accommodate nine million people. A mere 200m wide, it will stretch across 170km of Saudi Arabian desert and soar to half a kilometre above it. A paragon of sustainability, it will run on 100% sustainable energy sources and be free of cars and, by implication, emissions. Instead, residents will walk to facilities, each of which will be no farther than five minutes from their homes.

  • Thu
    Oct
    20
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi: Masdar City: du signs MoU with Masdar City to build 5G Centre of Excellence, deploy IoT technology

    As part of the agreement, du will work with Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s only planned and approved R&D cluster, to implement a Smart City Platform, which combines physical infrastructure, open and shared data, and smart applications to deliver unprecedented value

    du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), is partnering with Masdar City, a global leader in sustainable innovation and development, to build a 5G Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

  • Thu
    Oct
    20
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi: Digitalising government services is the first step towards smarter cities

    Data, combined with innovative technologies, will help take urban life into the future

    Across the globe, governments are adopting digitalisation in order to provide residents with user-friendly government services and simultaneously reduce their costs.

    The digital transformation of institutions at various levels of government has been accelerated by a multitude of factors, including increasing expectations for convenient access to government services, a growing need to manage service delivery costs and the inability to serve stakeholders efficiently with physical delivery channels.

  • Thu
    Oct
    20
    2022
    US: A Smart City Quietly Grows in Georgia

    Peachtree Corners is putting the ‘smart city’ model into practice, taking a methodical approach to introducing new technology and autonomous devices.

    A small Atlanta suburb is rapidly becoming a model for the much-discussed ‘smart city,’ but the city may look less futuristic than you imagine, writes Mohar Chatterjee in Politico.

  • Wed
    Oct
    19
    2022
    US: Autonomous On-Demand Transit Comes to Rural Minnesota

    The rural northern community of Grand Rapids is now being served by Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative, an 18-month pilot program to explore the use of self-driving on-demand microtransit.

    Autonomous transit has come to rural Minnesota, supplementing local transportation options.

    The service in the small northern city of Grand Rapids, known as goMARTI (Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative), will run for 18 months and include an area across 17 square miles with some 70 pickup and drop-off locations. Five ADA-compliant Toyota Sienna vans will be used for the service and will all include an onboard safety driver.

  • Wed
    Oct
    19
    2022
    US: California Clearing the Way for Easy Contactless Transit Fares

    Seniors riding the Monterey-Salinas Transit system can now use the Cal-ITP Benefits app to quickly confirm their eligibility for discounted fares, and then tap-and-pay with a credit or debit card.

    Part of making transit more convenient — and more equitable — is making it easy for riders to get the discounts they are entitled to.

    A partnership among state agencies in California, and a local transit provider, has developed an easy-to-use app where seniors can quickly confirm their eligibility for their fare discount, and then simply tap their credit or debit card as they board the bus. The system automatically deducts the appropriate discounted fare from their account.

  • Wed
    Oct
    19
    2022
    Dutch cities team to optimise shared mobility

    The cities are seeking to understand how new sustainable modes of travel can be developed in complementarity with existing public transport offers.

    The Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven have selected mobility data platform Vianova to help optimise the integration of shared mobility services.

    Through this partnership, the European startup is helping the three cities improve their collaboration with mobility operators through data insights.

  • Wed
    Oct
    19
    2022
    Vietnam and RoK launch joint co-operation centre for smart cities

    The Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) co-operation centre on smart cities and construction technology (VKC) will promote research and training in the field of advanced construction technologies, contributing to the development of smart cities in Vietnam.

    This goal was affirmed during the launching ceremony of the “Vietnam–RoK cooperation center for smart city and construction technology (VKC)” which was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction and the RoK’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MoLIT) in Hanoi on October 11.

  • Tue
    Oct
    18
    2022
    AU: Digital Twin Victoria platform goes live

    The eagerly anticipated Digital Twin Victoria (DTV) platform is now live, following completion of its first development phase.

    The digital replica of the state is being built in partnership with Australia’s National Science Agency CSIRO.

    The platform is just one piece of the DTV program, a $37.4 million investment by the Victorian Government in digital twin technology and spatial innovation.

  • Tue
    Oct
    18
    2022
    US: Colorado Launches Strategic Plan for Digital Government

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and the Office of Information Technology have announced the launch of the Colorado Digital Government Strategic Plan, which aims to improve digital services for constituents.

    The newly announced Colorado Digital Government Strategic Plan lays out a coordinated approach to improve digital services for constituents.

    The state has worked in recent years to improve its digital government experience through efforts including the work of the Colorado Digital Service, appointing Brandy Reitter as executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office and an increased focus on security and accessibility.

  • Tue
    Oct
    18
    2022
    CY: Paphos one step closer to becoming smart city

    Paphos is one step closer to becoming a “smart city” the municipality announced on Tuesday, with the completion of a mobile application designed to facilitate transactions for residents.

    Through the application, the announcement states, the public will be able to carry out all transactions with departments and services online, including paying utility and parking bills and submitting applications.

  • Tue
    Oct
    18
    2022
    Which country is top for e-government services?

    United Nations’ Future of Digital Government survey rated nations on the scope and quality of online services, the status of telecoms infrastructure and human capacity.

    Denmark, Finland and the Republic of Korea occupy the top three spots of the United Nations’ e-government services ranking for 2022.

    But the survey of 193 UN member states reveals that many have fallen short in providing adequate online services.

  • Tue
    Oct
    18
    2022
    ‘Nigeria in need of 120,000kms of fibre optic cables’

    Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated that there is need to bridge the gap in the fiber optic cables needed to broaden the country’s broadband, stating that the country needs 120,000 additional kilometres of fibre optic cables to meet the New National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2025 target.

    It added that there was need for massive investments in about 40,000 additional Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) for the country to realise its plan on broadband penetration.

The number of people turning to the Internet to access government services is on the rise, but perception problems still exist. Globally, three out of 10 citizens, or 30 percent, said they had accessed government services online, compared with 26 percent a year ago.

On the Increase

Countries showing the highest increases include the U.S. (from 24 percent to 43 percent), Australia (from 31 percent to 46 percent), Turkey (from 3 percent to 13 percent), and the Netherlands (from 31 percent to 41 percent).

By comparison, usage of government online services dropped in Japan by 4 percent, from 17 percent to 13 percent.

Countries showing the highest levels of e-government usage are Sweden (57 percent of the population), Norway (56 percent), and Singapore and Denmark (both 53 percent), according to the study.

Countries with the lowest level of usage were Japan and the U.K., each with 13 percent of the population.

Purchases and Transactions

Around the world the proportion of Internet users who made transactions using government services online is equal to the proportion of users who made online shopping transactions. Fifteen percent of Internet users made an online government transaction and the same percentage made an online purchase at least once during the past 12 months.

Perceptions of safety about disclosing personal information such as credit cards and account numbers online improved globally during 2002, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres. Some 23 percent of citizens worldwide said they feel safe about providing this information over the Internet.

However, when it comes to the safety of government online services, perceptions differ widely around the globe. One third of citizens in the Scandinavian countries--Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden--and in two southeast Asian nations--Singapore and Hong Kong--perceive government Web services to be safe.

In contrast, 90 percent of Japanese citizens, 82 percent of German citizens, and 76 percent of French citizens view government online services as unsafe.

Quelle: PC world

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