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  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2024
    UN speeds up guidelines on smart cities

    The United Nations has accelerated the implementation of programs aimed at securing a resilient, green and inclusive future for the world's cities and their inhabitants, with international guidelines on people-centered smart cities to be adopted in May next year.

    The UN Human Settlements Program, or UN-Habitat, was tasked with the development of the guidelines during the second session of its assembly held in Kenya's capital Nairobi in June.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar Smart City initiative to introduce 100 new e-buses : Officials

    Says by end of next year Srinagar will have 200 e-buses

    In a bid to revamp public transportation in Srinagar, the Srinagar Smart City initiative is set to introduce an additional fleet of 100 e-buses by the close of the upcoming year. Currently, the city boasts 75 e-buses, with an imminent addition of 25 more, according to officials' statements on Friday.

    Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Srinagar, CEO of Smart City, Owais Ahmed, revealed the plan to procure 100 more e-buses, emphasising the endeavour's objective to enhance public transit and cater to the commuting needs of city dwellers. “The decision comes in response to the positive reception from the populace towards e-buses, with a growing demand evident,” said the CEO.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2024
    AE: Siemens Expands Smart City Project in Dubai

    The project will use Siemens’ suite of cybersecurity services to improve critical infrastructure security

    Siemens is expanding its partnership with Moro Hub, a subsidiary of the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (PJSC), to advance smart city technologies in Dubai.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2024
    Payments and Smart Cities: Financial Transactions in Urban Technological Integration

    A look into the urban financial landscape of tomorrow.

    As cities evolve into interconnected hubs of innovation, the integration of smart technologies with payment systems is redefining the way residents, businesses, and city services engage in financial transactions. In this dynamic intersection, the financial services industry is playing a crucial role in shaping the future of urban living through seamless, secure, and technologically integrated payment solutions.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2024
    BT launches narrowband-IoT network to support UK smart cities

    BT Group has announced a narrowband internet of things (NB-IOT) network, which it says is set to pave the way for more UK smart cities and industries.

    The network is underpinned by EE’s mobile network and covers 97% of the UK’s population, based on EE's licensed spectrum in the 1800MHz band.

    NB-IoT is a low-power network that offers the ability to securely and reliably connect IOT devices

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2024
    AE: Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen sign innovative Twin City Agreement in boost to UAE-China bilateral ties

    • The strategic partnership formalised collaborations across various sectors including investment, technology, smart cities, and urban mobility
    • A signing ceremony took place during the inaugural 'Abu Dhabi x Shenzhen Innovation Forum' where the DMT delegation engaged with over 15 Chinese companies and organisations
    • Four additional agreements were signed during event between DMT and leading Chinese entities including the Shenzhen Urban Transport Planning Centre and Huawei

    UAE's Abu Dhabi and China's Shenzhen forged a landmark partnership this month with the signing of a 'Twin City' agreement. Backed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and H.E. Qin Weizhong, Mayor of Shenzhen, the agreement was announced during the inaugural 'Abu Dhabi x Shenzhen Innovation Forum' ('ADSZIF') held in Shenzhen from 25 – 26 January 2024.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2024
    Iveda and VinaFore Forge a Path for Smart City Evolution in Vietnam

    Explore the partnership between Iveda and VinaFore as they lead the way in smart city projects in Vietnam, infusing advanced AI capabilities and driving urban transformation for a smarter, more efficient future.

    Imagine the bustling streets of Vietnam, intertwined with the pulse of technology, setting the stage for a narrative that's about to unfold a transformative journey. This isn't a tale from a distant future but a vivid reality taking shape today, as Iveda® (NASDAQ:IVDA), a pioneer in cloud-based AI solutions, joins forces with VinaFore Informatics and Telecommunication JSC. Together, they're weaving the fabric of smart city projects across Vietnam, promising an era of enhanced infrastructure and digital prowess.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2024
    US: California: Bridging Divides: How San José's Smart City Initiative Enhances Connectivity and Community

    Discover how San José is closing the digital divide and transforming lives through its smart city projects. From enhancing education to revitalizing commerce, explore the impact of these transformative initiatives.

    Imagine a city where every corner, every street, and every home is seamlessly connected. In San José, this vision is fast becoming a reality, thanks to a series of ambitious smart city projects aimed at not only enhancing wireless connectivity but also at transforming lives, especially those of its most vulnerable citizens. As a journalist who has seen countless initiatives rise and fall, the depth and impact of San José's commitment to digital inclusivity struck a chord, compelling me to dive deeper into this transformative journey.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2024
    MY: Selangor: Cyberjaya: Technology application by local authorities can enhance delivery of public services, says Chang

    Technology for solid waste management, camera monitoring systems for illegal waste disposal sites and smart city management are among the local technologies that can be applied at the local authority level (PBT) to enhance public service delivery, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang.

    He said this was because there was a need to increase the level of technology application at the PBT level to ensure the comfort and welfare of the people.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2024
    US: Smarter technology: Gilbert, Arizona’s journey to cyber resilience

    With technology permeating many aspects of everyday life, the proliferation of smart technology is reshaping cities worldwide.

    From internet of things sensors to artificial intelligence-driven analytics, the landscape of urban living is evolving rapidly. However, with innovation comes risk, and the need for robust cybersecurity measures has never been more pressing. All of this makes it even more important to adopt active strategies for cyber resiliency to safeguard against threats and ensure rapid recovery in the event of attacks or errors.

  • Thu
    Feb
    29
    2024
    Being “Smart” Isn’t Enough, Cities Have to be Human-Centric Too

    Introduction

    It has been an astounding time to live in, based upon what we have seen in the realm of urbanism, mobility and technology. The past decade has brought forth a flurry of innovations that have changed the very nature of cities, how we move and how we live. These transformations at the urban scale have been life-altering for certain, but pose a series of questions regarding their efficacy and utility on a long term scale. The Smart Cities movement has been front and center in this debate, and while it has offered a range of conveniences to a wide sector of the population, introspection is good to have at this stage in its development and progress. This is because the bar has been raised for expectations by a wide range of stakeholders to deliver tangible results that are outcomes-based and human-centric.

  • Thu
    Feb
    29
    2024
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: City portal to have info about public spaces

    The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) have planned to incorporate data of all recent public spaces such as neighbourhood parks, eateries, open-air gymnasiums, childrens’ play areas and all roads of the city in Bhubaneswar.me portal.

    The data furnished in Bhubaneswar.me portal will be put in Bhubaneswar.one, the map-based portal where places will be geo-tagged so that people can navigate and locate the exact location, BSCL officials said.

  • Thu
    Feb
    29
    2024
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Ayodhya’s Ramayu Estate: A smart city project with modernised urban landscape near Ram Janmabhoomi

    After the historic inauguration of the Ram Mandir on January 22, Ayodhya’s real estate is on a boom.

    Ayodhya has been witnessing a new era of modernity ever since the opening of Ram temple in January last month. Now an upcoming real estate project viz ‘Ramayu Estate’ which is situated near the iconic Ram Mandir, the ancient city is all set to promise a blending of traditional charm with contemporary living.

  • Thu
    Feb
    29
    2024
    The Future Of Real Estate Development: A Vision For Sustainable And Smart Communities

    As the landscape of real estate development continues to evolve, industry leaders find themselves at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and technology. The paradigm shift in consumer preferences and the global focus on creating environmentally conscious and technologically advanced communities demand a strategic vision for the future.

    Sustainable Development: Beyond Buzzwords To Tangible Impact

    Sustainable development is not merely a buzzword; it is an imperative that has become integral to the future of our industry. At Krpan Group, we believe in the profound impact of responsible development on both the environment and the communities we serve. Through strategic planning and innovative design, we will be creating a community that not only prioritizes environmental stewardship but also enhances the quality of life for its residents.

  • Wed
    Feb
    28
    2024
    US: California: Transforming Urban Landscapes: TPT Global Tech's AI-Driven Smart City Initiative Sets New Benchmarks in San Diego

    San Diego is on the cusp of a transformation as TPT Global Tech introduces its Adaptive AI Smart City Initiative. This groundbreaking project aims to leverage advanced AI technologies and Data Stream Learning to optimize energy consumption and create sustainable, interconnected urban landscapes. With the strategic partnership of 4KST via Swamifi Fintech Ltd. and the guidance of experienced advisor James Leung, the future of urban living is being redefined.

    In the bustling city of San Diego, a groundbreaking initiative is underway that promises to redefine the essence of urban living. TPT Global Tech, Inc., a technology behemoth with its roots deeply embedded in the city's innovative culture, has unveiled its latest venture—an Adaptive AI Smart City Initiative slated for launch in 2024. This ambitious project is set to harness the power of Adaptive Artificial Intelligence and Data Stream Learning technologies, aiming to sculpt energy-efficient, sustainable, and interconnected urban landscapes.

  • Wed
    Feb
    28
    2024
    MY: Digital Ministry, TM One catalysts for rapid digital advancement

    The Digital Ministry is on the road to advancing the country’s digitalisation journey, focusing on strengthening shared foundations to better equip government sectors and industries.

    Digital Minister Govind Singh Deo said the strategy emphasises the need for Malaysia’s digital advancement to accelerate competitiveness comparable to other nations.

  • Wed
    Feb
    28
    2024
    NA: MTC, Keetmanshoop accelerate smart city ambitions

    The Keetmanshoop municipality and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) last week signed an agreement to provide digital service solutions to the populace at the southern town.

    The agreement was prompted by the municipality’s drive to adopt modern technology and quality connectivity in its promise to seamlessly serve and deliver quality municipal services to the Keetmanshoop residents.

  • Wed
    Feb
    28
    2024
    ECA, Google sign MoU to foster and accelerate digital transformation in Africa

    "This partnership holds the potential to produce significant and influential outcomes in tackling digital challenges and narrowing the digital divide across the African continent," Mr. Gatete remarked.

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Google LLC (Google) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster and accelerate digital transformation in Africa on the margins of the 2024 edition of the Africa Business Forum.

  • Tue
    Feb
    27
    2024
    Gulf states lead in Arab region in digital services: statement

    Gulf states ranked first in the Arab region in a UN index that measures the maturity of government electronic and mobile services, according to a UN statement released on Monday.

    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar secured the top three spots in the Government Electronic and Mobile Services (GEMS) Maturity Index, which is compiled by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), according to a statement.

  • Tue
    Feb
    27
    2024
    Role of Data Analytics Tools in Smart Cities

    In this urban landscape, smart cities are technological and sustainable urban areas that use information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve the quality of life of the people residing in the city. With urbanization, technological advancement, and the growing population, smart cities have come into the picture asone of the major technological developments in today’s world. Smart city devices rely on the descriptive model for data analysis of the huge amount of data generated from the urban environments. The data analysis and algorithms play a crucial role in smart city policies, efficiently improving operations and governance across the city. The smart city collects voluminous data using sensors to get insights or train models to automate the processes.

  • Tue
    Feb
    27
    2024
    Rights agency urges Korea to bridge digital divide for older people

    Korea should develop and distribute senior-friendly digital devices and education programs to protect the rights of older adults so that they can access information and bridge the digital divide amid the ongoing digital transformation, the national rights agency said, Monday.

    According to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), it recommended the minister of science and ICT on Feb. 2 reduce the gap in digital connectivity for older adults and enhance their inclusion in digital-based activities by providing multiple options for them to access information and services necessary for their daily lives.

  • Tue
    Feb
    27
    2024
    Saudi Arabia ranks first in e-government services in MENA in 2023

    Saudi Arabia ranked first in the Government Electronic and Mobile Services Maturity Index for 2023, issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Kingdom maintained its lead for the second consecutive year with a high maturity score of 93 percent in the overall index result.

    Eng. Ahmed Alsuwaiyan, governor of Digital Government Authority, said that this international achievement reflects the outcomes of the efforts made by government agencies in digital transformation. It is also the manifestation of the great support that the digital government ecosystem receives from the wise leadership, to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 programs in building a digital society and investing in new technologies to increase productivity, achieve efficiency, and provide the best experience for all beneficiaries.

  • Mon
    Feb
    26
    2024
    ZA: Free State: Clarens: Art town becomes smart town as community manages own electricity demand

    The arts town of Clarens in the Eastern Free State has become the first town in the country where residents are now equipped to manage their own load shedding through a process known as load curtailment.

    As Clarens was already gearing up for smart city initiatives with smart metering and electrical vehicle charging stations already installed, as well as a well-diverse spread of small-scale embedded generators (SSEGs), Eskom says it was eager to help its residents in the evolution from an art town to a smart town.

  • Mon
    Feb
    26
    2024
    ZW: Realising ‘smart cities’ concept, a collaborative effort: Expert

    Making Zimbabwe a smart economy requires collaborative efforts of key stakeholders with the right policies and frameworks in place, a local financial advisory firm has said.

    As Zimbabwe seeks to achieve an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, smart city development has become top of the agenda.

  • Mon
    Feb
    26
    2024
    Smart Cities, Smarter Solutions: Shaping the Future of Urban Living with IoT

    IoT is paving the way for more sustainable, efficient, and livable urban environments.

    Automation has been central to global urbanization, and there is no better example of this than the automated traffic light. It's been essential to the development of cities. Without them, our cities would be significantly less efficient and more dangerous. We have also implemented many other automated systems, from street lamps to self-serve parking systems, making urban life more pleasant and vastly more profitable for commerce, central to a city's function.

  • Sun
    Feb
    25
    2024
    IN: Small-town edge: How 5G, OTT is driving demand for data centres beyond big cities

    Growing penetration of over-the-top (OTT) streaming and online gaming in tier-2 and tier-3 locations, along with 5G adoption and artificial intelligence usage, is driving demand for data centres beyond the big cities. Over-the-top (OTT) video consumption and online gaming are on the rise, as a re A I-based applications, all of which are fuelled and maximised by the rollout of 5G across the country. However, all this enhanced internet usage has necessitated data centre players to fast-track their expansion plans. Computing infrastructure in tier2 and tier-3 cities is undergoing a significant upgrade.

  • Sun
    Feb
    25
    2024
    BD: Govt working for building Rajshahi as smart city: Palak

    State minister for post, telecommunication and information and communication technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, on Thursday said that the government had been working to build Rajshahi as modern, time-fitting and smart city.

    ‘Around a decade ago, we had many dreams but now we see that many of those dreams have been materialised. Preliminary, it was very challenging to finish the works but as a result of farsighted development policies of the government we have achieved success,’ he added.

  • Sun
    Feb
    25
    2024
    AE: Abu Dhabi: GCC’s Exemplar in Smart Urban Development

    Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has emerged as the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) prime model for smart city initiatives. The city’s journey towards technological urban transformation showcases a commitment to innovation and sustainability.

    In recent years, Abu Dhabi has strategically invested in advanced technologies to enhance urban living. The meticulous integration of smart solutions in various aspects of city management, from transportation to public services, positions Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the region’s smart city landscape.

  • Sat
    Feb
    24
    2024
    Revolutionizing Urban Landscapes: The Rise of AI and IoT in Hyper-Automation and Smart Cities

    In the midst of bustling city life, AI and IoT technologies are leading a transformation through hyper-automation and smart cities. These advancements optimize complex processes and improve urban infrastructure management, creating a future where cities are smarter, more efficient, and responsive to our needs.

    In the heart of bustling urban landscapes, a transformation is underway, spearheaded by the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). This evolution is not just about technology; it's about reimagining the very fabric of city life. As we delve into the world of hyper-automation and smart cities, we uncover how these technologies are automating complex business processes and enhancing urban infrastructure management, promising a future where cities are not only smarter but also more responsive to our needs.

  • Sat
    Feb
    24
    2024
    WeGO's new offices in UAE, Kazakhstan, Ecuador to share Korea's smart city technologies

    The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) has opened three new regional offices in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, Almaty of Kazakhstan and Cuenca of Ecuador to propel global smart city cooperation initiatives.

    The organization will introduce achievements and goals of these new regional offices during its annual conference to be held at the Seoul Global Center on Tuesday.

  • Sat
    Feb
    24
    2024
    Role of AI in Enhancing IoT Security for Smart Cities

    With rapid urbanization, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IOT) play a key role in enhancing the urban landscape. With the evolution of smart cities, large volume of data has become an opportunity as well as a challenge. In today’s age, data analytics and artificial intelligence are powerful tools to handle great volume of information and help in the management of smart cities.

  • Fri
    Feb
    23
    2024
    BS: Gov’t to split ‘smart city’ money streams with Aliv

    The Government’s digitisation chief yesterday said it will evenly split the “new money” generated through its three-year partnership with Aliv to transform downtown Nassau into a “smart city”.

    Wayde Watson, the Ministry of Economic Affairs parliamentary secretary, who has responsibility for the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), told Tribune Business that the initiative will generate revenue streams and income that the Government has never received before.

  • Fri
    Feb
    23
    2024
    Top 5 Smart Cities already living in 2050!

    Ever wondered about tomorrow’s cities? Smart cities may seem like a futuristic concept, a far-off vision of utopia where technology elevates every aspect of life. But the future is closer than you think. As Josh Gordon, a renowned Geonode expert, exclaims, “The cities of the future are not in our imagination, they are right here in the present!”

    Let’s navigate the future that is already present in these top 10 smart cities across the globe. These cities leverage technology to the fullest in managing urban services, ensuring a sustainable and enhanced quality of life for the residents, aligning with the vision of living in 2050.

  • Fri
    Feb
    23
    2024
    AE: Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen sign Twin City agreement

    One of the most technologically advanced cities in the world will collaborate with DMT on various smart city projects

    UAE capital Abu Dhabi and China’s Shenzhen have signed a Twin City agreement, under which both parties will share knowledge and collaborate on smart city projects across multiple areas.

    These include infrastructure, city planning, green mobility, transportation, advanced technology, autonomous solutions, sustainability, and urban development.

  • Fri
    Feb
    23
    2024
    Securing Smart Cities: Financial Cybersecurity in an Urban Age

    Explore financial cybersecurity in smart cities, addressing urban vulnerabilities and strategies for protection.

    As cities become increasingly digitally connected, their financial infrastructures become prime targets for cyber attacks. Smart city technology oversees many critical operations, all of which are enticing to malicious actors. With everything interconnected, a successful attack in one area can have a rippling effect on other areas. Ensuring robust cybersecurity in smart cities has never been more paramount.

  • Fri
    Feb
    23
    2024
    BS: Govt announces partnership for downtown WiFi coverage

    A WiFi zone that runs from Arawak Cay to the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge is on the way through a partnership between Aliv, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Ministry of Tourism, officials announced yesterday.

    The groups signed a three-year agreement to launch a “smart cruise port.”

    Officials said the installation process began yesterday and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of this year.

  • Thu
    Feb
    22
    2024
    Saudi Arabia is poised to establish more smart industrial zones

    The first edition of the Global Smart City Forum 2024 concluded in Riyadh on Tuesday with a revelation that Saudi Arabia is poised to create more smart industrial zones. The two-day forum saw several deliberations focusing on the future of smart cities and the challenges facing their infrastructure. The forum stressed the importance of integrating smart energy solutions for a sustainable future. It was revealed in the forum that the smart industrial zones would have great opportunities for the future in the fields of manufacturing and mining.

    Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majed Al-Hogail inaugurated the forum, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing, at Riyadh Arena. A large number of global city experts, specialists in data, artificial intelligence and digital solutions, smart city engineers, investors and economic policy makers from 40 countries participated in the conference under the theme “A Better Life”.

  • Thu
    Feb
    22
    2024
    ES: Smart city ranking: Murcia makes top ten

    In a significant achievement, Murcia has secured a position in the top 10 smart cities in Spain, securing the 110th position globally in the ‘Iese Cities in Motion 2024’ ranking.

    The city’s commitment to the ‘Smart City’ initiative, as outlined in the strategic plan ‘Murcia Ciudad Inteligente,’ (Murcia Smart City) has propelled it to the forefront of technological and environmental innovation.

  • Thu
    Feb
    22
    2024
    Smart government market tipped to hit $117,3bn

    The global smart government market size is expected to reach $117,36-billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 20,2% from 2024 to 2030, according to a new report by Grand View Research.

    The widespread digitization and global connectivity have prompted governments to utilise technology for smarter advancements in vital sectors such as healthcare, education, transportation, and energy.

  • Thu
    Feb
    22
    2024
    IN: Three really smart cities and the impact on people’s lives

    The National Democratic Alliance government's flagship Smart Cities Mission, launched in 2015, aimed to bring transformative changes in urban governance in 100 selected cities. As the mission draws to a close in June (revised; December 2023 was the first deadline), the performance of the participating cities has been a mixed bag.

    A parliamentary panel report tabled last week stated that Tamil Nadu's Madurai was the only city that completed all of its projects by December 2023. Fifty-six cities completed more than 80% of the work in the same time frame. However, in 14 cities, the progress was 50% and below. Port Blair, Saharanpur, Puducherry, Itanagar, Silvassa, Shillong, Atal Nagar, and Gangtok had completed between 16% and 39% of the assigned projects till then, the standing committee on housing and urban affairs stated.

  • Wed
    Feb
    21
    2024
    Iveda Philippines Targeting $5M in Smart City Advancements

    Iveda’s Joint Venture to partner with 100 Philippines government units across the region to modernize key infrastructure for improved public safety and more

    Iveda® (NASDAQ:IVDA), the global solution for cloud-based AI, proudly announces Iveda Philippines JV (joint venture) is set to achieve $5M in executed contracts over the next 12 months, declaring 2024 its banner year. Following the success of its Iveda Safe City presentations throughout 2023, with cities across the nation witnessing the potential of Iveda's innovative solutions, several city budgets across the region are gearing up to integrate IvedaAI into their operational frameworks in 2024. Cities in this initiative include Cebu (the largest in the Philippines), Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao, marking a significant stride towards a safer and more technologically advanced urban landscape.

  • Wed
    Feb
    21
    2024
    Robust growth predicted for global smart cities market

    The global smart cities market size is expected to reach $3,728,3-billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 25,8% from 2023 to 2030, according to a new report by Grand View Research which says the market growth can be attributed to rapid favourable government initiatives worldwide and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

    This has encouraged several countries to invest in smart city projects to manage infrastructure and assets. Further, the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has also created a demand for the development of charging infrastructure in cities globally. Due to this, it provides energy storage and creates new revenue streams from EV batteries. These benefits will further boost the smart cities market’s growth during the forecast period.

  • Wed
    Feb
    21
    2024
    AE: World Governments Summit 2024: Dubai’s smart city plans will save billions of dirhams

    RTA chief Mattar Al Tayer says strategy hinges on driverless transport, AI, Big Data

    Smart infrastructure and self-driving transport powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data will save billions of dirhams, Dubai’s transport chief told the World Governments Summit in Dubai on Tuesday.

    Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: “Dubai has been at the forefront of investing in such smart systems and getting great results.

  • Tue
    Feb
    20
    2024
    CN: Artificial Intelligence Drives China-Pakistan Collaboration in Smart City Project

    Chinese and Pakistani researchers are collaborating to enhance Pakistan’s urban infrastructure by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology. This initiative is part of the broader Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Through the application of AI, these efforts aim to create smarter and safer cities in Pakistan, improving various aspects of urban living such as transportation, public safety, and resource management. This partnership underscores the potential of AI to address complex urban challenges and contribute to sustainable development in the region.

    According to a report by Gwadar Pro on Sunday, numerous research projects are currently moving forward methodically. Dr. Wu Jun, Director of the CPInS Lab, highlighted significant advancements in UAV control systems and AI recognition localization. These developments mark the initial stages of implementing smart city solutions in Pakistan, showcasing the collaborative efforts between Chinese and Pakistani researchers in advancing urban technologies.

  • Tue
    Feb
    20
    2024
    South African Cities Lag In IoT Adoption, But Private Sector Eager For Smart City Tech Integration

    Public safety is another key capability of smart city technology that can have an immense impact on a business, with connected devices creating more secure workplaces.

    The concept of smart cities has become more prevalent over the last decade as more cities around the world adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) to increase operational efficiency, share information and improve both infrastructure and the safety and quality of life of citizens.

  • Tue
    Feb
    20
    2024
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: Survey to install UID number plates moving at snail’s pace

    After the project to install the unique identification (UID) number plates on all residential and commercial properties finally kicked off again recently, now the ongoing survey of properties is moving at snail’s pace.

    The officials blamed poor support from public for the slow pace. They said the residents refuse to give information to the private contractor’s team.The officials claimed that people don’t support the survey team because they are afraid of imposition of taxes. The installation of UID number plates was started from Dhandhari and adjoining areas of Block 29 where most of the migrant population resides. They said they feel that after the UID plates are installed they will be on the MC’s radar and will have to pay water supply and other dues. The company which is conducting the survey and taking up the installation work had started installing the number plates outside properties from Nov 4, 2023 but the work was stopped in between due to opposition. Then after convincing the public, the work was initiated again on Nov 6, 2023.

  • Tue
    Feb
    20
    2024
    AI is changing everything – including making public services more efficient

    Smart city initiatives powered by AI are turning urban centres into models of sustainability and efficiency

    In this age of rapid technological advancement, we find ourselves navigating an era marked by groundbreaking innovations. At the heart of this journey, artificial intelligence emerges as the driving force. It is fundamentally altering the way businesses and governments function around the globe, laying the groundwork for the future. Just look at the anticipated impact.

  • Tue
    Feb
    20
    2024
    Smart cities offer solution to Africa's urbanization problems

    The development of smart cities in Africa is on the rise. This is a result of the acceleration of urbanization across the continent through the emergence of growing economies that are advancing the African renaissance dream.

    These smart cities are integrating technology within urban planning, infrastructure development and the overall governance system to enhance efficiency, sustainability and quality of life for all civilizations.

  • Mon
    Feb
    19
    2024
    BD: Dream of a Smart City 2.0

    Smart City 2.0 represents the next phase in the evolution of urban development, characterized by integrating advanced technologies to enhance the efficiency, sustainability, and overall quality of life within a city. Building upon the foundations of the initial smart city concept, version 2.0 places a stronger emphasis on innovation, data-driven decision-making, and community engagement.

    This evolution involves the seamless integration of cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and sustainable practices, to create urban environments that are not only technologically advanced but also inclusive, environmentally conscious, and economically vibrant.

  • Mon
    Feb
    19
    2024
    IN: Dholera Smart City in Gujarat Emerges as a Hub for Economic Growth, Attracts Significant Investments

    Located strategically on Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), Dholera Smart City offers numerous prospects

    Dholera Smart City, situated in the Ahmedabad district, is a symbol of innovation and economic strength. This city, which is on a peninsula that opens into the Gulf of Khambhat, has scenic vistas that also make it a strategic location for economic growth and innovation.

  • Mon
    Feb
    19
    2024
    Smart Cities for a Sustainable Future: The Integration of IoT and AI Technologies

    In the heart of the urban landscape, where skyscrapers touch the sky and city lights never seem to dim, a silent revolution is taking place. The concept of smart cities, fueled by the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, is ushering in a new era of urban living, promising not just efficiency but sustainability for the generations to come.

    Introduction:

    In the sprawling metropolis of Tomorrowville, the notion of a smart city is not confined to the realm of science fiction. It’s a reality, a living, breathing entity that responds and adapts to the needs of its residents, while meticulously tending to the well-being of the environment. This metamorphosis is driven by the seamless integration of IoT and AI, creating a synergy that transforms urban centers into intelligent, sustainable hubs.

  • Mon
    Feb
    19
    2024
    SA: Emaar EC partners with hopOn to launch smart transport system

    Emaar The Economic City (Emaar EC), the master-developer of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), entered into a strategic partnership with hopOn, a fast-growing smart city solutions provider for public and shared transportation, according to a statement.

    Under the agreement, KAEC will leverage hopOn’s expertise in mobility solutions to create a seamless and efficient transportation network within the city, catering to the diverse needs of its residents and visitors.

  • Mon
    Feb
    19
    2024
    VN: Siem Reap and Takamatsu ink ‘smart city’ agreement

    The Siem Reap Provincial Administration and Takamatsu city of Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement “smart city” initiatives, aligning with both countries’ policies to promote digital technologies.

    The MoU signing ceremony took place during an online video conference on February 6, chaired by provincial governor Prak Sophoan and Takamatsu mayor Onishi Hideto.

  • Sun
    Feb
    18
    2024
    Rethinking Smart Cities: Technology, Equity, and the Urban Fabric

    Smart cities promise a utopian blend of technology and urban living. But can cities that discriminate or lack accessibility be considered intelligent? This article questions the role of technology in addressing complex urban issues and argues for a more nuanced approach to creating truly smart, inclusive cities.

    In an era where the term 'smart city' is frequently bandied about, a critical reevaluation of its essence and impact is long overdue. This article delves into the concept of smart cities, questioning whether technology alone can genuinely address the complex issues that urban areas grapple with.

  • Sun
    Feb
    18
    2024
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow under AI-enabled camera surveillance now

    In a first, Lucknow will get artificial intelligence-enabled camera surveillance for the safety of citizens.

    A total of 1,000 AI cameras equipped with face recognition technology have been installed at key locations across the city.

    Municipal Commissioner and CEO of Smart City Lucknow, Inderjit Singh, said: "As part of the Safe City project, these CCTV cameras have been placed strategically and will capture suspicious movement of persons by scanning faces against police database and alert control rooms in case of any criminal activity."

  • Sun
    Feb
    18
    2024
    CN: AI go global: China-Pakistan coop in smart city construction

    In the context of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese and Pakistani researchers are helping Pakistan build smarter and safer cities through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

    At the beginning of year 2022, the CPInS Lab was officially established at Pakistan National University of Science and Technology (NUST), with joint efforts of NUST and Guangzhou Institute of Software Application Technology. At present, various researches are in progress in an orderly manner.

  • Sun
    Feb
    18
    2024
    SA: Riyadh Set to Host Inaugural Global Smart City Forum

    Saudi Arabia is preparing to host its first Global Smart City Forum, a significant event poised to transform urban development through smart technology. Scheduled to take place at the Riyadh Arena, the forum will span two days and operate under the banner “A Better Life”. It aims to bring together around 80 speakers from 40 different countries, focusing on the development of cities through innovative solutions. This initiative underscores Saudi Arabia’s commitment to achieving sustainable urban development, aligning with the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 objective of enhancing citizens’ quality of life.

  • Sun
    Feb
    18
    2024
    Nine Technologies to Optimize Water Consumption in Smart Buildings

    Smart buildings use advanced technology to control and manage the systems and services they use efficiently and sustainably. Smart buildings have been gaining prominence in recent years. Population growth, new social habits, increasing amounts of time spent at home and environmental concerns are driving the popularity of these types of buildings, which are characterized by their ability to integrate and optimize the use of different technologies and systems, such as lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, security and energy and water management.

    However, beyond these factors, the growth of smart buildings responds to a commitment to the environment. Beatriz Bolonio, Smart Buildings & Industry at Idrica, points out that smart buildings "respond to the need to be more efficient, sustainable and resilient, improving our quality of life based on data."

  • Sat
    Feb
    17
    2024
    Future Transport Roadmaps For Smart, Safe, & Sustainable Mobility

    Shared Mobility Infrastructure becomes the Lynchpin of Future Transport Roadmaps as Cities Push for Smart, Safe, and Sustainable Mobility

    Frost & Sullivan carries out comprehensive, in-depth analysis of 20 leading countries in the world to understand who is ready from an economic, competitive, and regulatory perspective for a future of shared, multi-modal mobility.

  • Sat
    Feb
    17
    2024
    Are smart cities really smart?

    The ‘smart city’ is still a somewhat hazy concept, tasteless, almost, like a kind of half-sentence missing its verb

    When concepts are repeated many times, they lose their meaning, eroding that otherwise close link between signifier and signified. When a concept is presented as the magic answer to a problem, it tends to inspire skepticism and distrust. When we offer solutions without understanding the problem, we’re probably going to be wrong.

  • Sat
    Feb
    17
    2024
    IN: Some Smart Cities Mission projects to miss June 30 deadline, states must take over, panel told

    Some projects under the Smart Cities Mission would not be able to meet the June 30 deadline and the respective state governments would be responsible for completing them thereafter, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Manoj Joshi told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs.

    In its report on the evaluation of the Smart Cities Mission presented in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the committee said the ministry had informed it that 400 projects, out of the 7,970, worth Rs 22,814 crore would take beyond December 2024 to complete. Last year, the Ministry had extended the mission’s deadline from June 2023 to June 2024.

  • Sat
    Feb
    17
    2024
    MY: Propelling smart city plans with 5G innovation

    In today’s dynamic digital era, the adoption of 5G technology is not just a choice but a necessity.

    Recognising its pivotal role in enhancing connectivity for residents, visitors and businesses, Gamuda Land has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), a key driver of the development of 5G in Malaysia.

    The collaboration sees both parties engaging in activities such as knowledge exchange, exploration of 5G possibilities and the expansion of 5G service coverage within Gamuda Land townships, namely Gamuda Cove in Kuala Langat, Gamuda Gardens in Sungai Buloh North and twentyfive7 in Kota Kemuning.

  • Sat
    Feb
    17
    2024
    GB: London: The top trends for micromobility in 2024

    Manish Kharel, general manager for Lime, says 2024 must be the year micromobility infrastructure develops in line with demand to meet active and green travel goals.

    2023 saw London double down on its commitments to green policy and active travel. With more bike lanes and low-traffic neighbourhoods implemented across the city last year, and the ultra low emission (Ulez) zone expanded across all London boroughs, there are mounting disincentives for travelling by car.

  • Fri
    Feb
    16
    2024
    US: What Can Smart Buildings Do for Higher Ed Campuses?

    Today’s college students — and tomorrow’s — are expecting more than just fast internet on campus.

    Everything’s getting “smart.” Higher education institutions are no exception as technology innovators push them into the future by creating smart buildings as part of smart campuses and smart cities. Students are increasingly looking at what technology the universities they are considering bring to the table.

    To make that happen, university IT leaders are looking for ways to show students just what that technology can provide — for safety, security, accessibility, cost efficiency and sustainability. Here’s how.

  • Fri
    Feb
    16
    2024
    IN: Need to launch next phase of Smart Cities Mission: Parliamentary Committee

    The Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs emphasises need to launch the Mission with thrust on tier-2 cities located within 100 km of State capitals

    A parliamentary committee has emphasised the need to launch the next phase of the Centre’s flagship Smart Cities Mission with a thrust on tier-2 cities located within 100 km of State capitals.

  • Fri
    Feb
    16
    2024
    ZA: Gauteng: Sona Preview: Lanseria smart city still in the pipeline, 4 years later

    Around R15-billion will be required to fund the municipal bulk infrastructure required for the new smart city that will be developed in Gauteng’s Lanseria.

    This was the response given this week by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya.

  • Fri
    Feb
    16
    2024
    IN: Extend smart cities mission, recommends House panel in report

    The panel asked the union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) to handhold cities to complete the projects even after the SCM deadline ends in June 2024

    The flagship Smart Cities Mission (SCM) should be extended to a second phase with a focus on second-tier cities to decongest state capitals, and special purpose vehicles (SPVs) created to run the mission be continued, a parliamentary standing committee recommended in its report tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

  • Thu
    Feb
    15
    2024
    MY: Kedah:Kulim to develop into a smart city in the upcoming years

    Kulim, located in the southeast of Kedah, bordering Penang, is set to evolve into a smart city that is safe, resilient, and sustainable.

    HeiTech Padu Bhd (HTP) and Kulim Municipal Council (MPKK) have formed a strategic collaboration to propel the district's development.

    MPKK chairman Datuk Elmi Yusoff anticipates several changes in Kulim within these five years.

  • Thu
    Feb
    15
    2024
    US: Texas: FiberLight Project Aims to Support Autonomous Vehicles, Smart City

    A 100-mile fiber deployment from FiberLight along a Texas highway aims to support autonomous vehicle development and other “intelligent infrastructure zone” applications. FiberLight will invest $20 million in the project, which it will undertake with the Autonomy Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

    The project illustrates the potential for smart city applications such as autonomous mobility districts, public safety and response, and distributed work centers to leverage infrastructure deployed to support autonomous vehicles. In this case, the infrastructure will run along State Highway 130 (SH130) in the Austin area.

  • Thu
    Feb
    15
    2024
    EU: Projects announced for 5G for Smart Communities funding

    Objective of the 5G for Smart Communities initiative is to accelerate 5G coverage across Europe, with a focus on underserved rural and low-connectivity regions.

    Ten projects have been selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital) programme, to spearhead the implementation of 5G connectivity, enabling cutting-edge and innovative applications.

  • Thu
    Feb
    15
    2024
    As Smart Cities Expand, So Do the Threats

    The systems that make up a smart city ecosystem are not easily secured and require better design and better policy to ensure they are not vulnerable.

    For technologists, building smart cities is not an aspirational goal but a matter of necessity. The World Bank estimates that 70% of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050, up from 56% today. This massive population shift will place increasing pressure on city infrastructure and technology used to manage urban areas. Increased automation will also bring new threats.

  • Wed
    Feb
    14
    2024
    ZA: Eastern Cape: Nelson Mandela Bay Pledges to Build a Climate-Smart City

    Stakeholders in Nelson Mandela Bay have committed to building a climate-smart city. The pledge outlines the development of a Climate Resilient Development Strategy and aims to reinvent the local economy, with an emphasis on inclusive growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation.

    In a bold move towards building a climate-smart city, various stakeholders including business, civil society, youth, education sectors, the municipal government, and the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) have signed a pledge in Nelson Mandela Bay. The objective of this commitment is to develop a Climate Resilient Development Strategy (CRDS), a robust blueprint aimed at fortifying the metro's defense against the impacts of climate change and fostering new green economic pathways.

  • Wed
    Feb
    14
    2024
    TR: Kocaeli: Digital Zoning Process in Izmit

    Izmit Municipality prevents waste of time by going digital. To build a sustainable smart city that uses all its resources efficiently; Izmit Municipality, which works to increase citizens' living standards and access services more easily, has moved the zoning and building permit process offered by the Directorate of Planning and Urbanization to digital.

  • Wed
    Feb
    14
    2024
    MY: Gamuda Land partners DNB to drive smart city initiatives with 5G technology

    In a move towards the development of smart cities in Malaysia, Gamuda Land has announced a collaboration with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), marking a key step in enhancing 5G connectivity and infrastructure within its townships.

    The partnership, formalised through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), aims to explore the full spectrum of 5G technology possibilities, focusing on Gamuda Cove @ Kuala Langat, Gamuda Gardens @ Sungai Buloh North and twentyfive7 @ South of Kota Kemuning.

  • Wed
    Feb
    14
    2024
    PH: Cebu City: Rama on rightsizing: ‘It should be done like Melbourne, Brisbane’

    Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama stressed the need to resize the workforce of the city government to transform Cebu City into a smart city like Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Rama mentioned that he was considering a hybrid setup; however, he did not disclose his ideal number of employees.

    “I am sorry that (rightsizing) is a thing that should be done,” Rama said during his “Ingna Mayor” program via Cebu City News and Information.

  • Wed
    Feb
    14
    2024
    Africa: How Technology is Empowering Smart Citizens

    There’s no question that a smart city extends beyond infrastructure and urban planning. For a smart city to work, it requires smart citizens and technology plays a pivotal role in enabling civic engagement.

    If a city wants to empower those who live in it, it requires initiatives that improve service delivery and technology is the solution to making e-government platforms a reality.

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    IN: Meghalaya: Smart city projects face pipeline hurdle, joint meeting planned for resolution

    Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, who oversees Urban Affairs, provided an update on Monday regarding the progress of smart city projects in the state.

    Dhar informed reporters that while the smart road phase-I project is underway, it has encountered some disruptions due to narrow roads and the presence of pipelines underground. He explained, “Some parts have been dug, but we cannot proceed directly due to the existence of a pipeline, as per the report received by me.”

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    MY: Selangor: CelcomDigi and municipal council working together to make Ampang Jaya a smart city

    CelcomDigi Bhd has partnered with Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) for the digital development of Hulu Kelang, to expedite the districts' transformation into a smart city.

    With this ten-year partnership, both organisations will collaborate to explore and implement potential 5G technology solutions.

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    IE: Dublin City University, Bentley partner for 3D smart city research initiative

    Dublin City University (DCU) has partnered with Bentley Systems to create an advanced digital twin of its campus as part of its Smart DCU initiative. The partnership combines artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive digital twin technology. The campus will be used as a testing ground for innovative smart city solutions, with the aim of creating sustainable, efficient, and enjoyable urban spaces worldwide.

    Bentley’s open 3D and reality modeling technology can create a campus model intricately linked with Internet of Things (IoT) data, which results in an immersive digital twin on its iTwin Platform.

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    Smart City: Shaping a Sustainable Urban Future

    Imagine a city that breathes—not with the smog of a thousand cars, but with the clean air of rooftop gardens and electric buses gliding silently through tree-lined streets. A city where energy flows not from distant fossil fuels, but from the sun dancing on its buildings and the wind whispering through its turbines.

    A city where waste is not a burden, but a resource, transformed into new life through composting and recycling. This is the vision of the smart city, a metropolis not just of steel and glass, but of innovation and sustainability.

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    Eurasian states may explore creation of a common digital platform for sharing solutions and best practices

    Countries of Eurasia including Russia and Central Asia may explore creating a common digital platform for the exchange of technological solutions, patents, and innovative ideas between the Eurasian countries. India, a leader in the digital world, may play a key part in this process.

    The idea was mooted by Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Alikhan last week (February 2) at the plenary session of the Digital Almaty 2024 Forum. The Indian Envoy to Kazakhstan also addressed the Forum.

  • Tue
    Feb
    13
    2024
    Digital citizenship in the smart city era

    What is a smart city? For many, the answer is technology. A smart city is, by definition, a technologically modern urban area that uses different types of electronic methods and sensors (sometimes hundreds or thousands) to collect specific data.

    In reality, it is data that makes a city smart, and it works because Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, cameras, and GPS devices collect information related to the city’s infrastructure and allow for real-time monitoring.

  • Mon
    Feb
    12
    2024
    Land minister vows to make smart cities Korea's key export

    Korea will push forward with urban development in foreign countries using state and private firms' smart city technologies to support them in dealing with increasing population and rising housing demand, Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Park Sang-woo said Monday.

    Park said the global population, currently 8.1 billion, is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, and the increase will raise demands for housing and better urban communities worldwide.

  • Mon
    Feb
    12
    2024
    KE: Murang'a banks on smart city programme to boost livelihoods

    Murang’a county government's smart cities programme is expected to transform market centres with high potential through development of infrastructure projects.

    Governor Irungu Kang’ata said resources would be channeled towards tarmacking the roads in the shopping centres to promote trade.

  • Sun
    Feb
    11
    2024
    Vietnam National Tourism Authority announces digital boost

    Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism's Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT) has announced that the sector is actively pushing forward digital transformation via building a smart tourism ecosystem, a strategic move designed to improve state management and the overall tourist experience.

    According to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), key components of this ecosystem include platforms such as the Vietnam travel management and business system, the Vietnam Travel app, a smart tourism card, and notably, an electronic ticketing system.

  • Sun
    Feb
    11
    2024
    Digital skills education in Africa: The GetBundi approach

    In a rapidly evolving world, digitisation is gaining widespread significance across nations, which has continued to play a crucial role in shaping labor markets and contributing to the growth of economies.

    As industries increasingly embrace digitization, the demand for individuals proficient in digital skills has continued to surge. This demand ranges from basic digital literacy that enables individuals to effectively use simple digital tools, to advanced digital skills necessary to participate in the global division of digital labour.

  • Sun
    Feb
    11
    2024
    MY: Kedah: MPKK, HTP collaboration to propel Kulim into a smart city

    The strategic collaboration between HeiTech Padu Berhad (HTP) and Kulim Kedah Municipal Council (MPKK) is set to propel the district’s development, paving the way for it to evolve into a smart city.

    HTP Group chief executive officer, Salmi Nadia Mohd Hilmey emphasised the significance of the collaboration with MPKK, highlighting that it signifies the joint commitment to creating a sustainable smart city through innovation, utilisation of cutting-edge technology, and the preservation of the environment.

  • Sun
    Feb
    11
    2024
    LK: Digital transformation game changer for development

    Sri Lanka is now on its way towards digital transformation via organisational overhauling driven by technology to enter onto the global stage, Technology Minister Kanaka Herath said.

    The Government has already allocated Rs. 3 billion or 1.4 per cent of total expenditures to digital and digitalisation efforts in 2024, with the aim of growing into a US$15 billion digital economy by 2030, he disclosed.

  • Sat
    Feb
    10
    2024
    Kazakh PM Proposes to Create Eurasian Digital Platform

    Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov proposed the idea to create a digital platform for the exchange of technological solutions, patents, and innovative ideas between the Eurasian countries. This was announced at a Feb. 2 plenary session of the Digital Almaty 2024 forum, reported its press service.

    The panel discussions gathered over 200 government officials, international experts, industry leaders, and top innovators to address the emerging prospects for digital cooperation and put forward new collaborative ideas of the Eurasian countries.

  • Sat
    Feb
    10
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Nashik: Smart schools need smart technology

    Although 82 out of a hundred municipal schools have been transformed into ‘smart schools’ by spending around Rs 50 crores through Smart City, these schools however are facing technical difficulties to run digital classes.

    There is a technical problem as the power supply from the old electricity meters in the schools is not enough to run the new electrical equipment. This is causing obstacles for digital classes in schools. As a result, the smart school programme is getting hit.

  • Sat
    Feb
    10
    2024
    Malaysia embarks on transformative journey to improve data governance - Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo

    Malaysia has embarked on a transformative journey to improve data governance through revising the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and revisions to subsidiary regulations.

    Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo said prioritising cybersecurity aspect has become an immediate necessity due to the rapid technological advancements that contribute to cyber threats.

  • Sat
    Feb
    10
    2024
    Australian Digital ID Plans Firm But The System Will Confuse Some

    Australian government officials have played down the prospect of confusion with both the commonwealth and some states creating different digital ID systems.

    They have also responded to concern the new digital ID system will be too complex for the elderly, those with disabilities and indigenous and remote communities.

  • Fri
    Feb
    09
    2024
    South Korean Gov’t Launches K-Smart City Network Project Competition

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea announced on Jan. 29 that it will start accepting applications from Jan. 30 for this year’s K-City Network Global Collaboration Project. This initiative aims to establish a smart city cooperation network with foreign nations and support the overseas expansion of South Korean companies.

    Launched in 2020, the K-City Network project involves applying the South Korean smart city model to help develop smart cities abroad. It supports foreign cities in establishing smart city plans or conducting feasibility studies, and aids in the local demonstration of domestically developed smart solutions to foster the overseas export of South Korean businesses. So far, the project has undertaken 41 collaborative projects in 23 countries.

  • Fri
    Feb
    09
    2024
    GB: The 15 Minute City 'Conspiracy' That Shifted Transport Policy

    Confusion and misinformation about the concept of 15 minute cities were partly responsible for a change in England’s transport policy.

    A report in The Guardian newspaper has revealed that policy papers from the Department for Transport said that curbs on walking and cycling schemes were “in response to concerns about 15-minute cities.”

    A 15 minute city concept is an urban planning tool where cities are designed so most human needs can be met within a 15 minute walk or cycle. Such schemes sometimes include plans for better cycling and walking infrastructure, and percentage targets for residents to have their basic daily “non-work” needs met close by.

  • Fri
    Feb
    09
    2024
    JP: Yamaguchi: Iwakuni Bus uses AI platform to tackle driver shortages

    Optibus’ bus scheduling software and Timetable Optimisation will transform how services are planned and scheduled in the face of bus driver retention obstacles.

    Japanese public transportation operator Iwakuni Bus has selected Optibus’ transportation management platform to help optimise its 1.2 million annual passenger trips in the city of Iwakuni in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture.

  • Fri
    Feb
    09
    2024
    Vietnam must follow smart city inclinations

    After making strides in development, Vietnam’s smart cities are expected to experience transformation in the upcoming time. Kok-Chin Tay, chairman of the Smart Cities Network, talked to VIR’s Bich Thuy about global approaches and trends likely to influence the country.

    Q: How do you evaluate the development of smart cities in Vietnam so far?

    Vietnam has made strides in developing smart cities since Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang took the lead as participating cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network in 2018. Some 48 out of 63 provinces in the country have or are building smart urban development schemes.

  • Thu
    Feb
    08
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: TATA delivers electric buses to Jammu Smart City

    The introduction of electric buses is expected to enhance mobility while reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

    Tata Motors, one of the biggest players in the commercial vehicle industry, has supplied Ultra EV air-conditioned electric buses to Jammu Smart City Limited through its subsidiary, TML Smart City Mobility Solutions (J&K) Pvt Ltd. This decision was taken to achieve complete electrical public transportation in Jammu. These electric buses, made in India with modern technology offer emission-free transportation within the city.

  • Thu
    Feb
    08
    2024
    EU: Smart City Technology Paves the Way for Sustainable Energy

    Known for Facilitating Digital Equity and Calming Traffic, Smart Cities can Also Showcase an Array of Sustainability Benefits

    Smart cities play a key role in underpinning how society enacts energy sustainability, while either minimally impacting the existing world around it or enriching it. Despite the obvious societal enhancement brought about by smart cities, it has been noted that smart cities play a key role in fighting climate change and respecting energy sources available.

  • Thu
    Feb
    08
    2024
    The smart city revolution

    Advanced technologies with secure connectivity and intelligent capabilities, coupled with enhanced collaboration fostered among policymakers, community stakeholders, and technology vendors, will empower smart cities, address digital inclusion challenges, and promote increased gender equality, according to the technology giant Huawei. This holistic approach aims to effectively tackle Thailand's pain points of the digital economy, the digital divide, and the ongoing shortage of skilled cybersecurity talents, contributing to a more inclusive and technologically advanced future in line with Huawei's mission to "unleash digital for a better future".

  • Wed
    Feb
    07
    2024
    Singapore unveils initiatives to drive digital sustainability

    The digital sustainability efforts are in support of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and the public sector’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2045.

    Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) have unveiled their first suite of digital sustainability initiatives to green the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

  • Wed
    Feb
    07
    2024
    Smart City Monitoring Center Revolutionizes Urban Life in Greece

    The first Smart City Monitoring Center in Greece, comprising specially trained personnel called Datagers, has been established and is operated by DOTSOFT AE and e-trikala AE. The Smart City Operations Center serves as the brain of a modern and digital city, integrating and connecting information and processes from various systems. The center is located and operates at the “GiSeMi HUB” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub of the Municipality of Trikala.

    Datagers are specialized data experts responsible for ensuring the efficient functioning of the smart city; they are data managers. Datagers are the first in Greece and the Balkans to offer application operations and management services specifically for smart cities.

  • Wed
    Feb
    07
    2024
    SA: Global Smart City Forum to Provide Solutions to Smart Cities Problems

    The Global Smart City Forum, to be held by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) on February 12 and 13 under the theme "A Better Life" at the Riyadh Arena, will provide innovative digital solutions to address the manifestation of visual distortions, road congestions, and effective urban planning, to achieve the highest level of development in cities.

    The forum, which gathers 80 global and local data-expert speakers, AI, digital solutions and smart city engineers, and economic policymakers from 40 countries, seeks to contribute to enriching all aspects of life in smart cities, and create an environment that encourages investment and tourism.

  • Wed
    Feb
    07
    2024
    4 must-have features of smart city control room displays

    A smart city control room display gives leaders real-time visibility of streets, transit lines, utility services and high-traffic areas. Data flowing into the control room can help cities use public funds more wisely and make communities safer and more efficient.

    Yet, for all this promise, a smart city control room setup must reflect the realities of running a modern metropolis. The staff needs technology that’s easy to use and makes their jobs more efficient. And a robust smart city infrastructure might pull in data feeds from dozens of sources. Network endpoints can include outdoor cameras, electric vehicle charging stations, sensors in sanitation trucks and signals from traffic lights.

  • Tue
    Feb
    06
    2024
    IN: Goa: Panaji’s public Wi-Fi used by over 900 people every day: Smart City

    A senior Smart City official said that on a daily basis, over 900 people use the free public Wi-Fi service offered by the Smart City Mission at important places across Panaji.

    Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd said that it has installed 500 access points for public Wi-Fi. These locations include maximum footfall areas like marketplaces, road stretches, key junctions, the vicinity of government offices, and recreation spots such as parks, lakes, educational institutes, and religious places.

  • Tue
    Feb
    06
    2024
    Tech transition ‘is going to happen’ despite ‘smart city’ scepticism

    Connected urban environments will offer opportunities, say analysts, with Asia leading the way

    In 2007, the world reached a landmark: for the first time in history, half of all humanity lived in cities. By 2050, the figure will be 68 per cent, says the UN.

    Helping urbanites move around — and coordinating information and energy supply needed to keep cities connected — is, therefore, a vital consideration for policymakers and investors.

  • Mon
    Feb
    05
    2024
    NG: 6 take-aways from Lagos land administration portal launch

    The launching of a new land administration portal called e-GIS by the Lagos State government on Friday is a major development in a state where land is regarded as an equivalent of the oil in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

    Lagos is the only city in Nigeria where land commands so much value that in its prime locations such as Banana Island, Old Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki, land prices are denominated in Dollars upto the equivalent of a billion naira and above for a standard plot of land measuring 1000 square metres.

  • Mon
    Feb
    05
    2024
    NG: Lagos Launches Automated Application Portal For Land Acquisition

    As the portal went live, applications for land titles transitioned from the centuries-old manual paperwork into digital form.

    Lagos State has government has launched an electronic Geographic Information System (e-GIS) which provides digitised access to all data pertaining to the state land before a purchase is facilitated.

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, launched the e-GIS portal — a one-stop digital platform that sanitises and revolutionises the process of acquiring, documenting and verifying land in Lagos.

  • Mon
    Feb
    05
    2024
    IN: Transforming urban living and citizen experiences

    Town planners and administrators must utilise new technologies to build a future-ready network infrastructure that allows them to make cities smarter

    Over the last few years, India has adopted several initiatives to improve its urban infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for city dwellers. The growing influx of people from rural to urban areas and the need to modernise the existing infrastructure are the key reasons for this.

  • Sun
    Feb
    04
    2024
    Top 10 Smart City And Urban Tech Startups In The US

    Introduction:

    Inside the unexpectedly evolving panorama of urbanization, the concept of smart cities has emerged as a transformative technique to cope with the demanding situations and complexities of cutting-edge city life. Smart towns leverage technologies to enhance the performance, sustainability, and quality of life of citizens. The integration of virtual solutions, information-driven insights, and advanced infrastructure aims to create urban environments that are wise, connected, and aware of the wishes of the network.

    Numerous startups have emerged as pioneers in the discipline of the city era, imparting modern solutions to cope with particular urban demanding situations. These startups’ consciousness on areas including clever mobility, data analytics, parking solutions, and more. Examples include Sidewalk Labs, StreetLight data, and CivicSmart.

  • Sun
    Feb
    04
    2024
    US: New Jersey: The Smart Square Hackensack: Revolutionizing Urban Living

    Living in a bustling city like Hackensack, New Jersey, can be both exciting and challenging. With its vibrant culture, diverse community, and numerous opportunities, Hackensack has become a sought-after destination for urban dwellers. However, the rapid growth of the city has also brought about various urban challenges, such as traffic congestion, limited parking spaces, and inefficient resource management. To address these issues, the concept of the Smart Square Hackensack has emerged as a groundbreaking solution that aims to revolutionize urban living. In this article, we will explore the concept of the Smart Square Hackensack, its benefits, and its potential impact on the city’s future.

  • Sun
    Feb
    04
    2024
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Smart City drives towards a greener tomorrow with Tata Motors electric buses

    The advanced electric buses offer safe, noiseless and sustainable travel, for a comfortable and convenient experience

    Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, announced that it has delivered state-of-the-art Ultra EV air-conditioned electric buses to Jammu Smart City Limited through TML Smart City Mobility Solutions (J&K) Pvt Ltd, a Tata Motors Group company. The initiative led by the Housing and Urban Development Department of the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, is aimed at establishing an environmentally sustainable public transportation system in Jammu. These emission-free Tata Motors electric buses are manufactured in India using cutting-edge technology, feature advanced amenities and are powered by state-of-the-art electric power systems. Its design focusses on safety, comfort and convenience, offering Jammu residents reliable and zero-emission intra-city commuting solutions. The delivery of the electric buses is a part of its larger order to supply, maintain and operate 100 electric buses in Srinagar and 100 electric buses in Jammu, for a period 12-years for Jammu and Srinagar Smart City projects.

  • Sat
    Feb
    03
    2024
    AZ: Garabagh and Eastern Zangazur: Projects within concept of smart village to be applied in liberated areas

    Garabagh and Eastern Zangazur have turned into a big construction sites. During the past year, foundations of various residential areas, schools, and hospitals were laid in 9 villages, 1 settlement, and 3 city centres in Jabrayil, Gubadli, and Zangilan. Those infrastructures and residential complexes will make a significant contribution to the return of people.

    Azernews reports that this was said by Vahid Hajiyev, the special representative of the President in Jabrayil, Gubadli, and Zangilan districts, which are included in the Eastern Zangezur economic district, at the meeting of the working group on environmental issues held in Zangilan.

  • Sat
    Feb
    03
    2024
    PH: Cebu: Mayor keen on adopting AI-controlled traffic system

    Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has welcomed the proposal of adopting artificial intelligence (AI) in its traffic system as the city bids to become a smart city.

    The proposal was made by Councilor Rey Gealon, the Traffic Management Committee chairperson.

    Rama, in his own online program through the city’s Sugboanon channel, emphasized that the world is now adapting AI and it’s the way to go to level up.

  • Sat
    Feb
    03
    2024
    IN: Smart Cities Mission: A SWOT analysis

    The National Democratic Alliance government's flagship Smart Cities Mission (SCM) launched in 2015 is nearing its second deadline of June 2024. Aimed to improve the quality of life in urban India through the application of smart solutions, SCM has so far achieved a completion rate of 83%. Of the total ₹86,850 crore allocated over eight years by the Union and respective state governments, ₹72,571 crore has already been utilised by the participating cities.

    Have the cities smartened up? Is the quality of life better for its residents? Are these projects worthy to serve as role models for other towns and cities facing the challenges of unsustainable urbanisation? HT takes stock of some of the key projects and what they hope to accomplish.

  • Sat
    Feb
    03
    2024
    ID: Nusantara smart city designed to respond to citizens' needs: OIKN

    The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) stated that the Nusantara smart city has a human-centered design that meets and responds to the needs of the community that lives in it.

    "Talking about city development, we must make sure who the end-user or customer is. It is not about what we want, but what the Nusantara community as a customer wants," Head of the OIKN Smart City Project Management Office Daniel Oscar Baskoro stated at the Nusantara Fair event held by OIKN here on Friday.

  • Fri
    Feb
    02
    2024
    UG: ATC boosts KCCA’s smart city agenda with 87 innovative streetlights

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), has deployed the city’s first-ever smart pole street lights totaling 87. The lights which are anchored on telecom infrastructure have been placed around various places in the city.

    Thirty-three of them are deployed along Kololo Hill Drive, thirty along Nile Avenue, and 18 along Nkrumah Road.

  • Fri
    Feb
    02
    2024
    BD: Dhaka: What a city needs to have to offer a better life

    The 400-year old capital city Dhaka now ranks among cities with the worst air quality. Once its lifeline, the Buriganga is dying, and surrounding rivers are polluted and encroached. Despite big problems though, small interventions might be able to make it more liveable

    If an architect is given a blank sketch paper to draw their dream version of a modern city, they may outline residential, business, school, hospital, office areas with spaces marked for parks, lakes, wide roads with pavement, and bicycle lanes. The design might be one of a zero-carbon smart city with clean air and water, integrated transport and utilities.

  • Fri
    Feb
    02
    2024
    CN: Beijing implements facial recognition for foreigners registering a business

    Facial recognition is being implemented as an option for foreigners seeking to register for a business license in China. According to China Daily, the streamlined process using mobile face ID scan went into effect on January 18 2024, and has reduced the time required for registration from several months to under ten minutes.

    The change eliminates the need for foreign nationals applying to register foreign-funded enterprises in Beijing to supply proof of identity issued by their home country or region, or to be physically present for registration.

  • Thu
    Feb
    01
    2024
    IN: Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram: Under control, finally

    After being hampered by tech delays, the Smart City Integrated Command & Control Centre is likely to commence operations within a month

    The state-of-the-art Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) under the Smart City Mission project is all set to be operational by mid-February.

    Under construction on the premises of the corporation office, this is the first centralised control centre in the capital. Though a temporary facility was functioning in the district collectorate, this one will be a full-fledged nerve centre.

  • Thu
    Feb
    01
    2024
    AE: Blueprint for Tomorrow: Decoding the Future of Smart Cities

    Smart cities harness cutting-edge technologies to enhance the quality of urban life, promote sustainability and well-being, and improve efficiency. These innovative urban environments leverage data and connectivity to optimise services, infrastructure, and resource management.

    According to research by Frost & Sullivan, the investment in smart city projects is predicted to reach nearly 50 billion USD by 2025 in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Smart city initiatives in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have positioned them as leading global cities in this field.

  • Thu
    Feb
    01
    2024
    CN: Beijing to tap emerging tech, including AI

    China’s capital will develop into a global exemplar city for digital economy with an overall transformation in production, governance and lifestyle driven by digitisation, Yin Yong, mayor of the city, says.

    He was speaking at the second session of the 16th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress on Sunday.

    In recent years, the city has pioneered in key technology, infrastructure and application related to the digital sector.

  • Thu
    Feb
    01
    2024
    Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive

    Smart Cities: what’s in it for the citizens? Technology should empower people, but sometimes it becomes an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Cities must address problems like the digital divide, use technology to help the less privileged categories, and know when to intervene or step back to foster social values and inclusivity.

    Smart and for all: From homeless, anonymous guy to TV star, at least for one day. Alexandre has appeared on French media, sitting on a bridge in Lyon, while inviting passers-by to give him money by scanning a QR Code with their smartphone. Nowadays, people tend not to carry any change in their pockets, so a group of students from the ECAM engineering school has devised an app that can solve this problem for those whose generosity might otherwise be frustrated.

  • Thu
    Feb
    01
    2024
    Truly smart cities are those that are ready for climate change

    Technology already offers many solutions for urban problems, but it can also be a game-changer on sustainability

    Many organisations understand that we are at a critical juncture where adopting sustainable practices is no longer a choice, but a necessity. At this pivotal moment, speedy technological progress offers hope for a sustainable future. In this fast-developing and expanding global infrastructural landscape, smart cities, as we view them, will be truly smarter when they embrace the concept of climate resilience in its entirety, with technology leading the way.

  • Wed
    Jan
    31
    2024
    How to Bring the Cloud to the Edge and Accelerate Smart City Initiatives

    Here are ways agencies can leverage tools to deliver computing to any point on a map.

    Local governments can finally realize many of the objectives they’ve been planning for the past few years. Much of this is thanks to rapid advancements in artificial intelligence. It’s now possible to extract real-time actionable intelligence and decision-making from virtually any point on a map.

  • Wed
    Jan
    31
    2024
    NG: Synergy of politics and engineering in smart city development

    In the evolving landscape of Nigeria’s urbanization, the concept of smart cities stands out as a critical ambition. These cities, envisioned to be hubs of technological integration and sustainable living, are urban dreams and necessities in our rapidly advancing world. However, the transformation of these visions into tangible realities is as much a political journey as it is an engineering challenge. The successful development of smart cities in Nigeria demands a seamless integration of civil engineering expertise with astute political leadership, creating a synergy that can profoundly reshape our urban environments.

    Nigeria’s major cities, including the vast city of Lagos and the expanding capital, Abuja, are at the core of the country’s cultural and economic activities. Yet, they face a multitude of challenges: infrastructural deficiencies, rapidly growing population pressures, environmental concerns, and the need for sustainable development. Addressing these multifaceted issues calls for a strategic approach that combines political foresight with civil engineering innovation. In this confluence of disciplines lies the potential for transforming Nigeria’s urban spaces into models of efficiency, sustainability, and technological advancement.

  • Wed
    Jan
    31
    2024
    China-Pak accelerate smart city advancements

    Pakistan embassy explores synergies with BUCIC for digital city development

    A delegation headed by Aslam Chaudhary, the Economic Minister of the Pakistan Embassy in China, visited Beijing Urban Construction Intelligent Control (BUCIC) on January 18th, solidifying efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in digital city development.

    During the visit, the delegation explored BUCIC’s cutting-edge facilities, including the Digital Experience Centre and the Urban Rail Transit Cloud Intelligent IoT (Internet of Things) Laboratory. Their focus was on BUCIC’s digital transportation and smart city products, with a spotlight on the integrated intelligent control centre. This centre houses various facilities such as station control rooms, customer service centres, fire control rooms, and ticket booths, contributing to intelligent operation and maintenance.

  • Wed
    Jan
    31
    2024
    IN: Keeping Uttar Pradesh with Safety: State Gets Record 1 Lakh CCTV Cameras As Part of Smart City Mission

    Uttar Pradesh has successfully implemented a network of 100,000 Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras as part of the Smart City Mission. The initiative, spearheaded by the Urban Development Department in collaboration with the Home Department, focuses particularly on safety of women, children and the elderly.

    The effort is part of enhancing the overall infrastructure and security apparatus of the state. As per the state government, all 100,000 CCTV cameras have been strategically installed across 17 municipal corporations and Gautam Buddha Nagar and integrated into the comprehensive Safe City Project. This deployment will ensure round-the-clock surveillance, providing a robust security net for the citizens of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Tue
    Jan
    30
    2024
    Connected Living 2030: The Technology that Will Power the Future of Smart Cities

    How is technology transforming to meet the future of smart cities head-on?

    Helsinki, Riyadh, and Shanghai offer a glimpse into this evolution, each adopting unique strategies powered by cutting-edge technology. Helsinki’s smart city blueprint intertwines technological innovation with societal and environmental objectives, creating a hub for collaborative innovation. Riyadh’s ambitious project, a partnership between KAFD DMC and SCAI, focuses on smart traffic management and mobility to enhance efficiency and operational effectiveness. And Shanghai utilizes an e-government portal that gives its residents online access to more than 100 services.

  • Tue
    Jan
    30
    2024
    ZA: Ramaphosa’s big smart city promises

    Empty promises frequently punted by South African politicians, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, often mention “smart cities” or “bullet trains”, but little is being done to bring these plans to fruition.

    In his 2019 State of the Nation Address, Ramophosa said he dreamt of a South Africa with a new city comprising skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals, and factories, as well as bullet trains to connect the country’s metros.

  • Tue
    Jan
    30
    2024
    AE: Here’s How Digital Transformation Propels Dubai’s Smart City Journey

    Dubai has been ranked among the top 20 smart cities as per the IMD Smart City Index 2023 that assessed smart infrastructure and services covering various aspects such as health and safety, mobility and governance.

    Abu Dhabi and Dubai were the only two cities from the Asia region which made it to the coveted list while the rest were from Europe or Asia-Pacific.

  • Tue
    Jan
    30
    2024
    IN: Departmental Integration Delay Creates Setback in Smart City Project

    In the latest development concerning India's smart city projects, a notable setback has emerged due to delays in the crucial process of departmental integration. The ambitious endeavour to transform urban centres into technologically advanced and sustainable hubs has hit a roadblock as various government departments struggle to synchronise their efforts effectively.

    The challenges stem from a lack of seamless coordination among the involved departments, disrupting the envisioned synergy necessary for successful smart city implementation. This delay not only affects project timelines but also raises concerns about the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the integrated systems proposed for these cities.

  • Tue
    Jan
    30
    2024
    Smart cities in the UK: Where are they?

    While experts argue smart cities in the UK can bring great benefits, the necessary connectivity improvements may only arrive via a piecemeal approach

    The phrase ‘smart city’ means many things to many people, but it’s been nearly 20 years since the term was first used by IBM and Cisco to recognize how connected sensors can be used to monitor urban issues. Smart cities in the UK were a hot topic just a few years ago, but in the time since progress has been divided between regions.

  • Mon
    Jan
    29
    2024
    IN: Telangana: EU Delegation Visits IIIT Hyderabad’s Smart City Living Lab

    On January 19, 2024, the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) welcomed the European Union (EU) Ambassador to India, Herve Delphin, and other EU delegates to the Smart City Living Lab, a hub of innovation testing for smart cities. The visit underscored the lab’s pivotal role in advancing smart city technologies, with a focus on areas like water, energy, solar, pollution, weather, and crowd management.

  • Mon
    Jan
    29
    2024
    How These Futuristic Cities Are Redefining Urban Living

    These visionary projects pioneer eco-friendly innovations without compromising luxury, aiming to create ethical urban paradigms for tomorrow

    Major cities worldwide, once envisioned as the locus of advancement, are no longer immune to nature’s wrath. From increased water levels to temperature rise to overpopulation, climate change has the world in a chokehold.

    A report published by the World Bank, titled “Thriving: Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in Changing Climate,” indicates that the frequency of extreme heat increased across cities globally from the 1970s to 2020, whereas the sea-level rise of about 0.125 millimetres per year has also increased the risk of flooding for coastal cities. These effects have been quadrupled with the impacts of overtourism, which include resource depletion and increased pollution. Several destinations that have always been on a traveller’s radar are facing the brunt of this. Be it the romantic city of Venice or the buzzing capital of Jakarta and the serene Maldives, they are all staring at a grim future.

  • Sun
    Jan
    28
    2024
    MY: Kelantan: Fostering talented minds for sustainable city innovation

    The KMKt Cemerlang group from Kelantan Matriculation College was crowned as the champion of the GreenCity AR iPad Challenge: Shaping Sustainable Urban Cities competition.

    The five-member group emerged victorious among 46 participating groups for their ‘City Batukam’ sustainable city model design, beating 10 finalists in the process.

    They were selected after a final pitching session with the five best groups held at AnCasa Hotel Kuala Lumpur, attended by a panel of judges, educators, parents, higher education students, and invited guests.

  • Sun
    Jan
    28
    2024
    CN: Beijing aims to be exemplar of digital economy

    Chinese capital will further tap emerging tech, including AI, to build a smart city

    Beijing will develop into a global exemplar city for digital economy with an overall transformation in production, governance and lifestyle driven by digitization, Yin Yong, mayor of the city, said on Sunday during the second session of the 16th Beijing Municipal People's Congress.

    In recent years, the city has pioneered in key technology, infrastructure and application related to the digital sector. "For example, Beijing built 30,000 5G bases last year. It has about half of the country's generative artificial intelligence large model products available for the public. It has a 160-square-kilometer high-level demonstration zone for automatic driving," Yin said while delivering a government work report during the opening ceremony of the session.

  • Sat
    Jan
    27
    2024
    Exploring 5 Key Opportunities In Government Technology

    Governments worldwide are in a transformative phase, seeking innovative solutions to address complex challenges. The emerging field of Government Technology, or GovTech, is where innovative projects try to address these challenges.

    In this article, we explore five critical areas within GovTech, illustrating why they present unique opportunities for innovative startup projects.

  • Sat
    Jan
    27
    2024
    MY: Academic calls for expanded efforts in AI-driven smart city initiatives

    Johari Yusof says AI can play a significant role in smart city governance, transportation, healthcare, and waste disposal.

    The government should intensify its efforts in creating smart cities driven by artificial intelligence (AI) to help the public embrace this new technology, says an academic.

    Putrajaya aims to transform the three federal territories into smart cities by 2030, with an emphasis on sustainability.

  • Sat
    Jan
    27
    2024
    US: Texas: Smart city ‘sandbox’ lets San Antonio residents play with technology

    The community events collect public feedback on tech initiatives, provide access to tech-based community services — and make tech fun for kids, city officials say.

    San Antonio’s smart cities program was missing something when it launched in 2017, and the city’s team knew it, said Emily Royall, smart city administrator. “We realized what was missing was hands-on interaction with our residents,” she said.

    This realization was the city’s impetus for creating the SA Sandbox, an annual event where residents and Smart Cities staff come together to explore and discuss the technologies that San Antonio is implementing or hopes to.

  • Fri
    Jan
    26
    2024
    FI: City of Helsinki employees experiment with the use of AI

    Helsinki City employees are experimenting with the Microsoft Copilot artificial intelligence tool to assess its potential for bringing operational efficiencies.

    A group of City of Helsinki employees are experimenting with the use of the new Microsoft Copilot artificial intelligence (AI) tool.

    The City said Copilot trial aims to develop the general competence and understanding regarding AI among the city’s employees as well as support the use of AI.

  • Fri
    Jan
    26
    2024
    What’s next for mobility innovation? This venture capitalist has some ideas.

    Nicole LeBlanc, a partner at Toyota’s investment arm, Woven Capital, is optimistic about the talent and innovation coming to cities.

    The future is often forged from ideas that only a few are aware of in their early stages: Think Uber, Apple, Tesla. To look far down the road on mobility, Smart Cities Dive spoke with the $800 million investment arm of Toyota Motor Corp., Woven Capital. It’s a “hands-on investor” with a global mandate, said Nicole LeBlanc, a partner at Woven Capital focusing on mobility, sustainability and smart city investments.

  • Fri
    Jan
    26
    2024
    AE: Dubai to develop 2 futuristic transport systems, announces solar-powered rail buses and high-speed travel pods

    Dubai’s RTA partners with innovative travel experts to develop transport networks of the future

    Dubai could see high-speed travel pods and solar-powered rail buses join self-driving cars, electric smart abras and flying taxis as it looks forward to the transport of the future.

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the field of developing new and innovative transportation systems as part of the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF).

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    VN: Smart city creation must be robust and appropriate

    Smart city development in Vietnam can be used as a tool in economic progress to help it become a high-income country.

    The IMD Smart City Index, developed in partnership with The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization, shows the extent to which technology is enabling cities to achieve a higher quality of life for their inhabitants.

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Smart City projects to be handed over to private players

    Altogether 10 Smart City projects would be handed over to private players at discounted rent for running them.

    The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited and Pune Municipal Corporation have decided to slash the rental rates of the properties, where the projects are being built. A decision was taken regarding the same at a meeting on Wednesday.

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    Smart Cities in Egypt: Utilising Techno-Utopianism to prevent Democratic Participation

    I returned to Cairo in the summer of 2023, after 6 years. Naïvely, I expected to return to the Cairo of my childhood: to her sprawling streets, her dense traffic lanes and cacophony of car horns.

    But almost immediately -on the drive from the airport, located on the outskirts of the city, moving towards downtown Cairo- I was struck by the wide, empty highways we were driving on, alerting me immediately to a vast amount of infrastructure development. For a country that was ranked second most at risk of a debt crisis after war-torn Ukraine, this seemed a pleasant surprise: an array of bridges, wide highways, all adorned with posters of President Abdel Fateh El Sisi’s face, and an array of Egyptian flags.

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    VN: The blueprint for smart city

    Dozens of cities and provinces across the country will have to accelerate their plans if they want to reach their smart city ambitions by the end of this decade.

    Ahead in the race currently is Binh Duong province. At the end of last year, the World Intelligent Community Forum honoured Binh Duong as one of 21 communities with an outstanding smart city development strategy for the third year in a row. Mai Hung Dung, Standing Vice Chairman of Binh Duong People’s Committee, said that its infrastructure system is heavily invested in, while the innovation ecosystem is constantly developing.

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    IN: Over 600 km of cycle tracks developed 76 000 CCTV cameras installed in 100 smart cities Centre

    More than 600 kilometres of cycle tracks have been developed in 100 smart cities while over 76,000 CCTV surveillance cameras installed so far, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.

    Under the Smart Cities Mission, 6,855 "smart classrooms" and 40 digital libraries have been developed. Also, over 50 lakh solar and LED streetlights have been installed and over 89,000 km of underground electricity cabling constructed, it said.

  • Thu
    Jan
    25
    2024
    New city to be built on territory of Mongol Empire's ancient capital Karakorum

    A smart city called Monkh Khan for 500,000 people and an international airport will be built on the territory of Karakorum, the government reported.

    The Mongolian authorities will seize 189,000 hectares of land for special state use to build a new city on the site of the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire, Karakorum (Kharkhorin). The corresponding decree was published by the government of the country.

  • Wed
    Jan
    24
    2024
    SA: Riyadh progresses smart city blueprint

    Mobility project is part of KAFD’s smart city strategy to integrate and intelligently manage infrastructures and boost operational and cost efficiency.

    King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company (KAFD DMC) and the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) have announced a partnership to implement a smart traffic management and mobility project in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

  • Wed
    Jan
    24
    2024
    CN: Self-driving police patrol cars tested on Beijing roads

    The office of the Beijing high-level autonomous driving demonstration area launched a road test of unmanned police patrol cars on Tuesday, the first of its kind in China.

    Fifteen self-driving patrol cars, complete with flashing lights, hit the public roads in the autonomous driving demonstration area, performing round-the-clock police duties in coordination with officers from the Daxing Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Zwar haben 24 Prozent der Deutschen im vergangenen Jahr eGovernment-Angebote deutscher Städte, Länder oder des Bundes genutzt, doch im internationalen Vergleich besteht noch Nachholbedarf. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Studie von Taylor Nelson Sofres. Demnach lag die Nutzungsquote im Vorjahr hierzulande noch bei 17 Prozent. Im internationalen Vergleich von 31 untersuchten Ländern ist die Bundesrepublik Deutschland allerdings bei der Nutzung virtueller öffentlicher Verwaltungen weiter zurückgefallen. Im letzten Jahr noch auf Platz 13, rangieren die Deutschen in diesem Jahr auf Platz 18. Nach den Ergebnissen der internationalen Vergleichsstudie "Government-Online 2002", die die Marktforschungsgrupppe Taylor Nelson Sofres durchgeführt hat, nutzten länderübergreifend durchschnittlich 30 Prozent der Bürger die elektronische Verwaltung via Internet.

Informationsbeschaffung steht bei den Bundesbürgern bei der Nutzung von Online-Bürgerdiensten via Internet an erster Stellte. 18 Prozent - ein Plus von vier Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr - nutzten diese Dienstleistung von Stadt-, Gemeinde- und Kreisverwaltungen sowie von Verwaltungen der Bundesländer oder des Bundes. Weitere sieben Prozent nutzten das digitale behördliche Angebot für den Download von Formularen, ein Anstieg um vier Prozent gegenüber 2001. Zurückhaltender sind die Deutschen beim persönlichen Datenaustausch mit den virtuellen Behörden. Dieser wird von nur vier Prozent genutzt, ein Plus um 1 Prozent gegenüber 2001.

"Die Bundesbürger wollen das eGovernment. Das zeigt die gestiegene Nutzung auch in Deutschland. Eine dienstleistungsorientierte Verwaltung muss ihre Veränderungsprozesse folglich daran ausrichten und das Internet als Plattform für elektronische Behördengänge weiter ausbauen. Das Misstrauen in die Sicherheit zeigt, dass Sicherheitsstandards in der Netzkommunikation mit dem virtuellen Bürger erheblich verbessert werden müssen," kommentiert Klaus-Peter Schöppner, Geschäftsführer von TNS EMNID, die Zukunft für das eGovernment in Deutschland.

Die Nutzung behördlicher Online-Angebote und Dienstleistungen ist nach wie vor in den skandinavischen Ländern am höchsten. Die Schweden nutzen zu 57 Prozent behördliche Online-Angebote, bei den Norwegern sind es 56 Prozent und in Dänemark 53 Prozent.

Quelle: Ecin

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