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  • Wed
    Aug
    10
    2022
    Here’s How Hyundai Would Design a Future City

    • Hyundai Motor Group reveals HMG Smart City Vision, previewing a hexagonal urban concept with a large park in the center.
    • The city concept features a function-centered underground layer, and human-centered surface layer.
    • Hyundai envisions cities of the future to be powered by hydrogen, distributed through grid pipelines to buildings.

    Automakers don't enter the field of urban planning very often, but when they do the results are either very incremental, or wildly utopian. Just think of all the midcentury GM Motorama concepts, which, to be fair, previewed things like autonomous driving.

  • Wed
    Aug
    10
    2022
    Cities Strive For More Smarts, Security

    Smart city security starts with the silicon.

    As cities around the world move beyond their first completed smart city projects and add more systems, they face hurdles in expanding but have more standards, technical resources, and real-world examples to draw on when making project design decisions. The main concern is keeping the smart city systems and their data and functions safe, especially if the system is touching critical infrastructure.

  • Wed
    Aug
    10
    2022
    IQ: UAE firm offers to build smart city in Iraq - It is located in Dhi Qar province

    A UAE company has offered to build a sustainable smart city in Iraq with a total area of nearly one million square metres, the Iraqi press reported on Wednesday.

    The planned city is located in the Sumerian “UR” town in the Southern Dhi Qar Governorate and will comprise houses, hotels, a university, schools, hospitals, roads, green areas and other facilities, Aliqtisad News and other publications said.

  • Wed
    Aug
    10
    2022
    How CityShob’s data-first approach is making smart cities more intelligent

    With the global smart city market estimated to surpass $2.5 trillion by 2025, according to PwC, several technology vendors are looking at how best to deploy technologies to help smart cities become even more efficient and safer. A recent report by Deloitte revealed cities must rebuild new digital urban ecosystems that are viable in the post-pandemic economy and the next industrial revolution. The design of these smart cities built for smart citizens of the digital era must focus on the quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability.

    To ensure the viability of smart cities, several technologies must work together — from automation to AI infusion and other connections leveraging internet of things (IoT). Leaning on AI and IoT, Israeli startup CityShob has its sight set on helping smart cities become even smarter.

  • Tue
    Aug
    09
    2022
    PH: The true meaning of a Smart City

    The age of the “Smart City” is upon us! It’s just that, we don’t really know what that means. Or, at least, not yet. – The Boston Smart City Playbook (2016).

    Major cities all over the world including the Philippines have embarked on initiatives that will make their cities smart. Recent developments in the domains of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin, robotics, and smart grids and meters are driving the development of smart cities around the world. These programs are supposed to improve government services and address sustainability and resiliency challenges, improved mobility, maintain peace, and make the city more secure. Many of these programs, however, have ended up not producing the desired results and do not reflect the aspirations of their citizens.

  • Tue
    Aug
    09
    2022
    IN: Karnataka: Smart City app for Mangaluru residents ready for launch

    A new app for the Mangaluru Smart City—One Touch Mangaluru—that allows citizens to file grievances and get information on various services at their fingertips, is ready for launch. The app has several features, including for lodging complaints about any irregularity in door-to-door waste collection. According to the developers, the app is the easiest and fastest way to connect citizens and the city administration, when citizens need any information about Mangaluru. Citizens also can vent their grievances and upload photos of incidents, and monitor the status of the grievances lodged by them. The Android app available on Google Play store—1touchmangaluru—has several sections for information related to transport, solid waste management, incident reporting, tourism, events, polls, surveys, news, weather, feedback and other features.

  • Tue
    Aug
    09
    2022
    GB: Northern England: University of Sunderland partners on smart city project

    The University of Sunderland is set to become one of the UK's first 5G enabled universities after partnering with BAI Communications and Sunderland City Council on a smart city roll out project.

    The partnership will deploy advanced wireless technologies across the university's campuses to support research in key areas, enhancing teaching and improving the student experience.

  • Mon
    Aug
    08
    2022
    AU: New South Wales: Academics unite to create more sustainable cities – University of Sydney

    Global research seminar series tackles SDGs

    Academics from some of the world's top institutions will come together in August to brainstorm ideas to create more sustainable cities and communities.

    Over a series of three virtual workshops, from 2-15 August, academics from Cornell University, UCL and Tata Institute of Social Sciences will join colleagues from the University of Sydney as well as industry representatives and non-government organisations, to discuss ideas to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

  • Mon
    Aug
    08
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Tiruppur Corporation expedites Smart Cities works

    A total of 80% works taken up were completed, says Commissioner

    As the deadline for completion of projects taken up under the Smart Cities Mission is approaching, the Tiruppur city municipal corporation has accelerated pending infrastructure works to be completed before March 2023.

    Corporation Commissioner Kranthi Kumar Pati told The Hindu, that as of Sunday, the civic body had completed 80% of the total projects at ₹ 720 crore.

  • Mon
    Aug
    08
    2022
    Smart Transportation Innovation in Taiwan

    As an integral part of civilization, transportation is an important component to technological transformation. Smart parking and Augmented Reality (AR) navigation are two aspects of transportation that are being discussed around the world. Given Taiwan's strong technology foundation, it has also incorporated these new concepts and developed its own business models within transportation.

    Usually, drivers spend a lot of time searching for parking spaces. This is not only time-consuming and frustrating for drivers, but it also produces avoidable greenhouse gas emissions. In response, the government of Tainan launched Tainan Smart Parking app and installed geomagnetic sensors in parking spots to obtain real-time information on roadside parking. With the assistance of the smart parking system, drivers can save 15.09% of time spent on parking. Even better, it could reduce CO2 emissions by 14.97% per city.

  • Mon
    Aug
    08
    2022
    Japanese city Nōgata launches smart mobility proof-of-concept

    SkedGo is working with mobility platform Shotl on the project, which aims to bring demand-responsive transport and mobility-as-a-service to Nōgata in the Fukuoka prefecture.

    Mobility technology provider SkedGo is launching a proof-of-concept demand-responsive transport (DRT) and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) project in the Japanese city of Nōgata in the Fukuoka prefecture.

  • Mon
    Aug
    08
    2022
    SG: Policies to spur wider use of digital tech a key to unlocking smart cities' potential: Desmond Lee

    In Singapore, smart technologies that can adjust lighting and district cooling systems to optimise energy use and reduce the carbon footprint in Punggol Digital District have been implemented.

    In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam provides real-time data to shipping firms and other users through common digital platforms. This optimises port calls, enabling the port to remain fully operational through the pandemic and even reduce its emissions.

  • Sun
    Aug
    07
    2022
    IN: 2,792 Odisha villages to get 4G service

    Digital inclusion and connectivity for all is an integral part of ‘antyodaya’ vision of the Government. In his Independence Day address in 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave a call for saturation of government schemes.

    At least 2,792 unconnected villages of Odisha will be connected with 4G service under the ‘antyodaya’ vision of the government. The Union Cabinet has approved the project for saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages across the country.

  • Sun
    Aug
    07
    2022
    AU: Council says integrated camera network boosts security

    For about 15 years, the City of Hobart had been using CCTV to protect council property and keep the streets safe. But the system was ad-hoc, patchy, siloed, unreliable.

    That changed some two years ago when Council decided to upgrade the city’s legacy security system and reinstate it as a single, citywide integrated network.

  • Sun
    Aug
    07
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Vodafone Idea demonstrates 5G download speed of 1Gbps in Bhopal Smart City

    “Vodafone Idea is conducting a trial on use of street furniture for small cells and aerial fibre deployment in Bhopal Smart City, as part of a pilot by TRAI. These pilots are aimed at making cross-sectoral infrastructure more accessible for quick roll out of the 5G networks,” said the telco in a statement. It added that the learnings of this project will, in turn, be used for 5G deployment in other smart cities in the country.

    Vodafone Idea (Vi) Saturday said it has demonstrated 5G download speed of 1Gbps at four locations in the Bhopal Smart City under a pilot project by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on the use of street furniture.

  • Sat
    Aug
    06
    2022
    MENA: Hyundai Ioniq 5-based Robotaxi is a step into the future

    Hyundai aims to achieve its next step in the concept of smart cities, by the mass production and commercialisation of the Ioniq 5 robotaxi on a global scale.

    “As we observe the shift towards sustainable smart cities, we stand to commend the development that cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai are taking on, as being ranked as the smartest cities in the Mena region according to the 'Smart City Index 2021'. We are looking to expand the impact by mass-producing our mobility solutions to accelerate the transition in the region,” says Hyoung Jung Im, Head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa Headquarters.

  • Sat
    Aug
    06
    2022
    CL: Smart city and use of technology

    Smart cities or intelligent cities have been talked about for years, something that is becoming closer to our daily lives.

    The concept of smart cities was coined at the beginning of this century, primarily as an evolution of what was already known as digital cities, where information and communication technologies are implemented in a friendly manner to users. So that technology can be used efficiently and that it can contribute in improving the quality of life of the largest number of people.

  • Fri
    Aug
    05
    2022
    Securing Smart Cities from the Ground Up

    Smart City network infrastructure demands a proactive approach to find vulnerabilities before hackers find them

    Smart technology continues to change how people live and interact with the cities around them. While the full value of a connected city evolves – one that leverages innovations powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning – cybersecurity stands as one of its greatest challenges.

  • Fri
    Aug
    05
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Smart city mission-V: Smart healthcare distant dream in Ludhiana

    Smart healthcare services remained a distant dream in the city. Despite the demand of residents, no project under the Smart City mission was launched to introduce any smart government hospital or improve infrastructure and healthcare services in existing government hospitals or health centres in the city.

    In a door-to-door survey for citizen engagement under the mission in 2015, 53% of respondents answered that they do not have a health care facility nearby like PHC or CHC (primary or community healthcare centre) and 59% of respondents replied that PHC/ CHC had no adequate facilities as per their requirements.

  • Fri
    Aug
    05
    2022
    GB: North East: Sunderland University to be one of UK's first 5G campuses as part of city-wide rollout on Wearside

    Students at the University of Sunderland could soon experience better connectivity as it is set to become one of the first 5G campuses in the UK.

    As part of the network upgrade, the university will get a 5G test lab that will be used for research and a so-called 'Internet of Things.'

  • Thu
    Aug
    04
    2022
    NG: Paving way for a smarter Lagos

    Recently, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, unveiled a multipurpose residents smart card tagged “Lag ID” with a unique identification number for identification of every resident, irrespective of tribe, age or status.

    The smart card is a one-stop access card to live in Lagos and the first of its kind in Africa. It serves as a replacement for all other cards issued by the state government for a more efficient access to government services and other personal benefits.

  • Thu
    Aug
    04
    2022
    Smart City Technologies That Could Soon Change The Way We Live And Work

    The technical definition of a smart city—an urban area in which technology and sensors are used to collect data for resource management—may not sound all that exciting to the average citizen. While the “nuts and bolts” technology behind smart cities, such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, is becoming better understood, what many people may not realize is just how big an impact combined smart city technologies could have on the ways we live and work in the coming years.

    From easier-to-access, more efficient services to lowering citizens’ overall carbon footprint, the many smart city technologies both here and on the horizon could reduce costs, enhance safety, better protect the environment and improve our quality of life. Below, 13 members of Forbes Technology Council discuss new and developing smart city technologies they believe will genuinely improve the way urban areas function.

  • Thu
    Aug
    04
    2022
    US: Tennessee: Memphis to implement citywide smart streetlighting

    City of Memphis and Memphis Light, Gas and Water are partnering with Ameresco on the LED streetlighting, controls and networking project, designed to reduce energy costs.

    The City of Memphis and utility Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) have partnered with cleantech integrator Ameresco to upgrade its streetlights citywide to LED fixtures.

  • Wed
    Aug
    03
    2022
    UG: Will Kampala achieve the ‘smart city’ dream?

    What you need to know:

    • The executive director of KCCA, Ms Dorothy Kisaka, says a smart city campaign is looking at three things; leveraging technology, developing city infrastructure and ensuring organised businesses thrive

    The phrase smart city is slowly being adopted by city dwellers.

  • Wed
    Aug
    03
    2022
    Saudi Arabia shows off concept designs for 170km smart city

    Mirror-faced linear development would be 200m wide, 500m tall and home to 9 million people

    Concept designs have been revealed of Saudi Arabia’s proposals for a linear smart city that would effectively be a 170km-long skyscraper.

    Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman last year set out an initial vision for the project, named the Line, in Saudi Arabia’s north-west. However the project has been in development for several years.

  • Wed
    Aug
    03
    2022
    Why standardisation of IoT security is mission-critical for a smarter future

    The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is rapidly maturing, with IoT devices becoming more prevalent in our buildings, houses and cities and integrated into our daily lives.

    As the number and types of internet protocol (IP) connected devices grows, so does the need for secure interoperability within the IoT. Without it, the increasing amount of sensitive data flowing across the internet between devices and clouds could easily end up in the wrong hands.

  • Wed
    Aug
    03
    2022
    PH: Smart cities aren’t just an infrastructure play: They are also massive social experiments

    Planning a smart city is not simply an exercise in deploying the most wondrous new technology. If the Philippines’ planners have their way, future city architecture will serve as a tool for making prosperity more broad-based, and attractiveness to investors more sustained. In other words, the building works may be critically important on the surface, but the social engineering may matter more in the long run.

    According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the whole point of smart cities is to create a “high trust” society that is globally competitive and knowledge-based. Practically speaking, that means a city of fewer metal detectors and a lower expectation of street crime, leaving residents free to pursue their own prosperity in an increasingly connected world, untroubled by the usual urban inconveniences.

  • Tue
    Aug
    02
    2022
    Austrian city uses digital twin to manage its urban trees

    Leoben will use Greehill’s AI-based smart city solution to create a digital twin of 3,000 trees to monitor the population online and help to tackle climate change.

    The Austrian city of Leoben in the state of Styrian is using digital twin smart city technology to tackle climate change through more effective urban tree management.

    The city is creating a twin of some 3,000 trees, which will enable it to manage the population online and monitor and predict ecological developments using computer simulations.

  • Tue
    Aug
    02
    2022
    This is what Saudi Arabia's 100-mile long emission-free smart city could look like

    The Line is part of Saudi's controversial Neom mega-city project.

    In 2021, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed the country's plans to build The Line, a smart linear city that will be constructed vertically, have no roads or cars and run purely on renewable energy. Now, the Saudi government has released image renders of what The Line could look like once it's done. The city was designed to only be 200 meters (656 feet) wide, but 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall and 170 kilometers (105 miles) long. It will house multiple communities encased in a glass facade running along the coast and will eventually be able to accommodate up to 9 million residents.

  • Mon
    Aug
    01
    2022
    Leading smart cities in Italy 2022

    A city oriented towards digital development that is sustainable, with a better quality of life and, above all, on a human scale. These are the characteristics of the 'Human Smart City' according to EY, which has drawn up an index to identify the cities in Italy that come closest to this model. These are the leading smart cities in Italy in 2022 according to EY.

    1. What is a smart city?
    2. Smart Cities in Italy
    3. North-South gap in smart cities

  • Mon
    Aug
    01
    2022
    IN: TRAI tests 5G via small cells in Bhopal, Delhi Airport, Kandla Port, and Bengaluru Metro

    Ahead of the 5G auctions, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today initiated pilots of 5G readiness across various locations in India. TRAI used 5G small cells in street furniture in Bhopal Smart City, GMR International Airport New Delhi, Deendayal Port Kandla & Namma Metro Bengaluru.

    TRAI used street furniture like a traffic signal pole, street light pole, smart pole, billboard, direction board, road signage, footover bridge and a city bus shelter for small cells and also deployed aerial fibre.

  • Sun
    Jul
    31
    2022
    Bongbong Marcos vision: A digital Philippines

    The pandemic has highlighted the vital role of digital ecosystems in the efficient delivery of services as demand for connectivity rises.

    Many brick-and-mortar stores and offices that failed to adapt to the digital world struggled, or even shuttered during the pandemic, while those that turned online found themselves viable, and others, thrived.

  • Sun
    Jul
    31
    2022
    VN: Competition on solutions to national digital transformation launched

    The Ministry of Information and Communications on Friday organized a press conference to launch a competition on seeking solutions to national digital transformation called Viet Solutions 2022.

    The competition aims to seek solutions to strengthen digital solutions in sectors, localities and businesses.

  • Sun
    Jul
    31
    2022
    The Future Is Bright For Artificial Intelligence In The Middle East

    As part of ongoing efforts to diversify their economies and build a platform for sustainable future growth, MENA nations are increasingly turning towards artificial intelligence (AI).

    A slew of recent investments and initiatives – primarily in academia and the government, but also in the private sector – has reinvigorated interest from industry leaders around the globe in the potential for AI to strengthen the efficiency and sustainability of MENA economies.

  • Sat
    Jul
    30
    2022
    ZW: The Cyber City mirage

    I told Mr (Shaji Ul) Mulk that my desire is to build a smart city like Dubai here. He agreed to build a smart city better than “Dubai,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa told guests on Wednesday during the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Cyber-City development in Mt Hampden.

    The US$500 million project is being spearheaded by Dubai-based billionaire investor, Shaji Ul Mulk.

  • Sat
    Jul
    30
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation comes up with SOP for a clean and green smart city

    The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday came out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) to provide clean and green environment to the smart city residents by ensuring zero grass, plastic and soil (GPS) on roads.

    The SOP, BMC officials said will help implement the zero GPS on campaign mode. According to the BMC, unnecessary weeds and bushes, soil (dust and remnants of construction and demolition waste) and plastic waste should not be found on the roads as they lend an ugly look to the city and pollute the environment.

  • Sat
    Jul
    30
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal Becomes First Smart City in India to Test for 5G Readiness

    TRAI oversaw a 5G small cells test at the Namma Metro Bengaluru that was conducted by the TSPs. This means that the Namma Metro rail system has become the first in the country to test 5G readiness.

    • TRAI recently said that 5G small cells had been tested by the TSPs under the pilot project being carried out in Bhopal under the aegis of TRAI.
    • TRAI also shared that 5G small cells tests were conducted at the Kandla Port and at the GMR International Airport.
    • Street furniture would be very crucial for the growth and proliferation of 5G in India.

  • Fri
    Jul
    29
    2022
    IN: Gujarat completes 67% of 335 Smart City projects worth Rs 13,496 crore

    Gujarat has completed 67% of its 335 Smart City projects, according to data tabled in Lok Sabha. Projects worth Rs 13,496 crore are under various stages of implementation in the state.

    Surat, diamond polishing and textiles hub, has completed the maximum number of projects. Gandhinagar, the state capital, has completed the least number of projects so far, according to the data accompanying a written reply by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to a question by BJP MPs Rajesh Chudasama and CR Paatil in Lok Sabha.

  • Fri
    Jul
    29
    2022
    The impact of protecting citizens in smart cities

    Led by the World Economic Forum, the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance is the largest global initiative aiming at ensuring the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies.

    It is developing, testing, and implementing global standards and policies to ensure that data collected in public places is used safely and ethically, mitigate potential risks and foster public trust.

  • Fri
    Jul
    29
    2022
    SG: In Singtel’s estimation, 95 percent of the country’s population has access to 5G

    Singtel claims its 5G coverage in Singapore has achieved 95 percent, three years ahead of the government’s 2025 objective. Businesses in the public, transportation, and tourist sectors are being targeted by the local telecom.

    There are presently 1,300 outdoor places and 400 inside locations, including underground, covered by Singtel’s national standalone 5G network. In June 2020, Singapore’s industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) awarded two national 5G licences to the mobile carrier. In November 2021, an additional 2.1GHz of spectrum was made available.

  • Fri
    Jul
    29
    2022
    ZW: The significance of Zim Cyber City in development

    Another day, yet another developmental milestone in the short, but development hyperactivity life of the New Dispensation.

    At this rate, very soon we will start losing count or get tired of counting because of the fast rate at which developmental programmes are being initiated.

    In fact, the Second Republic has brought a new culture and new worldview to development in Zimbabwe, making the concept a part of the daily lives of the people.

  • Thu
    Jul
    28
    2022
    ZA: City of Johannesburg hopes to solve service delivery issues with Smart City Innovation Challenge

    Each of the four winners will receive R500,000 and an opportunity to pilot their solutions with the city’s departments or entities.

    Every week there are reports of service delivery protests across the country. If you go to social media on a daily basis, someone is posting about how their city, town, village or township is falling apart.

    South Africans are frustrated with power cuts, crime, potholes, water leaks, illegal businesses, illegal dumping, squatter camps and gender-based violence.

  • Thu
    Jul
    28
    2022
    Connected digital twins are in reach with the right approach

    Mark Enzer, CTO at Mott MacDonald and vice chair of the new Digital Twin Hub strategy board at Connected Places Catapult, lays out the challenges to overcome and requirements for a widescale, connected digital twin ecosystem to come to fruition.

    Q: Where did your work on digital twins begin and what are the aspirations like for a connected ecosystem?

    Mark Enzer: I’m a process engineer by training, which means that I’m very much into systems thinking, focusing on outcomes, processes, and information flow – all of which is highly relevant for digital twins in urban contexts because the use of digital twins is really all about outcomes for people, society, and nature. In this field, you must start with the outcome in mind. The work that we’ve been doing on digital twins at the Centre for Digital Built Britain has been to advance the idea of a connected digital twin ecosystem. The market for digital twins is taking off and doesn’t need an awful lot of encouragement, but to get the twins to talk to each other, leading to an ecosystem of connected digital twins, is more challenging because organisations using digital twins will need to be convinced to do the same thing in the same way.

  • Thu
    Jul
    28
    2022
    SG: SGTech - Smart Nation Colab launched to help enterprises co-develop Smart Nation solutions

    Tech industry trade association SGTech has launched Smart Nation Colab, a year-long industry programme that will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises to co-develop Smart Nation solutions.

    The programme will rally technology, digital solutions providers, and consultants from SMEs and large enterprises, to establish partnerships and build capabilities for a Smart Nation. Its launch was announced at an industry event today (Jul 20) organised by SGTech’s Smart Nation Chapter, and graced by Senior Minister of State Tan Kiat How.

  • Thu
    Jul
    28
    2022
    CN: Driverless vehicles on course in Chongqing

    After introducing China's first fully automated bus service in November last year, Yongchuan district in Chongqing is steering toward becoming more than just a regional powerhouse for autonomous driving in western China.

    Recently, 14 autonomous driving taxis, also known as robotaxis, were put into commercial operation at the Western China Autonomous Driving Open Test Base-an area covering 85 square kilometers with 220 km of roads.

  • Wed
    Jul
    27
    2022
    As Nigeria prepares for machine-to-machine revolution

    Last week in Lagos, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) gathered industry eggheads to discuss regulations regarding the full deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Nigeria. ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, in this report, writes about the planned move.

    Advancement in computing power and wireless Internet connectivity appears to be fast transforming the globe. It is fast making the world smarter! From America to Europe, Asia to Australia down to Africa, devices are getting connected and becoming smarter.

  • Wed
    Jul
    27
    2022
    Nigeria mulls regulatory roadmap for Internet of Things

    Nigeria is taking proactive steps against the future so perversely predicted to be driven by new technologies.

    The reasons are that these technologies are borderless, could mix up cultures and throw strange practices that may be developmental but also destructive, as well.

    In order not to get caught up in confusion, proactive countries are beginning to tinker their policies and tweak their regulations in preparation for life in a new world that could be primarily Internet of Things, IoT-based.

  • Tue
    Jul
    26
    2022
    EE: Tallinn launches free, self-driving bus pilot

    As well as exploring the use of an autonomous bus via a 1.8km pre-mapped route, the Estonian capital is also lowering speed limits on 80 streets to increase safety.

    Tallinn is launching a free, self-driving bus service on the intra-block roads between Mustamäe tee, Tammsaare tee and Ehitajate tee.

    In a separate announcement, the Estonian capital is also lowering speed limits to increase safety on 80 streets.

  • Tue
    Jul
    26
    2022
    Level 4 smart self-driving car - future orientation for self-driving technology industry in Vietnam

    Amid the 4th industrial revolution, Vietnamese scientists have quickly adapted and applied scientific and technical technology for socio-economic development. In particular, a member of Phenikaa Group (A&A Green Phoenix Group Joint Stock Company) researched and launched the first level 4 smart self-driving vehicle product in Vietnam with many outstanding features and advantages, which were researched, developed and put into application by a team of Vietnamese scientists.

    Level 4 smart self-driving vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in the world that possesses level 4 driverless features on a 5-level scale developed by the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE). The vehicle’s 40 smart features are divided into 4 groups of systems: Lane Control, Safety Control, Obstacle Detection, and Smart Driving.

  • Tue
    Jul
    26
    2022
    Indonesia's New Capital Must Be Realized as Forest City: Ministry

    The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry ensured that development of the new capital Nusantara in East Kalimantan would achieve the three main targets of forest city, 10-minute city for pedestrians, and future-smart city.

    "We will exert our efforts (to develop the new capital) in that direction, as we need to realise the key performance indicator (KPI) that has been set in the master plan," the ministry's Director General of Human Settlements, Diana Kusumastuti, stated here, Monday.

  • Mon
    Jul
    25
    2022
    Nigeria prepares for IoT regulation

    Nigeria is set to regulate emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things as the nation enters a new phase of technological advancements.

    At a Stakeholders Consultative on Emerging Technologies, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta, defined IoT as a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring any human intervention.

  • Mon
    Jul
    25
    2022
    US: 5 Considerations for Installing Smart City Kiosks

    Municipalities may not require anything too complicated when it comes to hardware and software for these helpful devices.

    Smart city kiosks allow visitors and residents alike to engage with their communities and surroundings. Cities such as Coral Springs, Fla., and Kansas City, Mo., have deployed kiosks to provide directions and event calendars as well as promotions and bus schedules.

  • Mon
    Jul
    25
    2022
    IN: Smart City project: INR 245 crore released for Nagaland till date

    The Central government has released a total of INR 245 crore for Kohima Smart City project out of which INR 195.99 crore has been utilised as on July 8, 2022.

    The government has also released a total of INR 49 crore for the year 2022-23 for the project.

    This was informed by the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

  • Mon
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    25
    2022
    5gct, Thai-sustainability tech startup sets stage for smart cities globally

    5G Catalyst Technologies, also known as “5GCT”, is an Urban Data Platform that aggregates, visualizes and analyzes city ecosystem data to create channels to drive impact- all in one single platform. 5GCT has helped make cities “smart” through working with city and municipality leaders to make sense of the existing city data to improve the lives of its citizens.

    Featured at the World Economic Forum 2022 in Davos, Switzerland, 5GCT became globally renowned as the first Thai startup selected as Global Excellence Leader in the United Nations’ SDG #11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, at the 25+ 5 SDG Cities by UNGSII (in cooperation with UN Habitat, UNSDSN, UNICEF, UN Academic Impact, and WHO).

  • Sun
    Jul
    24
    2022
    Is the "Smart City" Concept Losing Its Appeal?

    It isn’t hard to see the appeal of a kind of technology-driven utopianism factored into urban design. The idea that connecting more pieces of urban infrastructure to the internet — and making certain parts of the landscape more responsive to the people interacting with it — could make for a more livable experience is understandable. And with more and more everyday objects being interconnected — the way you can use your phone to pay for a ride on public transit, for instance — shows this concept going from theory into practice.

    But there are also privacy and security concerns that came come with the expansion of the Internet of Things. And just as different people will have different comfort levels with some aspects of technology, so too might there be a growing debate about applying some of those principles on a city-wide level.

  • Sun
    Jul
    24
    2022
    VN: Localities urged to develop data sharing mechanism

    Cities and provinces across Vietnam will need to develop a database system and data sharing mechanism among State management agencies to develop e-government as part of an effort to become smart cities, experts said.

    Speaking at a recent meeting, Dr. Pham Thai Son, an expert on urban development at UN Habitat and Viet Duc University, said that database sharing among management agencies at both central and local levels was key to the process of developing e-government.

  • Sun
    Jul
    24
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar: Work in two shifts to complete Smart City Projects: CEO to contractors

    39 projects completed, work on 34 projects going on: Officials

    To quicken the completion of smart city projects, Athar Amir Khan, CEO of the project and SMC commissioner, has impressed upon the contractors to work at least two shifts everyday.

    The work on this project began in 2017 and was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) GoI in which 100 cities were selected for urban renewal and retrofitting.

  • Sun
    Jul
    24
    2022
    PH: Sta. Rosa in Laguna hopes to become smart city

    This city is gearing up to become a smart city following a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on the Smart City Assessment and Roadmap Development plan.

    The Sangguniang Panglungsod headed by presiding officer and Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas has passed Resolution No. 162, Series of 2021, authorizing Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas here to enter into and sign the MOA for the implementation of the smart city project.

  • Sun
    Jul
    24
    2022
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune: Global Village Idiot: Smart communication needed for Smart city’s success

    An engaged and ongoing dialogue would be a good start for everyone to participate in problem-solving and city-building exercise

    As a Pune resident, the last month has been frustrating, fascinating, and perplexing. Frustrating because in an age when the state and local governments have my contact information, they do not seem to find it necessary to send me advance notice or alerts on matters that matter. Fascinating because in an age of easy access to digital data, most of us have been receiving WhatsApp and other messaging group forwards on weather charts, videos of vehicles floating away and sundry information in real-time disaster movie mode. Perplexing because all of us (not just government officials) are caught in a never-ending cycle of self-fulfilling prophecies every monsoon in spite of having lived through the same situation in all previous years.

  • Sat
    Jul
    23
    2022
    IN: Cameras to catch traffic violators soon: Punjab ADGP (Traffic) AS Rai

    Industrial city Ludhiana will be the first city in the state where traffic violations would be caught using cameras besides issuing online challans. After successful implementation of this pilot project, the same will be replicated in Jalandhar and Amritsar smart cities and other towns across Punjab.

    While disclosing this here during a meeting of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, ADGP (Traffic) AS Rai said over 1,400 cameras had been installed at 159 locations in Ludhiana. Using these, violators would be detected automatically and the data will be transferred to centralised server at the control room to generate e-challan along with the photo of evidence. Of these, 1,400 cameras, 314 are Automatic Number Plate Readers, which will read the number plate for fetching data of vehicles violating traffic norms, he added.

  • Sat
    Jul
    23
    2022
    US: Ensuring all Florida residents benefit from the ‘construction’ of smart cities

    The $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Biden signed last year includes a $500 million grant program over five years for smart city projects incorporating technology like, autonomous transportation, and “smart” traffic sensors. It also allocates $65 billion in new broadband connectivity spending. While it’s exciting to envision how these technologies will transform virtually all aspects of living and working in cities, city and regional leaders throughout Florida say ensuring those benefits extend to all residents and businesses is their top priority.

    “The pandemic brought into sharp relief the disparity in our communities between those residents who can afford the latest and greatest technologies and those who can’t,” said Dr. Wazir Ishmael, City Manager, City of Hollywood. “Residents in the wealthier areas of our city were rapid adopters of our virtual meeting solutions that require high-speed broadband internet connections and webcams to log onto online platforms like Zoom or WebEx. But others in low and moderate-income communities didn’t have access to those technologies or had trouble using them.

  • Sat
    Jul
    23
    2022
    RO: Bucharest tops ranking of smart city projects, report shows

    Taken together, Bucharest’s general city hall and the capital’s sectorial city halls ran the most smart city projects, according to the Scanning Smart Cities in Romania report for 2022.

    Broken down across individual city halls, Cluj-Napoca (63) becomes the city with the most numerous smart city projects, followed by Iași (56), and Bucharest’s general city hall (54).

  • Sat
    Jul
    23
    2022
    SA: Neom: 5 Points On $500 Billion Smart City Project Planned By Saudi Crown Prince

    Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has announced one of the greatest construction projects in history called Neom.

    Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has announced one of the greatest and most complex construction projects in history, which involves transforming a desert the size of Belgium into a high-tech city-region called Neom.

  • Fri
    Jul
    22
    2022
    How India’s smart city projects can make the most of drone technology?

    India began its Smart Cities Mission (SCM) in 2015 to improve the infrastructure and bring about a transformation in the country within five years. Since then, cities in India have made remarkable progress while Covid-19 paved the way towards trying and adopting new technology and strategies.

    Few cities across India had set up Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) to collect data on food and shelter availability, including location and contact information of food distribution, shelter homes, and kitchens. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which create, analyze, and map data, we were able to keep track of the pattern of movements, identify the Covid-19 pandemic in real-time, assign frontline personnel, and ramp up emergency services. The deployment of GIS in India during the pandemic and the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as Drones have demonstrated the potential of location technology, scalability, speed, and capacity to recognize trends that have been effective in our fight against Covid-19.

  • Fri
    Jul
    22
    2022
    FI: Helsinki’s journey to becoming a 15-minute city

    Anni Sinnemäki, Helsinki’s deputy mayor for the urban environment, provides expert insight into the Finnish city’s journey towards a more sustainable and seamless transport system.

    There has arguably never been a more important time to assess the role of mobility within urban spaces. Global ambitions to phase out reliance on fossil fuels has driven key decision-makers to reassess the ways in which inhabitants of the built environment can move about their cities on a daily basis. Simultaneously, the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the make-up of our cities, with many relocating to more suburban areas, driving the demand to have appropriate transportation networks into cities as well as around.

  • Fri
    Jul
    22
    2022
    Aerial geospatial data tool empowers smart city planners

    Vexcel’s latest tool provides access to automatic insights into the building attributes of hundreds of millions of residential properties in more than 25 countries.

    Smart city planners can now access automatic insights and learning on the attributes of hundreds of millions of residential properties in more than 25 countries.

    Elements: Building Attributes is the latest product from photogrammetric and remote sensing specialist Vexcel Data Program, which claims to improve the understanding of built structures in seconds.

  • Fri
    Jul
    22
    2022
    TH: Digital Bangkok: building a city of intelligence that puts people first

    Kevin Cheng, president enterprise business group, Huawei Technologies (Thailand), details how technology is aiding Bangkok to become a city of intelligence, while at the same time keeping social development front and centre to prioritise what matters to citizens.

    Asia is one of fastest growing regions in the world, demonstrating a high appetite for digital development to create new growth opportunities for both its business landscape and its citizens. The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, or 4IR, is well underway and Huawei technology provides the backbone for much of this digital transformation, supporting urban, social and economic development in a sustainable way.

  • Thu
    Jul
    21
    2022
    Digital Twins, IoT, and AI are Critical Enablers in the Journey to Net Zero in Cities

    Many decarbonization strategies in cities are enhanced, enabled, and controlled by smart city technologies and will be essential for reaching global net zero targets Cities account for more than 50% of the planet's population and are responsible for more than 70% of global carbon emissions. To combat this, decarbonization strategies are being employed by cities around the world. According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, smart cities technologies will a critical asset for this transformation.

  • Thu
    Jul
    21
    2022
    How Wi-SUN is helping smart city initiatives

    Wireless technologies and IoT applications have made the quest to build smarter cities very achievable, instead of a distant, lofty vision.

    Across the globe, smart city technology spending is expected to boom to $327bn by 2025, up from $96 billion in 2019. More cities are digitising utilities, transportation, traffic and waste networks to improve security, infrastructure, energy efficiency and sustainability – but new and different challenges come with this transformation.

  • Thu
    Jul
    21
    2022
    US: Arizona: Google Fiber, three others approved by Mesa for high-speed internet service

    Mesa approved license agreements for Google Fiber and three more fiber-optic companies Monday in the city’s attempt to bridge the digital divide.

    SiFi, Ubiquity, Wyyerd and Google Fiber are now authorized to begin the permitting process on installing fiber-optic networks in the City’s rights of way. The move is part of an effort to bring full fiber-optic network connectivity to Mesa and fulfil a “need for fast, reliable and affordable internet service,” the city said in an announcement.

  • Thu
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    21
    2022
    IN: 'Smart City Project has Nothing for us', say Puducherry Street Vendors

    Transforming Puducherry into a Smart City is taking a heavy toll on the famous Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road street vendors.

    What began as a weekly fare in the early 1980s evolved into a daily market on MG Road, a central locality in the Puducherry district. The city administration under the BJP rule plans to shift them three kilometres south to a place hidden away from the tourists.

  • Thu
    Jul
    21
    2022
    GB: Scotland: Smart Bins: City of Edinburgh Council begin roll out of 11,000 digital sensors

    The City of Edinburgh Council launched the first phase of their ‘smart’ bin roll out this week, in an attempt to reduce overflowing waste in streets and green spaces.

    The plan to deliver 11,000 smart bins by the end of next summer has been in the pipeline for several years after the council adopted a digital strategy to become a ‘Smart City’ two years ago.

  • Wed
    Jul
    20
    2022
    Q&A about smart cities with Seagate’s Jeff Park

    GN chats with Jeff Park, Seagate’s Country Manager, ANZ about the challenges and benefits of smart cities.

    GN: We hear a lot about smart cities – why the fuss?

    JP: A smart city integrates digital technologies into its networks, services and infrastructure and solves city problems. It connects information and communication devices and uses data to enhance city residents’ lives. The main goal of smart cities is to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, create economic development and enhance overall quality-of-life factors for the residents.

  • Wed
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    20
    2022
    Data and the city – enabling smart cities to thrive

    Deriving value from the smart city of today depends on more than having a network of connected IoT devices. Smart cities also need the infrastructure, systems and capabilities to decipher and manage the avalanche of data they collect.

    The true value of data for a smart city isn’t just collecting it – it’s about the ability to aggregate and analyse data from disparate sources to deliver deeper insights and provide municipalities with a fuller picture of overall city operations.

  • Wed
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    20
    2022
    Thailand’s smart city initiative to support industrial hub

    Major cities all around the world are striving to reinvent themselves into more innovative spaces thanks to information and communication technologies (ICT). Their use not only enhances service delivery but also lays the path for the transformation into real smart cities that are livable urban environments, and effective in their organization and management.

    In Southeast Asia, it is no surprise that Singapore is currently leading smart city initiatives. The island nation continues to invest and adopt new technologies to ensure it is able to cater to the demands of a modern smart city. This includes increasing the adoption of 5G and having a complete ecosystem for services for its people.

  • Wed
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    20
    2022
    NG: Lagos Govt To Launch Smart LAG ID Card

    The Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) has announced that all is set for formal launch of the upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card).

    Announcing the launch date, the General Manager, LASRRA, Engr. (Mrs.) Ibilola Kasunmu, said the new LAG ID Card will be launched on Wednesday, July 20 by the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo- Olu, at Police College, Ikeja GRA.

  • Tue
    Jul
    19
    2022
    US: Washington DC progresses smart city transformation plans

    The city’s streetlights will be converted to energy-efficient LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities to reduce consumption and optimise operations.

    Washington DC has approved a project to convert all the city’s streetlights to energy-efficient LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities as part of its smart city transformation project.

  • Tue
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    19
    2022
    US: 3 reasons why public-private partnerships are the solution to building strong, sustainable cities

    • City leaders can better prepare for the future when they partner with the private sector.
    • Public-private partnerships can improve outreach, speed, efficiency, connectivity, and cohesion.
    • These partnerships can also help cities pay for projects like smart streetlights and stay on budget.
    • This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called "Advancing Cities."

    City governments are taking on increasing responsibility in dealing with the effects of climate change by embracing technology. While many city leaders readily accept the challenge to prepare their municipalities for the future, they recognize that they often need to partner with the private sector — nonprofits, businesses, local organizations, and academics — to be most effective.

  • Tue
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    19
    2022
    MY: 5G, smart cities emergence enabler

    The fifth-generation network (5G) is an enabler for the emergence of smart cities in Malaysia, said an academician.

    A lecturer at the School of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Associate Professor Dr Leow Chee Yen said smart city basic building blocks consist of good infrastructure equipped with an advanced comprehensive network infrastructure embedded in 5G technology among others.

  • Tue
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    19
    2022
    IN: Smart city with sustainable eco-system of urban planning: How smart our cities are

    The idea of 'smart city' aims to use digital innovation to improve the lives of citizens and make urban living sustainable by excelling in governance, economy, transport, environment, resources, and people's services, such as healthcare, education, housing, and living. Smart cities actually stand for a concept of an 'ecosystem' where every sub-system is linked to each other to make the complete package an attractive summation.

    Smart cities introduce a variety of new services that impact urban policy-making and planning as they co-exist with urban facilities. And there are various ways that the smart city framework can help city planners meet the above-mentioned standards and contribute to urban life. Out of 100 cities, seven have taken a lead with most projects completed. The mission period will end in June 2023. Bhopal has completed approximately 92% of projects, Surat 82.44%, Udaipur 78%, Bhubaneswar 76%, and Indore, Varanasi & Ahmedabad 70%.

  • Mon
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    18
    2022
    Khaled Al-Faisal: Saudi striving to turn Makkah into first smart city in Islamic world

    Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, said that the Kingdom is making all efforts to serve the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

    Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said that Saudi Arabia is striving to transform Makkah into the first smart city in the Islamic world. Speaking to Al-Arabiya channel, he said that Makkah is open to any Muslim wishing to perform Hajj.

  • Mon
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    18
    2022
    IN: Traffic violators on NH-16 in Odisha to get e-challans through SMS in under 10 minutes

    Besides 21 locations, the Transport department has initiated work to install AI cameras in bordering areas of AP, Chhattisgarh and WB

    Traffic violators on National Highway-16 will soon receive e-challans through SMS within 10 minutes of committing an offence. Immediate information on committing an offence will alert the drivers and help in reducing road accidents and fatalities, the Transport department said.

  • Mon
    Jul
    18
    2022
    Thailand Plans $37 Billion Smart City to Support Industrial Hub

    Thailand is planning to build a $37 billion smart city in an industrial hub near Bangkok that’s already drawn billions of dollars of investment pledges from global automotive, robotics, healthcare and logistics companies.

    A master-plan to build the city in Huai Yai subdistrict of Chonburi province, some 160 kilometers (99 miles) southeast of Bangkok, was approved by a panel chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Monday. The yet-to-be-named city will be spread over 14,619 rais (2,340 hectares) of land and will cost 1.34 trillion baht ($37 billion) over the next 10 years, officials said.

  • Mon
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    18
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Bharat Electronics Limited set to deliver mix of global & local for Rourkela Smart City

    An Integrated Solution comprising multiple smart technologies including Surveillance System, Traffic Analytics, e-Governance, Solid Waste Management will be deployed in phases across the city of Rourkela by the Rourkela Smart City Limited (RSCL) at a cost of around of INR 110 Crores.

    In April 2022, the Rourkela Smart City Limited invited bids for the Selection of Master System Integrator (MSI) for the Implementation of Smart Solutions in Rourkela. Multiple Master System Integrators showed interest and finally after a thorough tendering process, the bid from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India has been found to be lowest and technically qualied. According to RSCL, the project is soon going to commence and progress will be soon visible to the citizens.

  • Mon
    Jul
    18
    2022
    TH: Govt panel approves B1.3tn Chon Buri smart city plan

    A government panel has approved a plan to build a 1.34 trillion baht smart city in an industrial hub near the capital that’s already drawn billions of dollars of investment pledges from global automotive, robotics, healthcare and logistics companies.

    A master-plan to build the city in Huai Yai subdistrict of Chon Buri province, some 160 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, was approved by a panel chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday. The yet-to-be-named city will be spread over 14,619 rai (2,340 hectares) of land and will cost 1.34 trillion baht over the next 10 years, officials said.

  • Sun
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    17
    2022
    IN: Goa: Panjim: Unsmart City, undone by incompetent Governance

    Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords or mean anything substantial?

    These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analysed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a result, they are connected, creating more potential interactions between people and their place.

  • Sun
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    17
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore Corporation to complete Smart City projects two months ahead of plan

    Bio-mining is the only project which is lagging in the scheme, as the officials are struggling to clear the legacy wastes dumped in Vellalore dump yard for several years.

    The wait for the completion of Smart City project in Coimbatore will soon be over, as Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) has planned to complete the works ahead of the deadline, by January 31, 2023.

  • Sun
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    17
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Mission Smart City crawls, with only 15 of 124 projects completed and 76 yet to take off

    Only 15 out of the 124 proposed under the Smarty City Mission in three Punjab cities have been completed, a performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has revealed. The CAG found that only seven of the proposed 43 projects in Ludhiana, five of 32 in Amritsar and three of 49 in Jalandhar could be completed by October 2020.

    The CAG audited the urban local bodies in Punjab for the period April 2015 to March 2020 and the report was tabled in the Vidhan Sabha during the recently concluded budget session.

  • Sun
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    17
    2022
    CA: Ontario: University of Toronto’s Urban Data Centre to help ‘wrangle’ the data needed to build smarter cities

    With the advent of the Internet of Things and other technologies, Toronto and other urban areas are looking to be “smarter cities” when tackling critical issues – from climate change to affordable housing.

    There’s just one problem.

    “Smart cities are only smart if they have relevant data,” says Mark Fox, a professor of industrial engineering in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and a distinguished professor of urban systems engineering.

  • Sat
    Jul
    16
    2022
    PE: Miraflores stands out as smart city in region at Peru-Korea international forum

    Lima's Miraflores district is among the most modern urban centers in Latin America, whose management-related advances could well be replicated in the rest of the country and other cities across the continent, Miraflores Mayor Luis Molina has affirmed.

    Miraflores has become the first smart jurisdiction in Peru, he said at the Valor sobre Ciudades Digitales forum held within the framework of the Peru-Korea Memorandum of Understanding and the National Strategy for Smart Cities, organized by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM).

  • Sat
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    16
    2022
    IN: Haryana: Only 8 projects complete under Smart City Mission in Faridabad

    Five years on, since the launch of the Smart City Mission, the progress of the Smart City Project in Faridabad is slow as only eight of the total 44 projects awarded under the programme stand completed. Another 13.6 per cent of the works are nearing completion, it is reported.

    According to details made available by the authorities of Faridabad Smart City Limited (FSCL), the agency carrying out the mission, eight projects worth Rs 190.66 crore stands completed, while six projects worth Rs 417.79 crore are on the verge of completion. The FSCL has released tenders of another 30 projects worth Rs. 321.59 crore recently, claim its officials. The total cost of the projects has been worth Rs 930.04 crore.

  • Sat
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    16
    2022
    JP: Kashiwanoha: Smart city in Chiba is aiming to become a town for good health

    Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan is focusing on community-based urban development in "Kashiwanoha Smart City" in Chiba Prefecture, where medical and research institutions are concentrated.

    A new accommodation facility that closely links a hotel and a hospital will open in July. The company is targeting foreign and domestic visitors for medical purposes.

  • Fri
    Jul
    15
    2022
    ZW: REITs, SPVs can build smart cities

    The Government intends to use real estate investment trust (REITs) or special purpose vehicles (SPVs) to finance development of Smart Cities, which the authorities believe may go a long way in uplifting citizens of peri-urban towns and drive progress towards Vision 2030.

    The Government has spent billions of dollars on various key public infrastructure projects, including roads, airports, dams, schools and health facilities across the country, which are key enablers to the achievement of targets set under Vision 2030 by which Zimbabwe should be an upper middle income economy.

  • Fri
    Jul
    15
    2022
    IN: Haryana: 65 per cent projects completed in Karnal under Smart Cities Mission

    Five years after inclusion in the Smart Cities Mission programme, Karnal Smart City Project is taking shape. Around 65 per cent projects are either completed or on verge of completion even after facing shortage of material and labour owing to the Covid-induced lockdown, said an official.

    As per the information collected by The Tribune, Karnal was included in the list of Smart Cities on June 23, 2017. The government had hired consultant and appointed the CEO for the execution of projects in October 2018.

  • Fri
    Jul
    15
    2022
    PH: Gov’t digital transformation

    Former Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered all government agencies to use digital methods in disbursing and collecting payments with Executive Order No. 170 signed in May. But this is just the tip of the government digital transformation iceberg. There are a lot more to include and consider when transforming a government.

    This is precisely what is covered in the Full Digital Transformation Act of 2020 or Senate Bill (SB) No. 1793. Filed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in 2020, it is an “Act mandating the full digital transformation of all government agencies, officers, and corporations, including local government units, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes”, according to the Senate of the Philippines website.

  • Thu
    Jul
    14
    2022
    MY: Johor Baru: Seeing through its plans for smart city

    One thousand more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed throughout Johor Baru in an effort to make it a smart and safe city for all.

    Mayor Datuk Noorazam Osman said there were currently 161 cameras installed in areas under the jurisdiction of Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).

    “Out of that number, 117 are owned by MBJB and 44 units belong to Housing and Local Government Ministry.

  • Thu
    Jul
    14
    2022
    AE: Abu Dhabi smart city breaks ground on new development

    Masdar City Square, which will span 29,000 square metres and comprise seven green buildings, aims to support its own and the UAE’s carbon-neutrality goals.

    Masdar City, which combines a technology and innovation hub as well as a sustainable community in Abu Dhabi, has broken ground on a new square comprising seven green buildings to support its own carbon-neutrality goals and the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 strategy.

  • Thu
    Jul
    14
    2022
    IN: Odisha: Carbon credit aid to help Bhubaneswar Smart City's sustainable plans

    Carbon credits are produced when greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are reduced by one tonne, which is equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide.

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) is planning to take advantage of the global carbon credit trading intended at reducing overall carbon emission in the city.

    Officials of BSCL said that like different countries that have pledged to achieve 'net zero emissions by 2050' at the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) last year, they are now focusing on making financial gains from carbon credit trading through its emission reduction initiatives.

  • Thu
    Jul
    14
    2022
    US: Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Launches C² Challenge

    The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance announced the start of the Connected Colorado Challenge June 30, calling for innovative technology solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing cities in the state.

    Colorado cities are calling for urban tech vendors to address some of the key issues facing their communities.

    The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance has announced the start of the the Connected Colorado Challenge (C² Challenge), seeking technology solutions in four areas: housing, community resilience, safe streets and civic engagement.

  • Wed
    Jul
    13
    2022
    ZA: City of Joburg’s e-health system receives hefty budget

    The City of Johannesburg (COJ) will spend R21.5 million on the implementation of its e-health system.

    So says executive mayor Mpho Phalatse, marking the coming into effect of the multi-party government’s R77.3 billion budget for the 2022/23 financial year.

    While the COJ announced budget plans for the city at the end of May, it’s only now that budget funds may officially start to be utilised for various projects.

  • Wed
    Jul
    13
    2022
    TW: Why are Smart Cities the Future Momentum

    DIGITIMES Research report shows that Taiwan 's ICT industry development has shifted from focusing on hardware to hardware/software integration models. The industry is combining big data analysis and AI applications in public IoT to facilitate the development of smart city management. Tools such as IoT, AI, cloud computing, and communications technologies are efficiently integrated with urban infrastructure to ultimately produce economic benefits and improve quality of life.

    It is estimated that the business opportunities of smart cities will reach $2.6 trillion in 2025, mainly in the Asia Pacific region. This includes sectors such as smart poles, building, parking, monitor, government, transportation, fire protection, water conservancy and WITMED. Smart cities, with a massive business potential, will become the future momentum!

  • Wed
    Jul
    13
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Ujjain ranked No 1 in CITIIS programme

    Ujjain was ranked first amongst the 12 Smart Cities under CITIIS programme during an online progress review meeting on Tuesday. Ujjain is the only city in Madhya Pradesh selected under CITIIS programme and will receive Rs 80 crore from AFD and EU for its project MRIDA phase-II.

    The joint secretary congratulated Ujjain on the first rank and appreciated Ujjain Smart City for successfully implementing the projects envisaged under CITIIS programme and completing all mandatory compliances of the programme. The joint secretary said that from now onwards project progress will be reviewed on a monthly basis and it was directed that all projects be completed by March 2023.

  • Wed
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    13
    2022
    IN: How data centers can help in building energy efficient smart cities

    In the year 2015, with the objective to address the challenges of rapid urbanization, the Government of India launched the National Smart Cities mission. The goal – to retrofit 100 cities and make them sustainable by 2023. The mission aims to drive economic growth and improve quality of life through comprehensive work on social, economic, physical, and institutional pillars of the city. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development by creation of replicable models which act as lighthouses to other aspiring cities. An important aspect of smart cities is sustainability. Given the fact that the foundation of most smart cities will be rebuilt and reimagined, it is imperative that the underlying IT and connectivity infrastructure must have an energy-efficient infrastructure.

    Data centers are the nerve centers of all digital activities. As every smart city today is dependent on technology to make itself not only efficient and resilient, but also to quickly scale up, the role of a data center in a smart city becomes even more important.  If one looks at the scale of growth of data centers, it is clear that the industry is poised for huge growth. Ratings agency ICRA, believes that the Indian data centers industry’s capacity is expected to witness a five-fold increase and is expected to add an overall 3,900-4,100 MW of capacity involving investments of Rs 1.05-1.20 lakh crore in the next five years. Considering the huge demand, almost every global hyperscaler has invested in the Indian market. To expand quickly in the Indian market, these hyperscalers are using the services of colocation service providers.

  • Tue
    Jul
    12
    2022
    AE: Dubai’s RTA signs agreement to trial eco-friendly electric bus

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with the Australian bus manufacturer BusTech Group to test the operation of an eco-friendly, zero-emission electric bus to verify its operational feasibility in Dubai’s climatic environment.

    Innovative technology to improve customer service will also be put to the test during the trial run, allowing the bus to function as a smart asset completely connected into Dubai’s environmental mass transit system. In order to continually discover areas for development, the assessment will also take into account the advantages and performance of the bus as well as the comments from drivers and customers.

  • Tue
    Jul
    12
    2022
    ZA: Western Cape: Saldanha Bay’s smart city vision gets into gear

    Internet service provider RocketNet and fixed network operator (FNO) Zoom Fibre have partnered to rollout high-speed fibre internet in Saldanha Bay.

    The move is in line with the West Coast city’s vision to turn Saldanha Bay Municipality into a safe, digital city, according to a statement.

    Amoeba TSC won the tender to lay the cable needed for fibre internet in 2020 and selected Zoom Fibre as its implementation partner and funder.

  • Tue
    Jul
    12
    2022
    IN: Punjab: CCTVs to be installed at 100 locations in Amritsar city by Aug 15

    In a review meeting on Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) under the Smart City project, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Municipal Corporation Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan instructed the private firm to install CCTV cameras at 100 locations in the city by August 15.

    Under the Smart City project, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (MC) had proposed to install 1,218 CCTVs at 466 locations in the city. The MC is also establishing an Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) to keep a check on the movements on the entire city.

  • Tue
    Jul
    12
    2022
    Ukraine plans on being the world’s “most digital country”

    Ukraine is reportedly laying out plans to establish itself as the world's "most digital country". The country's leaders plan on utilising tech to make every service digital, which would allow the government to properly function even during dire circumstances.

    The plans emerged after the Russian invasion was first publicised by President Volodymyr Zelensky last month and fleshed out by Deputy PM Mykhailo Fedorov at a conference in Switzerland on Monday.

  • Mon
    Jul
    11
    2022
    Middle East: Transitioning from smart to intelligent cities makes good business sense

    The Middle East’s economic future depends on cities to drive diversification and sustainability

    Middle East’s smart cities must now become even smarter or risk becoming unsustainable. According to Sahem Azzam, VP Middle East, Africa & Turkey, at Orange Business Services, a network native digital services company and smart cities master systems integrator, the pandemic drove the third wave of smart city evolution – but when every major city in the region is ‘smart’, how do you make your city stand out? Welcome to the intelligent (or cognitive) city…

  • Mon
    Jul
    11
    2022
    Smart cities and the importance of security

    Making security a priority for citizens within the smart city, explains Henk Olivier, MD of Ozone Information Technology Distribution.

    The concept of the smart city is evolving at pace. Already there are smart cities standing tall on the digital horizon, reshaping citizen service delivery and infrastructure through intelligent and connected digital services and solutions. In 2022, Shanghai was listed as the premier smart city in the world, closely followed by Seoul, Barcelona, Beijing and New York. This is due to these cities’ commitment to transport, infrastructure, energy, lighting, city management, urban connectivity and smart development. Each one offers up immense potential, transforming the standard of living, healthcare and the local economy.

  • Mon
    Jul
    11
    2022
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Reliving Chennai's smart journey

    From being a cultural and heritage hub that carries the remnants of the British era to a much more vibrant city, Chennai has come a long way. And this is quite evident in the city's infrastructure and amenities that have come up over the years.

    From murals adorning public walls and wider walkways in shopping zones to revamping places of historical importance and building Metros for better connection, Chennai has truly transformed into a smart city.

  • Sun
    Jul
    10
    2022
    New Saudi smart city AlNama to be zero-carbon

    Saudi Arabia’s new AlNama smart city will be a zero-carbon community, according to the company charged with designing the development.

    The hospitality hub, located on a 10 sq. km area in Riyadh, will create 10,000 jobs in various sectors, including green-tech industries to create a ‘green circular economy’, Construction Week reported.

  • Sun
    Jul
    10
    2022
    Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica backs digital transformation

    ...Says one vision, cohesive road map needed

    The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is throwing its full support behind the build-out of a digital society as government and corporates ramp up their respective digital transformation agendas.

    Speaking at a Jamaica Observer Business Forum last week, Jackie Sharpe, PSOJ vice-president, said that the lobby group is so far pleased with the number of steps being taken to roll-out and/or onboard new digital services. In keeping with United Nations standards, she said the country was en route to developing the three foundational catalyst which comprised data exchange processes, a digital legal identity and digital payments.

  • Sun
    Jul
    10
    2022
    Libya to launch digital transformation project: Finance Minister Mabrouk

    Libya’s Ministry of Finance is in the process of launching a digital transformation project to manage financial and governmental data and information. The revelation was made by the Tripoli-based Finance Minister Khaled Al-Mabrouk

    The Minister also said that his government will establish a unified treasury account, and electronic payment and collection for the ministry and its affiliates such as the Tax Authority and the Customs Authority.

  • Sun
    Jul
    10
    2022
    GB: Government sets NHS digital transformation plan

    The government expects to save billions of pounds and improve patient outcomes through digital transformation

    A £2bn investment in digitisation is central to cutting costs and increasing access to the National Health Service, according to the government’s latest announcement.

    The government’s plan for digital health and social care promises more personalised healthcare and faster access to it. It said digital reforms could save billions of pounds for taxpayers over the next decade, as well as promote economic growth and private investment.

  • Sun
    Jul
    10
    2022
    IN: Public WiFi zones activated at 3 locations for Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu

    The two other locations where the WiFi zones were established are Jammu railway station and the main bus stand, the official said.

    In a bid to facilitate Amarnath pilgrims to stay connected with their families back home, the Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) on Saturday set up WiFi zones at three vital locations including the base camp Bhagwati Nagar here, an official said.

  • Sat
    Jul
    09
    2022
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal: BJP will turn Misrod into a ‘smart city’, says CM

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Misrod would be developed into a smart city. Misrod is no longer a town, but has taken the shape of a city. Our aim is to make Misrod a smart city as well as improve its civic amenities, the CM added.

    Along with this, free ration and pucca houses will be given to the poor through welfare schemes, the CM said, adding, “21,000 acres of land that we have snatched from the mafia by running bulldozers on it will be distributed among the poor.”

  • Sat
    Jul
    09
    2022
    US: Ohio: Cleveland: Mayor Bibb outlines city's affordable broadband goals in hopes of bridging digital divide

    Bridging Cleveland’s ‘digital divide’ was one of the key tenants of Mayor Justin Bibb’s campaign. This week, he unveiled one of the first steps in accomplishing that goal. The city is now seeking proposals from potential partners on how to best bring affordable, high-quality broadband services to some of its digital deserts.

    Released on Thursday, the city’s request for proposals (RFP) broadly outlines the intended goals of Mayor Bibb’s digital adoption and affordable access initiatives. In the short term, the two-phased approach aims to provide affordable internet access to every home in Cleveland and with speeds that match consumer demand. Long term, the city’s digital equity initiatives include the possibility of making high-speed fiber-optic internet access available to all city residents.

  • Sat
    Jul
    09
    2022
    New Network Connectivity Options for Powering Digital Government

    As state and local governments digitally transform their organizations to support remote work, more convenient constituent services, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart city projects and more, they’re finding that traditional wireless network mediums don’t always meet the latency, security or other needs of modern use cases. They’re also struggling with the cost and complexity of on-premises network operations centers (NOCs) that can draw time and resources away from mission-critical work.

    As state and local governments digitally transform their organizations to support remote work, more convenient constituent services, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart city projects and more, they’re finding that traditional wireless network mediums don’t always meet the latency, security or other needs of modern use cases. They’re also struggling with the cost and complexity of on-premises network operations centers (NOCs) that can draw time and resources away from mission-critical work.

  • Sat
    Jul
    09
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Amritsar: Delivery of 30 electric buses still awaited

    Announced a couple of years ago under the Smart City project by the Central Government, there has been no trace of even a single of the 30 electric buses so far. The buses were to be purchased to curb pollution in the city, which was counted among the most polluted cities in the state by several studies in the past.

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had earmarked these electric buses in the public transportation system to move ahead towards environment friendly greener energy to the city, which receives tourists from across the country and abroad all year round. This green mobility in the public transportation system was to provide feeder service to the already running Bus Rapid Transit system (BRTS).

  • Fri
    Jul
    08
    2022
    MY: Perak: Ipoh launches smart traffic light system powered by AI and 5G – 51% better traffic flow during peak hours

    Perak has launched its first traffic light system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce traffic congestion. Recently, the Ipoh City Council (MBI) signed a service subscription agreement with Telekom Malaysia (TM) for the Smart Traffic Light with Intelligence Analytic (STARS) system, which uses AI, high-definition cameras and video analytics to analyse and optimise traffic flow.

    According to Perak youth and sports, communications and multimedia committee chairman Khairul Shahril Mohamed, the STARS system has been trialled since last November at four intersections along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.

  • Fri
    Jul
    08
    2022
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: Smart city projects to come under Disaster Management Act

    Infrastructural development projects under the Smart City scheme will now come under the Disaster Management Act and any lapses will have repercussions accordingly, said authorities of the Dehradun district administration on Thursday. District magistrate R Rajesh Kumar also said that if the projects cause any harm to the public all responsible agencies will face action under the act.

  • Fri
    Jul
    08
    2022
    SA: URB unveils plans to build new zero-carbon city in Riyadh

    URB, a global leader in developing sustainable cities headquartered in Dubai Design District, has announced the launch of its ambitious 10-sq-km zero carbon destination, Alnama Smart City, in Riyadh.

    Alnama (Arabic for thrive), a major project aimed at promoting sustainable living, will boast 11,000 residential units for a population of 44,000 people along with various other hubs including residential, educational, commercial, tourism and medical in the Saudi capital.

  • Fri
    Jul
    08
    2022
    US: Michigan: Dearborn included in MINextCities pilot program

    Three cities in Michigan were selected for the MINextCities program, and Dearborn was one of them.

    The others were Marquette and Flint.

    MINextCities is a new statewide program that supports the use of technology to improve energy efficiency, reliability, sustainability, safety, and overall quality of life. The goal of the pilot program is to model a roadmap for small and mid-sized cities to become the “smart cities” of the future.

  • Thu
    Jul
    07
    2022
    Wi-Fi HaLow Delivers On The Promise Of IoT Connectivity

    The transformative power of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to accelerate as new technologies and emerging standards converge in today’s smart, connected world, redefining how we live, work, produce, consume, travel and communicate. According to a recent IDC report, tens of billions of IoT devices will generate an estimated 80 zettabytes of data per year by 2025. A lot of that data will flow to the cloud for AI-powered analytics and much will be processed at the network edge by increasingly intelligent devices tuned for machine learning (ML).

    The IoT is all about connectivity, and the wireless options are diverse, well established and continuously progressing. They range from low-power mesh protocols—such as Thread, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth mesh and the new Matter specification (an IP-based protocol built on Thread, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE)—to low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies—including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LoRaWAN and LTE-M. 5G IoT solutions are emerging for those vendors who can afford to implement and tweak the required small-cell, repeater and phased-array antenna infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Jul
    07
    2022
    US ‘smart city’ tech highlights contrasts with China over privacy and control

    Christian Hammack stands outside city hall and surveys his kingdom – cars at rest. The Redwood City parking manager has spent years helping transform this California city of 84,000 people near San Francisco into a model of smart city technology.

    Parking, however smart, may seem dull. But Redwood City’s hi-tech system is helping revitalise the downtown area, increase business and tax revenue and reduce congestion, pollution and accidents, even as powerful smart city tools raise concerns.

  • Thu
    Jul
    07
    2022
    Taiwan harnesses smart agriculture to promote digital equality for farmers

    Leading Taiwanese companies have harnessed advanced technologies to promote digital equality for farmers as part of the Industrial Development Bureau's (IDB) Smart City Taiwan project.

    Across Taiwan, farmers are feeling the effects of climate change.

    Higher temperatures lead to an increased crop respiration rate and evapotranspiration, higher pest infestations, a shift in weed flora, and reduced crop duration. In this context, Taiwan has successfully integrated agri-tech to make farmers more resilient and to fuel high-quality agricultural development and shared prosperity.

  • Thu
    Jul
    07
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana Smart City projects move at snail's pace

    No full-time CEO, dual charge to MC Commissioner major hurdles in execution of projects

    While the Municipal Corporation (MC) celebrated the 7th anniversary of Smart City Mission in a function at Sarabha Nagar on Friday, the ground reality is that many crucial projects are yet to be completed. Though the number of projects under the scheme had been increased to 75 (earlier 47), residents of the supposed ‘Smart City’ are suffering due to temporary problems being created by ongoing works.

    While the Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) – the special purpose vehicle set up for execution of projects worth around Rs 930 crore, claimed that 29 projects had been completed, many projects such as multi-level car parking, sports complex, providing road furniture and safety fixtures and digital library still hang fire.

  • Wed
    Jul
    06
    2022
    AE: Dubai: Museum of the Future, RTA accelerate smart city mobility with strategic partnership

    The Museum of the Future and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have announced a new partnership to showcase future mobility solutions, from personal jet packs to self-driving cars.

    They entered into a strategic relationship to display some of the most innovative mobility solutions at the Museum of the Future’s “Tomorrow, Today” exhibition.

  • Wed
    Jul
    06
    2022
    ID: Smart Cities Cooperation: Indonesia and Finland

    With Indonesia pushing ahead with an ambitious smart cities program, we look at the role Finland can play in guiding the Southeast Asian nation throughout the lifespan of its transformative initiative. The article also explores the opportunities emerging for Finnish businesses.

    The Indonesian government has been wooing partners for its nationwide smart cities program – an ambitious digitization program bringing together multiple parts of the state apparatus and copious private sector partners. The President’s vision of turning Indonesia into a “smart nation” will be actualized by the country’s Smart City Master Plan, which despite being nearly a decade old, is still in its infancy. The smart city concept has been implemented in countries around the world and is touted as the solution for various urban problems, including connectivity, pollution, housing, traffic, water quality, etc.

  • Wed
    Jul
    06
    2022
    NG: Abuja’s new smart city is luxury redefined

    According to the website macrotrends.net, the current metro area population of Abuja in 2022 is 3,652,000, a 5.43 per cent increase from 2021. The metro area population of Abuja in 2021 was 3,464,000, a 5.67 per cent increase from 2020. The metro area population of Abuja in 2020 was 3,278,000, a 5.91 per cent increase from 2019.

    The population surge in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is being promoted by the insecurity in some Northern states and thereby putting a strain on the housing market in Abuja and its environs. To solve the crisis of rising housing deficit in the capital city of Abuja, a businessman and entertainment mogul, Obinna Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, has promised to mitigate the housing challenges faced by Nigerians by providing affordable accommodation for residents of Abuja, irrespective of status or class. Cubana and his associates are sinking in $1million on New Dawn & Casa Cubana Golf resort, 86.9 hectares of land that would have 500-600 housing units constructed along the Jabi-Airport road.

  • Wed
    Jul
    06
    2022
    GB: Local authorities urged to embrace 'smart city capabilities'

    New report from TechUK argues partnerships between councils and tech provides can help tackle issues such as climate change and the cost of living

    The increased cost of living and pressure to cut carbon emissions means it has never been more important for local authorities to develop "smart city capabilities".

    That is the central conclusion of a new report from trade association TechUK, titled Demystifying the smart city - working towards better implementation, which urges cities of all sizes to embrace partnership opportunities with technology companies to enable more efficient and innovative delivery of services.

  • Wed
    Jul
    06
    2022
    The irresistible rise of smart cities

    From travel to tech to retail stores, everything is going smarter – even cities. Smart solutions help deliver valuable insights to decision makers while simultaneously engaging audiences in search of seamless, relevant content personalized to their interests and needs.

    The needs of today’s consumer, an increase in high-tech options, and the pandemic-driven surge of contactless technology have led to a dramatic acceleration of personalized advertising and consumer traffic across the board, but namely in stores and in airports this quarter. These opportunities are ideal for harnessing the potential of out-of-home (OOH) and digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising, which is projected to reach $24.9 billion by 2024.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    ZA: City of Joburg approves plan to become hybrid city

    Two years ago, the City of Joburg presented its revised Smart City Strategy 2019/21, which anchored the city as a “city that is economically competitive, addresses its critical threats more efficiently and becomes attractive as a liveable and sustainable city." Over the past few months with the election of the multi-party leadership governing the City of Joburg, the City has hinted that it was getting ready to become a city of the future with the council having recently approved the Multi-Party Government’s Hybrid Working Policy, which it says is the first of its kind for any city or government in South Africa.

    McKinnley Mitchell, for the office of the MMC for Group Corporate and Shared Services spokesperson says the Hybrid Working Policy is centred on the pillars of international best practice with aims to increase productivity and morale of employees while reducing costs and the carbon footprint generated by the City of Joburg. This is in line with the Executive Mayor’s priorities of ensuring that Joburg is a city that gets the basics right and aims to become a well-run smart city for residents.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    VN: HCM City to promote AI in education sector

    HCM City will need to promote the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the education sector as part of its effort to become a smart city by 2030, experts said.

    Education is among 10 key sectors on which the city has focused to develop its digital economy, in addition to healthcare, transportation, finance-banking, tourism, agriculture, logistics, environment, energy, and human resources.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    IE: Munster: Waterford on track to become ‘Smart City’

    Waterford will be a Smart City by 2026 with every household in both urban and rural areas having access to broadband thanks to Waterford Council’s new digital strategy which was outlined at the June Plenary meeting.

    However, Director of Services Kieran Kehoe warned that it would be like having a Ferrari in your driveway but not being able to drive if the local authority did not give their citizens the necessary skills to use it.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    US: 4 ways communities can implement smart streetlights, traffic sensors, and other technology, according to leaders in cities with successful smart city projects

    • Many cities are turning to smart technology to make communities safer.
    • Embracing technology can be cumbersome for some governments.
    • Here are four ways city leaders can implement smart infrastructure smoothly.

    Cities face a number of challenges that affect residents' quality of life including traffic congestion, poor air quality, safety issues, and limited internet access. To solve these pressing problems, many city leaders are embracing technology that makes cities safer and improves residents' quality of life, like pollution sensors, smart streetlights, gunshot detectors, and traffic-control monitoring.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    TH: Depa preps B900m to drive digital economy

    Agency to underpin smart city expansion

    The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) wants to pursue six projects to drive the country's digital economy and smart city development under its fiscal 2023 budget.

    The agency plans to seek 900 million baht for its fiscal 2023 budget.

  • Tue
    Jul
    05
    2022
    MY: 98 more 5G sites to be launched in Perak by October

    Another 98 5G network sites will be established in the greater Ipoh region covering the Kuala Kangsar municipality as well as Kampar and Batu Gajah districts by October.

    Perak Youth and Sports, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Khairul Shahril Mohamed said 5G access is expected to cover the entire state, making Ipoh the first town in the northern region to have 1GBps internet access speed.

  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    TH: Khon Kaen a 'model' smart city

    Attendees of the 4th Apec Media Focus Group (AMF) were told to learn from Khon Kaen on how to develop smart cities to effectively bring economic benefits to the region.

    Thailand is set to host the Apec Summit this year. The Foreign Ministry and Khon Kaen University International College recently hosted AMF under the theme of “Smart City and Connectivity”, where experts from the government, private sector, universities, and civil society brainstormed ideas on how to connect Khon Kaen with other cities in the Northeastern region.

  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    US: Illinois: City of Chicago announces IT modernisation programme

    It aims to deliver more accessible citizen services as well as enable greater transparency through broader access to data and empower citizens with new tools.

    The City of Chicago announced it is planning to revamp its digital strategy to help deliver more accessible city services.

    Led by the City’s Department of Assets, Information, and Services (AIS) the measures will provide more efficient IT systems, enable transparency through broader access to data, and maintain protections for residents’ privacy and security.

  • Mon
    Jul
    04
    2022
    AU: Facial recognition is on the rise – but the law is lagging a long way behind

    Private companies and public authorities are quietly using facial recognition systems around Australia.

    Despite the growing use of this controversial technology, there is little in the way of specific regulations and guidelines to govern its use.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: 7 yrs of Smart City Mission raise more questions than answers

    Seven-year celebrations of Smart City Mission by civic officials brought out the bitter critic in Ludhiana residents, who were left wondering what to celebrate when the city has made very little progress on the smart meter.

    They expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of projects which were taken up under the mission.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Nagaland: Kohima: ‘Creating smart city must include educating public to be smart citizens’

    Smart city projects and plans must ensure that every individual has access to clean drinking water, said KD Vizo, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, on Saturday even as he suggested the possibility of harvesting rainwater to address water shortage.

    ‘Water is a precious resource and therefore sustainable method of harvesting rainwater needs to be explored so that supply remains consistent throughout the year,’ said Vizo, who is also a member of Board of Directors, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL).

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Chandigarh: Students visit Integrated Command and Control Center

    70 government school students, PEC research scholars witness ‘brain of city’ in action

    To celebrate the7th anniversary of Smart Cities Mission, Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) on Saturday organised a visit to the state-of-art Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), located in Sector 17. Around 70 students and research scholars from the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh and government schools of Chandigarh witnessed the ‘brain of city’ in action.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Nagaland: 17 out of 35 projects of Kohima Smart city completed: KSCDL CEO

    Of the target of 35 projects of the Smart City Mission in Kohima, 17 have been successfully completed so far.

    The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) has so far completed 17 out of 35 projects of the Smart City Mission, a senior official said on Saturday.

    It includes, integrated command and control centre, capital cultural hall, beautification works, community building at New Market, pedestrian friendly footpath, and mobile hotspot, said KSCDL Chief Executive Officer K Theunuo at the 7th anniversary of Smart City Mission.

  • Sun
    Jul
    03
    2022
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Address concerns of people, not waste funds on Smart City project: Rattan Lal

    Provincial president National Conference (NC), Rattan Lal Gupta has accused the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administration of wasting the funds of exchequer by spending lavishly on the so called Smart City projects in the twin capital cities of J&K. He said that while the common people across the region are struggling to get the basic amenities necessary for survival, the Government is making tall claims of development in the name of various costly projects including its most parroted Smart City Projects.

    The senior National Conference (NC) leader levelled these allegations against the Government while chairing a meeting of Jammu East Unit of National Conference (NC) here today. He said that it is an irony of the people of this region that the LG led administration has caused heavy devastation in J&K in all sectors due to its wrong policies. He said while the Government is making tall claims of development and peace in this fragile Union Territory, the fact remains that peace is still a distant dream for the people here with target killings having being a routine affair in the Valley and development only on papers and namesake works on ground.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    Vietnam to develop 41 smart cities

    Vietnam’s economic planners have presented ideas to create smart cities in 41 out of the 63 provinces and cities in the country in order to “accelerate sustainable urban development,” local media reported.

    The overall goal is to boost digital transformation in urban governance by creating smart government solutions including features such as digitised transport, transport, energy and society.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    VN: AMATA to play a part in smart sustainable cities of the future

    AMATA will contribute to global efforts in tackling climate change. It voluntarily took action in 2020 when it set targets to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 5% in 2022 and 7% in 2025.

    AMATA VN Group is said to be one of the leading industrial park developers in Vietnam. It has set up a footprint in the country with a total of six projects – both developed and still under development – covering an area of 2,500 hectares with total investment capital of about $840 million.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Smart City grapples with flooding

    The capital city struggled to cope with heavy rains with a number of low-lying areas in Panaji inundated on Thursday.

    While shopkeepers were seen trying to prevent water from entering their shops, people were struggling to finding their way through water-logged roads and motorists, especially those on two-wheelers, found it difficult to travel.

  • Sat
    Jul
    02
    2022
    US: Illinois: Chicago Debuts New IT, Digital Services Strategy for City

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot also put two leaders in charge of the effort, including a city data specialist reporting to her office. The new effort builds upon a push to give more students Internet access at their homes.

    A new effort from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot aims to make the city’s IT systems more efficient, broaden data access, update legacy systems and boost residents’ privacy and security — and the city has put two of its tech experts in charge of that push.

Die Tochtergesellschaft GFT Systems des Dienstleisters für integrierte IT-Beratung und Systemintegration GFT Technologies AG hat von der Stadt Leipzig den Zuschlag zur Entwicklung und Installation eines Formular-Management-Verfahrens erhalten. Ab 2003 wird die neue eGovernment-Lösung, welche die Verwaltungsabläufe effektiver macht und somit ihre Ergebnisse verbessert, in den Ämtern der Stadtverwaltung Leipzig eingesetzt. Das neue System soll schrittweise 900 MitarbeiterInnen aus 40 Ämtern und Referaten der Stadt Leipzig ermöglichen, Rechnungen, Bescheide und Anordnungen zu erstellen zu bearbeiten. Dazu stehen bis zu 100 verschiedene Erfassungsformulare zur Verfügung. Die Kernapplikationen des Verfahrens werden die Softwareprodukte Backend to Web (B2W) von GFT und tcACCESS (Hostanbindung) von B.O.S. Software Service und Vertrieb GmbH bilden.

Quelle: newsByte

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