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  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2019
    US: Colorado Decision Support Systems Website for Managing State’s Water Resources Wins 2018 Horizon Interactive Award

    Website design helps users easily navigate Colorado’s complex water system

    Leading international interactive media awards competition, the Horizon Interactive Awards (HIA), has selected its 2018 “best of the best” in interactive media production. This year’s honors include the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado’s Decision Support Systems (CDSS). HIA named the website as a bronze winner for outstanding achievement in government agency websites.

  • Tue
    Apr
    23
    2019
    Affiliate Centre will prepare South Africa for Industry 4.0

    The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR Network), has announced plans to establish an Affiliate Centre to prepare SA for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

    The centre, announced today by science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in Pretoria, will be a hub for global multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology, while shaping the development and application of emerging technologies.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2019
    How will governments expand IoT utilities market

    The IoT utilities market has been expanding at a robust pace over the last few years, pertaining to the rising energy consumption. The enforcement of government regulations regarding energy conservation has urged utility companies to adopt better means of energy utilisation and Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to emerge as one such promising element.

    The utilities industry at present is facing complex pressure. While on one hand energy consumption around the world is rising exponentially with the US Energy Information Administration estimating energy consumption to rise by 48% by 2040, energy generation, especially through renewable resources has also increased remarkably.

  • Mon
    Apr
    22
    2019
    US: What Smart Cities Means to a Special District

    Whether it is technological advances, customer relations, financing, governance or collaboration, smart city initiatives and special districts share a lot of common ground, as this article explains.

    Local government communities around the world have packaged some of their innovation, technology, education and community engagement initiatives into frameworks called smart city, smart community, or even smart region as far back as the 1990s. However, innovation in cities actually goes back as long as there have been cities, usually with the most innovative cities being the most successful (such as aqueducts allowing the growth of ancient Rome).

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai and Microsoft collaborate to accelerate digital transformation

    Upcoming Microsoft datacenters to play key role in upskilling government innovators, laying the foundation for a future smart city by accelerating digital transformation across the emirate

    Smart Dubai today announced a landmark collaboration with Microsoft in its bid to achieve the goal of making Dubai the happiest city on Earth. The move aims to accelerate digital transformation across the emirate and empower government employees to innovate faster.

  • Sun
    Apr
    21
    2019
    UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention launches smart portal

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched round-the-clock interactive and smart online portal for the Visiting Consultants Programme through a seamless data exchange between different internal systems in full compliance with patient’s confidentiality and digital safety standards.

    It is a user-friendly digital innovation platform which promotes the future of smart transformation.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2019
    Building a “digital to the core” public service for Singapore

    Singapore has done well in international indices on smart cities and digital government

    Last November, the Republic scored another accolade, winning the Smart City 2018 award, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

  • Sat
    Apr
    20
    2019
    SA: Usage of e-govt services soars to 57 percent: Survey

    The use of e-government services in the Kingdom increased to 56.7 percent in 2018, compared with 51 percent in 2017, the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to Al-Eqtisadiah business newspaper.

    The commission explained that a survey on the rate of individual use of e-government services revealed that 59.8 percent of citizens used them, while the use by expats hit 51.6 percent. The study was based on a survey that targeted 10,000 citizens and expats living in different parts in the Kingdom. The survey samples were from the age groups of 30-34 years, 35-39 years and 45-49 years.

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: CUK VC launches e-Governance system in varsity

    Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir launched e-Governance System of the university at varsity’s Green campus here on Friday.

    In the first phase, two core modules of Academics and Store and Inventory Module were launched by the Vice-Chancellor.

  • Fri
    Apr
    19
    2019
    CN: Shanghai Issues E-stamp Service For Public

    Shanghai's e-government service office announced that an online e-stamp platform has been put into use for the public.

    The city will provide e-stamp production and management services for legal persons and individuals to satisfy the growing demand for e-signatures in electronic documents, said the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    MyEG makes third investment in Chinese-based firm

    MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG) is investing 15 million yuan (RM9.1 million) in HiScene (Shanghai) Information Technology Co Ltd.

    The e-government service provider said its investment arm, MyEG Capital Sdn Bhd, had signed an agreement with HiScene for the investment in augmented reality (AR) products and services.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    Denmark is the latest country to receive nationwide IoT

    Denmark has been covered with IoT connectivity thanks to a partnership between telecoms firm Teracom and LoRaWAN specialists Loriot.

    The partners aim to enable IoT applications spanning a range of sectors including smart metering, smart farming, smart building, and smart city applications.

  • Thu
    Apr
    18
    2019
    ZM: 100 Local Authorities To Go E-Govt

    Smart Zambia National Coordinator, Martine Mtonga has disclosed that over 100 local authorities will be added to the e-governance system by the end of this year.

    Dr Mtonga said the move is meant to enhance revenue collection for local authorities. And Dr Mtongasaid the e-governance system will help in efficiency and transparent service delivery for local authorities.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    The Internet of Things and Smart Cities

    Unless you’ve been stuck under that proverbial rock for a few years, you’ve at least heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is connecting us in new and interesting ways. The rise of the smart home is one way that the IoT is changing things for people around the world – homes filled with devices that can communicate with one another, with people living in the home, and even with outside third parties (think a refrigerator automatically contacting a grocery store when key items like milk or eggs run low to order more).

    However, this technology is not constrained just to our homes. It’s growing in terms of both scope and capabilities. Enter the smart city, where the Internet of Things will impact everything from lighting to the flow of traffic through urban centers.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    The e-state of Estonia – and its Lessons for Our Digital Future

    The technology future that some fear, and others embrace, is descending upon us at a rapid pace. We are approaching a future where our physical and digital identities will merge; a future in which our biological traits, behavioral markers and other characteristics are used to identify us in the digital sphere, affecting more and more aspects of our daily lives.

    There's a fear that granting computers that kind of information about us is inherently dangerous. By giving digital systems the “keys” to our very personas, we are potentially handing over control of our personas – our lives – to them.

  • Wed
    Apr
    17
    2019
    VN: Da Nang looks to become exemplary eco-smart city in Asia

    The central coastal city of Da Nang is making strides towards turning itself into an eco-smart urban area, a hub for startups and innovation, and one of the most liveable cities in Asia by 2045 under its smart city development project announced at a conference on April 10.

    According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Trung Chinh, the project is being carried out to realise the Politburo’s Decree No.43/NQ-TW on the city’s development until 2030 with vision to 2045.

  • Tue
    Apr
    16
    2019
    Singapore wins international award for AI governance and ethics initiatives

    Singapore announced that its work in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance and Ethics has won a top award at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes.

    The winners of the 18 categories2 of the WSIS Prizes were announced on April 9 during an award ceremony at the annual WSIS Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland. Singapore won in the “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society” category, beating four other finalists across the globe.

  • Mon
    Apr
    15
    2019
    US: Kansas: Hutchinson Picked As Test Site For New Smart City System

    The city of Hutchinson is set to become a test site for new technology that’s designed to improve public safety and city operations.

    AT&T selected Hutchinson to try out its new smart city program beginning this summer. The company will provide and install sensors, cameras and communication technology at no cost to the city.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2019
    AE: Inside the smart city plans of Dubai's under-construction Silicon Park

    Dubai is striving to build a reputation as one of the smartest cities in the world, and the emirate will take another step in its journey later this year with the opening of Silicon Park.

    Construction is due to complete on the project in the first half of 2019, and the 15-hectare development at Dubai Silicon Oasis is set to be the first purpose-built smart city in the emirate. Combining residential, office, and retail buildings, Silicon Park will also include many of the latest concepts when it comes to smart services, smart infrastructure, and sustainability.

  • Sun
    Apr
    14
    2019
    Smart city technology facilitates urban development, say U.S. officials

    Smart city technology is bringing more opportunities and facilitates urban development when it is implemented correctly, U.S. officials said on Saturday.

    Smart city technology is probably one of the biggest things that have benefited his city, said Mayor Alan Nagy of Newark city in Northern California on the sidelines of an international electronic summit held in San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Sat
    Apr
    13
    2019
    US: 5 Strategies for Rethinking Smart City ROI

    Connected technology can solve many urban issues, yet local governments have struggled to demonstrate the value of smart city initiatives. However, the path to measurable returns is more straightforward than you might think.

    Growing populations, shifting demographics and evolving expectations. Modern cities are facing an expanding list of complex problems. Today’s urban economies are often dependent on static infrastructure that is not prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

  • Sat
    Apr
    13
    2019
    VN: Deputy PM urges firms to embrace digital transformation

    Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has urged domestic firms to embrace digital transformation at a recent business forum.

    Addressing the CEO Forum 2019 in Hanoi on April 5, the Deputy PM said the fourth industrial revolution has a strong impact on the economy and society around the world and all sectors and fields with unprecedented speed.

  • Fri
    Apr
    12
    2019
    EU: Secure ID cards and residence documents: Commission welcomes Parliament's vote

    Today, the European Parliament voted on a new Regulation, which will strengthen the security of identity cards and residence documents throughout the European Union. The weak security features of ID cards in some Member States, still issuing paper ID cards, represent a serious security risk, as they can easily be falsified and could be used by terrorists and other criminals to enter in the EU. The Regulation will introduce minimum common security standards making them secure and reliable.

    Welcoming this vote, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “In the future, all ID cards and residence documents issued in the EU should have the same minimum security standards. This will help us detect and prevent terrorists and criminals from using forged ID cards and from crossing our borders, whilst safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our citizens, including their mobility."

  • Fri
    Apr
    12
    2019
    LK: State as a catalyst and facilitator can play a decisive role in ICTs

    Information and Communication Technologies remained a State monopoly for a long time since first telegraph and then telecommunication systems were introduced in late 19th century. The Department of Posts and Telecommunication was the sole authority that could provide phone connections. Radio Ceylon (commenced first as Colombo Radio in 1925) was the sole broadcaster for an equally long period.

    The State was also the sole patron of data processing technology (The term ‘Information Technology’ was yet to be introduced) for several decades, starting from 1967, when the first mainframe computer was installed at State Engineering Corporation. If one were to travel back to ’70s one would find private players had very little to do with information and communication technologies.

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    AU: Digital identity: Driving towards a connected future

    In Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, the “future” is set in 2019. In this version, the grey skies are littered with flying cars called “spinners”. Flying cars may not yet be a reality yet but there have been groundbreaking developments in the field of connected vehicles in recent years.

    In the words of Peter Schwarzenbauer, board member of BMW AG, “We are currently experiencing the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen. It all comes down to whether we believe we can earn as much money in the future from mobility services as we can from selling cars.” This concept of new mobility which has seen ridesharing platforms and connected vehicles emerge is challenging the traditional assumptions of automakers. If they are to deliver on their vision of new mobility they first must convince consumers to get on board, and digital identity will play a key role.

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    NG: Bayelsa Drives e-Governance, Public Service Management With SIFMIS

    The Bayelsa State government has established an integrated network designed to improve e-governance and efficient public service administration.

    The technology-driven network is christened State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS).

  • Thu
    Apr
    11
    2019
    Digital Twin: Implementation of this technology comes down to marriage between physical and digital; Here’s how

    There have already been steam turbines which have lasted for over 82 years before they were decommissioned and with rapid advancements, machine immortality seems not too far away.

    In any industry, there has always been a notion of models for a given asset, whether a jet engine or a compressor. What if there was a living, learning model which could be constantly fed with data and updated, so that it allowed engineers to predict any problems and prevent it, throughout the entire lifecycle of the asset? The vice president of GE Software Research, Colin Parris, calls this model, developed and maintained digitally, a digital twin.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Asia-Pacific-Region: Smart Cities hold Key to Sustainable Development

    Asia and the Pacific’s phenomenal development has been a story of rapid urbanization. As centres of innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity, cities have drawn talent from across our region and driven economic growth which has transformed our societies.

    In southeast Asia alone, cities generate 65 percent of the region’s GDP. Yet the ongoing scale of urbanization is a considerable challenge, one which puts huge pressure on essential public services, housing availability and the environment.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Telecom Italia launches Ascoli Smart City project

    Telecom Italia (TIM) has presented the first services launched under the ‘Ascoli Connessa’ project to bring a series of Smart City technologies to the historic central Italian town of Ascoli Piceno. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of local citizens through a number of innovative interventions in the areas of safety, traffic control and tourism using TIM’s mobile and fibre network. Services already implemented include a video surveillance system with 85 cameras located throughout the town, above all in its historic centre, a Wi-Fi network for locals and tourists alike as well as the "TIM City Forecast" service that analyses big data to optimise transport, urban mobility and security, predict volumes of people during events and the itineraries followed by tourists.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    PK: All Govt Ministries to get E-Offices: Senate Committee

    To ensure efficiency, accuracy, good governance, transparency, and accountability in decision making and delivery of efficient and cost-effective public services to Pakistani citizens, the federal government is working on the e-offices system in the country.

    The Senate Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication have agreed to recommend all the Senate Committees to take compliance feedback of their respective ministries on e-offices.

  • Wed
    Apr
    10
    2019
    Satellite connectivity key to Nigeria's broadband ambitions

    Despite what ICT and telecommunication professionals have described as an "articulate" broadband policy, Nigeria has struggled to achieve the 30% fixed internet penetration set for 2018. To address this and ensure rapid deployment of connectivity (especially to rural areas), satellite data communications services provider Avanti Communications has partnered with African connectivity and datacentre solutions company MainOne.

    In early February 2019 at the annual IT conference Nerds Unite, hosted by MainOne, the companies announced their alliance and offered details of what the market could expect.

  • Tue
    Apr
    09
    2019
    ML: AGETIC to help transform Bamako into a smart city

    In Mali, the ICT agency (Agence des technologies de l’information et de la communication-AGETIC) will help the Bamako regional development agency (ADR) transform the capital into a smart city. In that regard, the two parties have decided to elaborate an action plan for the various projects.

    During the signature of their agreements last week, it was also decided that AGETIC will support ADR in IT training.

  • Tue
    Apr
    09
    2019
    ZA: Laying a foundation for the digital economy

    As the 4IR becomes a reality, telecommunications is coming to the fore as a chief economic growth enabler for South Africa. The impact goes beyond the economic opportunities that the sector can create for citizens. We are moving into a future that will be enabled by telecommunications, and more specifically, Internet connectivity.

    Connecting South Africa

    Government has acknowledged it has a responsibility towards the country's citizens to ensure digital inclusivity for all. This is the basis for SA Connect, the country's national broadband policy, which highlights the need for an "enabling platform for economic enterprise, active citizenship, and social engagement innovation" that a telecommunications-supported digital ecosystem will make possible.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    AU: SenSen launches GeminEYE: AI smartphone app for smart city management

    ASX listed artificial company SenSen Networks (ASX: SNS) has launched a smartphone app for city council staff that it says will contribute to the development of smart cities by making operations related to civic compliance, asset management, traffic data collection and analysis, security and surveillance more affordable, accessible and versatile.

    It claims the app, GeminEYE, does this by using proprietary AI-powered process automation software that can pull information from video, sensors and other data points to automate labour intensive processes.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    KR: E-Gov't System for Foreigners to be Expanded

    The Justice Ministry said Monday that an e-government system for foreign residents in the country will be updated with more helpful features such as interpretation services.

    Launched eleven years ago, the e-government center offers assistance in 20 languages and includes information on daily life and immigration and residence issues.

  • Mon
    Apr
    08
    2019
    US: Why the Government Makes Filing Your Taxes Intentionally Difficult

    Americans spend 7 hours filing our tax returns. In other countries, it can take 5 minutes.

    In 1981, when she was 10, Jill Young moved with her family from California to Washington state for her father’s job. The job paid a six-figure salary, which Young says led the family to believe their financial situation was pretty great. But a year later, their family moved back to California. Not long after, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) flagged them for an audit. Amid managing three young children and two moves within such a short time span, Young’s parents were suddenly under the gun to dig up old paperwork.

  • Sun
    Apr
    07
    2019
    AE: Ajman Government To Enact 'Smart Payment System'

    H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Ajman Executive Council, issued Emiri Resolution No. 05 for 2019, regarding the Ajman Government’s, 'Smart Payment System', JMANPAY, which will be in force from the date of its issuance.

    The Department of Finance will be responsible for managing and operating the system.

  • Sat
    Apr
    06
    2019
    ID: Government utilizes technology to improve public service: Jokowi

    Government needs to utilize technology advances to improve public service, given the current global development that has entered the era of digital reform, presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

    "Therefore, reforms in public services are needed through the use of information and electronic technology such as e-government, e-procurement and e-budgeting to prepare (ourselves) for entering the digital era," Jokowi explained at the fourth round of presidential debate in Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Saturday evening.

  • Fri
    Apr
    05
    2019
    Australian city lays smart city base with LED initiative

    The city of Palmerston in Australia has selected smart city data applications provider Telensa to deploy an intelligent street lighting system.

    The deal is part of an LED streetlight upgrade project and will replace 5,000 streetlights with wirelessly connected LEDs.

    The LED streetlights will be controlled via a central management system which will be hosted by Amazon Web Services.

  • Fri
    Apr
    05
    2019
    EDB, Rusprom, Transcom to develop integrated e-government system in Kyrgyzstan

    The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), Rusprom and Transcom on March 27 signed a trilateral memorandum of cooperation to jointly implement a project to set up and develop an integrated e-government system in Kyrgyzstan for public and municipal authorities in the framework of the Decree declaring 2019 the Year of the Development of Regions and Digitalisation of the Country passed by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on 11 January 2019, the EDB said.

    Under the memorandum, the EDB will take part in Rusprom’s preparations of the concept, feasibility study, calculations, business plan and cost estimates for the Project and in ensuring long-term investment.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    Southeast Asia: Smart City adoption needs tailored approach

    A strong, effective governance model is the cornerstone of a Smart Nation initiative, ensuring decisions and strategic investments are targeted, effective, and transparent.

    Bring up the term "Smart Nation" anywhere in Singapore and, quite possibly, most people would associate it with government initiatives such as the SGQR code and SingPass mobile. Chances are that you will hardly find two people describe "Smart Nation" in the same way.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    Ghana moves closer to paperless administration with the E-justice project

    Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, launched the E-justice project on March 20, 2019.

    According to the president, E-justice is a platform developed to digitalize legal services like the payment of fines. The platform will also automatically attribute legal cases to judges and courts to reduce corruption and conflicts of interest.

  • Thu
    Apr
    04
    2019
    GH: World Bank pledges support for digital transformation

    The World Bank is ready to support Ghana in its ambition to digitalize its economic and social sectors according to Hafez Ghanem, the institution's vice president.

    During a meeting with the country’s vice-president Mahamudu Bawumia on March 25, 2019, the executive invited Ghanaian authorities to increase their infrastructure investments to extend their internet penetration rate, modernise the competition regulatory framework, reduce service costs and boost public institutions’ capacities. According to Hafez Ghanem, the end-goal is to guarantee efficient use of the digital in public institutions.

  • Wed
    Apr
    03
    2019
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Bareilly: Smart City plan: 6 prominent junctions to get facelift

    Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to give a facelift to around five-six prominent city stretches and junctions under the Smart City plan. According to civic body officials, city roads connecting prime areas and prominent crossings will be given a facelift that would include overhauling basic infrastructure like drainage network and renovation of roundabouts.

    A detailed survey of prominent city roads was carried out recently and the project is currently in its initial stage.

  • Wed
    Apr
    03
    2019
    OM: ROP successfully links civil registry with other govt. agencies: ROP official

    A top Royal Oman Police (ROP) official said that the police has successfully linked the civil registry with more than 200 health institutions.

    According to official, e-linking made it easy to transfer birth and death data directly to the civil status system, thus speeding up procedures for obtaining certificates related to birth and death.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    CA: Alberta: Calgary: Making Cities Smarter

    Bringing the Smart City to Life in Calgary

    The adoption of smart city technology is helping the City of Calgary become more sustainable, connected, and efficient. The process started over 20 years ago as Calgary steadily built its municipal communication infrastructure. More recently, the City partnered with Semtech to deploy its LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) for connectivity combined with LoRa-enabled devices, sensors and gateways as the tools to provide data communication. Its open standards, ease of deployment, quality, software compatibility and security were all factors that led Calgary to its LoRa implementation.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    Sri Lanka to launch smart city concept: telecom authority chairman

    Sri Lanka's state owned telecom authority, the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), on Tuesday said that plans were underway to transform the north central district of Polonnaruwa into the country's first "smart city" following several projects launched to upgrade education, health and transportation in the area.

    SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena told local media that the government was currently discussing the transformation of Polonnaruwa by launching the smart health, smart education, and smart transportation concept, which will accelerate economic development and social progress in the district.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    CA: Smart city best practices top of mind for partnership of urban tech companies

    A coalition of Canada’s urban technology organizations has formed the Open City Network (OCN), a non-profit that aims to develop best practices regarding data governance and technology in smart cities.

    The OCN, which launched this week, is a medium for stakeholders to participate in the formation of new technology and policy for smart cities. The Kitchener-based organization also intends to join forces with various levels of government in Canada to tackle the policy proposals of smart city technologies. Through this collaboration, the organization is hoping to develop a framework of standards and procedures for data exchanges in smart cities.

  • Tue
    Apr
    02
    2019
    IN: Rollout of one lakh digital villages to start in June

    CSC e-Governance Services Ltd, under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, is in the process of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for setting up 1,00,000 digital villages across the country.

    The project rollout is expected to start from June onwards.

    The ambitious programme of setting up these digital villages was announced in this year's Interim Budget and the government is likely to spend Rs 10,000 crore in setting up one lakh digital villages across the country in the next five years.

  • Mon
    Apr
    01
    2019
    VG: ‘Everything going online’: Labour, Immigration to officially merge this week

    In a move to streamline and upgrade government’s service offering, the departments of Labour and Immigration are set to officially merge on Wednesday.

    A soft launch for the merger is to be held at the Immigration Department in Road Town.

    Minister responsible for Labour, Vincent Wheatley, said while there will be no immediate physical change, other changes will be visible.

  • Mon
    Apr
    01
    2019
    UG: Kampala Leads 12 African Cities in Smart City Network

    Kampala city has been selected as the lead among the twelve African cities in the Africa Smart Towns Network (ASToN). This follows a competitive submission to the call for applications organized by the French Development Agency (AFD) early this year.

    The other African cities include; Algiers (Algeria), Bamako (Mali), Ben Guerir (Morocco), Bizerte (Tunisia), Kampala (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), Kumasi (Ghana) and Lagos (Nigeria).

  • Mon
    Apr
    01
    2019
    MU: Smart city Port-Louis, first African city where life’s good

    The urbanisation plan for Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius, launched in 2016, is proving successful. Two years later, the smart city was ranked as the first African city where life is good.

    “By 2020, Port-Louis will be a model to replicate in other cities and villages across the country, and even on the African continent.” This wish expressed on January 16 2016 by Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, the then Mauritian Minister of Finance and Economic Development, seems to be coming true. The urbanisation plan, entitled Port-Louis Smart City, did not wait until 2020 to get its first awards. For the year 2018, the Mauritian capital, with a population of around 150,000, is the first African city where life is good. This is what emerges from the 21st ranking of the world’s cities carried out by the French firm Mercer.

  • Mon
    Apr
    01
    2019
    LI: Liechtenstein stellt digitale Agenda vor

    Liechtenstein hat eine digitale Agenda aufgestellt. In neun Punkten entwirft das Fürstentum einen Plan, um die Standortattraktivität zu steigern. Zu den Massnahmen zählen etwa rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für Blockchain-Firmen und das elektronische Patientendossier.

    Das Fürstentum Liechtenstein hat eine Digitalisierungsstrategie formuliert. Darin stehen Ziele und Massnahmen, die das "Ländle" im Rahmen des Regierungsprogramms 2017-2021 umsetzen will. Ziel sei es, die Standortattraktivität zu fördern. "Dafür wollen wir bewusst die sich uns bietenden Chancen der Digitalisierung nutzen und den Risiken begegnen", lässt sich Regierungschef Adrian Hasler in einer Mitteilung zitieren.

  • Sun
    Mar
    31
    2019
    IN: PMSYM scheme: Government eyes over 1 crore enrolments by April-end

    The enrolments under the PMSYM are being carried out by Common Services Centres across the country, which are run by the CSC SPV.

    The government is expecting to cross 1 crore enrolments by April-end under the Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan (PMSYM) Yojna -- a pension scheme for unorganised sector workers, a senior official has said.

  • Sun
    Mar
    31
    2019
    PH: Smart renewable cities

    In Central Luzon, some 100 kilometers from Metro Manila, construction is in full swing on the Philippines’ very first ‘smart city’. New Clark City is a 9,450-hectare mixed-use development within the Clark Special Economic Zone masterplanned to address the pain points that make many of our big cities nearly unlivable: the congested roads, the pollution, the high cost of utilities, the inability to weather natural disasters. Like all smart cities around the world, New Clark City is a chance to get it right.

    Besides their heavy reliance on technology, smart cities are distinguished by their people-centered focus and sustainable practices. There is emphasis on carving out wide, open, pedestrian-friendly spaces and making mass transit easily accessible to discourage the use of private vehicles. Some have gone a step further and are already powered by renewable energy (RE) and are looking at further deployment of these sources as part of their smart city plans. These are what Deloitte calls smart renewable cities (SRC).

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    Mar
    31
    2019
    OM: eGovernment road map reviewed

    Unified procurement of hardware and software for implementation of the eGovernment strategy guidelines was among the issues discussed at a regional meeting, here on Sunday.

    Hosted by the Sultanate represented in the Information Technology Authority (ITA), the 20th meeting of the GCC eGovernment Executive Committee, began yesterday.

  • Sat
    Mar
    30
    2019
    IN: Govt needs to revisit smart city challenges — Here’s why

    Most of the action plans are just replications of successful projects in large cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, etc, which may not be appropriate for small and/or developing cities of the country

    The flagship mission of the ministry of housing and urban affairs, ‘Smart City Mission’, has released around Rs 1,26,000 crore for its urban development projects till February 2019, which is expected to impact 7.33% of the total population and 24% of the urban population of the country. The opportunity to grow with the transformational changes under the mission is significantly high and the first 20 smart cities are growing fast, but with the rest of the cities, there are still some fundamental issues left to deal with.

  • Sat
    Mar
    30
    2019
    Mobile Central For Driving Digital And Financial Inclusion In Africa

    Having built an ecosystem to provide voice calls, cellular networks are ideally suited to provide the next wave of digital services and financial inclusion. "Mobile will be at the center of driving digital inclusion and connectivity," says Rob Shuter, Group CEO of MTN, the largest mobile operator in Africa.

    It seems like a logical thing for the chief executive of a network to say but his point is well made that the vast ecosystem created by mobile operators is arguably better suited to financial inclusion than any other service provider.

  • Fri
    Mar
    29
    2019
    24% of the UK willing to fund smart city solutions with tax

    According to a recent study conducted by ATG Access, 24% of people in the UK would be happy to fund smart city solutions with their tax contributions.

    From the 1,000 people questioned, 57% would be happy for tax to be use towards smart traffic lights.

  • Fri
    Mar
    29
    2019
    JD.com launches smart city initiative as race to create smart cities in China heats up

    JD.com is looking to increase its efforts in helping cities in China become a smart city by combining its work on big data, artificial intelligence and Internet of things into the real economy.

    To do this, the e-commerce player has created a new smart city brand named JD iCity, which aims to be an industry digitalization partner and 'intelligent total solution provider' for China's urban development.

  • Thu
    Mar
    28
    2019
    US: A New Smart City Pilot Program in Massachusetts

    Making streets safer is the driving force behind a new smart city pilot program in Massachusetts. The concept, proposed for parts of Cambridge and Somerville, aims to improve traffic safety by tapping into technologies that can sense human activity on roadways.

    Pedestrians are the most obvious beneficiaries, but extensive research has shown that safety outcomes for bicycle riders and motor vehicle operators also benefit from investments in pedestrian safety. This data-driven, proactive and open-source approach is expected to serve as a model for other cities.

  • Thu
    Mar
    28
    2019
    VN: HCM City to apply artificial intelligence in building smart city

    Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities are planning to use artificial intelligence (AI) to support its scheme to develop a smart city, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said.

    Though HCM City has applied AI technologies in a number of sectors, it lags behind other cities in the world in AI research and training, Phong told a seminar on AI research and application on March 20, elaborating that the city lacks AI experts, scientists and policymakers.

  • Thu
    Mar
    28
    2019
    ZW: E-governance to curb forex leakages in tourism sector

    Tourism Authority (ZTA) will tighten its monitoring of the sector to ensure more transparency as well as curb foreign currency leakages, an official has said.

    ZTA acting chief executive Rita Likukuma told NewsDay that government was adopting e-governance systems in order to deal with revenue leakages.

  • Thu
    Mar
    28
    2019
    IN: 3 years after launch, New Delhi Municipal Council smart city work in progress

    New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) or the VIP area of the capital of India had finished 12th in the Smart City Challenge.

    On January 28, 2016, 20 cities were chosen through a competitive contest for the government’s urban renewal flagship initiative –– the Smart City Mission. The concept was new –– cities competed with each other and were chosen through a scientific weightage system to “smarten up”.

  • Wed
    Mar
    27
    2019
    Permanent Secretary Wants Nigeria to Adopt e-Governance

    The new Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Istifanus Fuktar, says it is time for Nigeria to move away from running its affairs manually and embrace digitisation.

    Mr Fuktur said this on Tuesday during the handing over ceremony in the ministry in Abuja. He was the Permanent Secretary of the Police Service Commission before he was redeployed to the Ministry of Communications.

  • Tue
    Mar
    26
    2019
    US: Portland, Ore., Trip-Planning App Goes Multimodal

    TriMet, the city's public transit system, is pilot-testing a new trip-planning app that partners with Uber, Lyft and other outside transportation providers, giving local travelers a number of mobility options.

    One of the largest public transit providers on the West Coast has wrapped ride-hailing and bike-shares into its trip-planning application, signaling another move toward bundling multiple forms of mobility under one app.

  • Tue
    Mar
    26
    2019
    US: App Gives Residents Real-Time Crime and Emergency Info

    The free app, which was once banned as the Vigilante app by the Apple App Store, now calls a former foe its spokesman and boasts citizen heroics as evidence of its viability.

    The Citizen app made headlines last year when a good Samaritan in New York noticed a 4-year-old boy alone and crying on the J Train and checked the app to find that the boy was lost. Earlier in the year, a 103-year-old man was reunited with loved ones after a couple realized he matched the description of a missing person described on the app.

  • Mon
    Mar
    25
    2019
    NAM: Promotion of e-governance in NAM Member States

    Having laid its foundation, the Non-Aligned Movement has proven itself to be a boon for its Member States. It was formulated to encourage peace within the developing countries and promote economic stability and adequacy among its Member States. Over the years, the body enlarged its area of focus from essential political issues to the endorsement of solutions to global, economic and other issues. The foundation firmly believes in the concept of multilateralism and accordingly emphasizes the earnest efforts to be made by its Member States to maintain the decorum and the idea which highlights the existence of the body.

  • Mon
    Mar
    25
    2019
    BS: Senator highlights move to E-Cabinet, E-Government services

    The Ministry of Labour (MOL) officially celebrated World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) with a special ceremony and exhibition in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday past.

    The ceremony was held at the Harold DeGregory Complex and brought to a climax World Consumer Rights Week which was recognized with various activities in New Providence and the major Family Islands. The theme for the week was “Trusted Smart Products”.

  • Sun
    Mar
    24
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra: PSCDCL chief suggests smart ways for future

    The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s (PSCDCL) chief executive officer Rajendra Jagtap addressed students at the Times NIE Newsmakers’ Meet 2018-19 on Thursday at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium on Ghole Road. The theme for the event was ‘Pune Smart City Mission: Making it a reality’.

    Around 130 budding journalists representing Times NIE member schools in the city asked Jagtap a wide range of questions tapping citizens’ concerns such as utility of roads, disabled-friendly transport and pathways, e-governance, water supply management, waste management, employment and housing facilities for the poor and cybersecurity, among others.

  • Sun
    Mar
    24
    2019
    BS: Senator Highlights Move to E-Cabinet and E-Government Services as Consumer Rights Week 2019 Activities Close

    The Ministry of Labour (MOL) officially celebrated World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) with a special ceremony and exhibition in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Friday.

    The ceremony was held at the Harold DeGregory Complex and brought to a climax World Consumer Rights Week which was recognized with various activities in New Providence and the major Family Islands. The theme for the week was “Trusted Smart Products”.

  • Sun
    Mar
    24
    2019
    TH: Phuket Opinion: Cashing in on the ‘Smart City’

    It’s been a long time coming, and on Monday (Mar 11) we heard it again: The government is gearing up to achieve its target of 30 smart cities in 24 provinces, including Phuket, by next year and hopes to transform 100 cities nationwide to smart cities by 2022.

    That’s no joke, after more than 10 years of banter and talk of big budgets to bring our island to the forefront of technology, or say the pundits claim.

  • Sun
    Mar
    24
    2019
    Backing China’s Big Bet on Smart Cities

    China’s largest insurer is backing the nation’s ambitious smart city program with investment in technology, panelists said during the ULI Asia Pacific Leadership Convivium, held in Shenzhen, China.

    Wei Baisong, chief technical officer and chief product officer at Ping An Capital, the venture arm of one of China’s largest insurance companies, said China has plans for 500 smart cities, compared with about 80 in Europe and 40 in the United States.

  • Sat
    Mar
    23
    2019
    IN: Chandigarh: Not a Smart City

    The minimum that Chandigarh can provide its daily commuters is bus shelters

    There is no way that Chandigarh can make claims for a Smart City. Traffic woes on the road; no idea about managing parking lots; daft policies of not opening up parking lots till midday; and street vendors taking over the city. City Beautiful is fast degenerating.

  • Sat
    Mar
    23
    2019
    BS: Idb Loan To Go Towards To E-Government Services

    The digital transformation of the Bahamas Cabinet and all government services will soon become a reality through a $30-million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan that is expected to be executed within the next two to three weeks by the Government of the Bahamas, according to a cabinet minister.

    State Minister for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson on Friday said that government will be moving toward a paperless Cabinet system by implementing a programme called e-Cabinet.

  • Sat
    Mar
    23
    2019
    GB: Scottish e-Gov Service Enables Yoti Authentication

    Yoti‘s partnership with the Scottish Government has produced its first major results, with the company announcing that Scottish citizens can now use its app to access their online “myaccount” profile with the Improvement Service, an organization mandated with improving local government services in the country.

    The “myaccount” online portal allows citizens to perform such activities as paying council taxes, paying for school meals, or buying parking permits. The integration of Yoti’s mobile identity solution means that anyone with a Yoti profile can access their “myaccount” services without a password.

  • Fri
    Mar
    22
    2019
    CA: Ontario: Smart cities: Setting a course for a more connected Ottawa

    On a plot of land that once served as a stark reminder of how quickly a promising tech sector can go bust, a new facility is paving the way for cutting-edge products that could fundamentally change how residents move about the capital.

    The 16-kilometre test track for self-driving cars is located on a 1,866-acre site just off Woodroffe Avenue across from the Nepean Sportsplex. In the early 2000s, the area housed an incubation centre for biotechnology startups, a venture that ultimately became a casualty of the dot-com bust.

  • Fri
    Mar
    22
    2019
    US: Maryland: Community input is as important to Baltimore’s smart city planning as tech

    At the latest edition of the Waterfront Tech Series, government and business leaders discussed how residents can drive smart cities conversations.

    Baltimore was famously the city where the first gas street lamp in America was lit for the first time. About 200 years later, inside a room overlooking Baltimore’s harbor at Brown Advisory’s Fells Point headquarters, the strategy director looking at the future of utilities for the company behind that moment talked about how cities such as San Diego are affixing sensors on street lights continue to illuminate other aspects of civic life.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    Smart Cities Are Going Green Because It Costs Less

    Our cities are getting smarter. Look around any modern metropolis, and you’ll see hundreds of Smart devices. Devices that provide better convenience, increase our safety, enable connectivity anywhere, reduce our traffic jams, improve our economy – all with a view to improving the quality of life for all.

    But with this tech revolution comes a need to change how our cities are powered – to get rid of all that cable and wiring that brings with it costly and disruptive construction. These smart devices are digital, and require very little electricity – that old security camera that needed 200W, now runs on your phone, and needs perhaps 1-10% of the power that it used to.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    ZW: ICT Infrastructure Key to Vision 2030

    The setting up and deployment of information communication technology infrastructure is critical to the attainment of President Mnangagwa's vision of an upper middle income economy by 2030.

    This was said here yesterday by Information Communication Technology and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe during the official commissioning of the US$23,6 million National Backbone Fibre Link project that connects Zimbabwe with the rest of the world through South Africa.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    Armenia Needs a Comprehensive Approach to E-Governance

    “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy,” wrote Franz Kafka in The Metamorphosis. Though these words were meant to convey protagonist Gregor’s disappointment in his company’s management ethics, they serve equally well as words of caution to Armenia’s new bureaucrats.

    Armenia’s Velvet Revolution was won on the pledge of increasing the quality of life, job creation and economic growth. Now, with revolutionary zeal slowly eroding, the incoming government is left with the unenviable task of delivering on promises. To achieve this aim, it must tackle its Kafkaesque bureaucratic apparatus.

  • Thu
    Mar
    21
    2019
    TalTech exports e-government know-how to Kazakhstan

    This week, TalTech and advanced Estonian companies will introduce in Kazakhstan their experience in digitalisation and the impact of the e-state on the economy and society in general. On 12 March, an international forum will take place on the initiative of Estonians in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, called ‘Digitisation: the Estonian experience’, where the Kazak public sector and representatives of companies will discuss the impact of the e-state and digital solutions on economic development and the use of Estonia’s success story in the programme ‘Digital Kazakhstan’.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    AE: Can a city go paperless? With blockchain's help, Dubai hopes so

    The city is already 57% of the way toward its goal of going paperless, with plans to issue its final paper transaction in 2021.

    Dubai is more than halfway toward its goal of going completely paperless and cashless by December 2021, and is looking to emerging technologies like blockchain to help it reach its goal.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    BN: National database to centralise gov’t data

    By September, all welfare applications can be made digitally, speeding up payment process

    Government agencies will soon be able to share information through a centralised database, the minister at the Prime Minister’s Office disclosed during the Legislative Council meeting on Tuesday.

    According YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud, the E-Government National Centre (EGNC) is currently building a system dubbed the National Centralised Database (NCDB) that will allow agencies to share data on a range of matters, including welfare assistance programmes.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    Laos, Vietnam to cooperate in e-government, cyber security

    The Lao and Vietnamese governments have agreed to continue cooperation in the development of cyber security, e-government solution, and postal service.

    The commitment to ongoing cyber security, e-government solutions and postal cooperation was made in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday between Lao's Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications, local daily Vientiane Times reported Wednesday.

  • Wed
    Mar
    20
    2019
    KR: Mayor Unveils Plan to Transform Seoul into ‘Smart’ City

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will install 50,000 Internet of Things (IoT) smart sensors throughout the capital city by 2022 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other things related to citizens’ lives.

    The Seoul government will also introduce chatbots to its 120 Dasan Call Center service, a civil complaints hotline, this year, as well as a shared parking system in which smartphone users can check availability at public parking lots.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    US: A Different Kind of Smart City Project Revs Up in Lima, Ohio

    When most people say "smart city," they're talking about self-driving cars and sensors that detect crime. When Lima, Ohio, uses the term, they mean modernizing old systems that are holding them back.

    The city of Lima, Ohio’s Smart Cities Initiative will be getting a more comprehensive overview in City Council’s Finance Committee to gauge both past and future expenses involved in the project.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    IN: ‘Vahan’ to drive in online vehicle registration across Kerala on March 18

    The significant change is in the process of vehicle transfer and registration.

    The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will be rolling out the web-based Vahan 4.0 software - aimed at ensuring transparency and weeding out agents operating under the guise of consultants - at its offices from Monday for registration and ownership/ transfer of all vehicles. The training, under way for MVD staffers for the purpose of implementing the software, will be completed soon. Officers said the project will be the first step towards digitisation of registration of vehicles in the entire state.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    ZW: Mnangagwa to commission Beitbridge optic fibre project

    President Mnangagwa will tomorrow commission the multi-million dollar optic fibre link in Beitbridge, which connects the border town with South Africa and the rest of the country via Bulawayo and Masvingo and Harare.

    The link was constructed by TelOne with the aid of a Chinese loan to expand national broadband network and to enhance efficient communication countrywide. The investment would make Zimbabwe an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub for Southern Africa.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    Zimbabweans urged to embrace digital technologies

    Zimbabweans should embrace digital technologies and leverage on these to ramp up production across economic sectors for the country to fully achieve sustainable development, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Kazembe Kazembe, said yesterday.

    Officially opening the ongoing Information and Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference here, Minister Kazembe said ICT has become a key driver of economic revival hence President Mnangagwa’s government has taken a deliberate stance to mainstream its adoption.

  • Tue
    Mar
    19
    2019
    VN: National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

    The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

    On July 12, 2018, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Decision No. 28/2018/QĐ-TTg, prescribing the sending and receipt of e-documents among agencies in the state administrative system.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    LK: The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government

    According to Ajith Perera – the recently appointed Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, there are “ambitious” plans to bring the Government together under an e-Government. As per the minister, the first step towards this would be to create a population registry of all Sri Lankan citizens.

    Dubbed the “Mother of all databases”, this would contain all the information about the population of Sri Lanka. The database would be available for all Government ministries to share data.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    Sri Lanka ambitious on e-government plans, mulls to build Mother of All Databases – Minister Ajith P. Perera

    Sri Lanka’s Minister of Digital infrastructure and Information Technology – Ajith P. Perera in a recent interview said that government has ambitious plans to bring the entire government under one umbrella on the e-government front, first step towards that will be done by creating Sri Lanka’s “Population Registry” - which may be called the “Mother of all Databases” according to him. The said database will have information of entire population at databases centrally built and administered for all government ministries and departments to share data. Following are the excerpts from the interview.

  • Mon
    Mar
    18
    2019
    US: Texas: Austin: SXSW 2019: Why Smart Cities Need to Be Inclusive Cities

    The push to make cities smarter often disproportionately favors people without disabilities. Experts argue that the dynamic must change so that large segments of the population aren't left out.

    Cities are growing at the fastest rate in human history — and so are the expectations being placed on them. For most, increasingly prevalent smart city technology works as it should. But for those living with disabilities, it often completely misses the mark.

  • Sun
    Mar
    17
    2019
    Prospect: South Australia’s Rising Smart City

    The City of Prospect is a small municipality in the state of South Australia with a population of only 20,000, but it has big ambitions that are being recognized internationally.

    For the sixth time in eight years, Prospect was listed in the Top 21 Intelligent Communities in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

  • Sun
    Mar
    17
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Gov Launches 19 'Govt To Citizen' Online Services

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday launched 19 'Government to Citizen' online services of seven departments on the State Services Delivery Gateway here.

    The online mode of 'Government to Citizen' services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    Vietnam targets to complete e-Government platform

    The Government has issued Resolution No. 17/NQ-CP on a number of key tasks and solutions to develop the e-government during 2019-2020, with orientations towards 2025.

    The resolution aims to raise the ranking of the Vietnamese e-government according to the United Nations assessment from 10 to 15 levels by 2020, bringing Vietnam into the group of four leading ASEAN countries in the UN e-government rankings by 2025.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    TH: Chiang Mai to pursue Smart City model

    Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Supachai Iamsuwan says the northern province is on track to develop public facilities, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life under the Smart City model.

    He said the province will encourage cultural tourism, safe agriculture which helps farmers earn more income, environmental protection, trade and investment as well as the health of local residents and elderly persons.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    The Smart City Blueprint

    Smart cities are all the hype these days. Everyone from urban planners to private companies have been throwing the two words around lately, as a common aspiration for metropolitan cities in the coming years. It comes tied with a bunch of other complicated concepts, from the Internet of Things (IoT), to 5G, autonomous transportation and information and communication technology (ICT).

    While it all sounds complicated, we already see plenty of early smart city traits blooming in cities like Singapore, Dubai, New York and Shanghai today, amongst many more. You probably have the key to smart citizenship right in your hands too – your phone, which unlocks a bright and exciting future ahead.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: 19 services of these 7 departments available online

    The online mode of 'Government to Citizen' services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday launched 19 ‘Government to Citizen’ online services of seven departments on the State Services Delivery Gateway here. The online mode of ‘Government to Citizen’ services is developed by the Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency, Information Technology department in collaboration with CDAC Mumbai and will be available on www.jk.gov.in, an official spokesperson said.

  • Sat
    Mar
    16
    2019
    Indian railways signs MoU with RailTel for digitizing work of national transporter

    An MoU was signed on March 8 between Indian Railways and public sector telecom firm RailTel for implementing the e-office system aimed at digitizing the work of the national transporter.

    RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has taken up the work of implementing the e-office system for Indian Railways, an official statement said.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    VN: Customs to stop accepting cash

    Payments of import-export taxes and fees to customs authorities must all be conducted via cashless payment methods or through credit institutions from the beginning of April, according to a requirement recently issued by the General Department of Việt Nam Customs.

    The move is an effort by the customs authorities to promote cashless payment to aid in Việt Nam’s shift towards e-Government and a non-cash economy.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    Bulgaria Will Postpone the Introduction of Electronic Documents

    The state is preparing to postpone the introduction of electronic documents. Before the e-government forum, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev said that the state will keep the existing electronic identification systems, Econ.bg writes.

    The introduction of electronic documents has been postponed once again with amendments to the law last year, and now the deadline is January 1, 2020.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    IN: Kerala: E-governance: Kochi corp to hold talks with TCS today

    City corporation authorities would be holding discussions with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the agency that has been entrusted with the preparation of modules for the e-governance project and providing technical assistance, on Friday.

    The e-governance project has gone haywire with TCS withdrawing their services thereby affecting maintenance of servers and technical assistance.

  • Fri
    Mar
    15
    2019
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: PM launches smart city ICC centres at Itanagar and Pasighat

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for Itanagar and Pasighat Smart City through digital platform (remote control) from New Delhi.

    At Itanagar, the foundation stone laying ceremony for Smart City ICC centre was organized at Dorjee Khandu Hall, Legislative Assembly and was attended by Home Minister Kumar Waii, among others.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    CN: Blockchain firm office in Hong Kong to drive Smart City goals

    The firm will be hiring local blockchain solutions architects and software developers, pushing Smart City goals.

    According to a recent report, a venture capital studio announced the opening of its new office in Hong Kong.

    The VC studio Hong Kong will pursue a growth plan which includes the hiring of blockchain solutions architects and software developers.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: E-governance services of corporation hit as TCS backs out

    City corporation’s e-governance project has run into rough waters with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the agency that has been entrusted with the preparation of modules for the project and providing technical assistance, withdrawing their services.

    Online delivery of only four services of the 14 modules are functional now. Also, the company is yet to complete preparation of the remaining modules, including services related to corporation council and online booking of town halls.

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: ‘Aadhaar-linked SRDH data was shared in the past too’

    Amidst the raging controversy in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over alleged pilferage of crucial government data by an app developed for the TDP by a private firm based in Hyderabad, J Satyanarayana, part-time chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), who also happens to be the IT & E-Governance Advisor to the government of Andhra Pradesh, said the Aadhaar data as a separate entity with UIDAI is safe and secure. In a wide-ranging interview to TOI, Satyanarayana said he does not deal with the day to day issues of both UDIAI or AP IT department and is involved only in policy decisions. Excerpts:

  • Thu
    Mar
    14
    2019
    ZM: Shared responsibility for shared future

    The key driver of productivity in our societies has been the past three industrial revolutions.

    Today, that driving force is information and communications technology (ICT) and the development and widespread application of digital technologies.

    However, the transition from technology to productivity, and eventually to growth and jobs, is not a simple journey.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    ZA: R1.4bn cash injection for Gauteng's e-government

    The Department of e-Government, the division focused on ICT and innovation in Gauteng, will receive R1.4 billion this year to fund key projects.

    So said finance MEC Barbara Creecy, delivering the fifth and final budget of the current administration, as well as the medium-term projections for the next three years.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    RS: E-identification via mobile phones to be launched by summer

    Director of the government’s Office for Information Technologies and Electronic Administration, Mihailo Jovanovic announced at the Kopaonik Business Forum tonight that electronic identification via mobile phones will be available probably as of summer this year.

    “This year, we are definitely going to launch electronic identification that will facilitate dual-route communication for citizens and businesses on the e-government portals,” Jovanovic told Tanjug.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    US: Florida: Clay County: Orange Park: Real-time data already solving transportation problems

    The era of the “smart city” and “smart region” is here, using real-time data to solve community problems like transportation.

    Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield surprisingly promised more than 170 business leaders and elected officials at the Thrasher-Horne Center that he wouldn’t talk about the First Coast Expressway or other Clay County road projects during the first quarter Clay Economic Development Corp. luncheon.

  • Wed
    Mar
    13
    2019
    IN: Goa: Panaji: Most excise services now available online

    Several of excise department’s services are now available via e-governance mode. The new services were thrown open by chief secretary Parimal Rai at the secretariat on Tuesday.

    Excise commissioner Amit Satija said the new module of online application and processing of request will reduce the clearing time significantly and also bring transparency and accountability in the entire system.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    Study reveals huge demand for e-voting in Switzerland

    Over two-thirds of Swiss people believe all citizens should be able to vote online, a national survey has revealed.

    A government study, published on Tuesday, revealed that demand for electronic governance services was far greater than what was on offer.

    E-voting, for example, is only used by 2% of Swiss voters at present, yet 68% believe it should be open to all. Meanwhile, 12% say it should only be available to voters with disabilities and those living abroad.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    KH: Ministry urges public institutions to go digital

    The Civil Service Ministry yesterday urged public institutions to go digital to provide more efficient and timely services to the public.

    The ministry, in collaboration with UNDP, yesterday launched the National Conference on Public Sector in the Digital Era to seek innovative ways to improve services.

  • Tue
    Mar
    12
    2019
    IN: Maharashtra govt launches Aaple Sarkar chatbot to deliver e-gov services

    The Government of Maharashtra has partnered with Haptik to develop a chatbot for the purposes of effective information dissemination, as part of the Right to Services Act of 2015. The Act mandates that citizens should be able to access information regarding public services through digital platforms. The new chatbot will be another medium through which citizens can get their queries resolved.

    Available on the Aaple Sarkar RTS (Right to Services) website, the bot provides easy, conversational access to information regarding 1,400 public services managed by the state government, said the company. The platform has already received an overwhelming response from the residents of the state. The bot has substantially benefited users by providing them with instantaneous, accurate, transparent and complete information, as well as enabling them to track services offered by the state government.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    Botswana minister aims to repeal electronic voting law

    Botswana is set to repeal the Electoral (Amendment) Act of 2016 that led to the introduction of electronic voting machines.

    The Electoral (Amendment) Act has faced stiff resistance from opposition parties.

    Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Ronald Shamukuni has now published in the Government Gazette (Extraordinary) the Electoral (Amendment (Repeal) Bill of 2019 that he intends to present to Parliament this year to repeal the 2016 Act.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    OM: ITA, Omantel join hands for smart city project in KOM

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Omantel have signed a pact for smart city services.

    As per the agreement, Omantel will provide the required communication and support services like the Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data to the smart city pilot project being implemented in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

    The smart city project is being implemented by ITA in cooperation with the Public Establishment for Industrial estates (Madayn).

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    IN: Modi government's Smart City programme showing results

    The number of projects completed increased manifold showing progress in one year what had not been achieved in the two years previous to it.

    Ahead of the parliamentary elections, the Modi government’s ambitious flagship programme to “smarten” up 100 cities is finally showing some tangible results.

    Overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and meticulously monitored through a scientifically devised system by the housing and urban affairs ministry, the Smart City Mission has achieved in one year what it had not over the previous two years put together.

  • Mon
    Mar
    11
    2019
    IN: eCourts app brings reforms in justice delivery system

    eCourts services is touted as a revolution in court management in the country and is expected to speed up India’s quest for attaining top ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. A new digital app, available on both android and iOS, has already seen 17 lakh downloads within few months of its launch, recording almost 5,000 downloads a day, making it so popular that it has bagged the top Digital India award this year.

    This mobile application gives case status and entire case history of almost all 3.2 crore pending cases across 21 high courts and about 18,000 district & subordinate courts in India. Barring the Supreme Court and four high courts of Delhi, Bombay, Karnataka and MP, all 21 other HCs in the country have been linked through the app along with subordinate courts giving details of all pending cases.

  • Sun
    Mar
    10
    2019
    OM: Pact signed to implement Smart City pilot project at KOM

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) signed recently a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Smart City pilot project at Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

    According to the pact the company will provide the required communication and support services to benefit from the applications of smart city, Internet of Things, cloud computing services and big data within the Smart City pilot project currently implemented in KOM by ITA in cooperation with the public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE.

  • Sun
    Mar
    10
    2019
    New System for Domestic Workers to Be Launched in Bahrain

    The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) held a workshop for all employment agencies informing them about the new system and powers granted to the offices.

    Under the new system, employers can go to a recruitment agency approved by the LMRA, choose the worker and submit the application electronically.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    Cisco exec: US is slow on uptake when it comes to smart city movement

    Let this sink in: Southeast Asia, India and Europe are beating us when it comes to the smart cities movement.

    At least, that’s according to Jim Haskins, Cisco’s Smart Connected Communities/IoT specialist.

    “We’re a little slow on the uptake,” he told a 200-strong crowd gathered for the second day of the sixth annual Clean Tech Summit in Chapel Hill.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    AE: Smart Dubai launches second phase for its paperless strategy

    Dubai Paperless Strategy saw six government entities reduced paper use by 57 per cent in the last six months.

    Smart Dubai is working with nine government entities in the second phase this year in their endeavor to go paperless by 2021, a senior official said at a conference on Wednesday.

    In the first phase, Dubai Paperless Strategy saw six government entities reduced paper use by 57 per cent in the last six months, exceeding their initial target set for 50 per cent digital transformation of transactions.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    US: California: San Diego, USMC Partner on Regional Smart City Initiatives

    The California city and the U.S. Marine Corps will work together on a number of projects designed to enhance security and services for residents.

    The city of San Diego and the U.S. Marine Corps have entered into an agreement to collaborate on various smart city initiatives, including programs involving renewable energy, drones and smart streetlights, according to the Mayor's Office.

  • Sat
    Mar
    09
    2019
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Smart City ranking: Tirunelveli jumps from rank 78 to 16

    ₹1,120 crore allotted for the holistic development of the city

    The Corporation, which was selected as one of the 100 ‘Smart Cities’ in the country only in the second round, has climbed-up the ranking ladder to reach the 16th position in the entire country following the recently conducted third phase of assessment of the progress achieved so far on the projects getting executed under the scheme being implemented by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    US: Alabama: Selma launches smart city initiative

    The city of Selma is now a smart city. City leaders hope this will be a chance to make them more competitive in the 21st Century and be a catalyst for change in the Black Belt when it comes to broadband internet.

    Free wireless internet is now available in downtown Selma.

    “Right now it is downtown, but next month it will be further out. We are moving very quickly,” said Mayor Darrio Melton.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    Smart City Privacy : Our Past, Who We Are and Why We Live This Way

    This is the first in a series of posts discussing concepts of a "smart city" and the privacy implications of living in such an environment. Looking back gives us time to reflect, and knowing the path we took to get to a place can give us a feel for why we wanted to be there in the first place. Knowing why we built cities may help us to build better, truly smarter cities today.

    In a series of posts, I will talk about the concept of a “smart city” and the privacy implications of living in such an environment. To build up a picture of what the privacy implications of smart living are, I will look back at how human beings came to live in cities in the first place. As we move into a near-future where data and the Internet of Things (IoT) will run our cities, looking back to look forward may help us design better places to live.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    SG: Parliament: Digital help for drivers searching for street parking

    Service going on trial in CBD by end-June is among slew of Smart Nation initiatives

    Finding open-air public parking will soon get easier with an upcoming digital service that will let drivers check the availability of spaces before reaching a car parking lot.

    The service is one of several initiatives Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan announced yesterday in Parliament, giving an update on Singapore's Smart Nation drive.

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    New online platform for sale of agriculture products launched in Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijani farmers will be able to sell their products online using a new platform, Agil Guliyev, the head of Azerbaijan’s Agriculture Ministry said at the presentation of a mobile application and a platform for online sales of the brand “From Village to City”, Trend reports on March 1.

    “The main objective of this presentation is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” he said. “To this end, new sales opportunities are created for them.”

  • Fri
    Mar
    08
    2019
    US: California: New App Helps Los Angeles Area Residents Breathe Easier

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District reports high engagement with a new mobile application meant to equip citizens with knowledge about current smog levels as well as air quality forecasts.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know if the air is breathable in Los Angeles today? At the risk of sounding cliché: There’s an app for that.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    Digital transformation delivers breakthrough chances to VN

    Such concepts as ‘digital transformation’, ‘business model breakthrough’, ‘business digitalization’ have become popular in global economic forums as well as giant technological enterprises. This is also the major focus of Vietnam, in hope of obtaining more tremendous opportunities for development, according to technology experts.

    The experts comment that thanks to the digitalization process, along with the impressive growth of technological advancements, all regular activities of human beings, especially commercial ones, are gradually changing.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    Vietnam laying the foundations for an E-Government by creating national database and public service portal

    The government is to create a national database system and launch a national public service portal to enhance public service delivery

    Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said the Vietnam government has recognised that developing the digital economy is one of the key tasks in enhancing the competitiveness of the economy.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    US: California: Marines to work with San Diego on smart city applications

    The two sides have signed a MoU to work together on smart technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems, renewable energy and smart streetlights

    The city of San Diego has entered a cooperative agreement with the US military to work together on smart city initiatives.

  • Thu
    Mar
    07
    2019
    T&T to collaborate with Estonia on e-Government

    Possibilities for Government to collaborate with Estonia on the enhancement of T&T’s electronic-Government (e-Government) initiatives were discussed yesterday by Prime Minister Keith Rowley and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

    The talks were part of bilateral discussions between both at yesterday’s Caricom 30th Inter-Sessional meeting in St Kitts. Estonia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, is located in Northern Europe. It includes more than 1,500 islands.

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    NG: Broadband plan: Our experience, future plans, by industry stakeholders

    Stakeholders in the nation’s ICT sector gathered in Abuja recently to appraise the performance of the 30 per cent broadband target set for the country between 2013 and 2018 by the National Broadband Plan.

    The event featured participants in the industry including, investors, regulators, government representatives as well as professionals in the sector.

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    CARICOM: PM Minnis: Digital transformation to improve govt. services, attract investment

    Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis believes The Bahamas can replicate the success experienced by the Republic of Estonia, which has effectively used technology to transform its government services and attract international investment.

    Prime Minister Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, on the sidelines of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

  • Wed
    Mar
    06
    2019
    CA: To truly modernize social programs, it will take big data and analytics

    For our most vulnerable citizens, we need to create a trove of ‘what works’ data that will allow for help that is tailored to the individual.

    Finding better ways of wiring for e-government is important and necessary. Nobody would disagree with the need for better computing, electronic communications and information management.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    IN: HUA will not stop at just 100 smart cities, says Puri

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) has spent has spent six times the money used for urban rejuvenation in the 10-year UPA rule and asserted that it is not going to stop at just 100 smart cities. As many as 15 smart command and control centres (SCCC) worth Rs2,771 crores in 15 smart cities have been completed and work orders for setting up 31 integrated command and control centre have been issued. In 18 cities, it is under tendering process. Due to this, crime rate has been decreased in these smart cities.

    According to HUA, smart roads in 21 cities worth Rs795 crore have been completed, work orders amounting to Rs7,626 crore have been issued in 54 cities and tendering worth Rs5,942 crore is under progress in 40 cities under smart city mission (SCM). As per latest data, smart waste water projects in four cities worth Rs326 crore have been completed, work orders amounting to Rs5,342 crore have been issued in 41 cities and tendering worth Rs3,860 crore is under progress in 23 cities.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    IN: Karnataka government to deliver services at doorstep

    Citizens can hope to end their ordeal of running from pillar to post in government offices as the state government has embarked on implementing doorstep delivery of various services.

    The e-governance department will next week launch a pilot of the project, Government Services at Citizens' Doorstep, announced by CM HD Kumaraswamy in the state budget.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    Afghanistan launches e-governance system

    Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) has launched the first ever e-governance centre in Kabul which will handle a wide-range of services in this field, including the delivery of electronic identity cards, work license, driving license, certificates and passports, reports Tolonews.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    ZW: National Data Center Nears Completion

    The Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere says the National Data Center (NDC) Project is set to be complete by December this year.

    Speaking to TechnoMag, Honorable Muswere said the National Data Centre will orchestrate the relationship between the Government and the Industry and various stakeholders in the service delivery model. service delivery model.

  • Tue
    Mar
    05
    2019
    How India's ambitious plan for digital government grew into a monster

    The Aadhaar biometric data scheme has become synonymous with invasive government and attempted control

    In the decade since India created a government agency to collect residents’ data for Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric identification scheme, a lot has happened. Aadhaar has been a resounding success – in purely numerical terms at least – achieving nearly universal coverage in a vast country of 1.3 billion people. And at the same time, it has been a dreadful failure, underlining the limits of relying on data to digitally reboot the Indian system and transform people’s lives.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    Estonia world champion in governance?

    Recent in-depth analysis of the costs of the election manifesto promises of all the political parties in Estonia revealed proposals which would cost money vastly exceeded those which would bring in revenue. Whilst this was not surprising, writes Rauno Vinni, many political parties have also offered a reduction in bureaucracy and cutting back of officialdom. But would such state reform actually help to solve the shortage of resources? There is a strange paradox where reducing bureaucracy actually costs money, making it difficult to afford to reduce said bureaucracy.

    All political parties are promising new services at these elections, and large-scale investment into key areas like education, health, international and external security, social policy etc. However, the gulf between how much implementing these costs, and the potential which could be reaped from them, is so great, that merely trimming back the state apparatus is not going to be enough to garner the resources needed.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    IN: Haryana: Budget explores avenues to develop Gurugram as a global smart city

    500 startups to be set up in the coming years that will create more than one lakh jobs Even though there were no grand investment announcements, Haryana government in its budget explored various new avenues towards making Gurugram a global smart city. Among the major factors focussed by the government towards achieving this objective were developing infrastructure for startups and skill development, digital, road and metro connectivity, renewable energy and organic farming and sanitation systems.

  • Mon
    Mar
    04
    2019
    IN: Telangana: CGG Hyderabad wins award for ‘Outstanding Digital Initiative’

    The award was presented by the Union Law Minister Dr. Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi recently. CGG competed with 600 participating nominations and bagged this title.

    Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad won the “Platinum” Digital India Award 2018 under “Outstanding Digital Initiative by a Local Body” category at Digital India Awards for its “Citizen Centric Integrated Services to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)”. The award was presented by the Union Law Minister Dr. Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi recently. CGG competed with 600 participating nominations and bagged this title.

  • Sun
    Mar
    03
    2019
    NG: Technology and future elections II

    May I start with a confession? Last week’s piece was supposed to be a single part only, and was designed to share my thoughts on the elections. I planned to move to something else, based on my content calendar. The turn of events, however, quickly made me change my mind because it was unbearable for me, like most Nigerians, that the electoral umpire shifted the elections while most of us slept.

    I was visibly angry at first because I had to change location, in order to be able to vote and secondly, this is the era of technology. Besides nepotism, selfishness and lack of vision, there is simply no reason why Nigeria should not be moving forward technologically. As a stakeholder in the technology ecosystem, it is my opinion that, we have crawled in these last few years.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2019
    Vietnamese enterprises to boost digital transformation

    Increasing profit a few hundred per cent, saving billions of dollars in technology costs, operating complex data systems in real time, transforming appropriate business models, improving operational efficiency and personalising customer experience on large-scale digital platforms at fast speed were the benefits of digital transformation, said Dr. Phương Trầm, FPT head consultant on digital transformation and former DuPont CIO at a seminar in Hà Nội this week.

    Digital transformation in organisations and businesses is the process of changing from traditional models to digital enterprises by applying new technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

  • Sat
    Mar
    02
    2019
    VN: Localities rush to adopt smart city technology

    With the strong development of science and technology, some localities in Việt Nam are in a rush to make changes and become smart cities.

    According to a United Nations report released in November, the e-government development index of Việt Nam had risen five places in the past five years, making Việt Nam one the top countries for e-government development.

  • Fri
    Mar
    01
    2019
    NA: Oshikoto: Omuthiya: N$20 Billion Tsumeb Smart City Still On Cards

    Construction of the multi-billion-dollar mega Smart-City investment in Tsumeb is likely to start in April, says the mayor of the copper town Mathew Hangula.

    The planned project will cost a massive N$20 billion that will be a significant investment complementing the mining and agricultural sectors, which are Tsumeb's economic backbone, and it will tremendously boost the town's economy and provide employment to thousands of people from within and outside the town and the Oshikoto Region.

A huge public security-cum-service complex has been opened in Al Shahaniya where the services provided include visa issuance and renewal, fingerprinting, passport issuance and e-government services.

The Minister of State for Interior Affairs, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, inaugurated the complex on Thursday.

The premises boast a comprehensive security and service complex that comprises buildings for several offices, such as Dukhan Security Department (DSD), a Services Centre with a special annexe for Qatari passports and Qatari Smart ID Cards and a Civil Defence Centre in addition to branches for the Drug Prevention Department and Criminal Investigation.

The Director General of Public Security, Staff Major-General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, the Director of Qatar Petroleum (Dukhan Operations), Ahmed Saif Al Sulaiti, and other dignitaries were present.

Six water tanks for carrying out civil defence operations in the area have been built.

The Director of DSD, Brigadier Abdul Hadi Dhafir Al Ahbabi, the Assistant Director of the General Directorate of Passports and Expatriates Affairs, Brigadier Muhammed Al Atheeque, the Director of Criminal Evidences and Information Department, Colonel Nasser Al Mahmoud, the Head of Engineering and Maintenance Section in the Logistics Department, Colonel Muhammed Thani Al Mudhahika and Shahaniya Civil Defence Centre Officer Lieutenant Khalid Nasser Al Othaibi later held a press briefing.

Stressing the importance of community policing, Al Ahbabi said the department had appointed some of its staff especially for community policing and sent them for special training courses, which helped them to communicate with residents and the labour force in the area easily and also helped to find solutions to many social problems.

Brigadier Muhammed Al Atheeque explained that the Shahaniya Services Centre was providing most of the services offered by the headquarters of the General Directorate of Passports and Expatriates Affairs in Doha.

The services available at Shahaniya Services Centre are: Residence Permit (Personal) Renewal, Residence Permit (Companies) Renewal, Visa Application Form (Personal) Submission, Visa Application Form (Families) Submission, Visa Application Form (Companies) Submission, Qatari Passport, Exit Permit for Qataris and Expatriates, Reporting about Absconding Workers, e-Government Service, Recruitment Application Submission, E-Cash Service and ATM Service.

“The Fingerprint Section has two units: one for men and another for women, and the section has been established in Shahaniya in order to ease the delivery of fingerprinting services to the area’s residents. The section at present works during official duty hours and in future may work in an evening shift,” said Colonel Nasser Al Mahmoud.

Speaking about the facilities in the Shahaniya Civil Defence Centre, Al Othaibi said the centre covered a number of industrial establishments and would respond first in the case of road accidents in the area.

On the occasion of the centre’s inauguration, the civil defence directorate launched six new Rozen Power water tankers, which are used for rescue operations and fire-fighting.

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