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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    Jan
    09
    2019
    Digitising Cambodia’s economic future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    Jan
    02
    2019
    IN: SoOLEGAL to provide digital legal services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    Dec
    29
    2018
    MY: Sarawak’s drive towards electronic payments

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

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

  • Sat
    Dec
    29
    2018
    Vietnamese e-commerce sees impressive results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    Dec
    28
    2018
    Ukrainian drivers opened access to personal electronic office

    Current information is available online.

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    Dec
    27
    2018
    eIndia–Documenting India’s digital revolution

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    Dec
    26
    2018
    How Digitization Can Help SMEs In India?

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

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

  • Wed
    Dec
    26
    2018
    IN: Puducherry empowering citizens digitally

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

  • Wed
    Dec
    26
    2018
    India’s big leap into the digital future

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

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

  • Tue
    Dec
    25
    2018
    Vietnam’s e-commerce forecast to boom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    Dec
    24
    2018
    EU bank to further finance Belgian smart cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    Dec
    21
    2018
    Ukraine, EU sign agreement on e-governance

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

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

  • Fri
    Dec
    21
    2018
    PK: Implementing change

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

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

  • Thu
    Dec
    20
    2018
    The Impact of Blockchain

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

  • Thu
    Dec
    20
    2018
    ZA: Govt e-Job site goes live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    Dec
    19
    2018
    Making Sense of City Parking

    Advances in sensor technology and analytics can improve how cities use their parking spaces, which can reduce congestion, enhance air quality and boost revenue.

    Parking is a large-scale problem in cities throughout the world, contributing to a host of problems, including congestion, poor air quality and road safety issues. In Paris, drivers spend an average of three years of their lives searching for spots on streets, in lots or in garages. On average, a driver spends between 10 and 20 minutes trying to find a parking place. Drivers who have to hunt for a parking spot every day for work — assuming they work 210 days a year — could spend from 35 to 70 hours searching for that elusive space each year.

  • Tue
    Dec
    18
    2018
    UAE leads Arab region in AI adoption

    The UAE is leading the Arab region when it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, which is set to see an annual growth rate of 33.5 per cent, a new report has revealed.

    The report by the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Campus, prepared in collaboration with ArabNet and startAD, also revealed that the UAE is followed by Saudi Arabia with an expected 31.3 per cent annual growth rate in the adoption of AI, the rest of the GCC region at 28.8 per cent, and Egypt at 25.5 per cent.

  • Tue
    Dec
    18
    2018
    IR: Taking smart decisions important for having smart cities: minister

    Taking smart decisions is as important as collecting and processing smart data for having smart cities, the information and communication technology minister said, IRNA reported.

    Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Smart Congress at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Monday.

  • Tue
    Dec
    18
    2018
    ZA: SITA 'not institutionally ready' for IoT

    While the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) acknowledges it is not institutionally ready to fully maximise the Internet of Things (IoT), government views IoT as a catalyst for smart service delivery. SITA, however, aims to improve the country's state of readiness to adopt, implement and roll out IoT technology.

    This is according to SITA CEO, Setumo Mohapi, who was speaking at an IoT Industry Day organised by the agency in Pretoria yesterday. He said the organisation plans to roll out an IoT strategy in 2019 to 'leverage pockets of IoT development and innovation, harness available skills and implement an ecosystem based on open innovation'.

  • Tue
    Dec
    18
    2018
    Smarter cities for better life

    According to a report released by UN in May, today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050.

    The 31st of October is celebrated as World Cities Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the trends and consequences of increasing urbanization and the challenges and opportunities urbanization brings to sustainable development. It is also a chance to promote best practices, new ideas and partnerships between cities and different stakeholders.

  • Mon
    Dec
    17
    2018
    CA: Smart cities threaten privacy, freedom, warns expert

    The former privacy commissioner of Ontario recently resigned from a project to create a smart city in Toronto because there are no guarantees the collection of personal data would be kept private. Privacy is fundamental to freedom, says Ann Cavoukian, and smart cities being created around the world are not doing enough to guarantee it.

    ‘No opportunity to revoke consent’

  • Mon
    Dec
    17
    2018
    UG: ICTs for Development: An opportunity in waiting

    Digital governments take such dimensions as; service delivery, access to public information, open data and citizen engagement.

    The 21st century dynamics arguably provide a smart way for governments to go against the step by step development theory as posited by Walt Rostow back in the 1960s.

  • Mon
    Dec
    17
    2018
    Estonia to export its digital solutions to Benin

    The Republic of Benin in West Africa is to develop a data exchange platform based on the Estonian model.

    The Estonian e-Governance Academy and Benin’s National Information Systems and Services Agency have signed an agreement to design and implement the governmental interoperability framework for enhancing secure data exchange between government authorities and developing digital services for Beninese citizens. The development includes the Estonian secure data exchange platform based on the Estonian X-Road model and several interoperability solutions.

  • Sun
    Dec
    16
    2018
    IN: Odisha revenue cases pile up despite e-governance

    The pendency of mutation cases beyond the timeline of Odisha Right to Public Services (ORTPS) is almost 50 per cent of the total pendency in 14 districts.

    Even as the State Government claims to have introduced 3T (transparency, teamwork and technology) formula to improve governance, thousands of land mutation cases, which were supposed to be disposed of in a time-bound manner, are pending in several districts since long.The e-Governance initiatives have hit a roadblock due to a number of reasons including map issues, duplicate entry of cases and non-institution of old cases. As many as 2,37,605 mutation cases were recorded in 30 districts till November 20 while only 17 per cent of those cases have been disposed of.

  • Sun
    Dec
    16
    2018
    Iran climbs 20 steps in development of e-government

    Dean of Management Faculty of University of Tehran Ahmad Sahraei said that Iran has moved up 20 steps in the global ranking of the development of electronic government, standing in the 130th place.

    Development of electronic government is one of the main strategies of fighting corruption and in this regard, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the responsible body for fighting corruption," he added.

  • Sun
    Dec
    16
    2018
    Delegation visits Brunei’s leading digital transformation company

    A 30-member delegation from the 10th Brunei-Malaysia-Singapore Leadership Development Programme 2018 (Brunei Leg) visited Comquest Sdn Bhd, a leading digital transformation company in Brunei Darussalam recently.

    According to a press release, the leadership development programme is conducted annually by the Civil Service Institute (IPA) Brunei, Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) Malaysia and Civil Service College (CSC) Singapore.

  • Sat
    Dec
    15
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Salem: CM to inaugurate Rs 170-crore worth smart city projects on Dec

    Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will inaugurate smart city projects to the tune of Rs 168.85 crore and other schemes at a government function to be held in the city on Thursday (December 13).

    Salem Municipal Corporation (SMC) commissioner R Sadheesh, along with Salem MP V Panneerselvam, MLAs G Venkatachalam and A B Sakthivel and other officials, inspected the event venue on Saturday. He said the smart city projects would focus on both area-based and pan city development.

  • Sat
    Dec
    15
    2018
    Microsoft shows power of AI for government in Kuwait

    Microsoft has discussed the potential of AI for government at the sixth E-Government Forum (EGOV) in Kuwait.

    The company was platinum sponsor for the event which took place from 4-6th December in Kuwait City.

  • Fri
    Dec
    14
    2018
    US: Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things?

    The potential for IoT to improve residents’ lives is significant, but only if cities have adequate digital infrastructure.

    In 2017, the number of IoT devices outnumbered the world’s population for the first time, exceeding 8 billion. While forecasts for the future have varied widely, the current consensus is that we can expect 20-plus billion IoT devices by 2020. We may have as many as 125 billion by 2030, according to IHS Markit, a data analytics research firm.

  • Fri
    Dec
    14
    2018
    US: Michigan: The Online Tools Detroit Is Using to Support Sustainability

    Detroit may be behind on rolling out a full sustainability action agenda, but the city is agile and catching up fast with a new set of digital tools to foster engagement among the community.

    Detroit, like many cities, is working to get greener these days, doing so by creating the Office of Sustainability, hiring a director for that office, and, most recently, deploying a new set of tech-based tools to foster broad community engagement.

  • Thu
    Dec
    13
    2018
    KW: Govt upgrades e-services to confront corruption: Minister

    Under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and in cooperation with the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), the 6th E-Government Forum (EGOV6) kicked off on Tuesday under the motto ‘Managing Transformation Towards Digitalization’ in the Al-Baraka Ballroom of Crowne Plaza hotel. The forum focused on managing change during the digital transformation journey.

    On the sidelines of the forum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khaled Al-Saleh said raising the level of digital services in Kuwait is a big concern of the government, adding that the aim of upgrading electronic services is to confront corruption through e-services that remove the human element in the completion of any transaction.

  • Thu
    Dec
    13
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Traffic management to be part of Smart City

    Punishing stop light violators and managing traffic at 159 busy junctions of the city is set to get automated with corporation getting a nod to implement Red Light Violation Detection (RVLD) system by installing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras under Smart City.

    The ANPR cameras will be powered by Optical Character Recognition technology to read the number plates of violating vehicles. The system will automatically generate challan for payment of a fine which will be sent to the violator.

  • Thu
    Dec
    13
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Hubballi Dharwad Smart City to implement ICCC, IoT enabled ICT systems

    The project is expected to be implemented in a phased manner and will go live by mid-2019

    NEC Technologies India has concluded a contract to provide command and control centre components and other IoT enabled smart ICT systems for Hubballi Dharwad Smart City (HDSCL). The project is expected to be implemented in a phased manner and will go live by mid-2019. Under the contract, NEC Technologies India will implement an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), city wide surveillance system and ICT based solid waste management system.

  • Thu
    Dec
    13
    2018
    Is Thailand 4.0 coming to fruition?

    Thailand’s military junta, also known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) came into power after a coup in 2014. Since then, it – under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha – has received both criticism and praise from people inside and outside the country. Say what you like but the NCPO has shown initiative in leading Thailand in the right direction when it unveiled its master plan for the country’s future two years after it took control.

    In 2016, the military government unveiled its newest economic initiative dubbed “Thailand 4.0”. The initiative was a master plan to get the country Industry 4.0-ready with the ultimate aim of freeing the people of Thailand from the middle-income trap by making the country a high-income nation in five years following the inception of Thailand 4.0.

  • Wed
    Dec
    12
    2018
    US: How Can Smaller Cities Join the Growing AI Economy?

    As artificial intelligence gains ground, countries are setting national strategies to promote the technology’s adoption. Local governments may not have those same resources, but they can make AI more accessible.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to make a significant impact on the global economy, adding $15.7 trillion to the GDP by 2030. In pursuit of these economic benefits, many countries have developed national strategies to promote the adoption of AI within their borders, such as China’s ambitious plan to become the global leader in AI. But what can state and local governments — especially those outside of the country’s main tech hubs — do to ensure they are not left behind in the AI economy?

  • Wed
    Dec
    12
    2018
    6 Challenges Smart Cities Face and How to Overcome Them

    Cities can surmount challenges around infrastructure, partnerships and politics through innovation and collaboration.

    Many cities today have ambitions of becoming the smart cities of tomorrow. But to achieve this, they need to overcome the challenges associated with mapping out a complex strategy that involves public and private participants, direct and indirect stakeholders, integrators, network and managed service providers, product vendors and IT infrastructure providers.

  • Wed
    Dec
    12
    2018
    GR: Athens shows how smart cities can do more with less

    Last year, Greece’s capital city, Athens, hired its first Chief Digital Officer – Konstantinos Champidis talks to Smart Cities World about his first 18 months in the job.

    Many cities hired Chief Digital Officers years ago and their smart city drives are well underway. Athens has had other things on its mind.

  • Wed
    Dec
    12
    2018
    Azerbaijan creates e-government executive group

    An e-government executive group has been established in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.

    The group was created at an event “Development of e-government and transition to digital government: new concept and look into future.”

    The event was attended by representatives of various government agencies working in this area.

  • Tue
    Dec
    11
    2018
    Mediterranean EU countries make push on blockchain technology

    Seven southern EU member states including France, Italy, Spain and Malta are positioning themselves as Europe’s leaders on developing blockchain technology to be used by governments.

    A grouping known as the “Mediterranean seven” on Tuesday called on Brussels to help promote ‘Distributive Ledger Technology’ (DLT) that is most associated with cryptocurrencies but is increasingly being used by governments to offer services to citizens.

  • Tue
    Dec
    11
    2018
    EUR 1bn already allocated to the development of smart and sustainable cities in Belgium thanks to EIB-Belfius partnership

    In concrete terms, this constitutes 121 projects benefiting more than 2 million people

    “Smart Cities, Climate Action & Circular Economy II” has been launched with an additional EUR 400m to support ever smarter, more sustainable and circular projects helping to combat global warming

    The EIB and Belfius are cementing their partnership and are both supporting local authorities in the implementation of their projects and according to their needs

  • Tue
    Dec
    11
    2018
    MM: South Korean loan to help fund e-government data centre project

    The government will use a US$93.8 million (K147.3 billion) loan from South Korea to construct a data centre to support e-government processes.

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications gave a presentation to seek approval for the loan at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) on Monday.

  • Tue
    Dec
    11
    2018
    Mauritius Launches Smart City Aimed at Economic Transformation

    Located in the Indian Ocean 500 miles off the coast of Madagascar, the country of Mauritius is barely 10 times the size of Washington DC. Despite its size, but the country is attempting something big: creating an environment for potential investors and new jobs with its Smart City Scheme. Mauritius has already found success in moving from an economy based primarily on sugar exports and tourism to one based on finance, business and banking outsourcing. The island nation now boasts one of the most successful economies on the continent. If this Smart City Scheme project proves successful, it could provide a blueprint for more African smart cities to follow their own path to prosperity.

  • Mon
    Dec
    10
    2018
    IN: This is Determination: SenRa Reaches 30 City Milestone in India with LoRa Network Roll-Out

    SenRa, a PAN India Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) provider for long range-based, low radio power Internet of Things (IoT) applications today announced they’ve rolled out networks in 30 cities in India.

    Cities with SenRa’s LoRaWAN™ network coverage include Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Chandigarh. SenRa’s deployment contributing to the adoption of LoRaWAN in the region, along with other companies, including Tata Communications, contributing to the development of Smart Cities throughout India.

  • Mon
    Dec
    10
    2018
    IN: Andhra to launch 125 digital services next year

    Andhra Pradesh’s e-Pragati Authority of the Information Technology (IT) department will launch 125 digital services in January next year. With an aim of ‘invisible government, visible governance’, the State Government is trying to bring all its 745 citizen services on one digital platform.

    “We have identified 125 services from seven departments, including Certificate Less Governance System (CLGS) and Licence Management System (LMS), to be integrated with the platform. We are working on it and expect to make them available by January,” said IT Principal Secretary K Vijayanand.

  • Mon
    Dec
    10
    2018
    Why we have delivered a bold vision for Australia’s digital future

    Last month, I was proud to unveil Australia's first ever Digital Transformation Strategy, which will revolutionise the delivery of government services over the next seven years and ensure we remain a world leader for digital government.

    The strategy sets out a bold and detailed plan on how we intend to achieve our goals and was backed by a roadmap containing more than $1.5 billion worth of fully funded digital initiatives that will be rolled out over the next two years.

  • Mon
    Dec
    10
    2018
    Parliament to Debate $95-Million S. Korean Loan for Gov’t Data Center

    The government has sought Parliament’s approval for a nearly US$95-million (150.7 billion kyats) loan from South Korea to build a centralized e-governance data center.

    Minister of Transportation and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained to the Union Parliament on Monday the government’s plan to establish the e-Government Integrated Data Center (eGIDC) in Naypyitaw and a backup center in Thanlyin Township near Yangon.

  • Sun
    Dec
    09
    2018
    Stronger public private partnership required to drive Industry 4.0 in Malaysia

    • Entrepreneurs and SMEs need to assess fundamental aspects of their business
    • Time to take advantage of government policies, partner to accelerate digital businesses
    IDC believes that the 2019 Malaysia National Budget recently announced by Lim Guan Eng, the Finance Minister of Malaysia was an important incremental step in achieving Malaysia’s vision to become a fully connected digital economy.

  • Sun
    Dec
    09
    2018
    IN: ‘West Bengal focusing on people-centric applications in adopting emerging tech’

    The goal is to take these technologies to the grassroots level, state commerce and industries minister Amit Mitra said

    Speaking on the second day of the two-day “Emerging Tech Conclave”, organised by The Express Group here, Mitra, also the state finance minister, said that major tech companies are now flocking to Bengal to compete for orders convinced by the “transparent and competitive bidding process, embraced by the Mamata Banerjee-led government.”

  • Sun
    Dec
    09
    2018
    Australia launches Digital Transformation Strategy

    Australia has published a Digital Transformation Strategy, setting out its objective of allowing citizens to access all government services digitally by 2025. The goal, it says, is to ensure that government is “easy to deal with”; “informed by” citizens; and “fit for the digital age”.

    The strategy makes clear that it is dependent on the successful completion of the federal government’s project to create a digital identity system for users, work on which is already under way. With that in place, Australians using their digital ID will be able to opt-in to receive personalised services, alerting them to their eligibility for different services and providing reminders of when payments are due.

  • Sat
    Dec
    08
    2018
    IN: Nagaland: State signs MoU with Estonian academy on e-governance

    The Nagaland government on Friday inked an MoU with Estonian academy to enlighten the state people on the e-governance models prevailing in the world.

    The main objective of the five-year agreement with the e-Governance Academy of Estonia is to work together to develop and expand scientific collaboration on setting up e-Governance Academy in Nagaland, officials said.

  • Sat
    Dec
    08
    2018
    Iran starts issuing smart cards for gasoline purchase

    Iran started issuing smart cards for purchasing gasoline on Monday through “Mobile Government” - the first phase of e-government services project which came on stream in May.

    Applicants can register through the application or the website of Mobile Government, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said, Mehr reported.

  • Sat
    Dec
    08
    2018
    IR: ICT ministry urges Majlis to help develop e-government

    The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has asked Majlis (the Iranian parliament) to help expand e-government in state-run organization, Mehr reported on Monday.

    Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi discussed the issues during the visit of Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to the ICT ministry on Monday morning.

  • Sat
    Dec
    08
    2018
    IN: 5 North Eastern states sign MoU with BEL on Smart City projects

    Five states of the Northeastern region on Saturday signed separate MoUs with the Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL), a central PSU, to develop mechanisms relating to the Smart City projects in those states, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

    The Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed in presence of Puri, the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

  • Fri
    Dec
    07
    2018
    VN: Status of four focused solutions for smart city announced

    The HCMC Department of Information and Communications announced the implementation progress of four focused solutions for Smart City project on November 28.

    According to Decision No. 6179/QD-UBND issued by HCMC People’s Committee, there are four prioritized solutions, consisting of building a common database and developing an open database ecosystem; forming an operating center for the Smart City Project; constructing a simulation center to forecast urban economic – social status; and creating an information security center for the whole city.

  • Fri
    Dec
    07
    2018
    US: California: San Diego: Creating a scalable smart city

    Sarah Wray talks to Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE.

    San Diego is transforming its street lighting into a connected digital infrastructure with Current’s CityIQ platform. Sensors will collect real-time data across the city that can be used to develop applications to benefit the community – from directing drivers to open parking spaces to helping first responders during an emergency.

    Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE, tells SmartCitiesWorld more about this ground-breaking initiative.

  • Fri
    Dec
    07
    2018
    Efficient e-government By Blockchain Technology

    The blockchain technology works beyond the currency applications, and we need to look beyond the currency applications. The peer-to-peer networking and the consensus security mechanisms work in several other real-time applications other than just cryptocurrencies particularly in government tasks and as well in Identity management system providing for efficient e-government.

    The ideal of e-Government requires a lot of applications for its functioning. Several persistent documents should be authenticated in e-government, and the blockchain technology has already proved its capability in providing for the authentication process, therefore providing for an efficient document support infrastructure in e-government.

  • Fri
    Dec
    07
    2018
    CA: Ontario: Toronto: Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’

    New details on Toronto neighborhood’s streetscape, affordable housing, and privacy protection

    Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will present a new plan for Quayside, its pioneering smart city development on Toronto’s east waterfront, further demonstrating how it aims to improve how cities operate with a bottom-up reimagining of tech’s place in urban living.

  • Fri
    Dec
    07
    2018
    Introducing integrated e-government in Australia

    During the initial wave of digital-transformation efforts, Australia developed an international reputation as an early leader. That peaked in around 1999.

    While the different tiers of government (local, state and federal) and individual agencies have developed some impressive e-government platforms, a joined-up approach to e-government has so far remained elusive.

  • Thu
    Dec
    06
    2018
    IN: Government departments must do much more to be transparent

    The transparency audit by the Central Information Comission reveals that more than one-third of government ministries and departments do not disclose basic information about their decision-making process, foreign visits of senior officials, minutes of departmental meetings, transfer policy and grievance redressal mechanism

    Transparency is the bedrock of a democratic State. And since India is proud to be one, the government must take the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) transparency audit of ministries and departments seriously. According to CIC, more than one-third of government ministries and departments do not disclose basic information about their decision-making process, foreign visits of senior officials, minutes of departmental meetings, transfer policy and grievance redressal mechanism. “It has been found that out of 838 public authorities, 158 public authorities got grade A, 157 public authorities got grade B, 118 public authorities got grade C, 133 public authorities got grade D and 272 public authorities got grade E,” the report said.

  • Thu
    Dec
    06
    2018
    IN: Jammu & Kashmir: Labour dept goes online with host of services, Advisor Ganai launches portal, reviews performance of different wings

    The Labour Department today went online offering host of services as Advisor to Governor Khursheed Ahmed Ganai launched the departmental portal here before taking a review of performance of its different wings.The portal jointly crated by Labour department and SICOP will offer 31 services of twin organizations, including benefits under various welfare schemes for the workers, payment of various kinds of fee, besides information about labour laws and rules.Following an elaborate presentation on the working scope, workers’ welfare schemes, employment generation progammes being implemented by Entrepreneurs development Institute (EDI) given by Commissioner Secretary, Labour and Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, the Advisor asked the heads of different wings to explore the department’s massive reach by thorough understanding of laws, rules and schemes meant for benefiting huge population of working class.The meeting was attended by Labour Commissioner, Director Employment, Senior functionaries of various boards and corporations working for emancipation of workers, women, promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment schemes.

  • Thu
    Dec
    06
    2018
    ZW: Post offices to offer e-commerce services

    The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has announced that post offices dotted around the country will be transformed to offer e-commerce and e-government services.

    Electronic (e) government/commerce refers to the use of information and communication technologies to improve the activities of public sector organisations as well as buying and selling of goods or services using the internet.

  • Thu
    Dec
    06
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Smart cameras to help enforce traffic rules

    The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting .

    Commonly referred to as the traffic violation detection system, the trackers and cameras will automatically track and capture the violators‘ motorcycle or car registration number once they zoom past the traffic post. “There are two components of the detection system – one is red light violation detection and another speed violation detection system,” a senior BSCL official explained.

  • Thu
    Dec
    06
    2018
    US: California: Sacramento: Change Is in the DNA of All Smart City Initiatives

    City and industry officials are gathered in Sacramento, Calif., for the annual Meeting of the Minds Summit to discuss problems and technological solutions in areas like transportation, sustainability and equity.

    The evolution and deployment of city projects seldom follow a simple and predicable path. So don’t expect smart city projects to start and end without changes along the way.

  • Wed
    Dec
    05
    2018
    US: Arizona State University Launches Hub for Smart City Innovation

    Arizona State University is partnering with Amazon Web Services to create the ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center to build smarter communities in the Phoenix area.

    A new effort at Arizona State University is designed to help build smart communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) will leverage the power of the Amazon Web Services to solve community and regional challenges through improving digital experiences for smart city designers, expanding technology alternatives to minimize costs, spurring economic and workforce development, and facilitating sharing of public sector solutions within the region.

  • Wed
    Dec
    05
    2018
    South Korean government to trial blockchain-based online voting system

    South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Election Commission (NEC) have announced their plans to develop a blockchain-based online voting system.

    This was first reported by ZDNet. According to the official release, the new system leverages blockchain technology for storing and verifying voting results. It will go on trial in the private sector in December.

  • Wed
    Dec
    05
    2018
    Singapore State Courts' digital files accessed illegally due to system loophole

    A loophole in its criminal case filing system has resulted in 223 State Courts electronic documents to be accessed without authorisation, enabling accused persons to view court documents in other case files.

    Singapore's State Courts has revealed that several digital documents have been accessed without proper authorisation due to a loophole in a filing system.

  • Wed
    Dec
    05
    2018
    US: The Challenges of Connected Government

    The Internet of Things has the power to transform how we work and live. But without the right leadership, new investments and better strategies, government risks losing out on this opportunity.

    Long before the emergence of smartphones, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk used their mobile devices to measure radioactive frequencies and receive messages from the Starship Enterprise. Before Tesla introduced self-driving cars, the spaceship commanded by Kirk had smart sensors all around it and video feeds communicating with headquarters and other flying ships in the galaxy. In other words, fiction has become part of our reality. While the rewards are more than imagined, the implications of not planning for the digital age could be far greater.

  • Tue
    Dec
    04
    2018
    MyEG eyeing Indonesian e-govt projects

    With investors concerned about its earnings prospects after the change of government at home, MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG) is eyeing e-government projects in Indonesia. MyEG announced it is buying a 40% stake in e-government service provider PT Cartenz Technology Indonesia for US$10 million (RM41.9 million).

    It seems that concerns about MyEG’s ability to secure local e-government projects have prompted it to venture beyond its home turf. This is the third joint venture abroad for the group, after being active in the Philippines since last year and it has also set foot in Bangladesh.

  • Tue
    Dec
    04
    2018
    TZ: State launches online system for seeking visa, resident permits

    Foreigners wishing to visit or reside in Tanzania can now apply online for the relevant documents from anywhere around the world

    The government yesterday introduced electronic visa and residence permit services for foreign nationals wishing to visit or live in Tanzania, billed to enhance efficiency and boost security as well as revenue collection.

  • Tue
    Dec
    04
    2018
    PwC: Romania last in EU for digitalization

    Romania ranks last in EU for the digitalization of economy and society, said Dorian Farkas, senior manager financial consulting at PwC Romania, at a specialised conference on Wednesday.

    He presented results of three stages carried out on this topic at world level, Romania ranking last in EU for each of them.

  • Tue
    Dec
    04
    2018
    ZW: Zimpost shifting services launches online services to avoid bankruptcy

    Request a passport, birth or death certificates and access official documents online or receive goods bought online are the services Zimbabwe post (Zimpost) aims to offer residents in the coming years.

    This shift from its traditional services of sending and receiving mails is aimed at preserving Zimpost from the bankruptcy which was looming over it with the development of ICT.

  • Mon
    Dec
    03
    2018
    Inside Finland’s digital revolution

    Interview with Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT, Ministry of Finance. In a government office in Finland, 28 employees are working alongside 18 robots to trial a new way of working. Finland is one of the world’s most advanced govtech nations, ranking sixth in the 2018 United Nation e-government survey. “We have allocated for this year 10 million Euros to encourage government agencies to use robotics, analysis or AI in daily functions,” Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT at the Ministry of Finance, tells GovInsider.

  • Mon
    Dec
    03
    2018
    ZA: Ndabeni-Abrahams welcomes new govt cloud

    Newly appointed communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams delivered her first official public address on Friday, just 24 hours after being sworn-in.

    Speaking at the launch of government's private cloud by the State IT Agency (SITA), Ndabeni-Abrahams said history was being made with this initiative.

  • Sun
    Dec
    02
    2018
    Zimbabweans to apply for passports at post offices

    Government is working on measures that will allow citizens to obtain passports and other official documents at post offices across the country, it has been learnt.

    The latest development is likely to bring relief to millions of people living in rural and marginalised areas, who are usually forced to travel to towns and cities to secure official documents such as identification cards.

  • Sun
    Dec
    02
    2018
    MyEG breaks into Indonesian e-govt market

    My E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG), through wholly owned sub-subsidiary My EG (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on investing in the leading e-government services provider in Indonesia, PT Cartenz Technology Indonesia, marking the group’s entry into the e-government space there.

    The partnership, subject to the fulfilment of certain terms and conditions, will entail an investment by MyEG of US$10 million (RM41.9 million) for up to a 40% interest. Further, MyEG and Cartenz will jointly implement real-time monitoring of business transactions for tax computation purposes across Indonesia.

  • Sat
    Dec
    01
    2018
    In Ukraine will be a new online service for car owners

    In the office of the owner will contain information o the first registration of the vehicleUntil the end of the year will earn a new car service – electronic office of the owner. This was stated by first Deputy Chairman of the State Agency for e-government Alexei Vyskov, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to car Enthusiasts

    In the office of the owner will contain information o the first registration of the vehicle, as well as many other services that will help motorists to find all necessary information about the car. For example, the license plate of the car you can see the full story ee – o’s previous owners, accidents and the like.

  • Sat
    Dec
    01
    2018
    PH: Smart City dreams, Laggard City realities

    The lone story on page 5 of a major daily last Monday had this headline: Phl affirms support for Asean Smart Cities Network. On page 4 of that same issue, the lone story had this headline: DOJ denies harassment in P108-M tax raps vs Rappler.

    Even if your level of discernment were just the size of a mustard seed, you would readily scream “What?” Given that there is no way of reconciling the two, I will explain.

  • Sat
    Dec
    01
    2018
    Malta tops eGovernment Benchmark 2018 – EC

    Malta is in first place in the European Union in ‘egovernment’ according to the eGovernment Benchmark 2018 report published by the European Commission. In a statement, the Government said that Malta received top marks when it comes to user centricity, transparency, accessibility for other European citizens, and technological infrastructure.

    The Government said that this administration worked tirelessly to bring public services closer to the people, instead of people having to go from department to another to get what they need. The statement also spoke of €40 million in ‘Converge’, “to strengthen integration between the public Service and its clients.”

  • Sat
    Dec
    01
    2018
    Two-thirds of Europe’s public sector services are now available online: Capgemini report

    Two-thirds of Europe’s public sector services are now available online, according to the latest research by Capgemini.

    Through its annual eGovernment Benchmark report, Capgemini aims to investigate how well governments across Europe are digitising their services.

  • Fri
    Nov
    30
    2018
    UK underperforms in European Commission’s e-government benchmarking report – is labelled an “unexploited eGovernment”

    The British government is exploiting its e-government potential. Whilst citizens are actively using online services, the government isn’t doing a good enough job in digitising the front and back-end for users.

    Those with a decent memory will recall how the British government has consistently boasted about how it topped the UN’s e-government league table, thanks to its centralised efforts from the Government Digital Service. A strong focus on user need, spend controls and setting standards saw the UK lead the charge for a number of years.

  • Fri
    Nov
    30
    2018
    US: Nevada: Blockchains Unveils Plans To Build ‘Smart City’ East Of Reno

    Tech startup Blockchains LLC has revealed plans to build a "smart city" built on blockchain technology in the Northern Nevada desert. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.

    The startup owns 62 percent of Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County.

    In January, the company spent $170 million on its purchase of 67,000 acres with plans to build a "smart city" roughly the size of Reno.

  • Fri
    Nov
    30
    2018
    Making Myanmar’s Last Royal Capital an ASEAN ‘Smart City’

    Myanmar’s last royal capital, Mandalay, was recently ranked by CIO Asia as number fifth among the top 10 cities in Southeast Asia in the process of becoming “smart cities,” a ranking which is based on information from The ASEAN Post, The Economist Intelligence Unit,a the network’s own project profiles and Govlnsider.

    Mandalay City Development Committee (MDCD) has drawn up a 30-year urban development plan with a vision to improve the water supply system, wastewater treatment and solid waste management using smart technology. Sensors have been installed on the streets of Mandalay to monitor and control traffic in real time and to monitor the condition of pipelines and water meters as well as a new electronic toll-payment system. The efforts show Mandalay has strong potential to achieve its goal of becoming a “smart city” along with more than 20 other contending ASEAN cities.

  • Thu
    Nov
    29
    2018
    India's VisionCraft may implement "smart city" in Uzbekistan

    VisionCraft, an Indian IT company, may take part in a number of projects in Uzbekistan, the Uzbek media reported.

    A meeting with VisionCraft’s Managing Partner Amolak Singh was held at the e-Government Development Center.

  • Thu
    Nov
    29
    2018
    Kazakhstan launches e-housing register, simplifies residence and work permit procedures

    The Ministry of Internal Affairs launched an electronic housing register in October, the Central Communications Service reported Nov. 19. The listing now includes approximately nine million people.

    Kazakh citizens have been submitting entitling documents for residential premises since 2017. The information can be received online from the address registry using the individual identification number and the electronic housing register system was developed based on the service. The migration service has started issuing address certificates to homeowners indicating all persons registered at the location.

  • Thu
    Nov
    29
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Smart city project gets boost with new Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited MD

    The twin cities are among 100 smart cities selected by the Centre for the project, which is being funded by both the Centre and the state, with each investing `500 crore.

    Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up for implementing the smart city project, has got a full-time managing director, 20 months after it was incorporated under the Companies Act. The appointment of IAS officer Hephsiba Rani Korlapati as full-time MD is now expected to speed up work under the project.

  • Thu
    Nov
    29
    2018
    SG: Why a smart city must also be a cybersecure city

    Over the past decade, smart cities have moved from being a buzzword to a reality. From cashless societies to autonomous vehicles and intelligent surveillance systems, the world's reliance on data and connectivity has risen dramatically.

    While a city's smart infrastructure improves the quality of life for citizens, it also brings the unwelcome consequence of increasing its security vulnerabilities. Cyber criminals continue to exploit a city's interconnectedness to carry out malicious activities, and cyber threats are further magnified as data becomes integral to a city's operations and interdependent social and economic systems.

  • Thu
    Nov
    29
    2018
    VN: Smart communities could be the smartest way forward

    While talks about The Fourth Industrial Revolution, smart cities and digital connection become trendy, Trinh Thanh Thuy suggests that we should make our existing communities smart first to ensure no one is left behind.

    People are talking industry 4.0 and 5.0, and of high flying, but in these efforts to build a smart digital environment a serious lack of attention is being paid to those on the ground, or more accurately, lack of orientation and measures for improving the life of those classified as poor and destitute.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    GB: West Midlands: Warwickshire: Wellesbourne to become a world centre for driverless cars

    Wellesbourne is set to become Europe’s capital for the development of driverless electric cars with the construction of a pioneering multi-million pound research centre.

    The ‘Smart City Mobility Centre’ planned at Warwick University’s Wellesbourne Campus will be a massive boost to the district and ensure South Warwickshire is at the cutting edge of a technology, long tipped to revolutionise the car industry.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    US: New York: National Grid, City of Schenectady Begin Work on Smart City Streetlight Initiative

    Three-year project will upgrade streetlights, install smart technology, reduce energy costs

    National Grid and the City of Schenectady have begun work that will transform the municipality into a “smart city” by deploying advance street lighting technology. The work will start on Union Street between North College Street and Washington Avenue and will include retrofitting 18 streetlights with intelligent control nodes with a mixture of soft-white and daylight temperature LED bulbs. This project is a first of its kind partnership between a municipality and a utility company.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    US: Missouri: Data Startup Geospiza Helps Cities Prepare for Disaster

    The online platform pulls data so officials can make better decisions about how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. It's working with Kansas City, Mo., to find neighborhoods at the greatest risk of fire.

    Every year, more cities make tragic headlines as new wildfires raze California, hurricanes batter the gulf and blizzards immobilize the East Coast. Facing these inevitabilities, governments need better than guesswork to prepare for the worst, from preventive safety measures to disaster response.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    PH: German state secretary visits for ‘smart cities’ talk

    State Secretary of the Federal German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, or BMI) Gunther Adler visited Manila from November 3 to 5, accompanied by a ministerial delegation from the Division for Smart Cities and Urban Development Policy.

    The visit to Manila marked the last destination of their mission to Asia, which included visits to Beijing and Tokyo. The BMI visit focused on urban planning and smart cities.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    Vietnam’s blockchain development plan still up in the air

    With five to seven events organized each month, blockchain experts are trying to change the mindset of Vietnamese businesses about blockchain technology.

    The Blockchain Innovation Tour (BIT) was organized in HCMC on November 6. Vietnam was the second destination in Southeast Asia, after Malaysia, that BIT visited in the first half of the month.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    VN: Digital transformation emphasised as urgent tasks

    Enterprises need to change their mindset to move into the digital world ahead of the fourth industrial revolution, a government official said this week.

    Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong was speaking at a recent conference organised by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association.

  • Wed
    Nov
    28
    2018
    Finland invests in IT to upgrade electricity network

    National electricity transmission grid operator Fingrid’s Datahub system will play key role in retail market’s transition to a centralised information exchange Digital and artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies will feature prominently in a Finnish government-backed plan to modernise the country’s electricity network.

  • Tue
    Nov
    27
    2018
    72.9% of households in Serbia have Internet

    72.9 per cent of households have an internet connection, which is 4 per cent more than last year, while almost every company in the country uses computers in its work – it was noted at the Informatics Day conference in Serbia.

    18th November is celebrated in Serbia in honour of CER10, the first Serbian digital computer produced at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in the 1960s.

  • Tue
    Nov
    27
    2018
    UG: Government to Start Issuing East African Electronic Passport Next Month

    Cabinet has resolved and directed the Ministry of East African Affairs to start the implementation of East African International electronic passport.

    The weekly Cabinet sitting on Monday at State House Entebbe, according to a statement read at Media Center, concluded that the issuance of the regional e-Passport should start on December 10th 2018.

  • Tue
    Nov
    27
    2018
    US: Cities Are Rapidly Taking on Internet of Things Technology

    In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.

    It may still be an emerging technology, but in U.S. local government, the Internet of Things is everywhere.

  • Mon
    Nov
    26
    2018
    OP&HRD Ministry, Attached Depts Modernized To Further Serve Pakistani Expatriates Across World

    Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) and all its attached departments have been modernized to further serve Pakistani expatriates across the world in an efficient way.

    Special Assistant to Prime Minister OP&HRD Zulfikar Bukhari said this while talking to the participants at the launching ceremony of "Call Sarzameen", "E- Governance" and the new "Website" of the ministry here on Monday.

  • Mon
    Nov
    26
    2018
    Azerbaijan among world's most digitised economies

    In recent years, formation of E-government is considered one of the factors contributing to further development of democracy in developed countries.

    It became necessary to apply a unified approach and standards in the formation of state information resources and systems, their management and ensuring their mutual integration, as well as accelerating the transition to the digital government.

  • Sun
    Nov
    25
    2018
    PK: On digital dreams

    We stand on the cusp of a new machine age. If current trends and predictions are anything to go by, the next few decades will see a fundamental transformation of economy and society on a scale not seen since the first industrial revolution as artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, and big data revolutionize how things are produced, consumed, and even understood. Some estimates suggest that within this century, much of the work that is currently performed by humans will be done by complex technological systems that will be more efficient and, indeed, cost-effective than the labour they will be replacing, even as increases in computing power allow for the collection and use of data on an unprecedented scale, with significant implications for how human behaviour is understood and, more importantly, influenced.

  • Sun
    Nov
    25
    2018
    AE: Dubai taps data-driven strategy to ride smart city wave

    Emirate boasts very strong data and experience-driven smart city strategy.

    Dubai's smart city vision will rely on a complex network of interconnected technologies such as Arificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain to tackle challenges such as sustainability, infrastructure quality, investment and funding, environmental quality, job generation and digital public services.

    Experts say that Dubai has already launched several smart city entities and initiatives that will address these challenges to attract investment, create jobs and boost competitiveness. These include the establishment of Smart Dubai and the Dubai Future Foundation, as well as the Dubai Data Initiative, the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, the Happiness Agenda, the Dubai AI Roadmap, and the Dubai Paperless Strategy.

  • Sun
    Nov
    25
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: AMC discusses smart city projects with citizens

    The Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Limited (ASCDCL) and industry initiative, Aurangabad First, jointly organized a daylong workshop titled Manthan at the MGM campus on Saturday. The workshop saw discussions on various projects to be undertaken under the Smart City Mission and continued till late on Saturday evening.

    ASCDCL is the special purpose vehicle established for the implementation of the smart city projects and Aurangabad First is an initiative of the Marathwada Environment Care Cluster (MECC), formed by industry associations. As part of the Smart City Mission, Aurangabad proposes to be a citizen friendly and socially inclusive tourism, heritage and industrial city with world-class infrastructure and a safe environment. Safe mobility, more open spaces, non-vehicular streets and the provision of basic infrastructure are the major goals to make the city citizen friendly, as per the proposal. The provision of affordable housing and employment opportunities also comprise key goals.

  • Sun
    Nov
    25
    2018
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: ‘Where are the smart cities CM Shivraj Singh promised’

    At 7:30 am on Saturday, leader of opposition Ajay Singh received a call from Rewa that his maternal uncle Surendra Pratap Singh had passed away. “I have two Mamas (maternal uncles),” Ajay Singh told TOI. “The elder one lives in the US and the younger Mama passed away this morning. After I finish campaigning today, I will leave for Rewa and return by early morning for tomorrow’s campaign. There is no time. I have to finish campaigning for all 29 seats. The 30th seat is my own constituency and I will have to spend the last few days there.”

    Wasting no time, he stepped out of the house to campaign for the party. By 2:00 pm, he had address four public meetings in Umaria and Shahdol. At 2:30 pm, his chopper landed in Singhpur, part of Raigaon assembly seat, which the Congress has not won since 1990. “No garlands, ask the candidate to address the gathering,” he directed district Congress leaders.

  • Sat
    Nov
    24
    2018
    IN: Delhi can’t become a smart city till multiple agencies stop fighting: Sisodia

    Delhi cannot become a smart city till the fighting among multiple agencies stops, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

    Speaking at an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the NDMC Convention Centre here, he called for clarity in the national capital’s governance.

    Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain also attended the event.

  • Sat
    Nov
    24
    2018
    Smart Zambia donates computers to Pre-School in Lusaka

    Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in charge of E-government Martine Mtonga says President Edgar Lungu is committed to have a Smart Zambia by 2030 where all young people will have access to equal education opportunities.

    Dr. Mtonga this after donating 10 computers to St. Francis Catholic Pre-School in Lusaka.

  • Sat
    Nov
    24
    2018
    VN: Time to digitise land management

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has been working on a strategy for the development of land management for the 2020-30 period.

    It is hoped it will meet the demand of e-government project as well as enhance the land use efficiency, said Mai Văn Phấn, deputy head of the MONRE’s General Department of Land Administration (GDLA).

  • Sat
    Nov
    24
    2018
    ET: Agency unveils digital procurement strategy, roadmap

    The Federal Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency (FPPA) along with its key partner organizations, on Thursday unveiled a five-year Electronic Procurement Strategic Document and Action Plan, which is said to implement an electronically aided procurement dubbed e-GP or [e-Government Procurement].

    Designed by the agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) – the latest roadmap - identified as e-GP System Implementation Strategy and Road Map – is believed to help transform the existing conventional procurement system among pubic organizations to a modern and digitally aided procurement system by leveraging information and communication technologies.

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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