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  • Thu
    Aug
    16
    2018
    IN: Government E-Marketplace (GeM) grosses over $14 billion in GMV

    GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. It provides online resources and tools for e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand-aggregation to facilitate government users and achieve the best value for their money.

    The Ministry of Commerce and Industry released a press statement that said that the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the national public procurement portal has been active for two years.

  • Thu
    Aug
    16
    2018
    MyEG signs deal to offer e-government services in Bangladesh

    My EG Services Bhd today confirmed its expansion into Bangladesh, saying it has entered into a joint-venture with two other firms to provide technology and e-government services in that country.

    The group said its wholly-owned subsidiary, MY EG International Sdn Bhd, signed the JV agreement with Bangladesh-based Control Data (BD) Ltd and My Paycheck Sdn Bhd.

  • Thu
    Aug
    16
    2018
    PHL e-governance at 71st in report

    The country slid four notches in the United Nations’ 2018 E-Governance Development Index survey.

    The UN’s recent report, themed “gearing e-government to support transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” showed the country slipping from 75th to 71st place in 2016.

  • Thu
    Aug
    16
    2018
    UG: UNBS launches new automated services to increase efficiency

    Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on Wednesday launched new automated services in Kampala, to improve efficiency and turnaround time for better service delivery.

    Speaking to guests during the launch, UNBS Executive director Dr Ben Manyindo said: “The UNBS automated services have replaced the manual systems and we believe this will go a long way in improving efficiency, transparency and accountability in our systems and processes, while allowing our clients carry out self assessments and other self service checks”.

  • Wed
    Aug
    15
    2018
    South Korea has the most effective e-governance in Asia

    South Korea is most effective in e-governance in Asia while Laos the least effective, according to the recent survey by UN Data Center.

    According to the UN report, the e-government survey measures e-government effectiveness in the delivery of public services and identifies patterns in e-government development and performance.

  • Wed
    Aug
    15
    2018
    PH: DICT opens second Tech4ED in Ifugao

    The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) opened its Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Tech4ED) center in this town on July 31.

    Ifugao Provincial DICT Team Lead Donad Trinidad said that this is the second Tech4ED center to be established in the province. The first is in the municipality of Aguinaldo which was put up last January.

  • Wed
    Aug
    15
    2018
    VN: First national forum on e-procurement held in Hanoi

    The national e-procurement system (VNEPS) was the spotlight of the Vietnam E-Government Procurement Forum 2018, the first on the issue at the national scale, in Hanoi on August 8.

    The VNEPS, run by the national e-procurement centre, was introduced on a trial basis for six years and officially put into operation nationwide in 2016.

  • Wed
    Aug
    15
    2018
    WB willing to support Vietnam in building e-government

    World Bank (WB) Country Director to Vietnam, Ousmane Dione, has expressed his group’s willingness in supporting Vietnam in terms of resources and signing the framework for cooperation in building e-government.

    During a meeting with Minister - Head of the Government Office, Mai Tien Dung, on August 7, the WB official praised the efforts made by the Government Office in e-government development, with positive results in promoting reform, especially in the one-stop shop mechanism, improved business environment and removing barriers to facilitate businesses.

  • Tue
    Aug
    14
    2018
    India makes massive leap in UN E-Government Survey, secures 96th position

    The UN E-Government Survey 2018 has ranked India at 96 position for its performance in development and execution of information technologies, up from 107 in 2016 and 118 in 2014, in what can be termed as a massive leap over the years.

    The survey, published every two years, ranks 193 UN member states on basis of their performance on mainly three dimensions or e-governance development index (EGDI): online service index (OSI), telecommunication infrastructure index (TII), and human capital index (HCI).

  • Tue
    Aug
    14
    2018
    Baltic states: E­government supports transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies - global survey

    Lithuania comes 40th out of 193 countries in the United Nations' Electronic Government Development Index 2018, dropping 17 positions, compared to 2016. Estonia leads among the Baltic states, coming in 16th with 0.8486 points, and Latvia is 57th with 0.6996 points.

    Countries in all regions of the world are continuing to make strides in their efforts to improve e-government and to provide public services online according to a new report launched by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In a 2018 ranking of countries on e­government development, Denmark, Australia, and Republic of Korea came out on top of a group of 40 countries, scoring very high on an index (the E-Government Development Index – EGDI), which measures countries’ use of information and communications technologies to deliver public services. The Index captures the scope and quality of online services, status of telecommunication infrastructure and existing human capacity.

  • Tue
    Aug
    14
    2018
    E-government progress hampered by digital divide, UN report finds

    Denmark, Australia and South Korea have come top in a biennial United Nations survey of countries’ progress in implementing e-government.

    The survey, by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, notes an overall “persistent positive global trend” towards higher levels of e-government development – but the world’s poorest countries are lagging behind, the report says. The findings include a ranking of the 193 UN member states according to their scores on an e-government development index (EGDI).

  • Mon
    Aug
    13
    2018
    UN launches guide for countries to improve geospatial data management for better decision-making

    In a development that is likely to change how governments treat location data, the Statistics Division of the United Nations and World Bank launched what they are calling “a new guide” last week to help nations worldwide better manage geographical information data.

    The guide, called the Integrated geospatial Information Framework – A Strategic Guide to Develop and Strengthen National Geospatial Information Management, was launched during the Eighth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) held in New York last week. It includes advice for countries  on how to collect, access and use geospatial information, and will help governments, especially in low- and middle-income countries, to develop effective policies, and support decision-makers in directing aid and development resources. Further, it gives concrete recommendations on establishing national geospatial information management processes and putting that information to use.

  • Mon
    Aug
    13
    2018
    Government Attaches Growing Importance To Artificial Intelligence: UAE Minister

    The UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transactions highlighted the importance of training Emiratis and attracting international talent who specialise in data, to achieve the goals of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the UAE Strategy for Digital Transactions, in line with the directives of the Vice His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE an advanced country that is ready for the future, through developing its world-class digital infrastructure.

    This came during its third meeting, which was hosted by the Sharjah Department of E-Government and was chaired by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.

  • Sun
    Aug
    12
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Mangaluru: ‘MUDA Near People’ at hobli-level from next month

    Minister for Urban Development and Housing U T Khader said that the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) will reach out to people at hoblis on every Saturday in a month, to give single site approval.

    Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said that the ‘MUDA Near People’ programme will be held at Bajpe, Mulki, Surathkal and Ullal.

  • Sun
    Aug
    12
    2018
    AE: Dubai: RTA's new smart system aims to cut taxi queues at major events

    STMS will use real-time data from DWTC, malls and other venues to provide transport

    Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a new smart system that is intended to tackle the problem of long waits for transport at major events in the emirate.

    The RTA's new Smart Time Management System (STMS) will monitor queues and the number of taxis in attendance at venues, to help RTA managers to provision enough transport and to give users a better idea of waiting times.

  • Sun
    Aug
    12
    2018
    AE: Building smart – the future of real estate is digital

    Smart cities built on digital technologies are having a profound effect on the real estate world and buildings as we know them are changing. And there is good reason to: according to the UN, by 2030 two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, and Dubai has the opportunity to lead the way through state-of-the-art smart city initiatives. So, what has changed already and what further changes can we expect to see?

    I envision a world where homes and workplaces will become tailored to the way we now live and our digitally-empowered daily routines. In Dubai, the smart cities initiative has already seen city infrastructure begin to transform, using digital solutions and tools to address civic issues like public services, parking, street lighting, utilities and resource management via smart meters and we are now even seeing plans for autonomous vehicles for mass public transport. But in real estate, residential housing and commercial offices, developers are going to see growing demand for smart homes and offices - for developers this is an opportunity to add value through smart solutions and services.

  • Sat
    Aug
    11
    2018
    IN: Gujarat: AMC’s ‘smart’ parking app goes live

    The much-awaited AMC Smart Parking app is now available on Google Play store. But before trusting it to find you a parking space it is better to know that the data on the app does not match real-time availability of parking spaces.

    For example, at about 4pm on Friday, the AMC smart parking app showed that there were only 21 parking slots available at the Navrangpura multilevel parking complex. But a drive to the parking area revealed that the top two floors of the parking were vacant and could accommodate 250-odd cars.

  • Sat
    Aug
    11
    2018
    In Ukraine, want to create a single state register

    Deputies want to simplify the Ukrainians access to data from public registers. In the Parliament registered the draft law “On electronic public registers”, which envisages the gradual unification of data from more than 350 of the state register in a single database. The authors of the bill believe that such a move will save the state budget and increase the speed of obtaining administrative services.

    According to the text of the bill, the basis of the Unified register will be a database register of population, state register of legal entities, natural persons and Goszemkadastr. In addition to them in the database will include other directories: movable property, property and non-property rights, regulations, court decisions, powers of attorney, municipal registries and many others.

  • Sat
    Aug
    11
    2018
    VN: KPI can measure e-Government success

    Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government, talks to Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper about the Key Performance Indicator, an effective tool to measure the quality of electronic government.

    Q: Will you please talk in detail about the concept of “electronic government” that is currently being used in our country?

    In recent years, the Party and Government have paid special attention to the application of information technology in all domains of the national economy. So far we have tried to promote e-government and create quite a few ePortfolios in many fields, including enterprise registration, social insurance and others. At the moment, we’re trying to set up a database on the country’s population and one on land, and a multilateral dialogue channel between the Government and the people.

  • Fri
    Aug
    10
    2018
    Vietnam up one place in UN e-government index ranking

    Vietnam has moved up one place to rank 88th among the 193 countries in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018.

    Vietnam scored High in the Online Services Index (OSI) and E-Participation Index (EPI) (up from 0.5 points to 0.75 points).

    In the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam was ranked sixth after Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei.

  • Fri
    Aug
    10
    2018
    PK: PTI Plans To Launch 'Digital Transformation Initiative Programme'

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) plans to launch the Digital Transformation Initiative Programme for digital infrastructure, citizen services and other e-government services to boost Information Technology (IT) sector and significantly enhance its precious foreign exchange contribution to the national kitty.

    The party intends to provide maximum facility to people through digitalization of various departments in order to increase transparency, saving people's time and energy.

  • Fri
    Aug
    10
    2018
    For The First Time, India Earns A Place Among The Top 100 Countries In The United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI)

    The Central Government’s Digital India campaign has finally borne fruit as India has climbed 11 ranks in four years to gain a place among the top 100 nations as per the United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI). The latest 2018 version of the e-governance index released on July 19 shows India at the 96th position with a score of 0.5669, a massive leap from the 107th rank in 2016.

    Denmark has emerged at the top with a magnificent score of 0.9150, followed by Australia and South Korea. Europe has been named the pioneer in fastest online services whereas the progress in American and Asian countries is slower but quite significant. Many countries lying in the middle-income and even in the low-income bracket including Bangladesh have improved their rankings considerably owing to the introduction of online services via emails, mobile apps, SMS/RSS feed updates. In fact, among the SAARC countries, Sri Lanka has surpassed India with a rank of 94.

  • Thu
    Aug
    09
    2018
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: 2 Smart City DPRs for city approved

    he members of city-level technical sub-committee for Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) have given a nod for two detailed project reports (DPRs) for management of horticulture waste and installation of smart bins in the city on Wednesday. Also, members have approved tenders for retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar market and development of Malhar Road as a ‘smart road’. Now, these tenders will go to higher authorities for approval and then work will be allocated to the selected companies.

    The members have given their nod for the installation of compost machines for handling horticulture waste at five locations in the city. With the help of these machines, civic officials will be able to manage waste and prepare manure for plantation in MC parks. Civic officials will install a compost machine in each zone and two in Zone D. There is also a plan to install 100 smart bins in different locations of the city, and the members approved the DPR for this project as well.

  • Thu
    Aug
    09
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Now you can get e-sevai services from home

    Application for certificates can be made round-the-clock

    People who were dependent on e-seva centres or common service centres for electronically submitting their applications for getting basic documents have been empowered to do the process at home on computer or mobile phone, thanks to the introduction of citizen portal of e-sevai services under the national e-governance plan.

    While 3-district portal was providing 53 services, e-sevai portion was giving 63 services.

  • Thu
    Aug
    09
    2018
    X-raying Nigeria’s ICT Roadmap 2017-2020

    The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications, has unveiled yet another policy in ICT plan with strategies to achieve some milestones in the next two years plus. Stakeholders are, however, worried that the lofty ideas in the roadmap may come to nought if allowed to go the way of previous government policies. Samson Akintaro reports few months to the expiration of the National Broadband Plan, which implementation began in 2013, Nigeria has launched yet another plan aimed at broadening the scope of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the country. Much as it came as a step in the right direction, the country’s ICT roadmap 2017-2020 also underscores the fact that government has now acknowledged ICT to be one of the most critical tools underpinning socio economic development in the 21st century.

  • Wed
    Aug
    08
    2018
    When it comes to e-gov, U.S. is now No. 11

    The United States moved up a single spot – from 12th to 11th -- in the most recent United Nations E-Government Survey, a measure of how well a country is implementing e-government practices. In 2003, the first year the survey was conducted, the U.S. topped the list.

    The survey tracks progress based on its E-Government Development Index that assesses telecommunications infrastructure, human capital and online services delivery and places counties into one of four categories: very high, high, middle and low. The United States scored in the “very high” category overall. Denmark, Australia and the Republic of Korea had the three highest scores.

  • Wed
    Aug
    08
    2018
    US: Colorado Will Develop a Digital Highway Using Connected-Vehicle Technology

    The $70 million program, in partnership with Panasonic, will deploy a 90-mile network that will generate vast amounts of vehicle data along I-70 from Golden to Vail.

    Colorado is moving forward with the development of a “digital highway,” as the state sets the foundation for the rollout of “connected” vehicles that can share data with one another and transportation officials.

  • Wed
    Aug
    08
    2018
    AE: Smart Dubai teamed up with DIFC Courts to build blockchain-powered legal system

    Smart Dubai, a city-wide government-backed initiative dedicated to transform Dubai into leading technological hub, on July 30 announced a partnership with Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts to develop the legal system on the blockchain.

    Through the cooperation, several aspects will be tested. Partners plan to establish a verification system for court decisions ensuring cross-border enactment. The whole legal process will be modernized, and blockchain technology will help to raise process efficiency, for instance, to eliminate the need of having several document copies. Further, the research will include appealing procedures via smart contracts.

  • Tue
    Aug
    07
    2018
    ZW: Citizens want E-Government for effective public administration

    Government institutions in Zimbabwe continue to lag behind in using ICTs and the Internet for public services to the citizens.

    According to a survey ‘Transparency Assessment’ by media watchdog Misa Zimbabwe last year, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Public Service Commission were the most secretive state departments.

  • Tue
    Aug
    07
    2018
    What defines the best digital government in the world? (According to the UN)

    What the new UN rankings tell us about the best performing digital governments, and why some nations – like Singapore – have tumbled.

    The UN has just published the 2018 edition of its e-Government survey. While Europe continued to dominate the top spots (Denmark is number 1), Asia’s leading nations did well. Digging beneath the numbers, the qualities that leading e-government nations seem to share are not what they do but how they do it.

  • Tue
    Aug
    07
    2018
    Stellar Initiatives helps Malaysia Jump into the Top 50 in the UN E-Government Survey

    The 2018 United Nations E-Government Survey is the product of collective efforts of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Malaysia has undeniably climbed in their rankings over the past two years, from being in the 60th place in 2016 to the 48th place in 2018.

    The 2018 United Nations E-Government Survey (hereinafter referred to as “the Survey”) is issued at the time of key rapid technological changes, with Member States in the third year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Mon
    Aug
    06
    2018
    US: To Tackle Urban Problems, City Governments Have to Get Smarter (Contributed)

    Harnessing the data and technology to meet the challenge of doing more with less is the biggest feat of getting a smart city plan off the ground.

    Although 80 percent of Americans live in cities, urban issues are often put on the nation’s back burner. But residents still expect their city governments to deliver the day-to-day services that make or break their quality of life.

  • Mon
    Aug
    06
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Speeding along the info highway, too

    An ICT pioneer, the TN govt has come up with various schemes to take e-governance to the common man

    TE RAJA SIMHAN Tamil Nadu is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) pioneer. It was one of the first States to release an IT policy, in the early 2000s, which paved the way for a vibrant IT industry with exports of over ₹1.11-lakh crore, employing nearly 6.75 lakh people at the end of March 31, 2018.

  • Mon
    Aug
    06
    2018
    United Nations E-Government Index: India Jumps 22 Places In Four Years Under Modi, Breaks Into Top 100

    India has broken into the top 100 in the United Nation’s E-government Index in 2018, Financial Express has reported. India’s rank has improved by 22 places in the past four years and 11 ranks in the past two years. Currently, India occupies the 96th position in the ranking.

    The UN E-government index is released once in two years.

  • Sun
    Aug
    05
    2018
    IN: Chhattisgarh: e-libraries bring accountable change to masses in Dantewada

    Students/teachers can access NCERT ebooks, State Board books, video lectures, simulations, TV serials from Literacy Mission, a collection of audios to render stories and historical events etc.

    Farmers are able to get access to local and global best practices created to help them adopt better farming techniques and related trades

  • Sun
    Aug
    05
    2018
    IN: 'Smart cities need change in public behaviour, sense of belonging'

    Along with infrastructural changes, a behavioural change among people is also required to make our cities smart, said mission director Rahul Kapoor.

    "We need to inculcate a feeling of involvement and belongingness among public so that they feel the project as their own. We need to incorporate their ideas at the planning stage to bring out behavioural changes in them to adapt to the new modern infrastructure they would be using in the future. Like in the case of Delhi Metro, people see it as their own belonging and hence maintain the highest level of cleanliness and discipline on its premises. The same has to be brought on city roads too," said Kapoor.

  • Sun
    Aug
    05
    2018
    Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

    Mastercard, technology company in the global payments industry, continues to champion the fundamental role of smart cities in enabling a more connected and inclusive future for Africa. The company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of smart cities through meaningful partnerships with both the public and private sector at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore, where Mastercard was a patron sponsor.

  • Sun
    Aug
    05
    2018
    Oman to set up its first smart city in SEZ in Duqm

    Oman is working with South Korea on the project, the latter is credited with developing the world’s first smart city

    Oman has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korea to develop its first smart city. According to a report by the Oman Daily Observer, the smart city will take shape in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Duqm.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    RU: United Nations ranks Moscow top for e-government services

    Moscow is rated highest in a new United Nations study on e-government services.

    The new United Nations (UN) E-Government survey ranks digital services across 40 cities, with Moscow topping the list, followed by Cape Town and Tallinn, then London and Paris.

    The remaining cities in the top 10 are Sydney, Amsterdam, Seoul, Rome and Warsaw.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    GCC: Gulf states need to work on their web speeds

    A global ranking have them lagging far behind their Asian and European competition

    Quite disappointingly, the Gulf states have not achieved outstanding results in the 2018 report concerning internet speeds. The best performance among Arab nations was Bahrain’s, but it could place only 90th worldwide, far behind South Asia and Europe, according to rankings compiled by cable.co.uk.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    Once a beacon for e-government, U.S. fails to make top 10 in latest U.N. global report

    Fifteen years ago, the United States was the undisputed leader in the evolving world of e-government, where online transactions with government were seen as a powerful engine for improving public services.

    A new United Nations report shows just how much other nations around the globe have risen up and surpassed the United States in delivering on that vision.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    E-Governance as a tool to fighting corruption in Ghana

    One problem that has stifled the development of Ghana is corruption. The President of policy think IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe asserted that loses over $3 billion of taxpayer’s money in corrupt activities every year. He made this assertion in 2016 so between then and now, if we are to go by what he said, Ghana has lost $6 billion if not more.

    One of the problems about corruption is its value. When I talk of value, I’m not referring to the bare cost but I’m looking at what the money could have been used for. With major infrastructural deficits, corruption should not be encouraged in any shape or form.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    UK slides from first to fourth in UN e-gov survey

    And doesn't get a look-in on top 10 most cyber-conscious nations

    The UK has fallen off its perch at the top of the UN’s biennial e-government ranking, dropping three places.

    The survey, which compares trends in digital government across countries, rated Denmark as the most developed – a big jump from its previous ninth place.

  • Sat
    Aug
    04
    2018
    Iran speeding up e-government development: minister

    Iran has provided most of technical infrastructures for e-government and is undergoing rapid development in this field, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) minister said on Monday, Mehr reported.

    Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made the remarks during his meeting with members of Majlis [the Iranian parliament] industry and mine committee.

  • Fri
    Aug
    03
    2018
    Smart cities: the connectivity conundrum

    Fundamental infrastructure is required today to ensure that smart city innovation can be sustained: effective mobile coverage systems.

    Commuter vs smart city

    You’re driving to work in the middle of rush hour, nightmare! Yet the traffic keeps flowing because the lights react in real-time to prevent a jam. A waste collection vehicle pulls out in front of you on a narrow road, but instead of stopping at every bin it keeps on moving because sensors inform it to only dispose of waste in the bins that are full.

  • Fri
    Aug
    03
    2018
    AU: Technology is making cities smart, but it's also costing the environment

    The Australian government has allocated A$50 million for the Smarter Cities and Suburbs Program to encourage projects that "improve the livability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia".

    One project funded under the program is installation of temperature, lighting and motion sensors in buildings and bus interchanges in Woden, ACT. This will allow energy systems to be automatically adjusted in response to people's use of these spaces, with the aim of reducing energy use and improving safety and security.

  • Fri
    Aug
    03
    2018
    VN: HCM City association inks smart city deal with Taiwanese partner

    The Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association (HCA) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), on July 27, signed a memorandum of understanding on the exchange of technology, experience and solutions relating to smart city development.

    Accordingly, the two sides will promote liaisons that involve market information and partnership opportunities. They will inform and support each other’s goods promotion at trade fairs and exhibitions, as well as organise exchanges and workshops for companies of both sides and carry out joint market studies.

  • Thu
    Aug
    02
    2018
    China’s Big Brother smart cities

    Can the law protect the privacy of Chinese citizens?

    With the latest cybersecurity law proving futile in securing privacy, Fan Yang asks whether smart city campaigns are as benign as they claim to be.

  • Thu
    Aug
    02
    2018
    Has Asia bought into the concept of smart cities?

    When you think of smart cities, images of Singapore, China, and Japan usually pop into your head, irrespective of which part of the world you live in.

    It’s because of all the news about how cities in these Asian countries are accelerating projects in this avenue, leveraging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G networks.

  • Thu
    Aug
    02
    2018
    AU: Network infrastructure: The foundation of a successful business

    From communications to services, the modern world is changing. We are more online and more digital than ever before. And it’s no wonder why. According to recent research, digital transformation will add an estimated $45 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2021 and increase its total growth rate by 0.5 per cent each year.

    With an emphasis on digital products and services, alongside a focus on the adoption of emerging technologies, digital transformation has the power to accelerate growth, drive competitive advantage, and improve areas like work, healthcare, and education.

  • Thu
    Aug
    02
    2018
    MY: ‘Pay assessment’ feature on DBKL Mobis app

    The Mobile Information Service (Mobis) application by Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) will be upgraded with the ability to allow assesment payments.

    “All they have to do is log in to their account and pay the assessments via a credit or debit card.

  • Wed
    Aug
    01
    2018
    Smart city tech boost for Canada

    Current’s CityIQ platform will help Canada’s cities gain insights into parking, traffic, public safety and air quality

    Nokia is partnering with Current, powered by GE, with the aim of improving operational infrastructure in cities across Canada and to deliver new services to citizens.

  • Wed
    Aug
    01
    2018
    US: "Waze for parking" app secures $2.3m

    Investment will be used to expand to cities across the US and enhance in-app features

    SpotAngels, a community-based parking app that helps drivers find parking spots, has closed a $2.3m funding round.

  • Wed
    Aug
    01
    2018
    LC: PM: Modernisation of public service critical

    Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has declared that modernisation of the Saint Lucia public service is critical, especially given his administration’s emphasis on e-government.

    Chastanet, who has relieved himself of responsibility for the public service, told reporters Tuesday there was need for a ‘day to day minister’ to oversee the sector.

  • Wed
    Aug
    01
    2018
    Uganda Improves in Government Online Service Delivery – UN Survey

    Uganda’s online service index has improved from 50% in 2016 to 57% in 2018 which puts the country in high online service index bracket. This is according to the United Nations E-Government survey 2018.

    The Online Services Index is a component of the E-Government Development Index(EGDI) which is a composite indicator measuring the use of ICTs by Governments in delivering public services at the national level. It examines how digital technologies and innovations are impacting the public sector and changing people’s everyday lives.

  • Tue
    Jul
    31
    2018
    UN Survey: Oman Ranks Second in Arab Region in Online Services Index

    Oman’s ranking has improved in the eGovernment Survey 2018 published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Oman ranked 63 out of 193 countries.

    Compared to the 2016 scores, Oman has improved on all three indices and is ranked sixth among the Arab countries and second in the Online Services Index. Oman made great improvement in the eParticipation index by 33 positions to be ranked 43rd.

  • Tue
    Jul
    31
    2018
    Oman sees growth in use of National ePayment Gateway

    Revenues handled by the portal increased to OMR 365 million last year, up from OMR 207 million a year earlier. The number of electronic transactions effected using Oman’s National ePayment Gateway nearly doubled in 2017, reported Oman Observer.

    In a statement, Information Technology Authority (ITA), the operator of the National ePayment Gateway, said that around 1.9 million transactions were made using the portal in 2017, up from around 1.1 million in 2016.

  • Tue
    Jul
    31
    2018
    Five Ways to Use ICTs to Create Jobs for Liberians

    Liberia is blessed with a youthful population who, unfortunately, upon graduation from school is forced to face the harsh realities of unemployment, and sometimes poverty. According to the United Nations, World Bank and other international agencies, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can be a driver of economic development. This also means employment. Hence, developed (USA, South Korea et al) and some developing countries (Rwanda, Ghana, and Botswana) have over the years leveraged ICTs to drive their economies. If these countries succeeded in using ICTs to create jobs for their people, why can't Liberia emulate them? What do we need to start creating jobs for our youthful population? What are some of the ways ICTs can be used to create jobs and achieve sustainable economic growth?

  • Tue
    Jul
    31
    2018
    US: Texas Continues to Seek Efficiency Through Shared Services Contracts

    Texas is committed to increasing adoption of shared technology services, said Hershel Becker, chief procurement officer at the Texas Department of Information Resources.

    The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is continuing to drive its own efficiencies through shared services.

  • Mon
    Jul
    30
    2018
    US: Maryland: With New Strategic Plan, Baltimore Begins Comprehensive IT Modernization

    Baltimore has hired its inaugural chief of IT human capital and director of digital DevOps, and a chief data officer; and begun to execute on its digital transformation plan.

    Having received “unbelievably supportive” public comment earlier this year, the city of Baltimore has moved into the execution phase on its first-ever strategic plan — 2018-2023 Inclusive Digital Transformation Strategic Plan — and is in the formative stages of a technology reorganization that will centralize IT, its tech leader said.

  • Mon
    Jul
    30
    2018
    Australia comes in second place in latest UN digital government rankings

    Between the problems with the census and the media coverage around My Health Record, you’d be forgiven for thinking Australia was doing a terrible job at digital transformation.

    But the United Nations thinks we’re doing well — or at least everyone else is doing worse.

    Australia has been ranked number two in the world for delivery of online services in this year’s UN E-Government Survey, just behind global leader Denmark.

  • Mon
    Jul
    30
    2018
    World Bank to launch a project on digital economy development in Uzbekistan

    The World Bank Country Office in Tashkent hosted a workshop in the context of the preparatory work for launching the Digital Central Asia – South Asia (CASA) project in Uzbekistan. The project will contribute to digital infrastructure, e-government and digital economy development in the country, the World Bank said.

    The Digital CASA Program is being implemented by the World Bank Group and is designed to improve broadband connectivity in the landlocked countries of Central Asia and parts of South Asia.

  • Mon
    Jul
    30
    2018
    Oman among top Arab nations in digital government

    The Sultanate of Oman ranking has improved in the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2018 published by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), according to the ITA. Oman is ranked 63 out of the 193 member state countries.

    Compared to the 2016 scores, Oman has improved on all the three indices and is ranked 6th among the Arab countries and 2nd in the online services index.

  • Sun
    Jul
    29
    2018
    AE: Dubai to roll out lifetime vehicle e-registration

    Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the third and final phase of Vehicle e-Registration, enabling individuals to replace their existing vehicle registration cards by lifetime e-Registration, as of 1 August 2018, according to the Dubai Media Office.

    The RTA has reportedly launched the initial phase of the service last January for government vehicles, car rental companies, and taxis.

  • Sun
    Jul
    29
    2018
    IN: Odisha: Op-Ed: Forget Smart City; Fix the Drainage First

    The ‘Smart City’ had never seen anything like it before. Marooned people being rescued by fire and ODRAF personnel; bikes, cars and even buses with passengers floating in water bang in the middle of busy roads; people having to move upstairs after inundation of the ground floor and going without electricity, food and drinking water for days on end; pumps being pressed into service to drain out accumulated water .. you name it. As a wag commented, the day is not far off when stranded people in Bhubaneswar will have to be airlifted and food packets would have to be air dropped for marooned people!

  • Sun
    Jul
    29
    2018
    Bangladesh edges 9 notches up in UN e-gov’t survey

    Bangladesh has been ranked 115th in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018 among the 193 countries moving nine notches up from its previous 124th position in 2016.

    According to the UN survey report, Bangladesh is the highest ranked least developed country (LDC), an official of Access to Information (a2i) programme told UNB on Sunday.

  • Sat
    Jul
    28
    2018
    Bahrain among high performing countries in e-government services

    Bahrain ranked fifth in Asia and 26th internationally in e-government development efforts, a UN report has revealed.

    According to the 2018 UN E-Government Survey, Bahrain maintained its ranking among countries scoring very high on the E-Government Development Index (EGDI).

    Only two Arab countries, Bahrain and the UAE, were among the eight Asian states which ranked among the high performing countries.

  • Sat
    Jul
    28
    2018
    IN: Assam: Guwahati to have 4,000 CCTV cameras under Smart City Project

    In a view to boost the security and surveillance mechanism of Guwahati, the Govt of Assam has approved of installing 4,000 CCTV cameras to continuously monitor the pulse of Guwahati city.

    Of the 4,000 cameras, around 800 would be dedicated for monitoring vehicular traffic, especially road mishaps and hit-and-run cases.

  • Sat
    Jul
    28
    2018
    IN: Healthcare in the palm of your hand – a ‘smart’ idea

    Most discussions on Indian healthcare invariably reveal the elephant in the room and bring home the reality that there are still two Indias. Even more paradoxical may be the fact that while India and its brilliant minds are powering the technology revolution throughout the world, large percentages of our population remain untouched by digital, and were it not for the vision of initiatives like NITI Aayog, might have been left behind.

    In 2016, the government called on all of us – healthcare providers, technologists, and media specialists – all stakeholders who could help expedite and promote the widest possible digitization of our nation and the onboarding of hundreds of millions of Indian citizens into the “cadres of the connected”.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    Gartner’s Dean Lacheca: ‘AI will be a long road for government CIOs’

    Gartner’s Dean Lacheca says government CIOs must anticipate and correctly respond to increasingly disruptive forces like artificial intelligence.

    Dean Lacheca is a research director in Gartner’s CIO research and advisory group.

    Within that group, he is part of a global team focused on supporting public sector CIOs and technology leaders.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    TW: Government to discuss digitalization of NHI data: minister

    The Taiwan government will hold a new round of discussions next week on a proposal to digitalize National Health Insurance (NHI) information so that an actual card will no longer be required, Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) said Thursday.

    Tang, who is responsible for the government's digital technology portfolio, said the idea is for NHI members to have their medical information stored on their cellphones or other devices.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    Creating digital society requires political will: Estonia ex-president

    The key to developing a digital society lies not just in technical issues but in a government's political will to devise policy, build infrastructure, promote computer studies and educate its politicians, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia, said in Taipei on Thursday.

    Technology is something that is so cheap and so readily available these days that anyone or any country, no matter how rich or poor, can digitalize, Ilves said in a keynote speech at the Digital Innovation Forum.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    Technology key to developing smart cities in Indonesia

    As information and communications technology (ICT) is revolutionising the way society functions, another significant transformation that ICT is capable of bringing in is the establishment of smart cities.

    It was stated in an article entitled “Smart cities: Digital savviness to resilient living” recently run on Jakarta Post.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    UAE 6th in the Global Smart Services Index

    UAE also has the same rank as Sweden, outpacing Spain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Portugal and Russia in the smart electronic services index

    The UAE has added another feather to its cap, by reaching the sixth position globally in the smart electronic services index and the second in the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII), according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) E-Government Development Index (EDGI) Survey 2018.

  • Fri
    Jul
    27
    2018
    UN launches report highlighting role of E-governance in building inclusive, resilient societies

    Several regional cases studies in the global survey illustrate the importance of integrating emerging innovations in digital technology.

    A major report launched by the United Nations this week highlights the critical role E-governance plays in building inclusive, resilient societies in anticipation and response to the impact of disasters.

  • Thu
    Jul
    26
    2018
    Vietnam go for e-government with vision

    The Government needs to change itself in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) in order to be able to govern the country in the digital age, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

    Addressing the Vietnam ICT Summit here yesterday, he said Vietnam has recorded marked achievements in e-Government building which began since 2000.

  • Thu
    Jul
    26
    2018
    AU: Queensland: Ipswich scores IDC smart city gong

    Ipswich in Queensland has become the only Australian city to score a gong in IDC Asia Pacific’s list of the 19 most outstanding smart city projects in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan. It was recognised in the administration category along with Wuhan East Late Free Trade Zone in China.

    Auckland Council’s Safeswim initiative scored a gong in the safe water category. They were the only ANZ winners. China, Taiwan and Singapore as the biggest winners claiming five, four and three awards respectively.

  • Wed
    Jul
    25
    2018
    Vietnam strives to develop e-government with vision towards 2025

    The Vietnamese Government Office is compiling the government's resolution on major tasks and solutions in e-government development in the 2018-2020 period, with a vision towards 2025, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said here on Wednesday.

    Vietnam is also working to establish a national committee on e-government led by the prime minister, with members being ministers, Phuc said at the Vietnam Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit which opened on Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

  • Wed
    Jul
    25
    2018
    TZ: Read access to public information still an illusion – P3

    In Summary

    But, we all are agreed that free and easier access to government-held information is one of the key pillars of economic and democracy development of any society. Free to access information is indeed an important aspect in promoting transparency and accountability.

  • Wed
    Jul
    25
    2018
    VN: Industry 4.0 requires Government to change itself: PM

    The Government needs to change itself in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) in order to be able to govern the country in the digital age, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

    Addressing the Vietnam ICT Summit in Hanoi on July 18, the Government leader said Vietnam has recorded marked achievements in e-Government building which began since 2000.

  • Wed
    Jul
    25
    2018
    AE: Bracing together for a smart future

    UAE’s federal bodies have exerted immense efforts on the electronic transformation of their services, as well as encouraging the public to use them

    The concept of e-government has quickly evolved since its emergence back in 2001, expanding to new horizons. Over time it complemented the global approach for achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, while also retaining the fundamental goals of digital and smart transformation.

  • Tue
    Jul
    24
    2018
    PK: On digital inclusion

    While financial inclusion is all the rage, digital inclusion has received relatively less focus in Pakistan. In ‘E-commerce: two exclusions,’ published July 11, 2018, BR Research recently highlighted how digital exclusion is hampering Pakistan’s digital economy. Now the SBP, in its latest quarterly report on the state of the economy, has picked up ‘Internet Inclusiveness’, lending the theme a powerful voice.

    Using the EIU’s Inclusive Internet Index (2018) – which places Pakistan at 68th rank among 86 economies, lagging Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in South Asia – the SBP is arguing for more focus on demand-side of things. No matter how many gains are made in improving broadband coverage, they will not, SBP argues, be sufficient alone in gaining the most out of broadband connectivity.

  • Tue
    Jul
    24
    2018
    Vietnam needs to get ready for Fourth Industrial Revolution

    The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 takes place in Hanoi from July 12-13 under the theme of “Vision and Development Strategy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

    The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 took place in Hanoi from July 12-13 under the theme of “Vision and Development Strategy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” with the attendance of nearly 1,800 representatives from localities, domestic and foreign experts, businesses, and embassies.

  • Mon
    Jul
    23
    2018
    GB: Smart City Movers Get Innovation Boost

    The first innovation loans have been offered to 13 businesses improving smart cities and transport and working on the challenges of accelerating urbanisation and climate change.

    The global smart infrastructure market those businesses will be operating in is estimated to be worth £1.2 trillion per year by 2025.

  • Mon
    Jul
    23
    2018
    IN: Only 5% of Proposed Smart City Projects Completed So Far: Report

    The smart cities mission, launched in 2015, aims to tackle the escalating problems in urban areas with regards to transportation, energy supply, governance, basic urban infrastructure services and overall quality of life.

    The ambitious smart cities mission of the government has "failed to make remarkable progress" as only 5 per cent of the proposed projects are completed so far, according to Anarock Property Consultants.

  • Sun
    Jul
    22
    2018
    AU: Tasmania: Q&A with Michael Stretton: "Today Launceston is a 365-day, 24-hour council"

    City of Launceston is proof that smart cities start with smart foundations. Tasmania’s largest local government implemented an integrated enterprise solution to digitally transform operations over time. General Manager Michael Stretton discusses how Launceston’s approach to innovation and digital transformation is helping the city to realise its smart city ambitions.

  • Sun
    Jul
    22
    2018
    Digital India: The way forward

    Although the Digital India initiatives are focused on reducing the digital divide, a multi-pronged strategy is required for India to emerge as a leading digital economy.

    Information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently stated that the government had added more services through the UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) app for smartphones. This app offers 242 services from 57 departments in 12 states. This is unprecedented progress for a government initiative that was launched by PM Narendra Modi six months ago as part of the Digital India push. While the initiatives must be lauded, a recent global survey on Internet/App usage by global research firm Pew Research Centre ranks India lowest amongst the 39 large economies surveyed. Although the Digital India initiatives are focused on reducing the digital divide, a multi-pronged strategy is required for India to emerge as a leading digital economy.

  • Sat
    Jul
    21
    2018
    SA: Riyadh and IBM Implement Blockchain Solutions for the Municipality

    The Riyadh municipality is working with the US technology giant IBM to implement blockchain technology in government and payment services, the ITP.net  reported on Wednesday.

    For future projects involving blockchain, IBM will work with Elm, the company that acts as a technology partner in Riyadh municipality. Together with local authorities, the two companies will work to expand digital applications, thus improving the quality of municipal services.

  • Sat
    Jul
    21
    2018
    Vietnam’s Experiment With E-Government

    The country got a late start, but is expanding its digital government services.

    On July 5, 2018, the 14th national conference on e-government, titled “Digital government progress toward modern and effective administration,” took place in Hanoi. Apart from the reporting process, there were two panel discussions titled “Ensuring cybersecurity for e-government system,” and “E-government as a solution for reforms, public services provision, fighting corruption, and improving accountability.”

    During the conference, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong announced the government’s intention to enact a new Resolution on Digital Government Development Plan for 2018-2020 toward 2025. In addition, a National Board of E-Government Review, for which Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is going to be the president, will be established to monitor and evaluate e-government development in Vietnam.

  • Sat
    Jul
    21
    2018
    VN: PM pledges to realise Industry 4.0 opportunities

    To ultilise opportunities brought by the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and limit unwanted effects, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said the Government would build long-term orientations and install specific policies.

    The Prime Minister attended the opening ceremony for the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 in Hà Nội on Friday.

  • Fri
    Jul
    20
    2018
    US: California: L.A. County Agency Gives Up On Paper, Embraces Process Automation

    The Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County is just one of many local government agencies that are moving to update their workflow structures.

    The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission — a single entity that handles housing, community development and redevelopment — has upgraded the workflow structure that allows its staff to digitize documents.

  • Fri
    Jul
    20
    2018
    US: What’s New in Civic Tech: Dashboard Gauges Local Government Representation

    Plus, a federal government single-sign-on platform enters public bug bounty testing phase; Louisiana debuts digital drivers' licenses; and a new report highlights states’ use of data and evidence to improve life for constituents.

    Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), a professional organization aimed at supporting those who work in local government, has created a platform to illustrate whether local government decision-makers are reflective of the populations they represent.

  • Thu
    Jul
    19
    2018
    NCS: Nigeria’s digital growth reliant on rural connectivity

    Efforts to deepen digital growth in Nigeria will not yield positive result until the rural areas in the country are digitally connected, President of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Sola Aderounmu has said. This came with the realisation that the digital gap between the urban and rural communities in the country is getting wider, as investments in digital infrastructure are being concentrated in cities.

    While pointing at e-government, e-health and e-education as the next frontiers for Nigeria in the digital journey, Aderounmu said the rural communities would cut off from these developments if there were no conscious effort to deploy infrastructure in remote areas.

  • Thu
    Jul
    19
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: 25 works planned under Smart City project in Salem

    The Salem Corporation has planned 25 development works at an outlay of Rs. 1,000 crore under the Smart City project.

    All the works were aimed at the overall development and give a facelift to the city and its surroundings. While some of the minor works have already been completed, the major works are at the stage of execution.

  • Thu
    Jul
    19
    2018
    Smart solutions can help ASEAN cities improve quality-of-life indicators by 10-30%

    Southeast Asia’s future is tied to the fate of its cities. Today the region’s urban areas are home to one-third of its total population but generate more than two-thirds of the region’s GDP. Urbanization is fueling economic growth, but the breakneck pace has left many cities struggling to provide adequate housing, infrastructure, and services to meet the needs of a surging population.

    While the urban challenges across Southeast Asia have been growing in scope, new technologies that could tackle some of these issues have reached maturity. Smart cities in Southeast Asia, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), in collaboration with the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore, finds that cities across the region can incorporate data and digital technologies into infrastructure and services – all with an eye to solving specific public problems and making the urban environment more livable, sustainable, and productive. The research, studying dozens of current applications, finds that cities in the region could use digital solutions to improve some quality-of-life indicators by 10-30%. It expands on global research released last month by MGI on how the current generation of smart city technologies can perform in a variety of urban settings worldwide.

  • Wed
    Jul
    18
    2018
    IN: E-ticket facility for CRPF rolled out

    CRPF personnel will no longer need to go to a railway station to get a reserved ticket on the basis of their travel warrant, with the entire process now made online, an official said.

    Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on Wednesday signed an MoU with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Chairman M.P. Mall, to initiate a new e-ticketing system for the CRPF personnel, replacing the earlier cumbersome system of "railway warrant".

  • Wed
    Jul
    18
    2018
    Mauritius champions a single cyber law for Africa

    Mauritius' focus on legislation and innovation has positioned the country as one of only a few outside Europe to feature data protection laws in line with the recently enacted GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

    This is according to the island nation's Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation Yogida Sawmynaden, who spoke at the inaugural Africa Cyber Defense Summit held recently in Nairobi.

  • Tue
    Jul
    17
    2018
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Smart City projects still limping in tender stage in State

    The 'Smart City' project, which is aimed at developing 100 cities of the country, is limping in the state. The progress of this is further hampered by the oncoming parliamentary elections, which are due to be held in the next six to seven months.

    Though the grant regarding this project is released and necessary instructions are given, it is really sad to note that the funds are not utilized for the implementation of the project.

  • Tue
    Jul
    17
    2018
    NG: Smart city: Obaseki, global city leaders examine barriers

    The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the President of Singapore, Halimah Yacob, Minister of National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Singapore, Lawrence Wong; with over one hundred representatives of national and municipal governments as well as leading private sector players in cities development, at the weekend began deliberations on how to eliminate challenges to sustainable cities at the World Cities Summit in Singapore.

    The meeting of experts organisers say, “is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address livable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.”

  • Tue
    Jul
    17
    2018
    BS: Digital Divide: 40,000 Tax Payments Manual

    More than 40,000 tax payments in 2017 were made manually, highlighting how far the government and private sector have to travel to achieve true digital government.

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in an economic analysis of the potential benefits from its $30m project to transform the government's digital/IT infrastructure and boost Bahamian economic competitiveness, revealed that thousands of VAT, business licence and real property tax payments are still being made "in person".

  • Tue
    Jul
    17
    2018
    Regional telecoms body launches ICT roadshow in Guyana

    Over the next five days members of the public will have an opportunity to interact with regional experts about how they can use Information and Communications Techno-logy (ICT) to improve every aspect of their lives as the Caribbean ICT Roadshow makes its 24th stop in Guyana.

    Started in 2009 the Roadshow is executed by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and crafted specifically to suit the needs of the host country based on stakeholder consultations with the overarching theme of “Harnessing the Power of Innovation – the Engine for ICT-enabled Caribbean Development”.

  • Tue
    Jul
    17
    2018
    LR: Commerce Ministry launches Business Hub

    The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOC) in collaboration with the Swedish National Board of Trade and World Bank Group launch a service sector website here recently to provide e-government solution to the business community and the public at large.

    Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh says the LIB Business Hub will not only provide business information but other vital information arising from other institutions, including banking services.

  • Mon
    Jul
    16
    2018
    Vision for a Digital Ireland is not a pipe dream

    Unfortunately, Ireland is still a two-speed digital economy when it comes broadband infrastructure and cloud efficiency, writes John Kennedy.

    Several years ago, Siliconrepublic.com ran a monthly newspaper supplement called Digital Ireland in a national publication, and it ran for the best part of a decade.

  • Mon
    Jul
    16
    2018
    AE: Dubai’s “Smart Hall” platform hosts over 40 government services

    The Dubai Municipality’s Al Kifaf Centre has extended its services to the public 24 hours a day by opening a Smart Hall.

    The new service will offer 47 online services of government departments and other establishments in Dubai and other emirates.

  • Mon
    Jul
    16
    2018
    VN: Hanoi determined to build smart city by 2030

    Hanoi is determined to build a people-centered and business-oriented smart city by 2030, said Permanent Vice Chairman of the Hanoi City People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu during the sixth World Cities Summit (WCS) 2018 held in Singapore on July 9.

    Suu talked about the vision and strategy for smart cities alongside the e-government methods of Vietnam, and Hanoi in particular.

  • Sun
    Jul
    15
    2018
    India's "smart" city proposals consider migrant, unskilled population a security threat to urban citizens

    A new study of by well-known Delhi-based civil rights body, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), has said that only 8% of India’s total population or 22 per cent of its urban population is likely to benefit from the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission (SMC) project, which has been initiated in 99 cities from whom proposals have been received.

    Pointing towards a clear bias against the marginalized communities, the report states, “Of the total proposed investment of Rs 2.04 lakh crore (2,039 billion) in ‘smart cities,’ 80% will be spent on Area-based Development (ABD), i.e. only on specific areas in each city, with only 20% of funds being devoted to ‘pan-city development’.” In fact, it says, “The city area covered by ABD is less than 5% for 49 of the 86 cities for which information is available”, even though it would lead to forced displacement in the name of development.

  • Sun
    Jul
    15
    2018
    NG: BPP Unveils e-Government Procurement System

    The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has commenced the process of implementing a unified e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system, that will integrate with existing systems to provide a centrally and unitary collaborative government procurement platform for all public procurement at the federal level.

    The implementation of the e-GP system will follow a phased approach to cover the entire public procurement lifecycle in line with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, related regulations and government Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies, and other standards.

  • Sun
    Jul
    15
    2018
    Asean Smart Cities ink deals to gear up for next lap

    Several Asean cities inked agreements with corporate partners in Singapore on Sunday (July 8), to gear up to become "smart cities".

    The five agreements included a letter of intent between Chonburi's Amata Smart City in Thailand and the Yokohama Urban Solution Alliance, to work on a smart energy management system.

  • Sun
    Jul
    15
    2018
    IN: 82% of works completed: Haryana CM

    Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, on Saturday said about 82 per cent of the development works announced till 2017 have been completed and work on the remaining 18 per cent announcements is in progress and would be completed soon.

    He also inaugurated and dedicated five projects costing Rs 27.70 crore to the people of Sirsa district. Besides, he laid foundation stone of eight development projects on which over Rs 57.69 crore would be spent.

  • Sun
    Jul
    15
    2018
    IN: Trolls beware: Government plans database on cyber-abusers

    The NCRB, the Union Home Ministry’s wing that tabulates and analyses crime data from across the country every year, will also maintain data on fake online profiles, online defamation, etc.

    The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is broadening the ambit of data collection on cyber crimes to include trolling and abuse on social media. The NCRB, the Union Home Ministry’s wing that tabulates and analyses crime data from across the country every year, will also maintain data on fake online profiles, online defamation, online frauds, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, online gambling and cases of online abetment of suicides.

  • Sat
    Jul
    14
    2018
    IN: Goa: Smart City ambitions come under question

    The capital city waterlogging woes exposed the poor planning and misplaced priorities of civic authorities. After severe waterlogging, questions were being asked about Panaji's Smart City ambitions.

    Residents said that even before heavy rains lashed the city, the capital's roads were beginning to show signs of neglect with potholes, puddles of water, jutting out fibre optic lines.

  • Sat
    Jul
    14
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: Smart City: NMSCDCL launches skill development and employability

    With an aim on holistic economic development of Nashik and making the city more vibrant and livable, Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (NMSCDCL) initiated a project aimed at Skill Development and Employability of the youth in the city as part of the Smart City Mission.

    The project commenced on Tuesday through the successful completion of an industry academia consultative workshop held at Express Inn Hotel.

  • Sat
    Jul
    14
    2018
    MY: Government to use open tender system for projects, says works minister

    Putrajaya will use the open tender system extensively for government projects, especially for large scale ones, to make sure that public funds are well spent, Bernama reported Minister of Works Baru Bian saying today.

    He revealed that the government was estimated to spend more than RM100 billion a year for procurement purposes through various projects and contracts.

  • Sat
    Jul
    14
    2018
    VN: Non-cash payments need support

    The Government should create an ecosystem and suitable environment for new products and services as well as pioneer their use to promote the development of contactless payment methods. This could be a foundation for building e-government in Việt Nam.

    Vũ Viết Ngoạn, Chief of the Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister made the statement at a conference on how contactless payments support the establishment of a modern and effective e-government by leveraging the development of a digital economy held in Hà Nội on Thursday.

  • Fri
    Jul
    13
    2018
    Indian Railways will now accept Aadhaar or driving license from DigiLocker as ID proof

    The Indian Railways will now accept digital Aadhaar & Driving License from DigiLocker as valid ID proofs. The official notification from the Railways Ministry states that a passenger travelling on a train can show the digital Aadhaar or Driving License on their Issues Documents on the DigiLocker app.

    The notice clarifies that documents uploaded by the user themselves will not be considered as valid IDs.

  • Fri
    Jul
    13
    2018
    VN: e-Government leaders announced

    The Ministry of Finance topped the list of e-Government development in 2017.

    A report on the evaluation and ranking of Việt Nam’s e-Government development in 2017 was announced as part of the National Conference on e-Government in Hà Nội on Thursday.

  • Fri
    Jul
    13
    2018
    VN: Finance sector tops e-Government development in 2017

    The Ministry of Finance led the way in e-Government development in 2017, with more than 20 million requested records under online processing, according to a report on Vietnam’s e-Government development in 2017.

    Announced by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association as part of the National Conference on e-Government in Hanoi on July 5, the report featured evaluations and rankings for three categories, including ministries and ministerial-level agencies, governmental agencies and centrally-run cities and provinces.

  • Thu
    Jul
    12
    2018
    LR: MOCI, WB, Others to Launch Trade Service Sector Website

    The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) in collaboration with Swedish National Board of Trade (NBT) and World Bank Group (WBG) will on Friday, July 6, 2018, launch a service sector website, which will provide an e-government solution to the business community and the public at large.

    This service sector website will serve as a gateway for business institutions and the general public to access essential information about day-to-day activities as it relates to Liberian commerce and information sectors as well as ministries and agencies in Liberia.

  • Thu
    Jul
    12
    2018
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Walking the e-governance tightrope: ensuring safety and security

    3S – Safety, Security, and Smartness, is imperative for the success of e-governance, says J A Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary and IT Advisor to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. In a candid interaction with Rakesh Roy of Elets News Network (ENN) he elucidates on e-governance and digital initiatives to empower citizens as well as the vulnerable of cyber safety and security pertaining to these.

    Q: How has e-governance transformed the integration between common citizens with the government?

    E-governance policy initiatives under Digital India is actually in the form of e-seva to provide real-time governance in ensuring easy, timely and accountable delivery of government services to all its citizens. The ultimate objective of e-governance is to make processes simpler, citizen friendly and more importantly making no discrimination service to haves and have-nots and make sure the government services reaches to last mile of the citizen.

  • Thu
    Jul
    12
    2018
    IN: Chandigarh: Punjab edu dept launches e-Office, e-Punjab school, other mobile apps

    To streamline the State’s school education system and be prepared for futuristic challenges, Punjab Government has launched online school management system e-Punjab School, e-Office, grievances redressal system, biometric attendance system, GIS mapping of schools, unification of portals, mobile applications, among various software.

    Adopting the information technology to make the school education department up-to-date, a number of initiatives have been taken under the e-governance programme.

  • Thu
    Jul
    12
    2018
    Thailand's digital readiness struggle

    Mobile and e-commerce penetration healthy but research and infrastructure shortcomings impede progress

    Low spending on research and development, coupled with "shallow" digital infrastructure that includes some of the world's slowest 4G speeds, will impede the progress of Thailand's drive towards a digital future, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

  • Wed
    Jul
    11
    2018
    Computer professionals decry Nigeria’s slow match to digital inclusion

    Computer Professionals in the country are worried about the slow pace of development around digital inclusion. This, they claimed has relegated Nigeria among the comity of nations.Under the aegis Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), these professionals, though claimed that the country has leaped a bit, “but we are still far from where we should be as country.”

    The President, NCS, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, addressing newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday, said much work still needed to be done to get Nigeria to its rightful place. Aderounmu, who used the occasion to announce NCS 27th National Conference scheduled for the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State from July 17 to 19, with the theme: ‘Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies,’ said the strategic and transformation role of IT in the economy and society is well recognised.

  • Wed
    Jul
    11
    2018
    Companies team for ultra-broadband Sudan

    Sudatel wants to facilitate e-government, e-health and other business and consumer services

    Nokia and telecommunications and technology provider, Sudatel, are collaborating on delivery of ultra-broadband for Sudan which, as well as deliver high-speed voice, data and video and fixed and mobile packages, will be used for e-government, e-health and other applications. The collaboration will focus initially on the capital city of Khartoum.

  • Tue
    Jul
    10
    2018
    ZA: Gauteng broadband project takes shape, at last

    The Gauteng province will now be able to proceed with phase two of the broadband network infrastructure project.

    This, after the State IT Agency (SITA) finalised the selection process of the service provider that will be responsible for implementation of the project.

    SITA, which is tasked with the procurement process for the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) infrastructure project, confirmed to ITWeb the contract has been awarded to Altech.

  • Tue
    Jul
    10
    2018
    IN: Smart City project: Shivappa Nayaka Palace to get a facelift

    Shivamogga City Corporation designs plan by consulting archaeologists, architects

    The historical Shivappa Nayaka Palace located on the banks of the Tunga here will get a facelift under the Smart City project.

    Shivamogga City Corporation has been selected for the project of the Ministry of Urban Development. The palace was said to be constructed during the rule of Keladi king Sadashiva Nayaka in the 16th century. It was earlier used as an office by the Forest Department and was handed over to the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage in 1984. The palace hosts a museum at present and cultural programmes are also held here.

  • Tue
    Jul
    10
    2018
    Starting Smart City Journeys With Connected Lighting

    How much cities need to invest in getting a smart lighting project started depends on the types of existing street lights and the cost of the replacements.

    While a discussion around implementing Smart City initiatives can often get city planners and managers excited about the opportunities that technology can enable, the budget available is often the biggest stumbling block to getting started.

  • Tue
    Jul
    10
    2018
    AE: Global smart city pioneers join Smart Dubai Global Network

    Smart Dubai has announced the expansion of the Smart Dubai Global Network.

    Launched in April this year, the global network aims to be the largest international network of Smart Cities.

    Through the network, Smart Dubai Office is extending its hand in partnership to all individuals and entities that share a passion for advanced technology, Fourth Industrial Revolution breakthroughs, smart living, and spreading happiness in the community with tech-enabled, human-centric services.

  • Mon
    Jul
    09
    2018
    Are Digital IDs the Start of a Blockchain-Based Service Economy for the Cayman Islands?

    Caribbean initial coin offering (ICO) hotspot, the Cayman Islands, last week outlined a timeline for a proposed digital ID system for its population; it aims to have the technology in place within a year. Premier Alden McLaughlin presented details of the initiative in a speech at the Cayman Islands Digital Economy Conference – CYDEC, while outlining the latest developments in his administration’s drive towards e-Government services.

  • Mon
    Jul
    09
    2018
    New Visa and Residency E- Services in Jordan

    The Interior Ministry, in cooperation with the ICT, public sector development ministries and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), launched 11 e-services related to visas and residency on Sunday.

    At the launching ceremony, Interior Minister Samir Mubaidin said the e-services include issuance and renewal of visit visas, transit visas, leave and return visas and work visas, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

  • Sun
    Jul
    08
    2018
    IN: Maharashtra: ‘Better Government Services Key to Pune’s Smart City Dream’

    The idea of Smart City varies from city to city, however, the major focus should be on improving citizens’ lives, and the infrastructure and services, especially, the government services, says Mukta Tilak, Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), in conversation with Harshal Desai of Elets News Network (ENN).

    Q: Please share your views on the concept of Smart Cities Mission?

    The Central Government Smart Cities Mission is one of the most ambitious projects, and the way we have been progressing, it is indeed one of the successful projects of the Government as well. Every city needs to be developed and the central government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi Ji is making efforts through different central and state-level schemes. However, the Smart Cities Mission has given a great opportunity to 100 selected cities to make progress in a systematic and focussed manner. It’s delighting Pune could make to the list and is now ranked among the best smart cities as well.

  • Sun
    Jul
    08
    2018
    AE: Abu Dhabi 'Smartest' City in Middle East

    Abu Dhabi has been ranked top on a list of cities in Africa and the Middle East in the McKinsey Global Institute study 'Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future'.

    The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life across a wide range of criteria, including healthcare, security, mobility, economic development and housing. With a rating of 18.4, Abu Dhabi ranked first in the region ahead of Dubai, which was placed second with a rating of 17.3.

  • Sun
    Jul
    08
    2018
    BN: MSD roadshow on Implementation of Public Approach wraps up

    The Management Services Department (MSD), in collaboration with e-Government National Centre (eGNC) under the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday concluded its three-day roadshow on ‘Implementation of Public Approach’ by government agencies. Held from June 27-30, the event aimed to share the guidelines on public approach procedures by government agencies.

    The event started with recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a welcoming address by MSD Acting Director Aminuddin bin Haji Buntar.

  • Sat
    Jul
    07
    2018
    MO: Smart city plan aims for more gov't transparency - Frederico Ma

    Frederico Ma Chi Ngai, president of Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) reveals upcoming smart city projects to Macau News Agency (MNA)

    Frederico Ma Chi Ngai, president of the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) has told Macau News Agency (MNA) that one of the planned projects involves an application for which the public would be able to track the process of government decisions, such as tenders, through an application.

  • Sat
    Jul
    07
    2018
    Africa: Connected devices and data analytics lie at the heart of smart city projects

    Smart cities are the future, there is no doubt about this.

    With numerous challenges both existing and emerging, exacerbated by growing populations and dwindling resources, it is essential for municipalities to more effectively control and manage many areas. These include water and electricity, traffic flow, parking, refuse removal and sewerage to name but a few.

  • Sat
    Jul
    07
    2018
    US: Colorado: New app makes government interaction easier

    'Skip the trip' to DMV with Gov2Go

    Colorado citizens now have access to Gov2Go, a technology platform that makes it easier for them to interact with all levels of government. Among other benefits, Gov2Go lets citizens "Skip The Trip" to the DMV for vehicle tag renewals. Citizens can download the free Gov2Go app, receive renewal reminders and renew their vehicle tags from the convenience of their mobile phones.

  • Sat
    Jul
    07
    2018
    Call for free Internet in SA

    The IAB SA has kick-started a campaign for all South Africans to have free basic access to the Internet. As the right to information is one of our constitutional rights, it follows that South Africans should have the ability to access this information freely.

    Chris Borain, chair of the IAB SA, says, “We believe in fostering digital equality among all citizens. While Icasa is taking great strides to address the high cost of data, a basic level of free Internet access is a separate issue that requires as much attention. All South Africans, especially vulnerable groups and those without access to mobile phones, have the right to access information online, from government services, employment opportunities or online education resources.”

  • Fri
    Jul
    06
    2018
    CN: HK needs goal and direction to rev up smart-city devt: expert

    Dr. Winnie Tang Shuk-ming, an expert on geographical information system (GIS), has been making a great deal of effort to introduce and drive the development of the important technology in Hong Kong. Her entrepreneurial journey, which involves GIS technology development and promotion, dates back to 1997, when Tang began launching her own business after leaving a teaching post at the faculty of architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

    The US Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Kurt Tong, once said that a smart city would be a competitive city. That is the same thought that drives Tang’s work efforts.

  • Fri
    Jul
    06
    2018
    'Cloud is the future and Africa better respond'

    Today, the question isn't whether or not to migrate to the cloud – it is more a case of how economies should be managed to leverage the maturity of this resource and truly benefit from efficiency.

    This is according to Antònio Nunes, CEO of Angolan multinational telecommunications services provider Angola Cables.

  • Fri
    Jul
    06
    2018
    Smart City era will improve urban ecosystems

    Connected technology is ushering in a new era of “Smart Cities”, which promises to improve the quality of life for billions of people around the world.

    Smart cities — which are using technology to make urban areas safer, more efficient, and more livable — represent the transformative power of the Internet of Things. Now, as the new 5G wireless standard is deployed, data transfer will be even faster and more reliable. The transition from 4G to 5G will facilitate the shift to ubiquitous connectivity.

  • Fri
    Jul
    06
    2018
    SG: How do smart sensors transform smart cities?

    When you think of smart cities, you think of an ecosystem that’s completely interconnected, seamlessly.

    Right out of a science fiction novel, you imagine being tracked in real-time, kept secure, and hope to be supported by businesses that better understand your needs – and deliver solutions using the city’s infrastructure.

  • Thu
    Jul
    05
    2018
    CN: What will a future city look like with smart transportation?

    We live in an era where technology breaks new ground almost every day.

    Engineers and researchers are moving quickly too, with a focus on making the places we live in better, safer and smarter via new innovations.

    According to the World Health Organization, every year, traffic accidents claim the lives of more than 260,000 Chinese people.

  • Thu
    Jul
    05
    2018
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Ghaziabad Adopting Smart Solutions for Urban Transformation

    Q: What are the various initiatives taken up by Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation?

    Swachh Survekshan 2018 gave us an opportunity of doing self-assessment to know what we lack and what are our strengths to implement solutions accordingly, to bring in place smart solutions for the benefit of residents of Ghaziabad. It was the most polluted city in India. However we have been successful to a great extent to reduce the level of pollutions in the city. This achievement cannot be ignored and should be seen as an opportunity to implement best environmental solutions.

  • Thu
    Jul
    05
    2018
    IN: Goa’s e-gov initiative gets nat’l recognition

    The revenue department intends to bring more government services online through the Goa e-District portal over the next six months, said revenue minister Rohan Khaunte on Wednesday. Speaking at the ministerial block in the Assembly complex, Khaunte announced that nearly 1.5 lakh certificates had been issued online, while 5321 partition applications had been issued.

    The minister was speaking after announcing that the North Goa collectorate had received the Skock order of Merit award 2018 and the Skoch Gold Award 2018 for the E-Revenue e-governance platform which serves as a single window system for citizens.

  • Thu
    Jul
    05
    2018
    Hundreds turnout to Cayman’s first digital economy conference

    The first Cayman Islands Digital Economy Conference welcomed over a hundred delegates to the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa on June 21 2018.

    Following a welcome address by Premier Alden McLaughlin, CyDEC 2018 saw an impressive roster of international and local speakers who covered a range of topics on the rapidly developing world of technology and the direct impact on Cayman’s economy.

  • Wed
    Jul
    04
    2018
    IN: This is how NDMC is planning to make free wi-fi available across New Delhi

    It is part of the ongoing smart city project of providing better services to the people.

    Inspired by New York City’s ‘Link NYC’ infrastructure project to offer free wi-fi services, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has installed and set up two ‘NDMC Link’ digital interactive panels at Connaught Place. It is part of the ongoing smart city project of providing better services to the people.

  • Wed
    Jul
    04
    2018
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Corporation‘s 386 crore smart city proposal gets the green light

    The city corporation sanctioned projects worth 386 crore at the limited board meeting on Tuesday.

    The board has sanctioned 125 crore for construction of storm water drains under the area-based development in T Nagar. “In 2015, 2016 and 2017, IAS officials conducted inspections and a study was carried out by Urban Financial Services limited (TNUIFSL) in various parts of the city for the storm water drains. At that time, some missing links were located at various locations. In that there are a few of them in T Nagar which is the smart city area. To ensure that the area is not inundated during monsoons, we have planned to complete the construction of the missing links ,” said an official.

  • Wed
    Jul
    04
    2018
    IN: Smart city projects worth Rs 53,000 crore in implementation phases

    Delhi Metro phase IV and Delhi-Meerut section of RRTS also receive in-principle approval

    Smart city projects worth Rs 53,000 crore have either been completed, are under implementation or are in the tendering stage, a senior housing and urban affairs ministry official said.

    Out of the 100 smart cities announced so far, as many as 94 special purpose vehicles (SPVs) have been established and 71 project management consultants have been appointed.

  • Tue
    Jul
    03
    2018
    PH: Digital transformation for Filipinos

    Just last week, the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit was held, with a good mix of participants from the public and private sectors.

    With the theme “Empowering the Filipino through Digital Transformation,” the event showcased the government’s ICT-powered programs. These included the National Cybersecurity Plan, the National Broadband Plan, Free Wi-Fi Access in Public Places, the National Government Portal, and the National ID system. These projects and initiatives show the accelerating adoption of new technologies that would transform the bureaucracy into an efficient, transparent, trusted, and citizen-centered service system.

  • Tue
    Jul
    03
    2018
    ZA: Gauteng announces plan to share ICT infrastructure to speed up service delivery

    Gauteng’s Finance MEC Barbara Creecy has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between all municipalities and the Gauteng Provincial Government, agreeing to share ICT infrastructure, use common operating systems, and make Gauteng a truly integrated city region.

    Creecy was presenting the 2018/19 Budget Vote of the Department of e-Government to the Legislature on Tuesday (26 June).

DoctorPage.sg (https://www.doctorpage.sg), a specialized healthcare portal that aims to connect patients and doctors across Asia, is now the number one e-health portal in Singapore, according to Alexa, the leading provider of global web metrics.

Barely two months into its operation, DoctorPage has more than 300 doctors on its database with an active real-time appointment booking system. The e-health portal is created to bring convenience to users. It is a free portal for patients with clean pages that are extremely easy to navigate, whether they are looking for doctors by specialty or by location.

Once a selection has been made, the website responds quickly and at a glance, users are able to see the doctor's experience, affiliations, the location of his/her clinic and even concise directions to get there. Patients can then make real-time appointment bookings with their preferred doctors and will be able to see a doctor as early as the following day.

In addition, patients will also be prompted when there is an available slot that was cancelled last minute to decrease the waiting time to see a doctor. With DoctorPage, securing a doctor's appointment is as easy as a few clicks on the mouse.

"The result is extremely encouraging. We set out two months ago to bring patients the best healthcare solution, and doctors, a value-added service to improve healthcare access in Asia," said Dr Dawn Soo, Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of DoctorPage. "We worked with our excellent online marketing team to create a cohesive and transparent touch-point for both doctors and patients. To be the market leader in the e-health industry in Singapore shows that what we are doing is right," she added.

With a deep understanding of what the Singapore healthcare system is lacking and top-notch online marketing experience, DoctorPage improves the quality of the local healthcare experience and is set to expand its reach to the rest of Asia.

"Having a physician and online marketing experts as founding entrepreneurs, DoctorPage combines patients' and doctors' needs with the advantages of internet technology. Now that we are positioned as the market leader in e-health in Singapore, we are confident of delivering more improvements to build the largest e-health platform in Asia," added Max-F. Scheichenost, Founder and Chief-Executive Officer (CEO) of DoctorPage.

DoctorPage has just launched its mobile website so patients will have an even more user friendly mobile access. It launched the updated version of then iOS and iPad apps this month, which is available for download on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/doctorpage/id556796996?mt=8).

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Autor(en)/Author(s): How Hwee Yin / Crystal Kung

Quelle/Source: EIN News, 06.12.2012

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