Smart City Expo kicks off in Taipei

TaiwanThe Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei kicked off on January 20 featuring a variety of solutions such as connectivity, cloud computing, and construction and management to create smart cities. Makers in Taiwan expressed interest in 4G service developments in relation to the Intenet of Things (IoT) and developing smart city solutions in conjunction.

Jakarta expanding light rail network, cancels new monorail

Jakarta has announced plans to expand its rail network to satellite cities. The news comes as the city cancels a contract to build a new monorail network within the city. Indonesia’s capital city wants to expand its Light Rail Transport (LRT) network to ease traffic congestion, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said. Many people who work in Jakarta commute everyday to satellite cities where housing is more affordable.

Australia looking to follow Singapore in building Indian cities

As India prepares to build 100 new smart cities, Australia and Singapore are looking to win lucrative contracts assisting with the move. Two Singaporean firms have today been announced as master planners for the new capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) in Australia this week announced plans to strengthen its relationship with India by positioning itself as “a global leader in infrastructure development.”

Indonesia to spend US$2.4 million on smart city project in 2015

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, will invest IDR 30 billion (US$2.4 million) on its smart city project this year, the team told FutureGov. 60 per cent of the money will be spent on building an operations centre that will help monitor and respond to complaints from citizens, said Alberto Ali, Head of Technical Unit, Smart City Jakarta. The remaining will be used for operations and human resources to run the centre, he said.

How to paint tomorrow’s picture with today’s tools: the Internet of Things

All around us are the things that, if better used, can vastly improve our lives – the devices and assets in our city, the data they produce, our cloud services, and business intelligence tools, to name a few. Does your organisation have a strategy yet to capitalise on all of these things, and re-imagine the future of your city?

Singapore students win smart city challenge by infocomm agency and Red Hat

Students from Singapore Polytechnic have won a regional challenge by the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Red Hat this week with a smart energy consumption application. The Red Hat Challenge@Labs encouraged students to create smart home solutions using open source technology to address real challenges faced by people.

IoT, Smart City vision inspires Taiwan’s Arbor and Malaysia’s mTouche tie-up

MSC Malaysia status public-listed mTouche Technology and Taiwan-listed Arbor Technology [Arbor] have signed a digital infrastructure alliance to help drive the development in Malaysia of Internet of Things [IoT] and Smart City solutions. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding [MoU], the signing of which was witnessed by YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman of national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the two technology companies will combine their knowledge and experience to support the development of technologies and innovation that will offer end-to-end solutions in Smart City infrastructure in Malaysia.

Why Singapore is moving to 3D maps for urban planning

Singapore has limited land, but its skyline is constantly changing. The city’s urban planning agency has found that 2D maps and physical models are not able to keep up with such a complex environment, its Chief Information Officer, Peter Quek said. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now using 3D mapping to get a more realistic view of the city and simulate future scenarios, so agencies can plan their services better.

Finally! Singapore gets Indian Smart Cities deal

Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Indian state to provide knowledge on smart city management, it was announced this week. International Enterprise Singapore and the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh signed a deal to train Andhra Pradesh officials in urban planning and governance, supported by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.

China’s Inspur Seeks to Partner with India on Smart City Project

Chinese information technology company Inspur Group said it hopes to collaborate with the Indian government in its effort to transform the country into a smart nation. “We want to partner with India in building its smart cities, as envisioned by the new government. We are a leading firm in hardware and India is good in software and I think our association will be wonderful,” said Zhang Dong, Inspur’s vice president.

Panasonic opens smart town targeting zero-emission houses

As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.

Huawei Showcases its Safe City Solutions

About 400 attendees gathered at the summit to discuss and explore security and information and communication technology approaches to support smart and safe cities. “A smart and safe city system helps to improve incident prevention, enables efficient processing, supports investigations, and enhances national security.” said Zhang Hongxi, Huawei’s vice president of Northern Latin America region.

TCL Links Hardware With Software For Chinese Smart Home Investment

TCL Group plans to team with its two subsidiaries TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited to invest CNY90 million to create a joint venture in Hong Kong through which the group will build a foreign-invested company in China for the operation of smart home projects. TCL Group and TCL Multimedia will hold a 30% stake in the joint venture respectively; while TCL Communication will hold a 40% stake.

Data analytics lab in Melbourne will aid in smart city development

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has launched a data analytics lab this week in collaboration with RMIT University. Professor Mark Sanderson, Deputy Head Researcher of the Computer Science and Information Technology of RMIT University told FutureGov that the lab will improve how information is transmitted and analysed in transport and healthcare systems. “It might be that you have sensors that are telling you on how your roads are being used, or the number of passengers that you have on a train, or just the way that people are accessing your website

Cloud, privacy, big data and smart cities top HDS predictions, in APAC

Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.

India finalises first two smart city proposals

India will get plans for its first two smart cities finalised by March next year, the government has said. The government has identified two cities – Dholera in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra – in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, local media reported. The tenders for Shendra will be floated in three months and a water supply project will be among the first to take shape, an association of industries told local press.

Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

More than 500 of the thought leaders and captains of industry leading the global digital revolution in the public and private sectors will be congregating at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference (HKICC) at the end of this month (October 30-31, 2014) to work on the myriad ways information and communications technology (ICT) can not only build the Smart City of the future, but also by extension improve the lives of people across the world.

Huawei wants to build smarter cities with $25 million acquisition of UK-based startup

Chinese phone and telecom equipment maker Huawei has bought UK-based internet-of-things startup Neul  for US$25 million, according to Business Weekly . Rather than the wearables and home appliances that we often associate with the internet-of-things movement, Neul focuses on smart city and industrial applications – it makes the sensors that can be used in oil and gas refining, agriculture, transportation, construction, healthcare, and utilities.

Social media, real-time analytics useful for building smarter cities – India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In order to deliver the government’s vision of transforming India into a superpower by empowering, connecting and binding Indian citizens, Dr Arvind Gupta – national head – Information and Technology, Bharatiya Janata Party elaborated the need to focus on leveraging Information Technology to build Smarter Cities in India. Dr. Gupta emphasized his views during an address on Urban Matters at the SAP Forum for Public Services in New Delhi, August 13, 2014.

Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.