TCS partners French company to offer smart city solutions

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and France-based Gfi Informatique – a value-added IT services and software vendor – on Tuesday said they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement on smart cities to meet the requirements of digital initiatives in public transportation, water, and energy.

Smart cities vital to sustain Asia’s growing urban population

SingaporeZDNet — SINGAPORE–Intelligent and highly connected cities will be increasingly critical to support Asia’s expanding urban population, which is placing growing pressure on infrastructures and service delivery. ICT innovation had generated significant value for global economies and would continue to have “profound impact” on the nature of jobs, viability of business models, and economic structures, said Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran, during his opening address at Huawei Innovation Day held here Thursday.

Microsoft to help solve urban India’s problems: CEO Satya Nadella

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today said that the company is starting a programme for startups that will create a single platform to bring together data to help solve burgeoning urban problems. “Startups can now apply for individual access up to $120,000 (Rs 80 lakh) worth of Azure computing to help smart cities explore solutions and run smart city digital pilots. Cities can also apply for access to these services and solutions on Azure through a new portal which connects startups with cities and their needs,” the company said in a statement.

Huawei offers smart grid solution to power companies

China.gifWant China Times — China’s leading telecom company, Huawei, says power companies may collaborate with its smart grid solution — based on its innovative information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure — to work towards improved energy efficiency. The World Energy Council Executive Assembly and World Energy Leaders’ Summit 2015 was held Oct. 26-30 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where more than 300 major global energy stakeholders deliberated on important and current issues on the energy sector.

India is a crucial market for Samsung’s new high end commercial product lines: Top officials

KoreaEconomic Times — Seoul, South Korea : Global consumer electronics company, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, is looking at India as one of the crucial markets for its newly announced four product lines in commercial segment, said top officials during the Samsung AC Forum held in Korea. The company is expecting to reach the annual sales of USD 10 billion by 2020 its new product range globally.

Singapore urges nation to adopt security-by-design mindset

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore needs a national cybersecurity strategy that ensures sufficient resources are allocated to build a robust defense infrastructure and an ecosystem that encompasses the right skillsets and capabilities. Above all, the country must adopt a “security-by-design” mindset in order to prevent costly and inefficient tweaking at a later stage, said Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who also is the country’s Minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity.

Is Singapore forgetting startups in Smart Nation?

SingaporeTech In Asia — Macro initiatives were carried out by the government, for example, the trials of Above Ground (AG) boxes, HetNet and the IoT@Home initiative, focusing on collaboration with mainly large tech companies. However, the tech start-ups seem to be missing out on the action. That is a shame as there are nuggets of value that can be extracted from the start-up community.

China Mobile to invest $6.3b in Hubei over five years

China.gifTelecom Asia — China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers, plans to invest 40 billion yuan ($6.28 billion) over the next five years to expand its cloud computing facilities, fixed and wireless infrastructure in Hubei province, central China. In a statement, China Mobile said the operator signed a strategic agreement last Friday with Hubei provincial government to support the latter’s smart city project, “Smart Hubei”, in the province during the years of 2016 to 2020.

Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme Head to open Inaugural IoT Show Asia conference

SingaporePRNewswire — SINGAPORE: The Head of Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme, Mr Tan Kok Yam will give an opening address at Terrapinn’s IoT Show on 22 September. In his presentation, Mr Tan will address Singapore’s plans and initiatives towards becoming a smart nation. Speaking to Terrapinn, Mr Tan said, “The breath-taking advances in computing, robotics, use of sensors and the data sciences promise much.

SKT, KEPCO to collaborate for smart grid, IoT

KoreaKorea Times — SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, said Wednesday it will work with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) for new growth businesses including smart energy management systems. Under the agreement, the telecom company and the state-run power operator will jointly establish the next-generation electricity infrastructure and develop the smart grid systems based on the information and communication technology and energy technologies.

Ooredoo launches smart city in the Maldives

MaldivesEnterprise Innovation — Ooredoo recently launched its smart city initiative in the Maldives, committing to connect the nation with smart solutions aimed at enriching the lives of the population. To kick start the initiative, Ooredoo announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Hangout Areas across prime spots in the capital city including hospitals, ferry terminals, youth center and cafés.

Digital India campaign: US academics raise concerns

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley to promote ‘Digital India’ campaign, more than 100 prominent US-based academics have raised privacy concerns about the project.  In a statement, these academics, said ‘Digital India’ seems to ignore key questions raised in India by critics concerned about the collection of personal information and the near certainty that such digital systems will be used to enhance surveillance and repress the constitutionally-protected rights of citizens.

Smart cities: TCIL teams up with ZTE

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: State-owned Telecommunications Consultants of India Ltd (TCIL) has tied up with Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE Corporation to work jointly on Smart Cities and railway projects. TCIL is the first company in India which was awarded the work for designing, supplying, installation, testing and commissioning of GSM-based mobile train radio communication system for Eastern Railway, TCIL Chairman and Managing Director Vimal Wakhlu said in a joint statement.

GSMA: Smart city tech could save Bangkok $1B per year

ThailandRCR Wireless — In a new report, the GSMA projects the city of Bangkok could save some $1 billion per year by implementing intelligent transport systems common in so-called smart cities. Researchers found that introducing intelligent transport systems would yield economic benefits equivalent to $1 billion each year through a combination of reducing traffic congestion and travel time, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions and helping avoid traffic accidents.

Taiwan wireless carriers sign up for 4G smart city project

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau signed a pact with four Taiwanese wireless carriers on Wednesday to develop smart city applications nationwide, based on the fourth-generation (4G) mobile network. The bureau has approved 19 proposals put forward by Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Asia Pacific Telecom and estimated to cost NT$5.8 billion (US$179 million) over the next three years.

Hitachi Data Systems is Betting Big on Smart Cities

JapanForbes — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), once known as a storage leader, is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is ambitiously seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.

SmartCity China 2015 to be hosted in Shenzhen at the end of August

China.gifDigi Times  — The SmartCity China 2015 conference will be hosted from August 31 to September 3 in Shenzhen, China and several IT players and organizations including Alibaba, Tencent, Uber as well as Digital China, Inspur, China Mobile, China Telecom and the Jiangsu Posts and Telecommunications Planning and Design Institute, will participate in the conference, showcasing their latest products.

IDC pilots Smart City Evolution Index for APeJ

APACMIS Asia — IDC Government Insights recently piloted its Smart City Evolution Index for Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ). This index aims to help establish the fundamental causes of the birth, evolution, and survival of key cities in the region. Smart City initiatives are geared towards driving socioeconomic growth and long-term sustainability of cities. The research firm notes that cities across Asia have the potential to leverage on available disruptive technologies and learn from other Smart City initiatives across the region.

Singapore’s Beeline app for buses goes live

SingaporeDigital News Asia — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have launched Beeline, a mobile app that they said allows commuters to pre-book rides on express private bus routes. LTA and IDA have partnered private bus companies such as Bus-Plus to operate the initial set of buses routes listed on the app, they said in a joint statement.

Building Smarter Cities with Data

APACNetwork Asia — The United Nations has projected that 66% of the world’s population will be living in urban cities by 2050 with Asia being a major driving force behind this phenomenon. In 1950, only 17% of the Asian population lived in urban areas. By 2030, more than 55% of the population will be urban. This amounts to an increase of the total urban population in Asia from 232 million people to 2.7 billion.