Business Wire — Governments around the world can all agree that Open Data increases government transparency and public participation, and serves as the foundation for innovative services when combined with the private sector’s creativity, which further creates economic value. The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs held the “2015 Asia Pacific Open Data Summit” on the 14th, inviting representatives from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia to Taiwan to exchange experiences in developing Open Data.
IT News — Victoria’s public sector superannuation manager is planning to move its IT infrastructure to the public cloud in a major overhaul triggered by the planned decommissioning of its two existing data centres. The state’s Emergency Services & State Super (ESSSuper) manages the retirement funds of roughly 141,000 public servants and emergency services workers.
Enterprise Innovation — Allen Yeung is just completing his first 100 days as Hong Kong’s new GCIO. He has taken the post after several years at Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks where he last served as chief corporate development officer – responsible for corporate strategic planning and market research in setting short-term to long-term corporation directions; global and Mainland strategic partnerships; and incubating innovative technology startup companies.
Korea Portal — The South Korean government is planning to employ cloud computing technologies to improve its e-government services, banking on the country’s super-fast internet connectivity and stable LTE availability. South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Future Planning said Tuesday that they are planning to move over 400 e-government services to the cloud by the end of 2015, and an additional 350 by the end of 2016, ZDNet noted Tuesday.
South Korea is leveraging its hyper-fast connectivity and LTE penetration to e-government services, with more than 60 percent of them to be moved to cloud computing by 2017. The country will move over 400 e-government services to the cloud by the end of this year and another 350 by the end of 2016. Cloud computing employs a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than having a local server or a personal computer.
Myanmar Times — The Myanmar Information System (MMSIS), built by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development with help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), aggregates information spanning subjects such as trade, investment, demographics and national income.
IT News — Transport for NSW also plans to put together a select reference group of developers who will be offered early access to real-time data feeds via the open data hub to provide detailed feedback before it becomes available to all. At the moment, the Transport for NSW licenses access to its real-time transport data to just six app developers.
MIS Asia — Asian governments are thus increasingly looking to leverage cloud to better connect with citizens and serve their needs. Since governments are increasingly told to do more with reduced budgets, cloud is an attractive proposition since it promises to help reduce operating costs while enabling an organisation to be agile.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) wants to make Singapore the world’s first Smart Nation, and this vision means connecting devices, things and people to provide better quality of life in an era of mobility, urban density, aging population and so on. IDA’s executive deputy chairman, Steve Leonard, has said that when tackling difficult urban challenges in areas such as healthcare and energy, enterprises in Singapore need to capture and analyze massive amounts of data, and use that situational awareness to take meaningful actions.
Hong Kong has been staying ahead of the technology curve by working on digitising its departments and agencies since the 1990s, according to former CIO of the Hong Kong government Daniel Lai, with the government now focusing on apps, digital IDs, e-health, city-wide free Wi-Fi, the Internet of Things (IoT), digital open data, and digital inclusion.
PRNewswire — 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.
IT News — The federal government will allocate $18.5 million to the creation of a national facial recognition sharing tool for law enforcement agencies. The introduction of such a capabiltiy was first signalled in a response plan (pdf) pulled together by state and federal police ministers and attorneys-general to tackle cross-border criminal activities.
Channel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Cloud computing is expected to be the infrastructure upon which Singapore builds a Smart Nation. Through various initiatives, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been encouraging firms to adopt cloud computing solutions. Cloud computing is a virtual IT framework, giving users more flexibility than the traditional hardware-based systems. Singapore is one of the biggest adopters of cloud technology in the Asia-Pacific.
MIS Asia — Collaborations between the public and private sectors will be integral for the success of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, asserted panellists at the recent “Driving the Smart Nation Vision with Data” dialogue in Singapore, organised by NetApp. According to Eddie Toh, Regional Director of Datacenter Platforms at Intel APAC, the idea of the public and private sector co-creating Smart Nation solutions is encouraged by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
Enterprise Innovation — In 2011, 1.8 zetabytes of data was created, and this figure is set to grow by five times in 2020. The proliferation of data from the Internet of Things is creating the need for data ecosystems that can unlock the potential of big data. Leaders from Singapore’s technology industry came together for a dialogue titled “Driving the Smart Nation Vision with Data,” to share their viewpoints on data-driven solutions that are rapidly emerging in Singapore.
Straits Times — As a small country obsessed about its relevance to the wider world, Singapore sets itself big targets as a way to differentiate itself from rivals and remain competitive. That has, in its short 50-year history, served it well. It is, after all, known as a leading hub in Asia for services such as finance and air transit, and is one of the region’s most economically competitive and liveable cities.
Next Gov — Singapore might be a small island country in Southeast Asia, but it has recently had big wins with its e-government programs. Its recipe for success? Creating services based on the actual needs of the citizens, rather than the needs it assumes they have, said Singapore Chief Information Officer Chan Cheow Hoe. “In the past, the government thinks that they know what you want, and that’s probably the biggest mistake in the world,” said Hoe, speaking Thursday at the AWS Government, Education and Nonprofits Symposium.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate honchos who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
eGov Magazine — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch digital locker facility on on July 1. Digital Locker, which is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India programme, will help citizens digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates. “Digital Locker will be launched on July 1 by the Prime Minister,” an official release said.
The NSW government will set aside nearly $100 million worth of capital funding to be spent on IT enhancements within its flagship customer service entity Service NSW. Service NSW has consolidated the customer-facing transactions previously operated by agencies like Roads and Maritime Services and the births, deaths and marriages registry. It is working to inject a level of digital functionality and customer service innovation seen in industries like banking into public sector service delivery.