Singapore must mind the cracks in 2016

SingaporeZDNet — As Singapore ends a year marked by glitches in its transport and e-government infrastructures, its 2016 resolution must focus on identifying–and sealing–all potential cracks in the system. This will be especially critical as the country looks to increasingly tap personal data and Internet of Things (IoT) technology as part of the government’s smart nation strategy, as well as efforts to improve citizen welfare.

‘Digital India’: Top 10 initiatives announced by Centre

IndiaFinancial Express — At a ‘Good Governance’ event, focused around ‘Digital India’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology, announced several ‘Digital India’ related e-services and products. At the occasion, Prasad said, “Digital India is something we owe to the people of India.”. The event saw the inauguration of new 23 products / eServices to achieve ambitious project of Digital India. We take a brief look at the top 10:

Countries Propose “Asian Open Data Alliance” to Welcome the Era of Data Economy

APACBusiness 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.

Victorian govt super fund plans total shift to public cloud

AustraliaIT 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.

CIO conversations: Hong Kong’s new GCIO talks history and vision

Hong KongEnterprise 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.

South Korea To Move 750 e-Government Services To Cloud Computing By 2017 For Improved and Cost-Efficient Public Service

KoreaKorea 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 to move 60% of e-government services to cloud by 2017

KoreaSouth 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.

Government introduces new online statistics portal

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

NSW to open real-time transport data to more developers, form AU

AustraliaIT 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.

Cloud to have a bright future in Asian governments

APACMIS 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.

Cloud and Singapore’s journey to becoming a Smart Nation

SingaporeEnterprise 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 leading the way on digital government

Hong KongHong 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.

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.

Govt funds $18.5m Aussie facial recognition database

AustraliaIT 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.

Cloud computing set to become integral part of Smart Nation shift

SingaporeChannel 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.

Public-private partnerships key for Singapore’s Smart Nation

SingaporeMIS 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.

Leveraging Singapore’s data ecosystem for breakthrough solutions

SingaporeEnterprise 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.

Smart and Sustainable Singapore: Two sides of the same coin?

SingaporeStraits 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.

Singapore CIO Talks E-Government Successes

SingaporeNext 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.

Satya Nadella, Azim Premji among 400 to attend Digital India launch

IndiaTimes 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.

PM Modi to launch digital locker facility on July 1

IndiaeGov 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.

Service NSW to get $97.5m for tech in state budget

AustraliaThe 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.,service-nsw-to-get-975m-for-tech-in-state-budget.aspx

Singapore to keep investing in public R&D in electronics: Lim Hng Kiang

SingaporeSINGAPORE will continue to invest in public research & development (R&D) in electronics, said Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on Friday. “(This will) develop critical capabilities that pre-position Singapore to seize opportunities offered by new or disruptive technologies,” said Mr Lim, who was speaking at the opening of Seagate Technology’s S$100 million Seagate Singapore Design Centre.

How Intel’s Digital Innovation program will tackle India’s problems: Interview

IndiaIntel’s Innovate for Digital India challenge is all about encouraging innovation via ideas that will solve the digital divide in India, leading to a truly digital India across all sections and sectors of society. This challenge is a collaborative effort from Intel and DST (Department of Science and Telecommunication). We spoke to Mr. Sandeep Aurora, Director, Marketing & Market Development, Intel South Asia to understand the vision and various aspects of Innovate for India Challenge.

PM Modi’s team draws more social media plans

IndiaNEW DELHI: The blitzkrieg of publicity over the first anniversary celebrations of the Modi government is not likely to subside into a sulky silence, with the PM’s digital team drawing up plans for more interactions on social media platforms in the coming year, including a continuing presence on Weibo. “During one of the meetings in May this year, the PM had casually said he was getting many mentions on Twitter, but wasn’t able to respond to as many. ..

Government to offer freelancing opportunities under Digital India

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government will soon launch Digital India Platform (DIP) that will provide freelancing opportunities to computer literates in the country.  Under the scheme, all government documents will be digitised with the help of people who can type on computer or mobile devices.  “We are almost ready with DIP and testing its beta version. Under this programme we will scan government documents and split line by line or row by row depending on the case.

What will Jakarta’s new Open Data Lab actually do?

IndonesiaIn Indonesia, the lab held workshops with the Banda Aceh city government and civil society groups to release and use data on education. The labs team first consulted civil society organisations on the kind of data they need. They were then joined by journalists in another session to learn where and how to get open data, and how to translate the data into useful information for citizens.

Singapore is an example of the gold standard in Smart Governance, says expert

SingaporeAccording to Don Pressley, Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Singapore offers an excellent example of government, society and industry working together to advance the digital nation agendas. In that sense, Singapore offers the gold standard of Smart Government. Pressley should know. He has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for many years, the leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to governments around the world in defense, security, and civil markets. Until recently, he was based in Dubai, and three months ago he moved to Singapore.

How geospatial technology is changing government workflow

APACIn order to maximise efficiency and best serve the needs of the citizens, collaboration between government organisations is key. Governments which have adopted this philosophy would now be looking for the best possible way to facilitate that collaboration – and geospatial data sharing offers a massive opportunity for governments to maximise their potential. A report, ‘Improving collaboration using geospatial technology’, shows how by creating a common GIS environment, agencies can improve collaboration practices through spatial data and fully leverage GIS investments that they have made.

Japan wants citizens to create apps with disaster maps

JapanJapan has called for people to create smartphone apps using the government’s database of disaster-response maps. The apps should be able to display the user’s current location through GPS and directions to the nearest evacuation centre. Other features could be displaying the safest route for evacuation, highlighting dangerous areas, and accounting for loss of data connections and disabled users.