Is Jaipur India’s smartest city?

IndiaReadWrite — In January this year, India’s central government announced the first list of 20 cities that have been identified for development as smart cities, part of government plans to develop 100 Smart Cities by the end of 2022. The plans came about in part, via the Smart Cities Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Government of India launched this challenge as a selection process to distribute central government funding to 100 cities over three years.

Is Jaipur India’s smartest city?

Intel and Huawei take smart transportation to next level, from Dubai

UAEKhaleej Times — In line with the Dubai government’s vision of making Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, Huawei and Intel Corporation today announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce solutions that enable smarter buses and promote the uptake of smart transport.

Hong Kong’s smart city initiatives: Challenges and progress so far

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — As the government starts to take serious steps in developing Hong Kong into a smart city, leaders in both the government and private sector must change their mindset to enable the quick execution of various initiatives being laid out for the city’s smart city journey.

Public safety boosts Huawei’s enterprise growth

ChinaIT Web  — Huawei’s Safe City Solution has been deployed by over 100 cities across more than 30 countries, including Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. This is according to the ICT solutions provider, which said at Huawei Analyst Summit 2016 that the solution already serves more than 400 million people around the world.

Real-time data to aid traffic management in the Philippines

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — Real-time data can now help better manage traffic flows in the Philippines. The World Bank and Southeast Asian ride-hailing platform Grab launched on Tuesday a traffic management solution that would give traffic management agencies and city planners access to data that would aid in addressing not just traffic congestion but road safety challenges as well.

Wipro, Schneider join hands to create Smart City solutions

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Wipro today announced a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automated systems, to develop convergent solutions for India’s Smart Cities. Wipro and Schneider Electric will collaborate to enable the delivery of cost-effective and efficient citizen services to urban and rural communities.

Seoul launches $370 million digital plan

KoreaGov Insider — Seoul’s Mayor has launched a plan to grow its economy and improve public services with digital technologies. The government will spend KRW460.5 billion (US$370.34 million) over the next five years to support startups, train employees and install sensors across the city. “This year will be the starting point in our city’s journey towards becoming the real global digital capital. [The] initial plans for Digital Seoul 2020 will serve as a guide map,” said Mayor Park Won-soon.

China issues guidelines on building better cities

ChinaEco Business — Chinese central authorities on Sunday issued a document to set the basic principles, key tasks and targets for future urban development and management, aiming to make China’s sprawling cities more livable, efficient and green. The document, from the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, came two months after leaders met for the Central Urban Work Conference, and was formulated to ensure that cities are “orderly constructed, properly developed, and efficiently operated.”

India launches IT-enabled railway projects

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — India’s Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu recently launched three IT-enabled projects – a paperless unreserved ticketing through mobile phone in a suburban section of South Central Railway, the Handheld Terminals for TTEs on the Northern Railway, and e-booking of disposable linen on trains at New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Station.

How can Hong Kong take the lead in IoT adoption?

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — Last October, research firm IDC announced the most outstanding Smart City Initiatives across Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) in its 2015 Smart City Evolution Index competition. Hong Kong’s Science Park took the top spot for the Smart Building category. But is Hong Kong lagging behind, compared to its counterparts (and fiercest competitor) in the region in offering Smart City solutions?

Hong Kong IT experts propose 10 smart city apps

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — In the Hong Kong Policy Address 2016, Chief Executive CY Leung proposed to develop Hong Kong into a “smart city.” It tasked the Innovation and Technology Bureau(ITB) to formulate a digital framework and standards under the initiative.

Cisco Systems in talks with several state governments for smart city projects, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — JAIPUR: Cisco Systems, which sells telecom equipment and video conferencing hardware to top firms globally, is in talks with several state governments for smart city projects, at a time when it is undertaking similar projects in states such as Rajasthan.

How enterprises can help transform Hong Kong into a smart city

Hong Kongejinsight — Earlier this year, the Hong Kong government raised in the chief executive’s policy address the feasibility of developing a “smart city” in Kowloon East. In October, IDC Asia Pacific announced the most outstanding smart city initiatives in 14 functional categories in the Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, following the launch of the AP Smart City Evolution Index competition in July this year.

APAC poised for major Digital Transformation: Hitachi Data Systems Prediction

JapanVoicen Data — NEW DELHI: Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese electronic major Hitachi Ltd, has released its Business and Technology Predictions for Asia Pacific in 2016. According to Adrian De Luca, Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific, enterprises will experience major digital transformation next year as they strive to improve a host of key tech and non-tech functions.

Global smart grid data analytics market to triple by 2022, says report

APACMetering — The report – ‘Smart Grid Data Analytics Market -2015-2022’ – states that the sector was valued at US$1.6 billion in 2014 and is estimated to reach US$4.6 billion by 2022 – a 13.4% increase from 2015 to 2022. Due to high investments and penetration of smart grid systems, the Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market for smart grid data analytics during the forecast period- expanding at a CAGR of 14.8% from 2015 to 2022.

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.