An Australian suburb is set to undergo a dramatic transformation from a derelict town into a 21st century metropolis. Springwood, a suburb of Logan City, is located about 20km from Brisbane – and it has remained relatively untouched since the 1990’s. However, the dreary suburban town has been identified by developers and environmental planners alike as the ideal location for an incredible new high-tech smart-city. Council officials are using Springwood’s traditional rural charm and green-space as the foundation for their…

Gartner says Indian cities won’t be all that smart

Written on Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:04
Gartner has put a damper on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to create 100 smart cities: Gartner estimates that, by 2020, fewer than 10 percent of India's smart city projects will be of a large-scale, city-wide nature. Modi launched the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015, allocating a total of $US5 billion for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others. According to Gartner, the lack of a holistic, framework-based approach and of a viable…
The city of New York has been chosen as the Best Smart City of 2016 by the jury of the sixth edition of the Global Smart City Awards, announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress to recognize the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry. The other two awards - best project and Innovative Global South - have been given to the Austrian company Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co. KG and the…
The sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), from 15-17 November in Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition centre, brings together 600 cities from five continents in the biggest-ever gathering of municipal authorities in the event's history. The cities represented will be examining the latest trends in the use of technologies to implement sustainable urban planning and discussing the common challenges facing them in the future. Barcelona will thus become the global capital of smart cities during…
Russian internet security giant Kaspersky recently announced that massive DDoS attacks had hit at least five of Russia’s largest banks. One of Russia’s largest state-owned banks, Sberbank, said it had been hacked into on Tuesday, November 8, but it managed to neutralize the attack automatically without disturbing its operations. In a media statement, Kaspersky said that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks began at 1300 GMT which targeted “the websites of at least five well-known financial institutions in the…
“Android hasn’t hurt competition, it’s expanded it,” said Kent Walker, senior vice president and general counsel of Google, after the internet giant recently rejected EU allegations that it abused the market dominance of its successful Android mobile phone operating system. Android is a vital segment of Google’s business, now that smartphones are dominant over laptops and PCs. Google was responding to a long list of charges involving Android that Margrethe Vestager, the EU's outspoken competition commissioner, filed in April. They…
China is set to introduce tighter censorship controls for live-streaming platforms, according to state media. Chinese authorities reportedly seek to control what is being streamed to citizens, by demanding that live-streaming platforms “censor content before releasing it”. New rules will be introduced by China’s internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The CAC says it will ban streams which “undermine national security, destabilize society,” the official Xinhua news agency reported. China has seen massive growth in online streaming –…
Dubai is a global leader in using digital initiatives to deliver Smart City projects, the CEO of the enterprise application software firm SAP, shared during his recent UAE visit. “Data is the currency of the 21st century - everything revolves around it. The insights we gather will help us shape a vision for where we must go,” he said. “How do you make people happier? How do you make societies more successful and our environment more sustainable? This is where…

India no longer a technology laggard, says Gartner

Written on Monday, 07 November 2016 05:16
Gartner has issued its 2016 Hype Cycle for ICT in India saying it shows the technology lag between India and other major technology markets to be narrowing as more local vendors enter both emerging and mature technology segments in India, including areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and software as a service (SaaS). Santhosh Rao, principal research analyst at Gartner, said: “India has evolved from an ICT environment that was about 18 months to two years behind global…
A panel of experts assembled by the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security said on October 31 that the U.S. government and private sector should have stronger measures in place to strike back against hackers and to counter cyber-attacks, aimed at stealing sensitive information and disrupting computer networks. The experts said policies should be put in place that allow “active defense” measures that deter hackers, rather than “hacking back” to disable systems used by hackers and more-or-less…

India now world’s number two smartphone market

Written on Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:46
A new report from the GSMA, The Mobile Economy: India 2016 says India has surpassed the USA to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market with an installed base of 275 million devices and that at the end of June 2016 it had 616 million unique users. The report is tipping India to have one billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020. The report says greater affordability, falling device prices and operator investments in network coverage and quality will all help India…
Germany’s economics ministry has withdrawn clearance for Chinese firm Grand Chip Investment GmbH’s acquisition of German chip-equipment manufacturer, Aixtron. It shows the latest sign of alarm from the German government following a wave of Chinese takeovers. Aixtron’s shares tumbled in response to the news, trading down 9.7% at €5.29 around 1200 GMT. Germany's Aixtron said the economy ministry had cancelled the so-called "clearance certificate" it issued last month that paved the way for the 670-million-euro ($730-million) takeover to go ahead.…
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