Post Archive

November 2016

ransome

A ransomware attack recently hit the San Francisco transport agency, and the attackers asked for $70,000 to unlock the systems. The agency cleared its systems, but we may see many more attacks on public “smart” systems that use outdated or unpatched operating systems and firmware. Public Transit System Ransomware Criminals …
bracing

Our world is becoming more urbanized than ever. Recently, more than half of us are city dwellers. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will reside in urban centers, according to the United Nations. That’s a challenge for the cities of tomorrow, which will see an influx of 2.5 billion people …
abu-dhabi

Capital Group Properties, an innovative community developer based in Egypt, UAE, is set to build a new smart village at its flagship Al Burouj development in east Cairo. Dubbed as Smart Village East, the project is being implemented by CGP, a joint venture between UAE firms Abu Dhabi Capital Group and …
china

Arup, HSBC and the China Centre for Urban Development have announced the creation of a UK-China smart cities development and investment hub. The partners said the initiative will provide a platform for the private sector to work with Chinese government to develop holistic and scalable solutions to address the “challenges faced …
gramacy

The team behind the planned $500 million Gramercy District fronting the Ashburn Silver Line Metro station has released sharp new renderings and the name of another business that has joined the effort to bring the region’s first smart city to life. FedBid Inc., an online reverse auction platform that calls Revolution …
digital

As Indian cities start work towards becoming ‘smart’, there is a yawning gap in electricity supply and mobile phone penetration—crucial to becoming smart—compared to global peers. In its report, Building Smart Cities in India, Brookings India has taken a hard look at three cities—Allahabad, Ajmer and Vishakapatnam—where the US is …
v-naidu

Resident Welfare Associations or community-based organisations (CBOs) if adequately empowered can play a critical role in supporting the implementation of the smart city mission, said Union minister for housing and urban development, M Venkaiah Naidu. Inaugurating the fourth national conference of RWAs on ‘Empowering RWAs in shaping smart cities’ in the …
pmc

In a move that would help increase revenue collection for the civic body, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd  has proposed consulting experts to identify under-assessed and un-assessed properties and ensure 100 per cent coverage. It is further suggesting ways to shift from annual rateable value (ARV)-based system to …
smart-city

For its speedy implementation and high rate of progress, Surat is likely to get the second year’s celebratory function of Smart city mission. The second anniversary of the smart city mission would be celebrated on June 25, 2017.The first year’s conclusion celebration function was held in Pune and Prime Minister …
puducherry

In an effort at involving the public in drafting a strong Smart City proposal, the Local Administration Department has installed suggestion boxes at various locations in the Boulevard area. The revised smart city proposal will focus on the concept of retrofitting and redevelopment of the city by addressing urban mobility, tourism, …