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The survey showed that 65 percent of city leaders noted the biggest lesson learned during the pandemic was just how crucial smart city programs were for their future. Pixabay

Mumbai is among the world cities that have made significant progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new global study. Mumbai was categorized as “Sprinter” on the SDG progress along with cities like Singapore, Osaka, and Tokyo. The new “Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World” study showed that while Covid-19 posed significant hurdles to cities worldwide, it also accelerated a wave of innovation that will continue after the crisis.

The study was carried out by ESI ThoughtLab research and sponsored by Oracle, Deloitte, Intel, and others. The research underscores the vital role technology, data, cybersecurity, and public-private partnerships play to ensure a healthy, safe, and prosperous future for citizens in the wake of the pandemic. Conducted in August and September 2020, the research included a survey of senior officials from 167 cities across 82 countries, including in Asia, North and Latin America, Europe, and Africa.


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Cities were assessed and categorized based on progress in two categories: progress in applying smart solutions, with cities being classified as either “beginner,” “intermediate”, or “leader;” and progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with cities classified as either “implementer,” “advancer,” or “sprinter.”


The study was carried out by ESI ThoughtLab research and sponsored by Oracle, Deloitte, Intel, and others. Pixabay

Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune were among cities categorized as “intermediate” in applying smart solutions.”We are seeing that the more successful cities are focusing on emerging technologies that have a direct impact on service delivery, such as cloud computing, AI, and digital assistants,” John Tuohy, Director, Smart Cities strategy, Oracle, said in a statement.”Providing remote access to staff and residents is crucial for maintaining business continuity.”

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The survey showed that 65 percent of city leaders noted the biggest lesson learned during the pandemic was just how crucial smart city programs were for their future. While 43 percent of respondents learned the importance of operational continuity and agility, 37 percent of city leaders said Covid-19 highlighted the need to invest more in upgrading core infrastructure, according to the survey.

About 88 percent of city leaders identified investment in cloud platforms as the most urgent requirement needed for the successful delivery of critical and non-critical citizen services. Moreover, 66 percent of cities are investing heavily in AI and 80 percent will do so over the next three years, especially in the area of digital assistants and chatbots, said the study.(IANS/JC)


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According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)


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Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.

Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)


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Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.

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