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Lights out: Can the U.S. survive a ‘catastrophic’ power outage?

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Recently, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) examined the ability of the U.S. federal government to respond to and recover from a catastrophic power outage striking a large swath of the nation. What is a catastrophic power outage? It’s a power outage longer than a few days or even weeks and that is, according […]

The driverless car will require 5G

There’s a great deal of effort underway on the part of companies in the telecom, auto and technology industries to start mainstreaming connected, self-driving cars by the early-to-mid 2020s. ABI Research forecasts there will be more than 11 million shared vehicles operating by 2030, serving an average of 64 users per shared driverless vehicle. Early […]

Seamless citizen experiences through ‘smarter cities’

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As a retail consumer, the most satisfying experiences might be those that never happen. Our interactions just go smoothly. This is true in the public sector as well – citizens are consumers too, and if we want to deliver on the promise of “smarter cities,” we need to simplify the way public sector organisations and […]

Wi-Fi in public places: Think twice and use encryption

Do you stop to think before joining a wireless network or is the convenience of free Wi-Fi in the street, at the café or on the bus just too tempting? You may not realize it, but the person running that wireless access point has the ability to see all of the data going through it. […]

Three trends driving IT reform in the public services

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While there are many examples of the private sector delivering disruptive digital services, most notably in the banking, hotel and taxi business, the government sector has lagged dramatically. However, as the millennial generation comes into the workforce and gets to the point where they need to use government services more frequently, there’s a tremendous opportunity […]

3 steps to making IT a facilitator of proactive government

Government services have a reputation for being slow and clunky and mostly paper-based. But the advent of mobile phones, analytics and agile development now makes it possible to more proactively deliver easy-to-use digital services – both for citizens and, on the back-end, for government employees. I’ve found that these kind of citizen-centric services all count […]

6 steps for helping governments embrace digital transformation

Governments worldwide are struggling to digitise their processes and IT systems. Progress remains elusive because of a legacy of old, complex IT systems and bureaucracies that have built up over 30 and 40 years. More developed countries such as the US and the UK that were early adopters of IT now find themselves needing to […]

Cap sur l’e-gouvernement en Europe

Connectées – Brève #2 L’Estonie a pris la présidence du Conseil de l’Union européenne en juillet 2017, pour 6 mois. Pionnier de l’administration électronique, le petit État Balte compte inciter les autres pays européens à suivre son exemple. L’administration française, bien engagée dans l’application de l’e-gouvernement, a encore de nombreux projets à réaliser pour en […]

Innover pour améliorer la qualité de l’air

Connectées – Brève #1   Enjeu majeur de santé publique, le recueil de mesures en vue de la préservation de la qualité de l’air suscite depuis plusieurs années des actions de niveau national. L’actualité de ces derniers mois est à ce titre marquée par le fait que l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement […]

As electric vehicle market evolves, will the entire industry need a rethink?

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Combined with new mobility services and integration into smart grids, the electric vehicle is a pivotal element of the energy transition. The electric car market is only getting out of second gear but as it does so, its entire ecosystem could need a rethink, with potential impacts on multiple sectors. Three recent studies have highlighted […]