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Increasingly referred to in specialized literature, the concepts of Urban Platform or City OS are presented as the best way for towns and cities to become ‘smart cities’. The digital platform concept is not new and has been used by major world players for years, but the notions of openness and interoperability currently associated with it are new without any doubt.
NRB is investing several million euros in the construction of a brand-new data centre in Villers-Le-Bouillet. The ground was broken in February 2017. The new data centre should open its doors in autumn this year.
Recent events have reminded us of the fact that cyber risks are an increasingly daunting challenge for Belgian entrepreneurs. In May 2017, one of the largest cyber attacks so far was launched, using the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware. The impact of this attack was felt all over the world. Several Belgian companies also received a ransom demand and were given the choice to pay or lose all their data. Enterprises and institutions in more than 150 countries, including Belgium, fell victim to the attack.
This little character has been around for a while now. You may already have crossed paths with him since he’s currently touring all around Wallonia, demonstrating all the advantages of a connected citizen space. But where does he come from?
Nowadays, cities are constantly seeking to improve their services with an aim at offering a more fluid experience to all users as well as providing concrete answers to the everyday concerns of their citizens.
When businesses, people and associations adopt new types of technology, it generates new demands and requirements, along with tailored infrastructures. Cities and municipalities will then need to adapt to these changes, which are in the process of revolutionising the global economy.
Clearly, there was a pre-HANA period full of constraints and restrictions, and now there’s HANA, a door that’s wide open. More than a new type of technology, it’s a whole new way of processing information.
The EU’s new data protection regulation, known as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), can impact your organisation significantly in terms of how to handle personal data. Your organisation will not only be responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulation in terms of handling and protecting personal data, it could even be penalised for non-compliance and it will be liable for any damage resulting from data breaches. NRB provides expertise in GDPR and has developed a modular approach supported by a portfolio of services to guide you towards GDPR compliance at your own pace taking into account your organisation’s security maturity and your budgetary means.