Last updateFri, 29 Aug 2014 2pm
The Good Life Reporter

We can see you! Zapopan catches surveillance bug

Zapopan has become one of Mexico’s most keenly scrutinized municipalities after 200 new surveillance cameras went into operation last week.

More than 40 employees will spend their days and nights checking screens for wrongdoers at the city’s new Centro de Monitoreo y Videovigilancia (Monitoring and Vigilance Center), that was also inaugurated last week.

‘Mi Bici’ project to use sturdy Canadian bikes

One of the robust bikes that will be used in Guadalajara’s forthcoming public bicycle sharing program was put on show for the benefit of journalists and photographers this week. 

Costing 1,200 Canadian dollars (15,000 pesos) each, the bikes are set to become a common feature around the city next year, when the program is up and running.

More than 3,000 visitors set to hit town for celebrated information technology confab

One of the world’s most prestigious get-togethers focusing on Information Communication Technologies (ICT) is coming to the Expo Guadalajara at the end of September.

The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) – this year’s theme is  “Building the Digital Age Together” – will showcase more than 50 world-renowned exhibitors, about 2,500 delegates from some 80 countries, and close to 100 noteworthy speakers, including corporate leaders, policymakers, government officials and members of academia.

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{access !public}In previous years, important international figures like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell and Mikhail Gorbachev have been involved. This year’s speakers include Robert Elliot Kahn, creator of the TCP/IP protocol, John Higgins, Director of Digital Europe, or Jonathan Nelson, Founder of Hackers & Founders.

The three-day conference, from September 29 to October 1, will “explore current industry trends, hot topics developments and better practices,” as well as look at “mechanisms that could be used to reduce the gap between society and the Internet and information technologies.”

First held in 1978, the WCIT boasts that it is the only inclusive forum with a global perspective on ICT topics, as it “involves all stakeholders involved in planning and developing the next steps towards the democratization of technology and the Internet in the world.”

The conference is expected to bring a significant boost to Guadalajara. For example, the economic impact of the WCIT 2012 Congress was estimated at 5.5 million dollars for the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec.

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More speed traps for city motorists

Speed cameras will be set up at seven more points in the Guadalajara metropolitan area before the end of this month, the Jalisco Traffic Department (Semov) has announced. 

Cameras will be used on Avenidas Adolf Horn, Lázaro Cárdenas, Mercedes Félix, Juan Pablo Segundo,  Juan Palomar y Arias and González Gallo, as well as on the Periférico near the intersection with Avenida Guadalupe, Semov says.

Guadalajara city hall to get windfall from sale of land for Fiestas de Octubre

Guadalajara city councilors from the National Action Party (PAN) are insisting that the money raised from the sale of municipal land earmarked as the new venue for the Fiestas de Octubre is designated exclusively for the benefit of residents of slender economic means and environmental causes, and not to pay off any of the municipality’s massive debt.

Catholic Church passes the hat

Not for the first time, the Catholic archdiocese of Guadalajara is to launch an “intense” fundraising campaign to collect money to move forward construction of the ambitious Santuario de los Martires (Martyrs’ Sanctuary) in the Cerro de Cuatro barrio on the southern outskirts of the city.