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SCC Announces Winners of Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants


Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Over 130 cities were involved in the application process. The winning cities will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

Smart and intelligent street poles for Indore (75,000 luminaries to be changed)


Indore has set a goal for itself to become an advanced stage Smart City where all major services are provided through online and offline platforms. Citizens and officials can access information on accounting and monitor status of projects and programmes through the online data available on the system.

Minimising human intervention with ‘Smart Terminals’ (IOCL did it!)


Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) is improving the accuracy of all its supply points by minimising human intervention. The state-led PSU, in its objective to provide complaint-free services, has commissioned around 40 SMART terminals (the highest number by any single company in the country) and would be converting all the balance storage terminals to SMART terminals by the end of financial year 2018.

See how the IBM-Watson platform enables cities to gather data


Smart lighting platforms can provide cities with a number of clear and tangible benefits. But managing streetlight patterns and their behavior is something new to Indian cities. However, a few cities have been successful in understanding streetlight patterns with the help of smart energy management.