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City-wide network for Ahmedabad Smart City soon

02/01/2017

Ahmedabad smart city proposal includes several pan city and area-based development initiatives with a focus on both infrastructure and ICT advancements in the city and at strategic locations. Most of the ICT initiatives have been identified with a objective to improve public safety and surveillance, traffic management, public services quality, emergency response and real-time tracking of services.

Smart energy management system in Pune (To save 55% energy)

01/31/2017

Energy saved is energy generated! Following this principle, [nowadays] most of the municipal corporations in India are striving hard to save maximum energy with minimum investments. That said, in a bid to save energy, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)—under the Smart City initiative—plans to replace as many as 80,000 streetlights with LED bulbs.

Surat and Jamshedpur impress on infra services (Data plays the part)

01/29/2017

Promotion of diversity in Government is considered to be a direct reflection of inclusiveness in governance. Two cities—Surat and Jamshedpur—are following the principle of inclusiveness. Globally, women continues to be under-represented in government, and increasing women’s participation in Government displays a commitment towards increasing gender parity.

Smart Cities: Here’s how Nagpur, Chandigarh, Puducherry could evolve

01/26/2017

With France proposing to develop Nagpur, Chandigarh, and Puducherry as Smart Cities, they could evolve under a common urban model. With the Smart Cities mission well under way, get ready for a slice of Paris in India! Three cities—Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur—have attracted interest from the French who have proposed developing them as Smart Cities. Strong on aesthetics as well as energy conservation, the French model of development would also focus on the user at the centre of development.

Pillai rues delay in passage of road safety bill

01/26/2017

Former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai today rued that parliamentarians were not according priority to the Road Transport and Safety Bill despite the rising number of road accident deaths. He claimed some MPs had told him that the Road Transport and Safety Bill was not given priority as working for its passage "does not fetch them any vote".

SCC, NIUA and Western Digital holds round table on secure smart cities

01/26/2017

Smart Cities Council (SCC) along with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a round table in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. The event also witnessed the launch of the report on “Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities” in the presence of senior government representatives, Mr. G. K. Pillai Chairman, Data Security Council of India & Former Home Secretary and Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs.

India to see a spike in video surveillance adoption in years to come: report

01/26/2017

Owing to increasing demand for high-tech technologies in the video surveillance market, the country will witness a boost in the surveillance adaptation rate in years to come, a report said on Wednesday. The report, launched by the Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with US-based data storage company Western Digital, underlined the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India.

GK Pillai rues negligence in road safety, calls for people’s engagement in smart cities

01/26/2017

Former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai on Wednesday rued delay on parliamentarians’ part in passage of Road Transport and Safety Bill. Pillai, who is the chief of Data Security Council of India, claimed bill was not dealt with due priority as it “does not fetch them any votes” to top politicians. “In spite of the fact that there are so many road accident deaths recorded, the bill did not figure among the bills that were given top priority during the Parliament sessions last year,” said Pillai. Pillai made his remarks while speaking at a round-table discussion here on “the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India” organised by Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Here’s Why Surveillance is Vital for Smart Cities

01/26/2017

Smart Cities Council (SCC) along with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a round table in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. The event also witnessed the launch of the report on “Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities” in the presence of senior government representatives, Mr. G. K. Pillai Chairman, Data Security Council of India & Former Home Secretary and Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. The report has been supported by Western Digital, a developer and manufacturer of data storage solutions.

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