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Here’s Why Surveillance is Vital for Smart Cities


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.

SCC, NIUA and WD organize round table to discuss role of surveillance in India


Smart Cities Council (SCC) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a roundtable in New Delhi to discuss the role of surveillance in India. The event also saw the launch of the report on “Roll of Surveillance in Securing Cities.” The report is supported by Western Digital and talks about the need for surveillance to act as a catalyst for secure cities in India. It also talks about the role of data and IT in creating safer and smarter cities, as well as the urgent need for better storage capacities.

Temples ring in high-end security systems (Sri Kashi Vishwanath did it!)


With dynamic metropolitan environment, Indian cities face threats from rising crime rates to civil unrest, terrorist attacks to natural calamities. This can be evident from the recent statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau, which reveals that States like Delhi (916.8) and Kerala (723.2) scores high in total cognizable crimes, where high-density of urban population is correlating to high-crime rates.

Command centre to take ‘control’ of Solapur


The Government of India has recently announced the creation of 100 Smart Cities to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens. Solapur is one of the shortlisted cities for the Smart City initiative under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

SCC roundtable on technology modernisation for safer and smarter city


With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Smart Cities’, the role of data and IT, especially video surveillance in enhancing security will become vital. Under the flagship “Safe City” project, the Union Ministry has proposed $333 million to make seven big cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad—focus on technological advancement.

For better governance use data (Pune did it!)


City data, a new currency for smart cities globally, is now helping Indian cities to break new ground in evidence-based decision making, open government and city-to-city learning.
Realising the value of data, some of the cities in India have [actively] taken up the agenda of striving towards ‘Data-Driven Governance’ (DDG), to inform, impact and improve policymaking, with a view to facilitate holistic development of the nation. At present, three cities—Pune, Surat and Jamshedpur—have implemented DDG in association with the Tata Trust and the World Council on City Data (WCCD).

Mumbai starts property mapping (first city to enable LiDAR project)


With Smart City implementations expected in several Indian cities, usage of modern geospatial solutions is playing a crucial role in better planning and governance.
That said, one of Asia’s largest municipal bodies, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), has a major task at hand to improve the city’s infrastructure. The civic body handles a huge budget at the city level, with property tax being a major source of revenue. Therefore, MCGM has always faced a few problems while collecting property tax.

GPS, GPRS prevents crime (Other cities can learn from Indian Railways)


Crime prevention while travelling in the train can be a horrendous task for rail police authorities, considering around three crore passengers commute in the Indian Railways system on a day-to-day basis and only a limited number of police authorities being available. The very sad reality is that we are living in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever present. Thus, personal safety has become more important for anyone especially women.

Mumbai High on Wi-Fi (What other cities can learn)


Keeping the promise made a mere five months ago, Mumbai has rolled out its first phase of 500 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city. Yes, you heard it right! 500 Wi-Fi hotspots! With this, Mumbai has become the only city to deploy more than 500 public Wi-Fi hotspots across the city. In fact, the city is not likely to stop here. By May 2017, the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots is going to see an increase from 500 to 1,200.

Empowering Big Data intelligence in Chandrapur


Driving targeted development in one of India’s most diverse district (Chandrapur) is not easy. Despite having vast natural resources of coal, lime, wood, and more, Chandrapur still remains an underdeveloped district. Around 33 per cent of the district is still under forest cover. There are immense coal reserves in the Wardha Valley Coalfield along with numerous cement factories. Despite this, around 50 per cent houses in Chandrapur are kachcha, with mere 10 per cent of households use LPG for cooking.