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See how Bhubaneswar is keeping the city safe


Bhubaneswar, one of the few cities in India which is zooming ahead with its Smart City plans, has some more reasons to rejoice. The city corporation, along with the Odisha police department, has installed a citywide surveillance system that helps boost security, prevent crimes, maintain law & order, and control traffic in the state’s capital city.

See how India is securing its digital infrastructure


Currently, India is at digital war! The country requires cyber-security ‘commandos’ to nab potential hackers who can target the country’s numerous cyber assets. A case in point would be the security breach of more than 3.2 million debit cards of a few banks due to hacking and a hacker group claiming responsibility for the recent hacks of the digital interface of prominent Indians. As the government makes moves towards a cashless economy, mitigating cyber-security risks has emerged as a major challenge that follows demonetisation, given customers’ dependence on digital money.

Rajasthan to build India’s first greenfield data-centre


The Government of Rajasthan has recognised the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) for rapid and all-round development in general, and transformation of the state in particular. Its mission was to make all government services accessible to citizens through common service delivery outlets.

How Kolhapur became smart and safe (other cities can follow too)


With Kolhapur increasing in both strategic and geopolitical prominence, Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC), jointly with the city’s police department, deployed a platform that will not only increase security and safety, but also help manage traffic, deal with emergency communications and other vital aspects that will create a smarter and safer city.

Trichy Corp automates energy management (other cities can follow too!)


Trichy Municipal Corporation has set an example for other urban local bodies in the country by implementing an automated energy management system for the city. This has helped the corporation to bring down power consumption by 38 per cent. The corporation managed the task against impossible odds. Electricity supplies to facilities like streetlights had been manually operated, a difficult task during the monsoon.

Waterless urinals, smart metering and much more (Cities can learn from TCA)


The Tata Central Archives (TCA), the corporate business archives of the Tata group, has set an example by continuously implementing measurable strategies and solutions in five categories: site & facility management, water efficiency, energy efficiency, health & comfort, and innovation.

ETAP ADMS transforms Noida’s power utility into a smart utility


Noida Power Company Ltd (NPCL) distributes power in Greater Noida, near Delhi in Uttar Pradesh, which is being developed as an industrial hub and urban settlement. Currently, the peak load served is 265 MW as against 17 MW in 1994-95, reflecting a steady increase in consumer demand. As one of the fastest growing utilities in India, NPCL serves a demanding industrial, commercial, and residential customer base of 71,000.

India saved Rs 9,500 crore on energy bills (LEDs came to the rescue)


In 2008, when there was a global economic turmoil, what saved India? It was the domestic habit of saving up for a rainy day. Now, when the global economy is again under a cloud, LEDs have come to the rescue. Current government data shows that Indian states, with the deployment of 18 crore LEDs, have saved Rs 9,500 crore on energy bills.

Surat Municipal Corp’s Smart City projects go visual


The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), which has recently deployed India’s first Smart City Centre to monitor over 30 different operations for city management, will soon start the process of issuing tenders for seven new town planning schemes. It is expected that tenders worth Rs 150 crore will be issued for Umarwada, Magob, Anjana, Dumbhal and Parvat Paitya by thisweekend as a part of Surat’s seven town planning schemes which will deploy ‘Visual Impact Areas’ (VIAs).