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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.

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

01/26/2017

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.

Zero foreign investment till date in Modi’s smart cities mission

09/22/2016

Almost two years ago, the Narendra Modi government announced the 100 Smart Cities Mission to transform urban India. But, till date, not a single dollar has come in as foreign investment for the mission. On an RTI query filed by BusinessLine on how much foreign funding Indian cities identified under this mission have garnered, the Ministry of Urban Development said that “no investment has been received”.

Fluentgrid helps kick start Visakhapatnam’s smart city agenda with the launch of the City Command Centre

06/27/2016

June 27, 2016, Visakhapatnam: As a first step to revitalizing Vizag into a smarter and more sustainable city, Fluentgrid Limited(Formerly Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd.) helps Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC)set up and launch a state-of-the-art centralized City Command Center.

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