Instrumentation and control

Now, Coimbatore to monitor air quality (installs 30 devices)

AIR Quality
Joining the league of cities with smart solutions, Coimbatore from now will monitor air quality for its citizens. The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation has installed 30 solar-powered air quality monitoring devices to address city’s air pollution.

These devices will monitor suspended particulate matter, carbon monoxide, humidity, temperature and noise pollution level. It will help city authority in decision making when it comes to managing traffic or any green initiative that will bring pollution level down.

Meanwhile, the solar-powered devices will not just monitor the parameters, but also transmit the same to the Corporation. The Corporation will make the data available online. Importantly, the data generated from this monitoring system will be synced with city command and control centre and will be used in big data driven projects under smart cities initiatives.



Smart cities? HERE'S what we're talking about

Bangalore, India's population has swelled from 5.4 million in 2000 to over 10 million today, putting a huge strain on the city's water supply and distribution system. The two rivers that are the city's main sources of water cannot meet the demand, so equitable distribution of what water is available is a challenge. So is the fact that the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) reports about 45% of its water goes unaccounted for.

BangaloreBangalore isn't alone. Similar scenarios will play out in cities around the world in coming years as massive urbanization strains city infrastructures – water, but also energy, transportation and the like.

So what is BWSSB doing to solve its water challenges? Enter smart cities technologies.

BWSSB turned to Council Lead Partner IBM, which is implementing its Big Data and predictive analytics technology to create a "command center" from which BWSSB personnel can closely monitor and manage water flow.

Based on IBM's Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), the command center solution contains the GIS (Geo Information System) for Bangalore  to enable a real-time view of flow meters, along with the ability to zoom in and out, and pan and click on a specific flow meter. When a meter is selected, a user can have a view of key performance indicators.

"Around 45 per cent of the water supplied by the BWSSB goes unaccounted for.  Implementing this solution helps minimize this water loss by detecting large changes in water flow, through real-time monitoring," said Dr. P.N Ravindra, an executive engineer with BWSSB. "Our engineers will be able to assess real-time water supply at the click of a mouse. This brings a degree of predictability and real-time controllability into the water supply for the city.”

Read more about smart water technologies:
Smart water metering solution reduces water usage by 10% in Australian city
Introduction to smart water networks
Looking for a quick-payoff project? Look into smart water


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Why police in Bharuch, India will be packing smart health cards

The Times of India reports on a pilot in the Bharuch district in Gujarat, India designed to improve the health of its police officers. Some 1,200 officers and their families will be issued smart health cards with  Quick Response code technology that can be scanned by smartphones.

Data on the cards will include the cardholder's past medical history, blood group and emergency contact number, saving doctors time when the police or their families go in for emergency treatment.

As Bharuch Superintendent of Police Bipin Ahire told the Times, "Most policemen suffer from stress which leads to heart attacks, blood pressure and diabetes. Many have even died due to the ailments. Our aim is speedy diagnosis of their illness."

Another police official noted that once successful, the pilot will be replicated across Gujarat.


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Shaping Sustainable Smart Cities in India

A smart city is efficient, connected, sustainable over a long-term, self-contained, self-supporting and aesthetic. With five decaded of experience of developing cities, Egis envisages the role of the ICT network as an integrator of the essentials that cities in India are made of. Read on to find out what are the key attributes of sustainable Smart City according to Egis.