Citizen mobility is one of the key issues in a city like Pune. The city relies solely on buses for public transportation, but the average number of buses per lakh population is only 37! Additionally, buses in Pune have issues with availability (about 25 per cent fleet off-road most of the time) and reliability (about 84 per cent routes have a waiting time of more than 20 minutes). As a result, the public transport trip share is a mere 18 per cent.
In coming months, Bengaluru will witness a massive public bicycle sharing (PBS) project proposed by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). The project, with around 4,000 cycle and 350 docking points, is touted to be India’s largest cycle-sharing project.
Building capabilities, entrepreneurship and encouraging innovation clusters are some of the key action points according to Nasscom, which have to be worked out in coordination with the government, industry and academia in order to become a global centre for innovation in digital technology. Read to find out what the IT body foresees for the industry in the next decade.
One of the most popular pilgrimage destination in India, also known as the 'City of God' - Tirupati is soon likely to be easily accessible for pilgrims from neighbouring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Read to find out the detailed specs of soon to be inaugurated airport, which is constructed for Rs 174 crore in 26 months.
Carlo Ratti also shares his inputs from the Milan food project, wherein they implemented at a super market stall, to give the consumer an experience of shopping online.
Professor Carlo Ratti, is a Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US shares his knowledge on the concept of Internet of Things, the rapid growth of mobile connections, shared car rides and self driving cars.
Can a marathon hackathon by scores of IT geeks help Bengaluru solve some of its critical problems? Not sure, then wait for October 3 & 4, to find out the result when NASSCOM hosts a two-day hackathon with an aim to do the same.
Though the 'Smart Cities' initiatives around the globe are great case studies, each city has unique characteristics and problems and should focus on finding contextual local solutions.
New Town Kolkata could be the first city in West Bengal to get a smart fuelling zone. The states petrol pumps, will have additional facilities such as recharge of electric-run vehicles, Wi-fi hotspot and electronic surveillance system.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India project, which aims to offer a one-stop shop for government services, would use the mobile phone as the backbone of its delivery mechanism. Five hundred million people will come together on the Internet. This has never happened before anywhere in the world.