Global tech giants (IBM, Cisco & Bosch) to invest in setting up smart city centers

Control Command Center

IBM, Cisco and Bosch and other global technology giants are showing keen interest in setting up of smart city centers or integrated command and control systems under the Modi government’s flagship programme Smart City Mission.

HP and Siemens are working to set up such a centre in Bhopal, while Bosch, Cisco, Efkon and Rolta are participating in the development of a smart centre in Varanasi. Honeywell’s expertise would be used for Bhubaneshwar, while Schneider, Cisco and HP would help in setting up of such a centre in Naya Raipur.

Leading Indian firms, including Larsen and Toubro, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Bharat Electronics Ltd and Tech Mahindra are also participating with global technology giants to set up smart city centers which are key to the mission.

Smart centers in eight cities -- Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, and Kakinada -- have become operational. These cities are monitoring various services at the centre which included solid waste collection, smart street lights and transit management system. These centers also offer city-wide surveillance system to enable the administration and police department keep a watch on sensitive areas such as major traffic junctions and tourist places.