The International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad (IIIT-H) has set up the Smart City Research Center (SCRC) with support from the Indian Government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Smart City Mission and the Government of Telangana.
The center will include the Living Lab, a testbed to showcase new ideas and approaches using technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), and a place to co-create smart city innovations with start-ups. The government’s Smart Cities Mission aims to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology to create smart outcomes for citizens.
The Living Lab plans to create an urban area enhancing three domains: social, economic and environmental. IIITH existing centers will be lending their expertise to the Smart City Research Center in various domains covering signal processing, OneM2M server, design of smart and automated buildings, optics and photonics, flexible electronics, embedded systems and IoT, radio frequency integrated circuit design and low-power VLSI design, research and development in fundamental aspects of computing systems.
“IITH’s Living Lab will collaborate with government bodies, start-ups and big organizations on smart city solutions,” said Professor Ramesh Loganathan. “The IIITH campus would include different IoT verticals related to air quality, building energy, water quantity and qu+ality, street lighting.”
Through the Living Lab, IIIT-H plans to transform the campus into a platform for learning, experimentation and for showcasing new ideas and approaches. Loganathan added: “As technology goes mainstream and directly into homes, buildings, campuses and cities, it is imperative that access to such spaces should be available to ensure that the right products are defined, designed and built. Without live access to such spaces, solutions or products may end up being theoretical and not actually usable.”
The IIIT-H is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of information technology and their applications.