These days, deploying an intelligent system is just not enough, especially in India. With multilateral utilities already occupying prime locationsleading to a space crunch, city authorities are planning to use minimum resources for maximum gains.
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is all set to install ‘smart poles’ across the city in 2017 with intelligent lighting systems. The authority has reviewed a plan and is likely to invite tenders after working on the financials of the project.
A senior official told the Council that the smart poles will be equipped with LED lights, CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi routers etc., across the city. According to the GNIDA release, these multi-functional smart poles will support the urban local body’s plan to turn the entire city into a Wi-Fi zone, and simultaneously send information to the central control & command centre on a real-time basis.
Meanwhile, these multi-application smart poles will be integrated with a smart parking and traffic solution planned by the urban local body. Apart from LED lights, the poles will also support telecom firms’ devices for mobile networks, doing away with the need for separate mobile towers. Wi-Fi routers can be fixed on the same tower, enabling residents to enjoy Wi-Fi hotspot zones.
In this regard, Ericsson, a Swedish-based company in ICT technologies, made a detailed presentation for the project. Ericsson has proposed LED street lighting, traffic lighting, parking solutions and smart city bus stops. This connected LED street lighting model demonstrates the capabilities of light beyond illumination. The project once implemented will enable us to offer citizens a more connected, energy efficient and safer urban environment.
Importantly, the project will be implemented on a public private partnership model. GNIDA will not spend a penny and the capital cost will be borne by the service provider. Moreover, GNIDA will also earn a percentage of revenue.
For this, GNIDA has appointed Ernst & Young as a consultant to prepare a generic Request for Proposal (RFP).