Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Pune Smart City Development Corporation organised a Think Table meet on December 6, 2018, at Pune. The meet focused on various standardisation initiatives to be adopted in the smart cities. Smart Cities Think Tables (SCTT) are a series of forum sessions organised by SCCI in different cities of India where the biggest challenges facing the sector are detailed and discussed threadbare. During the conference, the Council’s partners were in attendance to discuss the future smart city requirements of Pune, as well as address the urban challenges faced, and solutions for the same.
In his inaugural address, Dr Rajendra Jagtap, Chief Executive Officer, Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) mentioned that the city [Pune] aims to use an ‘integrated approach to provide solutions’. This means, through their state-of-the-art command and control centre, and revolutionary traffic management system, Pune aims to integrate parameters of the Municipal Corporation, Police Department, Fire Department and other utility departments under one centralised control.
Through this system, says Dr Jagtap, “the city will be in a position to provide to its citizen a faster response time for emergencies, provide real-time traffic and weather data on variable message displays, and manage the public transportation system with the highest level of efficiency.” The city has already deployed and is currently monitoring 136 emergency call boxes, made possible through systems integration. The city will use the data collected to be more proactive in the future.
For Pune Smart City, improving city services through data analysis is a big priority. Using data, gathered from the CCTV surveillance, and traffic patterns, etc., the city hopes to deduce important information so as to help with junction redesigning, carry limit for streets, areas that require parking spaces, trees and more open spaces, and even urban street art.
During the Think Table meet, Dr Jagtap took the opportunity to interact with SCCI members and discussed the progress on the city development plan and defined its needs. “This would help the participants in developing best practices and standards for successful implementation of the Mission projects,” he said during a brief interaction. Going forward, he emphasised on the need for IT solution for traffic management, solutions on health, education, governance and mobility, smart lighting, water metering, green transport, safety and surveillance for the city.
Manojit Bose, Chief Knowledge Officer, Pune Smart City Development Corporation interacted with the SCCI members that include TomTom, EY, SenRa, Anchor, SAS and Vmware and conveyed expectations from them, particularly about improving liveability standards as the core of the smart city framework and importance of timely implementation of the projects. To this, SCCI partners presented solutions to meet the challenges that the city faces and to take ahead the development of Smart Cities in Pune.
According to Bose, Pune Smart City is ensuring the constant promotion and adaptation of new technology and is in the process of procuring 500 e-buses, 150 of which will be on the roads by January 26, 2019. That apart, the city is also using optic fibre ducts to establish high-speed internet connectivity. An e-corridor is being set up in order to create Wi-Fi & connectivity throughout the city, accessible through smartphones, as well as 500 new smart toilets and smart poles will be constructed around Pune.
Dr Rajendra Jagtap thanked SCCI for hosting Think Table with Pune Smart City and stressed that with large-scale ‘smartification’ of 100 cities, Pune could provide useful insights regarding smart city standards and best practices to the rest of the world.