Namami Gange is the Indian government’s ambitious programme to restore water quality in the Ganga and its tributaries. The main objective of Namami Gange is to prevent the flow of untreated sewage into Ganga and its tributaries.
A leading industry report predicts that utility firms are forecast to reduce their expenditure by nearly $157 billion by 2035 through smart meter applications, thereby stimulating Internet of Things (IoT) utilities market trends in the years ahead.
Tata Steel is committed to play a leading role in conservation of water and significantly reduce its impact on water. The steel company, which has setup a 30,000 cubic meters a day (m3/d) tertiary-level treatment plant in 2018, has now resulted in a 16 per cent cut in the intake of fresh water from the Subarnarekha River.
At a time of widespread agricultural distress caused by successive droughts, unremunerative farming and debt-trapped rural economies, a young man with his mobile app is showing how change can be brought in the life of farmers at the grass-root level.
Deployment of wireless smart sensors to monitor the integrity of bridges and identify leakages in water distribution pipelines helps the city authorities to prioritise their limited investments.
There are a variety of frameworks that city councils can pursue in order to realise their Smart Cities, all with differing extents of private sector involvement.
Karnataka’s Shivamogga Smart City has come up with a tender to procure 100 electric rickshaws. The bid submission deadline is May 6, 2019.
From dairies to smart cities, India is steadily transforming into an IoT country. According to a NASSCOM report, India will be home to 2.7 billion connected devices by 2020.
With India's the Internet of Things (IoT) market poised to touch $15 billion USD by 2020, new and cost-effective solutions are an integral part of driving the market growth and IoT adoption in India.
Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon use drones for aerial site photography to monitor the progress of ongoing construction projects. The drones will take aerial photographs of the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR) project area (624 acres), the new terminal (T2) and apron project area (166 acres) and the forecourt project area (128 acres).
Sean Chiao, President, Asia Pacific, Aecom said that when the smart cities mission of the country is implemented completely, Indian cities will have much to learn from each other’s successes and failures.
Students will be introduced to scientific waste disposal for the first time from the academic year 2019-20. The syllabus, prepared by the Pune-based Mutha Foundation with inputs from the state department of science and technology, will be part of the ‘moolya vardhan’ programme.
The Mumbai Metro, run by Reliance has partnered with several private and public banks that offer their regular commuters with the Mumbai Metro smart card which incorporates dual purposes. Each of these banks has various benefits to offer the users, which includes cashback and loyalty points.
The Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled smart watches introduced by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation to keep track of the workers has caught red-handed 13 sanitary workers who skipped their duty.
The Human Resource Development Ministry’s assessment of learning levels among India’s 10th standard students in 2015 placed Tamil Nadu’s students close to the bottom in every subject.
To improve connectivity between Diu (Old City) and Ghoghla Beach and to leverage the waterfront location and the beach destinations in order to improve the tourism potential of Diu, the Diu Smart City has proposed to build a 300 meters Diu Ghoghla Bridge Park.
To empower citizens to co-create and manage their neighborhoods and open spaces, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is developing B-Active project.
To improve a shared community infrastructure as well as augmenting social and technological capacity to achieve the goal of a ‘slumfree’ Puducherry, the Puducherry Smart City Corporation Ltd (PSCCL) has launched “Our Neighbourhood is Your Neighbourhood Too – A Participatory Planning Approach for Improvement of Low-income Settlements” project in Puducherry.
In the wake of growing geopolitical tensions, population explosion and ever-changing climatic conditions, nations, and the big companies instrumental in driving their economies cannot afford to ignore the need to develop resilient infrastructure.
The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has launched Internet of Things (IoT)-driven garbage bins across South and North Delhi Municipal Corporation area, which automatically sends a signal to the waste collection authority once the bins are full.
The Surat Smart City Development (SSCDL) has developed that will create a digitally-inclusive urban space through interactive service delivery points.
To impact as many school students as possible with education support, improve student retention rate in schools by strengthening education systems, and to provide user-friendly mobile community development centre as a learning space, the Bhopal Smart City Development Cooperation (BCLL) has drawn a plan to refurbish the old public transport buses of Bhopal City Link (BCL) as modern classrooms.
In a quest to improve the overall mobility of the city, the Thane Smart City (TSCL), a special purpose vehicle, is developing a mobility improvement plant as a part of its area-based development plan.
The Smart City Ahmedabad Development has developed a last mile connectivity model using dockless bikes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and along with Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services (AMTS).
The project aims to develop a identity management system using Blockchain and Aadhaar as a backbone for a secure platform and improve public service delivery in Puducherry.
The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDCL) has envisaged to implement a integrated digital governance system
Surat has a few natural drains running across from east to west. Most of the areas along the drains were misused for dumping waste and illegal activities like animal slaughtering.
Amritsar has an existing bus network (BRTS) and city bus network, but the current system is not sufficient to cater to the public transportation requirements of all citizens. This has led Amritsar Smart City (ASCL) to develop a last-mile connectivity project for all citizens through feeder service.
To provide affordable and quality healthcare services to the citizens, the Cochin Smart Mission Limited has adopted e-Health solution, being developed and implemented by the Kerala State Health Department (KSHD). This solution integrates all departments and government hospitals into an efficient Hospital Information and Management System.
As a part of City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has submitted a proposal to upgrade existing 149 schools by adopting smart ways to develop futuristic learning environment is necessary.
The absence of public transportation system in Kakinada city has resulted in increased vehicular emissions, traffic congestion, absence of last mile connectivity and expensive commute choices for the citizens.
Dehradun is one of the premier tourist destinations of the country. Around 33 per cent of the total trips to the city is for tourism purposes. Work trips and education trips constitute 34 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
Smart grids have long since been one of the biggest future advancements city planners have looked forward to. The ability to harness big data coming from a multitude of sensors in the electric grid proves to be very useful for managing resources.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a payment card, which can be used to pay transport charges across the country. Called the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), it is the country's first indigenously developed payment system for transport.
Small and mid-sized cities and towns of India are showing the way on how to manage solid waste by getting communities to segregate waste and keeping the waste streams separate. Experiences from the visits to some of these cities are shared, in particular, Suryapet and Karjat.
To put an end to all speculations about hygiene and quality of food in the railway kitchens, Indian Railways is planning to install a transparent system that will allow passengers to access live feed online directly from the kitchens on how their food is being cooked and packed!
The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be among the few civic bodies in the country to complete the projects under Smart Cities Mission within the stipulated time. SMC, which has launched 70 projects worth Rs 26.90 billion in June 2015, is expected to complete them by 2020.
Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology and Kumaraguru College of Technology are the two nodal centers in Coimbatore for the finals of the “Smart India Hackathon 2019” to be held on March 2 and 3. Sri Krishna College has been selected for the third consecutive year to host the event.
A FICCI-KPMG Smart City Knowledge Report on ‘Cybersecurity in Smart Cities’ has suggested a five-point action plan to enable smart cities to keep pace with the cybersecurity needs and build a cyber-resilient and trusted environment across the entire value chain.
Sensus, a Xylem brand, has been selected as Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) technology partner to ensure the successful implementation of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) innovative 24×7 water distribution project.
Water scarcity is an urgent risk in the country. The 2018 report by India’s policy think-tank NITI Aayog highlights that the country is facing the worst water crisis in history which can lead to an eventual 6% loss in the country’s GDP by 2030.
Experts from Korea and World Bank will work closely with the Department of Environment, Science and Technology to find out a workable solution for solid waste problem and challenges in Himachal Pradesh.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, is all set to organise the "Blockchain Summit India" on 22nd and 23rd February 2019, to channel India's potential around blockchain and crypto economy.
Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) organised a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, in Nagpur.
With the current funding structure or guidelines laid down by the Centre, each selected city, for the period of four to five years, will receive Rs 5 billion and an equally matching amount will be contributed by the State Governments.
The Coimbatore Smart City will undergo an energy saving transformation. The city SPV has called for a tender converting the existing incandescent street light to smart energy efficient LED lights. That said, the scope of work of this tender also includes fixing accessories across the city of Coimbatore, as well as west and south core areas of the Coimbatore Smart City.
An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), as the name suggests, works as a brain for all smart solutions implemented across a city – be it a surveillance system, smart traffic management, waste management, utilities management, environmental sensors, public information system, (variable message boards, public address systems, kiosks, etc).
The Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City in Karnataka will get funding of Rs 80 crore for its proposed ‘Green Mobility Corridor’ project that has won the CITIIS challenge, according to the Urban Affairs Ministry.
The UP Government has approved the two second-generation ethanol plants, which will incur an investment of Rs 4 billion each. The State Government will also offer the company with facilities including stamp duty waiver, capital subsidy as well as SGST rebate.
Under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), 100 Smart Cities have been selected in four rounds based on All India Competition. All 100 cities have incorporated Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Since the launch of the mission 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.
With the current increase in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments taking place across the globe, IoT platforms have started to play a critical role in the successful roll-outs of IoT solutions. Real-time analytic provide customers the ability to get immediate insight on their business operations, cost savings, and overall return on investment (ROI).
The Government of Andhra Pradesh is organizing the second edition of Happy Cities Summit 2019, Amaravati from February 13-15, 2019. The summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit to establish Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, at the forefront of urban innovation discourse, with a focus on citizen happiness.
Varanasi is all set to become the first city with zero discharge of polluted water into river Ganga. By July this year, the sewage treatment capacity of Varanasi will exceed 400 million liters per day (MLD), checking the flow of sewer water in the river completely.
Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, announced a pilot launch of Uber Boat service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). The on-demand service will provide transportation from three of the city’s popular coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands and Mandwa Jetty, via speed boats.
As per the smart city plan (SCP), close to 70 per cent of the work has been grounded. The city SPV has completed an Integrated Command and Communication Centre at the GVMC office, Centralised Command Control Centre at the Police Commissioner's office, and Phase-II of the smart poles project for redesigning and beautification of roads costing Rs 600 million.
Despite being selected in round two of the Smart Cities Mission, Ujjain has been able to bid out 42 out of its 43 listed projects. Of the 42 tendered projects, 13 projects worth Rs 1.62 billion (8.68 per cent of the total smart city projects) have already been completed.
As on date, the city has undertaken 50 projects worth Rs 9.40 billion under the Smart City Mission, of which, 12 projects worth Rs 1.12 billion have been successfully completed, 16 projects worth Rs 2.57 billion are in progress, and another 22 projects worth Rs 5.68 billion are in the tendering or DPR stages.
India is witnessing a significant boom in the city gas network and recently held ninth CGD bidding round which offers to cover 174 districts, grouped in 86 geographical areas and spread across 22 Indian states and Union Territories is a testimony of this.
Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses. It will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of 24X7 Power for All.
Growth in commercial buildings and facilities has led to substantial use of electricity, heat and cooling, consuming almost 90 per cent of the energy bill. In high energy consumption industrial sectors, energy cost is about 30 to 50 per cent of the manufacturing cost.
The Shivamogga Smart City in Karnataka is leaving no stone unturned to be one of the finest smart cities in India. The city is progressing well in terms of issuance of work orders. The city has issued work orders for projects worth Rs 64.06 crore. That apart, the authority will be issuing work orders for all the key smart roads (infrastructure projects) by this weekend.
Under the holistic vision towards bolstering the image of Agra as a truly tech-driven city, a number of noteworthy projects are being implemented across the length and breadth of city’s Area Based Development (ABD) region.
To address the challenge of cyber security, the Haryana Government has formed a dedicated department - Information Security Management Office (ISMO), which will help the state authorities in tackling, preventing and detecting various threats along with monitoring, risk-assessment and other security breaches.
Burgeoning populations coupled with slow and unorganized development in sewage infrastructure pose a major threat to the sanitation conditions of cities, subsequent river water quality and public health of the inhabitants. According to the report on the Composite Water Management Index by the NITI Aayog last year, about 600 million people face high-extreme water stress.
India’s first solar ferry boat, ADITYA has contended its two years (730 days) effective activity in Vaikom, Kerala. The sun-powered transport ferry is manufactured (under the ‘Make In India’ initiative) by NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats, that expects to make water transport progressively effective.
Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) is organising a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, at Nagpur. Smart Cities Think Tables (SCTT) are a series of forum sessions organized by Smart Cities Council (SCC) in different cities of India where the biggest challenges facing the sector are detailed and discussed threadbare.
The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has had strong implications for the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems market. To keep pace with the rate of digitalization in end-user industries, ZLD vendors have implemented the use of IoT-enabled wastewater monitoring and handling systems for improved efficiency, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and smart meters for monitoring fouling issues in membranes.
Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh has set an example for wannabe smart cities by clearing over 13 lakh tonne waste in just six months as compared to a mere 2 lakh tonne in the last two years. Under the previous model, the government had outsourced the task to private agencies, which were charging Rs 475 per cubic metre.
According National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the start-ups in India witnessed a 108% growth in total funding from $2 billion in 2017 to $4.2 billion in 2018.
To enable professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the Internet of Things (IoT), Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) launched its new IoT platform. This interactive IoT Platform—Interact—enables connected LED lighting systems and embedded sensor networks to deliver insights, benefits and new services to customers.
Although smart cities have been provided with some seed money from the Centre and the state, with some to be generated from their own budget, the financial requirement still remains huge as smart city plan has to benefit the entire city and not just limited to the area identified for development.
By connecting places, they facilitate the movement of goods and services and people, thereby ensuring a means of livelihood for those who would otherwise be cut off from the rest of the population. Typically, as bridges in difficult-to-reach locations are made of wood or steel, they tend to rot or corrode easily.
As the New Year takes off, Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer, Axis Communications, has curated some security predictions of the surveillance industry for the year 2019. These are expected to be the focus points for the year.
Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga, is a large city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in the central part of Karnataka. Situated 569-meter above sea level and gateway to the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city lies on the banks of Tunga River and is popularly nicknamed ‘Gateway of Malnad’.
Floods are devastating natural disasters worldwide – it is estimated that every year, 250 million people around the world are affected by floods, also costing billions of dollars in damages.
The need for Smart Cities becomes apparent from the development dilemma – the faster the nation’s development, the greater is the strain on its limited resources, including higher demand for energy that intensifies the impact on climate change issues.
Indian cities are expected to house 200 million people by 2030. Driven by soaring numbers, India is expected to account for a 25 per cent rise in global energy usage by 2040, leading to a higher carbon footprint.
Waste management is a serious concern globally, and Bengaluru is no exception. To mitigate the waste menace, and, the same put to good use, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started generating electricity from waste.
Shirpur, one of the drought-prone areas in Maharashtra, has always witnessed insufficient water supply, depleting rainfalls and extreme summer heat. Yet dripping pipes, spilling water on the roads, washing vehicles with oodles of water was a common sight in the town.
Considering the fast growth of Surat and increasing demands and expectations of citizens from the city-government, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has envisaged a Smart City Plan to serve citizens in an effective manner.
According to a recent report published by Assocham and EY, Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to reach an estimated 2 billion connections in India, unlocking revenues of $11.1 billion by 2022.
By mid-2019, the Hubballi Dharwad Smart City will implement Command & Control Centre components and other IoT enabled smart ICT systems. The technology is provided by Japan-based NEC Corporation’s Indian arm, NEC Technologies.
India’s biggest cities are subjected to traffic congestion every day, and the commuters are bearing the burden. Transport demand in India has increased by almost eight times since the 1980s as rapid economic development and increasing wealth among households has led to higher vehicle ownership.
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.
Puducherry is in the process of evolving from E-Governance to Digital Governance and building digital capacities. In line with the flagship Digital India programme of Government of India, the Government of Puducherry has introduced and implemented various digital schemes to provide better Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) services to the citizens.
A homegrown product development and technology company, iRAM Technologies has won three multi-million-dollar projects for developing ‘On and Off-Street Smart Parking Solutions’ for Bhubaneswar, Kanpur and Nasik smart cities.
India has completed around 33 per cent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects or are currently under implementation, utilizing around 25 per cent of the envisaged investment. Around 2,342 projects worth Rs 909.29 billion have been tendered.
The illegal car parking situation in India requires a conscious effort towards improving the situation not only on part of the citizens but also from the enforcement bodies. This means at the very minimum, identifying and acknowledging the problem as a prevailing menace.
Every urban road in Bangalore and other cities of India is an example of the chaos of traffic, broken footpaths, hanging cables, clogged drains, overflowing sewage, and haphazard street lights, transformers, and telecom fixtures.
Construction is one of the most dynamic, responsive and unique sectors in the Indian economy. It contributes significantly to the country’s economic development by generating output, creating jobs and facilitating income generation.
The Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising 6th ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ at Bengaluru from September 24-25, 2019 to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission.
The 540 MW TAPP-3, a totally indigenous nuclear power unit, is the 16th nuclear power reactor in the country. It has been designed and built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector after undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
Hexagon Capability Center India (HCCI), based in Hyderabad, is a subsidiary of Hexagon AB, a Sweden-based information technology (IT) company. The subsidiary's existing data center was showing its age and didn't have enough bandwidth to support demanding applications.
The Pune Smart City, in a bid to stay ahead of all cities has already chalked out plans for the New Year. The city, which has completed projects worth Rs 48 billion, will issue 40 tenders by January 30, 2019.
The city of Yokohama believes that its mission and role in history is to deliver its long standing expertise in sustainable development to Japan including the disaster stricken areas and the world.
National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the premier ICT organization of the Indian Government. It works closely with central & state government departments, agencies, and district administration to deliver e-governance services.
The Government of Maharashtra has launched an ambitious project—State of Maharashtra Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART)—in 10,000 villages within the next three years with an aim to achieve sustainable farming.
The Chennai Police, which has installed around 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras around the city, has decided to use it efficiently with its recently-launched ‘CCTV Chennai City’ app. The app is linked to Google Maps, on which all the locations in the city where CCTV cameras have been fixed are pinned.
Finding a parking spot in a busy city has always been difficult for vehicle owners. To avoid traffic snarls at prime junctions and streamline parking spots, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will introduce smart parking application soon.
Delhi, in a quest to become one of the smart cities in India, is making life easier for its daily commuters. In days to come, bus commuters in Delhi can track the exact location and expected time of arrival of bus they want to travel.
eBike is a fresh concept, answering the major yet untouched concerns of growing India. The social responsibility towards betterment of nation has prompted us to start eBike.
It’s a wake-up call for all municipal corporations. With plastic, considered to be a menace in across the nation, it is time to put [plastic] for good use. An estimated 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in India every day.
A sustainable smart city can use the power of IoT and Big Data to improve its services. Big Data has the potential to be the foundation of making a smart city.
India generates around 1,50,000 tonnes of solid waste per day. In fact, India is not the only country facing the problem of solid waste management.
A few years back, going to the school was mere a responsibility, and not a delight. However, things are changing drastically. With the advent of smart technologies in the education sector, classrooms are getting smarter and students are becoming intelligent.
In a quest to make the traffic violators more disciplined, the Bhopal Smart City is expanding its Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS). Earlier, ITMS-based challans or fine receipts were generated through fixed cameras, however, now the government has authorized Traffic Police to use mobile cameras shots to penalize traffic violators.
Issues like black money and money laundering are common in many countries. Sierra Leone, an underdeveloped country to the West of Africa, has got a solution to this increasing problem. Sierra Leone, which has seen trade in illicit diamonds, is now using new technology to counter the problem.
Bhubaneswar Smart City, in its constant effort to implement smart projects, has now formed a mobility plan coordination committee. The city authority has setup a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will create a roadmap for bringing low carbon emission transport modes in the city.
According to experts, the world is heading towards a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature because of climate change and greenhouse gases. Fossil fuels are ever diminishing while global energy demand is expected to have increased by 50 percent in 2030. As the world’s population continues to grow, the production of waste will drastically increase.
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited or Maha Metro Nagpur has undertaken construction of one of the biggest infrastructure projects of Central India – the Rs 86.80 billion Metro Rail Project of Nagpur.
The Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is leaving no stone unturned to make their city the top smart city in India. In this process, the city [now] has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting traffic rules.
Smart cities is the talk of the town. Video content analysis is the capability of automatically analyzing video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. Video analytics are software applications that generate descriptions of what is happening in the video that can be used to track persons and other objects detected in the video stream.
Hyderabad, know for IT hub of India has taken one step forward to keep the city safe from criminals. Known for many firsts, now the city is working on police robot—Robocop— which make society feel safer, while also removing the danger associated with the job for human police officers.
The Supreme Court has stayed all construction activities in the states of Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh for not having a solid waste management (SWM) policy under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Besides tracking the exact location of vehicles or finding different routes, today’s GPS technology can be extensively used in waste management also. Many countries are using this technology to keep their cities clean and energy efficient.
When it comes to living in a populous region, every inch counts. And parking in such areas is a luxury. Rise in income and increase in the vehicular demand has lead to a shortage of parking spaces. Areas around metro and railway stations highly demand for parking space and it is going to be a major relief for the people in Hyderabad as the Integrated Smart Parking Management System (ISPMS) is expected to start within a week at the Habsiguda metro station in Hyderabad.
With an aim to boost the urban mobility services, the Capital Region Urban Transport is all set to roll out 200 new city buses with ultramodern IT technology from November 6, 2018. The transport body has finally got the area-based permit from the Commerce and Transport department, which issued the notification of providing permit to the buses.
The technological boom has made things easier for man. Jobs are accomplished with just a mere click or by swiping cards. However, these clicks and swipes come at a cost. Most of the data is either partly or completely stored outside India.
Ease of Moving Index 2018 report by Ola’s Mobility Institute states that nearly 80% of commuters believe that the first and last mile connectivity acts as a major catalyst in improving the public transport ridership.
In water quality index, India ranks 120th amongst 122 countries! This is mainly due to 70 per cent of the country’s water is contaminated. As per NITI Aayog’s report, in India, 600 people face high to extreme water stress.
India is said to be data rich in the coming years as nearly 250,000 villages are expected to be connected with Wi-Fi. Not only this, but, data will also create domestic and overseas services that will boost the country’s economy
In order to prepare for the City Transformation Office as a part of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City initiative, the city improvement committee is planning on visiting another country.
With the advancement in technology and the availability of cheap imports, security solutions have not only become affordable but also easier to use.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the world’s tallest statue at 182-m (597 ft) located in Gujarat, India.
A private bank, launched a co-branded prepaid card for the citizens of Puduchchery Smart City in partnership with Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). The pre paid card is a RUPAY card. The programme aims to bolster Digital Payments ecosystem in Puduchchery and aid the Digital India initiatives of Government of India.
Data is everywhere. We have witnessed an outburst of data along with the advancement in technology. One would definitely sink deep into the storming whirlpool of data.
In order to solve any kind of challenges and to make better decisions, large and small cities are leveraging data and facts. It is no doubt that cities will benefit at large efficiently and effectively with the help of data.
Despite not being the first smart city in the world, one of Vienna’s suburb is now a living lab. The lab is powered by data from Teradata and partners like Siemens. As the city started coming up in 2014, Aspern’s underground connections for data infrastructure and analytics capabilities were integrated from the ground up. Including apartments, offices, business areas, research quarters and school campus, the total size of Aspern smart city is 2.2 million metre square.
The Smart Grid project has finally been started by the UT Electricity Department, Chandigarh; wherein its first phase, it will replace the old meters by installing 30,000 smart meters in four sectors (29, 31, 47 and 48), six villages (Faida, Ram Darbar, Hallo Majra, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Daria), and industrial area.
In a program organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog, Pune has been selected as India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab. The lab ensures to promote and support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing and scaling innovative mobility solutions in the Indian cities.
In order to secure a 60-km stretch and riverine border with Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district, the Home Ministry has arranged for sonar cameras, radars, aerostat and electro-optic underground sensors. Falling under the comprehensive integrated border management system, the project—which is on a pilot base—aims to [completely] replace physical security mechanism with a technical set up to enhance security.
The government—along with the Traffic Police—is having a hard time because of different States and union territories issuing their own driving license. As per the new data, it is believed that over 25 per cent of Indians hold more than one driving license (DL).
For the revival of water bodies, the government will be launching a competition among cities. The winning city will be awarded a higher ranking along with financial assistance, which will indirectly encourage more participation. The Urban Ministry will be drafting guidelines for the competition.
The Netherlands, one of the most advanced and developed countries of the world, will provide technical guidance to Karnal (a city in Haryana) in order to transform it into a smart city.
The Central Government’s 2011 National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) report states that parking is not a right but a privilege. A user must pay the full cost of the parking facility based on the land opportunity cost, capital cost, O&M costs and temporal demand. However, this is something that many car owners in India don’t understand.
Besides big cities claiming their successful start in the Smart Cities Mission, Chhattisgarh’s three cities- Raipur, Atal Nagar and Bilaspur- have showcased a remarkable progress in innovation planning initiatives and citizen-centric governance. By intelligent conceptualisations and meticulously working towards earning the smart city tag, each city has carved an identity for itself. Here is how these cities are redefining India.
A smart city must also be a safe city, with a good disaster response system. V Rishi Kumar reports With the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission moving forward in a phased manner and technology forming the backbone of smart cities’ architecture and governance, one of the major challenges identified for the future is cyber security.
In order to address air pollution at high traffic zones like traffic intersections and parking areas, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a device.
Cooling is an important need across due to its considerable use in different sectors of the economy such as industries, residential and commercial buildings, transport etc.
With the launch of four heavy-duty communications satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has promised to deliver internet speed of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of 2019 to every household and office in the country.
In a cramped up city like Mumbai, where even footpaths are occupied, finding a parking spot is a herculean task. However, the city is all geared up to witness a car parking revolution as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated to develop a mobile app that will enable commuters to book a parking slot online.
India is a young country, with the highest youth population in the world. And in this rapidly ageing society, being economically productive and fixing the skill gaps is the need of the hour.
Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was ‘Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration’.
The Alambagh Bus Terminal land parcel in the heart of Lucknow City in Uttar Pradesh, India was selected to be redeveloped to increase capacity of the bus stand and add commercial facilities.
Considering 100 smart cities, the Government of India is expecting a total investment of Rs 2 trillion over a period of five years. Out of which, Rs 1 trillion will be aided by the Central Government and balance will come through the State Government and conversions, through synergy of various programmes and PPP.
The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has mapped nearly 4,500 of the 16,000 projects registered with it under the Geographical Information System (GIS), enabling citizens find minute details of homes of their choice just by selecting the option “view on map” on its website.
As urban areas are getting more crowded and falling increasingly short on future development potential, development of new self-sustaining cities are emerging as an alternate solution to these problems. Technology is at the heart of these new self-sustaining cities enabling automation and real-time integrated city monitoring and management through a network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices and data centers.
Water scarcity is undoubtedly one of the key issues facing the world today. Research published last year in Science Advances concluded that four billion people worldwide (two-thirds of the global population) are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month of the year. What does this mean? Nearly a billion people currently have no access to clean, safe drinking water.
Technology is disrupting different industries across the world, and real estate cannot be far behind. Already, real estate consultants have moved beyond the traditional ways of prospecting, with the Internet opening up the market in unprecedented ways and taking a lot of the footwork out of finding property options.
Singapore's 'One Nation' Initiative and its position as a city-state makes it unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision. Its transformation, over the remarkably short time after its split from Malaysia, to the world's leading smart city, provides an example from which other cities can learn.
For the first time in India, the construction of the D-wall for an underground metro station was accomplished by the overcut method using a hydromill, conventionally used for irrigation projects.
In 2013, floods and landslides devastated the northern state of Uttarakhand. The build-up of sediment in rivers, caused by hydroelectric plants, worsened the flooding. In 2014, floods ran amok through Kashmir, attributed to encroachments that diminished the holding capacity of lakes and water bodies. Poor planning has led to similar crises in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai as well. And now, in 2018, it’s the turn of God’s own country: Kerala.
By setting up state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) to make sure that every drop of waste water is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking, Surat is truly setting up an example on water management for every city and nation.
LiDAR solutions is on its way to revolutionise Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS). LiDAR, a technology that uses beams of laser light to detect objects and measure distances, has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving vehicles.
Jaipur has bagged the third position in the list of the world’s top 10 Smart Renewable Cities (SRCs), with Bengaluru being ranked sixth. While America’s San Diego topped the list, Paris was ranked at the bottom.
In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.
Andhra Pradesh has deployed world’s largest lithium-ion Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) solution. The UPS system was deployed by Consul Neowatt. According to the company, these UPS systems provide a battery backup when the electrical power fails or drops.
CV Jawahar, a computer vision scientist along with his team at IIIT- Hyderabad, readied the world’s first public dataset of Indian driving conditions. This dataset not only aims to help the computer vision researchers from across the world to train their algorithms on Indian driving conditions but also lends road safety solutions.
In India, getting official documents is definitely not an easy process. Not only it involves a lot of paperwork but one needs to manage to cross the prolonged level of hierarchies that consists of bureaucracy, different identification processes, etc.
At the Bengaluru airport, soon your face will be your boarding pass. The airport is set to become the first airport in India to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of the Bengaluru (BLR Airport) and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, said a statement issued by BIAL.
Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.
A systematic approach to deal effectively with the solid wastes is lacking in most of the Indian cities. According to data presented by the government, about 24 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country was being processed as on January 31. Out of over 1.43 lakh tonnes per day (tpd) of solid waste generated, only about 33,800 tpd (or 23.73 per cent) was being processed as on the last day of January, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry data showed.
It has been an uphill climb for Kerala after the floods that ravaged the state, killed hundreds and left scores homeless. The state has slowly started returning to normal life, with the Cochin International Airport also resuming operations. But there is still a long way to go.
On the morning of January 31, 1953, the North Sea brew up a storm which would severely affect the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The prediction for the Netherlands looked worst. The Netherlands, literally means “lower countries” referring to its low land and flat geography, and with about 50 per cent of its land exceeding one meter (m) above sea level, the Netherland’s estuaries and tributaries would fill to submerge the land beside it.
Welcome to the future of shopping – enter, choose, leave. In a world where cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – this is what India’s first automated supermarket, Watasale, a tech-driven startup in Kochi is promising.
Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system) Indian Railways has just got its first “SMART” coach! The SMART coach has several new features that will go a long way in enhancing the safety of train journeys and enhancing passenger comfort.
Visitors to VOC Park can now enjoy WiFi connectivity free of cost, thanks to the presence of a “golden tree” or “smart tree”. The initiative by the Coimbatore Corporation, at a total cost of Rs 30 lakh under the Smart Cities programme, is under public-private partnership mode.
Door-to-door garbage collection in India’s cities is not only a slow and inefficient way to collect waste, but workers often complain of contemptuous treatment, and exposure to dangerous infections due to handling trash.
The rising tourist footfall in Ladakh has brought a serious waste management issue in the region. Meanwhile, the tourist flow has gone up exponentially from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 3 lakh, recently. However, at the end of the peak season of July-August, the tourist footfall this year touched 2.8 lakh, bringing in approximately 15-16 tonne of trash per day.
India’s drone policy: Here is all you need to know After a couple of years of deliberation and ending a long period of ambiguity and confusion, the Director General of Civil Aviation has finally announced its policy for remotely piloted aircraft or drones.
The continuing march of technology in the modern age has impacted the construction industry in many more ways than meets the eye. For an industry that hasn’t seen significant technological change over the past couple of decades, the arrival of ‘Constructible BIM’ is no less than a revolution.
As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has always been a forward-thinking civic body. PMC wants to enrich the life of each citizens by enhancing quality of service delivery. PMC realised that addressing grievances is not enough for providing responsive governance.
Lucknow, a city that has urbanized rapidly in recent years, has resulted in several traffic problems in and around the city, such as traffic jams, increase in the number of road accidents, etc. The present Traffic Signal System is based on the static feed on time without considering actual available traffic at junctions across the Lucknow city.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go cashless by 1 September – all transactions will now be digital. This move falls in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative implemented through the Smart City Mission.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a density of more than 5,000 persons per kilometer. It faces severe congestion: its topography is characterised by steep gradients and irregular road alignments, resulting in narrow carriageways. This limits conventional public transport services to only 2 per cent of modal share.
Despite improvements in the road situation, Singapore needed more sophisticated traffic management measures by the turn of the 21st century to deal with a rising vehicle population and a larger and more complex road system. Existing initiatives remained manpower-intensive and inefficient—the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) needed constant monitoring and strict enforcement to prevent motorists from entering the city centre multiple times with one ALS pass.
Urban settlements in India have experienced rapid population growth: the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas more than doubled from 14 per cent at the time of independence to 31.8 per cent in 20111. By 2051, India is expected to be considered an urban nation, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in urban areas.
In India, cities are privy to unplanned and uncoordinated development, which has led to traffic congestion, inadequate sanitation and depleting water resources. However, a few cities in India are redrawing its master plans to make it more citizen centric. Coimbatore and Gurugram are a few of them!
Securing land for development through land acquisition is often a protracted and expensive process in India and the world over. Andhra Pradesh’s model of land pooling for its new capital Amaravati offers a compelling alternative. In 2014, the Andhra Pradesh was separated into two. One State continued to be called Andhra Pradesh, while the other was named Telangana.
Introducing new technology systems is only step one and using them to maximum effect is another thing entirely. It is no surprise that smart city technologies did not bring about transformative change on a large scale in their first decade of implementation.
Companies in multiple industries are already beginning to alter their existing product and service lines to suit changing urban markets – from utilities that are rolling out smart meters and introducing dynamic pricing schemes to real estate developers that are integrating automation systems, sensors, and mobility options into their properties.
A smart city is not automatically an equitable city unless its leaders take care to make it so. Some critics assert that the entire push to make cities smart is mainly about making life more convenient for the affluent.
Most cities have limited financial resources, personnel, and expertise at their disposal, but city government does not have to be the sole funder and operator of every type of service and infrastructure system.
Smart cities run on data. Before a city can deploy applications, it has to be able to generate, capture, and analyze enormous volumes of data in complex infrastructure systems and settings that are often teeming with millions of people. The technology base consists of three elements, all of which support the applications of today as well as those to be added in the future.
The development of new digital channels for the public to communicate with local officials could make cities more responsive to the concerns of their residents and change the nature of civic participation. Most city governments, long ago, established websites to make residents aware of the services available to them and to post information and even extensive open data sets.
Waste causes a literal mountain of problems for many cities. With little local landfill space left, cities such as New York pay to ship their garbage elsewhere. But costs are mounting and other sites are becoming reluctant to serve as dumping grounds.
Data and digital tools can be harnessed to address some of the fundamental public health challenges facing the developing world. The level of mortality and morbidity caused by infectious and parasitic disease in a country like Nigeria is six
Most dense cities in advanced economies have subway or light rail systems built decades ago. Many have become overburdened over time—and adding new lines or additional cars is an expensive proposition
Many people take the air they breathe for granted. Fumes and pollutants from industrial sites, diesel engines, and the burning of coal combine to form a thick, dusty haze that hangs over many of the world’s major urban centers, and the residents of rapidly-growing low-income cities pay the heaviest price.
Smart technologies can reduce traffic accidents. Some applications designed with an eye toward improving mobility have the secondary effect of reducing harm. E-hailing, for example, provides a safe and convenient alternative to getting behind the wheel of a car.
The Smart Cities Council India and Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management (APUIAML) recently conducted a closed-door conference on ‘Eluru Smart City Development through Swiss Challenge Approach’ in Mumbai. With this, Eluru has become the first city in the country to adopt Swiss challenge framework to operate its future projects.
After warning signs are missed, a terrorist attack leaves hundreds dead. A hurricane unleashes catastrophic flooding and a chaotic evacuation. Wildfires roar into a city, leaving residents only minutes to escape.
Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) will install Geographical Information System (GIS) and Management Information System for the city under the Ganga Action Plan-II. The project is part of the institutional development program, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Implementation of technological solutions to boost agricultural performances is not exactly a new concept. Smart tractors have been in active use across the globe for a fairly long time – along with various other Internet of things (IoT) tools and applications.
Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector bank, announced partnership with 10 leading smart cities in India to launch an industry-first ‘Collaboration-as-a-Service’ platform to address urban development challenges.
Belagavi is a prominent centre for manufacturing heavy machine tools and high-pressure oil hydraulics systems. The city is a strong industrial hub for machine shops catering to automotive manufacturing, especially crankshaft machining castings and helmets.
A city in Maharashtra has applied LPWAN solutions to solve stringent water supply problems. Inconsistent water distribution throughout the city was a longstanding challenge. Due to lack of infrastructure, further issues cropped up, including erroneous meter readings and billing, no proper billing cycle, no safety measures like anti-theft infrastructure or leakage detection, and high operational expenses because of non-optimal battery life and frequent maintenance
Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue) Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur—with a population of 1.45 lakh—generates around 52 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Unlike other cities, instead of putting the waste into dumpyards or landfills as the conventional practice, the city is converting its waste into wealth.
Subject to the extensive and swift adoption of intelligent mobility solutions across major cities around the globe, smart transportation market has been treading along a lucrative growth path in the recent years.
Today, the Indian electricity network is the world’s largest synchronized grid with a capacity of 363 GW. In July 2012, India suffered the world’s biggest power blackout due to a grid failure which impacted more than 620 million people across 22 states.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) in association with Cisco and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) launched a report titled ‘Smartest Cities of the Future’. The report outlines a framework that focuses on sustainable and inclusive (social, economic, and digital) development, and a smart city scorecard to measure the impact of intelligent solutions.
To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the union housing and urban affairs ministry launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country, under which the ministry will provide Rs 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion.
Recently Odisha witnessed a slew of smart city projects including Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) - a state-of-the-art centralised command and control centre that will regulate all citizen-centric services in the capital.
India, the world’s third largest consumer of electricity, is working to transform its urban energy infrastructure to make it more citizen friendly and sustainable. A cost-effective smart distribution system has the potential to significantly reduce India’s carbon footprint.
India’s ambitious smart city project needs an effective disaster management plan to combat natural disasters and man-made disruptions in smart cities. Smart cities have been gathering a lot of traction of late, mostly due to the government’s increased efforts to secure high-quality urban life.
Traffic congestion is one of the more frustrating—and seemingly unavoidable—parts of urban living. Gridlock can have a huge impact on the quality of life for city dwellers, not only in terms of time spent commuting, but also regarding pollution and emissions.
To keep up with the growing population of India, future-looking urban planning has to be functional with changing times and lifestyles. One of the best ways to achieve this is through greenfield smart city issues like infrastructure, sustainability etc. These issues can be addressed from scratch and taken into account the changing urban lifestyles.
The Smart Cities Council is preparing to launch the Smart Cities Project Activator -- an innovative, web based solution, that brings cities, solutions providers and investors together to more quickly scope — and finance — smart cities projects. Learn how.
The first smart city initiatives were launched more than a decade ago, with technology companies blazing the trail. Major global tech firms, industrial giants, and telecoms have become providers of smart city systems and services.
A smart city is not automatically an equitable city unless its leaders take care to make it so. Some critics assert that the entire push to make cities smart is mainly about making life more convenient for the affluent.
In 2011, Moscow confronted a crisis: its roads had reached capacity, leading to some of the worst gridlock in the world. In response, the city government developed a comprehensive transportation plan. Its strategy for future construction projects to add traffic and transit capacity would be guided by data and complemented by the launch of an intelligent transport system.
As urbanization, industrialization, and consumption grow, environmental pressures multiply. While technology is only one option for addressing these issues, it can be a powerful one. Overall, analysis finds that deploying a range of applications to the best reasonable extent could cut emissions by 10–15%, lower water consumption by 20–30%, and reduce the volume of solid waste per capita by 10–20%.
After a decade of experimentation, smart cities are entering a new phase. Although they are only one part of the full tool kit for making a city great, digital solutions are the most powerful and cost-effective additions to that tool kit in many years.
Cities that have evolved organically over centuries or even millennia can be challenging to retrofit with technology. Urban planning mistakes of the past, such as sprawl, may be deeply rooted, and creaky legacy infrastructure is hard to overhaul. Bold rebuilding projects have high price tags and impose disruption on existing residents.
A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute gauged each city’s progress in implementation using a checklist of current smart applications to see how many have been rolled out. The reports use a weighted composite of city-wide implementation as well as pilot programs.
Tens of millions of people in cities as diverse as Jakarta, Bengaluru, Rio, Nairobi, Seoul, and Atlanta begin and end every workday fuming in traffic or piling onto overcrowded buses and trains. Improving the daily commute is critical to the quality of life.
Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has become the first power utility to enable online, automated bill payments using e-NACH (Electronic National Automated Clearing House). IDFC Bank is a technology partner and a settlement banker to Tata Power.
The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project has now reached the midpoint of the in-depth feasibility study, which is on track to finish this summer.
When we imagine the possibilities for solar power, we might well see it as the bedrock of a future 100 per cent renewables-powered grid - harnessing the abundance of energy beamed down on us daily, to give 100 per cent reliability of supply and enabling prices to be a tenth of what they are today.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first integrated greenfield smart city project at Naya Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
More than half of India’s population is engaged in farming but the sector contributes just 16 per cent to the country’s GDP. For this, Niti Aayog has partnered with IBM to develop a crop yield prediction model and provide real-time advice to farmers using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Dehradun’s area based development (ABD) envisions to retrofit and redevelop 875 acres centered on CBD of Dehradun and transform into a light-house for the city and to showcase as a smart neighborhood.
In an attempt to digitise air travel, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also known as Varanasi Airport, will have an automated smart facial recognition system, ensuring hassle-free movement of travellers from entry to boarding points. Once implemented, the Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport in the country to have such a system in place.
Being an industrial city, turning Pimpri Chinchwad into a smart city is a tough job. It requires a long-term vision, on which the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is presently working on. The PCMC is in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years.
Naya Raipur is being developed as a sustainable, modern ‘green city’ with major eco-development projects such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy and Internet connectivity. Compulsory installation of rainwater harvesting systems on all buildings helps in conserving the water resources.
Google has claimed to reach its target of 400 free Wi-fi enabled stations in India. Dibrugarh railway station in Assam is the 400th train station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi in these stations comes from a journey that Indian Railways, RailTel and Google embarked on two and a half years ago.
Old black-smoke-belching stoves in India lead to problems ranging from climate change to lung disease. But an innovative program that pairs rich analytics with incentives is getting Indian households to quickly embrace cleaner stoves. See how.
Carbon monoxide is a major air pollutant posing threat to human health. A team of scientists led by researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar have developed a nanocomposite material that can selectively convert environmental carbon monoxide into less toxic carbon dioxide.
A remote village in Uttarakhand where electricity is a distant dream is now enjoying high speed Wi-Fi without any grid power. Operated on a solar power, the newly installed Wi-Fi network in the village by the State’s Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA) has brought about a significant change in the lives of residents
Located in the heart of Ahmedabad, Godrej Garden City (GGC) is currently home to over 1,500 families and has a fully functional school, a city square retail facility, and a 70,000 sq ft clubhouse.
The four underground stations of the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) operational in Phase 1—Thirumangalam, Annanagar East, Annanagar Tower and Shenoy Nagar—have recently received Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts in design, construction and operation.
ARC is a new digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. The data-centric approach of ARC connects actions and tracks progress through a performance score that allows projects to track and benchmark progress.
The Ministry of Power has launched a new app, PRAAPTI, that aims at bringing transparency in power sector. PRAAPTI (payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in invoicing of generators) will contain all details related to payments.
To address the evolving challenges smart cities face, a framework or application-enabled platform is required that helps improve service delivery to communities and their constituents.
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and ABB India have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to support the government's vision of “Make in India” through advanced manufacturing technologies that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.
Delta, a leading provider of video wall solutions, in collaboration with their channel partner – Alpha Digital, has set up state-of-the-art video walls at the Control and Command Center of GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City).
Smart City Mission has a lot of convergence with other missions like AMRUT, and some of the projects are implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Around 1,333 projects worth Rs 50,626 crore have been completed or are under implementation / tendering stage. Overall projects worth Rs 2,03,979 crore have been identified for all 99 smart cities across the country.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will soon be launching the first of its six modern residential training schools under its newly-established facility, the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). The School of Water and Waste is being designed as a one-of-its-kind capacity-building hub for urban water and sanitation for India and the Global South.
Mulund Darshan, located in Mulund West, is one of the latest societies in Mumbai to harness solar power for their electricity requirements. The ‘J’ and ‘K’ buildings of the society have installed a solar system of 11.05 kWp capacity consisting 34 panels utilizing about 1,000 sq ft area on the roof.
Coimbatore’s smart tree will allow people to sit and rest while providing Wi-Fi and charging facilities. The ‘tree,’ is an ambitious Rs 12 lakh project, and only holds a bare minimum resemblance to natural tree. Its fibre-covered trunk is made of heavy metal, and its leaves are made of zinc and have been painted gold.
Nokia is all set to develop 500 digitally integrated and sustainable villages across India, the company said in a release. In phase I of the project, a pilot has been rolled out in Haryana and Tamil Nadu with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as the implementation partner to develop 10 such villages in each state.
Caught up in traffic jam for long hours and agonizing wait for short-distance commute for public transport system, Pune came up with an idea of public bicycle sharing (PBS). Since the launch, the scheme has received rave reviews from all the quarters, and now Varanasi is trying to emulate the same model.
Imagine a farmer who’s about to till his farmland, but has no idea when the rains will arrive. However, instead of brooding any further, he uses a mobile app to figure the precise date and time of rainfall.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an evolving field that requires broad training. Built with the focus of teaching working professionals how to build deep learning predictive models for AI, the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) has launched a certification program on AI and Machine Learning in Hyderabad.
Bhopal, which was selected as one of the smart cities, has been making a very good progress in the implementation of smart projects. In fact, a progress report by AmCham and PwC revealed that Bhopal is ranked two in the implementation of smart projects under the smart cities mission with Pune taking the top slot. However, Bhopal now is leaving no stone unturned to be on the top.
The quality of food served while traveling in trains for a long distance is a major issue. In some trains, the packed food items are expired and kept in unhygienic conditions and are considered sub-standard.
Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 per cent renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a subsidiary of Tata Group, recently transformed its power distribution business by implementing high-tech automated systems, including remote grid and outage management systems. Currently, the power utility provides electricity to seven million consumers in North and Northwest Delhi.
A breath of fresh air can be hard to find in any metro cities in India. New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed.
If you are drunk and trying to drive, your vehicle will not start. Researchers from Almora-based Uttarakhand Residential University and RI Instruments and Innovations India, Haldwani have developed a new technology from waste that will prevent vehicles from operating if the driver is drunk.
People travelling from national highways often face the issue of congestion at toll plazas. Sometimes it takes up to an hour to pass from a toll booth due to heavy traffic.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Ltd (PCSCL) has approved a slew of projects to be implanted in the city on a pilot basis. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) has approved public bicycle sharing, rooftop solar power generation and e-learning in municipal primary and secondary schools.
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.
Currently, 93 per cent of sewage finds its way to ponds, lakes, and rivers without treatment. Untreated sewage is the leading polluter of water sources in India, causing a host of diseases, agricultural contamination, and environmental degradation.
Even as free joyrides are being extended to Nagpurites on the 5-kilometre stretch from the Airport South to Khapri on the Nagpur metro rail before its formal inauguration, the federal government has plans to extend the service to the city’s outskirts using the existing broad-gauge railway tracks.
We know that we have a serious garbage problem. A Singapore-based company owned by a royal prince has offered to process Jalandhar’s waste into mineral water and electricity. Dr Max Langenburg, the company’s founder, may soon arrive in the city to launch operations.
Data infrastructure can be daunting. There are many different technologies available, but nothing had been foolproof. But now, researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)-Madras and Bombay along with Harvard University are using Big Data to build India’s first comprehensive database on infrastructure projects called Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP).
Can the traffic problem in Mumbai ever be solved? Maharashtra Chief Minister might have finally found a solution to Mumbai’s ever-growing problem. “The highways need to be smart to prevent accidents and maintain better management of traffic”, said Fadnavis at the Road Safety Fortnight inauguration recently. The highways would have WiFi, speed guns, CCTVs, etc.
Years of severe drought have created a water crisis in the Mahbubnagar region in Telangana, a state in southern India where half the population of 35 million depends on agriculture to earn a living. The water table had virtually depleted and the monsoon rains now only last three to four months a year.
Since the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, Rs 99.39 billion has been released by the Government of India. Against this, 753 projects worth Rs 245.11 billion have been completed or started work on-ground. Further, about 287 projects worth Rs 142.96 billion are in tendering stage and the works on-ground is expected to start very soon. The government claims this is one of the fastest progress demonstrated in the urban sector considering the scale and novelty of the mission.
Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health has developed an innovative smartphone app-- Smart Health--that could enable community health workers track the growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, especially in the rural areas.
With the advancement of technology that we have seen in recent times, we are knocking on the door of entry into a new world where everything is “smart”. Smart road means where commuters do not have any difficulty in travelling. India must take a leaf from China’s book if it is serious about realising its electric-vehicles (EVs) vision.
They say, “Slow and steady wins the race”. This saying perfectly fits Karimnagar (a city in Telangana), but has been a little late to make the grade of Smart Cities Mission (SCM), but now is making giant strides in catching up fast to compete with Warangal, which even after three years seems to be grappling with teething troubles.
A new travel startup has decoded the problem of predicting train arrival time. RailYatri, a travel startup, has introduced a technique to calculate the ‘Estimated Time of Arrival’ (ETA) using techniques like machine learning based on previously collected data.
Indian cities are increasingly facing problems of traffic jams and lack of parking space. In fact, traffic woes are throwing Kochi out of gear. However, Kochi now might have found a solution to this increasing problem.
Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). Under its Smart Meters National Programme (SMNP), Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India.
Illegal immigration from Bangladesh has always been a major issue for India. As per the reports, more than 20 million illegal immigrants from Bangladesh live in India. After so many years, India may have finally found a solution to this growing problem.
Kochi Metro is the first Indian metro to have communication-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, and the trains are unattended train operation (UTO) compatible. The integrated transport system that Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has planned for Kochi Metro involves the use of a single transit card and integrated timetable, and a command and control center.
Gwalior in a quest to become smart is implementing various smart projects. The city has number of projects in the pipeline. To begin with, the city will implement smart buses, which will run inter and intra-city. In addition, the city is implementing public bike sharing and smart road projects.
Bhopal has already started working on most of the projects that were conceived under the smart city proposal, whether it is area-based development (ABD) or pan city development. We may be the first city in the country where the state government has allotted 342 acre of the proposed Central Business District (CBD) land to the smart city special purpose vehicle (SPV).
Year after year, Indian roads riddled with potholes have become a menace. With big cities in the country struggling to find suitable solutions to solve this threat, here is a solution that may just work.
Cities in Asia Pacific are getting smarter, but they must be ready for the cyber security risks that accompany the growing adoption of tech-enabled real estate and infrastructure, according to the report ‘Clicks and Mortar: The Growing Influence of Proptech’.
Managing public transport is a big challenge in any city. However, Surat has managed to overcome this challenge finally. The city has implemented an intelligent transit management system (ITMS), through which the city authority can monitoring movement of city and bus rapid transit system (BRTS) buses swiftly. This has also helped the city administration to manage bus routes in an efficient way.
Tata Communications, a leading digital infrastructure provider, is working with Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms, to equip its Internet of Things (IoT) enabled lifts and escalators with secure, scalable connectivity to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first transit project in the world to achieve Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. This is administered by the Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), which is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.
With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly-found tech hub, Telangana, hosted the country’s smartest conclave ever – SMART URBANATION from March 22 to 23, 2018.Being a two day convention-cum-exhibition, SM@RT URBNATION witnessed 50+ industry speakers,1,500+ delegates from across the country, 40+ smart start-ups demonstrating their solutions and around 150 exhibitors from across the world, and importantly, 48 hours of networking.
India’s growing economy means rising demand for water in an already water-stressed country. Despite being common, water is scarce. Tens of hundreds of villages and towns in India run out of water annually partly due to harsh weather conditions, and also because of poor water management.
India today faces a major challenge in terms of having a macro level planning. The futuristic idea of integrated multi-modal transport cannot be realised unless different departments start coming together. Instead of designing transportation solutions in silos, we should design the mobility as a whole for the city.
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Smart City has already issued tenders for seven projects and work orders for 14 projects, while work has been completed on 32 projects. “DPRs have been approved for the commercial development of Yashwant Place at Rs 88.92 crore and Shivaji Bus Terminal to international standards at Rs 39.6 crore,” says Juhi Mukherjee, CEO, NDMC Smart City.
In the current fiscal, Agra Smart City (ASCL) has been allotted Rs 216 crore, out of the total approximate Rs 1,200 crore. ASCL is working on a war footing mode to implement various projects in the city. In this endeavour, the project management consultant (PMC) at ASCL has already submitted reports (DPRs and RFPs) for some projects under the Smart Cities mission.
There are two types of solutions to a hard problem. One that solves the problem and the other that solves the root cause of the problem. Of course both are necessary depending on the situation and use case.
Although rural India faces a number of challenges—frequent power outages, scarcity of safe drinking water, poor farm productivity, difficulty in transporting farm produce to the markets and poor education facilities—yet digital technology can surely bring a revolution.
In Jabalpur, work is under progress for RFID tagging of household dustbins – tracking and monitoring of household waste collection and community bins – at Rs 6.98 crore; out of 2.50 lakh houses, 1.50 lakh have been tagged. Also, work is in progress for a solar roof top project with 790 kW capacity at Rs 4.83 crore at Ramnagara, Lalpur and Ranjhi WTP; with expected savings of Rs 60 lakhs annually on power bills.
At Vadodara, the focus is on sustainable and inclusive development; the idea is to look at compact areas and create a replicable model that will act like a beacon to other aspiring cities.
“The Smart City mission has two layers: Infrastructure projects and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects,” says Dr Vinod R Rao, Chairman, Vadodara Smart City Development and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
As Smart Cities Mission is completing three years this June 2018, Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising the fifth Smart Cities Summit- Smart Urbanation at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad from March 22-23 to analyse the learnings and impact assessment.
Investments towards the making of smart cities has been approved to the tune of $1,91,155 crore, but only a trickle of the fund approved has been utilized for the purpose, due to which criticism from various sectors for not utilizing them has been heard, said Pratap Padode, Founder, Smart Cities Council India during the announcement for the upcoming 5th Smart Cities Summit, to be held in the city.
Hyderabad would play host to another global meet ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission. It would provide a platform for various stakeholders to connect, review and consider steps on completing or taking up new projects, said Pratap Padode, founder & director, Smart Cities Council India.
India's Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is progressing well. At present, projects worth Rs 135,459 crore in 2,855 projects are in various stages of implementation. About 147 projects worth Rs 1,872 crore have been completed and 396 projects at a cost of Rs 14,672 crore are currently under implementation.
The Indore Smart City proposal includes: Retrofitting – development of ABD; redevelopment – mixed-use high-rise high-quality development at MOG lines area; and pan-city project – IT-based solutions for pan-city area for solid waste and traffic management.
In a bid to curb power theft in India and give impetus to the Union Government’s UDAY scheme, a private utility in Delhi--Tata Power Delhi Distribution will launch Choice Revenue Intelligence’ solution in the country in association with SAP SE.
Effective solid waste management is extremely important for a number of reasons. Some waste materials are normally safe, but can become hazardous if not managed properly. Solid waste that is not properly managed poses risk to human health and the environment.
To highlight some of the most inspiring cities and their innovative solutions, WWF created the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). Three Indian cities—Panaji, Pune and Rajkot— have been selected as national finalists in the 2017-2018 edition of WWF’s OPCC. These are amongst the 40 finalists out of the 118 cities across 23 countries that participated in the global challenge this year.
The digital splurge has witnessed a spurt in cybercrimes. Hence a dedicated police station is the need of the hour. Being in a cybercity demands a world-class infrastructure. In 2017, of the total 3,297 complaints received, 1,916 were for frauds in online banking, credit or debit card or cheating through mobile.
The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has engaged in a first-of-its-kind project (started in the year 2016) to develop a tool that would accurately assess the potential of solar photovoltaics on rooftops in Bengaluru along with the associated business case for all consumer categories.
Swajal, India’s leading water company with innovative products like QR code tracked water bottles and remote sensing water purification systems, plans to increase its network by nearly four times to reach out to nearly 10 lakh people in 2018-19, including rural areas across India.
Chennai Smart City will soon join the list of three Indian cities (Pune, Surat, and Jamshedpur) for having got the certification from the World Council on City Data, a global network of data-driven cities under the City Data for Indian Initiative. Chennai Smart City will be on the list of over 50 cities certified by the World Council on City Data Certification (WCCD), the first ever ISO standard for cities.
Madurai—which is among the 100 cities identified for implementation of Smart City Mission—is leaving no stone unturned to see the city top the list in smart city project implementation. In view of this, a number of projects, amounting to more than Rs 3 billion, have been awarded administrative sanction by BoDs of Madurai Smart City Limited.
India has the distinction of being the country with the most deaths attributed to air pollution. Although pollution is not a major problem in Northeastern states, especially Guwahati, but monitoring the same has become vital for the better health of the city.
Rising crime in the country gets extensive coverage, but what gets overlooked is the state of police stations. However, the entire Satara district in Maharashtra has taken a serious step towards this, and now Satara has emerged as the first Smart Police District in Maharashtra. The reason being: Satara has proper infrastructure, adequate staff, people-friendly approach and emergency response in place at all the 37 police stations.
Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times, and Bhopal is not too far behind in this either. To enhance safety, security and provide better public services for the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (BSCDCL), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new customer deployments in India.
In a major step towards ushering in a transformational change in the power sector, the Andhra Pradesh government, in association with AutoGrid, announced an initiative aimed at adopting smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions to improve utilities’ health and customer experiences.
In India, every year, more than 20,000 people die due to natural disasters. A lot of these lives can be saved by agile communication, which will spread the information faster. The current situation demands an information expressway in these times of disaster. Most of the disaster management tools and solutions work in isolation.
“Yes, finally, we have received electricity, and this is the most beautiful feeling ever,” said Reshma Bhoir, an 80-year-old resident of Gharapuri Island (popularly known as Elephanta Island). And, why not, Bhoir has all the reason to be happy and joyful, as this island—which is just 10 km away from the financial capital of India, i.e., Mumbai—got illuminated 70 years after the independence.
The slot for the 10th smart city, Shillong, which was selected in the fourth smart cities round, has been kept on hold as the city is yet to submit its proposal.The Centre had announced the final list of nine smart cities in January this year and had kept the slot for the tenth city, Shillong, vacant as it could not submit its proposal on time. The proposal is yet to be submitted.
Known for its innovation and technology for the benefits to its consumers, Tata Power [in line with this commitment] has become the first power utility in Mumbai to print Dynamic Bharat QR codes on its power supply bills for enabling its consumers to make payments conveniently.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recently launched the ambitious DigiThane application, an interactive digital citizen platform, to connect residents with civic services like tax payments, civic project alerts, in addition to getting discounts at affiliated shops, restaurants, and certain housing projects across the town.
With Aajivika, choose from a range of home services you need. Launched by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in July 2017, Aajivika mobile application is a one-stop solution for citizens’ service needs.
In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The reasons are: inadequate monsoon, indebtedness, bankruptcy, and falling prices and falling income along with personal reasons. A new analytics startup, SatSure, seeks to bridge the gap by using space technology to help farmers increase their incomes.
The conversion of a large, crowded and unplanned city in India to a Smart City is currently an impossible scenario to imagine. Taking a smaller town, not overrun by people, vehicles and multiple layers of red tape or ‘babudom’, and converting it into an ideal, intelligent, self-sufficient and secure ecosystem is still workable.
When defining “smart water for smart cities” we must first explain why such an intervention is necessary. Smart Water systems are needed in order to make an effective use of water resources, and provide an efficient water infrastructure to a country that experiences droughts and shortages of water every year. For example, using intelligent water systems, technology is used to make an effective use of water resources by increasing the number of pathways for water circulation
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed an MoU with the Urban Development Department (UDD), Government of Maharashtra for replacing all conventional streetlights across Maharashtra with LED lamps. The MoU signing was held in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges – be it uncertainty of weather, the risk of environmental degradation, or others. Releasing the right amount of water required for the proper growth of crops is also one of the major challenges faced. To overcome this challenge, a Telangana-based university is working on developing sensors to achieve precision in releasing the right amount of water required.
Overflowing garbage from the bins dumped are quite a common sight in India. In fact, India is fast becoming the largest dump in the world. According to the reports, the waste generation from Indian cities has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade and continues to grow alarmingly.
Andhra Pradesh has taken impressive measures to ensure effective management of solid wastes. It was difficult to accurately assess the volume of solid waste. But this problem will no longer be an issue. Taking advanced technology to the door-step of the common, the Andhra Pradesh has decided to switch over to chip-based garbage collection mode.
The government, in its budget 2018-19, set the tone for urban development by allocating a whopping Rs 41,000 crore. This budget allocation is attributed towards Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).
Waste management has always been a serious concern for everyone. This was the reason why PM Modi launched the Swachh Society, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, an initiative that is aimed towards apartment complexes to motivate them to maintain cleanliness within their vicinity.
Going green is the latest trend and even Indian schools are not far behind in this. Indian schools are increasingly becoming conscious of their natural environments and resources, and the criticality of managing them sustainably.
Under Smart Cities Mission, two cities in Haryana – Karnal and Faridabad – have identified 60 projects worth Rs 2,342 crore that are currently under DPR/tendering stage. These projects include rejuvenation of Badhkal lake and Barahi pound in Faridabad. Once implemented, it will help improve the environment and also provide leisure facilities.
The recently-selected nine smart cities—Silvassa, Erode, Diu, Biharsharif, Bareilly, Itanagar, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Kavaratti—have proposed an investment of Rs 12,824 crore of which Rs 10,639 crore would be in Area Based Development (ABD) and Rs 2,185 crore in Pan City initiatives.
Finally, India’s Smart Cities Mission is on the right track and is progressing well. Eighty five out of 90 cities have already incorporated their special purpose vehicle (SPVs) and 61 cities have procured project management consultancies (PMCs); another eight cities are in various stages of hiring their PMCs.
Dumping of waste in waster bodies is an activity that indicates dumping of various kinds of pollutants, mainly human generated, into water. One of the most significant problems that lakes in India face is the attack of water hyacinths, which breed in alarming numbers due to the pollutants in the water.
The quality of regular CCTV cameras may be excellent, but it is more of a reactive measure. Beginning next month, Polsec, a Brazilian security firm, will test AI-based cameras, on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Agra.
With thousands of kilometres of tracks laid throughout the country, keeping tab on all of them is a hideous task for the Indian Railways. To make their job simple, Indian Railways will use cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.
Bursting garbage dumps and landfills have always been the growing concern across the city of Coimbatore. The waste is ultimately thrown into municipal waste collection centres from where it is collected by the area municipalities to be further thrown into the landfills and dumps.
Smart surveillance systems have become an important entity to pave a smooth path for developing smart cities. To this, DCP Dr Fakeerappa Kaginelli at Kirlampudi (a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh) inaugurated a community surveillance system comprising seven night vision CCTV cameras, located at important locations and interlinked by Wi-Fi to a central monitoring station.
The government has launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities. The index will measure the quality of life in 99 smart cities, capital cities and those with a population of over one million. That apart, the cities to be assessed under the liveability index include Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, and Faridabad.
In the quest to curb the number of road accidents in India, the government is planning a large-scale deployment robotic flagman to save lives. In addition, it can also help road construction companies cut down on labor costs.
The Indian government has launched a star rating protocol to fight the garbage menace, and to make garbage-free cities in the country. Here, the cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 star, based on the compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the ratings.
Although the smart city projects in many cities have been a slow take-off, some of the cities have started showing some visible results on the ground. For instance, three cities in Punjab—Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar—were selected in a nation-wide selection process.
India is truly moving towards its smart cities mission. As promised, the Government has included another nine cities to the overall count of 90 smart cities announced, taking the total number to 99. That said, the cities too are progressing well in its effort to be smart.
Over the years, communication technologies have changed the world; first it connected places, then people, and now it is connecting things. However, Blockchain is one level up.
Following the Indian Government’s Smart Cities Mission, Bhopal is selected as one of the 20 lighthouse cities in the first round of the project. The city is expected to create a replicable model, which shall act like a lighthouse to other cities.
Even today, about 200 million people do not have access to electricity in their homes in rural India. To address this decisive challenge, it is imperative to establish a symbiotic relationship between IT solutions and energy solutions.
Because of sudden outburst in the electronics industry, combined with short product life cycle has led to a rapid escalation in generation of solid waste. For this, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) organised the first-ever stakeholder workshop for the Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project.
A total investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore has been proposed by the 90 cities under their smart city plans. Projects focusing on revamping an identified area (area-based projects) are estimated to cost Rs 1,52,500 crore. Smart initiatives across the city (pan city initiatives) account for the remaining Rs 36,655 crore of investments.
As water scarcity, population growth and aging infrastructure burdens India's smart water sector, however, utilities are leaving no stone unturned in improving the sector. That said, Council’s associate partner Kamstrup has successfully installed 450 water meters in the city of Kapil Gram Panchayat, 300 km southeast of Mumbai, which has benefitted the citizen in every possible way.
The port city of Visakhapatnam has always been at the forefront towards implementing smart city-related solutions. In another step forward, the city will soon have a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT).
Well, one of the most common and irritating problems that one faces in the national capital of our country is getting caught in traffic jams. In fact, Delhi’s traffic has been worsening day-by-day. However, the same will not be the case from now on. Delhi is all set to get its first fully integrated intelligent traffic management system this month.
With the emergence of IoT and Big Data, Smart and Connected digital lighting-based solutions are the way forward as they will bring in intelligence and functionality into lighting systems, enhance user experience and deliver desired outcomes for customers.
Logistics Data Bank (LDB), the award-winning container tracking solution from DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS), marked the start of 2018 by crossing a milestone six million EXIM containers tagged at the port terminals of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone in the western corridor of India.
Closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and Wi-Fi are primary building blocks of a smart city. However, in India, the penetration of Wi-Fi and CCTVs have been disappointing to say the least. This has left large parts of the population unconnected and unwatched. According to statistics by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India has a mere 31,000 Wi-Fi hotspots as compared with 1.3 crore in France and 98 lakh in the US.
Handling law and order in a country like India where the population is huge is a hideous task. To make the task simpler, a Hyderabad-based technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence start-up, H-Bots Robotics has developed a smart policing robot, named ‘robocop’.
At a time when other metropolitan cities are not getting enough water supply due to breakdown in the pipeline network, on the other hand, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been giving presentations to other urban local bodies on how its water department saved Rs 6 crore last year on the electricity bill.
Gone are the days when public grievances are left unsolved. Now, the government has simplified the process for lodging grievances and redressing it at the proper time. In fact, public grievances redressal is one of the flagship initiatives for the reformation in governance started by Prime Minister Modi. Everything is now available on click of a mouse.
Cleanliness is of paramount importance for a healthy environment. In 1994, plague struck Surat, a city in Gujarat. The outbreak of plague reflects the shortcomings of the proper disposal of waste. Rising out of an epidemic, Surat has made incredible progress in waste management with citizen participation.
SM@RT URBANATION co-located with 5th SM@RT CITIES SUMMIT is India’s leading platform for government and private stakeholders to debate, deliberate, dialogue and derive decisive ways to outline India’s urban reality and future strengthened with a technological revolution.
With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly found tech hub, Telangana, is all set to host the country’s smartest conclave ever—SMART URBANATION—from March 22 to 23, 2018 in Hyderabad. What’s more! The conclave is backed by India’s original tech-giant State, Karnataka and organized by the Smart Cities Council India (SCC).
What is the role of customer relationship management (CRM)? Even in the field of IT, why is a CRM tool thought to be indispensable? The answer I think is quite obvious – with CRM, there is no better way to build a strong business relationship with the existing clients and potential leads.
Considering the current trend in green airport construction, the new terminal building at Belagavi airport has been designed and constructed in an eco-friendly manner. Here, about 620 metric tons (MT) of structural steel and total steel reinforcement in RCC of 550 MT have been used for the project.
The whopping Rs 20,000 crore Ganga Rejuvenation project are gaining some tractions. To make Ganga pollution-free, around 34 projects worth Rs 3,581 crore have been sanctioned, while 56 projects worth Rs 9,630 crore have been approved since 2014 till date.
With a focused plan of economic diversification, improved living environment, sustainable infrastructure, promotion of tribal culture and citizen centric governance the Rourkela smart city is adding extensive work to its plan. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) has already appointed Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India as a Project Management Services (PMS).
After firmly cementing its leadership position in the self-drive car sharing market, Zoomcar is throwing some serious fitness goal challenge for India’s largest privately-developed smart city, Palava. The company has launched PEDL, which is India’s first technology-enabled cycle sharing service.
Being one of the oldest and largest cities in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad is also a developed city. However, the city is currently competing for the fifth round after losing the first four rounds of the Smart Cities Mission. A total of 16 cities from India vying for the top 10 slots. For this, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has submitted a Smart City proposal of Rs 2,241 crore to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
In the wake of the much-talked ‘Smart Cities Mission’ of the government, now even the Cantonment Departments are opting for smarter solutions. This year a number of measures—under the Digital India initiatives—were undertaken by all Cantonment Boards in India.
According to a study by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), the total vehicular traffic will increase threefold in Hyderabad and urban areas connected with the metropolitan area in the coming years. To solve this growing concern, Ford and HMDA have signed an MoU to assess the feasibility of a common digital mobility solution for commuters in Hyderabad.
Plastic waste is a growing concern, and recycling is the only option at the present time. Indian scientists—Dr Premanjali Rai and Dr Kunwar P Singh from the Environmental Chemistry Division of the CSIR Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in Lucknow—have found that decontamination of water can be done with the use of plastic waste.
The menace of plastic waste is a grave concern for everyone. In fact, plastic waste has choked rivers, drains and drainage tanks. Due to the decomposition of plastic bags, the environment is largely depleted. There are more than 300-400 tons of plastic bags and various types of plastic found in the waste everyday.
Stinking and non-functioning toilets on Indian Railways (IR) may soon become a thing of the past. IR will be upgrading its bio-toilets to imported bio-vacuum toilets, a kind that is found in aircraft. The first 100 coaches with the new toilets will be attached to important trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi and would be rolled out from January 2018.
A spot exchange to buy and sell waste that would otherwise find its way into the Ganga is in the works, thanks to a tie-up between London-based GMEX Technologies Ltd and a government think tank. The trading platform will provide a spot market for trading waste.
Generation of waste is a major hindrance in any city. But Chennai has come our with an ultimate solution on managing waste. The Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to produce electricity from non-degradable wastes in a major step ahead in making Chennai ‘zero-waste’ city.
Envisioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Smart Cities Mission (a plan to develop 100 cities all over the country) will finally hit a century in January next year. The list, which is currently at 90, will have a total of 100 smart cities next year.