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This underdeveloped African country is using Big Data to combat corruption (India can learn from them)

11/21/2018

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.

What India can learn from Sweden’s recycling revolution

11/21/2018

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.

Traffic violators beware! Smart cameras to keep an eye

11/15/2018

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.

See how video analytics help track criminal activities

11/15/2018

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.

See how Hyderabad is planning to curb anti-social elements

11/13/2018

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.

Integrated smart parking to resolve traffic management in Hyderabad

11/06/2018

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.

Bhubaneswar makes a smart move with smart buses

11/06/2018

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.

Puducherry smart city goes cashless

10/26/2018

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.

This small Vienna suburb is now a living lab!

10/25/2018

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.

Chandigarh to roll out 30,000 “smart” meters

10/25/2018

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.

Pune is India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab

10/19/2018

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.

India to enhance border security (to install hi-tech gadgets)

10/19/2018

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.

Now, cities to be ranked over revival of water bodies

10/17/2018

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.

Is free parking on Indian public roads necessary?

10/10/2018

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.

See how these cities are working towards earning the smart city tag

10/10/2018

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.

Making smart cities cyber-secure

10/09/2018

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.

ISRO satellites introduce game-changing internet speed (Now, India to get 100 Gbps by 2019)

10/09/2018

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.

Now Mumbai commuters can book a parking spot with an app

10/05/2018

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.

See how Imphal is revitalising smart city projects

10/03/2018

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’.

India completes 332 smart cities projects worth Rs 60 billion

10/03/2018

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.

Maharashtra government maps 4,500 real estate projects (See how)

09/28/2018

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.

Why GIS is important for Smart Cities

09/27/2018

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.

How the water industry is going digital to boost efficiency

09/26/2018

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.

From Crowdfunding to Blockchain See How Real Estate is Changing in India

09/26/2018

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.

See how innovative cities could serve as a blueprint

09/26/2018

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.

What Got Kerala Sinking?

09/20/2018

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.

Now NITI Aayog to facilitate AI-led solutions for health, agriculture and smart mobility

09/13/2018

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.

India's first public traffic driving data is ready

09/13/2018

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.

Paperless entry into Bengaluru airport (Your face to be the boarding pass)

09/11/2018

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.

e-waste factory: Addressing India’s waste problem

09/07/2018

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.

Is India Serious About Solid Waste Management?

09/07/2018

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.

Controlling floods, the Dutch style! (India can learn from it!)

09/05/2018

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.

India’s first AI Supermarket to give firsthand experience of shopping to customers

09/05/2018

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)

08/30/2018

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.

Coimbatore to get smart trees that allow people to sit, rest & use free WiFi

08/30/2018

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.

Tesla’s unique technology to help solve waste problem in Ladakh

08/29/2018

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.

Constructible BIM will make construction more efficient

08/23/2018

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.

Visakhapatnam to use smart signalling system to catch traffic violators

08/23/2018

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.

Lucknow calls for intelligent transport management experts

08/22/2018

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.

Gangtok finds an alternative to conventional transport

08/17/2018

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.

What Indian cities can learn from Singapore

08/17/2018

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.

AMRUT: Using GIS to enhance master planning

08/13/2018

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.

See how cities in India are redrawing the transit plans

08/13/2018

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!

See how other states can learn from Andhra’s land pooling method

08/09/2018

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.

Adapting current offerings to meet smart city needs

08/09/2018

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.

See how international cities continuing to build the underlying technology base

08/03/2018

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.

See how applications connecting the public to local government

08/02/2018

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.

See, how cities around the world tackling air pollution

07/27/2018

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.

Adopting Swiss challenge framework for smart cities (AP did it!)

07/25/2018

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.

Now digital mapping for Varanasi's water and wastewater resources

07/24/2018

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).

See How Maharashtra Improves Water Distribution Using Technology

07/19/2018

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)

07/16/2018

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.

See how WAMS solution to address India’s power demand-supply imbalances

07/12/2018

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.

How Smart Is Your Smart City?

07/12/2018

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.

India launches LAP and TPS to fast track smart cities progress

07/12/2018

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.

Manage Disaster and Build Resilient Smart Cities

07/03/2018

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.

See how adaptive signal controls can impact environment positively

07/03/2018

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.

Greenfield smart cities increase efficiency

07/03/2018

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.

Introducing Smart Cities Project Activator: online portal to scope and fund smart city projects!

07/02/2018

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.

What Indian cities can learn from Moscow

06/27/2018

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.

See how smart cities can deliver a cleaner and sustainable environment

06/27/2018

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%.

Greenfield development approach for smart cities

06/21/2018

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.

See how solar power can solve the problem of water scarcity in India

06/14/2018

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.

Varanasi Airport to use facial recognition system to make security checks hassle-free

06/13/2018

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.

PCMC goes smart with ICCC, smart mobility, smart water, lighting and many more

06/08/2018

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.

See how Naya Raipur is emerging as one of the best-planned smart cities

06/07/2018

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.

Dibrugarh is India’s 400th free WiFi-enabled railway station

06/07/2018

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.

See how this village in Uttarakhand enjoys Wi-Fi without electricity

06/05/2018

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

See how Chennai Metro is adopting green concepts in its underground stations

05/30/2018

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.

This Chennai school uses data to improve its performance

05/30/2018

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.

NITI Aayog plans manufacturing overhaul for India

05/25/2018

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.

Smart Cities Mission - 1,333 projects worth Rs 506 bn completed

05/23/2018

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.

India to get its first state-of-the-art School of Water and Waste

05/23/2018

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.

This Mumbai society saves up to 81% on electricity bills

05/21/2018

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.

Now a smart tree in Coimbatore will let you charge mobile and use wi-Fi

05/18/2018

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.

With smartpur project 500 villages set to go digital in India

05/18/2018

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.

Varanasi and 5 other cities to copy Pune’s sustainable Public Bicycle Sharing scheme!

05/16/2018

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.

Now, NIT Warangal includes AI certification program for working professionals

05/16/2018

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.

MP gets its 1st cloud-based Integrated Control and Command Center

05/10/2018

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.

See how Tata Power Delhi is reducing its database backup time and restoring critical data faster

05/08/2018

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.

Now, a pollution forecast system that fights pollution!

05/07/2018

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.

Uttarakhand researchers find solution to prevent drunk driving

05/03/2018

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.

Solar power, public bicycles and e-learning for Pimpri Chinchwad

05/02/2018

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.

See how this Karnataka village is effectively addressing issues concerning sewage treatment

04/30/2018

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.

Nagpur Smart City to Run Metro Rail Services on Broad Gauge

04/27/2018

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.

Soon, India to have an one-stop shop for all key infra data

04/25/2018

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).

Intelligent highways for Mumbai!

04/25/2018

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.

New pumping technology is helping India’s rescue-parched farms and villages

04/24/2018

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.

Monetize assets and fund smart cities project (Bhopal did it)

04/23/2018

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.

Highway of the future (India should take a cue from China)

04/18/2018

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.

Things move forward for Karimnagar in Smart Cities Mission

04/18/2018

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 startup helps predict train arrival time (using machine learning)

04/17/2018

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.

Now, smart meters to monitor Delhiites power consumption pattern

04/13/2018

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.

No more illegal immigrants! (India-Bangladesh border in Assam gets a smart fence)

04/12/2018

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 now India’s first integrated transport structure

04/11/2018

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.

Smart buses, public bike sharing and many more for Gwalior

04/09/2018

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.

See how Bhopal is progressing in its smart city mission

04/09/2018

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).

Surat mitigates transportation challenges with smart projects

04/04/2018

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.

See how IoT to take lift security at next level

04/03/2018

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.

Now improve power system performance with PEER certification ( Delhi Metro Rail did it!)

04/02/2018

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.

One platform for all Smart Cities solutions - SM@RT URBANATION 2018

03/30/2018

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.

Solving India’s water problem (an IoT-led startup Faclon Labs finds a solution)

03/29/2018

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.

Now link your parking space with mobile-based apps

03/28/2018

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.

See how New Delhi and Kakinada is performing in Smart City Mission

03/26/2018

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.

Agra becomes smarter with facial recognition system

03/26/2018

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.

See how mobile technology is transforming lives in Taudhakpur, UP

03/21/2018

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.

Jabalpur tags 1.50 lakh houses with RFID for waste collection

03/19/2018

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.

iPoles, ICT, GIS mapping, ITMS and many more for Vadodara smart city

03/19/2018

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.

Hyderabad to host Smart Urbanation summit

03/16/2018

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.

Smart city initiative faces challenges in India

03/16/2018

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.

Fifth Smart City Summit on March 22

03/16/2018

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.

See how Indore, Agra, Vadodara and Jabalpur are getting smarter

03/16/2018

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.

One Planet City Challenge: 3 Indian smart cities among finalists

03/11/2018

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.

Gurugram gets its first Cyber Police Station

03/08/2018

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.

​In a first in India, Bengaluru to aerially map its rooftop solar potential

03/08/2018

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, an IoT-based drinking water provider, to quadruple its network

03/06/2018

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 is 4th Indian city to join league of 50 data-driven global cities

03/06/2018

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.

Smart projects worth Rs 3 bn in Madurai gets green signal

03/05/2018

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.

Pollution-free Guwahati! (city to set up air pollution monitoring system)

03/01/2018

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.

Satara is now officially Maharashtra’s first Smart Police District

02/28/2018

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.

Hewlett Packard to help Bhopal enhance its safety & public services

02/27/2018

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.

See how Andhra adopts IoT to improve discoms’ financial health (other States can take a cue)

02/27/2018

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.

No more floods! (a system that predicts flood-like situation)

02/26/2018

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.

First in India: An underground sea cable illuminates an island in Mumbai

02/22/2018

“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.

Smart city slot for Shillong kept on hold due to Meghalaya elections: Puri

02/22/2018

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.

Now, just scan the code to pay electricity bills in Mumbai

02/22/2018

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.

DigiThane app to help Thaneites connect with the govt

02/21/2018

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.

Monitoring agri trends using space tech (a new startup makes it possible)

02/19/2018

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.

Demystifying the current state of India's ambitious Smart City Mission

02/16/2018

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.

We Believe that Smart City Technology has the Power to Transform India: Pratap Padode, Founder & Executive Director, Smart Cities Council India

02/15/2018

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

See how Maharashtra is planning to reduce its energy bill by 50%

02/14/2018

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.

Precision irrigation for improving crop water management (Telangana varsity to make it possible)

02/14/2018

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.

Garbage dumping problem: A landfill management policy on the anvil

02/13/2018

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 to monitor solid waste management in real time (to get chip-based garbage collection)

02/13/2018

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.

Urban development projects worth Rs 41k cr up for grabs

02/12/2018

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).

This Mumbai society prevents 90% of their waste from ending up in dumping grounds

02/08/2018

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.

Haryana strides away with 60 projects worth Rs 2,342 cr

02/07/2018

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.

Nine new smart cities to invest a whopping Rs 12k crore

02/06/2018

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.

Indian cities keeping crime at bay with advanced technology

02/05/2018

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.

A technology that removes harmful weeds from lakes

02/01/2018

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.

Railways to use drones to relay maintenance and operations info

01/30/2018

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.

Rs 100 per home per month required to make Coimbatore garbage-free

01/30/2018

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.

See how Kirlampudi became the 1st Indian city to get smart surveillance

01/29/2018

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.

India launches liveability index to rank 116 Indian cities

01/24/2018

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.

See how Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar are faring in Smart Cities Mission

01/22/2018

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.

Pundits call for strategic approach to make Bhubaneswar e-waste free

01/15/2018

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.

Smart Cities Mission on a roll (Rs 2 lakh cr worth investment in 90 cities)

01/15/2018

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.

See how ultrasonic water meters benefited India’s village

01/12/2018

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.

Delhi’s smart solution to traffic problem

01/10/2018

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.

The future of lighting has arrived (Wipro launches digital lighting solutions)

01/09/2018

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.

LDB hits a new milestone (crosses 6 mn EXIM containers tagged at port terminals)

01/07/2018

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.

‘Digital India’ program to get a big push (govt to deploy more Wi-Fi and CCTVs)

01/04/2018

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 & order becomes easier (‘robocop’ to the rescue)

01/03/2018

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’.

See, how SCADA system helps Ahmedabad water dept save Rs 6 cr on electricity bill

01/02/2018

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.

See how Indian states have fared in redressal of public grievances (Chhattisgarh leads the pack)

01/02/2018

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.

‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign touches new level (Surat student makes solar dustbins)

01/02/2018

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.

See how India’s smartest conclave in Telangana is shaping up at Smart Urbanation

12/28/2017

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).

See how a powerful CRM tool is boosting solar sector efficiency

12/27/2017

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.

New terminal building at Belagavi airport goes green!

12/27/2017

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.

Solar power, smart parking, GPS tagging and many more for Rourkela

12/25/2017

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).

Move over carpooling, tech-enabled cycle sharing is here!

12/22/2017

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.

Ghaziabad’s race to the top (city proposes Rs 2,241 cr for Smart Cities Mission)

12/21/2017

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.

Improving commuter experience through tech-based mobility solutions (Hyderabad does it!)

12/19/2017

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.

Now, plastic waste to be used to clean water

12/17/2017

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.

Building roads out of plastic waste! (Mumbai & Navi Mumbai are doing it)

12/14/2017

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.

No more stinky toilets! (aircraft-type bio-vacuum toilets on Railways)

12/13/2017

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.

Clean Ganga to become a reality! (an exchange for Ganga waste management in the offing)

12/12/2017

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.

Now, Chennai produces power from non-biodegradable waste (other cities can take a cue)

12/11/2017

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.

Smart Cities list keeps on increasing (10 more cities to be announced in Jan)

12/10/2017

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.

Now locate shipments, monitor environment and track deliveries using IoT

12/07/2017

For long, enterprises have been left in the dark wondering how they may remotely control the thermal or humid environment, or monitor certain gases in the plants, track the shipment, stop pilferages, avoid contamination & adulteration of substances, utilization of resources effectively & efficiently and more. Our IoT sensors, products and platforms are aimed at solving the same challenges, while offering reliable, secured, and end-to-end solutions to our clients.

See how these eight cities are progressing in smart cities mission (Pune tops the chart)

12/07/2017

According to a report published by AmCham and PwC, the Pune has achieved the maximum progress in projects launched under smart cities mission followed by Surat, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.

Now, BMC has innovative plan to tackle floating waste

12/06/2017

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working out a plan to prevent floating waste from entering into the sea. The BMC will be fixing river debris booms across four rivers. According to BMC, these booms will prevent hazardous materials such as bottles and plastic bags from entering the sea. Here, BMC will deploy workers where the booms are placed to clear the floating debris that the booms collect.

See how Alappuzha effectively manages its waste (other cities can take a cue)

12/04/2017

Garbage problem is common in Alappuzha because a lot of tourists pour in from different part of the country. Here’s how Alappuzha, a town best known among tourists for its backwaters, has sorted this problem and has become a role model for other cities around the world.

From now, engineering students to study big data, IoT

11/30/2017

Big data and Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just a buzzword; implementing it correctly can benefit your business and bottom line. Seeing the importance of newly-emerging concepts, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has revised the curriculum for the four year undergraduate program.

See how Bhopal’s bike sharing concept is breaking new ground

11/29/2017

Fighting pollution and congestion is the biggest problem in any city. But Bhopal (the capital city in Madhya Pradesh) has fought it successfully by launching its unique bike sharing concept. Bhopal became the first city in India when it launched India’s first fully automated bicycle sharing system as part of the second anniversary of its much-talked-about smart cities program.

No more traffic violations! (smart traffic signal system to keep a tab on violators)

11/29/2017

Disregarding road safety laws is the biggest reason for road accidents in India. The smart traffic signal project that was in a quandary for quite sometime now seems to be gaining ground with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) taking the initiative.

Cutting-edge technologies that can make India’s roads safer

11/28/2017

Self-driving cars are no longer a subject of fiction. Global tech giants like Google and Tesla have made giant strides towards developing self-driving vehicles. For a country like India, where the roads are not smart enough, these cars may be a few years away. But for now, a number of companies are using cutting-edge technologies to make Indian roads smarter as well as safer.

​Using blockchain technology to prevent banking fraud (SBI gets a lead)

11/26/2017

Many banks and financial institutions in India have been targets of phishing attacks. As per the reports, around 3,870 bank frauds worth Rs 17,750 crore have been reported in the last year. State Bank of India (SBI) holds the second spot with frauds worth Rs 2,236.81 crore.

Hyderabad airport takes ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative to the next level (to install recycling machines)

11/24/2017

Airports are among the most vulnerable places when it comes to spreading of diseases like swine flu, dengue and bird flu. Hence, it is crucial to observe the highest of neatness and hygiene standard at these places.

See how a small US town is taking cybersecurity very seriously (Indian cities can take a cue)

11/22/2017

As governments worldwide focus to become smarter, smart city governments need to use emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. In this regards, Cisco is relaunching its smart cities data aggregation platform to represent increased cybersecurity.

See how SPARC uses Big Data to bring societal transformation

11/21/2017

Recently, SPARC, the Constitution Club of India (CCI) and Swaniti has leveraged big data and analytics to bring about societal transformation. SPARC—which stands for “Supporting Parliamentarians on Analysis and Research in the Constituency”—is a grassroot-level program that pairs youth leaders with members of parliament (MPs) for a period of one year.

Vijaywada all set to bid adieu to parking woes (city to get smart parking management soon)

11/20/2017

With families getting smaller and the total number of vehicles surpassing the total number of heads per family, India is facing a new issue nowadays – lack of adequate parking space. Earlier this problem was only with the metro cities, but now even the tier II cities are facing the same problem.

CCTV, LED, ITMS and many more for Varanasi Smart City

11/14/2017

The city of Varanasi is all set to be turned world class. The city will soon witness deployment of a huge network of CCTV cameras and an integrated command and control centre to resolve city’s perennial congestion problem and ensuring security. The holy city is being made Wi-Fi ready and a dedicated mobile app for citizens and tourists alike will soon be rolled out.

See how India plans to phase out HCFCs by 2030

11/13/2017

The refrigeration and air-conditioning systems in buildings account for significant amount of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) consumption and energy use in buildings. Increase in real estate and infrastructure development activities across all major sectors in India is leading to necessary push to the high demand of HCFC-based solutions.

Mumbai BEST goes green! (eco-friendly e-buses introduced)

11/13/2017

With Mumbai’s air quality level slipping from “poor” to “very poor” rating, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) has moved smartly inducting four eco-friendly e-buses. According to BEST, the e-bus, manufactured by Goldstone Infratech, is a 31-seater bus, which can run up to 200 km on a single charge and can achieve a an average speed of 70 kmph.

Malaysia’s MRT leverages cloud-based collaboration (India can learn from Malaysia)

11/07/2017

Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC) is one of the first in Asia leveraging cloud-based collaboration on a common data environment for its 51-km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) system’s Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya (SSP) line.

Now, Raipur gets an intelligent public bicycling system

11/06/2017

Known for deploying smart solutions like Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS), the Raipur Smart City Ltd, a special purpose vehicle for the city, is now deploying a smart public bicycle sharing (PBS) system. The proposed PBS will have 550 around cycles spread over minimum 50 stations across the city.

Smart Budgeting: Where are smart cities investing their money?

11/03/2017

Right from smart transportation, GIS-based waste management to parking and smart lighting, the selected smart cities in India are investing heavily on their respective plans. To begin with, Bhubaneswar, with an outlay of Rs 4,095 crore outlined for area based development (ABD), will be retrofitting and developing 985 acres as ‘Bhubaneswar Town Centre District’.

Bhopal to monitor civic utilities and citizen services through a central cloud

11/02/2017

To win in the marketplace, an organisation must incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) data and analytics, as well as artificial intelligence, into its strategic vision. In this regards, the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (BSCDCL) has selected the HPE Universal Internet of Things (UIoT) platform from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) India to create India’s first cloud-based Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC).

Now, tracking road projects in India becomes easy (NHAI opts for PMIS)

10/29/2017

To ensure timely delivery of its projects, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is now digitally monitoring them through a state-of-the-art Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS), which has been developed in-house along with the Boston Consulting Group.

Mahindra ropes in EESL to reduce energy use (saves 20 mn units by installing 1.5 lakh LEDs)

10/24/2017

State-run and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has collaborated with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M Ltd) to replace 1.5 lakh incandescent bulbs to LEDs in 18 manufacturing facilities in India. This collaboration is EESL’s first private sector engagement to promote energy efficient appliances in a working space and is aimed at encouraging private sector to adopt EE appliances.

Utilities space to witness significant disruption as the world moves towards smart grids: Oracle VP

10/23/2017

Utilities will have to take intelligent decisions in terms of providing, managing and sustaining themselves in the wake of copious amounts of data that will get generated by smart grids of the future. Therefore, analytics will play a fundamental role in grid asset maintenance and optimisation.

Now, plan a township layout with advanced software (Bengaluru did it!)

10/17/2017

The $1.2-billion project initiated by the Bangalore Development Authority required Tandon Urban Solutions Pvt Ltd (TUSPL) to plan and design a sustainable urban layout covering 4,043 acres, encompassing 12 villages as part of their master planning initiatives.

Plan underground utilities like GIFT to save cost

10/17/2017

GIFT City, the emerging financial hub in Gujarat, is developing 92-million square feet of mixed-use space over 886 acres. Gujarat International Finance Tec-City placed all utilities in a tunnel accessible to material handling and maintenance vehicles. At 15,000-by-7.6-by-6.2 meters, the tunnel will carry 50 million liters per day of treated water, 200,000 tons of cooling water, 750 megawatts of power supply, and 280 million tons of solid waste.

Navi Mumbai maps 350,000 properties, gains property tax revenue

10/17/2017

The Rs 10-million project required Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to survey more than 350,000 properties, import differential global positioning system (DGPS) survey data within a 172-square-kilometer area, and integrate the data with existing and planned infrastructure data.

Digital project management helps save $18 million to Maha Metro

10/16/2017

Project delays, time and cost overrun in infrastructure projects, delays in regulatory approvals, contractual disputes, etc., are some of the challenges faced while implementing a project in India. However, this is not the case with Nagpur Metro. The Nagpur Metro project—with the help of digital project management—has delivered huge benefits to the project. Here, Nagpur Metro’s main focus was on asset lifecycle rather than project management.

Mapping India’s biggest road network (Odisha takes the lead)

10/15/2017

To ensure the best use of public funds for the maintenance of its road networks, the Odisha Works Department chose to establish a road asset management system for its 14,000-km road network. The authority invested around Rs 200 million to create the Odisha Road Asset Management System (ORAMS), a web-based application that integrates GIS technology into the mapping of Odisha’s road and bridge network using management tools and an automated data acquisition system.

See how Agra has improved its water network and prevented leakages

10/12/2017

The Rs 34-billion Agra Water Supply Project delivers an adequate supply of treated water 24/7 to Agra. Undertaken by NJS Engineers for Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, the project includes construction of a 144 million-liter-per-day water treatment plant, sedimentation tank, and a 130-km transmission pipeline. Rehabilitation and repair of two water treatment plants, overhead tanks, clear water reservoirs and distribution networks were also undertaken.

See how Bentley Systems’ SewerGEMS helps Delhi Jal Board to tackle its sewage woes

10/11/2017

The burgeoning population, coupled with slow and unorganized development in sewage infrastructure, has posed a major threat to the Delhi’s sanitation conditions, subsequent river water quality, and public health of the inhabitants.

What Indian green building aspirants can learn from Taipei 101

10/10/2017

World’s tallest green building – Taipei 101 – is a perfect example for many green building aspirants in India. To monitor energy management, the entire building is equipped with more than 1,00,000 points. A finance center has been deployed with an in-house waste management system, which covers the entire floor.

“War-Room” to speed up projects in Maharashtra

10/09/2017

Earlier, with most of the government departments working in silos, implementation of any large-scale infrastructure project was a time-consuming exercise. A case for example is the 3-km Bandra-Worli sea-link project, which took around 15 years (with multiple deadline extensions) to finally see the light of the day. Another case in point is the 17-km long Eastern Freeway project.

Kanpur appoints PMC to improve core infrastructure of the city

10/05/2017

Kanpur, the industrial city of Uttar Pradesh, is ready to adopt changes in its infrastructure to become even smarter. In this regards, Rudrabhishek Enterprise Pvt Ltd (REPL), a real estate and infrastructure consultant, has won a contract for management of Kanpur smart city project.

This remote MP village sets an example for other cities to follow sanitation & waste management

10/04/2017

India’s rural population is always deprived from lack of basic amenities, including sanitation, health, waste management, water, electricity and roads. However, a remote village of Baghuwar in Madhya Pradesh, located at a distance of 15 km from Narsinghpur, has set an exemplary example in every field – from health and sanitation to education and waste management.

Now, an app that can book ambulance in real time

10/03/2017

Traffic, availability of ambulances in the vicinity and a lack of an organised effort to ensure ambulance availability across various locations are significant challenges that need to be overcome. Either an ambulance carrying patient doesn’t reach hospital on time, or an ambulance doesn’t reach the patient on time.

India builds safest and longest tunnel with integrated tunnel control system

10/02/2017

Chenani Nashri Tunnel (also known as Patnitop Tunnel) in Jammu and Kashmir will be the country’s first tunnel with a world-class integrated tunnel control system (ITCS), where ventilation, fire control, signals, communication and electrical systems are automatically activated. The ITCS software platform will be a dedicated traffic SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), including traffic security system for the traffic control management of the tunnel.

Connect lighting infrastructure with smart parking (& address city challenges)

09/28/2017

Today’s street parking infrastructure is still rudimentary and often does not leverage data from connected technology. One of the biggest challenges for city drivers is accessing up-to-date information on the availability of parking spots. Additionally, city officials need insights on parking use in order to better manage occupancy.

Municipal Garbage to Power Haryana’s First Waste-to-Energy Plant

09/27/2017

A 5 MW power plant that will treat and use tonnes of municipal waste to generate electricity will be coming up in Haryana by late 2019. The plant will be located in the north Indian state’s Sonipat district. A concession agreement to the effect was recently signed between the State Government of Haryana and Gururgram-based JBM Group.

Command & Control Centers in 11 cities under implementation (bidding process completed for 23 other cities)

09/26/2017

Smart cities in the making are set to rise to an entirely a new level of monitoring and delivery of civic services through digitally-integrated Central Command and Control Centers (CCCs). At present, CCCs are under implementation in 11 cities – Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Jaipur, Raipur, Naya Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada.

Kota maps its waste route via GIS and GPS

09/25/2017

Managing and tracking waste is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Indore, Vijaywada, Coimbatore and Nagpur have already started to track municipal solid waste through Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). The recent entrant in the league is Kota.

‘Rajkot Eye Way’ project to keep an eye on public services and traffic management

09/25/2017

The city of Rajkot has emerged as one of Gujarat’s hi-tech city in technological development and innovation. The city has established its position as a pioneer in implementing numerous “smart” initiatives in areas ranging from transit, e-Governance, solid waste management to water supply, and many more.

Inverterless system lighten up 300 households in Telangana

09/22/2017

With more than 300 million homes still living in the darkness, electricity in any form is a welcome step. Recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), in an association with the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Ltd (TSSPDCL) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), has deployed an inverterless solar power system.

Predicting floods with ‘Early Flood Warning System’ (Valsad successfully implements it!)

09/21/2017

Predicting floods isn’t easy. This year itself, following heavy rain in July 2017, 224 deaths were reported due to severe flooding in Gujarat. To tackle this, Valsad, a small city in the State of Gujarat, has implemented an Early Flood Warning System (EFWS) to predict flood-like situation and make people and officers act on time. During the day time, the system will alert citizens via SMS, and via pre-recorded phone calls during the night.

​Now, a new prototype model for hospital infrastructure

09/20/2017

The Union Health Secretary has launched a few handbooks that provide information on prototype models for hospital architecture. In tune with the Central Government’s initiative to assist States in setting up ambitious healthcare facilities, HLL Infra Tech Services (HITES), a subsidiary of HLL Lifecare (HLL), has developed prototype models for an array of projects, including building of super-specialty hospitals, medical colleges and cancer treatment centers.

This unique water ATM converts drinking water from thin air

09/18/2017

As kids, we must have witnessed magicians removing various objects from thin air; however those were just an illusion. That said, Delhi is in limelight again, but for some different reason. The city’s Connaught place area now can create water from thin air. Interesting, isn’t it! The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has installed ‘Air to Water ATM’ in collaboration with a Israeli-based company Water-Gen.

Chandigarh adopts intelligent transport system to promote public transportation

09/17/2017

In a major step forward in the initiative taken by the Government of India under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) and Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) to promote bus-based public transportation in the country, Chandigarh will be implementing an Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a part of Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Services (ESCBS) system.

See, how digital intervention can empower rural youth

09/14/2017

In India, approximately 70 per cent of the nation’s 1.3 billion people live in rural areas. Largely due to poverty and illiteracy, many of these citizens may be unaware of government entitlements that exist to help them and may not have access to the Internet that could provide more information about these programs.

Now cook food with sensors (and analyze carbon footprint)

09/13/2017

Nearly three billion people (about 40 per cent of the world’s population) still rely on traditional cookstoves that use fuels like firewood, cow dung and crop residue for their cooking needs. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that about four million people die each year as a result of inhaling the smoke and soot produced by cooking over traditional cookstoves.

Fisher Friendly app to save lives and improve incomes of fishermen

09/12/2017

Generations of fishermen in India’s coastal regions have practiced and perfected their craft for years. However, with changing environmental conditions after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and its devastating impact, a new generation of fishermen is using wireless technology to earn their livelihoods in a safer and more profitable manner.

Tower parking system to decongest parking menace

09/07/2017

Over the past decade, Mumbai has grown rapidly and has been witnessing a dearth of parking space, leading to road congestion due to the unorganized parking structure in the city. A bench of judges from the high court recently raised a concern with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on the city running out of pedestrian space in the next five years.

Plant solar trees to solve space issue

09/04/2017

To generate one megawatt (MW) of power, five acres of land is required, and for 10,000 MW, India would need around 50,000 acres. To solve this problem, the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, has designed a solar power tree that takes up only 4 square feet (sq ft) of space and produces about three kilowatt (kW) of power, which is enough to power five households. It takes up only 1 per cent of space consumed by conventional systems.

An unique flush system that saves water!

09/01/2017

With inadequate water in the flush or with an average Indian’s hesitation in flushing the toilet after use in public toilets, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has designed a prototype automatic urinal for men and women. The prototype would save a lot more water than conventional toilet systems in India and it doesn’t use power at all.

Davanagere smart roads to improve walkability and mobility of residents

08/30/2017

Davanagere, a small city in the southern State of Karnataka with a population of around 4.34 lakh, has been well known for its textile industry. Davanagere has around 1,010 km of city roads, and many roads not in good condition. With insufficient storm water drains, incomplete water and sewerage network, insufficient street lighting, overhead utility ducting and insufficient footpaths, the roads are open to hazards.

Now, India can produce ethanol from discarded cotton

08/29/2017

With around two million tonnes of cotton stalk waste, India is one of the largest countries in the world where utilization or recycling of waste is next to negligible. However, scientists from CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala have been able to turn cotton stalk waste into wealth. They have produced ethanol from discarded cotton-stalks by using a combination of chemical and biological techniques.

Subsidized e-Rickshaws to solve Kakinada’s woes

08/28/2017

Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh is one among the first 20 shortlisted smart cities from India. The smart cities project includes both pan-city proposals and area-based development proposals, mainly focusing on improving the infrastructure of the city. The e-Rickshaw project was initiated as a part of the smart city proposal. The project is still ongoing in the second phase. This story highlights the various aspects of assessment undertaken by the project team to verify the feasibility of e-Rickshaw d

Now zoom past toll booth at the click of a mobile button

08/24/2017

National Highways Authority of India launched two mobile apps – MyFASTag and FASTag Partner to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection. The cumbersome method of purchase and recharge of FASTags has been one of the major challenges with the ETC project. The mobile Apps will ease the process, making it possible to buy or recharge FASTags at the click of a mobile button.

Street lighting program illuminates 50,000-km roads (& saves 104.19 MW)

08/23/2017

In one of the firsts, the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has illuminated 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED streetlights across the country. With this milestone, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), under the administration of the Ministry of Power, has become the world’s largest streetlight management company.

IoT-ready compact substations to free up space in crammed cities

08/22/2017

Mumbai is one of the most populous cities in India, having around 22 million people spread across 603.4 sq km. On one side, the urban Mumbai already has its limitations, and on the other side, suburban city is accommodating the growing population by growing vertically. Power has become the fourth essential need for humans with food, clothing and shelter being the other three.

A remote Gujarat village sets an example for cities to adopt govt schemes

08/21/2017

In India, where there are cities struggling to provide even basic amenities to their tax-paying citizens, a village in Gujarat—Punsari—is equipped with modern amenities like CCTV cameras, WiFi and a renewable energy power station. However, a decade back, this remote village was not privy to even basic facilities like electricity and water.

Ahmedabad startup’s concrete curing method helps save water and electricity

08/18/2017

The key to achieve strong, durable concrete rests with the correct ratio for mixing cement and water. In the process, there are many methods employed for concrete curing, and one of them is using gunny bags and sprinkling water. However, this method ends up consuming a lot of water, and is also labour-intensive, as the curing requires round-the-clock monitoring or the effort goes down the drain.

This remote village in Haryana creates dry drainage system to save water

08/17/2017

In India, water scarcity is a known subject. But there are a very few examples when it comes to tackling the same. We all know that water from waste sources like kitchen, bathroom, etc. goes straight to the drainage areas and gets submerged to either a river or coastal water, further polluting it. However, a village in Haryana has set an example by creating dry drainage where used water from bathrooms and kitchens goes straight to a covered pit.

Can't find parking space? Smart parking system helps you find one

08/16/2017

Finding a parking place in a crowded city like Bengaluru is a horrendous task for city travelers. For this, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has come out with a solution that will not only solve the parking issues, but also help citizens to book parking spot well in advance.

No more train accidents! India’s 1st disaster management village to the rescue

08/16/2017

In the last six year period (between 2009-10 to 2014-15), the Indian Railways (IR) has witnessed a total of 803 accidents killing 620 and injuring 1,855. Incidentally, 47 per cent of these accidents were due to derailment of trains. In a first, IR will setup a ‘Disaster Management Village’, which will recreate train wrecks so that real-time rescue operations could be practiced and perfected.

New York to emulate Bengaluru’s roads

08/14/2017

Indian cities are known for replicating the concept from western countries. But, in a surprise, a New York-based group—the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)—is using a case study of St. Marks Road in Bengaluru, which has implemented the road improvement project, TenderSURE, in its global guidebook of best practices.

See how Karnataka to restore its forestland (using drones and seed bombs)

08/11/2017

Various state governments in the country are making conscious efforts to increase the forestland area by manually planting trees through various state-run programs. But a team of scientist from the Department of Aerodynamics in Bengaluru has come out with an idea to restore forestland by using drones and seed bombs saving number of hours of manual intervention.

More power to big data: Now it can prevents human trafficking

08/09/2017

It is a sad fact that every 3 minutes an Indian girl is sold into sex slavery. The average age of these girls is 12. Ironically, only 1% of them are ever rescued. The road to rehabilitation, if she is rescued, is extremely difficult. Yet, there are very few NGOs working to prevent this from happening, and one of them is My Choices Foundation.

Swacchh public toilets? Smart hygiene monitor could soon make it reality

08/08/2017

When was the last time you stopped during a road trip and did not cringe at the thought of having to use public toilets? Finding public toilets in India is a challenge in itself, and finding clean ones a near impossibility. When one analyses the reasons, very often it may be seen that the real cause behind unsanitary conditions in these places is a systematic cleaning schedule and proper supervision and monitoring of the quality and regularity of cleaning.

A remote Chhattisgarh village goes 100% cashless with no network

08/07/2017

A remote village in Palnar, Chhattisgarh is beating all odds to transform from a “no network zone” to a digitally-strong village. With no sign of ATMs and a bank to the distance of 48 km, the district collector of Dantewada, Saurabh Kumar came out with a brilliant idea to make this village digitally equipped.

Navi Mumbai: Most constructions coming up are illegal, CIDCO issues warning to buyers

08/07/2017

CIDCO is warning the public against investing in illegal constructions coming up in Navi Mumbai airport area. Work on the Navi Mumbai airport is on, but so is work around the area, most of it illegal.
As the new airport inches towards becoming a reality, construction activities are mushrooming in and around the notified area, with most of them not having adhered to the mandatory NAINA compliance - gaothan plots are being developed without permission.

Cities Must Invest In Video Surveillance For Safer Cities: Experts

08/07/2017

There needs to be an emphasis on installing right surveillance standards and industry best practices for effective surveillance that ensures safety and peace of mind for citizens. As the cities will grow smarter and more futuristic, IT, especially the Video surveillance will play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of the cities in future, industry experts in the Smart Cities ecosystem feels.

SCC and WD discussed the role of surveillance for safer and smarter cities

08/06/2017

Emplacing the manifesto for cooperation between authorities, civil bodies and technology providers, the Smart Cities Council India (SCC) and Western Digital recently held a round table conference session on “ Role of Video Surveillance Systems in making cities safer ” which brought alive the current state of surveillance security in India, the challenges and sustainable solutions to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.

Smart Cities Council and Western Digital lead the dialog on the need of surveillance

08/06/2017

Western Digital co-hosted a Roundtable Conference on “Technology Modernization for Safer and Smarter Cities” with Smart Cities Council in Mumbai. The conference primarily aimed at discussing initiatives to fuel the growth of surveillance security in India, the challenges faced, and methods to address them.

Now queue-less journey for metro rail travelers in Mumbai

08/04/2017

Mumbai’s first metro rail project—Metro One—have many first to exhibit. After deploying India’s first real-time metro rail monitoring system, it has launched mobile ticketing system “OnGo” for swift movement of passengers at the AFC gates by just using their mobile phones. Meanwhile, the system is at an advance stage of testing and will turn into a reality in mid-August, 2017.

See how e-Toilets are contributing to cleanliness and hygiene in Solapur (other cities can take a cue)

08/02/2017

Solapur, a textile and bidi manufacturing hub, is one of the major cities of Maharashtra that attracts a sizeable number of visitors for business or commercial purposes. The city is also of religious importance with more than five lakh pilgrims visiting the Siddheshwar Temple, every year.

Enhancing climate resilience of Gorakhpur by buffering floods (through peri-urban agriculture)

08/02/2017

Conservation of open spaces within city as well in fringe areas is a major challenge before development authorities. Unplanned and unregulated growth of human settlements encroach available open areas and make cities vulnerable to climate change impacts. Large-scale conversion of agriculture land for non-agriculture uses exacerbates climate change risks of cities by increasing water logging and run-off.