For the first time in India, the construction of the D-wall for an underground metro station was accomplished by the overcut method using a hydromill, conventionally used for irrigation projects.
In 2013, floods and landslides devastated the northern state of Uttarakhand. The build-up of sediment in rivers, caused by hydroelectric plants, worsened the flooding. In 2014, floods ran amok through Kashmir, attributed to encroachments that diminished the holding capacity of lakes and water bodies. Poor planning has led to similar crises in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai as well. And now, in 2018, it’s the turn of God’s own country: Kerala.
By setting up state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) to make sure that every drop of waste water is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking, Surat is truly setting up an example on water management for every city and nation.
LiDAR solutions is on its way to revolutionise Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS). LiDAR, a technology that uses beams of laser light to detect objects and measure distances, has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving vehicles.
Jaipur has bagged the third position in the list of the world’s top 10 Smart Renewable Cities (SRCs), with Bengaluru being ranked sixth. While America’s San Diego topped the list, Paris was ranked at the bottom.
In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.
Andhra Pradesh has deployed world’s largest lithium-ion Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) solution. The UPS system was deployed by Consul Neowatt. According to the company, these UPS systems provide a battery backup when the electrical power fails or drops.
CV Jawahar, a computer vision scientist along with his team at IIIT- Hyderabad, readied the world’s first public dataset of Indian driving conditions. This dataset not only aims to help the computer vision researchers from across the world to train their algorithms on Indian driving conditions but also lends road safety solutions.
In India, getting official documents is definitely not an easy process. Not only it involves a lot of paperwork but one needs to manage to cross the prolonged level of hierarchies that consists of bureaucracy, different identification processes, etc.
At the Bengaluru airport, soon your face will be your boarding pass. The airport is set to become the first airport in India to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of the Bengaluru (BLR Airport) and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, said a statement issued by BIAL.
Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.
A systematic approach to deal effectively with the solid wastes is lacking in most of the Indian cities. According to data presented by the government, about 24 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country was being processed as on January 31. Out of over 1.43 lakh tonnes per day (tpd) of solid waste generated, only about 33,800 tpd (or 23.73 per cent) was being processed as on the last day of January, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry data showed.
It has been an uphill climb for Kerala after the floods that ravaged the state, killed hundreds and left scores homeless. The state has slowly started returning to normal life, with the Cochin International Airport also resuming operations. But there is still a long way to go.
On the morning of January 31, 1953, the North Sea brew up a storm which would severely affect the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The prediction for the Netherlands looked worst. The Netherlands, literally means “lower countries” referring to its low land and flat geography, and with about 50 per cent of its land exceeding one meter (m) above sea level, the Netherland’s estuaries and tributaries would fill to submerge the land beside it.
Welcome to the future of shopping – enter, choose, leave. In a world where cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – this is what India’s first automated supermarket, Watasale, a tech-driven startup in Kochi is promising.
Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system) Indian Railways has just got its first “SMART” coach! The SMART coach has several new features that will go a long way in enhancing the safety of train journeys and enhancing passenger comfort.
Visitors to VOC Park can now enjoy WiFi connectivity free of cost, thanks to the presence of a “golden tree” or “smart tree”. The initiative by the Coimbatore Corporation, at a total cost of Rs 30 lakh under the Smart Cities programme, is under public-private partnership mode.
Door-to-door garbage collection in India’s cities is not only a slow and inefficient way to collect waste, but workers often complain of contemptuous treatment, and exposure to dangerous infections due to handling trash.
The rising tourist footfall in Ladakh has brought a serious waste management issue in the region. Meanwhile, the tourist flow has gone up exponentially from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 3 lakh, recently. However, at the end of the peak season of July-August, the tourist footfall this year touched 2.8 lakh, bringing in approximately 15-16 tonne of trash per day.
India’s drone policy: Here is all you need to know After a couple of years of deliberation and ending a long period of ambiguity and confusion, the Director General of Civil Aviation has finally announced its policy for remotely piloted aircraft or drones.
The continuing march of technology in the modern age has impacted the construction industry in many more ways than meets the eye. For an industry that hasn’t seen significant technological change over the past couple of decades, the arrival of ‘Constructible BIM’ is no less than a revolution.
As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has always been a forward-thinking civic body. PMC wants to enrich the life of each citizens by enhancing quality of service delivery. PMC realised that addressing grievances is not enough for providing responsive governance.
Lucknow, a city that has urbanized rapidly in recent years, has resulted in several traffic problems in and around the city, such as traffic jams, increase in the number of road accidents, etc. The present Traffic Signal System is based on the static feed on time without considering actual available traffic at junctions across the Lucknow city.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go cashless by 1 September – all transactions will now be digital. This move falls in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative implemented through the Smart City Mission.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a density of more than 5,000 persons per kilometer. It faces severe congestion: its topography is characterised by steep gradients and irregular road alignments, resulting in narrow carriageways. This limits conventional public transport services to only 2 per cent of modal share.
Despite improvements in the road situation, Singapore needed more sophisticated traffic management measures by the turn of the 21st century to deal with a rising vehicle population and a larger and more complex road system. Existing initiatives remained manpower-intensive and inefficient—the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) needed constant monitoring and strict enforcement to prevent motorists from entering the city centre multiple times with one ALS pass.
Urban settlements in India have experienced rapid population growth: the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas more than doubled from 14 per cent at the time of independence to 31.8 per cent in 20111. By 2051, India is expected to be considered an urban nation, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in urban areas.
In India, cities are privy to unplanned and uncoordinated development, which has led to traffic congestion, inadequate sanitation and depleting water resources. However, a few cities in India are redrawing its master plans to make it more citizen centric. Coimbatore and Gurugram are a few of them!
Securing land for development through land acquisition is often a protracted and expensive process in India and the world over. Andhra Pradesh’s model of land pooling for its new capital Amaravati offers a compelling alternative. In 2014, the Andhra Pradesh was separated into two. One State continued to be called Andhra Pradesh, while the other was named Telangana.
Introducing new technology systems is only step one and using them to maximum effect is another thing entirely. It is no surprise that smart city technologies did not bring about transformative change on a large scale in their first decade of implementation.
Companies in multiple industries are already beginning to alter their existing product and service lines to suit changing urban markets – from utilities that are rolling out smart meters and introducing dynamic pricing schemes to real estate developers that are integrating automation systems, sensors, and mobility options into their properties.
A smart city is not automatically an equitable city unless its leaders take care to make it so. Some critics assert that the entire push to make cities smart is mainly about making life more convenient for the affluent.
Most cities have limited financial resources, personnel, and expertise at their disposal, but city government does not have to be the sole funder and operator of every type of service and infrastructure system.
Smart cities run on data. Before a city can deploy applications, it has to be able to generate, capture, and analyze enormous volumes of data in complex infrastructure systems and settings that are often teeming with millions of people. The technology base consists of three elements, all of which support the applications of today as well as those to be added in the future.
The development of new digital channels for the public to communicate with local officials could make cities more responsive to the concerns of their residents and change the nature of civic participation. Most city governments, long ago, established websites to make residents aware of the services available to them and to post information and even extensive open data sets.
Waste causes a literal mountain of problems for many cities. With little local landfill space left, cities such as New York pay to ship their garbage elsewhere. But costs are mounting and other sites are becoming reluctant to serve as dumping grounds.
Data and digital tools can be harnessed to address some of the fundamental public health challenges facing the developing world. The level of mortality and morbidity caused by infectious and parasitic disease in a country like Nigeria is six
Most dense cities in advanced economies have subway or light rail systems built decades ago. Many have become overburdened over time—and adding new lines or additional cars is an expensive proposition
Many people take the air they breathe for granted. Fumes and pollutants from industrial sites, diesel engines, and the burning of coal combine to form a thick, dusty haze that hangs over many of the world’s major urban centers, and the residents of rapidly-growing low-income cities pay the heaviest price.
Smart technologies can reduce traffic accidents. Some applications designed with an eye toward improving mobility have the secondary effect of reducing harm. E-hailing, for example, provides a safe and convenient alternative to getting behind the wheel of a car.
The Smart Cities Council India and Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management (APUIAML) recently conducted a closed-door conference on ‘Eluru Smart City Development through Swiss Challenge Approach’ in Mumbai. With this, Eluru has become the first city in the country to adopt Swiss challenge framework to operate its future projects.
After warning signs are missed, a terrorist attack leaves hundreds dead. A hurricane unleashes catastrophic flooding and a chaotic evacuation. Wildfires roar into a city, leaving residents only minutes to escape.
Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) will install Geographical Information System (GIS) and Management Information System for the city under the Ganga Action Plan-II. The project is part of the institutional development program, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Implementation of technological solutions to boost agricultural performances is not exactly a new concept. Smart tractors have been in active use across the globe for a fairly long time – along with various other Internet of things (IoT) tools and applications.
Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector bank, announced partnership with 10 leading smart cities in India to launch an industry-first ‘Collaboration-as-a-Service’ platform to address urban development challenges.
Belagavi is a prominent centre for manufacturing heavy machine tools and high-pressure oil hydraulics systems. The city is a strong industrial hub for machine shops catering to automotive manufacturing, especially crankshaft machining castings and helmets.
A city in Maharashtra has applied LPWAN solutions to solve stringent water supply problems. Inconsistent water distribution throughout the city was a longstanding challenge. Due to lack of infrastructure, further issues cropped up, including erroneous meter readings and billing, no proper billing cycle, no safety measures like anti-theft infrastructure or leakage detection, and high operational expenses because of non-optimal battery life and frequent maintenance
Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue) Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur—with a population of 1.45 lakh—generates around 52 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Unlike other cities, instead of putting the waste into dumpyards or landfills as the conventional practice, the city is converting its waste into wealth.
Subject to the extensive and swift adoption of intelligent mobility solutions across major cities around the globe, smart transportation market has been treading along a lucrative growth path in the recent years.
Today, the Indian electricity network is the world’s largest synchronized grid with a capacity of 363 GW. In July 2012, India suffered the world’s biggest power blackout due to a grid failure which impacted more than 620 million people across 22 states.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) in association with Cisco and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) launched a report titled ‘Smartest Cities of the Future’. The report outlines a framework that focuses on sustainable and inclusive (social, economic, and digital) development, and a smart city scorecard to measure the impact of intelligent solutions.
To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the union housing and urban affairs ministry launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country, under which the ministry will provide Rs 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion.
Recently Odisha witnessed a slew of smart city projects including Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) - a state-of-the-art centralised command and control centre that will regulate all citizen-centric services in the capital.
India, the world’s third largest consumer of electricity, is working to transform its urban energy infrastructure to make it more citizen friendly and sustainable. A cost-effective smart distribution system has the potential to significantly reduce India’s carbon footprint.
India’s ambitious smart city project needs an effective disaster management plan to combat natural disasters and man-made disruptions in smart cities. Smart cities have been gathering a lot of traction of late, mostly due to the government’s increased efforts to secure high-quality urban life.
Traffic congestion is one of the more frustrating—and seemingly unavoidable—parts of urban living. Gridlock can have a huge impact on the quality of life for city dwellers, not only in terms of time spent commuting, but also regarding pollution and emissions.
To keep up with the growing population of India, future-looking urban planning has to be functional with changing times and lifestyles. One of the best ways to achieve this is through greenfield smart city issues like infrastructure, sustainability etc. These issues can be addressed from scratch and taken into account the changing urban lifestyles.
The Smart Cities Council is preparing to launch the Smart Cities Project Activator -- an innovative, web based solution, that brings cities, solutions providers and investors together to more quickly scope — and finance — smart cities projects. Learn how.
The first smart city initiatives were launched more than a decade ago, with technology companies blazing the trail. Major global tech firms, industrial giants, and telecoms have become providers of smart city systems and services.
A smart city is not automatically an equitable city unless its leaders take care to make it so. Some critics assert that the entire push to make cities smart is mainly about making life more convenient for the affluent.
In 2011, Moscow confronted a crisis: its roads had reached capacity, leading to some of the worst gridlock in the world. In response, the city government developed a comprehensive transportation plan. Its strategy for future construction projects to add traffic and transit capacity would be guided by data and complemented by the launch of an intelligent transport system.
As urbanization, industrialization, and consumption grow, environmental pressures multiply. While technology is only one option for addressing these issues, it can be a powerful one. Overall, analysis finds that deploying a range of applications to the best reasonable extent could cut emissions by 10–15%, lower water consumption by 20–30%, and reduce the volume of solid waste per capita by 10–20%.
After a decade of experimentation, smart cities are entering a new phase. Although they are only one part of the full tool kit for making a city great, digital solutions are the most powerful and cost-effective additions to that tool kit in many years.
Cities that have evolved organically over centuries or even millennia can be challenging to retrofit with technology. Urban planning mistakes of the past, such as sprawl, may be deeply rooted, and creaky legacy infrastructure is hard to overhaul. Bold rebuilding projects have high price tags and impose disruption on existing residents.
A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute gauged each city’s progress in implementation using a checklist of current smart applications to see how many have been rolled out. The reports use a weighted composite of city-wide implementation as well as pilot programs.
Tens of millions of people in cities as diverse as Jakarta, Bengaluru, Rio, Nairobi, Seoul, and Atlanta begin and end every workday fuming in traffic or piling onto overcrowded buses and trains. Improving the daily commute is critical to the quality of life.
Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has become the first power utility to enable online, automated bill payments using e-NACH (Electronic National Automated Clearing House). IDFC Bank is a technology partner and a settlement banker to Tata Power.
The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project has now reached the midpoint of the in-depth feasibility study, which is on track to finish this summer.
When we imagine the possibilities for solar power, we might well see it as the bedrock of a future 100 per cent renewables-powered grid - harnessing the abundance of energy beamed down on us daily, to give 100 per cent reliability of supply and enabling prices to be a tenth of what they are today.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first integrated greenfield smart city project at Naya Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
More than half of India’s population is engaged in farming but the sector contributes just 16 per cent to the country’s GDP. For this, Niti Aayog has partnered with IBM to develop a crop yield prediction model and provide real-time advice to farmers using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Dehradun’s area based development (ABD) envisions to retrofit and redevelop 875 acres centered on CBD of Dehradun and transform into a light-house for the city and to showcase as a smart neighborhood.
In an attempt to digitise air travel, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also known as Varanasi Airport, will have an automated smart facial recognition system, ensuring hassle-free movement of travellers from entry to boarding points. Once implemented, the Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport in the country to have such a system in place.
Being an industrial city, turning Pimpri Chinchwad into a smart city is a tough job. It requires a long-term vision, on which the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is presently working on. The PCMC is in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years.
Naya Raipur is being developed as a sustainable, modern ‘green city’ with major eco-development projects such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy and Internet connectivity. Compulsory installation of rainwater harvesting systems on all buildings helps in conserving the water resources.
Google has claimed to reach its target of 400 free Wi-fi enabled stations in India. Dibrugarh railway station in Assam is the 400th train station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi in these stations comes from a journey that Indian Railways, RailTel and Google embarked on two and a half years ago.
Old black-smoke-belching stoves in India lead to problems ranging from climate change to lung disease. But an innovative program that pairs rich analytics with incentives is getting Indian households to quickly embrace cleaner stoves. See how.
Carbon monoxide is a major air pollutant posing threat to human health. A team of scientists led by researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar have developed a nanocomposite material that can selectively convert environmental carbon monoxide into less toxic carbon dioxide.
A remote village in Uttarakhand where electricity is a distant dream is now enjoying high speed Wi-Fi without any grid power. Operated on a solar power, the newly installed Wi-Fi network in the village by the State’s Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA) has brought about a significant change in the lives of residents
Located in the heart of Ahmedabad, Godrej Garden City (GGC) is currently home to over 1,500 families and has a fully functional school, a city square retail facility, and a 70,000 sq ft clubhouse.
The four underground stations of the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) operational in Phase 1—Thirumangalam, Annanagar East, Annanagar Tower and Shenoy Nagar—have recently received Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts in design, construction and operation.
ARC is a new digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. The data-centric approach of ARC connects actions and tracks progress through a performance score that allows projects to track and benchmark progress.
The Ministry of Power has launched a new app, PRAAPTI, that aims at bringing transparency in power sector. PRAAPTI (payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in invoicing of generators) will contain all details related to payments.
To address the evolving challenges smart cities face, a framework or application-enabled platform is required that helps improve service delivery to communities and their constituents.
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and ABB India have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to support the government's vision of “Make in India” through advanced manufacturing technologies that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.
Delta, a leading provider of video wall solutions, in collaboration with their channel partner – Alpha Digital, has set up state-of-the-art video walls at the Control and Command Center of GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City).
Smart City Mission has a lot of convergence with other missions like AMRUT, and some of the projects are implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Around 1,333 projects worth Rs 50,626 crore have been completed or are under implementation / tendering stage. Overall projects worth Rs 2,03,979 crore have been identified for all 99 smart cities across the country.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will soon be launching the first of its six modern residential training schools under its newly-established facility, the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). The School of Water and Waste is being designed as a one-of-its-kind capacity-building hub for urban water and sanitation for India and the Global South.
Mulund Darshan, located in Mulund West, is one of the latest societies in Mumbai to harness solar power for their electricity requirements. The ‘J’ and ‘K’ buildings of the society have installed a solar system of 11.05 kWp capacity consisting 34 panels utilizing about 1,000 sq ft area on the roof.
Coimbatore’s smart tree will allow people to sit and rest while providing Wi-Fi and charging facilities. The ‘tree,’ is an ambitious Rs 12 lakh project, and only holds a bare minimum resemblance to natural tree. Its fibre-covered trunk is made of heavy metal, and its leaves are made of zinc and have been painted gold.
Nokia is all set to develop 500 digitally integrated and sustainable villages across India, the company said in a release. In phase I of the project, a pilot has been rolled out in Haryana and Tamil Nadu with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as the implementation partner to develop 10 such villages in each state.
Caught up in traffic jam for long hours and agonizing wait for short-distance commute for public transport system, Pune came up with an idea of public bicycle sharing (PBS). Since the launch, the scheme has received rave reviews from all the quarters, and now Varanasi is trying to emulate the same model.
Imagine a farmer who’s about to till his farmland, but has no idea when the rains will arrive. However, instead of brooding any further, he uses a mobile app to figure the precise date and time of rainfall.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an evolving field that requires broad training. Built with the focus of teaching working professionals how to build deep learning predictive models for AI, the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) has launched a certification program on AI and Machine Learning in Hyderabad.
Bhopal, which was selected as one of the smart cities, has been making a very good progress in the implementation of smart projects. In fact, a progress report by AmCham and PwC revealed that Bhopal is ranked two in the implementation of smart projects under the smart cities mission with Pune taking the top slot. However, Bhopal now is leaving no stone unturned to be on the top.
The quality of food served while traveling in trains for a long distance is a major issue. In some trains, the packed food items are expired and kept in unhygienic conditions and are considered sub-standard.
Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 per cent renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a subsidiary of Tata Group, recently transformed its power distribution business by implementing high-tech automated systems, including remote grid and outage management systems. Currently, the power utility provides electricity to seven million consumers in North and Northwest Delhi.
A breath of fresh air can be hard to find in any metro cities in India. New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed.
If you are drunk and trying to drive, your vehicle will not start. Researchers from Almora-based Uttarakhand Residential University and RI Instruments and Innovations India, Haldwani have developed a new technology from waste that will prevent vehicles from operating if the driver is drunk.
People travelling from national highways often face the issue of congestion at toll plazas. Sometimes it takes up to an hour to pass from a toll booth due to heavy traffic.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Ltd (PCSCL) has approved a slew of projects to be implanted in the city on a pilot basis. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) has approved public bicycle sharing, rooftop solar power generation and e-learning in municipal primary and secondary schools.
IBM, Cisco and Bosch and other global technology giants are showing keen interest in setting up of smart city centers or integrated command and control systems under the Modi government’s flagship programme Smart City Mission.
Currently, 93 per cent of sewage finds its way to ponds, lakes, and rivers without treatment. Untreated sewage is the leading polluter of water sources in India, causing a host of diseases, agricultural contamination, and environmental degradation.
Even as free joyrides are being extended to Nagpurites on the 5-kilometre stretch from the Airport South to Khapri on the Nagpur metro rail before its formal inauguration, the federal government has plans to extend the service to the city’s outskirts using the existing broad-gauge railway tracks.
We know that we have a serious garbage problem. A Singapore-based company owned by a royal prince has offered to process Jalandhar’s waste into mineral water and electricity. Dr Max Langenburg, the company’s founder, may soon arrive in the city to launch operations.
Data infrastructure can be daunting. There are many different technologies available, but nothing had been foolproof. But now, researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)-Madras and Bombay along with Harvard University are using Big Data to build India’s first comprehensive database on infrastructure projects called Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP).
Can the traffic problem in Mumbai ever be solved? Maharashtra Chief Minister might have finally found a solution to Mumbai’s ever-growing problem. “The highways need to be smart to prevent accidents and maintain better management of traffic”, said Fadnavis at the Road Safety Fortnight inauguration recently. The highways would have WiFi, speed guns, CCTVs, etc.
Years of severe drought have created a water crisis in the Mahbubnagar region in Telangana, a state in southern India where half the population of 35 million depends on agriculture to earn a living. The water table had virtually depleted and the monsoon rains now only last three to four months a year.
Since the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, Rs 99.39 billion has been released by the Government of India. Against this, 753 projects worth Rs 245.11 billion have been completed or started work on-ground. Further, about 287 projects worth Rs 142.96 billion are in tendering stage and the works on-ground is expected to start very soon. The government claims this is one of the fastest progress demonstrated in the urban sector considering the scale and novelty of the mission.
Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health has developed an innovative smartphone app-- Smart Health--that could enable community health workers track the growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, especially in the rural areas.
With the advancement of technology that we have seen in recent times, we are knocking on the door of entry into a new world where everything is “smart”. Smart road means where commuters do not have any difficulty in travelling. India must take a leaf from China’s book if it is serious about realising its electric-vehicles (EVs) vision.
They say, “Slow and steady wins the race”. This saying perfectly fits Karimnagar (a city in Telangana), but has been a little late to make the grade of Smart Cities Mission (SCM), but now is making giant strides in catching up fast to compete with Warangal, which even after three years seems to be grappling with teething troubles.
A new travel startup has decoded the problem of predicting train arrival time. RailYatri, a travel startup, has introduced a technique to calculate the ‘Estimated Time of Arrival’ (ETA) using techniques like machine learning based on previously collected data.
Indian cities are increasingly facing problems of traffic jams and lack of parking space. In fact, traffic woes are throwing Kochi out of gear. However, Kochi now might have found a solution to this increasing problem.
Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). Under its Smart Meters National Programme (SMNP), Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India.
Illegal immigration from Bangladesh has always been a major issue for India. As per the reports, more than 20 million illegal immigrants from Bangladesh live in India. After so many years, India may have finally found a solution to this growing problem.
Kochi Metro is the first Indian metro to have communication-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, and the trains are unattended train operation (UTO) compatible. The integrated transport system that Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has planned for Kochi Metro involves the use of a single transit card and integrated timetable, and a command and control center.
Gwalior in a quest to become smart is implementing various smart projects. The city has number of projects in the pipeline. To begin with, the city will implement smart buses, which will run inter and intra-city. In addition, the city is implementing public bike sharing and smart road projects.
Bhopal has already started working on most of the projects that were conceived under the smart city proposal, whether it is area-based development (ABD) or pan city development. We may be the first city in the country where the state government has allotted 342 acre of the proposed Central Business District (CBD) land to the smart city special purpose vehicle (SPV).
Year after year, Indian roads riddled with potholes have become a menace. With big cities in the country struggling to find suitable solutions to solve this threat, here is a solution that may just work.
Cities in Asia Pacific are getting smarter, but they must be ready for the cyber security risks that accompany the growing adoption of tech-enabled real estate and infrastructure, according to the report ‘Clicks and Mortar: The Growing Influence of Proptech’.
Managing public transport is a big challenge in any city. However, Surat has managed to overcome this challenge finally. The city has implemented an intelligent transit management system (ITMS), through which the city authority can monitoring movement of city and bus rapid transit system (BRTS) buses swiftly. This has also helped the city administration to manage bus routes in an efficient way.
Tata Communications, a leading digital infrastructure provider, is working with Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms, to equip its Internet of Things (IoT) enabled lifts and escalators with secure, scalable connectivity to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first transit project in the world to achieve Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. This is administered by the Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), which is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.
With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly-found tech hub, Telangana, hosted the country’s smartest conclave ever – SMART URBANATION from March 22 to 23, 2018.Being a two day convention-cum-exhibition, SM@RT URBNATION witnessed 50+ industry speakers,1,500+ delegates from across the country, 40+ smart start-ups demonstrating their solutions and around 150 exhibitors from across the world, and importantly, 48 hours of networking.
India’s growing economy means rising demand for water in an already water-stressed country. Despite being common, water is scarce. Tens of hundreds of villages and towns in India run out of water annually partly due to harsh weather conditions, and also because of poor water management.
India today faces a major challenge in terms of having a macro level planning. The futuristic idea of integrated multi-modal transport cannot be realised unless different departments start coming together. Instead of designing transportation solutions in silos, we should design the mobility as a whole for the city.
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Smart City has already issued tenders for seven projects and work orders for 14 projects, while work has been completed on 32 projects. “DPRs have been approved for the commercial development of Yashwant Place at Rs 88.92 crore and Shivaji Bus Terminal to international standards at Rs 39.6 crore,” says Juhi Mukherjee, CEO, NDMC Smart City.
In the current fiscal, Agra Smart City (ASCL) has been allotted Rs 216 crore, out of the total approximate Rs 1,200 crore. ASCL is working on a war footing mode to implement various projects in the city. In this endeavour, the project management consultant (PMC) at ASCL has already submitted reports (DPRs and RFPs) for some projects under the Smart Cities mission.
There are two types of solutions to a hard problem. One that solves the problem and the other that solves the root cause of the problem. Of course both are necessary depending on the situation and use case.
Although rural India faces a number of challenges—frequent power outages, scarcity of safe drinking water, poor farm productivity, difficulty in transporting farm produce to the markets and poor education facilities—yet digital technology can surely bring a revolution.
In Jabalpur, work is under progress for RFID tagging of household dustbins – tracking and monitoring of household waste collection and community bins – at Rs 6.98 crore; out of 2.50 lakh houses, 1.50 lakh have been tagged. Also, work is in progress for a solar roof top project with 790 kW capacity at Rs 4.83 crore at Ramnagara, Lalpur and Ranjhi WTP; with expected savings of Rs 60 lakhs annually on power bills.
At Vadodara, the focus is on sustainable and inclusive development; the idea is to look at compact areas and create a replicable model that will act like a beacon to other aspiring cities.
“The Smart City mission has two layers: Infrastructure projects and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects,” says Dr Vinod R Rao, Chairman, Vadodara Smart City Development and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
As Smart Cities Mission is completing three years this June 2018, Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising the fifth Smart Cities Summit- Smart Urbanation at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad from March 22-23 to analyse the learnings and impact assessment.
Investments towards the making of smart cities has been approved to the tune of $1,91,155 crore, but only a trickle of the fund approved has been utilized for the purpose, due to which criticism from various sectors for not utilizing them has been heard, said Pratap Padode, Founder, Smart Cities Council India during the announcement for the upcoming 5th Smart Cities Summit, to be held in the city.
Hyderabad would play host to another global meet ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission. It would provide a platform for various stakeholders to connect, review and consider steps on completing or taking up new projects, said Pratap Padode, founder & director, Smart Cities Council India.
India's Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is progressing well. At present, projects worth Rs 135,459 crore in 2,855 projects are in various stages of implementation. About 147 projects worth Rs 1,872 crore have been completed and 396 projects at a cost of Rs 14,672 crore are currently under implementation.
The Indore Smart City proposal includes: Retrofitting – development of ABD; redevelopment – mixed-use high-rise high-quality development at MOG lines area; and pan-city project – IT-based solutions for pan-city area for solid waste and traffic management.
In a bid to curb power theft in India and give impetus to the Union Government’s UDAY scheme, a private utility in Delhi--Tata Power Delhi Distribution will launch Choice Revenue Intelligence’ solution in the country in association with SAP SE.
Effective solid waste management is extremely important for a number of reasons. Some waste materials are normally safe, but can become hazardous if not managed properly. Solid waste that is not properly managed poses risk to human health and the environment.
To highlight some of the most inspiring cities and their innovative solutions, WWF created the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). Three Indian cities—Panaji, Pune and Rajkot— have been selected as national finalists in the 2017-2018 edition of WWF’s OPCC. These are amongst the 40 finalists out of the 118 cities across 23 countries that participated in the global challenge this year.
The digital splurge has witnessed a spurt in cybercrimes. Hence a dedicated police station is the need of the hour. Being in a cybercity demands a world-class infrastructure. In 2017, of the total 3,297 complaints received, 1,916 were for frauds in online banking, credit or debit card or cheating through mobile.
The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has engaged in a first-of-its-kind project (started in the year 2016) to develop a tool that would accurately assess the potential of solar photovoltaics on rooftops in Bengaluru along with the associated business case for all consumer categories.
Swajal, India’s leading water company with innovative products like QR code tracked water bottles and remote sensing water purification systems, plans to increase its network by nearly four times to reach out to nearly 10 lakh people in 2018-19, including rural areas across India.
Chennai Smart City will soon join the list of three Indian cities (Pune, Surat, and Jamshedpur) for having got the certification from the World Council on City Data, a global network of data-driven cities under the City Data for Indian Initiative. Chennai Smart City will be on the list of over 50 cities certified by the World Council on City Data Certification (WCCD), the first ever ISO standard for cities.
Madurai—which is among the 100 cities identified for implementation of Smart City Mission—is leaving no stone unturned to see the city top the list in smart city project implementation. In view of this, a number of projects, amounting to more than Rs 3 billion, have been awarded administrative sanction by BoDs of Madurai Smart City Limited.
India has the distinction of being the country with the most deaths attributed to air pollution. Although pollution is not a major problem in Northeastern states, especially Guwahati, but monitoring the same has become vital for the better health of the city.
Rising crime in the country gets extensive coverage, but what gets overlooked is the state of police stations. However, the entire Satara district in Maharashtra has taken a serious step towards this, and now Satara has emerged as the first Smart Police District in Maharashtra. The reason being: Satara has proper infrastructure, adequate staff, people-friendly approach and emergency response in place at all the 37 police stations.
Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times, and Bhopal is not too far behind in this either. To enhance safety, security and provide better public services for the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (BSCDCL), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new customer deployments in India.
In a major step towards ushering in a transformational change in the power sector, the Andhra Pradesh government, in association with AutoGrid, announced an initiative aimed at adopting smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions to improve utilities’ health and customer experiences.
In India, every year, more than 20,000 people die due to natural disasters. A lot of these lives can be saved by agile communication, which will spread the information faster. The current situation demands an information expressway in these times of disaster. Most of the disaster management tools and solutions work in isolation.
“Yes, finally, we have received electricity, and this is the most beautiful feeling ever,” said Reshma Bhoir, an 80-year-old resident of Gharapuri Island (popularly known as Elephanta Island). And, why not, Bhoir has all the reason to be happy and joyful, as this island—which is just 10 km away from the financial capital of India, i.e., Mumbai—got illuminated 70 years after the independence.
The slot for the 10th smart city, Shillong, which was selected in the fourth smart cities round, has been kept on hold as the city is yet to submit its proposal.The Centre had announced the final list of nine smart cities in January this year and had kept the slot for the tenth city, Shillong, vacant as it could not submit its proposal on time. The proposal is yet to be submitted.
Known for its innovation and technology for the benefits to its consumers, Tata Power [in line with this commitment] has become the first power utility in Mumbai to print Dynamic Bharat QR codes on its power supply bills for enabling its consumers to make payments conveniently.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recently launched the ambitious DigiThane application, an interactive digital citizen platform, to connect residents with civic services like tax payments, civic project alerts, in addition to getting discounts at affiliated shops, restaurants, and certain housing projects across the town.
With Aajivika, choose from a range of home services you need. Launched by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in July 2017, Aajivika mobile application is a one-stop solution for citizens’ service needs.
In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The reasons are: inadequate monsoon, indebtedness, bankruptcy, and falling prices and falling income along with personal reasons. A new analytics startup, SatSure, seeks to bridge the gap by using space technology to help farmers increase their incomes.
The conversion of a large, crowded and unplanned city in India to a Smart City is currently an impossible scenario to imagine. Taking a smaller town, not overrun by people, vehicles and multiple layers of red tape or ‘babudom’, and converting it into an ideal, intelligent, self-sufficient and secure ecosystem is still workable.
When defining “smart water for smart cities” we must first explain why such an intervention is necessary. Smart Water systems are needed in order to make an effective use of water resources, and provide an efficient water infrastructure to a country that experiences droughts and shortages of water every year. For example, using intelligent water systems, technology is used to make an effective use of water resources by increasing the number of pathways for water circulation
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed an MoU with the Urban Development Department (UDD), Government of Maharashtra for replacing all conventional streetlights across Maharashtra with LED lamps. The MoU signing was held in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges – be it uncertainty of weather, the risk of environmental degradation, or others. Releasing the right amount of water required for the proper growth of crops is also one of the major challenges faced. To overcome this challenge, a Telangana-based university is working on developing sensors to achieve precision in releasing the right amount of water required.
Overflowing garbage from the bins dumped are quite a common sight in India. In fact, India is fast becoming the largest dump in the world. According to the reports, the waste generation from Indian cities has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade and continues to grow alarmingly.
Andhra Pradesh has taken impressive measures to ensure effective management of solid wastes. It was difficult to accurately assess the volume of solid waste. But this problem will no longer be an issue. Taking advanced technology to the door-step of the common, the Andhra Pradesh has decided to switch over to chip-based garbage collection mode.
The government, in its budget 2018-19, set the tone for urban development by allocating a whopping Rs 41,000 crore. This budget allocation is attributed towards Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).
Waste management has always been a serious concern for everyone. This was the reason why PM Modi launched the Swachh Society, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, an initiative that is aimed towards apartment complexes to motivate them to maintain cleanliness within their vicinity.
Going green is the latest trend and even Indian schools are not far behind in this. Indian schools are increasingly becoming conscious of their natural environments and resources, and the criticality of managing them sustainably.
Under Smart Cities Mission, two cities in Haryana – Karnal and Faridabad – have identified 60 projects worth Rs 2,342 crore that are currently under DPR/tendering stage. These projects include rejuvenation of Badhkal lake and Barahi pound in Faridabad. Once implemented, it will help improve the environment and also provide leisure facilities.
The recently-selected nine smart cities—Silvassa, Erode, Diu, Biharsharif, Bareilly, Itanagar, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Kavaratti—have proposed an investment of Rs 12,824 crore of which Rs 10,639 crore would be in Area Based Development (ABD) and Rs 2,185 crore in Pan City initiatives.
Finally, India’s Smart Cities Mission is on the right track and is progressing well. Eighty five out of 90 cities have already incorporated their special purpose vehicle (SPVs) and 61 cities have procured project management consultancies (PMCs); another eight cities are in various stages of hiring their PMCs.
Dumping of waste in waster bodies is an activity that indicates dumping of various kinds of pollutants, mainly human generated, into water. One of the most significant problems that lakes in India face is the attack of water hyacinths, which breed in alarming numbers due to the pollutants in the water.
The quality of regular CCTV cameras may be excellent, but it is more of a reactive measure. Beginning next month, Polsec, a Brazilian security firm, will test AI-based cameras, on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Agra.
With thousands of kilometres of tracks laid throughout the country, keeping tab on all of them is a hideous task for the Indian Railways. To make their job simple, Indian Railways will use cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.
Bursting garbage dumps and landfills have always been the growing concern across the city of Coimbatore. The waste is ultimately thrown into municipal waste collection centres from where it is collected by the area municipalities to be further thrown into the landfills and dumps.
Smart surveillance systems have become an important entity to pave a smooth path for developing smart cities. To this, DCP Dr Fakeerappa Kaginelli at Kirlampudi (a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh) inaugurated a community surveillance system comprising seven night vision CCTV cameras, located at important locations and interlinked by Wi-Fi to a central monitoring station.
The government has launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities. The index will measure the quality of life in 99 smart cities, capital cities and those with a population of over one million. That apart, the cities to be assessed under the liveability index include Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, and Faridabad.
In the quest to curb the number of road accidents in India, the government is planning a large-scale deployment robotic flagman to save lives. In addition, it can also help road construction companies cut down on labor costs.
The Indian government has launched a star rating protocol to fight the garbage menace, and to make garbage-free cities in the country. Here, the cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 star, based on the compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the ratings.
Although the smart city projects in many cities have been a slow take-off, some of the cities have started showing some visible results on the ground. For instance, three cities in Punjab—Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar—were selected in a nation-wide selection process.
India is truly moving towards its smart cities mission. As promised, the Government has included another nine cities to the overall count of 90 smart cities announced, taking the total number to 99. That said, the cities too are progressing well in its effort to be smart.
Over the years, communication technologies have changed the world; first it connected places, then people, and now it is connecting things. However, Blockchain is one level up.
Following the Indian Government’s Smart Cities Mission, Bhopal is selected as one of the 20 lighthouse cities in the first round of the project. The city is expected to create a replicable model, which shall act like a lighthouse to other cities.
Even today, about 200 million people do not have access to electricity in their homes in rural India. To address this decisive challenge, it is imperative to establish a symbiotic relationship between IT solutions and energy solutions.
Because of sudden outburst in the electronics industry, combined with short product life cycle has led to a rapid escalation in generation of solid waste. For this, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) organised the first-ever stakeholder workshop for the Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project.
A total investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore has been proposed by the 90 cities under their smart city plans. Projects focusing on revamping an identified area (area-based projects) are estimated to cost Rs 1,52,500 crore. Smart initiatives across the city (pan city initiatives) account for the remaining Rs 36,655 crore of investments.
As water scarcity, population growth and aging infrastructure burdens India's smart water sector, however, utilities are leaving no stone unturned in improving the sector. That said, Council’s associate partner Kamstrup has successfully installed 450 water meters in the city of Kapil Gram Panchayat, 300 km southeast of Mumbai, which has benefitted the citizen in every possible way.
The port city of Visakhapatnam has always been at the forefront towards implementing smart city-related solutions. In another step forward, the city will soon have a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT).
Well, one of the most common and irritating problems that one faces in the national capital of our country is getting caught in traffic jams. In fact, Delhi’s traffic has been worsening day-by-day. However, the same will not be the case from now on. Delhi is all set to get its first fully integrated intelligent traffic management system this month.
With the emergence of IoT and Big Data, Smart and Connected digital lighting-based solutions are the way forward as they will bring in intelligence and functionality into lighting systems, enhance user experience and deliver desired outcomes for customers.
Logistics Data Bank (LDB), the award-winning container tracking solution from DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS), marked the start of 2018 by crossing a milestone six million EXIM containers tagged at the port terminals of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone in the western corridor of India.
Closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and Wi-Fi are primary building blocks of a smart city. However, in India, the penetration of Wi-Fi and CCTVs have been disappointing to say the least. This has left large parts of the population unconnected and unwatched. According to statistics by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India has a mere 31,000 Wi-Fi hotspots as compared with 1.3 crore in France and 98 lakh in the US.
Handling law and order in a country like India where the population is huge is a hideous task. To make the task simpler, a Hyderabad-based technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence start-up, H-Bots Robotics has developed a smart policing robot, named ‘robocop’.
At a time when other metropolitan cities are not getting enough water supply due to breakdown in the pipeline network, on the other hand, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been giving presentations to other urban local bodies on how its water department saved Rs 6 crore last year on the electricity bill.
Gone are the days when public grievances are left unsolved. Now, the government has simplified the process for lodging grievances and redressing it at the proper time. In fact, public grievances redressal is one of the flagship initiatives for the reformation in governance started by Prime Minister Modi. Everything is now available on click of a mouse.
Cleanliness is of paramount importance for a healthy environment. In 1994, plague struck Surat, a city in Gujarat. The outbreak of plague reflects the shortcomings of the proper disposal of waste. Rising out of an epidemic, Surat has made incredible progress in waste management with citizen participation.
SM@RT URBANATION co-located with 5th SM@RT CITIES SUMMIT is India’s leading platform for government and private stakeholders to debate, deliberate, dialogue and derive decisive ways to outline India’s urban reality and future strengthened with a technological revolution.
With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly found tech hub, Telangana, is all set to host the country’s smartest conclave ever—SMART URBANATION—from March 22 to 23, 2018 in Hyderabad. What’s more! The conclave is backed by India’s original tech-giant State, Karnataka and organized by the Smart Cities Council India (SCC).
What is the role of customer relationship management (CRM)? Even in the field of IT, why is a CRM tool thought to be indispensable? The answer I think is quite obvious – with CRM, there is no better way to build a strong business relationship with the existing clients and potential leads.
Considering the current trend in green airport construction, the new terminal building at Belagavi airport has been designed and constructed in an eco-friendly manner. Here, about 620 metric tons (MT) of structural steel and total steel reinforcement in RCC of 550 MT have been used for the project.
The whopping Rs 20,000 crore Ganga Rejuvenation project are gaining some tractions. To make Ganga pollution-free, around 34 projects worth Rs 3,581 crore have been sanctioned, while 56 projects worth Rs 9,630 crore have been approved since 2014 till date.
With a focused plan of economic diversification, improved living environment, sustainable infrastructure, promotion of tribal culture and citizen centric governance the Rourkela smart city is adding extensive work to its plan. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) has already appointed Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India as a Project Management Services (PMS).
After firmly cementing its leadership position in the self-drive car sharing market, Zoomcar is throwing some serious fitness goal challenge for India’s largest privately-developed smart city, Palava. The company has launched PEDL, which is India’s first technology-enabled cycle sharing service.
Being one of the oldest and largest cities in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad is also a developed city. However, the city is currently competing for the fifth round after losing the first four rounds of the Smart Cities Mission. A total of 16 cities from India vying for the top 10 slots. For this, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has submitted a Smart City proposal of Rs 2,241 crore to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
In the wake of the much-talked ‘Smart Cities Mission’ of the government, now even the Cantonment Departments are opting for smarter solutions. This year a number of measures—under the Digital India initiatives—were undertaken by all Cantonment Boards in India.
According to a study by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), the total vehicular traffic will increase threefold in Hyderabad and urban areas connected with the metropolitan area in the coming years. To solve this growing concern, Ford and HMDA have signed an MoU to assess the feasibility of a common digital mobility solution for commuters in Hyderabad.
Plastic waste is a growing concern, and recycling is the only option at the present time. Indian scientists—Dr Premanjali Rai and Dr Kunwar P Singh from the Environmental Chemistry Division of the CSIR Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in Lucknow—have found that decontamination of water can be done with the use of plastic waste.
The menace of plastic waste is a grave concern for everyone. In fact, plastic waste has choked rivers, drains and drainage tanks. Due to the decomposition of plastic bags, the environment is largely depleted. There are more than 300-400 tons of plastic bags and various types of plastic found in the waste everyday.
Stinking and non-functioning toilets on Indian Railways (IR) may soon become a thing of the past. IR will be upgrading its bio-toilets to imported bio-vacuum toilets, a kind that is found in aircraft. The first 100 coaches with the new toilets will be attached to important trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi and would be rolled out from January 2018.
A spot exchange to buy and sell waste that would otherwise find its way into the Ganga is in the works, thanks to a tie-up between London-based GMEX Technologies Ltd and a government think tank. The trading platform will provide a spot market for trading waste.
Generation of waste is a major hindrance in any city. But Chennai has come our with an ultimate solution on managing waste. The Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to produce electricity from non-degradable wastes in a major step ahead in making Chennai ‘zero-waste’ city.
Envisioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Smart Cities Mission (a plan to develop 100 cities all over the country) will finally hit a century in January next year. The list, which is currently at 90, will have a total of 100 smart cities next year.
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.
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.
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.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world as it’s being increasingly applied in literally each and every field. AI plays a key role in securing smart cities. For this, the University of Toronto has partnered with IIT-Bombay to deploy AI to make Pune a truly Smart City in India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now, trains accidents will be thing of the past! To prevent train mishaps due to poor signaling infrastructure the Indian Railways will seek help from artificial intelligence (AI). This would be the first time in the India’s railway history where AI will be considered to predict accidents.
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.
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.
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.
Saurashtra’s commercial capital Rajkot, which was picked up by the United Nations (UN) for its feasibility to implement district cooling system, is all set for a big leap.
In a quest to provide greater information to the authority and proactively manage the current traffic menace, Raipur will soon start ‘Smart Traffic Management and Safe City — Intelligent Traffic Management System’ (ITMS) and City Surveillance System.
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.
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.
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.
In India, transportation sector emissions is a significant contributor to the deteriorating air quality and human health in cities. Transportation accounts for 20 per cent of global energy use and it contributes 25 to 30 per cent of the emissions.
Air pollution data from the World Health Organization reveals that Jabalpur—a tier-2 city in Madhya Pradesh—is one of the most polluted cities in India despite having the maximum number of lakes.
Located on the Ganga River, the ancient city of Varanasi discharges 67 per cent of its sewerage directly into the river and its tributary, resulting in significant pollution.
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.
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.
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’.
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).
Earlier the driving test used to be a manual process with human intervention. One had to make an “8” with their vehicle during a driving test to obtain a two-or four-wheeler license. A single inspector would determine the abilities of a driver and check for any errors during the test.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing are redefining numerous areas of business, including banking. Processes and functions that involve large amounts of information, significant complexity and nuanced analysis are prime candidates for an AI-enabled revolution.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing are redefining numerous areas of business, including banking. Processes and functions that involve large amounts of information, significant complexity and nuanced analysis are prime candidates for an AI-enabled revolution.
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.
To bring momentum in skilling through collaborative efforts, the government has launched India's first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
The BharatNet project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas of the country, has now reached 83,000 gram panchayats. This was informed by Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.
Over 400 industries reduced their emissions by 31 MT of CO2, approximately 2 per cent of annual CO2 emissions, during the first implementation cycle of Perform, Achieve & Trade Scheme (PAT) by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) between 2012 and 2015.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
River Brahmaputra originates in Tibet and flows down to India before entering Bangladesh, unleashing major flood havoc every year in the Northeastern part of India. To minimize this havoc, India is setting up a floating laboratory.
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.
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.
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.
Vadodara Airport in Gujarat handled about 9.32 lakh passengers, with a growth rate of about 30 per cent over the previous year. Such steady growth necessitated the construction of a new terminal building to provide more room to manoeuvre passenger inflow at the airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microfinance is a transformative and sustainable approach to alleviating global poverty. Microloans, typically less than Rs 50,000 ($800), allow low-income borrowers, most of whom are women, the opportunity to develop their own businesses and lift their families out of poverty.
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.
In India, water scarcity caused by delayed monsoons, insufficient rains, irrigation needs, oversight and intense competition between various neighboring states over shared aqua resources is nothing new.
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.
A yet another massive feat of energy efficiency was achieved by the Government of India through initiation of the UJALA scheme in Malaysian State of Melaka. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) had endeavored to create the replica of UJALA Scheme in Melaka.
In the backdrop of back-to-back rail accidents, the current safety standards of Indian Railways have assumed center-stage again in India’s development agenda. Keeping this in mind, the Indian Railways has decided to collaborate with Australian firms to revamp railway safety in India.
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.
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.
Mumbai, which witnessed worst rainfall recently, has managed to avert 2005-like situation. Thanks to 5,000 high-definition CCTV cameras deployed across the city by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Membrane-based water purification methods have many advantages over the conventional techniques. Here, researchers from the IISc have developed a new way to design thin, porous membranes that can be used for water filtration.
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.
Smart Cities Council India along with Western Digital, a leading global provider of storage solutions, co-hosted a Roundtable Conference on “Technology Modernization for Safer and Smarter Cities” in Mumbai, recently.
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.
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.
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.
Malware attack on JNPT port last monthn not only exposed the vulnerability of our cyber infrastructure, but it also highlighted the lack of trained manpower to handle such incidents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bhopal, a vibrant economic centre of Madhya Pradesh, has launched many innovative smart solutions. The city recently has launched its first innovative public private partnership (PPP)-based smart poles and intelligent streetlights project under the Smart Cities Mission. The project is innovatively structured in such a manner that it delivers bundled smart services to citizens and gives maximum values for money to the city authority.
Coir geotextile mats, shredded waste plastic, nano-coated hydrophilic fibres, industrial slag, fly ash, and marble slurry dust are some of the new materials finding a place in road construction.
Participation of citizens and citizen action is a key tenet of democratic governance. Participation or citizen action develops ownerships, which is crucial for success of any government initiate. However, direct participation or action of citizens in government programs and civic activities poses many operational challenges, particularly in terms of efficacy and cost of participation.
Citizen mobility is one of the key issues in a city like Pune. The city relies solely on buses for public transportation, but the average number of buses per lakh population is only 37! Additionally, buses in Pune have issues with availability (about 25 per cent fleet off-road most of the time) and reliability (about 84 per cent routes have a waiting time of more than 20 minutes). As a result, the public transport trip share is a mere 18 per cent.
Coimbatore with a decadal growth rate of around 20% is a rapidly growing city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Known as Manchester of India, the city is undertaking numerous initiatives towards improving basic services and quality of life of citizens.
Indore, being the largest and the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh with a population of around 20 lakh (according to the 2011 census), the Indore Municipal Corporation considers sanitation and solid waste management as its topmost priority. Ranked as the cleanest city in India, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2017, IMC is aiming for 100 per cent coverage of solid waste management.
India’s ranking in terms of food security is not on par with its status of being one of the biggest producers of vegetables. According to a research, India produces 220 million tons of vegetables and fruits in a year but only 30 per cent of the production never reaches the table. The main reason for this waste is a lack of storage infrastructure, particularly at harvest-time.
Surat, being the centre of opportunities for laborers and investors, has attracted migrants from nearby rural areas and cities. This has increasing the demand for intra-city transportation. In the year 2006, Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) limits were increased from 112.28 sq km to 326.515 sq km.
Commissioning India’s tallest MET tower is not an easy task. India recently erected its tallest lattice MET tower that stretches 150 metre (m) high and features an array of latest technologies, including 40C anemometers, 200P wind vanes, 110S temperature sensors, a BP20 barometric pressure sensor, and a SymphoniePRO data logger with iPackGPS for bankable, secure and reliable data collection.
A team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a highly sensitive low-cost nanosensor to detect carbon monoxide levels, a step forward in environmental pollution monitoring. These nanosensors can be even synced with a smartphone or a small device at every traffic signal, which can transmit the data through Bluetooth.
Tackling waste is a problem of plenty. However, by just implementing comprehensive waste segregation and management plan, Mahabalipuram, a temple town in Tamil Nadu, has shown the entire country how to be 100 per cent waste-free.
Joining the league of cities with smart solutions, Coimbatore from now will monitor air quality for its citizens. The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation has installed 30 solar-powered air quality monitoring devices to address city’s air pollution.
Known for its several innovations, the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) has recently developed a chip-based system for Indian Railways (IR) that will avert accidents at unmanned level crossing.
Providing quality education to more than a million government schools has resulted in the government struggling to offer quality and holistic education to every child. Evidently, according to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) 2014 report, the world will require 25 million teachers by 2030, and India alone will require 6 million more teachers by 2030.
In a ground-breaking innovation, IIT Kharagpur has developed a fog algorithm that aims to cut delays and cancellations of flights and trains, by clearing hazy visuals caused by rain, fog or smog, all in real time!
As the world’s diabetes epidemic worsens, IBM, Qualcomm and Microsoft technologies have joined the battle. Columbus, Georgia’s mayor has signed on. So have 47,000 Lions Clubs. And then there's Dana Lewis; don't miss what she's doing to help diabetes sufferers like herself.
In coming months, Bengaluru will witness a massive public bicycle sharing (PBS) project proposed by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). The project, with around 4,000 cycle and 350 docking points, is touted to be India’s largest cycle-sharing project.
Conducting a nationwide paperless examination is not an easy task. The Indian Railways (IR)—in a massive saving drive—has saved over 4 lakh trees and 319 crore paper sheets just by adopting online test by replacing bulky, multi-lingual question booklets.
Use of technology to increase transparency and accountability and transfer maximum benefit to the consumer reflects a 360-degree approach of a ‘Government in Action’.
With an inventory of more than 1,35,000 bridges on one single platform, Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) which was launched last year, has now become the largest platform in the world.
Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada city—chosen among the first 20 cities in the first phase of the Smart City Mission—has [finally] shown some movement towards the mission. The city authority has appointed Sterlite Tech to serve as a system integrator for the smart city project, which aims to bring in transformational changes in the life of over 3.25 lakh citizens of Kakinada, through real-time governance and efficient delivery of citizen services.
With India’s Smart City Mission completing its second anniversary last month, a number of smart cities announced a slew of projects. One of them was Chandigarah. The Chandigarh Smart City Mission launched cycling track, Smart City operations centre, subway, smart parking and urban park under its pan-city development plan.
In coming days, Gurugram and Faridabad Municipal Corporation will be developing first of ok its kind Integrated solid waste management project. This project will cost around Rs 430 crore and will use advanced technology to collect, transport, process and dispose daily waste of over 1,250 tonne per day from both Gurugram and Faridabad regions.
In a first of its kind Index to be introduced in the country, India has launched City Liveability Index where quality of life in 116 major cities will be assessed.
One of the oldest living city of the world—Varanasi—has utmost historic and cultural importance for the entire country. It has organically evolved over hundreds of years. The city needs to be turned into Smart City, without altering its basic fabric. Approach of Area Based Development (ABD) will be taken along with the pan city solutions.
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched Janmitra RuPay contactless cards in association with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and ICICI Bank for Ahmedabad Smart City. With this, Ahmedabad will be the third city in India to go live on RuPay contactless after Kochi and Bengaluru.
Day-to-day weather variations have an impact on load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management, as well as energy prices. Extreme events such as heat waves or cold waves, wind storms or floods can have dramatic consequences on the production means or the electrical grid of a country including physical damage to the infrastructure.
In a step towards being smart, the Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) will deploy underground solid waste bins in the city to tackle its waste issues, and the corporation has already identified 12 sites for the same.
The government today announced another list of 30 cities for development as smart cities taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under Smart City Mission launched on June 25, 2015.
The largest ever sample survey of over 18 lakh citizens has revealed that sanitation in cities and towns of the country has substantially improved during the last one year, confirming that ‘Swachh Bharat’ buzz is making a difference on ground with people clearly perceiving a change for the better.
The Government of India, through the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, would be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional streetlights with LEDs in gram panchayats of seven districts in Andhra Pradesh.
Transportation is an unsolved issue in the city of Bengaluru. The city has always struggled in providing last mile connectivity to its citizens. However, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is working towards ease of traffic congestion and is working on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) which will establish a network of pod taxis carrying passengers on elevated tracks and is aimed at overcoming last mile connectivity issue.
Inching towards digitization in the education system, the Government of India will be launching a unified digital system that will track performance parameters of nearly 8.7 million school teachers and 250 million students. The unified platform will also address the issue of absenteeism.
In line with the ‘Digital India’ initiative, state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has initiated steps towards digitization by implementing company-wide paperless office to save on expensive office space and paper use.
As a part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) programme, NACTO-GDCI—in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and MTP—has been working on the redesign of Mith Chowki intersection in Mumbai, a space known as a hot spot for road safety challenges.
Soil Health Card, a revolutionary scheme initiated for farmers, will bring in a huge difference to farming and farm produce. Soil Health Card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients for improving soil health and its fertility.
The Smart Cities Council India successfully organised its first-in-its-series of India-wide multicity smart cities workshops in Solapur on June 2, 2017. Solapur was selected under the Centre’s smart city mission, which witnessed a lineup of world-class solution providers.
The launch of INAM-Pro+, an upgraded version of INAM-Pro, has bought cement buyers and sellers together on one single platform. Designed by the Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), INAM-Pro, which was launched two years back, has been used by more than 700 construction companies.
Incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste results in emission of climate change, causing greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tonne of carbon dioxide in the country per year. A recent study revealed that improper solid waste management causes 15 diseases including hepatitis, cholera and malaria.
In an effort to provide easier access to its products through its retail business and to expand its market outreach across the country, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced the flagging of its van campaign, ‘Switch On India’, across the country.
With approximately 0.15 million deaths and almost thrice that number injured every year in India, road crash fatalities are becoming a serious concern. It is indeed an alarming situation for all the citizens, including officials associated with road traffic management.
Today, buildings and college campuses consume huge amounts of energy. And there is an urgent need to make them smarter by utilizing Internet of Things (IOT) and data analytics for energy optimization.
Waste transporters transfer hazardous waste from one location to another by different modes of transport. In a major move, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), one of the three Municipal Corporations in Delhi, has introduced mobile transfer stations and auto tippers. This move helps waste to be carried away to the dumping sites seamlessly saving almost Rs 461 crore within a span of eight years.