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Tata treatment plant in Jamshedpur reduces intake of fresh water

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:05 -- SCC India Staff
04/16/2019

Tata Steel is committed to play a leading role in conservation of water and significantly reduce its impact on water. The steel company, which has setup a 30,000 cubic meters a day (m3/d) tertiary-level treatment plant in 2018, has now resulted in a 16 per cent cut in the intake of fresh water from the Subarnarekha River.

Drones to monitor construction projects

Fri, 2019-04-05 12:04 -- SCC India Staff
04/04/2019

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon use drones for aerial site photography to monitor the progress of ongoing construction projects. The drones will take aerial photographs of the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR) project area (624 acres), the new terminal (T2) and apron project area (166 acres) and the forecourt project area (128 acres).

Now, Goa to introduce waste management in school syllabus

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:29 -- SCC India Staff
04/04/2019

Students will be introduced to scientific waste disposal for the first time from the academic year 2019-20. The syllabus, prepared by the Pune-based Mutha Foundation with inputs from the state department of science and technology, will be part of the ‘moolya vardhan’ programme.

All you need to know about Mumbai Metro’s smart cards

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:23 -- SCC India Staff
04/04/2019

The Mumbai Metro, run by Reliance has partnered with several private and public banks that offer their regular commuters with the Mumbai Metro smart card which incorporates dual purposes. Each of these banks has various benefits to offer the users, which includes cashback and loyalty points.

Diu Smart City to “bridge the gap” between 2 major tourist attractions

Thu, 2019-03-28 17:01 -- SCC India Staff
03/28/2019

To improve connectivity between Diu (Old City) and Ghoghla Beach and to leverage the waterfront location and the beach destinations in order to improve the tourism potential of Diu, the Diu Smart City has proposed to build a 300 meters Diu Ghoghla Bridge Park.

Puducherry to empower its citizens through an innovative & integrated financing mechanism

Thu, 2019-03-28 16:50 -- SCC India Staff
03/28/2019

To improve a shared community infrastructure as well as augmenting social and technological capacity to achieve the goal of a ‘slumfree’ Puducherry, the Puducherry Smart City Corporation Ltd (PSCCL) has launched “Our Neighbourhood is Your Neighbourhood Too – A Participatory Planning Approach for Improvement of Low-income Settlements” project in Puducherry.

Bhopal to turn buses into modern classrooms!

Wed, 2019-03-20 18:35 -- SCC India Staff
03/20/2019

To impact as many school students as possible with education support, improve student retention rate in schools by strengthening education systems, and to provide user-friendly mobile community development centre as a learning space, the Bhopal Smart City Development Cooperation (BCLL) has drawn a plan to refurbish the old public transport buses of Bhopal City Link (BCL) as modern classrooms.

Amritsar takes bold steps to tackle air pollution & reduce carbon footprint

Tue, 2019-03-12 18:30 -- SCC India Staff
03/12/2019

Amritsar has an existing bus network (BRTS) and city bus network, but the current system is not sufficient to cater to the public transportation requirements of all citizens. This has led Amritsar Smart City (ASCL) to develop a last-mile connectivity project for all citizens through feeder service.

Kochi’s cloud-based e-Health solution incorporates all govt hospitals into one integrated system

Mon, 2019-03-11 18:48 -- SCC India Staff
03/11/2019

To provide affordable and quality healthcare services to the citizens, the Cochin Smart Mission Limited has adopted e-Health solution, being developed and implemented by the Kerala State Health Department (KSHD). This solution integrates all departments and government hospitals into an efficient Hospital Information and Management System.

Vizag to develop its futuristic learning environment by modernizing public schools

Fri, 2019-03-08 13:12 -- SCC India Staff
03/07/2019

As a part of City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has submitted a proposal to upgrade existing 149 schools by adopting smart ways to develop futuristic learning environment is necessary.

One Nation One Card: PM launches common mobility card for all transport facilities

Thu, 2019-03-07 16:22 -- SCC India Staff
03/07/2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a payment card, which can be used to pay transport charges across the country. Called the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), it is the country's first indigenously developed payment system for transport.

Smart LED lights for Coimbatore! (city plans to save on energy)

Fri, 2019-02-15 14:13 -- SCC India Staff
02/15/2019

The Coimbatore Smart City will undergo an energy saving transformation. The city SPV has called for a tender converting the existing incandescent street light to smart energy efficient LED lights. That said, the scope of work of this tender also includes fixing accessories across the city of Coimbatore, as well as west and south core areas of the Coimbatore Smart City.

See how Police nabbed a serial killer in Kumbh Mela using ICCC

Thu, 2019-02-14 18:11 -- SCC India Staff
02/14/2019

An Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), as the name suggests, works as a brain for all smart solutions implemented across a city – be it a surveillance system, smart traffic management, waste management, utilities management, environmental sensors, public information system, (variable message boards, public address systems, kiosks, etc).

India provides Rs 382 bn opportunities in Smart Cities Mission

Fri, 2019-02-08 11:16 -- SCC India Staff
02/07/2019

Under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), 100 Smart Cities have been selected in four rounds based on All India Competition. All 100 cities have incorporated Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Since the launch of the mission 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.

Ginjer is SenRa’s new low-cost IoT analytics platform

Fri, 2019-02-08 11:05 -- SCC India Staff
02/07/2019

With the current increase in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments taking place across the globe, IoT platforms have started to play a critical role in the successful roll-outs of IoT solutions. Real-time analytic provide customers the ability to get immediate insight on their business operations, cost savings, and overall return on investment (ROI).

Happy Cities Summit to help Amaravati to be at the forefront of urban innovation

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:34 -- SCC India Staff
02/07/2019

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is organizing the second edition of Happy Cities Summit 2019, Amaravati from February 13-15, 2019. The summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit to establish Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, at the forefront of urban innovation discourse, with a focus on citizen happiness.

Now, take a Uber Ride, but in a speed boat!

Thu, 2019-02-07 14:55 -- SCC India Staff
02/07/2019

Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, announced a pilot launch of Uber Boat service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). The on-demand service will provide transportation from three of the city’s popular coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands and Mandwa Jetty, via speed boats.

Vizag to be energy sufficient, plans a 15 MW floating solar plant

Fri, 2019-02-01 10:43 -- SCC India Staff
01/31/2019

As per the smart city plan (SCP), close to 70 per cent of the work has been grounded. The city SPV has completed an Integrated Command and Communication Centre at the GVMC office, Centralised Command Control Centre at the Police Commissioner's office, and Phase-II of the smart poles project for redesigning and beautification of roads costing Rs 600 million.

Kakinanda Smart City to issue bids worth Rs 3.60 billion

Fri, 2019-02-01 10:12 -- SCC India Staff
01/31/2019

As on date, the city has undertaken 50 projects worth Rs 9.40 billion under the Smart City Mission, of which, 12 projects worth Rs 1.12 billion have been successfully completed, 16 projects worth Rs 2.57 billion are in progress, and another 22 projects worth Rs 5.68 billion are in the tendering or DPR stages.

Smart meter project in Delhi to save Rs 1.24 bn

Mon, 2019-01-28 17:30 -- SCC India Staff
01/28/2019

Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses. It will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of 24X7 Power for All.

Shivmogga Smart City to award projects worth Rs 370 cr

Fri, 2019-01-25 15:08 -- SCC India Staff
01/25/2019

The Shivamogga Smart City in Karnataka is leaving no stone unturned to be one of the finest smart cities in India. The city is progressing well in terms of issuance of work orders. The city has issued work orders for projects worth Rs 64.06 crore. That apart, the authority will be issuing work orders for all the key smart roads (infrastructure projects) by this weekend.

Haryana's ISMO to help tackle cyber security issues

Wed, 2019-01-23 18:27 -- SCC India Staff
01/23/2019

To address the challenge of cyber security, the Haryana Government has formed a dedicated department - Information Security Management Office (ISMO), which will help the state authorities in tackling, preventing and detecting various threats along with monitoring, risk-assessment and other security breaches.

Nagpur recycles 90% of sewage water (other cities can learn from them)

Tue, 2019-01-22 17:31 -- SCC India Staff
01/22/2019

Burgeoning populations coupled with slow and unorganized development in sewage infrastructure pose a major threat to the sanitation conditions of cities, subsequent river water quality and public health of the inhabitants. According to the report on the Composite Water Management Index by the NITI Aayog last year, about 600 million people face high-extreme water stress.

India’s first solar ferry boat saves 58,000 liters of diesel in 2 years

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:17 -- SCC India Staff
01/15/2019

India’s first solar ferry boat, ADITYA has contended its two years (730 days) effective activity in Vaikom, Kerala. The sun-powered transport ferry is manufactured (under the ‘Make In India’ initiative) by NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats, that expects to make water transport progressively effective.

Join Smart Cities Think Table in Nagpur

Fri, 2019-01-18 13:01 -- SCC India Staff
01/16/2019

Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSCDC) is organising a Think Table meet on January 31, 2019, at Nagpur. Smart Cities Think Tables (SCTT) are a series of forum sessions organized by Smart Cities Council (SCC) in different cities of India where the biggest challenges facing the sector are detailed and discussed threadbare.

Incorporate AI with Zero Liquid Discharge and Improve Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:42 -- SCC India Staff
01/18/2019

The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has had strong implications for the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems market. To keep pace with the rate of digitalization in end-user industries, ZLD vendors have implemented the use of IoT-enabled wastewater monitoring and handling systems for improved efficiency, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and smart meters for monitoring fouling issues in membranes.

Indore clears 13 lakh tonnes of garbage in six months (and saves Rs 50 crore too)

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:32 -- SCC India Staff
01/17/2019

Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh has set an example for wannabe smart cities by clearing over 13 lakh tonne waste in just six months as compared to a mere 2 lakh tonne in the last two years. Under the previous model, the government had outsourced the task to private agencies, which were charging Rs 475 per cubic metre.

See how this interactive IoT platform can benefit consumers

Fri, 2019-01-11 16:16 -- SCC India Staff
01/11/2019

To enable professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the Internet of Things (IoT), Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) launched its new IoT platform. This interactive IoT Platform—Interact—enables connected LED lighting systems and embedded sensor networks to deliver insights, benefits and new services to customers.

See how smart cities can earn revenues and fund projects

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:20 -- SCC India Staff
01/10/2019

Although smart cities have been provided with some seed money from the Centre and the state, with some to be generated from their own budget, the financial requirement still remains huge as smart city plan has to benefit the entire city and not just limited to the area identified for development.

Fiber-reinforced plastic is a game-changer for structural requirements (See how)

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:12 -- SCC India Staff
01/10/2019

By connecting places, they facilitate the movement of goods and services and people, thereby ensuring a means of livelihood for those who would otherwise be cut off from the rest of the population. Typically, as bridges in difficult-to-reach locations are made of wood or steel, they tend to rot or corrode easily.

Shimoga plans projects to the tune of Rs 4.44 bn (tenders floated for Rs 2 bn)

Wed, 2019-01-09 15:56 -- SCC India Staff
01/09/2019

Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga, is a large city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in the central part of Karnataka. Situated 569-meter above sea level and gateway to the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city lies on the banks of Tunga River and is popularly nicknamed ‘Gateway of Malnad’.

See how this drought-stricken village in Maharashtra is building a sustainable water supply

Wed, 2019-01-02 18:17 -- SCC India Staff
01/02/2019

Shirpur, one of the drought-prone areas in Maharashtra, has always witnessed insufficient water supply, depleting rainfalls and extreme summer heat. Yet dripping pipes, spilling water on the roads, washing vehicles with oodles of water was a common sight in the town.

See how cities tackling traffic issues with advanced technologies

Wed, 2018-12-26 16:03 -- SCC India Staff
12/26/2018

India’s biggest cities are subjected to traffic congestion every day, and the commuters are bearing the burden. Transport demand in India has increased by almost eight times since the 1980s as rapid economic development and increasing wealth among households has led to higher vehicle ownership.

Smart Cities Council India’s Think Table series kicks off with Pune Smart City

Mon, 2018-12-24 15:46 -- SCC India Staff
12/24/2018

Smart Cities Council India (SCCI) in association with Pune Smart City Development Corporation organised a Think Table meet on December 6, 2018, at Pune. The meet focused on various standardisation initiatives to be adopted in the smart cities.

Puducherry: Empowering Citizens Digitally

Fri, 2018-12-21 15:33 -- SCC India Staff
12/21/2018

Puducherry is in the process of evolving from E-Governance to Digital Governance and building digital capacities. In line with the flagship Digital India programme of Government of India, the Government of Puducherry has introduced and implemented various digital schemes to provide better Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) services to the citizens.

See how Amritsar curbs the illegal car parking menace and reduce traffic congestion

Wed, 2018-12-19 15:27 -- SCC India Staff
12/19/2018

The illegal car parking situation in India requires a conscious effort towards improving the situation not only on part of the citizens but also from the enforcement bodies. This means at the very minimum, identifying and acknowledging the problem as a prevailing menace.

Tarapur Atomic Power Project accomplish versatility with digitization

Fri, 2018-12-14 11:19 -- SCC India Staff
12/13/2018

The 540 MW TAPP-3, a totally indigenous nuclear power unit, is the 16th nuclear power reactor in the country. It has been designed and built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector after undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Chennai Police to keep an eye on citizens (installs 1.5 lakh cameras)

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:03 -- SCC India Staff
12/04/2018

The Chennai Police, which has installed around 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras around the city, has decided to use it efficiently with its recently-launched ‘CCTV Chennai City’ app. The app is linked to Google Maps, on which all the locations in the city where CCTV cameras have been fixed are pinned.

Now, Bhopal Traffic Police to use phones to generate e-challan

Fri, 2018-11-23 15:12 -- SCC India Staff
11/23/2018

In a quest to make the traffic violators more disciplined, the Bhopal Smart City is expanding its Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS). Earlier, ITMS-based challans or fine receipts were generated through fixed cameras, however, now the government has authorized Traffic Police to use mobile cameras shots to penalize traffic violators.

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

Wed, 2018-11-21 18:10 -- SCC India Staff
11/21/2018

Issues like black money and money laundering are common in many countries. Sierra Leone, an underdeveloped country to the West of Africa, has got a solution to this increasing problem. Sierra Leone, which has seen trade in illicit diamonds, is now using new technology to counter the problem.

What India can learn from Sweden’s recycling revolution

Wed, 2018-11-21 17:51 -- SCC India Staff
11/21/2018

According to experts, the world is heading towards a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature because of climate change and greenhouse gases. Fossil fuels are ever diminishing while global energy demand is expected to have increased by 50 percent in 2030. As the world’s population continues to grow, the production of waste will drastically increase.

Traffic violators beware! Smart cameras to keep an eye

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:47 -- SCC India Staff
11/15/2018

The Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is leaving no stone unturned to make their city the top smart city in India. In this process, the city [now] has started the process of installing registration number trackers and smart cameras to capture images of vehicles that are found to be flouting traffic rules.

See how video analytics help track criminal activities

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:40 -- SCC India Staff
11/15/2018

Smart cities is the talk of the town. Video content analysis is the capability of automatically analyzing video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. Video analytics are software applications that generate descriptions of what is happening in the video that can be used to track persons and other objects detected in the video stream.

See how Hyderabad is planning to curb anti-social elements

Wed, 2018-11-14 11:58 -- SCC India Staff
11/13/2018

Hyderabad, know for IT hub of India has taken one step forward to keep the city safe from criminals. Known for many firsts, now the city is working on police robot—Robocop— which make society feel safer, while also removing the danger associated with the job for human police officers.

Integrated smart parking to resolve traffic management in Hyderabad

Tue, 2018-11-06 15:57 -- SCC India Staff
11/06/2018

When it comes to living in a populous region, every inch counts. And parking in such areas is a luxury. Rise in income and increase in the vehicular demand has lead to a shortage of parking spaces. Areas around metro and railway stations highly demand for parking space and it is going to be a major relief for the people in Hyderabad as the Integrated Smart Parking Management System (ISPMS) is expected to start within a week at the Habsiguda metro station in Hyderabad.

Bhubaneswar makes a smart move with smart buses

Tue, 2018-11-06 15:36 -- SCC India Staff
11/06/2018

With an aim to boost the urban mobility services, the Capital Region Urban Transport is all set to roll out 200 new city buses with ultramodern IT technology from November 6, 2018. The transport body has finally got the area-based permit from the Commerce and Transport department, which issued the notification of providing permit to the buses.

Puducherry smart city goes cashless

Fri, 2018-10-26 15:55 -- SCC India Staff
10/26/2018

A private bank, launched a co-branded prepaid card for the citizens of Puduchchery Smart City in partnership with Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). The pre paid card is a RUPAY card. The programme aims to bolster Digital Payments ecosystem in Puduchchery and aid the Digital India initiatives of Government of India.

This small Vienna suburb is now a living lab!

Thu, 2018-10-25 15:51 -- SCC India Staff
10/25/2018

Despite not being the first smart city in the world, one of Vienna’s suburb is now a living lab. The lab is powered by data from Teradata and partners like Siemens. As the city started coming up in 2014, Aspern’s underground connections for data infrastructure and analytics capabilities were integrated from the ground up. Including apartments, offices, business areas, research quarters and school campus, the total size of Aspern smart city is 2.2 million metre square.

Chandigarh to roll out 30,000 “smart” meters

Thu, 2018-10-25 15:43 -- SCC India Staff
10/25/2018

The Smart Grid project has finally been started by the UT Electricity Department, Chandigarh; wherein its first phase, it will replace the old meters by installing 30,000 smart meters in four sectors (29, 31, 47 and 48), six villages (Faida, Ram Darbar, Hallo Majra, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Daria), and industrial area.

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

Fri, 2018-10-19 14:27 -- SCC India Staff
10/19/2018

In a program organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog, Pune has been selected as India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab. The lab ensures to promote and support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing and scaling innovative mobility solutions in the Indian cities.

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

Fri, 2018-10-19 14:19 -- SCC India Staff
10/19/2018

In order to secure a 60-km stretch and riverine border with Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district, the Home Ministry has arranged for sonar cameras, radars, aerostat and electro-optic underground sensors. Falling under the comprehensive integrated border management system, the project—which is on a pilot base—aims to [completely] replace physical security mechanism with a technical set up to enhance security.

Now, cities to be ranked over revival of water bodies

Wed, 2018-10-17 18:10 -- SCC India Staff
10/17/2018

For the revival of water bodies, the government will be launching a competition among cities. The winning city will be awarded a higher ranking along with financial assistance, which will indirectly encourage more participation. The Urban Ministry will be drafting guidelines for the competition.

Is free parking on Indian public roads necessary?

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:06 -- SCC India Staff
10/10/2018

The Central Government’s 2011 National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) report states that parking is not a right but a privilege. A user must pay the full cost of the parking facility based on the land opportunity cost, capital cost, O&M costs and temporal demand. However, this is something that many car owners in India don’t understand.

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

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:50 -- SCC India Staff
10/10/2018

Besides big cities claiming their successful start in the Smart Cities Mission, Chhattisgarh’s three cities- Raipur, Atal Nagar and Bilaspur- have showcased a remarkable progress in innovation planning initiatives and citizen-centric governance. By intelligent conceptualisations and meticulously working towards earning the smart city tag, each city has carved an identity for itself. Here is how these cities are redefining India.

Making smart cities cyber-secure

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:19 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2018

A smart city must also be a safe city, with a good disaster response system. V Rishi Kumar reports With the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission moving forward in a phased manner and technology forming the backbone of smart cities’ architecture and governance, one of the major challenges identified for the future is cyber security.

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

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:43 -- SCC India Staff
10/09/2018

With the launch of four heavy-duty communications satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has promised to deliver internet speed of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of 2019 to every household and office in the country.

Now Mumbai commuters can book a parking spot with an app

Fri, 2018-10-05 14:40 -- SCC India Staff
10/05/2018

In a cramped up city like Mumbai, where even footpaths are occupied, finding a parking spot is a herculean task. However, the city is all geared up to witness a car parking revolution as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated to develop a mobile app that will enable commuters to book a parking slot online.

See how Imphal is revitalising smart city projects

Thu, 2018-10-04 11:23 -- SCC India Staff
10/03/2018

Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was ‘Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration’.

India completes 332 smart cities projects worth Rs 60 billion

Wed, 2018-10-03 15:47 -- SCC India Staff
10/03/2018

Considering 100 smart cities, the Government of India is expecting a total investment of Rs 2 trillion over a period of five years. Out of which, Rs 1 trillion will be aided by the Central Government and balance will come through the State Government and conversions, through synergy of various programmes and PPP.

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

Fri, 2018-09-28 12:34 -- SCC India Staff
09/28/2018

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has mapped nearly 4,500 of the 16,000 projects registered with it under the Geographical Information System (GIS), enabling citizens find minute details of homes of their choice just by selecting the option “view on map” on its website.

Why GIS is important for Smart Cities

Fri, 2018-09-28 12:11 -- SCC India Staff
09/27/2018

As urban areas are getting more crowded and falling increasingly short on future development potential, development of new self-sustaining cities are emerging as an alternate solution to these problems. Technology is at the heart of these new self-sustaining cities enabling automation and real-time integrated city monitoring and management through a network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices and data centers.

How the water industry is going digital to boost efficiency

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10 -- SCC India Staff
09/26/2018

Water scarcity is undoubtedly one of the key issues facing the world today. Research published last year in Science Advances concluded that four billion people worldwide (two-thirds of the global population) are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month of the year. What does this mean? Nearly a billion people currently have no access to clean, safe drinking water.

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

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:02 -- SCC India Staff
09/26/2018

Technology is disrupting different industries across the world, and real estate cannot be far behind. Already, real estate consultants have moved beyond the traditional ways of prospecting, with the Internet opening up the market in unprecedented ways and taking a lot of the footwork out of finding property options.

See how innovative cities could serve as a blueprint

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:07 -- SCC India Staff
09/26/2018

Singapore's 'One Nation' Initiative and its position as a city-state makes it unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision. Its transformation, over the remarkably short time after its split from Malaysia, to the world's leading smart city, provides an example from which other cities can learn.

What Got Kerala Sinking?

Fri, 2018-09-21 12:12 -- SCC India Staff
09/20/2018

In 2013, floods and landslides devastated the northern state of Uttarakhand. The build-up of sediment in rivers, caused by hydroelectric plants, worsened the flooding. In 2014, floods ran amok through Kashmir, attributed to encroachments that diminished the holding capacity of lakes and water bodies. Poor planning has led to similar crises in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai as well. And now, in 2018, it’s the turn of God’s own country: Kerala.

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

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:55 -- SCC India Staff
09/13/2018

In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.

India's first public traffic driving data is ready

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:08 -- SCC India Staff
09/13/2018

CV Jawahar, a computer vision scientist along with his team at IIIT- Hyderabad, readied the world’s first public dataset of Indian driving conditions. This dataset not only aims to help the computer vision researchers from across the world to train their algorithms on Indian driving conditions but also lends road safety solutions.

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

Tue, 2018-09-11 15:38 -- SCC India Staff
09/11/2018

At the Bengaluru airport, soon your face will be your boarding pass. The airport is set to become the first airport in India to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of the Bengaluru (BLR Airport) and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, said a statement issued by BIAL.

e-waste factory: Addressing India’s waste problem

Fri, 2018-09-07 15:21 -- SCC India Staff
09/07/2018

Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.

Is India Serious About Solid Waste Management?

Fri, 2018-09-07 14:20 -- SCC India Staff
09/07/2018

A systematic approach to deal effectively with the solid wastes is lacking in most of the Indian cities. According to data presented by the government, about 24 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country was being processed as on January 31. Out of over 1.43 lakh tonnes per day (tpd) of solid waste generated, only about 33,800 tpd (or 23.73 per cent) was being processed as on the last day of January, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry data showed.

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

Wed, 2018-09-05 14:51 -- SCC India Staff
09/05/2018

On the morning of January 31, 1953, the North Sea brew up a storm which would severely affect the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The prediction for the Netherlands looked worst. The Netherlands, literally means “lower countries” referring to its low land and flat geography, and with about 50 per cent of its land exceeding one meter (m) above sea level, the Netherland’s estuaries and tributaries would fill to submerge the land beside it.

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

Wed, 2018-09-05 14:36 -- SCC India Staff
09/05/2018

Welcome to the future of shopping – enter, choose, leave. In a world where cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – this is what India’s first automated supermarket, Watasale, a tech-driven startup in Kochi is promising.

Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system)

Fri, 2018-08-31 10:38 -- SCC India Staff
08/30/2018

Now, travel in a “SMART” coach! (these coaches will have diagnostics & info system) Indian Railways has just got its first “SMART” coach! The SMART coach has several new features that will go a long way in enhancing the safety of train journeys and enhancing passenger comfort.

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

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:32 -- SCC India Staff
08/30/2018

Visitors to VOC Park can now enjoy WiFi connectivity free of cost, thanks to the presence of a “golden tree” or “smart tree”. The initiative by the Coimbatore Corporation, at a total cost of Rs 30 lakh under the Smart Cities programme, is under public-private partnership mode.

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

Wed, 2018-08-29 15:42 -- SCC India Staff
08/29/2018

The rising tourist footfall in Ladakh has brought a serious waste management issue in the region. Meanwhile, the tourist flow has gone up exponentially from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 3 lakh, recently. However, at the end of the peak season of July-August, the tourist footfall this year touched 2.8 lakh, bringing in approximately 15-16 tonne of trash per day.

Constructible BIM will make construction more efficient

Fri, 2018-08-24 11:46 -- SCC India Staff
08/23/2018

The continuing march of technology in the modern age has impacted the construction industry in many more ways than meets the eye. For an industry that hasn’t seen significant technological change over the past couple of decades, the arrival of ‘Constructible BIM’ is no less than a revolution.

Visakhapatnam to use smart signalling system to catch traffic violators

Thu, 2018-08-23 16:53 -- SCC India Staff
08/23/2018

As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.

Lucknow calls for intelligent transport management experts

Wed, 2018-08-22 13:12 -- SCC India Staff
08/22/2018

Lucknow, a city that has urbanized rapidly in recent years, has resulted in several traffic problems in and around the city, such as traffic jams, increase in the number of road accidents, etc. The present Traffic Signal System is based on the static feed on time without considering actual available traffic at junctions across the Lucknow city.

Ahmedabad goes cashless!

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:32 -- SCC India Staff
08/17/2018

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 finds an alternative to conventional transport

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:27 -- SCC India Staff
08/17/2018

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a density of more than 5,000 persons per kilometer. It faces severe congestion: its topography is characterised by steep gradients and irregular road alignments, resulting in narrow carriageways. This limits conventional public transport services to only 2 per cent of modal share.

What Indian cities can learn from Singapore

Fri, 2018-08-17 14:22 -- SCC India Staff
08/17/2018

Despite improvements in the road situation, Singapore needed more sophisticated traffic management measures by the turn of the 21st century to deal with a rising vehicle population and a larger and more complex road system. Existing initiatives remained manpower-intensive and inefficient—the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) needed constant monitoring and strict enforcement to prevent motorists from entering the city centre multiple times with one ALS pass.

AMRUT: Using GIS to enhance master planning

Tue, 2018-08-14 11:29 -- SCC India Staff
08/13/2018

Urban settlements in India have experienced rapid population growth: the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas more than doubled from 14 per cent at the time of independence to 31.8 per cent in 20111. By 2051, India is expected to be considered an urban nation, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in urban areas.

See how cities in India are redrawing the transit plans

Mon, 2018-08-13 15:37 -- SCC India Staff
08/13/2018

In India, cities are privy to unplanned and uncoordinated development, which has led to traffic congestion, inadequate sanitation and depleting water resources. However, a few cities in India are redrawing its master plans to make it more citizen centric. Coimbatore and Gurugram are a few of them!

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

Fri, 2018-08-10 10:38 -- SCC India Staff
08/09/2018

Securing land for development through land acquisition is often a protracted and expensive process in India and the world over. Andhra Pradesh’s model of land pooling for its new capital Amaravati offers a compelling alternative. In 2014, the Andhra Pradesh was separated into two. One State continued to be called Andhra Pradesh, while the other was named Telangana.

Adapting current offerings to meet smart city needs

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:20 -- SCC India Staff
08/09/2018

Companies in multiple industries are already beginning to alter their existing product and service lines to suit changing urban markets – from utilities that are rolling out smart meters and introducing dynamic pricing schemes to real estate developers that are integrating automation systems, sensors, and mobility options into their properties.

See how international cities continuing to build the underlying technology base

Fri, 2018-08-03 15:48 -- SCC India Staff
08/03/2018

Smart cities run on data. Before a city can deploy applications, it has to be able to generate, capture, and analyze enormous volumes of data in complex infrastructure systems and settings that are often teeming with millions of people. The technology base consists of three elements, all of which support the applications of today as well as those to be added in the future.

See how applications connecting the public to local government

Thu, 2018-08-02 18:57 -- SCC India Staff
08/02/2018

The development of new digital channels for the public to communicate with local officials could make cities more responsive to the concerns of their residents and change the nature of civic participation. Most city governments, long ago, established websites to make residents aware of the services available to them and to post information and even extensive open data sets.

See, how cities around the world tackling air pollution

Fri, 2018-07-27 14:45 -- SCC India Staff
07/27/2018

Many people take the air they breathe for granted. Fumes and pollutants from industrial sites, diesel engines, and the burning of coal combine to form a thick, dusty haze that hangs over many of the world’s major urban centers, and the residents of rapidly-growing low-income cities pay the heaviest price.

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

Wed, 2018-07-25 14:05 -- SCC India Staff
07/25/2018

The Smart Cities Council India and Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management (APUIAML) recently conducted a closed-door conference on ‘Eluru Smart City Development through Swiss Challenge Approach’ in Mumbai. With this, Eluru has become the first city in the country to adopt Swiss challenge framework to operate its future projects.

Now digital mapping for Varanasi's water and wastewater resources

Tue, 2018-07-24 16:54 -- SCC India Staff
07/24/2018

Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) will install Geographical Information System (GIS) and Management Information System for the city under the Ganga Action Plan-II. The project is part of the institutional development program, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

See How Maharashtra Improves Water Distribution Using Technology

Fri, 2018-07-20 12:35 -- SCC India Staff
07/19/2018

A city in Maharashtra has applied LPWAN solutions to solve stringent water supply problems. Inconsistent water distribution throughout the city was a longstanding challenge. Due to lack of infrastructure, further issues cropped up, including erroneous meter readings and billing, no proper billing cycle, no safety measures like anti-theft infrastructure or leakage detection, and high operational expenses because of non-optimal battery life and frequent maintenance

Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue)

Mon, 2018-07-16 16:34 -- SCC India Staff
07/16/2018

Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is converting waste into wealth! (other cities can take a cue) Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur—with a population of 1.45 lakh—generates around 52 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Unlike other cities, instead of putting the waste into dumpyards or landfills as the conventional practice, the city is converting its waste into wealth.

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

Thu, 2018-07-12 16:42 -- SCC India Staff
07/12/2018

Today, the Indian electricity network is the world’s largest synchronized grid with a capacity of 363 GW. In July 2012, India suffered the world’s biggest power blackout due to a grid failure which impacted more than 620 million people across 22 states.

How Smart Is Your Smart City?

Thu, 2018-07-12 15:59 -- SCC India Staff
07/12/2018

The International Data Corporation (IDC) in association with Cisco and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) launched a report titled ‘Smartest Cities of the Future’. The report outlines a framework that focuses on sustainable and inclusive (social, economic, and digital) development, and a smart city scorecard to measure the impact of intelligent solutions.

India launches LAP and TPS to fast track smart cities progress

Thu, 2018-07-12 15:48 -- SCC India Staff
07/12/2018

To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the union housing and urban affairs ministry launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country, under which the ministry will provide Rs 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion.

Manage Disaster and Build Resilient Smart Cities

Wed, 2018-07-04 11:38 -- SCC India Staff
07/03/2018

India’s ambitious smart city project needs an effective disaster management plan to combat natural disasters and man-made disruptions in smart cities. Smart cities have been gathering a lot of traction of late, mostly due to the government’s increased efforts to secure high-quality urban life.

See how adaptive signal controls can impact environment positively

Wed, 2018-07-04 11:21 -- SCC India Staff
07/03/2018

Traffic congestion is one of the more frustrating—and seemingly unavoidable—parts of urban living. Gridlock can have a huge impact on the quality of life for city dwellers, not only in terms of time spent commuting, but also regarding pollution and emissions.

Greenfield smart cities increase efficiency

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:04 -- SCC India Staff
07/03/2018

To keep up with the growing population of India, future-looking urban planning has to be functional with changing times and lifestyles. One of the best ways to achieve this is through greenfield smart city issues like infrastructure, sustainability etc. These issues can be addressed from scratch and taken into account the changing urban lifestyles.

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

Mon, 2018-07-02 20:58 -- SCC Staff
07/02/2018

The Smart Cities Council is preparing to launch the Smart Cities Project Activator -- an innovative, web based solution, that brings cities, solutions providers and investors together to more quickly scope — and finance — smart cities projects. Learn how.

What Indian cities can learn from Moscow

Wed, 2018-06-27 15:49 -- SCC India Staff
06/27/2018

In 2011, Moscow confronted a crisis: its roads had reached capacity, leading to some of the worst gridlock in the world. In response, the city government developed a comprehensive transportation plan. Its strategy for future construction projects to add traffic and transit capacity would be guided by data and complemented by the launch of an intelligent transport system.

See how smart cities can deliver a cleaner and sustainable environment

Wed, 2018-06-27 15:38 -- SCC India Staff
06/27/2018

As urbanization, industrialization, and consumption grow, environmental pressures multiply. While technology is only one option for addressing these issues, it can be a powerful one. Overall, analysis finds that deploying a range of applications to the best reasonable extent could cut emissions by 10–15%, lower water consumption by 20–30%, and reduce the volume of solid waste per capita by 10–20%.

Greenfield development approach for smart cities

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:55 -- SCC India Staff
06/21/2018

Cities that have evolved organically over centuries or even millennia can be challenging to retrofit with technology. Urban planning mistakes of the past, such as sprawl, may be deeply rooted, and creaky legacy infrastructure is hard to overhaul. Bold rebuilding projects have high price tags and impose disruption on existing residents.

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

Fri, 2018-06-15 11:32 -- SCC India Staff
06/14/2018

When we imagine the possibilities for solar power, we might well see it as the bedrock of a future 100 per cent renewables-powered grid - harnessing the abundance of energy beamed down on us daily, to give 100 per cent reliability of supply and enabling prices to be a tenth of what they are today.

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

Wed, 2018-06-13 12:44 -- SCC India Staff
06/13/2018

In an attempt to digitise air travel, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also known as Varanasi Airport, will have an automated smart facial recognition system, ensuring hassle-free movement of travellers from entry to boarding points. Once implemented, the Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport in the country to have such a system in place.

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

Fri, 2018-06-08 16:17 -- SCC India Staff
06/08/2018

Being an industrial city, turning Pimpri Chinchwad into a smart city is a tough job. It requires a long-term vision, on which the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is presently working on. The PCMC is in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years.

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

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:23 -- SCC India Staff
06/07/2018

Naya Raipur is being developed as a sustainable, modern ‘green city’ with major eco-development projects such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy and Internet connectivity. Compulsory installation of rainwater harvesting systems on all buildings helps in conserving the water resources.

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

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:08 -- SCC India Staff
06/07/2018

Google has claimed to reach its target of 400 free Wi-fi enabled stations in India. Dibrugarh railway station in Assam is the 400th train station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi in these stations comes from a journey that Indian Railways, RailTel and Google embarked on two and a half years ago.

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

Wed, 2018-06-06 11:47 -- SCC India Staff
06/05/2018

A remote village in Uttarakhand where electricity is a distant dream is now enjoying high speed Wi-Fi without any grid power. Operated on a solar power, the newly installed Wi-Fi network in the village by the State’s Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA) has brought about a significant change in the lives of residents

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

Thu, 2018-05-31 10:57 -- SCC India Staff
05/30/2018

The four underground stations of the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) operational in Phase 1—Thirumangalam, Annanagar East, Annanagar Tower and Shenoy Nagar—have recently received Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts in design, construction and operation.

This Chennai school uses data to improve its performance

Wed, 2018-05-30 15:54 -- SCC India Staff
05/30/2018

ARC is a new digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. The data-centric approach of ARC connects actions and tracks progress through a performance score that allows projects to track and benchmark progress.

NITI Aayog plans manufacturing overhaul for India

Fri, 2018-05-25 15:32 -- SCC India Staff
05/25/2018

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and ABB India have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to support the government's vision of “Make in India” through advanced manufacturing technologies that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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

Wed, 2018-05-23 17:27 -- SCC India Staff
05/23/2018

Smart City Mission has a lot of convergence with other missions like AMRUT, and some of the projects are implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Around 1,333 projects worth Rs 50,626 crore have been completed or are under implementation / tendering stage. Overall projects worth Rs 2,03,979 crore have been identified for all 99 smart cities across the country.

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

Wed, 2018-05-23 17:16 -- SCC India Staff
05/23/2018

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will soon be launching the first of its six modern residential training schools under its newly-established facility, the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). The School of Water and Waste is being designed as a one-of-its-kind capacity-building hub for urban water and sanitation for India and the Global South.

This Mumbai society saves up to 81% on electricity bills

Mon, 2018-05-21 16:41 -- SCC India Staff
05/21/2018

Mulund Darshan, located in Mulund West, is one of the latest societies in Mumbai to harness solar power for their electricity requirements. The ‘J’ and ‘K’ buildings of the society have installed a solar system of 11.05 kWp capacity consisting 34 panels utilizing about 1,000 sq ft area on the roof.

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

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:18 -- SCC India Staff
05/18/2018

Coimbatore’s smart tree will allow people to sit and rest while providing Wi-Fi and charging facilities. The ‘tree,’ is an ambitious Rs 12 lakh project, and only holds a bare minimum resemblance to natural tree. Its fibre-covered trunk is made of heavy metal, and its leaves are made of zinc and have been painted gold.

With smartpur project 500 villages set to go digital in India

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:01 -- SCC India Staff
05/18/2018

Nokia is all set to develop 500 digitally integrated and sustainable villages across India, the company said in a release. In phase I of the project, a pilot has been rolled out in Haryana and Tamil Nadu with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as the implementation partner to develop 10 such villages in each state.

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

Wed, 2018-05-16 15:36 -- SCC India Staff
05/16/2018

Caught up in traffic jam for long hours and agonizing wait for short-distance commute for public transport system, Pune came up with an idea of public bicycle sharing (PBS). Since the launch, the scheme has received rave reviews from all the quarters, and now Varanasi is trying to emulate the same model.

Now, NIT Warangal includes AI certification program for working professionals

Wed, 2018-05-16 15:06 -- SCC India Staff
05/16/2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an evolving field that requires broad training. Built with the focus of teaching working professionals how to build deep learning predictive models for AI, the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) has launched a certification program on AI and Machine Learning in Hyderabad.

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

Thu, 2018-05-10 16:10 -- SCC India Staff
05/10/2018

Bhopal, which was selected as one of the smart cities, has been making a very good progress in the implementation of smart projects. In fact, a progress report by AmCham and PwC revealed that Bhopal is ranked two in the implementation of smart projects under the smart cities mission with Pune taking the top slot. However, Bhopal now is leaving no stone unturned to be on the top.

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

Tue, 2018-05-08 15:06 -- SCC India Staff
05/08/2018

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a subsidiary of Tata Group, recently transformed its power distribution business by implementing high-tech automated systems, including remote grid and outage management systems. Currently, the power utility provides electricity to seven million consumers in North and Northwest Delhi.

Now, a pollution forecast system that fights pollution!

Mon, 2018-05-07 16:39 -- SCC India Staff
05/07/2018

A breath of fresh air can be hard to find in any metro cities in India. New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed.

Uttarakhand researchers find solution to prevent drunk driving

Thu, 2018-05-03 14:47 -- SCC India Staff
05/03/2018

If you are drunk and trying to drive, your vehicle will not start. Researchers from Almora-based Uttarakhand Residential University and RI Instruments and Innovations India, Haldwani have developed a new technology from waste that will prevent vehicles from operating if the driver is drunk.

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

Wed, 2018-05-02 16:10 -- SCC India Staff
05/02/2018

The Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Ltd (PCSCL) has approved a slew of projects to be implanted in the city on a pilot basis. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) has approved public bicycle sharing, rooftop solar power generation and e-learning in municipal primary and secondary schools.

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

Mon, 2018-04-30 16:42 -- SCC India Staff
04/30/2018

Currently, 93 per cent of sewage finds its way to ponds, lakes, and rivers without treatment. Untreated sewage is the leading polluter of water sources in India, causing a host of diseases, agricultural contamination, and environmental degradation.

Nagpur Smart City to Run Metro Rail Services on Broad Gauge

Fri, 2018-04-27 17:07 -- SCC India Staff
04/27/2018

Even as free joyrides are being extended to Nagpurites on the 5-kilometre stretch from the Airport South to Khapri on the Nagpur metro rail before its formal inauguration, the federal government has plans to extend the service to the city’s outskirts using the existing broad-gauge railway tracks.

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

Thu, 2018-04-26 10:32 -- SCC India Staff
04/25/2018

Data infrastructure can be daunting. There are many different technologies available, but nothing had been foolproof. But now, researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)-Madras and Bombay along with Harvard University are using Big Data to build India’s first comprehensive database on infrastructure projects called Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP).

Intelligent highways for Mumbai!

Wed, 2018-04-25 16:26 -- SCC India Staff
04/25/2018

Can the traffic problem in Mumbai ever be solved? Maharashtra Chief Minister might have finally found a solution to Mumbai’s ever-growing problem. “The highways need to be smart to prevent accidents and maintain better management of traffic”, said Fadnavis at the Road Safety Fortnight inauguration recently. The highways would have WiFi, speed guns, CCTVs, etc.

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

Tue, 2018-04-24 17:51 -- SCC India Staff
04/24/2018

Years of severe drought have created a water crisis in the Mahbubnagar region in Telangana, a state in southern India where half the population of 35 million depends on agriculture to earn a living. The water table had virtually depleted and the monsoon rains now only last three to four months a year.

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

Tue, 2018-04-24 11:10 -- SCC India Staff
04/23/2018

Since the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, Rs 99.39 billion has been released by the Government of India. Against this, 753 projects worth Rs 245.11 billion have been completed or started work on-ground. Further, about 287 projects worth Rs 142.96 billion are in tendering stage and the works on-ground is expected to start very soon. The government claims this is one of the fastest progress demonstrated in the urban sector considering the scale and novelty of the mission.

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

Thu, 2018-04-19 10:40 -- SCC India Staff
04/18/2018

With the advancement of technology that we have seen in recent times, we are knocking on the door of entry into a new world where everything is “smart”. Smart road means where commuters do not have any difficulty in travelling. India must take a leaf from China’s book if it is serious about realising its electric-vehicles (EVs) vision.

Things move forward for Karimnagar in Smart Cities Mission

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:22 -- SCC India Staff
04/18/2018

They say, “Slow and steady wins the race”. This saying perfectly fits Karimnagar (a city in Telangana), but has been a little late to make the grade of Smart Cities Mission (SCM), but now is making giant strides in catching up fast to compete with Warangal, which even after three years seems to be grappling with teething troubles.

A new startup helps predict train arrival time (using machine learning)

Tue, 2018-04-17 14:17 -- SCC India Staff
04/17/2018

A new travel startup has decoded the problem of predicting train arrival time. RailYatri, a travel startup, has introduced a technique to calculate the ‘Estimated Time of Arrival’ (ETA) using techniques like machine learning based on previously collected data.

Now, smart meters to monitor Delhiites power consumption pattern

Fri, 2018-04-13 15:39 -- SCC India Staff
04/13/2018

Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). Under its Smart Meters National Programme (SMNP), Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India.

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

Fri, 2018-04-13 10:04 -- SCC India Staff
04/12/2018

Illegal immigration from Bangladesh has always been a major issue for India. As per the reports, more than 20 million illegal immigrants from Bangladesh live in India. After so many years, India may have finally found a solution to this growing problem.

Kochi Metro is now India’s first integrated transport structure

Wed, 2018-04-11 18:21 -- SCC India Staff
04/11/2018

Kochi Metro is the first Indian metro to have communication-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, and the trains are unattended train operation (UTO) compatible. The integrated transport system that Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has planned for Kochi Metro involves the use of a single transit card and integrated timetable, and a command and control center.

Smart buses, public bike sharing and many more for Gwalior

Tue, 2018-04-10 11:50 -- SCC India Staff
04/09/2018

Gwalior in a quest to become smart is implementing various smart projects. The city has number of projects in the pipeline. To begin with, the city will implement smart buses, which will run inter and intra-city. In addition, the city is implementing public bike sharing and smart road projects.

See how Bhopal is progressing in its smart city mission

Tue, 2018-04-10 11:39 -- SCC India Staff
04/09/2018

Bhopal has already started working on most of the projects that were conceived under the smart city proposal, whether it is area-based development (ABD) or pan city development. We may be the first city in the country where the state government has allotted 342 acre of the proposed Central Business District (CBD) land to the smart city special purpose vehicle (SPV).

Surat mitigates transportation challenges with smart projects

Wed, 2018-04-04 15:25 -- SCC India Staff
04/04/2018

Managing public transport is a big challenge in any city. However, Surat has managed to overcome this challenge finally. The city has implemented an intelligent transit management system (ITMS), through which the city authority can monitoring movement of city and bus rapid transit system (BRTS) buses swiftly. This has also helped the city administration to manage bus routes in an efficient way.

See how IoT to take lift security at next level

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:09 -- SCC India Staff
04/03/2018

Tata Communications, a leading digital infrastructure provider, is working with Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms, to equip its Internet of Things (IoT) enabled lifts and escalators with secure, scalable connectivity to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

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

Mon, 2018-04-02 15:01 -- SCC India Staff
04/02/2018

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first transit project in the world to achieve Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. This is administered by the Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), which is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

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

Fri, 2018-03-30 16:19 -- SCC India Staff
03/30/2018

With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly-found tech hub, Telangana, hosted the country’s smartest conclave ever – SMART URBANATION from March 22 to 23, 2018.Being a two day convention-cum-exhibition, SM@RT URBNATION witnessed 50+ industry speakers,1,500+ delegates from across the country, 40+ smart start-ups demonstrating their solutions and around 150 exhibitors from across the world, and importantly, 48 hours of networking.

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

Thu, 2018-03-29 12:27 -- SCC India Staff
03/29/2018

India’s growing economy means rising demand for water in an already water-stressed country. Despite being common, water is scarce. Tens of hundreds of villages and towns in India run out of water annually partly due to harsh weather conditions, and also because of poor water management.

Now link your parking space with mobile-based apps

Thu, 2018-03-29 09:49 -- SCC India Staff
03/28/2018

India today faces a major challenge in terms of having a macro level planning. The futuristic idea of integrated multi-modal transport cannot be realised unless different departments start coming together. Instead of designing transportation solutions in silos, we should design the mobility as a whole for the city.

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

Tue, 2018-03-27 10:27 -- SCC India Staff
03/26/2018

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Smart City has already issued tenders for seven projects and work orders for 14 projects, while work has been completed on 32 projects. “DPRs have been approved for the commercial development of Yashwant Place at Rs 88.92 crore and Shivaji Bus Terminal to international standards at Rs 39.6 crore,” says Juhi Mukherjee, CEO, NDMC Smart City.

Agra becomes smarter with facial recognition system

Tue, 2018-03-27 10:20 -- SCC India Staff
03/26/2018

In the current fiscal, Agra Smart City (ASCL) has been allotted Rs 216 crore, out of the total approximate Rs 1,200 crore. ASCL is working on a war footing mode to implement various projects in the city. In this endeavour, the project management consultant (PMC) at ASCL has already submitted reports (DPRs and RFPs) for some projects under the Smart Cities mission.

See how mobile technology is transforming lives in Taudhakpur, UP

Wed, 2018-03-21 16:57 -- SCC India Staff
03/21/2018

Although rural India faces a number of challenges—frequent power outages, scarcity of safe drinking water, poor farm productivity, difficulty in transporting farm produce to the markets and poor education facilities—yet digital technology can surely bring a revolution.

Jabalpur tags 1.50 lakh houses with RFID for waste collection

Tue, 2018-03-20 11:41 -- SCC India Staff
03/19/2018

In Jabalpur, work is under progress for RFID tagging of household dustbins – tracking and monitoring of household waste collection and community bins – at Rs 6.98 crore; out of 2.50 lakh houses, 1.50 lakh have been tagged. Also, work is in progress for a solar roof top project with 790 kW capacity at Rs 4.83 crore at Ramnagara, Lalpur and Ranjhi WTP; with expected savings of Rs 60 lakhs annually on power bills.

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

Mon, 2018-03-19 14:59 -- SCC India Staff
03/19/2018

At Vadodara, the focus is on sustainable and inclusive development; the idea is to look at compact areas and create a replicable model that will act like a beacon to other aspiring cities.
“The Smart City mission has two layers: Infrastructure projects and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects,” says Dr Vinod R Rao, Chairman, Vadodara Smart City Development and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation.

Hyderabad to host Smart Urbanation summit

Fri, 2018-03-16 16:31 -- SCC India Staff
03/16/2018

As Smart Cities Mission is completing three years this June 2018, Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, is organising the fifth Smart Cities Summit- Smart Urbanation at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad from March 22-23 to analyse the learnings and impact assessment.

Smart city initiative faces challenges in India

Fri, 2018-03-16 16:26 -- SCC India Staff
03/16/2018

Investments towards the making of smart cities has been approved to the tune of $1,91,155 crore, but only a trickle of the fund approved has been utilized for the purpose, due to which criticism from various sectors for not utilizing them has been heard, said Pratap Padode, Founder, Smart Cities Council India during the announcement for the upcoming 5th Smart Cities Summit, to be held in the city.

Fifth Smart City Summit on March 22

Fri, 2018-03-16 16:19 -- SCC India Staff
03/16/2018

Hyderabad would play host to another global meet ‘Smart City Summit - SM@RT Urbanation’ to commemorate three years of the initiation of Smart Cities Mission. It would provide a platform for various stakeholders to connect, review and consider steps on completing or taking up new projects, said Pratap Padode, founder & director, Smart Cities Council India.

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

Fri, 2018-03-16 13:07 -- SCC India Staff
03/16/2018

India's Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is progressing well. At present, projects worth Rs 135,459 crore in 2,855 projects are in various stages of implementation. About 147 projects worth Rs 1,872 crore have been completed and 396 projects at a cost of Rs 14,672 crore are currently under implementation.

One Planet City Challenge: 3 Indian smart cities among finalists

Mon, 2018-03-12 10:58 -- SCC India Staff
03/11/2018

To highlight some of the most inspiring cities and their innovative solutions, WWF created the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). Three Indian cities—Panaji, Pune and Rajkot— have been selected as national finalists in the 2017-2018 edition of WWF’s OPCC. These are amongst the 40 finalists out of the 118 cities across 23 countries that participated in the global challenge this year.

Gurugram gets its first Cyber Police Station

Fri, 2018-03-09 11:12 -- SCC India Staff
03/08/2018

The digital splurge has witnessed a spurt in cybercrimes. Hence a dedicated police station is the need of the hour. Being in a cybercity demands a world-class infrastructure. In 2017, of the total 3,297 complaints received, 1,916 were for frauds in online banking, credit or debit card or cheating through mobile.

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

Thu, 2018-03-08 14:16 -- SCC India Staff
03/08/2018

The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has engaged in a first-of-its-kind project (started in the year 2016) to develop a tool that would accurately assess the potential of solar photovoltaics on rooftops in Bengaluru along with the associated business case for all consumer categories.

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

Wed, 2018-03-07 12:01 -- SCC India Staff
03/06/2018

Swajal, India’s leading water company with innovative products like QR code tracked water bottles and remote sensing water purification systems, plans to increase its network by nearly four times to reach out to nearly 10 lakh people in 2018-19, including rural areas across India.

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

Tue, 2018-03-06 18:09 -- SCC India Staff
03/06/2018

Chennai Smart City will soon join the list of three Indian cities (Pune, Surat, and Jamshedpur) for having got the certification from the World Council on City Data, a global network of data-driven cities under the City Data for Indian Initiative. Chennai Smart City will be on the list of over 50 cities certified by the World Council on City Data Certification (WCCD), the first ever ISO standard for cities.

Smart projects worth Rs 3 bn in Madurai gets green signal

Mon, 2018-03-05 17:04 -- SCC India Staff
03/05/2018

Madurai—which is among the 100 cities identified for implementation of Smart City Mission—is leaving no stone unturned to see the city top the list in smart city project implementation. In view of this, a number of projects, amounting to more than Rs 3 billion, have been awarded administrative sanction by BoDs of Madurai Smart City Limited.

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

Thu, 2018-03-01 15:02 -- SCC India Staff
03/01/2018

India has the distinction of being the country with the most deaths attributed to air pollution. Although pollution is not a major problem in Northeastern states, especially Guwahati, but monitoring the same has become vital for the better health of the city.

Satara is now officially Maharashtra’s first Smart Police District

Thu, 2018-03-01 12:20 -- SCC India Staff
02/28/2018

Rising crime in the country gets extensive coverage, but what gets overlooked is the state of police stations. However, the entire Satara district in Maharashtra has taken a serious step towards this, and now Satara has emerged as the first Smart Police District in Maharashtra. The reason being: Satara has proper infrastructure, adequate staff, people-friendly approach and emergency response in place at all the 37 police stations.

Hewlett Packard to help Bhopal enhance its safety & public services

Wed, 2018-02-28 10:37 -- SCC India Staff
02/27/2018

Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times, and Bhopal is not too far behind in this either. To enhance safety, security and provide better public services for the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (BSCDCL), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new customer deployments in India.

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

Tue, 2018-02-27 15:20 -- SCC India Staff
02/27/2018

In a major step towards ushering in a transformational change in the power sector, the Andhra Pradesh government, in association with AutoGrid, announced an initiative aimed at adopting smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions to improve utilities’ health and customer experiences.

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

Mon, 2018-02-26 14:29 -- SCC India Staff
02/26/2018

In India, every year, more than 20,000 people die due to natural disasters. A lot of these lives can be saved by agile communication, which will spread the information faster. The current situation demands an information expressway in these times of disaster. Most of the disaster management tools and solutions work in isolation.

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

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:28 -- SCC India Staff
02/22/2018

“Yes, finally, we have received electricity, and this is the most beautiful feeling ever,” said Reshma Bhoir, an 80-year-old resident of Gharapuri Island (popularly known as Elephanta Island). And, why not, Bhoir has all the reason to be happy and joyful, as this island—which is just 10 km away from the financial capital of India, i.e., Mumbai—got illuminated 70 years after the independence.

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

Thu, 2018-02-22 16:30 -- SCC India Staff
02/22/2018

The slot for the 10th smart city, Shillong, which was selected in the fourth smart cities round, has been kept on hold as the city is yet to submit its proposal.The Centre had announced the final list of nine smart cities in January this year and had kept the slot for the tenth city, Shillong, vacant as it could not submit its proposal on time. The proposal is yet to be submitted.

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

Thu, 2018-02-22 16:23 -- SCC India Staff
02/22/2018

Known for its innovation and technology for the benefits to its consumers, Tata Power [in line with this commitment] has become the first power utility in Mumbai to print Dynamic Bharat QR codes on its power supply bills for enabling its consumers to make payments conveniently.

DigiThane app to help Thaneites connect with the govt

Wed, 2018-02-21 17:40 -- SCC India Staff
02/21/2018

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recently launched the ambitious DigiThane application, an interactive digital citizen platform, to connect residents with civic services like tax payments, civic project alerts, in addition to getting discounts at affiliated shops, restaurants, and certain housing projects across the town.

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

Mon, 2018-02-19 14:20 -- SCC India Staff
02/19/2018

In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The reasons are: inadequate monsoon, indebtedness, bankruptcy, and falling prices and falling income along with personal reasons. A new analytics startup, SatSure, seeks to bridge the gap by using space technology to help farmers increase their incomes.

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

Fri, 2018-02-16 17:59 -- SCC India Staff
02/16/2018

The conversion of a large, crowded and unplanned city in India to a Smart City is currently an impossible scenario to imagine. Taking a smaller town, not overrun by people, vehicles and multiple layers of red tape or ‘babudom’, and converting it into an ideal, intelligent, self-sufficient and secure ecosystem is still workable.

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

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:17 -- SCC India Staff
02/15/2018

When defining “smart water for smart cities” we must first explain why such an intervention is necessary. Smart Water systems are needed in order to make an effective use of water resources, and provide an efficient water infrastructure to a country that experiences droughts and shortages of water every year. For example, using intelligent water systems, technology is used to make an effective use of water resources by increasing the number of pathways for water circulation

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

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:35 -- SCC India Staff
02/14/2018

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed an MoU with the Urban Development Department (UDD), Government of Maharashtra for replacing all conventional streetlights across Maharashtra with LED lamps. The MoU signing was held in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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

Thu, 2018-02-15 10:30 -- SCC India Staff
02/14/2018

Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges – be it uncertainty of weather, the risk of environmental degradation, or others. Releasing the right amount of water required for the proper growth of crops is also one of the major challenges faced. To overcome this challenge, a Telangana-based university is working on developing sensors to achieve precision in releasing the right amount of water required.

Garbage dumping problem: A landfill management policy on the anvil

Wed, 2018-02-14 12:54 -- SCC India Staff
02/13/2018

Overflowing garbage from the bins dumped are quite a common sight in India. In fact, India is fast becoming the largest dump in the world. According to the reports, the waste generation from Indian cities has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade and continues to grow alarmingly.

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

Tue, 2018-02-13 15:18 -- SCC India Staff
02/13/2018

Andhra Pradesh has taken impressive measures to ensure effective management of solid wastes. It was difficult to accurately assess the volume of solid waste. But this problem will no longer be an issue. Taking advanced technology to the door-step of the common, the Andhra Pradesh has decided to switch over to chip-based garbage collection mode.

Urban development projects worth Rs 41k cr up for grabs

Mon, 2018-02-12 18:03 -- SCC India Staff
02/12/2018

The government, in its budget 2018-19, set the tone for urban development by allocating a whopping Rs 41,000 crore. This budget allocation is attributed towards Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).

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

Thu, 2018-02-08 15:04 -- SCC India Staff
02/08/2018

Waste management has always been a serious concern for everyone. This was the reason why PM Modi launched the Swachh Society, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, an initiative that is aimed towards apartment complexes to motivate them to maintain cleanliness within their vicinity.

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

Wed, 2018-02-07 16:21 -- SCC India Staff
02/07/2018

Under Smart Cities Mission, two cities in Haryana – Karnal and Faridabad – have identified 60 projects worth Rs 2,342 crore that are currently under DPR/tendering stage. These projects include rejuvenation of Badhkal lake and Barahi pound in Faridabad. Once implemented, it will help improve the environment and also provide leisure facilities.

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

Wed, 2018-02-07 10:14 -- SCC India Staff
02/06/2018

The recently-selected nine smart cities—Silvassa, Erode, Diu, Biharsharif, Bareilly, Itanagar, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Kavaratti—have proposed an investment of Rs 12,824 crore of which Rs 10,639 crore would be in Area Based Development (ABD) and Rs 2,185 crore in Pan City initiatives.

Indian cities keeping crime at bay with advanced technology

Mon, 2018-02-05 14:53 -- SCC India Staff
02/05/2018

Finally, India’s Smart Cities Mission is on the right track and is progressing well. Eighty five out of 90 cities have already incorporated their special purpose vehicle (SPVs) and 61 cities have procured project management consultancies (PMCs); another eight cities are in various stages of hiring their PMCs.

A technology that removes harmful weeds from lakes

Fri, 2018-02-02 09:55 -- SCC India Staff
02/01/2018

Dumping of waste in waster bodies is an activity that indicates dumping of various kinds of pollutants, mainly human generated, into water. One of the most significant problems that lakes in India face is the attack of water hyacinths, which breed in alarming numbers due to the pollutants in the water.

Railways to use drones to relay maintenance and operations info

Wed, 2018-01-31 10:22 -- SCC India Staff
01/30/2018

With thousands of kilometres of tracks laid throughout the country, keeping tab on all of them is a hideous task for the Indian Railways. To make their job simple, Indian Railways will use cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

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

Tue, 2018-01-30 13:29 -- SCC India Staff
01/30/2018

Bursting garbage dumps and landfills have always been the growing concern across the city of Coimbatore. The waste is ultimately thrown into municipal waste collection centres from where it is collected by the area municipalities to be further thrown into the landfills and dumps.

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

Mon, 2018-01-29 13:28 -- SCC India Staff
01/29/2018

Smart surveillance systems have become an important entity to pave a smooth path for developing smart cities. To this, DCP Dr Fakeerappa Kaginelli at Kirlampudi (a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh) inaugurated a community surveillance system comprising seven night vision CCTV cameras, located at important locations and interlinked by Wi-Fi to a central monitoring station.

India launches liveability index to rank 116 Indian cities

Thu, 2018-01-25 13:08 -- SCC India Staff
01/24/2018

The government has launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities. The index will measure the quality of life in 99 smart cities, capital cities and those with a population of over one million. That apart, the cities to be assessed under the liveability index include Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, and Faridabad.

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

Tue, 2018-01-23 10:57 -- SCC India Staff
01/22/2018

Although the smart city projects in many cities have been a slow take-off, some of the cities have started showing some visible results on the ground. For instance, three cities in Punjab—Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar—were selected in a nation-wide selection process.

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

Tue, 2018-01-16 10:06 -- SCC India Staff
01/15/2018

Because of sudden outburst in the electronics industry, combined with short product life cycle has led to a rapid escalation in generation of solid waste. For this, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) organised the first-ever stakeholder workshop for the Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project.

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

Tue, 2018-01-16 10:01 -- SCC India Staff
01/15/2018

A total investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore has been proposed by the 90 cities under their smart city plans. Projects focusing on revamping an identified area (area-based projects) are estimated to cost Rs 1,52,500 crore. Smart initiatives across the city (pan city initiatives) account for the remaining Rs 36,655 crore of investments.

See how ultrasonic water meters benefited India’s village

Fri, 2018-01-12 16:34 -- SCC India Staff
01/12/2018

As water scarcity, population growth and aging infrastructure burdens India's smart water sector, however, utilities are leaving no stone unturned in improving the sector. That said, Council’s associate partner Kamstrup has successfully installed 450 water meters in the city of Kapil Gram Panchayat, 300 km southeast of Mumbai, which has benefitted the citizen in every possible way.

Delhi’s smart solution to traffic problem

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:21 -- SCC India Staff
01/10/2018

Well, one of the most common and irritating problems that one faces in the national capital of our country is getting caught in traffic jams. In fact, Delhi’s traffic has been worsening day-by-day. However, the same will not be the case from now on. Delhi is all set to get its first fully integrated intelligent traffic management system this month.

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

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:38 -- SCC India Staff
01/09/2018

With the emergence of IoT and Big Data, Smart and Connected digital lighting-based solutions are the way forward as they will bring in intelligence and functionality into lighting systems, enhance user experience and deliver desired outcomes for customers.

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

Mon, 2018-01-08 10:58 -- SCC India Staff
01/07/2018

Logistics Data Bank (LDB), the award-winning container tracking solution from DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS), marked the start of 2018 by crossing a milestone six million EXIM containers tagged at the port terminals of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone in the western corridor of India.

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

Fri, 2018-01-05 10:11 -- SCC India Staff
01/04/2018

Closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and Wi-Fi are primary building blocks of a smart city. However, in India, the penetration of Wi-Fi and CCTVs have been disappointing to say the least. This has left large parts of the population unconnected and unwatched. According to statistics by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India has a mere 31,000 Wi-Fi hotspots as compared with 1.3 crore in France and 98 lakh in the US.

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

Thu, 2018-01-04 11:57 -- SCC India Staff
01/03/2018

Handling law and order in a country like India where the population is huge is a hideous task. To make the task simpler, a Hyderabad-based technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence start-up, H-Bots Robotics has developed a smart policing robot, named ‘robocop’.

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

Wed, 2018-01-03 12:12 -- SCC India Staff
01/02/2018

At a time when other metropolitan cities are not getting enough water supply due to breakdown in the pipeline network, on the other hand, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been giving presentations to other urban local bodies on how its water department saved Rs 6 crore last year on the electricity bill.

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

Tue, 2018-01-02 19:57 -- SCC India Staff
01/02/2018

Gone are the days when public grievances are left unsolved. Now, the government has simplified the process for lodging grievances and redressing it at the proper time. In fact, public grievances redressal is one of the flagship initiatives for the reformation in governance started by Prime Minister Modi. Everything is now available on click of a mouse.

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

Tue, 2018-01-02 19:53 -- SCC India Staff
01/02/2018

Cleanliness is of paramount importance for a healthy environment. In 1994, plague struck Surat, a city in Gujarat. The outbreak of plague reflects the shortcomings of the proper disposal of waste. Rising out of an epidemic, Surat has made incredible progress in waste management with citizen participation.

Smart Urbanation 2018

Fri, 2017-12-29 14:31 -- SCC India Staff
12/29/2017

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.

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

Fri, 2017-12-29 12:21 -- SCC India Staff
12/28/2017

With all the glitter and shine, India’s newly found tech hub, Telangana, is all set to host the country’s smartest conclave ever—SMART URBANATION—from March 22 to 23, 2018 in Hyderabad. What’s more! The conclave is backed by India’s original tech-giant State, Karnataka and organized by the Smart Cities Council India (SCC).

See how a powerful CRM tool is boosting solar sector efficiency

Thu, 2017-12-28 12:04 -- SCC India Staff
12/27/2017

What is the role of customer relationship management (CRM)? Even in the field of IT, why is a CRM tool thought to be indispensable? The answer I think is quite obvious – with CRM, there is no better way to build a strong business relationship with the existing clients and potential leads.

New terminal building at Belagavi airport goes green!

Wed, 2017-12-27 14:37 -- SCC India Staff
12/27/2017

Considering the current trend in green airport construction, the new terminal building at Belagavi airport has been designed and constructed in an eco-friendly manner. Here, about 620 metric tons (MT) of structural steel and total steel reinforcement in RCC of 550 MT have been used for the project.

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

Tue, 2017-12-26 12:30 -- SCC India Staff
12/25/2017

With a focused plan of economic diversification, improved living environment, sustainable infrastructure, promotion of tribal culture and citizen centric governance the Rourkela smart city is adding extensive work to its plan. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) has already appointed Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India as a Project Management Services (PMS).

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

Fri, 2017-12-22 14:19 -- SCC India Staff
12/22/2017

After firmly cementing its leadership position in the self-drive car sharing market, Zoomcar is throwing some serious fitness goal challenge for India’s largest privately-developed smart city, Palava. The company has launched PEDL, which is India’s first technology-enabled cycle sharing service.

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

Thu, 2017-12-21 16:28 -- SCC India Staff
12/21/2017

Being one of the oldest and largest cities in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad is also a developed city. However, the city is currently competing for the fifth round after losing the first four rounds of the Smart Cities Mission. A total of 16 cities from India vying for the top 10 slots. For this, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has submitted a Smart City proposal of Rs 2,241 crore to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:00 -- SCC India Staff
12/19/2017

According to a study by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), the total vehicular traffic will increase threefold in Hyderabad and urban areas connected with the metropolitan area in the coming years. To solve this growing concern, Ford and HMDA have signed an MoU to assess the feasibility of a common digital mobility solution for commuters in Hyderabad.

Now, plastic waste to be used to clean water

Mon, 2017-12-18 10:56 -- SCC India Staff
12/17/2017

Plastic waste is a growing concern, and recycling is the only option at the present time. Indian scientists—Dr Premanjali Rai and Dr Kunwar P Singh from the Environmental Chemistry Division of the CSIR Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in Lucknow—have found that decontamination of water can be done with the use of plastic waste.

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

Fri, 2017-12-15 11:40 -- SCC India Staff
12/14/2017

The menace of plastic waste is a grave concern for everyone. In fact, plastic waste has choked rivers, drains and drainage tanks. Due to the decomposition of plastic bags, the environment is largely depleted. There are more than 300-400 tons of plastic bags and various types of plastic found in the waste everyday.

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

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:47 -- SCC India Staff
12/13/2017

Stinking and non-functioning toilets on Indian Railways (IR) may soon become a thing of the past. IR will be upgrading its bio-toilets to imported bio-vacuum toilets, a kind that is found in aircraft. The first 100 coaches with the new toilets will be attached to important trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi and would be rolled out from January 2018.

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

Wed, 2017-12-13 11:25 -- SCC India Staff
12/12/2017

A spot exchange to buy and sell waste that would otherwise find its way into the Ganga is in the works, thanks to a tie-up between London-based GMEX Technologies Ltd and a government think tank. The trading platform will provide a spot market for trading waste.

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

Tue, 2017-12-12 11:40 -- SCC India Staff
12/11/2017

Generation of waste is a major hindrance in any city. But Chennai has come our with an ultimate solution on managing waste. The Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to produce electricity from non-degradable wastes in a major step ahead in making Chennai ‘zero-waste’ city.

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

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:23 -- SCC India Staff
12/10/2017

Envisioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Smart Cities Mission (a plan to develop 100 cities all over the country) will finally hit a century in January next year. The list, which is currently at 90, will have a total of 100 smart cities next year.