To highlight some of the most inspiring cities and their innovative solutions, WWF created the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). Three Indian cities—Panaji, Pune and Rajkot— have been selected as national finalists in the 2017-2018 edition of WWF’s OPCC. These are amongst the 40 finalists out of the 118 cities across 23 countries that participated in the global challenge this year.
The digital splurge has witnessed a spurt in cybercrimes. Hence a dedicated police station is the need of the hour. Being in a cybercity demands a world-class infrastructure. In 2017, of the total 3,297 complaints received, 1,916 were for frauds in online banking, credit or debit card or cheating through mobile.
The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has engaged in a first-of-its-kind project (started in the year 2016) to develop a tool that would accurately assess the potential of solar photovoltaics on rooftops in Bengaluru along with the associated business case for all consumer categories.
Swajal, India’s leading water company with innovative products like QR code tracked water bottles and remote sensing water purification systems, plans to increase its network by nearly four times to reach out to nearly 10 lakh people in 2018-19, including rural areas across India.
Chennai Smart City will soon join the list of three Indian cities (Pune, Surat, and Jamshedpur) for having got the certification from the World Council on City Data, a global network of data-driven cities under the City Data for Indian Initiative. Chennai Smart City will be on the list of over 50 cities certified by the World Council on City Data Certification (WCCD), the first ever ISO standard for cities.
Madurai—which is among the 100 cities identified for implementation of Smart City Mission—is leaving no stone unturned to see the city top the list in smart city project implementation. In view of this, a number of projects, amounting to more than Rs 3 billion, have been awarded administrative sanction by BoDs of Madurai Smart City Limited.
India has the distinction of being the country with the most deaths attributed to air pollution. Although pollution is not a major problem in Northeastern states, especially Guwahati, but monitoring the same has become vital for the better health of the city.
Rising crime in the country gets extensive coverage, but what gets overlooked is the state of police stations. However, the entire Satara district in Maharashtra has taken a serious step towards this, and now Satara has emerged as the first Smart Police District in Maharashtra. The reason being: Satara has proper infrastructure, adequate staff, people-friendly approach and emergency response in place at all the 37 police stations.
Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times, and Bhopal is not too far behind in this either. To enhance safety, security and provide better public services for the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (BSCDCL), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new customer deployments in India.
In a major step towards ushering in a transformational change in the power sector, the Andhra Pradesh government, in association with AutoGrid, announced an initiative aimed at adopting smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions to improve utilities’ health and customer experiences.