The smart cities mission has clearly brought into focus the need for use of technologies for delivering urban services to citizens while conserving resources and building self-sustainability. Smart Cities Council India at the behest of Government of Telangana, is hosting the ' National Conclave on Smart Technologies' (NCST) to showcase technologies which can be used in 600 municipalities across India. IBM, CISCO, HP among others come together to demonstrate technologies in mobility, e-governance, water, waste management, smart energy etc. These technologies are ready to deploy across India on immediate basis.
Government of Telangana in association with Smart Cities Council India is organizing NCST on 22nd & 23rd August 2015 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad – focusing on the theme PREPARING FOR SMARTER CITIES.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has accelerated his pet project of 100 Smart Cities by announcing the guidelines for qualifying cities for this programme and NCST will showcase technologies applicable for smart cities, steps to be taken by ULBs for smart cities programme, successful case studies, preliminary workshop in project capacity building, ‘innovation’ showcase on smart cities apps, technologies and so on. In short, this will prepare state administration in the smart cities mission.
Invitees include mayors, municipal authorities, urban planners, urban development ministry officials, trade commissioners, international expert, technology vendors, technology solution providers, design experts, from 600 cities across India to Hyderabad at this mega two day event. The event is expected to attract over 600 delegates from India and overseas.
At a press meet held today, Smart Cities Council India introduced the three companies among others, which will be showcasing smart technologies at the National Conclave on Smart Technologies on Aug 22-23.
“The Smart Cities Council India will incorporate many of the case studies showcased into its “India Readiness Guide” which it is preparing for enabling ULBs in smartening their cities. The India Readiness Guide will be the “go-to” document for ULBs. Besides the Smart Cities Council India is also undertaking a multi-city tour for capacity building awareness offering ready capabilities and solutions to the challenges of ULBs,” stated Pratap Padode, Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India.
“We are confident that the National Conclave on Smart Technologies will surely address some of the pressing questions that are faced by state administration, ULBs and help evolve sustainable models of Public Private Partnership amid highlighting opportunities”, he added. Speakers of the conclave comprise national and international industry leaders and domain experts who have first-hand experience of using new technologies. Attendees will certainly benefit from their vast knowledge and experience.
Aamer Azeemi, Managing Director, CISCO Systems cited various practices which they have already implemented in cities in India. Among them included is the local information kiosk in Mantri mall in Bangalore, “A citizen can walk into the Mantri mall and lodge an FIR,” he informed. This eases the process of lodging FIR by an ordinary individual through this centre despite of the tiring process to go to a Police station to do the same. “The Government of Karnataka is about to implement this pilot project in different areas in the state. Jaipur too is likely to follow suit,” he added.
He elaborated that we are going to see a new era of Smart Cities in the coming decade like in the western world, leading to huge opportunities for government, industrialists, private sector, academicians and citizens and that the smart city concept in India calls for adoption of local ideas and solutions to enhance the quality of life of people.
Lux Rao, Country Leader, HP Future Cities & CTO - Technology Services talked about the initiatives HP has taken in telemedicine and affordable healthcare through open source technology. “We have executed e-healthcare centres meeting the needs of 140,000 patients in 44 locations in 6 states throughout the country. We have 25 ‘studio doctors’ who are in remote locations addressing the needs of patients,” he informed. These serve the patients in remote locations with second opinions of doctors who may not be easily accessible to the large number of patients spread across the nation.
He emphasized the citizen centric cities where the citizen would be at the centre stage to decide what services the city needs immediately or in future.
“HP is working to improve the social infrastructure facilities in various cities in India like Healthcare and education. Telemedicine, e-education, Internet of Things, Mobility technology, Digital Locker are some of the initiatives HP is working on” he added.
Mr. Lux also said that now IoT(Internet of Things) is bringing benefits to the common people and resulting in substantial and tangible social and economic benefits to consumers, businesses, citizens and government. “Machine to Machine (M2M) is broadly used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans”, he said.
Dr. Prashant Pradhan, Director, Smarter Planet Business, IBM India and South Asia informed, “We have a portfolio of 2500 projects across the globe and in India we are actively working with Ajmer, Surat, Vishakhapatnam, Allahabad and so on.” He quoted the example of Non-Revenue water (NRW) project in Bangalore which aims at equitable distribution of water in Municipal wards and lowering down the losses.
Another example he cited was the collaboration of IBM with the private real-estate developers to develop the townships as Smart townships with the assistance of technology by IBM. Lodha group’s Pallava city has been developed under this initiative.
“Smart city development is domain-specific, like waste management would be different from traffic management for a city. The cities would also benefit from the use of its professional version of Watson Analytics, which will look to unearth trends in cities’ data. Watson could study travel patterns, public health or the effects of man-made and weather events”, said Dr. Pradhan.
He focused on unique solutions for every city or area since every city has a unique character and need in terms of physical, social and economical infrastructure. So, there cannot be some common solutions to every issue of every city. Cities need to identify those issues and work out accordingly.