Indian electricity sector has witnessed tremendous growth in its energy demand, generation capacity, transmission and distribution networks. Keeping pace with the recent technological advancements, it is deploying new types of devices and ICT infrastructure, adopting new monitoring, control and energy management tools, and aiming at fast deployment of smart grid concepts at distribution as well as transmission level.
A total investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore has been proposed by the 90 cities under their smart city plans. Projects…
Following the Indian Government’s Smart Cities Mission, Bhopal is selected as one of the 20 lighthouse cities in the first round of the project. The city is expected to create a replicable model, which shall act like a lighthouse to other cities. The core infrastructure elements in a smart city include adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation, solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, robust IT connectivity and digitalization, and good governance, especially e-governance and citizen participation, sustainable environment and safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and elderly.
Over the years, communication technologies have changed the world; first it connected places, then people, and now it is connecting things. However, Blockchain is one level up. It’s not just Internet of Thing (IoT), but it is internet of trust, internet of values, and it is going to change the entire space of governance, said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra, while putting emphasis on the importance of the Blockchain technology.
With 77 special purpose vehicles (SPVs) including 11 of the Round 3 cities in place, India’s Smart Cities Mission is now ready to take-off. With more than 15 tenders coming in every month, winning cities have made sure their envisaged plans are on track, albeit at a slow speed.
Globally, a demographic shift has been observed with more people living in urban areas than in rural parts. It has been projected that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urbanized, with Africa and Asia urbanizing faster than other regions and projected to become 56% and 54% urban respectively. The continuing population growth and increased urbanization is estimated to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050.
Today’s cities present a unique opportunity for startups with cutting edge technologies to generate and analyze big data, which helps in the effective delivery of civic amenities and services for millions of citizens. This is not very different from the kind of revolution we are seeing in delivery of services to customers through companies like Uber and Airbnb! There is already a lot of path-breaking work being done by startups in the Smart City ecosystem, in areas ranging from data analytics for smart parking to gamified citizen engagement on civic issues.
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).
This year for #SmartU18 (the Twitter handle for SMART URBANATION), a lot of new countries, cities and States are supporting this endeavor. SCC is aiming to invite the best of technologies and companies to showcase their prowess for India gearing towards the missions of Smart Cities, Digital India and Clean India.
Smart Cities Council India successfully organised the third in its series of India-wide Promising Cities seminars in Kalyan on 27 August, 2015. in Kalyan, Maharashtra.
Kalyani Patil, Honourable Mayor, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), the chief guest, addressed a gathering of urban development planners and experts from the construction industry. She pointed to the requirement for a “growth centre” for youth who need infrastructure like a business park for developing their entrepreneurial potential. She also said that Kalyan-Dombivli needed an education hub and pointed to the lack of even a basic institution like a medical college.