Smart Cities – Framework For A Digital India

Posted by Global technology interface on October 12, 2022

The term "Smart City" has become popular in recent years. For a Smart City to be sustainable, public service monitoring, a multi-model transportation system, effective use of information and communication technology, and smart mobility must be ensured, as well as an improved quality of life for those who live there. A well-managed Smart City will be able to attract tourism and enterprises due to its improved sustainability and quality of life for city residents. India has been working hard to improve its competitiveness while pursuing more sustainable urban development. There are now 100 cities in India that are being developed as Smart Cities. The Smart City Mission is the name of this effort, and it has the potential to lead the country into the future.

A city is a hub of urbanization and comprises the environment, infrastructure, public space, nodes, and information network. In contrast, urbanization is a science devoted to adding value to the territory in sectors such as water, power, mobility, and green spaces. In contrast, a city is a hub of urbanization and is made up of green landscape infrastructure, public space, and information networks. Rapid growth, rising citizen expectations, and the need to propel economic growth via cities are putting enormous pressure on city governments to build dependable, cost-effective, and long-lasting infrastructure. Water and other utilities, transportation, telecommunications, and social necessities, including schools, housing, and healthcare, are in high demand.

As a result of these issues and tendencies, future cities have already begun to work on smarter management of urban infrastructure and buildings. Cities must become greener, safer, more competitive, inclusive, lively, and easier to live in in the future. It takes more than brilliant engineering and determined leadership to achieve this, yet that is what most smart city concepts are built on. It necessitates trust and collaboration, the intentional sharing of urban (hardware, software, and informational) resources, and open innovation ecosystems and empowerment regulations.


Smart City

The term "smart city" refers to the concept of using information technology and digital data to make cities more efficient. A smart city is a platform that brings together parties with the goal of launching projects and activities in the areas of living, working, mobility, public space, and connection. Smart Cities provide possibilities to test technology, services, concepts, and goods in real-world settings, particularly in European countries. The smart city relies heavily on transparency. To put it another way, a smart city is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between residents, businesses, knowledge institutions, and governments focused on improving sustainability and quality of life.

A network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices, and data centers form the main infrastructure in smart cities, allowing civic authorities to perform essential services more quickly and efficiently. Smart cities are also far more environmentally friendly, employing sustainable construction materials and requiring less energy. Efficient use of technology aids in creating an efficient transportation management system, improving healthcare facilities, and developing a robust communication network to connect all businesses and people.

Essentials for smart city

A smart city that is both environmentally sustainable and appealing to citizens and businesses requires a new type of intelligent infrastructure— an innovative, open platform based on smart technologies that can help forward-thinking cities more predictably integrate a complex suite of services at a lower cost, faster, and at scale. Many smart city technologies, such as smart power grids, smart meters, and real-time transportation information, are already in pilot programs in European cities.

India Initiatives

Smart cities are already crucial to India, with 100 cities chosen as part of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs' smart city project, which began in 2015. India has been working hard to improve its competitiveness while pursuing more sustainable urban development. In the process, in collaboration with civil society and the corporate sector, the Indian government has been working nonstop to construct smart cities and address institutional changes needed to strengthen the ability of local governments.

Innovative technologies and regulatory initiatives are being deployed in buildings, energy networks, and transportation as part of the Smart City mission. Alternative fuels will be tested in the transportation sector, from public transportation and municipal fleets to passenger automobiles. Advanced smart public transportation, intelligent traffic management, congestion avoidance, demand management, information and communication, freight distribution, walking, and cycling will all be part of the sustainable mobility programs.

The Indian Smart Cities initiative will thus be a collection of focused efforts that include energy-efficient land use planning, technology development, transportation methods, urban utilities, ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) infrastructure, and incentivizing urban dwellers to adopt smarter ways. Urban managers must be taught to establish and maintain urban settlements that allow for development and economic activity, which is a more significant issue for the country.

India will see a large chunk of its population become a part of urban India in just a few years. That is why it is essential to leverage the full potential of technology to develop smart cities that are environmentally friendly, inclusive, and safe. Looking at the various openings to use technology in urban development gives many prospects for business opportunities to companies that specialize in green tech.

Some of the noteworthy companies/startups/non-profits working in this domain are highlighted below:

  1. Space Solution Groups is a Bulgarian start-up focused on healthcare technologies, smart traffic applications, and green energy. LighTrack is an innovative concept introduced by this start-up for improving road safety and city traffic. Sensors (radio and infrared technologies) are mounted on in-road studs and the sidewalk. These activate LED lights contained in the road studs, which create a traveling light signal when pedestrians or vehicles from other directions are approaching the ‘point of conflict’ on the road.
  2. Personal Air Quality Systems Private Limited provides Clean Air Solutions, leveraging IoT + ML technologies. PAQS has commercialized its solutions for Smart Cities & Smart Buildings. Its patented Smart Inhaler is a unique solution for Asthmatics.
  3. Firmus Grey Water Recycling Systems, a Monaco-based company, has a unique home station product that recycles up to 80% of domestic grey waters and recovers 50% of its thermal energy. The recycled water can be directly used in the house as sanitary water, and the recovered heat is used to pre-heat shower and sink water.
  4. Earthzy Technology Solutions has been developing innovative and efficient technology for businesses and individuals to manage waste more efficiently.

A smart city is a collection of technologies that work together to balance competing goals such as sustainability, human well-being, and economic growth. A smart city is an open platform that allows people to live and work smarter by empowering them through three methods: inform, inspire, and involve. For the Smart City to be sustainable, effective infrastructure service monitoring and financial resource creation processes must be in place. The Smart City Mission has already begun the development of 100 cities that have been chosen to become smart cities through the usage of in-house robust ICT infrastructure. A well-managed Smart City will be able to attract tourism and enterprises due to its improved sustainability and quality of life for city residents.

If you are a technology company in this sector, you can register on the technology platform Global Technology Interface® (GTI ®) as a tech displayer to showcase and deploy your technologies to promote the circular economy and browse through the existing opportunities and technologies to explore collaborations. Given the massive opportunity in this sector, the platform can support you with accessing new markets and leveraging opportunities in this sector.

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