FICCI-PwC report suggests 3-point agenda to deploy LBS for smart cities
On the occasion a FICCI- PwC report, 'Location Based Services for Smart Cities', was released by the dignitaries.
The report recommends that in order to mitigate challenges and ensure effective implementation of LBS along with smart city components across cities, there is a need to use LBS during assessment of city master planning; create a single agency for generating, collecting and utilising location and geospatial data of a city and frame a policy for data security and privacy.
Dr. Sudhir Krishna, former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, said that the Bureau of Indian Standards has constituted a committee to formulate standards for smart cities. It would help in adopting a systematic approach towards building smart cities. Speaking on LBS, he said that LBS applications are seeping into the ICT supported services incessantly. It is gradually becoming almost impossible to find mobile telephone based GIs application/services that are not integrated with LBS. But it also carries the danger of intruding into the privacy of an individual. Hence, while preparing any project incorporating the LBS applications, the issues of privacy and other possible negative concerns of the citizens need to be carefully addressed.
In his theme presentation on 'Location Based Services for Smart Cities' NS N Murty, Associate Director and Smart Cities Leader, PwC, said LBS would add a different dimension to the way people work, will become core to providing mass customized products & services, transform the way government provides services to citizens and leverage the mobile penetration and couple that with urban development. He added that with increased digitization a city can offer a more sustainable and livable environment for the citizens.
Rajesh Mathur, Chairman, FICCI Committee on Geospatial Technologies, said that GIS was a system of records, which organized and managed the geographic context of one's assets and resources; powers location platform to deliver citizen centric service; and provided decision support system to administrators. He added that geospatial enables cities and enhances citizen's experience by providing real-time information about transportation, healthcare, education, environment, security and emergency response.
Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that LBS has multi-sectoral applications. With the focus of the government on smart cities, the usage of LBSenabled application would increase manifold. Emerging technologies, like LBS would be extremely beneficial and appropriate in handling the current state of economic development, urbanization, population growth, level of infrastructure and rising expectation of the people, he added.