Smart cities to have com­mand and con­trol cen­tres

Governance Now - - E-GOV NOTES -

Smart cities in the mak­ing are set to rise to an en­tirely new level of mon­i­tor­ing and de­liv­ery of civic ser­vices through dig­i­tally in­te­grated cen­tral com­mand and con­trol cen­tres, said Durga Shanker Mishra, sec­re­tary, min­istry of hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs. Mishra said that these cen­tres would serve as the ‘brain cen­tres’ of smart cities for en­sur­ing ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion in the func­tion­ing of var­i­ous agen­cies of ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies. He said that these cen­tres are based on a host of cen­sors con­nected to a cen­tral server and func­tions as the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of cities. Among other things, it en­ables mon­i­tor­ing of garbage col­lec­tion and its trans­porta­tion truck-wise, fill­ing and emp­ty­ing of garbage col­lec­tion bins, traf­fic and ‘red-light’ vi­o­la­tion and noise pol­lu­tion. Samir Sharma, na­tional mis­sion di­rec­tor, smart city mis­sion, said that dif­fer­ent It-based projects taken up by cities in re­cent years have been op­er­at­ing in iso­la­tion and CCCS seek to in­te­grate all such sys­tems with sev­eral en­hanced fea­tures for bet­ter in­te­gra­tion, bet­ter in­for­ma­tion and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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