Tech­nol­ogy is Cen­tral to Smart City

From build­ing the right in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vid­ing con­nected net­works, ser­vice providers are see­ing a golden op­por­tu­nity in ev­ery phase of smart city de­vel­op­ment. Nat­u­rally, ma­jor play­ers are up­ping the ante and gear­ing up to cash in on the boom.

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For a city to be smart and con­nected, the first re­quire­ment is for a new-age broad­band in­fra­struc­ture which would in­clude ca­ble, op­ti­cal fiber, and wire­les net­work. It should have the ca­pac­ity to meet the net­work us­age re­quire­ments of en­tire pop­u­lace of the city. With an in­creas­ing num­ber of devices get­ting con­nected to the In­ter­net, termed In­ter­net of Things and in the wake of ever-in­creas­ing use of mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions, hav­ing a best in class broad­band in­fra­struc­ture would en­able cit­i­zens to ac­cess smart city ap­pli­ca­tions as per their re­quire­ments.

Vi­neet Kshirsagar, Se­nior Di­rec­tor & Group Head Busi­nesses, Or­a­cle be­lieves, “An im­por­tant step would be to make sure that smart devices and sen­sors are em­bed­ded in the in­fra­struc­ture of the city. Th­ese devices would pro­vide the city ad­min­is­tra­tion with the real time data, alerts, and an­a­lyt­ics along with a rich ex­pe­ri­ence to the cit­i­zens. This col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence would also as­sist in con­nect­ing the cit­i­zens of the city and the city ad­min­is­tra­tion. The rea-time data and an­a­lyt­ics would be crit­i­cal for health, ju­di­cial, po­lice, fire, and many more ad­min­is­tra­tive de­part­ments thus keep­ing crimes and pub­lic griev­ances at bay.”

An­other im­por­tant step would be the de­vel­op­ment of smart ur­ban ar­eas, which would use ICT tech­nolo­gies in an in­no­va­tive man­ner to ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy. Th­ese ar­eas of­fer Wi-Fi spots, charg­ing points for elec­tric cars, build­ings with smart cool­ing/heat­ing sys­tems, and in­for­ma­tion kiosks.

Plethora of Op­por­tu­ni­ties

With the buzz for smart cities gain­ing trac­tion, it has opened up abun­dance of op­por­tu­ni­ties for tech­nol­ogy play­ers and ser­vice providers to de­velop tech­nolo­gies that are able to sat­isfy the evolv­ing re­quire­ments of the stake­hold­ers in­volved.

“Right from pro­vid­ing and set­ting up the right in­fra­struc­ture for last mile con­nec­tiv­ity, pro­vid­ing the right tech­nol­ogy to en­able bet­ter gov­er­nance and ac­cess to ser­vices; and en­sur­ing that all com­po­nents for the de­cided so­lu­tion work seam­lessly, there is an op­por­tu­nity at ev­ery stage,” agrees Ra­man Boun­tra, Busi­ness Leader, Govern­ment Sales, Dell In­dia.

Echo­ing sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, Ra­jeev Saxena, Di­rec­tor sales, In­dia Pub­lic Sec­tor, Com­mer­cial and Saarc, NetApp Mar­ket­ing & Ser­vices says, “Smart city ecosys­tem has a host of op­por­tu­ni­ties, to start with in­stal­la­tion of sen­sors and dash­board that will help re­duce en­ergy while man­ag­ing waste col­lec­tion, an­a­lyt­ics to mea­sure car­bon foot­print, and

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