Ra­jasthan Demos Smart City Ini­tia­tives

Through a smart city ex­pe­ri­ence tour for me­dia at­ten­dees at Amer Fort, JDA and Cisco demon­strated how dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions help cit­i­zens.

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“My vi­sion for the state is to dig­i­tally em­power ev­ery ci­ti­zen to en­hance the qual­ity of life, en­able ease of do­ing busi­ness in the state and be­come an in­no­va­tion and knowl­edge hub of the coun­try… We en­vi­sion Ra­jasthan as a role model for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion for other states to fol­low…” said Va­sund­hara Raje, Chief Min­is­ter of Ra­jasthan. She was speak­ing at an event hosted by Cisco, in the cap­i­tal city of Jaipur, show­cas­ing the Ra­jasthan Govern­ment’s dig­i­tal vi­sion for the state.

Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje out­lined her vi­sion of a dig­i­tal fu­ture for Ra­jasthan by lever­ag­ing In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) to en­able good gov­er­nance, a bet­ter qual­ity of life and in­creased em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the pres­ence of Shikhar Agrawal, Com­mis­sioner, Jaipur De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity; San­jay Mal­ho­tra, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, En­ergy Depart­ment, Govern­ment of Ra­jasthan; and Di­nesh Malkani, Pres­i­dent, Cisco In­dia and SAARC.

As part of the dig­i­tal blue­print of the state of Ra­jasthan, the Jaipur De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (JDA) is fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing smart city in­fra­struc­ture in Jaipur to trans­form it­self into a dig­i­tal city of the fu­ture. In its first phase, the pink city of Jaipur has cre­ated dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture to of­fer cit­i­zens ameni­ties in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gent kiosks, wire­less broad­band, safety and se­cu­rity ser­vices, traf­fic man­age­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal up­dates. JDA has set up a City In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment Cen­tre as well as a Re­sponse Con­trol Room to man­age the city with greater ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness. In Jaipur’s City In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment Cen­tre, nearly all the so­lu­tions are in­te­grated into a dig­i­tal plat­form. The dig­i­tal plat­form built by JDA can ag­gre­gate data from var­i­ous sen­sors and so­lu­tions con­duct data an­a­lyt­ics and sup­port a num­ber of ur­ban ser­vices.

In this phase, JDA has im­ple­mented the so­lu­tions in Jan­tar­man­tar, Amer, Al­bert Hall, Jal Ma­hal, Ram Ni­was Bagh, Hawa Ma­hal, Cen­tral Park and Jawa­har Cir­cle; the next phase of im­ple­men­ta­tion in an­other 25 sites will be com­pleted by the end of Fe­bru­ary 2016.

Through a smart city ex­pe­ri­ence tour for me­dia at­ten­dees at Amer Fort, JDA and Cisco demon­strated how dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions help cit­i­zens. The de­ploy­ments fea­tured at Amer Fort in­clude con­nected park­ing, con­nected light­ing, WiFi, in­ter­ac­tive in­tel­li­gent kiosks with en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­sors, city sur­veil­lance for safety and se­cu­rity and Re­mote Ex­pert for Govern­ment Ser­vices (REGS).

Ef­fi­cient and re­li­able trans­mis­sion of elec­tric­ity is a fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ment for pro­vid­ing so­ci­eties and economies with es­sen­tial en­ergy re­sources. As part of the dig­i­ti­za­tion pro­gram, the state of Ra­jasthan has an­nounced the smart grid ini­tia­tive. The En­ergy Depart­ment of Ra­jasthan has now em­barked upon cre­at­ing three classes of trans­for­ma­tions: upgra­da­tion and mod­ern­iza­tion of elec­tri­cal trans­mis­sion in­fra­struc­ture, ad­di­tion of the dig­i­tal layer to lev­er­age ben­e­fits of ICTs and de­ploy­ment of smart so­lu­tions and tools for in­tel­li­gent op­er­a­tions, which are the essence of the smart grid and are, needed to pro­vide sta­ble, se­cure and smart trans­mis­sion grids. To­day, the Ra­jasthan trans­mis­sion sys­tem han­dles around 71,000 MU per an­num of en­ergy with trans­mis­sion loss of 4.2%. The smart grid ini­tia­tive will be lever­aged to han­dle en­ergy of around 100 BU per an­num in the next 4-5 years, re­duce trans­mis­sion losses and en­sure sta­ble and re­li­able op­er­a­tion of the trans­mis­sion grids ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing large-scale re­new­able en­ergy.

“The ini­tia­tive to trans­form Jaipur into a smart city has gath­ered tremen­dous mo­men­tum since its launch in May 2014. To­day, cit­i­zens of Jaipur are dig­i­tally em­pow­ered and this is just the be­gin­ning. The vi­sion out­lined by our Hon­or­able Chief Min­is­ter will help cat­a­pult the state to the fore­front of the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. We are happy to have Cisco on board for this trans­for­ma­tive pro­ject and are cer­tain that we will ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise Cisco brings through nu­mer­ous smart city projects the com­pany has un­der­taken glob­ally,” said Shikhar Agar­wal, Com­mis­sioner of Jaipur De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

“Dig­i­ti­za­tion will be key to how cities, com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries main­tain global com­pet­i­tive­ness, in­crease GDP growth, foster in­no­va­tion and cre­ate new jobs. The foun­da­tion for ‘Dig­i­tal Ra­jasthan’ will be in­tel­li­gent net­works, which will trans­form the de­liv­ery of ci­ti­zen ser­vices… At Cisco, we are com­mit­ted to part­ner with the Ra­jasthan govern­ment to lead in this dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion,” said Di­nesh Malkani, Pres­i­dent, Cisco In­dia & SAARC.

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