With a mission to improve urban livelihoods, the Smart Cities Mission has facilitated an ecosystem where technology companies along with engineering and construction firms are participating to develop Smart City Centre SCCs. Leading international companies are working on these projects, but most of the system integrators are Indian entities. More importantly, the Mission’s focus on innovative projects is a boost for the startup industry – it provides a fillip to the entrepreneurial spirit of urban residents, thereby increasing employment.

Coming back to Smart cities which are no longer the wave of the future. They are here now and growing quickly, expanding and creating impacts in the municipal services around the country.

The concept of ‘smart cities’ are being established around the world & transforming lives through the use of innovation technology & analytics.A smart city is defined by the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) and IoT devices to manage a variety of public assets, while acquiring critical data on an ongoing basis to improve the lives of its citizens.

Let’s dig few innovative technologies that are seen around our smart cities:

  1. Smart Energy: Both residential and commercial buildings in smart cities are more efficient, using less energy, and the energy used is analyzed and data collected. Smart grids are part of the development of a smart city, and smart streetlights are an easy entry point for many cities, since LED lights save money and pay for themselves within a few years.
  2. Smart transportation – A smart city supports multi-modal transportation, smart traffic lights and smart parking. One of the key areas that we have seen a lot of activity on has to do with mobility. Anything around transportation, traffic monitoring, parking are seeing a very fast return on investment. It not only helps to reduce the cost of monitoring parking and making sure that they are collecting fines, it’s also reducing congestion. On the other hand, by making parking smarter, people spend less time looking for parking spots and circling city blocks. Smart traffic lights have cameras that monitor traffic flow so that it’s reflected in the traffic signals.
  3. Smart data – The massive amounts of data collected by a smart city must be analyzed quickly in order to make it useful. Open data portals are one option that some cities have chosen in order to publish city data online, so that anyone can access it and use predictive analytics to assess future patterns. Companies are working with cities to help them analyze data, and they’re in the Startup in Residence (STiR) program for the cities.
  4. Smart infrastructure – Cities will be able to plan better with a smart city’s ability to analyze large amounts of data. This will allow for pro-active maintenance and better planning for future demand. Being able to test for lead content in water in real time when the data shows a problem is emerging could prevent public health issues. Having a smart infrastructure means that a city can move forward with other technologies and use the data collected to make meaningful changes in future city plans.
  5. Smart mobility – “Mobility refers to both the technology and the data which travels across the technology. The ability to seamlessly move in and out of many different municipal and private systems is essential if we are to realize the promise of smart cities. Building the smart city will never be a project that is finished.
  6. Smart IoT devices – And finally, one of the key components that ties everything together in a smart city is IoT devices. Whether we like it or not, sensors and actuators in our cities are here to stay. Fusing sensor information into our daily life and integrating it all with third party social networks will knit the fabric of society closer together, while leaving city leaders to grapple with serious privacy and security challenges.

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