Indian government recently released the list of 20 smartcities out of the 98 shortlisted for the ‘SmartCity Mission’. The government of India aims to create these cities with the vision to provide host of citizen centric facilities and services using modern technologies but without wasting natural resources. The cities will feature intelligent lighting, interactive public information systems, WiFi-enabled CCTV cameras, intelligent parking systems and host of other services that make life easier. These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kick starting the process of developing them into ‘Smartcities’. At the heart of these cities is going to be the usage of advanced technology such as the internet of things (IoT) and M2M. Everything would be connected. Sensors would be able to smartly allocate the usage of power, water, streetlights and policing.
“The smartcity project of the government will see the real deployment of IoT in true sense,” says Vinod Dham, who is regarded as the father of Pentium chip of Intel. The technocrat and visionary also says “in smartcities the cars we see will be connected through M2M platform and they will find the parking space themselves.” “And there are multiple opportunities.”
According to industry data, while some of this still resides in the realm of theory, the fact is the Government proposes to invest Rs.50,802 crore on 20 cities under phase one of the plan to set up 100 smart cities. This opens up huge business opportunity for the IT companies which claim to have solutions in the IoT domain.
As we all know that the basic premise of a smart city is making infrastructure, network and delivery of services more efficient – across telecommunication, logistics, water and gas supply. Indian cities, in a small way, are using advanced technology within departments to solve problems. As an integral technology, big data and analytics will enable sensors to take decisions. Sensors would be able to smartly predict, prevent, warn and act without much manual intervention. But our vision to build smart cities has to be aligned with technology.
However, given the state of infrastructure in the country, the problems associated with bandwidth and connectivity as well as the issues related to pollution, population and poverty, India still has a long way to go before it becomes smart. It is essential for the government to engage technology to create and build smart cities in India. IoT can solve several challenges and give us real time data and feedback on the day-to-day events. In nutshell, smartcities will never be smart without IoT.