smart city

Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for furthering digital initiatives in the state, including the establishment of a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Mumbai.

The CoE will help develop technologies for smart city program implementation, as well as modernise the Government’s technology solutions. The company will use its cloud capabilities to build a scalable common framework, that can be used by individual cities for scaling and replicating IoT solutions.

Overall, the partnership aims to finalize projects like a smart city model, mobile platform for Government services, unified app development for services like driver’s license renewals or property tax payments, digital platform for smart city services, connected infrastructure, resource management of utilities, including water and power, etc., before the end of this year.

Smart cities in Maharashtra: Maharashtra has several entrants to the Government’s Smart City Mission, with cities like Pune, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur, Nashik and Solapur already getting approval for the Center’s funds. Oracle will likely help with the development of IoT technologies for these cities, other than the digitization of certain Government services.

Similar partnerships in India:

– Earlier this month, Cisco partnered with the Telangana Government to cooperate on various initiatives including Smart Cities, cyber security, Internet of Things, digitization of monuments and education.

– In March, the company had also signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation center in Visakhapatnam. In the same month, the AP government’s cabinet approved the Internet of Things (IoT) policy for the state.

– In the same month, online cab aggregator Uber signed an MoU with the Haryana Government to introduce its ridesharing services (including private vehicle ridesharing) and help the government with “smart city” development in the state.

– In September 2014, Cisco and the engineering services arm of Larsen & Toubro, L&T Technology Services tied-up to set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions centre in Bangalore.