smart city

IBM has deployed its smart city solutions at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi in partnership with the Government. This includes energy management, water management, horticulture management, smart waste and smart security systems, controlled through the Intelligent Operation centre (IOC) and mobile applications monitors.

The company mentions that it is currently in the process of applying these technologies to five nearby villages in an ‘adjoining’ state, without specifying which. For now, it has implemented features like a sewage treatment plant, creation of e-platforms for the management of visitors , invitations, guests, functions, gifts etc., implementation of RFID smart ID cards and smart cards for cashless shopping.

Energy management: The Rashtrapati Bhavan has 1500 residential apartments, and consumes over 100,000 units of electricity per day. IMB mentions that it has integrated IOC with the electrical billing system, which provides consumption patterns of homes,public areas etc., which will help in energy management. Additionally, LED solar powered street lamps have been deployed to reduce consumption.

Waste and Horticulture management: IBM says that it has mapped waste management end to end from waste bin collections, rickshaw routes, disposals, landfill, and processing, on the IOC system. It has created an interface for people to use to generate statistics on different kinds of waste.

Water management: IBM mentions that it has mapped all water assets like underground reservoirs, tubewell access etc., on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping layer. The company mentions monitoring this will help in faster diagnostic of water incidents like leakage etc. Additionally, residents can track water related complaints in real time.

Security system: The IOC system has an e-visitor system to check a visitors statistics before entry. It also generates automatic alerts and mobile notifications for upcoming events etc., to help teams collaborate across the facility. Overall, the Rashtrapati Bhavan consists of 330 acres of land and is occupied by over 5,000 residents, an area which the company claims to have covered.

Cisco Smart City: In July 2014, Cisco had signed a strategic agreement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to set up an Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub in Bangalore, as a part of its Cisco Smart+Connected Communities initiative. The company had claimed it would provide the network infrastructure and expertise for testing and production of electronic product prototypes for an “IoT-enabled smart city environment”.

The company had then inaugurated a 2.6 million square foot Smart City in Bangalore as a campus-as-a-city for its employees, and to showcase pervasive network infrastructure, which easily connects devices like mobiles, sensors and information access points with a high level of security, in September the same year.

Smart city initiative: Last month, 23 cities and towns resubmitted their proposals for Smart City Plans under the ‘Fast Track Competition’ initiative. Earlier in January, 20 cities had been shortlisted for the Smart Cities Mission. This list was topped by Bhubaneshwar, followed by Pune, Jaipur, Surat and Kochi.

In August last year, the Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu approved 98 cities of the initially submitted 100 cities, to participate in the Government’s smart city plan for the country. The cities were provided with a December 15 deadline to submit their proposals. The government would then pick the first batch of mission cities for financing this year.