Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate honchos who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
Niti Central — Karnataka it seems is doomed to suffer anything but “smart urban governance”. It has been over two years since the Congress government in Karnataka has taken office but it has shown neither the interest nor the aptitude for Urban Governance. The condition of our Garden City Bengaluru is a case study on how the Congress led Karnataka Government has squandered opportunity after opportunity to transform Urban Governance even as it passes the buck on taking responsibility for this sorry state of affairs.
India Com — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow launch three ambitious schemes aimed at developing cities and towns as “new engines for growth”, projects which will entail an investment of over Rs 3 lakh crore in the next five years. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the launch of three projects- 100 smart cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and housing for all- will herald a new urban era.
Intel’s Innovate for Digital India challenge is all about encouraging innovation via ideas that will solve the digital divide in India, leading to a truly digital India across all sections and sectors of society. This challenge is a collaborative effort from Intel and DST (Department of Science and Telecommunication). We spoke to Mr. Sandeep Aurora, Director, Marketing & Market Development, Intel South Asia to understand the vision and various aspects of Innovate for India Challenge.
Telensa, which provides end-to-end solutions to turn the Internet of Things (IoT) into real-world revenue streams, has announced that 9 million devices using its Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) long-range, low-power wide-area (LPWA) radio technology have been deployed. This milestone was met as part of the rollout of one of Telensa’s smart city systems in Asia. The company’s technology is now deployed around the world in 30 countries including; the US, UK, Brazil, Australia, China and Russia, enabling a range of applications such as device tracking, smart parking and smart lighting.
Chipmaker Qualcomm, known for its product Snapdragon in smartphones, expects major deals to come through the Government’s Digital India and Smart Cities programmes. The company is also working on Internet of things (IoT), which it says would be big booster after smartphone sales. In an interview to BusinessLine, Sandeep Sibal, Country Manager and Vice-President (Business Development), Qualcomm India and South Asia, shares his views. Excerpts:
India’s smart cities project would require investments of around $2 trillion for development of trunk and internal infrastructure, according to global consulting firm TechSci Research. The government has envisioned to set up 100 smart cities, with most of the states having at least two smart cities. It is now focusing on encouraging Public Private Partnership (PPP) and companies in the financial and IT services sectors are on the priority list.
Sweden is keen on partnering with Indian companies to build ‘smart cities’ through the public private partnership (PPP) mode in states like Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra, a senior Swedish official said. Early signing of a pending memorandum of understanding (MOU) on urban development framework between the two countries is expected to facilitate for collaboration, she said.
India is expected to see the greatest migration to cities of any country in the world in the next three decades, with over 400 million new inhabitants moving into urban areas. The expansion of India’s urban population will also have to be met with an expansion of infrastructure that is 20 times the capacity that has been added to India’s city over the last decade. While infrastructure, especially the creation of smart cities, has been a major focus area for the government, smart maps and dynamic mapping technologies will be critical tools for the development of India’s smart cities project, says a new report.
Cauayan is the first of 144 cities in the Philippines to become a “smarter city”, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo announced. A smart city should have ICT infrastructure to connect systems, and share and analyse data, resulting in “faster, real-time responses to present situations”, Montejo said. Cauayan’s initiatives include an e-government system, a computerised police clearance process and a city ID system.
SHENZEN-based ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has announced the availability of its Smart City solution in Malaysia. The solution offers end-to-end security with ubiquitous network access, a convergent command centre, video surveillance cloud, and mobile policing, the company said in a statement. It provides comprehensive on-site information with visual command, cross-regional resource sharing, and intelligent analysis functions for 360-degree security protection, it added.
According to Don Pressley, Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Singapore offers an excellent example of government, society and industry working together to advance the digital nation agendas. In that sense, Singapore offers the gold standard of Smart Government. Pressley should know. He has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for many years, the leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to governments around the world in defense, security, and civil markets. Until recently, he was based in Dubai, and three months ago he moved to Singapore.
Tel Aviv in Israel will share its smart city expertise with Maharashtra State in India, it has been announced this week. The Mayor of Tel Aviv and Chief Minister of Maharashtra yesterday signed an agreement to provide information on citizen engagement through social media and open data; online municipal services; traffic and parking management through IT; security and emergencies; developing start-ups; green construction; and urban planning.
The Indian Cabinet yesterday approved the 100 smart cities initiative with a five-year budget of US$7.6 billion (INR 48 billion), and launched a second project to redevelop 500 cities and towns with US$7.9 billion (INR 50 billion). Under the smart cities project, each city will get US$15.7 million (INR 1 billion) every year for five years. State and local governments will match these resources by at least 50 per cent, meaning that cities across India will see a “minimum investment” of US$31.5 billion (INR 2 trillion) over the next five years, a statement from the Cabinet said.
“Cities are horizontal but IoT connects the unconnected,” said Gordon Falconer, Director Smart Cities, Schneider Electric, at the IoT Asia event held recently in Singapore. He was talking about silos that divide the traditional cities’ governments. In a Smart City, all arms of the government have the ability to talk to each other and share data for more efficiency and better decision-making. Giving an overarching view of IoT and smart cities, the Internet of Things Council’s founder, Rob van Kranenburg, said that data is the new gold and cities (governments) need to build a (data) roof over the cities and harness all the data to improve the quality of life of their citizens.
After vying against each other in mobile payment, online retail, and taxi-hailing, Chinese internet giants Tencent and Alibaba have taken their battle to a new field–government smart city initiatives. Several announcements from both Tencent and Alibaba over the past month suggest the two firms are deepening their involvement in local government’s initiatives to improve administrative efficiency and transparency.
As globalisation makes the world ever more connected, the number of tough challenges like pandemics, financial crises and terrorism increase. Peter Ho, Singapore’s former Head of the Civil Service has dedicated a big chunk of his career to monitoring these strategic shocks, finding new ways to prepare for them and reduce their impact. Ho established Singapore’s Centre for Strategic Futures in 2009, a think tank within government that studies emerging issues and their implications on Singapore, and develops tools and conversations with agencies to help them consider an uncertain future systematically.
SINGAPORE: The Republic is well-positioned to embark on its Smart Nation vision, due to its strong institutional capabilities and judiciary system, according to an International Communication Union (ITU) executive. In an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday (Apr 15), Cybersecurity Coordinator Marco Obiso noted that Singapore already has a strong national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), and trained pool of workers. He added that Singapore’s judicial system is “very, very strong”, having translated cybersecurity issues into legislation.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed a series of agreements with Nusajaya Tech Park SDN Berhad (NTPSB) to set up a host of information and communications technology (ICT) services in the Johor-based technology park as part of an ambitious plan to create a smart city hub in Southeast Asia. The Kuala Lumpur-based telecoms firm plans to build data centres and provide cloud computing and ‘smart’ services in the technology park located in Johor Bahru state in southern Malaysia, near the border with Singapore, it said in a joint announcement with NTPSB last month.
The government of Shanghai, China and China-based Internet service player Tencent have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly push Shanghai’s Internet of things (IoT) infrastructure and enhance the city’s smart services. The two firms are looking to help the city to feature a friendly environment for entrepreneurship, according to a Chinese-language Tencent report.